HellBound Bloggers (HBB) Now Revamped With Swift Theme

HellBound Bloggers (HBB) has been revamped with the popular Swift Theme. This is so far the best theme I have used and special thanks to the developer Satish Gandham for the wonderful design made according to HBB‘s needs. I hope you can experience a new feel and you can easily focus more on the content.

Why Revamped?

Almost one year back we redesigned our blog, we believed HBB needed a new and simple look to concentrate more on content. Our previous theme focussed more on Advertisements and Social Sharing, that’s because we targeted those two things specifically earlier.

Few words from Satish Gandham regarding this theme revamp,

Satish GandhamHBB was growing at a rapid pace, but the design was not perfect. Attention to detail was missing, as a designer it doesn’t feel right to see the one of the top blogs in India with that design.

I explained Pradeep how the design could be improved and we started working on the redesign in the mid September. The aim was to preserve the overall feel of the site and fix the things that were not right. Today, here we are to present you the new design for HBB powered by Swift.

You can see some of the changes we made on our blog below.

Updated Sections on HBB

Social networking enabled comment system

We switched to Jetpack (from WordPress.com) to provide a social networking comment experience. Now readers can also comment via Facebook, Twitter and WordPress.com accounts.

Simple Navigation Menu

On our previous theme we had 3 navigation menus, but now we are using only one menu with dropdown. You can find all the popular topics on our blog there. That helps readers to find engaging topics quite easily.

Random Button

Sometimes readers feel quite bored when they visit blogs because they want to read something but not sure where to start (except the recent post, of course). So a “Random Post” button could be essential there. Just click the button and you’ll be taken to a random post. Not satisfied? You can again click the button to read another one. On the sidebar also you can find the list of random posts.

Featured Boxes

On our previous theme we had 2 featured boxes for highlighting important posts or trending posts from categories. Now we added another one and made it 3 for extra exposure.

Popular Posts – Sidebar

If you want to read the recent popular posts on HBB, you can find them on the sidebar. If in case you missed quite trending posts, you can always find them on the sidebar.

Exclusive Search Box

We now focus on user experience on our site, so that readers and visitors can stay longer on our site. We kept a powerful search box on the header to help users to search for their required posts and resources.

Ad-free Layout

We reduced the locations for advertisements. We are thinking of a different way to monetize HBB apart from advertisements. So from now on you’ll see less ads.

Responsive Web Design

Responsive Web Design provides an optimal viewing experience for readers. Our theme will support wide range of devices to make reading more comfortable.


About Swift Themes

swift themesLike I said, using Swift Theme made us believe that we can take our blog to next level in terms of user experience and content providing. It is a fast and server friendly theme. The best part is you have full control over the design. Some other things you’ll love:

  • Search Engine Optimized with HTML5 semantics.
  • Good Google Page Speed Score and Yahoo! YSlow Metric Grade.
  • Full control over design. Highly customizable.
  • Excellent support from the Developer.

So far HBB’s overall loading and optimization performance are quite good, I’ll write a detailed review about our change and experience next week. A feature I liked the most is the delayed loading of Gravatars. That means the Gravtars are loaded only after the entire page is loaded. What’s the benefit? It won’t slow down the page load if it can not connect to Gravatar.com, which usually is slow.

It wont interfere with the user experience (UX) as by the time user comes to comments, they will be loaded.

You can also check our previous review about Swift Theme.

People asked me why not Thesis or Genesis? I asked them back why not Swift Theme? It is a popular fast loading WordPress theme with Top notch Search Engine Optimization.

Your Opinions

We value your feedback. I’m sure this new look is far better than our previous one and you’ll love it. But I could have missed something more essential you guys expected. Do share your views on comments below. Thank you. 🙂

HBB Overview – September 2011

I have decided to combine “Top Commentators” and “Guest Authors” of the month post into one, so titled it as “HBB Overview”. Here you’ll see HBB’s awesome guest authors and top commentators of each and every month.

Guest Authors of HBB – September 2011

We got 26 awesome guest authors overall on September, and I think this is the best month with good number of posts by individual guest authors. Happy to see the results and adding more value to the word “Community”. If you wish to write guest posts, HBB is open for you and below you can see some of our useful posts about Guest Blogging.

  • Guest Blogging: So Why Should You Care?
  • You Blog. Should You Guest Blog?
  • 5 Common Guest Blogging Practices You Should Know
  • 5 Things To Follow To Be A Good Guest Blogger

You can make note of these useful posts and below you can see HBB’s guest authors for the month of September.

#1 – Michael Chibuzor : Michael Chibuzor is a Freelance Writer and often writes about discount deals at coupon blogs that share CoolHandle Coupon and Kaspersky Coupon & discounts.

Article(s) : How I Drive Traffic To My Blog Without Buying Ads and 5 Profitable Ways To Monetize Your Blog Without Banners


#2 – Smit Eric : He works at social media field as consultant. Now is the owner WorkForFavor.com. Has expertise in all aspects of free promotion tactics SEO&SEM.

