Back after a LONG time!

A big hello to all my friends and followers out there! The last several months, or I should say, the last 3 years were very tiring, busy, hectic and exhausting. For those of you wondering why I was absent for so long, read on…

I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in January 2011. It was a life changing event for me. Those who are not aware, MS is a neurological disease that affects young adults, specially women, and hinders their ability to day-to-day tasks. MS is an auto-immune disease where the body’s own immune system attacks the central nervous system, causing a loss of functioning in certain areas of the body.

The first 2 – 3 years after my diagnosis were very scary and depressing and I was down in the pits for a long time. In the beginning I was in total denial and couldn’t accept the fact that I had MS! However, gradually, I found the courage to accept my disease, understand it and learn to live a normal and active life with it. I even took the initiative to start a non-profit organization for the welfare of MS patients which I am running under the name ‘Society for Multiple Sclerosis Patients in Pakistan‘. You can visit the website at www.smspp.org.pk

Meanwhile while all of this was happening, my website blog at SEO-Reloaded was hacked and the database was corrupted. I could not retrieve the files as the backups were also corrupted. Anyways, the easiest solution I could find was to start the site all over again. No point crying over spilled milk. So here is the first post. I might be able to get hold and find some of the earlier posts on my PC somewhere which I’ll try and add to the site. I still have to customize the theme a bit, update the contact details and get it working… one step at a time πŸ™‚

Living with MS is not easy at all, but I try to live an active and normal life as much as possible. The disease has shattered a lot of my dreams, but at the same time, it has made me stronger and resilient. I plan to get back on my feet and start over once again. It won’t be easy, but I’m not a quitter. I’ve also started working on a couple of new projects which I will be sharing soon, so stay tuned!

Life has taught me that Nothing is impossible! The sky is the limit, so keep trying and never give up!

Archived Posts Recovered from WayBackMachine

I am so happy to announce that I recovered my old blog posts from the archives on WayBackMachine

I wanted to get hold of the old posts as I had put in a lot of effort, time and energy writing and posting them. Thank goodness I found them all πŸ™‚

I will be posting them gradually as backdated posts on this blog now. It will not only help populate this blog, but it will help users browse through my old work. Most importantly, the posts will also help bring search engine spiders to my blog as CONTENT IS KING!

Snapshots of my old blog can be seen at these links:





What you need to know about Google’s new Hummingbird Update

Google Hummingbird UpdateSearch Engine Optimizers and website owners are familiar with the fact that Google changes its algorithm a bazillion times ever year and each time, they give the update a unique name. Some of the names may sound extremely funny because they are based on people, cities, states, animals or drinks. Some of their most popular updates were the Penguin, Panda, Pelican, Polar Bear and not to forget the Big Daddy update. The codename of Google’s most recent algorithm update is “Hummingbird”.

The announcement of Google’s Hummingbird update made quite a stir in the web and SEO communities. The announcement of the algorithm coincides with Google Search turning 15 years last month. From 1998 to 2013, Google Search has come a long way and so has the way information is shared on the Internet. Today, billions of people have access to the Internet daily and the web has grown exponentially in the last 2 decades.

Unlike the Panda, Penguin and other updates which were changes to parts of the old algorithm, the Hummingbird update is a major update, much like the Caffeine Update that happened in 2010, but it is still different. The Hummingbird update sorts through the information available on the web effectively rather than simply improving the way Google gathers information. According to Amit Singhal, Google’s search chief, this is a drastic change in the algorithm since he joined in 2001.

Should you be worried?

According to Google, there is nothing new or different which SEOs and website publishers need to worry about. If you have original, high-quality content on your website, you should not be worried. Original and high quality content will always be appreciated by Google; the Hummingbird update just allows Google to process that content in new and better ways.

The next good thing is that if the past Google updates have not affected you, you will come through Hummingbird unscathed too. The algorithm was already live for a month before it was publicly announced and there has not been a major outcry among publishers. There may be a query-by-query effect which helps improve specific searches, but it is not an update which will cause major traffic shifts.

In these 15 years, Google has become less of a search engine and more of a wise, all-knowing guru. Questions like “Who”, “What”, “When”, “Where”, “Why” related to your daily struggles are effectively answered by Google. Internet users have also changed the way they search online, and instead of typing in a few keywords related to a topic, they enter lengthy queries regularly. Hummingbird is addressing this search trend.

With Hummingbird, Google is trying to understand the user’s intent and meaning when they type in “long tail” searches. Google announced that it is moving away from a keyword-based search to providing niche websites to the searcher. When Amit Singhal announced the Hummingbird update, he also affirmed that Hummingbird is also an infrastructural update, which governs more than 200 elements that make up Google’s algorithm.

What do you think of the Hummingbird update? Do you think your website is now getting more visitors, less visitors or you don’t see any change in web traffic?

On first page of Google in less than 6 hours!

I launched a new section for SEO Jokes on my SEO Blog today and to my surprise, I was checking my website stats, when I found someone had visited my site by searching for ‘seo jokes‘ on Google! I quickly checked the SERPs and my blog was on the first page of Google for this not so competitive keyword πŸ™‚ This happened in less than 6 hours since I added the posts on the blog!

My website is coming on the first page of Google and also on the regional Google Search Engine. See the results yourself in the screenshot below!

SEO Jokes Google SERPs

SEO Jokes

I work as an SEO Manager at a company and often get all kinds of weird questions from people, clients, and even the office staff about SEO, Internet Marketing, Link Building and Search Engines. Most of them are pretty straightforward questions, which sometimes annoy me as they take up a lot of my time. Sometimes I feel irritated and angry at the kind of questions asked, but most of them are quite funny if narrated. So I’ve given them a twist and changed them to SEO Jokes. Hope you find them interesting and hilarious πŸ˜€

Get some SEO & Lawyers Jokes at StuntDubl.com

Welcome to SEO-Reloaded!

Finally, I got time to update my blog. I’ve been trying to get the site together for almost a year now, but had been working on other sites, like my cooking site, fashion site, shopping site, flash greetings site and a few more.

I started my seo-reloaded site sometime last year and launched it with Mambo / Joomla for Content Management. Now, I’m using WordPress for it and hope to stick with it πŸ˜€

This blog will be about basic SEO (Search Engine Optimization), as well as Internet Marketing. Issues about website design and development will also be discussed as well as other strategies for marketing on the web. I intend to add a few categories related to Blogging, Article Writing, RSS, Link Building, Earning money online, Affiliate Marketing, PPC (Pay Per Click programs) and more.

I hope to add SEO and related articles and related links section soon!

Your suggestions, comment and feedback is always welcome!