As my weekly updates are hardly working out for me, I am switching to monthly updates from now on :) The switch to the new design is almost done, with only minor details missing. Will be adding some updates to the project pages in the coming weeks, as I have rewritten the project section to provide full wiki standards.
I am also doing a lot of design lately. A really welcome change from all the programming in the past.
I have also been doing alot of backend coding for portalZINE TV. Updated my Jabber server and currently finishing work on a Realbasic plugin.
“The people behind ExtJS are funny. First they have changed their license to the LGPL, without understanding it in any way, now they’ve changed it to the GPL without understanding it in any way. They claim that server side code which creates HTML pages which contain ExtJS must be GPL, wuahahaha.”
Codeplex is a new code sharing site from Microsoft, aimed at programmers who are using tools available under its Shared Source licenses.
When you distribute your videos across different video distribution platforms, you try to keep up with all the comments or views your videos receive.
Not all platforms provide a nice Webservice / API, allowing to aggregate all of those statistics in one place. I do not understand why some services distribute the standard video information via RSS, but leave the views and comment count out of the equation.
In the past weeks I have been building a complete stats package for portalZINE TV, pulling in all required data.
Here is how I accessed each of the services. I added a plus for those that are prepared to share the stats data, a minus for those that made me work a bit more :)
I am currently optimizing the daily updates, so that not all calls are done at the same time. Some of the services will be deactivated, if nothing notable really happens there. In my case shows are in German, so not all services provide the right viewership. This current exercise really allows me to decide which services are important upload hubs.
Really hope that APIs are getting more common among those services.
I have not written one of these for some time now. Its not that I am not working, but hardly have time to sit down and comment about it.
2008 has been really busy so far, with me also spending 4 days at CeBIT this year. Really enjoyed the tech trip. I have started working on a fitness website, dealing with trainer schedules, trainee subscriptions, training progress, motivation notification and a lot more. Really fun project that will be following me until April.
Have restructured a lot of stuff within my php framework, to finally comply with current standards and make updates a bit easier.
I am also working on internal stuff that will ease the work on the portalZINE TV setup, as advertisers require extensive statistics and I need to pull those from at least 6 different video platforms ;) Sadly every platform uses different web services.
Will try to write more regularly about stuff in the coming weeks :)
Pownce has finally released its API 2.0. which allows posting to Pownce from your applications. I am currently updating my PHP API Wrapper and should have a downloadable release after I am back from CeBIT.
The Top10 of promoting your new website.
You think this is a bit generic, well it is, but it is the best way to promote your website ;). There are 1000 of websites out there, that tell you that they have the ultimate solution to drive traffic to your website and make you money. None of these are really helping you much, as it will always drill down to the TOP10 above :) So the goal is not to promote your website as it is, but the content that is delivered from it to your visitors.
How do visitors find you? Not by guessing your domain name! I am sure they start by using a search engine like Google. They use the search engine to look for related websites that fit the keywords they have entered.
So is your content properly listed in search engines?No! Well you have either no content on your website or your setup just does not confirm with proper search engine requirements. So if you have good content, but it is hard to index, users wont find you. Your main concern is to make sure that your content is presented in the correct way.
The title of this article should say : TOP10 – How to promote your website or even better how to promote your content! :)
Here is my TOP10 of relevant points, when taking care of your search engine presence:
This is hardly a complete list and there are other things you need to consider when dealing with SEO scenarios. I often forget to stick to some of the points myself, at least when it comes to my own websites, but its worth the time to work on each of them. No websites are perfect from the start, all paintings in development ;)
Do not give up so easily. It takes time to promote a website and you will be tweaking things again and again. If you have a fair amount of content, things will be evolving alot faster. Hard to say what the critical mass is, as that depends on your content and the visitors. If you cover a unique topic, little content might drive your webserver nuts, more popular covered content, may take longer to make you website shine :)
The search engine traffic is often only the first wave coming your way, additional traffic will result through others linking to your content, you promoting it and playing an active part on other websites that link to the content / topics you cover.
Key is to enjoy what you do and not feeling forced to do so :)