Article : Online Promotion – What It Means for Business?


#3 – Aman Arora :Founder and Editor in Chief of The Tech Addicts Co-founder and Administrator of Asian Hackers. Doing engineering in computer science from World Institute of Technology, Gurgaon.

Article : How To Migrate A WordPress Blog To New Server


#4 – Chris Marentis :Chris Marentis writes from experience about lead generation, closing the sale and leveraging social media. He is the founder and CEO for a local internet marketing company Surefire Social.

Article(s) : Google+ & SEO – What Will the Future Hold?


#5 – Warner Carter : Warner Carter is a guy who likes the net and tech stuff, especially SEO. I work at an SEO Reseller company Endless Rise.

Article : Moderate Your Blog’s Comment Section For Better SEO, Being Like Schoemoney: Trademark Attitude, Forget Others, Blog for Yourself, A Bite on Jobs’ Uncanny Apple and The Pitfall of Overindulging To “Blogging Pitfall Articles”


#6 – Amanda kidd : She is a blogger who is fond of writing on Automotive Design and most expensive gadgets. She is all into computers and in recent times she learnt a lot about software downloads and android on windows mobile.

Article : 4 Tips To Control Social Media Damage During Online PR Crisis


#7 – Sunny Makkar : Sunny Makkar is from SEOCommunity which provides a platform to all indian SEO Professionals, webmasters, Bloggers and Internet Marketers to discuss latest happening and issues in the world of SEO.

Article(s) : 4 Vital Questions To Ask Before Starting SEO Campaign and 5 Most Valuable Advantages of Viral Marketing


#8 – Paul Santosh : Paul Santosh is a 14year old kid, struggling to manage studies and blogging at the same time. He blog’s at www.paulsantosh.com about blogger and blogging tricks and tips.

Article : 5 Basic Things To Remember Before Starting A Blog


#9 – Adam : Adam Costa is the co-author of Business In A Backpack, which explains how to market your business while on the road. He is a business consultant who helps small and midsize firms create high quality marketing materials, from sell sheet printing to brochures.

Article : 5 Unique Ways Bloggers Can Create Killer Content (Without Writing)


#10 – Suraj KV : He is a professional passionate blogger who usually blogs at Seekably. I’m also a Music addict and follow changing trends and technologies especially Social media!

Article : HOW TO: Create Your Own Google Chrome Extension


#11 – Amit Sharma : Amit Sharma is a passionate Blogger, Freelance Writer and a Tech Enthusiast, writes at Pcmastero about various Technologies and loads of geek stuff.

Article(s) : SEO Right Through Windows Live Writer and Is Your Article Linking Strategy Distracting Readers?


#12 – Mahesh : Mahesh Makvana is a Student as well as a Part time blogger. He likes to write about Latest Technology, Apple, Google, How To, etc. He owns a Tech Blog TechListen, where he writes about all these things.

Article : 3 Ways To Attract Advertisers To Your Blog


#13 – Asher ross : Asher ross is an Expert technical writer from UK with expertise in writing articles over Dedicated Server UK Mac OS, Apple, Mobile and UK Web hosting server technology.

Article : 10 Tools For Online Studies And Group Work


#14 – Simrandeep Singh : Simrandeep Singh is a Freelancer, WordPress Developer and a blogger who writes at TricksDaddy.

Article : 15 Best Shooter Games For Android


#15 – Alice Sweeny : Alice Sweeney is a freelance writer who is always interested in finances (be it spending them, studying them or saving them) – from big brands like Apple and Nike to mom and pop places.

Article : 5 Ways You Can Get Fresh Content Inspiration


#16 – Ron Davis : Ron Davis is a freelance blogger and a passionate social media marketer, who is currently working on Rockable press discount code.

Article(s) : 10+ Indispensable Tools To Run Your Business Online and Display Your Social Media Profiles In Sliding Tabs


#17 – Sidhant Chadha : Founder of GeekSyrup, Sidhant writes about the latest in the world of blogging, SEO, gadget reviews, security tips, reviews, news and more.

Article : Simple Tips To Maximize Your Earnings With HostGator Affiliate Program


#18 – Jennifer Louis : Jennifer Louis is from USA, and writer who loves to write articles and blogs on career, cover letters, jobs, sample resumes.

Article : Social Media: A Wonderful Tool To Build Your Career


#19 – Sandeep Singh : Sandeep is a hard working Professional Engineering student and he thrives to get the best out of himself. Blogging was not his passion but it has certainly become one and he is doing his best for it.

Article : 5 Things Bloggers Can Learn From “3 Idiots” Movie


#20 – Mani Sivasubramanian : Dr.Mani Sivasubramanian 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 with congenital heart defects.

Article : I Blogged My Cousin A Bride – Bride & Brand


#21 – Guru : Guru is a Technical Blogger who writes at Jafaloo founded in 2011 July. He writes about technical tips, social media information and technical tutorials.

