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GotChance Coding Services

May 2, 2008 by Hari

Finally, i’m free. I’ve finished my school. Now am free to concentrate on my passions like blogging, programming etc… So, as the first step i’d like to announce that i’m open for Coding Jobs… I’m currently offering PSD->XHTML, PSD->Wordpress and PHP Coding services. For more details check out the services page.

I’m a strong believer of the words “Code is Poetry”. I enjoy coding. Hope i get some good tasks soon…

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Posted in Programming, Services, Web Development.
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WWW or No WWW in Domain Names

September 14, 2007 by Hari

This is something simple that all blogs can do and all blogs should do, but not all blogs do. Do you know that http://www.gotchance.com and are treated by search engines as two different websites. So, the search engine results may split up and even worse the Google PageRank will split too. So, it is generally a good practice to do a Search-Engine-Friendly redirect from on to the other.

Here i have chosen to redirect www.gotchance.com to gotchance.com. But that doesn’t make any difference. Here’s how to do it. Just add the following code to your .htaccess file in the root directory of your domain :

Options +FollowSymlinks

RewriteEngine on

rewritecond %{http_host} ^www.yourdomain.com [nc]

rewriterule ^(.*)$ http://yourdomain.com/$1 [r=301,nc]


If you want to do it otherwise (i.e) from Non-WWW to WWW, here’s the code :

Options +FollowSymlinks

RewriteEngine on

rewritecond %{http_host} ^yourdomain.com [nc]

rewriterule ^(.*)$ http://www.yourdomain.com/$1 [r=301,nc]


Now, go ahead and start concentrating your SE Optimization on one domain.

UPDATE : When i checked the FeedBurner stats (while making this post), i noticed something that is very much related to this post. Here is a screenshot. I use gotchance.com/feed for my FeedBurner feed and www.gotchance.com shows as one of the top referrers. This is before i started redirecting www to non-www :

Posted in SE Optimization, Web Development.
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5 Must Have Pages on a Website

September 9, 2007 by Hari

A 404 Not Found page on Technorati reads as “Sorry! We have a zillion pages, but not that one”. Thats nice text for a not found page. But, your users wouldn’t like to see it when trying to access few important pages. What are those pages ? Lets see…

1) Contact Me

The contact page is the most important page of any blog. I do have a Contact page here and all bloggers who are serious about blogging have one. It not only helps your readers interact with you, but they also let you know of any errors that might pop up on your site. You don’t have one & don’t know how to make one ? Never worry. Kontactr is a service that i created, to make contact forms easier. It takes less than 30 seconds to setup your contact form (that depends on your Internet speed though :-P).

2) About Me

This is something that would make your blog more personal. It is also a part of personal branding. When they users get to know about you, they become more loyal to you. Take a look at some about me pages. I know that i don’t have an About Me page here. The reason is that i’m not able to come up with a good one. I will try to put one soon.

3) Advertise Page

If you seriously want to make money online, an Advertise page is a must. I don’t have one as my blog is new and doesn’t have Pagerank yet. I’m expecting PR4 in this update and if it hits, i’ll put up one. Check out John’s or Nate’s advertise pages to know what should be put up in an Advertise page. I do have an Advertise page on my other free webmaster resources website. Does it meet John’s and Nate’s quality ?

4) Search Page

The search feature comes packed with WordPress. But, if you have a Non-blog website, you should really consider getting your own Search facility. I get irritated when i see websites without a search box. You might give Google Co-op a try. Thats works very well.

5) Sitemap

A sitemap is helpful not only for Search engine robots, but, also for human visitors. It helps them find what pages are where. There are lots of sites (even a wordpress plugin) that help you create a sitemap for a robot. But, you should manually gather the links and organize them properly to make a sitemap for humans. Check out these sitemaps of some giants : Google, eBay, Apple.

Posted in Blogging, Web Development, Websites.
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Simple way to Track Downloads

September 5, 2007 by Hari

A simple google search of “download tracker” yields 92,900,000 results. There are also a lot of nice download tracking script that i know. They all come in useful when you have a lot of files for download and you have your own download repository of large number of files, like on my other Free Webmaster Resources website (though i use a custom coded one there). But on this blog, i just have some 2-3 themes and 1 plugin for download as of now. So, a download tracker would simple be unnecessary. But, i would like to track how many times my file have been downloaded. I use a simple method here on my blog.

I have a PHP file with the following code :

<?php

$hits = file_get_contents("SOME-NAME.txt");

$hits = $hits + 1;

$handle = fopen("SOME-NAME.txt", "w");

fwrite($handle, $hits);

fclose($handle);

echo '<META HTTP-EQUIV=Refresh CONTENT="0; URL=LINK-TO-ORIGINAL-ZIP-FILE" />';

?>

The SOME-NAME.txt is the text file to which the number of downloads is written. It needs to be CHMODed to 777. And initially, it should contain “0″ as the file content. The LINK-TO-ORIGINAL-ZIP-FILE is the link to the file that needs to be downloaded. It can be any type, not necessarily be a Zip file.

