How To Set Up A Blog and Design It To Look Exceptional

By | October 23, 2017

So you probably have heard a lot about the blogging craze everywhere. These days, very few people don’t have blogs. People have blogs for various reasons. To name a few: to express themselves, to give advice and counseling about certain topics, to raise awareness about a certain issue, to make money etc. Yes you heard that right, you can make some money from blogs and a lot of people are doing it!

The first step towards starting a blog is setting up the blog by itself. You can set up a blog with word press, which is the most widespread blog site, or blog spot or blogger, which both are owned by Google. There are many other smaller blogging websites, but the 3 I just mentioned are the most widely spread. Setting up the blog is easy and not that hard. It could be challenging for people who never dealt with the internet and computers before, but most blog sites have easy to follow instructions and guides. I think that no matter how hard setting up a blog could be for someone, it is really worth it.

There are 2 options when it comes to setting up a blog. One is to set it up to be hosted by the blog own server or to be hosted by the server you are using. The only difference is that if the blog is hosted by your own server, you have more freedom in terms of customizing the blog design and look. In addition, if you host the blog and connect it with a link to your website, it will help in search engine rankings.

Here are the steps you have to follow to set up the blog to be hosted by the blog own server:-

1- Go to the blog site you want to set up the blog with.

2- Sign up and assign a user name and a password.

3- Chose the theme you like. These themes are ready made for you and there are so many to suit your taste and the subject of your blog. You can change the theme at any time.

4- Choose the header. The header is the picture in the theme. You can insert your picture there or any picture relevant to your blog topic.

5- Choose a title for the blog. This is the headline of your blog. Make it short and to the point.

6- Set up the description of the blog. Be brief, ad use 10 to 20 words to describe what you blog is all about.

7- Choose your keywords or tags. These are the keywords that people will find your blog with when they do a keyword search. Choose max 10 highly targeted keywords that are relevant to your blog’s topic.

If you want to set up the blog to be hosted by your own server, here are the steps:- 1- Go to the c-panel of your hosting account.

2- Most hosting accounts these days have blog setups with few clicks of the mouse. It is usually a button there that says quick blog setup or something close to that.

3- Click it and it will ask you for the blog name, user name, and password.

4- After setting up the blog, you can customize its design and look by using your own templates. You can find free blog templates online or you can buy one for better quality.

5- Using an FTP client, upload the template to the themes folder of your blog in the same server you installed the blog in.

6- Go to your blog admin board in the blog website. Change the theme of the blog to the one you just uploaded.

7- While you still there in the admin board, set up the title, description and keywords of your blog.

By time, you will notice that you are getting used to modifying and playing with the design of your blog. It will be like your painting, everyday you make more improvements and add artistic details here and there and this is very good as the more you perfect your blog, the better it will look and attract readers. My advice is, if you want to make a strong entry into the blogging world, learn some HTML and how to use an editor to modify it and play with the design. Believe me, it isn’t rocket science! I recommend Microsoft Front Page as it is like using a word editor, but with a HTML twist. If you feel that you are getting more confident, try Adobe Dream Weaver as a lot of website designers use it to build very good looking and professional websites with the minimum possible knowledge of code.

10 Blogging Tricks To Really Jump-Start Traffic!

By | October 22, 2017

 

 

In this post, you’re going to find 10 blogging tricks that I work with to get more traffic!

The “in” thing right now in network marketing is absolutely to own a blog! Doesn’t it seem like every single person you recognize online uses a blog? Personally, I honestly love having a blog, on the grounds that I created it, I write it, and it makes me cash.

However, the issue with this deluge of new bloggers (I’m not criticizing, I’m a new blogger.) is that everyone plus their dog is trying to rank on Google!

Well, It seems like the “magic” number is to be ranked better than 100,000 in the world. But if you don’t have any blogging tricks up your sleeve it’s not going to come to pass.

now how can a bazillion marketers, and all the other sites out there all rank in the top 100,000?

The precise answer. they can’t. so that means you have to be ahead of the game, get a leg up on the competition (now that I think about it, possibly I shouldn’t share this post with you.haha).

If you’re simply creating posts, you are going to be left in the dust because others are doing so much more! That’s why I’m going to share with you my 10 easy blogging tricks.

