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Monday, February 21, 2011

How Can You Start Blogging ? A Beginners Guide to Making Blogs

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If making money through blogging is your intention, then creating a popular blog is your key to success. If you write something which is not useful to your readers its very likely that you’ll receive very low traffic unless you do some strong on-page and off-page SEO or probably indulge into some Blackhat SEO techniques. If you receive low traffic, you will not have much success monetizing it. That’s for sure. If you have a large readership, you will find success – no matter which method you choose to make money from your blog. Hence making a popular blog and growing readership should be your primary target.

To make a popular blog, the first thing you should consider is to target your audience or who you’re writing for. You should always select your topic which interests you and on which you think you can write about while keeping in mind whether it will interest others. You may think that what you are writing about is very interesting and informative, but there might not be many people who want to read what you write. I would personally suggest targeting a topic which has proven huge readership though some experts will suggest writing on niche topics as the competition will be less there. But I think niche markets are good for creating small websites with only a few articles/pages and make some quick money out of it. It may also be helpful to target niche topics if you’re planning to create an autoblog. If you really love the topic you want to write about and have some really useful information to share with your users, then I would suggest not considering about the competition.
The best thing about blogging is that you need not be a professional writer to create a popular blog. The only thing is you should follow the basic grammatical rules and should be able to put a few sentences together and express yourself. In this context, thought clarity is very much required i.e. you should be clear to yourself about what you’re going to write today. But the bottom-line is you do not have to be a highly skilled writer.
The main reason why a “normal blog reader” becomes a “regular blog reader” is because of interesting and relevant topics. Mind it – a blog reader never looks for the next work of Shakespeare from a “Make money blog”. So make sure that what you write is interesting, to the point and sometimes even controversial. Your aim should be to add value to your readers’ lives through information or entertainment. This will help you develop a large fan base.
Now that you have decided the topic to write about, start thinking about many ways to popularize it. Making a blog popular depends on how much traffic you can drive to your website/blog. Try to find places to link back to your blog. That’s a good way to drive traffic to your blog. Social networking sites like FacebookMySpace and Youtube provide a lot of opportunity for this. Other ways for link building and driving traffic is Social bookmarking sites like Reddit,StumbleUpon and Digg. You can also create a blog on popular platforms like Blogger and WordPress and link back to your own blog.
Whether you blog on a blogging network or you have an independently hosted blog, you should make sure that your blog is designed clean & well. It is true that content is king and if a blog has great content is may receive lots of traffic even though it is ugly, having a well-designed blog that is not ugly or annoying will help to drive returning visitors. You may want your blog to look unique, but not too unique to break the basic internet formalities such as blue links and using large font for headings.
Break your post up into small paragraphs, preferably each having a headline or the first line on the paragraph in bold letters. If you think from a readers point of view, you should quickly realize that readers tend to scan the screen looking for relevant information rather than reading every single word. Make sure not to contrast your colors too harshly and the font that you use is readable to the human eye easily. Using a clean design will make your blog aesthetically pleasing and make readers come back. Apart from writing useful, informative and unique articles, aesthetics also add to a blog’s readership and makes readers more likely to come back and spend more time on your blog.
Coming to the monetization part, no matter where your blog is hosted, you should try to get it indexed by all major search engines. Most forms of blog monetization require your blog to be indeed by search engines before they’ll allow you to participate in their program. The more visitors you receive, the higher your blog will be ranked on search engines and thus your blog becomes popular.
Before you try to implement your monetization strategies, make sure your blog has enough readers to make your efforts work. If there is no one to click your ads, visit your affiliate sites, or read your reviews, you do not stand much of a chance of making money.
So don’t waste time in thinking and take action. Create an engaging blog
ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income     Blogging All-in-One For Dummies    The Huffington Post Complete Guide to Blogging

Top 5 Secrets to Make Money from Blogs

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money from blog Top 5 Secrets to Make Money from Blogs
Hi guys, this is Prasenjit back after his 9 to 5 job to try to write about Money Making Ideas for his Valued visitors. The week was very hectic for me and I guess it was the same for you guys though I wish you had a good week at office. But that’s quite unlikely icon smile Top 5 Secrets to Make Money from Blogs . Well now lets come to the point. Today I will write about Blogging and how to “make money with blogs”. So here we go.

