24 August, 2011

9 important SEO thoughts post Google Panda Update

The very first Google Panda update, dubbed as the Farmer update, was released on February 24, 2011. This update marked the biggest change Google had ever made in its search algorithm, and this update decreased the traffic of websites by as much as 80 percent. According to Matt Cutts, the Panda update was designed to affect nearly 12 percent of all searches.He further stated that around 500 of search improvements were slated for release this year.

Matt Cutts on Panda update

The key areas where Google has struck hardest with its new update are listed below

1.Content Farms

Websites that act like content farms have been devalued by Panda. This is mainly because they stuff low quality and outdated content into their web pages for the sole purpose of gaining traffic and raising their search engine ratings. Oftentimes, they provide  content of zero value, and yet are ranked higher than sites that offer genuine information.

2. Quality Content 

 Quality content is more important now than ever. Google does not like affiliate sites, and having longer articles really helps. Articles and pages on your website should contain 700 words or more. Google loves quality content and proving it to Google's spiders is going to boost you in the rankings quickly.

3.Spammy Links -

 Google has always had trouble separating pure spam from genuine links. Google Panda has hit profile links and blog comments, and they no longer pass much quality onto your site, according to Google.

4.Social Sites -

Facebook and Twitter are among the top websites now, and so Google understands the power behind these social platforms. Google now recognizes that people hold in high regard what their friends tell them; lending credence to these sites as pertains to SEO high regard what their friends tell them; lending credence to these sites as pertains to SEO

5.Losing Long Tail Keyword Traffic -

It has been established that the Panda update has caused the loss of long tail keyword traffic for many sites. Mind you, the primary keywords’ ranking would stay unchanged. The question is, why only long tail keywords? The answer to this question lies in the quality of your content. If Google feels the quality of your content is not up to the mark, your long tail keywords will get devalued resulting in less traffic.

6.Ranking Decrease for Exact Match Domains - 


Google used to place EMDs or Exact Match Domains in high regard. high. EMDs are almost always based on a primary keyword that receives a lot of traffic, or in other cases, it is a slight variation of the main keyword.Many junk websites with poor content achieve good SERP ranking because of EMDs. With the Panda update, Google set out to fill this loophole. Surely the domain of a website is one of the important features of a website, but Google aims to downplay this factor so that there is no room for misuse. Therefore, if you noticed about 30 percent drop in ranking in your EMD sites, it means you need to stop depending upon EMDs so much in this post-Panda era.


7.Improve site design to better accommodate ads - 




It has been noticed that the content-to-ad ratio on a webpage has become an important factor after the Panda update. Placing large blocks of ads above the fold might not be a good idea anymore, as Google now penalizes websites for this practice. Many websites that had a plethora of ads around that content, taking up most of the screen real estate, have plummeted in the rankings. Such websites do not provide a good user experience, and the content is hard to locate.Come up with a good site design with pre-assigned space for ads don’t just place them randomly all over the page.


8. Sitemap and Site Navigation - 


The sitemap, as the name suggests, is a map of your website. This is basically a list of all pages on The sitemap, as the name suggests, is a map of your website. This is basically a list of all pages on have a HTML sitemap because of its user-friendly nature.
Sitemaps help to keep your website organized, and therefore it must be kept up to date. If you are using Wordpress, there are plugins available that automatically generate and update your sitemap.

9. Google +1 


Google is becoming more social, and one of the biggest proofs of this is the addition of the +1 button on all the Google result pages. The launch of Google Plus has only strengthened this belief because the pages that you +1 appear on your profile, and are automatically shared with all of your friends. Social marketing today is a powerful tool, and Google realizes that. Although Google has denied the use of data from the Chrome extension that marked sites as spam based on user's personal choices, it cannot be denied that this might be used in the future. This is another reason that you should make your site user-friendly and socially popular. Market your services and products on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, because if you are socially popular, it makes sense that you will rank higher. This strategy is a win-win for everyone, because a strong presence on social networks will popularize your site and bring you visitors, which is ultimately your goal in any case. And of course, there is a strong indication that with further updates, such sites will receive a ranking boost. Therefore, include feeds from Facebook and Twitter on your website, and you will soon see the benefit.
This article is from PandaUpdateReport by EZD
Google is expected to have more that 500 changes in the search algorithms this year,this is just the beginning good is yet to come