Article : What Should You Do When Blogging Is No More A Fun


#22 – Sandeep Tripathy : He is the founder of the Sandeep Tripathy Ventures which owns great start ups such as Axetue and Shawntimes.

Article : HOW TO: Create An Android App With Zero Coding Skills [Screencast]


#23 – Jasmine : Jasmine is an experienced web consultant. She is the chief editor at Best Web Host – a web hosting review and resources website. Her favorite web host is iPage.

Article : 4 Tips to Find Unlimited Blog Post Ideas


#24 – Celia Rees : Celia Rees is a writer and dancer who wishes she was in Manhattan, walking around in a power suit with stilettos and a collection of classic leather handbags. But for the moment she works with an hourly space rental company in Mahattan, Hourspaces.

Article : 5 Things Bloggers Can Learn From Action Movies


#25 – Nikki Farnsworth : Nikki Farnsworth is a little girl at heart playing bride. She loves everything about weddings from rock’n’roll weddings to traditional ones, wedding contracts, ketubot and ketubah texts, marriage licenses and getting hitched in Vegas.

Article : HOW TO: Write A Sucessful Wedding Blog


#26 – David Deprice : David Deprice is a blogger and serial enterpreneur. He is currently involved with MyClasses.Org – world’s biggest social network that connects students, teachers and schools.

Article : 5 Unconventional Ways To Monetize Your Blog


If you wish to be a part of HBB, you can become a guest author by contributing Guest Posts. Do check ‘Join HBB‘ and Guest Blogging Rules. Cheers.


Top Commentators of HBB – September 2011

TC Sep 2011The Top Commentators of September are Kavya Hari and Jasmine. They were leading the top commentators position followed by Noel, it was a good competition. 😉 Congrats for them, and I would like to thank other participants as well. 🙂

My best wishes and congratulations to them and for all who participated eagerly. Kudos.

Send your 125*125 banner asap (if you haven’t) to this email id : pradeep [at] hellboundbloggers [dot] com

MUST READ :

1. Brand Your Comments To Drive Traffic To Your Blog

2. HellBound Bloggers – Comments Policy

3. Ad Slots For Top Commentators

If you are going to participate in this month’s contest, then you can subscribe to HellBound Bloggers to get the articles as soon as possible.

CHECK THIS : Ways For Respecting Your Beloved Commentators

Why don’t you participate right now by commenting here? 😉

HellBound Bloggers (HBB) Now Hosted By KnownHost VPS

Phew! HellBound Bloggers (HBB) experienced lots of trouble last night. DNS probagation and MySQL database issues were hectic, am glad this is over now. HBB is now hosted by KnownHost VPS, a powerful and advanced Virtual Private Server. All VPS’s come preinstalled with CentOS by default. They also provide full Managed support (supports all VPS packages with a control panel) and Free Backups (backup each VPS/Hybrid every other night at no cost).

We are using the pack VS3, which has 1024 MB RAM, 60GB RAID-10 Disk Space and 2500 GB Premium Bandwidth. I picked the Texas Datacenter, because I got reviews that it has powerful network with good optimum speed and reliability.

KnownHost and HBB


Switched From HostGator Shared Hosting to KnownHost VPS

On December 12th, 2010 HBB migrated to HostGator shared hosting from GoDaddy. We loved the new experience, it was really good until we start to get good traffic. If you are using or going to use HostGator shared hosting, then you should give a look at their Terms of Service first.

HBB’s HostGator account was terminated after our account faced multiple TOS/CPU violations and they ended the conversation with this sentence “is not allowed for Shared hosting anymore.” Two main reasons why our account faced termination :

7a.) Resource Usage
User may not:
1) Use 25% or more of system resources for longer then 90 seconds. There are numerous activities that could cause such problems; these include: CGI scripts, FTP, PHP, HTTP, etc.

and

8.) Bandwidth Usage
You are allocated a monthly bandwidth allowance. This allowance varies depending on the hosting package you purchase. Should your account pass the allocated amount we reserve the right to suspend the account until the start of the next allocation, suspend the account until more bandwidth is purchased at an additional fee, suspend the account until you upgrade to a higher level of package, terminate the account and/or charge you an additional fee for the overages.

I thought August 17th was just another day, but we got a mail from HostGator stating,

Hello,
Based on the continued ToS/CPU issues that this account is generating, combined with excessive load problems that the account is causing for other shared customers, we will no longer be able to host this account on our shared or reseller services. We have created a backup of the account for you to download which we have provided at the following location:

[link removed]

The file is 1.6 GB in size.

Please let us know when you have acquired the backup, as we are providing 48 hours prior to the suspension of the account. Please let us know if you have any further questions or concerns.
Warm regards,

[Name removed]
Linux Security Administrator
HostGator.com LLC
http://support.hostgator.com

After many conversations, I managed to increase the deadline to few more hours. I don’t complain HostGator for banning us, I loved their support, but still they should do something or avoid something not to lose potential customers. I was stuck with poor internet connection, so the migrating, downloading, uploading processes were slow and bringing back HBB was tedious.

