5 Steps to Increase your Google Page Rank

Google Page rank is based on back links. Back links are Links pointing to your website from another website. The more back links you have the higher your PR will be.

1. Join forums, forums are a great way to achieve links to your website. In most forums you are allowed to have a signature and in your signature you can put a link to your website. But another important note to look on is making sure the forum is somewhat related to your website. You will still get credit if it’s not, but if it’s related to your website than you will be accomplishing two tasks at once.

You will be advertising for your website (bringing in targeted traffic) You will also be building your websites presence.

Your websites presence is very important to your survival. The more people see, or hear about your website the more credibility you will have and this increases your chances of having these visitors come back and possibly become leads.

2. Submit to search engine directories. Search engine directories are a good way to get a free link to your website. They also increase your chances at being listed higher on popular search engines like Google, and overture.

Most search engine directories allow you to submit to their website for free. This will allow you to increase your web presence by being listed on another search engine, and it will also be a free link.
Remember the more links you have the higher your PR will be

3. Using ezine ads (or newsletters). Creating an ezine will probably be the most beneficial step you can take to increasing your web presence. When you create an ezine you will be able to keep visitors coming back to your website for more by using signatures and giving special deals.

Ezine’s will also allow you to increase your back links. By creating an ezine you can submit your information about your ezine to an ezine directory. This directory will than link to your website(thus giving you a free link).

4. Creating and publishing articles. Articles are an easy source of generating new traffic. You can include your signature in your article. This will bring in more traffic from article submission directories.

Your signature usually consists of 4 to 8 lines. Usually the first line would be the title of the website that you are trying to advertise. The last line would be the link to the website and the lines in between these would be a sales pitch to draw your viewers into your website.

5. Links from related websites. Gaining links from related websites can be one of the most frustrating tasks you can attempt.

They are very easy to find, but can be somewhat difficult to obtain links from. To find related websites, all you have to do is go to a search engine… say Google… and type in your subject. Maybe your website is based on ford mustangs.

You go to Google and type in ford mustangs, than you look around for pages that are somewhat related to your website. After you have done this (which should be very easy) you have to contact them in some way to get your link posted on their website. This can be the most difficult task because a lot of webmasters ignore e-mail’s from people requesting links because they don’t see the importance of it at the time. Some other reasons could be that they are rarely online, or they delete spam mail and sometimes delete their important emails in the process.

Important note: When looking for link partners don’t just link with websites that have a page rank of 4 or higher. Link with anyone and everyone you get a chance to. If you link to someone that has a page rank of zero, this will not hurt your page rank. It will only increase it because you are getting a link back to your website. Google doesn’t look at your back links page ranks to determine what yours is going to be. It simply looks at how many back links you have.

So if Google one day decided to link to a website that was just created and this website has a page rank of 0 and has a domain that goes something like this: mywebsite.geocities.com it’s page rank wouldn’t increase even though Google’s page rank is 10, it’s rank would still be zero because it would only have that one back link.

Source : http://www.webpronews.com/steps-to-increase-your-google-page-rank-2004-06

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Gone are the days when adding multiple links from any website would immediately bump your own site to the top of search engine results pages (SERPs). Today, Google and other SEO-centric search engines (like Blekko) are spending a fair amount of time and resources figuring out the differences between an organic or natural link and those links that have been “built”. SEOs need to adapt. Link development — the practice of building deep links — is the new link building.

The Basics of Link Development

Link development is not the same as link building. Unlike traditional practices of acquiring links — any links — by whatever means necessary, link development is based on strategy to build organic backlink growth.
Developing links of the highest quality (and best value to search engines) requires that we follow some basic guidelines

1. Site placement matters

  • Links that are part of the content are more valuable than footer links or blog roll links.
  • Links on the left side of a Web page (believed to be indexed first) are more influential than those on the right side.
2. Anchor text
  • Blekko CEO Rich Skrenta recently said that one of the factors search engines can most easily detect is  anchor text frequency. Constantly link building for one or two keywords and using those terms repeatedly in anchor text will set off red flags with the search engines as non-organic link building 
3. No-Follow/Do-Follow Blog comments
  • Spammy blog comments are simply a waste of time.
  • However, if your vertical is heavily influenced by blogs (fashion, tech gadgets), it is beneficial to engage with these blogs as an enthusiastic user and consumer. Do this regardless of whether the links that point to your site are follow or no-follow. The cumulative effect of participation will benefit your brand and SEO efforts. 

Powerful Link Development Techniques

Now that we have a grip on a few basic but essential link development techniques, it’s time to look at some ways to build highly valuable links through more intricate means. The following tactics might take a little more 
effort, but they will provide extreme value now and for a long time to come. 

