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Since I have been blogging, the most important question in my mind has been how to make my blog more popular or what should I do to get more number of hits/visits to my blog. It is at that time I attended the session on Search Engine Optimization. This session was basically for the people who own or have their separate websites. But some information that was shared was also applicable and quite helpful for blogs as well. In this post here I will be basically writing about the blog applicable contents discussed in that session.

To start with SEO one must know what exactly it is. I found a very good definition of SEO from Wikipedia, and I thought of putting that here rather than writing it on my own. Search engine optimization (SEO) is the process of improving the visibility of a website or a web page in search engines via the “natural” or un-paid (“organic” or “algorithmic”) search results. Other forms of search engine marketing (SEM) target paid listings. 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. SEO may target different kinds of search, including image search, local search, video search and industry-specific vertical search engines. This gives a website web presence.”

Today I guess the best way to get your blog more popular is by getting it listed on the various search engines. Now to get the blog listed one must know how the listing is done. For blogs basically what can be done is the content should be written is that the keyword or the main idea of the content comes a few times in the content written. This will help increase the rank of the blog post for the search engines. Now a days a lot depends on the terms that are searched. If your blog post is something relevant to those key terms then it is necessary that those terms come in your post a few times so that the search engines will come to know that your blog post has relevant content related to that term. But one thing must be kept into consideration is that one cannot just include the key words in the content without the complete post being much relevant to that topic as this might, provoke the search engines to black list your site or blog. This is all about contents, I am not going to write how the Google rank works or how the search engine works at the moment because they are more helpful in sites rather than in blogs.

One can increase the number of visits by adding images on the blog as well. But one important thing has to be the naming of the images. The image must be named in such a way that they are hit by the search engines when the term is searched. For example, if I put an image of Sachin Tendulkar, it is important that I name the file as SachinTendulkar.jpg or something similar. If I name it as 1.jpg, the search engines will not come to this image when the term Sachin Tendulkar is searched on it. This is a good practice that needs to be followed while blogging (something I never followed or I can say was not aware of till this session).

Now coming to the contents part again, it is very important to write content relevant to the readers you are targeting. I used to follow a show that had become pretty popular, and I used to blog about its update very often. Since sometime my hits started increasing exponentially thanks to these posts and increasing popularity of the show. As my blog had quite a lot of relevant content for that show, my blog started receiving hits/visits for the terms searched related to that show. But this technique will take a lot of time to start getting big number of hits, and also it might not be long lasting. As now this show that I used t update about regularly has ended and my blog posts have reduced to almost 1/3rd or 1/4th since then. This again indicates that probably a post will not always give you regular visits; there can be changes and variations to it as well. Again it depends on what time it is written, if the post is about a recent event then it will definitely give high results initially and then fade out. So with all this, what I exactly want to say is, if you take up a topic then keep on updating on it a lot, so that the search engines will find a lot of relevant data for that on your blog.

Also initially I believed that more the number of hits the blog gets the more popular it becomes amongst the search engines. Well this is partially correct. As initially I used to visit my own blog post several times and try to increase the hits so that it starts to feature more on the search engines. But this does not help at all. The search engines take into account the number of unique visitors that come on to the blog to calculate the rankings, and then in the end it accounts for the number of hits per unique visitor. So with very few unique visitors it does not really help the blog get popular. So all I want to say with this is, that one must try and target the readers of different age group to try and get many unique visitors on the blog to make it more popular.

What all can help your blog get more visits. Does Twitter help? The answer to this would be yes. As Twitter is a micro blogging site it does help to get hits to your blog, not in the correct way but they do get a few hits. I came to know of this some months ago. Unfortunately, a few months back one of my old classmate had met with an accident, and had lost his life in that tragic event. I had tweeted on my site regarding this, by paying condolence to his family and also informing my other classmates about the incident. After a couple of days I saw that there were  quite a few hits on my blog with the search term containing my friends name and the place of the accident, or just my friends name. Initially I was confused to why this has actually happened. Then I realized that since my blog is linked to my Twitter profile, the blog takes my latest tweets from the Twitter account. Due to this since that tweet about the accident was amongst my latest tweets it got a lot of hits to my blog as well. In fact in such a scenario I realized that such a search term directs the person to most visited post of your blog, even if that post is completely irrelevant to the topic the person might have searched for. But this is only possible if you have linked your Twitter account to your blog.

