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The Importance of Keyword in SEO: A Beginner’s Guide

Utilize the best possible catchphrase and you will get more web crawler movement.

Upgrade your site/blog catchphrase and it would help you rank quicker.

How often have you got such exhortation when you have begun to find out about SEO? Watchwords are the primary thing that you ought to know and find out about when begin to enhance your blog SEO. This guide is composed for a fledgling like you to comprehend a principal idea of SEO and i.e. Watchwords and their significance.

We should begin with the nuts and bolts and on the off chance that you have been blogging for some time, your 95% of activity is originating from 5% of your posts. What I intended to state, you will get greatest web index activity on few hand-picked post of yours. Have you ever addressed why these posts are getting so much movement? You probably accomplished something right. Is int it?

The reason is, unconsciously some of your posts are positioned on the principal page for watchwords that are profoundly looked by clients internationally or in a particular district of the world. The thing that you have to think here is, who is the one positioning your substance? Before the day’s over, it’s a machine dialect (Algorithm), which searches for specific signs to rank the substance.

When I say positioning of the substance, what do I implied by positioning? In this unique circumstance, it implied positioning for a particular catchphrase. Give me a chance to rearrange the case for you.

You can go to SEMRUSH web page and sort your blog deliver to see which catchphrase your blog entries/pages are positioning for. Here is a case from one of my prevalent blog.

Try to understand the concept from the image. (Even if you don’t understand 100% of it at the first time, don’t worry as this is normal for a beginner).

  • Keyword: This is the Keyword, which is driving traffic to a specific URL of my blog. (We also call it target keyword, or keyword one is trying to rank for).
  • Pos.: Position of the keyword in Google search. Your target should be rank on the first page of the Google for your target keyword.
  • Volume: This is another important aspect as it helps you to understand how many people are searching for a keyword in a month. Try to see this as more human than in technical term. When you go to Google to look for a solution, similarly others look for a similar solution, but they may be using a different term than yours. Google keeps a data of how people are searching & let you see the number of monthly searches for any keyword. This way, you will be able to find the keyword that gets more searches than a keyword that gets fewer searches. In the above example, you can see two similar keywords have a considerable amount of difference in monthly search volume:
  1. Free professional email address: 110 searches/month
  2. Free professional email: 70 searches/month

I will let you know how to target keyword at the later stage, but at this time try to grasp the most fundamental part of SEO.  While we are on it, you also need to understand two more terms:

  1. Short tail Keywords: Short keywords those are 1-3 words. Ex: Make money blogging, Professional email
  2. Long Tail Keywords: More specific keywords that could be three words or longer.Ex: How to make money blogging, How to get professional email

Any words are qualified as a keyword when it has a considerable amount of searches (Search volume) in a month.

Long tail keywords are more profitable as you will drive more targeted traffic & your chances of ranking on the first page are higher. More on this later, for now understanding the all the terms is more important. If you have missed something, it’s ok to go back & re-read the concept of Keywords in SEO.

It’s true that writing quality posts will help you to drive traffic, but have you ever asked yourself why you are still not ranking in Google searches for any keyword, or why your quality posts stop getting traffic after some time has passed?

What is the importance of keywords from the perspective of SEO?

If you have understood the basic concept of Keywords, now let’s dive into a little deeper into it. When we SEO optimize a blog post or a web page, we have the option to define our target keywords. This is most commonly known as Meta_keywords. Back until 2012, it was important to specify Meta_keywords (Keyword you are targeting), but in 2016, it’s not of any use. A search engine has become smarter to auto-detect keywords & rank your pages automatically.

Google has already made it clear that they do not consider meta keywords when selecting keywords, and this makes sense because many bloggers who are new to blogging or article writing add lots of keywords in their posts.

For example, one would write the following meta keywords for this post that you are reading: “keywords tips, SEO, keyword research”, and so on.

Now ask yourself – would anyone who is searching for “keyword tips and tricks” want to see this article first? Personally, I would not like to rank for these keywords, because people will land here and then leave the blog. This will impact my bounce rate, and also my average time on site.

How to start with keyword research:

Keyword research is the process of finding the right keyword in your niche. This step is important if you wish to grow your blog/website in a shorter span of time & make money. There are various ways by which you can find keywords & here I’m outlining few based on my preference.

SEMRUSH:

This is an online tool that let you find great keywords, or you can also put in URL of a website, & it would show all the keywords that website is ranking for. (See the 2nd screenshot of this article, which is taken using SEMRUSH).

A good idea is to start by picking the top blogs in your niche & add it to see which Keyword those sites are ranking for. From here you just need to start building unique & high-quality content around those keywords. This is a paid tool but you can get 15 days free trial.

Keyword tools:

  • Keyword planner tool (This is free but not as simple as SEMRUSH)
  • LongTailPro (This is another keyword tool that you can download on your desktop)
  • Ahrefs: This is an alternative to SEMRUSH

How to use Google instant search for quick keyword ideas:

You can also use Google Search to find your target keyword, like this. Google auto suggest search query when you type anything, and it’s a good place to start the primary search. You can create a list of keywords using this technique & use SEMRUSh or Google keyword planner to check the search volume for all the keywords.

Once you have found profitable keywords, your task is to write an SEO optimized article for your target keywords. You can follow this guide to understand targeting keywords on a particular post.

Keyword density and keyword placement

Keyword density is a complex topic. This Wiki article will give you a fair idea of how keyword density is calculated. Depending on the target keywords, (long tail or short tail), you maintain a particular percentage of keyword density. When bots crawl your page, they can determine the density that which particular keyword page should rank for.

Keyword targeting is important but stays away from keyword “stuffing”, which is the overuse of keywords on a web page, as this will ultimately be harmful to your ranking.

Different SEO ninjas have different ideas about keyword density, but your main keyword should not be more than 2% of the article length.  I try to keep it between 1-1.5%, along with related search terms or that are known as LSI keywords.

Do remember, you can target more than one keyword on a blog post or a page. I would suggest don’t keep it more than three as; if your content is of high quality, you will rank for indirect long-term keywords.

What does keyword stuffing do?

Stuffing your articles with keywords is never a good idea. Overuse of keywords alerts Google bots to the fact that you are “spamming” your post by stuffing it with unnecessary keywords. Google penalizes for this action, as spiders are alerted to the fact that you are trying to trick the system by using lots of keywords many times. This can affect your ranking.

So be wise when you select the number of keywords you are using for SEO. Particularly since Google Panda, I highly recommend that you stop taking SEO actions that do not appear to be natural. If you are not sure about your SEO practices, use our free forum or email subscribe option to ask a question.

Meta title, meta description and meta keywords:

Now you have searched for a perfect keyword, and you are delivering it into a post or a page. Try also to use that keyword as part of the title of the post.

One additional tip: Try not to use numbers in your permalink, because in the future if you want to extend the article by adding plugins or sites or additional information, your number will no longer make sense.

Adding a relevant meta description will give more insight about your page to search engine bots. I suggest that you use your keyword in your meta title, meta description and meta keyword field along with an H1 tag. Also, try to write more SEO friendly articles by using H1, H2, and H3 tags. However, don’t overuse heading tags, as improper headings and too many H2 or H3 tags can lead to a negative ranking.

Still not convinced?

