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Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

search engine optimization
Search Engine Optimization

What is SEO

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is an organic method of increasing a website’s visibility in search engines by selecting the best and the most suitable keywords related to the website and then submitting them to various search engines. It is a process of creating, formatting and promoting web pages and websites in such a way that ensures that they are ranked highly for selected keywords and phrases when a user performs a web search. The websites with the higher page ranks are generally more likely to receive a greater number of visitors from the search engines than those with lower page ranks. As a most popular internet marketing strategy, SEO analyses the working of different search engines, and finds out what exact search terms people are most likely to use when searching for a particular thing on the internet.

Optimizing your Website

In order to implement SEO in your website, you need to do a little research on what people generally search for and how they actually write their queries in search engines. There are tons of online tools that can help you with this, the most popular being Google Adwords Keyword Tool, which helps you choose related keywords to the ones that you put there. After you have selected the right keywords and phrases, you need to use these keywords in your site’s content, its code and its meta tags. This process is called optimization. Additionally, you may also highlight the keywords and phrases by stylizing them differently than the rest of the content or by using them in headings and titles.

Market Share of Popular Search Engines
Market Share of Popular Search Engines

The most popular search engines on the web are Google, Bing, Yahoo Search, AOL Search, and Ask. Generally search engines’ algorithms are kept strictly hidden, however, you may easily find out some of the factors that influence their rankings. Algorithms of different search engines can vary extensively from each other, so a website that ranks number 1 in one search engine may rank number 100 in another one. However, one of the common factors that influences the rankings the most, is, yeah you guessed it right, the content. So be sure your content is always up to date, grammatically and factually correct, and of course, keyword rich.

You can submit your website to any or all of the search engines mentioned above to be listed; however, you don’t have to. A simple backlink from a reputable website will get the search engines to visit yours. Getting listed can take time, usually from a few hours to a few weeks, so be patient.

SEO Checklist

  • Create a Sitemap of your Website: Adding a site map to your website makes it a lot easier for the web bots to search your site.
  • Use Keywords: Use keywords and phrases in your website that describe your content and your site. Try to embed the keywords in the titles, headings, metadata, links, the image and video tags. Be careful while using keywords though, irrelevant, misplaced, and too-often used keywords leave a bad taste in the mouth.
  • Make your URLs Search Friendly: A good idea is to include your basic keywords in your URLs so that the engines pick it up faster.
  • Content is the King: Keep your content fresh and updated, as well as of relevance to your visitors. An article about food and cuisine, no matter how well written, will not do well in a website for science and technology.
  • Add Image and Video Descriptions: The web bots can only search text for keywords, and not the text in your images or videos. So it is always a good idea to associate some text descriptions with your images and videos.
  • Swap Links: Exchanging links with other webmasters can be great for your website. Add links to other relevant sites in your website, and ask those sites to link to yours.
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Super Dragon Ball Z

Super Dragon Ball Z
Super Dragon Ball Z (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Introduction:

Another fighting game representing the Dragon Ball Z series, Super Dragon Ball Z is a ‘cel-shaded’ 3D fighting game originally released for European and Japanese arcades running on System 246 hardware, and then later for the PlayStation 2. The game features 18 playable characters representing most of the characters from the classic Dragon Ball Z, a number of destructible environments, and a style that reflects the era of arcade games.

Game Play:

The controls in Super Dragon Ball Z are a little different from the other Dragon Ball Z games and can therefore be a little hard to learn. There are 18 characters in all in the game, all of them completely unique and having different sets of moves and combos. The levels of the game are quite large and finely detailed, each level containing a secret, which is either something special for you to look at, or to use to your advantage. Also, you can use the environment to your advantage, for example you can use a pillar to block an attack.

Modes:

There are just a few modes in Super Dragon Ball Z, including the Original, Z Survivor, Versus,  Customise, Training and the Dragon Summoning mode.

1.  The Original Mode:

The Original mode is the arcade version of the game. You take on 7 opponents, each of which give you Dragon Balls, and make your way to the Cell.

