Aug 302012
 

To cut the story short:

Here is what happened to the traffic of one of my articles when Pinterest noticed one of the pictures there:

Pinterest pinned and repinned 1000 times one of my pictures.

Pinterest users pinned and repinned 1000 times one of my pictures.

How did my article stood out proud?

It had some very good photography materials inside.

8 to be precise.

2 of them made by professional photographer, the others made by people still learning the craft (like me, he he ūüėČ )

Re-tweet effect

In the past few years, when some of your articles were noticed by a good blogger (or micro blogger) and (s)he mentions you – you get the avalanche effect of more mentions or re-tweets and links to your article in their blogs.

Why was this good?

Instant traffic and links to your article are actually temporary, but the backlinks remain and your site grows a bit brighter for search engines.

Backlinks mean you have some authority and people like to link to your site as a reference.

Pinterest.

Imagine the same with photos.

What is Pinterest?

A social micro-blogging platform like Twitter, where you can comment on interesting photography in the world wide web.

Pin photos you found or re-pin photos of other photographers in your circles.

You write down an article and attach some of your work inside.

It may not be 100% unique or state of the art picture.

But if it stands out and the article is also interesting – you may get noticed by the crowd and taken to the front page of Pinterest.

And this may bring some Quite good ripple effect on your traffic as you see above.

In the next 5 days after the initial avalanche – some people kept repinning the photos of my article, leading some more traffic to my blog.

Why traffic matters?

Is your blog monetized?

If not – then it matters.

If yes – then it matters even more.

Traffic brings revenue, not just readers and photography connoisseurs.

 

So how important is Pinterest to your blogging?

Quite important.

Create account and start pinning photos.

Pin everything interesting and good you see and think it is worth sharing.

The ripple effect will come.

Soon.

Good luck and happy blogging! ūüėČ

 Posted by at 11:46 am
Jul 302012
 

It took me quite a lot of time to reach this decision.

When I started this blog 15 months ago, I did not knew any SEO and did not know why permalinks actually matter.

If you have a look at Google search results, when you search something, there is always part of the keywords you are searching into the URL of the results:

How %postname% helps SEO.

How %postname% helps SEO.

This helps SEO a bit. It is not a miracle like receiving a link from a PR9 .edu site, but it is still adding up to the big picture.

If you made the mistake to use the default permalinks provided by WordPress, you probably see the links like this: www.m0rd0r.eu/?p=2112

There is nothing bad in this link, except there is NO keyword in it except “m0rd0r”, which pays nothing in the long term (believe me, I bought this domain just because it is cheap and this is my nickname in the online games I play – not for SEO purposes).

In the same time, this URL has two of the keywords it is designed for: http://www.m0rd0r.eu/gailardia-3-walkthrough-and-maps-part-iii/

Using long URL with %postname% helps your articles to be found easier. p=2112 means absolutely nothing for SEO.

Also, it is much more human-readable and it will be easier for you to work with Google analytics.

But what about the

Backlinks?

All those backlinks that you worked so hard from the beginning? You can’t sacrifice them, yes?

For this purpose, there is one method – you need to make all your old ?p=XYZ pages to respond with HTTP 301 – moved permanently error to the browser.

This is done by setting a .htaccess file to your http root folder like this:

Or if you are WP user like me, you may allow WordPress FTP access to your Blog and WordPress will create the .htaccess file for you. It is quite easy process. You only need to choose the %postname% format:

Go to WP-Admin ->  Setting -> Permalinks and choose the %postname% format. WP will do the remaining changes for you.

Change permalinks to %postname% for better SEO.

Change permalinks to %postname% for better SEO.

Doing this will tell the search engines the page has been moved permanently and they need to reindex with the new URL.

In the same time, the backlinks you’ve made will be redirected by the browser to the new page URL automatically and you will not lose your readers and back-link value.

So if you backlinked some page of my blog into your site – you don’t need to change anything.

 Posted by at 4:31 pm
Jul 132012
 

You may have noticed my blog takes a bit more time to open if you are reading from Europe or Asia.