At the end I would like to add is to make your blog popular one needs to be patient, it takes time. Some of my posts have started getting recognition almost after two years of having them posted. This may be because I guess the search engine rate the older posts more. Also all the ways i have mentioned here to increase the number of hits/visits to his blog are based on my personal experience. So all I can say that these are not the only ways you can increase the number of hits with. Probably there are many more ways as well of which I am not aware of, so if anyone has some other ideas on this, their thoughts are welcome here. It would be great if you all can add onto this information here, as these steps are very basic in nature, and I guess quite a lot will be following it as well. So I am  really hoping a few good comments here so that I can also get some help regarding this.

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For a long time now I have been wanting to earn from my blog here. Since wordpress does not support Google Ad sense, the biggest opportunity gets missed that way. Because of this I have been searching a lot of ways by which I can try and get some revenue out of the blog as well since it is doing pretty well in the daily visits that it receives. So for this I have been finding terms over Google, but all I get is either results of Ad sense or earn some extra money by working online (from home). If one gives a search command on Google, there are n number of results that are displayed only for these. So I thought of just researching on the second part probably with no intention of applying at it. I have researched a lot from these sites and so I thought that I should write about them here.

To start with these sites ask a person various jobs such as reading emails, doing data entry, even there are jobs for writing contents for publishers. In fact many sites (almost all) tell you that you can earn 10000 – 25000 INR or 250-500$ per month and also show many testimonials of people who have earned money working online (I guess this is a pretty decent amount especially since they say one needs to work only 2-3 hours daily to earn such revenue). All of them say that registering is free, and then later ask you to buy a pack for some amount, and the pack would work as trainer to help you learn how to go about the job (on various sites These packs range from 200-2000 INR some form 10-30$ depending on the different sites that I have seen). I was never interested in this as I always believed it to be unsafe so never got beyond just researching the site.

This is when just recently I came across an email that was sent to me by a trustworthy friend. This site again claimed  that you could earn 9000 INR per month. But when I just went through the site details and researched on it a little bit, I came to know that there is no investment that needs to be done. Then I cross checked the details with my friend and he advised me to join it since whatever one will earn is profit, the person does not need to invest money at any point of time. So I thought of why not giving it a try.

Now coming onto the details part of the site. This site is interesting and pays you some amount for every sponsored email you read. But the amount is too less for each email and I really doubt if anyone can earn 9000 a month. So I would advise one to join this as only thinking it as extra pocket money and not as a part time income. This site says that you can withdraw money and the cheque will be mailed to your address. Now again, I cannot comment on its authenticity since I have never wanted to withdraw the money earned from the site. But yes I do feel it may be authentic and one can give it a try since the site does not ask you any of your account or other confidential details ever.

Again this is something that I was not looking out for initially to earn. But I did find that interesting so thought to write about this. If I get some more information about how to earn money from the blog, I will definitely write about that as well. In fact if you all know any such way to earn money through blog, I mean a wordpress blog then do write it to me or do put in a comment about it over here.

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There is another new browser I have recently tried. This comes from the Netscape group and has coupled with Facebook. I have been using Facebook a lot more extensively, for the last couple of days, and that is why I am have started liking this new browser. Here is the original RockMelt site. I am also putting down the article that came on the Yahoo News:

“A new internet browser that requires a Facebook log-in has been unveiled, aimed squarely at social networking users.

Called RockMelt, it has been set up by Marc Andreessen, the founder of Netscape.

Based on Google’s Chromium software, Rockmelt is designed to let users share everything they do with the friends on Facebook and Twitter.

Down the side of each web page visited is a selection of each user’s most-used Facebook Friends and Twitter contacts, reports the Daily Mail.

A statement on the firm’s blog read: ‘With RockMelt, we’ve re-thought the user experience, because a browser can and should be about more than simply navigating Web pages.

