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How to Clean the Bottom of an Oven

How to Clean the Bottom of an Oven
Co-authored by Michelle Driscoll
Updated: August 28, 2019

Cleaning the gunk that’s built up on the bottom of your oven may seem like a difficult task. But it’s actually really simple, and you have a variety of cleaning options to choose from. Whether you decide to use an industrial oven cleaner or a more natural alternative, you first have to prepare your oven to be cleaned.

Method One of Three:
Using the Self-Cleaning Cycle

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Clear out the oven before you clean it. Take out all of the oven racks so you can reach and clean the bottom more easily. Remove any other items like a pizza stone or any trays that may have been left in there.[1]
Clean the oven racks before you put them back into the oven after you clean the bottom.
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Remove large food particles from the bottom of the oven. Use an old sponge, paper towels, or a cloth to scrub off large bits of food and grease that may have collected on the bottom of your oven. Lots of built up grease and food can prevent a cleaning solution from being effective.[2]
A cleaning solution will be more effective when it’s applied directly to the surface of the bottom of the oven, rather than a large chunk of food.

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Use your oven’s self-cleaning cycle. If your oven has a self-cleaning cycle, allow it to run until it’s finished. Self-cleaning cycles will bake the grease and food particles and make them dry and crispy so they’re easier to remove.[3]
Depending on your oven, self-cleaning cycles can take up to 3 hours.
Warning: Grease can create toxic smoke. If the oven begins to fill with lots of smoke, you may need to turn it off and clean the bottom of your oven by hand.

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Wipe the bottom of your oven with a damp rag or paper towel. After your oven has finished its self-cleaning cycle, there will be a layer of ash on the bottom of the oven. Use a damp cloth or paper towel to remove all of the ash from the inside of your oven before you add any cleaning solutions or it could cake together.[4]
Method Two of Three:
Applying an Industrial Cleaning Product

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Put on rubber cleaning gloves and safety glasses. Chemical oven cleaners can be really caustic and can burn your skin and eyes. Wear safety glasses and a pair of sturdy rubber cleaning gloves to create a heavy-duty barrier between your skin and the oven cleaner.[5]
Don’t use disposable gloves as they may not be enough to prevent the cleaner from getting onto your skin.
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Lay down newspapers or paper towels on the floor in front of the oven. When you apply the oven cleaner to the bottom of your oven, some of it may spill or run out of the oven. Use newspapers or paper towels to soak up any excess cleaner.[6]
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Spray the cleaner onto the bottom of the oven using a sweeping motion. Hold the spray can of cleaner about 8–10 inches (20–25 cm) from the surface of the bottom of the oven and apply the cleaner using back and forth sweeping motions.[7]
Tip: Do not spray on the heating elements of the oven or it could cause problems when you turn on your oven to use it. Keep the cleaning spray contained to the bottom of the oven.

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Let the cleaner sit for at least 30 minutes. Check the can to see the specific waiting time, but most oven cleaners need to sit for 30 minutes before you wipe it clean. Don’t disturb the oven while the cleaner is working.[8]
Keep the oven closed so the fumes are contained.
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Wipe the bottom of the oven clean with a damp cloth. After the oven cleaner has been allowed to sit for 30 minutes, open the oven and use a damp cloth to wipe the bottom clean. If there are any sticky patches of residue, you can use a scrub brush or sponge to scrub it.[9]
Get into the corners and crevices to remove all of the dirt and the cleaner.
Method Three of Three:
Using Natural Cleaning Alternatives
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Use baking soda and vinegar to clean without toxic chemicals. Mix 1⁄2 cup (120 mL) of baking soda with 3 tablespoons (44 mL) of water in a bowl, and mix it to form a thick paste. Spread the paste on the bottom of your oven and let it sit for 12 hours, or overnight. Then wipe the bottom of your oven with a damp cloth. Fill a spray bottle with white vinegar, spray the inside of the oven, and wipe away the foamy mixture.[10]
The white vinegar will react with the baking soda and make a foamy cleaning mixture.
You don’t need to let the foam sit in the oven. Wipe the oven clean right after you spray the vinegar.
If you’re in a hurry, apply the baking soda paste, let it sit for 15 minutes, and then spray it with vinegar and wipe it away.
Tip: Use a pumice or microfiber sponge for any difficult-to-remove stains.

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Bake lemons in your oven to clean the bottom. Preheat your oven to 250 °F (121 °C) and fill an oven-safe bowl about ⅓ of the way full with clean water. Slice 2 lemons in half and squeeze the juice into the water and then drop the lemons into the bowl of water. Place the bowl on a center rack and let it bake for 1 hour, then use a damp cloth to wipe the bottom of your oven.[11]
Let the oven cool down enough to where it’s still warm, but you can reach into it to wipe the bottom.
Use a wet scouring pumice or microfiber sponge to scrub difficult stains.

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Spread salt onto the bottom of the oven to clean it. Preheat your oven to 150 °F (66 °C) and sprinkle regular table salt all over the bottom of the oven. Put on oven mitts to protect your hands and use a damp sponge or rag to scrub the bottom of the oven while the oven is still warm.[12]
The salt acts as an abrasive and will make the grime easy to wipe away.
Tips
Clean your oven regularly, especially right after a spill. The longer you go between cleanings, the harder it is to clean up the mess.
Things You’ll Need
Using the Self-Cleaning Cycle
Cloth, rag, sponge, or paper towels
Applying an Industrial Cleaning Product
Rubber cleaning gloves
Newspapers or paper towels
Spray oven cleaner
Using Natural Cleaning Alternatives
1⁄2 cup (120 mL) of baking soda
Bowl (to mix)
White vinegar
Spray bottle
2 lemons
Table salt
Scouring pumice or microfiber sponge (optional)

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How to Support the Arts @johnnyblue1

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How to Support the Arts
Author Info
Updated: October 17, 2018

If you want to support the arts and the creative people behind art, these steps will offer some direction.

Method One of Five:
Supporting the arts with your money

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Buy the arts! Don’t argue about the price, just look at your budget and decide what you need and want in life. No matter what your income or social class, you have at least some entertainment budget and you have choices in what to get for your necessities. When buying art, you support an artist in his or her pursuit of art, so every little bit counts. The following steps provide practical suggestions for purchases that support the arts.
Both fine art and artisan creations (crafts, chefs and arts that aren’t seen as fine art) support the local economy as well as give you a higher quality of lifestyle. You may find you can afford more personal luxury after you know these artists and discover what you like most. They also need to eat, do their laundry, pay their rent and local taxes on everything, so they are also helping everyone else in the area keep their jobs by pouring your spending money into building a stronger community. In all of these things, follow your personal tastes.
Don’t buy stuff you don’t need or like just to support the arts. Specifically support the artists and artisans whose work you enjoy and collect more of it over the years as they grow artistically. Your collection will deepen as well as broaden and you’ll be an important patron to these artists. It’s a luxury, so the point is to indulge yourself and get the best of their work.

