Wondering What’s Causing Problems on Your Windows 7 PC? – Use Reliability Monitor

Nobody likes interruption and in the days of high speed technology and connectivity what can be more annoying than your PC getting hanged or crashed.

All software giants are putting efforts towards making the most powerful device in your life more and more error free and if that’s not entirely attainable, then to at least make the errors resolvable for the users. It would be of great use if you can fix small problems in your system on your own, rather than bringing in your computer expert every time.

Reliability Monitor Windows 7 PC

So, if anyone out there is suffering with this technological ailment, they need to try using the Reliability Monitor that is enabled with Windows 7. It is a control panel application which had been introduced in the new Windows Vista. Windows have had a Performance Monitor from the start but this is a new concept introduced.

Earlier in Windows Vista, the Reliability monitor and Performance Monitor were a combined application. But with Windows 7, they are two separate tools and have hence improved their prowess.

This is how this system works – on an occasion of BSOD crash, i.e. Blue Screen of Death you do not get time to record error messages or notice what suddenly went wrong – from the Reliability Monitor history, you are able to retrieve all the data.

This software also aids in helping you locate any issues with other applications. The application keeps track of specified five kinds of situation in your computer system like – Software installations, Application failures, Hardware failures, Windows failures, miscellaneous failures.

Reliability Monitor projects a timeline of various system events and then efficiently divides them into failures, warnings and information. In your PC, the Reliability Monitor gives a rating on a scale of 1 to 10. Here 1 stands for horrible and 10 is perfect. One just needs to understand how to use the Reliability Monitor in your Computer system.

How to Use the Reliability Monitor in Windows 7:

  1. Open the Action Center from your control panel.
  2. Select “Maintenance” to expand the menu.
  3. Select “View reliability history” under Check for solutions to problems reports.
  4. You will get a report covering the specified period of time.

Other way to operate Reliability Monitor:

  1. Open Start menu.
  2. Type ‘reliability’ or even ‘rel’ in the search bar.
  3. Double click on ‘view reliability history’.
  4. The report will open.

If you select a particular date, you will get more specified information about the reported event. On occasions of multiple failures in a day, you will have all the details.

The special part of the entire Reliability Monitor is the fact that it gives a clear central place or console to view the exact error causing problems in your system.  Each error projected by this monitor is given a ‘Check for a solution’ link. Here you can select the link by which Windows checks the error against the Microsoft’s online database of solutions. Later through Action center you can find the solution best suited to your problem.

I know the unexpected errors in PC aggravates the mind  and I have tried my best to provide you the best solutions. I hope my write-up helped you in recognizing the errors on your Windows 7 PC. Feel free to put-upon your queries, I will keep trying resolving them.

The 5 Best Ultrabooks So Far

Ultrabooks are the latest buzz in the laptop industry. This class of laptop was created with the launch of Apple MacBook Air. In fact, the term Ultrabook is trademarked by Intel and is now used to refer to thin laptops with good performance and long battery life. Here we review the best we’ve seen in this category so far.

Check Out: Ultrabook Buying Guide – Tips, Advice and Factors To Keep In Mind

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Which is the Best Ultrabook?

1. Apple MacBook Air

For Mac users, there’s only one option in this segment, the 13 inch MacBook Air launched this year. Costing approximately $1200, it sports the 3rd Gen Intel i5 CPUs, upgraded web cam and USB 3.0 ports. Unfortunately, an Ethernet port is not included and the 128GB SSD hard disk seems a little smaller than what we’re now used to. At about 3 pounds, this is definitely one of the lightest machines. The Macbook even manages to deliver a long lasting battery life of over 4.5 hours. On the whole, this is a good Ultrabook.

2. Dell Inspiron 14z

This laptop manages to meet the Ultrabook criteria even while sporting a CD/DVD burner. With a price tag of just $900, it is very affordable. It sports a large (for ultrabooks!) 14” screen and comes with i3 processor, 8GB RAM and a dedicated AMD graphics card. Unfortunately, the battery doesn’t last a full working day, and there is a distinct budget feel to the parts. This ultrabook also sports a bigger touch pad with two separate mouse buttons for left and right click. Overall, this is a commendable effort from Dell to pack-in some great features at such a price.

