Month: November 2011

Create a piece of web that really matters to your visitors

When I first decided to try out the web for profit, some of my friends said about their friend’s brother who’s doing really well online. All they did was putting together a site with useful website links and the adsense cash started to flow. Later I learned a lot more things about the web 2.0 and how websites make traffic and money. Now I know that putting some links to content won’t help you to build a big time website/ blog.

Create a piece of web that really matters to your visitors blogkori

Create a website, where you produce the content

Some people also start a website with shared contents like YouTube videos. Why people would come to you if the video is available in YouTube? Instead of sharing, create your own content like videos, audio and text posts.

Give solutions, not links

I see a lot of website putting links to another website. A web surfer doesn’t like a link list but they like the solution. When asking a link from another site, the site would love to link to the original site instead of your link list. When people come to your site through the search, they would love to read it here without clicking to another page.

Solutions that worked!

Create website content about something that really worked for you. For an example, I wrote two different articles in my blog,

7 Ways how to get more comments on your blog post
I tripled my comments count and how you can do it too?

Both of the articles are almost same but one article is about tips and the other one is about real & proven results. People love to read that really worked and want to see the results.

A blend of contents

A website isn’t perfect and it won’t be. A mix of shared content, links to useful articles and the majority of your own content can help you build an attractive website. What do you think?

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Setting up successful out posts to brand your blog

Blogging is not about think, write and publish -it’s all about the marketing strategy. Have you ever imagined why lots of other new blogs are getting higher traffic volumes than you do? Why new sites are getting better page ranks and why such a low quality articles are getting bookmarked? The reason is they did other things instead of writing articles. On this article I’m going to write about blog out posts and how to successfully use them for your site.

Blog, out posts are just like outlets of shops and different companies. The main goal is not about the sales everytime, it’s about getting noticed. Have you thought that before why celebrities appear on TV shows? Why business people appear on conferences? or why companies open an outlet on business expos? The reason for them is to show up their selves in front of people. This is why we need to put our blog’s brand in different places of the internet. Let see couple of examples,

1. BlogCatalog

As a blogger you must have a BlogCatalog account. This is the ideal place to meet bloggers, a community dedicated to bloggers. Submit your blog and get listed. Their search engine won’t send you much traffic, but new bloggers will find your blog from BC. You can also join the discussion, make friends and can create a group about your brand.

blogcatalog bloggers community blogkori

2. MyBlogLog

MyBlogLog is the famous community to have you blog listed. It’s the oldest blog community engine and it has lots of benefits. Sign up for MyBlogLog with your Yahoo ID and submit your blog. Get new community members, message them, create a widget and get statistics. Join BlogKori on myBlogLog.

mybloglog community of blogkori

3. Facebook

Facebook is a must have out post. A lot of people use facebook and off course the non tech savvy people are the majority. A facebook addict will search on facebook after they hear about your brand. Now you can create two things for your blog in facebook, a page or a group. Setting a group is easy and invite your FB friends to make it crowdy. You can create a fan page for your blog and it’ll be much more appreciated. Be a fan of BlogKori on Facebook.

New facebook fan page of blogkori

4. Twitter

Ahh, this is the latest trend of web 2.0. Tech savvy people will search for your official twitter home, twitter.com/your-name. This is a must have out post for your blog. Try to have your name on twitter like, twitter.com/blogkori. If you’re not using the account, then do what I did with my account,

twitter page of blogkori

5. Social profiles

You must use other social bookmarking sites like StumbleUpon, Digg, Delicious and many more. Don’t forget to add your blog link and write a short bio about it. These will work as your other out posts.

6. Article directories

Write some articles on article directories such as Ezine Articles and E-articles.info. Add your blog link on those articles. There are other popular services like Squidoo and Hubpages where you can put your brand. The best way to use these two sites as your out post is to create a self made wiki about your blog.

7. Guest posts

Guest posts can be used as an out post too. Look around your blog niche and connect with your fellow authors. Write some interesting articles for them and this will give you a chance to appear infront of a new audience.

