Revisiting The Perfect Blog Post Length Dilemma

Blog Post LengthHow many times have you debated about the optimal length of a good blog post topic?

When I started out in 2006, I was more worried about finding the perfect length for SEO optimized articles rather than writing kick ass blog posts.

Beginners and sometimes even experienced bloggers are worried about the perfect blog post length. Recently when I sent out a guest post to a blogger, she came back to me with this reply “While I do like your guest post, I am a bit worried about the post length. It’s only 638 words long. Can you make it 1000 words and resend it?”

Well, I appreciate her reply but why are you asking me to clock a particular word length? Do you think it will add value only if it’s certain words long?

The Long Blog Post

Different people may have different opinion about what a long blog post is. But in this article I’ll refer to articles that are typically 1000 words or more as long blog posts.

Some people consider long posts as authoritative articles since they have a lot to say.

I agree that a complete, authentic piece of article would be fairly long, but the question is, how long?

Advantages of long posts

  • Appears to be well researched and authentic
  • Most likely to get links from other sites
  • People bookmark them since they can’t read it in one stretch. So you get traffic if they do it on delicious or other social media sites
  • You can bring in a lot of ideas into a single article
  • Your readers just need to refer one post rather than hunt for different posts within your site itself

That’s a lot of value if you ask me.

Disadvantages of long posts

  • Extremely time consuming and difficult to write
  • People don’t read the full article 99 % of the time. If you write the article with affiliate links here and there, it mostly won’t be seen at all
  • Too much information can confuse your readers
  • You may lose track of the focus of the article if it gets too long
  • When people bookmark it and read later, they do not get the intended flow and so the message is difficult to convey properly

Who uses long posts?

Well, the best example of long posts will be Steve Pavlina. You can also check out Glen from Viperchill.com who posts long, but quality articles. Most of the time, I do write long articles myself. My first article on Conversion Champ was 6000+ words!

The Short Blog Post

These are article typically less than thousand words long. I’m not sure if people will accept my theory of a 999 word article being a “short” blog post. However, let’s assume that number to be true.

Advantages for short posts

  • Convey a single idea effectively to your reader
  • Your reader does not get bored (Exceptions are there though)
  • Ability to create lot of content which means more articles for search engines to index
  • Better for SEO (Still a very debatable topic)
  • Good for affiliate linking
  • Easy to write a single short blog post

Disadvantages

  • Not seen as the “ultimate” post/authority post to refer to in case someone needs to learn about what you have to say
  • Readers might need to refer different articles to get all the information they require
  • Won’t get you many links from other blogs

Who uses short posts?

Seth Godin is the first person who comes to my mind when I think short posts. He’s famous for his short, but excellent articles.

The age old debate of post length continues

The post you want to write should not be based on certain number of words.

Make it as long as you want to be or as short as you want to be. Be flexible.

If you want to be consistent, then you will end up writing articles which are filled with fluff just to make up for the word count. Sometimes, you may have to limit your article length and cut out several ideas from your article.

Instead of counting words, write. Use a program like dark room (for Windows PC and is FREE) or writeroom (for Apple computers but paid) to write without distractions. It won’t give you word count. So you don’t worry about reaching your threshold.

If you still cannot decide, why not experiment? See how your readers respond to the articles. You’ll be amazed to see that quality articles, no matter how long or how short they are, are always valued more that ”X word articles”.

My Personal Experience

Over the past several years, the thing I have noticed is that a combination of short and long articles works best for your site.

Long article tends to gather the most links and lower number of comments while short articles tend to be more entertaining and likely to get more comments.

With the Google Panda update, sites with more content seem to be favored. So is long form content finally winning over short form content?

Over to You:

Am I wrong in assuming that blog posts need to be “as long as they need to be”? In your experience, which works best for you? Let me know in the comments.

Your Blog Readers Will Hate You For All This?

There is very thin line between love and hate.  A person, who is in love with you, can hate you for his lifetime, because of a small mistake.

Same goes for our blog readers.

Blog readers who are in love with your blog, can kick the a** out of your blog, because of many reasons. And once they are gone, then they are not going to come back.

Believe me, once your valuable reader stop reading your blog, then there is nothing that you can do to get them back on reading your blog.