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Support the indie artist first. When deciding to go out for a show, consider tickets for live theater instead of a movie or an indie film rather than a first-run blockbuster. You’re supporting new actors, directors, producers and live theatrical houses when you make these choices. If a favorite comes along go ahead and get the first run viewing but opt for a matinee to save money so you can also see the indie film. You’ll have more variety in your viewing pleasure and your dates may find that you are more educated, sophisticated and intellectual than if you just go to the same movies everyone talks about.
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Buy real paintings and drawings from living artists to decorate your home. Collect real art within your budget. If you like artists you can’t afford, consider smaller original pieces, sketches rather than paintings or archival limited edition prints. Then take care of your art collection by storing it in a cool, dark, dry place (attic, closet or other air conditioned indoor area).
Frame everything and look up basic art conservation for collectors. If you vary which artists you collect, the entire collection will appreciate in value. You may not know which of your collections will become super valuable by the artist’s fame growing, but your kids and grandkids will have an incredible legacy if you spread that investment around — and do it from the heart.
Buy the artwork you fall in love with. Then stash them if your tastes change because collectors or your kids may love them later.
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Buy books from living authors at full price. Very often discounts and bargains get taken out of the author’s royalties. The author gets paid on the net, not on the gross value of the books printed. If it’s print-on-demand and you discover independent authors you like, always purchase them direct from the author’s website versus Amazon.
If you collect e-books from living authors, you won’t need as many bookcases.
Don’t feel bad about purchasing hardcover versions of paperbacks or e-books you liked and want to reread, that’s a way to reduce your bookshelves to manageable.
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Buy tickets to music, dance and other live performances. Again, do this within budget and focus it on your tastes. You may like Riverdance more than you like formal ballet, or you may prefer live theater off-off-Broadway types of productions. You may like concerts with big famous bands or symphony orchestras or opera. Yes, this includes live theatre as mentioned above or any type of performance art you enjoy.
Pay full price tickets to magicians and musicians.
When you pass a street performer, put some money into the performer’s hat or tip box.
Buy CDs of independent musicians who self produce them, you may be launching a someday-famous band and have a collectible — or just have a beloved CD of famous music. And if you download their music, pay for it––don’t be a freeloader as the “free music” attitude has ruined the livelihood of many a struggling yet very talented musician.
Be polite and quiet during live performances. This is especially important in pubs that have Celtic music, as the Celtic tradition is very keen on respect for bards. Don’t talk during live performances. You’re not only distracting the audience who’d like to hear the music, you may be distracting the musicians too and throwing them off their stride.
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Hire live local musicians for your personal events — weddings, graduation parties, child’s bar or bat mitzvahs, Sweet Sixteens, family reunions or get-togethers. Why not celebrate your anniversary by hiring a live musician to serenade your spouse at a romantic dinner — or have a romantic dinner at home with a musician performing that you both love? Any kind of holiday or personal event can become lavish if you have live music. Book them well in advance, talk to them in person after a concert and find out their rates.
Find out when the band’s off season is and what causes it. You may wind up getting a bargain or a shorter wait time if you book them during a time of year they don’t get many gigs. The opposite of tourist season is often good.
For the holidays, try to book the band early, so you’re the one that gets them for your holiday party.
If you like variety, turn your annual music party into a “guess what the band is” event.
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If you need to buy new clothes, especially for evening or party wear, consider finding a textile artist, tailor, seamstress or other artisan. Instead of going to an upscale shop where you’ll pay a high price for fancy clothing, go to an artist who will fit it to your individual body much better, create it to suit your precise looks, complexion, style and taste, and support another type of independent artist. You will get more than your money’s worth because a quality handmade original garment will last longer and if you pay for their best work, wear better than anything from even an expensive store. You can reduce the size of your wardrobe while raising its quality.
Buy handmade boots and shoes from leather crafters and artists. Again, they will be expensive but they’ll fit better, look better and wear much longer than shoes and boots from stores.
If you like buying shoes often, find your favorite artisan and have new ones designed for you periodically for fun. You might start getting a “regular customer” discount working one on one with the artist instead of just purchasing something made by mass production to sell to thousands of others. Remember, your shoes are unique, unlike anyone else’s. If they were made to fit your Christmas dress and you love them, maybe take them to your clothing designer next year to get a new Christmas dress inspired by the shoes. Artists sometimes work together on things like that. The more you know them, the more personal and unique their works are and the closer they come to your personal tastes.
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Have jewelry handcrafted for you by artists. On a low budget, start with small silver and semiprecious stones. Once you’re up in a fine jewelry bracket, you can pay for more elaborate workmanship and more expensive materials. Especially pay attention to their original pieces or commission original pieces. Buying the stock rings and necklaces they have on hand helps the artists to survive, but when you choose their best work or commission something unique that takes the best of their skills, you also feed their souls.
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Eat out at small chef-owned original restaurants. Food is an art form, so is ambiance, these one-of-a-kind restaurants are sometimes a lot higher quality than chain restaurants. Once you find your favorites, you’re likely to get personal attention and extra good service for a more enjoyable experience.
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Buy handmade toys, furnishings, furniture and gifts from local artists. No matter what it is, if a local artist makes it, you are getting originality and personal attention. Your entire home can become a collection of treasured, unique, beautiful objects. Many of those things will be higher quality than manufactured goods.
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Buy locally grown food from farmers and gardeners. Hire local landscapers to take care of your yard, unless you’re a gardener. Find the ones who are artists, look at their other gardens, then give them some artistic freedom. Yes, the flowers in your yard and the landscaping can be artwork that is an expression of who you are and what you love.
Method Two of Five:
Asking for a commissioned piece of artwork
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When buying art, choose an artist you enjoy (of any kind, performance or tangible) and then keep your description of your commission simple. Stick to the type of work that’s their specialty.
Don’t haggle over changes, give them a hard time or get too controlling. Part of supporting the arts is to encourage the artist to go on being an artist. You’re not buying real arts in order to get the cheapest bargain or rip off the painter for a masterpiece by paying less than he did for the materials! If you do that, there’s a good chance the artist will get disgusted, quit and do something else for a living, which reduces the appreciation of that masterpiece.
Method Three of Five:
Leaving compliments for all to see
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If you bought from a writer, an artist or a musician, review the item on Amazon, Twitter and other places online, especially if you like it. Negative reviews are a warning not to buy from an unreliable seller. The arts are far more personal, your taste comes into it. If you made a mistake and got a book you didn’t like, explain what you didn’t like in a way that people who would like it for what it is will find it enjoyable.
Try something like, “I expected this to be a lovely vampire romance and it turned out to be a horror novel with a fanged stalker who scared me to death. Don’t buy this book if you want to mush over the vampire. But if you like a good scare, it might be just your thing.” You have not only supported the writer (or artist or musician, etc.) by purchasing their original work, you’ve supported them again by word of mouth so they can sell more, make a living, pay taxes in your town, etc.
Method Four of Five:
Localizing your support for the arts
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Support the arts in your local area. Youth theatres, amateur organizations and school productions need your support! There are hundreds of ways to get involved, whether you’re designing posters, sewing costumes or selling tickets.
Organize and help set up at festivals and fairs. Just helping a bunch of artists and crafters get their stuff unpacked and set up, or helping to organize an event that they can all show up to helps them big time!
Help promote local arts events by posting about them online, blogging them, making flyers or stapling flyers up.
If your town or city has an arts committee, find out what they need volunteers for. If it doesn’t, consider trying to form one.
Some types of local events you can help organize or prepare for are concerts, live performances including outdoor ones, art fairs, studio tours for artists, book signings and poetry readings, any of the arts can benefit from a public event and its exposure. If the artists have any recordings or physical things to sell, be sure the event’s rules allow them to sell their works even if the performance or show is free.
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As you know practice makes perfect, so keep practicing and cultivating regularly. Be sincere.
Take classes in humanities or art, music or literature appreciation at your local community college. Some local community charges have a much lower “audit” fee if you attend the class but don’t take the tests, get a grade or college credit for it. When you’re attending just to improve your appreciation of the arts, auditing is just as good as taking the class to get in the right number of Humanities credits and leaves you more in your budget to buy real art, pay local musicians, get tickets, etc.
Method Five of Five:
Getting involved in the arts yourself
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Get involved! The arts are about creativity and self-expression, so whatever your passion, get out there and enjoy the art. Arts are broad, including drawing, painting, performing, street theater, making murals, crafting, engaging the community in artistic projects and much more, so there are plenty of things to explore and find your own artistic niche within.
If you haven’t yet discovered the activity that’s for you, find out about free or cheap tester classes you can join. Ask if you can borrow materials initially, or look online for many cheap options such as auctions of art materials people no longer need.
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Do some reading. Go to your local library and find books on photography, art, ballet or even the art of performance.
Read up on these arts online, whatever your particular interests are. There are many reviews and articles on all of the arts available for free. That frees your budget to make knowledgeable purchases from local artists.
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Go to a museum or art gallery. Find an art, ballet, photo or performance museum. If you can’t go in person, see online exhibits if they are available.
When on vacation, visit museums and galleries in your vacation area. You’ll broaden your appreciation of your favorite arts and appreciate your local artists’ works even more by deepening your knowledge. You’re on vacation anyway, so why not see what artists and musicians, etc., are producing in the cool place you visited? If you take vacations in the same place every year as some people enjoy doing, you can become an annual regular and support particular artists — the local painter in your holiday spot, the little pub that always has good Celtic music, that theatre, the opera house.
If you like opera, definitely get at least bargain tickets and experience it live. Opera houses operate on a shoestring despite the number of millionaires that donate. They need to sell those empty cheap student seats at the back and it’s a wonderful experience. The productions cost so much and involve so many live people not only performing but doing all the work of creating the production that they’re always operating at a brutal budget. If you’re an opera lover who lives near an opera house, consider volunteering your time and effort to help keep the house going.
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Donate to charities who support the arts or donate to organizations directly. For example, the National Endowment for the Arts, who help art programs throughout America. Donate to art programs You can donate to programs in your school or city.
Organize a monthly art hop. Sign up various art venues in your area that will open their doors on one evening per month. A map and list could be offered in advance to help those planning their tours. Finger foods and beverages could be served at each spot.
Donate directly to local theatres, performance companies and arts events. Many of them accept donations. Your local arts council and local theatre troupe may need the donations more than something as big as the National Endowment for the Arts.
Support PBS. Make a steady annual donation or watch when their pledge drive auctions and bid on things you want. Volunteer to work the phones at PBS pledge drives. PBS always needs it, everywhere, and doing this will also get more of your favorite programming purchased by your local PBS station. They listen to fan requests.
Purchase new copies of your favorite books at full price from living authors and donate them to your local library. The community will be better for it, those that can’t afford it will get to read it sooner, those that might never have found your favorite author may wind up buying their own copy when they have to return it. Everyone wins, and your author is more likely to continue writing instead of taking up something else because the bills need to be paid.
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Get out there and experience it! The only way to boost your appreciation and support of the arts is to experience as many performances as possible. Be open-minded and you never know which new genres you will discover.
To save money, opt for cheaper seats or buy last-minute tickets from discount websites.
If you can’t afford original paintings from your favorite painters, consider their smaller works, sketches or limited edition prints. Whether you opt for lower priced works from the newest indie unknowns or the lower priced works by more successful artists, you will always be supporting the arts — and that supports the economy both local and national.
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Get to know the artists. All of the arts are about communication. Forming relationships with artists and artisans, studying art appreciation and encouraging those that are growing in their arts also improves the quality of your own life. From furnishings and objects that you enjoy more than mass produced goods, to the social success of becoming more refined and knowledgeable to the inner spiritual growth that comes from awareness of beauty, supporting the arts will enrich your life in more ways than you would expect.
Tips
Share your own artwork with others. There are chemists who are poets, lawyers who are actors and doctors who are painters. Speak up for the arts within your profession, trade and job, to allow others to feel that it’s not only okay to be creative but to also make the time to exercise creativity.
Watch artsy TV. Currently, the only artsy TV network in the USA is Ovation TV.
Things You’ll Need
Books
Transportation
Computer
Internet connection
Television
Money
supplies:
For Drawing and Painting:
pastels
pencils
easel
sketchbook
canvas
For Photography:
camera
photo editing software
photo printing paper
photo printer
For Ballet:
ballet school/teacher
music
ballet bar
For Filming:
camera(s)
scripts (drama)
word processing software (scriptwriting)
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How to Be Talented in Multiple Areas @johnnyblue1

