If you run a blog, then you are essentially a content marketer. This is true whether you deal in fashion news, celebrity gossip, or sports updates. No matter what the topic is, you’re playing the role of providing content to an audience that expects you to deliver something good more often than not. What’s really important is recognizing this and doing something about it. By now, we all know that content is king. But it isn’t just anything you can conjure up or scrounge up from the back alleys of the internet. In this era that has been structurally ravaged by search algorithm updates such … [Read more...] about Why bloggers need to start thinking like content marketers
Before you can have a website, you'll need to pick a domain name. What is it, and how do you choose the right one? What's a domain name? In short, your domain name is your address on the web. (For instance, the domain name of this website is quantawebdesign.com.) Most websites in the USA end in .com. Other common endings (called TLDs) are .net, .org, .edu, .gov, .biz, .info, and .us, though there are others in use as well. Domain name decisions You want to find a domain name that describes you, is not too long, memorable, and not easily confused with another. Let's consider … [Read more...] about Domain Names
Want more Twitter followers? It's actually pretty easy to do - and the good news is that you can do it in just a few minutes a day. Follow these tips, and you'll have a growing, solid base of followers very quickly. Here's how. Let's take a look at your Twitter account. First - Are you following lots more people than are following you? Oddly enough, it's easier to get Twitter followers if you are following fewer accounts than are following you. For some reason folks tend to think that people who are following many more people than they have followers are probably not putting … [Read more...] about How to get many more Twitter followers in just 5 minutes a day!
Just about any webhosting company can host a WordPress website, but there are some hosts out there who specialize in doing just that. WordPress sites - especially if they're of some size - can require more resources than other types of sites do. And, certain server configurations can make WordPress run faster and more reliably. WordPress-specialized hosts know the ins and outs of WordPress and have set up their hosting servers to accommodate WP sites very well. Many will even manage your site to make sure it's up-to-date and running smoothly. There are a growing number of WordPress … [Read more...] about A Roundup of 11 WordPress Hosting Companies
When you make a change to your domain's nameservers through your domain's registrar - for instance, changing to a new webhost - those changes take a while to take effect worldwide. The process is called DNS propagation. Various servers worldwide will reflect your new DNS at various speeds - anywhere from almost immediately, to as much as 2 or 3 days. The following tools check a variety of servers in different locations and show which IP address each server shows for your website. Of course it's not possible to query every server in the world - but if all the servers queried with … [Read more...] about 12 Places to Check DNS Propagation
Have you ever discovered that someone has taken the content from your webpages, and posted it on their own website without permission? Unfortunately stolen comment is a pretty common situation on the web.It may be an image, a few paragraphs, a whole page, or (as happened once to this very site) even an entire website. Too many people out there think anything posted on the web is free for the taking (it certainly isn't) - or have no scruples. When it happens to you, it feels terrible. But you're not helpless in this situation, and you can likely get it removed. Here's what to … [Read more...] about Has someone stolen your website content? What to do next.
You've decided you'd like a website. Now what? There are various ways to get your site online. Do you get a "website" (or blog), using webspace provided by your ISP or other company? Or, do you go for a professionally-designed website (or blog) which is custom-designed for you, using your own domain name (yourname.com)? Which should you choose? Let's explore the options. Free & do-it-yourself websites Free webspace is available from a number of sources. Internet service providers (ISPs) often will include one with your account. There are also other companies, such as Yahoo … [Read more...] about How to Start Your New Website – Some Advice
Amp it Up! Many websites just sit there, waiting for someone to discover them. They whisper their message & no one hears. That doesn't have to be your site! You really can amplify your internet presence & be heard. Building a website that's is effective in getting your message out and bringing the "right" visitors to your site is crucial to your success. You may have a website now. Or maybe you're thinking about starting one. Either way, I'll show you how to amp up your site and greatly increase your chances of getting the visitors you want. How do I get noticed in a sea … [Read more...] about Introduction: Plan, Optimize & Promote Your Site
If you'd like to register a new domain name, I'd recommend GoDaddy. We've found them to be both reliable, and affordable. domain name availability See if the name you want is available, and get suggestions for others.Do not enter "http://" or "www." Domain name:.com netorg How many suggestions? 0 5 10 20 whois check See who owns any domain name, registration & expiry dates, host, etc.Do not enter "http://" or "www." Domain name:.comnetorgco.ukbizinfowsname … [Read more...] about Domain Name Tools
Every website needs a domain name. It's your address on the internet (perhaps "yourbusiness.com" or "yourname.com"). So, how do you get one? Domain Name Basics There are various places on the internet where you can register (buy) your domain name. These businesses are called domain name registrars. Some good, established domain name registrars are: GoDaddy.com (our favorite: it's easy to use, low cost & reliable) Enom.com Dotster.com Register.com Gandi.net (European) To get your domain name, you need to go to a registrar's website (see above), and see if the name you want … [Read more...] about How to Register A Domain Name (And Keep It)