Search Engine Optimization Makes the World Go Round

SEO is a good way to quickly boost rank. With a higher ranking, your site will see increased traffic. If you want to make the most of your website with better search engine rankings, read on.

First, you should understand what search engine optimization actually is. Computers are responsible for ranking your page instead of real people. By using beneficial concepts of SEO, your site will thrive from the algorithm.

Many factors work together to determine how search engines rank your website. Keywords on your site, and in your headings, is just one thing that the search engines look for. They also factor in site activity and links from, to and between pages of your site.

Finding the best strategies for search engine optimization takes time and hard work. The design and establishment of your site is critical, making certain to include keywords. Using keywords around your site, in the title, headings and text will get you higher rankings with search engines.

It is impossible to pay a search engine and achieve a higher ranking. People tend to ignore purchased sponsor links, which is the opposite impact than you wish to have. The sponsored links are the ones that appear above the actual results of the search. This can cost quite a lot of money.

An excellent way to improve your websites ranking on the search engines is to have links to other sites on your own. This is just as important as having the right keywords. Also, try to link within your own site and to external sites. Look for sites that are similar to yours, contact the webmaster and ask to swap links between the two sites.

These are the types of visitors that you want to receive. These visitors are more likely to be interested in your services. The reason they are on your website is because they are interested in your business; they did not just stumble upon your site. Keyword-rich content is the best way to attract targeted visitors. You should also find ways to promote your website on popular websites related to your niche.

A website is a valuable asset to virtually any business. If you have a website that sells or recruits clients from the internet, then having a website is not just a good idea, but an absolute necessity. If you are interested in increasing the amount of people who visit your website on a daily basis, you can use the ideas described below.

Best Free Web Hosting of 2013 – The Search is On

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Going for the Best Free Web Hosting

When I started to build my own website, I am the kind of person that wants to do things for free. I understand now that this is not always the best options with regards to web design and maintenance; however, it is also a  reality that some people like me (especially when I was a newbie) doesn’t have a big budget for our online venture. This is why doing things for free is still an option for most people. And by the way, somehow the saying is true – “the best things in life are free.”

This is the reason why I came up with my pilot series here in web design and maintenance. I want to find the best free web hosting of 2013. When I built my first website, I used a free webhosting service. It is not bad at all. It is the best free web hosting at that time. Actually, I even earned my first dollar from the internet with that best free web hosting I used. Eventually, my site grew bigger and my free hosting emailed me that I need to upgrade my subscription to them because I was already at the limit of my free subscription. That was the time when I availed for paid webhosting.

Today, using free webhosting got better. Compared with what I have before, the limitations of the free webhosting today got bigger, more huge and more appealing. Just to give you an idea, back then, my free webhost offered 250MB for its diskspace and 2GB monthly bandwidth limit. But now, most free webhosts offer more or less 5GB diskspace and more or less 100GB for bandwidth. Definitely, this is more than enough to kickstart your website building process.

So what I am going to do in this case study. First, I will find some candidates for my case study. These will be sites that offers free webhosting that has good enough diskspace and bandwith to begin with. Next, I will try to use their services and will check how easy it is to set DNS, Install WordPress sites, and upload files. Somehow, I believe these three functions are the basic features that a good free webhosting should have. If they have these, one can easily use and make a decent website out of them and who knows, maybe they will be our best free web hosting of 2013.

After sorting out their ease of use (basic feature) and after I come up with websites running in these free webhosts, I will check their uptime for 3 months and I will post the results in this blog. Finally, I will get the top three out of the candidates and will further evaluate the features that they offer. Then, I will declare who will be the best free web hosting of 2013.

And so here are the initial candidates for my case study.

Finding the Best Free Web Hosting of 2013 Candidates

  1. http://000webhost.com (Free 1500MB Disk Space, Free 100GB monthly data transfer)
  2. http://5gbfree.com (Free 5GB Disk Space, Free 20GB monthly data transfer)
  3. http://serversfree.com (Free 10GB Disk Space, Free 100GB monthly data transfer)
  4. http://freeservers.me (Free 10GB Disk Space, Free 100GB monthly data transfer)
  5. http://2freehosting.com (Free 20GB Disk Space, Free 150GB monthly data transfer)
  6. http://zymic.com (Free 6GB Disk Space, Free 50GB monthly data transfer)
  7. http://x10hosting.com (Free Unlimited Disk Space, Free Unlimited monthly data transfer)
  8. http://neq3hosting.com (Free up to 20GB Disk Space, Free up to 200GB monthly data transfer)
  9. http://1freehosting.com (Free 10GB Disk Space, Free 100GB monthly data transfer)
  10. http://www.3gwebhosters.com (Free 10GB Disk Space, Free 100GB monthly data transfer)

So these are the candidates for our search for best free web hosting. I hope that we can truly find in this list the best free web hosting so we can all enjoy it.

By the way, if you have something in mind about the list or if you want to add a web host for our search for best free web hosting. Don’t hesitate to mention it in the comments section. Anyway, I am not married to this list. Not yet.