You may wonder “Why My Readers Are Going To Hate Me? I haven’t Done Anything Wrong. ”

Let me tell you something – Our mistake will always remain unknown to us, even if they are in front of our eyes. We only came familiar to our mistakes when we see their effects like: if you are writing you blog post, then for you it’s very hard to find your own typos, but hand over your article to any other person and see the magic.

It’s a truth writer and bloggers can’t edit their own work. – A very bitter truth. (As a writer I’m sad for this.)

So it’s important for us to take care of our blog readers, and do our best to keep them in love with our blog. And never ever give them any reasons for hating our blog.

By the way, “What can be the reasons of reader’s hatred for your blog?”

Here’s the answer of your question – 6 main reasons can make your readers hate you, forever.

love&hate

Your Blog Design

We have million color combinations in our hand. But here’s the twist – we can’t use each and every combination for our blog design.

You may wonder “Why?”.

Because colors what makes our blog design good.  So we have to be very narrow and specific about what color combination, we are picking for our blog design. Because our readers first going to feel our blog with their eyes, not with their mouth.

If our blog design is inevitable then, they will think about using their mouth and brain. So the first side of better blog coin is “good blog design”, so try to with the toss.

Your Blog Content

There is a saying, that I would like to mention here is “Beauty With Brain – Very Rare Combination.”

Same goes for our blogs.

Blogs with good design and good content are also very rare combination. But if we want to strike our presence in blogospheres, then we have to get this rare combination for our blog.

You need to have good design for your blog with good content also. Because once your blog design invites your readers for dinner, then your content is their food, which they will eat to feed their hunger. And let me tell you in this world nobody is a big fan of eating junk food – note this, it’s very important lesson.

You’ve Attitude Problem

“Attitude is very small thing that makes a big difference.” – Yeah share it on facebook, twitter everywhere.

If you have harsh attitude for your blog readers, then you are making a huge error, which leads in loss of blog readers.

Yeah, be on same level of your blog readers, talk with them, solve there queries and reply to their comments. Act like that you are friend of your blog readers, who always ready to help them out.

Never show your attitude to your blog readers. Because they have their own, and when they come to show their attitude you will going to lose your readers and as well as your blog reputation and respect.

Your Blog Has No Interaction

Lots of times we all want silence, like at the time of studying, doing some important works, bed time and lots of other moments. But

There are times when silence can be dangerous for us.” –(Share it). And the time is when your blog readers have it.

If your blog readers are not interacting with your blog, then it simply means that your readers are not interested anymore in reading your blog. They started to hate your blog, because everybody has their fingers on their mouth, they are not interacting with your blog, not commenting, not sharing anything with their social media presence etc.

They are completely avoiding your blog, which is very bad.

So try to entertain and engage your blog audience by doing anything, which helps you to break their silence.

You Are Annoying

You really make me angry by “mentioning me on facebook”, “DM me on facebook & twitter” with the link of your each and every new post daily.  Which makes me feel like you are stalker more than blogger, because whenever I open my social media accounts, I see you and only you?  If you keep doing this then I’m goanna kick your blog ass out, even if you offer more valuable content then copyblogger.

So stop this pinging nonsense, if you really want to stop the haters of your blog readers, but if you want to grow it then move on bro…

Moving With Same Old Story Again And Again

How many topics you cover on your blog?

Answer that question in your head, and count the number of topics that you cover on your blog. Because the more topics you have on your blog, the better it is, because readers always want to read fresh and fresh stories.

Not the same old story with different title. If you stick with same old stories, then your blog readers will hate you for telling the same thing that they already know. So its better that you think out of the box and always have something new to say.

My Final Words

Love is thing, which doesn’t sticks for too long with us. It always searches for a window to run out, and a hate always searches for open window to jump in.

All these things can be a key to open that window, which will give a chance to ran out the love of your readers for your blog and get replaced by haters. So it’s better to avoid all these things if you really want that your reader’s sticks with you forever.

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Which Blogging Platform Is Best For You?

Blogging PlatformsNowadays, it’s hard to find anyone who doesn’t have a blog. There are a variety of Blogging platforms that can easily set up an individual with their own personal blog. However, the blogging platform plays a major role in the theme and tone: certain platforms are suited for personal use, while others are used to convey a professional tone. Whether you’re starting a personal, business, or niche blog, it’s important to choose the platform that best suits the theme.

