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Submitting to Blog Directories and Search Engines

Submitting to Blog Directories and Search Engines

Submitting your blog to blog directories and search engines is a very important offline SEO strategy.

Now, what are blog directories?

A blog directory is a website that lists blogs and their descriptions under different categories that can be easily found by a visitor. You can add your blogs too for free and for a price. Most blog directories request you to register first.

What is the benefit of submitting to blog directories?

When you submit your blog to blog directories and when your submission is approved by the webmaster, your blog will be listed in the category in which you submitted.

Visitors browsing through blog directories for information are likely to visit your blog.

Blog directories are visited by advertisers to choose a blog in which they want to promote their products/services.

You also get a quality one-way backlink (inbound link) to your blog which is considered very important to get Google search results rank. The more inbound links your blog shows, the higher ranking your blog will be awarded.

Points to note while submitting to blog directories.

  • Submitting to blog directories and blog search engines is time-consuming, monotonous.
  • You should also ensure to submit in the appropriate category, else, your submission won’t be approved.
  • While starting to submit your blog to blog directories, you should maintain a log of your submission activities to avoid duplication.
  • Since you will be joining hundreds of blog directories, it is expected of you to be organized by saving your joining details and submission log details.  In a word document, you should record the following details first:

Title of blog:

URL:

Description:

(Since blog directories will ask description with varying number of words, you should have prepared the description of your blog in 100, 200, 250 and 400 words. If you have the same description on every page across different directory websites, then, many of these will be seen as duplicate content by the search engines and your links will get devalued. Therefore, compose different worded descriptions for the purpose of submission.)

Keywords:

Your email:

Your Blog Feed Title:

Your blog Feed URL:

If you keep this information in a text document on your computer, then you can copy and paste the content on the submission page quickly

Some  directories will ask you to place their link first on your blog before you hit the submit button. This is the reciprocal link.

Some directories will ask you to register first before submitting. So, in another word file, you should keep recording the blog directories you have joined and the relevant login details. This will come in handy when you have more blogs to submit to the same directories.

Warning: Do not submit to paid blog directories.

Outsourcing:

Since directory submission is not an exciting task, may webmasters will outsource the submission work from various marketplaces found in forums and other places.

Feed Directories

A directory of RSS feeds organized under various categories. This serves the same purpose as blog directories. Both are places to get one-way Backlinks which is very important to get Google rank.

Blog Search Engines

A blog search engine is a search engine that displays results related to blogs only. Such a search engine normally will index only blogs and make them searchable through search form and/or directory-like browsing.

In most cases, directories and social networking are integrated into a blog search engine to make it more lively and interesting enough for visitors and registered users to stay on.

Example: Blog Catalog

Examples of Blog Search Engines:

http://www.blogsearchengine.org/

https://www.twingly.com/search

I am compiling a list of places where you can submit your blog. Once I complete my list and verify them manually, I will post the list in this blog. Stay tuned.

 

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Blogging Tips

Understand the Importance of Social Bookmarking

Understand the Importance of Social Bookmarking

We all use bookmarks quite frequently either by using the browser bookmarking tool or use the keyboard short cut ^D. (control+D) These favorites of ours are stored only on our browsers to visit again. Simply put, Social Bookmarking means storing and sharing the bookmarks stored in your browser in free, public websites that allow you to do it based on tags. Whatever you have stored publicly is sharable by other users of the same social bookmarking websites.

Social bookmarking is an action for bloggers, Internet marketers and researchers to store, organize, search, and manage web pages as favorites on the Internet.

In a social bookmarking system, users save links to web pages that they want to remember and/or share. These bookmarks are:

  •  usually public,
  • can also be saved privately,
  • shared only with specified people or groups,
  • shared only inside certain networks, or another combination of public and private domains.

The other users can view these bookmarks organized mostly chronologically or by category or tags.

Most social bookmark services encourage users to organize their bookmarks with informal tags instead of the traditional browser-based system of folders, although some services feature categories/folders or a combination of folders and tags.

