How To Get Followers on Google+

Google+ Power Tip – How To Get Engaging Followers

Like any social network, Google+ works better to promote your content, if you have more followers. There are two approaches to getting followers, very targeted, only add people who you know are in the same niche with you, or people who expressed interest in subjects in your niche, or add people who engage, regardless of the topics they are interested in.

Google+ is not like Facebook, where you only add people if you know them. You can add people even if you don’t know them at all, the platform is meant for that, and it is created to connect people with the same interests. You will get from time to time a message like: “I don’t know you, why did you add me?”. Just remove them from circles, and let them know you did, (always politely).

*These are my two methods of growing my circle with engaging people.*
I discovered these two methods, and I believe they are the best methods.

How do I find engaging people?

How do I find engaging people on Google+ is the next logical question. Search for hot posts with many pluses and many comments, ideally in your niche, and start adding people from that post. It is that simple. They usually add you back. Trust me this is very effective.

How do I find people in my niche?

This is my newest idea on how to get more targeted circles. The idea is to filter a bit the people you add in circles, and to add only people who are sharing the same interests with you.
Go to Google, the search engine, and search for something in your niche. In the search results, look for the rich snippets, where it shows an author. Simple click on the author’s picture and this will bring you to the Google+ profile. Add the author in your special/niche circle.
These will be the people you want to engage on your posts. They will bring the most authority to your author rankings for that specific niche. Don’t think of them as competitors, engage in their posts, help each other establish authority. Look at it as a synergy, and as a community work. You help each-other increase your authority. It is a social network, at the end of the day…

Why Not Just Add A Lot of People?

Well, you have a limit of 5000 people per account, in other words, you cannot add more than 5000 people in your circles. That sucks, isn’t it? No, not really. You don’t need to have in your circles more than 5000 people, normally, you can’t efficiently communicate with more than a few hundred people, unless you are a genius. So if you have 100.000 followers, is totally fine, but you can’t have more than 5000 in your circles. That means you need to be a little selective.

I have heard people who added indiscriminately people in circles, so that they could be added back. Then, once they were added, they removed everyone from their circles. This way they increased their follower. I strongly advise you against this, if you ever thought doing it. Even if you don’t care about ethics, you might be penalized by Google, and your following might end up useless. So, don’t.

Circle Sharing for More Followers

Circle sharing is very used by many authorities on the Internet. However, I believe that there is a lot to improve on the way it is presently used. The shared circles I’ve seen lately, are just a bunch of people who are considered engagers or authorities. There are a few ways to use shared circles to get circled more:

  • You add yourself to the circle, and share it on a new post. This ensures you are in the next circle re-share/re-post, but it doesn’t ensure any re-shares, re-posts.
  • You find a circle that has less than 500 people, and ask the poster to add you on the next shared circle version. Usually, you have to demonstrate you are an engager, so you will have to repost, comment, plus one, the respective circle. This ensures you are in a circulated circle.
  • The best way, and this is almost not used on Google+, is to create and share interests circles, and share them on communities. Let’s say you are an Internet marketer, you create a circle with all of your Internet marketer contacts on G+, ask them, (using a private message), to include them in a public circle, and then name the circle “The Greatest Internet Marketers”, and share it on an IM group.

 

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Pinterest Rss Feeds

Pinterest LogoIf you ever wanted to repost your Pinterest pictures, or to reuse the pics on another blog you own, you probably wondered, “What’s the RSS feed address of my Pinterest pages? Other reasons would be to promote your pins outside of Pinterest, so they get a bit more exposure.

Here are the Pinterest RSS feeds: The feed for your entire Pinterest account is: http://pinterest.com/user/feed.rss
You should replace the user with your username.

Here is an interesting Pinterest feed: http://pinterest.com/learnmassage/feed.rss

The RSS Feed of your Pinboards

The rss feed of your Pinterest boards is obtained by removing the trailing / at the end of the URL, and adding .rss to the end of your board’s URL. For instance an interesting board such as http://www.pinterest.com/learnmassage/coffee-lovers/ will have the rss feed:  http://www.pinterest.com/learnmassage/coffee-lovers.rss

That’s all that is.

And make sure you check my article about how to find your unfollowers on Pinterest.

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Google Plus for Small Businesses – Promote your Online Content

The New Social Network – Google

Social media is not a new trend in promoting online content. Digg, Delicious, Stumbleupon, and more recently Facebook and Twitter. Search engines used to love social media to rank web content, they are still relying on social media exposure to get signals, but the importance is not what it used to be.This however doesn’t mean that social media is dead for content promotion, it means that you can’t just write a page and then manipulate social media to get your page ranked. If your content is good, promoting it with social media will bump it up, if the content is poor, social media won’t help it. In fact it’s probably the best time to promote on social media, if you have the right content, and you have gathered the right audience, on your platform.

CONTENTS AT A GLANCE

  1. Why Is Google+ Better than Facebook and… 
  2. Google+ for Business by Chris Brogan 
  3. How To Start with Google Plus 
  4. How To Set Up Your Google Plus Profile 
  5. Google+ Marketing For Dummies 
  6. Why Is Google+ a Great Content Promotion… 
  7. Social Network Poll 
  8. How To Use Google+ as a Brand Promotion… 
  9. How To Successfully Market your Content

 

Why Is Google+ Better than Facebook and Twitter?

This is probably hard to swallow for many authors, social media enthusiasts, and Internet enthusiasts, but Google+ is better than Facebook, as a social media platform, and it will be better as an traffic generating tool. Note the future tense, but I’ll get there soon.

Why it is the best social media platform?

  • It features a video conferencing module with ten full participants, and unlimited watch and listen.
  • The post size limit is 100,000 characters, the best among social network platforms.
  • Extremely flexible post visibility, public, only certain groups, or all groups; Facebook determines who sees your posts.
  • Great for posting photos, very close to Pinterest.
  • At the moment, Google+ is not flooded with ads, as Facebook is, though I suspect this to change in the future.
  • I always make spelling mistakes, and I notice them hours or days later, I hate that I can’t edit them. On Google+ you can edit your post at any time.
  • Google doesn’t ask you if you know the person outside of Google+.
  • It has a clean, uncluttered feel. This is somewhat subjective, but I do love it…
  • The hangouts are just great, and their features go beyond the Facebook’s video call.
  • The photo sharing on Google+ is just slightly better than Facebook’s application.
  • The great feature of G+ are the circles. The circles allow you to place your friends into separate logical containers, and when you share that picture, that shouldn’t have been taken in the first place, you can share it with your close circle of friends only. The great thing is that the platform doesn’t even allow you to publicly re-share someone else’s photo, if the photo was shared privately. Cool.