1. Building widgets
Building useful widgets is a powerful link development technique. However, it’s a tough nut to crack. Creating a widget is simple. Getting mass adoption is much tougher. Make sure the widget has a strong value proposition — strong enough for hundreds and thousands of other owners to add to their own websites. In the age of niche advertising options remember that you are competing for website real-estate with the likes of Google AdSense and a plethora of different retargeting/remarketing display advertising agencies offering  anywhere between $0.50 - $5 CPCs. 

Here are a couple of examples of widgets that have had great success in being adopted.

  • Bizrate provides e-commerce websites with a “stamp of approval”, which helps with onpage conversions. According to Open Site Explorer, 50 percent of Bizrate’s backlinks are attributable to the widget. 
  • The Yelp Review Widget provides small and local businesses with quality, trusted third-party content,  including a map to the business’ location. Many businesses use the Yelp widget to add legitimacy to their brand and functionality for users.
2. Infographics
  • Infographics are a great way to develop topically relevant links to your website. The sole purpose of the infographic should be to create viral-worthy content and gain user adoption. Of course, to succeed, the infographic must be useful and/or entertaining.


Tracking your link development process is extremely important — you are driving blind without measurement. Tracking SEO campaigns will help you put a finger on which strategies are working versus those that are not. You can then double your efforts the winning strategies for even greater link development. Here are some
ways of tracking your link graph

1. Google Webmaster Open Site Explorer (http://opensiteexplorer.com)
Open Site Explorer is a robust tool (if you use the API) that gives insight into your site’s link graph, anchor text distribution and trustrank.

  • Link Graph: You can plot your very own link graph by tracking changes on Open Site Explorer’s “external followed links”. By plotting the number of links that point to your site each week you can keep a close watch on your link graph.
  • Anchor Text Distribution: This metric helps with competitive sizing. You can compare the amount of  keyword-specific anchor texts that are pointing to your competitor versus your own site. Although anchor text volume is not the only ranking factor, it helps benchmark yourself against the competition.
2. Google Webmaster
The Google Webmaster Tool has come a long way since it started — it now offers day-by-day updates on your site’s health, internal and external links, keyword ranking, visits and click-through data. This is extremely powerful data for all SEOs.

Some of the most useful features are:
  • Monitor internal links
  • Monitor external links
  • Evaluate site performance
  • Project traffic/revenue based on search query analysis
  • Track duplicate Title/Meta Tags
  • Track crawl errors
  • Submit sitemaps
Out the features above, my personal favorite is the Search Query Analysis. This tool can be used to predict the effect of increasing a keyword’s rank, on traffic and even revenue. Overall, link building as you knew it has changed. As SEOs, we must evolve and adapt with the practice of link development. Building value and not just volume will provide sustainable SEO practices and — most important — relevancy, in both the virtual eyes of the search engines and with our users, who are increasingly influencing SEO.

Prashant Puri

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A Song to Ponder

Check this awesome song from San Diego CA based band Tribal Seeds.

With heavy influence from Bob Marley, Steel Pulse, and Midnite, this new and unique group brings a refreshing rock vibe to roots style reggae music. Spiritually driven and musically talented, Tribal Seeds have created an art form for rebel music enthusiasts! With comparisons to the legendary group, The Police, they bring an authentic sound that reaches a broad demographic.

Two brothers, both raised playing instruments since early childhood in San Diego head the group. The lead singer Steven writes the lyrics for the group, and his brother Tony-Ray along with the band produce all their music. They have toured throughout the U.S. as well as Mexico, Aruba, Guam & Hawaii, and have shared the stage with Matisyahu, Stephen Marley, The Wailers, Rebelution and Gregory Issacs. 


Broad is the road for the wicked to die.
Narrow is the road for the rights to survive.
But I know Jah will save the innocent,
From this ya yoke of poisoned men.
'Cause I heard Jah say, things of Armageddon.
Yes I heard Jah, save I from the Romans.
And they're wages, shall mean death.
And they're rulers, they're rulers!

Here I stand, the foot of Mount Zion.
Oversee this world of Babylonians.
Here I stand, the foot of the way.
144,000, saved!

Oh Jah, save them from wicked men.
Let he who seeks evil find death.
But I could never run a run away,
And leave the people confused and misled.
'Cause I heard Jah say, things of Armageddon.
Yes I heard Jah, save I from the Romans.
And they're wages, shall mean death.
And they're rulers, they're rulers!

Here I stand, the foot of Mount Zion.
Oversee this world of Babylonians.
Here I stand, the foot of the way.
144,000, saved!

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Is It Too Late?

Is the Philippines ready for these devastating natural disasters?
Are we doing what we are ought to do?
Who should be blamed?

These natural disasters can hit us unexpectedly, are we up to this test?
Is it too late?

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I was doing my daily routine of doing some comment posting when I bumped into this very interesting article. Aside from the fact that it is about food and cooking, this one really catches my attention and I guess everyone will.

