All Blogging Tips http://allbloggingtips.com Everything About Blogging Wed, 03 Jun 2015 19:15:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 9 Smart Ways to Invest $10 in Blogginghttp://allbloggingtips.com/2015/06/04/9-smart-ways-to-invest-10-in-blogging/ http://allbloggingtips.com/2015/06/04/9-smart-ways-to-invest-10-in-blogging/#comments Wed, 03 Jun 2015 19:14:58 +0000 http://allbloggingtips.com/?p=26600 Someone once told me “Smart investing is the key to success”. Incredibly true words! Holds true in every facet of life, be it business, career or choice of partner. After all, you reap what you sow. If you sow nothing, nothing is what you get. But hey, don’t worry. I know most bloggers start withContinue Reading

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Someone once told me “Smart investing is the key to success”.

Incredibly true words! Holds true in every facet of life, be it business, career or choice of partner. After all, you reap what you sow. If you sow nothing, nothing is what you get.

But hey, don’t worry. I know most bloggers start with a small capital. You can’t afford to spend hundreds of dollars on a marketing campaign or a product launch. It’s unrealistic.

Good news is that you don’t need to invest a lot. Small investments, if done in the right place, can yield high rewards.

How small?

How about 10 $?

Definitely affordable, isn’t it?

I am sure you have 10 $ to spare. It’s a small investment. Wherever you live, if you have a self hosted blog, I am sure you can afford spend this much.

Now, the BIG QUESTION? Where to invest your 10 $?

You don’t want to spend it aimlessly like a guy in his first day at the stock market.

Worry not. That’s what I am here to share. Here are the 9 smartest investments that you can make as a new blogger.

Build a brand with a custom logo

Personal branding is one of the most important aspects of professional blogging.

If you want to make it big, you must build a brand for yourself. Something your readers can easily associate you with.

Getting a custom logo is the first step in creating a brand image.

But, why does the logo matter so much?

Because, as you know, visual cues are much stronger that textual ones. It is much easier to remember a design than a piece of text. You can easily pull it back from your memory. A well designed logo provides this essential visual cue, which sticks in the mind of your user.

That is why top brands spend big bucks to create unique designs that customers can associate with. Think the Nike logo or Adidas logo.

You can easily get a great looking logo from fiverr. Fiverr is good for these kinds of deals. Otherwise, you can run a logo competition on one of the popular web marketing forums like digitalpoint. People will come up with their entries and you can choose the one you like.

Give a quality feel to your blog with a premium theme

Think of your blog as your home. I’m sure that you try to keep your home well decorated so that it leaves a good impression on your guests. The same idea applies here.

Online visitors are your guests.

To leave a good impression, you need to provide an efficiently running and attractive looking blog. A first time user must “sense” quality in your blog. A premium theme is essential for this quality feel (contributed by looks, color combination, speed, uniqueness and features).

You may be wondering “do I really need a premium theme? There are so many free themes out there. Surely there are a few which are as good as premium ones.”

UNLIKELY.

Even if you manage to dig out an efficiently coded and functional theme, there are two problems.

Firstly, it’s free. That means a large number of bloggers would be already using it. There goes your uniqueness and brand value.

Secondly, free theme developers cannot provide the dedicated support that a premium theme developer can.

But you need dedicated support. With the constant updates of WordPress and plugins, compatibility issues and feature breakdown can happen anytime. Dedicated support is very handy in such situations. In fact, most premium developers would assist you in minor tweaking of the theme to suit your needs.

So it is always better to get a premium theme. Unlike most free themes, premium themes are coded efficiently resulting in better performance. You’ll also get full technical support from the developers.

While you may have to spend a little more than $10 to get a premium theme, it is well worth it. Most developers come up with offers from time to time. Keep your eyes open.

If you want value for money, Mythemeshop is the place for you. They have a large collection of premium themes and provide lifetime updates and support for any theme you buy. They keep coming up with special offers when you can buy a theme for as less as nine dollars.

If you really need a premium plugin, invest in it

This is an interesting one.

WordPress repository has 37,000+ plug-ins. A huge number. Makes you think why one would actually need to get a premium plug-in. Why waste hard earned money?

I understand your feelings. In fact, I’m a big fan of free plug-ins. For most premium plug-ins, there are more than adequate free alternatives available. I would never suggest you to go for premium plug-ins when there are free alternatives available.

But there are exceptional situations, where you would feel the need to spend on a premium plug-in.

Situation 1: You are using a free plug-in and finding it to be very useful. The paid version of the same plug-in provides certain features, which you think would be beneficial for your blog. You find value for money in this deal and decide to go for the upgrade.

Most freemium plug-ins are monetized like this. Developers provide you with a free version. You can use it as long as you want.

If you need further features, you’ll need to buy the premium version. A small fraction of users, who find the plug-in to be really useful, would go on to buy the premium version. This is a win-win situation for both parties.

Situation 2: You need a plug-in for a specific purpose. But there are no adequate free alternatives available. In such a situation, you have to spend to get what you want.

Again, Mythemeshop has a few useful plugins available on the cheap. I snapped up the WP Subscribe Pro plugin under 10 $ (during an offer). It’s not as feature rich as the high end premium plugins but it’s value for money.

The idea is simple. As long as free plugins are doing the job for you, stick to them. But if you find a premium plugin that you think is really useful, don’t be afraid to spend some money. Sometimes, those little added functionalities can do wonders for a blog. For example, WP Subscribe Pro improved my conversion rate to a good extent.

Get a custom feature box

If there is something I have learnt from my first expert roundup, it is that a blogger should never ignore the email list. Start building your email list from day one. No exceptions.

And to build an email list, a feature box is your best companion. Few things come close in terms of conversion rate.

Feature box to collect emails

Feature box to collect emails

The reason why a feature box does so well is because it occupies the most valuable real estate of blogging. The most sellable spot. How can a user miss the area above the fold? It’s right in front of you!

All you need to do is put in something for “instant gratification”. An e-book, a free report, a mini guide. It’s up to you. IMPORTANT: Whatever is it you are giving away, it MUST be useful to your user. Be helpful to your users and they will turn into loyal readers. Try to trick them and they’ll never come back.

To maximize the conversion rate of a feature box, it is important to fully integrate it with your theme. There are a few plug-ins available, most of them being paid ones (although Plugmatter has a limited functionality free edition).

But even if you can afford a paid plug-in, I would still suggest you to go for a custom coded feature box. Unlike the template based ones, a custom coded feature box will look much more natural with the theme of your blog. Moreover, you will have option to customize it as you deem necessary. Isn’t that a better deal than plugin based ones?

In short, a highly integrated feature box will give you a higher conversion rate. So, if you have some spare money, get someone to custom code the ideal feature box for your blog. If not, use the Plugmatter free version. It’s much better than not having a feature box.

Get a custom landing page

Feature boxes work great, but if you want even more power, then there is something you can try. You can try a custom landing page. Unlike a feature box, a custom landing page would use the whole page to try to convince a user in subscribing to your blog.

There are two ways you can use a custom landing page.

A high-risk strategy is to redirect first-time visitors from your homepage to a custom landing page. This is achieved by using a temporary redirection. In the landing page, encourage your first time visitors to subscribe to your e-mail list. Pitch your benefits, provide an instant gratification and do whatever else you can to persuade your visitors in subscribing to your e-mail list.

This is high-risk because many users would like to read your blog first before subscribing. By asking your users to subscribe first, you may drive away a lot of visitors. But again, the conversion rate can be very high, depending on the quality and content of your landing page.

Another way to use a custom landing page is to funnel targeted visitors. For example, you can convert targeted traffic coming from a guest post. Direct the traffic from the guest post to a custom landing page containing content related to the guest post. By offering related content, you would dramatically increase the opt in rate compared to a link back to the homepage of your blog.

But as I said, a custom landing page is a risky business. It is like a sales page. Professional copywriters spend days trying to perfect their sales page. So, if you want a landing page, get it professionally custom designed. The positive impression provided by a professionally designed custom landing page can have noticeable effect on your conversion rate.