Comparing the Blogging Platforms

There are a variety of blogging platforms to choose from, each with their own unique advantages and disadvantages. The following are the most common content management systems used today:

Blogger

Blogger is a blogging service owned by Google, which allows users to create a free blog. While Blogger can be used for business purposes, the majority of users on Blogger tend to focus on personal use. One of the main benefits of Blogger is its easy setup process: anyone with a Gmail account can create a blog through Blogger. (See why people prefer Blogger).

Drupal

Drupal is a content management system that is open source and free to set up. A variety of parties use Drupal for their backend systems, ranging from businesses, personal blogs and government sites. One of the key characteristics of Drupal is its add-ons, called “contrib modules”. These extensions allow users to add various features to their blog and increase functionality. Though no programming knowledge is required in order to setup a site through Drupal, proficiency in PHP may be needed in order to use advanced features.

Moveable Type

Moveable Type is a growing competitor amidst more well known blogging platforms. This content management system allows users to create professional websites with the ability to support an active social network. While Moveable Type offers several free versions, there are a number of advanced, enterprise solutions ideal for businesses.

Tumblr

Tumblr is known as a microblogging platform, type of short form blogging that integrates social media elements. With a highly connected sharing function called “reblogging”, users are able to quickly share and spread content. While Tumblr is commonly used for personal blogs, a majority of users come from creative industries and backgrounds.

Typepad

A blogging platform, Typepad is used by a variety of parties, including creatives, industry leaders and businesses. Typepad does require a subscription, but customers are able to gain access to a domain name, customized blog designs and personal support. However, if you’re looking for a more cost-effective solution, Typepad also features a Micro version, a microblogging platform that easily integrates with Facebook.

WordPress

WordPress is arguably the most popular and well-used content management system available. With an open source system and a number of free templates and themes, anyone can quickly set up a WordPress blog. WordPress also features an extensive plug-in library, allowing users to expand the functionality beyond the basic architecture. In addition to personal use, many companies and businesses use WordPress to create well-designed websites integrated with blogs.

When deciding among the various blogging platforms, it’s important to take into account a variety of factors, such as user interface, ease of setup and programming language. Choosing the right blogging platform may be confusing, but by considering your requirements, you can find a blog that best meets those needs.

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This article is written by Rachel Hyun Kim. She is a writer at Resource Nation, writing on a range of topics from social media, blogging and SEO. Resource Nation is an online resource that gives advice for small business owners and entrepreneurs. You can follow Rachel at @rachelhyunkim. If you wish to write for HBB, kindly check this.

Stimulate Your Overall Blog Growth With Twitter

Twitter and BlogSocial media sites are the newest addition that have revolutionized the face of Internet business. Some of these sites have shown remarkable adeptness in breaking out of the generic mould of simply promoting blogs and websites. Rather, they have progressed to leveling out the playing field for many associated aspects of the online businesses.

Twitter is probably one of the forerunners of this select group of social media sites. Here is a detailed look at just how you can use Twitter to stimulate your blog’s overall growth without limiting it to just the promotional aspect.

Concise and to the point writing effect

Twitter is known for its concise updates. Your creativity is tested when you have to express your opinion or give an introductory teaser about your new blog post within the span of 140 characters.

However, the distinctive possibility that people might actually pay attention to short and precise updates more than lengthy ones where they have to work at finding the relevant information, will work to your advantage. This advantage will definitely spill over in to your perception power to add just the right amount of concise dexterity to your actual writing style for your blog posts.

Prep your Alexa link counts

Alexa rankings and the Alexa link counts for your posts can define the success or failure of your concentrated techniques of SEO and creativity that you apply on your blog.

Twitter can add to your credibility in this regards and the significant exposure that you accumulate through your raw stream of followers on your Twitter profile can help you increase your Alexa link numbers, significantly. You have to be regular with your comment follow up on a range as little as five blogs every alternate day, from your raw link stream on Twitter.

I’ve written a post on how to increase Alexa links with Twitter. Be sure to check it out.

Harness Twitter networking potential

Marketing is an integral part of every social media site; especially Twitter is an excellent media for highlighting and promoting your blog. However, it is vital that you rise above just advertising your blog to the readers and focus on connecting with your subscribers, peers as well as the A-list competitors of your niche. Professional blogging owes a lot of its credibility to the establishment of the blog and author’s expertise over the Internet.

