Thursday, October 05, 2006

Does The Critics Scare You ?

It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.

The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again because there is no effort without error and shortcomings, who knows the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at his best knows in the end the high achievement of triumph and who at worst, if he fails while daring greatly, knows his place shall never be with those timid and cold souls who know neither victory nor defeat.


What would you opt for courage or comfort

Here something inspiring ! actually an eye opener ,why do we get set in our limits !?

Once there was a beautiful bird, more beautiful than any other. It was powerful and free, and possessed great courage. This bird was fearless, going wherever it wanted. It also was very proud of its spectacular plumage of vibrant colors.

One day the bird decided to pluck its own feathers, one by one, to make a beautiful nest in which it could rest with comfort and security. Now the bird can no longer fly.


Ass and the Mule - running away from work?

A Muleteer set forth on a journey, driving before him an Ass and a Mule, both well laden. The Ass, as long as he traveled along the plain, carried his load with ease, but when he began to ascend the steep path of the mountain, felt his load to be more than he could bear. He entreated his companion to relieve him of a small portion, that he might carry home the rest; but the Mule paid no attention to the request. The Ass shortly afterwards fell down dead under his burden. Not knowing what else to do in so wild a region, the Muleteer placed upon the Mule the load carried by the Ass in addition to his own, and at the top of all placed the hide of the Ass, after he had skinned him. The Mule, groaning beneath his heavy burden, said to himself: "I am treated according to my deserts. If I had only been willing to assist the Ass a little in his need, I should not now be bearing, together with his burden, himself as well."

here's more

This's a story about four people: Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody.

There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybody's job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it but Nobody realised that Everybody wouldn't do it.

It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody have done.


Does link building Help ?

Does Building links Help in seo check it out! Search engine optimization – or SEO – is a method of fine tuning a website to suit the search algorithm of most of the search engines so that it gets listed amongst the top few search results most of the times (hence better page rankings as well). When that happens is that websites will get an increased visibility - a crucial aspect that is necessary for almost all online businesses to succeed in the cyberspace. Else, what business without having enough people even knowing about your website?

But SEO is not that simple as it transpires. It includes a multitude of factors - from website designing to keyword arrangement and density – of which link building is an important step. As the term suggests, link building is the method of pepping up one’s website popularity by making other websites refer to the current website by means of exchanged links. But, again it is not that simple a concept, but one that requires meticulous research and planning, something you will realize as you read ahead

As mentioned above, the best way for link building is through link exchanges, or more precisely reciprocal exchanges. The advantages of doing so are three. First thing, it is easier as almost every webmaster returns the favor as it will benefit their websites as well, and secondly, by adding/receiving links to/from other quality sites, the fame and quality of one’s own website will also skyrocket. Finally, it will provide a user friendly way for the netizens to know or access other quality related websites, from the website they started their surfing with. It is only logical to think that if a website is providing links to other quality websites, its patronage is only bound to increase, provided the quality of its contents is good.

But here, it must be kept in mind that the links one includes in his/her websites indeed points towards a good enough website. ‘Quality’ matters a lot in the eyes of search engines, and if that does not happen, it is bound to invite trouble than any real advantage. Hence it is important that one may research a lot regarding the quality/popularity of the target website before offering one’s own links to them or exchanging with them. It applies the other way around as well and hence one’s own website must also carry relevant contents that are commensurate with the website’s purpose or goal. Else, no second person will be interested in exchanging links with your website. Remember, search engines won’t tolerate lack of quality!

Now, from a business perspective, while link building, take care not to provide too many outgoing links for keeping the netizens locked in one’s own website is also important. If there are too many outgoing links, chances are there that they might click on one of them and leaves the present site forever, the last thing any online business would want to happen. Hence, ideally, the number of links pointing to other websites must be lesser than the ones coming in. This is all about striking a right balance between the one-way and two-way exchanges.

Tail Piece: When other sites link to your website, make sure that they are all text links and that includes your keywords/product name in the URL. This way, a website could get links from other sites to its other pages as well, other than the home page.

Why a good web design is needed and what those search engines and their spiders are helpful

The basic of any internet business which deals directly with the customer is traffic , and the main source for traffic is search engines ,here's some tips
Google currently is reported to have indexed 8 billion pages and counting. Google utilizes an array of bots A.K.A. spiders or crawlers.

Among the specialized bots Google uses include: The web spider Googlebot, the Adsense spider MediaBot, the image spider ImageBot, the AdWords spider AdsBot, the RSS feed spider FeedFetcher-Google, and Googlebot-Mobile spider for mobile devices. MSN & Yahoo, the other two of the 'big three' have their own proprietary versions of spiders.

