Use Google Alerts To Track Links To Your Blog

Google Alerts is a free service that sends you email as and when something of interest takes place on the Internet on a topic which is being monitored by you and which appears newly in Google results. You can monitor developments on the Internet about your own personal name, any developing news story, latest news about any celebrity or almost anything on the Internet. If you own a website or a blog, you can even use Google Alerts to update you by email as and when somebody links to your website. Thus, in this manner you can monitor new backlinks to your website.

To get email updates from Google Alerts when people link to your website, proceed as under:

(1) Visit Google Alerts website. In the search box, type link:wikipedia.org [replace wikipedia.org with your own domain address or URL for which you want to monitor the links]. In Type, select Everything; in How often, select As-it-happens (or Once a day or Once a week, as per your choice); in Volume, select All results. Now, enter your email address at which you want to get the Alerts when people link to your website. See the following picture for these settings:

Create a Google Alert to get email updates when people link to your site
Create a Google Alert to get email updates when people link to your site

(2) As you select these settings, Google Alerts automatically shows you the preview for the Alert for Today (you can also manually click Preview results button), as shown below:

Google Alerts

(3) Now, click Create Alert button.

You’ll get the success message informing you that Google Alert was Created. It will also inform you that a verification email has been sent to your designated email address and that you “will not receive Google Alerts on this topic until you click the link in the verification email and confirm your request”.

So, check you email account and in the email received from Google Alerts, verify the Google Alerts request by clicking the link. This email also contains the link to cancel this particular Google Alert if you decide to cancel it in future.

That’s it! Now your Google Alert has been set up. Now onwards, whenever people link to your website, and when that link gets indexed by Google, you’ll get an email update from Google Alert.

Please note that creating a Google Alert does not required you to login with your Google Account; what you require is merely any email address. However, if you use your Google Account and sign in to Google Alert with it, you’ll be in a position to better manage all your Google Alerts.

It may be noted that you’ll get the email update only when Google has indexed the web page that has linked to your website. However, as you’re aware Google is quite fast in indexing web pages. So, usually, you should get the email update of new links to your site on the same day or may be next day.

I Blogged My Cousin A Bride – Bride & Brand

Blogged A BrideThis is so weird, even I have trouble believing it actually happened. But it did. Here’s what I mean. Like any traditional Indian family, we were looking to get my cousin married off – and were going through the conventional channels. Registering with matrimony directories. Mentioning it to friends and family. Even running the mandatory classified ad or two.

And then, I got this idea… to post a blog about it. Even if I say so myself, that was a compelling and brilliant branding post that I drafted for him – and to cut a long story short, it snagged him a bride!

My point?

A blog can be incredibly effective in building a brand, making an impression, or creating a persona.  And it works just as well for a business as for an individual.

What exactly is a brand, in today’s social media driven world?

Not a logo with a slogan and a jingle. Not even a mission statement or a values document. Not a series of ads with a consistent message. A brand is all that – and more. Above all, it is the sum total of the conversations about you and your business that take place around the Web.

Yes. Your brand is driven by conversations ABOUT you. And the reason you should blog is to help stimulate, guide and direct that conversation.

Long gone are the days when a business or entity could ‘control’ the brand. Social media has taken over. Rarely do we have the ability or the reach to even monitor – let alone control – what is being said about us and our brand online. And a reactive approach of damage control after your reputation takes a hit can be a costly mistake.

What can blogging do to help you with branding?

Well, for one, it can present a perspective and image about you and your business in a way very few other media channels can do effectively – and do so continuously, inexpensively, and in a way that is under your control.

As a blogger, you get to decide what goes on your blog.  Be it an article or interview, a video recording or audio presentation, a slideshow or PDF, you can choose what to say and share.  And even though you may not have much say over what goes into the comments on your blog, you still get that rare and special opportunity to respond to any discussion that’s sparked off by commentators – and hopefully sway public opinion about the issues being covered.

Another benefit of ‘blogging for branding’ is that you provide ‘conversation starters’. Exciting news items, interesting developments, special moments in your (or your corporate’s) life, milestones and accomplishments – all become focus points which your audience may amplify and disseminate across their social networks.

