Most of you must have noticed the changes that are taking place on my blog over the past few weeks. Let me tell you, there is lot more to come over the next few weeks.
I’ve received many emails from you, with questions and with comments, so I thought I would update the blog with more information and where I am headed so that you are all up to speed on the changes.
My blog has been growing steadily over the past few years. Recently I had the opportunity to spend even more time on my blog. Why? Because I’ve left a job that I had for the past seven years and I am currently in a job that is not taking up as much time as the previous one. Yes I am working for myself! More details to come on that front as well in the next few months.
However, going back to the changes about my blog. Here are the few changes that you may have noticed so far. As I go through the changes, I will do my best to provide you with information on the tools and plugins I’ve used.
Find a Good Word Press Theme – Old One is Gone!!!
I had my previous theme custom made by a developer. Well what I’ve recently figured out is that as WordPress updates, my theme also needed to be updated to install new plugins, etc. Well I tried to update my theme but it was costly. Not worth it. So I was looking around for a wordpress theme that provides the following:
- SEO Friendly
- Customizable – allows me to produce unique designs for my site
- Drag and drop or cut and paste!
- Easy to use controls – I need to control the theme; not the other way around
- Multiple Columns – 2 or 3 at least
- Able to adjust the font and style
- Been around or support by dedicated team
- Regular updates
- CLARITY! – This is very important for a blog to be successful.
I searched for days to get to where I am today. I’ve went to many successful blogs and I kept coming around this one theme – The Thesis Theme for WordPress. Almost all of the well known blogs were using Thesis Theme for WordPress. I’ve realized the Thesis Theme was doing the heavy lifting for all of these website. Well I thought I can’t go wrong with this one. Most of the websites looked differently as well. So I was convinced and purchased Thesis.
I love it and I am making it beautiful everyday. One thing that I noticed right away – within few days, is that Google indexed three times more pages from my blog than what it has previously indexed. Not entirely sure if it was due to Thesis or if it was combined with other things I’ve done lately as stated below.
I will have more to say about Thesis in the next few weeks as I continue to customize it and add more plugins. If you want to learn more about this theme, click here to learn more about Thesis Theme.
Add SiteMap to Your Blogs
I’ve added sitemap.xml to my blog and I think it has also helped to get Google index three times more pages than what I had before. I also started using Google’s WebMaster Tools more than before. In the Webmaster tool, you can submit your sitemap.xml file for Google so it will index more pages. If Google has more of your pages indexed, then that means it can search through more of your pages for every search query. Hence, it will send you more visitors. Isn’t that what you want?
I used a WordPress plugin called Google XML Sitemaps to generate the Sitemap for my blog. It is very easy.
Accepting Guest Post on My Blog
I have added a section to accept Guest Post from my readers. I am not going to get into the benefits of Guest Posting on this post but it is something you should consider if you have a blog. Guest Posting will not only expose your site but it will help you rank higher on Search Engines.
If you are interested in submitting a guest post, please use this link – Submit Guest Post.
I have also recently posted 10 Simple Steps to Killer Guest Posts That Works to Make Money. This will tell you the importance of Guest Blogging.
Added Forms on the Blog
I have added forms on the blog to submit a site, contact me and to submit guest posts. This should make it easy for you to send me information from my website. I am using a WordPress plugin called Contact Form 7. I like it because it is very easy for me to create a form and have the information send to me through an email.
I have also added CAPTCHAs to my forms and my comments. My comment spam went down 99% right after I installed the WordPress plugin called Really Simple CAPTCHA.
Placement of Advertisements on My Blog
I have removed the previous settings for advertisement on my blog. I had Google Adsense to the right hand side. As you can see on the top right, I have instead added display ads from sponsors. I will have more to report on this over the coming months.
There are many more changes to come for my blog. I have also finished writing a book that I will be giving away to all of you. It will tell you the story of how I think you can make money on the internet and covers a bit about how I made money on the internet. Remember, making money on the internet is not difficult, it all depends on who is teaching you.
Stay tuned. More updates to come. Let me know what you think! I would really appreciate your feedback as I make changes.