My apologies for :

  1. Not replying to your queries even though I was online yesterday, I was busy migrating and monitoring the process.
  2. For the downtime we faced, moving from a shared hosting to Virtual Private Server (VPS) was hectic. I literally lost my focus by the confusions I encountered.
  3. For trusting our previous host completely, they are good, but sometimes they don’t understand their customers position.
  4. For missing comments. I tried my best not to miss any comments during the downtime, if your comment is missing, kindly contact me.

  5. For regular guest authors, the login thing would not have worked properly, so sorry for the little disappointment.

P.S. I’m expanding the SEOPressor Giveaway to 23th before of the mess happened, you can participate if you haven’t.

Right now, I’m happy with the service KnownHost provides, though they don’t have the live chat support, they are still supportive, create a ticket and they manage it well.

HBB is completely up now, but you will still experience some issues, say 0.000KB kinda issues when you browse through. Thanks for facing the downtime and welcome to VPS powered HBB. 🙂

Guest Authors Of HellBound Bloggers – July 2011

Guest Authors July 2011July 2011 was tremendously good as we encountered lots of new guest authors and we also improved the frequency of Guest Posting on our blog. We got around 27 Guest Authors on July 2011 and made HBB feel like a real community atmosphere. Top Commentators of July 2011 was also good, we got new active commentators from various countries. If you are going to guest blog on HBB or any other blog, these two articles below will be of great use actually, so you can spare few minutes to check them out.

#1 – Guest Blogging: So Why Should You Care?

#2 – You Blog. Should You Guest Blog?

This month we had good number of Guest Authors, and I’m damn sure you would have enjoyed all their lovely articles. Some authors even contributed 2-3 articles, which I really appreciate.

Some of them are new to HBB Community, hope they enjoyed their stay! This article is also to ensure all the HBB readers are aware about our precious guest authors. 🙂

#1 – Lorna Li : Lorna Li manages the small business WordPress themes & solutions division for a CRM company in the Bay Area.

Article : Use Facebook Engagement To Game The SERPS


#2 – Sandeep Tripathy : He is founder of the Sandeep Tripathy Ventures which owns great start ups such as Axetue and Shawntimes. He also write on his personal blog sometimes as well as I’m a tech freak (specially Linux) and lover of Open Source.

Article : 2 Big Annoucements We See With The Entry Of Google +


#3 – Jennifer Williams : Jennifer Williams is a traveler that feels grounded by her new found love of blogging. She’s a writer, turned traveler, turned blogger, who is sharing her entrance into social media and tech with anyone who will listen.

Articles : Top Seven Best iPhone Apps For Graphic Designers and HOW TO: Pull Readers In To Your Blog Posts


#4 – Vikas Bhatt : Vikas Bhatt is a 14 year old blogger who loves blogging and blogs at Niche Bloggers.

Article : 7 Must Have Firefox Addons for Geeky Bloggers


#5 – Aarvay : He is an Hacker, Programmer, Developer, Co-Founder of Polarizd, and a Mrudangam Artiste.

Article : 10 Kickass Firefox Plugins For Hackers*


#6 – Kaushal Gandhi : Kaushal Gandhi is Director at Aaris Internet Solutions Pvt. Ltd. Aaris is SEO company in India. Kaushal has conceptualized SEO Traingulation Method to get desired ranking.

Article : 3 Major Reasons To Use Facebook For Blog Promotion and 5 Ways To Increase Email Opt ins On Your Website


#7 – Nikita Mishra : Nikita Mishra is 16 years old girl. She is a blogger. She writes about blogging, internet,seo,gadgets,twitter and facebook based tips,tricks and news.

Article : Get Windows 8 Interface On Your Windows 7 Desktop and Now You Can Experience The Full Windows 8 Easily


#8 – Narendran.M : Narendran.M is the owner of Tekkie Blog. He always strives himself to find simple solution for complex problems. He proudly says “ALWAYS THINK BIGGER, SO THAT YOU’LL REACH HIGHER”.

Article : HOW TO: Develop Simple Web Browser Using C# [With URL Navigating]


#9 – Pedro : Mercen Pedro is a gadget freak and he writes for “Computer Too Slow” website and other sites.

Article : 5 Gadgets That Will Go Mainstream By 2041


#10 – Jasmine : She is an experienced web developer and web consultant. She is also the chief editor at Best Web Host – a web hosting review and resources website.

Article : HOW TO: Interact Effectively With Your Readers


#11 – Abhishek Dobhal : Abhishek Dobhal is a Staff member of asianhackers.com. doing comp.sc. engg. from World institute of technology.

Article : Convert Your Symbian Phone Into Webcam


#12 – Andrew Thomas : Andrew Thomas is a publisher of Webbaster, specializes in Internet security and an effective defense against spam.