Why Is It a Great Platform for Promoting your Content?

  • Google+ is owned by Google, and they badly want their own successful social media platform.
  • It doesn’t target family, and friends only, it is a platform were you can have thousands, or millions of online friends and followers, if you are an authority, but keep close with your family too. There are virtually no restrictions, apart from some antispam rules.
  • You can group your friends and audience by interests, if you want,and have the time for it. If you only have one niche, you can choose your friends accordingly, and most likely you audience will be constituted from people who share your ideas.
  • If a piece of content has the traits to become viral, it most likely become viral on Google+, unlike on other platforms.
  • Share your content to different audiences, depending on the niche. Circles will help you do that.
  • Share content publicly, or to certain circles.

 

Google+ for Business by Chris Brogan

Google+ for Business: How Google's Social Network Changes Everything

Google+ for Business: How Google’s Social Network Changes Everything

by Chris Brogan
An in depth look into Google+ from a business promotion perspective. In fact some of the information can be easily used on other platforms as well, but it doesn’t lack the so much demanded specific “How To”, from someone who uses the platform to its maximum capabilities.

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How To Start with Google Plus

If you already have a Google+ account and actively using it, you can skip the first two steps, as they are meant to help new users.

  1. You just need a Google account, and most people have one. Go to https://plus.google.com and sign in with your existing account, you do have a Gmail account don’t you? If you don’t have one you will be offered to create one. When you sign in with your existing account, you are being offered to upgrade your account, and create a public profile. Once you have confirmed your name, gender, and date of birth, you are in, you have now a Google+ account. Isn’t that simple? You are also suggested to add or change your photo, this is very important, as this is the way people connect with you.
  2. Now that you have an account, you are being offered to add people, and you are suggested a number of personalities, and Internet authorities. Add a few of them, which are more interesting for you, but don’t spend too much time on this, you can always do it later.
  3. Personalize your profile by adding a picture of you, if you haven’t done so at the account creation. Nothing says more on your profile than a picture. If your self-consciousness doesn’t allow you to post a picture of you, or you don’t want your friends to know you are writing on Internet, be creative, but just include a picture.
  4. Go to the “About” tab and personalize it. Make an objective of filling in all the boxes in the profile as this creates more credibility. If some of the information cannot be made public, adjust the settings so only certain groups can view it, or better off, include only information that can be viewed publicly. The same goes here, be creative, if the about you info needs to be kept private. You can write under a pen name.
  5. The “Story” box is where you tell people about you. Write something meaningful, interesting, so people can relate to you.
  6. The links box in your profile is very important, as it is used by Google for their authorship program. Make sure you list here any blogs that you own, and link back to your Google+ profile, from those blogs. Include other social media profiles such as Facebook, Twitter, etc…
  7. In the “People” box, make sure you set your circles as public, and the people who have you in circles as public. This allows the authorship snippet to show how many people have you in circles, and allows your followers connect with other of your followers, and see which other friends you have in common. It is a great way to get more followers. (See the picture above.)
  8. Start circling people with similar interests as yours, and authorities.
  9. Start to +1 interesting posts, commenting, and re-sharing. Share your own, or curated content too, it could be an image, a “tweet”, an interesting link, a video, or an event.

That’s all, you are now a Google+ user.

How To Set Up Your Google Plus Profile

 

Google+ Marketing For Dummies

Google+ Marketing For Dummies

Google+ Marketing For Dummies

by Jesse Stay
This is a great step by step approach tutorial, that will guide you through creating, and using your Google+ account to market your products. From basic utilization, to advanced marketing strategies, and statistics and analytic tips.

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Why Is Google+ a Great Content Promotion Tool

Unlike Guy Kawasaki, who is an unconditional enthusiast of the platform, I am not going to only show you the bright side of G+, I will show you Google Plus as it is, with strengths and weaknesses.

Bad Things First

Google+ is not yet as mature as other social media platforms, but it has a lot of money behind it, and it learned the lessons of Facebook, My Space, and Twitter, and they are avoiding the mistakes of the competition.

Good Things Now

As you will notice, at the time of writing this page, there is no advertisement on Google Plus. This tells us that “Big G” doesn’t want to upset its thin base of users, so the ads will probably stay away for a while. We all know that their final objective is to make money, and what better way to make money than strategically placing a few ads on your feed? The temporary no ads policy could actually work in our favor, as writers, because strategically using the platform, we may use it to advertise our own pages.

The fact that the platform is still new, allows you to grow as an authority and get your followers base, and will serve you as one of the most effective marketing tools. To get your base of quality followers will be ten times harder in a few months. Google+ is growing fast.

If something is meant to go viral, it will go viral on this social media platform. Google’s platform is conceived to push viral content, and you can see how viral content gets shared, commented on, and +1ed.

When someone in your circles searches for content, Google will show them your content on the first page, whether your content is an article, a Squidoo lens, a Hubpages hub, or a Google+ post. Whatever you publish on Google+ on a given subject, will be presented on top of the results in our followers’ results. Do I need to convince you to get more people to circle you?

Many people see Google Plus as not only a social network platform, but as a recommendation engine. The plus ones are just votes up for content, and Google’s search engine treat these votes as a social trend signal.

The exponential growth of this social network says it all. G+ will has all the characteristics to become a major player on the market, and you can play a role in this too.

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How To Use Google+ as a Brand Promotion Tool

Google+ is a decent platform for advertising your brand, or your content. It’s not the best one, and not the worst one. As of now, the content that is most viewed, voted on, and reshared, is viral content, whether it is breaking news, a cool picture, nude photos, viral videos, or beautiful landscape photos. The legitimate concern is probably taking over now, “Is this all that works on Google Plus?”, and “If so, then it’s not worth”. Do not jump to conclusions so fast, I will show you next why G+ works.

First of all, remember, your content is pushed to your followers, (people who have circled you), so you get the opportunity to gather some targeted audience, (more about this later).

Set Up the Authorship

Setting up the authorship gives search engines the confidence that can trace back a specific page to a real person. This allows Google to rate your content, and it will slightly bump it up in search results. To set up authorship you have to link from your pages to your Google+ profile and from your Google+ profile to your profile on the website your are writing to. The author ranking is Google’s next big thing. When you setup properly the authorship, you build your personal brand.

