If you are thinking that you can only make a few dollars from blogging, then its wrong. “So what else can I get from blogging?” Its true that many people start a blog to earn money online because they have seen other bloggers who are making kick ass money from their blogs. Money is the greatest motivation and in the beginning I was excited to be a better blogger when I first discovered that I am allowed to make money from my free blog.
Being a better blogger not just only makes you money, it has other surprises too. The greatest thing about blogging is that, many people can know about you. Your readers will be your fans and supporters, they will mail you and connect with you in other social sites and they will talk about you. Being a remarkable blogger is just like being a celebrity, and who doesn’t wants to be one?
The next great thing about blogging is that, you can build yourself as a great writer on your specific topic. People will likely to learn about you and you can be able to motivate people. You can then promote your business, product or anything you like. The blog is your own media and medias have their own powers.
You will get international recognition. People from around the world can read your thoughts. On the internet, there is no limitation and of course there is huge money to be earned from blogging. You can have a full time earning from part time blogging. All you have to do is to be patient and to be a better blogger, the money, fame and popularity will come automatically.
This topic is not required to blog about as you are in online; you already know about emails, accounts and mail services. But an email account is the must have things for a blogger so I will talk about it. You need an email account in blogging for these reasons,
To communicate with people and readers
Send and receive updates about your blog
To sign up for different sites
To make it as your default communication platform
There are many email service providers in the internet are available but my advice to you is to choose one service and use that email account as your default account. The most popular free email service providers are,
Widgets are specially designed programs which can be used on web pages, blogs or even on your desktop. These are web gadgets and they are great and easy to use. Widgets are just extra plugins which you can use to make your blog look more attractive or could give another option for your visitors.
Now there are millions of widgets for many things. There are news widgets, clocks, feeds, logos, advertisements, chatting and many different types of widgets are available in the internet. All of the widgets are made with a HTML or Java code and you can easily install the widget using this code into your blog.
For an example, I’m now using FeedJit widget to show my recent readers location in my blog. Just go to site, select your widget and ‘copy’ the code.
Now go to your blogger ‘dashboard’ and click on ‘layout.’ Now click, ‘add a page element.’
Now paste the widget code which you have copied from the website. You can also add a headline of your widget and then click ‘save.’ Adjust the placement of your new widget and click one ‘save.’
Now you can see your widget in your blog.
You can also search for different widgets in google and add them to your blog to make it more interesting. But be aware, because adding too much widgets in your blog may disturb your readers and may take long time to load your blog. Thanks and keep exploring!
There used to be a public page rank which I talked about in this post. Right now the public page rank is discontinued, but the internal page rank is still active. So you can still use the information on this article useful.
To help you understand the concept of the google page rank you need to know what are ranks. Ranks are used in military, defense, police, and troops all over the world. In such manner, the power and authority are divided among all soldiers and officers. Every member of an organization, such as in the army has a special symbol attached to their uniform that identifies their rank.
Superior officers have ranked in their shoulders as stars. My father is a police officer so I know quite a lot about ranks, stars an badges. This is the only visual way to quickly identify a soldier’s seniority.
In the military it takes years of service, heroic efforts, track records, some recommendation and maybe some links. Generally, a soldier or an officer will advance ranks just 3-4 times in a career. It is very rare for someone to be demoted to an inferior rank, but it is possible.
If we take that concept on the internet there is a rank called the google page rank (Named after Larry Page, co-founder of the website). So the guys at google thought why not set up a system that will rank websites according to how many links they have.
A link or a backlink is like a vote. For an example here I linked to google -if you click on it you will go to their website. This is called a backlink.
Links are the main currency in the web world and google gives more importance to those sites that have more quality backlinks pointing to them. The more backlinks you have, the better chances you will get to achieve page rank. But over the years the page rank technology has been changed heavily. Now page rank is calculated with the number quality backlinks pointing at your website.
Here is a picture that will help you to understand the basic concept of page rank technology.
On the picture, imagine that, all of the colored balls are websites. The big yellow ball is Google. All of the sites are linking to google that’s why it has become bigger and have higher page rank. The green smaller balls are new sites and have no links pointing to them, so they have no page rank. The big yellow ball is pointing to the red ball which has no other backlinks but still, it has achieved a bigger status just because a far bigger website has linked to it. This is just a basic image of page rank, and the actual image may blow up your mind.
To check the page rank of your website visit this page. Now you can see the page rank of your website. If your site is new you may have a N/A over there.
Blogs or websites don’t get page ranks, only the web address(www.yoursite.com) gets page rank. Its not that difficult to get a page rank. When I started my first blog few years ago it took only 3 months to get Page Rank 3 from 0. When I transformed the address to my own domain, it started all over again with No page rank.
There are 12 status of google page ranks, it starts from No Page Rank, then page rank 0 to page rank 10. The higher is better. The more ‘quality’ links you have the better rankings you will get.
Page Rank is Not That Important
Please remember that having a big page rank doesn’t mean that this site is better. People can pay money to buy links and get a higher page rank. In blogging, first, you should focus on your articles and the quality of your blog and the ranks will come automatically.
Over the last couple of years, the toolbar page rank has been changed a lot and right now it is no longer an important aspect in SEO. At the moment getting a page rank of 4 is way much harder than it was 5 years ago. This is only because google does not values every backlink that your page has. Some new changes of the google algorithm gives your site negative values for gaining links aggressively or spammy ways.