3. Acer Aspire S5

This is the most expensive Ultrabook with a price range of $1300-1450. It is even thinner than a MacBook Air making it the thinnest Ultrabook out there. What’s interesting about this ultrabook is the innovative MagicFlip port door used to cover the ports. It is the lightest Ultrabook weighing just 2.65 pounds and has a great battery life. The only gripe a user could have is the absence of a backlit keyboard. With a 3rd generation Intel i7 processor, and a separate Intel HD graphics card, it is the most advanced Ultrabook. Moreover, this world’s slimmest laptop offers great multitasking options and is highly responsive. Good features and processing speed bring this ultrabook from Acer to the top 5 list.

4. Sony Vaio T Series SVT13112FXS

This is the first ultrabook from the Sony stable. It has great value as it is priced between $765-830. It falls in to the budget ultrabook category. It has all the ports that you could need, but no optical drive. Without a good keyboard, this is a machine for casual use. The TFT screen is disappointing too. But, some of the impressive features include the machine’s ability to wake-up in less than 3 seconds from the sleep mode, less time taken to re-establish a lost wireless connection and Intel’s Rapid storage technology easily manages the system’s functioning. Thus, the Sony Vaio Ultrabook offers good value for the money you pay.

5. HP Envy Sleekbook 6

This laptop is all about sharp looks at a low price of $600. Unfortunately, the lower price is achieved by underpowered, inefficient AMD processors and a slower conventional hard drive. The major plus point is a large 15” screen. Also, this machine manages to offer some good graphics, which looks better on the 15 inch screen. The sound system powered by Beats is another advantage you get at such a price. Perhaps, a slightly better configuration would have put this ultrabook higher on the list. Nevertheless, HP Envy Sleekbook 6 ultrabook does good justice to the price it is offered at.

Close Contenders:

HP Folio 13-1020US – this incredibly well engineered and well crafted ultrabook priced at $900, was one of the closest contenders to the top 5 list. Following it were the super slim Samsung Series 9, 15 inch ultrabook, solidly made Asus Zenbook and the super-sleek HP Envy 14 inch Spectre.

Well, these were the ultrabooks that managed to make it to the top 5 list so far. However, it is still too early, before we finalize the list of the best Ultrabooks of 2012. Also, there are several ultrabooks waiting to roll out sooner or later this year. Do have a look at the list of 16 Thin And Light Ultrabooks To Watch Out in 2012 which we prepared back in May 2012.

So, based on many more to come, will there be another, completely different ultrabook list than or is the list going to be the same? Let’s wait and find out!

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How to Download Torrents on iPhone or Any iOS Device Using iTransmission – A Quick Guide

Sharing a file or downloading it is not a new concept to anyone now. Millions of people now share and download their data via various software and apps.

Torrents are the most popular files getting downloaded worldwide today. Whether it be a Mac OS user or Windows, downloading the torrents is the preferred choice for everyone.

Download torrents on iPhone using iTransmission

Now that we are moving ahead in technology, most of the gadget freaks today own an iOS operated device and everyone wants to download the torrents on their high-tech iOS gadget.

Monitoring your PC Torrents on mobile phone is very easy but if you actually want to watch a movie on iPhone or to download torrent file in your iPhone or iPad you may need a software named iTransmission.

Actually, being an iOS device user myself, I was trying to download the torrents on my phone and to be very honest, it was not that easy. Downloading the torrents on computer running on any OS is pretty simple but when it is about downloading the Torrents in iPhone, iPad or any other iOS device, I found that things were not that simple.

I know some of the readers here might be thinking that we can easily download the torrents in the iOS device by using the available software but let me tell you guys, those software end up with a real mess. I can tell you this by my experience.

Well, I am not scaring you. Relax!!

I researched a lot and then finally came across a comparatively simple solution named iTransmission to download torrents in my iPhone so thought of sharing the steps with my readers on Technolism.

Go through the following simple steps and get the torrent files downloaded in your iOS devices.

Step #1: Before starting with the download, you first need to jailbreak the iOS device. I guess you know what jailbreaking the iOS device means, if not, let me tell you that Apple devices are bound under many different restrictions from the company which do not allow any sort of third party applications. So, to get the torrents in your iOS device you first need to get out of those restrictions. You can take help from internet to jailbreak your iOS device.