Q: What is a blog?
A: Blog is a platform/website which is used to express thoughts. It’s kinda website where you could write about anything you like from A to Z. Its like a diary and you could write on your blog at any convenient time(like me). People may blog for many reasons either to share their personal experiences or to share their knowledge with others. I recently discovered that blogging is one of the interesting hobby for me too. It’s quite interesting that you could make money from your blogs. There are many successful entrepreneurs who are living a life by earning decent income from blogging. By the term “decent”, I mean quite a decent which means much more than a usual 9-5 working person. Keeping that in mind, this article helps beginners to understand the steps to make money from blogs. It’s simple, easy to manage a blog and you don’t need any great technical skills. Lots of creative people use blog to share their thoughts, emotions, poetry and many other things. But in other side, there are lots of people who use blogging to make a little bit extra income. And also there are some people who are making their full time income by blogging. They post articles on their blogs, and their blogs work as ATM for them. The best thing is you can also make your blog as money making machine.

Q: So, how will you do it?
A: Here are the steps:
#1. Find Your Niche(what you like/know about): – This first step is one of the most difficult as well as one of the most important factors tp start. There’s a very popular proverb on the internet “Content is the King” of internet. If you haven’t any contents, you will not be able to make money with your blog. Bear in mind that people use internet to search for contents. Content which is useful for them. So, you must choose a topic in which you have lots of ideas or contents. Even you can select your topic based on what you good command on.You can select your blog keywords using theGoogle Keyword Tool.

#2. Create A Blog And Post Some Articles: – If you have chosen your niche, create a blog on Blogger.com, WordPress.com, Tumblr.com and many other blogging platforms. They offer you to use their blogging platform for free. If you ask me, then you should select a light template for your blog and post some quality articles which you think will be useful to your visitors. Creating a free or hosted blog and adding content with the right SEO strategy can create a solid stream of income online. Blogs are simple to create and design and if you have any Internet marketing skills, getting them ranked should be very simple. Create a banner for your site. Then, offer to make banners exactly like it for other webmasters. Created from nothing and becoming something so beautiful is what art is all about and that is why so many people admire it.
#3. Publishing “Useful” Articles: – Creativity and innovation are the basic rules to create posts that your readers will love and enjoy. Create your content, make it original, and make it informative.Now it is time to build your blog. You need to include the keywords you wrote down in Step #1 in the content of your blog. You have to write useful articles. You should not copy the content from other web sites, this is one of the common beginners mistake. Write original articles which solve the visitor problems. Focus on the topic and keep the visitors in mind, while writing articles for your blog. Consistency is one of the most important factors of Blogging. You should not stop writing after a couple of days/months. The number of articles you publish in a week may vary depending on you schedule. But try to have a writing schedule (for example, at least 1 article per day) and stick to that. Over a period of time (usually in 3 to 6 months), your blog gains decent amount of search engine traffic.
#4. Monetize Your Blog: – If you have lots of posts, submit your blog to Google to be approved for its AdSense program, this is most optimizing money making program for a blogger. There are also other money making programs you can use to monetize your blog. Use BidVertiser, Ad text link, Yahoo Publisher, Chitika to monetize your blog. You can also use ClickBank for Affiliate marketting. just go to clickbank.com and signup for being an affiliate. ClickBank has more than 10 thousand digital products. Pick up some hot products at your niche and start promoting those products on your blog. If you make any sell, you will get 50 to 75 percent commissions. So, promoting any product will be worthy for you. But Affiliate Marketing is a very different idea all together which requires understanding the world of internet better. To be precise, affiliate marketing is not that easy.
#5: Marketing Your Blog: – Promoting and marketing a blog is one of the toughest part of this rat game to drive traffic to your blog. Producing useful content gains authority on search engines by itself. But you have to build quality links pointing to your blog which tells search engines that your blog is popular & every one refers to it. So focus towards producing quality content and building back links. Writing comments on related dofollow blogs, writing guest posts on established blogs, posting on related forums are few of the simple link building techniques. Keep in mind that marketing is a long term approach and it goes through the blogging life cycle to drive huge traffic. I would highly recommend everyone to buy this product and generate huge traffic to Your Blog!
Making money with a blog will be easy if you have huge traffic. There is hundreds of traffic generating ways, but here are the top ways:
  • Submit your blog to all major search engines and keep your blog SEO friendly.
  • Write articles for article directories and submit them to get lots of highly targeted traffic
  • Create lots of social networking accounts and make as many friends as you can. Promote your blog in front of your social networking friends.
  • Use free classifieds to get lots of traffic.
Blogging is a long term business model and it takes time to pick up. But once your blog has reached that level of success, you could make decent income every month. Always remember, making money with a blog is not hard. You just need to do a little hard work on your blog. And you will have a 24/7 hour working money making blog.

