Free Hosting

If you are willing to use a subdomain for your website, you can sign up for free hosting.  How does this work?  BYET Internet Services offers a free subdomain and free hosting, but you must choose from their list of domain names.  For example, I have a one page affiliate program that I want to promote.  I can choose from the following list of domain names:

  • mywebsite.2kool4u.net
  • mywebsite.isgreat.org
  • mywebsite.22web.net
  • mywebsite.10001mb.com
  • mywebsite.iblogger.org
  • mywebsite.talk4fun.net
  • mywebsite.totalh.com

I like isgreat.org.  I could name my website – thisproduct.isgreat.org.   After choosing my subdomain name, I get 250MB of disk space, 6 MB monthly transfer, 5 SQL databases, PhpMyAdmin and free support.  Free hosting is for those users who aren’t going to have a big website and just need a one or two page website to promote their product.

What are Trackbacks?

You may have noticed that you have comments waiting to be approved that look rather mysterious. I am not talking about the tons of viagra, cialis and porn spam every blog gets, I am talking about a trackback.

A trackback (or sometimes called pingback) is a method to allow to posts to reference each other. For example, if I write a post on my blog about Jane Smith’s article on blogging and include a link to her article in my post, a portion of my article and where it came from will be sent to Jane Smith’s comment section for her blogging post.

The problem with trackbacks is that spammers use them to. For instance, I received this trackback on another blog of mine:

  1. John McCain | link here | IP: xx.xxx.xxx[…] McCain is not as conservative as everyone thinks […]

    Jan 25, 9:07 AM

However, when I clicked on the link, I was taken to a site that had a lot of pictures, mostly unsavory ones, and then the actual post hidden in an obscure place on the site.  Do not automatically approve trackbacks before checking out the sites.  There is not much you can do if they do link to you, but you don’t have to give them a link back!

What are Pillar Posts?

I have been reading a lot about Pillar Posts lately. A number of bloggers are advocating that you, as a blogger, write these Pillar Posts.  A post is considered a pillar posts when it is long (over 750 words),  informative and original.  A Pillar Post can includes lists (such as “50 Ways to Improve Your Blog”).  My advice, Pillar Posts can be both a good thing and a bad thing.

The Good.

  • Pillar posts are likely to attract links.  If your article is well written and informative, the chances that you will attract links from other bloggers is high.
  • Pillar posts make good articles to submit.  If you are looking for the perfect article to submit to bookmarking sites such as Digg, StumbleUpon or Technorati, a pillar post is perfect.  It will contain enough useful information that readers will want to see it do well.  A post that is only 100 words, usually won’t do so well at bookmarking sites.
  • Good Pillar posts will receive lots of comments.  The more comments you receive the more traffic you are generating to your blog.
  • Pillar posts will make you seem like an authoritative blogger.  Just make sure that you have all the necessary information and facts in your post.
  • A series of pillar posts is even better.  Think of a good topic that you are knowledgeable about and split the knowledge into three of four parts.  A recent series of posts I found was How To Modify A WordPress Theme.  The posts were well written and the information extremely useful.

The Bad.

  • Pillar posts take much longer to write.  These posts are not something that you can write in ten minutes.  Do your research, use your own experiences and make the posts as informative as possible.
  • Don’t just copy what everyone else is doing.  If you have an idea, but it has been written about before, put your own personal spin on it.
  • It is hard to come up with new ideas.  Focus on your niche and start lots of drafts.  You will use some and discard some.

The Ugly.

  •  Don’t make all of your posts pillar posts.  Short posts and personal stories are good for your blog.
  • Don’t make your posts too highbrow.  If I can’t follow what you are saying, I won’t read it!
  • Don’t just ramble.  I have come across a number of blogs with lots of lengthy posts.  While some of the information is good, I am so tired of reading on and on to get to the point.  I don’t have time to read long posts every day.

My first attempt at a pillar post, Blogging and Working From Home, probably did not hit the mark as well as I would have liked, but I have learned a lot over the past couple weeks and now I am ready to dig into writing some informative pillar posts.

What is the WordPress Post Slug?

Success for Your Blog is asking for the best blooging tip and here is one of mine.  I have never used the Post Slug feature in WordPress, so I decided to do a little research. The post slug is how WordPress cleans up your post title, IF you are using the date and name based Permalinks. Your post title is not allowed to have commas, quotes, apostrophes and other non-HTML characters. For example, if your post was titled “I’d love to blog but can’t”, it will be changed to read “id-love-to-blog-but-cant”.

You can also change the post slug if you wish. Let’s say I want the post title to really be “love-to-blog” since I think this phrase will do much better in search engine results than the originally title. I can manually type in the Post Slug in the Post Slug box at the right. For this post, I typed in “wordpress-post-slug” since I think that phrase will search better than my actually title.

WordPress Post Slug

If you really want to find the best titles and keywords for your posts, you must begin using keyword tools as well. Look for future posts on popular keyword tools and how to use them.

What are WordPress Permalinks?

Permalinks are the permanent URLs to your post. In WordPress, you have the option of choosing what style of permalinks you would like to use. My suggestion is to ALWAYS use the date and name based option for your posts. Why? SEO of course! When you have the title of your post listed in the URL your post will do better in searches. Here are the options in WordPress:

Permalinks - WordPress

WordPress will need to access your .htaccess file in order to update the rewrite rules. Make sure that WordPress can access this file or you will get an error.