The correct networking techniques can very well put your blog with the top of the line players of the field. Twitter is a micro blogging site, a short stop that encourages people to explore deeper to relate to each other. Use this foundation to inspire interest in others for your blog, as well as take interest in other websites and blogs to encourage backlinks and responses.

Encourage interaction with Twitter contests and conversations

Interaction is the key to create a better level of communication between your blog and readers. Your opinions as well as information need the validation of exactly how the readers perceive them. It is important to collect these feedbacks to improve on mistakes and engage techniques that seem to work efficiently. Twitter is essentially a social platform that is meant to encourage better communication. Use this idea to your advantage.

Encourage better reader connectivity with organized efforts such as a social contest on the site. Relate the contest directly to your blog so that your readers find a common ground to connect with your blog, even while they participate in the contest. We often conduct such contests on our discount coupon blog that features photos.com and istockphoto discount deals.

You might also open up engaging conversation updates that initiate relevant discussion and encourage target audience input on important topics.

Surveys and direct audience critical reviews

Twitter is a social networking site with an easy to follow interface. Your networking skills can help you not only connect with your target audience about future blog posts, but you can also gather important data for already published posts ad ascertain their status of relevance. Your target audience, the group that you aim to influence with your writing and information, can be your direct critics. This eliminates any information loss or mis-communication.

Use Twitter as the common forum to raise questions about your own posts, to determine the usefulness of your blog posts for your target audience, directly from them. These comments and follow up Tweets can also be your very real promotion tactic to impress future readers.

Conclusively, Twitter can help you be a better blogger, can help improve your information portrayal to guarantee better results, improve your SEO techniques and add weight to your expertise. These are just a handful of benefits excluding the vital advantage of the site being a blog promotion media.

So, take charge of your Twitter profile and use it to stimulate your blog’s growth to its maximum potential.

How do you use Twitter to improve your blog’s growth?

How Frequent Should You Update Your Blog?

Blogging FrequencyThere is no right or wrong answer for this question. It is difficult to give a solid answer because the topic is very broad and subjective. Nevertheless, this article will try to explain the answer from several perspectives of update frequency for general, new blogs and blogs which focuses on SEO.

Posting frequency

Posting entries daily is not practiced by many bloggers because finding ideas and materials to blog about is not easy. That is the reason why new bloggers are encouraged to consider their niche carefully before starting a blog.

The frequency of updates depends on what you are doing with your blog. People are different when it comes to varying time constraints and writing abilities. Updating at least once a week should be sufficient for small general blogs. If you go less than that, it would be hard to maintain your readers’ interest. However, it is different, for example, if you run a news or technology blog. It would be good to post new contents on a daily basis or even several times a day for the blog to garner the interest desired.

Update frequency for new vs. not-so-new blogs

A new blog should be updated daily. Some people argue that the frequency of posting does not matter but this does not apply for new blogs. Your blog is your house in cyberspace. Imagine your new blog as a new unfurnished house in the real world. What do you see inside? Empty. Go get a few things and fill it so that people can call it a “house”. Posts and articles are the furniture for your blog so that visitors will call it a “blog”. Start with a few posts in the first week and increase the number in the following week.

How about blogs which are not so new anymore? First, you must understand the pattern of visitor arrivals on your blog. They come on the first day and if you are lucky, you will get them hooked and they will come to check out what’s new on the following days. Their visits are becoming a habit now. But what if the day comes when they don’t see new post and there is none the next day and the many more days to come. The readers will lost interest and would seldom visit your blog now. They might even probably stop visiting altogether.

However, things can turn out differently despite your infrequent updates. You’ve definitely heard of this – “Quality is better than quantity“. This is true in blogging. Some people cannot update very frequently due to other commitments in life. This does not mean that they have forgotten; they are probably in the midst of cooking up an info-packed post. If you post anything of good quality that your readers are looking for, you will get traffic as high as the pro bloggers even if you don’t update very often.

Update frequency for SEO blogs

Running a blog to generate income is different from having a blog as a hobby. What about a full-time blogger who makes a living from blogging? Some people say two or three times per week should be sufficient but a daily update is the best.