2.  The Z Survivor Mode:

In the Z Survivor mode, you have to fight 9 battles with just one life bar. After each battle, you have access to choose an option from a roulette containing 7 options like Dragon Balls and regaining lost health. As you win more battles, you will gain more battle power, and becoming stronger. You will also recieve points to unlock new skills. Once you have collected all 7 Dragon Balls, you can have a single wish granted, usually geared towards customizing your own character, or, once in a while, unlocking a new character.

3.  The Versus Mode:

The Versus is the basic mode, where you can select a character, then stage and battle your friend.

4.  The Customise Mode:

The Customise mode, as the name implies, allows you to customize your

character. You can change your character’s clothes or skills in this mode.

5.  The Training Mode:

The Training mode allows you to practise your moves and attacks. You can set your opponent to be controlled by the computer or a person in this mode. You can also set the way you want your stage to be, and how your opponent responds to different attacks.

6.  The Dragon Summoning Mode:

The Dragon Summoning mode is where you collect all 7 Dragon Balls and have your wish granted. Because the wishes in this mode are much more detailed and complex, there are two sets of wishes: a Normal and an Enhanced set of wishes.

Graphics and Sound:

The graphics in Super Dragon Ball Z have a great 3D, cel-shaded quality, and are perfectly detailed. The colors in the game are rich and vibrant, and the characters are virtually flawless. The movements of the characters, too, are pretty fluid. The sounds of the game, however, are nothing to be proud of. The audio quality is abysmal, especially in the music and voiceovers.

Conclusion:

In a nutshell, it can be said that Super Dragon Ball Z is a solid game, and that fighting fans and fans of Dragon Ball Z the series will not be disappointed at all.

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RSS Unveiled

RSS Feed
RSS Feed

So you are a regular internet user who has a long series of frequently updated websites or blogs that you visit everyday. But you are a busy person also, and one of the biggest chagrins in your life is opening a website or blog only to discover it hasn’t been updated. Well then congratulations! RSS is the perfect solution for you. But what is RSS exactly, and what does it do? Read on to find out!

What is RSS

RSS is an acronym for either “Really Simple Syndication” or “Rich Site Summary”. It is a really easy and efficient method to publish and distribute regularly updated content such as news, blog posts, update notices, headlines, and web content to people in a standardized format normally called a “feed”.

History of RSS

Developed in the late 1900s by Netscape, RSS is an XML format that can quickly and easily distribute information and updates to a large audience. The initial version of RSS was called “RDF Site Summary”, and was based on a similar format created by UserLand Software sometime earlier. Several versions came out before Netscape decided to transfer the rights of RSS back to its original developer, UserLand, who continued to expand it. Meanwhile, another software group came up with a new version based on the original principles of RSS, but UserLand was not very happy with it and in 2002 introduced RSS 2.0, that quickly became popular. Now, RSS is widely used by people all over the world.

How it Works

RSS creates a list of notifications referred to as the “RSS Feed” of a website or a blog. This feed is actually a small and light weight XML file that resides on the web server. Subscribing to this feed will keep you updated with the latest headlines and updates of that particular website or blog. There are special programs called “RSS aggregators” or “RSS Feed Readers” that are designed to automatically access the websites and blogs regularly for the latest feeds and provide you the results in an organized, readable manner.

Why use RSS

RSS helps you to stay up to date and informed all the time by bringing you the latest highlights and updates from your favorite websites and blogs. It also saves a lot of your time as you don’t have to visit each website and blog individually to check for updates. It also provides you the facility to control the quantity and quality of the information you receive from the feeds.

How to Subscribe to a Feed

There are two ways you can subscribe to a feed of your interest:

  • Enter the feed’s URL into your RSS feed reader
  • Click on the orange feed icon on the desired website/blog to initiate the subscription process.

How to Generate RSS Feed for your own Website or Blog

Again, there are two ways of doing this:

  • Use free specialized tools called Feed Generators to extract data from your web page or blog
  • Use the RSS library of PHP. A PHP script will build an XML file by using the titles and the descriptions of pages and blog posts from the content of your website or blog.