Friday, March 28, 2014

Philomena 2013

Philomena 2013 Movie Review

Have you heard of stories before about the Catholic Church? We’ll there are a lot of stories that we’ve heard probably from our grandparents, from people who have witness or at least like us have also heard some stories.

The movie is all about Philomena, who was an innocent teenager who was left by his father in an orphanage and grew up there with the nuns. Because of that, she didn’t know that there is something more than kissing (or will proceed after kissing – a lot) that will get you pregnant. Probably the nuns did not talk about that to them because they’re conservative, unlike these days a grade school student knows how to make a baby – not the total specifics but I think they get the idea.

Anyway, to summarize it she got pregnant, she gave birth at the orphanage, and her baby boy named Anthony Lee was “adopted” by the Americans who can’t have kids without knowing who are his adopted parents are.

Philomena 2013 Movie Review

So the movie will then show you how she dealt with her longing to her son, how she tried to find him and have they now met?

Philomena 2013 Movie Review

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I’m fund of these British movies, love the accent. That’s why I think I love watching Sherlock (TV series).
The movie will make you hate the nuns (in the movie), I mean this is a true to life story and I have nun friends even though I am not a Catholic the nuns love me. It was years ago anyway, but they should’ve not done these things, for me it’s cold-hearted for them not to pity such a wonderful loving woman.

The movie is fun to watch by the way, Philomena is old and she’s very polite and nice to everyone and I love her. But then due to what happened to her and her baby Anthony, it’s heart breaking to see a loving woman being so heartbroken like this and this movie can surely make you cry, get a heartbreak and just hate the people who caused it – she’s a great woman!

The story is awesome, the lesson is great and I will say it’s a must watch movie. Not because we need to be educated that we could have a baby after doing more than kissing someone, but there are lessons that we can learn from this woman, she remained strong, faithful to God – after what the nuns have done, and of course still remain positive and nice to everyone.

I’ll totally give a 4.7 star rating out 5 stars to this movie, Judi Dench played her role very nice that she could make you cry and love Philomena more. I’ve only seen her on James Bond movies and did not expect her to do such a great job to a dramatic and touching story.

Movie Safe for Kids?

The movie is a rated PG-13 so it means children under 13 should not watch this. I think it’s due to some words used by the characters, of course how will you react if you’ll be on Martin Sixsmith’s (the journalist) situation.

But as a parent, this will let you know why you should talk about the “thing” with your kid. I mean, you don’t want her to be as innocent as Philomena. Not knowing about it can be funny at her age that she got pregnant but really, it did happened and we don’t that to happen to your kids.

Play it or Skip it?

I highly advise for you to watch the movie, especially if you’re into drama and true stories.
And if you haven’t been to church lately, watch this movie. Maybe Philomena can convince you to go back and serve God.

Spoiler Alert!

But please note this is a true story, so somewhere in the middle of the movie it may break your heart. I even cried and said “no…no way! Nooo!!....” while watching it.

Philomena is still alive up to now by the way, actually she’s even at the Oscars – Ellen Degeneres announced her presence at the awards night. And yes, it was JUST Philomena.

And oh, check out this photo of the all grown up Anthony Lee, the real Anthony and now known as Michael Hess. Just to spoil everything! LOL.

Clue: Notice the Nun and the way he stand up.

Movie Trailer

Check out the trailer, she's funny already. Watching it now, I want to cry again.

Movie Plot

Journalist Martin Sixsmith has lost his job as a Labour government adviser, and is contemplating writing a book on Russian history. He is approached at a party by the daughter of Philomena Lee. She suggests that he write a story about her mother, who was forced to give up her baby boy, Anthony, fifty years ago. Although he initially scorns the idea of writing a human interest story, he eventually meets with Philomena and after hearing her shocking story, he decides to investigate further. - Wikipedia

IMDB Rating: 7.7

Friday, March 21, 2014

Is WordPress or Blogger Better for SEO?

Is WordPress or Blogger Better for SEO

There are friends, bloggers and even readers contact me to ask about which platform is better for blogging, WordPress or Blogger? Another is, which one is a lot better for SEO?

As you might already know, Blogger is a free blogging platform by Google. Well, it was actually bought by Google. So you don't have to worry about servers, hosting service, installing the platform (Blogger) and of course what I love most about Blogger, you don't have to worry about being hacked. As for making your own domain, you can simply buy a domain from sites like GoDaddy or you can just purchase it directly from Google and they'll take care of setting it up.

