Archive for July, 2010

Search Engine Optimization is a very interesting and important topic in the World Wide Web. After all, everybody wants to rank higher and come up on the first page of Google search and get more traffic. I have identified some SEO practices. These simple SEO techniques if practiced properly can make a significant difference as to how your pages are ranked in the Search Engine Queries.

  1. Use rel=”nofollow” tag on low value links to not pass the page rank juice. For example ‘Read the rest of the entry’, ‘About’, ‘Contact’ etc.
  2. Use proper anchor text for interlinks. Don’t use ‘here’ or ‘there’.
  3. Optimize the images, always create alt tags and write description in the alt tag.
  4. Use search engine friendly permalinks. Make sure the URLs do not have ‘&’, ‘?’, ‘!’ etc characters.
  5. Use hyphens (-) between words to improve readability.
  6. Do not use underscores (_), use hyphens (-) instead.
  7. Do not use session id in URLs.
  8. Use sticky posts.
  9. Use tag clouds.
  10. Have a category description paragraph.
  11. Let the visitors subscribe to category specific RSS feed.
  12. Use internal linking when possible and appropriate.
  13. Use sub-directories rather than sub-domains when possible. Sub-domains do not share link love from the main domain as it is treated as a different domain.
  14. Research the target audience and aim the site content appropriately.
  15. Keep the content up to date. Visitors don’t like outdated content. Updating the content frequently also attracts the Search engines spiders to index the web pages frequently.

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Here is something worth knowing if you have a mobile phone.

Have you ever wondered why phone companies don’t seem interested in trying to prevent the theft of mobile phones? If you have ever lost, or had one stolen, and if you are on a plan, you still have to pay the plan approximately up to 24 months, and you have to buy another handset and/or enter into another contract. This is more revenue for the phone company. There is a simple way of making lost or stolen mobiles useless to thieves and the phone companies know about it, but keep it quiet.

To check your mobile phone’s serial number, key in the following on your phone:

star-pound-zero-six-pound ( * # 0 6 # ) and a fifteen digit code will appear on the screen.

This is unique to your handset. Write it down and keep it in a safe place. If your mobile phone get stolen, you can phone your service provider and give them this code. They will then be able to block your handset, so even if the thief changes the sim card, your phone will be totally useless.

You probably won’t get your phone back, but at least you know that whoever stole it can’t use/sell it either. If everybody do this, then all the thieves will also come to know that there would be no point in stealing mobile phones as they can’t use/sell those stolen mobile phones. So start it now and spread the news.

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