January 23, 2010

Laptop Bag Features that can save your Laptop from Breaking Down

First of all, I am not a laptop bag user and I don't have any bag for my laptop. That's because I don't carry my laptop outside of the house and I keep my laptop hooked to the electrical outlet when I use it. I don't know whether this is good or bad for my battery but that's another topic that we may talk about sometime in the future.

So what I say here may be just to start you thinking about your own particular requirements for a laptop bag in the hope that you will be able to buy your laptop bag intelligently and not waste money on something that does not address your primary goal for having a laptop bag.

People who own laptops have their own reason for having one. Most students want to own a cool laptop that their classmates would admire without actually thinking much of how their laptop computer could be best used to pursue their purpose of why they are in school.

Executives would probably want an industrial grade laptop that has a reputation for not dying suddenly while being used for making a very important memo to the board of directors. They have an important thing to do and they would like a laptop that they can depend on every time and not put them in a difficult situation.

You will have your own purpose for owning a laptop computer and you would have your own way of using that computer to further your own end whether that be to promote your own career or to make your business more profitable. You would also have your own pattern of using your laptop like whetther you use your laptop mostly at home or mostly outside on account of your chosen profession or the job that you have to do.

Laptop computers are fragile equipment that you need to take care of them like your own children. To protect them from being crushed when someone accidentally sits on them, I think there should be a laptop bag made of durable plastic that can be used when carrying the laptop computer inside the car or when the laptop computer is in danger of being placed under a heavy object.

In addition, I think that there should be some provision inside the bag that would make the laptop computer secure from excessive impact in cases when the bag is accidentally dropped. I'm talking about some form of shock resistance like a thick foam-like substance that would minimize the impact of a sudden fall from a high location.

Another critical feature that a good laptop computer bag would have is some form of water resistance that could protect the laptop computer from being wet when the user is caught in a rainy situation outside. Writers sometimes like to work outside where they can draw inspiration from nature to spice up their literary piece or improve on their work of art. It would be a pity if the inside of the laptop would get wet when a sudden burst of rain comes up and there is no way to shield the laptop computer from being wet.

Your laptop computer can sometimes find itself cramped with other objects inside the trunk of your car. In tropical countries, the temperature inside the trunk can become excessively hot especially during summer. I think a good laptop bag must use materials for the inside of the bag that are heat resistant or poor heat conductors. It would indeed be nice to know that your laptop bag can maintain a tolerable temperature that would be able protect your laptop computer from excessive heat.

I'm really not sure if there are laptop bags out there in the market that have these features so maybe we should talk of how we can prevent the catastrophic events I'm talking about here from happening to your laptop.

When you go outside with your laptop, be sure to carry a plastic bag to where you can put your laptop in case you are caught in a sudden burst of rainfall. Don't leave your laptop computer inside the trunk of your car if you are parking your car outside and the temperature outside is hot. Never put your laptop computer on the seat of the car where someone may accidentally sit on it. Always place your laptop computer on a flat surface where there is no danger of it falling down.

To be able to intelligently choose which laptop bag is best for your laptop, just think of how you make use of your laptop computer, whether you use it mostly inside your house of office or whether mostly you use it outside. Know also whether you always carry your laptop computer wherever you go or you only carry it with you sometimes. These facts will hopefully give you an idea of what to look for in a laptop bag when you decide to buy one for your laptop computer. The best laptop bag would be the one that can protect your laptop computer best from hazards that may render it inoperable.

Read my article on how you can extend the useful life of your laptop computer at: http://laptopwriting.blogspot.com/2009/12/how-you-can-get-more-years-of-useful.html.

Read my article on how you can ensure that you can restore your laptop promptly and easily after a hard disk crash at: http://laptopwriting.blogspot.com/2011/03/ensure-that-you-can-easily-restore-your.html

Read my other article on whether your laptop is getting obsolete or not at: http://laptopwriting.blogspot.com/2011/12/is-your-laptop-getting-obsolete.html.

Read my other article on laptops may yet survive despite the tablet onslaught at: http://laptopwriting.blogspot.com/2011/12/laptops-may-yet-survive-in-spite-of.html.

Read an article on how to turn your old desktop computer equipment into peripherals for your laptop at: http://sites.google.com/site/thetechnicaljournal/turn-your-old-desktop-equipment-into-peripherals-for-your-laptop.

January 20, 2010

How to Add AdSense Ads on your Blogger Blog's Feed

If you are using AdSense for Contents in your Blogger blog, you can squeeze additional AdSense impressions or clicks by including Adsense ads on your blog's feed.