Step #2: After you are done with jailbreaking, you need to download ‘iTransmission’

You can get it from the Cydia App store which especially has the apps for jailbroken iOS gadgets. It is free of cost and is compatible with every IOS device. You will notice a small icon on your springboard when your iTransmission is downloaded on your device.

iTransmission - Cydia app to download torrents on iPhone

Step #3: Now in the next step, you need to search the torrent file you want to download in your iOS device using the Safari search engine. Suppose you want to download some movie on your iPad or iPhone, open Safari and type the name of the movie, don’t forget to write word Torrent after the movie name. Now, check the search results and download the file according to the file size, leeches and seeds – in the similar way you would do on your Mac or PC.

Step #4: Now copy the link of torrent you want to download. Be careful and copy the address correctly.

Step #5: Now when you have the link copied in your iOS clipboard, open the downloaded app iTransmission. Click the small ‘+’ at the bottom left of the app. A menu will pop up on your system screen having a URL tab. Paste the URL copied in the above step and click on OK.

Step #6: You are now done with the steps and all you need to do is to wait for the torrent to download.

Isn’t it simple? This complete process takes not more than five minutes and following these six simple steps, you are all set to watch your favourite movie or any other torrent file in your iOS device.

Best part is that iTransmission software is very user friendly and is compatible with every device running on iOS. You can also use this software to download the torrent files on your computer system, but you need to download and install Transmission for that.

Also Read: How To Transfer Data From iPhone to Android Phone?

So, following this quick guide, you can now easily download torrent files on your iOS devices and enjoy your favorite movie, music or anything else.

Do let us know, what do you think about this tutorial and also, if you are stuck at any step in the process and I would be more than happy to help you!

Is the iPhone 5 Worth Waiting For?

If you are a die-hard Apple fan, one question which would be making you craze is “Should I buy an iPhone 4S or wait for iPhone 5?”

The iPhone 5’s release date has been pencilled in as Autumn 2012, which could mean anything from September through to November. Most ‘experts’ are of the belief that the handset will be released sometime this October.

iPhone 5 Release

The Anticipation around iPhone 5

The anticipation surrounding the iPhone 5 is – unsurprisingly – intense, with iFans eagerly waiting to see which features will appear on the new phone. October is the same month in which the iPhone 4S was released last year, so it makes sense that the next model in the popular iPhone series reaches the shops around a year later.

However, this arrival date is still pretty late in comparison to the annual release dates favoured by most other handset manufacturers. Of course, Apple’s rivals are offering phones on other platforms – Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry – which makes it hard to apply a like-for-like comparison. We did a comparison among the 3 most advanced smartphones in the market – Samsung Galaxy S3, HTC One X and iPhone 4S. You can read the comparison here.

Also Read: Why Apple Could Not Launch iPhone 5?

Apple have always done things their own way, with scant regard for the rest of the industry’s practices. In the gadgetry race, releasing their new handset in October puts Apple in kind of a tricky position; many people ‘hold off’ from buying other phones in order to see what Apple offers up. Only once the iPhone 5’s details have been confirmed will they be able to make an informed decision as to whether Apple’s latest offering is the must-have piece of kit they were hoping for.

iPhone Outdated – Really?

Previous iPhones – including the current 4S – are now somewhat, well, ‘out-dated’. For example, the Samsung Galaxy S3 came out a couple of months ago, featuring quad-core technology, a huge display and the latest version of Android – Ice Cream Sandwich. The iPhone 4S is now just a measly dual-core handset, whose speed and power pales in comparison to giants like the S3.

The iPhone 5 will no doubt offer up some tough competition for the S3, but nearly half a year later – shouldn’t we all be waiting for the next big wave of technology in 2013 by then? We might not be seeing octo-core handsets in the near future, but something equally magnificent will surely come along to tempt our wallets and make our shiny smartphones of 2012 seem not so shiny after all.

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The fact is, Apple are making a late entrance, as they did last year. It might be seen as ‘fashionably late’ by most of their fans, but it’s a policy that will leave some buyers in the dilemma of not knowing whether to buy Android now, and get their new gadget sooner, or wait for the iPhone 5 and risk being disappointed by the raft of mooted improvements that have yet to be confirmed. (Apple always keep famously schtum about the details of their new handsets until around a week before the new phone’s release date. It’s doubtful that we’ll know many concrete facts about the iPhone 5 until October.)