When you actively blog on your areas of expertise and interest, you gradually establish a position and posture of authority and expertise which helps consolidate your brand in the eyes of your ideal prospects.  Consistently delivering valuable information, insight and opinion about your industry or specialty will translate over time into you being accepted as a thought leader or expert.

And don’t discount the SEO advantages of blogging. Your blog can naturally acquire high rankings on search engine results for keywords and phrases that your prospects are searching for, bringing you into their frame of reference and giving you a chance at capturing their attention – and eventually their business.

All that it takes on your part is a commitment to blogging, and the discipline to do it regularly. As you blog, keep a close watch on your audience’s response. It will show you just how well you are nurturing and strengthening your brand through blogging.

Oh, and one final word about branding.

Branding matters just as much to you as an individual as it does to a corporate entity – indeed, even more so. What Hugh ‘Gaping Void’ McLeod so elegantly refers to as your “personal micro-brand” can be established, developed and extended in remarkable ways through blogging.

So spare a moment to think about your brand – and weave it into your blog, starting today!

This article is written by Dr.Mani Sivasubramanian. He is a heart surgeon and Internet infopreneur who leverages his blogging and writing to fuel a passionate desire to fund lifesaving treatment for under-privileged children. .

How To Migrate A WordPress Blog To New Server

It might be a tough job to migrate a wordpress blog, if you are new to websites and blogging. I myself was really frustrated when I first had to migrate my blog to a new server. But when done I was like its a really easy job to do :). There are fews things that you have to keep in mind while doing a migrate. In this article I will tell you what things you must have before starting the migrating process i.e backups and will guide you about the process in 3 easy to follow steps. Will try to include images.

Note : You can also do a clean new wordpress install and then import your database and other files like theme and plugins but the procedure I will be talking about is much more easier and less complecated.

Things you must have before migrating

  • New servers control panel access
  • Database for your blog (Name can be different from the previous one, you can get this by using the export function of phpmyadmin)
  • Database login details and hostname (hostname generally localhost)
  • Database backup
  • Home directory files backup

Now lets get started with the process.

Step 1 : Upload home directory files to new server.

For doing this I would say to archive all you files into a zip file and upload it to the your cpanel and then use cpanel’s extract feature to extract it. After extracting there will be a new folder with the name of archive just open that folder select all the files and move then to the root or one level up.

Step 2 : Open the new empty database using phpmyadmin and use its import function to import your database.

Go to your cpanel and find phpmyadmin it will be under databases column. Click on it, it will open up in a new tab. After that from the sidebar choose you newly created database. After that there will be a tab saying import click on it to import your database.

You are almost done now.

Step 3 : Change the database login details in wp-config file

Browse to wp-config.php file in the file manager, select it and click on edit. There you have to change 4 fields.
hostname, database username, database password, database name.

Code in the file will look something like this

// ** MySQL settings - You can get this info from your web host ** //
/** The name of the database for WordPress */
define('DB_NAME', 'new database name');

/** MySQL database username */
define('DB_USER', 'new database username');

/** MySQL database password */
define('DB_PASSWORD', 'new database password');

/** MySQL hostname */
define('DB_HOST', 'localhost');

There you go, you now just need to change your nameservers to shift your blog to the new server. You might loose some comments if your blog is too active because it usually takes 4-5 hrs for nameserver propagation (they say upto 48 hrs).

HOW TO: Write SEO Rich Posts For Your Blog

Getting organic traffic to your Blog must be the most important factor for you to consider if you want to make your Blog, a successful one. Many sites offer a good position in Google for some amount. However, I do not think it is worth paying someone for it as you can do it yourself keeping in mind the following tips. I follow the same for my Blog and I get appreciable traffic from organic search. I will also show you how it worked for me.

Difference Between Post Title and Meta Title

I have seen most of the Bloggers using the same title for both the post title and meta title. Post title is the one which is visible to your readers and meta title is the one which is visible to Search Engines. You must use keywords with less competition in both the post title and meta title. Try to keep both titles different but keyword rich. This will bring up your article to the top in search results for keywords used in both titles.
A recent gust post on my Blog was titled “Simple ways to do SEO Quick”. Do you think it is a Search Engine Optimized title? Obviously not. I didn’t mind disturbing the title as it matches with the content and the content was all about SEO basics. Hence I made the title as “4 Simple SEO Tips to Rank Higher in Search results” And the result was like this:

search result

Here you can see that both the post title and meta title are shown in search results. Hence, the keywords used in both the titles would help you rank better.

