Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Need to know your Blog's rating?

The last confirmed Google PR update was last April 2, 2010. And recently, Alexa also had problems with their site rankings, but thankfully that was fixed within a 10-day time. So, when is the next Google PR update happening? There were rumors that it happened last June, but what actually happened was minor cache glitch where some sites that had PR# went to PR0 and then later on came back to the original Google PR.

As I was surfing other blogs and sites, there were rumors that the next Google PR will be this mid-September. Again, these are only rumors. But, I, and probably all of us hope that it really will update on that said date.

Several weeks ago, when the Alexa rankings went crashing down, I tried to search for a site that gives an pretty accurate summary on your

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Ever wondered if you had an accurate count of blog visitors? I have. And I found a great free way how to add a counter to your site. It has various report options in viewing:
  •  Popular Pages
  • Entry Pages
  • Keyword Analysis
  •  Downloads
  •  And many more...
This tool is also installable in either blogspot blogs, wordpress, or a website. For now, we'll be discussion how to add it to your blogger blog.

If your using Wordpress, you can find a tutorial for WordPress here.

1. Go to StatCounter.com. And register for an account.
2. Once done in the registration and verification process, login to your StatCounter account. When you login, remember to tick on the "Remember me" checkbox. This way, every time you

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Monday, August 30, 2010

Your Blog, Metas and SEO

I knew new bloggers out there, just like me who first ignored the META tags and descriptions of their blogs. Many of them ask, does it matter? The answer is yes, it does matter, a lot, especially in SEO.

Generally speaking, they are called meta elements. So what are meta elements? Meta elements provide a description for a given site, although these information cannot be seen directly by the site visitors. These meta elements determine your site or your blog's searchability.

Why would I like search engines to find my site? Simple. You probably want a site so that you'll have it found right? Think of search engines as an easy

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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Blogging and Social Networking

 Most people think that the big names in Social Networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and Myspace are just for friendship and communication. It's way more than that.

Some of you might have noticed or might have not noticed that Social Networking sites play a big role in the promotion and commercialization of your blog or site. Reason behind it is:

 1.  Almost everyone who has a computer with an internet connection has either heard of it or is register to any of the social networking sites.

 2. It's a good way to grab readers. Here's an example:

When someone in Facebook happens to post a status like this: "My Facebook chat lags when I chat with multiple people. What's wrong with fb?" Well, if it so happens that you have an article that contains tips or tweeks on how

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

What if you could stop time?

I saw a movie where he was imagining what he would do if he could stop time. He was thinking that if he could stop time, he could draw the things around him usually ignored in great detail and appreciate it more.

What if you could stop time? What would you do? Here's something much better, what if you could stop time and roam around and adjust stuff? And with the snap of a finger, or with the crunch of your knuckles, we can restore the flow of time.

I know what your thinking, "why on earth would we just settle our selves on stopping time? Why don't we go back through time and change it?" We'll get to that in just a few

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Monday, August 23, 2010

Hostaging - Is this your escape?

Early this morning, at about several minutes after 7am(+8:00 GMT), a Chinese tourist bus has been hijacked and was hostaged in Manila, Philippines. It was said that a rogue ex-Police Officer commandeered the bus. For the past few hours, local police were trying to solved the crisis.

Shot's had been fired. Bystanders were hurt. Rumors run around that that atleast 15 of the passengers were killed, which was reported by the bus driver who was able to escape the current situation. Although, authorities say that there was no way for them to confirm the information provided by the driver since almost all of the bus' curtains were let down.

The said assailant wants to clear his name due to the charges that were filed against him in 2008, which included extortion, robbery, grave threat and physical injuries. These charges resulted to the forfeiting of his retirement benefits as well as disqualification from government service.

Just several minutes ago, it has been confirmed that the assailant, Capt. Mendoza, has been killed. And 2 passengers were reported to have exited with the assistance of the local SWAT. Several bodies were being brought out from the bus, some of them confirmed to be lifeless which even included a child. This disaster is a big hurdle for the new administration. It is being assumed that most of the passengers are dead.