Create a professionally designed infographic

You must have noticed that infographics are the “in” thing these days. Most bloggers are following this trend. The great thing about infographic is that they can convey a lot of information in an easy to digest, pictorial format. It is much easier to go through an infographic compared to a post, and naturally, visitors love it.

But the best thing about infographics is that they are extremely shareable. If you have a quality infographic, you can expect to get a large number of shares.

And thanks to platforms like Pinterest, it is now possible to attract a large number of visitors from your shared infographic.

So what are you waiting for? Choose an interesting and popular topic, and get a fantastic infographic designed by a professional.

If your infographic is really great, you can even offer others the opportunity to use your infographic. Of course, ask for a linkback in return. This is a nice way to gain some relevant back links.

Promote your best posts on facebook

From time to time, you would come up with some extra special posts. These are the ones where you put in much effort to make it the authority on the topic, like a pillar post. I know; it takes a lot of effort to write these epic posts, but they are worth it.

These are the candidates for going viral.

Why not give them the extra push they deserve?

Promoting a post on facebook is one of the best ways to do it.

You can spend as little as you want and the return on investment is great. Just make sure you put the right number of zeros in the amount box (don’t put 100 $ in place of 10 $). Otherwise you may end up spending 10 times your budget in no time.

Facebook provides you with numerous ways to promote your blog. I will tell you the easiest option.

Easiest way to promote your post is to boost it. The best thing about Facebook promotion is that you can specifically target your audience by many parameters, such as age, gender, location, behavior, interests and so on. This allows you to spend your money only on those people whom you expect to provide a return on investment. You can optimize your campaign for engagement (likes and shares), clicks or impressions.

Next time you write a pillar post, end it with a nice incentive to get people to sign up to your email list. Then boost your post on facebook.

If you manage a good conversion rate (better optimize it beforehand), you can quickly rack up your subscriber count at nominal cost per subscriber. With the right combination (of content, incentive, ad, targeting and campaign strategy), this is one of the best ways to quickly increase your email list. Try it.

Buy a book on productivity to be super-you

Time is what we want most, but what we use worst – William Penn

This is something most of us are guilty of. We do not utilize our time efficiently.

Really! The best bloggers do not have 48 hours a day.

If you check the work hours of an average blogger and a top blogger, you will find that both of them work more or less the same amount of time. So, how does someone manage to do double or triple the amount of work you can do. The answer lies in productivity. Some people have mastered the art of being productive. They use time efficiently.

But don’t worry. It is easy to be productive. In fact, I used to be a master of time wasting and procrastination. I could never meet my deadlines during my school and early college days. But thanks to a few enlightening books (which I received as gift), those days of dreading the deadlines are over.

The reason I specifically recommend books on productivity is because blogging is a multitasking job. You have to manage so many things and you can really lose track of your time if you are not careful. Books on productivity can really help you.

If you feel like you are not being efficient enough or you are a master of time wasting (like I used to be), please get a few books on productivity and read them. It can be a life changer! You’ll get so much done and you will also be able to unleash your true potential.

Here are a few books I would recommend, and you can get them on Amazon for less than $ 10. Also take a look in your library.

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity – The classic.

How to be a Productivity Ninja: Worry Less, Achieve More and Love What You Do – A great book that focuses on prioritization and the alternative tactics needed to deal with today’s information flooded world.

Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time- Focuses on the idea that you should complete the most difficult task in the beginning. Great read.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People- Another Classic. Must read for every aspiring entrepreneur.

Productivity : Maximise Your Productivity, Increase Your Productivity and Achieve Success (100 Ways to Improve Your Productivity and Stop Procrastination)- Short but super effective tips.

Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind- Haven’t read this one but have heard good things.

Form the solid foundation with keyword research

Last but not the least; you should never underestimate the importance of proper keyword research. It creates the foundation of you blog. Why?

Because you need organic traffic.

While email list subscribers are undoubtedly the best quality traffic, organic traffic is still and will continue to be a very reliable source of traffic.

It is the key for the continuous growth of your blog. How?

Because new users need to find your blog in the first place before you can convert them into loyal subscribers.

So how does keyword research help in getting organic traffic?

Here is the thing. You may have the greatest writing skills, but without having a targeted strategy, you risk going nowhere. You simply can’t target a broad keyword like “blogging” and expect to get good rankings. The competition is too fierce in such keywords.

This is where keyword research comes in. Simply put, keyword research provides you with a set of keywords which are feasible to rank for. Most of these are the so-called “long tail keywords”. Individually, each long tail keyword may have low search volume but taken together, long tail keywords form a considerable part of total organic search. Having a list would definitely help you in using these keywords in your posts and getting better SERPs the smarter way.

Moreover, keyword research reveals the audience preferences and allows you to come up with new post ideas. You will also get an idea about how much money advertisers are putting in particular keywords and how profitable they can be.

Now there are two options. First option is to do it yourself. You can try Google keyword planner but it’s not very useful to get a list of profitable long tail keywords. There are other tools like Long Tail Pro, which work great, but they cost a lot (monthly fees).

The smarter option is to get someone with a proper tool to do it for you. Again, Fiverr is your friend. There are plenty of people offering Long Tail Pro and similar services. You just need to provide some seed keywords (eg. Blogging, winter fashion, low carb diet) and they will do the rest. Make sure you read the gig details (detailed information on what is offered in the service on Fiverr) and order from a reputed seller. I have seen a few reputed sellers offering Long Tail Pro generated 8000 keywords list. Do a bit of searching and you will find the right offer for you.

Your thoughts

So, what do think of these ideas???

Actually, don’t think so much. Give it a try and let us know how it goes. I am quite sure you will get value for money. Good luck.

As always, I believe in Commenter’s Power. I am sure you have more ideas cooking in your brain. Feel free to share with me and your fellow users. And, obviously, share it if you like it. I am betting on you.

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6 Reasons Why You Can Get Hired as a Bloggerhttp://allbloggingtips.com/2015/04/06/6-reasons-why-you-can-get-hired-as-a-blogger/ http://allbloggingtips.com/2015/04/06/6-reasons-why-you-can-get-hired-as-a-blogger/#comments Mon, 06 Apr 2015 18:27:35 +0000 http://allbloggingtips.com/?p=26571 Do you know bloggers can also make money outside their blogs? Ever wonder why they are popular on social media? Wouldn’t it be possible that they are consultant to firms and organizations? Blogging is a professional job. Pro-bloggers strive and find new ways to monetize their blogs. They often promote products to earn commission, theyContinue Reading

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Do you know bloggers can also make money outside their blogs?

Ever wonder why they are popular on social media?

Wouldn’t it be possible that they are consultant to firms and organizations?

Blogging is a professional job. Pro-bloggers strive and find new ways to monetize their blogs. They often promote products to earn commission, they use PPC advertisements and sometimes they sell direct ads on their blogs. Besides their blogs, they also provide their consultancies to different companies.

The purpose of this article is to reveal the blogging secrets related to making money and getting hired. It’s about showing the possibilities of Blogging Success to new bloggers.

The only Affiliate Sales or Regular PPC Clicks aren’t a success, but readers engagement, trust of readers, social media following and natural content sharing are the elements that count as success of a blogger.

Even thinking out-of-the-box would take you closer to the jobs that Bloggers get on the basis of their blogging skills, achievements and social popularity.

I’ve helped many companies who approached through different means associated to blogging – whether they arrived on my blog post, guest post or social media sharing… Somehow I’ve received an incredible response on my blogging…

That response and outcome motivated me to write this type of blog post, so that I make myself able to share couple of secrets and few tips to help many other bloggers to start making their personal brands as bloggers.

Ultimately a Blogger needs some cash rolling into his/her bank account to survive, keeping this fact in mind, I would like to share some impact creating facts that will help you to get you respected jobs in the industry or you might get consultancy invitation.

Fawad Saleem, a Content Writer from Pakistan got hired by a ‘Digital Solutions’ when he showed his blog during his interview with the company as a Content Writer.