How To Get Followers

  • First of all add me to your circles, and plus1 this page, as a good Google+ user. My profile is here: Dorian Bodnariuc.
  • Go to Google+ Communities and join a few communities that are pertinent to your niche/niches. The community doesn’t have to be closely related, but you need to find the appropriate audience. I have a couple of examples, I write health articles, I joined Healthy Living community. Someone with a recipe niche will join a cooking community of the “food photography” community, and a recipe community.
  • Start adding people from the other communities you joined. The more people in your circles the better the exposure to your marketed content. Slowly build your base of quality and targeted followers and don’t try to cut corners, because this will cost you your reputation, and it won’t help you in the long run. When people start noticing your shares, they will reshare your content, and other people who liked your content will add you in circles.
  • Don’t just add people blindly without looking at their profile, and what are they posting. You will notice that some profiles have no posts, or they only have one post repeated 30 times. You don’t want to be associated with spammers.
  • Some communities are more active than others, when I started to look at the “Healthy Living” community, I realized that more than 75% of the members were not active, or spammers. The other 25% was almost inactive in terms of re-sharing. Make sure you selectively add to circles, otherwise you will end up with a stream full of junk, and with huge inactive circles.
  • When you look at the members’ list, you can determine easily who you circled and who you didn’t, by looking on the low-right corner of the profile’s box. If they are in your circles, you will see to little circles. See the picture above for exemplification.

 

How To Successfully Market your Content

Google+ is not a place where you go to just dump links and hope your content will be noticed. You have to genuinely engage with your audience, and care about them, this is the only way you will be perceived as an authority.

Here are a few guidelines for using this great platform:

  • Make your G+ content viral, whether you drop a link, or show a funny video. People ignore boring, common, and forgettable. Stand out.
  • There are a couple of cases where otherwise boring and forgettable gets noticed: if you are an authority, and I am talking here about big caliber authorities, or if you are writing to a niche, and have your circles created around that niche. What is boring for me is not for an enthusiast.
  • Do not overwhelm your audience with posts. Post only a few times per day. If you post 20 times in 10 minutes with insipid pictures, you will be muted by people who have you in circles.
  • Try to group your followers in circles, based on interests. This is not an easy task, but aim for this from the start, and it will pay off later.
  • Do not post only marketing material, or only posts that contain a link. Post useful, or funny things too. If you only drop links on your feed, you will lose engagement and followers. People are sick of spam, just don’t spam. Think about this as a “give”, and not as much as a “take” process. It is about what you give to your circles, and not what you are expecting from them.
  • When you re-share content, add your personal opinion about it, this will have two positive effects, will add value to the original content, making it more enticing for potential readers, and will increase you author ranking. Google rates authors based on many things, among which is the length of posts, the engagement on shares and reshares, and the number of pluses.
  • When you join a community, make sure you read the rules of any community you join. Don’t treat communities as your opportunity to dump links. Add value to the communities you join, and post a variety of content not just Squidoo lenses. This creates a bad reputation for you and for Squidoo, it is bad enough that Squidoo has been banned on Reddit for cheating.
  • If you absolutely need to post the same picture/link in more than one community, change your post so it is targeting that community, and do not just post the same thing. This would be perceived as spam, and Google doesn’t like spam, and it has many ways to find it.

 


Likeable Social Media: How to Delight Your Customers, Create an Irresistible Brand, and Be Generally Amazing on Facebook (And Other Social Networks)

How to Delight Your Customers, Create a Brand, and Be Amazing on Facebook by Dave Kerpen
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How To Help Each Other

There is a misconception that we have to compete as small businesses if we are in the same niche. This conception is so wrong. Ever been to a farmers market? Don’t the farmers compete to sell their products? Yet every farmer is selling their produce. Even if we write on the same subject, we cater to different audiences, unless of special cases.

Enough with the divagation, now back to our main subject.
The social network work is huge and is tedious, and for one person to get enough traffic from social media means continuous work. It is hard to get your content distributed to enough people to make a difference. Let’s take my example, I am in about 10000 circles at the time of writing this. That means that when I post something publicly, it gets to 3000 people. In real life, depending on the niche and on followers, this could mean between 30 and 80 readers per article/news, and 20% to 50% more plus1. These views will be spread across two or three days. Too little, if you ask me. Now, the huge opportunity here is to have the post reshared. A reshared post has a new life of its own, it can reach another re-sharer with a big network, and and from that network to another big re-sharer. This what Google calls ripples. Now, what if in my circles I have 10 or 20 people with 10000 followers, and those people are following my posts religiously? Then my 30-80 readers per article become 300 to 800, and the best thing is that the growth is not linear, is exponential, because there are more chances to reach big re-sharers.

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Google Plus Managing Made Easy

Use Circloscope Premium to manage users, add to circles, move between circles, semi-automatically add people in communities and hot posts. Here is the link: Circloscope.

This tool will save you a lot of time, and will make your daily chore of adding people in circles a breeze.

Circloscope also allows you to manage and scrub your circles, filter by how engaged are your followers, relevance, location, one way following, (people that didn’t add you back), inactivity, etc… If you don’t want to spend the 10$ on Circloscope Premium, you can use the free version, which has a limited number of features. As I write this, Circloscope is changing. The next version will be a subscription based service, and it will have even more features.

Google+ Post Formatting

Stand Out with short-codes on Google+

How to format your text on Google+ posts to make it stand out and to make it more readable? As previously mentioned, on Google+ you need to draw the attention of your reader, and formatting can help you achieve that. Make subtitles, split text blocks into paragraphs, emphasize text in your Google posts. Bu how can you format your text on Google+, there is no editor? Here are the short-codes for Google+

*Bold* = Bold

_Italic_ = Italic

-Strike through- = Strike through (Not available on Squidoo formatting)

* _ bold italic _ * = bold italic

@ and + will insert a reference to another user in your post. When you type + and the first letters of the user’s name, you will be presented a list with users having that name. You then select the one you need. When you click on the reply button, on a comment, the +Reference is inserted automatically for you. The references are little mentions of your name on the platform. They add you credibility and author ranking.

# is used for tagging your posts, similarly to Twitter’s hashtags. They are very useful as they are a simple way to categorize content, even when the keywords are missing. Use hashtags in your posts, they are very helpful, but don’t abuse them.

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How To Find Pinterest Unfollowers – Pinterest Unfollow Tool

pinterest-unfollowersHow To Find Pinterest Unfollowers – Pinterest Unfollow Tool

Removing Pinterest users that do not follow you, or they unfollowed you is not and easy task. Pinterest does not make sorting and finding your unfollowers a simple process. In theory, you shouldn’t worry too much about how many people you follow and they don’t follow back, but in practice, there are some advantages to clean your profile.

You followed a few hundred people, and now your feed is filling up your feed with their pins, but they don’t get your latest, and greatest pinning creations. Or they followed you first, and you returned the favor, but later on they unfollowed you so that they look like authorities. Authorities my a… Let’s remove them from your feed, unfollow them.

