Archive for June, 2013

Free Web Hosting Guide

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

It’s true that web hosting is easily one of the most pertinent expenses you’ll have to shoulder if you want to create an online presence, which is one of the main reasons why free unlimited web hosting is such an appealing concept. But is there such a thing?

Now, free web hosts are certainly not a myth. But the companies that offer them are not in the business of giving away things without getting in return, so there is almost always a catch. Some put ads on your site, but some go so far as to impose restrictions and limitations on bandwidth, storage space, and what you are allowed to host on your site. They are free, but they’re very far from unlimited.

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The best thing for you to do is identify where you want to take your site. Surely, a personal blog that will serves as your personal journal won’t need a dedicated host but if you feel that you can actually launch a product or brand someday, it would be good to get your own host. Remember that once you open a site and users start visiting it, you get a certain amount of data that could be useful for you eventually.

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With PRISM, It’s Now Up to Web Hosting Companies to Protect Its Customers

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Google has formally denied that it provides NSA a backdoor to its data but also admitted that it provided NSA information about its users in compliance with NSA’s request that was upheld by the court. Along with Google, Microsoft and other internet giants have all provided NSA with their data. Many critics have been questioning whether this move violates the right of people to privacy.

There is, however, a more interesting angle to all these. That is the fact that there little to no talk or buzz about the whole issue. No major new agency has put serious time into the issue and no one has clearly explained why.

The answer may be intertwined with how people perceive the internet, the cloud and their rights.

Everyone knows this is possible and probable

The government and the courts have been able to obtain confidential information phone calls, bank activities, properties and other confidential information about a person’s identity. That is not news. It has happened and will most likely continue happening for as long as there is reason for them to do so. NSA’s step was not unprecedented and won’t be the last. It’s not news.

The business world, particularly the stock market, seems to echo the sentiment that there is nothing to worry about.

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Low Cost Web Hosting Guide

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

low cost web hostingHosting fees are easily one of the most ubiquitous expenses for companies that have an online presence, which is why low cost web hosting holds a special appeal as it could easily shave off a large part of their operational expenses. The appeal is doubled for personal users or non-profit organizations, primarily because they don’t have any ROI that will justify the expense. But if you’re going to look for low cost web hosting based on the mere price, you may end up regretting later as price is usually relative to quality of service. If you want to get the cheapest hosting money can buy, without sacrificing service quality, you may want to keep the following things in mind:

Decide If You Really Need Paid Hosting

As with anything in life, you tend to get exactly what you pay for when it comes to hosting. So if you’re willing to suffer through poor service, frequent downtimes, and shoddy customer support just to reduce your overall hosting expenses, then you might as well just go with a free host. There are numerous free hosts on the Internet, and some of them actually offer decent service in exchange for a few things, like banner support or capped bandwidth. These are ultimately better than relying on a poor host, especially considering that you’re getting it for free.

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Guide to Choosing Reliable Web Hosting

Monday, June 17th, 2013
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All the marketing, branding, and promotional strategy in the world will not be worth anything if your site is frequently inaccessible because you failed to get reliable web hosting when you started. So if you’re serious about creating an online presence, you need to hit the ground running, and the first thing you need to consider is getting reliable web hosting.

It can be very difficult as the reliability of cannot be quantified using numbers, and claims from the companies themselves should be taken with a grain of salt. So if you’re on the market for reliable web hosting and you don’t know where to start, you may want to follow these tips:

Weed Out the Obvious Liars

If something is too good to be true, it usually is. This include sites that promise 100% uptime. A 100% uptime is virtually impossible, as servers need some downtime due to regular updates, patching of software, and maintenance – that’s not even counting the fact that accidents can happen. The best that providers can shoot for is 99.9%. In fact, even 99.99% is suspicious. It is best to look at these uptime guarantees with a suspicious eye, and to use them as jumping off point for the other tips below.

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Surviving on Free Web Hosting

Friday, June 14th, 2013

advantages of free web hostingIt’s a well-known fact that if you’re serious about an online business or planning a website that will eventually grow to be an authority on a specific subject or industry, you can’t rely on free web hosting. Mainly because paid hosting gives you a lot more options and does not limit your site’s capabilities, and also because you’re pretty much stuck with with free web hosting once your site becomes popular enough.