Here is a post that I wrote as a guest blogger on another blog, using target keywords “Google Panda Penalty“. Read and analyze the post, and you will realize the extent of the on-page optimization I have done to make this post reach the number 1 position in Google. The article is very detailed, and I’m sure it will help you to learn to write better SEO optimized articles.

What next?

Now that you are aware that keywords play an important role in SEO, your first task is to find 5-6 profitable keywords for your next post. You can use the Google Keyword Tool, SEMRUSH  or any other online tool. Write a post on your target keyword, and use any of these Google keywords rank tracker sites and keep track of your keyword positions.

If you find the information useful, please share it with your friends and colleagues on Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus.

Mohit Saini is a freelancer and is actively engaged with several websites providing with articles on technology. He likes to stay updated with the current tech news related to Web Hosting and Domain Registration. For any questions, mail him 11mohitsaini@gmail.com

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Top 5 Free AntiSpam Plugins For WordPress Blogs

I’m sharing a list of must have WordPress plugins that every blog should have. Now, it’s not necessary that you should install all below mentioned plugins, but I recommend you to look into the description and decide if this plugin is going to be useful and important for your WordPress blog or not.

I will also add some of the best alternative options to these free and best WordPress plugins, so in case, if you are stuck with the configuration of any single plugin, you can try the alternative. Read on..

As the Internet is going fast, more and more Spammers are growing and leaving a bad impact on the Internet. WordPress being the best CMS Platform is highly targeted by Spammers. If you are running a popular WordPress Blog, you can find that you will be daily receiving 1000 spam comments and lots of Guest Posting requests by Spammers. These Spammers with the help of their tools are able to blast many comments to many blogs at once. These comment looks so original, that nobody can find it as a spam comment and you end up accepting the comment if you don’t have any Antispam Plugins.

I have seen many Blogs having many plugins installed including Social Sharing, Security Plugins, Database Backup Plugins and much more. But have seen few blogs that have kept the protection to fight with spam. If you are one of the Bloggers who doesn’t have any plugin installed for Spam Protection, then this post is for you.

WordPress Plugins to Protect your Blog from Spam

 

1. Akismet

Akismet has been the first plugin for protecting your blog from spam. It also has a paid version. It offers the best antispam feature. It checks the Blog comments from spam and blocks them. Using their service, you can also block certain IP to protect your Blog from spam. Though Akismet is not used by many now, because It also blocks the real comments. So you should check the spam comments to see if Akismet has blocked any Real Comment.  Akismet is one of the important plugins that you should be installing after setting up WordPress. You need to entering API key from your WordPress.com account to activate Akismet plugin.

2. WP ReCaptcha

This is also the other plugin to block the spam comments. It is efficient in protecting the blog from spam comments and also doesn’t mark the real comments as spam comments.

3. Antispam Bee

It is the most widely known and used Plugin. It is the best plugin that you can have on your Blog, its effective in every way to fight with spam. Antispam Bee has many options and features and also easy to use. The main thing is that it is very fast and also offers a spam counter on the dashboard.

4. Bad Behavior

Bad Behavior is the yet another plugin to fight with WordPress spam. Unlike many other anti-spam plugins, Bad behavior plugin also monitors the delivery source, and software’s which is most commonly used by the spammer to prevent spamming. It supports a multi-blog platform like Drupal, ExpressEngine and much more. When it detects any kind of spam attack from an I.P., it throws Error 403 and prevents spammer from accessing your server. This not only saves your server resource but keep your WordPress Blog safe.

5. AVH First Defense Against Spam

The AVH First Defense Against Spam plugin gives you the option to block the spammers by the Area Name or the I.P Address. This plugin checks for any spam activities using Spam databases such as Honeypot and StopForumSpam. Another useful feature of this plugin is, it prevents comment spam by checking it for HTTP referrer. Most of the comment spammers use the software to drop a bulk comment and this gives a protective edge against such spam. I have not tried this plugin myself yet, but looking at reviews and feedback from other users, it’s worth a mention on our list of WordPress anti-spam plugins.

These are just a few of the Antispam plugins that you could try. Though depending upon your requirement, you can always try some more. For example, I use Wangguard plugin on one of my multi-author blogs to stop spam registration and Sabre is another good alternative to Wangguard. Most of these mentioned Antispam plugins are free and some of them (WangguarD) offers paid options.

Having an Antispam Plugin is a must for every Blog these days because of the Spammers. Are you using any Antispam Plugin that has not been shared in this Post?

Mohit Saini is a freelancer and is actively engaged with several websites providing with articles on technology. He likes to stay updated with the current tech news related to Web Hosting and Domain Registration. For any questions, mail him 11mohitsaini@gmail.com

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How To Make Money On The Internet – Top 5 Working Tips

Do you want to make money on the internet? We are here to helping you. Read the whole article carefully and make money with the internet. With the evolution of Internet, many people like me and others are now making money from the comfort of the home. For me, it was 2015 when I started blogging, and now I earn over $8000/month from the blog. You can read about my journey over here.

However, blogging is not for everyone as it requires a lot of time and patience. There are many other ways that you can use to make quick and easy money on the internet. Easy here means using your existing skills.

If you are someone who wants to quit your job and use the internet for making a living, I would suggest to read this article carefully and make a note of things that you could do.

 

Perhaps you should try different methods mentioned in this article and pick the one that works for you. I have also listed down few sites from where you can get some quick work and money will start pouring in. For the record, initially you might be making money in small chunks, but once you have mastered the field you are working on, you will be making huge.

So, let’s get started with this ultimate list of online money making methods.

How you can start making money on the internet from now on:

  1. Freelancer:

This is the first place that I would recommend you to start with.  At Freelancer you can find various freelancing jobs. Since you are the one who knows what you are good at (Writing, Web-designing, Social media or anything) you can find the job listed by many others, and you can apply for it.

The job varies from $1-$300/hour that is a lot. For the starter, you need to create a free account and start building your profile. What I recommend is to start working at the low price and give your best.

Try to get as many positive testimonials as possible and once you have built a good profile you can start raising your hourly price. oDesk offers help guide for newbies which you can use to learn how to use it and how you can earn more from it.

In simple word, Freelancer com is a marketplace which connects freelancer with others. Personally, I have hired many skilled people from Freelancer and it works pretty well.

2. Become Virtual Assistant:

Chances are you might be an individual who doesn’t have a great skill but you are good at data feeding or doing research work on the internet.

A virtual assistant is a popular kind of job that anyone with limited internet skills can use and make money. In a virtual assistant job, you will be hired by anybody on the internet to do some simple tasks like editing excel sheet, proof-reading, find something on the internet and make a list, clean up eMail inbox to name a few.

This is so far one of the easiest job types you can find on the internet and earn a decent income. Here I’m listing down few resources which will make you learn everything about being a virtual assistant and places where you can find such job.

3. Fiverr:

One of the biggest drawbacks of above two methods is; you need to look for the recruiter. If you don’t find a job which matches your skill-set, you have to be idle.

This 3rd method is for those who have a defined skill set which is unique in nature. Fiverr is a marketplace where you can sell your skills starting at $5 and earn more.

For example, if you are someone who can convert text into speech, or install WordPress or do any other thing which is in demand, you can earn a good income. There are users who are earning more than $50,000 from Fiverr.

If you are wondering what kind of things you can offer to others on Fiverr, you should check out their homepage and browse and see what others are selling. Below I have listed few more ideas that you can use on Fiverr to earn from home.