Furthermore, what about all those people who wondered about the wisdom of buying the iPhone 4S when it first came out. You know how it goes: The iPhone 4S comes out; everyone wants it. You spend a month agonising over whether to buy it; the price drops, making you hopeful of further price drops and so you allow yourself to be put off buying it just a little longer. Soon enough, everyone’s talking about the iPhone 5, and now you’re left horribly confused as to whether it’s too late.

New iPhone 4S Owners

There are plenty of people who have bought the iPhone 4S within the last month or so, and mostly they are not bothered by the imminent arrival of a new model. These people are not techies, geeks, or gamers; they’re just ordinary people who wanted a phone, and decided on the iPhone perhaps on the recommendation of a friend. They don’t care that it’s likely going to drop in price in four or five months, because they wanted a phone now, and they don’t care about possessing a handset that can claim bragging rights in terms of the number of cores packed into its processor. They just want something pretty, simple, and efficient, and with an iPhone 4S, they know that’s what they’re getting.

The truth is, iPhones are always good, well-designed phones. Few people genuinely believe that the iPhone 5 will be a disappointment; in fact, we can be assured that it will go down a storm, based on Apple’s track record. Apple really do know how to make good phones, and perhaps their late release dates indicate that they want to spend all the time they have into putting together something truly beautiful. When you consider that Apple spend one year making one handset, while companies like Samsung and HTC put out multitudes of handsets – five to ten every year – you’ve got to wonder where all the time goes.

Rumours about the iPhone 5

The rumours about the iPhone 5 (check here) – and, for the most part, rumours is all they are – are equally promising. We’ve heard tales of a bigger 4-inch display, which should help Apple to keep up with the rising trend for spacious displays, like the near-5-inchers found on phones like the Samsung S3 and the HTC One X. It is, almost without a doubt, going to feature four cores, as that’s the only way Apple have any chance of keeping up with the competition. (Samsung aren’t the only major manufacturer to release a quad-core phone in 2012; in fact, bar Sony and Nokia, the vast majority have done so.)

We’re likely going to see lots of new features, including a redesigned dock connector and repositioned headphone socket, and an improved camera, while the Apple operating system – iOS – is seeing an upgrade, too. This means better Siri, better interface, better apps, and better options. More choice, less hassle. More than Android, Apple are slowly making their way towards a streamlined OS which makes using your smartphone as simple as breathing in.

What am I trying to say?

Apple put us in a difficult position; I resent having to wait half a year – which is a long time in the busy, ever-improving smartphone industry – for the latest iPhone. I resent not knowing what’s at stake, and what we’re actually going to be rewarded with at the end of our long wait. I resent having to resist the temptations of the S3 and the One X purely because Apple are taking their time. But, this doesn’t mean I’m not going to. I am. Why? Because it’s Apple. And at the end of the day, Apple can do whatever the hell they like; that’s just how they roll. If they need a year, they can take it.

What do you think?

How Smart Devices & Apps are Making a Difference in Today’s Education

The smartphone and tablets ownership continues to skyrocket, for the very simple reason – the features and possibilities that these devices provide, do make your life a lot easy.

Well, thanks for the amazing apps available which make this possible. Apps could be the sole reason you would like to go for a Smartphone or that shiny tablet, as these advanced devices are lifeless without these apps and you would rightfully agree with me on that.

In this tech-forward age, these devices have a big impact not only on our day-to-day lives but also in the classroom. Read more to check out how digital classrooms are dominating the conventional old-fashioned way of teaching by replacing physical text books with eBooks.

In such a digital classroom, smartphones and tablets fit really well with students, bringing all the knowledge in the world at their disposal.

Smartphones and tablet work well for students as they combine many functions in one device. An ever-increasing number of apps allows users to perform multiple tasks anywhere and anytime.

Below is an interesting infographic which brings forward some interesting facts and figures about how Smartphones and Tablets are making a difference in the life of students. Check it out! [Click on the image to enlarge]

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Check out more interesting infographics in our Infographics section here. If  you liked this infographic, do share it with your friends on Facebook and Twitter.

And do let us know, how well do SmartPhones work for you?

What’s Going on in the Current Legal Battle by Apple?

There is a basic understanding in the legal profession, particularly when referring to copyright law and the defence of patents. Copyright goes stale very quickly. It is understood that to continue to be able to claim ownership of an idea or a product, one must continue to mark the territory, as it were, by putting in lawsuits against potential infringements of that idea or product.