With the sudden end to this 12-hour crisis, the next questions arises: who is Capt. Rolando Mendoza was and what his reasons were behind this horrific scene.

Even with the heavy down pour of rain and thunder did not stop the flood of reporters and bystanders to know and see how this tragic drama ended.

Is hostaging an excuse to clear someone's name? If so, what was Capt. Mendoza's purpose? If you were in his situation, would you do something of this level to clear your name? Is this the path your willing to tread?

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Blogging Tips - Blogger Atlas

Recently, I posted an article on how to make a blog and had various posts on how to improve your blog's traffic. As I was surfing through FamousBloggers, I found out an article that provides and in depth article for bloggers like me who are just starting

I just read the file and it sure was eye opening and astounding, and I have not finished reading it yet! Although I can say that some of the tips provided there are already a habit of mine, tons of it were unknown to me. I found it very helpful to read on it, and did I mention it was FREE? And oh, you can download it here all it takes is just a few steps and they'll provide you with the file.

I have been blogging for almost two months now, but I still found this article, Blogger Atlas, to still provide

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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Digiknowzone.com is Live!

Hello there avid readers! We are pleased to announce the launch of Digiknowzone.com. Yes! We now have a new domain! This is all thanks for the continued support you have provide for the short time we have been online and we pledge to continue providing you with the latest and factual information about blogging, seo and life.

Don't worry, our blogspot site will still continue with providing you the digital knowledge that we are providing. On the other hand, Digiknowzone.com will focus more on the 'How-to' tips for improving Wordpress-enabled sites.

Although Digiknowzone.com is still in the soft-launch stage, we are still continuing in making it better. Also, we would like to ask for your suggestions in making it better both aesthetically and intellectually in the continued pursuit to serve you.

It's our great honor to continually help you grow and develop. Thank you and please continue in  following us!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Difference of Wishing and Working


Sometimes we want something or someone so bad, that we even pray for them or it to arrive. They have a saying,
"If you wish hard enough, your wish just might come true"
I saw many movies and shows alike that says the same stuff. For me, it's like all talk and no work.
Let's put in this perspective. A student wants to pass his final exams but all he does is pray that he passes the exams. He doesn't review, take notes, he just believes and prays that he will pass it. So, will he pass the exam? I don't think so.

The point here is that we always think that wishing is already good enough. We forget that the best way to achieve what we are looking for can be obtain with our own power. Yes, it's difficult, but it's worth it. It's a process in life which

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

SEO - Google Insider Secrets

Whether you're a new blogger or a surfacing site owner, you might have wondered why most of the web guys are talking so much about SEO. SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization.

Okay, so what is SEO? It's basically a process to  improve the visibility of your site or blog in search engines' search results. One of the leading search engines are Google, Yahoo! and MSN. In general, the earlier (or higher on the page), and more frequently a site appears in the search results list, the more visitors it will receive from the search engine.

You can also update your site's searchability by editing your site's meta tags. Meta tags are descriptions of your site which search engines look for. But also, make sure that the tags you are putting in are relevant to your site's niche, otherwise, search engines will ignore your site because irrelevance to content.
You may also use useful tags for your blog posts. This way, Search engines can easily search for your posts. Think about it as 'keywords' or 'key terms'.
The searchability of your site is very important since not everyone knows your site url. So what you have to do is promote your site thru commenting and other site promotion methods. Another sure fire way is to register your site to open directories. At the start of your blog's or site's life, always remember that you should register them in these Open Directories especially in Google and Yahoo. From there on, build up your site's Google PR and Alexa Rank reputation. Constant updates to your site also tells the search engines that your site is alive.

One of the best methods I can think of is to attend seminars or workshops to learn more. I heard an event in the Philippines about a Google Insider Secrets to Search Engine Optimization seminar which will be led by a former Google Optimization Specialist. Learning the secrets from the master themselves doesn't get any better!