‘Today, the browser connects you to your world. Why not build your world right into your browser?’

The browser makes it particularly easy to share links with friends by dragging pictures, URLs or videos onto one of the small photos, known as ‘edges’ that line the browser’s window.

Because you have to sign in before using Rockmelt, all of your favourite sites, blogs and friends are listed when you log in.

The browser alerts you when a new story, video, or post appears on the sites you visit the most, without you having to leave the webpage you are currently on.

However, the fact that a user’s entire web search history, friends and favourite sites are known by RockMelt, will alarm those wary of handing over personal information to tech firms.

The firm claims that this browsing information will not be sold to advertisers.

‘We are not going to run an ad network. We actually don’t know where you go,’ co-founder Tim Howes told website TechCrunch. ‘That information does not leave your browser.’

The way you search on the internet is also different with RockMelt. Instead of a whole page of search results from Google, only the first 10 results come up, displaying the web page of each result before you click on it.”


Though this video feature is not a new one in Gmail, in fact if I remember it correctly it is almost one and a half two years old. But this is the first time I have used the feature. Though it is not the first time I am using a video chat. I have used it a several times on Skype. I used to use it regularly to chat almost for three years a couple of years back (amazingly during the times when we did not have the fast broadband internet, and also during the times when laptops were not very common, to use Skype one had to install a webcam, and yes it was not easy). Though for the past few months or almost a year I have been using Skype in office for client calls. In fact it was my client to insist on having the status meeting on Skype rather than over a phone call. With all this all what I want to say is that I am neither new to video chatting nor is this feature new in Gmail, so why I am suddenly writing about this now.

Well this is because this is the first time I have used this feature on Gmail, and to honest I am very much impressed. I liked the overall performance, especially because it does not add any load on the internet, since it only uses the Gmail (I meant no extra load for video is applied on the internet service). Also, one does not need to create a separate account; download and install separate software, also always log onto the software every time. Since Gmail is one of the most popular mailing applications, it is easier to find friends over here rather than on Skype or any other application.

Now coming onto the technical perspective. I agree that the video quality is not as good as the one of Skype, but it is not bad either. It is good enough for a single person to talk. Also as I have written earlier the performance (I mean the voice quality, the audio quality) is very good, comparable to Skype, or I can say even better. So overall I would rate this feature as a good one, and also recommend others to use this, especially the ones who have not used Skype so far and want to use the video chatting facility.

I now feel why is it that I have not used this feature for such a long time. This is maybe because I have not used the video chat feature for personal use for almost two years now. But I wish I could have used this earlier as well. But as they say “Better late than never”.

In the end again I would recommend others to use this feature of Gmail, as it is really good, or I can say more than good, it is really more comfortable.


Blackle is a website powered by Google Custom Search, which aims to save energy by displaying a black background and using grayish-white font color for search results. It is also a search engine and uses the same database used by Google so there is no difference in the results displayed by the two sites. I just came across this site recently, so I thought of it being a new concept of Google. But no I was completely wrong. This was created by Toby Heap in January 2007 (more than three years back) and is owned by Heap Media, Australia. It is only powered by the Google Custom Search. Also it is available in as many as six languages: English, Portuguese, French, Czech, Italian, and Dutch. As it is not as commonly known as Google I thought of writing something about this. But that is not the real case, it too is pretty famous and is ranked in the top 6000 sites by Alexa. 

The basic concept behind Blackle is that the computer monitors can be made to consume less energy by displaying much darker colors. Blackle is based on a study which tested a variety of CRT and LCD monitors. Although there is dispute over whether there really are any energy saving effects. This concept was first brought to the attention of Heap Media by a blog post, which estimated that Google could save 750 megawatt hours a year by utilizing it for CRT screens. The homepage of Blackle also provides a count of the number of watt hours that have been saved by enabling this concept.


Google comes out with another of it’s new gadget, this time a TV, called as Google TV. What I would just say is watch out for Google TV. It is said to be a combination of TV, Internet and Search – endless possibilities. Here is the article of it’s launch from the official blog site. Also I really liked the heading of the article “TV meets web. Web meets TV.”

