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Set up your RSS Feed and Podcast

As with everything on the internet and with computers.  Once you’ve learned how, it’s easy.  Until then, it’s frustratingly confusing and time consuming.

So, we’re setting up a podcast and rss feed for audio files to learn Indonesian.  I used RunStream to set up a feed, and they have some good stuff, but it seems they limit free accounts to just 3 posts.  I also discoverd SpringWidgets which is very cool.  And now I’m trying to set up my podcast at PodcastAlley.  They say copy the following at publish it, so here goes nothin’.

<a href=”http://www.podcastalley.com/”&gt; My Podcast Alley feed!</a> {pca-43478a218039fd77194829da5fc68399}

ciao for now,

Brian

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Here’s a Great Audio Widget to add to your website.

The other day I came across a great widget for combining rss feeds (text, audio and video) and they have some other interesting widgets.

I don’t know if I can add the widget here or not.  In Blogger it’s possible by inserting the code into a text box in the sidebar.  Or you can set it to your blog at Blogger or Worpress and others directly from SpringWidget.  Anyway, I’ll copy the code below and see what happens.  You can see a sample of it at my site for learning Indonesian: learnindonesian.org

<!-- SpringWidgets | Learn Indonesian - Basic Audio Files (#61907) | HTML | Generated on 10/12/2008 --><object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowNetworking="all" allowScriptAccess="always" allowFullScreen="true" height="418" width="200" id="springwidgets_61907" align="middle" data="http://downloads.thespringbox.com/web/wrapper.php?file=61907.sbw" classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://fpdownload.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=8,0,0,0"><param name="allowNetworking" value="all" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="movie" value="http://downloads.thespringbox.com/web/wrapper.php?file=61907.sbw" /><param name="flashvars" value="param_param=http%3A%2F%2Frunstream.com%2Ffeed%2Ff%2F1612%2Ft%2Fall%2F&param_compactView=-1&param_blurbLength=512&param_style_borderColor=0x000000&param_style_brandUrl=http%3A%2F%2Flearnindonesian.org%2Fbali-dancer-blue-ocean2.JPG" /><param name="quality" value="high" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><param name="bgColor" value="0x000000" /><embed bgColor="0x000000" allowNetworking="all" allowFullScreen="true" allowScriptAccess="always" src="http://downloads.thespringbox.com/web/wrapper.php?file=61907.sbw" flashvars="param_param=http%3A%2F%2Frunstream.com%2Ffeed%2Ff%2F1612%2Ft%2Fall%2F&param_compactView=-1&param_blurbLength=512&param_style_borderColor=0x000000&param_style_brandUrl=http%3A%2F%2Flearnindonesian.org%2Fbali-dancer-blue-ocean2.JPG" quality="high" name="springwidgets_61907" wmode="transparent" width="200" height="418" align="middle" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer"></embed></object><div style="font:11px/12px arial;width:200px;"><a href="http://www.springwidgets.com/widgets/view/61907/?param_param=http%3A%2F%2Frunstream.com%2Ffeed%2Ff%2F1612%2Ft%2Fall%2F&param_compactView=-1&param_blurbLength=512&param_style_borderColor=0x000000&param_style_brandUrl=http%3A%2F%2Flearnindonesian.org%2Fbali-dancer-blue-ocean2.JPG&width=200&height=400" target="_blank">Get this widget!</a></div>

So, there’s the code and I’ll publish it now to see what it looks like, then I’ll try one directly from springwidgets.

cheers, Brian

Get indexed by Google in less than 24 hours with WordPress

I will keep this posting short because there’s nothing much to say.  If you have a new site and want to get it indexed by Google just write about it in your WordPress blog, give a link to it and voila – you’ll be listed in less than 24 hours.

I’ve done it for a couple of my sites: 5plus5team.com and more recently learnindonesian.org and it works every time.  Oops, it didn’t work now for my learnindonesian.org site.  This web blog gets listed in less than 24 hours, but it didn’t follow the link this time.  Don’t know why.  I’ll let you know when they do find my site, and if anybody has any other simple tips I’d love to hear them.

So, it’s time to put this issue to rest. Don’t pay for any service, don’t make any submission to Google or any other search engine, just write a quick introduction to your site and you’re done. You’ll be listed by Google in less than 24 hours.

Ciao,

Brian

Update: October 15, 2008

Okay, I’ve been following this for a week now, and I’m more than a little confused, but it’s all working okay.  For several days, I still wasn’t listed, even for ‘learnindonesian.org’, and my AdSense was showing on the page either.  Then yesterday I happened to check ‘learn indonesian online’, to check the ranking for our original site bintangbahasa.com.  It was still ranked in the 40’s (46) and listed just below it was my new website learnindonesian.org (50).  Go figure.  I then checked some other searches and for ‘learn indonesia audio’ we were 15th.  Wow, cool!  Our older site was ranked 24th.