Selecting the Proper Keywords

I personally do not feel that entering meta keywords helps much. All you must concentrate on is the keyword density. Keyword density is the number of times the keyword is repeated a particular page. You can make use of the Google Adwords tool to select keywords. But if that doesn’t seem to help, you can consider yourself as the person searching on Google and think about what would you type in Google Search to reach the article you want to optimize. Use long term keywords. Consider the same example as mentioned before. This is how I classify keyword for the article:

Bad Keywords: SEO, SEO tips, Search Engine Optimization, Quick SEO

Good Keywords: Rank higher in search results, basic search engine optimization tips, quick seo techniques.

As you can see above, you must always try to use long tail keywords. Try to introduce such keywords in the first 4-5 lines of the post as they are the most important ones. You can enter the same keyword in meta keywords too. The more number of times you repeat the keywords, the better your ranking in search results would be. But this reduces the quality of your post. But it is you who decides whether you write for search engines or for your readers. If you are a really good writer, you might be able to do both 😉

Removing Stop Words from Permalinks

When you write a post, the default permalink is derived from the post title. For the post mentioned above, the permalink would be in the form /simple-ways-to-do-seo-quick/ This permalink is not optimized for Search Engines as it contains stop words like simple, ways, to and do. Almost all words are stop words here. Hence you can remove such stop words for SEO. You can find stop words here. Also see what Matt Cutts thinks as the Best Permalink Structure According To Google’s Eye.

Using Better Image Alt Attribute

This is something which I found most useful. The name of the image and the alt attribute are very important in SEO. A post from my Blog on Google+ had an image with alt attribute “Google plus logo” I have not used this keyword within the article or in the post title, but it got me numerous visits from Search Engines. You can check the screenshots below:

alt text

The Webmaster tools shows the Search Impressions and Number of Clicks.

Webmaster Tools

This shows how important alt text is.

Interlinking

Interlinking is also important. I use Insights plugin to interlink my blog’s content. Try not to interlink your blog’s content with words like “here” or “click here”. You must interlink keywords within articles. This tells Google what the linked page is about. Hence the anchor text forms a keyword for the linked page.

A few more tips can be using proper H1, H@ and H3 tags.

Apart from all this, an important factor is the number of pages which have been indexed by Google from your site. You need at least 100 posts on your Blog to rank better in Search results. Original and unique content will also let you rank better. If you publish news, you can also submit your articles to Google News and if it is unique, you can expect thousand of visitors from Google News in a single day 😉

If you find these tips useful, kindly appreciate in comments else feel free to shout at me.

Add Google+ Profile Buttons On Your Blog

The buzz is not over, even though they are public now. Google+ has the potential to drive people crazy, and it is neat (like Google.com). Recently I tried my hands on Google+ and was able to see much difference and elegant performance. Google provides an option to add Google+ Profile buttons on your blog, you can see them below. Earlier we shared how to add Google +1 button on websites.

Adding Google+ Profile Button On Your Blog

1. Go to Google Profile button page and you can pick your desired button size.

Google Plus Profile Button

2. In the ‘Profile URL’ box you can enter the Google+ Profile URL, here I have used this https://plus.google.com/u/0/100622940487046109508/plusones. Even if you enter Google Profile URL, it will redirect to Google+.

3. Now choose your desired image size and get the code. Google has strict branding guidelines so you won’t be able to customize the logo according to your wish.

See the sample profile button here.

If you are in Google+, you can Connect with us or add us to your circles.

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5 Useful Tips To Create Unique & Authoritative Blog

After determining who the target audience for your blog is, you now need to think of how you can differentiate yourself from the competition and offer unique value. How will you grab the attention of readers who could eventually become your loyal clients or customers?

The following are steps you can take towards developing an authoritative and distinct voice in your field of expertise.

Image Credit : Kristina B [Flickr]

1. Assess your competition

When identifying your audience, you are very likely to come across your competition. With commercial blogging becoming increasingly popular, there could be a number of competitors with a presence in your niche. You need to look again to make sure you don’t miss other competitors, including blogs that are industry focused and complementary.

Once you exhaustively identify the players in your field, evaluate their methods. Can you identify the unique approach of each competitor?

