Monday, August 31, 2015

How A Writer Can Get More Productivity Out Of A Day?


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We only have a limited amount of time in each day. Let’s face it. Life is not getting less complicated either. On the contrary, it keeps getting more and more complicated. We are connected to so many people that we are constantly bombarded with information from every angle. Sometimes there is so much going on in our lives that we simply can’t find the time to get it all done. I have found a method of getting more done that works well for me. I’d like to share that method with you.

I have come to realize that I am definitely at my best about 15 minutes after I first wake up in the morning. My mind is clear and I am in my most creative mindset. At some point later in the day things really start to fade on me.

My work involves a lot of writing. Writing is a creative activity. You have to think about how you want to say something. I have discovered that if I begin writing first thing in the morning, I can create a lot of great work at a really fast pace. Once I discovered this, I realized it was one of those eureka moments.

So, now I get out of bed, grab a cup of coffee and head immediately into my office to begin working. I literally start working in my underwear. This is typically somewhere between 5-6AM. By 8AM I have already accomplished a substantial amount of quality work. I am ahead of schedule for the day. That puts me in a really great mood which tends to influence the rest of the day. Plus, the amount of work I got done in those couple hours is actually equivalent to about half a day’s worth of work during normal hours.

I get into such a zone that I can lose myself in my work. Those couple hours fly by very quickly. In fact there are times that I am on such a roll that I hate to stop working. I just want to keep plugging away because everything is flowing so well. The words just come to me from another place. It is like talking with a friend.

Then somewhere between 8-9AM is when I typically will take a break. That is when I try to get a little workout in, eat breakfast and take a shower. By the time 9:30AM rolls around, I am feeling great knowing how much I have already accomplished. I liken it to what people in the army must feel like after they finish a solid morning physical training routine. I remember the slogan the army used to use “We get more done by 5AM than most people do all day.” I believe them.

It is truly personally satisfying to get an immense amount of work done in a really short period of time. If only I could find a way to get into this zone at other points during the day, I would certainly be able to accomplish super human amounts of work.

Instead of having to stay in my office to work late in order to get something done, I really don’t have to. Instead, I will stay late because I am working on something that I have wanted to work on. I can leave early every day if I want to because my work is completed so early.

Sticking with this schedule has forced me to sacrifice some later evening television. I can honestly say that I don’t miss it though. I realized that feeling like this every day far outweighs staying up till 11PM watching some mindless show on television.

If you are a writer looking for new ways to get more work done during the day, I suggest you try my method out for yourself. You just might find that you are cranking out quality material in less time. That will allow you more free time to do that which you love the most.


Saturday, August 29, 2015

Shameless Self Promotion


Shameless Self Promotion

That’s right. I am a shameless self promoter and I encourage you to become one too. In my book there is absolutely nothing wrong with promoting your own articles or promoting those of your friends. Granted, I only promote my friends stuff if it is worthy of a mention. Still, it doesn’t hurt to have other people out there looking out for you while you return the favor.

The hardcore Digg users say that you shouldn’t vote for your own articles or nobody will like you. If you are one of those people who insist someone never promotes their own stuff then screw you. I am not going to spend hours surfing Digg and voting for everyone else’s benefit without sticking votes for my own shameless self-promoting articles in there also. If you don’t like it, that is just fine with me. Don’t be my friend. Don’t follow me. Don’t read what I write. Screw you. I don’t like you either.

Whah. Whah. Ficken whah!

I think it is absolutely hilarious that there are people out there who think that the web should be all about fairness and non-commercial information sharing. Whatever you fricken botards. Go live off the grid in the middle of the desert somewhere and drink your re-filtered urine. I eat meat because I like it and I can. I make money online because I like it and I can. I promote whatever I want because I like it and I can. You can’t see me right now but I am holding up my middle finger for you.

I am a practical person. I know that utopia does not exist. I know that the world isn’t fair and neither is life in general. You have to do what you have to do to get by. So, just because you don’t engage in self promotion doesn’t mean that I can’t. It works for me. If you don’t like it you can ignore me just like I ignore two girls kissing in public. I find it very repulsive. But, I just look the other way and get on with my life. I suggest you do the same.