8 First Step SEO Ranking Factors for Bloggers

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seo 8 First Step SEO Ranking Factors for BloggersMany (pro) bloggers have written about search engine optimization for the help of others. Here is my list of basic first steps:
  1. Content is King: Well I believe this is your first step to SEO. The most important factor which matters when it comes to Search Engine Optimization is the quality of posts you write for your blog. If you write quality content, then its most likely that your reader will want to share what they’ve written by passing on the link to your post and will quite often do it in a way that helps your search rankings(on their own blog for example).
  2. Anticipate what People will search for: Every time you write a post, you should consider what words (keywords) people might be searching for in the search engines. If you include proper keywords in your article which people are looking for, then you are in a great position to position yourself in the search engines.
  3. Using proper titles: There are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to add a title to your article/post – so make sure to get’em right.
    1. Make sure that the way you setup your blog, it puts the title of the post in the “title tags”. This is automatically done in WordPress and is really important.
    2. Avoid including your blog name/title in the title tags of single posts if you’re looking from an SEO perspective as this dilutes your keywords. If you’re looking more at branding, then including your blog’s name/title in the “title tag” of single posts may be worth doing.
    3. Include the keywords that you identified in point 2 in your post title, but never over stuff your title with only keywords as you might get penalized.
    4. Try to use your keywords at the start of the title as it tends to carry more weight than the words you use later in your title.
  4. Keywords in your main content: You should include the keywords from point 2 within your post smartly. If you want to rank for a term or phrase in Search Engines, then you need to use the terms in sub-headings of your post by using “h” tags wherever you can, in the content itself and also in the “alt” tags of images. Remember not doing this too much as nowadays search engines are smart enough to identify articles written only to rank higher in search engines and add no value to the users and hence penalize such websites/blogs. If you are engaging yourself in such kind of activity, soon you’ll go down the ladder. Use your keywords in your content as long as it looks natural.
  5. Interlink to your own posts: Now this is again one of the most important factors for SEO. While links from other sites to your site is a great way to increase your blog’s rankings, so are interlinks. Interlink to your posts wherever possible where readers can find more information on your topic. Also consider linking to popular posts/random posts/related posts on your blog in your sidebar or footer.
  6. Backlinks: I believe backlinks are the most important factor for SEO. Links from other sites to yours may be hard to get, but achievable. Social bookmarking sites and Microblogs like Twitter may be your first target for backlinks. They won’t count for anything much as they have no-follow tags but they are potential ways for people to access your site and some will help with SEO.
    Writing Guest Blog at other popular sites in your niche will also give you some link juice as they generally allow 1-2 do-follow links.
    Commenting on other sites is again one easy way to link to your site (though most of the sites are no-follow). If you comment on other sites, you can easily draw traffic to your site and connect to many other bloggers in your niche.
    Don’t become obsessed with getting links – rather become obsessed about writing great content and the linkswill generally come in time. However if you’ve written a great post that you think will be relevant to another blog don’t be afraid to let that blogger or website owner know about it – they could just link up.
    Also – take note of the type of posts that you write that do well at getting other sites to link to you. You can learn a lot about generating linkable content by doing so and might just develop a technique that will work again and again.
  7. Plugins: Well if you’re blogging on WordPress platform, then you should never touch and tweak the core files. Instead there are plenty of freely available plugins for wordpress for the purpose of SEO. “The All in One SEO Pack” is the most popular plugin in this regard. Configure it as per your requirement.
  8. Readers: This isn’t an SEO technique but it can play a major role. The more readers you have, more are the chances that your blog will be found by other readers. As you get more readers, the momentum grows as these readers will pass on your blog to others in their network. They’ll link to you, bookmark you, tweet about you, email friends and may even blog about you. They may even suggest your site in the recommendation engines.
    Not all of these counts with SEO but some does and the accumulation of it over time all certainly help to grow both organic and search traffic. I guess what I’m saying is to get readers any way you can – don’t just focus upon ‘SEO’ as such. It all counts.
  