The article is entitle "What Chefs Do When They Get Bored". This is not much of words describing what chefs do or what they did but these are photos that simply describes the "things" they does in their past time (maybe).


Aren't they nice? Here are some other extraordinary creations. =)

It's a good thing that people show off their God-given talents to let others know that simple things are great things at all.

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How to Set Up your Drum Kit

Drum kits are, like many things, down to personal taste with their fittings and exactly where and how you place each piece. However, there are some standards which are worth knowing, and then you customise your kit from there.

Building from a Shell Pack
Most kits bought today are sent by mail, and are therefore "flat-packed", which means that you have to build the kit yourself once it arrives. This is quite a straight forward exercise (certainly more simple than building some cabinets from Ikea), and the instructions are normally very useful, so it is definitely worth reading through them.

I build kits from the bottom up, so start with the bass drum and work from there. This is good practice as you generally set your kit up around where the bass drum is, and it also gets the biggest things out of the way first, as you don't really want to have to move them too much later.

The Bass Drum

It is easier to build drums when they are flat on the floor, so to fit the front skin (the normally weaker skin facing the audience) onto your bass drum first, lay your bass drum shell down flat and place the skin over the drum. Then place the rim or frame over the skin and simply drop the screws into their relevant holes, without screwing them in at this stage. Once all of this is in place, then you can start tightening the skin by turning the screws a half turn, tightening opposite screws one after another. Try and keep the tension across the whole drum-head even, as this will get the best sound, although how tight you would like the head depends on what size bass drum you have, and also your personal taste. Although if you tighten the skin too much, it may become so stretched that a tare is very likely.

You may notice that some front skins have holes in them, while others are complete. This also affects the tone of the drum, and many drummers who use a complete skin on the bass drum, often add some kind of padding, such as blankets, to the inside of the drum in order to deaden the sound and reduce the resonation of the sound. This is the time to add any padding you may want to use, as replacing bass drum heads is quite a hassle with a full kit set-up.

Once you have the front head the tightness that you like it, then turn the drum over and follow the same steps on the other skin, beating the drum after you have tightened all the screws each time in order to find the sound and tone that you are after. The pitch of the sound will become higher with each half turn, although please note that drum heads which are either too loose or too tight do have a tendency to rip, so be careful. When you are happy with the tone of the drum, then stand the drum up and add the supports, which are normally in the form of two spikes on either side of the drum which stops it sliding forward or tipping side to side when playing.

The Toms
Setting up the toms is a very similar process to setting up the bass drum, just on a smaller scale. You again have a tougher skin for the playing surface, with a weaker one for the underside. I tend to go from the smallest tom to the floor tom, although you can do these in any order. You go through the process of laying the drum flat and adding the skins, and tightening them by half turns until you are happy with the tone and pitch, testing the sound with a drum stick between each tightening.

Once you are happy how the toms sound then the next stage is to add them to your kit. Most kits come with two mounted toms and one floor standing tom. The floor tom tends to have three poles which can be easily slid into their fittings on the drum, and then the angle and height off the floor can be easily adjusted. The mounted toms are slightly different as they get mounted on top of the bass drum by fittings which vary between manufacturers. Some manufacturers such as Pearl use bar fittings, while other such as Yamaha use ball fittings, however both are about equally good, and setting them up is a similar process. There will be a central fitting which actually slides into the bass drum, and needs to be screwed firmly in place, and it is from this fitting that the toms are attached, either by getting the balls or the grips to the right angle, and then again screwing firmly into place. For a right handed drummer, the smallest tom will normally be on the left hand side for the drummer, with the larger on the right, and the floor tom placed to the right of the bass drum in an arc shape.

The Snare Drum

The first part of setting up the snare drum is very similar to that of the toms and the bass drum in that you lay it flat and tighten the head very slowly until you find the right pitch. However, there is also a set of springs that have to be attached beneath the snare drum, which give it its distinctive sound. To attach them, there is normally some form of material at either end of set of springs, which has to be threaded through an attachment at each side of the snare drum, and then screwed into place. Nevertheless, the set of springs also has to be tuned and tightened which is done by a wheel type fixing on the snare drum. In order to test how tight you would like the springs, which rattle less and are more staccato the more tight they get, you must first use the lever on the side of the drum to pull the springs onto the drum. You tighten the springs to personal taste, continually beating the drum with a drum stick to test the sound.

Now, unlike the toms, the snare drum has its own stand, which you need to slide together (as it normally comes in only one or two pieces), spread its legs on the floor to create a stable base, and then spread the arms in order for it to firmly hold the snare drum. Once, you have set up the snare drum and its stand; place them into your kit, which is normally to the left of your bass drum in the arc for a right-handed player.