Muhammad Ismail is also a Blogger and Entrepreneurship promoter in Pakistan, also got hired by Entrepreneurship Development Center at Institute of Management Science as a Website Manager.

6 Reasons Why You Can Get Hired as a Blogger

Take a look on the reasons why you should keep working hard as a Blogger and keep hunting for the great opportunities to arrive your door:

1. Bloggers Make a Communication Funnel with Companies

Bloggers research a lot. They have to. Because without research they can’t do what they do – which is publishing high-quality and useful content. When they don’t do this, they will lose readers attention. Many of the learners and blogging starters don’t understand the ‘Utility factor’ in blogging – Many of them ultimately realize with the passage of time that they have to deliver to the audience.

In order to actually help the readers, they have to find and hunt for different solutions which can be useful tools, plugins, websites, softwares and even companies…

When they keep on finding those tools and companies, they start using few of these, and communicate with the people associated with those tools, websites and companies… and hence they develop their contact with the industry.

When SEMrush‘s Marketing Associate approached me, I had no idea how did they find me – They contacted me for a guest post, and finally within couple of weeks, my first guest post got published on their official blog… (see this)

semrush guest post

Your next employer should know that hiring a Blogger as a Social Media Manager or Editor or even Blogger would give him/her so many contacts and relations.

2. Bloggers’ Content help People in Understanding things

Bloggers are meant to create content that helps people. People read and love their content, because they find answers and solutions.

Maybe next time you write something which makes complete sense for certain people and some company in your city finds out about your article, and they would think that you should create content for them too.

You can even charge for writing for them.

It’s not something that can’t be done!

Problogger Jobs Section almost every day publishes fresh blogging jobs. Companies do need Content writers for publishing their content and blog posts. You might find writing clients on Craiglist.

3. Bloggers Share Ideas and Thoughts with Readers

Maybe your next suggestion in the blog post might be a perfect solution for an organization. It’s a fact. People need solutions and they keep on looking for that. Organic traffic is a serious business for websites and blogs.

When you develop your outreach through your content, people get a nudge and companies find it interesting to see that what you’ve got…

I personally stunned Educester’s owners in a business meeting when I showed them the blog post of my personal blog in which I mentioned their company’s website even the website wasn’t launched… (see this)

The blog post was about coming soon pages or landing pages … They didn’t launch the website at that time (probably it’s still the same)… it was a good match for my article, so I mentioned them in my article, and they really got surprised.

4. Bloggers have Social Media Following

Companies want bright people in their team. Bloggers are all about Social Interaction, talking to people, communication with readers and commenting and replying to others… Bloggers are social, and they should be.

You’ll always find Bloggers discussions threads on Facebook and Google+… People like to interact and Pro-bloggers don’t mind interacting with people, answering to their questions and responding to their queries.

landing page question

When I asked an interesting question about landing page on Quora, it became almost viral in a certain category and got more than 25,000 views within 7 weeks.

Maybe you come across your employer on any Social Media Website – Be ready with a positive vibe, great personality and inspiring views, because you never know when you would get hired as a Blogger.

5. Bloggers know How to Use Content Marketing

Content Marketing has been an important element of any company’s marketing plan. Businesses want to extend their reach. Companies are getting aware of Social Media’s importance – And, with the passage of time they are trying to be active on Social Media.

They know that there is a role of Content Marketer in their whole Social Media and Online Marketing Campaign. A Content Marketer who writes fresh and useful content on company’s blog, attract audience through his/her content, share useful content on social media, manage company’s social media profiles and simply increase the reach of the company to the larger audience.

Bloggers are perfect for a Content Marketing job, because they exactly do this job for themselves. They create content, share it, build relationships on social media and give solutions to people through their online presence and content.

This is one of the solid reasons why companies need bloggers and if you’re good in the industry, helping people, turning yourself into a brand and attracting people through various means, then you’re on the right track to be hired by an Ad Agency, Marketing firm or Web Design Services company.

6. Bloggers Find Useful tools to make Blogging easier

Companies would always check your blogs before contacting you. What they would see is:

  • What type of content you are creating?
  • How do you engage people?
  • How is your writing quality?
  • What standards you follow?
  • What kind of social media following you have?
  • How is your content shareability?

Besides that, Bloggers are keen to find, use and share great tools. I always use and recommend website tools like Canva, Compressor and Easi.ly for image, infographic and banner designing. I personally use them and like to share with readers.

I personally use MailChimp for Email Marketing, so I recommend it to others, because I’m happy with this service, and never had a problem with that.

When Companies find out that you’re a person with resources and tools in hand, they realize that you’re a handy person to be utilized. That’s the key for them.

They would prefer the blogger who shares so much resources with readers rather than who believes in creating dry and typical content.

If you’re a blogger, make sure you keep on adding tools in your record and always share with people!

Your Part

That was it from my side. The purpose of this blog post was to make bloggers aware to keep working hard on the quality of their blogging. Creating content isn’t enough in blogging, you have to create content that helps people. It should make people follow you…

Companies always strive to find great employees. Your blog is your advertising banner, the more you keep in clean and beautiful (with the quality), the more you get chances to get clients or great job offers.

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Free Vs Paid Web Hosting Having a personal blog site has become a trending during the latest years. People use it to record their daily activities, to showcase their expertise, to contact with friends and to make money online. With the increasing popularity of the personal blog, there is a confusion that bothers many new bloggers – should I try a free blog hosting to save budgets or purchase a paid one to guarantee the proper blog running?

To resolve this issue, I’ve come out a detailed introduction of the strong points and shortcomings of these two hosting types, helping you understand when you should try the free hosting and when you can try the paid option.

About Free Blog Hosting

If you go with a free blog hosting, then it means that you can enjoy the hosting service, usually the shared web hosting, to set up your self-hosted blog site online without charging. This way, you can have your pre-determined domain name, own the full control over the blog, install whatever plugins and themes you like, and do anything you want with the webpage and content.

Among these, the best thing is that you do not need to spend a penny to pay for the hosting solution. Even, your domain name might be allowed for free by your web host. Sounds great? Yes, free hosting is surely a fantastic option. But before going with it, simply have a look at its drawbacks listed in the following.

Limited server resources – Generally, free web hosts put thousands of blogs into one physical web server, meaning that your allocation of disk space and monthly bandwidth is really limited. Therefore, there are no chances for you to grow your blog and to expand the reader base. Generally, the extreme affordability of a free hosting is only 200 textual-mainly webpages and 400 daily visits.

Unstable performance – To be frank, you get what you pay. Even the expensive dedicated hosting may cause downtime, then how can you expect a good uptime by paying nothing? Besides, as you have a large number of neighborhoods in the server, your chances to be negatively affected by their fool operations and massive resource utilizations are increased greatly.

Poor technical support – You cannot guarantee that you would never encounter any technical problem during your utilization of the blog hosting. Once you are in stuck, you are hardly to get a helpful hand from the free hosting.

Hidden fees – This is a dirty secret behind free hosting. It does not require you to pay anything about the hosting service, but charges you something in hidden when you start using the service, such as the script setup fees and blog backup fees.

Expensive renewal fees – Getting the service for free is surely great, but this situation usually only lasts 1 year. After the first year, you have to renew your account, and the renewal price may surprise you with a high rate.

About Paid Blog Hosting

Without doubt, the paid hosting contains all the benefits offered by the free hosting, and can guarantee more features, faster page loading speed, higher uptime track record and better technical support than the free one. However, as every coin has two sides, paid blog hosting can never be comparable to free hosting in terms of the cost-effectiveness.

After researching on Google and referring to the information of some reliable hosting review sites like LinkedHosts, we have found that the price of blog hosting on the market is around $5- $10/mo. To be frank, this kind of rate is not a huge burden for some experienced bloggers, but may be a hesitation for some budget-conscious people such as the notoriously-poor students.

Besides, there are some web hosts offering the so-called full-managed blog hosting, which charges customers around $20/mo. Personally, paying such as high price for blog building is not a cost-effective thing.

