10 Years Of WordPress as a Platform – A Never-Ending Journey

Without saying anything else, let’s first wish WordPress a very Happy Birthday! You may opt to sing the song in your head, should you wish to. Every site owner that uses WordPress as a platform to run the site has been highly benefitted from WordPress. There’s not a single, but several reasons for this – and all of them can be found in the infographic below.

All praises go to Matt & Mike – the founders who made one of the most important decision of the web i.e. to provide WordPress for free. It has not only helped the direct users, but has helped thousands to make a living online by allowing integration of third-party-software (such as WordPress Themes and WordPress Plugins). One example is my own business i.e. ThesisLove – where you’ll find a collection of Thesis 2 Skins & Boxes. Read more about WordPress in the infographic below – and see how immensely it has changed the web in the course of 10 years.

WordPress 10th Anniversary - 10 years WordPress Infographic

3 Reasons Not To Worry About Any Google Updates

It’s been about 2-3 days Google claimed the update – the Penguin 2.0 updates in its algorithm. The results say that about 2.3% English-US queries were affected. However, not many (or maybe none) of the sites were penalized badly. That said, it wasn’t that big of an update. In my personal portfolio, none of sites/blogs seem to be hit by the Penguin as the traffic is constant – no big/noticeable change.

However, before…during… and since the update, I’ve been noticing that my social timelines have faced quite a big buzz about the update. Some (only the ‘tech-type’ bloggers) claiming that they’ve experienced a big-time downfall in their site traffic, others claiming that they’ve lost their daily revenues since a couple of days (are they kidding us!?) and what not. Henceforth, I had a small message (this post actually!) for all those who’re scratching their heads – or giving themselves a *facepalm* – due to what they’ve faced because of this update. Here are a few reasons why I personally believe one shouldn’t worry about such updates.

*Note – The phrase ‘Any Google Updates‘ doesn’t include the Google PageRank Updates. Period.

You Have The Quality – Why Worry?

When you know that you have content that can be regarded of good, or hopefully, of great quality, then why would you even waste your time seeing the daily traffic stats? When you know you haven’t copied any of the content that you’ve published – then why give a damn about what the updates are going to do to your blog?

Such scenario is like Steve Jobs thinking about the competition and legal issues that he is going to face from a phone-duplicator store in China. Bottomline is – if your blog content possesses some good and remarkable quality, there’s no reason for ANY attack to hit your blog.

You Don’t Practice Bad SEO – Why… Why Worry?

You definitely know what the term ‘Bad SEO’ means. If not, read Erik’s Say on Bad SEO to know about what techniques actually lead you to the so called ‘Bad SEO’ field. Many believe that Bad SEO is when you don’t practice at all – that is not at all true. If you don’t practice any SEO, that will not affect your site. Although it will not bring in the potential advantages and benefits, there’s no way it could ‘affect‘ the site. Assuming that you know-it-all now, let’s talk about it.

When you know that you don’t purchase text links, or that you don’t exchange blogroll links (do read the linked article – something important out there!) – then why worry about the updates!? Such Google updates are searching for the people who practice all the bad stuff – and you’re surely not there.

You Follow Matt Cutts – Why… Why… Why Worry?

Matt CuttsYou might take this jokingly, but I am damn serious about this. Many bloggers, to actually survive on planet web, give a few minutes of their day to the Head Of WebSpam Team at Google – Matt Cutts. You must surely be knowing him, as he is the sole presentator and advisor, and the ‘warner’ at the Google WebMasters Youtube ChannelIf you go through the videos (maybe from the beginning), you’ll notice the outstanding and professional tips and advices he shares to actually boost your blogs overall reputation on the web.

When you know that you follow all the tips – what’s there to worry about? He will never ask you to practice something that him and his team are going to regard as ‘bad’ some day.

BottomLine

If you’re sure that all the factors discussed above are true for your site(s), you can go ahead and continue business as usual. However, if there’re any necessary changes that you believe you should take – go ahead, don’t waste a second.