How frequent should SEO blogs update their content? Content is the king in SEO campaigns. Updating your blog is vital to bring new traffic and to increase your ranking in search engines. When you update your blog with new contents, you will reap more SEO benefits by having more of your pages indexed by the search engines. Search engines function to bring people for new information and as such, you will get better results from the search engines if you add fresh contents more frequently.

What if I can’t update on a daily basis? Whenever you have time, write blog posts and articles in advance and schedule your post. Some other ways are to open up your blog to guest posting or hire someone to do it for you. Whichever method you choose, bear in mind that quality must always come before quantity!

Update consistency

Consistency in updating is also very important. If you are serious about blogging, one quality post per day should be good enough. Many of us are attached to other commitments such as work and family, therefore publishing new entries three or four times a week should be good also. However, make sure your frequency is consistent. If you update once a week, it is best to update on the same day each week too. Just don’t go missing the following week and come back again after a month.

This article is written by Alicia. She is a web designer and developer. Loves WordPress themes and plugins. If you wish to write for us, kindly check this.

19 Free Interesting WordPress Plugins You Can Try

WordPress PluginsPlug-ins are those essential accessories that makes your WordPress (WP) blog complete, professional, robust, spam-free, optimized, User-friendly and most importantly will help you fetch some highly targeted traffic.

Once you are through with the hosting part and theme selection it is time for you to hunt for the appropriate and best plug-ins for your blog. Believe me, it’s absolutely a challenging and daunting task to try out one plug-in after the other and finally settle with the one that really works. Of course there are some basic plug-ins that come along with the theme you choose, but those might not be sufficient for meeting all your blogging requirements.

That’s why, in this post, I have compiled a list of 18 best plug-ins that you can check out. I have been using them successfully on my blogs since a long time.

Social Plugins

1. AddThis Social Bookmarking Widget by Addthis – This is a highly customizable and robust plugin from the popular social bookmarking biggie AddThis. This plug-in is highly compatible with any theme and version of WP and comes with different button options which makes it a breeze for your visitor to share your blog post with the world which will ultimately bring in some targeted visitors to your blog. If you register with them you can log-in and utilize their analytics feature to track the number of shares by your visitors.

2. Facebook Comments by Alex Moss – This is a cool social plug-in that allows your blog’s visitor to leave a comment about a post/page – if he/she is logged into his/her Facebook account. This plug-in also gives an option for your visitor to post their comment to their Facebook wall giving your blog additional exposure and traffic.

3. Simple Twitter Status Updates by Bannerweb GmbH – This plug-in automatically publishes an update to your Twitter account when you publish a new post, modify it or when someone comments on it. This really takes out that extra effort off you.


User Engagement Plug-ins

4. Audio Player by Martin Laine – This plug-in will automatically convert any inserted MP3 file into an audio player (icon) which plays the clip upon clicking. This is extremely useful if you have to include an interview, pod-cast or a music clip in your posts. This engages the visitor and makes your blog more interesting for the reader.

5. Add-Post Footer by Freetime – This is a highly useful plug-in that allows you to append ads, subscription buttons, related posts, text or technorati tags after every post. This can help you bring in more traffic, revenue and also makes your blog more engaging and user-friendly for your reader.

6. CommentLuv by Andy Bailey – I am sure most of you might be aware of this plugin which pulls out the link from the reader’s recent blog post and gives a link-back to it from your blog when he comments (by filling out the website field), this encourages the reader to come back again to your blog for commenting and thus increases the social activity on it.

7. PDF24 Articles to PDF by Stefan Ziegler – This is another useful plug-in that places a link on top or bottom of your post which allows the reader to convert any post into PDF format, with all the links in tact and a link back to that particular post. The user can either download it to their PC or or choose to send it directly to their email id.  If your post is really good, it will get distributed amongst others and go viral, bringing in more traffic.

8. Subscribe/Connect/Follow Widget by Srini G – This is an all in one subscription plug-in allows you to configure and display the icons of various subscription services like RSS, email, Facebook and Twitter etc on your side bar as a widget. So you don’t need to place individual widgets for various subscription services separately, which saves a lot of space and makes it easier for your readers to subscribe. This can improve the subscription rate.

