Introducing MoviesDrop – Our New Addition To Slashsquare

[Cross Posted From MoviesDrop]

I became a die-hard movie freak when I started to learn from movies. That’s why I used the word “Gold Mine” in this blog post title.

You can learn stuffs that your teacher didn’t teach you in School or College. All you have to do is spend 2 quality hours and watch a movie.

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How Watching Movies Benefited Me?

  • English Vocabulary: If you watch an English movie you have the chance of learning at least 10-30 new words. English is not my first (or primary) language and I don’t know that much of new words. So whenever I watch a movie I get the chance of learning new words and phrases. You can also use subtitles while watching a movie.
  • Geographic Locations: To be honest I don’t really know the capitals of several states and countries, quite weak in Geography right from my School days. So by watching a movie I get to know some of the popular places in America, Russia, India, etc. Now I know three famous cities in America which starts with the word “San” – San Diego, San Antonio and San Jose.
  • Cinematherapy: It is like watching or using movies to improve Mental Health. It actually works. Movies have the power to make us cry, laugh, think, react, surprise, etc. They have the power to change our mental (not those psycho stuffs) problems. Normally when I watch a movie (a good movie) I give my full attention towards it and involve myself into the story. After completing the movie I get a great satisfaction and I’ll have a great day.
  • Learn Biography: When you watch a biographical film or biopic you’ll get a chance to learn the life of an actual famous person. For example you can consider the movie “Ed Wood (1994)”, where Johnny Depp played the role of “Edward D. Wood, Jr.” I was able to learn about his history and stuffs.
  • Learn History & True Events: I think most of us would have watched the movie “Titanic” (1997) and you also got the chance to learn about “RMS Titanic” ship and how the disaster occurred.

And much more…

Don’t just watch a normal silly movie, pick a good movie and watch it. You can refer IMDb, Wikipedia and other popular sites for checking the reviews of awesome movies. You can also interact with movie freaks on our MoviesDrop Facebook Group.

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About Slashsquare

MoviesDrop is a part of Slashsquare Network

SlashsquareSlashsquare is a Blog Network and Web Consulting Media started by Pradeep Kumar on December, 2011.

We have plans to expand Slashsquare, to make it more than a Blog Network and we are working on that everyday.

You can connect with Slashsquare on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn.

We will be happy to see your presence on MoviesDrop. 🙂

When To Expect Organic Search Engine Traffic On A New Blog?

search engine trafficRecently I have been focusing more on steps you need to undertake, in case you start a new blog. There is a simple reason behind it. We are now not living in the times of 2005 when getting your site indexed in Google, and receiving really good traffic from it was easy. We now have hurdles like Google’s Search Engine algorithm changes which are also called Panda Updates, and Penguin Updates. That is not all. For a particular niche, you get to face a lot of competition and it really gets difficult for you to rank among the top websites when it comes to Google’s Search Engine. Well, a lot has been changed over time, but there is still one thing which has never changed, which is proper SEO techniques. Search engines like Google still give preference to good SEO practices and it is particularly one thing which has not changed over time. Now a lot of newbie bloggers are a bit confused when it comes to expecting organic search engine traffic on their newly born blogs. In this article I decided to clear some of those doubts!

Firstly, there is not a sure shot answer in terms of number of days, or months when it comes to expecting organic search engine traffic on your blog. Some of you may feel that creating valid Sitemaps on your blog and submitting them on Google should be enough, but trust me, things remain same even if you do not do it at all. Sitemaps when submitted to Google only accelerates the procedure, but does not guarantee you that your blog pages or posts will be indexed on top of search engines.

It’s a time when Google takes into account two important factors, while ranking your website. The first is Quality Unique Content and the other is Quality Backlinks. Now if your blog is new, and you are updating it religiously everyday even with 3-4 articles, all unique but your blog does not have a good and relevant backlink structure, Google will know that your content is genuine, but it is not really sure if the content on your blog can prove out to be useful for readers. The backlinks at this point of time work as vote-banks for your blog that tells Google that readers can actually rely on the content on your blog. Thus, having only original content on your blog will not define your position in search engines.