Three Ways To Speed Up WordPress Immediately

The current statistics say that most, if not all, new sites are developed using WordPress. That said, it is clear that there is something that WordPress possesses, which other CMSs lack. For many, that ‘something’ might be the ease-of-use and the millions of resources (such as WordPress Themes and plugins). For many, it might the way it makes it easy for development and further selling (something I personally practice on my site where I sell Thesis 2 skins).

There are several reasons to fall in love with WordPress. However, great things do have a space for some negative energy. Although WordPress has a very less space for such negative ‘energies’, it has some minor issues. But as they say, perfectionism is better than goodness. One of these minor issues is the loading speed. Although it highly depends on the theme being used, there are some other factors that matter as well.

Following are three ways to speed up WordPress, and how you could easily implement the same.

Using Sprites Instead Of Multiple Images

If you’re aware about CSS Image Sprites, you know what I’m talking about. A sprite is one single image containing several (even hundreds, if preferable!) different images. That single image is then used as a background image for every ‘sub-image’ inside it, and then given a ‘background-position’ which then gives a final result of which is nothing but the required part from the sprite.

One (and the main) advantage of using CSS Sprites that it reduces the number of HTTP requests put on the server. In simple language, the more the number of images, the more the HTTP requests loaded on the server and furthermore, the more number of HTTP requests slows down the blog! Therefore, to speed up WordPress, or any platform for that matter, using image sprites is far better than using separate images.

Disabling ‘Push Emails’ Function

Recently, I wrote an article regarding the 500 Internal Server Error fix, and it seemed to solve the problem for many including me! The only solution discussed there was to reduce the number of SMTP requests. This means that if you have several devices where you have your email accounts set-up, the number of SMTP requests can go higher. This gets worse if the ‘Push Emails’ feature is on – which continuously sends requests to servers ‘asking for new emails’.

Disabling this will surely avoid the 500 Internal server error, but also increase the site’s speed because of avoiding the minor SMTP requests overload.

Use A Caching Plugin

Many believe that using a caching plugin just doesn’t help, and many believe it plays an important role. I am amongst those who fall between those two options. My favorite caching plugin is W3 Total Cache. That plugin, upon installation, does 98% of the things for you. The other 2% can be done as per requirement.

A caching plugin is helpful to clear the junk off the site, also ‘refreshing’ the site after changes such as CSS tweaks.

Bonus Tip

Using the right web host also makes a difference. Although I use Hostgator, I would prefer you to go for Bluehost as I’ll be switching to it in a few months

3 Tips to Make Money With A Personal Blog

You must be wondering about making money with a personal blog, right? Well, it’s nothing new! Everyone wants to make some cash for the words that come out from their heart, not the mind! Here are 3 tips which will guide you on how to make money with a personal blog! The more positively and effectively you will follow the tips below, the better your performance will be. But again mentioning – It’s about your personal blog, not your primary or any other blog.

Make Money With A Personal Blog

The following are the factors that I would consider using when I feel like making money with a personal blog. However, currently I don’t.

Content Is Still The King!

Money With A Personal BlogYes! The necessity of writing good, or great, still exists! Just posting about Kim Kardashian’s new $3000 dress wouldn’t attract valuable visitors. A personal blog doesn’t mean that you have to write about your new relationship or your break up. On the personal blog, you can surely right about relationships (no one’s going to stop you), but it would sound better if you could just advice the reader not to make the mistake (which you made in your relationship) I mean, that’s personal right?

Ads – In a limit

Money With A Personal Blog

I’m basically talking about Google Adsense here. I loved Google’s policy of not having more than 3 ads (the size doesn’t matter) on a single view of a site. I wouldn’t say much under this but I would just quote something – “Don’t add content between ads, add ads between content!” If you act like your blog is like that of the “Million Dollar Homepage“, then my friend you need help! Because that won’t really help you make money with a personal blog!

Be The Ultimate Affiliate!

Money With A Personal Blog

Apart from the most important affiliate program, you don’t need to include any other banners on the sidebar/header/footer. In order to make money with a personal blog, it’s not a must that you start earning as soon as you register. Patience is the ultimate strength to success in this field. It is important to share your affiliate links, but not just with the intention of getting the commission. All extra affiliate links should be included in articles which at least review the company (being promoted using the affiliate) or give a brief of the services.