A feed is a collection of your blog posts that users can subscribe to. When users are subscribed to your blog using their own blog subscription service, they don't have to visit your blog everytime to check for new posts. They can see the contents of your blog in the web site of the subscription service they are using. To make sure that you get AdSense impressions and clicks when user are reading your blog using feed readers, place AdSense for Feed ads on your blog's feed.

You can get started on AdSense for Feeds by going to your AdSense page and setting up your Feed ads. Click on AdSense for Feeds on the AdSense setup page and create an ad profile with the channels on which the ads will be displayed.

AdSense for Feeds will only accept Google Feedburner feeds so you need to create a Feedburner feed first for your blog. You can search for the Feedburner web site and sign up using your Gmail email address. Google Feedburner web site is the place where you create a Feedburner feed for your blog. You can also make use of other Feedburner tools for analyzing, optimizing and publicizing your feeds.

If your blog is hosted on Blogger, you need to redirect your standard Blogger feed to your Google Feedburner feed so that your subsequent posts will be included in the feed where AdSense ads are placed. To do this, you need to click on the settings option of your blog in the Blogger Dashboard and enter the URL of your Google Feedburner feed on the Site Feed page of your blog settings. Redirecting your blog's feed to Feedburner also ensures that your blog's standard feed would be converted to Feedburner feed and would be eligible to receive ads from AdSense for Feeds.

When creating your AdSense for Feeds channels, be sure to check the option that makes your feed targettable by advertisers. You can create a different name and an enticing description of your feed which will be shown to advertisers looking for places to show their ads. You will be asked to enter the URL of your blog's Feedburner feed which you can get from the Feedburner web site.

You can do everything on the AdSense for Feed setup page by supplying the URL of your blog together with the standard feed creator that your blog uses. For Blogger blogs, the standard feed creator is Atom. You can create one channel for each of your blogs for the AdSense for Feeds profile that you have created. So that you won't get lost while setting up your AdSense for Feeds profile, always remember that a channel is a blog feed where your AdSense for Feeds ads will be displayed.

You will have very limited options for displaying AdSense for Feeds ads on your feeds. You can only control whether to place either only text or image ads or both, for each feed item or after a number of feed items, or for posts of a certain length. You can also specify whether to place the ads before or after the feed item and whether you want to control the color of your ads or just leave it to AdSense to determine the best color to use.

To promote your feed on your Blogger blog, go to the Google Feedburner web site and select the feed for your blog. Click on the Publicize tab at the top of the page and click on the friendly graphic link on the text of the page. Select the standard feed icon and copy the HTML code at the bottom of the page. Now go to your Blogger blog and insert an HTML gadget on the place in your blog where you want the graphic to appear. Paste the HTML code on the space provided and click save to add the gadget to your page. Save your settings and test if the link brings you to your Feedburner feed with AdSense ads displayed on the items of the page.

How to Use a Powerful Article Writer to Generate Several Unique Versions of the Article

As an Internet writer, you would probably know that Google does not favor duplicate content being submitted to the Internet and in such cases only shows one version of the document on the search engine results page. However, if you want to undertake a link-building effort, you may want to submit articles promoting your web site to several article directories in the Internet. If you submit the same content to all those directories, your effort will probably come to naught since only one of those articles will probably find its way to Google's search engine results page.

The solution to this dilemma is to submit substantially different versions of the article that Google might not detect as duplicate content. But doing this manually will take a lot of effort and time and of course money. What you will need is a user-friendly software that you can use to create the unique versions automatically.

I came across the Power Article Rewriter developed by Sebastian Kohl and tried using it to generate unique versions of a sample article. With word level spinning, I found out that I could produce articles that average 9 percent uniqueness. With paragraph level spinning, I was able to generate versions that are from 18 to 36 percent unique. With paragraph level spinning and nested word spins, I was able to produce article versions that reach 50 to 57 percent uniqueness.

The software is really easy to use and you can become an expert in using it in about one half day. You would probably commit some mistakes while using it at first but those will provide you with important lessons that you will always remember when using the software.

The Power Article Rewriter is designed to generate unique versions of an article for submitting to different article directories in the Internet. It is very much flexible in that you can perform the spinning operation on word level, on sentence level and on paragraph level. The paragraph level with nested word spinning provides the highest uniqueness percentage in my testing of the software.

You create a core article first which will become the basis of the spinning operation that Power Article Rewriter can do automatically. To achieve maximum results, create two more versions for each of the paragraphs in the core article. From this intermediate result, you can then go on to spin at the word level to come up with the version that is spun on both the paragraph level and on the word level inside all paragraphs. This would give a high uniqueness percentage that could probably pass Google's duplicate content scrutiny.

