Saturday, April 28, 2012

Working on to increase the page loading speed of our site to improve SEO


Today I have checked the page loading speed of our websites using pingdom tool . And, I came to know that our Motivational Quotes website TheQuotes.Net is taking more than 2 seconds for loading completely. But the the other quotes sites which appear in top of search results are taking lesser time for loading the pages.

The page loading speed is the important factor for improving the SEO. So, I decided to take necessary steps for improving the page loading speed.

I analysed the performance data for our website TheQuotes.Net in the Google Web Maters Tools, and I did "Page Speed" test from Firefox.

The "Page Speed" recommended me to compress the CSS and JS files to save file download time.

I was already using "WP Super Cache" plugin for the wordpress based site "TheQuotes.Net" And, I came to know that the the "WP Super Cache" plugin is having "plugin" tab to add more features as plugins.

And, I found this plugin  which is useful for minifying the CSS and JS files using Minify.

I have tested the peformance of the site again using "page speed" add-on after completing the setup of minify with the "WP Super Cache". But it was still saying that the JS and CSS files can be compressed to improve the performance.

So, I wanted to check whether the compression is really working or not. And, I came to know about this tool for testing it. And, this tool is saying that the page is compressed.

It looks like the html page is compressed, but the CSS and JS files are not minimized. I would like to know whether the performance can be improved further, or whether  the compresses processes will add more complexity which will affect the performance. You can share your thoughts thro' the comments.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Free SMS Quotes (For Indian Users Only)



Few months back we have  launched a Motivational Quotes Site TheQuotes.Net

Initially I thought of selling this website thro' Flippa Auction once after developing this site with some Content.

I had listed this site in Flippa Two times. But the highest bid is very low comparing to earning potential of this site. AdSense CPC may be low for  this kind of sites. But the potential for getting huge number of visitors is very high. Ultimately the earning potential of this kind of sites is good irrespective of low adsense cpc.  You may refer the SEMrush.com to know how much money the leading motivational Quotes site are earning from search traffic alone. I have the confidence of bringing this motivational Quotes site (TheQuotes.net) to top of search engine results for the relevant keywords. Already it started appearing in second page of Google for the keyword "motivational quotes".  I am improving my SEO skills and they have started giving returns. For example, yesterday we were able to bring more than 100K visitors to our social media news site RtoZ.org from Search engine.

And,  Even we can add some more monetization methods in addition to Adsense. I had asked a question in Linkedin about adding more monetization approaches for this site and I got many useful answers from LinkedIn users. I am planning to implement those suggestions one by one. As a first thing, I am going to sell some kind of motivational eBook which will be relevant to the visitors of this Motivational Quotes site. And, I may accept direct ads from relevant advertisers and Motivational speakers.

In brief,  I found some more ways to monetize the Quotes site  and the Website buyers are not willing to pay appropriate price as the current revenue from this site is low.

By considering both these things (i-e Huge potential and Low current value), I have decided to drop the idea of selling this Motivational Quotes website. Instead, I am going to use the earning potential of this quotes site to earn good revenue in near future.

 But, bringing this site to the Google first page may not be easy. There are millions of Quotes sites already available. Some of them are more than 10 years old. So, I am going to work hard to bring our TheQuotes.Net site to the Top of Search results.

Few days back, I started a Facebook page www.facebook.com/TheQuotesNet for promoting this motivational Quotes site. And our Team is working on to put some content and to  bring more fans to this Facebook page.

And, I already taken initiative to spread this site from social media using AutoTweet feature. It has attracted many users. You may just do a Twitter Search to know how many twitter users are using this feature to get more followers for them.   This AutoTweet feature requires the users to create account with our Forum. I am not sure whether everyone will be comfortable for doing this.
So, I am going to simplify the process. i-e Going to develop simple Twitter application and Facebook application for sending tweets without requiring the users to register in our Forum.

As part of this plan, today I have created a Google SMS channel for sending  Motivational Quotes as SMS using Google SMS channels.

The SMS channel Name is DailyQuotesSMS.

