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Topic # 8749 27-Jul-2006 12:16
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After seeing Juhas blog called "The Techsploder" and thinking that that was such a catchy and unique name (if not a little cheesy), that that would be a great way to have a unique identifier for your (my) blog.

I had the title: Tony Hughes
With the tagline: Diehard Geekzoner (with no vengeance at present)

So I decided, that Tony Hughes, being a common as mud name, was very hard to search on, and produce meaningful results, as there are Tony Hughes' all over the world, presiding over AIDs Foundations, running legal consultancy businesses, operating recording studios, and just generally existiing, and mucking up search results on the real Tony Hughes (will the real Tony Hughes please stand up?).

Looked at my tagline, and thought, hmmm.... "Geekzoner" must be pretty unique. And guess what - it is. I have yet to see a web page with that word on it, that is not connected to me.

So I changed the title of the blog to "The Geekzoner", and now, it gives a meaningful search result on Google, makes it easy to see whos got my RSS feed, who is atrributing stories to me, and just where my blog is being mentioned in general.

Even if the word you use sounds funny, get something unique. Make sure its easy to spell, a two-worder is good, with common words, that dont usually go together, and maybe alter a word slightly, so it becomes unique (but still easy to spell, and not confuse with something else).

It would be wise to have the meaning (or percieved meaning) of the word to be loosely related to what you are blogging about, who you are, where you are, what you do, or what you like.

Check your selection on major search engines, and hey presto: you will have a meaningful unique blog name.

Now go and set up a Google alert, so all occurences of your blog name that appear in Googles index get emailed to you now and again, and you will have a very good idea of whats going on.

Where I see people actually quoting my blog in a story, or referring to my blog, I usually take the time to read some of their site, and send them a thankyou email. (Though I dont do this where people simply republish my RSS through an automated system).

Happy blogging everyone!




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  Reply # 42578 27-Jul-2006 12:24
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another good example of this is "freitasm" or "cokemaster" which both return the top search result to their respective geekzone blogs...




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  Reply # 42589 27-Jul-2006 15:56
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what about "Tech & Chips Takeaway"? LOL




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  Reply # 42590 27-Jul-2006 16:03
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not very unqiue words, but a unique combination that places you at the top of the Google search results... ;-)

The Google Search for your blog name




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  Reply # 42594 27-Jul-2006 16:29
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Geekzoner



That's a good one :)

For me personally, as I occasionally stick newsy things into the blog, it'd be nice if Google News would pick up the author and blog names... now it only sees Geekzone for some reason, plus the title of the blog post.




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Reply # 42595 27-Jul-2006 16:46
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Jama jam is quite unique although I do share it with a gym in Bangalore and the Jama Jam Party Children who like to have pillow fights in their pj's.





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  Reply # 42608 27-Jul-2006 21:53
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PILLOW FIGHT!!!!!!!!!!

/me whacks Juha with a big fluffy one....


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  Reply # 42609 27-Jul-2006 21:55
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tonyhughes: PILLOW FIGHT!!!!!!!!!!

/me whacks Juha with a big fluffy one....


lol


Dammit, no fighting dirty. Just keep that one in your JAMAs!






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  Reply # 42627 28-Jul-2006 00:16
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I always wondered if Jama Jam was something to go on toast, or some sort of basketball showdown, or perhaps a breakdancing festival :-)




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  Reply # 42680 28-Jul-2006 10:51
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freitasm: http://www.micropersuasion.com/2006/07/how_to_optimize.html


4) Optimize for search engines. Put the name of your blog (even if it’s just your own name) in the main URL and the title tag of your site. On Technorati, identify your blog with search topics, like “politics” or “sewing.”


Doesn't quite work on Google News that... neither the blog title nor the blog author shows up in searches there. Does work with normal googling though.




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