Preparing the article for the spin involves adding substitute word, sentence or paragraph for the original item found on the core article. When preparing the document for word level spin, you are provided with synonyms which you can choose to include as substitute word for the one in the original. Sentence and paragraph level spin involves highlighting the sentence or paragraph then adding the substitute sentence of paragraph at the work area in the software window. You can substitute multiple words for one word or substitute one word for multiple adjacent words in the original version.

Even if you use this software to automate unique article generation, there is still a lot of writing to be done. If you want to increase your uniqueness score, then you have to provide for more substitute words, sentences or paragraphs. If I could achieve above 50 percent uniqueness by adding two more versions for each paragraph in the original, then probably I could reach above 60 percent uniqueness if I add one more version for each of the paragraphs in the original. That would make the resulting versions really unique and should surely pass Google's duplicate test.

You can search for the software in Google and download the evaluation copy which you can use for 15 days, Once installed in your computer, you can create a five-paragraph article and test the software by doing word-level spin and then paragraph level spin. Watch the uniqueness percentage that you can get at each level of your testing. Try doing paragraph level spinning with nested word spinning inside all paragraphs and see your uniqueness percentage soar to past 50 percent. Try the Power Article Rewiter to generate several unique versions of your article. It can be very useful if you want to undertake web site promotion using article directories.

Read my other article on how writers can use landing pages to drive visitors to their site at: http://laptopwriting.blogspot.com/2010/02/how-writers-can-use-landing-pages-to.html.

Read my other article on simple ways for writers to promote their blog or personal website at: http://laptopwriting.blogspot.com/2010/02/simple-ways-for-writers-to-promote.html.

Read my other article on how to use feeds to promoter your personal website or blog at: http://laptopwriting.blogspot.com/2010/02/how-to-use-feeds-to-promote-your.html.

January 16, 2010

Use Sensible Accessories to Extend the Useful Life of your Laptop

Laptop accessories can add to your enjoyment of your laptop and can make your laptop easier to use. But the most important reason for using accessories should be to extend the useful life of your laptop. We would want to avoid a major breakdown that would render your laptop useless or a minor breakdown which would require cash outlay for buying alternative replacement for the defective part.

Perhaps the most important investment in accessories that you can make for your laptop is to buy and external USB hard disk. You can use the external hard disk for all the data that you create and leave the internal hard disk for storage of operating system and application software files. This way, there will be less pressure on the internal hard disk and it will hopefully last longer.

Heat is the number one enemy of the hardware components inside your laptop. A laptop cooler would be of help in reducing the heat that can accumulate inside your laptop and endanger electronic components and the hard disk. Coolers without fans are perfect to use when the weather is not so hot while those with fans could prove of immense help during warmer weather. You should avoid cheap coolers that contain low quality fans that start to vibrate after one year of use. Change your cooler when you hear humming sounds from the cooler fans.

Your laptop's keyboard is a fragile equipment that is not as durable as that of the desktop laptop and yet is more expensive to replace. To avoid early breakdown of your laptop's keyboard, buy a USB keyboard and use it when you're using your laptop at home. You can be less careful when using the USB keyboard since you can easily replace it at a lesser cost.

A USB mouse can be easier to use than the built-in pointing device on your laptop. You can use it when using your laptop on a flat surface and work faster and more conveniently too. The only drawback would be that it could help drain your battery faster but if you're inside a house or a building you can always connect your laptop to an electrical outlet.

Using a headset instead of the built-in speakers on your laptop would help conserve battery power and prevent speaker vibrations from affecting your internal hard disk. If you really can't help but hear loud music, then you can buy an external speaker but you must position the speakers as far as possible from your laptop and preferably on another location separate from the table where you are working.

The internal DVD writer in your laptop is not designed for heavy duty disc writing. You should use it only for making backups of your data into DVD discs. If you plan to do a lot of disc writing, then you should buy an external DVD writer which you can use for writing to a lot of discs or making several disc copies for your family or friends.

You will surely have very important personal files on your laptop that you want to have a backup of just in case you experience a major breakdown and are unable to use your laptop. Use a USB flash disk to store important personal and confidential files from your laptop. This pen drive should not be left lying around nor should it be used as transport mechanism for the office files you're working on. It should be kept under lock and should only be used for backup purposes.

You should not buy accessories because they are cool to have or they look great on your laptop. Investment-wise what you want to happen is to be able to use your laptop for the longest time possible without having a major breakdown. Sensible accessories are those that help extend the useful life of your laptop and at the same time may be make your use of your laptop more convenient and enjoyable.

Read my article on a common sense approach to investing in a laptop at: http://laptopwriting.blogspot.com/2010/01/common-sense-approach-to-investing-in.html.

Read my other article on whether your laptop is getting obsolete or not at: http://laptopwriting.blogspot.com/2011/12/is-your-laptop-getting-obsolete.html.

