Thursday, October 23, 2014

Did you know that Search Engines such as Bing, Google, Yahoo, Aol etc use criteria to show pages? Yes, relevance is on the top of the list followed by Page ‘authority’. Authority refers to the quality of the content and the reputation/reliability of the publisher. The Search Algorithm uses the number of backlinks and the Backlinks Building Techniques used.
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At times, typing the exact title of your post on a search engine like Google doesn’t mean the page will show on the first page. In fact, you will be surprised that most of the first-page results only match a keyword or two from the phrase you keyed in. This means the topic you wrote on is already covered by more reputable websites. Search engines will therefore show the pages based on authority.

An example:

I wrote an article on ‘first aid for the head injuries’. My backgrounds as medic means I’m conversant with most first aid techniques including the ones for head injuries. I didn’t have to do a lot of research when writing the post.  However, my post didn’t make it to the first page when I typed the keyword phrase ‘First Aid For Head Injuries’. I had to type in the exact blog post title (Premium Tips On How To Perform First Aid For Head Injuries) into Google and Bing to see my post on the first page. (see the screenshots).

Bing Screenshot

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Google Screenshot

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This is what happened; my post may have the exact information but it is not an authority when it comes to health. Search engines trust older sites Wikipedia, About.com, Webmed, Mayo clinic  and government health sites than my 8-month old blog.  My page lacked the key ingredient the Search engines are looking for i.e. backlinks. Backlinks are online endorsements and the more you have them (from reputable sites) the better

What is a backlink? 

You may be wondering what a backlink is and why it is important that you learn effective Backlinks Building Techniques.  These are links on other websites that points back to your website. Let’s say you referred readers to another site by way of hyperlink then the hyperlink is what we call a backlink.
Backlinks, also known as incoming links, inbound links, inlinks, and inward links, are incoming links to a website or web page. In basic link terminology, a backlink is any link received by a web node (web page, directory, website, or top level domain) from another web node - Wikipedia  

Types of backlink

There a two types of backlinks i.e. the one that passes link juice and the one that doesn’t not. The two links are a called Dofollow and Nofollow respectively.

Dofollow Links

Basically, Dofollow links allow the search engine bots to visit the linked site thus passing the link juice and affect the ranking of the linked site. Example:
href=’http://www.google.com/”>Google
Nofollow Links

These are backlinks, on the other hand include an attribute that  instructs search engine bots not to visit the  linked site. This means only human can visit the link and not the search bot. It also means, Nofollow links don’t pass any link juice and don’t help the linked site in any ranking. Example:
href=”http://www.bing.com/” rel=”nofollow”>Bing
Google Page Rank, Alexa Ranking and Moz Domain Authority Rank all use the number of quality backlinks as a ranking factor. That means, we cannot miss the chance to do backlinking the right way. Let’s now delve into the 10 Backlinks Building Techniques that won’t attract any penalty from major search engines:

1. Web Directory Submission

Submitting your site to a web directory is one of the Backlinks Building Techniques that has remained effective in the face of almost constant updates from major search engines such as Google. Well, you must know that the web has thousands of directories but not all are relevant to your site. Again, there are different types of directories meaning you must choose well.

First, there are free directories i.e. you pay nothing to get listed. Then there is the reciprocal linking i.e. you have to place the directory’s links (mostly in form of a widget or banner) on your site to get listed. There are premium web directories i.e. you pay monthly/yearly fee to be listed. Yet still there are hybrid directories where you can be listed freely, choose to add a reciprocal link on your site or simply paying to be listed.

All the above categories can either be niche based or general in their scope. Yes, a directory may only accept submissions in ‘Travel’ which means your site on ‘Blogging’ is not accepted. In some cases, a directory may only be accepting sites from particular regions e.g. California Blog Directory or India Bloggers. It is therefore pointless to add your site to such directories if you are not from the stated regions.

You should read a directory’s rules before adding your site. If you are dealing with a general directory then try and find the most relevant category to add your blog to. Web directories use categories to make them easy to navigate.