9. Thank me Later by Brendon Boshell – This plug-in automatically sends a thank you email to all those who leaves a comment on your blog and also asks them to check back on your blog for new posts or comments. This is a cool plug-in to show courtesy to those who visit and comment on your posts as well as a neat way to get them revisit your blog.


Advertising Plug-in

10. Datafeedr Random Ads V2 by datafeeder.com – This is a highly useful plug-in for affiliate and internet marketers that allows you to split test your ad campaigns and display different ads for different audiences at a time on your blog which makes it easier for you to analyze which ad works best on your blog.


SEO Plug-ins

11. WP Nofollow Post by Xrvel – This plug-in adds a rel=external nofollow attribute to all the external links on your posts and pages which tells the search engine crawlers not to crawl or follow the links which you think are spammy or not trustworthy. This also prevents the link juice from flowing out to another website. The “external” tag tells the browser to open the link in a new window.

12. Easy Noindex And Nofollow by Ivan Kristianto – This is a similar plug-in as the previous one, but this gives you a more granular control over your external links on your blog on a post/page level and allows you to set a rel=nofollow to all external links in your posts/pages. You can also tell the search engine crawlers not to index a page/post by enabling the rel=noindex option.

13. Google XML Sitemaps by Arne Brachhold – This plug-in will build an XML site map of your blog which helps the search engines to index your blog easily and quickly in a better way.


Anti-Spam Plug-ins

14. SI CAPTCHA Anti-Spam by Mike Challis – This is a WP anti-spam plug-in that uses CAPTCHA methods on WP comment form, registration, lost password and ensures that these forms are inputted by a real person and not by any bots, thus protecting your blog from spammers.

15. WP-Spamfree by WP-Spamfree – This is a powerful anti-spam plug-in that filters out most of the SPAMMY comments off your blog. Before discovering this plug-in I used to get flooded with spam comments day in and day out and the entire day would go in filtering them out. But I was very happy that my posts are being read by so many people, but in reality they were just ugly SPAM comments posted by automated bots. If you have a WP blog you must have definitively have both these anti-spam plug-ins up and running.


Blog Management Plug-ins

16. WP Hidepost by Robert Mahfoud – There might be instances when you want to hide a posts/pages from the search engines and/or visitors, This plug-in allows you to do just that by hiding a post/page from different sections of your blog like the front page, category pages, search results, feeds, and categories.

17. WP Time Machine (for backups) by Paul G Petty – Taking timely back-ups of your blog is very crucial as a webmaster or blogger, because in the unfortunate event of data loss you will have no worries, as you will be ready with latest back-ups to get your blog up and running in no time. This is a must have plug-in for all WP blogs that will archive all the crucial WP files and data and allows you to store them on a cloud storage service that you choose – like Dropbox, Amazon’s S3 etc or your FTP host.

18. WP Touch by BraveNewCode Inc. – This plug-in converts your blog into an application or theme compatible for viewing on smart phones like iPhone, Blackberry, iPod touch, Samsung touch, palm pre etc thus bringing in some extra traffic from smart phone and other hand held device users.

19. Wp About Author by Jon Bishop – This plug-in allows you to display an elegant looking author bio below every post/page.

I hope these plugins will definitely help you enhance your blog’s capabilities and transform it into a highly optimized, less vulnerable, robust and a user friendly one with more targeted visitors and even more money along the way!

This article is written by Deepak Eapen. He has been into Internet Marketing/blogging/SEO for the past 2 years and owns multiple blogs and websites in different niches.

Writing for the WEB is Different!

Writing for the web involves a lot of technical writing and very less creative writing. Now that the truth is said. Let us go into the details of what web writing is all about.

Print Media Vs. Web media

Writing For WebWriting is writing, everywhere. No matter what the mode is. Now some writes argue that you write quality content and the rest is assured. But is it really quality content that gets your website to the top? Is it quality content that ranks the keyword high and creates revenue?

Yes, Google grades websites on the basis of quality content, but the grading is not based only on quality content.

In a print media, the writer has a hard copy and the emphasis is more on the content and not on the Information. The information is assimilated along with the content.

It is like Pizza, cheese is dominant and prominent, but we do intake vegetables and bread.

In a web media, the emphasis is on information. Because, for the audience to read the content, it should appear in the first page of any search engines’ list.

Think about it strategically. No one goes to the 10th page in a search engine’s list.