Announcing Google TV: TV meets web. Web meets TV.
If there’s one entertainment device that people know and love, it’s the television. In fact, 4 billion people across the world watch TV and the average American spends five hours per day in front of one*. Recently, however, an increasing amount of our entertainment experience is coming from our phones and computers. One reason is that these devices have something that the TV lacks: the web. With the web, finding and accessing interesting content is fast and often as easy as a search. But the web still lacks many of the great features and the high-quality viewing experience that the TV offers.

So that got us thinking…what if we helped people experience the best of TV and the best of the web in one seamless experience? Imagine turning on the TV and getting all the channels and shows you normally watch and all of the websites you browse all day — including your favorite video, music and photo sites. We’re excited to announce that we’ve done just that.
Google TV is a new experience for television that combines the TV that you already know with the freedom and power of the Internet. With Google Chrome built in, you can access all of your favorite websites and easily move between television and the web. This opens up your TV from a few hundred channels to millions of channels of entertainment across TV and the web. Your television is also no longer confined to showing just video. With the entire Internet in your living room, your TV becomes more than a TV — it can be a photo slideshow viewer, a gaming console, a music player and much more.

Google TV uses search to give you an easy and fast way to navigate to television channels, websites, apps, shows and movies. For example, already know the channel or program you want to watch? Just type in the name and you’re there. Want to check out that funny YouTube video on your 48” flat screen? It’s just a quick search away. If you know what you want to watch, but you’re not sure where to find it, just type in what you’re looking for and Google TV will help you find it on the web or on one of your many TV channels. If you’d rather browse than search, you can use your standard program guide, your DVR or the Google TV home screen, which provides quick access to all of your favorite entertainment so you’re always within reach of the content you love most.

Because Google TV is built on open platforms like Android and Google Chrome, these features are just a fraction of what Google TV can do. In our announcement today at Google I/O, we challenged web developers to start coming up with the next great web and Android apps designed specifically for the TV experience. Developers can start optimizing their websites for Google TV today. Soon after launch, we’ll release the Google TV SDK and web APIs for TV so that developers can build even richer applications and distribute them through Android Market. We’ve already started building strategic alliances with a number of companies — like Jinni.com and Rovi — at the leading edge of innovation in TV technology. Jinni.com is a next-generation TV application working to provide semantic search, personalized recommendation and social features for Google TV across all sources of premium content available to the user. Rovi is one of the world’s leading guide applications. We’re looking forward to seeing all of the ways developers will use this new platform.

We’re working together with Sony and Logitech to put Google TV inside of televisions, Blu-ray players and companion boxes. These devices will go on sale this fall, and will be available at Best Buy stores nationwide. You can sign up here to get updates on Google TV availability.

This is an incredibly exciting time – for TV watchers, for developers and for the entire TV ecosystem. By giving people the power to experience what they love on TV and on the web on a single screen, Google TV turns the living room into a new platform for innovation. We’re excited about what’s coming. We hope you are too.”

Well reading to this, I feel that this is not going to be any far from are regular TV.


After three years Apple is back to what it is known to be best at — launch new product. The computing giant launched iPad, a sleek table that aims to revolutionize the publishing business the same way as Apple iPod transformed the music industry and iPhone transformed the telecom industry. But there are many misses in this, with all the great features it has got. The critics are lamenting the absence of some features which they feel are basic for any product of iPad’s category. So what is it that is missing from Apple’s big launch? Read on to find out. I just found out 9 misses at Indiatimes Infotech. I am just listing them out here.

Lack of camera
One big miss in Apple iPad is camera. Lack of camera seems disappointing especially since the device is said to be somewhere between a smart phone and laptop. And in today’s smart phones presence of camera seems almost default.
Lack of camera means there is no option to video chat or even do video-conferencing.

No SD card support
With iPad coming in 16, 32 and 64 GB versions, storage seems big. But still extra storage is always welcome. And with no SD card support that option is not available.

