Saturday, April 25, 2009

Free Blogging Softwares - Review

With the increased interest in Blogging (web Logging), many web hosting providers now provide an assortment of free usage, open source blogging software packages. Among the most popular of these blogging tools are B2evolution, WordPress and Nucleus. Each of these programs offer similar basic features, so the question arises as to which one is easiest to use and would be appropriate for the requirements of your particular website.

The answer lies in the true purpose of your blog website. If your primary goal is to share your opinions and ideas with the general public, you would want to utilize a different blogging tool than a user who was creating product blogs as a commercial sales effort. A blog for search engine promotion would have entirely different requirements. All of these uses are viable reasons to create a blog, however each requires different features to be successful.

WordPress Blogging Software

Available for free download at: http://wordpress.org/

It is hard to beat WordPress for general personal blogging. WordPress is an open source, state-of-the-art personal publishing platform with a focus on presentation and usability. Everything related to creating and updating your blog is available through an intuitive graphical interface. With WordPress there is no need to compile your work. You simply write your column. You then select the features you want and your blog is instantly created and published to your website.

If you are on vacation, you can schedule your uploads for some date in the future or even email your column to the server! The system allows multiple users with multiple blogs divided into categories and sub-categories. This allows multiple family members or friends to create their own blogs along with yours.

Easy customization and the availability of many "plug-ins" that provide more functionality (add new features as you learn) makes this software a very good choice for most individuals.

B2evolution

Available for free download at: http://b2evolution.net/

B2evolution is another advanced web log tool that features an integrated XHTML validator. It supports recursive subcategories, cross posting and has a really cool integrated "skinning" system.

The "skinning" system allows you to create multiple blogs in separate categories with different appearances for each blog. You simply "change the skin" for the blog to create a totally new look and feel.

The "skinning" feature, combined with the built in multi-user administration management tool, makes the system robust enough for more commercial endeavors, such as product promotion blogs. If you have much to publish with multiple themes, this is the software you are looking for.

Nucleus Blogging Software

Available for free download at: http://nucleuscms.org/

Though Nucleus is an extremely robust blogging tool in its own right, it also contains some powerful features that can provide benefits in promotion of your blog.

Nucleus offers the ability to optimize its URLS, creating simple page addresses that do not have and "&" or "=" characters. This makes the pages search engine (and user) friendly. Another great feature is the ability to show the contents of multiple weblogs on one page. This could allow a
website owner to manipulate the optimum text / keyword balance on pages for better search engine rankings.

Nucleus also provides RSS and Atom feeds that can be extremely helpful when promoting a website. If part of your blog's function is to work as a search engine marketing and promotion tool, Nucleus is an exceptional software package.

Each of these blogging software packages offer the basic tools that you would need to create a successful blog and all three are PHP - MySQL open source (free to use) packages. You should try to select the software that helps you achieve the long term goal that you have in mind for your website based on the unique extra features offered by each.

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  1. mokka podathinga

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  2. Search Engine Optimizers

    SEO is an abbreviation for "search engine optimizer" or “Search Engine Optimization”.

    SEOs provide useful services for websites and for website owners,

    SEO can do:

    Writing content for the website
    Giving advice on site architecture
    Finding relevant directories to which a site can be submitted
    (to make it reachable to more and more...)

    Finally, SEO should bring relevant visitors to your website

    Overall, "to make a website relevant and useful for one or many topics"
    This is what I feel.

    Please make a not that manipulating search engine results is not the work of SEO this is unfair and very ugly.

    No search engine has got any relationship with any SEO company and they are 100% independent of their own. All the search engines have their own method for displaying search results for a given search term.

    All search engines like Google, Yahoo and MSN wants to display search result very appropriate for the user.

    So what they do?
    They have index of millions of WebPages, it means they are aware of so many WebPages and they have their method to rank them for a given keyword.

    They know which page out of all is most important and relevant for a given keyword. But who will make a decision? “The Formula” it can be like

    (aPbBc)/2Qbvy
    ----------------
    110000*gWY

    he he . who knows?? :)

    In simple what we can understand is there are two important points.
    1. Your website and - (Content of your website)
    2. Other websites - (Other websites)

    Your website:
    That can be done in any language or on any platform for a purpose.

    So, your purpose to create a website is very much important. Your website must full fill that purpose. If your website is solving the purpose of its existence then of course it is a relevant website for that topic or keyword and it should be reachable to maximum people who are in search on that.

    For example: An e-commerce website. Web site is supposed to sell cloth items. How this website will become a relevant website for search term “Buy a Dress Online”

    Website should have to sell something called Dress, is not it?
    Website should have enough information on Dress.

    If the website has enough content for selling dress online, then for sure is relevant for search phrase “Buy Dress Online”

    SEOs (search engine optimizer) says this "on page optimization"

    What they do here? Once I have enough content that’s all, why they need to do anything?

    Yes!! here the SEO will help you in presenting your website to search engines. They will highlight those words, keywords which is important for your website.

    How they will do that?

    Search engines are not human being. They read text on your website. For example by reading a text in bold you will know, this is something more important then normal text.

    SEO knows which text to place and where to place and how.

    That is all about on page optimization.

    Now we can see, what they know and we don’t.
    even we should know…


    Keyword in URL
    First word is best, second is better, like Indian-SEO it says first Indian then SEO

    Keyword in domain name
    Same as in www.Indian-SEO.com

    Keyword in title tag
    Keyword in Title tag - in beginning
    Title tag 10 - 60 characters, no special character like “<>(){}&*%#@”

    Keyword in H1, H2 and H3
    Use H1 font style – very important

    Keyword in description meta tag
    Talk about your theme, less than 200 chars is ok.

    Keyword in keyword metatag
    Every word in this tag MUST appear somewhere in the body.
    If not, it is irrelevance and not good

    Keyword density in body text
    5 - 20% - (all keywords/ total words)

    Individual keyword density
    1 - 6% - (each keyword/ total words)

    Keyword font size
    In strong, bold, italic, etc.

    Keyword proximity for 2 or more keywords
    More adjacent is better

    Keyword phrase order
    Order in the page should match order in the search query?
    Better you anticipate query – better your chances are.

    Keyword prominence
    Most important at top of page, in bold, in large font

    Keyword in alt text
    Should describe graphic - Do not fill with spam

    Domain Name Class
    .edu - seem to be given the highest status
    .org - sites seem to be given high status
    .com – normal

    File Size
    Do not exceed 100K page size.
    Search engines preferred <40K

    URL length
    You should keep it minimized - use less than the 2,000 characters allowed by IE - less than 100 is good

    Site Size – Search engines likes big sites
    Larger sites are presumed to be better funded, better organized, better constructed, and therefore better sites.

    Site Age
    Old is gold.


    Now we can talk about the other part Other Websites
    How old they are?
    How many pages they have?
    What all they are doing?
    How many friend they have got?

    Yes, we should know all these things. we will talk about this next time.
    I will write that part soon...

    Send you comments on abhishek@indian-seo.com or visit http://www.indian-seo.com/
    Bangalore India based web development and SEO Service provider and Hosting company Indian SEO

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  3. nice info and thanks for commenting in this blog.

    keep reading my articles

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