I currently use this method for all my downloads on this blog. For eg, Got Banners can be downloaded from Here. The tracking is done on this TEXT File. Now, i hope that helped some of you.

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Which kind of URLs are the best ?

August 19, 2007 by Hari

Many times people get confused between what URLs are Search-Engine-Friendly(SEF) and what aren’t. The complex URL involving a lot of query strings etc.. appear mostly in user-generated-content scripts like Blogs and Forums. Take a look at the following URLs :

  • WordPress : http://www.yourwordpress.org/?p=176
  • vBulletin : http://www.yourvbulletin.com/showthread.php?t=42918
  • IPB : http://www.youripb.com/index.php?showtopic=236497
  • SMF : http://www.yoursmf.com/index.php?topic=189291.0

Of course, these are very complex and looks pretty ugly. Further many of the URLs used in forums contain a lot of other query strings also like Session IDs, Post IDs in addition to Topic IDs etc… These kind of URLs are disliked by Search Engines. This gave rise to the SEF URLs.

With suitable plugins or settings, you can convert the above URLs as something like below :

  • WordPress : http://www.yourwordpress.org/p/176.html
  • vBulletin : http://www.yourvbulletin.com/t42918.html
  • IPB : http://www.youripb.com/topic/236497.html
  • SMF : http://www.yoursmf.com/topic/189291.0.html

Thats it. These are better and are Search-Engine-Friendly URLs. But, are they easy to remember ? Would you be remembering Post IDs for the URLs. Of course, not. So, we need to modify these further to make them Human-Friendly as well.

So, you have to convert it into something like below :

  • WordPress: /2007/08/17/4-reasons-to-avoid-paid-reviews/
  • vBulletin : http://www.yourvbulletin.com/your-topic-title/42918.html
  • IPB : http://www.youripb.com/your-topic-title/236497.html
  • SMF : http://www.yoursmf.com/your-topic-title/189291.0.html

Those are sexy and this kind of URLs are being used by most Blogs and Forums. Thats a very nice practice. WordPress has it as an inbuilt feature. vBulletin has a plugin called vB SEO to do this. IPB has IPB Seo. SMF doesn’t have anything as advanced as vB SEO, but SEO 4 SMF pretty much serves the purpose.

If you don’t use any of these ready-made scripts, you can customize your URLs using .htaccess. We’ll see about it in the next post.

Posted in Blogging, SE Optimization, Web Development.
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5 Ways to monitor your Site’s Status

August 2, 2007 by Hari

Its really impossible for anyone to sit in front of the Computer 24 hours and monitor if your website is UP or DOWN. But this is really essential for everyone. There are some nice services available which can monitor your site’s status 24 x 7.


Montastic

Montastic is the first thing that i would recommend when it comes to Website Status Monitoring. Its completely free. It is really “The free website monitoring service that doesn’t suck”. I have been using them for few days now and really nice. I like their RSS feature and the “No unreasonable limit on the number of websites monitored”.


SiteUptime

SiteUptime is the next best one out there. They have three different plans : Free, Premium and Advanced. The free plan is too basic with just one monitor and 30/60 minute checks.


Free Web Monitoring

Free Web Monitoring is the first service that i used and i continue to use it even today. They have 60 minute checking time too, but, they allow multiple sites in a single account.


upPanel

upPanel was the second service that i started using. They have 3 plans too. I had the Free plan which had 30 minute lowest interval. Their Basic and Pro accounts have very nice features like AIM Alerts, SMS Alerts, Skype Alerts and Phone Alerts.


FreeSiteStatus

I read about this service over here. The features are not very clear. I think, signing up is free. But, you have to pay to start monitoring websites. The pricing depends on the number of URLs to be monitored, the time interval etc.. which can be calculated from here. This isn’t something i would recommend.




So, i suggest that you take a look at the above services and get the most out these by signing up for multiple ones. I suggest signing up for Montastic, upPanel and Free Web Monitoring.

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Foldspy – Optimize your ad placements

July 23, 2007 by Hari

FoldSpy is a simple service that allows you to optimize ad placements on your websites. It is more of a remotely hosted Javascript than a service. “Fold” is the part of the website that is visible without needing to scroll down. Because of different screen resolutions, browsers, user preferences and operating system, the fold is not the same for all the users. To maximize revenue from your ads, you want them to be visible to the majority of your visitors without scrolling: “above the fold”. FoldSpy finds the fold.

The screenshot shows the same website (CNN), but the folds are different due to the factors mentioned above.

Installing FoldSpy is very simple. It just involves one line of code. Though the site shows a demo video, it doesn’t provide a live demo. So here, i have added it to GotChance so that you guys can test drive it. Here : GotChance.com/#foldspy.

The basic service is free for everyone. However, they have an optional PRO account option for $6/year. I didn’t try it, but here is what they say.

Foldspy Pro has everything in Free but also records stats from your site, giving you data on the unique profile of your visitors.

I had actually planned to write a post on Choosing best Ad placements. But, i completely forgot about it. Now, you can expect in a day or two.

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