Read my other article on laptops may yet survive despite the tablet onslaught at: http://laptopwriting.blogspot.com/2011/12/laptops-may-yet-survive-in-spite-of.html.

Read an article on free useful programs that your computer should have at: http://sites.google.com/site/thetechnicaljournal/free-useful-programs-that-your-computer-should-have.

Read an article on how you can turn your old desktop equipment into peripherals for your new laptop at: http://sites.google.com/site/thetechnicaljournal/turn-your-old-desktop-equipment-into-peripherals-for-your-laptop 

A Common Sense Approach to Investing in a Laptop

There are many reasons for having a laptop computer but the one that probably makes the most sense is to treat having a laptop as an investment and to treat the laptop as a tool that sooner or later will have to be replaced. Yet I don't think that we need to use sophisticated mathematical formulas to determine the best option in buying and using the laptop but just simple logic and common sense.

What we are aiming at is to have a laptop that will be functional for the longest time possible without having a major breakdown that would require a relatively big sum of money. When our laptop is hit with a major breakdown, we are faced with a decision on whether to have the laptop repaired of just buy a new one. And oftentimes, it makes more sense to buy a new one than to have the old laptop repaired.

Of all the major breakdowns, what we want to avoid is a hardware failure on our disk drive. Our keyboard may fail but we can always attach a USB keyboard and we can go on using our laptop and type more easily and conveniently. Our DVD drive may fail but we can always attach an external USB DVD drive and we could perhaps burn more disks and at a faster rate than when we were using the internal DVD drive. Our battery may fail yet we can still use the laptop as long as it is connected to an electrical outlet. But when our disk drive fails, we are done.

Since what we want to avoid is a hard disk failure, we should thus want to make sure that we don't overuse the disk drive. And how may we be able to do this, I ask? Well, my answer would be that when buying your laptop, have as much random access memory as your money would allow so that your laptop would have a large temporary storage of data so it won't need to access the disk drive more often than it needed to.

The best accessory that you can buy for your laptop investment-wise would be an external hard disk drive which you can use to save all the data that you create. So when buying your laptop, you can for example choose to buy a relatively small capacity internal disk drive and use the amount that you can save to buy an external hard disk drive.

You would then be using the internal hard disk drive for only the programs and software that you use with your laptop. There will be much less pressure on your internal hard disk drive if you don't use it to store the data that you create and hopefully it will last longer.

We can see more and more use of this strategy on the newer laptops that come with very limited hard disk or flash storage only enough to hold the operating system and essential software like some models of the Asus EEE PC. You then would have to buy additional external storage where you can place the data that you create.

This too is advantageous for laptops that are used by different users so with separate external hard disk drives for each user, complete confidentiality of data is assured. And if your external hard disk breaks down, other users can still use the laptop since the operating system and software applications are not affected.

Of all the vital components inside your laptop, the hard disk drive is the component most likely to fail and when it fails, it is fatal to the laptop so this is where we should focus on when trying to get the longest useful service possible from our laptop. The hard disk drive is a mechanical equipment that is why it would most likely be the one to fail early on due to overuse. This is also true of other mechanical components like the DVD ROM drive and the keyboard but their breakdown is not as devastating as that of the internal hard disk drive.

So the common sense approach to investing in a laptop focuses on the most likely component that can fail early on and whose failure is fatal to the laptop and take measures to prevent the failure from happening too soon. The strategy is to buy a laptop with a large random access memory but not so large internal hard disk drive and to buy an external hard disk drive where user-generated data will be stored. This will thus allow lesser pressure on the internal hard disk which will hopefully enable it to last longer and be enjoyed by the user for the longest time possible.

Read my article on how you can get more years of useful life from your laptop at: http://laptopwriting.blogspot.com/2009/12/how-you-can-get-more-years-of-useful.html.

Read my other article on whether laptops are getting obsolete with the advent of new tablet computers at: http://laptopwriting.blogspot.com/2011/12/is-your-laptop-getting-obsolete.html

Read my other article on the question of your laptop getting obsolete at: http://laptopwriting.blogspot.com/2011/12/is-your-laptop-getting-obsolete.html.

Read an article on how to keep your hard disk clean and lean to extend the service life of your Vista computer at: http://publishtoweb.blogspot.com/2011/12/keep-your-hard-disk-clean-and-lean-to.html.

Read my other article on a common sense approach to a financially sustainable life at: http://sites.google.com/site/ournewapproach/a-common-sense-approach-to-living-a-financially-sustainable-life

Read my other article on a few ideas toward a more sensible buying behavior at: http://sites.google.com/site/ournewapproach/toward-a-more-sensible-buying-behavior.