Friday, August 28, 2015

WiFi Password Hacker Pro 2014 1.1 APK For Android Free Download


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Wifi Password Hacker 2014 is an amazing android software to hack any wifi password in your area. Did you forget your wifi password again? At a friend house and they have no idea about their login information? Wish you didn’t have to sit at the library waiting for a wifi key? Now you won’t have to wait, With this Wifi Hacker 2014, this great application for hacking and decoding protected wireless signals! Wifi Password Hacker 2014 scans your local area where you want to hack for available wireless signals and displays information about the security abilities of each wifi router.

On the other hand if you want to tap on one of the routers in range, the hacking dialog will appear! Have you ever dreamed that you can hack a security password of any Wifi network? Now you can do this… This news application can hack a password of almost all networks. You wanted always to be a hacker to hack anything specifically a network wifi password hacker to impress your friends or whatever your purpose is. You have searched for so many wifi hacker application or pretically some wifi hacker real app for android. Get the secret key of the wifi hotspot alongside your house.


How to utilize it:

1. Look and break down the Security, signal quality for accessible WiFi systems around you.

2. Select a WiFi system you need to "hack".

3. Sit tight for a brief while and Hack WiFi Password will get its password.

4. Show and trap your companions that you have break WiFi system and that you have password!


This application is made to trick your companions and does not by any stretch of the imagination hack anything. Have fun.Wifi Password Hacker 2014 is made for excitement purposes just, and does not really hack into any remote switches or systems. What it does do is return amusing and possibly humiliating passwords for the switches that it finds.

Convey it to your companions house and make him or her resemble an imbecile before the gathering! Then again simply utilize the application to trap your companions into supposing you are an ace programmer. What they don't know wont hurt them.Wifi Hacker is ideal for playing jokes on companions, tricking your foes.


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Note: This software has banned in google play store because its against policy. You can try your luck if you can hack successfully. Most of the network can be hacked easily..

Download Link:  WiFi Password Hacker Pro 2014 1.1 APK downlaod

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Switching Theme To The Default WordPress 3 Template


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I am really impressed with the new default theme for WordPress. This theme that I am using right now is the new theme for WordPress 3.0. I think it is better than the Copyblogger theme I was using. The text is easier to read and the site has a friendlier feel to it. I am really impressed with the simplicity and the clarity of everything to do with the new WordPress 3.0.

Admittedly, they really didn’t change that much that will affect me. This theme is probably the biggest thing. I will stick with this one for a while until I see that too many people are using it. Then I will want to be different. I have to admit that it is way better than that old Kubrick blue header style theme that was standard with previous versions of WordPress.

This one is very cool. I wonder how many people though Kubrick was cool when it was introduced (lol)?

I like the idea of using header images. I also like the flexibility that this version offers you when it comes to using headers. The color scheme of the theme is simple yet really cool and classy. Whoever made the decision to go this route has definitely got good taste in my opinion.

This layout looks like it is going to be an excellent one for using Google Adsense on websites. The standard blue text ads on a white background ought to look pretty good on this theme. I will certainly give that a try.

If you have your own blog, give this theme some consideration when upgrading to the new version of WordPress. I think you will be as pleasantly surprised as I was.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Why Are You Still Using No Follow On Your Blog Comments?


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I guess a lot of people still don’t realize that Google has essentially nullified the usefulness of the No Follow tag for comments. There simply isn’t the incentive to use it anymore because of the way that PageRank is affected.

It used to be that you could put the No Follow tag on certain kinds of links on your website in an effort to sculpt or conserve PageRank. That has changed now though. Google makes the No Follow links still consume outbound PageRank. Let me explain further.

Each page on your blog has a certain amount of PageRank that can be represented on a scale of 0 to 10. Most blog pages have a PR of near zero. On the toolbar it will show zero, but we all know that each page has some nominal PageRank value that is less than 1. Those pages are displayed as having zero PageRank according to the Google toolbar.

Pages acquire more PR from other pages that link to them assuming that those are normal links. If those links are No Follow, then no PR is passed through the link. It has been argued that if a link is not passing any PR, then that link is not passing any ranking power to the destination page. This is both true and untrue. I believe it is true that a normal link passes more ranking power than a No Followed link.

