Looking for free tips of how to promote your website/blog? Over the years I’ve learned tips all over the place from Internet on how to promote a website/blog. I think it is better listing them here so whoever stumbles on My Internet Stuff site will find them useful here:
- Write informative articles about your niche so people will link to you. This is call link-bait.
- Submit different version of those informative articles to major article directories. If people like your article, they will post it in their sites. So you’ll get one-way link even for Free.
- Join forums that are related to your niche. Set up your profile there so your signature link will point back to your website/blog.
- Sign up social bookmarking sites and post your links there. Although most of them don’t provide do-follow links, still you’ll get traffic from them.
- Find relevant websites/blogs to comment on. If allowed, leave your link there to point back to your website/blog. Most website/blog owners don’t mind that as long as what you said is natural and relevant to his/her site.
- Sign up for Google Alert with the keywords of your niche. That is how you can find relevant websites/blogs to comment on.
- Become an expert of answering questions in Yahoo Answers. If necessary, you can provide helpful links back to your website/blog.
- Participate in Google Group and Yahoo Group and have your signature link pointed back to your website/blog.
- Make sure every website/blog of yours has 404 search friendly page. This will help your potential customers to find related articles.
- Build an opt-in form of collecting potential customers in your niche. As some experts said, “Money is in the LIST”.
- Provide RSS or any other social bookmarklets to allow your visitors to react with.
- Submit your website/blog to directories of your niche. Moreover, you can even submit your RSS feed to RSS directories.
- Sign up for Squidoo and Hubpages, write about your niche, and have links pointed back to your website/blog.
- Use robots.txt file to control certain files if you don’t want your website/blog to end up with duplicated contents.
- When you create your articles, make sure you have your keywords written within the title. Good headlines will attract more potential customers.
- Create a sitemap and submit it to Google, Yahoo, and MSN.
- Exchange your link with the relevant websites/blogs. Overall it will help you in a long run.
- Nowadays video marketing is a very popular way of promoting your website/blog.
- Sign up a Free account in Craigslist.org, and post your website/blog within your ads. Make sure you don’t spam.
- Provide Google Translate for your foreign visitors so you can keep them informed. Although Google Translate is not 100% accurate, it is better than nothing.
Do you like the list above? How helpful is it to your website/blog? Please leave a comment below.
There are two types of sitemaps in general; namely HTML (Hyper Text Makeup Language) sitemap and XML (EXtensible Makeup Language) sitemap. Do you want to know the difference between them? If you do, then read on…
What is HTML Sitemap?
HTML sitemap is used to list all hyperlinks of different sections and pages of your blog/website. These hyperlinks are normally listed hierarchically and they may provide description for each link. It is no doubt that adding a HTML sitemap to your blog/website will help your visitors navigate and find information easily. So HTML sitemap is primarily created for humans.
Although a HTML sitemap is created for your visitors, indexing bot such as Googlebot might have a better chance to crawl your first-time-missed links again since all the files are well put together in your sitemap page. Check this blog’s sitemap to get a general idea of how a HTML sitemap looks like. You can create your own HTML sitemap from HTML Sitemap Generator here.
What is XML Sitemap?
XML sitemap lists URLs (world wide web addresses) for your blog/website in a special format. See the table below for a XML Sitemap with one single URL:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
It allows webmasters to inform search engines about URLs in your blog/website for easy indexing. XML sitemap is created for search engines but not for humans. Submitting a XML sitemap to search engines such as Google, Yahoo, and MSN will not only help your blog/website being indexing quickly and efficiently but also increase your blog/website’s visibilities in search engines as well.
For a full version WordPress blog, you can use Google XML Sitemaps plugin to do the trick for you.
What is the difference between HTML sitemap and XML sitemap? Please leave a comment below.
Why Do We Need Sitemaps?
Sitemap? What is it? How to add it to our website?
How to Add Google Sitemap to WordPress.com Blog?
Okay here is a good news for anyone who tries to get a WordPress.com blog verified by Google. Thanks to @frannie84 who pointed out in her comment that now you can login to your blog’s dashboard, click on tools/tools to submit your blog to Google Webmaster Tools, Yahoo! Site Explorer, and Bing Webmaster Center. Enjoy!
A couple weeks ago, I wrote a post, How to Add Google Sitemap to WordPress.com Blog?, which showed you how you can submit your blog’s feed to Google Webmaster Tools account. Now you might wonder how you can get your WordPress.com blog verified by Google too. It seems it is impossible to do that because we don’t have controls of our files; but hope is always there. The article, Get your WordPress.com Blog Google Verified, will guide you the way of how to do that. Still I want to show you the way I got my WordPress.com blog verified here:
- Once you got one; sign in with it.
- If this is the first time you sign in, then type your blog’s/website’s URL (the address for your blog/website) in the text field and click on Add Site.
- Under Verified? Click on the button Verify.
