17 Aug

Getting Listed in Google

Your new business or personal/community web site is finally up and running. But how do you attract visitors now to your website? The first step towards announcing your website to the World Wide Web is to get listed in Search Engines. Majority of the traffic to a website is through Search Engines. Google is one of the most popular Search Engines and we will give you a few tips on how to get listed in Google and increase the traffic to your website.

1) Add your URL to Google:

The first step to get listed for any website is by manually submitting your URL with Google. Visit: http://www.google.com/addurl/ and submit your website details. Google does not guarentee that your website will be listed, but you can improve your chances of getting listed by following the protocols outlined by Google. You can follow these protocols when designing your website to increase search engine friendliness.

You can also try submitting your URL at DMOZ The Open Directory which Google uses for classifying websites. This is a directory that is managed by volunteers that act as “category editors.” To list your site, simply go to the most appropriate category for your web site, then drill down to the relevant subcategory and select the “Add URL” link at the top of that category’s page.

The time required for the Google bot to start crawling your website will vary though you can expect it to start within a week or two.

2) Increase PageRank

Google uses PageRank algorithm for ranking websites. This is Google’s description of PageRank:

“ PageRank relies on the uniquely democratic nature of the web by using its vast link structure as an indicator of an individual page’s value. In essence, Google interprets a link from page A to page B as a vote, by page A, for page B. But, Google looks at more than the sheer volume of votes, or links a page receives; it also analyzes the page that casts the vote. Votes cast by pages that are themselves “important” weigh more heavily and help to make other pages “important”.

Hence it is important that your website should have links from and to other websites. The more number of links, the better PageRank for your website which means more traffic to your website! You can start writing articles and submit them to the article submission sites. All of the article sites (the good ones at least) allow you to include a section called “About the Author” or “Author Resource”. It’s here that you can include a link back to your site.

3) Sitemaps

Sitemaps help visitors to navigate between pages and also helps search engine bot to index very easily. Generate a sitemap and keep it updated so that Search Engines will be able to index your website efficiently. There are many Sitemap generators available. You can find a good list of Sitemap generators here.

4) Search Engine Friendly design

When designing your website, make sure that it is search engine friendly. Meta description is an important component for on-page SEO. Google only consider 155 characters from Meta description. So it’s important to write a unique Meta description within 155 characters using keywords. Images make articles and pages attractive to visitors. More over images are also indexed different search engines. Using relevant keywords in the image ALT tags help Search Engines to recognize images and index them according to the ALT tags. Title tag is very important. Title should not be too long. For Google, 70 characters are enough. Descriptive titles have maximum clickthoughs.

5) Content is King

The most important factor for driving more visitors to your website and maintaining them is to keep your content updated regularly. This would naturally keep Google Bots busy as well as they will index more pages from your website. The more you update the content within your site, the more value it earns. It takes more than simply having content on your site to bring visitors back to your site time after time. It takes quality content that is updated regularly.

Google and other search engines have a very simple goal with their search results: to provide the most relevant results to those who perform a search. It is important that your web pages are optimized for search engines if you want to get high search engine rankings. A combination of optimized web pages and high link popularity leads to high rankings on search engines like Google.

16 Aug

Starting a Web Hosting Company – Obstacles

As with any company, you’re going to run into obstacles. You will face new challenges almost every day, and how you deal with those challenges will determine if you come out stronger, or so damaged you end up closing up shop..

The key here is proper planning. From the very basics all the way to the most complex, you need to have a plan of action written down that you’re going to follow. As you face each challenge, you would then be able to consult your strategy and deal with it logically.

For example, some challenges you will face:
– Drop in sales
– Increase in cancellations
– Shortage of funds
– Downtime
– Mistakes in service
– Angry customers
– Negative Reviews
– Increased Competition

Just to name a few. You can combat all of the above easily.. Let’s take negative reviews for example. So long as you are providing a good service, are confident you have done everything in your power to ensure satisfaction, have been professional and offered resolutions to the customer, then you have nothing to worry about. In your plan of action, make sure you have a strategy for handling bad reviews, don’t just go in all guns blazing.