January 15, 2010

How you can Store and Manage your Files in the Cloud

Cloud computing is another of those buzzwords that you often come across while surfing web sites on the Internet. I don't know who invented this term but Google is using it to promote its document storage service called Google Docs. Microsoft has its own version of cloud computing called Office Live where you can also store documents online.

Cloud computing solves the problem of having several versions of a document that several people may be working on. When computing using the cloud, there is only one copy of the document and it is accessible from the Internet. The people involved can assume different roles with respect to the document and may be given simple viewing or more powerful editing privileges.

In cloud computing, you are essentially using information servers in the Internet to store and manage your files. The Internet then becomes an extension of your computer serving as an omnipotent hard disk. I say omnipotent because you can access your files anywhere you can make an Internet connection.

Google Docs and Microsoft Office Live allow you to upload your documents and share them with your family, friends or co-workers. Not all types of files can be uploaded though. Only standard documents files like text files, document files like Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF files, presentation files, spreadsheets, and images like diagrams and photos are allowed to be stored in Google Docs and Microsoft Office Live.

You use your Gmail email address and Microsoft email account to sign up for the Google Docs and Microsoft Office Live document sharing service respectively. You can create folders and store files in them just like what you do in your hard disk. In Microsoft Office Live, you can even create what they call workspaces where you separate the files for your personal and work needs.

You can upload already created documents to start with Google Docs or Microsoft Office Live but you can also create new documents and save them on the cloud. In Google docs you may create a new document, presentation, spreadsheet or form or you may use a ready-made template to create your document. For Microsoft Office Live you can make a new note, list, task list, contacts list, event list, Word document, Excel spreadsheet and Powerpoint presentation.

You can edit the documents online using the tools that both of the two service providers offer. Google Docs uses its own online tools while Microsoft Office Live uses the copy of Microsoft software in the user's computer. Google Docs and Microsoft Live both offer the ability to download a copy of the document to the user's computer.

Both Google Docs and Microsoft Office Live are powerful Internet resources that can benefit a lot of people. In one way, people will have a way of sharing and working on documents securely. Some may use these services just to avail of an additional backup for their documents so that if their hard disk crash or if their USB pen drive is lost or if their backup CD is misplaced, there is still one more place where they can retrieve their files.

As to which of these two Internet resource to use would depend on the particular requirement and established working pattern of an individual. Those who favor non-proprietary solutions would probably choose Google Docs while those who have been used to working with Microsoft products would prefer the Office Live service. I think that both of these services offer state of the art tools for storing and managing your files in the cloud.

Google Docs is not able to handle the Microsoft Word format well so Word documents does not display well on Google Docs and images on the Word document simply get lost. On the other hand, Google Docs display Adobe PDF documents better than Microsoft Office Live. However, text documents are handled well by both of the two document sharing services.

One really good use of document sharing service like these is that it gives you the ability to show your documents to other people in their place of work. While in another office, you would normally not be permitted to connect your personal USB pen drive to another person's computer nor would they allow you to use the company's Internet connection for your laptop. Now, you can use their own computers and show them your documents by accessing them from the cloud.

I have used both Google Docs and Microsoft Office Live and my impression of them is that they are both good products. It is difficult to recommend one over the other since both have their own strengths and weaknesses. My advice would then be to try to use both of the services yourself and choose where you are more comfortable working and stick to it. Now you know how you can store and manage your files in the cloud.

January 12, 2010

How to Use the Mobility and Power Features of your Vista Laptop

Microsoft has incorporated a lot of useful mobility and power features on your Vista laptop computer. It's a good practice to get to know what these features are and how they are used. This know-how may come in handy when you're asked to make a presentation or when you need to save power on your Vista laptop's battery. Here are a few points to remember.

Setup your Vista Laptop's Presentation Settings

When you are to make a presentation using your Vista laptop, you want to make sure that your desktop background is appropriate and the screensaver is turned off. To prepare your Vista laptop for presentation,open your control panel and click on Mobile PC. On the next window, make sure that Turn off screensaver is checked, select an appropriate desktop background that will be shown during the presentation and click OK.

Turn Presentation Mode on or off

Your laptop's presentation settings will take effect only when you are making a presentation so you have to turn it on before your presentation and turn it off when you're finished with your presentation. To turn your Vista laptop's presentation settings on, open your Vista laptop's control panel and click on Adjust commonly used mobility settings under Mobile PC. On the Presentation Settings slide click on the Turn on button then close the pop-up window. Repeat the procedure to turn the presentation settings off.

