Oct 11

Finding the Best Web Hosting Companies Part XII: W3 Total Cache Tutorial

w3totalcacheLet me explain this very simply: good web host + bad site optimization = your site is slow. Bad web host + good site optimization = your site is slow. Bad web host + bad site optimization = your site is VERY slow. No, I am not trying to keyword optimize this W3 Total Cache Tutorial in the Ultimate Web Hosting Guide for “bad web host” or whatever other set of words I kept repeating like a parrot (anyone who didn’t get the joke is a teddy bear! Hopefully, pandas are as stupid as teddies…but I won’t count on it). I am trying to make a point very clear: you need both a good web host, such as Site5, and a well optimized website to get performance that is decent enough, so that your visitors (and hopefully leads) will remember surfing your site as a pleasant experience. The plugin I choose to speed up Money Earning Sites is the W3 Total Cache plugin. In this tutorial, I will be showing you how to configure it to get the best possible experience on Site5, as well as most other shared hosting providers.
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Oct 19

Finding the Best Web Hosting Companies Part XIII: Optimizing HTML

mainimageI am sure many will argue that this topic has little to do with Web hosting and yet, if a site is poorly coded, a Web browser will have a hard time reading it. Too many lazy webmasters blame their host, when the issue is probably in the theme, the plugins or the widgets that they crafted themselves. Not even a good host like Site5, can deliver a site fast enough when coding issues are present. Hours before I wrote this article, I used the procedure that I describe below on my website. I was shocked to find out that I had twenty four issues to fix. I managed to fix all but one of them. The last one is actually an issue which Facebook is sending my way. There is a way to fix it but it’s not worth the trouble. One or two issues per page aren’t the end of the world. After I tweaked the theme, plugins and my own widgets, my site is now even faster than before! Now, bear in my mind that the issues which might crop up with HTML are so many that it’s impossible to list them and provide solutions to all of them in this tiny guide. I will come up with a few solutions to the more common ones in my Blogging Tutorials in the near future, but any step by step guide is beyond the scope of the Ultimate Web Hosting Guide. What I am going to do here, is show you the only two tools I use to check the validity of my HTML. If you think that the words “div“, “iframe“, “br“, “attribute” etc. are some exotic British variants of US English (or viceversa, in the event you’re British yourself), then my best advice is to head over to fiverr.com and hire some smart teenager, who will fix the mess for you. It doesn’t take more than 5 minutes, for someone who knows what he is doing. However, for the more computer savvy folks among you, I will be explaining how I do it, with the assumption that you already know how to edit simple HTML and PHP files. Let’s begin and optimize our pages to ensure that our code is as perfect as possible, both for functional and SEO purposes! To check out our sites, we will use the Bing Webmaster Tools and the W3C Markup Validation Service. Take note that you aren’t supposed to check the homepage alone, as this will not fix all your issues with your site. You should check all the main pages and a few sample articles. A Web site is made up of many pages; fixing one of them will not automatically fix all of them! Get Ready for More Optimization!

Oct 25

Finding the Best Web Hosting Companies Part XIV: Optimize Images

optimizeimagesOur quest for the perfect website has finally come to an end. We began with some basic theory about domains and web hosting, in the first four chapters. Then I taught you some tricks which I use to check up web hosts, without even signing up for an account, in chapters five to nine. Finally, in chapters ten to fifteen, we are taking a look at various methods to be used to get the most out of our hosting. The aim of choosing the best possible web hosting company is to have a site that provides a great browsing experience to our visitors. To this end, good hosting, such as the one provided by Site5, needs to be coupled with a spot on website optimization. Therefore, we took a look at topics such as: easily migrating from one host to another when needed; offline editing and using cache plugins and optimizing HTML. There is one aspect of website optimization that we only briefly touched upon. And it’s probably the most important aspect of the art of pushing Web properties to an extreme: image optimization. Unoptimized images can make a site extremely slow, to a degree that even the fastest dedicated server and state of the art cache plugin won’t help at all. We’ll be taking a look at two aspects of image optimization for websites. The first and most important is how to reduce the size of your images without compromising their quality. That includes all images on your site, both images in posts and background images. The second is combing images into CSS sprites to reduce the number of requests a visitor’s browser makes to the host. Starting with the first of these two tasks, let’s consider some tools that will help with saving those precious kilobytes. We’ll check both a paid resource, Adobe Photoshop and a free Online Image Optimizer. Who Do You Think the Subject of My Pictures Will Be?

Nov 14

Five Ways To Deal With Rejection And Use It To Achieve Your Goals

rejectedSo much has changed in the wonderful land of SEO in the past few years. Remember those days when the top ten results in Google consisted of sites filled with spun articles or even malware? I guess a few of you will miss those days; others will thank the almighty one, that is Matt Cutts, for freeing the Web from such rubbish. Whichever way you feel about the deal, know that whatever used to work three years ago no longer does the job. Today most SEO experts are putting emphasis on quality: original content, relevant topics, perfect grammar and studio quality videos. The demand for state of the art products, whether visual or written, has increased exponentially. Getting paid for an article or getting a link in exchange for one is not as easy as it used to be. A blogger could get away with poor English and a mediocre style in the recent past. That is no longer so. Even if you are publishing articles exclusively on your blog, you still have the judgment of your own readers to care about. With quality standards being set so high, getting your work rejected isn’t uncommon. Whether that rejection comes from other bloggers whom you want to guest blog for, or it manifests itself between the lines of the comments that your own readers leave on your site, dealing with it can be hard. When one takes pride in the work which he or she does, hearing from another human being that their work is not worth a dime is even more discouraging. If you get rejected, there is one thing which you have to keep in mind: Rejection is an event, not a status that defines you. What separates winners from losers is not lack of rejection by the former; it is the way they deal with rejection. A successful writer or entrepreneur takes rejection as an opportunity to grow. Quitters internalize rejection, and transform it into an obstacle that prevents them from achieving their goals. A better understanding of what rejection is and what it’s not will help you deal with it in a positive way, and use rejection as a means to grow as a blogger, writer and human being too.

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Dec 10

The Alternative To Content-Writing Services: Free Unique Articles For Your Web 2.0s

content-writingContent-writing services can be expensive especially when a large amount of articles is needed for SEO purposes, but there is an alternative. I love being honest and transparent about everything I do in Internet marketing. This applies to the relationships that I try to establish with my readers and customers, as well as to the SEO techniques I employ while trying to make it to the top of Google. For a new site such as mine, however, employing only White Hat techniques may never bring it to success. Getting links from established sites is not easy when your site has no traffic and no reputation. Some Gray Hat and a very few Black Hat techniques can come in handy. One such technique is building supporting Web sites to serve as ‘link sources‘ for the money-making site. The idea is to build a low-to-medium-quality-content site, similar to the niche sites that used to dominate Google before the advent of Panda and Penguin. Poorer-quality links are used to support the site and spammy links to these links will give it more authority. Here is a diagram to show you how the strategy works.

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