23 August, 2011

3 Free Scrapbook blogger templates for your scrapblog

Three free scrapbook blogger templates which you can used for your scrapbook blogs,you can easily customize them to suit your needs and liking.
1. Scrapbook Blogger Template
Scrapbook Template
Scrapbook Mania is a free blogger template adapted from WordPress with 2 columns, right sidebar and floral motifs.Excellent layout for blogs about girls or personal issues.Download Scrapbook Mania for free.special Feature : Single column fixed width, with hidden ajax sidebar.Original Designer : Ericulous

2. Scrapbook Mania
Scrapbook Mania Blogger template
Scrapbook Mania is a free blogger template adapted from WordPress with 2 columns, right sidebar and floral motifs.Excellent layout for blogs about girls or personal issues.
3. Green scrapbook Diary 3 columns blogger free template
Green scrapbook Diary 3 columns blogger free template 
A fresh looking scrapbook template with its green color scheme. It is originally a wordpress template which is converted into blogger template by Kathie & Andrew. Some features of this templates are 3 columns, fixed width, Green, right sidebar.
Demo | Download

If you like these templates and my work please do add comments and feedback to support my work.

19 August, 2011

Heart shape social icons set by smashing magazine

Hearting Social Icon Set, a set of 22 social icons in .png and in resolutions 16×16, 32×32, 64×64. This set was designed by Aravind Ajith, the creator of TheDesignSuperHero.com, especially for Smashing Magazine and its readers.
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Template buisness for your blogger

This is a modern theme and bold, with several features installed, fonts and colors customizable and compatible with the latest versions of major browsers - Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome.A great business template for blogger.

FEATURES 
  1. One column to the right
  2. Three blocks in the footer 
  3. Name of your blog in the credits 
  4. Optimized CSS 
  5. search box stylized 
  6. compatible with the latest versions of major browsers 
  7. Customizable fonts and colors 

Download || Demo

18 August, 2011

How to change cursor on blogspot or myspace blogs

It is about the World Cup and we can give the blog a sporty style with these cursors Free soccer alluding that can fit easily and remove them whenever you want.
To make any of these cursors in your blog goes into Design | Edit HTML and before </ body> paste the code cursor that you like.
If you are a Football Fan like me then must check posts for you:-
16 football style blogger templates And Football worldcup exclusive template

<style type="text/css"> body, a, a: hover (Cursor: url (http://cur.cursors-4u.net/sports/spo-5/spo406.cur) progress;) </ style>

 <style type="text/css"> body, a, a: hover (cursor: url (http://cur.cursors-4u.net/sports/spo-5/spo409.cur) progress;) </ style>

 <style type="text/css">body, a, a:hover {cursor: url(http://cur.cursors-4u.net/sports/spo-4/spo378.cur), progress;}</style>
 <style type="text/css"> body, a, a: hover (cursor: url (http://cur.cursors-4u.net/sports/spo-1/spo61.cur) progress;) </ style>
 <style type="text/css"> body, a, a: hover (cursor: url (http://cur.cursors-4u.net/sports/spo-1/spo39.cur) progress;) </ style>

 <style>  HTML, BODY (cursor: url ("http://downloads.totallyfreecursors.com/cursor_files/adidasfootballboot.cur"), url ("http://downloads.totallyfreecursors.com/thumbnails/adidas-football-boot . gif "), auto;) </ style>

17 August, 2011

Best free blog spots for a new blogger

Various Platforms
    Blogger
Blog.com – Offers free blog hosting with unlimited bandwidth for their free package, more benefits for paid members.
Blog Ladder.com – All blog entries show up on the main ladder as well as inside your own blog.
Blogger.com – A great starting site to get a taste of blogging, very easy to use.
Blogr.com – Allows you to blog, host photos & videos, and podcasts.
BlogSpirit.com – European based blogging site, offers 30-day trial and subscription thereafter, but offers quite a bit of storage.
Blogster.com – Offers free image hosting in addition to free blogs.
BlogYx.com – Blogging site with extras such as chat boxes so you can interact with your readers.
Bloki.com – Lets you build a blog site and even open it up for collaboration.
Bravenet.com – Free blog hosting with RSS feeds and more.
ClearBlogs.com – Free blog hosting and offers templates, friends only posts, IP-Banning and more.
Etribes.com – Based in Europe, allows you to create all sorts of websites including a blog.
Multiply.com – Mixes blogging and social networking, with photo galleries and more.
Netcipia.com – Free blog and wiki for private or public display with 2GB of storage.
Open Diary.com – Offers unlimited storage and posts, low cost subscription rates for advanced features.
ShoutPost.com – A platform for creating blogs with a focus on generating traffic.
SoulCast.com – Have something you want to talk about, but want to say it anonymously? This may be the blogging site for you.
Squarespace.com – Lets you build your blog with numerous themes, also allows you to add other site features.
Terapad.com – Offers blogs as well as features such as an integrated store.
Tooum.com – Fully integrated blog and forum which allows for seamless discussion between the two.
Tumblr.com () – A blog platform with a focus on allowing media-rich posts.
Weebly.com – Allows you to create a site and blog, free hosting and change designs on the fly.
Windows Live Spaces – Free blogging with your MSN account, only drawback is readers have to have an account also.
Vox.com – Part of the SixApart family of blogging sites, very much geared towards the personal journal types of blogs.
Xanga.com – Part social network, part blogging, all free.
Yahoo 360 – Part of your Yahoo account and features easy publishing.
Zoomshare.com – Free blog hosting with 250MB of free storage.

