12
Aug

Super Evolution – Notice the Change?

The geeks are having a hard time garnering some breathing space and so is everyone else involved. Why? One innovation follows another. One Technological up-gradation follows another. One FaceBook follows another Google. Alright, the last one was a long shot, but you get the gist. What is baffling is the breakneck pace at which all these innovations are taking place. Not surprising then that you find breakthroughs in IT taking place all over the world and technology getting redundant almost as soon as it is created. We are in the world of Super-Evolution. [...]

Written by: E2 Solutions, Category: Tech-Trends
12
Aug

FaceBook success means More Social Networks on the Horizon


Remember the days when Microsoft was sued for monopoly. Well not much is happening on the Microsoft front apart from the company making waves in Cloud Computing; but that too is confined to the hardcore business sector till now. Ever since Google happened (Google’s a noun, a verb, an adjective and what not!), things have taken a dramatic turn in almost every social and business sector of the world. We have reached a stage when Google has forayed into almost every sector imaginable and has led to people actually getting scared of the dominance of Google! [...]

Written by: E2 Solutions, Category: Social Media
10
Aug

Video SEO – What you Didn’t Know

I should probably start this article with a mention of the massive facts and figures relating to the number of videos uploaded and viewed everyday online. I should also be talking about the grand impact that YouTube has had on the online universe in the recent past. But all of these are just street-facts which are known to almost every net-junkie out there. Almost everyone we know knows how to upload, download, share and embed videos online. But what they don’t know is that like any other content, the videos too can be made search engine friendly, and how. To those who thought that Search engine optimization (SEO) was applicable to just your website need a wake-u call or a slight bump on the head.

Innumerable big and small video sharing websites exist online and not surprisingly YouTube heads the list by a very long way. Players like Vimeo, Blip.tv, Viddler, Metacafe have been around for a long time but still have not be match-up to the popularity and standards of YouTube. But this article is not about writing odes for this Video Sharing giant and what we are really interested in is how to make your video rank the highest in the video search results. We already know that this arena is always full of stiff competition as a tough fight exists between videos trying to prove themselves the best. According to YouTube spokesman Aaron Zamost, ”Over 20 hours of video are uploaded to the site every minute and about 120 decades of video are uploaded each year”. With that amazonic number of videos, it becomes really tricky to get yourself ranked amongst the best.

Video optimization still remains something that has a lot to be discovered to bring about a great search rank. Small tweaks and tricks exist, which can be done, but it still leaves a lot to be desired. Wishful thinking you might call it – Not very encouraging for those aiming to get great rankings on YouTube.

Some of the things that are quintessential for a top video search ranking are:-

  • A clear and descriptive title
  • Accurate tagging – While tagging; always remember that the keywords used in tagging should be spelt out in the same way the users search for it. For example, if your video shows the procedure to make an apple pie, then you should also know How a user who wants to learn the way to make an apple pie will go about searching for it. The keyword in that case would be – How to make an apple pie or How to make apple pies at home.
  • Compelling tagging – Most of the visitors on YouTube do it for the fun in it. They might not be the users searching for videos that describe recipes or How to’s. So considering that you are already smart enough, the tagging too should reflect the same. Tags like “Funny Video”, “Awesome Video” or “The best way to” can be used as examples to tag your videos.

One of the disadvantages of sharing or embedding of videos is that it often leads to traffic and links being sent to other websites like YouTube or Metacafe and no gain for your website as such. Therefore remember to get other websites to link to your site. The video Sitemap is another very important aspect that Google considers and as and when a user discovers and views your video(s), the videos will be linked to your hosted environments. All this (if you are lucky enough) could finally land you up on the video search results on Google.

Any website of webpage that has any kind of content, may it be audio, video or written can and should be optimized for the best optimization of your website.

Written by: E2 Solutions, Category: search engine optimization
09
Aug

Your SEO is like a Job Interview

Job interview jitters are a common phenomenon, experienced by tens of thousands across the globe every day. Even the best of preparations might leave you lying face down, having to start over once again. The grind is repeated over and over again until you find that perfect recipe for success. A successful job interview is something that needs to be mastered and requires a deft hand at selling yourself in the most subtle manner possible. Now, when it comes to an interview, there are certain quintessential things that need to be known just like the back of your hand. Call it the Bible of interviews if you must, but these rules require strict adherence, to reach where you intend to be.

The Job Interview

Beginning from how you look to more importantly how you present yourself; a great first impression can certainly take you places. Now that the platform for a meaningful conversation is built and you have captured the attention of the interviewer, comes the most difficult phase – Convincing the interviewer that you have the qualities and the personality that he/she desires for the company. A 360 degree assessment of your own self is required to dig out your own strengths and weaknesses and present them in the more optimum way possible. Your resume is the written representation of you and your life’s work and the references which you quote vouch for your credibility and your performances elsewhere. What matters the most is the consistency of your goals, actions, diction and your consistency throughout the interview.

The SEO-Job Interview Connection

Now where does SEO come into this monocled explanation of the art of giving an interview? SEO of your website is exactly like preparing to appear in a job interview. Where your website is placed in the interviewees’ seat, Google (or any other search engine) becomes the interviewer. One has to follow the set guidelines that earmark the needs and desires of the search engine and incorporate the same into the website. When it comes to Search engine optimization, preparedness is the Key.

The Appearance – On-page

Optimization, both on-page and off-page needs to occur at tandem to have the maximum impact. On-page optimization ensures a brilliant first impression on a search engine, which certainly does the website a world of good. This is exactly how you would like to present yourself and perform at the stage of the interview. Everything relevant should be Visible!

Relevance of Content/Keywords

Your site navigation, the placement of your keywords in the right content speaks out loud about how sorted and simple to understand your website is. Translated into an interview scenario – Who would like to interview someone who comes around as being messed up in his/her ideas, thoughts and diction?

Creating the Buzz – off-page

Off-page optimization on the other hand would be the buzz that you create around your website by writing articles, social bookmarking, back links and through your presence on social networking platforms. Quite similar to what your work experience and your references would say about you in an interview.

Google Guidelines

Google, like your future employer, remains a tough taskmaster. In the case of an employer, he/she understands that your appointment would directly affect the performance of the organization and therefore the best match for a profile should to be considered. Similarly Google too makes sure that your website fulfills the exhaustive list of criteria which it has, to rank your website. In this way, Google makes sure that only the best information is provided to its users.

Consistency of Performance

Once past the successful interview stage, the job becomes even harder when you try to live up-to the expectations of your employer and constantly update yourself while performing your best every day. Likewise, once you manage to reach the top of the search ranking, you have to make sure that your website continues to provide valuable information that Google considers search relevant. This ensures the consistency of the top search rankings as well as the increase in popularity of your website.

Be it an interview or the SEO optimization of your website for top search rankings, high performance is the key. Good luck with both of them!

Written by: E2 Solutions, Category: search engine optimization