Connect a Projector to your Vista Laptop

To connect a projector to your Vista laptop, physically connect the video cable of the projector to the VGA port in your laptop. Open your Vista laptop's control panel and click on Adjust commonly used mobility settings under Mobile PC. Click on the Connect display button on the External Display slide and follow the next instructions. Make sure that you turn on the presentation settings on the display that you will use for the presentation.

Toggle between Laptop Display and Projector

While connected to the projector you can control whether the display is shown on the projector only, on your laptop's display only or both. You can use the Function key on your Vista laptop together with the F4 key to cycle among these three settings.

Adjust the Brightness of your Vista Laptop's Display

You can dim or brighten the display of your Vista laptop computer by pressing the Function key and  pressing the F8 key on your keyboard.

Conserve Power in your Vista Laptop's Battery

To turn on power saving on the battery settings of your Vista laptop, open your control panel and click Change battery settings under Mobile PC. Click the Power Saver radio button under the Select a power plan window that opens and close your Vista laptop's control panel.

Turn Off your Vista Laptop's Display

To immediately turn off your Vista laptop's display, slowly close the lid of your Vista laptop until it is about one half inch before the upper and lower lids touch each other. Stop when you notice that the displayed has turned off. To turn the display back on, just open the lid once again.

Put your Vista Laptop to Sleep Mode

Sleep is a power-saving state wherein all open documents and programs are saved, and the computer can quickly resume full-power operation when you want to start working again. To put your Vista laptop to sleep, press the Function key and then the F3 key on your keyboard. To resume working just press any keyboard key or click your Vista laptop's mouse.

Set When your Vista Laptop's Monitor Should Turn Off

When you leave your Vista laptop for a while, power saving features will automatically kick in. One of these power saving features is the turning off of your Vista laptop's monitor. To control how much continuous idle time is needed before the monitor is turned off, open your control panel and click on Change battery settings under Mobile PC. On the next window, click on Choose when to turn off the display at the left side of the window. Choose a time period for both the On battery and Plugged in columns and click on the Save changes button.

Set when your Vista Laptop Should Go on Sleep Mode

To set when your Vista laptop should go on sleep mode, open your control panel and click on Change battery settings under Mobile PC. Click Change when the computer sleeps on the left hand side of the next window. Select a chosen time for both the On Battery and Plugged in columns for Put the computer to sleep. Click on the Save changes button and close the control panel window.

So those are the ways on how you can use the different mobility and power features that are designed into your Vista laptop. You don't have to remember them all but just select an item that you think you will be using later on and make it a point to memorize how the task is done. Have fun using your Vista laptop!

Read my other article on how to use Google DNS to speed up Internet in your Vista laptop at: http://sites.google.com/site/ournewapproach/use-the-google-dns-service-to-speed-up-internet-on-your-vista-laptop.

January 11, 2010

How to Promote Personal Web Pages that are not Indexed by Google

You might probably have a personal web site that is relatively new and you have submitted your home page URL to Google and you have confirmed that your home page is indeed on the Google index. However, you have other valuable pages inside your personal web site that Google won't index and you have tried submitting your sitemap to no avail.

There are millions of web pages around the world and just because you have written a great article does not mean that Google will automatically index it. I have a lot of web pages that I think are great information sources and well written that Google so far has failed to index. I have tried all sorts of measures to get them indexed by Google to no avail.

So I stopped trying to have my personal web pages indexed by Google and just promote them by other means using the document submission sites like scribD and DocStoc. These document submission sites have their own means of getting your document to the initial few pages of the Google search results and they are quite successful at doing this job. You and the document submission sites have the same objective and that is to bring useful information within the reach of your readers.

Of course you have to submit a number of real and useful articles first to these document submission sites and submit promotional articles only sparingly. Once you have submitted really useful documents that contain useful information for your readers, you can then submit two-page articles that contain links to the articles that are not being indexed by Google.

The document that you would be writing would either be in Microsoft Word or PDF format. I use Microsoft Word format for submitting to scribD and PDF format for submitting to DocStoc. I found out that the PDF format does not display well on scribD while the Microsoft docx format relatively appears more appealing on this document submission site.

The document should have a more generalized title but should still be optimized for a keyword phrase you are targeting. It should contain a suitable introduction pointing out the importance of the topic and the benefits that the reader can gain by viewing the articles that the document is linking to. It may also provide background information on how the problematic state of things has come about and a promise of how the problem could be resolved.

Each article that the document links to should have a title, the complete URL and a description that can include excerpts from the articles themselves. To prevent the document from appearing like it only contains links to other articles, remove the underline on the links and change the text color of the links to black. Your reader will know that they are URLs since they start with http://.