If you are in India, you can use this link (http://labs.google.co.in/smschannels/subscribe/DailyQuotesSMS) for subscribing to this free SMS to get motivational Quotes daily in your mobile as SMS. It will take only few seconds to do this free subscription and you can set the SMS delivery options according to your wish. And, you can unsubscribe from the SMS at any time easily.

You can start using it at http://labs.google.co.in/smschannels/subscribe/DailyQuotesSMS

 And, let me know if you find any difficulty in using this channel. I plan to send 1 or 2 Motivational Quotes per day.

Update :  This SMS Channel is not working now. It seems Google closed this feature. Now, You can view this page in your mobile to read inspiring Quotes.

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Listed our SEO tools website in Flippa




I have mentioned about our new SEO Tools website InboundLinksChecker.com in my previous post.

You can see the below Video to know the features of this website.





Now I have decided to sell this new website from Flippa Auction.

I set only 3 days as Auction Duration and set very low Reserve and low BIN price.

If you are interested to buy this site, you can refer the Flippa Auction here.

InboundLinksChecker.com is For Sale on Flippa!

Apart from this new listing, I have relisted two of our previous unsold listings.

Motivational Quotes Sites - TheQuotes.Net - Flippa Auction link.

Auto News Site- RtoZMedia.Org -Flippa Auction link

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Monday, April 16, 2012

Selling Multiple SEO scripts useful for Web Masters with Offer price (Offer Valid for 2 days only)



As I specified in my previous posts, these days Internet Marketing is very important for selling any kind of product.

There are lot of ways available for doing Internet Marketing. Most of the approaches (eg. PPC ads) will be costly and will bring low outcome.

The best and free way of doing Internet Marketing is, Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Mostly people trust the products/companies which appear on first page of Google search than the products seen on Advertisements.

We need not spend lot of money for doing SEO. Proper understanding about competition, choosing proper target keywords, doing simple tweaks in on-page content and relevant link building can bring good number of target visitors to increase the sales/conversion.

For example our Motivational Quotes Site "TheQuotes.Net" started getting good number of visitors even when there were thousands of good Motivational quotes sites are already available for many years. The reason is very simple. TheQuotes.Net is appearing in Google/Bing/Yahoo search results for the relevant keywords "Motivational quotes" and "inspiring Quotes". SEO Tools such as Inbound link analysis and SERP rank checker helped me to achieve this easily.

There are lot of SEO Tools available for using them freely. But all of them are having some kind of restrictions or limitations. So, we developed our own SEO tools to do our SEO tasks properly.

And, he hosted them on InboundLinksChecker.com. We too imposed some limitations to avoid our server IP address is getting blocked by search engines due to the over-use of these SEO tools.

Anyway, I have come up with a plan to allow the users to use these tools without any restrictions.
i-e I am selling the script with source code at affordable price. The web masters can use these scripts without any restrictions from their local machine or on their server. Even they can earn money from advertisements if they provide they show Advertisements along with these tools on their server. Many people will be using these tools as there is a huge demand of these kind of tools.

I set appropriate price for these SEO scripts. Still I am going to give offer if any one wants to buy multiple SEO scripts. Note that this offer will be available only for two days (i-e till April 18th, 2012). You can contact rajamanickam.a@gmail.com if you want to use this Offer.

Anyway, if you want to buy only one script, you can just proceed with "BUY" button available in the InboundLinksChecker.com


And, you can send your Offer price to rajamanickam.a@gmail.com if you are interested to buy the website ( InboundLinksChecker.com ) itself.

 (UPDATE: I sold this website. You can now buy SEO tools from our other website seoToolsStore.com )






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Solved the php Flush Issue




We are working on developing a website (InboundLinksChecker.com) useful for the Webmasters to do SEO for their Websites by utilizing many SEO Tools freely. I will give more details about this web site in separate post.

This website includes Inbound links analysis tool. And we used php flush() function for outputting the result immediately after processing each link instead for waiting for completing the entire process.

It was working fine in our local machine. But the flush() function was not working in the server. i-e The page was displayed only after completing the process of all links.

I have tried various options (e.g ob_flush(),ob_end_flush()) to solve this issue. But it was NOT solved.

Finally it was solved by creating a .htaccess file with below content to disable gzip functionality.

