Why your #1 Google rank site will never get clicked.

Why your #1 Google rank site will never get clicked.

Reshared post from +Glenn Gabe

Took my kids to see Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles & searched for an awesome scene when I got home. Google provided the exact scene in Super-Size Video SERP mode. Hard to not click on the first result, right? But that's pretty much what I wanted… :)  #seo    cc: +Pete Meyers 

Web Hosting Myths Debunked

While there are plenty of excellent hosting providers out there, it’s all too easy for first-timer  to be tricked with less than transparent offerings. if you are tired of being stuck with another lousy web host – here are the 5 myths you need to debunk before making the next purchase. 

Myth #1 – All hosting providers are the same
Myth #2 – Free is the best 
Myth #3 – All cheap hosting sucks!
Myth #4 – You need to be an IT expert to run your own site (biggest bullshit!)
Myth #5 – Find a web host with 0 negative reviews

Source

Details, read: http://www.webhostingsecretrevealed.net/blog/web-hosting-guides/5-web-hosting-myths/

I hope this article helps you become a wiser hosting shopper. 

#webhosting   #myths   #hostingguide   #tips  

You Should Speed

Not on the road but on the Internet.

Because slow site speed kills conversion rates and Google rankings. 

It is no secret that Google is now using site speed as one of the ranking factors. Google Webmaster Central Blog made this official quite some time ago (see ref link below). And, Matt Cutts has repeatedly mentioned about the importance of website speed optimization in his videos and blogs. 

HOW?

When I first learned about site speed affects rankings, I was like “Wow, I must do this!”. What’s come next is inevitably the question ‘how’. How do we speed up our websites? How do we measure the speed of our website and compare with others? How do we get things done without getting into too much technical details?

10 tips

Here's what I've learned and did in the past, in 10 very quick points:

1. Slim Down Your Site: Minify, compress, reduce – the lighter you are the faster you run.
2. Avoid Unnecessary HTTP 300′s, 400′s and 500′s: Cut down round trip time
3. Use CSS Sprites
4. Avoid Using CSS @import
5. Keep CMS updated
6. Cache All You Can Cache
7. Use a CDN
8. Host on a faster host
9. Optimize database
10. Place scripts at footer whenever possible

I am sure there are many other methods to get the job done, why not tell us yours – What’s your #1 tips for a non-techies to speed up their websites?

Reference – more tips and readings

My detail writeup – http://www.webhostingsecretrevealed.net/blog/seo/speed-up-your-website/
Google Webmaster Blogpost – http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/2010/04/using-site-speed-in-web-search-ranking.html
Mashable infographic – http://mashable.com/2012/03/14/slow-website-stats-infographic/

Tools

CSS Sprites tool – http://spriteme.org/
Cache tool for WordPress – http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-super-cache/
Cache tool for Joomla – http://extensions.joomla.org/extensions/core-enhancements/performance/cache/9495 
CDN – http://www.maxcdn.com/
Database optimizer for WP – http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-optimize/

C.C. +Mashable +MaxCDN 

#sitespeed   #hosting   #seo   #siteoptimization  

Self Plug: Things We Wish We Knew Before Starting A Blog

If you could turn back time, what are the things you would teach yourself before starting a blog? What was your biggest mistakes when it comes to blogging? And what did you learn from your mistake?

My #1 Blogging Mistake

My biggest blogging mistake was not building an email list throughout the years. It sucks. And it almost drove me out of business in 2012/2013.

What I have learned: search ranking and social media buzz can come and go. But email is always here to stay. Why? Because it allows you to engage and communicate with your audience directly whenever you want. Engagement and communication – are the keys to your online success. 

I am still not building a good email list right now. But at least I have started and am learning all that I could. 

The Survey

Curious about how others. I conducted an online survey via HARO and interviewed other bloggers about their mistakes and things they wish to know before starting their own blog. And I've hand-picked and published some of the best answers here: http://www.webhostingsecretrevealed.net/blog/blogging-tips/things-we-wish-we-knew-before-starting-our-first-blog/ Some of the stories are common; and some total out of my imagination. 

What About Yours?

Do drop by when you got a minute and share us your stories with us. If you like what you see – please share the post with your followers.  

cc. +Adam Connell +Devesh Sharma +Jasmine Powers +Joppar