Sangat Pedas

Inside - All Blog Stats Revealed #NoSecrets

March 17, 2012 by Remco | 0 comments

Saturday night, can’t go out cos I gotta wake up at 6:00 AM tomorrow. So just writing a post about this blog for all other bloggers. Today we’re revealing all stats about this blog, just to provide some nice benchmarking for other bloggers. At the same time we’re shattering the dream that one can get rich of monetizing your blog. Well, probably it’s possible but not with this one. The last time I used Adsense I basically made $0.04 in two days and then got kicked out.

Anyway, I started this blog in october 2010 and write almost 200 posts of which 177 are still live, basically I kicked out all posts which might be perceived as sexual controversial. Adding those posts was also more of a SEO test which worked, this blog was found almost only on xxx related search queries and totally not for the queries that were actually relevant.

So here it is, let’s start with the core, the visits. On a good day this blog gets 200 visits but over the whole month it averages 138 visits per day. So far this blog got a bit over 40.000 visits of which 34.000 are uniques.

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What To Write In A Blog?

September 11, 2011 by Remco | 1 Comment

Find your own style and ideas for writing on your blogTrue, the title of this post might be a bit pretentious because I’m not gonna provide you with a list of topics you can write about in your blog. If you want ideas for “what to write in a blog” you can check posts like this and this and good luck with that, it’s not gonna get your blog anywhere.

I’ve started blogging about a year ago out of curiosity and I felt I had something to say and to share. The longer I’m writing on this blog the more I take it seriously and think about it. Obviously the main part of any blog is content so I often contemplated on what to write about on this blog and I guess I’m slowly starting to find out my direction and style. I hope this post will help you find yours.
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SEO For Startups #2: The Importance Of The First Paragraph

September 8, 2011 by Remco | 2 Comments

SEO Startups - The Importance of the first paragraphThis second post about SEO for startups is all about the importance of a first paragraph of your content. Now there are many factors in SEO that determine your position in search engines on certain queries but the first paragraph is probably the second most important after the title of your post.

The first paragraph of this post might sound a little bit redundant since the title is already clear on the fact that the first paragraph of a post is important but it immediately illustrates the point of this post. Obviously this SEO post is not only intended for startups but using by using “SEO for startups” I want to improve my #5 Google ranking (mirror) for this search query.

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Boost WordPress Blog Performance: Minify & CDN with W3TC

September 1, 2011 by Remco | 5 Comments

There must be a thousand posts out there about “boosting” the speed of your WordPress blog but it seems not much of them can show the before and after, the actual effect.Also most posts are pretty general on using the W3TC (W3 Total Cache) plugin but forget about the details and difficulties when configuring the W3TC plugin.

So for this post it’s mandatory that you use WordPress and you have installed the W3 Total Cache plugin, you can find the plugin here. Also you will need Firefox with the Firebug, for one to easy analyze which javascript and css files are loaded and secondly it’s one of the tools to test your site speed. Yep peepz, time for a true geek post!

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Free Memory Eating WordPress Backup To Dropbox Plugin [UPDATED]

May 8, 2011 by Remco | 7 Comments

The new “WordPress Backup To Dropbox” plugin is exactly what I needed. I tend to do a lot of customizing in templates, plugins and even the core which tend to go lost when execute an upgrade without thinking. The new plugin makes it possible to completely automatic backup your WordPress blog to you Dropbox, giving blog owners an ease of mind. Great idea, pretty good execution at first sight, however, within 5 minutes after starting the first backup I received a message from my webhost.

Shortly after this message I received the same message again with the changed status “process killed” even though the whole backup was successful.

My guess as a (intermediate) techie guy is that the zipping process was guilty and probably the fact that I hit the “backup now” button twice because I saw nothing happen after the first time.

One thing that I found in the settings of this plugin is that it has two settings that are contradicting. In the “Day And Time” field you have to select on which day you want the backup to be executed, making it a once in a week backup while this makes the setting “Frequency” completely useless. Anyway, please drop your experience with this plugin in the comments, thanks!

UPDATE: After the latest plugin update the backup executed nicely without any complaints from my webhost, it might be because they’re just nice guys but for sure the memory issues have become smaller.

UPDATE: The good news was temporary but the latest update to version 0.8 does the job without zipping your blog before backing it up. This does solve memory issues but the option to have an archive of the last 6 weeks for instance has gone due to that change. All new updates and issues can be followed on the wordpress forum.

How to build your community!

November 20, 2010 by Remco | 1 Comment

Founder of WordPressAllow me to introduce the man behind SangatPedas: Matt Mullenweg. Well, actually he probably doesn’t know about the existence of this great blog site that will rule the world but he’s the guy that made it all possible. As founder of WordPress Matt Mullenweg has become one the 25 most influential people on the Internet. Ranked #19 in Alexa world wide and even #8 in Indonesia WordPress has become a global leading player.

So the question every Internet (startup) entrepreneur probably wil be asking is “How did he do that?” On the bottom of this post there’s the audio of a presentation Matt gave on the topic how to get from 0 to 100.000 users. Yeah, I know, audio is so 1.0 and 1999, extremely boring when it doesn’t have a big beat. Well, I promise that besides the annoying intro and outro (someone got really creative with wavelab) it will easily keep your attention and give you crucial information on how to grow your community.

The first hundred thousand are always the hardest and in this session Matt Mullenweg will discuss strategies for scaling your community from 1 to 100,000 users and beyond. Matt will describe his 12 rules, including the importance of obsessing about details, doing your own support, blogging every step of the way, and being a painkiller, not a vitamin.

This is must listen material for anyone running anything on the web, listen to the man, he even managed to drag me into it.[jwplayer config="audio" mediaid="3151"]