15 August, 2011

Make your own magazine style blogger template

Magazine style templates or magazine-type samples are those templates that cover entries in summary form stacked in columns

There are several ways to make entries to be displayed in summarized form,this option will use the script to read more and a conditional that will make post with a smaller size on the front page of the blog.


Navigate through  Layout | Edit HTML, check the box Expand Widget Templates and find this line:
<data:post.body/>
Delete it and instead put it:
<b:if cond='data:blog.pageType != &quot;item&quot;'>
<b:if cond='data:blog.pageType != &quot;static_page&quot;'>
<div expr:id='&quot;summary&quot;   data:post.id'><data:post.body/></div>
<script type='text/javascript'>createSummaryAndThumb(&quot;summary<data:post.id/>&quot;);</script>
<span class='rmlink' style='float:right'><a expr:href='data:post.url'>Read More...</a></span>
</b:if></b:if>
<b:if cond='data:blog.pageType == &quot;item&quot;'><data:post.body/></b:if>
<b:if cond='data:blog.pageType == &quot;static_page&quot;'><data:post.body/></b:if>
Now paste before </ head> the following:

<script type='text/javascript'>
summary_noimg = 200;
summary_img = 180;
img_thumb_height = 60;
img_thumb_width = 60;
</script>

<script type='text/javascript'>
//<![CDATA[

function removeHtmlTag(strx,chop){
if(strx.indexOf("<")!=-1)
{
var s = strx.split("<");
for(var i=0;i<s.length;i  ){
if(s[i].indexOf(">")!=-1){
s[i] = s[i].substring(s[i].indexOf(">") 1,s[i].length);
}
}
strx = s.join("");
}
chop = (chop < strx.length-1) ? chop : strx.length-2;
while(strx.charAt(chop-1)!=' ' && strx.indexOf(' ',chop)!=-1) chop  ;
strx = strx.substring(0,chop-1);
return strx '...';
}

function createSummaryAndThumb(pID){
var div = document.getElementById(pID);
var imgtag = "";
var img = div.getElementsByTagName("img");
var summ = summary_noimg;
if(img.length>=1) {
imgtag = '<span style="float:left; padding:0px 10px 5px 0px;"><img src="' img[0].src '" width="' img_thumb_width 'px" height="' img_thumb_height 'px"/></span>';
summ = summary_img;
}

var summary = imgtag   '<div>'   removeHtmlTag(div.innerHTML,summ)   '</div>';
div.innerHTML = summary;
}

//]]>
</script>
 And below it paste this also:

<b:if cond='data:blog.pageType != &quot;static_page&quot;'>
<b:if cond='data:blog.pageType != &quot;item&quot;'>
<style type='text/css'>

.post {
border: 1px solid #2E2E2E;
float:left;
height: 210px;
width: 290px;
margin: 5px;
padding: 0px 5px 5px 5px;
overflow: hidden;
background: #D8D8D8;
}
.post h3 a {
padding-left: 5px;
color: #5A606D;
}
.rmlink a {
color: #39ADCE;
text-decoration:none;
}
h2.date-header {
height:0px;
visibility:hidden;
display:none
}
.post-footer {
text-transform: uppercase;
font: normal normal 68% &#39;Trebuchet MS&#39;, Trebuchet, Arial;
line-height: 1.4em;
}
#blog-pager {
clear:both;
}
</style>
</b:if>
</b:if>

Complete Guide To blogger Default CSS

Here is the short CSS code and the definitions for everyone of them. No template has it all, you can add on one or two and give them your desired rules, so that they will change the look and feel of your blog. You can read the below information like this 'css code you need' - 'meaning/definition'.



