The Simple Science That Makes You Flag Over Facebook

Facebook, as we all know, is not a new term for internet users. It is as popular as Google, but that too in short term. The reason? Our addiction towards it. People don’t really say I’m addicted to Google, but they can say I’m addicted to Facebook. The latter makes more sense. We use Facebook for both personal and Business reasons.

For business works we spend time on Facebook pages mostly, tracking the campaigns, so and so. But when we use Facebook for personal reasons, we spend more time than that. We normally, in fact, work hard for increasing likes and comments on Facebook status updates and photos.

We have one exclusive infographic for you, to help you to improve your interaction. Yes, do you know usage of Emoticons might actually help your followers and friends know more about your status’s core idea. Learn more interesting facts in this infographic below.

facebook simple science

This infographic is exclusively created for HellBound Bloggers (HBB) by Harsh Rathi, Founder at Hackers Rising.

Your Great Content Will Go Viral If It Passes These Tests

Viral Post ChecklistWell you have a great blog post idea, I assume. Can you just write it and hit publish? No, you can’t, because you just cannot let your best content out there without properly equipping it. You have to optimize your best blog post in some ways so that it gets people’s attention and recognition. I hope your post deserves such recognition.

Now let me tell you 7 things you must do before you hit that “Publish” button.

#1 – Keywords

This one is for you to do before you start writing the actual post (if not the draft). Do some keyword research. I am not going to tell you all the possible ways to do it. Of course there are lots of free and paid ways in which you can research for keywords.

Whatever service you use, make sure you embrace the long tail keywords the most because 80% of organic traffic comes from those keywords as opposed to the short ones. Make sure you have identified the right keywords before writing the post. Spread the keywords evenly throughout the post and make sure you use the potential ones near the beginning.


#2 – SEO

On page SEO, that is. Make sure your post is neatly optimized for search engine bots. Again, there are thousands of things one can do to optimize a blog post; and I am not going to list them all.

The point is, SEO should be in your checklist. Write those meta tags and keywords for every post, choose to write manual excerpts, put potential keywords in your heading, use less stop words in your post heading. Of course you may choose to get the help of paid plugins to assist you in this matter.

Useful Resources :

  • 10 SEO Techniques That Can Be Used In the Real World
  • HOW TO: Get Your Free SEO Report Within Minutes

#3 – Interlinking

Never publish a blog post without interlinking to any of your older posts. I assume interlinking should not be a problem. After all we are all blogging in some particular niche. So we will have other blog posts that are related and hence can be referenced to.

Interlinking helps you to increase your internal back links. And by leaving them as do follow links (I am sure you will), you increase the authority of every blog post.

A quick and hot tip is to link to your old post near the beginning of the post.


#4 – Linking to others

Don’t keep everything to yourself. Depending upon what you are writing, always try to find out relevant links from other blogs in your niche. You will make good friends in the first place, and you will also support your writing with relevant thoughts.

Apart from linking in your daily posts, you can also write exclusive posts that are round ups of thoughts from various other posts. An example of such a post can be seen here- 5 Key Elements for Bloggers: A Round Up.

Interlinking is always good in the blogosphere.

Tip: For interlinking your own blog posts and to others you have a handy plugin. It is called Insights. You can search within your own blog, or on the web and other blogs to link.

illustration of the insights plugin at wordpress dashboard


#5 – Image

This is an optional thing. But personally I would go for it. Images are good for the eyes. Even if you are writing a very serious blog and teaching people some concrete stuff, a funny and thoughtful image at the top is an excellent hook.

Find relevant, funny, thought provoking images to your post. Add appropriate alt tags and give credits to the owners. This will not only spice up your post, but will make it compelling to read, and you can also get found by the bots through image searches.

Useful Resource :

  • 40+ Websites For Copyright And Royalty Free Photos

#6 – Call to action

Finish your post with a call to action. It can be asking for readers’ suggestions/comments, it may be a promotion or it can be an invitation for subscription. Whatever it may be!

If you finish the post bluntly, it is like “I talk; I have talked and that’s it”. But your blog is not a place where you do monologues. You should encourage discussions. In order to encourage people to engage in discussions, you have to let them know that you are open and love to hear what they would say.


#7 – Read out loud

This may sound lame, but trust me it helps you to improve your post. This step is really a must. Don’t think that you will look like a lunatic if you read your own blog post out loud.

When you read out loud, you will come across some incorrect sentence formations which may otherwise look fine with eye reading. You may also check if you have any obvious grammatical mistakes that you miss with your tired eyes.

Not only with grammatical errors, you may also find if your post is worth reading by doing this. I have trashed many drafts which have not passed this test 😉


Takeaway

Do not be in a hurry to hit that Publish button. The more you do just before publishing, the more your post will enjoy after getting published. Have these tips as a checklist and always publish posts after ticking all of them.

Is your content great? Has it passed all these tests? OK then you can now hit Publish 🙂

I’d love to hear your thoughts. Do you have anything more to add to the checklist? Feel free to do so.

Photo by phunkstarr

Promote Your Business/Product/Blog Through Orkut For Free!

Yesterday while I was browsing in Orkut, I found something peculiar in the right sidebar ad. I thought it was just another normal creative advertisement and ignored it many times. But, later I gave a sharp look. Then I came to know the new feature of Orkut called Orkut Promote. This is like a self-advertising platform where advertisers and regular Orkut users can promote their content including photos, videos or text among the Orkut community. Google charges advertisers for promotion while regular Orkut members don’t need to pay any fee for using Orkut promote.

To know more about Orkut Promote, check their official YouTube video.

What I can do with Orkut Promote?

  • Lets you and your friends share YouTube videos, photos, or text with each other. You can easily spread word of a good video, a cool picture, or some technical news.
  • Lets you to share your friends promotions, and they can share yours, so this makes the information or content to become viral.
  • Lets you track how many people have seen your promotion, and how many of them have shared it with their friends or trashed it under the my promotions tab.

Orkut Promote - Self-Advertising Platform
Orkut Promote - Self-Advertising Platform

How to Create Free Promotion?

  • Click promote on the left sidebar of your Orkut profile or homepage.
  • Enter a title and a comment(description).
  • You can add more text, a YouTube video, or one of your public orkut photos.
  • After adding different elements to your promotion, the preview box will update to reflect your changes.
  • When you are satisfied with your promotion, click create promotion.

Note : Orkut Promote is used by both advertisers and orkut users. So you see advertisements in your promotion box sometimes. You can trash or promote ads in the same way you can do with your friends’ promotions.