No Adobe Flash support
Another big miss is absence of Flash support. With a screen as big as 9.7 inches, Flash support is surely to be missed.
As surfing the Web without Flash is not same. The `big, empty video boxes in the middle of a page’ that will appear are sure to disappoint. People won’t be able to access miniclip, play farmville, watch ESPN or Hulu.
In iPhone 3GS too when users browse through Web pages with Adobe Flash, it displays empty spaces with missing icons.

Lack of multitasking with applications
Multitasking seems to be becoming a computing norm, with even mobile OSes offering it. However, there is no multitasking option in iPad’s OS. This means for example users can’t listen to FM while they surf the Web, or switch back and forth between Facebook at Twitter, or write an email while talking on a VOIP call.

Widescreen/Aspect Ratio
Analysts feel that a 4:3 aspect ratio may be just perfect for using iPhone apps in full screen mode. However, a similar aspect ratio may not be as good for media. Especially since the digital world is rapidly moving to widescreen formats.

Digital ink and paper
Being touted as a ‘Kindle killer’ by many, Apple iPad is not exactly that. For, Apple iPad lacks the advantages of a digital ink and paper which are considered to be integral parts of an e-reader.

No HDMI Out
There is no facility for HDMI output in iPad. This means users will not be able to view HD videos on a large TV screen even if they have downloaded the same from iTunes.

Need of Adapters
The design may seem just seamless. But, you may find it too seamless when you will figure out the number of adapters you would require with it. Apple iPad has no USB ports reportedly. So, whatever you want to use with it camera, printer or even a USB, you would need an adapter for it.

Can’t ‘download’ Apps
If you are among those who loves trying new applications, iPad is surely not for you. As in ipad you can download applications only from Apple’s AppStore. iPad doesn’t allow users to download any apps other than from the App Store!


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The search giant Google has released a software that allows users of mobile phones and other wireless devices in 27 countries, including India, to automatically share their whereabouts with family and friends.

The feature, dubbed `Latitude,’ expands upon a tool introduced in 2007 to broadcast their location to others constantly, using Google Latitude with the press of a button. With this upgrade to its mobile maps, Google Inc hopes to prove it can track people on the go as effectively as it searches for information on the Internet.

What you can do?
photo1cmsWith Google Latitude, users friends’ and relatives’ whereabouts can be tracked on a Google map, either from a handset or from a personal computer. “Not only can you see your friends’ locations on a map, but you can also be in touch directly via SMS, Google Talk, Gmail, or by updating your status message,” Google said in a company blog post announcing the new feature.

Once you and your friends have opted in for Google Latitude, you can see your friends’ Google icon on Google Maps. Clicking on these icons will allow you to call, email or IM them. Users can also use the `directions’ feature on Google Maps to help them get to their location.

How it works?
photo2cmsThe software plots a user’s location – marked by a personal picture on Google’s map – by relying on cell phone towers, global positioning systems or a Wi-Fi connection to deduce their location.

Google can plot a person’s location within a few yards if it is using GPS, or might be off by several miles if it’s relying on transmission from cell phone towers.

How to safeguard your privacy?
photo3cmsWondering what about users’ privacy? There’s no threat, claims Google. The service is an opt-in. This means users can control precisely who among their friends and relations can see their whereabouts. They can also hide their location from everyone or some particular people. There is also an option to share only the city they’re in generally (not the exact place), or just turn the service off.

Controls allow users to select who receives the information or to go offline at any time, Google says on its website. Google is also promising not to retain any information about its users’ movements. Only the last location picked up by the tracking service will be stored on Google’s computers.

Supporting gadgets
photo4cmsLatitude will work on Research In Motion Ltd’s Blackberry and devices running on Symbian S60 devices or Microsoft Corp’s Windows Mobile and some mobile phones running on Google’s Android software.

The software will eventually run on Apple’s iPhone and iTouch and many Sony Ericsson devices. Latitude works on mobile smartphones and as an iGoogle gadget on desktop and laptop computers.

PC Support
photo5cmsTo widen the software’s appeal, Google is offering a version that can be installed on personal computers as well. The PC access is designed for people who don’t have a mobile phone but still may want to keep tabs on their children or someone else special, Google said.