Article : Email and Internet Security [Simple Guide]


#13 – Paul Santosh : Paul Santosh is a 14 years old kid, struggling to manage studies and blogging at the same time. He blog’s at www.paulsantosh.com about blogger and blogging tricks and tips.

Article : Which Suits You Better? Blogger or WordPress? and 6 Simple Things Bloggers Shouldn’t Avoid


#14 – Aman Arora : Founder and Editor in Chief of The Tech Addicts Co-founder and Administrator of Asian Hackers. Doing engineering in computer science from World Institute of Technology, Gurgaon.

Article : Facebook Vs Google Plus [INFOGRAPHIC]


#15 – Srivathsan G.K : Social Networking Addict, Google Chrome User, Love Blogging and Proud Indian. Blogs at MadrasGeek.com that focuses on Web apps, Blogging, Social Media and makes people to sit before their computers for hours.

Article : 3 Things To Take Care When Optimizing Websites For Mobile Devices


#16 – Kothapally Arun : Kothapally Arun works with a professional iPhone app development named [x]cubelabs which has developed more than 400 mobile apps till date.

Article : 5 Hand Picked iPhone App Development Books


#17 – Hassam Ahmad Awan : Hassam Ahmad Awan is the author and editor of BLoggingeHow | Blogging Tips For Beginners. He is an Alevel student and loves to write for his blog, in his free time.

Article : Can You Blog? A Litmus Test For You Then


#18 – Chris M : Chris M an multiple award winning technology blogger and search engine specialist in Cape Town, South Africa.

Article : Don’t Get Bogged Down When Blogging and How You Can Make Money Blogging Like Me


#19 – Priyanka Bhowmick : Priyanka is a tech blogger and online freelance writer. Being a web addict is loves browsing on tech related stuffs and writing articles related to the same.

Articles : HOW TO: Autofill Your Credit Card Details On Sites and Prevent Your Facebook Profile To Appear On Google Search


#20 – JJ Fiasson : He runs IT Support Sydney, an IT consulting company that caters for home and business clients. I’m dedicated to demystifying technology for all.

Article : Using phpMyAdmin To Backup WordPress Database


#21 – Muzammil Bashir : Muzammil Bashir is the Senior Editor of whoishostingthis.com– Visit their website to see the latest HostGator reviews and DreamHost Reviews.

Article : 8 Unusual Themes From WordPress Themes Directory


#22 – Warner Carter : Warner Carter enjoys writing about SEO, Marketing, and Website Development. He works with Endless Rise who provides SEO Reseller Packages as Private Label SEO exclusively for resellers.

Article : Uninhabited Business Blogs—What’s the Cause?


#23 – Rebecca Jones : Rebecca Q Jones from the multivariate testing website Maxymiser, enabling marketers to increase the effectiveness of websites by using A/B and multivariate testing.

Article : A/B and Multivariate Testing [SIMPLE GUIDE]


#24 – Rijans : Rijans is a Tech Enthusiast, Geek, Programmer and Blogger from Dhaka, Bangladesh. Currently having BS on Computer Science & Engineering.

Article : 6 Tricks To Get Your New Domain Indexed Fast In Search Engines and Get Multiple Gmail Account Alerts On Windows 7 Taskbar


#25 – Jane Sheeba : Jane is the founder and author of Find All Answers which is a multi-niche blog on Blogging Tips, Relationships and Self Improvement.

Article : How Do Coupon Sites Become So Popular


#26 – Aditya : Aditya is actually quite shy about writing about himself. Actually he has nothing worthy enough to write; so shy may be an excuse.

Article : Create Android Apps Without Any Coding Skills


#27 – Anup Kayastha : Anup Kayastha has been blogging at Hack Tutors blog since 2009. He provides unique blogger tricks and creates free professional Blogger templates.

Article : 7 Steps For Beginners To Make Money By Blogging


#28 – Bharat Chauhan : Bharat Chauhan likes coffee and Pepsi very much, cause those are very good source of caffeine instead of doing drugs.

Article : 6 Basic Things To Become A Good Hacker


29 – Sandeep Singh : Sandeep is a hard working Proffesional Engineering student and he thrives to get the best out of himself.

Article : 3 Simple Yet Big Mistakes That Bloggers Can Make


If you wish to be a part of HBB, you can become a guest author by contributing Guest Posts. Do check ‘Join HBB’ and Guest Blogging Rules. Cheers.

Guest Authors Of HellBound Bloggers – June 2011

June 2011 was quite sad and interesting for me, last 15 days I was out of town for vacation, so moderating HBB was quite tedious. I missed lots of guest posts, but you can see them this month. Most of the guest authors are new to the community, hope they enjoyed writing for HBB.

Guest Authors - June 2011

#1 – Guest Blogging: So Why Should You Care?

#2 – You Blog. Should You Guest Blog?

This month we had good number of Guest Authors, and I’m damn sure you would have enjoyed all their lovely articles. Some authors even contributed 2-3 articles, which I really appreciate.