The very initial thing you expressly need to know about blogging is that you need to work with a self hosted WordPress blog. I’m going to share my top 10 favorite blogging tricks to get traffic and leads! Here they are, in no special order:

1. Set up the Onlywire plug-in and submit all your blog posts to over 30 separate social media bookmarks, your followers will be able to use this button as well to share your stuff.

2. shoot a video with you introducing them to your blog and say thanks for visiting, here is what you’re going to get out of my blog, and opt-in to get my free training. This sends traffic to you from Youtube and whoever else you share your video with.

3. Don’t pitch with every blog post! In fact you should not post ANY pitches until you start obtaining a good supply traffic and people commenting. You want to post ideas that will actually benefit others and have them coming back for more.

4. Put a seeable opt-in form that shows up on every page. There’s no point in using all this time and energy into your blog if you’re not going to generate leads with it and connect with people.

5. Install Digg Digg to place your social media share plug-ins on your posts. The more you create a social buzz with your content, the more Google looks at it.

6. You personally share your new blog posts through Twitter, Digg, and all over Facebook in the groups and tribes.

7. Shoot a video about your post on Youtube and link it back to your blog. This also creates a backlink for your blog!

8. use an article submitter to send out your post to hundreds of article directories. The more “hooks” you have out there the more people are going to be “caught.”

9. Make sure you have a keyword in mind and put that keyword in the title, description, tags, body, and anchor text (the text that you click on in a link) You can also do some keyword research using some simple SEO blog tips

10. Create a Squidoo and a Hubpage with links back to your original post on your blog. This also creates a back link for your blog.

If you do most of these blogging tricks, I promise that your blog will get a big boost in traffic and therefore your Alexa ranking. It still requires time for your blog to begin ranking, so BE PATIENT!

I’ve had my blog up for pretty much 10 months, and the ranking is really beginning to take off because I’ve been fairly (not completely) consistent with doing the stuff above. Now my blog posts are showing up on Google! It’s exciting and it’s fun seeing the results.

Some other blogging tricks I use is what is called “tribes” to share my blog posts. With a tribe, when you post your content the goal is that everybody else in the tribe shares it and you share their content that you posted.

The main one I use is called The Unified Tribe and then the four that I use on Facebook are the MLM Power Tribe, MLM Global Mastermind Tribe, MLM Magic Tribe, and MLM Alphas Tribe. now get out there and start getting your blog to rank! Just don’t beat me ; ).

Hope these blogging tricks help you get out there and getting traffic!

 

Blog Design: 7 Tips

By | October 21, 2017

Most blog platforms come with some basic blog designs. They may call them templates or themes or something similar, and usually they are not bad although some customization is pretty common. I often see some common mistakes, and hopefully you will be able to avoid them after this discussion.

1) Include an “about me” page or at very least have information about you in your sidebar. Make it prominent and make it truly about you, not some resume-like page.

If people find your blog and like what you have to say, they’re going to want to know something about you.

2) Have contact information easily visible: an email or maybe even a phone number. Your email can be displayed as a graphic to prevent spammers from harvesting it easily. You can always use a different address than your main address if you like. You could use a throw away address such as a yahoo or a hotmail address.

Visible contact information will make you seem more real and although people may occasionally contact you, it will be far less often than you might think.

Robert Scoble, one of the more popular bloggers on the planet, has his phone number listed and he doesn’t get that many calls. I have my number listed also, and I might have somebody call me every two or three months. When it’s that infrequent, it’s a pleasure to talk to somebody who has taken the initiative to reach out to you.

3) Include a picture of yourself. Blogs are personal, even business blogs, and people who visit yours will want to know what you look like. It’s also easier to built trust if your picture is visible. No, you don’t absolutely need a picture, but it’s strongly recommended. Sometimes people might think you are hiding something if you don’t have one.

4) Some of your blog posts are going to be much more popular than others (you may be surprised which ones they are). I call these your classic hits.

Don’t bury your classic hits, your most popular blog posts. Highlight them somehow. You might for example have a most popular posts section in the sidebar. That’s what I have, a most popular post section and I list my most popular posts based on the ones that are read the most.

Other people do it slightly differently. For example, Brian Clark at copyblogger.com has a “Popular Articles” in his sidebar and under that he lists his most popular blog posts. Yaro Starak, on his blog Entrepreneurs-Journey, calls his most popular blog posts “Popular Articles” and lists them at the very top.