4. Blogging:

If you have patience and writing skills, Blogging is the best way to make online money. You can make a free blog on Blogger.  You need to write a post time to time keeping lots of factors in your mind like SEO, marketing of blog, the design of blog etc. and you can attract lots of visitors and after the certain period of time, you can monetize your blog.

There are lots of ways for making money by blogs: Google Adsense, affiliate marketing, and various ads program like Chitika, Infolinks etc. We have already got the whole procedure of creating a Blog covered.

5. Freelance Writing:

For persons who are an experienced journalist, editors, and copyrighters, freelance writing is a great source of money. Depending upon what level you are at, you can pick the right medium for you.

You can start by taking a freelance writing job from any of these sites and start building your profile. Another smart way by which you can make huge money online from freelance writing is; building a visible portfolio.

Create a blog and showcase your writing. You can add a page like “Hire me” or “Services” and let other hire you for the work.  If you are a talented writer then you can write for newspaper and magazines too. Many large newspapers and magazine Organization take freelancers to save money on full-time employees.

6. Programmers:

If you are a programming geek and you have a knowledge of C++, Java, NET, PHP, then you don’t need to worry about any work. There are lots of opportunities available on the internet.

You can get a freelancing work on freelancer very easily. You can earn a decent amount of money from your work.

These are the most credible ways of making money online. Also, money making require lots of hard work as there is no substitute for hard work. If you are using any other trick to make money on the Internet and that’s working for you; share with us via comments.

Mohit Saini is a freelancer and is actively engaged with several websites providing with articles on technology. He likes to stay updated with the current tech news related to Web Hosting and Domain Registration. For any questions, mail him 11mohitsaini@gmail.com

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How To Create Facebook Effective Posts And Boost The Ranking

Simple and best tips to increase your traffic from facebook. Just follow the simple steps make a unique post and share on facebook. Then you will see the result check your google analytics continuously and keep eye on facebook traffic. For more information, you can follow the following steps:-

Posting on your Facebook business Page lets you:

  • Stay top of mind with people who are interested in your Page.
  • Keep customers interested and engaged with industry information, product updates, event notifications and more.
  • Reach a larger audience with boosted posts.

Connect to your audience with Facebook posts

Posting on your business Page is a great way to let your customers and fans know what your business is doing. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your updates:

Share meaningful updates

Whether it’s content related to your industry or updates on what your business is doing, stay in touch with your audience with Facebook posts. Use short, fun-to-read copy and eye-catching images to get attention. You can even schedule your posts to save time.

Get more attention for a special post

When your post is published, you can bring more attention to it by pinning it to your Page or embedding it in your website. When you pin a post, it will remain at the top of your Page so it’s the first thing people will see. Embedding a post means it will appear on your website.

Entice customers with news or special discounts

Use posts to make special offers to your customers, invite them to events or let them know about special milestones that your business has achieved, such as an opening or anniversary. Click “Offer, Event+” at the top of your status update field to create this type of post.

Create posts on the go

Download the Facebook Pages Manager app to your mobile device to create posts for your business from anywhere. It’s a great way to share up-to-the-minute updates and photos with your audience.

Reach more people with boosted posts

If you want your post to reach an extended audience beyond people who like your Page, you can boost a Page post. Once you create a post, click the Boost Post button and follow the steps.

Get your post to a larger audience

When you boost a post, you select the audience you want to see it. Choose people who like your Page, extend it to their friends, or even select a new audience that you tailor by age, location, interests and more.

Set your budget

You’re in control of how much you spend on a boosted post – we’ll never charge more than the budget you select. The budget you select is the per-day price of boosting a post. Depending on the audience and budget you choose, you may or may not reach the maximum amount of your budget each day.1

Boost posts from anywhere

You can boost posts from your Pages Manager app, too. Simply create a post from your mobile device and tap the Boost Post button.

Mohit Saini is a freelancer and is actively engaged with several websites providing with articles on technology. He likes to stay updated with the current tech news related to Web Hosting and Domain Registration. For any questions, mail him 11mohitsaini@gmail.com

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BlueHost Review – The Best Web Hosting | Fast Professional Website Hosting

BlueHost is a very, and I mean very popular name in the web hosting space — if it’s not the most popular shared hosting company on Earth. But, as is the case with many other fields other than web hosting, the most popular option isn’t necessarily the best one in terms of quality. Is this true for BlueHost as well?

Introduction to BlueHost

BlueHost first started operating in 1996, primarily offering shared hosting services. It was founded by Matt Heaton, who was the CEO from 1996-2011. In 2010, amidst much controversy and speculation, EIG (Endurance International Group) acquired BlueHost. Since 2011, Dan Handy operates as the CEO of the company.

Bluehost specializes in shared hosting to this date, but they’ve now started offering additional types of hosting like VPS, dedicated servers, and managed WordPress hosting. BlueHost claims to host over 2 million websites worldwide, making them one of the top hosting companies on the basis of hosted sites volume.

The BlueHost Advantages

BlueHost has been around in the shared hosting game for more than 20 years since they were originally founded in 1996. Not only have they managed to stick around all these years while becoming one of the most well-known shared hosts worldwide, they’ve also successfully managed to keep their quality of service consistent through all these years, while overcoming a few minor hiccups along the way, like aggressive CPU-throttling and the likes.
BlueHost is your typical budget-friendly web host that offers a standard cPanel and LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) setup for people who’re not looking for too many features. With that in mind, let’s take a look at what all features that they have on offer:

  • Free domain (for 1 year) along with your shared hosting plan.
  • Feature-packed cPanel – integrated with CloudFlare, Page Speed Grader, Google Apps and a lot of other tools. Their custom user interface looks a lot better than the regular cPanel default skin.
  • Premium anti-spam solutions built right in cPanel.
  • Free, unlimited email accounts for the top-end plan. Email storage is within your total account storage. There are some limits as to how many emails in an hour you can send, so if your site is demanding in terms of sending emails, use some third party solutions like EmailOctopus.
  • Automatic daily backups for all your website data, and stored files.
  • Highly configured servers. Regular hardware upgrades. Replacement parts always ready for quick replacement in case of failed hardware.
  • 24×7 Live Chat & Phone Support. The latter, especially, isn’t offered by most shared hosts out there.
  • Hassle-free scalability allows you to upgrade your plan to a VPS or a dedicated server without having to face the hassles of moving your website.
  • Account isolation technology isolates accounts having websites that consume too many resources, to ensure that the overall performance of the server doesn’t degrade and affect all customer sites on that server.
  • Decent level of customization for a shared hosting plan – including SSH (Secured Shell Access), Server Side Includes, PHP.ini and .htaccess modification support.
  • Multiple user access control mechanism to assign multiples users and restrict their access to specific sections of the same hosting account (like one account may access only the billing section).
  • Built-in CDN (Content Delivery Network) support with CloudFlare integration. Hassle free setup ensures that all your static resources load faster from CloudFlare’s worldwide CDN network.
  • Unique IPs, SSL, and SiteLock protection are some optional features that are handy to have.
  • 30-day Money-back Guaranty
  • Other features which I probably haven’t noticed yet.

Speed – Testing Load Times

In my testing, I’ve found BlueHost’s servers to be fairly fast. It’s certainly not the fastest among all shared hosts, neither does it manage to make the test site load under 500ms unlike InMotion Hosting, but at that entry-level price point, the performance is more than you’d expect. Not only the total page load time, the initial server response time (<300 ms on average) was pretty impressive for a shared host, too.