Some of them are new to HBB Community, hope they enjoyed their stay! This article is also to ensure all the HBB readers are aware about our precious guest authors. 🙂

#1 – Chris Marentis : Chris Marentis writes from experience about lead generation, closing the sale and leveraging social media. He is the founder and CEO for a local internet marketing company Surefire Social, a resource for local search marketing

Article : HOW TO: Determine The Best Social Media Platforms For Your Business and Valuing Prospects Through Email Marketing


#2 – Fazal Mayar : Fazal Mayar, the blogger behind Richer Or Not. You can follow Fazal on Twitter @fazalmayar.

Article(s) : 5 Things You Must Not Do As A Blogger and 3 Rules To Follow Before You Make Money Blogging


#3 – Ifham Khan : Ifham Khan Author of www.geekspalace.com and www.dailytechtips.co.cc. Ifham khan is a alpha geek and technology analyst.Working on internet technology and marketing from approximately 8 years.

Article(s) : 5 More Simple Tips To Increase Twitter Followers, You Should ALSO Write Killer Articles Sometimes and 7 Tips To Be A Hero On Blog Commenting


#4 – Chirag Jobanputra : Chiraj Jobanputra is passionate about e-commerce and digital marketing. Co-founder at 39Shops.com

Article : Open Source Vs SaaS e-Commerce Platform


#5 – Nikita Mishra : Nikita Mishra is 16 years old girl. She is a blogger. She is the author of http://lovelyblogging.cc.cc/. She writes about blogging, internet,seo,gadgets,twitter and facebook based tips,tricks and news.

Article : Trace All Your Social Network Statistics For Free


#6 – Aman Arora : Founder and Editor in Chief of The Tech Addicts Co-founder and Administrator of Asian Hackers. Doing engineering in computer science from World Institute of Technology, Gurgaon.

Article : 10 Free Android Apps That You Should Try and Convert Your Android Phone Into An IP Camera


#7 – Irfan Siddiqui : Irfan blogs at RealTimeTricks where he helps others with blogging tips, tech news, gadget tips and other great updates. Follow him on twitter via @RealTimeTricks to keep in touch with him.

Article : Simple Steps To Delete Apps On iPhone


#8 – Jane Sheeba : Jane is the founder and author of Find All Answers which is a multi-niche blog on Blogging Tips, Relationships and Self Improvement.

Article : 5 Tips To Market Your Content Effectively


#9 – Praveen Sivaraman : Praveen Sivaraman is the Editor-in-Chief and CEO of Techperk. An Engineering Graduate with a passion for technology, a knack for writing and most importantly addicted to Blogging

Article : 7 Best Tips To Keep Your Gmail Account Secure


#10 – Usman : Usman is the co-owner of Firsthosting, a company that provide cheap Shared, Reseller and Alpha Master Reseller Hosting since 2007 and love to do their work.

Article : Green Web Hosting [Simple Guide]


#11 – Sandeep Tripathy : Sandeep Tripathy is the founder of the Sandeep Tripathy Ventures which owns great start ups such as Axetue and Shawntimes.

Article : Hacker Group LulzSec Theme Song [VIDEO]


#12 – Zubin : ZK is the co-founder of Web Marketing Blog where accomplished writers and bloggers share their tips, strategies and stories. Follow him on Twitter @webtrafficroi

Article : 5 Useful Tips To Create Unique & Authoritative Blog


#13 – Muhammad Haseeb Javed : He is a a teenager and addict to the internet. His favourite subject is Hacking/Security about which he blogs. He Blog @ www.hackthepc.blogspot.com

Article : Simple Tips To Secure Your Facebook Account


If you wish to be a part of HBB, you can become a guest author by contributing Guest Posts. Do check ‘Join HBB’ and Guest Blogging Rules. Cheers.

Guest Authors Of HellBound Bloggers – May 2011

May 2011 was yet another marvellous month for HBB, with new faces in the community indicating the improvement. We are pleased to announce the Guest Authors of HellBound Bloggers (HBB) who have been contributing for the month May 2011, here is the list. Before that, you can make use of these posts to know what is “Guest Blogging” and how it benefits both the parties.

Guest Authors May 2011 - HBB

#1 – Guest Blogging: So Why Should You Care?

#2 – You Blog. Should You Guest Blog?

This month we had good number of Guest Authors, and I’m damn sure you would have enjoyed all their lovely articles. Some authors even contributed 2-3 articles, which I really appreciate.

Some of them are new to HBB Community, hope they enjoyed their stay! This article is also to ensure all the HBB readers are aware about our precious guest authors. 🙂

#1 – Sarvesh : Sarvesh is a part time blogger and he loves to write on topics like webhosting and tech niches.

Article : True Requirements Of Bandwidth And Storage Space


#2 – Jasmine : Jasmine is an experienced web developer and web consultant. She is also the chief editor at Best Web Host – a web hosting review and resources website.

Article : 5 Reasons Why E-books Are Better Than Printed Books


#3 – Kirsty LaVier : Kirsty LaVier is editor for Shopping Cart Reviews, the leading shopping cart information website.