Increase Backlinks thru Commenting

Several of my friends and readers were wondering how to improve their site's availability in the web. An easy and effective way is to do commenting to do this is through commenting. Commenting is a good way to increase your backlinks.

What are backlinks? Backlinks are the links that you leave when you post comments to other sites. Your comment leaves a link so that user's can just click your username and it will lead them to your site. Here's what a basic

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Digital Ripple: Lets IMMAP!

Internet and Mobile Marketing SummitWhether you are into marketing, advertising, management, or even  blogging, you need consumers. Consumers are defined differently depending on your niche. In marketing, advertising and management, it's basically the consumers who help produce profit. On the other hand, in blogging, your primary consumers are your frequent readers. These readers generate your traffic, and if your content is good enough, they'll even refer and recommend your blog to other readers as well.

Learning how to let your readers advocate your product can be acquired by anyone, although I could say that it would be a difficult task. What you do is go to a school and learn it which would take tons of money and time. You then resort in hiring a tutor, that again costs you time and money.
What's best to do is consult the pro's.

The masters. Enter, Jeremiah Owyang, the famed web, content & social media strategist started with a simple rule, focus on customer strategy. Jeremiah Owyang is a Partner focused on customer strategy at Altimeter Group and author of the popular blog Web Strategy, which focuses on how corporations connect with their customers using web technologies. According to Technorati, the Web Strategy blog is in the top 1% of all blogs, and has over 40,000 subscribed readers. Hailing from enterprise web management, a former Industry Analyst, Jeremiah consults and speaks on the topics of disruptive technologies for brand related customer strategies.
Internet and Mobile Marketing Summit
Jeremiah Owyang is only one among the numerous world-renowned names in marketing and online advertising speakers involved in the The Digital Ripple: 4th Internet and Mobile Marketing Summit which was made possible by IMMAP. Also one of the exhibitors for the event is Search Profile Index run by the 4th Media Internet Technology Corporation.

The summit focuses on digital ripples. It's is what any successful digital campaign could be. It is ‘viral’, ‘long-tail’, and a ‘breakthrough’. It is any campaign that spreads beyond your primary target market to become a part of pop culture. It's like the latest buzz on steroids. It not only motivates your consumers to buy products but also pushes others to do the same. The summit will discuss various topics that will help improve your marketing potential, you can also follow them in Facebook to access the most latest updates with regard to the event.

In the Philippines, where the online market is booming and still continues to grow, it's equally important that marketers, advertisers as well as bloggers to understand and develop how we can improve our influence in this consumer driven society. This not only includes the Internet but as well as mobile devices too.

What are you waiting for? Join and learn from the masters. See you there!

Monday, August 16, 2010

How to - Move Blogger to Wordpress

Have you made that crucial decision or just simply want another blog to host? I'm talking about Blogger to Wordpress.

Yes, some call it the 'Big Move' or the 'Slide'. Some say that moving to Wordpress is the next big thing, and I personally would have to agree on that. Good thing about Wordpress is it's more flexible. It has tons of plugins and widgets that will prove to be very useful to the improvement of your blog.

There are various ways on how to export a Blogger posts to Wordpress. I have tried several of them. And some might spell some unexpected results. What I'm about to teach you is so far, the most sure fire way to

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Sunday, August 15, 2010

How to - HTML code on posts

When I started making 'How-to' blog posts, I've noticed that whenever I paste in an HTML code, it gets messed up. So, I tried taking a screen shot of the code and pasting it to the blog post. But later on, I figured that it takes too long to do that.
Here's an example what I'm trying to say. If you copy and paste this code to your blog post:
 so.addVariable("tcolor", "0x333333");
 Sometimes, it would appear like this:
so.addVariable(&";tcolor&";, ";0x333333&";);
Thus, your reader's wouldn't be able to put in the correct code. Sometimes the HTML would simply appear on the way you don't want it to appear.
And yes, there is very simple solution. You'll just have to quote the HTML code. Here's how:
  1. On you blog's post editor, paste your HTML code:
  2. Then Select ALL of the HTML code:
  3. Finally, just hit on the quote button at the top portion of your post editor.
  4. Once done with the content of your post. You can either 'Preview' or 'Publish' your post. 
Hope that was helpful! If you have any questions, comments, or requests, just throw them at me and I'll be doing my best to resolve your concerns!