Apple vs Samsung Law Suit

There are numerous cases of the owners of famous trademarked characters filing law suits against people who may or may not have intentionally used a previously trademarked idea. If you don’t file a suit against one example, floodgates will open and there will be no copyright left to defend. It is basically the idea that you must defend your territory angrily and without mercy, if only to keep lawyers and court staff in business.

One such example was in the late nineties and early 2000’s when there was a legal battle brought against Nintendo by rival games company Sega. Sega claimed that they created the idea of the side scrolling platform game and wanted millions of dollars in compensation from Nintendo. The case was inevitably thrown out of the court.

In Germany however, a similar battle has ended rather differently.

Apple, in defence of the design of their iPhone 4s, have brought law suits against Samsung claiming that the Galaxy SII, the Galaxy Tab and the Galaxy SIII infringe on a number of patents made by Apple such as a central button that takes the user to the main screen.

Apple claims that because of this similarity in design, Apple will lose sales to Samsung, leading to loss of earnings. In Germany the suit was recently decided in Apple’s favour, meaning that Samsung’s Galaxy SIII handset is technically banned from sale in the country.

Apple has brought a number of complaints against numerous other companies in the past too, many of them simply for being similar in style, or even because they used a similar looking logo. American copyright law demands that you defend what is yours.

In countries such as China, there is no such law. This opens the floodgates for knock offs, forgeries and cheap imitations, potentially leading to people falsely believing that Apple products are all as shoddy as the fake merchandise brought in from other countries.

The suit regarding the design of the new Samsung Galaxy is still on-going in a number of different countries, and has been dropped in yet other countries. Some have found in favour of Samsung stating that it is nearly impossible to prove that the placement of a button can limit the sales of a mobile phone by a rival company.

There are still a number of suits left to decide, and as yet it is not clear who will win out, but we will no doubt see a winner before the dust settles, but who it will be is another matter. And from the looks of things there will continue to be many similar cases into the foreseeable future too.

But in the end, I feel it is us, the customers who win in the battle of Tech Companies – in this case, Apple vs Samsung! What do you think?

This is a guest post by Michael. If you are also interested in writing for Technolism, please contact us.

How To Connect Your Laptop To TV Screen [Step by Step Guide]

My younger son is really fond of watching wrestling matches. He never misses the WWE and WWF matches on TV but power cuts here in India often take this joy away from him. Then, all he wants me to do is to give him my laptop to watch the wrestling match on YouTube.

Moreover, he wants me to watch the YouTube videos on the big TV Screen and so I need to connect my laptop with TV for him.

Do you know it is very easy to connect a laptop to TV screen?

Well, there are many different ways to connect your laptop to a TV screen. You need to decide the way you want to connect your laptop to a TV screen  depending upon the ports available on your TV and of course, your laptop.

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I have got a Dell Vostro Laptop and I connected it to my Sony Bravia HDTV so let me tell you how I did that!

Connect A Laptop To TV Screen

Step #1: Connect Laptop to TV with S-Video Cable

S-Video Cable to Connect Laptop to TV Screen

Usually, there is an S-Video port in all laptop / computers and similar S-Video input in the TVs as well. All you need to connect these ports is a cheap S-Video Cable. Usually, this cable has 4-7 pins. You can also use a 15-pin VGA Cable if you have an older monitor.

Don’t worry, this 15-pin cable also provides a good picture quality, same as that provided by an S-Video Cable.

VGA Cable to Connect Laptop to TV Screen

The latest laptop computers and HDTVs have same DVI ports and so you can also use DVI to HDMI Adapter cable or Male to Male cable to connect a laptop to TV.

DVI to HDMI Cable to Connect Laptop to TV Screen

DVI to HDMI cable works when your HDTV has an HDMI port instead of a DVI port.

Step #2: Connect the Audio Cable For Sound

RCA Audio Cable to Connect Laptop to TV Screen

Now, when you have connected your laptop with your TV, you need a separate cable for sound. I would like to mention here that all the cables I mentioned above can transmit only video.

Audio RCA cable is used for sound when you connect a laptop with TV.

To connect audio line out from your laptop to TV, you need a 3.5 mm mini RCA Audio Cable. This cable has three different colored sockets – red, black and white.