Paid hosting comes with many great features.

  • Unlimited Space
  • Unlimited Bandwidth and Email Accounts
  • Unlimited Websites Allowed
  • FREE 1-Click Installation of WordPress
  • Money-Back Guarantee
  • 24×7 WordPress Experienced Support
  • Cheap and Affordable
  • Extra Addons

If you’re looking for reliable and great web hosting within your budget, check out my guide on cheap WordPress hosting you can trust.

Which Option to Choose – Paid or Free?

As you can see from our earlier discussed information, both the paid hosting and free hosting have its exclusive benefits and drawbacks. In this case, when make this decision, you should firstly ask yourself about the following options.

Are you serious about blogging?

If you are curious about the blogging world and are willing to have a try, the free hosting is a good option. However, if you are serious about this practice and have a determination to build a popular blog, then use the paid hosting.

What you want to do with blogging?

In fact, blogging is great method for online money making. If you aim at earning the pocket money or even earning your leaving, then not hesitate to pay for a hosting. On the contrary, if you only want to have a fun from blogging, then there is no need to pay for this.

What kind of blog you are going to build?

For some small blog site that only contains no more than 150 webpages and 300 daily views, the quality free hosting might be enough. But for some content-rich blogs and medium-sized sites, the paid hosting is more secure.

Summary

Now, you must know which hosting type is the best option for you. But still, we have one more tip to tell you – make sure that the hosting provider you choose is reliable and quality. If you don’t know where to start, this top-3 award page can narrow down your choices and give your some valuable suggestions.

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The Ultimate List of Free Web Directories For SEO – With PA, DA and PR [2015]http://allbloggingtips.com/2015/02/10/the-ultimate-list-of-free-web-directories-for-seo/ http://allbloggingtips.com/2015/02/10/the-ultimate-list-of-free-web-directories-for-seo/#comments Tue, 10 Feb 2015 01:59:45 +0000 http://allbloggingtips.com/?p=26359 Link building is a very important for every blog/website. After completing two months of launching Addictive Geek (my blog), I decided to submit it to as many web directories as possible. Of course all the free ones. But I wanted to be sure that all of them were ‘humanly-edited’ and stay away from the spammed andContinue Reading

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Link building is a very important for every blog/website. After completing two months of launching Addictive Geek (my blog), I decided to submit it to as many web directories as possible. Of course all the free ones. But I wanted to be sure that all of them were ‘humanly-edited’ and stay away from the spammed and outdated ones to be safe from Google’s penalties.

Link building from web directories is a must for all. They help us in 2 ways –

1) Help people find your websites. Increases your site’s visibility. Being listed in reputable directories makes your site look trustworthy and reliable.

2) Build backlinks to your website which is an important part of search engine optimization (seo). This will help your SERPs (search engine result page) to rise.

Making my list was not very chaotic which I had expected it to be. All I had to do was search “free web directories”, “list web directories updated” and a few other footprints on google. Then I started scraping.

Most of these directories were either duplicates which hadn’t been updated in a long time or had listed spammed, not-so-useful sites.

In the end, I ended up with 110 some directories. Now because I am not an expert in separating good web directories from the bad ones, I used SeoWeather’s online Page Authority/Domain Authority/Page Rank tool to get the stats of these directories.

Next I deleted directories which had Page Authority or Domain Authority of less than 20 and those which were PageRank N/A. In the end I was left with 46 best web directories which were all free, manually-edited, regularly updated and had decent traffic.

I know that a directory with no PageRank or PA/DA less than 20 does not mean that it is not worth submitting or anything like that but this kind of criteria helps quick shortlisting. I am sure there are directories that have no PageRank because it hasn’t been updated by Google since a long time, but are genuine and get fair amount of traffic.

Free Web Directories List

So here is the list of best Free Web Directories to submit your site/blog 2015 – 

Site Name Domain Authority Page Authority PageRank 
dmoz.org95927
scrubtheweb.com78566
directoryworld.net74552
somuch.com69615
jayde.com66575
rdirectory.net64474
tsection.com62544
freewebsitedirectory.com59464
wwwi.co.uk55444
viesearch.com60664
1abc.org59474
businessseek.biz52474
cipinet.com50474
directmylink.com54453
directoryfire.com53463
prolinkdirectory.com49504
pedsters-planet.co.uk48463
amray.com49484
gainweb.org49484
linkbook.pcgraphicsolutions.com49572
the-web-directory.co.uk50424
links.scrabblestop.com47553
submission4u.com49394
suggest-url.net44453
elitesitesdirectory.com44454
inteligentd.com47432
linkpedia.net49473
1websdirectory.com42434
9sites.net42444
synergy-directory.com40414
wikidweb.com41473
247webdirectory.com39404
piseries.com39432
nexusdirectory.com39413
the-net-directory.com38453
linkdir.info35383
bestfreewebsites.net33422
suggestsite.net33391
nipao.org35342
sighbercafe.com32392
10directory.com34432
visionwebdirectory.com31342
seofreelinks.com30372
webappsdirectory.com22232
findwebsite.net21321
localsuccess.org2031n/a

Note – The PageRank, Domain Authority and the Page Authority were last checked on January 11, 2015. Also, they are not listed for any specific category or niche so check them out before submission.

How To Get Most Out of Free Web Directories List

  1. Make sure your blog is at least 2 months old before submitting it.
  2. Make sure you have at least of 15 quality articles on it – unique, detailed and providing value to the readers.
  3. When submitting your site, always submit it to the category related to your site. For example, if your site is about Business Ideas, submit it to the Business or Finance category. Don’t let them reject your submission for this.
  4. Make sure your site is fully optimized for submission. Content is readable and has pictures related to the topic. Your website should look credible to be accepted by web directories.
  5. Don’t spam your submission with excess of exact-match keyword anchor text. Never do anything that leads to Google penalizing your website now or in the future.
  6. Describe your site exactly what you would like others to know about it. Keep it short, simple and straight to the point.
  7. Only submit your websites to web directories related to your niche. Don’t go spamming a thousand directories in a couple of days. Google may penalize you. Keep submitting your site to 3-5 web directories every day.
  8. Sometimes your site may not get approved in the first try. If that happens all you have to do is re-submit the site by making changes in your submission for which it was disapproved the last time.
  9. Lastly, be patient. Free web directory submission can take anywhere between a few days to a few months.

Share your views and suggestions on web directory submission below!Don’t forget to share this with your friends if you found this useful.

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5 Basic Tactics To Grow Traffic From Twitter. Number 2 is Quite Peculiar.http://allbloggingtips.com/2015/02/01/5-basic-tactics-to-grow-traffic-from-twitter/ http://allbloggingtips.com/2015/02/01/5-basic-tactics-to-grow-traffic-from-twitter/#comments Sat, 31 Jan 2015 20:46:20 +0000 http://allbloggingtips.com/?p=26320 In case you’ve been studying Social Media Marketing for at least a while, you should have noticed that the amount of tactics just doesn’t seem to end. There are hundreds of SMM experts who feel obliged to update their blogs every week and so they just keep coming up with new “tips & tricks” toContinue Reading

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In case you’ve been studying Social Media Marketing for at least a while, you should have noticed that the amount of tactics just doesn’t seem to end.

There are hundreds of SMM experts who feel obliged to update their blogs every week and so they just keep coming up with new “tips & tricks” to teach their readers.

And so you end up reading something like: “Tip #138 – Order a few dozen air balloons with your Twitter username printed on them and go give them out in the nearest shopping center.” Nonsense.

So in this article I’d like to focus on a few fundamental things. I don’t care if you’ve heard them before, but I can give you my word that they are the ones that drive you real traffic from Twitter. Everything else is just fluff.

1. Ask and you shall receive!

Believe it or not, but the easiest way to get traffic from Twitter is to ask someone for a tweet. You will be surprised by how many people are likely to oblige just because you asked nicely.

This can be your friends, your blog readers or even well known bloggers who you’ve decided to reach out to.

