Saturday, November 6, 2010
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Top 10 SEO Tips; You mayn't miss.
- Check out Viralogy's new tool, the first Ecommerce Grader
- Study the History of Search Engine Optimization
- Attend SEO seminars, summits, and conferences
- Subscribe to GoogleWebmasterHelp on YouTube
- Read link building articles from Link Building Expert, Eric Ward
- Learn Video SEO with Mark Robertson of ReelSEO.com
- Study and practice the top Local Ranking Factors by David Mihm
- Follow all the gurus and hastags of search (#seo #sem #ppc)
- Listen to Webmaster Radio
- Live by the SEO Audit Checklist at SEOStandards.org
- Subscribe to MattCutts.com (Principle Engineer at Google)
- Become an AdWords Qualified Professional
- Join SEMPO, SEOMoz, and Search Engine Watch
Monday, August 23, 2010
BarCamp Kathmandu 2010: Happening soon!
What is BarCamp?
BarCamp is an ad-hoc gathering born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment.
It is an intense event with discussions, demos and interaction from participants who are the main actors of the event. BarCamp is a cool place for young, motivated and talented people to hangout. More importantly, it is where ideas get shared, created and advanced. This is not a formal gathering of black suits but an intense camp of those who strive to achieve.
BarCamp is in essence a conference without a preset agenda. We prefer the term 'unconference' actually. BarCamp is an 'unconference'- organized by attendees, for attendees. There is no audience, only participants. So host a session, help out with planning, ask questions, spread the word- Everybody is invited. There really are no walls.
BarCamp presents an opportunity to share and learn about interesting ideas, services or products with like-minded individuals. BarCamp could be a platform for new, unique and innovative voices that would have gone unheard otherwise.
How to registered?
It's free! Simply you can go through the BarCamp Official site http://2010.barcamp.org.np/ to get register.
What can I do in BarCamp 2010?
You can simply support BarCamp as a Volunteer, Session Presenter or simply as a Participant. Your attendant at BarCamp will be highly appreciated.
Who can pickup BarCamp Session?
In true BarCamp form, our sessions are proposed by community volunteers. The official schedule will be based on the sessions chosen by members attending the camp! In other words, YOUR camp will be 15hrs of kickass sessions chosen by YOU. Pick ONLY the sessions you plan to attend when compiling your own ultimate schedule. If you can only attend one day, pick eight instead of 15. We’ll keep an active tally. The sessions with the most votes will make the cut. See something you like? Add it to your schedule! What if a session doesn’t make it? Don’t worry… we’ll have lots of room for BoF’s too!
Where and when BarCamp is going to happen?
It will be held in SAP Falcha @ BabarMahal, Kathmandu, Nepal. 9am Onwards.
Thanks for all that we are seeing a second eager BarCamp 2010.
I'm looking for a vibrant and successful BarCamp Kathmandu 2010.
Sunday, August 22, 2010
1. Not Having a Title
There is a tremendous number of websites that don’t have a title tag or that use a default title like "Untitled Document". Just try a search in Google for "untitled document" and you won’t believe the millions of results that matches your search.
Because search engines use your title tag to display in their search results, not having one — or having one that isn’t meaningful — makes it hard to find and index your pages.
Page titles give a web page some context. It tells a web robot like Google’s search spider what the web page is about.
2. Page Titles That Are Too Short or Too Long
Even though this is not a massive issue, short page titles will limit the potential of a page to rank for several keywords. Google, for example, can display up to 70 characters in their search engine results page (SERP) — why not take advantage of that?
But don’t overdo it. Keep in mind that the more keywords there are in the title, the more diluted they become. Having too many keywords in the page title, although visible by Google, can lead to the common issue of keyword cannibalization (which we will talk about next).
Terms that appear first in the title are the ones that will be given more importance. For example, if a web page talks about how to repair a broken hard drive on a Dell XPS laptop and the main keywords are "repair", "Dell", and "XPS", a title like:
Notice how the key terms are closer to the beginning in the second example, and that it is shorter than the first example. Not only is it better for search engine ranking, but it’s also easier to read and comprehend.
Devise great titles that give your web pages meanings, and remember that web users want information quickly — don’t make them have to think about what your page titles are by writing informative page titles that are neither too short and lacking information or too long and hard to read.