Using landing pages

You might want to keep the visitors coming from your out posts. The best way to send them to a customized page is to use a landing page. Read this article: Lets create an effecting landing page to welcome new visitors!

Are you working on out posts?

So are you planning on creating out posts? Tell me about some of your important out posts and how you’re using them?

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10 Things you need to get started in Freelancing online

I’m a freelance web designer and I do web designing for companies and individuals. At start (on June 2009) I started off doing it from odesk and it’s a great platform for freelancers like us to get started and find work. Now days I get offers directly through email and my new clients are being referred by my older clients. I still receive emails, messages and question asking how do I get started in freelancing? So here’s an article which will help you prepare yourself to get started on freelancing online.

1 Have a good schedule

It’s up to you whenever you want to do the work, but you have to come up with a regular time and schedule; such as you will work from Monday to Friday, that’s cool or you can also choose to work only in Saturday and Sundays. At the same time you have to come up with working hours too. Your clients who will provide the work, they have to understand about your working hours so they can be able to find you in that time.

2 Have your tools ready!

Working online requires a computer and internet connection. Make sure you have a good computer, compatible enough to handle your work load. If you are doing data entry/ virtual assistant jobs, then having a minimal PC is okay but if you are doing web/ graphics design or photo editing, then you have to buy and expensive one. You have to need 24 hours or internet access or at-least when your working hours are.

3 Softwares for your job

Depending on your work, choose the most appropriate softwares you need. You only need a word processor when you are dealing with writing. As a web designer I use plenty of applications such as photo editor, web design software, flash application and many more online. You have to make sure you have access, plus knowledge over what application you are using and it’s a popular one.

4 Find a good outsourcing marketplace

As a beginner, nobody knows about your skills and what you can do so it’s best to get associated with one of the marketplaces you like. I highly recommend odesk, and it has given me a carrier. There are plenty more out there like Guru, RentACoder, ScriptLance, Elance etc but make sure you focus on one marketplace than having your face on all of them. I had success in odesk just because I was into it until I got my first job and never lost hope.

5 Build an online portfolio

Nothing works best than having an online portfolio; take a look at my portfolio here: blogkori.com/hire-me now the idea came to me when most of my clients wanted to see my portfolio. I have portfolio in odesk but the problem is nothing is organized properly. So when I created a portfolio here at my blog, I started to get more clients over time. Even great, I had this portfolio rank well in google for “Thesis Theme Design” and having a google page rank of 3. People started to find my portfolio through google. You should create your own portfolio by building a website/ blog.. trust me, it will pay off!

6 Socialize yourself

Don’t just sit there and spend all the time working on projects. Use facebook to expand your network. The more contacts you have, then more the chances you will get for future projects. I’m using facebook from 2007 and that time I connected with few different people online including Courtney Engle. We are great friends and always chat about things here and there. Last year she hired me to help in her social media business and that’s a great example of getting work from social media. Till now I’m connected with her and more work is about to come from her side. As the same way you can use linkedin, twitter and other social media networks.

7 Have most ways to connect with you

You need to have the most ways to get connected such as email, yahoo messenger, google talk, msn, irc, icq etc. Skype is the most popular among buyers around the world and it helps you to make free pc to pc calls. The more options you provide, the more chances you have to get a job.

8 Start a blog

There’s no such social media better than blogging. The number one benefit to blogging is, it’s super SEO friendy. Write your experiences, how you achieved different things and how you solved a problem. People will start to read your blog and soon they will convert into buyers. Start blogging.

9 Learn new skills and stay updated

Internet changes everyday and so does the job market. Don’t just stay there with you basic word processing knowledge. Learn new things and apply them. The more you learn, the more you are valuable as a provider. Stay updated with latest trends and technology.

10 Be detail oriented and professional

What ever you do, try to see it as the buyer -if you were the one taking this, would you like this finished product? Be detail oriented and perfectionist. It will take more time to complete but is worth the time. One of my client Mark Wright helped me to learn this valuable lesson. One of my other client said: “People who provide much more detail, get paid more.”