How to Be Talented in Multiple Areas
Co-authored by Paul Chernyak, LPC
Updated: March 28, 2019

Setting out to increase your talents and abilities in multiple disciplines is an audacious endeavor. It’s also very feasible to accomplish. In fact, it’s far easier to become talented in multiple areas than you may expect. Practicing the skills you wish to improve upon, maintaining a positive mindset, and broadening your base of interest and knowledge can all help you be talented in all sorts of ways.

Method One of Three:
Developing Multiple Talents with Practice

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Practice. Whatever it is you’re trying to be talented at, you know you have to practice. This is especially true if you hope to be talented in multiple areas. Fortunately, you may not need to practice quite as much as you think, and can likely make the time to practice multiple skills every day. In order to get the most out of the time you put in, you have to focus on what you’re hoping to learn.
Practice two different skills 40-45 minutes each, every day for a month.
Don’t worry if you miss a day of practicing one of your talents once in a while. If you practice each skill almost every day for a month, you’ll have put in about 20 hours of focused practice on improving each of the talents you hope to develop![1]

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Deconstruct the talents you hope to acquire. In order to practice deliberately and efficiently, you need to make sure you are absolutely focused during practice. One way to help maximize the efficiency of your practice time is to deconstruct the talents you hope to improve upon into specific skills.
Ask yourself; What, specifically, do you need to be good at in order to be more talented at whatever ability you’re developing?
Choose specific objectives to achieve each time you sit down to practice something. Repeat a small task or process many, many times until you’ve mastered it.[2] For instance, if you’re trying to improve your ability to play a sport, choose an extremely basic aspect of playing that sport and spend 45 minutes straight on just that specific aspect.
For example, if you’re hoping to become a better soccer player, dribble a soccer ball back and forth on the field with just one foot.
If you’re hoping to improve your talent as a basketball player, shoot only lay-ups.
Deconstructing your effort to improve one talent will help you improve other talents as well. Following the sports example, doing anything physically active will get you in better shape and improve your coordination, both of which will increase your physical abilities generally.