WordPress on the other hand is a platform, but they also provide the free one but the free one has a lot of limitations. But when you decide to have your own site installed on a hosting service using WordPress, it will cost you - monthly. Other than purchasing a domain, you'll need to purchase a hosting service but other hosting service provides packages, and of course being prawn to hacking. But the best thing about WordPress is that you can do a lot of things with it, customize everything. From links, design, structure and all.

Blogger vs. WordPress on SEO

Vicki2910 asked Matt of Google this question:

I've used Blogger for 3 years, but now everyone tells me that WordPress is superior for SEO. After scouring many sites, I've been able to find the SEO advantages to using Blogger - are there any?

Matt answers the question, through this short video:

Pretty much Matt pointed out that it will depend on your needs, and both have the benefits on SEO. But I think WordPress has a lot of control that you can have on your site but then don't underestimate Blogger.

What's My Advice?

If it's for business, or you're that serious in Blogging and can afford the expenses, then go for WordPress. But if you don't want to hassle yourself with installing WordPress and being hacked, and of course can only afford the yearly due of the domain, then go for Blogger.

It all depends on your needs, on how you want it to be. Blogger can be optimized, I've optimized all my blogs. I've even use Blogger for my own company as the official site. It ranked well too.

SEO is not about platforms, it's how you make your site more SEO friendly, user friendly and of course building quality links to your site. Search Engines like Google does not check the platform and make their favorite platform rank well, or higher. Even if you use WordPress and you're not taking advantage of making your site load faster and you're using inline CSS codes and all, other site may be more appealing to other search engines.

So check what you need and want for yourself, for your business/blogging and of course your pocket because it's not all free.

Friday, March 7, 2014

4 Types of Blog Comments to Disapprove

4 Types of Blog Comments to Disapprove

I have joined to blog hopping a few weeks ago and I've noticed that there are some bloggers who are not aware of how the comments on their blog could also affect their own blog and how their passing something we call "link juice" to other sites that could possibly hurt them.

Not all comments should be approved, sometimes it is totally obvious that they're just praising you about the great idea about your content because they want to be approved and sometimes it's pretty much accurate.

Should I Correct The Grammar Of Comments On My Blog?

We all know that having a quality content on our blog is important, not only for search engines but also to users. In this way, they'll gain knowledge on waht would you like to share and make them engage with you. But then, what if there's someone who leave a comment on your blog with a wrong grammar.

So this question of Mr. Mortini from Chicago, IL might be useful for you:
Should I correct the grammar on comments to my WordPress blog? Should I not approve comments with poor grammar? Will approving comments with grammar issues affect my page's quality ratings?

As Matt says, it's totally okay if the grammar of the person that left a comment on your blog is wrong as long as the content on your blog is a good quality content. I though admit that there are a couple of articles here and on my other blogs that do have a wrong grammar, wrong spelling, etc.

You can actually edit the comment but it's not the commentator's word anymore, but yours. So I would suggest to leave that out.

4 Types of Blog Comments that Should NOT be Approve

You might have noticed a lot of blog comments on your blog after few months of blogging already, especially if you'll join the blog hops, and promote your blog posts through social media sites. But then, NOT ALL comments are advised to be approved since there might be something on the comment itself that could harm your blog.

So I've gathered some screenshots to give you a sample on comments that I would advise NOT TO APPROVE and they are:

Words with Links on the Comment

We call the word "anchor text" and usually it's the keyword that they use of their site. Take a look at the comment below for the two samples I have for you guys.

It's better to include the keyword/anchor text on the comment, I do that too. So even though it may make ense, their comment is relevant to the content that you have (where they left the comment), better check the website that're linking to, better yet don't approve the comments like this.

Sometimes it's hard to insert the keyword to the sentence of the comment, so they do something like the above, put the anchor text along with the link on the last part. Some people don't notice it, thinking it might be just a signature (like the forums).

A Link on the Comment

Sometimes it makes sense why people leave a link on the comment area, like if they would like you to refer on something, but if it's something like this, well they're just trying to do link building.

The link above is a chatting website, not a dating website - but could be. He have a pretty good comment though but I'm tired of editing comments. So I just didn't approve it.

Link to the Commentator's Name

There are also other styles like this, the comment is pretty much okay but take a look at the name. Instead of the name of the person, he used the keyword "branded items". The comment is good, there's no link but if you'll ignore and won't check the name area then you might end up approving this comment.

Type of Site's You're Linking To

You may or may not approve the types of links above, but if ever you decide to approve it please check the website first before you approve the comment.

Pharma and p*rn are the type of websites that you should totally avoid, their terms might be band already and linking your site to these type of sites may harm your blog too.

As for having a negative comment on your blog, it will totally depend on you. I don't usually approve those, I try to avoid these negative people in the blog.