All About SEO on WordPress.com

SEO? Don’t worry about it, WordPress will take care of it!!!

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We get a lot of questions about SEO here on WordPress.com, and no wonder — you work hard on your site and want to get the word out! SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. SEO recommendations are intended to help your site rank higher and more accurately in search engines, like Google. Say you write a blog about sailboats. When someone Googles “sailboats,” how many pages of results do they have to scroll through before they see a link to your blog? The goal behind having good SEO is to increase your website’s SERP (Search Engine Results Page) ranking.

Ideally, you want your link to be on the first page of results. The best ways to accomplish this are:

  • consistently publish useful, original posts about sailboats; and
  • promote your blog in intelligent ways to people who are looking for information about your topic.

The more traffic your blog receives for sailboat-related searches, the…

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Import-ant News for Google Reader Users

I was searching for a reader replacement and this is it. Thanks WordPress!!!

The WordPress.com Blog

The big news on the internet the last couple of days has been that seminal RSS reader Google Reader will be shutting down on July 1, 2013. Google Reader had lots of fans, including many of us here at Automattic, but it’s time to move on.

Speaking of moving on from Google Reader, did you know that you can import your subscriptions directly from Google Reader into the WordPress.com Reader? We launched the Reader about 18 months ago; it’s responsive to fit any size screen, you can like and reblog WordPress.com content without leaving the news stream, and if you run out of new posts to read, you can discover new content in the Recommended Blogs section.

To import your subscriptions, just visit the WordPress.com Reader import page; you’ll be reading your feeds in the WordPress.com Reader in three clicks or less, or your money back.

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Google still knows what you did last summer

Google to pay $7 million for privacy violation

Google on Tuesday agreed to pay a group of states $7 million to settle complaints that its Street View cars violated people’s privacy.

The settlement with 37 states comes nearly three years after the company admitted to collecting information like passwords and e-mails from unencrypted Wi-Fi networks its cars were passing by. The Internet search giant that it will take steps to make sure the company does not tap into networks again in the future. As part of the settlement, Google has also agreed to destroy the personal data it collected. Source: CNN

This was a report on CNN telling us what we already knew but never said it out in the open hoping its false. Ironically, its true. Google has been fishing data and storing it.

Its not surprising that Google has been doing these kind of violations. Google admitted this only when it was probed. Its worth saying that Google could be storing even more illegal data that should not be stored. Google has all the sources for doing this, like web searches, You Tube, Picasa albums, android phones, chrome browser, you name it, Google is everywhere.

Our lives are dependant on Google and Google is dependant on us using its services to give it precious data it can use to earn money. Why are we so dependant on Google? Can we move on from Google? (I don’t have an answer yet)

Google is not the only entity in question, it can be Facebook, Microsoft and all other popular web companies could be doing this privacy violations as you read this!!!

All we can do is limit the information we share with the web in whatever manner possible. Share your thoughts

A New Look for News Feed from Facebook

A New Look for News Feed from Facebook

A New Look for News Feed from Facebook

Facebook did it again!!!

This is what many people are saying all round the web after reading about the latest announcement from Facebook. You can read about the announcement on Facebook Newsroom’s A New Look for News Feed. Yes! Facebook also provides its own news announcements.

The new design is yet to roll out for all users. All anyone’s seen is the design shown at the Facebook event. Now, based on such a small window into the new design, the people on the internet are screaming at the Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg for changing “their” Facebook.

Well its not “theirs” in the first place. Just like any other service on the web, Facebook provides a means to share. You are not in charge of Facebook. Facebook can choose how it wants to provide its own service. I think Facebook is well within its right to change the appearance of Facebook the way it wants and whenever it wants. Goggle has changed a lot since it first came out with search, and the web has not screamed at Google in the same way as it has to Facebook.

Having said that, it does not mean that I like Facebook’s new design nor that I hate it. The option to change is with Facebook, and we have the option to voice our opinion, and by “our opinion”, I refer to our thought on how does it serve our purpose of sharing and consuming content. You can always suggest Facebook that you need some xyz link back on the page. You can give your own point of view to how you see the change, but only in terms of its usefulness, simplicity, or visual appeal.

Then there is the question, why did Facebook change? Would it have been fine if it were as before?

To that, I would say, yes and no. Yes, you need a change, to stay relevant with changing times, to have something new to look forward to, to a make people stay on with the product, and yes to earn more money.

On the other hand, No, you do not need a change. You need to show stability, you need to need to show continuity.

My guess is that Facebook must have thought about all these points choosing to what it did and the way it did.

I would like to let people know, that there are Facebook users who will never find out that there was a change. There are users who don’t care that the there is more space between lines or section. They just want to share information and use Facebook as a medium to do so. As long as people can share their own thoughts on Facebook, nothing else matters. Then there are users who are not used to the web and are on Facebook to connect with school friends they new 30-40 years ago. For such kind of people, having the option to stay connected and laugh together, cry together and talk to one another using Facebook is sufficient. The cosmetic changes have little or no effect on them.

I have said a lot of thing, and like the others on the web, these are my thoughts. You can agree with me or agree to disagree with me. The choice is yours on this one. Lets wait to get the new Facebook design and share ones thoughts then.

For those who cannot wait to see the new design, Facebook has the waiting list, visit www.facebook.com/newsfeed.