A web media’s content should be like a sandwich. It’s easy to find, available at all times and you do not need to be a cooking expert to make it.

Google and Quality

Google is very keen on quality, nowadays. I guess we can name the two time-periods as BP (before Panda) and AP (after Panda). Before panda, even content farms that had quality, plagiarized content were ranking good or content farms that had un-plagiarized, trash-worthy content ranked good.

Why Panda? Suddenly….

Let’s face it, when you are the only master, you don’t bother much. When you tend to have competition, you strive to perform well.

So the answer to the above-mentioned question is ‘completion’.

There were other search engines that were blooming inside the internet. Still, Google was the major player. But it needed a major USP (unique selling point). Google had a necessarily to give the surfers a guarantee that what they get in the search is similar to what they had in mind.

Google needed a filter to rank the sites. Hence, Panda. (A cute name for a deadly crawler. I know, it is like naming The Terminator, Pinky.)

Therefore, when writing for Web aka websites, write with your brains more and less with your mind. Google respects brainy writing, and you will eventually see the results in your websites.

And for the creatives out there, who want to write informative and creative content. Creativity will be ignored only by Google’s algorithm, not the reader who would visit your site again and again to read your content.

This article is written by Jennifer Louis. She is from USA, and writer who loves to write articles and blogs on career, cover letters, jobs, sample resumes.

Why Bloggers Can’t Relax On Facebook

Bloggers and FacebookFacebook has always been one of the hot-spot for bloggers for fun and for connections. Obviously, everyone would like to tap the power out of 800 active million users. No wonder users are so obsessed with Facebook. As a blogger, I stay online most of the time and honestly, 30% of my time I’m on Facebook. Either going through my news feed, chatting, answering my readers questions and so on. But by the end if I think, was it any good? Was it any profitable for me? The only thing which I feel right now it: Facebook is really no more a fun and relaxing place for online earners especially bloggers. It’s a place where you have to be because of your marketing needs but if you indulge yourself into fun part of Facebook, you are missing out with your competitor.

The Era of Email has gone

It is no more than 6-8 months when I got few emails asking me to write guest posts on their blog but from the past few months, I have not even received a single email by a blogger. All the emails I get are from my subscriptions etc.

What is happening with me is that everyone who wants to communicate with me using Facebook. They send me emails asking questions, help for their problems, asking me to write for them etc. If they want to chat with me, they can simply do it with Facebook.

It’s nothing amazing that Facebook is being used for all this because Facebook is really the most simplest and easiest way to communicate with other’s nowadays.

How it’s creating problems

It’s really good that all my communications are added on Facebook and I can communicate directly with them without shifting between different sites. Well, everything has a side-effect.

Sometimes I want to relax and chat with my friends or see their pics so I turn offline but anything I do is updated on the ticker and my clients and fellow bloggers can see it. Its looks unprofessional to them and they think that I am avoiding them. I came to know this when one of my blogger friend told me that he didn’t expect this from me. As a blogger you should also maintain good relationship with your clients.

How to Avoid these problems?

There are only two ways to avoid these problems, simply turn offline and be visible to only those you want or follow the second one. The second method which I know of is to create a new profile, hide it from search results and only add your friends and family. In this way, you can sign out from your business-profile and sign in to your other profile where you have added your friends and family.

You may not know that Facebook keeps track of your online activity, sucks it into its database where it remains forever. You can read this post for stopping Facebook from tracking your web-activity.

Also check the tips to avoid Facebook Addiction.

Importance Of Blogging

Today blogging has become more than a way to express someone’s feeling, it has taken a turn towards social media and marketing. Nowadays Blogging has become a source of not only expressing one’s thoughts but it has also become a source of income and it also has enabled people throughout the world to come in contact with each other thus building itself to a social media. People use blogs to sell their products and offer services that in turn provide them money, thus making blogging a profitable source of income.

Importance of Blogging

Below are  some of the advantages and importance of blogging:

SOCIALIZING

Blogs are one of the best place to socialize with different people. Through blogs one gets connected to different people over the world through web. Blogs are nowadays acting like a social marketplace where people interact with each other and share their thoughts on daily basis which leads to socializing.

IMPROVES WRITING TECHNIQUES

It has been noted that people who write articles on regular basis improve their writing skills. Yes it’s 100% true and a real fact, people who engage themselves in these types of activities are known to improve their writing skills to a great level.