Somehow or another highlight them. You might do something as simple as create a category called “most popular” and include popular blog posts in that category.

5) Don’t have a blog banner that is too big! The banner is the top portion of your blog that goes across the top. It might have a picture of you there, the name of the blog, perhaps some graphic — they vary quite a bit.

You don’t want your banner to be big. No one should need to scroll down to see your content. People decide really quickly when they first reach a Web Site, and that includes blogs, whether to read orleave.

6) Make sure your blog is visually appealing or at least not ugly.

Avoid bright colors. Stick to reasonable fonts like Times New Roman and Arial. Have someone with a good eye look at your blog, preferably a graphic designer. Everytime I start a blog and I’ve started dozens for myself, for friends, and for clients, I always get a graphic designer to at least look at it after I am done.

The problem is that it might look OK to you or me, probably neither having a particularly good eye nor appropriate training, but it still might look really ugly to others. Having a graphic designer take a quick look at it is good insurance.

7) Remove any random junk you have from your sidebar that serves no purpose.

Some blogs are just so busy: they have one, two, sometimes three sidebars just crammed full of all kinds of stuff. With some of it you wonder why is it there. What purpose does this serve? Now in my opinion calendars are a prime offender. What good is a calendar there? Some people like them, but to me they serve no purpose.

Empty space in a blog is not only allowable, but it’s a good thing. It helps focus eyes on what is important, which is your content and hopefully the few things you choose to put in your sidebar.

Most blogs start with a basic template which is then customized over time. These tips will hopefully help you that with customization and help you avoid common mistakes with blog design.

Blogging Basics: Importance of Blog Design

By | October 20, 2017

Blogs are becoming more and more popular. In many quarters it now seems that having a blog is more normal than not having a blog. Blogs are a place where you can rant and rave about things that have effects on your daily life, keep a diary, or talk about your favorite hobby. Now many Web businesses are starting blogs to keep in contact with customers and give customers the heads up on new products and services being considered.

The blog has become a marketing tool. Internet promotion is no longer simply a matter of having a website and advertising its existence on every popular website and in every popular newsletter. Now you can promote your business products and services with blogs.

People who spend a lot of time using the Web have likely read many blog posts whether they realize it or not. Most of the younger generation either has blogs or spends a great deal of time reading friends’ blogs. The young adults of today spend a great deal of time reading blogs such as those put out by their favorite authors or blogs that have product reviews.

One of the most interesting recent developments is that people of all ages have started using blogs as a source for the latest news. Blogs provide up to the minute eye-witness accounts of major events within minutes of their occurrence. On the other hand, blogs don’t have to be approved by any fact-checkers or editors before they are posted. So the reliability of blogs as a news source is questionable.

The main idea is that blog reading is becoming a more and more normal activity, undertaken by average people. For a Web marketer, the prospect of having a blog means more Web traffic if the blog has many readers.

There are a lot of things you can do to improve your blog’s traffic. You can advertise it as a pay-per-click search listing in search engines. You can also swap links with other blogs and websites. But, it is even more important that you provide interesting content in your blog that will keep your blog’s readership levels high.

The Importance of Blog Template Design

Most people know the information I’ve already given you. What most people don’t realize is how much the blog template design plays a roll in the success of a blog. Even whether or not people find your content amusing can be heavily impacted by the surrounding environment your blog provides to your content. Most blog software and blog hosts offer a basic set of templates that you can use to make sure your blog is organized. If you don’t do your own blog template design, you should at least customize one of these blog templates.

Blog Template Customization

Advertisements It may not seem like advertisements are a feature that enhances a blog, but the truth is that pertinent advertisements serve a purpose to those who are interested in your topic. Google AdSense is one of the top advertisement services currently being integrated into blog templates. However, it is also an excellent source of revenue for your blog.

Audio Content While not directly a piece of the template, seamlessly embedding audio into your blogs can make them much more interesting for site visitors. You can also include quick links to audio in your blog template navigation bar.

Banner Customization You should create your own banner for your blog, not use the placeholder banners provided with the basic blot templates. Make it relevant to your blog topic and suitable for your business image.

Favicon for Personalization Use a favicon to further brand your blog. This will give people a personalized feel for your site in their bookmarks and next to the blog address. It should be consistent with your blog and business image.

Page Features Take the time to customize your blog template skins. Make sure the layouts and backgrounds are consistent with the rest of your Web business site. You don’t want a generic blog design to hamper your branding.

