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What is SEO and why do I need it?

Looking around at numerous other blogs I frequent, it becomes painfully clear just how little many people understand about SEO, or Search Engine Optimization.  In this situation, ignorance is not bliss as these blogs are potentially sacrificing a large number of readers who can’t find the content contained within.

What is SEO?

SEO, or Search Engine Optimization is the process by which the author of a web page (or blog in our case) organizes and formats their content to make it more accessible to search engines such as Google, Yahoo, or Bing.  This sounds relatively simple, right?  Well, let’s start off by making it clear that there is no such thing as a blog with perfect SEO simply because there is no 100% definition of exactly what “perfect SEO” really entails.  However, there are a few simple things that can go a long way to making sure that your blog is at least getting indexed by search engines. Continue reading

Google Indexing – How Long?

In an effort to take on even more responsibility and have even less free time in my life, I decided to look into starting another blog. During this process, I’m trying to figure out how in the world I got this site indexed into Google. You see, I’ve really never had a problem getting this site’s articles indexed and showing up in Google. It may sound weird, but it all just kinda worked. Not so this time!
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DigitalNotions Redesign

For those who haven’t noticed, I have slowly been updating the theme for DigitalNotions.net.  The last theme had been around about a year and frankly, was starting to become a bit dated with regards to the latest blogging and social media trends.  But don’t worry!  I won’t change things too much.  I’m committed to providing useful content though that too may shift a little bit as well — allowing me to write more posts about a wider variety of things.

To start with, I have now joined the ranks of Twitter.  In the top right corner of the page is an option to follow me, or simply click here:  follow me on Twitter.  I will be posting all sorts of info, but most importantly, I’ll be posting whenever I add a new page.  Feel free to reply or re-tweet if you are so inclined!

I’ve also upgraded my RSS feed to FeedBurner.  This decision was made easy for me when I had a problem setting up the built-in WordPress feed to allow me any sort of metrics with regards to number of subscribers, etc.  This type of data will be useful so I know how popular certain content is which will in turn, enable me to provide more good content — or at least that’s the theory.

The final updates have occurred under the hood.  I’ve redesigned a couple plugins and some of my PHP code to hopefully, make things a bit easier to maintain.  Again, these updates were to hopefully save me some time with administrative tasks to allow me more time to write posts.

The updates are far from over, but I’m going to be phasing them in slowly so as not to cause any undue problems for people!  If anything looks weird with this site or you have problems accessing anything, please leave a comment or contact me.

The good news is that all of this WordPress development is giving me a bunch of new things to blog about!  Watch for these updates in future posts!

An Organized Life

While this may seem obvious for so many people reading, I feel it’s safe to say that over the last six months, I’ve discovered just how time consuming even the smallest photography endeavors can become.  Not only that, the quantity of work a good blog takes is much greater than I had ever imagined.  What this means to me is that I took a break from blogging to attempt to clear my mind (and my to do list).

While this break from blogging was really healthy, I realized a couple weeks ago that my to do list isn’t getting smaller anytime soon.  What’s more, I really missed the time I spent blogging about something that I’m very passionate about.  Therefore, for the last two weeks, I’ve been looking into managing my to do items in an organized fashion so I can work efficiently as possible in an effort to accomplish everything I need to — thus leaving time for doing things I want to do such as blog!

I’m sure those of you tied into the business productivity scene have heard of David Allen’s famous Getting Things Done (GTD) book.  For those who haven’t, here’s the premise — direct form his site.

Whether you are a CEO, a student, or a stay-at-home worker, we’ll give you the keys to focus your energies without letting things fall through the cracks.  We’ll show you how to create environments and best practices for work and home to avoid burn-out and keep you relaxed, refreshed, focused, and productive.

Further investigation shows that the “relaxed, refreshed, focused, and productive.” phrase may be a bit optimistic for my tastes, a lot of what he discusses is good stuff — especially for someone like me who is digitally connected via BlackBerry, Facebook, Twitter and the like.

The key to the whole system is to record any tasks that are going to take longer than a couple minutes into your task management system.  On a regular basis, the task management system is organized into appropriate contexts, locations and next actions.  You then work on the next actions and only the next actions.  This enables the user to stay focused and not become overwhelmed.  The part I really appreciate is that I don’t have to try to remember the hundreds of tasks I need to do at any given time.  Talk about reducing stress!

Finding an online task management system which can leverage my digital connectivity pulls everything together.  While I really haven’t spent enough time with this whole system to recommend anything, I am finding that my current attempt at a GTD system is working well.

So.  What does this mean for the readers of this blog?  From what I can tell, it means a few things.  First, I am making an active effort to schedule in tasks which include blog writing and photo organizing / keywording.  Second, I believe that jotting down blog entry ideas on the go will help me to remember all the great ideas I’ve had when not at my computer which are instantly forgotten when I try to write anything.  And thirdly, hopefully staying organized will allow me to further expand my photography through the use of defined goals.

Sounds great, but will it work?  Who knows.  I’m quite hopeful.  While I realize that it’s not a direct photography related topic, I do feel that it applies to the vast majority of photographers either full time or part time like myself.  There is a lot to running a business.  Without good organization, I really feel that businesses will lack momentum and focus.

If you’d like to hear more on this topic as I struggle to organize my life, let me know!  If you’d rather this be kept a purely photographic oriented blog, let me know that too.  Your opinions are important.  Finally, if you have any advice, please let me know that too!

WordPress Upgraded to 2.6.2

Well.  That was fun.

As much as I try to let my blog live peacefully in it’s own little world, I really felt that the latest WordPress update was worthwhile.  Some of the security patches affected my site so I decided to go for it.

Thankfully, the WordPress site gave good directions here.

So… if there are any odd issues with the site, please drop me a comment and let me know!