A part of my process to maintain quality is making sure my attention is where it is needed most. I can’t possibly monitor all tickets, and not all tickets require monitoring, however it is important you don’t miss important tickets out.. A good filter I put in place, is monitoring tickets that have too many back & forth replies. If something isn’t resolved within the first few replies, then typically, something is wrong. I will monitor those tickets and see why it is taking so long to resolve. I will go back and consult whoever worked on the ticket and ask why this is taking so long. I typically intervene at that point, implement a structured approach to resolution.

Let’s take another example.. Increased competition. Competition is just a way of business. I know a few hosts, in particular one small mainly UK web host that seems obsessed with what we do. Going as far as copying our plan names word for word, our site structure, type of wording, services we offer and even under cutting the prices. Should we be worried? Nope, not at all. A company that copies is always one step behind. Always a minute too late in getting the sale. Lack innovation and shows their inability to come up with their own ideas. Only sees what’s on the outside, but isn’t aware of the internal processes which ensure we deliver what we promise. We need a little bit of a pinch to keep the heat on, increase our efforts and eliminate the competition. We have a plan of action which keeps such companies at bay. It is a good idea for you to have one too, as ultimately, you will one day face such a scenario too and it will be important for you to stay ahead of the game.. Web Hosting isn’t an easy industry, it’s not just about getting a reseller account and a website.. You need to make sure you can get the sale, you need to make sure you give your customers a better reason other than price to sign up with you.

Having a plan of action will ensure you are prepared and equipped to handle the many challenges you are going to face.

14 Aug

Fantastico!

Fantastico is just how the name implies – it’s fantastic! Fantastico De Luxe, developed by Netenberg, is an auto installer software will allows you to install various scripts easily through cPanel. Installing scripts may be a tedious job for the novice web master. Fantastico allows you to install more than 40 open source (free) software applications with minimum hassle. No technical knowledge is required to install the scripts. The script installation procedure just takes a couple of minutes to complete and can be performed by novices without the need of setting up MySQL databases, importing structure, chmoding files and without the need of other tasks usually associated with script installations.

Fantastico is integrated into cPanel and is available through the user’s cPanel. Fantastico will typically create tables in a database, install files, adjust permissions, and modify web server configuration files. Although Fantastico is typically associated with open-source software, a handful of scripts are also available that install commercial products; such as SohoLaunch (web site builder), PerlDesk (customer support software), and AccountLab Plus (billing software). Fantastico is the leading auto script installed in the web hosting industry due to its popularity and its tight integration with cPanel.

The following scripts are currently available for installation through Fantastico:

Blogs:

b2evolution (2.4.2)
Nucleus (3.32)
WordPress (2.6.1)

Portals/CMS:

Drupal (6.4)
Geeklog (1.4.1)
Joomla 1.5 (1.5.6)
Joomla (1.0.15)
Mambo Open Source (4.6.5)
PHP-Nuke (7.9)
phpWCMS (1.1-RC4 Rev. A)
phpWebSite (0.10.2)
Post-Nuke (0.764)
Siteframe (3.2.3)
Typo3 (4.1.5)
Xoops (2.0.18.1)

Customer Support:

Crafty Syntax Live Help (2.14.6)
Help Center Live (2.1.4)
osTicket (1.3.1)
PerlDesk (4.012.2) (Commercial, needs license)
PHP Support Tickets (1.9)
Support Logic Helpdesk (1.2)
Support Services Manager (1.0b)

Discussion Boards:

phpBB (3.0.1)
SMF (1.1.5)

E-Commerce:

CubeCart (3.0.17)
OS Commerce (2.2 Release Candidate 2a + buySAFE)
Zen Cart (1.3.8a)

FAQ:

FAQMasterFlex (1.51)

Hosting Billing:

AccountLab Plus (2.8 r14) (Commercial, needs license)
phpCOIN (1.4.1)

Image Galleries:

