March 15th, 2013 — Blogging TIps
I have been blogging for 3 years with about 2 blogspot blogs and a wordpress blog (this one) in my hand.
To be honest I am not updating my blogspot blog as I found it a waste of time. But to be frank I started out with a blogger blog.
Anyway let me come to the post. People learn a lot as life goes by. As blogging went by I learnt a lot of things and I am sure I have got loads of experience in Blogging and Making Money Online.
During by career in blogging I learnt a lot of lessons that made me a stronger person and also a stronger blogger. Some of those are
Success does not come in a day
Who ever it might be. May it be Darren Rowse or Pat Flynn and also other great bloggers, everyone became successful only after a long time. Success doesn’t come in a day. It needs time.
Do not Spend too Much Time blogging as a Part-timer
This was the first thing I learned. I solely advice teenagers not to spend more time blogging until and unless you decide to take it up as a full time career. Do not blog too much time ( This is no where against blogging. so please do not take it as an issue).
Making Money can even be done Online
This may really sound silly to you all as you all are making money online. Truly I never believed this thing called MMO and hesitated to try out. But when I started blogging, I felt it wasn’t a great deal making money. I only then believed you can make money even online.
Meeting New people is Really an Awesome Thing
Only after I started blogging I had an opportunity to meet many exciting people online. I only knew about twitter when I read about it on blogs. After I came online I felt meeting new friends is really awesome.
Read Other Blogs If you Wanted to Become a true Blogger
This is one of the main traits of a successful blogger. Every blogger must read other blogs in order to become a successful one. I never read any blogs when I was a beginner. But lately I realized the fact that every blogger must read other blogs for a lot of reasons..
You Must be Smart Enough and Optimistic to Blog better
Even these two are one of the most important traits of a successful blogger. I mentioned about being optimistic earlier but missed about being smart enough. That’s true ! You must be smart enough in order to become a better blogger. And that’s why I did not succeed with my blogspot blog in some aspects though. You always must take smart decisions as a blogger too.
Over To You
Did you learn anything from your blogging experience ?
If yes , what did you learn ?
Are you a Smart Blogger ?
Do you Frequently meet new people ?
Comment your opinions below and let me know what you think.
February 27th, 2013 — Internet
In an era brimming with exciting and brain tickling blog posts, there is another form of blog posts that is slowly gaining momentum. Yes! as the title suggests I am talking about Infographics.
The text-book definition of an infographic may be defined as graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge intended to present complex information quickly and clearly.
Infographics provide a large amount of information in a precise and clear manner that can be understood easily. Unlike conventional blog posts, they aren’t just plain text. They are made of graphics instead of plain text.
In such a case infographics are used commonly these days. Some times people replace them with conventional blog posting thereby allowing better SEO and readership. Since infographics are eye catchy and informative search engines index and rank them better than conventional blog posts.
Some good infographics related to this blog’s niche include
These are some of the classic examples of infographics in the respective niches that you may be able to identify.
I am not going to give a brief explanation for every use of infographics. To put it short let me list them here. They aren’t really worth explaining.
- Eye catchy
- Easily indexed and ranked by Search Engines
- Clean depiction of the information
- Easily understandable
- Use of images to provide better understanding
- Can be replaced by blog posts
- Requires more time to create but has a lot of returns
A partial list would be enough to tell you how important and useful infographics are. They are the blog posts of the next generation of blogging.
Some tools that can be used to create infographics include
So what do you think about infographics. Let me know by commenting below.
February 10th, 2013 — Blogging, Internet
I mentioned in one of my previous posts that these days there are loads of blogs and blogging has developed a lot in recent times. Niches that appeared to be deserted few years ago are now flooding with budding bloggers. Resources for blogging have come up a lot. People are receiving lot of motivations and inspirations.
Few of the past generation’s greatest bloggers are now being muted, or atleast being matched by the current generation greats like Smart passive income, social triggers, viper chill etc., After all it isn’t really necessary for me to tell you about these blogs and the owners.
After my re-entry into the blogosphere I noticed few changes and I had already written a post regarding the changes I noticed.
Niche blogs have been an asset to online marketers and money makers. And what not, multiple niche blogs are growing in number. Besides these growing trends, there is also one thing I can infer. They are getting diluted considering their power on the blogosphere.
Some of the most powerful niches yet most diluted are listed below.
1. Blogging Tips and How to Blog :
Blogging tips and how to blog are two of the most powerful niches to date. I have myself had experience in them and they do give positive outcomes. To be frank bloggers blogging in this niche are upto making money online rather than just giving blogging tips. Some thing that has to be accepted.