Hi-Hats and Pedals
These are perhaps the most complicated parts of a drum kit to assemble, in that they have the most parts to fit together. However, if you follow the instructions, they should be pretty simple to put together.
If you start with the bass drum pedal, all you have to do is tightly screw the actual beater onto the pedal mechanism using a drum key, and then attach the springs to make the mechanism responsive. This is a slightly different process with each manufacturer, and I won̢۪t try to explain all of them in detail, but that is the main part of the assembly. The next stage is actually attaching the pedal to the bass drum, so that they will stay together, for which there is a type of "alligator grip" which you slide over the rim of the bass drum, and then screw down tightly.

The assembly of the hi-hats pedal is similar, although instead of attaching the beater to the pedal, you attach the rods which will control the actual cymbals, and clip its bas onto that of the hi-hat stand. Other than that, both pedals are pretty much the same. You then need to spread the legs of the stand to make a solid base, and adjust the height of the stand so that it is comfortable for you to play.

At the top of the stand you should place a plastic cap, and then some padding, so that the cymbal will not hit the stand directly, and then place the bottom of the two hi-hats on top of the padding, left loose and not screwed to anything. The next step is to attach the top hi-hat to its fittings. You do this by threading the tall screw through some padding, and then through the cymbal itself. Then turn the cymbal over upside down, and thread the bottom part of the tall screw through another piece of padding on the other side, and then finally through a nut which you should screw up until it is high enough for the cymbal to be held in place, although loosely so that the cymbal may vibrate quite wildly. You should turn the cymbal back the right way round and then thread it over the rod coming through the top of the hi-hat stand. It is then a simple measure of pressing down the foot pedal, and as you do that, screwing the top hi-hat onto the rod tightly. Then when you release the pedal, the top hi-hat should rise as the pedal does. All that is left to be done with the high-hats after this assembly is to place it into your kit, which would be to the left of the snare drum following the arc for a right handed player.

Cymbals and Stands

The last part that you need to add to you drum kit are the cymbals. Most people use a crash cymbal and a ride cymbal as the basic two, although you can always add more at a later date. There are generally two types of cymbal stands, the "Boom-stand" and the normal stand, and in this set-up we will use one of each.
If we set up the crash cymbal first, we need to set up the normal stand. For this, all that you need to do, is spread the legs of the stand to create a stable base, adjust the stand to the right height, and then angle the top of the stand to the angle you would like your crash cymbal to be at. Once you have done this, slide a plastic cap over the tip of the stand, followed by some padding. Having done this, simply place your crash cymbal over the padding, place some more padding over it, and loosely fasten with a wing-nut.

Setting up a boom stand for your ride cymbal is very similar, although after spreading the legs and correcting the height, you are able to change the angle of the middle of the stand so that it leans more over your kit, and then again adjust the angle of the head. Once you have done this, and tightened it all so that it is secure, you need to follow the same steps of adding the cymbal, of a plastic cap, then some padding, then the cymbal, then some more padding, and all loosely fastened together with a wing-nut. Where you put these cymbals is up to you, although in a standard set-up, the crash cymbal will be behind your snare drum, with the ride cymbal in the corner next to your bass drum and behind the floor tom.

Final Touches
If you have followed this article all the way through from start to finish, then you should have a full basic drum kit set up for a right handed player. If you are left handed, then you just need to reverse the arc of the drums and cymbals, having the hi-hats and snare on the right, and the floor tom on the left. However, this is just the standard set-up, and many drummers use variations on this. The most important thing is for the kit to be set up in a way that is comfortable for you to play.

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Reggae Watch - Emmanuel Jal

Emmanuel Jal

From Child Soldier to Rising Star

Emmanuel Jal has won worldwide acclaim for his unique style of hip hop with its message of peace and reconciliation born out of his experiences as a child soldier in Sudan. His music can be heard alongside Coldplay, Gorillaz, and Radiohead on the fundraising “War Child — Help a Day in the Life” album, as well as in three ER episodes, the National Geographic documentary God Grew Tired of Us, and in the feature film Blood Diamond starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Emmanuel spoke at TED Global, rang the bell at the NY Stock Exchange, and released his autobiography “War Child” all in 2009.

Despite his accomplishments in music, Jal's biggest passion is for Gua Africa. Besides building schools, the nonprofit provides scholarships for Sudanese war survivors in refugee camps, and sponsors education for children in the most deprived slum areas in Nairobi. For almost a year now, Jal has been eating one meal a day in his campaign to build a school in Leer, Southern Sudan, where Emma McCune is resting.

Emmanuel Jal is a hip hop musician, a war child from Sudan and a charity campaigner, his talk is entitled "What Would I Be Without Emma?" Abouttedx, x=independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, tedx is a program of local, self- organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a tedx event, tedtalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded tedx, where x=independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the tedx program, but individual tedx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)


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