It seems like BlueHost has upgraded their server hardware greatly and thereby improving performance for the end-user. This is good to know, considering they were at one point in the past accused of overselling and overcrowding their servers.

Uptime Stats

In my testing period with BlueHost, the test site experienced just a single instance of downtime, and that was for 2 minutes. This is really impressive for a cheap shared host. So, in short, uptime shouldn’t be an issue if you decide to host your site on BlueHost’s platform.

BlueHost’s shared hosting plans are very competitively priced. The plans mainly vary based on the number of add-on domains (i.e. the number of unique websites) that you can host on them. BlueHost currently has 3 different shared hosting plans, and they are as follows:

Their Basic plan, coming in at $3.49/mo is the most popular one with beginners. It gives you the option to host only one unique domain. It’s understandable because not everyone has multiple websites to host.

Their mid-range plan, Plus, costing $5.95/mo, is the most value for money one out of the lot. It allows you to host an unlimited number of websites, with no storage or bandwidth limits whatsoever.

Their highest offering is called Pro, and it is priced at $13.95/mo, which is more than a shared hosting customer usually spends. It comes with a dedicated IP, an SSL certificate bundled-in, a complimentary subscription to their optional SiteBackupPro service, and a few other perks. It offers slightly more resource usage than the other two plans, which allows you to keep hosting your site on a shared platform even when it outgrows their entry-level and mid-range plans.

For most users, the Plus, or even the Basic plan would be more than sufficient, as even any serious blogger or webmaster hardly gets time to handle more than a couple of sites. For the more hard-core users out there, however, BlueHost has the Pro plan on offer.

Exclusive BlueHost Coupon for 2016

BlueHost usually doesn’t like offering too much discount to its users, as the default prices are already very competitive. I still managed to get hold of a BlueHost discount link that offers dynamic discounts for different plans of BlueHost. You just need to click the button below, and your discount will be activated and will work for a month.

Support

BlueHost is one of the few web hosts that offer 24×7 phone, live chat, and email support. I’ve found their support department to be adequate at the very least when it comes to answering general tech queries or looking up for site-specific issues.

The support response times aren’t that impressive, however, and they varied quite a bit, from 10 minutes to an hour. The first response has been an auto-generated response in quite a few cases, too.

BlueHost couldn’t remind me that they’re actually a very cheap shared host when I tested out the other parts of their overall service, but support was an exception. I really missed the efficient, fast, 100% human-powered support that hosts like InMotion Hosting provider.

Concluding this BlueHost Review

By the looks of it, this review has already become the most comprehensive BlueHost review on the internet. Since I’m very passionate about web hosting, I could go all day about different aspects of it. But since this has already become so long, I’d like to quickly conclude this review.

BlueHost’s hosting plans are quite cheap compared to most of their competitors. But apart from the not-so-great support department, I found BlueHost to be decent in most other aspects.

One negative point to consider is the limited add-on domains for their most basic plan. But that probably wouldn’t concern the target audience (new bloggers/webmasters who’re just starting their web journeys) much.

Overall, BlueHost is a decent host for the money, especially. I would definitely give them a try if I were looking for a reliable, feature-packed, aggressively priced shared web host without wanting to know too much about the technical titbits that go behind hosting a website.

If you’re looking for a higher-priced, better alternative, however, I’d definitely recommend InMotion Hosting (a tad bit pricier) without thinking twice. Because they offer everything that BlueHost does, and only perform even better in most aspects.

Additional Information

Here is some additional information that isn’t directly related to BlueHost itself, but rather about a few things about shared web hosting and some services that BlueHost offers and their common, tricky consequences.

Unlimited Everything – The Reality

One of the major features of BlueHost that attract newbies the most is the promise of, literally, unlimited everything, starting from their Plus plan. Sure, you can provide an option for people to host as many domains as they like since there’ll always be a practical limit for that, as people only have limited money to purchase those domains in the first place.
But, things like disk space? How can a company offer unlimited disk space? Truth: they can’t.
Here’s a very logical explanation by Michael Denney, on how people are tricked by these ‘unlimited everything’ marketing gimmicks:

Just tell them that if they go down to their local computer part store or even an online vendor and they find a legitimate “unlimited” hard drive, that you’ll provide them free hosting for life 🙂
You could also simply state that unlimited space and transfer only exists for those with an unlimited budget, which is a bit snarky. Hardware has physical limits and as such any plan (“limited” or “unlimited”) is going to have hard limits whether they’re clearly defined for the end user or not. It’s a simple concept however it seems a lot of people have a hard time understanding it.
You are generally bound by 101 types of complications of their Terms of Service (ToS) or Fair Usage Policy (FUP) that do the job of not letting you consume much resources, well.

I’ve advised people in the past not to make the same mistakes that most beginners do while choosing their first host — but people still keep repeating the same old mistakes.
This doesn’t have a very direct relation with BlueHost itself, as it’s not the only company offering such unlimited resources. In fact, many do. But the reason why I included that bit is that BlueHost is one of the top web hosts (by popularity) in the world, and if you’re reading this review, and go ahead with a purchase over on BlueHost, realize that unlimitedly isn’t really unlimited, then you’ll finally come back to blame me.

Mohit Saini is a freelancer and is actively engaged with several websites providing with articles on technology. He likes to stay updated with the current tech news related to Web Hosting and Domain Registration. For any questions, mail him 11mohitsaini@gmail.com

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10 Ways Of Staying Inspired As A Blogger

1. Set And Maintain A Regular Target

This is a fundamental step to avoid burning out.

For most bloggers, blogging is a part-time (and passionate) means of talking about a personally important topic.

Even though we blog, we still have to manage family, offices, relatives, and friends. As you need to spend a big portion of time with them, it can be quite difficult to find some precious moments for your blog.

To stay inspired during those busy days, make a posting plan. But be careful. Setting up an unrealistic goal is entirely useless. Start slow. Even three posts a week is enough for a blog.

There are some misconceptions around when to post. Some people think you need to post daily, but that’s not true. The secret is to maintain a sustainable speed of posting. Set a realistic posting target and maintain decent time management.

Everything else can be worked out from this foundation.

2. Routine

Routine is a must for bloggers who want to avoid burning out.

Think about a day of blogging like taking a meal. Divide twenty-four hours of the day equally for mapping, planning, writing, editing, proofreading, posting, publishing, and marketing. Every one of these tasks is equally important. If you do not give regular attention to these important tasks, you will lose focus and find yourself being uninspired.

A great way to follow this routine is by starting your day researching your favorite topic. Then, create a plan and start writing in the morning. Whenever you lose concentration, give yourself a break and start again a few minutes or hours later. But make sure the breaks don’t transition into procrastination.

When the writing is complete, you can proofread and edit in the evening. And finally, you can publish at night. This sort of scheduling is very helpful in keeping you motivated.

3. Develop Ideas

The best way of keeping up the blogging inspiration is by developing new ideas.

For example, you may be fond of photography and like to write posts about it. But don’t just stick to a single topic. Let your mind develop new styles. You may switch from writing camera reviews to reviewing photography-related projects. This shifting lets you discover and study new things.

4. Start Fresh Every Day

It’s hard to get burned out when you start fresh every day.

