19 Feb

Permalinks – Tips for better Search Engine Placement

Permalinks…What are permalinks? A permalink is a permanent link/url, assigned to a blog or forum entry. It is useful for linking to and or locating an entry once it has moved from the front page to the archives.

Ok, but how can a permalink help with search engine placement? Well, I found myself asking the same questions a couple of weeks ago when I stumbled upon a plugin for WordPress called Dean’s Permalinks Migration and began researching permalinks, their purpose and how they can benefit in getting traffic to my blog.

Here is what I found:

WordPress typically defaults permalinks to a post ID. If you look in options – permalinks you will find a custom option for you to change the way your permalinks are created. It is recommended that you change the permalink custom option to, /%category%/%postname%/.  But WAIT, before you go changing things you will want to download, install and configure the plug-in mentioned above, Dean’s Permalinks Migration. With this plug-in, you can safely change your permalink structure without breaking the old links to your website, without hurting your google pagerank.

Once you have the plug-in installed you will want to configure the plug-in with your current permalink structure. This was a bit hard for me to figure out, so I will include it here. Go to Options – PermalinksMigrations and input your old permalink structure. If your current structure is post id, then you will want to use /%post_id%/. Once you have done that you will want to change your permalink structure to /%category%/%postname%/. You can do that by going to Options – Permalinks and inserting the change into the Custom, specify field.

Now I bet you are asking yourself, ok but what does this do for my blog? How will this help with my search engine rankings? Well, search engines are keyword based and having a link to a blog entry that looks like this: http://certifiedhosting.com/blog/?p=123 doesn’t really do much for you in regards to keywords. BUT…if you have a link that looks like this: http://certifiedhosting.com/blog/funny-stuff/25-easy-steps-to-building-a-web-page/ not only are you including keywords that are relevant to your post, but you are describing to potential readers what your post is about.

So enough talking about permalinks, get out there and take control of your permalinks. In just a few short weeks you too can increase your search engine rankings!

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18 Feb

Outlook Takes Timid Step Into Social Networking

Microsoft has forged deals with LinkedIn, MySpace and Facebook to connect their networks through its popular email and personal information manager, Outlook. The company introduced Outlook Social Connector when it rolled out a beta of Microsoft Office 2010 last November. The OSC connects emails, contact information and networking sites within the Outlook application.

The rest of the article is available here: http://www.technewsworld.com/story/Outlook-Takes-Timid-Step-Into-Social-Networking-69359.html

Article courtesy of TechNewsWorld.com

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17 Feb

25 Easy Steps to Building a Web Page

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  1. Download a piece of Web authoring software – 20 minutes. Think about what you want to write on your Web page – 6 weeks.
  2. Download the same piece of Web authoring software, because they have released 3 new versions since the first time you downloaded it – 20 minutes. read more
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16 Feb

3 Hosting Challenges

Top 3 Hosting challenges and how Certified Hosting helps new customers succeed:

#1 Understanding, “What is Web Hosting?” – Many customers new to web hosting believe that the hosting provider is going to create, host and maintain their website for them. Certified Hosting takes the time to educate potential clients on the difference between web hosting and web mastering. We provide the steps involved in creating and hosting their website based on their business plan. We take the time to listen to their ideas and point them in the right direction on the types of programs needed to make their website dreams become a reality. We provide easy to use site building software and script libraries that make website creation and maintenance easy for new hosting clients.

#2 Choosing the Right Hosting Plan – There are many different hosting plans available and it can become very confusing for new webmasters when they see terms such as GB and MB. In most cases they will not understand how to figure out what their website will require. Certified Hosting takes out the guess work by offering unlimited plans. This takes away the confusion and lets the client focus on their business, rather than the hosting.

#3 Getting the Support they Need – New hosting customers often have limited knowledge of the scope of the technical support provided. Certified Hosting coaches new clients on the types of issues covered by hosting technical support. The challenge for the new client is figuring out what is a “hosting” issue and what is a “design/coding” issue. Our support team makes every effort to help the client understand where the issue lies and lead them to the path of resolution. We offer third party script installations and programming assistance.

Hosting challenges are easy to overcome if you have a quality hosting company that offers the right hosting services to fit your needs.

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15 Feb

Web Hosting Reviews – Does your web host suck?

Researching web hosting reviews are a great way to find out how your web host rates with other webmasters. Many web hosting companies due to privay policies will not give out current customers information. This makes it difficult to find actual feedback from current clients. Sure, the sales rep is going to tell you how great the uptime is and how the support is extremely helfpul but is this person telling the truth or just trying to make the sale?

Certified Hosting realizes how valuable web hosting reviews can be and want to give you all the information you need to make the right decision for your web hosting needs. In order to preserve privacy and still allow our clients to share their Certified experience, we created Certified Hosting Reviews – http://www.certifiedhosting.com/reviews/ .

Whether you are a looking for a new web host or are a current client wishing to share their experience, check out our web hosting reviews site today!

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03 Feb

Sweetheart of a Deal – 50% off any shared plan

Our existing customers were a little jealous that our recent promos had been for new customers only. So…we decided to show them the love with our February “Sweetheart of a Deal” promotion. New and existing customers get 50% OFF any shared hosting plan, any term.

Dork
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1 Year $83.40 $41.70
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Unlimited Space
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Fall in love with Certified Hosting all over again with Promo Code: LOVE! Offer good until 2/28/10. For more information, go to http://www.certifiedhosting.com/promo/

*Existing customers may receive 50% off any purchase of an additional shared plan to their existing account.

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