Once you finish your article, don’t forget to ask your readers for a tweet. You’ve just given them some cool information for free and many of them will feel obliged to return you the favour.

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Making other people tweet your content is the most fundamental strategy of Twitter Marketing.

2. Motivate your readers to tweet.

Ask yourself: “What would motivate me to post something to Twitter?”

Studies have shown that people love sharing things that make them look good in the eyes of their following. And thus they mostly tweet things that are:

  1. smart;
  2. valuable;
  3. funny.

Unfortunately tweeting your article might not feel this way. But what if you fill your article with short smart and valuable takeaways that could be tweeted? People might want to share them with their followers.

Lots of bloggers already use this tactic and they try to put at least one “tweetable quote” to every new article that they publish. And their followers are happy to get a cool sound bite that they can send to their Twitter feed.

In case you’re wondering how to create those quotes that can be tweeted with a click, I suggest you take a look at ClickToTweet online service and TweetDis plugin for WordPress. Whichever is more convenient for you.

3. Tell me who your friends are.

Irrespective of what industry you are in, there are bound to be plenty of Twitter influencers. These are the people who have thousands of followers and whose recommendations can really help drive traffic to you.

Engage with these Twitter influencers, talk about them in blog posts, set up interviews and group interviews with them, be a part of industry roundups, and when you do talk about them, let them know using @mention.

Sooner or later you’re going to make friends with some of them. And they will be happy to share your content with their Twitter following just like you’re sharing their content with yours.

4. Make Retweeting Easy

Most users on social media sites don’t want to waste too much time trying to figure out how to share a post or article. Make it easy for them!

Have a tweet button floating at their site all the time as they read through the article. You never know which paragraph will make them want to share your work on Twitter. You can use any social sharing plugin from our collection.

If your content is worth its salt and you are making it easy for people to retweet it, it will start spreading on its own and get you plenty of traffic from Twitter.

5. Write Evergreen Content

Twitter is a real-time social media sharing website. So you should focus all your attention on creating blog posts about current events, right? Not necessarily.

There is something to be said about creating evergreen content that will be relevant for at least a year or more. By choosing the right topics and giving sensible advice, you may be able to create content that will pay dividends for a long time to come.

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Keep generating traffic toward your evergreen posts by scheduling tweets using WordPress plugins like Revive Old Post or simply scheduling your tweets with Hootsuite.

It doesn’t get simpler than that – create valuable content (evergreen or current), fill it with tweetable quotes, ask people to tweet them in a straightforward manner, and get Twitter influencers and authorities to vouch for you!

The crucial thing is to focus on getting more people to tweet your articles which drives traffic from Twitter, and not focus only on the number of your followers.

What are the strategies you’re following to grow traffic from Twitter?

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If you’re reading this, chances are you don’t just want to be a typical blogger.

You’re tired of low traffic. You’re sick of seeing no comments.

You want avalanches of traffic, posts that pierce your readers immune systems and a close connection with influencers in your niche or industry.

You want to build a profitable blog

So here are 36 steps towards creating killer content, skyrocketing traffic, and building a profitable blog.

Let’s go.

Generate Killer Blog Post Ideas

1. Use polls to collect ideas

Polls are an excellent way to generate killer blog post ideas because they allow you to target your readers content needs quickly and accurately. They also give you an insight into what your readers wants to know about the most, which can be a huge advantage when creating opt-in offers and products.

2. See what’s trending on other blogs

Not sure what to write about?

Head over to the popular blogs in your niche. 

You’ll see what topics are trending and you’ll get fresh content ideas. The important thing to remember when doing so, is to not blatantly copy popular posts, but to attack them from a different and interesting perspective.

3. Use Google alerts

Set an alert with hot key words in your niche and have it deliver a couple of stories to you everyday. Pay special attention to the headlines and the topics you come across and you’ll have strong post ideas and attention-grabbing headlines in no time.

4. Scan through newspapers and magazines

You’ll most likely come across articles that connect with a topic you want to write about.

5. Scour blog directories

Sites like Alltop and Technorati are perfect for finding out what other bloggers are posting about your topic.

6. Ask your readers 

Send out a mass email or publish a post on your blog asking readers what problems or pains they’re having. Then create content around that.

7. Look at comments on your blog

How can comments help you?

Scanning through readers thoughts about your content will indicate what they like/dislike. 

Look out for comments where readers seem overwhelmed with joy or passion and make a note of the type of post and topic you wrote about.

You’ll eventually notice a trend about the specific tastes of your audience.

8. Fuse hot topics with your own experiences

Most of the information you read on any blog can be found elsewhere… so how do you distinguish yourself in the sea of sameness?

Easy. 

Connect your personal experiences with those topics.

Take these two posts on be a freelance blogger for example.

These type of posts instantly make you more “human” to your reader and distinguish you from competing blogs whilst helping you create a raving audience.

 9. Invite guest bloggers

Producing killer content and thinking of innovative post ideas regularly can rob your energy and leave your brain limp.

The solution?

Invite guest bloggers to write content for you in return for back-links, traffic and exposure.

This will allow you to work on other things whilst maintaining frequent , high quality content and breaking the monotony by publishing posts that are stylistically different than yours.

10. Network with other bloggers 

Sites like BlogDash and BlogSynergy allow you to find other bloggers in the same niche as you and connect with them. 

You could end up finding a mentor, another site to guest post on or even a business partner.

You never know until you try.

Write Epic Shit!

11. Write from the heart

I’ll let Steven King handle this one.

“You can approach the act of writing with nervousness, excitement, hopefulness, or even despair–the sense that you can never completely put on the page what’s in your mind and heart. You can come to the act with your fists clenched and your eyes narrowed, ready to kick ass and take down names. You can come to it because you want a girl to marry you or because you want to change the world. Come to it anyway but lightly. Let me say it again: you must not come lightly to the blank page.”

 12. Write list posts

 Ahhhh, list posts… they’re easy to write, save time and energy and readers love them.

 And even though the internet is crammed with them, they are still effective for quick bursts of quality content.

 13. Make Your Posts Smooth and Scannable

Nobody wants to force down chunks of indigestible information.

They want to be spoon fed a tasty trickle of knowledge that slips past their eyes and melts into their brain.

  • Use subheadings
  • Use short sentences
  • Have plenty of whitespace
  • Eliminate fluff words
  • Use vivid verbs instead of limp adjectives

 Your readers hands are always ready to click on that big “X” in the corner, don’t bore them into leaving.

 14. Read a lot and share what you’ve learned

Read blogs. Read books. Read reports.

To be a powerful blogger you have to be a voracious reader. Not only will reading help fine tune your writing skills, it’ll give you a fresh perspective on things and allow you to share new information with your readers.

15. Edit ruthlessly

No one ever turns in a perfect first draft. Editing is where all the magic happens.

16. Write conversationally

Imagine sitting in a lecture with hall with a pimple faced, speckled professor teaching business. Now imagine your best friend sitting across you at a local diner explaining the same thing.

Who are you most likely going to listen to and learn from? 

17. Have a pre-game ritual

Jon Morrow likes to read Stephen King out loud for 5-10 minutes.

French Novelist Honoré de Balzac would gulp down a ton of black coffee to ensure that he could write for longer, once allowing him to write for 48 hours straight.

Renowned copywriter John Carlton would slip into a separate set of “writing clothes” to get him in the zone.

Find your pre-game ritual to help you enter the writing zone at will and you’ll no longer be a victim of writers block.

18. Handwrite your favourite posts by hand

Yes. I mean physically write out posts word for word, by hand.

Sound weird? 

Truth is, most great writers started like this.

Journalist Hunter S. Thompson bloodied his nose in the writing world by copying the The Great Gatsby and A Farewell to Arms on typewriter. 

Robert Louis Stevenson, author of classics like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Treasure Island, honed his chops by taking a passage from a great writer and reading it. Then turning over the passage and trying to re-write it again from memory.

 Dan Kennedy dived into the marketing world by copying out 500 winning sales letters by hand in order train his subconscious mind to absorb the rhythm of good copy.