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Practice until you can self-correct. Practice enough so that you are able to both notice and correct errors in your execution of a particular ability. (Once you’ve completed a disciplined practice routine, during which you practice almost daily for a month, you will likely reach this point.)
Moving forward, your practice will become more efficient. This is because you have gained a solid base of knowledge from which your talent will more naturally progress.
For instance, if you’re hoping to improve your ability to play an instrument, practice playing the same single notes or chord so frequently than you automatically know exactly what you did wrong when the sound is even a little bit off.
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Be consistent and persistent. Dabbling and practicing are different things. Jogging or painting twice a week are fun and healthy things to do, but in order to acquire talent, you need to be more disciplined in your pursuit of improvement. Something that may help you be persistent is choosing two very different talents to practice and improve upon during the same time period.
Get in the groove of practicing at the same time of day each day.
Try practicing skills related to two talents you’re hoping to improve upon back-to-back. Get in the habit of practicing one talent then immediately practicing the other.
For example, right when you get home from a daily run, sit down to paint. Grouping your practice sessions together will encourage you to do both consistently.
Work on two widely different talents to increase the variety of your daily activities. Following the example used in this step, doing something active like running pairs well with something creative and contemplative, like painting.
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Remove distractions during practice. Do not rely entirely on willpower to focus adequately during practice time. Here are a few tips to ensure your practice time is free of interruption:
Set aside a block of time devoted exclusively to practice and commit to practicing for that full length of time. Set a timer if you’d like.
Turn your phone on silent.
Make sure there are no screens running in your vicinity (unless you’re using them to help you practice).
If you have music playing, consider choosing something without lyrics.
Method Two of Three:
Maintaining a Talent-Inducing Mindset
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Defy negative thoughts. In order to maintain talent in multiple areas, train yourself to prevent negative thoughts that can diminish your ability to work towards achieving the multiple goals you set for yourself. There are several ways to rid your mind of negative thinking:[3]
Overcome fear. Audacious, yes. But reflect on what’s holding you back. The most common barriers to acquiring talent are based on your emotions.[4] Recognize this and prevent emotional perspectives, such as fear, from preventing you from pursuing whatever talent you wish to acquire.
Filter out the negative. We tend to filter out the positive and be overly concerned with the negative, especially in terms of our perspective on our own abilities. Don’t fall for this mental trap. Contemplate your room for improvement only so far as it motivates you to continue improving.
Recognize the middle ground. Abandon the concept of perfection. Don’t think that you must be perfect at something to consider yourself talented.
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Strengthen your position with positive thinking. Optimism isn’t going to make you good at anything on its own, but it will help. Recognize that it is objectively within your control to decide how to think about something, especially goals you set for yourself and your ability to accomplish them.
Respond to negative thoughts that arise by re-framing them in equally true, but more positive perspectives. For instance:[5]
Instead of thinking, “I’ve never done this before, and it seems hard,” think, “Here’s an opportunity to learn, and there are a few different ways to approach this.”
Instead of thinking, “I’m too lazy” or “There’s no way I can do that,” tell yourself, “I haven’t put enough time into this, but I can at least try it and see how it goes.”
Finally, don’t get discouraged by thoughts about how slowly your talents are improving. Decide to tell yourself that it’s worth one more try.
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Practice the thinking part too. Even convincing yourself to favor positive thinking takes practice. It will pay off though. Become less critical of the world around you, and of yourself, simply by repeating positive sentiments to yourself and pushing away negative thoughts.
Maintaining a positive mindset will not only improve your mood, but will help motivate you to stick with the hard work required to acquire new talents.[6]
Method Three of Three:
Broadening Your Ability to Gain Talent Generally
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Monitor your progress. Know that focused practice will not always be fun. Realizing the development of your talents, however, will be. Take note of and appreciate your achievements – such as a new personal record mile time or a particularly compelling painting.
If there are tangible indications of your progress (perhaps especially paintings), place them in locations you will frequently see them in order to motivate yourself to continue practicing and improving upon your talents!
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Rest. Keep your mind and body ready to practice with focus and energy. More to the point, rest strategically. If the talent you’re trying to improve requires intense physical activity or mental focus, you’re going to have to keep your mind and body conditioned enough to practice effectively.[7]
This may actually require that you do take off one day a week. This is important to do if it improves your ability to practice effectively for the rest of the week.
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Accept that innate skill is less significant than practice and perseverance. Even the abilities some people seem to be born with come more from training than from inborn talent.[8] This is true for athletes, musicians, and mathematicians!
Know you’ll need some grit. Psychologists have come to use the term “grit” when referring to an attribute held by successful people. Grit indicates both perseverance and passion in pursuing long-term goals.[9]
Overcoming adversity in pursuit of developing your skills also positively contributes to improve your talents more generally. When facing challenges that others might not have to deal with, tell yourself that by overcoming them, you’ll have a step up on everyone else.
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Improve upon talents that interest you. Even scientists aren’t sure about how to increase talent. The question of how we become good at things is still largely unanswered. We do know that people who are exposed to things that they become drawn to naturally and who then become immersed in those things end up being good at them. With training and practice, people who are already into something become especially good at it. Accept the significance of these findings and act accordingly:[10]
Observe and play without inhibition. Inspiration and curiosity will inevitably hit you and you’ll end up pursuing talents you’ll be interested in enough to stick with.
Ignore the technical aspects of the talent you’re hoping to acquire. You can bring in the technical aspects of perfecting your abilities once you’re committed.
Don’t try to judge where your interests are coming from.
Avoiding these tendencies will allow your more creative and emotional aspirations to get you hooked on something.
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Read. Reading is a great place to start learning about how you can become more talented in multiple ways. One of the main benefits here is perking your curiosity and motivating yourself to pursue new ways to expand your talents, or to pursue new talents altogether.
Becoming interested in something you’ve read is seen as an indication that you may take especially well to the material.[11] If you become interested in something new, throw yourself at it.
There are literal advantages to reading too: you learn about language and writing, about whatever era of history is relevant to the book, and, of course, about the content contained in the book. You’re immediately more knowledgeable about all sorts of stuff, just by dragging your eyes back and forth across a page and interpreting a bunch of printed words!
Of course, nothing compares to hands-on experience. Whatever you read about that appeals to you, practice doing it yourself and develop a new talent!
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How to  Utilize Search Engine Optimization(SEO) For WordPress.”The Most Effective Way”

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Setting up WordPress sites is easy, properly optimizing them for SEO isn’t.

WordPress is decent for SEO out of the box, especially the new versions. But there are still scopes to transform that ‘decent’ bit into ‘excellent’. SEO is not limited to low quality link building and blatant keyword stuffing any more. It has literally gone through an evolution in the past decade, and will never stop evolving. In this article I’ll randomly present 31 easy to implement, effective ways to boost the SEO of your WordPress blog.DreamHost

In addition to the 7 modern SEO tactics which are applicable for every website, if you want your WordPress blog to rank higher in Search Engine Result Pages (SERPs), here are a few things that you should consider doing:

  1. Starting with your WordPress Blog

When you set up a new blog, you can use the ‘discourage search engines from indexing this site‘ feature of WordPress until you’re done with working on the structure of the blog and ready to launch it. When you have that option enabled, it disallows search engines (bots) to crawl your pages (handled from robots.txt). WordPress also includes rel=”noindex” and rel=”nofollow” tags in the pages of your blog, so that they don’t get indexed by search engines until you want them to. This is useful because most bloggers tend to delete the default ‘Hello World’ WordPress post and tweak permalink structures and all, which would otherwise result in lots of 404 not found errors to show up in Google Webmaster Tools.

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  1. Alter the default permalinks structure

By default, WordPress uses ‘?p=[id]‘ permalinks for posts. This is not search engine friendly and you’ll lose the opportunity to put a few important keywords in post permalinks if you don’t switch to a text-based permalink structure. I prefer the ‘yourdomain.com/year/month/post-name/‘ format, but you may choose any other similar structure.DreamHost

  1. Install an .xml sitemap plugin
    Installing an .xml sitemap plugin is vital for WordPress blogs. Providing search engines like Google links to all the pages on your site in a sitemap, preferably in the .xml format, helps them index your site content faster, in an easier way.

A good plugin for WordPress to automatically create and update sitemaps is Google XML Sitemaps by Arne Brachhold.

  1. Install an SEO plugin and start using rel=”canonical”
    Installing a good SEO plugin is a must because it can take good care of numerous SEO aspects of your blog automatically. As soon as you install one, you should enable the rel=”canonical” tag for pages on your blog. It helps search engines to determine the original source URLs of content on your blog. That way, it helps eliminate duplicate content issues from WordPress sites.

I personally prefer using All in One SEO Pack by Michael Torbert. It provides users a broad range of options regarding link canonicalization, page titles, meta description, keywords optimization, noindexing categories, tags and archives, Google Plus authorship, Google Analytics and Google Webmaster Tools verification. So many options under the hood make me love the plugin so much.

Another popular SEO plugin for WordPress is WordPress SEO by Joost de Valk.

If you can afford a paid plugin, I’d suggest Squirrly. In addition to SEO, it helps you out with keyword selection (by analysing keyword competition and search trends) and a various other elements of SEO. When you’re writing a new article, Squirrly’s live assistant tells you about how optimized that article is, SEO-wise. It also includes all-in-one SEO Analytics that shows information about Google indexation, social metrics, inbound links and a variety of other things.

  1. Nofollow untrusted and useless links

Basically, a hyperlink with a rel=”nofollow” attribute on a webpage means that the webpage tells the search engine spiders not to ‘follow’ the link and that it doesn’t guaranty the reliability of the linked page. Additionally, adding a rel=”nofollow” attribute to a link ensures that it gets no PageRank points from the page the link was posted on.