2. Use lateral thinking

Many people think that unconventional creativity is the key to being unique. Though lateral thinking is important for helping you stand out, you need a logical justification for it. Lateral thinking does not mean thinking of an idea that has nothing to do with the needs of your prospective customer and audience. It is creative thinking that provides a logical link within the framework of your subject matter.

3. Identify the difference

What new perspective are your competitors not addressing? Usually, you will have a better picture of something other bloggers are touching, but not maximizing on. They are locked in a particular theme, or are too busy creating the blog to realize it. You have the advantage of having an outside view. What is not obvious to them could be your opportunity for a new approach.

Another technique is to ignore the way things are being done presently in your niche. Get ideas from the trends in other fields and come up with your own unique blogging approaches.

4. Uphold your credibility

Often, the great new approach we come up with pushes us out of our comfort zone. However, there are situations where our credibility can be compromised. When writing about a relatively new area in your field presents an opportunity, but you need to do your homework. Though blogging allows for ‘learning on the job’, make sure you don’t hide behind arrogance or false confidence.

5. Communicate the value

Many times, people fail to communicate their distinct benefits to readers. No matter how clear you think your values are, you need to directly communicate what makes you, your blog and your business unique. More specifically, you need to make it clear how the reader will benefit from that uniqueness.

HOW TO: Use Free Google Web Fonts On Your Blog

I have been testing Google Web Fonts on some of my clients’ websites, and thought of making this as a post for others to know about the power of Google Web Fonts. You can easily implement that on your blog by adding few lines of code.

Google Web Fonts allows you to browse all the fonts available via the Google Web Fonts API. All fonts in their directory are available for use on our website. You can also check our list of sites to download free fonts.

Using Free Google Web Fonts On Your Blog

1. Go to Google Web Fonts and search for your favorite font. Now click on that font. Here I have used the font ‘Meddon’.

Google Web Fonts

This page gives all the information about that particular font, the designer’s name, license and so on. You can preview those fonts and you can also download them for offline use.

2. Now select the option “Use this font” and you can get the code for embedding this font on your blog/website.

Google Web Fonts - Use This Font

The code will look like this,

<link href=’http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Meddon’ rel=’stylesheet’ type=’text/css’>

To embed this font (Meddon) into your web page copy the above code as the first element in the <head> of your html document.

For modifying the font family tag in CSS stylesheet, you can use

h1 { font-family: ‘Meddon’, arial, serif; }

So what is your opinion about Google Web Fonts? Have you used them on your blog? Do share your opinions below as comments.

7 Tips To Be A Hero On Blog Commenting

Everybody wants backlinks for their blog to increase their search engine ranking. Lots of people comment on 100’s of blogs. But do you know blog commenting is also a great art. Today I am focusing on how to comment like a hero and become a hero in the comments section. Well it is not as hard as we think really. Remember Branding your Comments can drive Traffic to your Blog too.

Super Hero

#1 – Before start commenting

First of all you should do some simple job for integrating yourself in the blogoshpere. Register yourself in leading comment plugins such as CommentLuv. Why I choose CommentLuv is because of its great feature, whenever you comment on a blog which is powered by commentLuv you will see a link with your recent post which is automatically published in the comment box. So never forget to register yourself in CommentLuv. You should also register on Gravatar, which is a global avatar recognizer.

#2 – Move to the first step

Search the blogs in your niche, I recommend dropmylink for that. You can read the full story on how to use dropmylink here by Nikita Mishra. After finding your niche blog start commenting. But never forget some great blogs which really give quality backlinks such as Problogger, Copyblogger, Shoutmeloud, and ofcourse HBB.

#3 – Common mistakes you should avoid.

  • Don’t ever comment without reading the whole article.
  • Avoid linking to your site, as you have a great box “Your website” to use it.
  • Never try to be over smart, like using “You are wrong”, “me too” words because the author of the article knows much as compared to you (May be you are but…:) )
  • You are human don’t use keyword in the name section, hmmm you can something like this name@yourkeyword.

These are the common mistakes which should be avoided while commenting, mostly on High PR blogs. Always read the Comments Policy of the blogs if they have one.

#4 – Make this routine

Try to make daily routine just for commenting. Take atleast 30 minutes for Commenting on 5 different blogs. So you have to become a regular commentator for increasing your profile on blogosphere.