Bonus! Be helpful and give something they didn’t expected

Even if you have completed the assignment, your buyer may still need some last minute tweaks. Be helpful to provide the service free of charge. And try to solve their problem. Don’t act like that you have a hurry and need to end the assignment, ask them if there’s anything more you can help them out with. In this way, you will have a good reputation and it will help you get more work in the long term.

Have your say

  • Are you working as a freelancer?
  • How do you handle your clients?
  • Do you have anything more to add here?

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Should I show my feedburner feed counter or not?

One of the coolest feature of feedburner is the feedburner feed counter chicklet. You have seen it on lots of blogs and wondered how they got 1000, 5000 or even 10,000 RSS readers? It looks impressive and you want to show up your own counter too, but is it the right time to put it up on your site?

Should I show my feedburner feed counter or not? blogkori

When I first started my blog and setup my feedburner account, I showed my RSS counter widget. The number was 02. The next day it was 5 and then again it was 3. Then one of my friends said to remove it, because a low number sends away new readers.

For an example, if you visit a blog for the first time and see 10 people are reading this blog, then you won’t be interested in that blog. The blog must have other valuable aspect before you can subscribe to that blog. The reality is, people love to follow a crowd. They want to be among with the large audience. As a beginner, you must wait until the counter reaches 50 or even more.

A couple of hundreds isn’t enough every time!

100-200 RSS readers won’t be enough to attract all new visitors. Some people read big blogs with 10,000+ readers. So its better not to show your RSS feed counter until it reaches 1000.

Hide and let them imagine!

If you write great quality articles, your readers will think you have a nice reader’s base. Hide your RSS reader and let them wonder, how many people are reading the blog.

A big RSS readership is a great social proof

Having a big RSS number makes new visitors stick to your blog and come back. This is one of the great things to attract direct advertisers.

One last thing for RSS readers

It’s bad to only support a blog with a big RSS number. There are lots of small blogs with outstanding content. You should subscribe by the quality of the articles and not because of the high number!

Have your say

Do you show your RSS feed counter?
How many subscribers you have?
Did I miss anything?

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Some quick tips to make your blogger(blogspot) blog SEO friendly

Blogger is a free platform for bloggers and it’s one of the most popular and a powerful blog platform. A blogger blog can be tweek and hacked for almost every need of a user and it’s owned by Google, so you get some search juice.

By default, every blogger blog is SEO optimized but it could be lost if you use a highly complicated theme and add lots of hacks into the template. Here are some quick tips to make your blogger(blogspot) blog SEO friendly,

1. Google webmaster tools

Sign up for Google webmaster tools and add your site. You can then optimize your site like checking backlinks, crawl status and rate. By using Google webmaster tool, you can give access to your blog directly.

2. Use a sitemap

Google can index all of your blog pages automatically but if you provide a Sitemap(the list with all pages of your site) then google can search easily. Blogger sitemap is, your-blog.blogspot.com/atom.xml. You can also create a custom post with all of your page links to create a custom sitemap.

3. Use a simple template

Most of the bloggers like to have a cool looking template like those cool wordpress templates. WordPress templates are made of lots of PHP files and blogger have only one HTML file. When a designer creates a blogger template from a wordpress template, it becomes very complicative for search bots to index pages. Try to use simple templates with less coding.

4. Avoid too many flash, java and ajex codes

Some bloggers (like me) likes to hack every part of their blogger blog with widgets, codes and everything. The more things you are adding, the template is becoming more complicated, making your blog SEO un-friendly.

5. Meta Tags

Use meta tags in your blogger blog to get better search rankings

6. Anchor text, interlink and backlinks

Interlink your posts with each other and use anchor texts. Get some backlinks from related blogs. The more quality backlinks you have, the more search rank you’ll get.