    Alexa finally updated! Did yours?

    Finally! Alexa has updated it's rankings! Here's a statement from their site:

    This is a known issue, and we're resolving it. We're still tracking new traffic data, but there was a delay to the update in the graphs.

    This is being fixed: yesterday, the Traffic Ranks were stuck on Aug 4, and they are currently on Aug 6, and moving forward.

    We apologize for the inconvenience.
    I do hope this is permanently fixed. And by the way, my site's Alexa rank updated and thankfully, it rose(yey!), did your site's Alexa rank already update?

    Friday, August 13, 2010

    How to - UNrestrict Bandwidth

    The title text area is pretty short, so what I'm trying to say is how you could maximize the bandwidth of your internet connection for your pc or laptop.
    By default, Microsoft reserves the 20% of your available bandwidth for it's own 'secret' purposes, speculations say that it's probably for updates or checking up on your machine, we never know. Anyways, here's how you could get it back:

    1. First, go to run and type: gpedit.msc

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    Thursday, August 12, 2010

    Is your Alexa rank not updating?

    A lot have been wondering lately why the our Alexa ranks have barely flinched for this past few days. Tons of bloggers and site owners rely on Alexa rankings. Many advertisers also rely on a site's Alexa rank.
    As I was searching the forums on the net, I found that this incident has already happened previously.
    Here's Alexa's explanation:
    We're having a graphical display update issue, and are working on it. Our team should have

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    How to - Animated Tag Cloud

    Some of you might have noticed some blogs that have animated revolving tag clouds just like this:

    So, what do I need that for? It's a good way for your readers to search for your blog posts according to their respective categories. I think this also reduces your site's bounce rates.

    You'll also learn how you could modify it's dimensions so that you could fit it in your sidebars. Again, since I'm a using blogger, I'll be telling you how you could this through your blogger account. So here we go!

    1. As all of the basics, login to your blogger account.

    2. Go to your 'Design' tab, then click on the 'Edit HTML' sub-tab. Just to be safe, backup your

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    Wednesday, August 11, 2010

    A change of pace

    I've been posting a lot of tweeks and tips and for a change, I'll be posting a few poem now and then but not that much. The past few days were pretty hectic, and here's something I made to sort of "refresh" and reset my self.

    As I ponder and remember,
    Times when we were at the shops together,
    Avidly dodging our peers,
    Laughing, joking and fumbling.
    As we lounged near the movies,
    Munching on the chippies.
    I could clearly remember,
    your smile which is hard to smear.

    We were supposed to bowl,
    supposed to play,
    but we went too early
    the lanes were still chained.

    Questions were thrown,
    Answers were given,
    But still,
    A lot of things still seem unclear.

    As the hours quickly passed,
    It was time for us to part.
    I must leave,
    You ought to stay.
    Your embrace was my souvenir.
    Your smile, a zephyr.

    As we tread upon the aisle,
    we paused and stood and stared,
    wishing for the moment to last til the end.

    As the cab rolled,
    your tears flowed,
    I had to be strong as not to weep,
    my heart ached more than what I could take.

    I truly regret making you shed tears,
    that I always ask Him
    to erase that day from your memories.

    Though it means that I'll be forgotten,
    it's is an offering I am willing to burn.
    Not knowing if I still deserve,
    to see you smile again.

    Tuesday, August 10, 2010

    How to - change your blog icon

    Tired of seeing your blog hosts logo in your blog? Want to change it to your logo instead? Changing it is easier than you think. In the internet and html lingo, it's the tiny icon in your address bar and browser tab is called a favicon.