Google advises that webmasters set unrelated links as nofollow. This includes paid advertisements on websites with links to the advertisers’ websites. Generally, you should nofollow links (such as a link to the RSS feed) that are either unrelated to the website that they’re posted on, or are not useful to search engines. You can check what Google has to say about it.

  1. Noindex duplicate page types
    If your blog already has a category called ‘Pussy Cats’ and you still tag a post ‘Pussy Cats’ then that might create duplicate content and duplicate titles issue if you don’t use different title structure for tag and category pages. A quick solution would be to noindex (that’s telling search engines not to index a page using ) the less important page. A very easy way to do so is to use the All in One SEO Pack plugin that I’ve already mentioned before.DreamHost

An example:

The title of the ‘Web Hosting’ category of this website looks like: “Web Hosting | TechTage”. If I tag one post “Web Hosting” then that tag page also would feature the title: “Web Hosting | TechTage”, making search engines think that I’m duplicating my content across multiple pages. So, as a solution, I’ve made the tag pages noindexed to avoid problems.

  1. Use a caching plugin to speed up your blog

A caching plugin is a must for any WordPress site. Caching plugins do two useful things. Firstly, they make your website faster. Secondly, they reduce the load on your web server. Most caching plugins cache static and dynamic content to decrease the page loading times. One such awesome plugin for WordPress is W3 Total Cache which I use on TechTage and various other WordPress sites. It’s feature-rich with page caching, browser caching, object caching, database caching and minification options. A good alternative to it would be WP Super Cache, which generates and serves static .html pages to speed up WordPress sites. The goal behind decreasing webpage load times is to improve user experience. Search engines also give fast sites more edge in SERPs. So, if you make your website faster, naturally it’ll be good from an SEO viewpoint.

  1. Use a CDN to boost your site’s performance

A CDN is super helpful, especially for medium to large websites with lots of static content (like images, javascripts, css). It basically caches your static content among numerous servers on its widespread network and serves them to your users through servers that are the closest to the locations of the users. This speeds things up, as a closer server to get static content from ensures lower response time and faster page loading performance overall.

I use MaxCDN on TechTage and a few other websites, and all I can say is that I’m a big fan of it. Because of MaxCDN’s awesome CDN servers, even the most resource heavy pages of our website load under 2 seconds. I’ve also reviewed it, so you can take a look at the MaxCDN review if you’re interested.

If you can’t afford a paid CDN service, there are a few free alternatives. CloudFlare is a very popular CDN service provider offering a free plan, though they provide a somewhat technically different service than what MaxCDN does, by caching entire webpages on their servers and serving them directly from their servers. You should start using a CDN no matter whichever CDN you go with, if your WordPress site has seen some decent growth and is asking for more.

  1. Switch to a better web host

If your website remains slow even after optimizing the code, using a caching plugin, and a CDN, it’s time to move to a better web host with faster servers. You might contact your host and ask them why your website is performing slowly on their server, but if they fail to provide you a specific reason (such as your website hitting your VPS’ memory limits), you can be sure that their servers are slow in the first place.

While choosing a new web host, make sure you don’t make the same common mistakes that most beginners do. A few of my favourite web hosts are: MDDHosting, HawkHost, StableHost. I recently reviewed MDDHosting and in my opinion they’re the best shared host out there out of the large lot of hosts I’ve tested. If you’re curious as to why I never had to switch to another host since 2011, give my MDDHosting review a read.

In addition, I’ve reviewed a few other popular web hosts as well, like BlueHost, InMotion Hosting and A Small Orange.

A great place to look for a new web host is WebHostingTalk. Their members are very helpful and new members get proper guidance on choosing a web host.

  1. Block spam comments

New versions of WordPress do a very good job in nofollowing links posted by users in comments. You can prevent spam comments from getting posted in the first place implementing these 3 simple methods.

So, why are spam comments bad for your blog? First of all, they don’t contribute anything to the topic and annoy legit users. Secondly, if a post on cars get a comment saying things about ‘cheap viagra’, search engines don’t like that.

In that case, there’s a chance that the page will be flagged as spam by search engines and your site will get penalized. “Preventing spammers from doing bad stuff on your site is the only effective way” in this case – according to Gareth Bull from Bulldog SEO.DreamHost

  1. Don’t go the PageRank sculpting route

With a new algorithm update in 2009, Google targeted PageRank sculptors who controlled the PageRank flow between their sites using rel=”nofollow” tags excessively. Google advised webmasters to give more importance to proper site structure and crawlability than PageRank sculpting and other similar ways used to game the system.

Here’s what Google’s Matt Cutts thinks about PageRank sculpting:

  1. While writing new ones, link to your old posts
    Internal linking has been and still is a very important way to feed search engines more relevant content on your website. It works as a virtual map of related posts on your site and makes navigation within your site easier for both users and bots. Linking to your old but related posts manually using manually chosen anchor text performs better than linking to old posts using a ‘related posts’ plugin which displays full titles of your old posts while linking to them. In addition to SEO, it also helps your old posts get more traffic.
  2. Link to the special content more within your site
    Do you wish to give a post on your site special importance? Is a post on your blog a result of unique research and provides great value to the readers? You may link to it more often than you do in case of other posts in new posts and/or on the sidebar to let search engines know that it’s special and deserves more user attention.

For example, I link to some of my best posts, like the guide on increasing Domain Authority, the Bing SEO guide and the guide to speeding up WordPress, from the sidebar of the homepage and almost every relevant post of TechTage.

  1. Disable author archives in single-author blogs
    It is best to disable author archives in single-author blogs because author archive pages will be the same as your homepage, listing all the latest posts by the same author. You can remove links to author pages in your blog by modifying your theme, or you can use the WordPress SEO plugin and check ‘disable author archives’ within the plugin interface to 301 redirect archive pages to your homepage.
  • Optimize the images on your site

  • Optimizing your images by compressing and resizing them may reduce the sizes of the images by a great extent, decreasing the page sizes and thus improving page loading performance on your blog. You may use online image resizing and compressing tools as well as their offline counterparts.

    Make sure the images that you upload in WordPress are already optimized, but even if you don’t have already optimized images to upload, you can use a plugin like Smush.it to optimize and reduce the sizes of uploaded images automatically.

    You can also add proper image tags to images in your posts to help them rank better in image searches. You can also include additional keywords through alt tags in your posts.

    1. Don’t link to unimportant pages from every other page
      Due to changes in Google’s algorithm about nofollow links, it’s advisable that you don’t include links to your contact page, RSS feed and other unimportant pages from every single page of your site. If you do that, and even use rel=”nofollow” attribute for those links, you’re still wasting some PageRank juice as not only the nofollowed links don’t get the PR juice, that amount of PR juice actually gets wasted. So, don’t link to everything from your menus and footer.
  • Tweak the post titles
    Post titles still have significant impact on SERPs, so a nice informative title containing all the necessary keywords is an advantage when your target is to make that page rank higher in search results. Place low-competition keywords in your title efficiently to get more chance to rank high in SERPs. But you need to make sure that people actually search for them. You can use the Google AdWords Keyword Planner to check global and local search stats and competition levels of keywords and phrases.

  • Google knows the synonyms of popular English words, but as of now, it doesn’t know that the meaning of strategies is somewhat similar to the meaning of tactic. So, if you write a post with the title – “Best Strategies To Root Your Android Device”, it probably won’t show up in SERPs if the user types “best tactics to root android”. So, there has to be a proper balance of low-competitiveness and global or local monthly search volumes in the keywords that you choose for your post titles.