I’ve used this technique myself. Believe me, it isn’t easy. But it is an effective way to whip your writing muscles into shape.

19. Write Faster by Outlining your Posts

Ever feel like the process of writing is messy and draining?

You’re probably not using outlines.

Many top bloggers like Neil Patel, Michael Hyatt and Carol Tice all swear by outlines allowing them to slice precious minutes and hours off their writing time.

20. Write badly ( before you can write good)

You won’t hear about this too often, but its certainly true.

You can’t write good unless you have written badly. No one is good at anything at the beginning. Its just a matter of consistently smoothing the edges until you are proficient. 

If your writing isn’t where you want it to be, don’t stress It’s okay.

Work on making small improvements over time and you’ll be shocked at what you can achieve.

Boost Your Traffic and Exposure

21. Host competitions/giveaways on your blog

Competitions and giveaways are a great way to generate more activity on your blog and break the monotony for your audience.

They increase traffic, raise more interest from your audience and can lead to new readers/customers. They also help create a sense of community and activity on the blog.

22. Go on a guest blogging spree

We all know the power of guest blogging right? 

Guest blogging empowers you to simultaneously generate traffic, increase subscribers, boost your credibility and most importantly, build relationships with other bloggers and readers.

If you aren’t already guest blogging, make sure you start now.

23. Use forums to generate interest

While forums aren’t hugely popularised in the blog traffic generating world they are a great way to consistently generate traffic to your site. 

However there is a right way and wrong way for generating traffic on forums. The right way breads traffic and respect and credibility, the wrong way will get you banned in a heartbeat.

When using forums for traffic remember to:

        1.  Focus on giving value. Help other people on the forum solve problems and you’ll build credibility and generate interest

        2.  Use your signature. If you’re giving value and people are starting to ask questions about you, it’s a good thing to have a signature linking to your site/blog so they have somewhere to go immediately.

All in all, be helpful positive and let people know where to find you.

24. Leave insightful comments on other posts

Comments?

Don’t you just spend a couple of seconds on them and move on?

No.

Comments are an underused tool in the blogging world and they have multiple benefits like increased traffic from clicks and visits, getting on a popular bloggers radar, to being invited to guest post for them.

But not just any comment makes the cut. So how do you create comments that draw attention and get you noticed by other bloggers and readers?

  • Agree with what the blogger said and validate that the info was useful
  • Build on and develop the advice given in the post
  • Use personal examples and stories
  • Talk about what was left out

25. Fine tune your SEO

SEO is a great long term strategy to help you build traffic. The excellent thing is that once you rank highly for a trending keyword, you can still generate traffic for a long time without breaking a sweat.

Check out this post by Blog Tyrant to learn more about SEO.

26. Interview other people in your niche

Interviews are a great way to improve your knowledge and enlighten your audience. They simultaneously expose you to your interviewee’s audience too and give your brain a break from creating content. Win Win.

27. Use Quora

Quora is a Q&A site where you can either answer questions from someone else or post questions of your own. You can even specify the type of questions you are interested in answering.

It’s an excellent way to boost traffic because of the huge audience it has.

One popular Quora user is Oliver Emberton. His articles have been read over 9 million times in the last year and featured in Forbes Huffington Post and Time. 

He started by writing answers on Quora and linking to his site. One of his answers went go viral and within a day, Oliver was contacted by publishers about book, movie and TV rights.

If you’re looking for a new way to boost your traffic give Quora a try.

28. Connect your blog to your email signature

A simple way to gain extra exposure but are you using it?

29.  Review an Influencers product and generate goodwill

Have you recently purchased a product from a respected influencer in your niche?

If the product has the potential to be useful to your readers in anyway, write up an honest review of the product.

This will help save your audience time and money and, depending on the review, can generate goodwill from the product creators themselves.

30. Make your posts easy to share

There’s no point sweating it out at your computer screen and creating content if no one is going to read it. To rack up the amount of views that your posts get, make them more shareable by: 

  • Prominently displaying shareable buttons
  • Making tweet-able comments in your posts
  • Prompting readers to tweet those tweet-able comments

 31. Use Google analytics

Imagine if you found yourself a little lost while navigating a forest in the countryside…the first thing you’d do is check your map to find out where you are, and where you need to go, right?

Similarly, Google analytics is your “blogging map”.

It enables you to analyse raw data on visits, views, and traffic etc. So you know where you stand, and how far you are from achieving your blogging goals.

 32. Split Test Different Opt Ins 

When Brian Deen from Backlinko wasn’t happy with the conversion rates for an opt in offer of his, he made some simple changes and split tested it.

The test revealed a whopping 785% increase in conversions.

The only way he knew this is because he split tested the results and learnt what appeals to his audience. Split testing allows you to zero in on what your audience responds to best and craft more compelling offers and posts.

 33. Offer a bribe

Struggling to land subscribers?

Try offering something of value to your audience in exchange for their email addresses to shoot up your subscriber count. You could create an ebook, a report, or a checklist. Just be sure it’s something your audience will value.

34. Use Webinars

Webinars are an excellent way to share knowledge with your audience.

When marketed correctly they can lead to a ton of extra traffic and clients/customers.

They also make you more relatable and human to your audience and inspire interaction.

Be sure to email your list and invite people from other’s lists to join. Promote on other blogs and email lists to.

35. Hook Readers By Showing your Best Stuff

Every blog has posts that are more popular than others, and you’d be doing yourself a disservice if you didn’t showcase yours as soon as visitors land on your site.

This will immediately show your expertise and give new readers mega valuable content  straight off the bat, starting the relationship right and increasing the chances of them becoming regular readers.

 36. Create a podcast

Creating a podcast is a pretty powerful marketing tool because it allows you to reach a certain type of audience that you wouldn’t have reached before. 

This is because people don’t always want to read, and some prefer consuming content by listening instead of reading.Your readers can consume content while they drive to work, have a workout or go for a walk.

This increases your connection and relationship with your audience because they are no longer reading a bunch of words… but listening to a human voice. Its easier for them to visualise you as a person and relate to.


Did you find some great ways to build profitable blog above? How are you turning your blog into profitable money making machine?

Let us know in the comments.

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UPDATE: Winners announced!!

Happy new year bloggers!

As one year end, other arrives bringing along fresh waves of hopes, aspirations and surprises.

In order to make this year more special for you, I’m about to give you a surprise. It has been some time since I presented a giveaway surprise and what better occasion could there be to do the same than New Year? So be prepared for a surprise that will make this year even more special for you.

And..the surprize is 10 CSSHero account for lucky winners.

For those who are unaware and are new to the family, let me begin by giving a brief introduction as to what CSSHERO is. It is basically a wordpress plug-in that enables you to customize your themes in an easier manner. There are numerous features that make it favorable among the masses and particularly among the blog owners. CSSHERO slows you to make your site more interesting and appealing.

So what are the features that make CSSHERO a nice choice?

1. Easy to use

If you are someone who has only the basic knowledge regarding these things and are looking for something that would be easier to operate, this would certainly work in your favor. A few clicks are all that you will have to do to bring about the changes that you wish to make to the themes. You can even make the edits on your gadgets.

2. Your personal touch

CSSHERO allows you to give a more personal touch to the themes. You have a wide variety of color choices and you can select the one that you find more in line with your taste. The last color that you used will be stored in the memory thereby giving you an opportunity to compare the changes.

3. Font selection

As CSSHERO offers more than 400 fonts for your use, you are spoilt for choices. You can select the one that you find appropriate and that matches with the nature of your blog with ease without having to make a compromise. Popular web fonts and glyphs are available for your use

4. A simple affair

Ordinarily you would expect the customization of themes to be a difficult business. That would not be the case if you use CSSHERO as it makes the tough job easier. Building gradients, text shadows, all can be handled using CSSHERO with ease. The advanced features would not confuse you and are easy to understand.

Giveaway Prize:

We’ll choose 10 winners and each winner will get 1-year starter plan membership of CSSHero.org,  Isn’t that good? Now you can customize WordPress theme even without technical knowledge!