SetEnv no-gzip dont-vary



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Sunday, April 15, 2012

New Facebook Page for Sharing Quotes from TheQuotes.Net



We have created a New Facebook Page www.facebook.com/TheQuotesNet for easily sharing the Motivational Quotes and Inspiring Stories from our Motivational Quotes Website TheQuotes.Net.

I am planning to create some Facebook Applications for promoting this Page. For example, we have Twitter application for sending the Quotes as Tweet.

Share your suggestions for improving this Facebook page further.




We own many websites in various niches. Most of the sites are started before launching TheQuotes.Net. But the visitors traffic is growing very fast for TheQuotes.Net comparing to our other sites even when there were millions of websites already available for showing Motivational Quotes.

Even if the traffic growth is Good for our Motivational Quotes site, the adSense CPC is very low for the Motivational Quotes sites.

So, I am planning to test various other monetization methods other than just showing AdSense ads.

I will write my experience about my new monetization approaches and their outcome in few months once I test them.

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

What is the Correct php code for seeing the IP Address of the Server?





Today I have requested a dedicated IP address for our websites from our hosting. Then I wanted to check whether the IP address got changed. I tried below statement.

 echo $_SERVER['SERVER_ADDR'];

And, it was showing the new ip address. But below statement is still showing the old ip address.

echo file_get_contents("whatismyip.com")

I tried with various other sites such as whatismyipaddress.com also. But everything is showing the old ip address only

So, I would like to know whether $_SERVER['SERVER_ADDR'] is the correct way of knowing the IP address of the server, or any other suitable way available?

I asked this question in LinkedIn and this below answer look appropriate.

In your case, indeed the correct method would be:
echo $_SERVER[SERVER_ADDR];

as this would echo the IP address of the server under which the current script is executing.

On the other hand;
echo file_get_contents("whatismyip.com")

will output the source of the homepage of a website. This IP address might differ from what you get from the previous method as this is what the out side world sees. Meaning if the website is co-hosted or virtualized then the latter will give you the edge IP address of the hosted infrastructure.

And, I found below function for finding actual IP address. I decided to find the IP address of the SERVER by requesting a page which displays IP address by calling below function. (The server will be the client for this request). But this approach also showing the new ip address. I am still wondering what will the code used in whatismyip.com for finding the actual IP of the host (device) instead of showing just the virualized ip.

function getRealIpAddr()
{
if (!empty($_SERVER['HTTP_CLIENT_IP'])) //check ip from share internet
{
$ip=$_SERVER['HTTP_CLIENT_IP'];
}
elseif (!empty($_SERVER['HTTP_X_FORWARDED_FOR'])) //to check ip is pass from proxy
{
$ip=$_SERVER['HTTP_X_FORWARDED_FOR'];
}
else
{
$ip=$_SERVER['REMOTE_ADDR'];
}
return $ip;
}
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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Whom to contact for solving simple Passport renewal issue in India?




I was facing some difficulties in renewing my Passport  because of the irresponsible behaviour of Passport Seva Kendra  (PSK). Read my previous post to know more details.

As specified in my previous post I had spent lot of time/effort to solve it. I contacted RPO (rpo.madurai@mea.gov.in) and grv.jscpv@mea.gov.in few months back itself. But no one responded. And, I created help desk ticket (Ref. No 1110019564 ) at passportindia.gov.in  few months back  But nothing helped.

So, I decided to use social media to address this issue.

I sent this tweet to   Syed Akbaruddin (Official Spokesperson, Ministry of External Affairs, India) at @AkbarMEA

And, he sent this reply for my tweet.




As per the suggestion of @AkbarMEA I immediately sent this tweet to @ASCPV




And, he replied that my case is forwarded to RPO for suitable action.




Since I haven't got any updates, I followed him by sending this tweet.




But now this fellow @ASCPV is saying as "pl contact the passport officer as advised earlier ".



But he never advised me to contact the passport office. But anyway, I had contacted RPO thro' email and didn't get any response. (That's why I had to contact these fellows).

I was surprised with the irresponsible answer. Now I could understand why the PSK people are NOT responsible. (I think they are just following their leaders).


