Wordcamp India Event Live Notes Day 1

This is live from WordpCamp India. We will keep updating this post all the time so keep refreshing every couple of minutes.

9:00 Registration and wordpress goodies.

10 :00 AM

Om Malik Started with the Key Note.

He is telling about how he started as a Journalist and started GigaOm and talks about broadband and the impact on life of Internet on our life. The story is really inspiring as he grew at time when Internet awareness was less. Amazing Story

He Says

Blogging is something where you cannot waste time, Not a day not an hr and not even a minute. You have to run a marathan to learn how to win it. ”

Blogging is like a piece of paper , You can make a bill or you can make a photo blog or anything which you feel about it.

Om Malik @ WordPress India

Om Malik @ WordPress India

10: 30 AM

Shreyas had Started with Building a radio site on wordpress

  • He talks about Radio verve which is s site dedicated in exploring Music bands which are really good but not know
  • This is an awesome platform to find Indian music and listen to it and find new people who can be a Rockstar if they would have been in the country like US or Europea
  • Radioverve looks awesome as you can do everything with just one page. It has just 5 pages in the second version and WordPress Plugin and Designs just made it work.
  • The whole site is on Radio with 9 stations, Music of all types right from Kokani to Assamese.

He talks about some WordPress hack tips

  • How to integrated other database from wordpress in wp-config.php
  • Why plugins get loaded even though when its is not required. Think lot of plugin designer should think off.
  • Now he goes Ninja Foo . Customizing Login Page, User Profile page. This youc an do by overriding a standard wordpress page by overriding it. use add_action ( load-profile.php, ‘yourpage’,98)

Reverve @ WordPress India

He concludes with how much wordpress has helped and you can develop something very fast on it.

11:00

Abhijeet started on How to get started after installing wordpress.

  • Try to avoid using automated script installers. Manual Installation is the best.
  • Check out wordpress.tv for all the details. This could be the best resource for getting a video tutorial.
  • Opmtization, Marketting and Security. Three major things to start after you install wordpress.
  • Optimization : Changing Permlink to either have title or something which is more readable by humans and also search engines.
  • Optimization : Robots.txt importance to tell what to index and what not to index.
  • Optmization : Sitemap for Google Webmaster tools
  • Optmization : All in one SEO plugin for search engines optimization
  • Optmization : Use categories and tags careful so don’t become a mess and unmanageable. Simple Tags recommended
  • Optimization : Managing Images on subdomain is lot better.
  • Security : Add Security layer Add Akismet. ( he got a hot date comment as his first spam )
  • Security : Hide your wordpress files and folders. Options All -indexes in .htaccess files.
  • Security : Hide the version of your wordpress as they can tempt crackers know if you are at old version. Remove wp-generator from wp-head
  • Security : You can even this on changing admin username to something else. Keep strong passwords
  • Marketing : Feedburner Feedsmith Plugin for bringing all your feed readers at one common point instead of having people subscribed to different feed address
  • Marketing : Bookmarking . Use Addthis or sharethis plugins
  • Marketing : Blog Monitoring Service and Googl Analytics to find metrics of your blog.
  • Marketing : Submit blog to blog directories like technorati, dmoz, getblogs.com,blogcatalog, bloghub etc.
  • Marketing : Build Rapport using comments and make them sensible and on your niche related blogs.

Content is the King, Marketing is the Queen and it runs the household

11:30 AM

Matt has started with making everybody laugh and smile. he talks about his Visit to India and he loves it.

  • He shows b2 the first thing he used and was blown away with it.
  • He talks about how apostrophes slows down when writing in HTML
  • His first experience with b2 where he submitted the code and amazed to see when lot of  people used it.
  • WordPress Started as a fork of b2
  • Wordcamp map happening now all over the world.
  • There are 4000+ plugins on wordpress now.
  • There are 11651 blogs on Indian Regional Language
Matt @ WordPress india

Matt @ WordPress India

  • WordPress 2.8 : Can come with a development environment where you can get lot of help while you edit your theme files
  • WordPress 2.8 : Custom Taxonomy . He is doing a taxonomy on instruments also.
  • WordPress as CMS is growing stronger
  • 2009 Vision : Software should be humble, Agile and global.
  • Humble :  User driven
  • Agile : Plugins and Themes : Most important part of wordpress. Anybody can duplicate but its impossible to duplicate the community around wordpress.
  • Agile : What if plugin can tell how many people are running a version of plugin which you have. That tells you it will work.
  • Global : Every Country, Every Language and every culture. 11 books on wordpress at Indonesia. WordPress logo is proportionate which these books did not have.
  • Global : Accessibility .
  • Global : Freedom  use the software for any purpose. Freedom to change the software to suit it needs
  • Global : Freedom : To share the changes you make and share with family and friends
  • Can I help : How can you get involved with wordpress
  • Matt holding his first company name upside down. LOL