3. Keyword Cannibalization
This is a situation when pages titles are stuffed with too many keywords. Keyword-stuffing is an unscrupulous tactic that a few SEO consultants use to improve their clients’ search engine rankings. Though I am an SEO consultant myself, I don’t recommend blatantly loading your pages with keywords because not only does it affect your search engine ranking’s effectiveness, but is also the reason that we sometimes see non-relevant web pages ranking highly for a specific keyword.
Because your web pages are (or should be) distinct and should have unique content, the same should be the case with page titles. Repeating the same keywords in various pages regardless of whether or not they are relevant to that particular page is not going to help, mainly for two reasons:
1. Irrelevant web pages may be picked up by the search engines, but will have high bounce rates as it doesn’t convert effectively due to the fact that the page isn’t what the searcher is looking for
2. It violates Google’s mantra of "Don’t be evil"
4. Using the Company/Site Name in All Web Pages
As previously said, Google displays up to 70 characters of a given page title in their SERPs. It does see longer ones, though, and despite what many SEO professionals preach, it isn’t a huge problem to have page titles that are greater than 70 characters in a page title.
Nevertheless, you need to think of what should and shouldn’t appear in the title. Many website owners tend to include their business name in the title, some of which can be very lengthy. What is even worse is that they want their name to appear first in every single web page.
Including your company name (unless it’s a search term that will likely be used), is unnecessary, and is consistent with some of the mistakes I’ve discussed earlier.
With the page title including the company’s name, it is using 37 more characters (with spaces)!
Search engine ranking might be better if it was simply:
It would make sense displaying your company name in the homepage, contact page, and about page but avoid them in content pages.
5. Duplicate Web Page Titles
Another common mistake is having duplicate page titles. This makes it difficult to determine which page is which when they are all displayed in search engine results pages.
As previously said, all of your web pages should be unique — so by logic, all of your web page titles should also be unparalleled.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Friday, July 2, 2010
BHAKTAPUR: The Office of the Controller of Examinations (OCE), Sanothimi, Friday evening published the results of the School Leaving Certificate (SLC) exams for the academic session 2066 BS.
Under the regular category, a total of 2,47,689 students passed the exam, with pass percentage standing at 64.31, the OCE said. Of the pass outs, 1, 38,716 are boys while the remaining 1, 08,973 are girls.
Of those passing the exam, 16,859 achieved distinction, 93,339 with first division,
1, 28,028 second division and the rest 9,416, third division
This year’s pass percentage is four percent less than that of last year, which stood at 68.67 per cent. In all, 4,56,719 students had appeared in the exam, which was conducted in March this year.
Among the pass outs, 17,000 examinees made it through with grace marks. Also 427,051students, failing in only two subjects, have been eligible for the chance exam, scheduled for Shrawan 30-Bhadra 6 next month.
Likewise, under the exempted category, 12,227 students passed the exam with a pass percentage of 29.18. Combining both the categories, 2, 59,916 students made it through this year exam.
2,248 results under the regular and 731 under the exempted category have been withheld this year.
Where to see the results?
The results with marksheets could be accessed on The Himalayan Times' www.thehimalayantimes.com.
The results, along with the marks obtained, can be viewed on the OCE's www.soce.gov.np and Nepal Telecom's www.ntc.net.np, among other websites, by entering the student's symbol number and the date of birth.
The success or failure in the exams can be known by entering the symbol number on Ministry of Education's www.moe.gov.np and Department of Education's www.doe.gov.np also.
On mobile phone, the results could be instantly accessed by sending an SMS to 2722 (THT Live) following the step as follows: Type SLC
The SMS services for the results on other number are also available: 1600 (Nepal Telecom) and 1215 (UTL).
The results will be published in Saturday’s edition of The Himalayan Times English daily.
Chance exams from mid-August
Meanwhile, the OCE said that it will conduct the chance exams for the students who failed in only two subjects. The exams are scheduled from August 15 to 22.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Great Wall of Facebook: The Social Network's Plan to Dominate the Internet — and Keep Google Out
Can Facebook out-Google Google? The competition is mounting between the Web's two largest destinations as Facebook unleashes a string of new features. Set to debut at Facebook's April 21 developers conference, they may lay the groundwork for reorganizing the Internet according to the relationships between people instead of pages—with massive implications for both search and advertising.