Insert red connector in red socket of your TV and white connector to white socket of the TV. The black connector will go in your headphone jack of your computer.

Step #3: Laptop Settings

For Windows XP

Go to ‘Display settings’ in your laptop. You will see a tab saying ‘Output To TV Screen’ – Activate it.

For Windows 7 

Go to keyboard shortcut ‘Windows +P’. This is a shortcut for display settings in Windows 7.

Step #4: TV Remote Settings to Connect a laptop to TV

Go to Menu.

Switch to ‘External Inputs’.

Change default Video 1 to Video 2 or HDMI 1.

That’s all, you are done. Your laptop is now connected to TV screen and you can now enjoy the YouTube videos on big TV screen.

Note: Its worth mentioning here that sometimes your computer may fail to recognize the external display. To avoid that, you must connect the Video Cable to TV before turning your computer ON.

To get a better picture quality, you may also need to change the screen resolution settings in your TV. You can use the Display Settings option for this.

So, wasn’t that simple to connect a laptop to TV?

What’s New in the Mobile Phone Industry?

Mobile telecommunications has become a massive industry, and it’s really no surprise. It seems that everywhere you look, someone or the other is spending time on their phone or tablet, either taking a call, sending a text or simply passing the time checking the headlines or playing a game with a friend.

Also Read: The Benefits of Texting

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In the last five years, we have seen the mobile phone mutate from a simple communication tool into a futuristic, all-in-one device that can access any information anywhere, at any time. We are truly living in the age that writers and film-makers were promising twenty or thirty years ago. Minus the flying cars, of course.

The more feature-intensive they become, the more invaluable they are to people. We are watching a generation of phones on the market today that perform all the tasks that would have needed an expensive computer ten years ago, and even more than that, they are performing these tasks while we are on the move.

The mobile phone has become such an integral part of life that it is difficult to imagine what it would be like without them. It is difficult to imagine not being able to find out what is happening in the world right now just by looking at your apple iphone, or taking a picture of that once in a lifetime moment using your Galaxy SIII.

It has become such a part of how we live our lives that people would consider themselves helpless without their Lumia 900. A great example is the function that you can find on any Lumia phone nowadays. If you hear a song that you love, you can hold your phone up to the speakers on your radio or TV and simply press the “listen” button under the search menu. The Lumia will compare the song against its database and find the song for you, even giving you a link to purchase that song online, should you desire.

And of course, there are apps like Shazam for iPhone which do the same on your Apple device.Things like this that were completely unheard of ten or twenty years ago, are now a well-established part of our lives, and it has changed the way we live.

Also Read: Samsung Galaxy S3 vs HTC One X vs iPhone 4S

Tablet computers have become especially popular in the last few years, thanks to the release of the iPad. Touted as being the middle child of the Apple family, in between the iPhone and the Macbook, it performs some of the functions of both, trading off some of one for a bit of the other.

The portability of it makes it a great accessory for any trip, and the sheer power means that you can create presentations, write documents or almost anything that you might need.

There is a much smaller, much more compact option that loses some of the functionality of the iPad. But because it’s that much smaller, it’s even easier to carry around and it can be just as useful, provided you aren’t looking for the full suite of office software.

The iPhone is first and foremost a phone, of course. But under the shell, there’s a whole host of other applications and gadgets that lend themselves to any kind of work. Dictation and sending of emails and text messages is quick and simple now thanks to Siri, and it’s even easier to keep up with all your friends since the iPhone 4s is fully integrated with twitter.

This is a guest post by Kristina. If you are also interested in writing for Technolism, please contact us.

Recovering From A Google Penguin Attack

It’s tough but it can be done. I have known many blog and website owners simply giving up after the Google Penguin attack. Panda was bearable in comparison. This post is about how you can survive and recover from this massive web-cardiac failure.

Google Penguin Update - Web Spam Algorithm

Cleaning up your act

Google Penguin is about spammy stuff – both content and inbound links. Recently, a friend of mine had to undergo the surgical operation of cutting out spammy content. Let me tell you that it’s painful. In some cases you have to rebuild the entire lot.

To begin with, it’s necessary to understand what spammy actually means. But here lies the paradox. No one really knows what’s spammy. Is putting your keyword in title spammy? If the keyword is both in web page and title, does it mean spammy? No one really knows and therefore it’s better to tread on the cautious side.

