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Sunday, January 10, 2010

Blog Submission to Google

Behind your effort to write any article in your blog/website, there is still another "hard" effort needed. Your job hasn't finish yet. Remember, your main purpose to have a blog or website is to promote whatever within your blog. It will need visitor to know your blog address, visit your blog and explore the contents.

Google is one of the most popular search engines where billions of internet users try to find what they need through internet. What can be found in Google are site URL/site addresses that indexed by Google. You need to submit your blog to Google to make it indexed. After your submission, google will aware that there is a new blog or link address need to be indexed. Google spider will crawl over regularly to your site.

To do submission to Google you need to visit Google Webmaster Tools: with your google account.

1) Under sub tab Adding a site, click Add a site.
2) Enter your URL site. In this example Then click Continue

You will be asked to verify your blog ownership and the Verification status still: Not Verified.

There are two verification methods:
a. Upload a html verification file provided by Google, or
b. Insert meta tag generated by Google.

The first method requires litle bit more effort where you need to upload the html verification file (something like this: google451754c404f7fe37.html) into your root directory and then verify upload successfully through your browser with address:[Blog URL/html verification file]In this example: google451754c404f7fe37.html

The second method, more simple, where you just need to insert meta tag, something like this:
<meta name="google-site-verification" content="t3d7FkdI0-p8iCXWrEfMI_Yi7uE3yWTtve3iYOccVCM">

within <head> section.

Let's try the second.
Note that you need to insert the meta tag first before continue to hit verify button. Login into your Dashboard, Layout, Edit HTML and find the <head> section in your Edit Template. Save your template.

Back to Google Webmaster sitemaps and click Verify. If verification success, you will be brought into your Dashboard. And when you back to Google Webmaster Tools, your blog URL Verification status become Verified.

That's all you need to submit your blog to Google.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Place on Earth First Experienced the Turn of the Year

A few hours ago, people around the world prepared to celebrate the New Year 2010. Did you know where new year celebrations will occur the first time in the world? The answer is Kiritimati. Kiritimati or Christmas Island is a Pacific Ocean atoll in the northern Line Islands and part of the Republic of Kiribati.

New year celebration in Kiritimati recorded as the first in the world. Kiritimati is in the world's furthest forward time zone, UTC +14 or +6 hours earlier than Jakarta-Indonesia. Kiritimati is the first inhabited place on Earth to experience the New Year each year.

For the category of major cities, Auckland in New Zealand is the first city in the world to celebrate the turn of the year. The next shift occurred in Australia, Asia, Africa, Europe and eventually America.

Please zoom the map out  if you can't see the location. It is very small atoll [coral island] eastern of Papua Indonesia in North Pacific Ocean, north east of Sydney.