#5 – Start with the headline

Headline gives you lots of information about the article, so it is easy to understand that the article is compatible for you or not. Read the headline, read the whole article this is most important for commenting never comment until you read the whole article, because sometime what we think is not happen (I think you are getting me 🙂 ).

#6 – So you read the article

Now you understand the article, so if you have any doubt you can ask the author about that. The author will surely love to answer their readers. Believe me asking question is really a great art of blog commenting because both author and the readers love to converse. Sometime the author fails to answer but remember many people answer you. Start conversation with them this let you make the people to know you.

#7 – If you can?

Remember other readers also ask questions, if you think that your answer will help that person, so why not to move one step ahead give the solution to him with the reply button. Let the person know you for next time and will ask you directly. At last try to build relationship with author and other readers.

By doing this simple task you can become a hero on the blog commenting section. Let us know if you have some more tips.

This article is written by Ifham Khan. He is the author of geekspalace and dailytechtips.co.cc. If you wish to write for us, kindly check this.

Add Twitter’s New “Follow” Button On Your Blog

Twitter launched a new Follow button recently. Adding this button is quick and easy. It will be a new way to discover and instantly follow Twitter accounts directly from the websites you visit everyday.

Follow Button

To add this button your blog, go to Twitter Follow Button resource. Enter your username and other details, then copy the code! You can paste it wherever you like, even in blog posts.

You can see the demo of this ‘Follow’ button below here.



Earlier Facebook launched ‘Send’ button to increase their social presence, which clearly indicates social bookmarking is must for blog promotion.

Thumbnail Credit : Twitter

4 Steps To Prepare Your Blog Before Guest Posting

I am sure you all heard how important guest posting is for your internet marketing strategy. There are tons of article out there that teach you how to guest post, what are the benefits, on which blogs to guest post and so on and so forth.

Depending on the size of the blog you are guest posting on you can get quite some exposure. This exposure usually consists in one or two days of high traffic and that is it. Guest posting on the so called “A list” blogs can bring in from a couple of hundreds new visits up to one thousand or even more. That is a nice amount of traffic especially for the beginners but also for the not so new blogs.

guest posting

What anyone didn’t tell you is that you need to prepare your blog for this kind of traffic. You want to make the most of the additional traffic you will get from the guest post and you have only one chance to do it. If your blog is not optimized you will lose of this traffic. You want to take as much advantage as you get from it, whatever your goal is: get people to subscribe to your RSS feed or to buy something from you.

Below are a few tips that will help you make the most out of the additional traffic you will get.

Step #1 – Offer freebies

People love to get stuff for free. Even if your content is top notch, freebies are the only things that will make your readers give out their email address. Write an e-book and offer it for free to you new subscribers, offer a free WordPress theme or whatever product you can produce by yourself. Make it loud and clear that you are giving away free stuff for your subscribers. Put a subscribe form on your sidebar at the very top and write down something about the stuff you are giving away. The line that I believe that works best is something like this “Subscribe and get for free an e-book worth xx $$”.

Some people might want to make the freebies even more visible and use popups. As long as they aren’t too annoying for the visitors and there is a “Close” button you can use them as well.

Step #2 – Work on your content

Make sure the content your homepage is displaying is the best one you can show to your visitors. Make it interesting, write catchy headlines. “How to”  and buzz lists, like “Top 5”, “Top 10” type of articles work best. Have a most read posts list so people can check out older articles as well.

Step #3 – Introduce yourself

People love to see that you are a real person. Work on your about page. Make sure you have a photo of yourself and a few lines about you: who you are, what you do, what are your goals.

Don’t hide this page. Make is visible to everybody. Add an author box at the end of each post and link it to the about page. You can also put a small author box on the sidebar of your blog, above the fold so that everyone can see it when they land on your homepage.

Step #4 – Social media

Having a boost in visitors on your blog can also bring you a boost in Twitter followers or Facebook friends. Make your social media buttons visible and encourage people click them. Instead of closing your posts suddenly, tell readers where they can follow you on Twitter or where to connect with you on Facebook.

Your opinion

So, these are my top 4 tips for preparing your blog before getting your guest post published on “A list” blogs in order to make the most out of them. If you have used other methods that have shown good results please share them with us.