Most important question is, what’s the need of time for a Business site in terms of Static Website or Blog. In my opinion, the way people are seeking information online, a business needs website and blog both. Blog or Website for Business: Typically when we think of any business related website, we think of a website with 10-20 pages containing all vital need to know information about a company. A company should have all important pages like About, contact, locate, FAQ, services and so on. Though the downside of having a static website of 10 or so pages is less inbound links to the website (SEO) and fewer pages indexed in Google. The best way to have a website for a business is integrating website and business on the same domain or sub-domain. Having blog on the same domain, will increase the online presence more and also brand value. Imagine a link like shoutmeloud.com/how-to-create-blog blogs.shoutmeloud.com/how-to-create-blog Now a business related blog usually contain … [Read more...] about Which is Good for Small Online Business?
You’ve created a blog and it’s doing well. You’re making a good chunk of income and you feel ready to give your boss your 2-weeks’ notice (and perhaps a few other choice words depending on how you feel) and quit your lousy job to become a full time blogger. Hold on there, friend. You don’t want to be too hasty before throwing away a stable career for the extremely risky career of blogging. Below are some tips and ideas you might want to consider before rushing into possible disaster. Don’t Quit the Day Job Just Yet It’s rather important that you sit down and take a serious look at how much your blogging makes per day. Let’s say you make around $2.00 a day on average. That, in a standard month of about 30 days, is $60.00. Being blunt, sixty bucks a month might cover food money for a week if you’re really lucky. If you add on gas money (which is a bit expensive right now), bills, car payments, rent etc. then sixty dollars is really … [Read more...] about Are You Ready For Full-time Blogging?
11th Feb 2014: On 6th February 2014, Google rolled out another refresh of Page layout algo targeting websites which is still showing too many ads above the fold section and have too little or almost no content at the above fold. If you are seeing a drop in your search engine traffic after 6th Feb 14, you should check if your website have too many ads. If yes, you should work on placing the ads below fold. Do read the complete post to learn how you can optimise your website to avoid too many ads alto penalty. Here is the official tweet from Matt Cutts confirming new refresh in the algorithm: Page layout algo is the term given by Google search team for the new tweak they added in their search engine algo today. We all know that, too many advertisements above the fold or when you have to scroll down a lot to see the content or when content is full of advertisement and you find it hard to see the real content, it’s a bad user experience. Google new Page layout algo, will lower down … [Read more...] about Too Many Ads Above Fold Bad for SEO [Update]
Google plus pages is a great way to give exposure to your brand on Google plus social networking site. Many of you make a mistake of treating your personal profile as your brand page, but it’s a wrong approach. You should create a dedicated Google Plus page for your brand (Blog, Website or any other). In this guide, you will be learning to create a Google Plus page. Before we move ahead, lets quickly create a page for our brand on Google+. You can check out ShoutMeLoud Google+ page here. When you create a page, it works like a Google+ profile, where you can share anything including images and videos. You can start a hangout, you can add people to your circles. The only difference is you can add only those people who have added you. This feature is going to be very helpful in targeting anything on your Google+ brand page. For example, if you are into services, you can add your client based on loyalty and keep offering offer based on group and so on. Ideas are limited, but this … [Read more...] about How to Create Google+ Brand Pages for your Blog
When it comes to search engine optimization of a Website, we should make sure we optimize our site for all the search engines and not just one. Google is most popular search engine at the moment followed by Bing and others, and from last few months traffic coming from Bing search is increasing. Seems like Google algo changes which created lots of negative buzz, made Microsoft worked hard on their search engine and they have been integrating many things in their search engine like Social signals and deep Facebook integration. Now, this post is not about bing search but it’s about Bing Webmaster tools which will help Websites owners and Bloggers to get their site on Bing search index and get more traffic from it. I will keep this guide simple and up to the point to get your site indexed in Bing Search and in upcoming tutorials, I will explain other things that you can do with this free Webmaster tool. How to Submit your site to Bing Webmaster tools: If you are complete new to … [Read more...] about A Bloggers Guide To Bing Webmaster Tools For SEO