People using the PC version can also be watched if they are connected to the Internet through Wi-Fi.

Others in the race
photo6cmsGoogle’s new service is similar to the service offered by privately-held Loopt. Companies including Verizon Wireless, owned by Verizon Communications and Vodafone Group Plc, already offer Loopt’s service, which also works on iPhone from Apple Inc.

Loopt’s service is compatible with more than 100 types of mobile phones.

Making Moolah
photo7cmsThere are no current plans to sell any advertising alongside Google’s tracking service, although analysts believe knowing a person’s location eventually will unleash new marketing opportunities.

The company has been investing consistently in the mobile market during the past two years in an attempt to make its services more useful to people when they’re away from their office or home computers.


Net Applications caused a bit of a stir this week with a report that showed Microsoft’s operating system share had dipped below 90 percent. This played very well where anti-Microsoft sentiment was strongest, not surprisingly.

Net Applications uses software sensors at 40,000 Web sites around the world to measure traffic and come up with its stats. These stats include operating system, browser, IP address, domain host, language, screen resolution, and a referring search engine, according to Vince Vizzaccaro, executive vice president of marketing and strategic alliances for Net Applications.

However, Net Applications noticed something unusual with stats from Google.com, which would represent Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) employees, not the public at large that use its search engine. Two-thirds of the visitors from Google.com did not hide what operating system they were running, which Net Applications recorded in its survey.

One-third, however, were unrecognized even though Net Applications’ sensors can detect all major operating systems including most flavors of Unix and Linux. Even Microsoft’s new Windows 7, which is deployed internally at Microsoft headquarters, would show up by its identifier string. But the Google operating systems were specifically blocked.

“We have never seen an OS stripped off the user agent string before.” Vizzaccaro told InternetNews.com. “I believe you have to arrange to have that happen, it’s not something we’ve seen before with a proxy server. All I can tell you is there’s a good percentage of the people at Google showing up [at Web pages] with their OS hidden.”

A proxy server shouldn’t cause such a block because it would block everything, which Net Applications sees all the time. With the one-third obfuscated Google visitors, it was only the OS that was removed. Their browser, for example, was not hidden. And two-thirds of Google systems surfing the Web identified their OS, mostly Linux.

Internal deployment would make sense, as that’s the best way to test an operating system or anything else under development. Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) has Windows 7 deployed over certain parts of its Redmond campus, using its staff as testers by making them work with it daily. The company refers to this as “eating their own dogfood.”

Google’s secret OS?

So what’s Google hiding? When asked, the company sent InternetNews.com a statement that it would not comment on rumor and speculation. But some Silicon Valley watchers think they know the long-rumored software-as-a-service-oriented Google OS.

“I think they could be working on an application infrastructure, because an operating system really connotes the stuff that makes the hardware and software talk to each other, and they are not in that business” said Clay Ryder, president of The Sageza Group. “But as an infrastructure for building network apps, I would think Google would be working on something like that” he continued. “They’ve been rolling out more and more freebie apps and I would think they would eventually want to make some money the old fashioned way. It would make a lot of sense that they would want to have a network app infrastructure that they could roll out most anywhere.”

Such an OS would be an expanded version of the Android OS the company recently released for mobile phones, said Rob Enderle, principal analyst for The Enderle Group. “They were clear they were going to go down this direction, with a platform that largely lives off the cloud with Google apps” he told InternetNews.com.” Look at it as the Android concept expanded to a PC.”

Both felt Google would not take on Microsoft on the operating system level, because its goal was to make that level irrelevant. “I would never expect Google to get into a desktop OS space” said Ryder. “That just doesn’t make sense. But for a network application infrastructure that is not dependent on the hardware but just the usage of a client, that would make more sense.”

Enderle noted this would be the final piece after Google Apps, the Chrome browser and the Toolbar, which combined are the total user experience, all provided by Google. An underlying infrastructure similar to Android to run it all would be the logical conclusion. “If you think about it, if you live off Google tools, the company that provides the experience into everything else would be Google, not Microsoft” he said. “It’s an interesting strategy and I think it could work, but it would be premature to bring that to market because Chrome is not ready.”