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July is my blog anniversary month and I’ve decided to update my blog’s look. Still getting used to it but I’m looooovin’ this new interface and my new theme. Yey! I got rid of a lot of old plugins like a bad back acne treatment and installed new ones. Hello, streamlining! Please ignore the kinks while I figure out where to put what. Check out my new header. Cooooool! Thanks to Lawrence Chan for this super cool theme. Can’t wait to tweak some more. Ü

I just finished printing my handouts for an informal blogging seminar tomorrow. Nothing fancy or pro, mind you. Just a handful of close friends who want to learn about how to get started on blogging. I don’t consider myself a good speaker so I hope that they can find something useful with whatever I’ll be sharing tomorrow. Well, they are close friends so I think they can overlook any faux pas just in case. Which reminds me, one of those attending is into insurance. I think I can give him a few health insurance leads just in case I don’t pass my first foray in giving seminars. At least he can give me an A for ey-ffort! hahaha

I did it! I’m done updating two of my other blogs – The Bottomline and Little Kite Studios – both on blogger. I updated the look and posted new updates. Yey! I got a little carried away with all this html/coding stuff mayhem on this blog so I decided to re-do my other blogs. Do pop in there for a visit, won’t you?

In other news, I recently joined a Krispy Kreme Fave Fan contest. Here’s what’s in store for the winner:

A. We will be choosing one (1) winner for each country (Australia, Bahrain, Dubai, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and United Kingdom). This country winner will get 12 dozen doughnuts for a year and will be flown to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA – the home of Krispy Kreme, where he/she will meet the other country winners. These country winners will compete against each other where they will have to design their own Krispy Kreme doughnut. These doughnuts will be uploaded unto the official Krispy Kreme Fave Fan website (WWW.KRSIPYKREMEFAVEFAN.COM), where it will be subject to public voting. The winner will be announced through the website after the voting period. The world?s Krispy Kreme Fave Fan?s doughnut will then be sold at retail on April 2010 as a special edition doughnut.

Isn’t that absolutely yummy? I’m not sure when the voting actually starts but I’ll keep you posted when it does. Check out my entry here . I’m going to check out North Carolina as well to see what’s there as I haven’t been there yet. While I’m at it I’ll probably check out a few Anaheim hotels too, just in case. Hello Mickey! 😛

Don’t forget to take a peek at my blogs, folks!

Later!

I have been reading on and off about SEO related articles and I have to admit at first it seemed like a foreign language to me. I may not fully understand all the benefits that come with my blog being optimized. I do know in my simplistic way that SEO means your site/blog is coded in such a way that makes it easy for search engines such as google or yahoo to find you. Why is it important for these search engines to find you? It’s all about marketing yourself and making your content accessible to a wider audience.

There are many ways to make your site SEO friendly what with all the link backs, web directories you need to submit your site to, page ranking, meta tags and all that internet jargon you have to sort through, there is a wealth of online resource that is available to the seeker.

Here are a few things I found that you might like to think about as you continue to build/enhance your site:

Quality guidelines – basic principles

  • Make pages primarily for users, not for search engines. Don’t deceive your users or present different content to search engines than you display to users, which is commonly referred to as “cloaking.”
  • Avoid tricks intended to improve search engine rankings. A good rule of thumb is whether you’d feel comfortable explaining what you’ve done to a website that competes with you. Another useful test is to ask, “Does this help my users? Would I do this if search engines didn’t exist?”
  • Don’t participate in link schemes designed to increase your site’s ranking or PageRank. In particular, avoid links to web spammers or “bad neighborhoods” on the web, as your own ranking may be affected adversely by those links.
  • Don’t use unauthorized computer programs to submit pages, check rankings, etc. Such programs consume computing resources and violate Google’s Terms of Service. Google does not recommend the use of products such as WebPosition Gold™ that send automatic or programmatic queries to Google.

Quality guidelines – specific guidelines

  • Avoid hidden text or hidden links.
  • Don’t use cloaking or sneaky redirects.
  • Don’t send automated queries to Google.
  • Don’t load pages with irrelevant keywords.
  • Don’t create multiple pages, subdomains, or domains with substantially duplicate content.
  • Don’t create pages with malicious behavior, such as phishing or installing viruses, trojans, or other badware.
  • Avoid “doorway” pages created just for search engines, or other “cookie cutter” approaches such as affiliate programs with little or no original content.
  • If your site participates in an affiliate program, make sure that your site adds value. Provide unique and relevant content that gives users a reason to visit your site first.

(source: google support for webmasters)

I think – Content is key but it doesn’t hurt to beef up the technicals as well.

Have a great week everyone!

It’s been a loooong while since I’ve blogged and I miss it. I’ve been busy the past several weeks finishing up a project that I took on. I’ve been doing the ballet souvenir program for my friend’s recital and we are now at the homestretch – finishing up the proofreading, editing and all that stuff before it goes to the press. I must say that I have learned a lot about preparing files for offset printing and all the other the technical stuff that one needs to learn during the whole process. I am not a graphic artist by profession – I took up accounting  at the Uni and I never imagined myself doing this all because of scrapbooking. I’ll be blogging more often now and share whatever techie stuff I learned while the hubby and I switch places as he will be busier as soon as the school year starts. For those of you who have been reading the hubby’s stuff, he’ll still be around to co-blog with me while I get back into the groove. 😀

Catch y’all later, folks!

Through the holidays, the family was in Davao.  There we had a belated bash for DD.  Experienced the local version of black friday.  Close family gatherings for Christmas and New Year.  It was quite frustrating not to have good internet connection in the family home.  We had to rely on gprs connectivity which was very slow.  We surely missed our cable internet and wifi connection.  Before leaving, I arranged for my cousin to work on DSL connectivity for our next trip.

Sure glad to be back home, writing this blog.