The amount of PR juice that is passed to other pages is divided by the number of outbound links on that page. So if you had 3 outbound links on a page, each link would only be passing 1/3 of its total potential. This used to apply only to Do Follow links. If you had 2 No Follow links and 1 Do follow link, then the Do Follow link would be passing 100% of the juice.

People used to put No Follow on some outbound links so that as much PR as possible was conserved for passing to other pages. You could control how much of this PageRank was spread across your website.

Google changed that though. They made No Follow links consume voting power even though they don’t pass any. Google changed their formula so that No Follow links reduce the power of the other outbound links. That means that you are no longer conserving or sculpting your PageRank. In Google’s eyes, all links cause the same drop in outbound PageRank.

So now it is essentially useless to use that No Follow tag. Some people think it reduces the amount of spam comments that people will try to get approved. My observation is that it helps a little bit. However, it also discourages people who want to comment on your site for the extra PR for their site.

When I launch a new blog I am always looking for places where I can contribute so that I can earn links back to my blog. This contribution could be from guest posting or it could just be from leaving comments on your posts. I always put comments that are on topic and thoughtful. I also check to see if you are using No Follow on your comments though. If you are using No Follow, then I am going to skip your blog. I am unlikely to ever come back to it.

If however, your site uses normal links for comments, then I will add your site to a list of sites that I keep. You can bet that I will be back multiple times to visit your site. I will read more of your posts and be an active contributor. I also like to help promote those kinds of blogs that I find. That means I am going to bookmark your better posts using my accounts at the major social bookmarking and voting sites like Digg, StumbleUpon, Reddit and others.

So if you are looking to grow your blog and get as much traffic as possible, then I suggest you make sure your comments follow properly. I also suggest you use some other plugins to reward commentators like me. I like to use the Commentluv plugin. I also like sites that use the Top Commentators plugin. Both of those tools encourage people to visit and leave comments. Your blog gets more traffic as a result. Isn’t more traffic what you are really after anyways?

I can hear you saying “I don’t want to encourage spamming.” Well, neither do I. But, I can assure you that as long as you allow any comments at all, you are most certainly going to get your fair share of spammers. You are far better off installing some anti-spam tools like Akismet and CAPTCHAs. I use Akismet for WordPress and it works like a charm. It catches the vast majority of total spam. I also edit my comment policy to let people know what standards they have to live up to in order to get comments approved. If you don’t want comments with grammatical errors then say so. Tell people that all grammatically incorrect comments will be deleted.

I think that the No Follow tag has outlived its real usefulness. I think it is time we put it back into the closet where it belongs for the most part. Use it only when you absolutely don’t want to give someone all the juice for a good reason. If they aren’t worthy of getting all the juice, then they probably aren’t worthy of getting any links at all. Don’t you think?

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Internet Marketing Is Not That Difficult


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Selling on the internet (a.k.a. internet marketing) successfully can be accomplished rather simply. First you need to find out what people really want. Then you need to offer to give that to them for the right price. It is that simple.

Duh! You’re thinking.

Let me clarify this a bit farther so that you understand what I am really saying. First you need to find out what people really want. You might think that people want to lose weight. So you think that giving them a way to lose weight is the answer. It isn’t though. There is an underlying reason why they want to lose weight. That is the real motivating factor. That is the real reason people are buying a weight loss product. It is not because they just decided to lose weight one day.

Maybe the reason a woman wants to lose weight is because she thinks that she will meet Mr. Right if she was a little skinnier. If you can convince her that your product is going to help her find that guy, then you have a much better chance of selling it to her. Maybe a woman wants to lose weight because she is afraid she won’t live long enough to see her granddaughter grow up. That is a motivating factor. You think that this woman is buying the latest fad diet book because she wants to lose weight. In reality she really doesn’t care about her weight. She really cares about seeing her granddaughter grow up.

If you want to sell on the internet, you have to get to the root of the question. What is your customer really looking for? What do they really want? Don’t assume that you know the right answer. You have to seek the answer. Seek and you will find.

Once you have discovered this crucial factor, you can begin packaging your product to target that specific desire. Your entire sales process should focus on hitting pressure points that the potential customer is really feeling. When you touch a nerve, you motivate people to buy.