How to Secure a Site and Be Satisfied

Securing one’s website is not an easy task. Once your website is secured, you will have a chance to improve your online business’ operations.  Insufficient knowledge on how to secure a site may lead to several issues. Instead of worrying about the threat brought by hackers and other related problems, you need to look for the best methods to secure your website.

If you want to learn how to secure your site, you are reading the right article. Simply follow the tips below:

  • Regular Updates of Your Web Script – Whether you have new features or not, you need to upgrade the version of your scripts. This can help you fix bugs in the script. In case you are not sure about the new update, you need to ask help from experts.
  • Use Unique and Strong Passwords – This is the most essential step which you shouldn’t miss to consider. To do this, you need to use letters, numbers and special characters. You also need to use both lower and upper case letters. If you have a unique password, it can enhance your website’s security.
  • Protect Your Admin Email Address – See to it that the administrative email address that you are using is totally secured. This email address should be dissimilar from any addresses programmed on your contact page. Through keeping it private, it can prevent scammers from sending any offers or unwanted deals to your site.
  • Modify Your Database Table Prefix and Use Plug-ins – If you are using forum script or blog, you need to use the default database table prefix. In doing so, hackers will find it hard to access any important data from your website. The plug-ins, on the other hand, also help in improving the functionality of your website. Just make sure that you look for the best plug-in and install it at hand. If you are not aware on how to install them, conduct extensive research online or watch video demonstrations on Youtube or other sites.
  • Delete Installation Folder – If you have an installation folder, hackers can easily access your website.  Therefore, you need to delete the database and handle your website and its contents accurately.

As you will notice, securing website can be easily done. After knowing the different ways on how to secure a site, you no longer need to worry. Therefore, you can operate your business without experiencing any issue. So, secure your website as soon as possible!

How to Layout a Website – Learn the Basics

how to layout a websiteEvery online businessman desires to have a perfect layout for their website. Nobody wants to spend a lot of time producing quality content yet turns visitors off because the layout of the website is awkward. However, not all of them have enough knowledge about its exact procedures. Some say that making a layout is quite tough while others find it fast and easy. If you are planning to have an online business, make sure that you are familiar with layout website-making. Getting more ideas on how to layout a website is not a complicated task. All you have to do is browse several websites that provide complete details. You can also talk to experts in order for you to have a guide. To help you make the perfect layout for your website, here are the things you shouldn’t miss to consider: Continue reading

Start a Website – Are you Clueless?

Two years ago, I was talking with other teachers in the school where I teach. That was the time when I introduced the use of e-learning in my course. I started a website for my course and used it as a tool for the learning experience of my students. I was talking about the benefits of having this when one teacher brought up his concern that having a website is costly and it is expensive to start a website. It was then that I realized most people are clueless how to start a website. They do not know how easy it is to start a website today and how cheap to have one.

start a websiteBasically speaking, there are only few things that you need to have in order to start a website. And all of it is not costly. You can even start your own website for free. When I started to have my own website, I did have it for free.

Two things you need to have to start a website of your own

  1. Domain Name - This is basically what we call as the website address. Usually, they end in .com but not all domain names end in .com. Sometimes, you can have .net, .org, .biz and more. Domain names are the ones that makes websites unique to each other. If you got a particular domain name, I can assure you that no one else have that domain name but you. Domain name is the one that gives identity to a website. So if you want to start a website, you need to spend some time to decide what particular domain name you will get for your site. Godaddy is one of the most trusted domain name registrars available today.
  2. Web hosting - A website is also composed of files. The files are in particular format so that the internet can display it correctly across the web. And because, we are dealing with files that consumes disk space, you need this kind of space accessible by the internet 24×7 in order to start a website. This is where web hosting comes in. Actually, they are just some disk space located somewhere in the world, where you can store your website.  So when your domain name was accessed, they are actually browsing your website from your webhost.

These are the only two things you need to have to start a website of your own. Once you have these two, you are now ready to start a website. However, these are only the technical side of things. This is the part that is very easy. Somehow I believe that there are more important things that you need to ask yourself before you start a website.

Questions to Ponder before you Start a Website

So I was reading a blog post written in 2004 but the point of the post is still correct until today. It simply says that if you have a business, you need to start a website of your own. But before you become very excited about building your website, you need to answer these questions so you will have a better perspective into it.

  • What are the reasons that hinders you to start a website?
  • What are your goals why you want to start a website?
  • Are you willing to learn how to do it or are you going to outsource it?
  • How much money are you willing to pay in order to have your website running?
  • After 5 years or so, what do you think are the benefits that your website will do for you or for your business?

The questions above are easy to answer yet they are necessary questions for people who wants to unleash the full benefit of having a website. If you have anything in mind or if you want to share your answers for the questions above, please let us know. If you have any questions about how to start a website of your own. You can post it in the comments section. I will be very happy to help.

Web Design and Maintenance Made Easy with WordPress

Because of the development in technology, social media and continuing progress of the internet, having an online presence is becoming a necessity for businesses and even individuals. But on the other side of this growth, web design and maintenance is a concern. It is deemed costly especially by those individual who doesn’t have any idea about it. For big time businesses, they have the money to pay for web designers and web masters so there is no problem for them; but for some who doesn’t have this advantage, they just ditch the idea. Continue reading