Whatever makes you start the day fresh, do that. Maybe you can keep your favorite book near your bed, or read a romantic poem after opening your eyes, or maybe you want to journal first thing in the morning. If starting your day with confusing, abstract thinking sounds bad, then don’t do it.

“Soft” things in the morning will typically keep you feeling energetic all day long. Some successful bloggers have suggested taking a walk in the park. It is not a waste of time; rather, it’s a way to energize your brain for writing.

Staying fresh always keeps one inspired to write. This freshness will be reflected in your posts.

And there will be no chance of burning out.

5. Find The Issues

Blogging is not only about writing. There is something more to it.

You need to know how to convey mutual interests between you and everyone else. One common thing about successful bloggers is the ability to highlight an issue that is relatable to their audience.

For instance, if your favorite part of life is fashion, you can create articles around various fashion faux pas. People interested in fashion will be able to relate.

Whereas those who are not interested in fashion won’t be able to relate. But luckily, you do not need to attract that audience.

As soon as you figure out the issue, go into detail about it. The more you can dig in, the more you can stay inspired.

Once you learn how to master the art of researching a topic in depth, the art of blogging will simply be a natural extension of that. Thus, no blogging burnout will occur!

6. Study

Do not stop studying in other subjects just because you’re a “one-niche” blogger. Posting about food does not mean you aren’t interested in fashion.

The most vital point to becoming a great blogger is having the patience for becoming a prominent reader. A good reader knows the secrets of writing well. There are a lot of inspiring niches in the world.

When you know how to write well, you can write about anything in a compelling way. There are a lot of inspiring niches in the world, and by being a good writer, you can write good articles about something you’re interested in.

Also start looking to history for motivation. You can find thousands of historical biographies and inspirational speeches from years prior. All of these are great things when you need to be reminded of why you are doing what you are doing.

The knowledge of things outside of your own personal context helps in making your blog posts more attractive.

Confused?

People do not like to stick to a single topic for a long time. When you can mix things up, but stay relevant in your niche, your posts will resonate in the hearts of your audience. You will notice the vibe from the comments and the positive reactions from your circle.

This encouragement will surely keep you inspired.

7. Social Networks

Blogging needs continuity and community. But in order to master continuity, you need to master community. And in order to master community, you need to master social networks.

They are time-killers if you do not know how to properly use them. They help to improve your posts and identify popular topics. They also form connections that help in making your blog more attractive with social proof.

But socializing too much on these sites can kill the valuable time you need to spend blogging. Soon, your inspiration will fade away.

Consider your regular activity in social networks. You log in and start seeing posts of other people. You post comments, like photos, and share things. You click on a news article and it takes you to a new site. You click on a viral video and it redirects you to a new site. Then you do something else and you go to another site. Finally, you notice that you have spent almost 2-3 hours on things that have in no way prepared you for your upcoming post.

This is how people lose their zeal, and the passion of blogging gradually burns out.

To avoid such time-wasting, you need to manage your activities well. Create a list of who you need to contact. After that, you can discuss your topic with them and search for things related to your niche. Stay alert on not visiting remote places of your networks.

By not wasting your time with social media, your posts will be better, and you can get much more inspiration from socializing.

8. Identify Competitors & Observe Their Strategy

A primary reason for quitting or losing inspiration in blogging is competition. A blogger must not get jealous.

Instead of having this negative mind setup, learn to create a healthy competition with the other bloggers in your niche. Do not fight or make any controversial issues.

Healthy competition in developing ideas on the same topic can actually enrich you, as well as provide an incentive for continuing blogging.

Looking at the strategy of other successful bloggers is a good way to increase your audience. You can also figure out what mistakes you’re making and strive to create an ever better blog.

If you think that you are better, but do not have as much of an audience as other bloggers, continue your research and put in some extra effort in producing a better post. This effort to succeed, along with your intention to make your blog better, will keep your batteries charged.

There will be less chance of you losing your concentration. Keep researching, and you can avoid blogger burnout.

9. Be A Serious Blogger

Sometimes we blog for fun, or just to pass time.

But have you ever thought about a blog post changing a life? Let me tell you, it happens.

If you want to take it seriously, you must get out of your living room. You need to stop watching TV. You need to get off of Facebook during work time.

A good way to avoid such disturbance is to have an office. It can be a particular room of your house, or a private room, or even your garage. If you can get out of the living room (or wherever the distractions occur), your blogging will be more professional, and you will taste the real meaning of inspiration.

This “seriousness” will come across in your posts.

For example, you may blog about gardening part-time. But if you’re posting seriously, your audience will start to understand how serious you are through your writings. They will also subconsciously process that seriousness.

Becoming a professional blogger is inspirational in itself. Just like in a business, shoot for success. The feeling of remaining busy in your passion will not let you burn out.

10. Create A Circle

Finally, have some friends with a similar interest. You should gather with all of your friends and connect with them on a regular basis.

It is more efficient than socializing on social networking sites.

When you’re trying to do something challenging, having a bunch of supporters is mandatory.

Your circle of friends will admire, criticize, and suggest you ways of improving your blog.

If someone does not like your post, do not lose hope. Make it a part of your thinking process, out of 10 people, 5 will never like your work & this is perfectly fine.

Try to understand what they don’t like and see if you can convince them otherwise. The best way of convincing someone is knowing his/her interest. When you can touch their soft points, include this person in your circle and continue taking feedback from them.

Having lots of people in your corner helps you in avoiding burnout. You cannot stop writing when your supporters will keep bringing you back to blogging.

Note: Admirers are also useful for similar reasons.

Mohit Saini is a freelancer and is actively engaged with several websites providing with articles on technology. He likes to stay updated with the current tech news related to Web Hosting and Domain Registration. For any questions, mail him 11mohitsaini@gmail.com

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Best ways to increase your blogging speed

Writing articles can take its toll on even the most productive writers and bloggers.

As content creators, bloggers are fully aware of their responsibility to write unique and actionable content for their audience. It is through their articles that they are able to communicate their ideas to their readers, who in turn reciprocate by becoming subscribers and/or clients (depending upon the goal of the blogger).

However, writing is also a time-consuming task.

From ideation to the actual writing, there is a lot of effort put into creating well-written content that people will read from start to end. Doing this on a consistent basis is not for the faint of heart, which is why some suffer from writer’s block and a host of other factors that affect their writing.

Ultimately, the main culprit of their inability to produce is not developing a system that allows them to focus on their writing.

In this post, I will help you focus on simple yet effective ways to help you get more articles written in less time.

I will not be discussing which tools you need to use to help you increase your productivity. Rather, I will be discussing habits and environment, both of which are crucial factors that determine how effective you are in writing your articles.

At the same time, shaping these factors will help you create a writing system that works best for you.

Setting Up Your Home Office For Better Work

Your work environment should be designed to aid your productivity as this infographic from Omnipapers suggests:

 

 

If you have a home office, you need to ensure that all of your stuff is organized. In other words, you should make sure that everything is in its right place.

Here are some aspects of your work environment you should seek to improve:

  • Lighting: Avoid dim and harsh lighting as this can cause eye strain. The best lighting is natural light. Set up your home office in such a way that your workspace is well-lit with natural light.
  • Aeration: Ensure that your office is well-ventilated. You can also add green plants for that extra dose of oxygen during the day.
  • Stickers: Planning and staying organized are important if you want to get big things done. Write your ideas and to-do’s on stickers so you have visual reminders of the benchmarks you have to hit.
  • Shelves and Cabinets: A messy office creates a messy mind. Ensure that your desk does not have any clutter and that unused files and papers are filed neatly in your cabinets.
  • Inspiration: Set yourself up for peak inspiration by having a board with inspirational quotes. Writers create their best work when inspired, so you want tocreate an environment that feeds your creative muse.

