When building your blog, it’s usually tempting to get sidetracked by all the noise of the creation process in a quest to create the best looking blog on the internet. But if you do this, you’ll end up forgetting about some of the most important elements of a blog. Having a good looking blog is crucial because it will display your professionalism. But it’s not always the main thing that determines how professional a blog is, especially when you’re just starting. For example, if you have the world’s most beautiful blog but your content sucks, the design means nothing. Your blog design might be good at attracting people to the blog, but your poorly written content will always drive them away as soon as they arrive. While having a good looking blog filled with great content is important, that’s also not where you should channel your focus while starting; there’s one critical element of a blog that is almost always neglected, and … [Read more...] about The 11 Best About Me Pages On The Internet
Have you ever visited a blog and while you’re there you feel welcome and comfortable? There are lots reasons that make you uncomfortable when in any blog. There are lots of web masters who try to make their site more attractive by displaying lots of flash, animations, videos email subscriptions box, etc. Do you think your blog readers will like that? Ever think of it? No? Well, There are four factors that makes visitors uncomfortable on a blog, these are: Blog Loading time: One of the thing that personally irritate me when I access a website, and it takes ages to load. I’m sure you must have faced this issue, and it takes only one click to close that webpage. According to research, the average attention span of a human being is only 9 seconds, and when you are online, you need to make sure your page loads in less than 3 seconds. If not, you are more likely to lose one reader. There are various ways by which you can make your blog load faster, and I’m listing down some … [Read more...] about 4 Factors that Make Visitors Feel Comfortable
Guest posting is the buzzword these days and few days back I heard Harsh mentioned in one of his posts that ever since Penguin happened he has been getting a large number of guest posting requests everyday. While this may be a good thing for any ordinary blogger, for the top notch bloggers it becomes a headache. At the time of publishing my first guest post there were 43 others in queue here at ShoutMeLoud, many of them rejected for reasons such as irrelevant content, poor readability and many other factors. Despite having passed all such meters of guest blogging on a premier blog which teaches “ How to blog” I failed in getting enough visits. My guest post was titled “5 blogging lessons you learnt at school”. While it was ok, it was nothing out of the ordinary. The post just told about the H2 tags, keyword research and plain old stuff in a new light. Since there were not many errors, and the post scored on readability and a little bit of SEO it got published … [Read more...] about What Did Getting Less Traffic from My First Guest Post Taught me
I just seen Harsh revealed his Monthly Earning Report after a long time, and I don’t know about others but I keep visiting SML around early days of every month just to check his Monthly earning report. Talking about Harsh, I have seen him becoming a professional blogger from a full-time orkut Geek, has become an inspiration for me. We had a discussion when he was moving to a paid host Dreamhost, and I said why to pay for hosting when you can get it for free. He clearly said he want to do it professionally now and he made ShoutMeLoud after success of his first blogspot blog virgintech.blogspot.com ( I hope I typed the right address ). Coming to the point, when I seen his Monthly earning report about a year back, I found “You can earn from affiliates as well”. Not only this I used to track his last month earning and current month earning to see how its growing and many times I calculated % increase as well :D. I was making about 20-40$ a month from adsense about 1 and … [Read more...] about How SML Earning Report Inspired me to Make Money Online
Let me give a quick look at what Affiliate marketing is and how it works before listing out the best WordPress Affiliate Plugins. In simple words, you advertise and promote a product or service on your blog or website, with every visitor that you bring to them, and who actively buys the product or service will fetch you a share of the revenue generated or a standard fixed price will be offered. These affiliate campaigns depend on the success of the following network: the merchant, the publisher and the customer. If you are thinking of linking up one or the other affiliate marketing programs on your blog or website, then you will find the following five free plug-ins working efficiently on your WordPress blogging platform. If you are new to Aff. marketing, here are some posts that will help you to get started: These are some basic affiliate plugins for WordPress, and we will cover advanced Clickbank WordPress plugins and Amazon affiliate plugin in another post. 1. Thirsty … [Read more...] about 9 Best WordPress Affiliate Plugins For Affiliate Marketers
The last time we talked about paid reviews – good bad or ugly, many bloggers including me were getting emails asking for paid reviews. When I started blogging, I used to get lots of requests to review software, products, websites and ebooks. Initially I was not aware of the facts noted in the article Should I do a paid review or not?, because for me it was easy money. I never bothered to figure out the amount I should charge for a given review, and I ended up doing my first review for only $25. Honestly, that is the minimum anyone should charge from a website with a page rank of 3. Many of my blogger friends have asked me how much they should charge for a product review. While I would not want to give you an exact amount as many factors need to be taken into consideration, I can give you a few suggestions which will help you to determine the appropriate charges for a paid review. How to calculate the cost of a paid review published on your blog: Reason for review There are many … [Read more...] about How much you Should charge for Paid reviews?