Details to add in a directory

A quality web directory has human editors to go through each and every submission before it is approved. So, you must add all the information required and correctly do so. Here is an example of what most directories need:
  1. Blog Title: Example Blog
  2. Blog Url: http://www.example.com
  3. Email: admin@example.com ( always use your domain email to avoid looking spammy)
  4. Description: Say what your site is all about in as few words as possible. Be natural i.e. don’t copy Meta description of your site. 
  5. Keyword: Blogging, SEO, Blogger, WordPress etc. Just make sure the keywords are relevant to the content of your blog 
  6. Category: Internet, health, travel. Chose the one that captures the contents of your blog
  7. Submission Type: Choose free, reciprocal or paid listing as you like
Always start by submitting your site to a regional directory. If you have a niche blog then look for niche directories and submit your link. You can then move to general directories. The main aim of this Backlinks Building Technique is to alert the online community of your presence.

Resources:
  1. High Quality Free Web Directories

2. Adding to Bookmarking Sites

Have you stumbled on an interesting read online and wanted to save it for future reference? Well, keeping that link for reference at a later time is known as bookmarking. There are site that allow you to save links and make them available for others also. Bookmarking sites that allow other users to see your saved links are called Social Bookmarking Websites.
Social bookmarking websites are centralized online services which allow users to store and share Internet bookmarks.  In a social bookmarking system, users save links to web pages that they want to remember and/or share. - Wikipedia
Why is a Social Bookmarking an effective Backlinks Building Technique? For starters, it saves your links either as Dofollow or Nofollow. Either way there will be a link referring back to your site for search bots and humans.

Some social bookmarking sites allow voting of links and even commenting. The more engagements a site gets on high-quality bookmarking sites like Stumbleupon, Reddit, Digg and Delicious the higher it is ranked by the search engines which can only mean more traffic.

How to Bookmark

While different sites have a different bookmarking processes, most of them if not all require registration.  You need to create a profile either by filling in a form or signing up through Facebook, Twitter or Google.  Once you register:
  1. Sign into the bookmarking site
  2. Search for ‘submit link’ or any tab similar to it
  3. Provide the target URL plus any other required details (e.g. Tittle, Tags/Keywords, Description of what the link is all about etc.)
  4. Choose the right category (if need be)
  5. Submit the link.
You may want to install the bookmarklet or plugin from that site to simplify your bookmarking exercise. Again, bookmark as many pages from your blog as possible on as many sites as possible. There is a cache though; you must be active and interact with others or else your profile will be deleted due to inactivity. This means you will lose all your backlinks from these sites, which will make bookmarking a rather self-defeating Backlinks Building Technique.

Resource: 
  1. Top 50 bookmarking sites to use

3. Blog Commenting


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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Most professionals experience work-related stress at some time or the other and in order to avoid being stressed, in the near future; here are some tips that can help in coping with it in the workplace. These steps will guide you on how to discern the early signs of stress and suggest recommendations on how to deal with it.
Stress At Work, Office Stress, How To Manage Stress
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It is believed that most working professionals spend at least a quarter of their adult working lives in office environments; and although work provides some sort of satisfaction and purpose to life, the setting of an office can sometimes be a place of stress and worry. Some of the early indicators of workplace stress can be seen when individuals begin to eat on the go and start missing important breaks such as lunchtimes, in order to keep up with the work schedule.

Although, some stress is considered to be an accepted part of work life, stress can also be a great motivator and can induce people to function better. However, excessive pressure can result in needless and unproductive stress that can seriously hamper an individual's overall performance and even cause illness.

In the office, every individual is under some form or the other of stress. From the entry level executive, who is expected to learn and match up to the team's expectations, to the manager on whom lies the final responsibility and administration of the company -- everybody has various forms of troubles and issues to overcome. If such issues become intense, it is likely that you will become distressed.