All the users of any social bookmarking site can search for any information by keying in the appropriate label or tag to find your bookmark along with other related results.

They also enable viewing bookmarks associated with a chosen tag, and include information about the number of users who have bookmarked them. Majority of the social bookmarking sites create a tag cloud that denotes the popularity of that particular tag,

Bloggers use social bookmark sites to post the permalinks of their blog posts to drive traffic and getting one way backlinks.

Using social bookmarking sites can be tricky at the beginning but you will get used to it over a period of time. It is advisable to use the ‘bookmarklet’ provided by most of the social media sites to bookmark your blogpost. These bookmarklets are dragged and dropped on your browser’s bookmark toolbar.

All the social bookmarking sites provide a button to vote beside each article. If you vote other people’s sites and they vote your site and you each comment on other’s posts, then you will soon have a network of links pointing back to your site.

Social media sites are already dime a dozen and every now and then, a new social bookmarking site will be launched. There are general social bookmarking sites as well as niche social bookmarking sites that focus on certain topics only such music, old age, education etc.

The popularity of social bookmarking sites varies from time to time but Digg and Delicious are all time favorites.

Google Vs Social Bookmarks

To get to the first page of search engines like Google, you need to worry about your incoming links, your page title, meta tags, the text on your page, and more. Whereas with Social Bookmark sites the only thing that matters is that people like your site, and that you have useful, unique content. This simple rule means that the good pages, articles and links rise to the top, and the useless, repetitive or uninteresting pages sink to the bottom. This concept is what has catapulted Social Bookmarking into the spotlight as the new best thing and why such a large, continually growing number of people now use them.

Summary:

Social Bookmarking sites are simply another way of finding web pages and information on the internet. The difference being that instead of searching by keywords, or by categories, sites are organized by tags and ratings.

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Gadgets

Huawei Mate 10 Pro Launched with Built-in AI to Challenge Apple and Samsung

Huawei Mate 10 Pro Launched with Built-in AI to Challenge Apple and Samsung

Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro: one more step in artificial intelligence inside your mobile

With the increase in size of all devices in general we have almost forgotten the term phablet, but that does not mean that the ranges that are characterized by a diagonal around six inches will disappear. Huawei is very clear that the Huawei Mate 10 Pro still has a lot to give, and has continued with this line introducing the Huawei Mate 10 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro.

Precisely the screen diagonal is one of the four fundamental pillars that the company has this range of smartphones that lives a kind of rebirth from that Mate 7. Pillars such as a large battery, advanced cameras and high performance, which comes from the hand of the Kirin 970 that we met at IFA 2017 and the new Nova that come with the flag of artificial intelligence.

We therefore have two different devices, and choosing between one model or another will mainly mean a difference in their screens. The main one is the resolution, although in this case the variation is smaller since it is not a jump in number of pixels, but in size. The Huawei Mate 10 Pro opts for the ratio 18: 9 on its 6-inch screen with a FullHD + resolution, while the Mate 10 stays at 16: 9, 5.9 inches and FullHD.

The types of panel are different. On the one hand we have Huawei Mate 10 Pro with an IPS LCD, while his older brother opts for an OLED. This, together with the resolution, will make the experience somewhat different, although the two opt for the large-screen maximum compacting the terminal.

There are also differences between both terminals in the use of the front by the screen. In part, that is because in Mate 10 has been chosen to include a fingerprint reader on the front, one that is elongated as we have seen in other devices of the brand such as P10 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro.

Huawei Mate 10 Pro _1

Failing to check it when we have it in our hands, Huawei speaks of an 82% screen-to-front ratio in the case of Mate 10, which would be placed between those range stops that have put effort in the design so that the screen be almost the only protagonist of the front. It would be above the iPhone X (79.8%) and below the Samsung Galaxy S8 (83%).