Page rank may not be important nowadays but it is still one of the 200 search ranking factors of Google. Also, it is still a good pricing factor for websites. On auction sites such as Sedo.com, a website with a high page rank will sell for higher prices.
How Do I Get More Page Rank?
You will still want to get a good page rank because it’s one of those shiny things that will make you feel special. One thing is sure, the page rank does not work like 1,2,3,4.. instead, it works like x1 x2 x3 x4 and so on. This means if it took 1 link to get to the page rank of 1. It will take 10 links to get to PR2 and then it will take 100 to get to the next level -you get the idea.
Don’t be upset, there is a way around for this too! You can get a link from a page that has a high page rank. So you will get some link juice to your website. Get one more link from another high-value page and you will get some more link juice.
So the equation is simple, in order to get more page rank, you need to obtain more links. You can go for a large number of small value links or a few numbers of high-value links -the choice is yours.
So start building some incoming links to your website and after a few months on the next page rank update, you will see some positive changes to your website page rank.
In blogging, visitors are the main fuel of your success. The ultimate goal for any blog would be to have maximum readers in their blog. Readers are not the people who will come to your blog and go away. They are the people who will come to your blog regularly and like to come back. If you desire to have lots of visitors, you will get them. But don’t just work for visitors, look for readers.
The easy way to find readers is to search on google for other blogs. If you are blogging about mobile phones, search about mobile phone blogs in google. Now go to the blog and interact with readers. The best way to do this is to leave interesting comments on their articles. You can learn about the things the blogger has done to his blog. Be nice and introduce yourself. Make regular comments; not just any comments, leave useful comments. In this way the readers will come to your blog to see what you have to offer and the blog owner will come and contact you too.
As you learn more, keep coming and I will share more ways to make readership
Update: Technorati blog rank has been discontinued.
You have learned about many search engines and accounts after you started blogging. Here is a special search engine that is specially designed for blogs. Technorati is a popular blog search engine. You can list your blog at technorati and can get an impressive amount of traffic.
Technorati uses backlinks to any blogs to determine the importance of a blog. Not just any blog, they only count quality blogs with who have a nice background in their system. The users can also add your blog as their technorati favorites. The links you are getting from other blogs are called blog reactions and technorati will give you a special ranking called the ‘Authority‘. Your authority point will depend on the quality of reactions and by the number of faves you get.
Go to technorati and sign up for a free account. Now your blog may be already been listed on their system, to take total control over it, you have to ‘Claim your blog.’ Once you are signed in, click to claim a blog to begin. Add your blog address which you want to claim in technorati.
Now here will be two options, choose Quick claim.
Now you will find a form to entre the username and the password of your blog. Technorati will automatically detect the platform of your blog and ask the information to make sure that this blog is yours.
Add your blogger account User-name and the Password and continue.
You will now get a ‘congratulations‘ message and now you have to put some more informations about your blog. Fill out the blog description and other details.
You can also add related tags that nicely describes your blog and the topic which will help in search terms.
Now that you have a blog, this question would come up to your mind that what should you blog about? Why are you asking this to me? Ask yourself. You know what to blog about better than me. For blogging you have to choose the topic you are good at. The topic could be music, technology, science or may be computers. There are lots of things to blog about. Some people even blog about their life.
Please don’t blog about any topic which you found others are blogging too. Blog about the thing/ subject you like and can blog forever. Please remember, once you choose a topic, you have to blog about it forever. You can’t change it or else you will not succeed in it. Just answer the question, “What is your hobby?” If it is games, then blog about games, if cricket, then blog about it.
These are the terms which are used on blogging and their meanings,
Visior = A person who have visited your blog
Hit = A single amount of visitor
Unique visitor = A person who have visited the page once in 24 hours
Page view = Number of pages viewed
Traffic = Visitors/ Hits etc
Search Engine = Google, Yahoo etc
SEO = Search Engine Optimization, The strategy behind a successful site
URL = Web address
Monetize = Money making strategy
Social Bookmarking = Adding a URL in social sites
RSS/ Feed = Really Simple Syndication
Backlink/ Linkback = A page linked from another site/ page
Blogroll = A list of blogs/ sites on a page
Front page = The main page of a blog
Sidebar = The side that contains links etc
HTML = Hyper Text Markup Language, The code behind a site
It’s a simple question how to start a blog? Blogs are a special sort of website and there are many companies are out there who are providing free blogs with tools and hosting. It’s almost a very easy step to start a blog. Just go to your provider’s website and register. Fill out the required informations and your blog is online!
Now you can ask me, where to find a good provider? There are many blog providers on the internet, the most trusted and better providers are, WordPress, Blogger, Typepad, LiveJournal etc.
This blog and my first blog, tamalanwar.com is setup under Blogger and they are a great service provider. You can choose for a paid service from WordPress.org blog which will cost you, $10 (700 tk) and additional charge for the hosting.
If you want to go for a free plan, then you could go for blogger or wordpress.com. If you sign up for a free blog, then your blog address will be yourname.provider.com. Like if you choose blogger, the address will be: yourname.blogspot.com.
With blogger, a bonus option is that, if you ever wanted to transform it into a real paid domain like yourname.com, blogger will allow you to do that. If you really desired to become a professional blogger, you have to own your domain like I did to my blog, tamalanwar.com.
But having a subdomain like yourname.blogspot.com is not bad and it will not effect on your blogging. You could visit Antonio’s blog, woork.blogspot.com. He is having 6000 daily visitors in his blog and earning more than $1000 from his blog alone. I’m sure you will start your own blog now and if you have already own one, start blogging!