The reason is, I’ve migrated my blog to BlueHost recently.

Why?

There are actually 3 reasons.

CEZ explaining how I need to wait 1 month for reply.

CEZ explaining how I need to wait 1 month for reply.

1. Downtime

You may have seen one previous rant about this.

In the last month, the local power company is making the neighbourhood look like a christmas tree. I’ve signaled them plenty of times and they only returned me a couple of trouble tickets with standard answers and a ticket resolution in 30 days!

In 30 days, Google, Yahoo! and Bing! may mark my blog as unstable (not online frequently) or demote my site to PR 0. I’ve worked for PR 2 almost half-year, building valid links (no link baits and no black hat links). Took me a lot of Yahoo answers replies, establishing contacts with other bloggers and leaving insightful comments in their blogs. Getting to know people in forums with area near to my blog area and writing specific articles to answer their questions, so I am not posting there some spammy links to my blog but provide a resource to help them for real.

It is not good to get demoted because of such a downtime:

The other reason is my ISP.

Sorry guys, but we are living in 21-st century. You can’t just disconnect me for overdue payment without prior notice.

I am not poor, I can afford your service.

I am just forgetful. My focus is on my beloved one, my work, my blog, my pet and my hobbies. Sending me an SMS or an E-mail to remind me the end date to pay you is after 3 days will cost you less than $0.03. I am paying you $18 for 10 Mbps. It’s not THAT much of a loss. Merely 0.0054%. Any self respecting company would do this for the customer.

And thank you for not replying to my E-mails for a whole week.

Both of them into the mix.

Now imagine my ISP, blaming the power company…

Guys, why you did not invest in UPS? Downtime = unhappy customer. You can’t just reply to my call with

We have no power in our local tech center, so we are waiting!

LOL WUT !?! Waiting?

Why is this happening? What are you waiting for? It is one-time investment, and for what it is worth – happy customer with no downtime will bring more happy customers just from “word-by-mouth“.

2. Safety and serenity.

So, I’ve decided it is over with self hosting. It is dirt cheap and incredibly easy to be done. I’ve explained it in one article before. But it is not free:

  1. You have full control, but in the same time – you still pay your ISP for the internet connection.
  2. You also need to pay your electricity bills, because the server is consuming power 24/7.
  3. You still need to keep your server OS and services up to date. Otherwise, the next exploit can be a reason you get rooted, your databases dropped and your whole site, erased or defaced – just because some script kiddie decided to test if he can crack it.

3. Hosting area

My main auditory lives in the USA, so the US hosting was a no-brainer. If the majority of the readers are living in the US – they better get no delay opening the blog articles at all.

Being hosted in the same country as your audience is also good for the SEO.

I was planning to do this sooner or later. The ISP and the power company only forced my hand.

BlueHost

Why exactly did I choose them?

They are quite friendly bunch and so far, there are only 2 things I found annoying:

  1. There is 20% VAT tax attached to the total payment.
  2. SSH is not enabled by default and you need “proof of ownership” before they allow you to enable it. But it is okay, because you only need to give them a screenshot of your credit card with the important digits masked.

But…

The migration itself takes less than 30 minutes for a blog with 120 articles and there is one interesting thing:

You are encouraged to bring more customers to them, by placing a banner and affiliate links and you are paid for each customer willing to use their hosting service $65. It is not going to provide me with a passive income living, but it may pay for the next year’s hosting tax.

So I’ve decided to stay. And if you are curious – I am quite happy – the cPanel creates a new blog or forum with just 3 clicks. No more software updates and reading tutorials how to set it from scratch. Yes. It is informative and important experience, but my time is more expensive than $4 monthly.

Disclaimer 1: The opinion noted here is my own and is not shared by my associates, compatriots and co-workers.

Disclaimer 2: The links pointing to BlueHost noted above are affiliate links and by making purchase by following them, you are giving me a direct revenue as a BlueHost affiliate (but you loose nothing).

 Posted by at 4:48 pm