    The icon of your blog is essential. It's like a definition of your blog. It's also a good way for your readers who have bookmarked your blog, to easily find it in their favorites list. Oh, and by the way, you can simply click this: bookmark digiknowzone!

    So were going to teach you how to turn this:

    Into this:

    First, you would need to generate your favicon. There are tons of sites on line, but

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    Monday, August 9, 2010

    CommentLuv enabled!!!

    Good news for our blogs avid readers and followers! We are now CommentLuv enabled!

    Now, what on earth is CommenLuv? According to the plugin author:

    This plugin will visit the site of the comment author while they type their comment and retrieve a selection of their last blog posts, tweets or digg submissions which they can choose one from to include at the bottom of their comment when they click submit.

    It has been found to increase comments and the community spirit for the thousands of blogs that have installed it. With a simple install you will immediately start to find new and interesting blog posts, tweets and diggs from your own blog and community.
    In short, commenting on digiknowzone just got better! When you post comments on any of the recent blog posts, you can now showcase your site's posts as well. This is

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    Saturday, August 7, 2010

    I have previously discussed in my previous post the difference between Google PR and Alexa Rankings as well as it's importance in promoting and letting the web world about the existence of your site. For this post, I'll discuss how you could increase your visitors, followers and readers.

    When I started my blog last July 1st, my Alexa ranking was about 25 million-ish. My Alexa ranking for the blog's first month(August 1st) soared to 3,466,553. So, how is there a magic trick? No, it's pure work. As one of the seasoned bloggers I knew told me that the secret to a blog's success is 'hard work'. Pretty vague, but it's all true, every single bit of it.

    Here's my definition of hard work when it comes to blogging:

    1. Don't just post anything. Post something worth reading. Put your heart

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    Friday, August 6, 2010

    Rest - a necessity


    Most of us(me included) forget a very important part of our lives. Rest. It can either be a brief pause to relax, a break, a short power nap, and the most common among us would be sleep.

    Rest is not only a very important aspect of mental health but an important aspect to your physical health as well. Simply doing nothing allows your mind and body to relax. When an individual is in this state, he/she is free to meditate, recharge and appreciate the world around them that we usually ignore due to our hectic lives, or so we think.

    The Problem

    It has been a common scene that people have to travel to and from work or school for an average an hour. And include this to the fact that working hours have increased as well as the time spent in school. This leaves the amount of time idle to a minimum.

    The world has been a much busier place if you would compare it's

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    Thursday, August 5, 2010

    How to - make a blog


    People have been using blogs since the early dawn of man, even before the time of the dinosaurs. Just kidding.

    A blog is a portmanteau of the term web log. A blog may be a part of a website or be a website in itself. Blogs are maintained by individuals with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video.

    Most of the time, blogs provide news, information or simply a though that the author would like to share. Some are more personal and

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    Wednesday, August 4, 2010

    It just comes once in a while. Sometimes it presents itself, sometimes you have to look for it.

    Just like this month. August 2010 has 5 Sundays, 5 Mondays and 5 Tuesdays. This month's arrangement was said to just happen every 823 months. I'm not so sure since I don't have that much free time to count the number of days in a month. Let's just leave it to the pros.

    Opportunity is defined as:
    a possibility due to a favorable combination of circumstances;

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    Monday, August 2, 2010

    Due to popular demand, I'll be showing you how to add a floating Alexa review banner for your blogger blog. The usual way is to post through with the use of blogger's "HTML/Javascript" gadget, it'll be a static logo. What I'm about to show you is how to create a floating link just like how it's showed in the upper left portion of my blog.

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    Sunday, August 1, 2010

    How to - all in one badge


    I myself have been wondering for a week now how I could get one of those floating all-in-one badges. Then one day, while surfing links, I found a site which has a similar floating all-in-one badge in his site(all the thanks to TSKSOFT). I asked how he got it, and thankfully, he provided me and it was all so easy.

    "So, why should I bother install this anyways?", you might ask. So, here's one good reason why: it reduces your site's bounce rate. Now,

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