Archives for 2011

Flickr Photos a Social Network

How to use Flickr

There’s a lot of good reasons to use an online photo service. Online photo services make it easy to save and organize your photos for later. Have you ever tried to find a picture from your last trip and had no idea where it could be? Ever had your hard drive crash and were not able to recover anything on it? I have, and it’s not fun.

Sharing your Photos
Sharing your photos online is a lot easier and faster than emailing your photos to all your friends and family. And your friends and family can also keep up with your new pics.

Networking your photos
This maybe a little extreme: I just came back from Barbados and saw about 20 properties, and yes I have plenty more to go. Some unique features: These pictures are sized to fit on any area of a web site, each picture has a description, and are copy righted as creative commons so they can not be resold, anyone can use them, and there must be a reference that I am the photographer.

I liked Club Med so much I set up a Club Med Group on Flickr where others could share their vacation photos as well. What a great way to see other Club Med locations than through the eyes or photos of others that have been there. And if there are more questions there is a place to start a discussion or ask questions.

How I doubled my page views and increased viewers by 20%

Wordpress Categories

Tucked away in WordPress under Post is Categories. This is how we define, organize and subjugate our posts so viewers can easily locate groups of information. Some themes today will allow the posting of the description, but by using Studiopress Genesis themes you get several more options.

From your WordPress dashboard go to: Post > Categories > and click on edit under one of you categories, you will see:

  1. Display Category title at the top of archive pages?
  2. Display Category title at the top of archive pages?
  3. Custom Document
  4. META Description
  5. META Keywords
  6. Robots Meta options (if you don’t want a category indexed)

These tags are like text candy to search engines.

Genesis seo settings

As many pages are submitted and crawled by search engines today, this is one way search engines get to profile and make decisions about listing and raking pages. There are over 150 items SEs use to rank pages and that topic maybe best writen by someone else like Matt Cutts with Google (because he is much closser to the source). So let’s stick to the fields attributes of this page and ways to increase the desire for SEs to rank category pages.

Step 1: Fill in 1 through 5 above.

Step 7: From the dashboard In the Genesis section update in the Robot Meta Settings section uncheck index and archives settings for categories.

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Step 8: Update your sitemap to include categories.

Extra Credit: Genesis lets you apply these settings to your Post Tags.

Managing Communications with Google Voice

Having trouble managing home cell and business phones? And what about managing different answering machines and services.

Some days at work I’m on the phone 70 plus % of the day. So any way I can combine services, save time and make it easier, I’ll do it.

Google Voice(GV) gives me the ability to give out 1 phone number and direct individual calls to specific phones, answering service and can even direct spam calls to a number out of service recording.

Just down loaded and installed the Google Voice(GV) app on a gPhone so out going calls use the the GV number and those receiving the call see the GV number.

All the Google Voice videos