4images Gallery (1.7.6)
Coppermine Photo Gallery (1.4.19)
Gallery (2.2.5)

Mailing List:

PHPlist (2.10.5)

Polls and Surveys:

Advanced Poll (2.03)
phpESP (1.8.2)
PHPSurveyor (1.0)

Project Management:

PHProjekt (5.2.2)
dotProject (2.1.2)

Site Builders:

Soholaunch Pro Edition (4.9.1 r10) (Commercial, needs license)
Templates Express

Wiki:

PhpWiki (1.2.11)
TikiWiki (2.0)

Other Scripts:

Dew-NewPHPLinks (2.0.1.0b SEF w/Thumbshots)
Moodle (1.9.2)
Noah’s Classifieds (1.3 [Patched-1])
Open-Realty (2.5.2)
phpAdsNew (2.0.11-pr1)
PHPauction (3.2)
phpFormGenerator (2.09c)
WebCalendar (1.0.5)

Netenberg does a good job in keeping the scripts version updated with new releases for Fantastico DeLuxe frequently. Fantastico will not auto update the scripts, so you have to keep tab of the new script versions and update them through Fantastico when it is available.

Fantastico has grown massively over its time, and its made itself part of the Web Hosting industry for users who aren’t sure on installing some types of scripts. It certainly makes things easier for everyone.

12 Aug

What is Good About Linux Hosting?

Linux hosting is a fairly easy thing to get. If you are currently on Windows and you are thinking about getting this kind, you do not have to fret since the PC’s operating system and that of the web host will not impact each other. Let us find out more about Linux hosting.

The first benefit of getting Linux hosting is that it is easy to afford. This is an open-source software that you can get for less compared to Mac or Windows. You do not have to pay for any licensing fees. Windows has very strict rules on licensing. Each product will get its own license. You do not have to worry about this with Linux because you can do more than one installations from one purchase.

Is Linux hosting dependable? It has proven time and time again that it is stable and that anybody who uses it can rely on its performance. Most home PCs still use Windows but this is not the case when talking about hosting servers. You can see that Linux is something that most platforms strive to copy.

Aside from these, the Linux hosting system has the capacity to give you plenty of features to give you interactive and lively pages. It makes use of MySQL, Perl, and PHP to give you the best solutions. You can also use free applications to make your site look better and help it cater to your needs. This is a very well rounded hosting system which any sort of online business will find useful.

You might begin to think that Linux hosting is complicated but the truth is that it is not at all. This is very easy to understand even for beginners. Microsoft runs on a fancy graphic interface but Linux runs on command inputs. You can also use all the control panel functions that you find. Linux has a great array of control panels such as Plesk and cPanel. These are also very easy to use.

So these are the reasons why you should opt for Linux hosting. Take advantage of the affordability and superior performance of this kind of server. Websites are very competitive and having this good hosting solution working with yours will really put you at a notch above your competitors. You will find yourself enjoying the ease at which you can control your site and along with this will come high traffic and, eventually, profit.

11 Aug

5 Most Important SEO Tricks

Ever since business owners have discovered the importance of websites in boosting their every webmaster wants their site to gain top rankings in search engines. However, most are not successful in getting top rank. Here, are some tricks to help you get top search engine rankings.

i. Content is king

This cliché is actually true. So you need to get the content right. Search engines prefer websites that are actually useful for users and provide quality information. Also, other webmasters will be more open to giving you backlinks if they find your website high on quality. Plagiarism is a huge no-no and you cannot copy paste content from other sites.

ii. Keyword is important

The keywords that you use for your website need to be researched thoroughly. They are the base for ranking. Hence, you don’t want to goof up by putting in keywords that bring in the wrong audience.

iii. Page linking

Link the different pages of your website to one another. This serves as a guide for search engine spiders. Text links add to the relevancy of your web page, so make use of them. Creating a site map is a very beneficial step, because it can have all the links to the different pages.

iv. Keep the website simple

Most people go wrong by jazzing up their website too much. The rule is to keep it simple. Therefore, don’t bank that much on flash or animation. They don’t add any real value to your website, and also slow down the speed of the download. This may also deviate traffic to other websites, because no one really wants to wait that long!

v. Submission in directories

There are hundreds of directories on the Internet where you can submit your website. Backlinks from reputed submission directories contribute in increasing the page rank of your website. However, it may take days before your link shows up. But the wait is worthwhile.