2. Making Money Online
Ever since people started to adopt multiple ways to make money online, they also began to teach people the same. This became a hierarchy where people learnt from others, started to make money and taught other people how to make money online. Eventually when lot of people made money this niche got diluted. Now we can find umpteen number of these blogs.
3. Internet Marketing
This niche is the son of making money online niche. When people made money they found different ways to do that and so they called it as internet marketing. Internet marketing has been very popular niche these days.
4. Health Care
There are plenty of beauty and health conscious people. Being so, these blogs provide them with tips that enhance their health conditions. There was a time when there were less blogs on this niche, but now this niche is budding with bloggers.
5. Weight Loss
A weight loss blog gets a lot of traffic if maintained properly. Obesity is one of the most frequent diseases among man kind. So its obvious that people would prefer tips to reduce obesity and hence blogs in this niche are in umpteen number yet powerful.
Google is not the only search engine. How ever when in comes to SEO people consider google rather than other search engines. Optimizing our site for search engine traffic is the most necessary aspect of a website. SEO experts help do that. Considering a lot of SEO experts these blogs are on a flood too.
We all know the developments in technology and we also know how fast technology is getting developed. Tech blogs have been common few years ago. They have increased even more these days. And they are really really powerful.
8. Movies and Celebrity
People love celebrities what ever type of person they are. And if their favorite celebrities are in the news they will want to read them. Celebrity and movie blogs have been growing both in quality and quantity.
9. Social Media
Twitter and Facebook’s popularity let to a booming increase in social media and social media marketing blogs. Facebook and Twitter have changed the way people live their life style so have these bloggers.
So what do you think. Have I missed any niche. If yes! let me know by commenting below.
February 1st, 2013 — Blogging, Internet
I recently submitted an application for adsense for this blog. I had an adsense account earlier but it was banned on accounts of longer inactivity. Apparently I got my application rejected for the first time. I tried it out again. Flop show again! I wondered why.
I went through lot of blogs in search of a way to get the adsense account approved. Of course they would all work out, but needed time. Now that this blog is just 2 months baby, I managed to get my adsense account finally fully approved. Wonder how?
I wondered too. I was clueless. This blog received a PR 1 in just 15 days of its launch and with this post being just the 13th one, my adsense account got approved. What I inferred from these is?
Google wants you to be HONEST to it and the internet
Even since the growth of internet and particularly the adsense, google has become strict in its norms. Not easily do forms these days get approved.
The secret is being honest to it.
I have seen blogs being posed penalties by google for plagiarizing content. I have also seen blogs getting banned for violating internet norms and ethics. Not everything is ethical. After all internet is a public property and no one has the right or power of ruling it. But still, today, google dominates it thougt it does not rule it.
Even google doesn’t have the right to hinder your ideas that you implement on the internet. But it has the right to sue you if you disturb the freedom, thoughts and ideas of other fellow geeks.
Right from SEO to getting approved on adsense, all you have to do to get search engines’ support is to stay honest and follow the policies.
Follow the google policies, stay free on the internet. This post is a tiny article, but all that I want is to express this fact.
As bloggers being genuine must be our first priority
I recently read an article posted on google’s official webmaster central blog posted by Matt Cutts. There he talks about how google takes steps to reward high quality sites and abolish spam. You can see the article here
January 23rd, 2013 — Internet Marketing
Email lists are a trend today. Right from the launch of aweber, list building has been very popular among geeks. Not only bloggers but all business men use email lists to build their website.
Email lists provide a lot of insights on the positivity of a blog. It is advantageous in lot of ways. Internet Marketer’s most effective tool is email marketing. Online marketer prefer two tools that can make their product viral. One being Social Media and other being Email Marketing.
Email Marketing helps people share their thoughts with a set of loyal and interested people unlike social media where all the followers get to know what are up to.
Why is List Building so important?
Promoting stuffs is very easy when we have a huge list. I have seen Brain Clarke promoting his product Scribe, through his highly popular email list. His main means of marketing of Scribe was by email marketing(I assume). Because I have seen him promote it a lot through his email list. I have also seen Michael Dunlop promote his ebooks a lot through email marketing. It is a proven way to popularize products.
2. Conveying Messages
Email lists can be utilized to convey messages and information to a specific followers alone. Unlike social media where it is public to all, email lists help sharing stuffs with only a specific set of people namely the loyal subscribers.
3. Getting Connected and Staying in Touch
Email lists can help you be in contact with your readers even if your blog’s dead or you have not updated it. It can help you get connections and also stay in touch with your readers.
