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Above you can see the amount of traffic for Amsterdamn for the last 4 months. Somewhere 3 months ago I decided that it was time to check out how much SEO can mean for our website. Therefore I didn’t see the value of SEO for Amsterdamn. I really did not care about visitors and exposure. This was just a place where I could post about one of the things that I love to do in my free time: WordPress themes. But it turned out that a lot of people were interested in my work. And what’s the best way to reach the rest of the world? Search Engine Optimization!
Everything that you need to know about SEO is available online. It’s easier than you think. You could think about buying a book about SEO, but that’s only if you are too lazy to do some research for yourself. But it’s always ok to check out different sources. It will take you a while to master SEO. There is A LOT of information online about it. And you will need to read a lot in order to get an overview about the different techniques. But in essence it’s really easy.
You first check out what the search engines like…..and then you take a look at which keywords you want to rank high. And don’t forget to check out what your competition is doing. Why do they rank so high? Take a look and copy what they do, and try to do it even better. That’s basically what I did. I do have to admit that I already had experience with SEO and using it. Therefore it wasn’t that difficult. But as you can see: the result is good. The search engines seem to love Amsterdamn. Compared to 3/4 months ago the traffic will double, at least. I’ll give you some quick and easy tips: seo plugins , good hosting, incoming links and lots of content!
The rest is up to you…..good luck with getting more traffic! It’s not rocket science…..
As seen on Raymann is laat in the Netherlands: comedian Godfrey. He’s hilarious, especially the part where’s making fun of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Cosby and men!
This is a short overview concerning different forms of corporations…
A TRADITIONAL CORPORATION: You have two cows. You sell one and buy a bull. Your herd multiplies, and the economy grows. You sell them and retire on the income.
AN AMERICAN CORPORATION: You have two cows. You sell one, and force the other to produce the milk of four cows. You are surprised when the cow drops dead.
A FRENCH CORPORATION: You have two cows. You go on strike because you want three cows.
A JAPANESE CORPORATION: You have two cows. You redesign them so they are one-tenth the size of an ordinary cow and produce twenty times the milk. You then create clever cow cartoon images called Cowkimon(tm) and market them world-wide.
A GERMAN CORPORATION: You have two cows. You re-engineer them so they live for 100 years, eat once a month, and milk themselves.
A BRITISH CORPORATION: You have two cows. Both are mad.
AN ITALIAN CORPORATION: You have two cows, but you don’t know where they are. You break for lunch.
A RUSSIAN CORPORATION: You have two cows. You count them and learn you have five cows. You count them again and learn you have 42 cows. You count them again and learn you have 12 cows. You stop counting cows and open another bottle of vodka.
A SWISS CORPORATION: You have 5000 cows, none of which belong to you. You charge others for storing them.
A HINDU CORPORATION: You have two cows. You worship them.
A CHINESE CORPORATION: You have two cows. You have 300 people milking them. You claim full employment, high bovine productivity, and arrest the newsman who reported the numbers.
ENRON CORPORATION — You have two cows. You sell three of them to your publicly listed company, using letters of credit opened by your brother-in-law at the bank, then execute a debt/equity swap with an associated general offer so that you get all four cows back, with a tax exemption for five cows. The milk rights of the six cows are transferred via an intermediary to a Cayman Island company secretly owned by the majority shareholder who sells the rights to all seven cows back to your listed company. The annual report says the company owns eight cows, with an option on one more. Sell one cow to buy a new president of the United States, leaving you with nine cows. No balance sheet provided with the release. The public buys your bull.
ARTHUR ANDERSON, LLC CORPORATION: You have 2 cows. You shred all documents that Enron has any cows, take 2 cows from Enron for payment for consulting the cows, and attest that Enron has 9 cows.
I know that I’m a bit late but this video should not go unnoticed.
To quote someone else: “Worthy of at least headtime, if not more”
One of our goals for Amsterdamn in 2007 was entering the Technorati top 1000. When I wrote that post (6 January) we were somewhere between 1600-1700. But after a month of hard work we finally entered the top 1000. Our new goal is to become one of the 500 most linked to blogs on Technorati. From what I can see that won’t be a problem because we’ve got enough know how to achieve that goal.
Although the Technorati is just an indicator we are happy to see that we have continued to grow in 2007.
I hope everyone had a great holiday, I know I did.
2007 is an exciting year for me from a business and personal life perspective.
But I’ll stick to the business side of the story on this blog. Amsterdamn had an incredible growth last year.
And I’m planning to work even harder to release free themes for the masses.
Amsterdamn in 2007 will be this:
- Search Engine optimization
I have been reading a lot about SEO optimization lately. And I am going to implement the knowledge that I have gathered in my new themes.
Every theme from now on will be equipped with Search Engine Optimization. Hopefully your weblog will get more exposure thanks to this.
- Options page
Some of you already noticed that I started to use the WordPress Admin more and more. Every new theme in 2007 will get it’s own options page in the WP admin.
This way the users are able to edit basic things without having to edit the code. I have noticed that there a lot of novice users who use WordPress.
With this small effort I am able to make our themes (even more) user friendly.
- Neutral themes
At least 5 of our new themes this year will be “neutral”.It will be easy to edit them and give them your own personal touch to it.
With the options page it will be also possible to choose what you want to use. In other words more whitespace!
- At least 15 new themes
Last year we managed to release 15 themes. This year I am planning to release at least the same amount.
I will continue to release themes for WordPress. There is a chance that I will port our themes to other blog platforms.
If you are eager to do the job: e-mail me!
- Widgets Support
I haven’t paid much attention to widgets. Basically because I never use them.
But there seems to be a demand for them. Therefore every new theme will compatible with widgets.
And some goals for my own website:
- By then end of 2007 Amsterdamn.org will be at least a PR6 (and maybe a PR7)
- I will enter the Technorati Top 1000 (now 16xx)
- Amsterdamn themes will have 35K downloads at the WordPress theme repository
- Our Alexa Rank will be lower than 150K
I’m looking forward to what 2007 will bring on the interwebs!
And here’s a new theme that I made last year:
Don’t forget to leave a comment!
According to Kineda we’re part of the top 4000 blogs worldwide. After some calculations I found out that Amsterdamn is at place nr. 1700 of the 55-60 million (!) blogs worldwide. Hopefully we can make it to the top 1000 next year.
So what’s the A-list blogger list all about?
“The Very High Authority Group [A-List Bloggers]
In the final group we see what might be considered the blogging elite. This group, which represents more than 4,000 blogs, exhibits a radical shift in post frequency as well as blog age. Bloggers of this type have been at it longer â€“ a year and a half on average â€“ and post nearly twice a day, an increase in posting volume of over 100% from the previous group. Many of the blogs in this category, in fact, are about as old as Technorati and weâ€™ve grown up together. Some of these are full-fledge professional enterprises that post many, many times per day and behave increasingly like our friends in the mainstream media. As has been widely reported, the impact of these bloggers on our cultures and democracies is increasingly dramatic. ”