Make sure that the document is highly optimized for the keyword phrase you are targeting by repeating the phrase several times in the document. Your keyword density would depend on how competitive the keyword phrase you are targeting is. If you need to put in additional mentions of the keyword phrase, you can use an image and mention your keyword phrase on the caption of the image.

Aside from the text on the document itself being highly optimized, you should also prepare a highly optimized set of keyword phrases and descriptions. There are actually four Meta data that you have to submit to document submission site: the title, the URL, the keywords and the description. All of these Meta information should likewise be highly optimized.

Don't submit identical articles to different document submission sites. If you do this, only one version will appear on Google search results page so you will just be wasting your efforts. Remember that the document itself as well as the Meta information should all be highly optimized for the keyword phrase you are targeting.

When you have prepared and proofread everything go and submit them to your chosen document submission site. Wait for a few hours and try searching for it using the Google search tool. Your document will hopefully land on the first few pages of the Google search page results and your links to your personal web pages that Google failed to index will be exposed to your readers.

So don't fret if some of your personal web pages are not being indexed by Google. Don't wait for Google to index them and instead promote your neglected personal web pages using the document submission sites.

January 8, 2010

Get Started and Use Google Webmaster Tools for your Personal Web Site

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Google Webmaster Tools can provide useful information that can help web site owners including personal web site developers. The information gained can bring up problems with the web sites that web site owners may not be aware of. The information provided can be of tremendous help in making the web site easily indexed by the Google search engine.

To get started and use Google Webmaster Tools, all you have to do is to sign up for the service using your Google email address. After you have signed up, you can add the web sites that you want to use Google Webmaster Tools on. Specify the URL of your web site and choose Meta Tag as the method of verification. You will be given a Meta Tag that you will have to add to the home page of your web site.

Once you have added the Meta Tag provided to you, you can go back to the Google Webmaster Tool dashboard and verify your web site. That is all that you need to do to get started on Google Webmaster Tools. Wait for a few days as Google gathers the information that would be useful to you in improving your site's relationship with the Google search engine.

If your site is actually a blog on Blogger, you can insert the Meta Tag for verification by editing the HTML template of your blog. On the Blogger dashboard, click on the Layout link under your blog and on the next window, click on Edit HTML. Paste the Meta Tag immediately after the opening HTML head tag of your blog's template then click on the Save Template button.

If your site is hosted on Google Sites, all you have to do is to sign in to your web site and click on the More actions button at the top rightmost portion of the Google Sites window. Click on Manage site from the drop-down menu and on the next window, click on the General link on the left side of the page. Enter the Meta Tag provided to you on the blank space beside Google Webmaster Tools verification then click on the Save changes button below.

One mistake that you should avoid when using Google Webmaster Tools is submitting an incorrect URL for your web site. The correct URL should not include any reference to a specific page on your web site more particularly the landing page. You will have a problem when submitting your sitemap later if the URL for your site that you submitted is incorrect.

To start using Google Webmaster Tools just click on the URL of the web site you want to apply the tools to. You will then be presented with the dashboard from where you can dig deeper for more information. The dashboard provides five data categories that you might want to explore: top searches, crawl errors, links to your site, keywords and sitemaps. You should always note the date on which the data was last updated so you will have an idea on how fresh the data presented are.

By looking at the keywords that Google Webmaster Tools has computed for your site, you would realize what topics or subject matter your web site is focusing on. If this is not the situation that you want your site to become, then it would give you an idea of what articles to plan on writing about.

If you expand the Diagnostics link on the left side of the dashboard and click on Crawl errors, you will see the types of crawl errors encountered while crawling your site. By clicking on the type of error, you will be shown what pages are affected so you can strategize on how you would solve the problem.

If you have been using both Google Analytics and Webmaster Tools, you will notice some degree of overlap which cannot be avoided. However, Google Webmaster Tools are concerned more with how your web site plays with the Google Search Engine while Google Analytics focuses more on how your readers respond to your web pages. I have been using both the Google Analytics and Webmaster Tools and in my experience, Google Analytics data are updated more frequently than those of Google Webmaster Tools.

A sitemap is a great way to let the Google search engine know about the pages in your web site. I have web sites on both Blogger and Google sites and I have not experienced my Blogger web pages not being indexed by Google. However, I did experience my web pages on Google Sites not being indexed by Google. So I had to submit sitemaps for my web pages on Google Sites.

To submit a sitemap using Google webmaster Tools, just click on the Submit a Sitemap link on the dashboard for your web site. Click on the Submit a Sitemap button on the next page, then complete the URL for your sitemap and click on the button Submit Sitemap. To check on the status of the site map you have submitted, click on the filename of your sitemap on the Sitemaps portion of your web site's dashboard.