7. Parmalinks with keywords

A typical blogger parmalink is, your-blog.blogspot.com/2009/01/Some-quick-tips-to-make.html -now the words on the parmalink will benefit your search status. But look at the title, “Some quick tips to make your blogger(blogspot) blog SEO friendly” -the main keywords from the title are, blogger, blogspot, blog and seo. You can’t change the parmalink parameter of blogger and it adds only first 4-5 words as the parmalink. So you have to change the title like this, “SEO friendly blogger(blogspot) blog -how to do it?” then the parmalink will be: your-blog.blogspot.com/2009/01/seo-friendly-bloggerblogspot-blog.html

8. Labels and pings

Use related labels with your blogger posts. Use lots of related labels which will help you in technorati traffic because the labels on blogger works like technorati tags. Whenever you post a new article, use Ping-o-matic to ping search engines, which will inform search bots to crawl your blog.

Have your say

  • Do you use blogger(blogspot) platform?
  • How you made your blog SEO friendly?
  • Did I miss anything?

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Under 18 Entrepreneurs: Lets start Your Own Service Based Business Online

Hi young entrepreneurs, you always wanted to start your own business online, or at least wanted to earn some money online. With this guide you will learn the ways to start your very own service based business online and start making money offering your services. Now I will recommend you to start your business online -why?

Building A Business Online Costs Less

Yes of course it costs less comparing to an actual business; your website can be your office, just like it is for me. All you need is a domain name and a web hosting service. Additionally you might need some help to design your website or write content for the site. After that you are ready to start your very own online business.

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How to create some unique and useful HTML elements for your blog?

This is a tutorial about some of the elements I’ve inserted in my blog using HTML codes. I use blogger platform which can be customized in every way you want. The template I’m using is a free blogger template but I’ve customized it for a great outlook. By the way, I’m not a programmer. I have just learned those few codes while blogging.

I hope you will find them useful and please stumble and delicious it before you go. Please do ask me a question if you faced any trouble using them. Here they are,

Top tab
Most of the custom templates got a top tab where you can add your blog links like home, about page, contact page etc. If your template doesn’t have one, or you are using a classic template then create one. Here is the top tab of tamalanwar.com (by the way, I’ve changed the template, take a look)

Create a new HTML page element and insert this code,

<p>
<a href='http://yoursite.com/page1'>link1</a> |
<a href='http://yoursite.com/page2'>link2</a> |
<a href='http://yoursite.com/page3'>link3</a> |
<a href='http://yoursite.com/page4'>link4</a> |
<a href='http://yoursite.com/page5'>link5</a> |
</p>

Welcome note
You can see the welcome note of blogkori. To create this I’ve used only plain text and added some HTML’s for those links,

<p>
Some text <a href='http://yoursite.com/link1'>Link 1</a> some more text <a href='http://yoursite.com/link2'>Link 2</a> some more text.
</p>

Categories
Instead of “Labels” -I’ve created special categories of each tags so that it will look more professional. The url of each label is, https://blogkori.com/search/label/tutorials

If you want to control how many articles a category will show in the next page, add the extra code: https://blogkori.com/search/label/tutorials?max-results=5 -Add those categories one by one as a link list

Archives
If you want to show the monthly archive pages of your blogger blog, then add this address: https://blogkori.com/2008_11_01_archive.html -(2008_November_01) -Add this like a link list too.

Love Roll
An updated blog roll with author’s picture and a description as a tooltip. Read this article to know how I created this element.

Favicon
You can create a favicon of your blogger blog or any platform you use. Read this article: Add a Favicon in your blog
Removing the blogger navigation bar
You can remove the blogger navigation bar from blogger templates to make your blog look professional. Read this article: Removing the blogger navigation bar from a template

Social buttons on your articles
If you want to add delicious, stumble, digg buttons in your articles, check the tutorial page of Antonio’s woork blog.

I hope you will find them useful and please stumble and delicious it before you go. Please do ask me a question if you faced any trouble using them.

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Earn money online to search, shopping and to complete offers

Online money making is the coolest thing you can do from home and why not convert your daily internet activities into cash? There are lots of websites and services out there which pays for your efforts online and you don’t need a website/ blog to earn money online.

Get paid to search with Scour

Scour is a cool website that pays you to search the internet using their search engine. It’s a combination of google, yahoo and bing search engine and it’s what you do everyday, why not get paid to search? They will give you points to search, vote and contribute; you can then exchange the points for $25, $50 or $100 Visa gift cards. I had wrote a post about scour before and today I found this post about getting paid from scour which made me inspire to buzz it again.

