How do you start a new blog?
This blog will certainly not win any prizes for beauty, but it does what I want and that’s all I need. I bet most people will be using their feed readers to read along anyway (at least I do) :-).
In case you don’t know me, I’m a software engineer based in Switzerland, after having lived some time in the USA. I work at and own a small software company (yes, you can do both) that makes software for medical practices in Switzerland. On the side I love to be active in the webmaster forums at Cre8asiteForums and in the Google Webmaster Help Forums (formerly known as “softplus”, now as “JohnMu”). I love tough technical problems relating to crawling, indexing and ranking.
I don’t “do” SEO professionally and won’t solve your problems for you, but I can help you to find out what you can do to help things out. I’ll let you know when you reach the stage where you need real, professional, one-on-one help. Once you reach that stage, it rarely makes sense to keep trying to do it yourself – if your site is professional, if you want it to be successful, you will have to invest something into marketing and everything that comes with it.
I love to help the little guy (and gal) get his site up, indexed and ranking. The bigger sites will almost automatically make it into the index (and can spend some money on professional marketing), the small guy has to do it all himself.
My goals in creating this blog were:
- I finally wanted a blog of my own. Really. When you post egocentrical postings on forums, people complain. This is my site .
- I wanted to give you an insight into the neat things that I’ve stumbled upon. Maybe some of these things can bring your site a step forward as well? I will be mainly looking into technical issues, don’t expect any magical business or marketing information from me, and if you do find some, take them with a grain of salt. And when I start to write about design, … just run for the hills.
- I have tried to set this site up to be as accessable as possible. All important items are displayed in straight XHTML.
- If I find something I like, I’ll link to it. I have integrated the last 10 or so “shared” items from my Google RSS reader into the sidebar, I have also provided room to link directly to threads in the Google groups which I feel might be important (the list is also available through del.icio.us). If you can get me to read your RSS feed (I usually only follow full feeds!) and you post something unique and compelling, your link might be on here for a while.
I hope you enjoy your stay here! If there are any topics you’d like me to cover, please let me know.