Pinterest Unfollowers for IOS Enabled Devices (iPhone, or iPad)

The great news is that if you own an Apple device, such as a tablet, or an iPhone, there is an app that does specifically this. The app is called “Who Unfollow Me For Pinterest”, and you can grab it here: Who Unfollow Me For Pinterest – Yong Peng. I don’t own a MAC IOS device, so I can’t tell you how good the app is, but it’s there. A more famous app seems to have disappeared from the iTunes store, but the app was called Followers on Pinterest.

The Hard Way to Unfollow

Now, what do you do if you don’t have an IOS device? I have seen on the Internet the following suggestion:
Step one: Go to your “Followers” tab and copy/paste in a text document all of your followers.
Step Two: After this, go to your “Following” tab and compare it with your text list. Take one name at  a time from your “Following” tab, and search it in your followers text list. If you find the name, then it means that Pinterest user follows you, if you didn’t find them in the list, just unfollow them right away.

The Easier Way To Unfollow on Pinterest

How to get all followers on PinterestI didn’t even considered doing this, because I figured it would take me days to complete the process, and because I knew it had to be easier.

So, I started the work, and the first thing to was obviously to view page source, like any person with a little HTML knowledge would do. That doesn’t work. The code for the page is served dynamically, through Ajax, so you would only see around 115 users at a time. I think this is somewhat done on purpose, so that unfollowing is very hard. It is in Pinterest’s interest, to maintain an artificial buzz, like everybody follows everybody. Anyway, back to work, we need the entire list for our operation, so I started to search again. Then I realized that if we scroll down to the last item in the HTML page, and we right click the user, and choose inspect element, we also get the HTML of the page, except this time we get all the users in the HTML code.  Just right click on the body element, and choose copy as HTML.

Pinterest-Copy-HTMLAfter that paste the HTML code in a notepad, and you have all your users in a document, save that document as Followers-raw-text.txt.

IMPORTANT: Save the text as UTF8 encoding to preserve the special characters, and to avoid a script freeze when saving as Unicode.

Don’t worry if the text looks gibberish to you, you just need to find the following HTML tag: <h3>. Immediately after the tag you will find the username. Don’t try to save the document as HTML and see it in a browser. The browser will crash while loading that long list.

Pinterest Find UsersAt this point you have a few options to further clean up your list of followers, one way is to use Microsoft Word’s find and replace feature, which does a decent job but is not meant for these kind of operations. Another option is to use an advanced string find/filtering utilities, such as grep, sed, awk, etc… Here is a command I wrote to spit out a plain text list with usernames only:

awk-Pinterest-script-two

 

awk-Pinterest-script-one

I couldn’t “convince” WordPress to  allow me to post the command as a text, so I posted it as a picture. Sorry, you have to write down that manually.

At this point you have a list with followers, and a list with your followings. I heard people trying to use text compare utilities, but they don’t work if you have many followers, or if you have followed only partially boards. I know I did that. Another problem is that the usernames in the following and followers lists, are not in perfect synch chronologically, so any text comparison will be tripped. But if you know they are in the same order, it should be easy enough to use notepad++, or Winmerge, to compare the two lists and get your unfollowers.
I wrote a script in awk, to compare the two lists, and give me only the unfollowers, so I don’t have to compare manually the lists. Here is the command that does that:

awk "FNR==NR{a[$0];next}!($0 in a)" list-of-my-followers.txt list-of-followings.txt > unfollowers.txt

The list in the unfollowers.txt will contain your unfollowers. When you search for them in your Following tab, you will see two types of users, some with a button saying “Follow”, and some with a button “Unfollow”. The ones from your unfollowers.txt are either users whom you followed part of their boards, (the button will say Follow), or users whom you followed all of their boards, (the button will say Unfollow). This will prove a bit difficult to clean, but to make it easier, you might want to follow all of their boards, and maybe they’ll follow you back. If not, you can always clean up next time, if you want.

Future Development

The only thing I have to do now, is to figure out the unfollow link structure, so with a few more adjustments with awk and sed, we can create the unfollow links automatically, so we don’t have to search for the users in page. That’s my next step. If you have an idea about that, drop me a line in the comments, or send me a message with the link below.
In the mean time follow me on Pinterest I will follow back, :).

If you want to ask me a question, or if you want the list of your unfollowers delivered by email, send me a message using this form: Contact Me about the Pinterest Script

UPDATE: If all of these look gibberish to you, you can hire this guy on Fiverr, for five bucks he’ll do it for you. Actually, his gig gave me the idea to make my own script. I didn’t want to pay the five dollars. Anyway, here is the link:  Find Unfollowers on Pinterest

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How to Recover Deleted Pictures or Files – Data Recovery Tools and Techniques

Trashed hard driveHelp, I lost My Pictures!

If you lost or accidentally deleted your pictures and files, there are still great chances to recover them. As a computer geek, (I do this as a profession), I had to recover file many times. In the vast majority of time the files are recoverable, and in about 30 percent of the cases the retrieval is instant.

The key to a successful retrieval of your pictures and files is to act as soon as you discovered you lost the files, be it because an accidental deletion, or computer problems. I will explain this later in the document.

This tutorial is created for Windows computers, and it assumes you have a minimum knowledge of operating in a Windows Operating System. If you don’t know how to operate in a Windows environment, your best bet is to go to a local computer repair shop.

How To Recover Deleted Pictures or Files?

The Computer IS Fine, But My Files Are Gone

If the computer is fine and it doesn’t behave erratically, most likely you accidentally deleted your files. The first step in this case is to check in the Recycle Bin, but I bet you already did this. If you didn’t do it now. Look for pictures or maybe just a folder, If you accidentally deleted the whole folder, you won’t see the files or the pictures in the Recycle Bin, you will have to look for the folder that contains the files. This is particularly difficult if your Recycle Bin hasn’t been emptied in a while, and you have to search through thousands of files.

How to Recover Deleted Files from Recycle Bin – Advanced Tutorial

Sorting the Items In the Recycling Bin

If your Recycle Bin is empty, or you have few items, you can skip this.
To make it easier right click in the “Recycle Bin” folder and choose sort by “Date deleted”.
If the deletion was made long time ago this doesn’t make sense, and you would probably need to sort by type. Sort by type is not available by default on the Recycle bin, so you have to activate it. Right click in the Recycle Bin folder, select “Sort By”, and the choose “More”. Scroll down on the list and check the box for “Type”. Now the “Sort by type” is available from the contextual menu. When you sort by type all the folders are displayed grouped so it’s easier to find your pictures folder if it’s in the recycle bin.