See Tori getting her scour gift card,

Scour.com NOT A SCAM - Proof of Payment

Get paid to search and telling your friends from SwagBucks

SwagBucks is a website A NETWORK that allows you to search, shop, completing offers or referring your friends for money. Use this service to search sing google and ask. The more you search, you will get points each month which you can redeem for gift cards, shopping cards and stuffs.

Earn money online with swagbucks

SwagBucks gives you points for each search and you can collect those points for amazon gift cards and even paypal cash cards. There are 200+ vendors to shop from SwagBucks.

Paid to survey, deals, paid to click (PTC) with MyPoints

earn money, rebates and deals with mypoints

MyPoints is a cool network where you can search for cool deals, offers, coupons to buy goodies and get points. You get surveys and can earn free points. You can redeem cool gift cards from iTunes, Amazon and many more marchants available. This is huge site for shopping online and get rebates.

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10 Things you can do for your blog, when you are away from your pc -using just a phone

Blogging is just like a virus when you are getting addicted in it. You have to keep in touch with your blog and your online network. It’s easy to do it with a laptop when you are away but what if you only have your phone? To do this you will need an internet enabled mobile phone with some nice data plans. Here are the things you can do with your mobile phone for your blog,

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1. Check emails, send emails: You can use your phone to check emails and send replies. It’s easy to login to your email account with your phone for checking emails. You will know about important things to do and re-organize your schedule.

2. Read and moderate blog comments: Some of the comments systems like Disqus will send you emails when you will get a comment on your blog. You can see the comment, approve it, reply to it or even delete it. This will help you to keep the freshness of a comment discussion.

3. Micro blogging: Sites like twitter and plurk are great solutions to share information and status among your network. Micro blogging is the fast and easy way for fun, network and profit. You can download some applications in your phone to access the account or you can even use the text message service to update your status.

4. Social networking: You can use social networking sites with your mobile phone too. This will help you to keep in touch with your network. Most of the popular networks like Facebook, MySpace, YouTube or even Digg have their mobile sites.

5. Read RSS feeds: You can read your favorite blogs in your mobile phone. Google reader and other readers like Bloglines has mobile versions where you can read RSS feeds. Reading from a mobile device may be much tougher because you have to scroll a lot, so you can quickly check the headlines of those blogs.

6. Post images & videos from your phone: Some of the new features of different blogging platform is to post directly from your mobile phone. Shoot an image and send it to your blog and your readers will be able to see it. Blogger platform allows you to post images to your blog from your phone.

7. Check traffic status: It would be hard for you to check your blog traffic status from Google analytics with your mobile because you will need flash player. So sign up for other simple traffic status sites like SiteMeter. You can easily see your traffic stats from your mobile. You will know how much traffic you are getting to your blog.

8. Chat with your phone: It’s possible to chat with your friends with your mobile phone. You can use SMS, yahoo messenger or even any other third party chat application. Use chat to connect with your friends in real time.

9. Generate ideas for your blog: Use your mobile phone as your notepad. Write down all of the ideas, keywords and every topic you wish to blog. Use the voice recorder to record ideas or even use the video recorder.

10. Browse your blog: See your blog from your cell phone and get the experience. If it’s not looking nice, then make a mobile version of your blog. This way you will open up another way to explore your blog.

11. Bonus: And do you know, you can also call your friends and connect with them? Don’t forget that mobile phones are for call, so use that for your blog too!

12. Add another tip: What is your experience with mobile communications? Tell me some of your own opinion about using the mobile phone for your blog.

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An Overview of Mofuse Premium [Video]

Mofuse premium overview

This is my first video post and I’m so much excited to present it. I discussed a few aspects from the Mofuse Premium service, as they are offering an outstanding service which helps you to mobilize your website/ blog. The making was extremely hard and I was doing mistakes in every take.. the director Hac Himel did a great job with the video and he kept motivating me for doing it better.

So enjoy this video post and leave a feedback on what do you think about it.

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