You can touch a nerve by painting a picture of your prospect using your product to get what they really want. This is what they are really waiting for. They are looking for something to solve a problem that might be completely different from what seems obvious to another person. Think about this when you are building your next affiliate site.

Monday, August 24, 2015

You Need To Wean Yourself Off Of Building Spam Sites


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I know that when internet marketing you are tempted by the dark side. You are tempted to just throw up hundreds of spam blogs that try to pick off a keyword like a sharpshooter picks off his target. I understand your temptation but I am here to try to wean you off of it.


I went down that road in the past myself. I learned a lot along the way. One thing I learned is that building spam sites freaking sucks. It sucks the life out of you. You are building total shit and you know it. You are doing it because it is the only way you know of to make money online. You think that banging out hundreds of these whatevermykeywordis.com sites is the only real way to do this. I am telling you that you are wrong.

There is another way.

You can actually build sites that provide real value to people and profit from it along the way. You aren’t going to have the resources to build hundreds of them every year. However, you will be able to maintain a solid dozen or so sites that are actually enjoyable to work on.

The trick is to match a monetization model with an interest of yours. You need to find the ideal monetization method for whatever your particular interest is. Maybe that is directing traffic to a Clickbank product. Maybe that is directing traffic to Ebay’s affiliate program. Maybe that is building a very niche specific website that displays Pay per click advertising.

People go wrong with these mass Adsense sites

A lot of people in the internet marketing business like to build websites that earn their primary revenue from Google Adsense. This is a worthy goal. An awful lot of sites out there are so generic though that their pages end up showing Google public service advertisements.

That is a clear cut sign that you are monetizing the wrong way. You are showing Google ads on pages that have no commercial value. You probably think that every page on your site has commercial value, but you are wrong. If there are no advertisers bidding on the keywords that your page is targeting, then there simply aren’t any good ads to show on that page. If you show PSA on the page, your CTR will totally suck. If you are showing ads on every page, it probably already sucks. This is very common among people who have never looked into the right way to use Adsense.

Your ad network ends up getting priced by Google for its ridiculously low CTR. You end up getting a really low dollar amount for clicks instead of getting top dollar.

Adsense works best when you show the ads only to organic traffic. Then you get much higher CTR. Plus that traffic actually converts for the advertiser. You end up creating a very profitable place for an advertiser to buy advertising. Guess what happens next? Yup. Advertisers start bidding against one another to show their ads on your super profitable website.

If you create a niche site like this properly, you can routinely get clicks that pay more than $1. In fact, you can get ads that pay several dollars per click. If the site is well done and the advertising positioned properly, you could easily maintain an average CTR no lower than 15%.
You could have a dozen or so of these kinds of sites earning a few hundred dollars per month each. That is a great way to make bank.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

How Do You Help Your Blogger Friends?


How Do You Help Your Blogger Friends

One of the great parts of getting involved with blogging communities like Bloggerluv and with other individual blogs is the opportunity to build friendships. Friendships are beneficial in so many ways that are obvious and some ways that are not so obvious. I like to help my blogger friends out without ever having them ask for help. That is how you let them know what kind of person you really are.

For example, there is a guy, Rob Sellen, who has a blog about making money online. Now Rob never asked me for a link. We haven’t been friends all that long. We don’t know each other well enough to be asking favors like that. But, I know what kind of guy he is from reading his blog. I have seen how he has stood up for other people who are friends of his and he looks to have pretty decent common sense. I know that we are likely to become decent friends. I intend to speed the process up a little bit by sending little favors his way.

One way I can do that is by creating that link above here using the keywords “make money online.” When Google and the other search engines spider this post, they will chalk up one more vote for Rob’s blog. Plus they will want to rank it a little better for the term “make money online.”

Now, this blog of mine is brand new and it doesn’t yet have a ton of respect from Google or any other search engine for that matter. Rob’s blog has a lot more respect than mine does because his homepage is PR4. Hopefully in a few months, after I have built enough links back to my site through blog commenting, maybe mine will have some juice to pass around. Then those people who are friends of mine will really appreciate it when I do something like that.