Why is it important for an Internet Marketer to know how spiders crawl your website?

A search engine crawler is your best visitor. Giving a crawler easy and uninhibited movement in your website is necessary for good search engine rankings.

Your website must be spider (search engine) friendly if you want any traffic from the search engines. A search engine spider does not read your website the way we humans do. The spider reads web-page source code (HTML) that renders your page, therefore ‘bad code’ can be an impediment to the spider, sometimes causing it to give up crawling your website.

Spiders love content (text) and do not read JavaScript at all, therefore a website that is packed with images with no ALT tags to assist the spiders, and heaps of JavaScript may not be indexed successfully. So, when designing your website you must incorporate structural website design principals that elicit search engine friendliness.

An astute marketer should also desire to see how search engines see his or her site. This may be accomplished by a Lynx Viewer which is a text-mode web browser. Additionally, a Lynx Viewer can help you determine if your web pages are accessible to the vision impaired, an assemblage of visitors that should not be ignored ---yes, there are millions of visually impaired people surfing the Internet regularly.

A quick search in Google for "Lynx Viewer" will yield numerous sources from which you can download this important tool for your use.

Even though you must design your website with your visitors in mind first, it is crucial that you accord the search engines top level priority too, since the vast majority of these visitors will arrive via search engines. Practice good SEO (Search Engine Optimization) but not at the expense of your visitors' experience -- it is a balancing act that must be accomplished with prudence.

Also of significant importance is the fact that web browser standards are not yet fully harmonized. A web page that looks great in Internet Explorer might look atrocious in a Mozilla based browser like Firefox or Netscape. Additionally, with the proliferation of hand held devices for browsing the Internet, compliance with W3C standards is becoming more and more critical. A marketer must therefore be conversant with the intricacies of cross-browser design -- designing for one browser (IE) is no longer ideal, as the Google backed FireFox is eating up Microsoft’s browser turf at an alarming rate.

Anybody can "whip up" a web page in FrontPage without sufficient knowledge of HTML, but may not be able detect and correct the messy code that FrontPage generates underneath the page, some of which is proprietary to Microsoft. Consequently a website that looks superb in Microsoft Internet Explorer may look and load dreadfully in Opera and/or some other browser, denying you visitor traffic.

Never use a Word Processor to design your website. Word Processing software generate tremendous amounts of code that is not search engine friendly. If you cannot hand-code using a text editor then it is necessary that you use authentic and industry standard web design software that incorporate the most up to date design principles. Macromedia's Dreamweaver and the latest version of Microsoft FrontPage are good candidates with Dreamweaver getting my partisan nod.

A first-rate design strategy should include the use of CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) and valid XHTML, the most current in the HTML generation of standards. Websites designed in strict W3C standards tend to be lighter, faster and cross-browser compatible. This is not to insinuate that table based design is going anywhere anytime soon, for it is my humble disputation that if strict W3C standards were to be enforced in browsers, 95% percent of websites would go out of business, furthermore the lack of inter-browser synchronization just worsens things.

According to some surveys, more than 86% of all people arrive at websites through search engines. In 2006, PC World, arguably the most authoritative and widely-read computer and business magazine, reports that Google remains the site of choice for most surfers.

"The double-digit increase in online search activity marks a significant milestone in the evolution of Internet consumer behavior," says Ken Cassar, senior director of analytics at Nielsen/NetRatings. "Online search is the primary tool most people rely on to do everyday research," he says.

So, from a marketing perspective unless your site appears in the top 30 listings of the major search engines & directories, you will hardly get any worthwhile traffic. Therefore, Search Engine Positioning is vital to your marketing success on the web!

A top ranking in the search engines can bring you highly targeted traffic. If someone visits your site after searching for a product or service that you are selling, it means that he/she is interested in what you are selling and hence is a potential customer for you. Thus, search engines send pre-qualified customers to you.

You can sell virtually anything on the Internet, but in order to succeed you must bring "targeted traffic" to your website....people who are ready to buy your products and services, the vast majority of who will arrive at your website through search engines. If your website is not designed suitably, Google and other search engines will disrespect your website. Respect brings in traffic which translates into the all important Dollars, "Kwacha," Euro or whatever you wish to call money.

Remember, search engine bots are your most important visitors, you must seduce, "open your doors" and accommodate them in order to gain any measurable success in your Internet Marketing endeavor
best of luck

sorry for not updating the blog

sorry everyone ! for not updating the blog,i was too busy maintaining my site which i am going to launch next week ,i hope the post will be regular from now onwards ! i really hope
thanks for your patience everyone