Contest Duration:

This contest will be open for 12  days. So participate now!

Contest Starts – 9 Jan 2015

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So do not hesitate. Encourage your friends and other people by sharing this incredible piece of news as this would increase your chances of winning the surprise. You do not wish to miss this golden opportunity as the price would be something that would prove to be beneficial for you. Do not be lax. Enter and get the giveaway.

Entering our competition for a CSSHero membership is easy. All you have to do is enter is leave a comment on this post explaining why you need a membership at CSSHero. Then simply register your entry using the RaffleCopter box below. You can increase chances of winning by following All Blogging Tips and sharing this post.

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Quick Actions to Make Your Blog Ready to Rock in 2015http://allbloggingtips.com/2015/01/07/quick-actions-to-make-your-blog-ready-to-rock/ http://allbloggingtips.com/2015/01/07/quick-actions-to-make-your-blog-ready-to-rock/#comments Tue, 06 Jan 2015 19:35:11 +0000 http://allbloggingtips.com/?p=26161 Happy new year everyone! Whether you’ve had your blog for quite a while now or you started it very recently, there are always small tweaks and changes you can make in order to turn your blog into something even better than before this year. I’ve created list of top 10 quick actions you can doContinue Reading

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NEW YEAR ROCKING TIPS

Happy new year everyone!

Whether you’ve had your blog for quite a while now or you started it very recently, there are always small tweaks and changes you can make in order to turn your blog into something even better than before this year.

I’ve created list of top 10 quick actions you can do to improve your blog and make it more successful this year.

Let’s get going.

1. Create an email list

If you haven’t done this already, you should create an email list. This will allow your readers to sign up and receive all the latest news. Apart from keeping them updated and allowing you to advertise things and inform your readers of different things whenever necessary, it also keeps your blog in the forefront of their minds and ensures that they never forget to visit your blog!

2. Start a monthly/weekly newsletter

Unless you’re dedicating an awful lot of time to your blog, a weekly newsletter might be a little bit too much. Fortnightly or monthly newsletters work a lot better, since it isn’t too much work for you and it’s not too much for your readers to look at either.

If you don’t have one already, make it your resolution for this year, and if you have one currently, make it your goal to make it even better. This can be done by only including important things and looking for more interesting things to add.

3. Hold giveaways and contests

Not only is this a great way to get readers to return to your blog, but it also makes your blog stand out from the rest. By hosting monthly competitions, visitors will be sure to return regularly to see what they have to do to enter the latest competition. Rather than having a random draw every single month, change it every so often. While this may attract a different audience, it’s definitely worth experimenting with and people love to see their work published on the web.

Giveaway Ideas: You can organize giveaways like hosting, themes, plugins, tools. You can also provide ad space on your blog or offer your premium services for free.

4. Brand your blog. Get a new logo.

Have you been complaining to yourself about the state of your logo for the last few months? Was it a budget logo that you got when you first started the blog? Did you design it yourself with little experience and knowledge and very few tools? If this is the case and you have a better budget this year for the design of your blog, research logo designers and see if any of them can revamp your logo. Since the logo of your blog is the first thing most visitors see, it often determines whether they stay on the page or leave to visit somewhere else.

4. Get on Facebook

“But I’m already on Facebook!” you may be thinking. Right? 😉

A lot of blog owners are signed up to Facebook with a personal account but are very shy of sharing their blog posts.

This is perfectly understandable and is usually all down to a lack of confidence, so why not make 2015 the year that you show your friends what you’ve been working on? Whether it’s an informative blog or a very personal one, most of your friends will love reading what you have to say, and a lot of them will be able to give you some very encouraging feedback.

6. Get Twitter and start a Twitter feed

While thousands of people are already on Twitter, it is still slightly less common than Facebook, even though it can do wonders for your blog. Create an account for yourself and your blog and post a few of your most recent blog posts. Follow other Twitter users, particularly those who appear to be interested in the subject or your blog or any of the main themes which you cover in your blog.

They will usually follow you back, and if they like your writing and your blog, they’ll probably retweet your posts. This means that more people will see the links and probably visit your blog. You can also start a Twitter feed on your blog so that everybody who visits can see what you have been posting and what other people have been tweeting about your page.

7. Use interesting titles

Each time you write a new post, come up with an interesting title. Don’t just title it with the date or the activity than you did e.g “Horseriding March 20th 2015”. It doesn’t grab people’s attention enough to make them stop and read what happened when you went out riding a horse. Instead come up with a much more interesting title based around something interesting which happened during this experience.

For example, “Why I would love to go horse riding again” or “Why I wouldn’t sit on a horse again in my life!” catches the attention much better.

 

8. Don’t focus on advertising

While you need to advertise your blog and make sure you’re getting the visitors, remember that this isn’t the most important thing to focus on and certainly not what you should be making it look like to your readers! The worst blogs are those which are screaming out for views and more visitors. Even asking visitors to share your blog with their friends is treading on dodgy ground, and overdoing keywords is a complete disaster.

9. Make it accessible from smartphones

This year might be the year to make your blog more accessible to those using smartphones, and you might even want to consider getting a separate mobile site made. While this will cost money, it could also mean many more visitors, especially since so many people nowadays are browsing the web on their phones rather than from a PC. Make your website responsive. It’ll also hep you boost your blog SEO.

 

10. It’s not all about you!

While your regular visitors obviously love your blog and your writing style, it’s nice to have a change sometimes. This can be done by asking people to guest post on your blog.

Don’t worry if they’re not professional writers or even if they’re not particularly good at writing. You can always proofread what they’ve written before adding it to your site. If you’re doing a social experiment, for example, ask a couple of people to send you a few hundred words telling you what they thought about it. Giving readers the insight of others is also a benefit – but like anything, don’t overdo it!

Final Words.

So, above were some tips you must following to make your blog ready to rock in 2015. For SEO,you need to hire professional SEO services such as seo Vancouver services. You can visit bluehatmarketing.com to find more information.

Did I missed any point? How’s your new year blogging resolution?

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Top .htaccess Tips to Secure Your WordPress Sitehttp://allbloggingtips.com/2014/12/02/top-htaccess-tips-to-secure-your-wordpress-site/ http://allbloggingtips.com/2014/12/02/top-htaccess-tips-to-secure-your-wordpress-site/#comments Tue, 02 Dec 2014 07:45:12 +0000 http://allbloggingtips.com/?p=26125 Since website security has become a common concern, webmasters exercise great care when maintaining their sites. In addition to some frequently-used methods, like WordPress security plugin installation, password enhancement and the use of SSL, you can take .htaccess into consideration. This is a great method recommend by many experts and web resources sites like PHPMattersContinue Reading

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htaccess

Since website security has become a common concern, webmasters exercise great care when maintaining their sites. In addition to some frequently-used methods, like WordPress security plugin installation, password enhancement and the use of SSL, you can take .htaccess into consideration. This is a great method recommend by many experts and web resources sites like PHPMatters

Maybe now, you have been pulled in a fog and thirst after the reason why .htaccess can make a big difference on website security improvement and what you can do with it. Here, we are going to clear all your doubts by showing details on how to secure your WordPress website using .htaccess.

What Is .htaccess?

.htaccess, short for hypertext access, is a configuration file used to store server directives and allows decentralized management on a web server. With the help of this file, you are able to enable or disable directives over the whole site, like rewriting URLs, blocking users, controlling cache, and protecting password, etc. As thus, by overriding some security-related settings, you can safeguard your site effectively.

If .htaccess is not available on your site, you are required to open a new text and include configuration commands required. Then save the .txt file and upload it to your site. Once getting through it, you need to rename the file as .htaccess and upload it using FTP.

Protect .htaccess Itself

If the .htaccess file suffers attacks, other protected files are not immune. Thus, you should attach great importance to the security of your .htaccess file by using the code as below.

<Files .htaccess>

order allow,deny

deny from all

satisfy all

</Files>

When people get to intrude the .htaccess file, there is a 403 forbidden error opening on their view.

