SEO – Images

Lately I’ve been doing some research on SEO and how to get your website to the top of search results! The algorithm does change, but the research that I’m sharing came from a Google guide. I’ve visualized it into a zine-like format. The first topic I’ll share is what to do with the images you’re uploading to your site. Describe the images! Don’t just upload them as “1234pic.jpg”. SEOimages

 

 

Google vs GoDaddy Domain Registration

Ever done research on where and how to host a domain? What does hosting a domain even mean? I had some experience learning the ropes with my snafu with WordPress. Number one lesson with WordPress? WordPress.com and WordPress.org are NOT the same. Registering your domain through wordpress.com does not give you access to the files underneath if you wish to modify and customize at all.

If you are starting to research where to build a website, one of the first steps to consider is where to register your domain, along with who will develop the website, and where the site will be hosted. Think of the domain as your house address, the web developer as the contractor hired to build the house inside and out, and the host to be the underlying ground your house is standing on.

The most common domain registrars include GoDaddy, WordPress, Google, Amazon, etc. Wait, Google?? I had no idea Google registered domains. Seems like the service started out as invite only, then transitioned to open up to everyone in the US. **Google domains is still in beta mode**

But which one to go with? Why should I choose WordPress over GoDaddy, or Amazon over Google? Where do I even start to think about the considerations needed?

Here are some thoughts to consider when choosing where to register a domain:

  1. Do you need access to the underlying files for tweaking later on? For example, do you want to change one file to include the Facebook “Like” button on your page?
  2. Do you care to have your registration information public or private?
  3. Obviously, what’s your budget?

The main factor that pushed me to choose to register my domain at Google was the cost factor and ease of use to sign up. An apples to apples comparison puts a domain registration with Google at $12 with anonymous registration, while the same domain would cost $20 at GoDaddy. If you don’t choose anonymous registration, then anyone who knows your domain name can find out personal information about you, such as your address, phone, name, etc. No bueno.

Here’s a quick breakdown to show you- I ran a sample domain search (using scarfgeeky ;)) on GoDaddy:

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So introductory price with GoDaddy is only $3, right? Let’s select that and move on.

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WOAH! To get privacy on your domain registrant information, you need to pay an extra $8/year. So total, we are at ~$20, including the privacy protection from GoDaddy. That’s a far cry from their initial advertised price of $3 for the domain.

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Contrast GoDaddy’s checkout page to Google’s sleek checkout-

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Also no spammy upsells with Google domains! Talk about a pretty UI and easy to follow thought process.

Take note GoDaddy!

I chose my domain and checked out (using Google wallet). Simple and easy peezy.

Here’s an Infograph on how to choose between Godaddy and Google. Maybe I should have looked this up before registering my domain…

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The thorny path to learn API’s

I started a new project this weekend to start learning how to read/write to API’s. I had a dream of querying the LinkedIn API to read certain stats. This project will be documented later, but the goal of that project will be to evaluate the turnover rate for startups. Buttt before I get to that level, I kinda need to know the basics, right?

Welp. I bought a “Crash Course on API’s” from Udemy, and got down to it. The prerequisites for the course were to have a domain, a host for the domain, a text editor, and a FTP software to transfer my files from locally to online.

Needless to say, I was confused. I had bought a domain from WordPress recently, but it was hosted on WordPress, and I didn’t know what to do with it. Cue hours of googling and trying to figure out if I can even move my domain from being hosted on WordPress to another service like Hostgator or Bluehost. I finally came across an article articulating how to move your domain and followed it. The first step was to buy an account from hostgator. The class I was following along with had a coupon code for a month free! As a student, I graciously picked up on this offer. You can start to transfer your domain as you’re signing up for the account.

Ok, now my domain is moved to Hostgator. Now what? Well, turns out, I’m not done with WordPress. Apparently you need to change the nameservers in wordpress to reflect the new ones served up by Hostgator. This process can take up to 72 hours, they say, but it took about a minute or two for me.

So my blog is somewhat working, I’m trying to get the Facebook like button(exercise from the course to practice API calling) to show up on a random page in my domain.

My blog seems to let me in if I reach it through another browser, so I keep following along on the original tutorial and eventually get the code for a Facebook like button on another page in my blog. It works!!!

 

The blog was semi-working on hostgator, but WordPress.com sites really do work best with wordpress name servers. I ended up switching the name servers back to use wordpress.com, not hostgator. I’ll be playing around with the wordpress.org software and see if I can host it on hostgator instead! Stay tuned for my next post!