Google doesn’t know you or hate you! If you are writing & not ranking on the first page of search engine, that means you are doing something wrong. Take 10 second break & ask yourself: How does search engine rank a web-page? Is in’t it few lines or codes which automatically decide which page should be on the first page of search engine. Well, search engine looks for signals to rank a page & it’s easy for you & me to tweak our article & give all those signals to search engine & enjoy all the traffic. In order to get to that point, you need to start from here & let’s begin: Keyword research is one topic, which every blogger should learn from day one. Probably, every Blogging or SEO blog you have read till now, I’m sure Google Keyword Planner (previously Keyword Tool) and “Keyword research” are not a new term for you. But if not, you are missing out the basic of any Blog SEO. Blogging has evolved from just quality … [Read more...] about How To Use Google Keyword Planner Tool For Keyword Research
When I started blogging, I opted for FeedBurner to manage my email list and send updates to subscribed users. Over the time, I realized many limitations of Feedburner and understood that a targeted Email list is the key to growth for my blog. Readers who have willingly subscribed to my email newsletter are the most valuable readers of my blog. Use this link (30 days free trial of Aweber) Paying for an email marketing software for my blog was something not in my mind, but after hearing the suggestion from many high income paying bloggers stating “Email list is the key to success,” I finally decided to invest and started building an email list. I shortlisted the best of email marketing software’s and finally selected Aweber based on their delivery rate success and ease of use. The closest competitor was Getresponse. However, before spending a lot of money ( I’m sure you also think alike), I wanted to try out Aweber and get used to it. I wanted to be sure if Aweber … [Read more...] about Start Email Marketing For Your Blog For $1 : Aweber Promo
In recent months we have seen how social signals are becoming an important part of search engine optimization. There is no doubt that a well planned social media strategy makes or takes down a brand. For example, Lady Gaga (personal branding) quickly became a smash hit, and social media played a major role in her rise to stardom. Regardless of whether your business is small or large, online or offline – social media provides a great opportunity and advantage for every business. I have frequently written about social media in the past, but I’ve never really targeted my posts for small business owners who are looking to increase sales using the power of social media. So today I’ll be sharing some of the great benefits of using social media for your business, which will help you to decide whether or not social media channels might help to promote your business as it has so many others. In the coming days, I will also be sharing more articles on how to create a presence … [Read more...] about Why You Should Use Social Media For Your Business
When ever it comes to online advertising, Banner advertisement is always the preferred way to market your brand. I have seen many marketers talking about that banner advertisement is not effective, and I believe that’s not true. When it comes to branding, banner advertisement is always one of the most effective way to market your service or just to make people know your brand. What really matter is design of your banner, but we will talk about some other time. For now, let me put some points to make you understand the importance of banner advertising. Why Banner Advertising is Important For Your Brand Advertisement banner plays a major role in brand awareness. Suppose you start a web hosting company or a SEO company, but how people will know about it. There are various ways you can market your company but what really matter is the trust factor. People remember and trust the brand they see everywhere. These days ad retargeting let your target customer sees the ad everywhere they … [Read more...] about Importance of Online Banner Advertisement For Branding
In a previous post, I shared a detailed report of my 4 year AdSense earnings, and one of the Shouters suggested that I do a similar post for affiliate marketing income, and it made sense to me that I should share such a report with my readers. Prior to earning income from AdSense, my initial earnings came from the Dreamhost affiliate program, where I earned my first $47 as affiliate income, and that was a considerable amount at that point in time. The funny thing is that when I started blogging I had no idea what AdSense or affiliate marketing were, but I soon came to realize how blogs are making money. That is a story for another post, but for now let’s talk about affiliate earnings. Since I have used various affiliate programs and networks, it ‘s hard to offer an accurate report here, but I will use the report from my major affiliate program, and calculate the earnings using that income. I will also share with you the related network names, which will help you to identify … [Read more...] about A Blogger’s 5 Year Affiliate Earning For Inspiration : $80410