Even though this one little plug for his site isn’t going to make a huge difference to him or his business, I know that it will help build a little kinship between us that will hopefully grow over time. That is my destination here. Someday when our friendship is more mature, I might send Rob a little personal email that says, “Hey Rob. I have a new website project called whateverwebsite.com that I am working on. I am trying to get it to rank for whatever my keyword is. If you know anywhere I can get links for it or you know anyone else in this niche who might be interested in some cross promotions, then please let me know.”

When I do that, there is a pretty good chance that he might think, “Heck yeah. TTP has always been generous with me. He is a cool cat. I think my buddy Tom has a website that could throw her an awesome link. I should tell Tom about him.” Or maybe Rob will just decide to throw that link in place from his website. Or even more likely, just because we would have a good friendship, Rob might decide to be really generous without me even asking for a link. Maybe he will link to it automatically without me ever having to suggest it. That is the best of all.

Plus, those kinds of links are the links that really make a web page move up in the search results. A contextual link from a popular well connected and well trusted blog page will definitely get me a substantial bump.

Now imagine if I had one hundred friends like Rob. If I had a hundred friends willing to help me out just as much as I am willing to help them out, then I could have a dozen or so decent websites that are fun to work on that also rank well for moderately competitive and highly lucrative keywords. Yeah baby. That is what I am talking about.

Then I spend my days writing about things that I enjoy writing about and spreading the love to all of my friends. What better possible scenario for making a living can you possibly think of? You get to do something you actually love to do, something that is personally rewarding, in a setting that is low stress, working for yourself at a great pay scale when you consider how low your cost of overhead is.

Can I get a hell yeah!

Other bloggers who know how to make money

Since I already wrote this post, I should probably throw a shout out to a couple other people who I haven’t mentioned before. There is my friend Jenny who recently posted about long tail and short tail keywords over at her blog. Every blogger who wants to build websites for organic search engine traffic needs to thoroughly understand keywords, especially long tail and short tail differences.

I also want to throw a shout out to Dazzlin Donna who has an affiliate conversion formula that some of you might be interested in. I haven’t bought his program so I can’t honestly vouch for it, but from the sales copy it sure looks like he knows what he is talking about. And I happen to know a thing or two about affiliate marketing and conversions.


Friday, August 21, 2015

10 Tips To Start An Online Store


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Are you good at advertisement and designing? Do you want to earn a lot of money without having to run around? Are you well versed with the internet? Then just follow these 10 easy tips and start an online store that will keep money flowing into your bank!

Starting Off

It is great if you can start an online store with your own domain. However, nowadays you need not even make that much of effort! You do not necessarily need your own domain to start online stores! You just need to follow the important links and register yourself to start online stores! That is how simple it is to start off with this amazing idea!

Choose an Idea

It is important to make your store stand out and this is possible if you do some research and choose a topic or a theme for the store. Pick up a topic that you are well versed with and read up on it to add to your expertise! Make sure that the products you want to sell are in keeping with this topic so that your customers are impressed with the focus of your store! It is sure to attract a lot of buyers!

Adding to the Attraction

To add to the market value make sure that your online store?s address is attractive and innovative and so is the template that you choose so that it is in keeping with the store? spirit.

Know What you Sell

Provide your customers with a detailed description of the products that you display so that they can easily choose the product of their choice. It will also bring them back to your store because of the informative element that it adds to your online store.

Shopping Carts

Make sure that the shopping cart that you choose for yourself adds to the convenience of your store. A good shopping cart can make your store that much more accessible and will add strength to the infrastructure of the store. People are always attracted to stores that are easy to get reached and well structured.

Product Inventory

It is essential that you pay enough attention to products inventories. Make sure that you are putting the best products that you have in a place that makes them easily visible. This will help you sell more and earn better profits!

Shipping

Your delivery methods must be easy and reliable. Offering proper and cheap shipping facilities will surely add to the attraction of your online store.

Ecommerce
It is important that you be well trained in ecommerce services in order to ensure better gains and to manage the store better! In fact you can sharpen your skills in this respect through various ecommerce tutorials that are easily available. A small preparation can work wonders when it comes to start online stores!

Publicize

You should advertise and publicize your store through articles on the store and the major products displayed in it. This is only the best way to create much needed enthusiasm and interest about the store.