- A new window is shown; saying Verification Status: NOT VERIFIED.
- In the drop-down list; choose Upload a HTML File.
- More information will be shown here. You have two choices to submit your blog/website:
- I’ve created a file named google2ae4cd3d07afcb8a.html.
- I’ve uploaded the file to http://yoursitename.wordpress.com/ and can view http://yoursitename.wordpress.com/google2ae4cd3d07afcb8a.html in my browser.
(google2ae4cd3d07afcb8a.html is given by Google. You’ll get your own)
(Make sure you replace yoursitename with your own domain name.)
- Since you know we don’t have controls of our files; so we’ll go for the choice 1.
- Go to your WordPress.com dashboard, click on Pages/Add New to create a new page named http://yoursitename.wordpress.com/google2ae4cd3d07afcb8a.html. This page can be empty. Make sure you change yoursitename to be your own domain name. (Keep it private once Google has verified your blog/website)
Now wait for Google to update your status. Google Webmaster Tools will inform you once your blog/website are being verified. After you’ve succeeded, you will enjoy reports about your pages’ visibility on Google.
Would you like to get your WordPress.com blog verified by Google? Why or why not? Please leave a comment below.
As a new blogger, you probably like to choose a Free blog service to get started. Both Google blogger and WordPress.com provide this kind of Free service you can get. However, you may want to find out the similarities and differences between them before you decide to pick one. Since I own both Google Blogger and WordPress.com blog, I can tell you what the similarities and differences between them:
|Requires minimal HTML knowledge
|No need to know anything about HTML
|Allows CSS edit
||Don’t allow CSS edit unless you upgrade it
| Allows Google AdSense & new Amazon products
|Don’t allow any third-party codes
|Allows you to edit HTML code
||Can’t access any files
|Allows you to add your own footer
||Can’t do anything about the footer
|new Now it allows you to create pages
||Allows you to create pages
|new Now it allows you to import and export other blogs
||Allows you to import and export other blogs
|Layout is narrow but can be modified
||Has more variety wider themes
|No trackback service instead it has backlink services
||Has trackback service
|No comment spam protection
||Offers free anti-spam protection (Akismet)
|Can add images & videos
||Can add images, videos, audio, and media
|Labels (can be Categories/Tags) is available
||Tags and Categories are available
|Can add your own widgets
||Some themes came with certain widgets. Allows you to add text widgets
|Hard to redirect to your paid-hosting server
||Can easy redirect to your paid- hosting server
|Allows you to schedule future-dated posts
||Allows you to schedule future-dated posts
|Has OpenID Service
||Has OpenID Service
|new Now it has undo/redo function in its editor
||Has undo/redo function in its editor
|No table function in its editor
||No table function in its editor
|Comment editor is in-line
||Comment editor is in-line
|Allows you to moderate comments
||Allows you to moderate comments
|Offers feed service
||Offers feed service
|No Blog Stats, no Blog Surfer, and no Tag Surfer services
||Offers Blog Stats, Blog Surfer, and Tag Surfer services
|new Now it allows your readers to sign up
||Allows your readers to sign up
These are all I can recall so far. Make a wise decision before you choose one. For me I prefer Google Blogger since it allows me to hack the codes the way I like. I also like my self-hosted WordPress blog too for it also allows me to study those PHP files there.
However, if you are thinking to temporarily use a Free blog service and eventually transition it to a paid-hosting service. Then I suggest you to get WordPress.com blog since it will make your life easier when one day you are ready to pay for your own hosting.
WordPress.org blog doesn’t give those limitations listed above from WordPress.com. See The Difference Between WordPress.com and WordPress.org here. WordPress.org gives all the freedoms you need; no limitations such as posting third-party codes. Moreover you can have full access to all the files.
Would you like to use Google Blogger or WordPress.com blog? Please leave a comment below.
Update: I’ll add updates to this post whenever I recall some features about Google Blogger vs. WordPress.com. More updates have been added. See the items marked new.
WordPress.com vs Blogger.com
Blogger.com vs. WordPress.com
Blogger vs. WordPress.com Comparison Chart
Free Blog Services Rated: Blogger, Livejournal, WordPress.com
Wow! How fast Google and Yahoo! indexed this new blog! I’ve just started on April 13, 2008 (exactly two weeks’ ago). When I typed site: myinternetstuff.wordpress.com in Google Search Engine. I could see a list of all My Internet Stuff sub-titles indexing at Google; see the screenshot below:
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Yahoo! also indexed my new blog so fast but did not list as many sub-titles as Google; see the screenshot below:
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I don’t know for sure whether fast indexing has something to do with my submission to Google Webmaster Tools and Yahoo! Site Explorer. Anyway, I am happy about it.
Update: Google just indexed What Can You Do With Your API Key? – a post I wrote today (4/28/2008)8) less than one minute. I am really amazed.
How fast did Google and Yahoo! index your Blog? Please leave a comment below.