What better way to spend a Sunday morning than to hang out with other bloggers, network, share some thoughts and links, acquire new friends and possibly new customers/clients?
Can’t beat that and that’s exactly what happened this morning on out Sunday Coffee with Ana live broadcast.
Here’s what you missed:
1. HTML code errors
Last week on Sunday Coffee with Ana, we talked little bit about HTML code errors, and I have one more point to add to it.
My number one recommendation on how to build a WordPress site still stands: GET A GOOD THEME!
WordPress produces error-free code by itself (so they say, anyway), so most of your code errors result from your theme. If you get a reputable theme, like Thesis (that’s, of course, what I use on this site), then you should have to worry about code errors.
Let me clarify this: ANY theme will still produce errors – one way or another, but not all errors are worth worrying about.
Now that you have a good theme (you do, don’t ya?), take care of any and all errors listed in your Google Webmaster Tools.
Don’t have Google Webmaster Tools? Get it for free at www.google.com/webmasters/tools.
When in your tools, go to Dashboard => Diagnostics, as in:
These are some of the errors that Google pays attention to, and although some folks would argue with me on this one, I am sure, these are the ones that are definitely worth fixing.
And you don’t need an expert to do this – you should be able to do this all on your own.
2. CommentLuv Tip
For those folks who are using CommentLuv plugin on their blogs (for those of you who don’t, I highly recommend you do): have you ever thought of using CommentLuv to do some deep linking on your own blog?
When you respond to comments on your posts, you always have a choice of including one of your own posts with ComLuv – and I don’t see many bloggers taking advantage of this feature.
Here’s a screen shot of my point:
Perfect deep linking tool!
More on deep linking:
3. Anchor Text Tip
I published an anchor text post last week: Your Ultimate Anchor Text Tutorial – from Basic to Advanced.
As I was reading the comments, I stumbled upon a very interesting one and wanted to bring it to your attention.
“Since I am just starting out, I haven’t had the guts yet to use anchor text when backlinking to my niche site other than my keywords (with some variations) or long-tail keywords. I feel like I am “wasting” a backlink.
Is it worth it then to use some more of these random words, i.e., “click here” or “read more” on sites I would otherwise not even leave a link on?
Does that make any sense?” Lonnie from My Income Lab
This makes a whole lot of sense, Lonnie.
You use less targeted anchor text on for lower-quality links, and the dead-on version on the higher quality ones.
4. Scribe SEO Plugin
What do you think about Brian Clark’s Scribe plug in? Adam Smith
You know, Adam, I’ve been going back and forth on Scribe SEO plugin, but chose to still stick with it and I’ll tell you why.
A little background on the plugin – these are my main reasons to use it:
1. Keywords: Scribe shows you the language searchers use before you begin to write. Once your content is created, Scribe reveals other profitable keywords.
2. Content: Scribe analyzes your natural, reader-focused content, and tells you how to gently tweak it to spoon feed search engines based on 15 SEO best practices.
3. Links: Scribe helps you build back links, crosslink the content within your own site, and identify influential social media users who want to share your stuff.
What I use it on a every post I write:
- to make sure I make the most of my kewords;
- to suggest new keywords, I might’ve not thought of;
- make it a cinch to come up with tags;
- show me what my post would look like in SERPs – if anything I would change to make it look better;
- to look up some possible links withing my blog as well as other blogs to links.
All around, I still find it an amazing tool that I am certainly more than willing to cough up $27 per month.
Get your own copy, see what you think and you can always get your money back:
There were two other tools suggested along with SEO Scribe: SEMRush and KeywordWInner.
SEMrush is a great tool, but only worth it if you get the pro version. KeywordWInner I know nothing about, other that the fact that everyone is jumping on the bandwagon pasting their affiliate link all over. Is is worth it? I don’t know, but planning on finding out.
5. PostRank at http://www.postrank.com/
Ileane from BacisBlogTips.com suggested PostRank as a great tool to use to track your social media performance.
Here’s an excerpt from there site:
Tap into the intelligence of millions of online users active on the Social Web. PostRank delivers objective, real-time data and analysis on any topic, trend, or interest relevant to you or your business. Learn how you can use PostRank.
Something to test out.
6. Coffee talk
Ana I have to send you some special coffee from Italy! Elena Cobez
Elena – I lived in Germany for 3 years and traveled much of Europe. I can honestly say that I tried the BEST coffee in the world during my travels and refuse to drink American water-down version of it. I am now more of a espresso girl!
One question though what’s the perfect way to get trackback and how to send multiple trackbacks?? Vivek Parmar
Trackback are done automatically between WP blogs. Every time you link to a blog in your post, that blog will be notified via trackback.
If you mention more that one post in your post, ALL those blogs will automatically get notified via trackbacks.
- link to a specific post vs home page, otherwise the blogger you are linking to will not get a trackback.
- to make sure you send trackbacks to non-WP blogs, use “send trackbacks” feature you’ll find close to the bottom on the “edit post” page.
Using this feature you can ping as many blogs as you would like to.
Traffic Generation Cafe Post Schedule
This week we’ll be talking about… well, traffic generation!
I’ve got some great and fairly unexplored traffic generation strategies to talk about, and here’s your lineup:
Monday: Website Traffic Generation: Practical Secrets To Getting A Lot Of Traffic
I thought it was important to give you some pointers, as I see them, on how to REALLY generate traffic to your site – whatever the niche. This one is full of very useful theory and goes to the heart of Traffic Generation Cafe success.
Tuesday: How I Generated 415 Clicks in 1 Day with Traffic Interviews
Most people I’ve been interviewed by in the past, simply post the interviews on their blog at best. Not this guy. Phill Turner definitely has a knack for knowing who to interview, how to get to them, and how to generate huge amounts of traffic after it’s all said and done.
Wednesday: Podcasting: The Alternate Universe Of Traffic Generation
I didn’t know a thing about podcasting. Not what it really was or how to use it for my business. I bet a few of you do. Well, that’s about to change…
Thursday: How Ana Got Her Twitter Groove Back
An update on my Twitter affairs – not THOSE kinds of affairs, of course. Some of you might be surprised by the results of my Twitter traffic generation test.
Friday: Blog Traffic Challenge: Did You See My Glove Laying Around Here?
Do you remember reading my The Best Bloggers Are Natural Hackers: Show Me What You’ve Got a couple of weeks ago, where I threw a blogging challenge at you? Well, the results are in, and I am very excited to introduce the best entries. By the way, it’s not too late for you to submit your post; just read the rules in the post above and as long as I get it by Thursday, I might still add it to the post.
Sunday: NO LIVE BROADCAST this Sunday!
I will be traveling to Colorado with my family on a skiing trip (or hot chocolate and fire place trip for me personally, I should say 🙂 ). I will still be answering any questions I’ll get during the week and post a video message, but won’t go live on Facebook as I normally would.
As you can see, this is an incredible opportunity for all to learn, network, build relationship. I won’t be broadcasting live for the next two weeks (family vacation!), but I will be back. 🙂
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