There are more advantages of list building, but these three being important reasons for it being preferred.
January 9th, 2013 — Art
Art is an invaluable asset of a person. Art is the mother of innovation, creativity and success. Art brings out the man out of a cog who fits in with what he is told to.
This sentence is what made me overcome the feeling of inferiority that I was bound upon. I read this quote in Seth Godin’s best-selling book Linchpin. Though the above quote is not exactly equal to what was in the book, the meaning is the same.
What does that quote mean?
Probably that’s something which should be easy to grab. I have noticed one common thing that Seth specifies and stresses upon both in his posts and his books, Being an Artist.
I personally have changed the way I approach things tremendously after reading his books. This is man is an Epic!
So why does Seth stress upon art every time? Because its an invaluable asset as he puts it. Its unique in every one of us. Art is not only the output of a drawing board, paper and a pencil, its something else too. Art is or can be otherwise called as an ability. An ability that can turn things around. Put you where you never would imagine to be. Make you what you dream to be. Everything can happen once you unleash the artist in you.
Artist brings up innovation, creativity and ideas that are evil and unique.
How does being an artist benefit bloggers?
Being an artist doesn’t mean being Picasso. He is of course an artist but an artist in his own way. Art is often misunderstood just as painting, sketching etc., Art is also innovation, creativity and uniqueness.
Blogging creates virality as every one of you know. When blogging combines with art, that blog and the blogger becomes art and artist respectively. Viral in every corner of the internet. Internet has a bad habit of sharing what everyone else share.
Good things never die and being an artistic blogger is a good thing
Artistic bloggers are unconventional. Darren Rowse felt sharing his views would benefit people,which made him an artist. Michael Arrington thought Technology should touch every one these days. Tech Crunch was born,which made him an artist. An Artistic Blogger. Blogger who has influenced and inspired every geek out there.
When bloggers unleash that hidden art, they become popular. They reach new heights. What does it take to be an artistic blogger ?
You might have heard this all around the internet in every other field nevertheless blogging also. You just can’t blog for God sake. Blogging requires passion. A passion that enables you to unleash the art in you.
Everything needs thinking. Every little thing in the world. Its not easy to write a quality post without thinking. Great thinkers are those who have been successful. Newton might not have discovered gravity hadn’t he thought of the falling apple.
As said already “Rome was not built in a day”. Many bloggers became popular due to their resilience and patience. Blogs can’t debut on a high note. It takes time, work and determination.
Working smart gives better results than working hard. Though not in all respects, at least in blogging. Smart people are called artists. Because they are unconventional. They are unique.
These four factors can make you an artist. Artistic bloggers are those who Passionately and patiently think. Of course they act smart.
December 27th, 2012 — Blogging
The past generation of bloggers have almost ceased existence. Not all but most of them. Now its a new generation of bloggers, budding, energetic and ability to achieve things. Taking up blogging as a full time career has been a rising trend these days. Continue reading →
December 13th, 2012 — Blogging
Blogging, a beautiful idea that arose out of someone’s mind just a few years ago has now grown to a kind of never-ending entity of the internet. Ever since blogging started to gain popularity, its viral growth has only been growing more and more. Like everything in this world going through a certain phase change, blogging has also been experiencing such a phase change.
Continue reading →
December 8th, 2012 — Blogging TIps
People these days learn things a lot faster. Advancement of technology has been the sole reason. Few years back when blogging was not a child’s play it was not as simple as it is these days to manage an effective blog. It sucked time. It sucked sweat! and what not you had to face tremors and threats(being a bit creepy eh! never mind).
I as a kiddo blogger faced a lot of threats. And studying in a state like Tamil Nadu says it all. Studies were the most heavy burden. Burden in the sense, a barricade that hindered by path. The path that lead to blogging success. I had to cross a lot of barricades. Eventually I surely could taste a small bit of success. That was just a motivation to be frank.
I was not even young then. You don’t get too mature when you have just crossed 12 odd years of life. As a kid I only had curiosity. To my embarrassment I did not even know the meaning of the word Passion which I came to know once I started blogging.
But still that curiosity to know things, that curiosity to know how it feels to be famous, that curiosity to know how it feels to make money at the age of 14, it was that curiosity that made me popular then(Everything vanished once I vanished out of the blogosphere), made me money, got be appraisals and what not it also got me embarrassments.
But to reach that heights I faced lots of challenges that I had to cross. Some of those which you will face now are here. Take a look!!