04 Aug

TetraHost is now on RatePoint

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03 Aug

Windows 7 Review

October 22nd marked the launch of what many critics will agree is a breath of fresh air for many Windows OS users worldwide. Hurray for all the fans who cowered under the scorn of Mac X users who never stopped short of laughing off any Windows product launch; including this one. Windows 7 is unlike its predecessor Vista and XP. In fact, these guys look like they sat down and listed down the weaknesses of both OS and threw in a few additional features and came up with a masterpiece; well almost.

And no, this new release does not beg for drivers, they are already available even for the mostly unavailable video drivers. Windows 7 even works on a normal processor that previously ran Windows XP! Of course it does look like Vista but is lighter, installs faster and is much more vivid and awesome to any user, what with all the appearance options that befall him. It shies away from the annoying UAC (user access control) horrors that plagued the Vista OS. It allows better control and more options for every user and allows multiple access, easier share and one click access.

The beauty is in the advanced easy-to access menu’s transparent UIs (user interfaces) and auto-install lovelies that ensure that all devices detected are immediately available for use. How’s that for glory? Of course, the OS will get the usual bashing in the next few months that plagues every Windows release; but this one will be different as it promises to have less complaints, better compatibility, and ease of use.

Windows 7 comes with the usual versions that have become tradition with Windows; Home Premium, Basic Starter, Professional, Ultimate. This is good news for Netbook users who had nightmares with Vista where drivers were concerned. Windows 7 not only is lighter on the processor, but it proves to be a better and more versatile OS compared to its ancestors and it has the power and looks that they never had. Available in 64-bit and 32-bit versions, the OS has truly delivered as promised.

Upgrading from Windows XP and Vista is easy at lower prices compared to how much the Goldmaster version, that proves to be what every high end PC user must have. The features are standard on most versions, like aero peek, a marvel that allows you to quickly navigate through the many open windows by allowing a sneak preview of them, a taskbar that is a lot less cluttered, a redefined start menu, quick display switching among others.

What is notably absent though; Windows Mail, Live Photo gallery and Movie Maker, is available from the official site. The media player has been revamped and is more better looking, has more tweaks and easily puts iTunes to shame with its device and codec compatibility options. The security features are more precise, though you may still prefer the use of your antivirus. Homegroup option in networking will have you easily share and secure files, printers and any other devices with so much ease, you will love Windows 7 for this fact only. Okay, and its awe inspiring looks too.

03 Aug

Tips to Get Your Site on Top of Google

Everyone wants their website to get top rankings on Google. Though it sounds like a far away dream, this is quite possible if you make the right efforts in the right direction.

The website should be in top form
This means that all your web pages are totally clean and do not have any pointless flash or animation. The meta tags should correctly reflect what is on them, this includes keywords, description, content and title. And most importantly, your content should be in top form, useful, and informative. All the hyperlinks on each paragraph or each page should work out fine.

Make the presence of the website visible to Google
In order to get this done, you need at least 35 quality links pointing to your site. Only then will Google even start to take notice of the website. And each of these 35 links should come from different websites. So if you submit to directories, chose the best ones that are high in page rank themselves. Don’t waste your time getting links from sites, that can’t ensure quality listing. That will not really help you.

Research what Google is actually looking for
Therefore if your content is not helpful or unique, don’t expect to find great favors from Google. A website that has just been put together to reap in money without anything concrete on it will not really get you anywhere with Google.

Keep on working on the website
You have to keep improving your website. Meta tags should be reviewed. Php and html should be pulled up. So not forget to improve the navigation, structure and content of your website. The trick is to update. And this goes for backlinks too. just because your website has figured once in top ranking does not mean that you forget to do the base work.