Photos for Personalization You ought to not just include photos in your blog entries, but also place them wherever they will supplement your company image in the template. Use borders around your photos to give them a framed look.

RSS Feeds Make sure you enable the RSS feeds option on your blog template setup. Those with newsreaders or using Web RSS feed services will see the headlines and content of your blogs. They can click on headline links to read more from your blog site. This is one of the best ways to get exposure and a constant stream of dedicated readers to your blog.

Do I Need a Degree to be a Successful Freelance Writer?

By | October 19, 2017

If you’ve read older posts from my blog, you know that I dropped out/took a hiatus with only a few courses away from graduating. So do I regret it? Do I feel that I need a degree to pursue a freelance career? No and no, respectively.

Earning a degree is a personal decision. Many things factor into the equation: money, time, discipline, goals, etc. You should have some solid idea of what you want to do after you graduate before you shell out thousands of dollars for a degree. (Again, this I learned the hard way, so I know what I’m talking about.) There are obviously professions where a degree and/or specialized training is necessary (law, medicine, education). But is writing one of them?What does it take to be a writer?

Prerequisites for launching a freelancing career should include:
1. The ability to write. OK, this might seem a little obvious, but sometimes it’s difficult to evaluate your own writing skills. Can you get your point across in writing in a concise manner? Can you write logically? Does your writing make sense? Do you have a basic command of the English language? You don’t have to have the ability of Stephen King, but you do need to be able to organize your ideas and put them down in a way that the reader can follow. This is not as easy as it sounds, though it often gets easier the more you do it.

2. The ability to accept criticism. Having the piece that you spent hours researching, writing and slaving over only to be corrected and rejected are two of the most common things a writer will encounter. How well can you accept rejection? Can you learn from the advice of others? Will you be discouraged after your work is declined for publication? Knowing that rejection will happen and preparing yourself to use it as a means by which to improve your craft is the way a real writer copes.

3. Good researching skills. Chances are very high that you will be spending half of your work time doing research. Before you even think about getting the words down, you need to have a firm understanding of your subject matter. Do you enjoy reading? Are you comfortable using the internet for research?

4. Highly organized. Being organized is a must for any freelancer. You won’t have a boss to remind you of deadlines, so you must be meticulous at scheduling your time. Not only will you need to carefully organize all of your projects (including keeping track of deadlines, giving yourself enough time to work on each assignment, staying in contact with clients), you will also need to organize your research content in order to write an informative and well-flowing piece.

5. Learn new skills. Having a natural inclination for learning is imperative. Freelance writers need to be on top of their game as far as software and computer applications are concerned. Depending on what you write, you will need to stay on top of any business trends and continuously hone your marketing skills. You must be willing to accept, learn and use new technology. Plan on spending some time keeping up-to-date by reading and even taking a class or two if needed.

6. Get an education. OK, I put this one last because for some people, it is a good idea to further their education. However, this does not necessarily mean going to college. A good writer knows their subject, so it is important that you have experience in an area that you consider yourself to be an expert in. This can come from job experience or life experience. Also, if your education happens to be in a field other than English, that’s OK. Use it to your advantage. For example, a degree in biology can give you credentials in writing for a scientific publication.

7. Maybe you can consider getting yourself a degree. You can go to college or University and spend 3 to 4 years of your life getting the education. Alternatively you can simply buy a real accredited degree for a cheap price and can get the real degree within days. You can save time, money and you do not have to attend the classes, do not have to finish the assignment, do not have to sit for the exams. You can just obtain a real degree or just buy a degree or maybe Master degree or PhD degree.

To purchase a degree is quite simple; all you need is just find the degree online. You can buy the degree online and the degree that you buy is relatively cheaper than attending the University. Of course the degree must be recognized, accredited and verifiable by the University. If you buy a recognized degree, you will not only save yourself from lengthy explanation to your future employer about the legality of your degree. That is why the degree that you buy must be accredited. To purchase degree, to obtain degree, to buy degree, to get online degree, to have accredited degree and to buy accredited online degree is easy and cheap nowadays.

By purchasing the degree online, all you need to do is just fill up the form and send the payment. Buying online degrees is very easy, cheap and the best part is, most of the online degrees are verifiable and accredited. The degree must be recognized, and then it is worth every penny.