In the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, the fingerprint reader is placed on the back of the terminal, so Huawei can afford to improve the screen ratio and make a mobile phone with many fewer frames. This is located in Huawei Mate 10 Pro under the lenses of the cameras and not on the side in an attempt to not leave our fingers marked on the camera when unlocking the phone.

Huawei Mate 10 Pro: First steps in artificial intelligence

The presence of Huawei in the past MWC had several protagonists in what refers to the mobile division: the renewal of the Nova range with the Nova 2 and 2 Plus and an appetizer of what was to come in terms of the processors of home. Appetizer in which what most sounded for that Kirin 970 was the unit dedicated to artificial intelligence within the SoC and the NPU or Neural Process Unity.

In this way the Huawei Mate 10 Pro are the first smartphones, both at the brand level and in the other manufacturers, to carry a neuronal processing unit. Of course, at the moment it is a bet whose fruits we will see if they end up being the basis of innovation in the future of smartphones, which is precisely what they believe in the brand.

For the moment, beyond the materialization of this in the exclusive Huawei Mate 10 Pro, the user can begin to perceive the action of Artificial Intelligence in photography and in the recognition of images. In this way Huawei also comes out ahead of what other of the most important manufacturers in the market are doing that also bet on the implementation of the AI.

As explained, the NPU is 35 times faster than the CPU when it comes to recognizing images, giving figures of 6 and 120 seconds respectively for the recognition of 200 images. In this way, in the company’s internal tests based on the nception_v3 model, Mate 10 is placed at the top of the podium.

In these tests the phone was capable of recognizing 2005 images per second, above some iPhone 7 Plus and Samsung Galaxy S7 with 487 and 75 photos per minute respectively. And there’s the trick, we’ll have to do our own tests when we analyze it to see how it behaves in front of more modern mobiles.

The objective is that the physical integration in Huawei Mate 10 Pro, AI eliminate the dependence of the cloud for its uses. As software is developed there is a lower battery consumption (for a passive and intelligent administration to learn the user’s usage pattern), they expect the photography to improve with the recognition and a suitable processing on each occasion. In this way, they want the good use experience to be extended over time, what they call “Stay Fast”.

High performance of Huawei Mate 10 Pro

The new Mate 10 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro come equipped with the Kirin 970 processor introduced last September, and in addition to its Artificial Intelligence chip uses eight cores: four Cortex A73 2.4 GHz and four Cortex A53 to 2, 8 GHz. It will be accompanied by 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage that you can expand using microSD, although in the case of the Huawei Mate 10 Pro version there will be a version of 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage.

Another of the fundamental pillars of the Huawei Mate 10 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro has always been to have a very good autonomy. It is not something that depends entirely on the components, much less, but the volume is determinant for the capacity of the battery, and for the Huawei Mate 10 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro again have managed to save the cubic millimeters needed to integrate batteries of 4,000 mAh as we saw in the previous editions.

As for the battery, Huawei ensures that its Huawei Mate 10 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro has 30% more autonomy than its Mate 9 with the same 4,000 mAh. Get, according to the manufacturer, up to 1 full day of autonomy with continuous use and two days with normal use. Without a doubt, these are impressive figures that will have to be corroborated in our analysis.

The AI here should play another key role in the user experience, learning the behavior, tastes and needs of the user when adjusting the brightness and load pattern (frequency and at what time it is usually done ). And to the AI the fast charge is added, ensuring that in 30 minutes of charging you get to 58% of the battery in the Huawei Mate 10 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro.

So we have as a result a powerful mobile, with a large RAM memory and that takes its first steps in Artificial Intelligence. Very good work on the part of Huawei Mate 10 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro, although as always we will have to wait to assess it conclusively when we can test it for our analysis.

The Huawei Mate 10 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro range has also always presumed to use an advanced camera, which in this case doubles as usual in the most powerful Huawei and Honor from the Huawei P9. On this occasion, the alliance with Leica can be seen in the SUMMILUX-G lenses, which crown the two unknown moment optics of 20 megapixels and f / 1.6 of maximum dual aperture.

