Drupal is by far the best blogging platform. This is Drupal blog. Drupal was originally written by University of Antwerp student Dries Buytaert for communication between dorms. Drupal has a great support group of developers around the world constantly working to improve it. The original word for the name of the software was Dutch for village (drop) but was changed to the Dutch word for drop which is Drupal, because they are so close. It has always been software for communities.
There is still a better reason than all that. Drupal is composed of modules that each different functions. One of these modules submits every article you write to the search engines. This module comes standard with all Drupal installations and can be enabled or disabled. It is called the Ping module. Modules are found at
Home » Administer » Site building. The description for the Ping module reads "Alerts other sites when your site has been updated." Get Drupal for your blog and enable the Ping module. -> Read more
You already know the most important blogging tip but it is the hardest. You have to work every day writing your blog. The more content you have on your blog the more there will be there for people to read and the more there will be there for search engines to find.
Find your passion and write down your thoughts. We all have hobbies and things we like. It could be anything from Rap music to Opera. There will be people who want to read about it. That's the beauty of the internet it is available around the world. Study and learn your passion and the ideas for articles will come.
Words, yes that's it words. Search engines can only read words. A word is text you can select and copy with your cursor. Search engines can only read words. If you make some fancy picture with the title. Search engines will not see any thing. Always make sure the title of the page and some key words about that page are there near the top of the page and not in some picture.
If you want to see what a search engines when it visits your website use a Lynx viewer. Lynx is a very early browser that does not read pictures but it also amazingly close to what Google will see when it visits your site.
There is a sample Lynx viewer at http://www.delorie.com
Today I saw a sign on a fast food restaurant that said “Dinner for 5, $3 each” well now that sounds real cheap but if you think about that is actually $15 plus sales tax. It is those things you have to watch, sure you want to sell merchandise but more importantly you want to be in business over the long term and get return customers. Have you ever been at a web site and wanted to buy something but could not find the price unless you clicked and the buy link? Even worse have you ever bought something and when checking out found the shipping charges too high? No wonder the product was so cheap. This is false economy because even though the vendor got you to buy today you probably will not be back. Remember it is business in the long term that matters not today’s sales.
1. No Surprises
There should be no surprises. If they click on a link it should go to where they thought it would go. -> Read more
To create a custom menu in Drupal:
Adminster> Site building> Menus choosing Add menu at the top of the page. Fill in the menu name and title, they can be the same if you want but the Menu name must in lower case. This menu will not appear until you have something on it. To add something to your menu go to Administer> Site building> Menus and find it on this list. Use the tab Add item. For path if this is is on another site use the full URL, if it is on your site you don't need the domain name. So it may be something like admin/content/comment/approval this would go straight to the comment approval page. Menu link title can be anything you want. -> Read more
These are all from actual experiences, non are made up.
- Never do anything extra for clients. They will always expect it for free and will complain if it is not perfect and will constantly want unnecessary changes. Any thing you do for free should your highest quality work, clients will think that all your work even paid work is the same quality. I am constantly amazed at how people think if you do it for free it is of little value. This is strange but true. The value of your work is determined mostly by its value to the client's business and somewhat by what all developers charge, not you.
- Never do anything for free, same as the above. If you do a free website for a non-profit they will also expect that you will provide and maintain the content. If you must do free work for non profits instead donate their (full cost) fees back as donation at the end of the year.