This post looks at what bloggers can learn from forward thinking modern project management techniques. Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the number of things you need to do on your blog? There are always links to update, designs to be improved, posts to write, links to build, affiliates to partner – you probably have a whole list of things to do and, if you are like me, you are always jumping between different projects, registering new domains that you hope will become the next big thing yet you never seem to get anything finished! Agile management practises have rapidly gained popularity over recent years and are now employed by companies operating all over the world. I am a professional developer who works for a large UK consumer website that strives for continuous improvement in management processes. So not only has this helped me to learn the insider knowledge of how the “big boys” run their websites but it has also taught me how to manage my ownpersonal blogging … [Read more...] about What Can You Learn from Agile Management Techniques?
Google last month came up with another webmaster video about duplicate content. This time, Matt Cutts discussed about how Google treats quotes or a block quote copied from another website/blog. It’s an interesting video as I used to quote and reference a lot to other blogs and sites in most of my blog posts. So I decided to write a blog post by consolidating Google’s view on several aspects of duplicate content. What Is Duplicate Content? Duplicate content usually refers to similar content within a single domain or across multiple domains. Duplicate content can be exactly the same content or similar content (also known as spinning) and are categorized as Malicious and non-malicious duplicate content. Malicious duplicate content is otherwise known as web spam as it refers to content that’s written to manipulate search engines. Non-malicious duplicate content generally refers to the variations of the same web page. For example, printer friendly and mobile friendly pages … [Read more...] about What You Need To Know
This post is part of our question & answer series, and this question comes from Ranjeet : I am planning to start an educational guidance blog. And for that we have started to gather all information. What I want to know is; do I need to have good programming skills to start blogging? Since I am not good in programming will it be necessary for me to start learning? If yes, from what should I start and which languages should I learn. Hope you will take a little time to answer my question. Thank you. Thanks to Ranjeet for his question. This is a good question for us to address here, because it is a question that is on the mind of many new bloggers. So — in this article I will answer Ranjeet’s excellent question by laying out all of the information you need to know about programming languages (coding) as they relate to blogging. Some of the questions we will address are: Do you need to learn coding for blogging? Which programming language is important for bloggers? Can you … [Read more...] about What Programming Language Skills You Require For Blogging?
At ShoutMeLoud, you must have read several guides on how you can earn money online via blogging. Today, we will add another lucrative opportunity to our list for you to potentially make a significant income. It is Sponsored Reviews. Typically, when you use an ad network such as AdSense, Chitika or any other, you need to wait for a long time to get paid. Furthermore, you only get a few cents per click. A sponsored review, on the other hand, allows you to to make far more money in a single shot. Before, I share additional details about sponsored reviews, check out these two excellent articles: What is a Sponsored Review or Sponsored Post? Very often a blogger reviews products related to his niche on his blog and makes no money from the review. In a sponsored review, the blogger is paid for his posted review. In order to be paid for a review, either the blogger reaches out to a potential advertiser who might be interested in buying a review on his blog, or the sponsor contacts the … [Read more...] about What Is A Sponsored Review and How To Get Started?
Are you an internet entrepreneur? Do you run a blog? Do you want to learn how to learn how to leverage a single guest article to increase your brand awareness online? Do you want to strengthen your online personal brand? Do you desire to be a good business networker? If your answer to any of these questions is yes, then please read on this guest blogging guide. Being a voracious reader, I have read several articles online that outline practical steps to building a brand for your business using social media; and it just seems the web is going social media crazy. While I am definitely not an anti-social media crusader, I believe that the over emphasis placed on social media has made most entrepreneurs overlook some good online brand building tactics. Many of you who are new to Blogging, they might be wondering what is guest blogging and why do you need it, I will try to answer as many questions as I could and will also show how it’s going to help you in big brand reco. Though I am … [Read more...] about What is Guest Blogging : Guide
You want to make money blogging? You do? I can help you. But don’t think I am going to give you yet another 101 ways to make money online. Because it doesn’t work that way at all. Seriously. If you already have a blog and is exploring ways to monetize your blog then here’s a list of over 40 Google AdSense alternatives to make money blogging. Over the past several months, I have been trying to scale-up my content creation process — to create more blog posts per month in a consistent way. However, I was not able to do it and is yet to find a way that works for me. But the good thing is, I ended up doing a lot of maths. I love maths. No, not the stuff that you and me learned at school — differentiation, integration, algebra, matrices, etc. — but the one applied in real life. In fact, that’s how I ended up writing a fun blog post about How Much Traffic Do You Need To Make $100,000 a few years back. It was all about traffic and income and … [Read more...] about What Does It Take To Generate 1,000,000 Pageviews & $3,000 Per Month
Whenever we talk about WordPress SEO, WordPress duplicate content is one thing which every SEO professional will suggest you to avoid. It doesn’t mean when people say “WordPress is SEO optimized” they are lying, they are right, but the duplicate content issue in WordPress arises because of many reasons. Today, we will look into some of the basic reasons and will try to fix it one by one. Whenever we talk about WordPress, one common comment which you will always get “WordPress is SEO optimized”. That’s true but not completely. You can start a website on WordPress and expect to start ranking well. By option for WordPress as your Website/Blogging platform, you have taken a wise decision but that’s not all. There are many things which you need to do from the first day when you start using WordPress. What exactly is WordPress duplicate content issue? Content which is the same but can be accessed by two URL. This could be within your blog or could be … [Read more...] about What is WordPress Duplicate Content Issue & Fix for SEO
I’m going to share one Blog post writing tip which I usually follow when writing about any topic, reviewing any tool or when it’s not a news post. This one tip will not only make your article interesting and meaningful but will also make it actionable/doable. Not to mention, these are three important attributes of a quality article, which Google likes. One of the most common way people start writing an article/Blog post is, directly talk about the topic. For example, if you are reviewing one antivirus tool, you will start with details, description, and features. Now, this approach is not bad but again what’s the harm in making your article as desirable as your personality. Increasing the curiosity of your readers and later point them to the topic. That’s where this rule of Why, What and how comes into the picture. It triggers the action mechanism of readers, and they would love to read and follow your article. Let’s consider three simple scenarios: A … [Read more...] about Why? What? How? Rule in Writing Blog Post?
Few weeks back, I asked a question ‘Why did you start blogging?’ I got replies of which most of the people who replied said they started blogging because of one passion or the other. One thing that got me thinking is that most of them also said that part of the reason they started blogging was to make money. Of a truth, there is nothing bad in using your blog to make money. What is bad is thinking and acting as if all you want from blogging is money. If I ask you, what is the major niche in blogging? You will be right to say that it is making money from your blog. Many bloggers do this successfully while many more have nightmares in trying to make money from their blog. I wouldn’t discourage such people because I know it is very possible to make a six figure income from blog. What I won’t encourage is the way bloggers go about making money from their blog. I’ve been there done that. Read: How ShoutMeLoud Makes money Let me tell you a little story about me. … [Read more...] about What is Blogging All About?
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?