Article : Outsourcing Your Social Media Efforts – 3 Reasons Why It’s A Bad Idea


#4 – Paul : Paul is a blogger and Internet Marketer, who works and writes posts relevant to Broadband services, tips and tricks.

Article : What You Must Know Before Choosing Mobile High Speed Internet Connection


#5 – Wendy Bailey :Wendy Bailey is a blogger and Internet Marketer who works for various services, and writes posts related to blogging and writing tips.

Article : HOW TO: Channel Your Emotions Into Your Writing


#6 – Crystal J. Briscoe : He is Professional Writer and also technical guru, overloaded with a wealth of experience, and even more degrees, at present learning Microsoft Certifications.

Article : 5 Useful Money Making Tips You Should Know


#7 – Gagan : Gagan is an Indian blogger / Web Designer, Developer and founder of CreativeBloggingIdeas.

Article : 5 WordPress Plugins That Are Worth Removing


#8 – Aditya Ujjual : Aditya Ujjual is a blogger and he is the guy behind ItyaAdi.org.

Articles : Create Welcome Tab For Facebook Fan Page Within 2 Minutes and How Infosys Is Contributing To India’s Growth Story?


#9 – Praveen Sivaraman : Praveen Sivaraman is the Editor-in-Chief and CEO of Techperk. An Engineering Graduate with a passion for technology, a knack for writing and most importantly addicted to Blogging

Article : 6 Simple Ways To Reduce Your PDF File Size and 8 Top Apps From Nokia Ovi Store You Should Try


#10 – Loretta F. Austin : Loretta F. Austin writes also for slow-computer-solutions.org: the site that offering articles about how to speed up slow computer and repair slow computer.

Article : Securing WiFi Connection – Basic Things


#11 – Jess Spate : Jess Spate is an SEO professional, a mathematician, and an online entrepreneur.

Article : Search Rankings Go Down As Well As Up [ANALYSIS]


#12 – Steven Smith : Steven Smith, is an Editor of smallbusinessfriends.com, a business blog that shares tips and information about various business related topics.

Article : Top 5 Web-Based Apps That Web Developers Must Give a Try to Boost Their Business


#13 – Amandeep Singh : Aman is a Mechanical Engineer by education, Software Engineer by profession and a tech blogger by interest and passion.

Article : Top 5 Free iPhone Games To Kill Your Boredom


#14 – svizion : He is the guy behind a small firm based in sunny Myrtle Beach. SC. Shawn Crigger writes articles on Web Development and Linux.

Article : 6 Google Search Tricks To Find What You Are Looking For


#15 – Cristian Stanciu : He is a blogging enthusiast living in Romania. Blogging is the hobby that pays for his mortgage and that keeps him connected with people all over the world.

Articles : How Many Visitors Do I Need To Make Money?, The “Blog About Something You Love” Statement and 4 Steps To Prepare Your Blog Before Guest Posting


#16 – Sulakshan : Sulakshan is running a price comparison engine for books and mobile phones – MySmartPrice.com.

Article : 9 Things You Should Do After Buying A Smartphone


#17 – Joe Linford : Joe Linford writes on behalf of consumer advice websites Broadband Genie and Office Genie.

Article : 5 Important Factors To Consider When Selecting A Mobile Broadband Deal


#18 – Charles Mburugu : Charles Mburugu is a professional content developer and an entrepreneur. He often writes about real estate, finance, business start-ups and internet marketing.

Article : 5 Tips For Converting Your Blog Into A Social Media Nucleus


#19 – Jane Sheeba : Jane is the founder and author of Find All Answers which is a multi-niche blog on Blogging Tips, Relationships and Self Improvement.

Article : Optimizing Your Blog To Get Organic Traffic


#20 – Warner Carter : Warner is a guy who likes the net and tech stuff, especially SEO. He works at an SEO Reseller company Endless Rise.

Article : The Uniqueness Of EzineArticles – Special Review


#21 – Nimit : Nimit is a project manager at PageOne. He is a great fan of photography, social media and wordpress.

Article : Social Media And Its Impact On Branding


#22 – Sandeep Singh : Sandeep is a hard working Proffesional Engineering student and he thrives to get the best out of himself.

Article : 5 Essential Ways To Build Links For Your Blog

If you wish to be a part of HBB, you can become a guest author by contributing Guest Posts. Do check ‘Join HBB’ and Guest Blogging Rules. Cheers.

Introducing HellBound Bloggers (HBB) Status Blog

Philosophers used to say, Life has ups and downs. The trend now continues to blogging, bloggers say blogs have uptime and downtime. Especially in the case of HBB, we have been encountering lots of downtime. So we created this status blog to keep the communication going when our main site or other services is down.

HBB Status Blog

 

Using Status Blog to Communicate with Readers

Yes, that’s the main intention of creating HBB Status Blog (now Slashsquare Status). On our Status blog, we’ll mention the cause of the downtime and steps we took to avoid such downtime in future. We’ll also provide you the details when our site will be live again.