Keeping a Record

You are advised to keep a record about the visitors and customers of your store. This will help you manage the store better and expand your profit opportunities.

This is all you need to start online stores and see it growing stronger and more popular! Just follow these simple tips and you can gain and profit more than you had ever expected from your brand new online store!


Thursday, August 20, 2015

How To Create a Content Calendar?


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One week in. Take a moment, look back and see what you’ve been able to accomplish. You have at least 5 blog posts already, a killer new theme, a clear idea of your brand identity and who your audience is, as well as how you will reach them. There is a lot of good information in your head and now it’s time to get it all ironed out and plotted so you can start sharing it with the people who matter most – your readers.

Why It’s Important:

A good content calendar does a few things. First, it ensures you have enough ideas that you don’t get bogged down by writer’s block at any point. Second, it makes it easier to get ahead of the curve, having blog posts ready to publish before publication date. This is vital so that a small hiccup in your schedule doesn’t completely derail all the hard work you’ve done.

A good blog is like a consecutive starts streak in baseball. You can start 2,632 times in your career but if there were 2,633 games and you missed one, you won’t beat the streak. Your blog is only as powerful as the consistency you put into it. So, make sure you are ready at all times. A content calendar makes this much easier to do.

To Do List:

1. Brainstorm a List of 20 Topics

It’s early, but I like to have a huge list of content topics in front of me at all times. So sit down and write up 20 topics about whatever you can think about in your niche. They can be directly related to what you want to write about or they can be completely unrelated topics, but make sure you have at least 20 of them.

2. Check Competitor Sites

If you’re running out of ideas at any point or if you simply don’t know where to start, go to a blog (or multiple blogs) in your niche and look at what your competitors are writing about. Don’t steal anything, but don’t be afraid to jot down quick ideas for what you can build on. You’ll be surprised by how many options are here to grow out your site. Heck, you might even come up with some really killer topics that don’t match your original outlines.

3. Create a Spreadsheet

In Excel or Numbers, or if you have neither you can use Google Drive, create a quick spreadsheet. Jot down all the content topics you brainstormed in step one and step two in the spreadsheet.

This will be where you keep all of your topic ideas. I like Google Drive, simply because I can add to it from anywhere, and I can share with people if someone wants to contribute a guest post.

4. Make a List of Content Types You Want to Make

Right now all you have is rough topics. Now, ask yourself how you want to present that information. Remember, you don’t have to write everything you think of. Especially if you’re not a prolific writer, you may want to do a lot of videos. Maybe you would prefer to make infographics or a podcast – whatever you decide you want to make, make a list now and start matching them to the content topics developed in step one.

5. Generate Hooks for Your Content

You don’t have to do this for everything on your list, but you should start doing it with the ones you like the most. The goal here is to make sure that when you are writing any of them you have enough information in your head or written down to get going.

Here’s why I do this.

Imagine you have a genius idea – one that you think could really go viral, so you write down the title of that topic and come back to it two weeks later to work on.

But you have no idea what you were thinking when you wrote that title down – what the heck is a “content storm”?

Whenever you add something to your content calendar, write a short hook or description of what it will be about. This can be the first paragraph of the blog post, a short synopsis of what you want to cover in that blog post, or even just a joke or hook that you can use to build from. The goal is to ensure you remember exactly what your great idea was so the writing goes more smoothly.

Start Writing

Now start writing. You will probably notice that throughout this 30 day action plan I don’t often tell you to write a blog post. Instead, every day I have you working on something new. That’s because you should always be writing. Everybody has a different schedule and a different style of writing that works for them. So, if it works for you to sit down and write 10 blog posts in one day, do it. If you prefer to write one every day for the next week, do that. Blogging is flexible – as long as you are consistent and post on schedule, it works.

Just make sure you start writing. I’m not to remind you every day to do it. Instead, you should enter it into your calendar or to do list and take care of it whenever works best for your schedule each day.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

How to Comment On The Blogs?


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Okay so you have a nice big list of sites on which to comment. Now it is time to start commenting. Today’s tasks will not be one time tasks. Like the writing, link building and review writing tasks we’ve already started these will become regular tasks that will help to build your site over time.