Which Kind Of BLOG Is Right For Me?

By | October 18, 2017

Blog is fun. And, is a revolutionary way in the internet that can let you keep a personal diary that can be viewed by many people. This is called the weblog or more popularly known as the blog or blogging.

Through it you can know and meet a lot of people. You can also make friends with some bloggers. You can do many things with your blog. From a mere scanning and reading to even making you be known all over the world of the internet. Who can say that blogging can never give you any enjoyment? It can. Not to mention, people nowadays are preoccupied with so many things which can cause them to experience a lot of emotional disturbances. Among those disturbances include stress, emotional breakdown, depression and a whole lot more. For them to be relieved from their odd feelings they need outlets of expressions. There are so many considered outlets like crying, shattering glasses, sports, video games but blog is the most effective. In it you can open up, write and express yourself through words. Now that’s what an outlet should be. Other people consider their blogs as friends. Maybe it never gives advices but blogs listens, you know what that means.

First of all, you should ask yourself why you blog.

Many people have different reasons on why they blog. Here are some of them:

– For promoting business

-For recreational purposes

– As a personal diary

– To help others

– To make friends

– To date

– For fun

– To be known

– To make a living

You can blog for many reasons; you can blog for fun and at the same time, to make a living out of it if it is possible.

There are several types of blogs. These are the following:

¤ # ¤ Personal blog – this is the most famous type of blog used in some of the friendly hub in the net. This is defined as the online diary or journal, where you can post your poem and other literature piece. This is where people get to share their ideas, thoughts and everything else they want other people to read about. Some of these blogs are not into page ranks and search engine optimization.

¤ # ¤ Business blog – this talk about the stock market and other business related topics. It is also use to promote businesses, to talk about economics in forum type and manage information. These kinds of blogs allow businesses to tell their customers or potential customers about the latest news or updates in their industry. This is also where they can catch up on the development being done in their business. These blogs are updated daily to be able to increase the chance of search engine to spider them. This also increases the page rank of a certain site because they are submitted to blogging directories.

¤ # ¤ Cultural blog – it discusses all about music, arts, theater and other popular culture.

¤ # ¤ Topic blog – it focuses on the function like some of the search engines present now. Some writers who want to write about something unknown can use it.

¤ # ¤ Educational blog – this is used by students to record the things they learned from their teacher including the activities done in a day.

¤ # ¤ Science blog – it is the mode used to disseminate information and data. However, scientists only use this mode for simple scientific data and information because they believe that it could damage the credibility of their science as many people can read it.

¤ # ¤ Moblog – it contains all the information from a mobile phone.

¤ # ¤ Collaborative blog – this kind of blog is written by two or more writers. Particular site is open for all the writers to write together with others.

¤ # ¤ Eclectic blog – it focuses on niches individually or collaboratively made.

¤ # ¤ Spam blog – this is a form of persuasive advertising. Commonly known for the name splogs. It is characterized by the use of bold letters and self-claim advertisements.

¤ # ¤ Directory blog – this blog gives a regular update of all the visited links. It focuses on particular news and happenings.

¤ # ¤ Forum blog – it functions as an internet forum. It allows two or more bloggers to post discussion on the net.

Making blogs are as easy as typing an email. All you need is to put in the content and send it to the web server. Once done, it is directly printed on your page and displayed there for an amount of time.

There are many web-based blog journals available online. You can post your own blog, too. Anyone can start writing a blog. In many cases, it is free. How do you start making a blog?

Here is how, follow the following steps in writing a blog.

1. There are many blog sites available online that offers free blog posting. They also offer free accounts with many features.

2. You can blog in private and in public. Many blog site offer a blog that contains a password, only a few can read your blog. You can also post a blog that can be read by anyone.

3. You will be given an option to choose the scheme of your blog site. You can edit your own color, layouts and schemes according to your taste and personality.

4. You can write your own blog and post it afterwards.

5. Many offer more schemes for you to personalize your own blog site. You can even post a picture and testimonials from friends like most of the friendly hub do today.

6. By sending the URL to your friends, you can now publish your own blog.

All these are things that must be considered in blogging. You should keep your writings interesting as it can be. Do not focus on topics that readers do not find interesting. Remember to post only writings that are not offensive so readers will become more interested in your writings. You should also check your spellings and other relevant mistakes that can ruin your credibility as a writer.