    1. Use some of the traditional On-page SEO best practices
      Some traditional SEO practices can still be implemented even today. I’m mainly talking about on-page SEO here. If you’re using an SEO plugin like All in One SEO Pack like I do, you can set custom titles and meta descriptions for your posts for search engines. Manually written keyword-rich descriptions still hold some value in search engine ranking factors. However, modern search engines like Google now automatically generate descriptions depending on the search keywords, in most cases. You might still do that as it doesn’t harm anything.
  • Integrate Social Media sharing buttons in your posts

  • Most search engines including Google take help of social networking websites like Facebook, Twitter, Google+ etc. to determine what reactions a webpage is getting from real users. When you like a link on Facebook, or retweet your favourite blog post on Twitter, or give a post you liked a +1 that means you liked the post, right? Search engines these days give posts with good social reactions more priority in SERPs. A bonus would be an increased traffic from those social networking sites for your content. You can implement social sharing buttons on your website and get those advantages.

    1. Review and optimize your theme

    This is more important for you if you’re using a not-so-popular free theme. But even paid ones costing more than a hundred bucks can have complicated code, which is bad for site performance and SEO. There’s not much you can do if you’re not a techie guy, but if you are, you can tell if your theme is performance oriented or not by just taking a look at its code. A highly feature rich theme that makes more queries to the server while loading a page isn’t suited for a site that doesn’t need that level of functionality. If you love your theme and it’s fairly good except in a few areas, you can patch it up according to your requirements or have a developer do it for you.
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    21. Switch to a responsive design

    According to an article from backlinko, Google gives an edge to responsive sites in searches from mobile devices (the 74th point). Responsive themes result in an overall better user experience. I prefer responsive themes because I get pretty much the same layout and site experience across all my devices. You might want to switch to a responsive theme to improve user experience as well as SEO on your WordPress blog. Default WordPress themes like Twenty Eleven, Twenty Twelve and the upcoming Twenty Thirteen are all responsive designs that provide great foundations to custom themes.

    1. Customize your robots.txt

    If you don’t want Googlebot to crawl and index specific directories or pages of your site, you can block them straight from your robots.txt. Now with WP Robots Txt plugin for WordPress you don’t even have to have an actual robots.txt file present inside your WordPress installation directory, it will automatically create a virtual robots.txt for your site that works just as well as a real one. You can edit it anytime from “Settings -> Reading”. You can use this to block specific bots to crawl specific parts of your site, thus improving the SEO of it.

    1. Add fresh new posts frequently

    Google gives priority in its SERPs to blogs that feature frequently published posts. After the Caffeine update, Google started preferring recently updated content, especially for time-conscious searches.

    If you post five times in a week, and don’t post anything at all the next week, it’s even worse than posting two posts a week consistently. Search engines love newly updated content relevant content. So if you blog on global cars and say you post about all new car launches happening around the world and the respective events, and it’s not directly copied from somewhere else, Google will love that, and you’ll probably get an edge in SERPs. This is applicable for websites belonging to any niche.

    “If you need to take three weeks to do some research, and that research results in a really good blog post , those pieces of content often attract a lot more attention than follow on blog posts.”

    Matt Cutts, Search Quality Specialist and Head of Webspam Team, Google

    1. Put the most important keywords in the first-100 keywords zone
      Google gives the first few paragraphs of text the most importance when it indexes a page, according to that same article from Backlinko. You can take advantage of this in two ways:

    Describe what the post is going to be all about in the first few paragraphs, write them as an introduction to the post. Include the keywords that you’ve decided to use throughout the article as per point #17.
    Link to the other important internal posts within the first few paragraphs.
    25. Fix broken links on your blog

    If too many broken links are found on your site, search engines will think that the site isn’t properly maintained. It might be penalized by search engines who may think it’s an abandoned site. You can use the Broken Link Checker WordPress plugin to handle broken internal and external links on your blog. This plugin can (optionally) mark broken links as ‘nofollow’ automatically so that search engines don’t get a negative impression about your site. What’s more is you can receive an email notification whenever new broken links are detected on your site and fix them up, unlink the broken links, or simply ignore them from within the plugin interface.

    1. Limit URL lengths of your posts
      Long post titles shouldn’t be avoided, long URLs for your posts should. You can use a shortened version of your post title (if it’s too long) for the post permalink. I don’t consider inclusion of up to 10-15 words in post permalinks a problem but if you include more words, it’s bad for a few reasons. First of all, very long URLs are harder for people to memorize, so that can affect the no. of direct visitors. Long URLs look bad and create a poor ‘first-impression’ among your potential readers. There have been talks on the topic that Google and other search engines don’t like too long URLs. They prefer short to medium-sized descriptive URLs instead. Plus, very long URLs don’t completely appear in SERPs. Lastly, as search engines are focusing on user-experience on websites more than anything else these days and are using more user-based data than ever while ranking webpages, it’s probably better to limit the URL lengths of your blog, as preferred by your readers.
  • Improve your content to improve user experience

  • Google has been deeply focusing on content quality for the last few years. Algorithm updates such as Google Panda and Google Penguin have hit low-quality content farms hard. People cannot use the “post crap, build links” strategy that they successfully used in back in 2004. The best way to impress Google is to produce unique, well thought out content that your readers will love. Think about search engine traffic only when you actually have great content on your site.

    Google now uses a variety of techniques to determine if the users are loving the content on your site or not. These include social signals, on-site user-activity, bounce rate of a page etc. So even if you manage to rank a not-so-useful page of your site high for a set of keywords, be certain that it won’t take search engines long time to know that people aren’t loving that content on your site and your rankings will get a blow as a result of negative user metrics.

    1. Implement the rel=”author” tag on your blog

    Statistics show that you can get as much as an 150% increase in organic traffic if you implement the rel=”author” markup in your blog. The article that I’ve linked to will also help you set up Google+ authorship on your own blog. There are two basic advantages of using Google Authorship Markup on your blog:

    Nice Google+ photos make your website entries in the SERPs more interesting and promising than the rest and improve user click-through-rate (CTR).
    The authorship markup helps search engines to understand that a post is written by you. In SERPs, it includes a link to your Google+ profile. Now, if you consistently write awesome content that users love to read, you’ll slowly gain reputation in the eyes of Google as a reputable and authoritative writer. This is often called Google AuthorRank. Now once you’ve gained your reputation writing quality content, it won’t matter in which site you post, your content will automatically get an edge in SERPs as long as the Google Authorship Markup is working fine.
    29. Try to create viral content to get a sudden boost in traffic

    The problem with some bloggers is that they are often too conservative to produce excellent, unique, compelling and engaging content. At times, no matter how hard you work on your blog, your visitors count just won’t increase. You need to reach out to more people with fabulous content at that point of time. You can blog about what’s hot within your niche, present interesting data from a never-seen-before perspective, reach out to other bloggers and engage with your reader base if you really want to create superb content based on awesome ideas. You can take help of Google Trends to know what’s currently hot or what’s consistently rising up the hotness charts lately.

    Once you’re done with the content creation part, you need to make sure you give it the promotion that it deserves. Depending on the nature of your post, you can try submitting it to social bookmarking sites like Reddit, StumbleUpon and Digg. Referring visitors from Reddit’s front page can crash even a well optimized and powerful dedicated server in active hours. You can check this guide to gain massive traffic from Reddit. Once you start getting a lot of referral traffic, naturally your organic traffic will increase too, a lot, as search engines now use visitors signals to rank webpages which I’ve already discussed about.DreamHost

    1. Focus more on your blog’s Social Media profiles

    Social media accounts are great for increasing your blog’s reach. However, you should be careful about maintaining the social media profiles that you create. Always fill them up with as much details as possible and enrich them with graphics. User engagement in social media platforms is a huge bonus for every blogger. Blogs with strong Facebook and Twitter user bases get thousands of targeted traffic as soon as they publish new content.

    It’s good to have active accounts on 3 platforms than having a dozen of inactive accounts on various platforms. If your social media signs indicate that you’re doing good, search engines will surely give your site the organic visitors boom that it deserves.