How to Recover Deleted Files from Recycle Bin

Recover Deleted Pictures or Files Using “Previous Versions”
Recovering with Windows 7 Previous Versions
If your operating system is not Windows 7, you can skip this paragraph, this feature is only available on Windows 7.
If your files are located on the System drive, usually the C: drive, “Previous Version” is enabled by default. “Previous Version” it’s a feature that allows the system to store on a hidden portion of the drive, files and system settings. The files are automatically copied on the hidden folder, and stored for a limited numbers of days. When a file is modified, or deleted, the old version is stored automatically. Let’s say you deleted some pictures in the “Pictures” folder. Go to “My Computer” => C: => Users => USERNAME . Search for the “My Pictures” folder and right click on the folder. From the contextual menu select “Restore Previous Versions”. A list with snapshots of the folder will be presented. Select a previous version that you think contains the deleted files. If you accidentally deleted the files today at 11:00 AM, any snapshot previous to this date and time would contain the deleted files. Neat huh? The trick here is to act as soon as you deleted the files. The longer you wait the bigger the chances to get the good snapshot deleted are. The snapshots are deleted on a regular basis by the system, so if you wait too long, the files will be deleted.

Recover Deleted Pictures or Files Using "Previous Versions"

Lexar Media IR437 Image Rescue Software (Retail Package)

Recover your lost or deleted files with this easy to use software. The software will scan raw data on you memory card, and it will find your lost pictures.
Lexar Image Rescue has an intuitive and easy to use interface, and will scan the mass storage device, (sd cards, USB drives), for deleted image files or after reformatting your SD card. Additionally, the newest version of the software, can recover, not only image files, but many other popular document types.

This is probably one of the easiest, and most effective image recovery software.

Data Recovery Tools

Recovering Deleted Files with Data Recovery Tools

If the two methods described above didn’t work for you, that means the data has been erased from the disk. The good news is that operating systems do not really delete the files when you delete them, the OS only deletes the record from the index, so from the OS’s perspective the file doesn’t exist anymore. This is where the data recovery software comes in handy. The data recovery software scans the drive for possible files that are deleted from the index, and reassembles them for you.

As with any other recovery method the key is to act as soon as possible. The more you use your drive after the deletion, the less chances you have for a full recovery. This happens because Windows treats the portion occupied by your lost files as empty, and will start to write new data over your deleted files. The more you use the drive the more deleted data is overwritten.

The data recovery software is usually an intuitive program that can be installed on the computer, or can generate a bootable media. The purpose of the bootable media is to avoid the use of the hard drive, to maximize the chances of a full recovery, or sometimes provide an environment for un-bootable systems.
The process of recovering data with tools is very easy, and it is somewhat similar for all software, but not all data recovery programs are the same. The scanning algorithm, the reading approach are things that can make or break a recovery utility.

A few general rules for all recovery software:
To avoid further data corruption, mount the corrupted drive on another intact system. You can do this in a couple of ways:
Install the software on a separate system and attach the drive with a USB enclosure or adapter.
Create the recovery media on another computer and boot the computer with the bad drive from the bootable recovery media
Only start doing the job when you have enough time to dedicate. If you start and stop, and then start again you risk to lose more data.

How Can I Recover My Pictures After Formatting the SD Card

Pictures Recovery after Deletion or Formatting with Recovery Software

If you accidentally deleted your photos on the SD card there is no Recycle Bin for the SD card, so there is no easy way to recover them. Also it happens quite often to format your SD card and to realize that you didn’t save the pictures yet. What do we do in cases like this?
Fortunately, there is software that makes the recovery for cases like this a breeze. One of the easiest to use programs is “Sandisk RescuePro Recovery Software”.

Sandisk RescuePro Recovery Software, V3.3 Disk

It works on and card not just on Sandisk cards. It is really easy to use, and in most of the cases it is able to recover your pictures. One thing about this is that you need to wait the code for the software for a few days, but is worth. The software is actually an annual subscription, but it is very affordable.

Remember, if you deleted the pics on your card, or formatted the card, you need to stop using it immediately to insure a good recovery rate.

Recover Files from A Defective Computer

How To Recover Pictures and Files from A Defective Computer

Your computer might be defective and it won’t start. What to do in this case? First you need to assess the state of the computer and why the computer won’t start. Depending on this, you might be able to recover your files or not. In the next paragraphs I will give you tips to know what is wrong with your computer, and what to for each case.

  • If your computer boots and you can get on your Windows account, then probably the files were accidentally deleted.
  • If your computer passes the initial boot sequence but stops when loading Windows, it is the operating system that is corrupted. A re-installation could fix it, or a boot rescue CD could also fix the OS. Sometimes this could be due to bad computer RAM memory.
  • If your computer doesn’t pass the initial black screen booting sequence, something more serious could have happened, such as a defective hdd, or some other hardware problem.
  • If the computer doesn’t do anything, it is also a hardware problem. You can tackle this with a local computer shop, or proceed to moving your drive on another computer.
  • If the computer starts but it doesn’t recognizes your hard-drive, then you cannot rescue your files anymore. Actually there are data recovery services, that will disassemble your drive, and will read the data on the platters with special equipment. These are special services and are very expensive. Most of us prefer to lose the family pictures than to pay for these services.

What To Do If The Computer Won’t Boot

My Computer Won’t Boot, I Need My Pictures And Files

There are many reasons why your computer won’t boot. If you think your computer is not worth investing too much work to revive it, then the easiest way to recover your files is to take out the old hard-drive, mount it on a USB enclosure, and read it through USB on a good computer. You will be able to read your old files without any problems. This method assumes your hard-drive is not defective.For the case that Windows won’t boot because of a file-system corruption, or other Windows corruption problems, there is the Recovery Boot Disk that will allow you to boot your computer and fix a wide range of problems.

If the hard disk is the one that caused your computer to not boot, you still have good chances to recover your files, but in many cases you need a data recovery software like Data Rescue PC 3, to scan for files on the corrupted disk.

If the computer warns you before booting that there is a problem with the disk drive, you need to stop immediately using the drive if you want to maximize your chances of recovering the data. If your drive is making clicking noises, you also need to stop using it. Sometimes a hard-disk will have just enough life for a last run, so after recovery it will die.
The next step is to acquire data recovery software and install it on a good computer, and buy a USB enclosure and use it to mount the drive from the defective computer. Now connect the hard-drive to recover on the good computer and start the recovery.

Data Loss Prevention

What can I do to prevent data corruption or data loss?