Sensors that again seek to take the images with greater definition and better color by combining a monochrome of 20 megapixels and another RGB of 12 MP, the latter being the one that enjoys the company of optical image stabilization (OIS). The AI in Huawei Mate 10 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro intervenes here with AI Motion, a term with which the recognition of images in the scene has been baptized, focusing on one aspect or another depending on what it is about (in the moving photos you will try not to obtain a blurred shot, etc.) .

Huawei Mate 10 Pro: Remembering your role as a mobile for work

Like the Samsung Note, the Huawei Mate 10 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro have always been characterized by large screens and have a certain orientation to be the terminal for work use. Precisely both companies have opted this year to enhance the mobile phone as a desktop, we saw it in Samsung with Dex and now we see it in Huawei Mate 10 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro, but in this case there is no external base, and this is its main characteristic.

The Huawei Mate 10 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro can act as a computer by transferring its content to a monitor with only one HDM-USB cable type C, but in this case, the phone is still active and can be used as a touchpad or keyboard. Of course, if you want you can also add mice and Bluetooth keyboards for a complete experience.

It also applies a control of what is displayed on the screen in relation to messaging and other applications, so that the user can adjust the level of privacy. This way, if you are making a presentation there does not have to be a message on screen that you send or a call you receive.

Therefore, instead of using a DeX like Samsung to convert the phone into a computer, the Huawei Mate 10 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro both are already a computer itself in which it is enough to connect it to the screen. It is, however, another interesting step towards convergence, and it will be interesting to see how Huawei’s bet is opposite that of Samsung.

During the presentation tests we have seen how applications open in large windows and not only in mobile mode. We are looking forward to testing it thoroughly to see how the most used applications behave in this mode.

And they are twins for …

Although both share processor and are not far in size, both Huawei Mate 10 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro have differences in aesthetics and in some of the components, which in the end result in a different user experience.

We have seen that the screens are not the same, and in addition to the resolution there is also a difference in the color of the pixels, since the Huawei Mate 10 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro both are the one that incorporates a FullView RGB-W screen, being this “W” of “white” qualifying that in addition to green, blue and red there are also white pixels. For what? According to the brand in this way, greater brightness is achieved, speaking 30% more.

In addition to the screen, it is the Huawei Mate 10 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro in this case which can give 1.2 Gbps talking about connectivity, although both have LTE Quad Antenna (four antennas, more or less in the corners), 4×4 MIMO + 256 AM and LTE category 18. And something that is quite striking (and important for dual SIM users): Huawei Mate 10 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro are the first smartphones that support 4G in both SIM cards.

A new EMUI in Huawei Mate 10 Pro

For some time, the numbers of the software versions in Huawei Mate 10 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro have played a role at the level of the general user, and the technological ones play with it to transmit the leaps of greater importance to the user. We have seen it with an iPhone 8 that has not been 7s and now we see it in an EMUI 8.0 that has not been the 6 that would touch. Why?

Google has released this year version 8.0 of its operating system, Android 8 Oreo, and the Huawei Mate 10 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro not only premiere new version of the manufacturer’s own layer, but also go to market with this latest version of the system of Mountain View . In this way Huawei is aligned with Google in terms of software and nomenclature, which also affects the incorporation of the artificial intelligence of the NPU at the software level.

In fact, EMUI 8.0 is designed for artificial intelligence (like the Kirin 970), being one of its three pillars along with maximizing user experience with the screen and increasing productivity. And the way to transfer the contribution of the NPU in Huawei Mate 10 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro to the user experience are the new engines such as EMUI AI Engine, and it will be noticed at the moment in four aspects:

Better experience with the camera in Huawei Mate 10 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro: the AI Vision Engine makes it possible to identify images in real time, so that the Huawei Mate 10 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro recognizes the scenarios and adapts the parameters of the photograph to make it look better, even improving the images coming from networks social and messaging (usually compressed and with loss of quality). In addition, the NPU allows the filter application to be processed in the terminal without having to resort to the cloud.