Specifically, we are going to start commenting on other blog posts and interacting with people actively on other sites, like Facebook and Twitter as well as other major blogs. The goal being to create an active conversation between you and other people in your niche that can one day send you traffic in turn.

Why It’s Important:

Blogging is a social activity. Blogs are successful because they create ongoing relationships with people and drive traffic to and from multiple blogs. If you are really interested in having a large volume of traffic coming to your site, one of the first things you need to do is create a relationship with the people who visit your site. That’s what today’s tasks will do.

Like most of the stuff in this action plan, this needs to be done regularly to get the full effect. If you stop doing it because you are bored with it or because you don’t feel you have time, you will lose an exponential source of traffic and credibility in your niche.

To Do List:

1. Post 3-5 Comments Per New Post You Write

How many comments you post on other blogs will depend almost entirely on the number of posts you write for your own blog. However, if you don’t read a lot of other blogs, I want you to set a minimum quota. For me, that quota is 3 to 5 comments for every new post that I write. This allows me to link directly to that post as well as the homepage and to grow the volume of traffic to my site.

2. Find 2-3 Thought Leader Blogs and Focus Your Efforts Here to Start

At the same time, you shouldn’t post your comments on dozens and dozens of blogs. If you have limited time, I recommend you choose two or three thought leaders in your niche and post a lot of comments on those blogs. At the same time, post a number of comments on various other blogs. You should have list of between 40 and 100 blogs to choose from, so make sure you’re spreading your comment love equally among all of them.

3. Do the Same on Facebook and Twitter

These days, one of the most effective ways to drive traffic back to your site is through social media. So don’t limit your interaction to just blog comments. Look for ways to post comments to people’s shares on Facebook and Twitter among other places. There are many options for how to interact with people on both Facebook and Twitter, but you need to make sure you’re following those people as well.

4. Deep Link to Your Posts from These Comments

Last but not least, make sure you are deep linking to your own posts from the comments you place. I don’t recommend using anchor text names – use your real name – but you can use specific links to blog posts on your site. Look for ones that are specifically related to whatever post your comments. This is much easier if someone has the CommentLuv plugin, but you can still link to specific posts if they don’t. Just make sure your comments offer real value to the readers of that blog.

I usually do three deep links and two homepage links for every five comments I leave on other blogs.


Tuesday, August 18, 2015

What is Search Engine Optimization?


Search Engine Optimization

In this post we will talk about the early days of search engines, explaining how Google revolutionized the segment and how search engine optimization was born.

A Brief History of Search Engines

In the early days of the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee himself was responsible for maintaining a list of all the webservers around the world. Once the Web started growing, however, keeping up with it manually became an impossible task.

That is when researchers started working on robots that would be able to gather and index the Web pages automatically. Probably the first web robot (also called “spider”) ever created was the World Wide Web Wandered, created by Matthew Gray from the MIT, in 1993. With the information that the spider gathered Matthew built an index of web pages, called Wandex.

Late in 1993 JumpStation was launched, and it can be considered the first real web search engine. One can say that because JumpStation was the first tool to combine the three features that define a search engine:

1. the ability to crawl web pages,

2. the ability to index those web pages in a logical fashion, and

3. the ability to let users search among the indexed pages.

The earliest spiders only had the ability to look at URLs and page titles, ignoring what was inside the page. In 1994, however, the first spiders that could “read” the internal content of web pages appeared online. This feature enabled users to search for Web pages containing specific words, and it became the standard in search.

Also in 1994 the first hierarchical web directory was launched, and this project eventually was renamed Yahoo!.

The next few years saw an explosive growth in web crawling and indexing technologies, and that is also the period where many search engines emerged, including MetaCrawler, Magellan, Excite, Infoseek, The Mining Company, Direct Hit, and many others. These early search engines relied heavily on on-site and on-page factors to determine relevancy.

In 1998 the Google search engine was launched, based on a project named “BackRub,” developed by Larry Page and Sergey Brin at the University of Stanford. The idea behind Google was quite revolutionary, and it enabled the company to grow at a stunning pace and to become the dominant player in the search segment.