  • Enable in BIOS and on the hard-drive S.M.A.R.T. This is a software utility embedded on the hard-drive that will detect when too many error corrections are occurring. Whenever this happens it means that you drive is near an imminent failure and you should backup/replace it.
  • If a message of a hard drive error appears, stop using your computer until you change the drive. You can use the computer to make a backup of your data onto another drive.
  • Check old backup tapes and copy them onto new tapes, using a temporary restore. This should happen each 10 years or more.
  • Check the data stored on CD’s and DVD’s, and recopy that media regularly. Not all CD and DVD media are equal. The factory-recorded media is the longest lasting. The media burned at home or on a computer CD-ROM unit can last between 1 to 10 years or more. So it is wise to rerecord it after a few years if you bought good quality media, or after one year if it’s on cheap media.
  • Buy an antivirus and keep it up to date.
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Copy and Backup Utility Review – Robocopy or Xcopy, Which One?

Robocopy or Xcopy Which One to Use?

These two command line file copy utilities seem to provide the same functions. However don’t be deceived by the number of options xcopy provides. It is just a as it is a poor relative of the more robust, featured,
When to Use Xcopy and When to use Robocopy?
If you need advanced features such as backing-up, type of copy and you want 100% reliability of the copy process then Robocopy (robust copy) is your choice. If on the other hand, you don’t have a complex copy job Xcopy will do it. Xcopy is part of the operating system, it comes with Windows, whereas robocopy needs to be copied from another system, or you need to install the Resource Kit. To put it more simple, xcopy is always available as the shell command “copy”.

Features of Xcopy and Robocopy

Why not use the shell command copy then, is the next question. Because “copy” is just too minimal and cannot accomplish what the other two can. It only copies files and not directories with the afferent directory structure. It cannot copy attributes and ACLs.
In contrast, the other two file copy utilities are featured in such way that they can be easily used as backup systems if the correct options are setup. In conjunction with the scheduler and using a batch script this can be a powerful backup solution that is both inexpensive and flexible.
The features of Xcopy and Robocopy are: selective attributes replication, ACLs can be maintained or not for the files copied, ownership can be copied or not, folder structure replication, fully automation, archive attribute support – which makes it a real backup utility, file exclusion option, verification of the copied files, performance tuning.

What are the differences between Xcopy and Robocopy?

If we were to sum up we could say that Robocopy is way more powerful than Xcopy. But of course you might ask me for arguments to support my statement, here they are:
The most annoying thing about Xcopy is that you can’t use the network restartable mode if you copy ACls. Isn’t this annoying? For me this was enough of a reason to install the Resource Kit and get the Robocopy immediately. But wait, the list doesn’t stop here.

Robocopy as a Backup Software

Why is Robocopy worth writing about? Robocopy is a great software that can be used as a backup utility. Its features makes it fit for maintaining automated file backup using various approaches. It can be used for directory mirroring, for archiving files, for moving files, etc…
It can be used to copy only new or changed files, it can use the archive bit, as any good backup software would.
If the target directory is enabled for compression, it can save space as well.
Another application of Robocopy is during migrations or server upgrades. Because sometimes migrations or server changes are time sensitive, we need to copy as much as possible before switching to the new server. This where Robocopy comes in handy. You start the mirroring ahead of time, so all the files are copied. When the time of switching is close there are only minor changes to be done so the operation is very fast. The key options for this applications are: robocopy /MIR to mirror the directory, robocopy /MON:n to MONitor the source and run again when more than n changes occur and robocopy /MOT:m to MOnitor source and run again in m minutes Time, if changed.
Another neat application is to archive files that haven’t been used in a given period.
This command moves files that haven’t been used in 500 days, in restartable mode, copying the attributes, the file’s owner, and the ACL, excluding older files.
robocopy C:\FILES \\SERVER\FILES-ARCHIVE /e /zb /r:0 /w:1 /copy:daso /xo /move /MINLAD:500

Other Cheap Backup Utilities

Another cheap, (free), utility is xxcopy.
The utility competes with Robocopy, has versions for both 32 bit and 64 bit OS, and has more command switches.
However, this isn’t a free program for businesses, it is free for for personal use though.

Downloads and Resources

Download the resource kit for Windows 2003 here, (the resource kit contains robocopy): http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=17657
You can download xxcopy here: http://www.xxcopy.com/xcpydnld.htm
A robocopy GUI interface can be downloaded here: http://download.microsoft.com/download/f/d/0/fd05def7-68a1-4f71-8546-25c359cc0842/UtilitySpotlight2006_11.exe
Another robocopy GUI interface can be downloaded here: http://download.microsoft.com/download/f/d/0/fd05def7-68a1-4f71-8546-25c359cc0842/HoffmanUtilitySpotlight2009_04.exe

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Centos Network Configuration – on a Barebones from Command Line

Centos LogoCentos Network Configuration – is very simple on a full installation. However, I downloaded the Centos’ “Minimal Install” cd and used yum to install various packages I needed.

The simple way to do it if you have a standard installation is to use the Network Administration
Tool (system-config-network), which is a graphical interface to edit the configuration files. Since I haven’t installed this tool, I needed to edit the files manually.

How to Configure Network in Centos from Command Line:

A quick way to see if your interface works and if you can ping internal resources.
ifconfig eth0 192.168.0.2 netmask 255.255.255.0
Use your IP addresses.
Note that this is not persistent, at the first reboot, ot first network services restart this will be lost.

For a DHCP address assignment use:
ifdown eth0
dhclient eth0

To get a persistent centos network configuration use the following procedure:

Edit the network configuration file

vi /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0
Edit the configuration file so it contains your IP address configuration as follows:
DEVICE="eth0"
BOOTPROTO=none
HWADDR="00:00:00:00:00:00"
NM_CONTROLLED="yes"
ONBOOT="yes"
GATEWAY=192.168.0.1
NETMASK=255.255.255.0
IPADDR=192.168.0.2
PEERDNS=no
USERCTL=no

This configures your interface with the IP 192.168.0.2 and the netmask 255.255.255.0.
For more info about Centos’ network configuration look here: .

Set up Name Resolution

Name resolution configuration, is more consistent across various Linux distributions. Most of the Linux distros will have the configuration file at /etc/resolv.conf.
Edit this file and change according to your network:
vi /etc/resolv.conf
Modify the file so it contains pointers to your DNS servers like this:
nameserver 192.168.0.254
nameserver 192.168.0.253

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Scalix Administration – Useful Commands

Scalix LogoScalix is now a mature email server, reliable and powerful, that can accommodate environments with thousands of users.
Most of the tasks can be accomplished using the web interface, which is a nice and intuitive interface. However, not all the tasks needed for a day to day administration are available from the web interface.

Here are some command line Scalix administration commands for the daily use as an email administrator.

Check Scalix services from CLI

omstat –a
omstat –s

lsof –i:25
lsof –I:143
lsof -i :5733
ps -ef | grep postmaster

Users unable to VIEW the inbox content

Try the following steps.