Better performance and experience with EMUI (Performance Engine): there has been a change of the F2FS (file system), the scroll in the galleries Huawei Mate 10 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro has been improved (so that no black squares appear) and other aspects that improve the EMUI experience according to the maker. With respect to Huawei Mate 10 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro, the manufacturer claims that performance has been improved with respect to its predecessor with Android Oreo.

Greater autonomy: learning the usage guidelines the Huawei Mate 10 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro adapts the greater battery consumption. In addition, with the AI Experience Engine Smart Tip engine you can identify the situation and execute something according to which it is, so that you can optimize the consumption and accommodate the use.

Applications (3rd Parties Apps Engine): at the moment we know only about the translation app that Microsoft has designed exclusively for Huawei, but the manufacturer has opened the AI APIs to third parties in two ways.

On the one hand there are some that are on the chipset, so developers can benefit from the NPU. And for those who want to develop in the framework of the AI, the engine EMUI AI Engine routes if a model includes TensorFlow Lite or Caffe2 to take advantage of the NPU. As an example is Microsoft’s real-time translation application, which uses the Kirin APIs and the NPU (which allows no latency by not depending on the cloud), will be released in the Huawei Mate 10 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro.

Other particularities in terms of the EMUI 8.0 interface and user-system interaction are the Floating Navigation Dock, which is a virtual start button that replaces the physical, supporting the gestures that we usually see in Huawei Mate 10 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro such as the swipe, double tap , etc. Huawei Mate 10 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro also includes the Smart split-screen with double screen, which allows you to watch videos and chat at the same time and identify the type of app to avoid interruptions.

We also find multi columns in horizontal orientation, which organizes the columns as if it were a tablet automatically when detecting that the phone is taken horizontally, recognition of accidental touches, full screen mode in 18: 9 also for third-party apps and changes in the color of the text according to the background.

Versions and prices of the Huawei Mate 10 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro

The new Huawei Mate 10 is already pre-sold in some stores, and will be available on November 2 at a price of 699 euros in the 64GB + 4GB version. It will come in the colors Pink Gold, Champagne Gold, Mocha Brown and Black (pink, gold, brown and black), and like last year, there will be a Huawei Mate 10 “Porsche Design” version.

The Huawei Mate 10 Pro will also arrive in November in colors Titanium Gray, Midnight Blue, Mocha Brown and Pink Gold (gray, blue, brown and pink), and will be available for 799 euros in its version of 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of memory in more than two dozen countries, including France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Poland, Thailand and the United Kingdom.

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Software

Google Introduces Neural Networks API in Developer Preview of Android 8.1

Google Introduces Neural Networks API in Developer Preview of Android 8.1

Android’s Neural Networks API

Google has recently released the beta version android 8.1 Oreo and with this release, google also introduced a neural network API. A neural networks API is said to take the load of the CPU or processor in a mobile phone. With the neural networks API complex operations can now be performed in a more efficient manner and also a lot faster.

Benefits of an Neural Networks API:

The neural networks API not only keeps sensitive data on the phone itself but also reduces the load on the network. The neural networks API is a base layer of functionality for frameworks like Caffe2, Tensor Flow Lite and many others. Neural Network API is available for devices running android 8.1 and above. The neural networks API supports inferencing like classifying images and predicting user behavior. By supporting inferencing a neural network API reduces latency, can run even when it is outside network coverage, Can increase speed of processing, it ensures  the security of an individual’s data and there will not be a need of a sever when all computations will be performed on the phone itself.

Neural Networks API

How does Neural Networks API Function?

The neural network API needs the help of a CPU or special AI chip to function, such as that in the recently released Pixel 2 phones. As of now the AI chip in the google pixel 2 phones were dormant but with the release of the android 8.1 oreo beta version it is said that the AI chip in the phone will be activated.