    1. Try to write detailed, high-quality, lengthy posts
      Long posts are actually good for SEO, as shown by an analysis performed by serpIQ.

    As you can see in the presentation above, the average content length of any page that ranks in the top 10 in Google for any keyword is at least 2,000 words. The further you navigate to pages 2 and up, the less content the pages listed on those SERPs will have. This explains that Google prefers content rich sites, not because they think lengthy posts are more valuable, but because the actual readers love detailed content.

    This doesn’t essentially mean you should extend non-extendable posts. When you’re reviewing a whiteboard on your blog, for example, don’t try to expand the post by writing something obvious and laughable like “the colour of the whiteboard I got is white”.

    Instead, do some research online on the topic that you’re writing a blog post on, support it with stats and data. Link out to other blogs that support what you’re saying. I personally consider productive posts with at least 1,000 words decent to be ranked high in SERPs. There are posts that don’t need to be that lengthy, but write in a detailed way about things that your readers want them to learn about in details. For your clue, this post is more than 4,500 words in length, and my guide to increase Domain Authority is over 11,000 words in length!

    Bonus Advice: be smart yourself, don’t insensibly trust others
    This one is a bit different from the rest of the suggestions but it’s applicable for many new bloggers and site owners. I’ve seen them starting out on knowledge sucking sprees. They try to stuff their brains with as much as random blogging and web development knowledge as possible in as less time as possible. This results in them not sticking to a particular strategy and implementing hundreds and thousands of unimportant and useless things on their sites which not only do no good to them, but occasionally also hurt their sites.

    Like everything else, growing a site requires patience and a working brain.. Just use your brain and think whether a particular SEO strategy is right for your blog and implement or don’t implement it based on that.

    Conclusion
    Take some time, re-evaluate your WordPress site after you’ve implemented a few of these techniques. Check if things are better for your site or not. Ideally, you should see a significant rise in the organic traffic level of your site.

    If you’re having difficulties understanding or implementing any of the above points, you can drop a comment below.Or Watch Video After all, if you’re not optimizing your WordPress blog to its full potential, you’re leaving some valuable organic traffic (and money) on the table.

    What other SEO tips do you recommend to WordPress users? Let Them Know in the Comment Box

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    HOW TO ADD INTERNAL LINKS TO YOUR WORDPRESS SITE: QUICK AND EASY.

    HOW TO ADD INTERNAL LINKS IN YOUR WORDPRESS SITE

      

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    It’s a very powerful move that you should be using on your blog to keep people on your site longer, and it helps with SEO.
    I just wanted to take a quick second to give you all a couple of tips on how to add internal links to your WordPress blog posts extremely quickly.

    This will be a really short post, but it’s very useful.

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    1. SEARCH FROM THE WORDPRESS EDITOR


    This is my #1 way to find posts for internal links. Before I found out about this feature, I used to go to my site, do a search using the search bar of my blog, find a relevant post, copy the link, then insert it into my new posts. But not anymore! All you have to do is:

    Highlight a word or phrase

    Click on the insert link button

    Click on the “Or link to existing content” button

    Search for a relevant phrase, select a post to link to, then click add link

    Boom, that’s it! Now here’s another method you can use, that involves a plugin.

    1. WP OPTIMIZE BY XTRAFFIC


    This is a good way to add external links to some of your older posts, especially if you have a ton of posts in your archives. WP Optimize By xTraffic has a few different features, but the only one I’m talking about is the Optimize Links one.

    Optimize Links lets you automatically link keywords within your posts, pages or comments to posts and pages that you specify. Here’s how to use it:

    “After you install the plugin, it’ll show up in the side of your WP dashboard. Go to WP Optimize > Optimize Links, and click on the Enable Optimize Links button. You’ll see all the settings pop up”

    I set the keywords I link to manually under the Custom Keywords/Target Links part.

    Let’s say I wanted to link to this post whenever I mention the phrase “WordPress Plugins” in any blog post or page on my site (new or existing).

    You can list as many keyword/target link combinations as you want. Even if I have a post from 2013 that has the phrase “WordPress Plugins” in it, WP Optimize will add a link to my plugins starter pack automatically. Pretty simple right?

    START ADDING THOSE INTERNAL LINKS!


    That’s all folks! Two very quick and easy ways to add internal links in WordPress. Again, if you have a lot of old posts that don’t have internal links, then using the WP Optimize By xTraffic plugin is really helpful. But start getting into the habit of using the 1st technique whenever you create new posts. It’s what I’ve been using, and it made my life sooo much easier.

    Give it a try and let me know what you think!

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    How To Optimize Your WordPress Site in 13 Effective Ways.

    The time it takes your website to load influences how successful it will be. If your website is slow, visitors will turn away in droves. 


    They might even click the back button before your website loads.
    Website performance will also influence your rankings in search engines. In addition to being ranked higher, many website owners report seeing an increase in search engine spider crawling after speeding up their design.
    Today, I would like to share with you thirteen quick tips on how you can optimize your website and decrease page loading times. 

    If you follow these techniques and best practices, your website will load much quicker.
    Before applying these techniques to your website, I encourage you to check the speed of your website using a free performance service such as GTMetrix, YSlow or Google PageSpeed Insights. These services will inform you of your page loading time and the overall file size of your page. They also offer tips


    1. Choose the Right Hosting Plan

    The first step in optimizing your website correctly is to choose the right hosting plan. You are fighting a losing battle if your server is taking an age to process HTTP requests and MySQL commands.
    Performance services such as GTMetrix will advise you of the exact response time of your server. I recommend testing the response time of your own website against similar websites. For example, if you run a photography blog, see how your server response time compares to other photography blogs within your niche.
    Hosting companies are not always the cause. You may be with a great hosting company but see poor response times because your chosen hosting plan is underpowered. Customers using shared hosting plans, for example, are more likely to face slow loading times as hundreds of websites are hosted on the same server.
    However, any type of hosting plan will suffer from insufficient RAM and CPU throttling. Therefore, you need to pay attention to what your website needs to run smoothly. Do not be a cheapskate and go for the cheapest option. Choose a hosting plan that can handle traffic spikes efficiently.
    2. Use a Fast WordPress Theme

    A design that has been coded badly, or uses images throughout the design, will add unnecessary weight to your page. It is not uncommon for some WordPress themes to be a few megabytes in size. Such a design could add a few seconds to your page loading time.
    Choose a design that has been optimized for desktops, tablets and mobile devices. Search engines favor responsive designs as they ensure all pages have the same URL, however adaptive designs that were created specifically for mobile phones can improve a mobile user’s experience considerably (it is not uncommon for an adaptive design to reduce page size by over one megabyte).
    Unfortunately, most theme developers optimize their theme demo website using caching and content delivery networks. This makes is difficult to know how quick a WordPress design is before using it yourself.
    3. Monitor Your Plugins


    Before you install any plugin on your website, ask yourself “Is this plugin necessary?”.
    Plugins are one of the biggest causes of WordPress websites being slow. The more plugins you install without research, the more likely you will face performance issues; however the sheer number of plugins you have installed is not the reason a WordPress website can slow down.
    Certain plugins are known for causing websites to be slow. There are many reasons for this including bad coding, calls to external servers and persistent calls and updating of your WordPress database. Pay close attention to how much CPU plugins use too. Many plugins can bottleneck your CPU due to persistent processes. If this happens, your whole server could go down.