It is therefore extremely important to cut down the negative impact of stress and manage pressures at the workplace in order to function positively. Here are some tips that can provide you with useful base on dealing with work pressures.
  1. Deal with issues as fast as possible - It is extremely crucial to deal with the cause of stress as soon as it begins, for if it is put off for another day it will only prevent you from progressing with other tasks effectively, which could further lead to a build-up of other issues, causing you more stress.
  2. Managing one's time efficiently - One of the most significant constituents required in cutting down stress levels is to manage one's time efficiently. In order to do this, one must prioritise one's tasks, delegate work when needed, and ensure that one does not take on more than can be handled. If you are unable to finish off one task and you begin attempting the next one, it will cause you to forget about the task at hand thus creating unnecessary complications. Complete one task at a time so that you are able to move onto the next one with a clear and more focused approach.
  3. Take small breaks as often as possible - In order to focus better at your work, it is important to take short bursts of small breaks and indulge in some simple stretching exercises that can help in clearing your mind and preventing muscle cramps. For example, take the time during lunch break to go for a short walk that can help you to take your mind off stress. Ensure that you work only during your regular hours and all the holidays and breaks you are entitled to must be taken.
At the end of the day, your aim should be to reduce as much stress as possible in your workplace environment and ensure that you are performing optimally and productively as possible. This can only happen if you make a conscious effort in keeping stressors at bay.

Guest Author
About the Guest Author:
Joe Bianchi is a prolific blogger, having contributed articles on a range of topics related to health. He owns and promotes the weight loss store US Pure Garcinia Cambogia.
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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

If you are looking for a destination with a high visitor and tourist ratings, Zallaq beach is where you need to go. This part of Bahrain Sea is not just excellent, but can provide a very relaxing time. Private Sand beaches, world class hotels and proximity to the Arabian Grand prix are just some of the benefits of visiting the western coastline. Zallaq beach is also known as Al Jazayir beach.

Hotels

Zallaq beach is home to the most luxurious hotels in the world. Resorts like Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea and Spa are the most beautiful in the Arabian Gulf. This hotel has 5 restaurants where you can enjoy the best of seafood and other Arabian cuisines. That is not all, the hotels at the beach have good facilities where you can enjoy your meals or even relax.
Travel Tips, Zallaq Beach, Bahrain
Tourist Resting at Zallaq Beach (Public Image)
When it comes to oceanic views, almost all hotels in the region allow you to set eyes on the west gold sand beach of Bahrain. Once you stand at the balconies you cannot stop looking. Technology? The hotels here have big screens with most popular digital TV channels and there is also free high-speed WIFI. The rooms also have bathtubs and you will not fail to love the sauna and massage services offered. Most Zallaq hotels are spacious with classy designs that you will never forget.

Activities

Bahrain hotels and beaches allow you to engage in amusing activities that will make you go back. If you are addicted to exercising, you can still enjoy the gym and wellness facilities available at the hotels during your vacation. Other than that, you can also take a visit to the tennis courts and have a good time. If you do not know how to play tennis or squash, the staff will train you on the basics. Beaches are about the sands and water, Zallaq does not deny you that either.

The private beaches have outdoor pools. The best thing is that there are separate children's pools for your kids. Beach volleyball is another beach sporting activity that will impress you. There is nothing beautiful like watching the sunset while you walk along the Zallaq beach. If you are wondering about the night, you can simply attend the belly dancing events and dance to enjoy yourself.

Other Tourist Attractions Nearby

The Zallaq beach is close to the formula one track. That means you can attend the Grand Prix or other formula one events and go back to the beach later. Another popular place close to the beach that tourists visit is the First Oil Well..

If you want to experience exquisite services in the Arab world, this beach is where you need to be. Furthermore, there are packages that allow you to pay low prices for the hotel services at particular times of the year.

Do not be cheated that the laws in this Arab country do not allow you to have fun. The great facilities at Zallaq beach definitely create lifelong memories and a reason to apply for the Bahrain Visa which will assist you in immigration system.

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