And, I had noticed that my service request created on passportindia.gov.in is just closed without giving any details. So, I wanted to see the details.

But it was showing error message "The Online portal is currently facing some technical problem. Please try after some time. Exception Number: 9253 " for many days.


.
So, I informed this error message to TCS (Tata Consultancy Services) which is responsible for this site, by sending this Tweet.



But till now, it is showing this error message. Only thing is, the error number is just changed from "6086" to "9253".


I really couldn't understand why the Passport Office/TCS is performing poorly while I am reading many news articles which are saying that lot of funds are allocated for the PSK projects.

All these things trigger me to do detailed investigation about the PSKs. I am collecting people experience about PSKs from their blog posts and Social media updates. You can share your experience thro' the comments to prepare my report about the poor performance of PSKs.

And, I would like to know whom to contact further for solving my passport renewal issue..

Updates
Finally the issue in passport portal was fixed and they updated my service request with below details.

It is kindly advised to you to submit one address proof mentioning your current address. Since you are working, at your native place, in a company based at Chennai so you are advised to submit a letter from your company mentionig your current working place as your native place.

But this message was completely meaningless. And, I don't know what they mean by "your company" as I haven't mentioned any company in passport application.


Update: Finally I got the passport.

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Mini Blogging


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Blogging is a big hit, but many of us do not have the time or the writing ability to write long, interesting, blog posts every day or even several times a week. Don’t be fooled into thinking you have to. Nowadays there are many alternatives to standard blogging. One of the most popular is something called ‘mini blogging’ or ‘micro blogging’. Here are a few examples of micro blogging. 
First on the list is Twitter. Everyone knows about this site, and almost everyone has already jumped on the Tweeting bandwagon. The simplicity and tiny 140 character space make for a vibrant and active blog space. 
Second is the strange mishmash Tumblr. The flexibility of this platform makes it interesting but slightly harder to use. Like normal blogs, the writing space is not as limited, but Tumblr really shines with photos and videos. The younger generation really loves this platform and the share option is so easy to use that spreading a cool post is as easy as the click of a button. 
There are tons more micro blogging sites. Present.ly allows business people to build a custom micro-blogging network that fits their company. Qaiku is a mini blogging site that uses Twitter to create a constant stream and monitor your impact as others mention you or your company. Hictu is a mini blogging site for posting short video, audio, and text. Video and audio posts have a 60 second maximum and text posts have a 160-character maximum. IRateMyDay is a mini blogging site created for the simple purpose of rating your day. Write short posts as you vent about your day. Posts have a 200-character maximum. StatusNet is an open-source enterprise social network that supports mini blogging and other blogging platform’s activity streams. Similar to Present.ly, it was created for companywide mini blogging. 
Identi.ca is a mini blogging platform constructed on the free Status Net tool. You can post small text notifications about yourself or your company; where you are, what you're doing, or virtually anything you want. Posts have a 140-character maximum. Use Plurk to share your life or business through the web or mobile phone. Posts have a 140-character maximum. Posterous Spaces is a mini blogging platform with over 10 million visits per month. Share text, snapshots, video, audio; anything you want to share. You can also connect to other social networks and broadcast there. You can even make mobile posts with the iPhone or Android application. Floort is a site to tell the world what you think on just about any topic. Share your viewpoint and then find out what your followers think about what you said. DailyBooth is a mini blogging site for posting photographs and brief text about your life. Kontain is another site for mini blogging with pictures and short text. Rememble is a mini blogging site that unites text, photos, videos, sounds, and more. Their slogan is ‘join your content and share your life’. 
There are probably more micro blogging platforms out there, but you get the idea. Anyone can share their thoughts in just a few sentences. Everyone has time for that. So, no more excuses. Become a blogger today and get the word out about what you care about.


Author Bio

Melanie Slaugh is enthusiastic about the growing prospects and opportunities of various industries and writing articles on various consumer goods and services as a freelance writer. She writes extensively for internet service providers and also topics related to internet service providers in my area for presenting the consumers, the information they need to choose the right Internet package for them. She can be reached at slaugh.slaugh907 @ gmail.com.

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