13:30PM

Aby presenting SEO Optimization WordPress

  • HeadSpace 2 | All one SEO pack  plugin recommended.
  • SEO Smart link : people are divergence on using it because ALL in one SEO goes revers on SEO Smart link i.e. Archives and categories are noindex for ASEO and smartlink actually creates the link of those tags and archive.
  • Optimizing Images :  Seo Friendly Plugin
  • Redirection : Use it for all your redirection
  • Moving to a new domain :  301 redirection

2:00 PM

Amit on How to optmize Adsense wordpress blog

  • Be not shy on putting ad on your blog. After all its business
  • Ads should be on prominent spots for better ROI
  • Big is bitter : 300 250 best support for ads as they even support for rich media
  • Best Ad position : Middle and above the fold
  • Colors and Fonts : Factors : Audience, design etc
  • Fonts now available with adsense.
  • Color Schemes :  Blend , Compliment, Contrast.
  • Relevant Ads : Use Section targeting  to increase relevant ad density: google_ad_section_start / google_ad_section_start ( weight=ignore)
  • Site Search : Make readers sure what the search box about. Top Right best place to put search box. Put search box at the bottom of the post.
  • Add search on subdomain because it becomes like your own search engine. Users like it.
  • Best Performing ads : CPC > CPM  > Link Units
  • Heat maps and Crazy Egg. Ask  non savvy people who don’t know much about ads.
  • Use High Quality image : Image Search can bring lot of traffic and revenue can bring good revenue.
  • Why Link ? Even people who do PHD give importance and citation to resources . Search engine gives you more authority when you link to good sites. It helps finding good site. Add anchor text to tell search engine and google bots about the site.
  • Search Engine tracks even the back button pressed which actually tells them the user did not find anything good on that site. This can be bad for any site.
  • Using Google Analytics to improve your adsense performance.  Find low paying posts to improve them.
  • Some of the words ( stop words ) like Cra## d##eath etc might also effect Adsense earning.
  • Placement Targeting to make good impression on new Advertisers
  • How adwords find sites for advertising : URL / Title Slug.
  • Dont have too many pages with similar content
  • NoIndex follow for tag pages
  • Smart pricing and Feeling Compacement
  • Steal Ideas : Adsense Case Studies, Media sites, Premium publishers, webmaster world senior members. Official Google Guides, jensense, Propblogger, Barry Schwartz, Chris Pirillo

3: 00 Quiz for One hour :

It was fab. Lot of things we didnt knew about and its always good to go back to history. Awesome work guys.

4:30 Matt and Om Malik Open Conference

  • Matt talks about how he was blown away seeing Taj Mahal which he had heard about. He says  Monument of Human Kind which represent a different thing.
  • Om Malik : Engg was much more advanced 350 years ago where big fortress gets cooled without an AC
  • Question to Om : Were you charged Indian rate or foreigner rate for visiting Taj mahal and Matt laughs with us a loud.
  • Matt was asked : when BBpress will be ready and grow.
  • Om Malik : 1920 Radio become popular. Then Cable come along and then Internet , What you see is every single time like 25 years the way data is distributed changes. Rise of Media entity with each distribution channel the cost of distribution decreased and players increased. Now we have broadband and we have a new way of distributing media.
  • Om Malik : Next big wave is wireless broad band. News media will undergo change and evolve. Media cannot go. Its time for evolution after all its business.
  • Om Malik :Radio was not killed by Cable and nor cable was killed by others. They survived and adapt and similarly the media will never go but will adopt.
  • Om Malik : How Media can use information on twitter, analyze and use it as a source for news.
  • Question to Matt : Can we have no wordpress update for longer time Answer : NO
  • Matt : WordPress Book Open Source which gets updated with instructions for endusers and plugin authors. Coming soon.
  • Om: Cannot answer Which content is king
  • Om : You cannot doubt the intelligence of the community. They know what they come for.
  • Matt : People will know if you are biased but every human is biased we just dont show it off.
  • Om: Blog is not Media.  Blog is blank piece of paper which changes with content. People are confusing blog for news media. Blogs are reflection of your inner views not news media. It can be anything for anybody
  • Matt : Restricting people to not to remove links is restricting freedom. It defies freedom.
  • Lot of discussion on Premium wordpress themes and GPL.
  • To Matt : How Automatic makes money ? : VIP hosting, Small amount of advertisement, services.
  • Matt also talks about JAZZ. He collects Jazz Books,photography and more.

That ends the day of Wordcamp India. We will be back tommorow with Day 2 live.


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3 comments

  1. Amazing!! absolutely amazing Stuff. Live blogging at its best!!

  2. I am really jealous of the lucky one who participated in this…
    I am just a starter on WP and I am on the process of learning it to use it for my business..Already I am in love with WordPress…I really want to learn quickly and be a part of this even when it happens the next time..

  3. Hello

    Came to your site from google search .. i wasn’t able to reach Delhi for the event .. but let me tell you.. after reading your post i think i was there ..

    its really very good and entertaining to read live blogging of an event…

    i think you have done a great job .. and i want you to be more and more elaborative in your second day ..

    its really helpful..

    thanks

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