MONEY

Blogs have become a real source of income, today people earn handsome amount of money through blogging it may be through selling products or ads or even offering services for money. There are many other ways through which blogs can be used to make money.

KNOWLEDGE

Blogs have become a rich source of knowledge nowadays. There are so many blogs available today on web that you can find almost anything of your interest in minutes. Blogs provide information about latest technologies or latest movies/songs or on latest gadgets available in markets and also on various computing and security techniques and many more.

HELPING SOURCE

Blogging has become a source of helping each other. Bloggers are always ready to help out others by providing them with all the information they might need, and the help is  given instantly without much delay.

GETTING POPULAR

Blogs are the best way to get popular these days, if you work hard on your blog and take it to a high level then it’s quite obvious that you will be popular among the bloggers worldwide through your blog and it will give you a great sense of  achievement.

BLOGGING AS A HOBBY

If you feel bored and there is nothing to do, then start blogging as a part time hobby. You can create a personal blog and that also for free and express your thoughts on various topics that you like. This way you will keep yourself engaged in something instead of just getting bored.

These are the some of the importance and advantages that are provided through blogging. If you have some points of yours, do let me know through your comments.

5 Unconventional Ways To Monetize Your Blog

Monetize Your BlogThere are thousands articles out there, teaching you how to monetize your blog. Register with AdSense, offer affiliate products through CPA networks like Commission Junction, place Amazon ads, sell links through TextLinkAds or similar service, etc. There are all acceptable and they do work. But why not get a little bit more creative. Here are five unconventional ways to monetize your blog.

1. Reader Ads

If your blog has a sizable audience, start offering reader ads. Reader ads, as the name implies, are a one line advertisement below a post that say something like ‘Reader Mike is looking to sell his site www.example.com for $YYY’. Or ‘Reader Joe is a professional SEO copywriter who charges $x per 1000 symbols’. Or ‘Reader Jane would like to notify everyone that she just started a new blog’. Or ‘Reader Mike is looking to sell his iBook for …’. The key to the success of reader ads and sizable audience and low price. Don’t ask for more than $10 per ad. And do offer two types of deals, $10 for a single reader ad vs $25 for a reader ad that will appear at the end of each post for a week. Do not accept SEO links as reader ads.

2. PickyDomains.com

PickyDomains.com is a risk free naming and branding service. When people can’t think of domain, name or slogan on their own, they place an order with PickyDomains. If PickyDomains contributors come up with a cool name, the client is charged $50. If clients like nothing, they pay nothing. Hence, risk free naming. Where is monetization here? PickyDomains.com offers bloggers up to $30 for a single review, if it meets their criteria (your blog must have PageRank and at least 100 daily readers).

3. oDesk/eLance/Anything Freelance Site

oDesk is a big online marketplace where freelance writers, designers and coders compete for orders. eLance is the same thing and there are many sites like that. Where’s money in that? If your blog is tech related, create a freelance section. Or ‘freelancer of the month’ – anything of that nature. Offer freelancers to get exposure to your audience for a reasonable fee. Only approach freelancers with perfect rating, you don’t want to advertise anyone who might do crappy work.

4. Sell Links/PR Directly

There is no shortage of SEO specialists and they are easy to find. Contact them directly (once again, freelance sites are good for finding them), telling them how much you charge for a link or an article, what you PageRank is, etc. All text link services mark up prices at least 100% (meaning that if you get $10 per link per month they are charging $20 for it), so this is a win-win situation for everybody. Same thing for PR specialists – tell them how much it would cost to publish a press-release on your website and what content you are looking for. PR companies are always looking for sites where they can get publicity inexpensively.

5. Proactive Advertiser Search

You probably have ‘Advertise Here’ section, but no one’s looking, right? Start looking yourself. Let’s say, you blog about startups. Go to KillerStartups.Com or any other site, where new startups are added daily. Find ones that you find interesting and contact them directly with a simple offer – you’d like to review their startup and it’ll cost them $X. Make sure you include all relevant information – what your PageRank is, how much readers you have, how much traffic they can expect, etc. Same approach works with software and mobile phone application developers – they always look for sites that will review their products and if your offer is reasonable, you are likely to get a ‘yes’.