Search engine optimization (SEO) is something that mystifies a lot of bloggers, especially beginners. Many articles can be lengthy and overly technical, but optimizing your content for search engines needn’t be difficult or time consuming.
Today I’m sharing a few easy tips to improve the SEO for your blog without having to sift through a ton of technical articles or remember anything complicated. And the good news is, your blogging software and plugins can do a lot of the work for you!
But first a quick definition of what SEO is and how it works: Search engine optimization is the process of refining your content to raise your position in search engine results. The better your optimize your content, the higher ranking you’ll have with Google and other search engines. You don’t need a lot of statistics to know that most people click results on the first page, so the higher you rank the better! The good news is there are many little things you can do to increase your ranking in Google search results without having to understand all the technology behind it. (more…)
If you have an Apple device, by now you’ve noticed lots of great operating system changes with the latest iOS5 update. One that is getting very little mention however, is one that can save the average user oodles of time and energy. It’s the ability to add “text expansion” short cuts to your device. Most of us type the same things over and over, whether it’s our email address, a quick text message or a brief canned email reply. With iOS5 text expansion short cuts, you can program any word or phrase into your short cut list and make working on your i-device quicker and easier. (more…)
Gravatar is a service that gives you a universal avatar across blogs and other community sites. When you see blog comments with photos beside the commenter’s name – like on this blog – chances are it’s powered by Gravatar.
It’s a free service and easy to set up. No crazy account creation screens, just enter your email addy and pick a password. After that simply upload an avatar and you’re done! You can upload an image from your computer, from the internet or take a new one with your webcam. (more…)
I’ve had people ask me how I embed my Flickr photo slideshows in a post, so I put together a quick video tutorial to show you how. It’s quick and easy, and a great way to share photos with your readers without making them clickthrough to another site. (more…)