Run:

omshowu -n username -f
This should give you the location of the user folder similar to this "~/user/g000038".
Go to /var/opt/scalix/ll/s/user/g000035 (in our case) and remove the "imap-cache" directory then restart the imap server (users will get logged off).
rm -r imap-cache

STOP and START IMAP
Restart IMAP service: omoff -d 0 -a IMAP & omon IMAP

Users unable to VIEW some of the inbox content

Ask the user to log off!!! AND to stay logged off until you finish!!!!
View which users are loged on: omstat -u all
View the process associated with that user: ps -ef | grep 55003 Where 55003 is the user id.
Kill the processes associated with that user: kill -9 “process id”
Fix the mailbox: omscan -Avfx -U “User Name”
Restart the scalix service: omshut -t3 && sleep 3 && omrc
(sxfixdref –f)

sxaa problems
Delete the user’s 3d files in the above folder (/var/opt/scalix/ll/s/user/g000035)

Issues with the web interface

Restart Tomcat and Apache2
/etc/init.d/scalix-tomcat stop
rcapache2 stop
rcapache2 start
/etc/init.d/scalix-tomcat start

CDA server not starting

omoff -d 0 -w cda
omreset -o off cda

delete the lockfile, (if it exists):

rm /var/opt/scalix/ll/s/sys/omcda.lock
 omon cda

SPAMASSASSIN problems

Location: /etc/mail/spamassassin
Important files:
Init.pre
Local.cf
V310.pre
V312.pre
Update-channels

Automated update via crontab

cat /etc/cron.daily/spamassassin-updates

(this will update the filesd and restart spamassassin)
Update rules are located at:
/etc/mail/spamassassin

Edit Spamassassin Whitelist and Blacklist

vi /etc/mail/spamasassin/whitelist.cf
Entries should be of the form: whitelist_from queen_213@hanmail.net

vi /etc/mail/spamassassin/vi whitelist.cf
Entries should be of form: blacklist_from user@domainname

when whitelist and/or blacklist are modified…

  1. check for error: spamassassin –lint
  2. restart spamd /etc/init.d/spamd stop and then /etc/init.d/spamd start

Check bounces email on Postfix
tail -f /var/log/mail | grep NOQUEUE

Troubleshoot sending or receiving

  1. Check the ldapmapper and make sure it’s working.
    /etc/init.d/ldapmapper status
    /etc/init.d/ldapmapper stop
    /etc/init.d/ldapmapper restart
  2. Check the sendmail daemon – make sure it’s working.
    ps aux |grep sendmail
    You should see two things: Accept connection and Queue control
    If you don’t see them, restart the service. Sometimes you need to create your own script for starting sendmail, instead of using the one that comes with the distribution.

Clean Scalix Queues

Service router queue, Internet Mail Gateway queue, Local Delivery queue.

CLEAN INTERNET MAIL GATEWAY QUEUE

 echo -e "A$(( $(date +%d) + 10 ))E\nl\nunix\n\n" |
  omqdump -p |
  ./clearq.pl |
  tee output

CLEAN LOCAL QUEUE
echo -e “A$(( $(date +%d) + 10 ))E\nl\nlocal\n\n” |
omqdump -p |
./clearq.pl |
tee output

CLEAN ROUTER QUEUE
echo -e “A$(( $(date +%d) + 10 ))E\nl\nrouter\n\n” |
omqdump -p |
./clearq.pl |
tee output

Always use a new file, output is a sample file name

Once done, de-activate scalix services , except omstmon, omsessd, queue.manager and RUN OMSCAN (this will synchronize the database)
omscan –Aqvfx
stop scalix normally, start scalix normally.

Maintenance in Scalix

Delete user

/opt/scalix/bin/omdelu -n CN=FirstName LastName/G=FirstName/S=LastName/OU1=lcbmail

Regular maintenance

omscan –Aaf (Select all areas for checking/scanning and fix)
omscan -Avuo3 -f (-A active – refreshes the omscan; -u each user; -o 0 output normal)
omscan -Avfx -U “User Name” (scans only one mailbox)
omscan -AavfxS

Refresh omscan to the latest results
omoff -d 0 scan (shutdown omscan)
omscan -Z (capital z) (reset omscan counters)
omon omscan (restart omscan)
omshowlog -f 10.05.07 -F 09:09:00 (-f date –F time) from “Date”, from “Time” (-t date –T Time) to “date” “time”
omscan -avfx – remove the orphans
omscan -AavfxS – active mode to check and fix any issues it can find – it doesn’t clear orphans
sxdu -hs (show actual mailbox space usage)

Clean up Users’ Mailboxes:

omtidyallu -Twr -a 100 –d -c -k (purges everyone’s trash and recovery directory) do not attempt unless you have to, (for example you are out of space on server) – this will delete all users’ email

omtidyu
-T folder[s] Defines which folders the following criteria is to be applied to:
i refers to the intray;
o refers to the outtray;
f refers to the filing cabinet;
w refers to the wastebasket (Deleted Items folder).
p refers to the pending tray; and (Sent Items – ?)
l refers to the List Area.
r refers to the Scalix Recovered Items folder.

Examples of Mainenance Cleaning in Scalix

omtidyu -B -u “user name” -k -T i -t “[SPAM]*” returns emails with the subject [SPAM] in the inbox
omtidyu -B -u “User Name” -d -k -T i -t “I Love You” removes all message with the subject.
omtidyu -B -u “User Name” -d -k -T i -a 365 deletes all the email older than 365 days
omtidyu -B -u “User Name” -d -T i -a 4 – moves the email messages in the Wastebasket
omtidyu -B -u “LCB Mailer” -d -k -T i deletes permanently all the messages in Inbox
omtidyu -B -u “User Name” -d -k -T iofwlrp -a 365

Import/Export mailboxes, backup, restore in Scalix

sxmboxexp –user “User Name” -a /mnt/temp/uname.mbox
sxmboximp -a /mnt/temp/uname.mbox –user ” Test User”

Scan mailbox for last login time

/root/sxlastlog.pl >lastlogin.txt
more /root/ lastlogin.txt
This could be tricky if you want to get the inactive mailboxes, since you won’t know the status of the redirected mailboxes.

