See How Popular Sites Looked When They Launched

How cool it could be, if you could actually see how Google, Yahoo! and other amazing websites used to look, when they just got started. All you would see is raw, web-page layouts, with no actual sense of CSS or JavaScript. Yes, that’s right. What we see today is a much advanced form of web-development, and this wasn’t the case about 15-20 years back when the Internet revolution picked up across the world. Wayback Time Machine is one such tool that takes you back in time, and lets you view exactly how a website used to look in its early days.

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This is not all. You can actually see how the website transformed over the years, since Wayback Time Machine is an archive of websites, cached over the years and included in their official database, accessible to anyone. Surprisingly, you would be able to access almost all websites though this tool, but you won’t be able to view archives for Facebook, may be due to their privacy issues which weren’t really that strong in their early days. So here we go, starting with none other than our beloved HBB!

HellBound Bloggers [ March 5 ‘2009]

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This is probably the first raw design, Pradeep started with in his early days. Well, I am not really sure if this was the first one or not, but this is the first impression of HBB on Wayback Time Machine.

Google [January 17 ‘1999]

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The search engine giant wasn’t really the one sporting powerful CSS, JavaScript and not to forget the amazing Doodles. Google was in its BETA stages, way back in 1999.

Yahoo! [July 3 ‘1997]

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And here’s Yahoo! in its early years, with a raw design and layout. Seems like the early impressions are not really in good quality in the Wayback Time Machine database, and hence we can see broken images in the picture above.

You can access any website using Wayback Time Machine easily. Try it out yourself and let us know your experience via the comments section below.

When To Expect Organic Search Engine Traffic On A New Blog?

search engine trafficRecently I have been focusing more on steps you need to undertake, in case you start a new blog. There is a simple reason behind it. We are now not living in the times of 2005 when getting your site indexed in Google, and receiving really good traffic from it was easy. We now have hurdles like Google’s Search Engine algorithm changes which are also called Panda Updates, and Penguin Updates. That is not all. For a particular niche, you get to face a lot of competition and it really gets difficult for you to rank among the top websites when it comes to Google’s Search Engine. Well, a lot has been changed over time, but there is still one thing which has never changed, which is proper SEO techniques. Search engines like Google still give preference to good SEO practices and it is particularly one thing which has not changed over time. Now a lot of newbie bloggers are a bit confused when it comes to expecting organic search engine traffic on their newly born blogs. In this article I decided to clear some of those doubts!

Firstly, there is not a sure shot answer in terms of number of days, or months when it comes to expecting organic search engine traffic on your blog. Some of you may feel that creating valid Sitemaps on your blog and submitting them on Google should be enough, but trust me, things remain same even if you do not do it at all. Sitemaps when submitted to Google only accelerates the procedure, but does not guarantee you that your blog pages or posts will be indexed on top of search engines.

It’s a time when Google takes into account two important factors, while ranking your website. The first is Quality Unique Content and the other is Quality Backlinks. Now if your blog is new, and you are updating it religiously everyday even with 3-4 articles, all unique but your blog does not have a good and relevant backlink structure, Google will know that your content is genuine, but it is not really sure if the content on your blog can prove out to be useful for readers. The backlinks at this point of time work as vote-banks for your blog that tells Google that readers can actually rely on the content on your blog. Thus, having only original content on your blog will not define your position in search engines.

Now once you start to work towards quality content on your blog, along with emphasis on developing relevant backlinks for your blog, it is then when you can expect organic traffic from Google within a couple of months. Things were not the same earlier. I still remember when I started my first blog in 2007, I started getting organic search engine traffic within a week of updating it. Now, even if you keep updating your blog regularly, you need to have patience and focus more on generating backlinks for your blog, after publishing quality content of course. It might take a while, but when you start receiving organic search engine traffic on your blog, assume that you are on the right track. Stay focused. 🙂

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5 Basic Things To Do After Setting Up A New Blog

It’s a world of bloggers. True to the meaning, we are a part of generation which has changed the way how humans used to look up-to things online. For us, blogging is a profession, a hobby, a need or may be an interactive field to expand our social circle. Whatever it is, having a blog or owning a domain name is really not a big deal these days. The bigger thing is to touch success in the field of blogging primarily in terms of getting a wide reader base, and then secondarily generating revenue from it. Here is a list of top 5 things you should do, after setting up a new blog:

1. Create A Sitemap

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A sitemap is like a hierarchy of links, posts and pages on your website. It is also a medium of letting Google know that your blog is ready for content to be extracted and placed in the Google. Creating a Sitemap is the first wise practice of maintaining a blog, since your data in Google’s Webmaster Tools depends very much on it as well. If you are not really sure of how to create a sitemap, you can use Google XML Sitemaps plugin to create a sitemap for you automatically. If you have lots of videos on your blog then you can also create a video sitemap for your blog.

2.Sign-Up For Google Webmaster Tools

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Bloggers say, “If you are not on Google, you are almost invisible to the world” . Rightly said, the basic thing for you after you set up a blog is to sign up for Google’s Webmaster Tools service. It is the easiest way to get your site indexed in Google’s Search Engine after you submit a valid sitemap to Google. Also, you get to know if any errors are encountered while crawling your website or blog for content, and then you can rectify them later. You can sign-up for Google’s Webmaster Tools here. You can also add Google Analytics to this list.

3. Set Up Valid Feeds

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Feeds are a way to keep your readers connected with the best and latest of content on your blog. The readers subscribing to your feeds can be considered as permanent readers of your blog since they are going to remain connected with you for a long time period. I personally recommend using FeedBurner to set up feeds for your blog, however you can always use the one you like. Also, you can place a widget on your blog sidebar or content , providing your readers the ease to subscribe directly on your website.

4. Create A Social Network Presence

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It’s a time when major search engines take into account your Social Media existence and reach to rank your website or blog accordingly. Social media existence is now considered to be a good SEO practice, and Google considers it as one of its judgement factors for a blog. To improve your hold on social networks, you can share your content on Facebook, Twitter or Google+. Further, you can also create a dedicated follow page for your readers on Facebook or Google+.

You can also use services like Reputation.com to control your own online reputation, and all the private data that includes. You can also block false, misleading or irrelevant content.

They also have tools to show you how visible you are online, the perception and tone of your presence and how much control you have over information posted about you.

5. Maintain A Blog Updating Frequency

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Search Engine crawlers love to see new content on your blog every time they visit your blog. If you are new to blogging, start gradually with a frequency like 1 post a day, and try to maintain it. Once you pick things up, maintain optimal blogging frequency, and religiously follow it. Do not leave your blog ideal for months, the crawling bots would hate you for doing that.