Sapna is an emerging blogger from India who co-host the successful blog H4Hitech (cartoonblogger.com) along with her husband and brother Anuj. Though the About page introduces three personalities, you can find Sapna filled in all over the H4Hitech – She writes, publishes posts, replies almost all of the comments and spread throughout the blogosphere!
I’m really glad to feature Sapna as the top commenter of February 2013. Here are the posts from February 2013.
The Top Commenter of February 2013
Sapna from H4Hitech
I saw her in Ileane’s blog for the first time and then noticed her almost everywhere. I truly appreciate her efforts and an extraordinary skill of building up relationship.
I’ve visited her blog quite often and wondered how she can relate simple stories in an awesomely interesting way. The Naive Blogger series and How Blogger Killed a Software Programmer – A True Story – are my most favorite ones. Through the later post, she relates her own story.
I am much impressed with the light and funny way to satire on existing situation through a discourse between a minister and the naive blogger. Though it looks funny at first, but, as you go along the post as a blogger, it touches and you’ll end up with an exclamation – what a true story!
However, in this post, I’m not going to explain the positive aspects of her blog, but rather try to inspect and offer suggestions so that she can make it even better. My intention in NO WAY, is to find fault, but bring the matter into her notice, and let her know where she can make some changes to improve.
Needless to say I’m much impressed with the content and style of presentation as well as building up a huge community around her blog. She’s really towards a big success.
The blog is titled H4Hitech – Tutorials and Articles the comic way. It has a tagline ‘a knowledge sharing platform‘. Just with these information, you can easily guess what the blog is about and what to expect there. Perfect!
There is <title> tag present in source code and a unique title for every posts and pages. Perfect!
The website logo is perfectly sized and linked to home page. It has alt text ‘Tutorials & Articles the comic way | H4Hitech‘. Perfect!
However, the header area contains an Ad unit and it is not fitting within the available space, causing the header area expand below unnecessarily. This has degraded the appearance.
Sapna has used Keyword meta tags but surprisingly no meta description. Highly suggested to apply meta description. Google no longer uses the keywords, however other search engines may use it. So its Okay to leave it off. But try to limit the number of keywords to include most important and useful keywords. Too many keywords in <meta name=”keyword” may not be very fruitful.
It appears that she is using All-In-One-SEO plugin. I better suggest her to use WP SEO by Yoast for better optimization. I used it for long and find pretty helpful. It will not only automate the common SEO tasks, but will also offer suggestions to improve SEO score while you are writing posts.
There is Facebook meta tag present in website and it is rendering the Facebook Share messages correctly. Perfect!
H4Hitech has Category, Archieve, Popular and Recent Posts widget on sidebar and it creates some internal links. However, she is not using related posts. I’d suggest to implement related posts so that it creates relevant links better. You can find many plugins to automate it. I’ve heard good of YARPP (but please be aware that it may consume larger server resources).
Similarly, because she is presenting her posts as infography, it really does not have much text to link to other posts in blog.
Sapna is using the post title for the infography image name as well as ALT. It is fine, but I believe, she needs to work a little bit more for ALT text. It would be better to compose different and more keyword rich ALT tags.
H4Hitech has two links in top navigation as well as on main navigation. I wonder why she does not use categories in main navigation. This would make the blog look better and offer easy navigation.
Looked everywhere but the blog lacked a ‘Contact Us’ page. I tried to contact Sapna before writing this post but since there was no way out, I reached to Facebook fan page and sent a message.
I’d like to suggest her to create a page and offer some methods to contact her. She can list her Facebook, Twitter and other social network URLs as well as a form that would email the message typed to her email address.
There are numerous plugin to add contact page for a WordPress blog and I personally use FS Contact Form. It really has some awesome features and you can customize the form as you need. Please look at the Contact page of Bivori as an example.
Sapna is using Google Adsense to monetize her blog. She has placed a Leaderboard Ad unit in header area and one SkyScraper on sidebar.
I don’t know how these Ad Units are performing for her, but looking at the blog layout, I’d like to offer her a couple of suggestions:
1) Leaderboard unit should perform better if she placed it between the main navigation and posts where she is displaying ‘Breaking News’ right now. Breaking News can be placed above or below the Leaderboard Ad Unit.
2) A large rectangle (336 x 280) Ad unit inside her post area – either on top center or aligned right with text warping should perform better. This will improve the look of the blogs as well as Ads will be in better visible area.
3) She can place a link unit and Join Us buttons side by side on right sidebar.
Two Ad units and one link unit, I believe, is perfect combination to monetize blog with Adsense.
H4Hitech has a search box at the top right corner with nice effect when you click it. The search feature is working fine but still, I’d like to suggest to implement Google Custom Search. It has a couple of additional benefits compared to the WordPress Search feature.
1) You can monetize the search result page. Because the search result page displays Ads closely matching to the user’s search query, there are high chances that user will click on those Ads. It is beneficial in cases when a user is searching for something which does not exists in your site.
2) You can configure the search scope so that it will display results from your own blog and other specified ones whom you trust to present the best content.
Ileane Smith from BasicBlogTips has a nice video about creating Google Custom Search Engine:
Okay, that’s all for the review of Sapna’ s blog H4Hitech. I will come up with top commenter of March again. Cheers!