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Increase Your Web Presence with Google Webmaster Tools

It’s one thing to get your site showing up in Google. It’s another thing to make sure you get all your pages into Google.

The easiest way to do this is by using an XML sitemap & Google Webmaster Tools (GWT).

GWT allows you to analyse your website from the Google Bot’s perspective to ensure that all your links are working, your meta tags are not duplicated and many other things such as setting the rate at which bots visit your site.

All you need is a Google Account & access to the HTML of your homepage.

Once you’ve signed in, it’s fairly easy to follow the on-screen instructions to setup your domain.

Google will index your pages, and you can also use your sitemap on Yahoo!, Live and other search engines.

If you dont have it already, get Google Webmaster Tools now!

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My 7 Must-Have Plugins for WordPress

I make sure I use these on ALL my WordPress blogs. I use many more, but this is a list of plugins that I think anyone who is serious about maximising the potential of their blog should be using.

All in One SEO Pack
Google Analytics for WordPress
Google XML Sitemaps
TweetMyBlog!
wp-cache
Add to Any: Share/Bookmark/Email Button
YARPP

If you have others that you believe are essnetial and should be mentioned then leave a comment and I shall consider updating this list.

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Add some more Plugins and Signup To Google Analytics

Providing you’ve completed the earlier steps on getting into Google in just 72 hours, then by now I would imagine you’re tweeting away whilst blogging about your niche.

It’s simply impossible for me to mention every that you can do to promote your site; but I’m trying to help you in the best way I can.

Next stop: Must-have WordPress PluginsUsing Google Webmaster Tools & Signing up to Google Analytics.

The wordpress plugins in the link above are not necessarily essential, but they will help get your site out in the open, and grab some more traffic in addition to helping your site rank in the search engines. A real must-have though is the google analytics plugin; In fact I’d go as far as saying it should be one of the first things you do to your WordPress installation.

Checkout the links above to upgrade your Internet life!

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How to start with nothing and be in Google in less than 72 hours

My website is listed in Google 6 hours after domain name setup. Impressed?

That’s my whole aim. I want to show you how to push boundaries. I want to show you how to speed up the things that normally take a longer that they should. If you don’t know how – then it’s bound to take a longer than it should.

To show you my feat; I’m going to break down the 2 posts that I’ve made so far (this being the third). I’ll write an individual blog post for each step, but before I do that these are the steps you should be aiming for:

Step 1:

First off, I created a free gmail account. Gmail, or GoogleMail as it’s officially branded here in the UK is a fantastic web client for managing your email. The pioneer of “unlimited” email storage and of course owned by Google.

Step 2:

Signed up to Twitter. Shout at me for jumping on the band-wagon if you wish; but if you want to have a successful “social” site then you need to keep up with the times. In other words; it doesn’t matter if you think it’s a lame idea – the simple fact is you can, and you WILL gain a large audience from using Twitter. Add to that the fact that its free, and the fact its got a great API linking it to every day tools such as WordPress and Facebook; you’d be foolish to ignore it.

Step 3:

Internet Marketing Website. Yes, that’s where you are now. As an internet marketer in the 21st century, having your own website is as important as having an internet connection. If you don’t have your own website then you may as well work away now, or get your own website now! If you want to do what I did, just register the domain name and come back to this later.

Step 4:

Signing up to Squidoo. Not only does Squidoo integrate into Twitter but it’s also a great way to build a strong article in your niche area. As you create a “squidoo lens” it will allow you pull in other bits of data from other websites such as YouTube.

Step 5:

Joining LinkedIn. LinkedIn has been around for some time, it’s got a nice pagerank and its another great way to link your sites together.

Just from the first five steps; you should now have built a strong profile about yourself. LinkedIn with a link to your Internet Marketing Website; Twitter linking to your website (even if it is the registrar holding page). A Squidoo Lens linking to your homepage. Even without even setting up your website, you have built a strong portfolio about yourself and they are all linking back to your homepage.

Step 6:

Using Social Media Tools (SMT) is fun, but it can take longer than necessary without the right apps. An easy way to make your life a lot easier is to find the right apps to help you. Find out how to use TwiveAway, Twhirl, bit.ly, TwitPic and Create an OpenID.

Step 7:

So, you’ve got an arsenal of tools to help you along your way; just on their own these will work wonders for your Internet Marketing. The next step is to create a wordpress blog. This can be seen as the single biggest step. It’s the last step simply because if you make it your first step you’ll most probably be too lazy to go back to the other steps. Why is that? Well it’s because you’ll then spend hours scouring the Internet for worpdress themes. Be honest with yourself!

Step 8:

Another great step to make is to sign up to TwitterFeed using your OpenID. This means you don’t need to spend countless hours getting lost in the world of Twitter. If folk like your posts, they’ll read them, and Re-Tweet your link. As they do that you will gain more followers without even needed to login to Twitter. I’m not suggesting you avoid twitter.com but my point is you can you spend your time focussing on more important things.

That’s where I am now. Okay, I was lazy – I’ve not exactly gone to town on the “filling in my profile information” aspect of signing up to all these Social Media Tools but I’ve put in the basic info.

When did I start? 23:10 on Monday 11th May 2009. That was the exact time I received my welcome email from Google Mail and Did Steps 1-6. I went to bed at 01:30 meaning I spent a grand total of 2hr20 minutes.

I didn’t get chance to get on my laptop on Tuesday; but on Wednesday I had a 3 hour blast from 21:30 to 00:30.

I installed WordPress @ 22:30 last night, and 6 hours later my blog posts had been indexed by Google.

This is my no means a comprehensive list but it should be enough to give you a kick start. I shall start to write a blog post for each step; and edit the post as necessary.

Gracias

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Blog Up and Running

It’s 9:30pm and didn’t get any chance to get on here yesterday either. I play football in my local 6-a-side league! We won 1-0 which keeps us in 3rd place!

Right got a a lot to do. Shall update once I’m done.

Okay. Done. I’ve managed to get this stuff out of the way:

Changed nameservers of bobbyjason.co.uk
Created a hosting account on my server for bobbyjason.co.uk
Installed wordpress
Spent a while trying to set up the “mail to blog” function in wordpress (new to me…)

*yawn*

Okay, gave up on that – I shall write a post about it once I have it working.
Installed WordPress plugins, the All-In-One SEO pack, and the WP-Cache.

It’s now 00:03 on the 14th, so I’m going to try TwitterFeed and publish this post!

Created an OpenID account so that I could sign up to TwitterFeed, registered a feed with them and linked to to my bit.ly account!

Lets see!

3 hours well spent.

Night.

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