    The breakdown from P3 Profiler helps you see which plugins are slowing down your website.
    One plugin I highly recommend you use is P3 Profiler. Developed by GoDaddy, the plugin will show you exactly how much load time your plugins are adding. A breakdown is given which displays exactly how much load each plugin adds. It is the most effective way of seeing what plugins are slowing down your website.
    4. Empty Your Trash

    WordPress 2.9 introduced the WordPress trash system. Whenever content is deleted, be it a comment, post, page, media etc; it is sent to trash. From here, the content can either be restored or deleted permanently. It is effectively a fail-safe system that helps you recover anything that was deleted accidentally (in much the same way the recycling bin works in your computer).
    Trash can take up a lot of unnecessary room in your website’s database. The bigger the database, the longer it is to retrieve information from it.
    By default, WordPress will automatically delete trash after thirty days. This can be reduced by modifying the wp-config.php file. For example, you could reduce this to seven days by adding the following:
    define (‘EMPTY_TRASH_DAYS’, 7);
    You can completely disable the trash system by adding this to your wp-config.php file.
    define (‘EMPTY_TRASH_DAYS’, 0);
    5. Reduce Post Revisions, Drafts, Spam, Pingbacks and Trackbacks


    It is not just trash that can needlessly increase the size of your database. All post types populate table rows with data. Therefore, it is important to regularly delete spam comments and unwanted pingbacks and trackbacks.
    You should also be wary of the number of drafts and post revisions your website has stored. The WordPress revision system allows you to go back to older versions of articles, view them and restore them.
    In addition to one autosave of your posts and pages, revisions will be generated each time you save your articles. This means that an article with ten revisions with take up ten times as much room on your database than the actual article that was published. As you can imagine, this increases the size of your database considerably.

    Post revisions can greatly increase the size of your database.
    By default, WordPress will save an unlimited number of revisions, however this is generally not needed. It is better to reduce this limit to something more practical such as two or three. You can do this by adding the following code to your wp-config.php file:
    define( ‘WP_POST_REVISIONS’, 3 );
    Alternatively, you can completely disable the post revision system by adding the code below to your wp-config.php file. From a blogger’s perspective, this is not an optimal set up as post revisions are very useful, however many website owners have taken this step to ensure their database runs more efficiently.
    define( ‘WP_POST_REVISIONS’, false );
    A more practical way of cleaning your WordPress database is to use WP Optimize. The plugin can automatically remove auto-drafts, spam comments, trackbacks and more. WP-DBManager is also a good solution for optimizing your database.
    6. Optimize Your Images for the Web

    Images can help break up long pieces of text and can help your articles be shared more frequently on social media services; however they also take up a lot of storage. Therefore, pages that contain many images can take a long time to load.
    It is therefore in your best interests to optimise your images for the internet before you upload them to your website. Most photo editing applications, such as Photoshop, allow you to do this via the “Save for Web” option.

    A good plugin to optimize images that have already been uploaded is WP Smush.it. It utitlizes the Smush.it API to optimize JPEG images, strip meta data from JPEGs and convert GIF images to PNG. You should however be aware that the plugin uses up a lot of resources when it is converting images, therefore your website may be slow whilst it is running.
    If you do not want to sacrifice image quality, check out Lazy Load. The plugin ensures that images are only loaded when the area becomes visible to the user. This will greatly reduce page loading times.
    7. Choose Your Advertisements Wisely

    Be conscious about the type of advertisements you add to your website. The most efficient way of promoting a product or service on your website (from a website performance perspective) is to link directly to the page using an image that has been optimized for the web. You can take this one step further and link using text links instead.
    Adding advertisements from third-party advertising networks can increase loading times due to the calls that are made to external servers. Even localised ad tracking scripts can hurt performance. For example, the popular ad rotation plugin OIO publisher has a bad reputation for increasing page loading times.
    Of course, advertisements are necessary for most websites to survive, therefore you need to strive for the right balance between speed and income. If you optimize all other areas of your website design, a few advertisements will not be too damaging. Just be sure you are fully aware of what load each advertisement adds to your website by testing your website speed before and after adding the advertisement.
    8. Consider Not Using Official Social Media Buttons & Widgets

    For most website owners, social media traffic is second only to search engine traffic. Which is why social media sharing buttons are so prominent on website designs.
    Official sharing buttons are popular as they denote the number of shares a page has had. Unfortunately, official sharing buttons from services such as Facebook and Twitter can increase loading times immensely due to the calls they make to external services. I previously displayed sharing buttons above and below articles for Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.

     This added a whopping 500KB to my pages.
    By simply changing to text links or locally stored social media images, you could save reduce your page size by up to one megabyte.
    9. Enable Gzip Compression

    Gzip compression allows a website page to be transferred to a browser at up to 70% of its original size. The browser will then decompress the page and display it to the user.

    Gzip compression is easy to enable in WordPress.
    Gzip can be enabled via the WordPress options page. You can find this page at www.yourwebsite.com/wp-admin/options.php. To enable Gzip, simply change the value of the Gzip field from 0 to 1.
    10. Minify and Combine CSS and Javascript

    Each call to your CSS and Javascript files is an HTTP request. This means that when someone visits your web page, their computer sends a request for a file and then the server sends it back. The more requests there are to your server, the longer it will take for your pages to load.
    The PHP5 application Minify combines multiple CSS and Javascript files into a single file. This greatly reduces the number of HTTP requests. The application also removes unnecessary whitespace and comments.
    There are a number of WordPress plugins available that will minify your CSS and Javascript files. I recommend using either WP Minify or Better WordPress Minify.


    11. Enable Browser Caching

    Some of the largest files on your website rarely change. This includes CSS files, Javascript files, your website logo etc. One way to take advantage of this is to enable browser caching.
    Browser caching allows internet users to speed up the loading time of their favourite websites by storing a cached copy of your website locally. This reduces calls to your server and saves the user from downloading the same files again.
    You can enable browser caching by adding the following code to your .htaccess file:

    EXPIRES CACHING

    ExpiresActive On
    ExpiresByType image/jpg “access 1 year”
    ExpiresByType image/jpeg “access 1 year”
    ExpiresByType image/gif “access 1 year”
    ExpiresByType image/png “access 1 year”
    ExpiresByType text/css “access 1 month”
    ExpiresByType text/html “access 1 month”
    ExpiresByType application/pdf “access 1 month”
    ExpiresByType text/x-javascript “access 1 month”
    ExpiresByType application/x-shockwave-flash “access 1 month”
    ExpiresByType image/x-icon “access 1 year”
    ExpiresDefault “access 1 month”

    EXPIRES CACHING

    The code above specifies how long a particular file type should be stored. Files will simply be downloaded again if they have expired.
    12. Install a Cache Plugin

    Caching plugins allow you to publish static HTML files instead of dynamic files. This greatly reduces the time a page takes to load as there are no PHP or MySQL commands to execute.
    Additional caching features include minification, caching of feeds, Gzipping, Content Delivery Network (CDN) support, and much more.
    Caching your pages is one of the most effective ways of improving your page loading times, with many plugins promising an improvement of at least ten times. Popular caching plugins include WP Super Cache, W3 Total Cache and WP Fastest Cache. All three plugins are available free.

    W3 Total Cache is one of the most popular caching plugins available for WordPress.
    13. Use a Content Delivery Network

    Your website is hosted in a data center somewhere in the world. The further a visitor is from the location of your data center, the longer it takes for your web pages to load.
    Content Delivery Networks (CDN) address this issue by utilizing dozens of data centers around the world. They take the heavy work away from your hosting company by hosting your images, CSS and Javascript files, and serving these files to visitors from the closest location to them. Seconds can be taken away from your page loading times because of this.
    Popular content delivery networks include MaxCDN, Amazon CloudFront and CloudFlare. The cost of these services vary according to how much bandwidth your website uses. For example, MaxCDN’s cheapest plan costs $9 per month for 100GB of bandwidth.
    Overview

    Optimizing your website is no longer an option. With search engines placing so much importance on the speed of web pages, it is vital to your website’s success to have fast loading web pages.
    A lot of people wrongly assume that you need to be an expert to optimize a WordPress website. 

    Nothing could be further from the truth. 99% of optimizing your website correctly is following good practices and taking advantage of caching and content delivery networks.
    I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial on optimization.

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