Neural Networks API for Basic Phones:

Google plans on using the neural network API to help developers in making apps more suitable for basic versions of smartphones. Google is going to do this by releasing more optimizations for android go.  Android Go is meant for phones with poor specifications, low memory that is running on 1 GB RAM or less and has bad connectivity.

With the release of android 8.1 Oreo Google has also introduced updates to autofill which will make life simpler for password managers while using the framework.

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How will a Neural Networks API affect a Developers Work?

A Neural networks API is said to involve a lot of operations that will be performed locally rather than needing a server this means that developers will have to monitor a battery’s usage when developing an app.

Also developers will have to keep track of their app’s size and many users would not prefer a single app taking up a lot of space on their phones.

Actual release of 8.1 Oreo:

Right now if you are a developer you can sign up to the beta version of android 8.1 Oreo, while customers or end users have to wait for December to update their android.

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Software

Cisco and Google Find Mutual Interest in Cloud Computing

Cisco and Google Find Mutual Interest in Cloud Computing

What is Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing is a way of managing IT resources. Cloud Computing is a service delivered over a network by using the hardware and software. It is the use of virtual servers, by accessing the internet. The basic equipment required for Cloud Computing is a computer connected to the net. It does away with complicated equipment and hardware. The “Cloud” is not a place, but the hardware and software that is used to help the user in various computing aspects such as storing documents, pictures and file backup as a service provided online.

Advantages of Cloud Computing

In Cloud Computing, there is an online service provider, that stores the data of its users. The service provider guarantees security to the customers. They can have backup files too and can access the data via the internet. This becomes cheaper and easier for the customers as they do not need any extra hardware or security or maintenance of their equipment. The added advantage, is that, the user can access their files or data from anywhere and from any device connected to the internet. Cloud Computing has also increased security as well as greater storage space for individual and business files. Big businesses too can save on unnecessary expenditure on the infrastructure and maintenance. They can concentrate on their business and all the applications running smoothly and at a much faster rate, with the added assurance of security.

Private,  Public  and Hybrid Cloud Computing

In a Private Cloud, for example, we would consider enterprises that utilize Microsoft Exchange, whereby the user can access it by using a secure VPN connection. In this case, all the files, storage, applications and all other services are protected within a firewall, which will be under the control of the corporate IT department.

On the other hand, a Public Cloud is wherein all the files, storage, documents and other applications are provided to the public by accessing the internet. A good example of Public Cloud is the Gmail provided by Google.

Hybrid Cloud is a combination of Private and Public Cloud. In the hybrid Cloud, businesses have more flexibility and deployment options, by enabling the data and applications to move between the public and private clouds. Hybrid clouds allow for public and private clouds to be bound by technology and hence data and applications can be shared between them.

Different Types of Cloud Computing Services

Based on your personal or business goals, the computing services are divided into three types – PaaS, IaaS, SaaS

Platform as a Service PaaS

In this case, while accessing the internet, you purchase the resources and pay for it as much as you need from a cloud service provider. You can avoid all the unnecessary expenses of paying for and managing the infrastructure and other resources. You only need to manage the applications and services you develop, while the rest is taken care of by the cloud service provider.

Infrastructure as a Service IaaS

Here the IT infrastructure  which consists of servers, virtual machines, storage, operating systems are rented from a cloud service provider by paying for it as and when you need.

Software as a Service SaaS

The software applications are delivered over the internet by subscribing to it. In this service, the user connects via the internet with the help of a web browser on their PC, phone or tablet.

Cisco was the main company from whom business enterprises were paying heavily to get their hardware. They are now turning to companies like Amazon, who are providing them with cloud services.  Cisco has close ties with the big corporates. Hence, Google along with Cisco are getting into the market of Cloud Computing services, by either helping the business enterprises to manage their software and technology in their data centers or in places operated by external cloud service providers.

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