Now once you start to work towards quality content on your blog, along with emphasis on developing relevant backlinks for your blog, it is then when you can expect organic traffic from Google within a couple of months. Things were not the same earlier. I still remember when I started my first blog in 2007, I started getting organic search engine traffic within a week of updating it. Now, even if you keep updating your blog regularly, you need to have patience and focus more on generating backlinks for your blog, after publishing quality content of course. It might take a while, but when you start receiving organic search engine traffic on your blog, assume that you are on the right track. Stay focused. 🙂

Drop in your valuable feedback via the comments section below!

5 Basic Things To Do After Setting Up A New Blog

It’s a world of bloggers. True to the meaning, we are a part of generation which has changed the way how humans used to look up-to things online. For us, blogging is a profession, a hobby, a need or may be an interactive field to expand our social circle. Whatever it is, having a blog or owning a domain name is really not a big deal these days. The bigger thing is to touch success in the field of blogging primarily in terms of getting a wide reader base, and then secondarily generating revenue from it. Here is a list of top 5 things you should do, after setting up a new blog:

1. Create A Sitemap

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A sitemap is like a hierarchy of links, posts and pages on your website. It is also a medium of letting Google know that your blog is ready for content to be extracted and placed in the Google. Creating a Sitemap is the first wise practice of maintaining a blog, since your data in Google’s Webmaster Tools depends very much on it as well. If you are not really sure of how to create a sitemap, you can use Google XML Sitemaps plugin to create a sitemap for you automatically. If you have lots of videos on your blog then you can also create a video sitemap for your blog.

2.Sign-Up For Google Webmaster Tools

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Bloggers say, “If you are not on Google, you are almost invisible to the world” . Rightly said, the basic thing for you after you set up a blog is to sign up for Google’s Webmaster Tools service. It is the easiest way to get your site indexed in Google’s Search Engine after you submit a valid sitemap to Google. Also, you get to know if any errors are encountered while crawling your website or blog for content, and then you can rectify them later. You can sign-up for Google’s Webmaster Tools here. You can also add Google Analytics to this list.

3. Set Up Valid Feeds

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Feeds are a way to keep your readers connected with the best and latest of content on your blog. The readers subscribing to your feeds can be considered as permanent readers of your blog since they are going to remain connected with you for a long time period. I personally recommend using FeedBurner to set up feeds for your blog, however you can always use the one you like. Also, you can place a widget on your blog sidebar or content , providing your readers the ease to subscribe directly on your website.

4. Create A Social Network Presence

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It’s a time when major search engines take into account your Social Media existence and reach to rank your website or blog accordingly. Social media existence is now considered to be a good SEO practice, and Google considers it as one of its judgement factors for a blog. To improve your hold on social networks, you can share your content on Facebook, Twitter or Google+. Further, you can also create a dedicated follow page for your readers on Facebook or Google+.

You can also use services like Reputation.com to control your own online reputation, and all the private data that includes. You can also block false, misleading or irrelevant content.

They also have tools to show you how visible you are online, the perception and tone of your presence and how much control you have over information posted about you.

5. Maintain A Blog Updating Frequency

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Search Engine crawlers love to see new content on your blog every time they visit your blog. If you are new to blogging, start gradually with a frequency like 1 post a day, and try to maintain it. Once you pick things up, maintain optimal blogging frequency, and religiously follow it. Do not leave your blog ideal for months, the crawling bots would hate you for doing that.

Introducing HostLater, Because Hosting Matters

[Cross-posted from HostLater]

When I started Blogging, I thought Blogger (Blogspot platform) is the World for me. Later, people bragged about WordPress, and its functions. Impressed by that, I moved there. Changing the platform was once inevitable, but now people with professional goals seek WordPress.

Even the perfect CMS can be determined, but picking the perfect “Hosting” is difficult. There are hell lot of factors for considering a good web host. Some include :

  • Price (probably on a year basis)
  • Technical Support (Live Chat is best, though Ticket System can also be helpful)
  • Technical Specification (Disk Space, Bandwidth, Subdomains, etc)
  • Control Panels offered (Pick either cPanel or Plesk)

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