That’ll be good for us to recollect our mistakes and avoid them. Moreover I believe a blog post can deliver much more content that a Facebook status or Twitter tweet.

I recommend all the bloggers to have a status blog for your main site, it will avoid confusions amongst your readers. Your site maybe down because of maintenance or revamp, but your readers might think your site has been hacked or attacked.


Why Posterous instead of Blogger, WordPress.com or Tumblr? 

I have used all of them (Blogger, WordPress.com & Tumblr) except Posterous. Right now am really comfortable with it.  I believe Posterious will be a great platform for connecting with our readers. It is simple to use, and users rarely encounter downtime. 

UPDATE #1 We moved status.hellboundbloggers.com to status.slashsquare.org permanently.

UPDATE #2 Since Posterous Spaces is no longer available, we decided to go with Tumblr itself.

HellBound Bloggers (HBB) Retouched & Revamped

Finally we moved into a custom theme, though you won’t notice much of a difference in the structure of the theme. We applied little makeup to HBB so that it gives a refreshing look. Our goal was to clean things and give another look to HBB. We replaced several plugins with manual code, thus reducing the overall load on the database. Meanwhile, please don’t mind some minor errors you might encounter while browsing for few hours.

Featured Posts Section

We always loved to feature our best posts on the homepage for some time, so we added three sets of featured posts on the homepage and five sets on the sidebar for the maximum exposure.

HBB Featured Posts

Popular Posts Section

HBB’s popular posts section provides top 5 popular posts for a particular period. It is live on the sidebar.

Popular Entries HBB

In a month or so, we’ll move to VPS server. We are working hard to give you enhanced features and hopefully, you can expect them soon. 🙂

If you encounter any bug or theme error, kindly let us know about it. Also let us know what you think about this new theme in the comments below.

HellBound Bloggers Launches URL Shortener — HBB.ME

HBB YourlsURL Shorteners, as we all know, plays an important role in social networking websites like Twitter and other such micro blogging services.

I did a small survey to check what kind of URL Shorteners I used earlier, and it was a cramp. I used several services like Goo.gl, bit.ly, u.nu (now closed), and many more.

Earlier the URLs shorten by bit.ly were blocked by Facebook. Tr.im stopped their service, but they promised to keep existing links active. What if they decided to kill all those shorten URLs?! Simple, you will have tonnes of dead links (of your blog posts) lingering around the net, and that isn’t cute mate!

Though I trust all these services since they are managed by branded company and have been popular for ages. Amidst these confusions and quarrels, finally I decided to launch our own URL Shortener dedicated to all the resources from HBB and I picked hbb.me. The short URL hbb.me will redirect to the main blog hellboundbloggers.com.

It will indeed help us to detect, intercept, and prevent the spread of malware, phishing, and other online dangers.

HellBound Bloggers’s URL Shortener is powered by YOURLS. YOURLS is a small set of PHP scripts that will allow you to run your own URL shortening service.

Original URL : https://hellboundbloggers.com/2010/05/10/reasons-to-marry-a-female-blogger/

Shorten URL : http://hbb.me/4d

It helps us to easily share our links on various social networks and also at the same time promoting our brand.


Purpose Of Launching Our Own URL Shortener (exclusive for HBB)

Apart from ‘lack of confusion’ of current URL Shorteners, I also have some reasons to launch this URL Shortener thing.

  • I don’t need to depend on third party URL Shorteners, even if they shut down (like tr.im or u.nu), I won’t care about them!
  • Now I can easily monitor and control our shortened links (YOURLS done a good job here, kudos!).
  • Now I can create Custom short URL (for eg., hbb.me/sam, hbb.me/twitter, etc). I can also use good keywords here.
  • Excellent way for branding my blog. Ding Dong!
  • You don’t need to enter the full URL of our blog on mobiles, just enter hbb.me.

HBB.ME will be used only for the posts produced by HellBound Bloggers & maintained within the community only. Cheers. 🙂

HellBound Bloggers (HBB) Now Hosted By HostGator

HostGator SwitchedHostGator is a leading provider of web hosting, reseller hosting, and dedicated servers. Over 2500000 websites hosted there. Today we moved to HostGator for better uptime and reliability.

For the past few weeks, HBB faced lots of downtime and Internal server error. Earlier HBB was hosted by GoDaddy, and seriously we didn’t find much issue with it until we were a victim of malware attacks. Several WordPress blogs hosted on GoDaddy were attacked at that time.

And I also came to know (via Reverse IP), lots of adult websites along with HBB hosted on their shared webhost, this affected my blog in all major search engines.

So I made use of Black Friday, and brought two webhosting packages from HostGator — Shared & VPS. After reviewing, I found Shared Hosting quite compatible for my blog right now.

I think it will take some time for the DNS to propagate, hopefully soon enough. Cheers. 🙂

UPDATE :HellBound Bloggers (HBB) Hosted By KnownHost VPS