Header:
#header-wrapper - the container that wraps your Blog Title and Blog Description.
#header - the container just inside the header-wrapper.
#header h1 - the command inside this containers controls the appearance and layout of your Blog Title.
#header h1 a - controls the properties of the Blog Title as a link text.
#header .description - the properties of your Blog Description.
#header a img - controls the properties of an image inside your header container.

Main and Post:
Main:
#main-wrapper - the container that wraps your Date Header, Blog Posts, Comments, Feed Link, and any widgets that you drag above or below the Blog Posts.
#main - the container just inside the main-wrapper.
#main .widget - controls the properties of all widgets inside the main container.
h2.date-header - sets the properties of your Date Header (just above your Post Title).
.post - sets the properties of your Blog Posts container.
.post h3 - sets the properties of your Post Title.
.post-body p - sets the properties of the body or content of your post.
.post ul - sets the properties of an unordered list (a list that is not numbered).
.post ol - controls the properties of an ordered list (a numbered list).
.post li - controls the properties of the individual list inside an unordered list or an ordered list.
a img - controls the general properties of an image (the a refers to a link; and an image is by itself a link).
blockquote - sets the quoted text in your posts.
code - sets the text contained within the code tags in your posts.
Post-Footer:
.post-footer - sets the overall properties of the post-footer container.
.post-footer-line - sets the properties for each new lines in the post-footer.
.post-footer a - sets the link text properties inside the post-footer.
.post-footer .post-comment-link a - sets the "comment" link inside the post-footer.
#blog-pager - controls the properties of the "newer posts", "home", and "older posts" links.
#blog-pager-newer-link - controls the properties of the "newer posts" link.
#blog-pager-older-link - controls the properties of the "older posts" link.
.feed-links - controls the "Subscribe to: Posts (Atom)" link.

Sidebars:
.sidebar-wrapper - the container that wraps all elements and contents in a sidebar.
.sidebar - the container just inside the sidebar-wrapper.
#sidebar1 - sets the properties inside sidebar1.
#sidebar2 - sets the properties inside sidebar2. If you want the properties inside sidebar1 and sidebar2 to be the same, than you can just the properties inside .sidebar and don't have to even write down the #sidebar1 and #sidebar2 in your CSS code.
.sidebar .widget - controls the properties of all the widgets (the Added Page Element) in your sidebar.
#sidebar1 .widget - only sets the widgets in sidebar1.
.sidebar .BlogArchive - sets the Blog Archive properties. Technically, this is a sidebar widget too, but I'm not sure why setting the properties for sidebar widgets doesn't change any properties for the Blog Archive. That's why I have to write down the .BlogArchive command to set its properties.
.sidebar h2 - sets the title/header properties of a sidebar widget.
.sidebar #BlogArchive1 h2 -sets the properties of the Blog Archive's title.
#Profile1 - sets the properties for the About Me block.
#Profile1 h2 - sets the title/header for the About Me block.
.profile-img a img - sets the image in the About Me block.
.profile-textblock - sets the author description About Me block.
.profile-data - sets the author's data in the About Me block.
.profile-datablock - sets the overall blocks of data in the About Me block.

Comments:
#comments - sets the overall comment container's properties.
#comments a - sets the link text properties inside a comment container.
#comments h4 - sets the header of the comment container.
.deleted-comment - sets the properties of the deleted comment.
.comment-author - sets the properties of the comment author.
.comment-body p - sets the comment body properties.
#comments ul - controls the unordered list inside a comment container.
#comments li - controls the individual list inside a comment container.

Footer:
#footer-wrapper - the container that wraps all elements and contents inside a footer section.
#footer - the container just inside the footer-wrapper.
#footer h2 - sets the properties of the footer title/header.
#footer .widget - controls the footer widget properties.
.footer a - controls any footer link texts.

You can see how my blog archive now has that scrollbar just by applying .sidebar .BlogArchive (yes you will need to put on open { and close } command by yourself.
eg:  .sidebar .BlogArchive {
                    height:300px; 
                    overflow-y:scroll;
                    }

You may start playing with this CSS now. As this is all CSS only, you don't need to Expand Widget Template and please be sure to backup your template first before proceed with any changes/css play.