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However, there’s still room for free web hosting. Like if you just want to test the waters, or if you’re only using it as a personal, non-commercial presence on the web. Or if you’re using it for a small business that is predominantly operational online, with the website only serving as a means of online branding. If these cases apply to you, you should know that free web hosting will be fine, but you still have to keep a few things in mind:


Guide to Best Free Web Hosting

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

It’s common knowledge that web hosting is one of the most important investments you’ll have to make if you are serious about building a presence on the Internet, but the truth is that the best free web hosting solutions out there will be enough for you if you’re just starting out, or if you’re not really planning to start a website that will have millions of daily visitors. Additionally, the best free web hosting solutions usually give you an out, or the option to migrate to a better paid service if your needs start to grow beyond a free host’s capabilities.

The Importance of Investing in a Domain Name

There’s no getting around this. If you have long term plans for your online presence, or if you don’t want to waste your time trying to build a following and a traffic stream everytime you move to a different host. With your own domain name, you can simply point it to any free web host (or at least use a url redirect) and you’ll never have to worry about policy changes or a free host going out of business.


Social Media Strategies have changed SEO

Thursday, June 6th, 2013
I recently read an article which said SEO (Search Engine Optimization) was a victim of its own success. Let us examine this more closely and consider various schools of thought.

There is internal and external SEO. Internal means to design your website so it follows the best practices proven to rank high on Google. External SEO used to mean writing articles, press releases, blogs, comments, and content with embedded keyword “backlinks” to your website. It has changed, (and this rapid transformation continues at a furious pace), to include social media strategies.

Many believe the goal of Google and every other search engine is to have quality rise to the top; so their advice is to “write great content.” However, the search engines cannot truly identify quality. What they do is associate the quality of the content with the place it appears, (example – you are more likely to come up with quality on the New York Times than on a lesser known and read publication); and they also try to predict quality based upon mechanically identifiable characteristics of the content, (example – it may be true that 500-word stories are more likely to be of higher quality that 250 word items).

But what does Google want? They want relevant, real content on the internet that people want to read and tell other people about. If Google does not bring you the most relevant content when you search they are not doing their job.

Google used to think if you linked to someone on the Internet they must have valuable content. Now Google seems to believe if you promote content with social media it is more indicative of relevant content and less likely to be false. Though many point out social can be phony as well.

The bottom line is all external SEO efforts are bogus other than one — writing, designing, or recording, real and relevant content that benefits those who search.

It is about social “shares”. With recent policy changes, Google knows who everyone is once they open themselves up on the social realm. They will be able to tell the fake people. Social signals are a much bigger part of the Google algorithm.

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For your internal SEO – make sure it is found and sees the light of day. Take the time to make it compelling so people talk about it and share it.

Look to real social media community support, compelling PR, and real content, that is where true SEO practitioners are turning.

If you believe we are living in a Post-SEO world, then you need to learn how to optimize in a Post-SEO world and here are some tips I found on how to do that:

  1. First of all your content needs a good home. Just putting it on your website is not enough; you should have an online newsroom. This can become the landing page where you drive traffic to your content and the place were you use some best practice SEO for websites, in order to capture searchers. One of the biggest challenges with search engine traffic is getting them to click on more than one document. Use photos, use video, and if you do not produce enough content yourself bring some in from additional quality sources.
  2. You also should have a blog, whether as an individual or as an organization. A blog is one way to personalize your content.
  3. You are not going to maximize your audience with search alone. Use social networks. Every new piece of content should give rise to several tweets with interesting excerpts from the document and links back to your newsroom. This personalizes the messaging and makes it more social.
  4. It is important to hit every social network you can think of that is relevant to your business. However, quality beats quantity – it is better to focus on a couple where you can concentrate on building a following. By learning what types of messaging draw the most likes or follows, you can refine how you use each network.
  5. Placement is another way to get lots of readers. There are numerous innovative alternatives in the market today including recommendation engines, keyword buy options, and sponsored and preferred placement on mobile and social networks. A cost effective approach for placement is to use commercial newswire services. This can enable you to reach many targeted sites that may have a selective audience specifically interested in your content.

Did You Know? A recent report from McKinsey showed that a majority of the estimated $1.3 trillion in untapped value from social technologies lies in “improved communications and collaboration within and across enterprises.” In other words, social media is poised to become an office productivity tool.