Oh! This is obvious thing. Parents want their kids to study. No parent would bear their sons/daughters getting addicted to computer or internet. (They don’t just understand that its not addiction). Studies are a big barricade. But it can be crossed with a little confidence. Since I did it you can too.
Not all parents support their child sitting on their PC. Some parents also go against their children unaware of what their child is doing. They even think blogging is a threat to their child’s life. But still an hour of talk with them will do.
I have regretted on this a lot of times. I had no time. I could neither concentrate of studies nor on blogging. On the whole everything went in a wrong way. Some times I thought I may quit blogging, but that was not the only alternative. Time management is very important if you are a part time blogger. Planning is the only way to cross this barricade.
I know most of you will deny this point. But wait! Blogging ain’t joke. If you are blogging for your self satisfaction a wordpress.com blog will do. But if blogging is your passion and you have lot of plans through your blog.
A self hosted blog is must. You just can’t make money with a simple xxx.wordpress.com blog. People don’t respect such blogs until you are already popular or a celebrity. When it comes to a self hosted blog, money is a great concern. I bought my first domain with lot of hardships.
After all domain and hosting sites don’t accept cash. I didn’t own a credit card. How did I cross this barricade? will put up a separate post on this topic.
So obvious that you will lack experience. Experienced bloggers are those who make four or five figures a month. Thinking of making money online through your blog? then you need this.
As you keep blogging, you keep gaining experience. Remember
These days facebook and twitter do this for you. But still as a beginner you don’t get trusted connections.
As you build your blog, you get to build loyal readership. That loyal readership gives you valuable connections. Social media is all about connecting with effective people.
These are some challenges you will have to cross. But they are not too threatening unlike it was then. Blogosphere then was different than it is now. These days I see greater potential among young bloggers. When you cross these barricades, you are half done. Its not too long that you will see success.
All The Best!
December 1st, 2012 — Blogging
There are few struggles that bloggers these days feel hard to cross. Some of them being blog posting, traffic, SEO, comments, blog design and lot more. The most intimidating of them is the Blog Posting.
A blog is meant for blog posting. But there are some troubles which bloggers these days face. I mean the they find it difficult when it comes to what to post about. They go out of ideas for blog posting.
Blog Posting Ideas : Content is the first important thing a blog must have.
A blog can not only survive but also grow with content irrespective of its design, reputation etc., As it is always said
Content Is King
So while you, me and everyone think that content is the best part of your blog, its necessary that you have a quality that they expect in your content. But quality is secondary. Primary is the blog posting idea. Ideas propel you towards quality content.
Quality content can be achieved only from sophisticated and artful blog posting ideas. When it comes to ideas, people struggle to get one.
So how do you find ideas for posting content?
Simple answer is
Look Around you and you have hundreds of things around you, think of them, kindle your brain, experience the reality around you and write what you experience.
Blogging must have no motive. Blogging with a motive will seldom fetch good returns. Blogging was not started for any particular reason. Blogging actually refers to “a diary entry online”. You blog your thoughts instead of writing it in a note book. Blogs reflect your thoughts.
So just look around, suppose you are in your bedroom, you have hundreds of things around you. Don’t each of those things tell you something or the other?Of course they do. Each and everything around you gives you a story to blog. Blogging is all about what you love, you experience and you want to share.
Suppose you are in a park. You have trees around you, benches, people, children, couples, may be even bloggers like you also.
The thing is you have to admire. Admiration gives you motivation. Motivation gives you better ideas. Better ideas make you special. Specialty makes you unique and that uniqueness makes you a great blogger.
When you love something your, thoughts would seem to over flow and When you blog about it you would yourself feel the uniqueness in yourselves.
Why go in search of something when it around you and within you. Blog Posting ideas are everywhere. In your room, in your hall, in you garden, in your school and may be even in your dreams.
When it comes to niche blogging, its not that you have to go in search of ideas, vile away your time in thinking of them or sit scratching your head. Its all about what you do. You are an expert in your niche. Your experience says it all. Your experience in that particular niche can fetch you great ideas.
Blogging is not only about money, business or Marketing. Blogging is mainly about passion, interest and love towards writing and sharing. And Finally
Blog for yourselves, not for the readers.
When you blog for yourselves, you will know what to write and how to write. But if you blog keeping your focus on your readers, then it would be a low time. Of course readers are very important part of blogging. But you are the author. Its your blog. You are blogging for you.
When you blog for yourselves, you will surely reach heights. People expect such bloggers. Old school blogging has vanished. Now that blogging is growing a lot, people expect unique, genuine and thought provoking content.
So Blog because its your passion, not because its your work.