 

 

Need some inspiration? Here are the home offices of many top bloggers. Also, this is a good article to learn some tips on setting up a home office for higher efficiency.

 

Follow A Standard Work Schedule At Home

Just because you are working from home does not mean that you shouldn’t follow a schedule. Having some kind of structure is critical if you want to get big things done.

In this excellent post by Anna Liesemeyer, she details the tasks that she has to juggle in a single day as a work at home blogger and stay at home mom. Her mornings and evenings are stacked with mommy duties which leaves her afternoons as the only time to get work done.

 

 

Given that she has lots of responsibilities to commit to, she cannot afford to go off schedule because it will mess up the balance between her personal and professional lives. Such are the challenges that you as a writer and blogger have to face.

Scheduling your day is like scripting a production number. When you go to Broadway, you’ll be amazed at how flawlessly the shows are executed. They can do this because they are running a script. Not to mention, all eyes are on the stage. Every mistake is scrutinized in reviews and by the viewing public.

Taking this analogy to your profession as a writer, you need to make every second count. Every task in your schedule must be followed to a tee, and it also must serve a purpose.

Develop Working Habits That Work for You

 

 

People are different, and not all strategies work for every writer. If you find something that works for you, do more of it.

Lifehack covered the working habits of some famous writers. That article is proof that writing habits are unique to each writer.

  • Mark Twain and Truman Capote wrote while lying down on the bed or sofa, while Ernest Hemingway wrote standing up.
  • Alexandre Dumas used to color code his work to separate his fiction, non-fiction, and poetry writings.
  • Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network screenwriter) literally acts out the dialogues of the stories he is writing.

After you’ve been writing for some time, you’ll start to understand the habits that make you super productive. Developing habits takes time, so you have to be patient and stay consistent. According to the University College London, it takes approximately 66 days for a habit to be hard-wired to the degree of automaticity.

The point of developing habits is to embrace your quirks and eccentricities.

Writers are creative people. This is why they need to do certain things that will help them spark their creativity within, regardless of how strange those habits may be.

Conclusion

Writers do not need tools to be productive. What they need are discipline and order.

Self-control is defined as the ability to do what you need to do whether you feel like it or not. Once you master this concept, everything else falls into place.

You need to get organized and start scheduling chunks of time to write. When you start setting and religiously following schedules, you’ll be astounded by how much you will be able to get done.

Building up these habits will allow you to create more work. Will all of it be good? Probably not.

But the more work you produce, the higher the chances that an amazing piece of work will be produced.

When that amazing thing comes, all you need to do is stay disciplined and create something even better.

Do you have any other tips on how to stay focused during the work day? Share them with me in the comments below.

Mohit Saini is a freelancer and is actively engaged with several websites providing with articles on technology. He likes to stay updated with the current tech news related to Web Hosting and Domain Registration. For any questions, mail him 11mohitsaini@gmail.com

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6 Ways To Promote Affiliate Products On Your Blog

 

Here at EarnWebTech, I am continually sharing ways in which you can earn money from your blog. One of the most effective ways is through affiliate marketing. In affiliate marketing, you choose a product related to your blog niche, create product awareness, and then when somebody buys a product using your affiliate link, you receive a referral commission from it.

*Note: There are other promotional networks such as PPC marketing and email marketing, but in this article, I am sharing tips that I use on my own blog which help me to improve my affiliate conversion. At the conclusion of this article, I will also be sharing one mistake which most of the affiliate marketers are making! Read on:

Affiliate marketing tips to promote affiliate products:

  1. Review post:

Nothing beats a killer review post about a product!

A review article introduces the product to your blog readers, and at the same time, your opinion guides them to understanding why they should be buying it. Here are few things that you should always remember when writing a review post for your affiliate product:

  • Reviews should be honest. Most of the time, people just focus on the good points about a product and fail to mention any downsides. An honest review should include both sides of the coins. Remember to also add product images, and give all the useful information you have to offer about the product.
  • Write a review in a personal tone, as people are looking for a personal recommendation in review articles.
  • Pick a product that you are more likely to use yourself.
  • Take advantage of star-ratings in search engines to get more CTR for your review articles. You can use the Author Review plugin to add star-ratings on your blog posts.

 

2. Blog post promotion:

Another way to promote your affiliate income is by using affiliate links to your own blog post. When doing this, you should always write targeted-posts. For example, when you are writing about How to Select the Best Hosting for your WordPress Blog, you can add a line at the end saying: “I recommend this particular host for a WordPress blog:” (insert your affiliate link).

3. How-to articles:

A DIY kind of article always works great for affiliate product promotion. If your product is technical or needs instructions to be used, you can write a tutorial guide for the product. Here are few examples, for better understanding:

  • How to Use the EasyWPSEO WordPress Plugin
  • How to Add Additional Domains to your Hostgator Host

Such tutorials are not only handy but will also help you to improve your search engine ranking. “How To” articles always perform very well in search engines.

4. Use coupon codes:

Believe it or not, money-saving is always the biggest marketing incentive. Whenever a customer is buying a product and he sees a coupon box,  he searches for “Product Name + coupon”, and with the resulting coupon code, you still receive a good commission for the sale.
Remember, your goal as an affiliate marketer is not just to share the coupon, but to make the customer click your affiliate link, else the sale will not count as yours’. (There are exceptions for certain affiliate programs where coupons are considered as sales.)
You can also consider writing a monthly blog post for coupon codes. (Example: Web Hosting Coupon Codes for September 2013), etc.
If you notice on various coupon sites, they will always ask you to “Click to view coupon”, “Click to go on the merchant site” and so on. The reason for this is to drop the cookie. Here is an image as a reference:

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5. Use featured post:

Be it a review post or be it a coupon code post, your goal is to get more views on these posts. Apart from On-page SEO, you should give more visibility to such a post by placing it as a featured post. There is a handy feature in WordPress that allows you to stick any blog post on your blog’s homepage. Here is how you can do it:

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In the “edit post” section, click on “Visibility” and put a checkmark beside “Stick this post to the front page”. I have tried this with a few pillar posts at EarnWebTech, and it has really increased my reader base.

6. Use banners on the sidebar

When you are getting targeted organic traffic to your blog, banner advertisements work great. For me, a great part of the conversion comes from banner clicks. Prominent banner placement is a worthwhile task. One of the mistakes which many of us regularly make is to add too many banners, which only serves to confuse the reader.  To avoid this problem, follow this one rule of thumb:

Never place banner ads for similar products on your sidebar: Banner ads work as a recommended product.  With multiple similar products, you are confusing your readers in their decision of which product to buy. It is a good idea to place products that are related to a certain niche within that particular niche. For example, in a blog post about WordPress tips you can place a banner ad for Themes, Plugins, Hosting, Services, etc.

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If yours’ is a multi-niche blog, you should consider using the Adrotate plugin for your ad management. This plugin will help you to show ads based on category and geographical location.  You can also run A/B testing of different banners.