I then checked ‘learn indonesian’ which is what we want to get a good ranking for.  BintangBahasa.com is still somewhere in the 100+ range, and my new site (learnindonesian.org) was ranked 36.  Super cool!  In just a week!

Now, I think one of the key factors to getting a good ranking was this blog (1 article) and my Blogger blog (1 article) and most importantly an rss audio feed.  I looked at several and chose runstream.com.  It seems really good.

A day later, I redid my AdSense code and it’s showing up now, but it still says ‘inactive’.  And my ranking, just a day later, has moved from 15 to 51, and 50 to 23, and 36 to 48.

I have no idea what Google is doing, but it will be interesting to follow for a while and see what happens.  They still have a long way to go in improving the quality of their search results in order to provide good results that provide the information that users want, but it’s a tough job with so many people trying to make money with parked domains, intermediary pages, etc.

Hopefully, one day, we can clean up or at least avoid the garbage which is constantly building up on the web.

Anyway, to get indexed and ranked quickly for your new website, right a blog article, do a rss feed, and have some good content.  Next I’ll try it for a very competitive search ‘learn English’.

Till then, Brian

Learn Indonesian (or any language) quickly and easily.

Learning a foreign language can and should be a fun and pleasant experience. Unfortunately, in most cases, people find it a daunting and frustrating experience with minimal or poor results.  Why is that?

Well, it’s because the method used by almost all books, schools and teachers isn’t effective.  It’s like trying to force a square peg in a round hole.  It just doesn’t work!

So what’s the solution?  Well, if you’ve every tried to learn a new language, you already know the solution.  You already know what you need as a student.  The problem is, you have no idea where or how to get what you need!

Well, now you do. This is a problem I’ve been working on for several years now, and I’ve approached it completely from the ‘stupid’ student’s perspective.  I have a terrible memory for names or new words in a foreign language.  I can be told a name or the meaning of a new word, and seconds later I will have forgotten.

I’ve also approached it from the perspective of an engineer seeing a problem, analyzing it, and coming up with a solution.  As such, I was free from any bias or baggage aquired by learning how to teach a foreign language.  Similarly I gained a lot of experience teaching English, but with no bias or baggage about how it should be done.

When teaching English I was typically stuck in a situation using material which was bordering on useless, so I usually tossed it to the side and just started teaching in my own way, my own style; gradually discovering what worked and what didn’t.

I eventually decided to make a program for learning Indonesian (Bahasa Indonesia) based on “what I wish I had had when I was a student”.  I also included my general ideas on intuitive learning, ‘left logical brain’ versus ‘right creative brain’, etc.  The results were amazing.  The speed at which students learned Indonesian was amazing even for me.

For those of you who don’t know, Indonesian is perhaps the easiest language in the world to learn because of it’s relatively simple grammar and it’s flexibility in word order.  Still, the improvement over other methods and my own learning of Indonesian years before was really quite incredible.

One example in particular was with a Japanese lady who had been living in Indonesia at that time for about 8 months.  She saw me playing with the kids one time and asked me if I could teach her daughter English.  I said sure, I love teaching kids.  She then asked if I could teach her English.  Again, I said I’d be happy to.

We were talking in English and she was often struggling to express herself and sometimes she would use a word in Indonesian when she couldn’t think of the word in English.  I asked her if she spoke Indonesian and she replied, “No, I don’t like Indonesian.”

I was surprised, since it’s such an easy language to learn.  Certainly much easier than English.  She was insistent; she didn’t like Indonesian and didn’t want to learn it; even though she was going to be living there for 5 years!

Okay, no problem, and we arranged a time for her to start learning English.  After her third lesson she said she’d like to try my Indonesian program.  Hehehe…. I guess she saw a big difference in how I was teaching and decided to give it a try.

During the second lesson; just reading the basic dialogues and working on her pronunciation; she started saying, “Ahhh….!!!”  The light was finally coming on.  I also discovered that she had already had 25 private lessons for learning Indonesian!  After 8 months and 25 lessons, she couldn’t speak Indonesian and didn’t like the language or want to learn it.  Now, during the second lesson with me, she was finally ‘getting it’.  She was finally understanding the new language.

All I could do was laugh.  It’s sad but funny.  To have had so much difficulty, and now to find it so easy.

Square peg, round hole.  If you give the student a round peg they won’t have any more problems trying to put it in the hole.

If you like to see more of our material for learning Indonesian, please visit our websites: BintangBahasa.com and LearnIndonesian.org. (Don’t know why the link wouldn’t work with learnindonesian.org)

And selamat belajar!  (Best of luck learning!)

Brian

5plus5team.com