Google Webmaster Tools are a great way to discover things you don't know about your site from the point of view of the Google search engine. For example I did not know before how many pages in my web sites are actually indexed by the Google search engine. Only when I submitted a site map for my sites did I realize that a lot of my web pages are not being indexed by Google. This gives me a push to prepare an action plan on how I should go about solving this problem.

If you have already deleted some of your pages and they still appear on Google search results, you can use Google Webmaster Tools to ask Google to remove them from the Google index. From the Google Webmaster Tools dashboard, expand Site configuration and click on Crawler access. Click on Remove URL and follow the instructions from there.

It's easy to get started and use the Google Webmaster Tools so don't waste any more time and sign up for the service.

You can also read my article on how to get started and use Google Analytics on your personal web site at: http://laptopwriting.blogspot.com/2010/01/how-to-get-started-and-use-google.html.

Read my article on how to use the free Google tools to optimize your personal web site at: http://laptopwriting.blogspot.com/2010/02/how-to-use-free-google-tools-to.html.

How to Get Started and Use Google Analytics for your Personal Web Site

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Gone are the days when you just create your personal web site and leave everything to chance that someone out there in the Internet will be interested enough about what you write about. The Internet has become a very competitive field and you don't want your web site to pass into oblivion due to lack of readership. You absolutely need baseline information with which to plan how you would go on improving the performance of your web site.

I have tried Google Analytics on my personal web sites and I believe that there's a lot of useful information that can be gained by looking at the results of the analyses that you can find on the Google Analytics site. The insights that can be gained by looking at the reports can guide you to where your performance improvement efforts should focus on.

You would need a Google email account to sign up with Google Analytics. The first thing to do is to create an account. If you have web sites on both Blogger and Google Sites, then you might want to create two accounts one for each place where your web site is located. The next thing to do is to add the web sites that you want to include in each account. For example if you have two web sites on Blogger, then you have to add both sites to the Blogger account you have created.

When adding a new web site to an account, you will be given a specific tracking code that you will need to add to all the pages that you want to track in your web site. The code should be added before the closing body HTML tag of the web page.

If your site is hosted on Blogger, you will need to add the tracking code to the HTML template of your blog. From your Blogger dashboard select the blog and click on Layout then click on Edit HTML. If your web site is on Google Sites, then you need to sign in to your web site, click on More actions then click on Manage site and then click on General. Paste your Google Analytics web property ID then click on Save changes.

When all the tracking codes have been included on your site's web pages, you can go back to the Google Analytics site and verify that the codes have been correctly included on the web page. A green check mark beside web site name on the Google Analytics Dashboard indicates that the web site had been successfully verified. You will see the initial reports within 24 hours after your site had been verified.

If your site is hosted on Blogger, you will need to reinstall the tracking code if you change the template of your blog. Otherwise, you will stop receiving any report on that particular blog. Your site may appear to have a verified status but no information is sent back to Google Analytics because the tracking code is missing from the template of your blog.

Click on View Reports beside the name of your blog or web site and you will be taken to the dashboard of that particular site where you can get a summary of the performance of your web site for the default period which is one month. You can dig deeper and look at the details by clicking on the view report link on the different reports that are available.

The Content Overview report shows you what pages in your web site get read the most. This can give you an insight on what subjects or topics you should be focusing on. Results of this analysis would give you the topics of interest people in the web are looking for.

Click on view report under the Visitors Overview to find out how many unique visitors you had together with average page views, time on site, bounce rate and percentage of new visits. Bounce rate is the percentage of visitors that did not go beyond the page on which the user landed. You could also see here what Internet browser your visitors are using and the connection speed that they are using.

Click on view report under the Traffic Sources Overview to see what percentage of your visitors came through direct traffic, referrals or search engines. If you click on a search engine, you will be presented with the keywords your visitors used to arrive at your site together with the other information related to those keywords. Click on view report under keywords to get a report on the keywords used by all search engines to arrive at your site.

Click the view report on Map Overlay on the dashboard to find out from which places in the world your visitors are coming from. This information can help you tailor the articles you are writing on your web site to cater more to the needs of the majority of your visitors.

Google Analytics has other sophisticated tools and reports that may not be applicable for personal web sites. Much insight can already be gained by looking at the basic information that is provided about the performance of your personal web site. You as the web site author are given the vital feedback from your readers so that you can better tailor the information you provide on your web site or blog.

You should try using Google Analytics and see for yourself how useful the reports would be for your web site planning purposes. You don't have to spend anything for those valuable information since Google Analytics is free to use by everyone. Get started and use the Google Analytics now!

You can also read my article on how to get started and use Google Webmaster Tools for your personal web site at: http://laptopwriting.blogspot.com/2010/01/get-started-and-use-google-webmaster.html.