Bonus Tip: Link out to the website directly, instead of to your review post. One of the biggest mistakes most affiliate marketers make is that they try to link to their review post or internal post. This is wrong because a product landing page is always optimized for higher conversion, and will obviously be better optimized than your own review post. In the past year, I have started linking directly out to the product landing page instead of to my review post, and this has resulted in my conversions skyrocketing.

Here are new ideas which will work in 2016:

  • Mention Products in epic post
  • Create a course/series article around the product
  • Product Giveaway
  • Comparison post
  • Create a post when product adds a new feature
  • Create an alternative products post
  • Write a post on why I switched from X to Y
  • Create a resource page
  • Create videos explaining about the product
  • Create list post & include the product
  • Create Coupon/deal specific post for product

Let me know if you have other tips that you follow on your blog to improve your own affiliate conversions.

If you have found this article useful, please remember to share it with others on Facebook & Google+.

Mohit Saini is a freelancer and is actively engaged with several websites providing with articles on technology. He likes to stay updated with the current tech news related to Web Hosting and Domain Registration. For any questions, mail him 11mohitsaini@gmail.com

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Top 10 Ways To Improve Your Blog in 2017

Whether your blog is popular or you are just a beginner, there is always some room for improvement, and 2017 is a year for improvement.

So why not do a few additional things and pledge to bring out the best?

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Keep Your Website Relevant in 2017

1. Fix Pixelated Images

If you are wondering why the images on your blog pixelate, here’s why:

Computers tend to resize an image in order to “upgrade” the picture’s resolution. Hence, the pixels of an image change. Also, the pixel size may get slightly tweaked according to the dimensions of your blog page.

So what needs to be done?

Well, make use of the various photo editors available. If you have a WordPress setup, there are many blogging tools for images and plugins to help you.

And if you find that irksome, stick to Microsoft Paint and Adobe Photoshop. But make sure you always check the pixel-scale of an image before you publish it. The simplest way to do that is to right-click on the image and check in Google images. Google will give you the dimensions of the picture.

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Also, try to use images with sharply contrasting colors/bright colors.

Image sharpening also helps to a large extent.

Pay attention to the images you use on your website. This will be very important for 2017.

2. Make Your Website Accessible To Everyone

Gone are the days when a reader could only use a desktop to access a web page.

Today, your reader may own any string of gadgets:

  • A tablet
  • A phablet
  • A notebook
  • A netbook
  • …or even a smart TV

Phew!

On the other end of the spectrum, I still come across people using QWERTY keypad phones with Symbian OS.

You don’t know what your reader is using to read your blog. You also probably don’t know about the number of readers you’re losing because of the lack of system/file support.

This happened when I tried to cross-check a site on Internet Explorer:

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Yes, there are many people who still use Internet Explorer. I know, it sounds primordial, but if these users can’t access your website, you may be losing potentially faithful readers.

I know you probably don’t want to pay attention to making your site visible across “outdated” platforms.

Even WhatsApp has decided to call off system support on certain phones and operating systems. And yes, they do realize the number of users they could lose. But they can afford it.

They are paying more attention to maintaining their large-scale system. Hence, they have to occasionally “trim the fat”.

But you can’t! And you shouldn’t.

Engaging with every reader is the reason why you have a blog in the first place.

P.S. The statistics show that dominance of mobile over desktop will occur in 2017. So select your framework wisely.

3. Check The Date

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I want to emphasize this point.

I’ve come across many blogs recently, and a familiar question started haunting me: Why do these blogs not have “publish” dates on their posts?

You shouldn’t assume that by not publishing the date, your blog will become evergreen. That’s not how it works.

Furthermore, these posts usually do not perform well in Google Search analytics.

Suppose you visit a blog for the first time, and you click on a link to some post. You’re probably looking at the title and the date. If you don’t find the date, you probably just assume it’s an old post anyway, or the site is no longer active.

There is no proof anywhere to see how fresh your blog is. Hence, the blog does not get easily picked up in search engines.

P.S. Don’t forget to attach a plugin to share the post on social media platforms. This way, Google will see that the blog has some recent activity.

4. Make Your Blog Understand Your Readers

This is where metrics tools come into the picture.

Keep an eye on the visitor count, and measure the effectiveness of every blog post.

Keep a record of your growth. Check the number of views of your blogs. Try to understand what is popular on your blog and why it’s popular.

After all, the first and foremost intention of publishing your blog post are so that people read it.

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Communication with your readers is important. Make use of social media. Be prompt and precise in your replies to comments. In case someone criticizes you, take it with a pinch of salt and a lot of grace.

And yes, do not hesitate to remove or block inappropriate/obscene comments, usernames, or links posted into the comments section.

5. Make Your Website Legit

Whether it’s the silly click-bait title of a post or a passive aggressive sales/marketing pitch, don’t ruin your blog in an attempt to “trick” readers into taking an action.

Readers are smart, and so is Google. If you want better visibility of your blog, stick to the normal protocols. A “bake-off” strategy for a blog will never find genuine readers or loyal followers.

Also, do not copy content from someone else just because their content is doing very well. Search engines are not fond of content duplication. Apart from that, you could find yourself at the tail end of a lawsuit.

Create a unique identity for yourself, your blog, and your company.

6. Keep Your Site Secure

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This is something most bloggers around the world ignore.

But bloggers need to understand that a single data breach can do enormous amounts of irreversible damage. Non-secure plugins can lead hackers to a surplus of valuable information about you and your blog (especially social media).

It is not uncommon for hackers to tamper with the data on blogs. Hence, it is mandatory to take timely backups of your website.

7. Update Your Website To The Latest Technology

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These days, setting up a blog has become extremely simple. This means that more and more people are setting up internet property.

That’s why you need to do your best to stand out from the crowd.

Rather than sticking to the staple PHP WordPress settings and HTML layout, start looking beyond the basics. For example, there are certain script settings for GIFs and vlogging (video blogging).

It is high time you bid adieu to the old-fashioned page setup. If you need to pay money for an updated style, don’t hesitate to do so. You need to understand the long-term implications.

Moreover, keeping your blog updated will boost the authority ratings in Google Search, placing your blog at a better rank.

The metrics always work in the favor of easy to access and technically upgraded pages.

8. Keep Your Act Clean

To avoid a Google-levied penalty, make sure that you erase those spammy links associated with your blog.

If you find it difficult, make sure to reach out to the Google team, and they will help you clear those cookies and spam.

Also, keep a track on affiliated associations. Make sure that all association goes beyond just being a source of income. The affiliated website should add value to your blog, or at least provide readers with a genuine connection.

Make sure that you are aware of Google rules and penalties. In case you have linked to something, make sure you cross-check with Google in order to avoid being blacklisted.

Also, inform the sources about the need to remove the links. (Most blogs and websites don’t bother to do this but remember that you need to be professional. Hence, as a duty on your part, do inform the sources about removing links.)

P.S. Keep an option open for your readers to delete their cookies. Search results vary depending on their cookie presence.

9. Never Ignore Social Media

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Yes, I’m going there. And yes, you can never ignore it.

Before we move deep into this subject, let me tell you that social media is a source of income for a lot of bloggers. Whether you are a fashion blogger or a food blogger, a car fanatic or a wise head, you cannot deny the fact that social media is a game changer (love it or hate it).

Currently, Facebook is a hub for more than 20 million small businesses across the world. And the count is quite similar for other mediums and platforms.