Scan users’ mailbox for usage

Sxdu -sh

Show all mailboxes

omshowu –m all

Pull details of a specific mailbox

omshowu –m all | grep –i nameofindividual

View details of mailbox

omshow nameofindividual or authentication ID

Delete a duplicate account

omdelent -e local-unique-id=’ID’
omdelent -e g=given_name/s=surname

List, search users, mailboxes and email addresses

List number of users per country
omsearch -e S=* -m CNTRY >Email_list.txt
add additional attributes like name (/CN) or email address ( :
omsearch -e S=* -m CNTRY/CN/IA-FORMAL
omsearch -e S=* -m CNTRY/CN/IA-FORMAL
omsearch -e S=* -m CNTRY/CN/INTERNET-ADDR
omsearch -e S=* -m CNTRY/CN
or add all attributes:
omsearch -e S=* -m @all-attr@

per country list export to text file:
omsearch -s -e CNTRY=JP -m S/CN/IA-FORMAL >Japan_Users.txt

omshowatt for a list of attributes

omsearch -s -m CNTRY/G/I/S/CN/IA-FORMAL >list-of-users.txt

Search Accounts ibn Scalix

omsearch -e “G=<firstname>/S=<lastname>” -m @all-attr@

Search an Account If You Have the Email Address
omsearch -m @all-attr@ -e IA-FORMAL=email@cordonbleu.edu (you can use * )

Read and Edit the Mailbox Rules in Scalix

sxaa –user username (get the active and inactive rules)
sxaa –user username –remove 501 (remove the rule with the reference 501)
sxaa –user username –off 600 (disable, without removing the rule with the ref 600)
sxaa –user username –on 600 (enable the rule with the ref 600)

Other Useful Commands in Scalix

ps –ax ( list of processes)
Top –p pidID (stats about specific process)

More info on the error from omshowlog
omsolve -n OM 16094

Search for content ZIP compressed logs on the fly
bzcat /var/log/mail-20070610.bz2 | grep -i webmaster | less –S

Find the abbreviated names for a Scalix service
omshowlvl –a –l

 

Not Related To Scalix But Useful

tcpdump -ni eth0 port 5729 -s 0 –A
watch -n1 cat /dev/vcs10 (see the logs on the tty10 console)

rdiff-backup a great utility to backup your system

Scalix Migration

Move users to other mail-nodes.
Note that you don’t need to specify your node if the user is in the default node. –o is old –n is new.
ommodu -o username -n “Firstname Lastname”/Parisnode

stop_sopa

PROTECT IP / SOPA Breaks The Internet

Update to the probably most infamous attempt of civilized world to bring the darkness of communism and censorship into the Internet world.
Lamar Smith, creator of the bill, pulled the bill “until there is wider agreement on a solution.

Yay!!!

Strike against censorship. Join the largest online protest in history: tell Congress to stop this bill now!
Don’t let this bill pass, it is our duty to fight against it.

More info in this movie:

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Start a Blog – Dedicated WordPress Hosting

You’ve finally decided that you want to start a blog. Whether the blog is for a business for a nonprofit association or as a personal blog has little importance, the important thing is to have a plan an the know-how.

Define Your Blog’s Strategy

First of all you need a strategy for your blog. What do you want to write about? Does your blog have a theme a niche or is a bit of all. Most successful blogs have a certain theme. Once you’ve decided on your blog’s topics you need to define the goals of your writing. If it’s a personal blog most likely you don’t need any goals. But on the other hand if it’s a business’ blog your main goals could be promotion of your business main website, drive traffic to specific areas of this website, or simply a PR campaign. How often and who will write content and who will publish/approve your posts?

Once you have determined the initial steps you can go forward and think about the technical details of your blog.
You want to start blogging today, is that possible? Yes it is, if you don’t have any special requests that can delay your initiative.
Starting a blog is not as hard as it might seem.
If you want to make it simple go with the same provider for both your domain name and your website hosting. It’s easier, and you get support for all of your services in one place.
If you need more control over your domain name and hosting account then you definitely want to host with one company and register domains with another company.
I always use for my blogging needs a combination. I use Godaddy for domain names and hosting with one of the Hostgator or Hostmonster.

The Simple Free Alternative of Blogging

Choose a Free Blogging Platform

Although many blogging platform exist, the best for professional blogging is WordPress. One can argue about the competition: Typepad, Blogger, etc… But in the end WordPress is great for its flexibility, features and community. It is the most spread blogging platform. Create a free account with any of these blogging communities and start blogging. Is that simple. The addresses are typepad.com, wordpress.com and blogger.com.

Pick A Domain Name for Your WordPress Blog.

Choosing a domain name is one of the most important decisions you will take for your blog.
The ideal domain name will be short enough to remember and write down and will contain the most important keyword of your business, the one you want high ranking on search engines. Don’t avoid the dashes they are totally fine. Great gTLDs are .com, .net, .org, .info, etc…

Choose A WordPress Hosting Provider.

As I said before my personal favorites are hostgator, hostmonster, but if you have reliable information about another good hosting company go with that, I don’t know them all… (And by the way I am not hiding that this is an affiliate link.)

Install WordPress Using Control Panel

Installing WordPress is really trivial. If you are totally nontechnical then you can watch this video that shows you how to do that. After the initial installation, however things are a little more complicated.

Choose a WordPress Theme

There are hundreds of free themes and commercial themes. The differences between free and commercial themes are design flexibility and SEO features. Premium themes will give you way more design options and will be optimized for SEO. A premium theme will also be better optimized for speed.
Take the time to tweak the chosen theme. If you are non technical you definitely need a premium theme to allow you to set up features like font type, background colors, layout and site dimensions. You need a nice looking blog because that retains visitors.

SEO Aspects to Be Fixed in WordPress

Optimize Your Website’s Address

Go to the General tab from the Settings panel inside your WordPress Dashboard.
Modify the name of your WordPress blog address to include the www portion as shown here.
Edit the website's address in WordPress

More Sites to Ping to

Add some more sites to ping to. This way every time you post or update an article these services will be announced of your changed content. Search engines will pick up the this information from your site and from the pinged sites, improving your chances to get your content indexed. You will do this into your Update Services section.
SEO - Add Sited to Ping to

Home Page Optimization for SEO

If you want to optimize your blog’s first page you need to set up your blog as in the image. You can do this from your reading tab in the Settings control panel of your dashboard. This will allow a full optimization of the page for both speed and keywords, etc…
SEO Optimization Home Page

Set your Blog’s Permalink Structure

The default permalink structure for WordPress is not optimized for SEO.
The best for SEO is the following A good SEO permalink structure has to be keyword rich, using the categories and post names. You can use either /%postname%/ or /%category%/%postname%/. If the latter is used careful attention is needed when the category is chosen. You will do this from your permalink tab.
SEO WordPress Permalink Structure

Install Essential Plugins to Your WordPress Blog.

Plugins are an excellent way to improve your WordPress website. You can install whatever works for your site, but be cautious because bad plugins can do harm to the performance of your site or to your traffic. Choose wisely and install only what you need. The basic minimum is: Akismet, WordPress Mobile Edition, WP-Optimize, WP Super Cache, All in One SEO Pack, Google XML Sitemaps.