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SEO 101: Best Practices

After studying Peter Kent’s excellent book, Search Engine Optimization for Dummies, several key methods emerged for optimizing websites for the search engines. Although the book is written for people who are new to the world of search engine optimization (SEO), many of the principles presented throughout the book remain important, fundamental practices even for the most advanced SEO-wizards. This article divulges these very useful SEO practices and organizes them into manageable chunks 1. Text Essentials The golden rule for developing a popular website is to create a useful site and share it with as many people as possible. When designing […] Read more »

Smooth Operators: Sharpen your Google Search Skills

Coming soon to the World Wide Web: Everything. The perpetually evolving sum of human knowledge available online. Anywhere. Anytime. So, what are you looking for? Information concerning something, somewhere, about somebody.. You know it’s there somewhere. Sure, you could waste time by digging through that immense labyrinth of browser bookmarks, maybe eventually finding that one link that may or may not lead you to the page that you remember.. No thanks. The Web is far too rich in information to limit it with a few bookmarks. Ah yes, tags — that’s it! Social bookmarking to the rescue. Okay now, let’s […] Read more »

Search Engine Registration Notes

In his excellent book, Search Engine Optimization for Dummies, Peter Kent explains that many search engines actually get their search results from one (or more) of the larger search engines, such as Google or The Open Directory Project. Therefore, the author concludes that it may not be necessary to spend endless hours registering with thousands of the smaller search sites. Rather, the author provides a brief list of absolutely essential search sites with which it is highly recommended to register. Further, by registering with the following sites, your site will be listed in a significant majority of all search engines. Read more »

SEO 101: Establishing and Evolving an Effective Link Strategy

Optimizing your website for the search engines involves many important aspects including keyword development, search engine registration, and SEO logging. This Press post scopes yet another critical weapon in the SEO wars: establishing and evolving an effective link campaign. Within your SEO log, you should devote an entire section to the logging of all link-related activity associated with optimizing your site for the internet. For example, you may wish to subcategorize your link campaign according to whether the links are elsewhere, pointing to your site (referring/incoming links), or present within your site, pointing to other sites (external/outgoing links). Users may […] Read more »

Conditionally Load WordPress Pages

Need to load a WordPress page conditionally? For example, perhaps you need a “special” page to appear for search results? Yes? This simple PHP/JavaScript solution may be just what the doctor ordered! Simply replace “condition” with the required condition (or delete the if (condition) {} qualifier entirely), and then change the path and file names to suit your specific needs: <?php if (condition) { echo (” <script type=\”text/javascript\”> <!–//–><![CDATA[//><!– parent.location=\”http://www.domain.com/path/to/file.html\” //–><!]]> </script> “); } else { echo (” <script type=\”text/javascript\”> <!–//–><![CDATA[//><!– parent.location=\”http://www.domain.com/path/to/other-file.html\” //–><!]]> </script> “); } ?> Specifically, I employ the following trickery in my Killer WordPress theme: <?php endwhile; […] Read more »

WordPress Search Function Notes

Code to call an external WordPress search form: <?php include (TEMPLATEPATH . “/searchform.php”); ?> Code for a standard, inline WordPress search form: <form id=”searchform” method=”get” action=”<?php echo $_SERVER[‘PHP_SELF’]; ?>”> <p><input name=”s” type=”text” id=”s” size=”33″ maxlength=”99″ /> <input type=”submit” class=”submit” value=”Search &raquo;” /></p> </form> Code to search through multiple categories when using customized, individual category pages: <form id=”searchform” method=”get” action=”<?php echo $_SERVER[‘PHP_SELF’]; ?>”> <p><input name=”s” type=”text” id=”s” size=”33″ maxlength=”99″ /> <input type=”hidden” name=”cat” value=”1,2,3,4,5,6″ /> <input type=”submit” class=”submit” value=”Search &raquo;” /></p> </form> Code to try if the search function fails and your blog is located in a directory other than root: […] Read more »

Gizoogle Gonna Break it Down

Gangsta lean. Gangsta tuff. Da Gizoogle (404 link removed 2015/01/14) Search Engine & Translator delivahz da roofless bidniss fo' da previous post. Update 2012 March 1: looks like the Gizoogle site is down. May come back, so I’ll leave the links.. and the translated post ;) Osseus Website Yo Multimedia artist extraordizzle Kenneth Paul Schrag — betta known as Osseus ta his fellow DLa posse — is currently in tha process of updat'n his personal design portfolio website (Flash required) aww nah. Ken's aww nah. work is diverse, wit online samples cover'n both graphic design n illustration. We finally met […] Read more »

Secret Search Codes

Secret Search Codes: x@777 notes — notes posts (via search) notes — notes posts (via tag) service — web services (via tag) links — online resources (via tag) private — offline resources (via link) summon — key posts (via tag) update — update material (via tag) upgrade — wp upgrade material (via tag) theme — wp themes (via tag) plugins — wp plugins (via tag) rrr — error posts (via tag) Read more »

Summon Notes Plus

Summon some notes via Summon Notes Plus: x@777 Fun with Downlevel Conditional Comments XHTML Document Header Resource Online Service Essentials Online Color Resources Stupid htaccess Tricks WordPress Notes Plus JavaScript Notes Plus Robots Notes Plus HTTP Error Codes PHP Notes Plus Lightbox Notes Read more »

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