Disable Hotlinking with .htaccess

You may encounter a situation that your peer blogger embezzles your images, and displays these images using your original URL. When visitors load these images on his site, the usage of bandwidth is from your website. This is called as hotlinking.

To prevent your bandwidth from being stolen by other webmasters, you should enable hotlink protection using .htaccess. To do this, you can include the following content in the .htaccess file.

RewriteEngine on

RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^$

RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^http(s)?://(www\.)?YourDomain [NC]

RewriteRule \.(jpg|jpeg|png|gif)$ – [NC,F,L]

Protect wp-config.php with .htaccess

As a WordPress file of great concern, wp-config.php gets hold of all critical information about database, including username, password, host and database name. The information is used to enable data store and retrieve. Thus, you have to take this file seriously, or your site will be in danger. The following lines tell how to strengthen wp-config.php with .htaccess.

<Files wp-config.php>

order allow,deny

deny from all

</Files>

Stop Directory Browsing with .htaccess

A directory browsing enabled website allows web browsers to display the content of all your directories when they cannot search the file of index.php or index.html. However, some of these directories may include the confidential files or folders that are important to your website. If web browser makes those details public, your website is more likely to be attacked by hackers, because they have known your secret very well.

In this case, you’d better take some measures to stop directory browsing. The use of .htaccess is a great method to this end when including the following commands.

# directory browsing

Options All -Indexes

Restrict Access to Admin Area

The admin area is a private place of your website, which enables full access for you to handle administrative functions. However, there are also some other admin roles available like editor, author, subscriber and author having partial access. To prevent these additional roles from releasing your valuable information, you’d better take full control of the admin area instead of sharing a portion to others.

To do this, you can add the following code to the .htaccess file and fill your IP address in the designated section.

order deny,allow

allow from {your IP Address}

deny from all

Stop Unwanted Visitors Accessing to Your Site

When suffering some vicious visitors making a threat to your website, you should take action to stop them coming again. Frankly, .htaccess makes it easy to clear up all threats to the website only if you use following snippet.

<Limit GET POST>

order allow,deny

deny from {IP Address of the Denied Visitor}

allow from all

</Limit>

Note that, the mentioned code can only ban one person at a time. If you want to increase the banning number, you can edit the code as below to add the banned users as you want.

<Limit GET POST>

order allow,deny

deny from {IP Address of the Denied Visitor1}

deny from {IP Address of the Denied Visitor2}

allow from all

</Limit>

To be frank, blocking the bad users is just a stalling tactic, for which people can come again after converting the IP address into a new one. Thus, you have to make the safeguarding operation consistent and look for long-term effective methods by referring to more security tutorials.

Did I missed any tip? How are you securing your WordPress blog?

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Hottest Black Friday & Cyber Monday WordPress Deals 2014: Save Huge Money!http://allbloggingtips.com/2014/11/27/black-friday-cyber-monday-wordpress-deals/ http://allbloggingtips.com/2014/11/27/black-friday-cyber-monday-wordpress-deals/#comments Thu, 27 Nov 2014 13:55:37 +0000 http://allbloggingtips.com/?p=24362 As the black Friday approaches, most of the consumer products go on sale. You can find these sales in your local markets and departmental stores as well. The cyber world never stays behind and that is why there are a lot of WordPress Black Friday 2014 deals out there. It is time for you toContinue Reading

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As the black Friday approaches, most of the consumer products go on sale. You can find these sales in your local markets and departmental stores as well. The cyber world never stays behind and that is why there are a lot of WordPress Black Friday 2014 deals out there. It is time for you to grab those deals and get the most benefit out of your favorite WordPress hosting companies, theme shops and plugins.

Some of the top rated companies that have come up with black Friday deals for 2014 are covered below.

Note: I’ll be updating this page through out the week, so make sure to bookmark it to get the best deals.

Black Friday & Cyber Monday WordPress Deals 2014

If you’re still using blogspot and can’t afford to buy web hosting.

This is a great chance for you to grab WordPress deals at huge discount. Below are Hotted WordPress Web Hosting, Themes and Plugins deals.

Web Hosting Deals

Hostgator

There is no doubt that Hostgator is one of the most famous hosting companies in the world. If you have been thinking about buying hosting package from Hostgator then black Friday is the best time to save as much money as possible. In black Friday deal offered by Hostagator, you can save 55% to 75% on hosting charges. The sale starts from 28 November 2014 and it will last until 1nd December 2014. The hosting packages starts at only $1.98/month and if you want to buy a domain, you will only have to pay $4.50. You should not waste any time because this offer is not going to last for a long. No coupon code is required, just visit their website and get the discount.

  • Discount: 55% OFF to 75% (During Fire Sales)
  • Start date: Live
  • End date: 2nd December 2014
  • Sign up link/Coupon: HostGator2014

Bluehost

Another reputable company for WordPress web hosting is Bluehost and they have also come up with a wonderful black Friday/ cyber Monday deal for you. You can up to 50% on hosting charges and for that; you just need to use the black Friday promo code offered by Bluehost. The hosting charges will become as low as $3.49/ month and you will also get a free one year domain registration too. The deal will last until 1 December 2014 so hurry up and grab this amazing deal. You don’t need a coupon code to get the discount as it is offered to everyone until 1rd December 2014.

  • Discount: 50% off
  • Start date: Live
  • End date: 1st December 2014
  • Sign up link/Coupon: Click here

Dreamhost

Dreamhost is already famous for its cheap web hosting services and to give you more advantage on black Friday 2014, they are offering some amazing discounts on their hosting and domain registration services. Instead of paying $8.95/ month for hosting, you will be paying $3.53/ month and that will help you save $100 in total. Just use the promo code “BLACKFRIDAYBIG” on checkout page and you will become eligible for this special black Friday discount.

  • Discount: $2.95/mo. Includes 1 free domain name!
  • Start: Live
  • End: N/A
  • Signup link/coupon: BLACKFRIDAYBIG

WordPress Theme Club Discounts

Theme junkie

So you have been meaning to buy some awesome WordPress themes from Theme Junkie but the price has always been out of your reach? Well, you don’t need to worry about the price anymore because in their black Friday deal, Theme Junkie is offering 20% off on all their themes. You can also get 20% discount on membership charges as well. Instead of paying $100 for full membership, you will have to pay only $80. Just use the Theme Junkie Promo Code “BLACK2014” while checking out and you will get the discount. Move fast because the offer will last until 3rd December 2014.

  • Discount: 50% OFF
  • Start: Live
  • End: 1st December
  • Signup link/coupon:  HOLIDAYS

Mythemeshop

Mythemshop has come up with an amazing black Friday discount offer. Until 29 November, you can buy any theme from this platform with 91% discount. Instead of paying $100 for membership, you will have to pay only $8.95 and you will be saving $91 in the process. The promo code for Mythemeshop is “ThemeFor9”. Just apply this code and you will get 91% discount on any them you purchase.

  • Discount: Whooping 91% OFF
  • Start: Live
  • End:  1st December 2014
  • Signup link/coupon:  themefor9

Teslathemes

Teslathemes provides premium, clean, fast loading, powerful design with great support WordPress themes. You can grab 50% whooping discount for this black friday

  • Discount: 50% OFF
  • Start date: 27th November
  • End date: 2nd December 2014
  • Coupon: WEEKENDSALE14 (Link)

WordPress Plugins

MaxBlogPress

I’m using Ninja affiliate plugin from MaxBlogPress, they’ve great collection of WordPress plugins. Secure your copy of their best
Premium products (bundled) @ 70% OFF:

  • Discount: N/A
  • Start: Not Live
  • End:  N/A
  • Signup link/coupon:  Link<

More deals are coming..

I’ll be updating this page with more deals so make sure to come back every 24 hour.

This is the best time for you to grab these Black Friday & Cyber Monday deals as they won’t last longer.

If you have any other deals related to Black Friday & Cyber Monday do leave comment, I’ll update the post.

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