Link Building for Higher Search Engine Rankings

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The two arms of the Search Engine Optimization are content and link building. Link building assumes a very important role for gaining more traffic to the websites. However, there is a continuous strife between the web masters and the search engines regarding link building. This is because the search engines do not take artificial links into consideration and also devalue such sites. A good webmaster knows how and where to place link in his content so as to gain the links towards his or his clients website.
Here are certain pointers to take care of while building links for gaining more traffic to your website. First and foremost make sure that you provide a genuine link. A valuable link can attract viewers automatically and will also satisfy the search engines. The important factor for making links worthwhile is by posting the content that is relevant and valuable not only in terms of quantity but also quality. The more valuable your content, the better chances of having more links.
Link Building Link Building for Higher Search Engine Rankings
A good SEO expert knows the significance of Link Anchor Text. It is always beneficial to have a varying link anchor text as it will make your link look more natural. A smart webmaster follows the technique of deep link. In this the SEO experts simply link to deep pages on the site rather than just the homepage. SEO Companies in India, USA, UK or any other place, are following the same quality criteria to achieve better search engine rankings.
One of the other ways is also to get links from the other sites based on the similar business. This is called linking with the relevant sites. The idea is fairly clear; the birds of same feather flock together.
Nevertheless, there are still plenty of options and solutions to avoid the clash between link building and search engines. How about sharing a few with everyone to improve the link building performance?

  

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Four Types of Blogger

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1~Neo-journalist. They are also known as pundits, the ones who gain the most media attention. They blog about the current affairs and politics. They were the ones who caused the Tsunami in our 2008 general election. Although a lot of them have already gone, some are still alive and kicking. They should also be credited for the rise of bloggers in Malaysia.

2~Personal blogger. This is the most common of them all. This type of blogger would be the one who keeps a personal blog, or a journal/diary type of blog. Gone are the days people keep a diary which keeps all their secrets. Nowadays these digital diaries are for narcissists. :p You know, they will posts loads of pictures of himself of herself (aka cam-whoring) or posts pictures of the food they have devoured. This type of blogger will also write about his day, what he did and where he went. This type of blogger likes to rant and vent out his emotions.

3~Problogger. This must be one of the fastest-rising type of blogger. They (including me) blog to earn money. Someone once said, "Used to be that we tried all kinds of ways to get rid of the ads from our blogs. But now everyone seems to want to put ads on their blogs." Adsense broke the deadlock on earning a living online. And now with the advent of local advertising company like Nuffnang, Adverlets and Innity, it is possible for everyone especially Malaysian to make money from blogging. Now blogging has become a full-time job for a lot of bloggers.

4~Rojak Blogger. A~ha, "Rojak" literally means mixed. So it can be known as hybrid? The 4th type of blogger is the hybrid between the above 3 types of blogger. I believe I am in this category. Or I should at least say this blog of mine-Tekkaus, is a rojak blog. I am more of a personal blogger but with a little mixture of problogger and neo-journalists. 

Saturday, February 19, 2011

All Of The Many Wonderful Things You Can Do With Docstoc.com

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Did you know there was a place you can find for free, buy and even share documents on the Internet?  It’s almost like a community of people sharing documents for almost any need you can think. It’s called Docstoc.com and there are many things you can do with Docstoc.com and I’d like to share a few with you.
 
You Can Sell Documents

Are you prolific at creating professional documents that people need? With Docstoc.com you can actually upload documents to sell to other people. With no minimum number of docs, no upfront fees, and the ability to set your own prices you’d almost be foolish not to try to sell your beautiful documents on Docstock.com. You can sell almost anything from business forms to ebooks.

You Can Make Money By Offering Free Documents

That sounds kind of funny, doesn’t it?  It’s true, there is more than one way to make money on Docstock.com.  There is also the possibility of offering free documents for people to download and use and making money from the ads.  The trick is to sign up for your own Google Adsense account and be willing to split the profits with Docstock 50/50.  They call the program DocCash.  Who doesn’t like the idea of passive income though?
 

You Can Keep Visitors On Your Site By Embedding Documents
 

 
 
If embedding documents on your website isn’t what you’re looking for, try out DocShots. DocShots will actually make any links on your site to Docstoc.com documents into hover-able links. Visitors will only have to hover over the link and the document will pop up for them to read. This will allow them to avoid having to leave your site or even wait to download anything.



You Can Keep Your Own Personal Collection Of Documents Online
 

 
You can actually upload the whole of your document collection to keep them online and available from anywhere. DocStoc.com has nifty features allowing you to keep computer folder in sync with your Docstoc.com collection and to upload documents in bulk. You can choose whether you want your documents to be public or private. You can even share your private documents with specific people while monitoring whose actually accessed and downloaded them.



Yeah, But What Does Docstoc.com Cost To Use?


After scouring the FAQ for just that question, I found an answer. Apparently Docstoc.com is free to use. Exciting, right? There are obviously some documents that are premium and you need to purchase them. There’s also a subscription service enabling you to access thousands of premium documents. Otherwise, the services are free.


What about you? Would you try Docstoc.com for your online document needs? What service(s) would you use most?
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