Of course, not everyone can be as efficient as Rand Fishkin or Sam Hurley when it comes to Twitter marketing, but just because one medium does not work for you, that does not mean that others won’t either.

Give each of them a try, understand what works for you, and you will realize that social media can do wonders for you.

10. Content Is King

I shouldn’t have to say it, but the content is king… and data is queen.

Never forget that.

Period.

Make 2017 A Great Year For Your Website

There are currently many handy blogging tools and plugins that can help you achieve your blogging objectives. And we’ll expect to see more in 2017.

Each year, try to bring a visible change to your blog. That way, you will always find a way to keep your visitors engaged.

If you have any more tips to add to the list, leave a comment and let me know!

Don’t forget to share this post!

Mohit Saini is a freelancer and is actively engaged with several websites providing with articles on technology. He likes to stay updated with the current tech news related to Web Hosting and Domain Registration. For any questions, mail him 11mohitsaini@gmail.com

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Android 7 Nougat Update Your Phones: When’s Your Phone Getting It?

Android 7 “Nougat” is now OFFICIAL and rolling out to Nexus Phones. But when can the average Android user expect to get it?

Android Nougat Release Date: When Will It Be Available For Your Android Phone? 

Google shipped a complete version of Android Nougat aboard its new Pixel phones. You can read our Pixel XL Review for a full break-down on what makes these phones tick and why you’ll likely want to pick one up in 2016. The Pixel handsets are expensive, yes, but they are also two of the best phones on the planet right now. Nothing else comes close to the XL’s overall performance in the opinion of this writer, so make sure you check one out.

The thing that makes the Pixel phones so unique is their software; both run a bespoke version of Android Nougat that you simply will not find anywhere else. Exclusive features for the Pixel and Pixel XL include:

  • Google Assistant
  • Unlimited Storage For Photos and Video (even 4K video)
  • The Pixel Launcher
  • Smart Storage
  • 24/7 Support
  • Pixel Camera

But these aren’t what make the Pixel special. No. What makes the Pixel XL so special in the opinion of this writer is its overall performance. The handset simply flies; nothing can hold it down. Couple this with market-leading battery performance – the type that has to be seen to be believed – and a brilliant camera and you have one hell of an Android phone.

Google has also revealed, as of October 20, that the Google Pixel phones will be guaranteed updates to the latest Android builds for the next two years. On the firm’s “Check & update your Android version” page it promises to keep the Pixel series updated until October 2018.

“Pixel phones get Android version updates for at least 2 years from when the device became available on the Google Store. After 2 years, we can’t guarantee additional updates.”

Security updates are guaranteed for three years, however.

But if you, like the majority of Android users, aren’t rocking a Nexus handset, well, you might just have to wait that little bit longer for Android N to arrive on your device. The reasons for this are myriad. Unfortunately, long delays on Android updates, even for flagship phones, is a fact of life within the Android Kingdom.

Android 7.1 Nougat Developer Preview Lands On Nexus Handsets

Google has released a developer preview of Android Nougat 7.1 and it is now available for download on Nexus handsets.

Here’s the official line via The Big G:

“The Android 7.1 Developer Preview gives you everything you need to test your app on the new platform or extend it with new features like app shortcuts and image keyboard support. It includes an updated SDK and tools, documentation and samples, as well as emulators and device system images for running your apps on supported devices.”

“We’re continuing the model we used in N and earlier releases, and with Android 7.1 being an incremental release there are a few differences to highlight”

“Since 7.1 has already launched on Pixel, we’re delivering the initial Developer Preview at the beta quality for the Nexus lineup of devices. The goal is to tease out any device-specific issues.
We’ve finalized the new APIs as API Level 25
We’ve opened up publishing on Google Play for apps targeting the new API level, so you can update your apps soon as you are ready.”

Android 7.1.1 Nougat Update Lands On Pixel and Nexus Devices

On December 5 Google has now made Android 7.1.1 available to Google Pixel handsets, both as an over-the-air (OTA) download and as downloadable factory image files which you can load onto the device manually.

The files are available for; Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 6P (all carriers but Verizon), Nexus 5X, Nexus 9, Nexus 9 LTE, and the Nexus Player. The update brings some of the Pixel features to non-Pixel phones, though not all; some stuff is being kept as Pixel exclusive content. As well as this, the download includes the latest Android security patches.

As of December 12, Google has released a small, additional update patch for the Pixel and Pixel XL units designated NMF26Q, specifically for UK O2 network handsets. The update doesn’t change the build number, but simply adds some fixes that were left out of the main 7.1.1 update for reasons unknown at this time.

The changelog simply reads: “remove spaces in front of APN types so that telephony can find APNs that can handle a particular type properly”. It’s believed the fix relates to MMS media messages. It’s also expected that this update may see a wider release soon, as similar connection issues have been noted outside of the UK as well.

Samsung Launches Android 7 Nougat Beta Program

Samsung has launched a beta program for its Android 7 Nougat update where users can sign-up for early access to builds of Android 7 Nougat prior to its release.

The idea here is simple: Samsung wants to bug-test its builds of Android before pushing it out to the masses. Apple and Google both do this, so I am not surprised that Samsung has started doing it too.

Spaces in the program are limited, however, so if you’re keen on getting a spot you’ll need to act quickly. You can check for availability HERE.

“The Galaxy Beta Program is now open to Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge owners in the United States, United Kingdom, South Korea and will soon be opened up for users in China as well. Interested users first have to register, Samsung is currently accepting applicants on a first come, first served basis,” notes Sam Mobile.

It added: “Throughout the Galaxy Beta Program period, the end date of program is going to differ by country and may be subject to change as well, users to be able to truly experience Android 7.0 Nougat with Samsung’s new UX and provide the company with feedback that will help improve the experience. Those who are interested in taking part in this program must have an active Samsung Account and they must program requirements. If they do, they then have to download the Galaxy Beta Program app from Galaxy Apps or the Samsung Members app.”

Android 7.1.1 To Arrive on Nexus 6P And Other Nexus Phones From December 5

According to statements made by Vodafone Australia, the Nexus 6P will be updated OTA to Android 7.1.1 from December 6. Due to the fact that Google has previously confirmed the Nexus 6P will be updated as well as a list including the Nexus 5X, Pixel C, Nexus 6 and Nexus 9, it’s believed these too will be updated in short order after that date. However, as of November 30, Canadian carrier Rogers has itself confirmed that the Android 7.1 update will roll out from December 5, meaning that Australia’s date is by no means the earliest rollout time.

Vodafone Australia’s guide page explaining the update suggests the rollout will be phased over two weeks.

Google Pixel & Pixel XL In Canada Receive Android 7.1 Preview With New Feature

The November Android security patch has landed on Pixel and Pixel XL units, however, some users in Canada are reporting that they’ve received an additional update bringing the Android 7.1 Preview build. It’s labelled as the “Security Update + Bug Fixes”, a 261MB update with a build number “NPF26J”; the “P” denotes it as a Preview build, which isn’t supposed to just be pushed over-the-air to consumers like that, but hey, that’s what’s happened in some cases here, whether it’s a mistake or a soak test, we just don’t know.

Regardless, according to a report from 9To5Google, users have observed a new feature which is not listed in the changelog; some new options have been added to the “Moves” section regarding gestures. Two new options allow the user to check notifications on their display by either double tapping the display or simply lifting the handset. Users say this feature appears to work without any problems.

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