Ever since I started designing templates for blogger, I often forget few important stuffs in the process. However, over the years, I’ve developed the habit of having a checklist so that I don’t miss out anything. Well, in this article, I’ll be sharing some 5 common mistakes that most of the web designers like me tend to forget when launching their blog/website. So, if you are web designer, then I suggest you to include the points mentioned below on your checklist of tasks to be performed for your client’s template. 1. Cross Browser Testing When it comes to web designing, the first and foremost thing would be to analyze your website on different platforms/browsers. There are so many web browsers and we cannot assume that everyone uses the same. Making your design features and function browser compatible is very important which many web designers tend to forget including me. 2. Mobile Compatibility and check for responsiveness If you still think majority of the … [Read more...] about 5 Things Web Designers Must Not Forget Before Launching A New Site
You must have heard that your blog email list is most important asset for you. But how? If you still haven’t got answer for this question, let me quickly explain it for you… You might be getting traffic from Search engine, Social media or you might be buying traffic..Sources are unlimited… The question is are you getting those traffic back?… If your answer is no..then you are in a serious problem.. You are not doing something that will help you to… create an audience… create brand advocate … & get sustainable traffic to your every new post… Understand one simple thing… If you have added Facebook page box, Twitter follow button & various other social media button thinking it’s enough..You are wrong.. How?? You can’t control what people will see on social-media site. Your reader may or may not login to Facebook, Twitter all the time..but he will definitely check his email.. I check my email … [Read more...] about How to Create Mailing List Using Aweber [Tutorial]
We often encounter a beautiful, fancy homepage with a nice-looking “Services” page and a nice-looking “Contact Me” page. But when you click on “About Me”, you find an awful and loosely written page. Of the many elements of a website, the “About Me” page is among the most important. Why should you have an awesome “About Me” page? 1. It defines the personality of the blog. An “About Me” page is the foundation of your site. This single page tells the reader about you — who you are, what you do, and what your blog is all about. It contains some important information about your website, service, or organization. This is a page where you tell the readers about your company, and the place where you describe your achievements and strong points. For example, a company’s “About Us” page should contain the following information: When the was the company founded. Where the company is located. The … [Read more...] about What Is The Importance Of An “About Me” Page For A Blog?
When you start out with professional blogging, you follow a cycle. You create your first successful blog, and then you move to starting another blog, and then another. All professional bloggers dream of having a successful blog network so that they can build a reputation in all kinds of niches. And for many bloggers, this dream does come true. Every blog in a blog network must be popular in order to make the entire blog network popular. You will face many hurdles while building and maintaining a blog network. Many bloggers eventually quit because of these hurdles. To avoid such situations, you need to stay positive and remember a few factors which are very important to building a blog network. Building a Blog Network? Things you should know Proper Planning: If you want to make your blog or blog network successful you need to have proper planning. You need to be clear about your goals and what you want to achieve. Make a plan and a detailed checklist of all your necessary intentions. … [Read more...] about 5 Things to Know When Starting a Blog Network