Google and the PageRank Revolution

The breakthrough idea behind Google was to analyze the relationships between the websites and pages (practically speaking, the human-generated links between them) to determine the relevancy of those pages to specific search queries. The Google founders hypothesized that the number and quality of the links pointing to a specific page would be a good indicator of its overall quality and relevancy. In other words, each link could be seen as a vote of trust from one website to another. It turned out that such a hypothesis was right on the mark.

The link based algorithm was vastly superior, and Google gobbled up market share and eventually reduced many of the original search engines to second tier status. The search engine world had been reduced to a few key players: Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, and Ask. At one point Yahoo even used Google’s search results instead of it’s own.

Google patented the system, and called it PageRank.

Reverse Engineering the Algorithm

Once Google’s algorithm had been around for awhile, people began to experiment and reverse engineer it. On the first iteration, the algorithm was very linear, meaning that the page with the highest number of links ranked on top. If you then consider that e-commerce was becoming popular around the same period, you can see that there was significant money to be made by making web pages rank well for specific keywords.

As a result, an underground economy emerged, based on exchanging, trading, buying and selling links. To combat this, Google made a significant change to the algorithm, removing the assumption that all links were to be considered equal. Links from trusted sources such as the New York Times became more valuable than links from smaller websites. Most experts agree that these changes were based on the Hilltop Algorithm Research Paper. While it’s unlikely that the changes are identical to those described in the document, there is quite a bit of similarity and it was probably used as the basis for the algorithm upgrade.

The Era of Search Engine Optimization

In the late 1990s and early 2000s three factors affected the way people and companies used the Internet.

First of all more and more people started using search engines to find information on the Web. Secondly, companies offering products and services online started to realize that appearing among the first results will significantly impact their exposure and overall profitability. Thirdly, figuring out what was required to rank in the top positions for a particular keyword or search query was becoming less obvious as the search algorithms became more and more complex.

The combination of those three factors gave rise to the Search Engine Optimization field, also called SEO, and to professionals that worked exclusively trying to understand search engines.

In some cases these people turned to nefarious actions to trick the search engines into seeing what they wanted. In other cases people adjusted and improved their website in legitimate ways to help the search engines understand the websites they were crawling. This dichotomy can be seen even today, where one approach is called Blackhat SEO and the other Whitehat SEO.

The next most significant event in Google evolution occurred in the Google Patent of 2006. Compared to other Google search documents, this was fairly significant and difficult to read. However, it did contain many clues about the direction Google was moving regarding link growth, document freshness, link churn, and other date based factors. Again, it’s unlikely that this document represented everything that was going to change in the algorithm, but two years later many things that resembled the patent appeared to be at work in the algorithm.

Another important document was a leaked Google internal document, called “Guidelines for Quality Raters.” This document was written for remote Google quality raters and served as a guideline for what Google considered quality and what it didn’t. The fact that the document is written in plain English and without legal jargon makes this an easy but important document to read (click here to download the PDF document).

Experimenting With and Understanding Algorithms

Modern day SEO has evolved tremendously, and it’s important for people involved with this field to keep track of and understand any search engine patents, official, unofficial, and leaked documents. Sometimes these documents are long and difficult to read, but they are still worth dissecting, as they give you some first hand knowledge about trends and upcoming changes.

Modern search algorithms are complicated things, as they take into account over 200 different factors. The first limitation that we have, therefore, is the fact that it is nearly impossible to test any of those individual factors in isolation. To amend this problem, most professional SEOs have a few test websites that they use to monitor algorithm changes.

If you want to stay abreast of what is happening in the segment, It’s also important that you develop a network of trusted and experienced friends with whom you can discuss search related matters. This exchange of information gives you more insight into problems, and a fresh set of eyes can often see things that you miss.



Also Read What Is SEO And Why use SEO?

Action Points

1. Review the three features that define a web search engine.

2. Examine the Google Patent mentioned in this lesson to get familiar with how those documents look.

3. If you want to understand how Google sees search queries and how it tries to optimize the search results, download and read the “Guidelines for Quality Raters” leaked document mentioned in this lesson.

If search engine optimization will be an important part of your business, consider setting up one or more test sites where you can experiment with SEO factors without messing up your main site.


 
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