This means drumming down your SEO to a level that it’s no longer SEO – it’s pure content. Don’t ask me what happens to keyword density and stuff we have been learning till now. Simply forget the past and unlearn quickly. Read this article to find out if your site has been hit by Google web spam algorithm update.

Delink all your spammy backlinks

This is easier said than done. I have tried this and let me assure you that it’s almost impossible to get rid of backlinks. I tried writing to the website and blog owners, begging them to remove my blog from their hugely popular sites but to no avail. What do these guys gain anyway? Nothing.

Meanwhile there are rumors floating around that creating dubious backlinks for your competitors has been an SEO strategy. Simply put a few backlinks of your closest competitors and watch them sink down the search pages. Frankly what can you do if someone else adds backlinks of your blog on spammy  sites?

There is nothing stopping anyone from doing it.

But there are some things you can do about bad backlinks. First of all, you must get out of directories and article submission sites. They are the most dangerous as far as Google Penguin is concerned. Even this can prove to be tough but can be done. For someone starting a new blog, it would be advisable to avoid directories totally.

In our hurry to start hitting the first page of Google search results we forget one cardinal principle – nothing happens in a jiffy. A fruit has to come from a flower and this takes time. Don’t rush things. Even if you are planting backlinks, do it at a reasonable pace. Don’t put a hundred backlinks in a month. You are putting out red flag for Google.

Got very serious? Never mind, check out this funny take on Hitler’s reaction to Google Penguin.

Conclusion

Google Penguin carries a mean bite. Once you get bitten, you are mauled. Recovering from its dreaded bite is tough and a long process. It takes time and effort to get back on your feet.  But it has been done and you too can do it. Best of luck!

This is a guest post by Victor. Victor is an avid blogger and likes to talk about blogging,  SEO and other related issues.

Common Mistakes Made In Website Designing

Nowadays, it has become quite easy for one and all to grab expertise in any field. One needs to make just few searches and watch some ‘How-to’ videos to do anything.

However, it is not that simple. One of the most common breed of people growing by reading self-help eBooks are those claiming themselves to be web designers. Web developers think that a domain, web space and knowledge on HTML are what one would require to develop a website. They are bound to make mistakes. Following is a list of few mistakes that these developers tend to make when they work on web design.

Common Mistakes Made by Web Designers

#1. Missing Search Box – Visitors find a search box placed on the top of the page to be user friendly. They immediately rush for help to find the exact information they are looking on the website. A search box adds interactivity to the site and lets the user stay on the page rather than getting annoyed not getting the data he or she is looking for.

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#2. Missing dates on articles – One of the other important factors that convince the visitors about fresh content is placing date along with all your blogs and articles. That makes sure that everyone finds your text and website up to date. Dates play a very crucial role and make the visitor compel to visit the site again daily or at least in next few days.

#3. Never have “Coming Soon” pages – Mark this as a golden rule. Never try to add pages that have ‘under construction” label or are displaying “coming soon” text. This is the most irritating thing on the part of user. He or she clicks on a page expecting some valuable information and what they get is ‘nothing’. It creates a very negative impression. It is better not to have that page altogether than having such incomplete pages.

#4. Do not try mix and match of fonts: Make the site legible by using 2 or 3 fonts at the most. Use simple and universal fonts. Use those that are expected to be present in all the types of computers, be it Mac or Windows. It is never recommended to use both Sans serif types of fonts with Serif series of fonts on the same page.

#5. Avoid bulky Flash introductions: There is no doubt that Flash animation is fantastic. However, try to avoid that in the welcome or introduction part. Nobody has that much of time to sit and see animation to get loaded. User wants the information as quickly as they can. Statistics say that Flash introduction have lower results in retaining first time visitors. An alternative is to keep animations in inner pages where users take interest to see the animated story line.

Web design mistakes

Therefore, it is a well-understood fact that web designing is not just a task that needs to be done in a hurry. Take enough time to design the layout, plan well and try to use all the important elements that make an appealing website.

A little extra time is sure to pay off by increased number of footfall on the web pages. After all, that is why all the effort is being done. Try to implement the above-mentioned points, and you are sure to get a classy website with good result.

This is not an exhaustive list of common mistakes web designers make and should try avoiding them. There are a lot more which could be added to the list – do share with us if you know of one 🙂