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What is The Cost of Running a Self Hosted WordPress Blog?

Blogging is like building a business and unlike any other businesses, it needs some regular cash flow to keep it going. Running a blog needs more than monetary commitments. It needs time, research, technical support and most of all, your special attention.

In this article I will outline how much does it costs to run a blog. I will also share how much money I am spending to maintain this blog.

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How to Speed Up Your Blog & Make It Load Faster

make your blog load fasterHey wake up! It’s the new interweb. If you really really want to stand out then you have to be quick. Trust me, people don’t want to be waited. They have hundreds of other websites they can switch to, so why they want to stick to your blog?

Speed matters! Over the years internet speed has been increased but sad enough the attention span of an average user has been decreased. So how will you make sure you will capture that first time visitor? You have to optimize your website so that it will load faster.

Now why do I need to speed up my blog?

#1 Not all of your blog visitors have a fast internet connection. Some people are even using a shared wifi connection.

#2 People are using the net on a cell phone or a tablet and they don’t have much time or data to use. Some people are even browsing from a small laptop that just doesn’t take the load.

#3 People just don’t want to wait when it comes to a new website or blog. They have tens of other options available on the internet at any given moment.

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7 Blog SEO Tips to Gain Bulletproof Search Rankings

blog seo guideGetting traffic for a new blog is hard. How will you make sure that you will get regular visitors who are interested in your articles?

Some people say social media but the process is painful. From my own experience, social media traffic is less targeted and comes to your blog only when you give it a shake.

To solve this problem and to get regular flow of traffic we need to do SEO for our blog.

S.E.O. is Search Engine Optimization, a special type of marketing done to gain organic visitors.

In this guide I will tell you about SEO and how to optimize your blog/website so that you can gain interested people to come and read your blog, for FREE! [Continue reading…]

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8 Biggest Mistakes That New Bloggers Should Avoid

Blogging is an ongoing learning process. There’s no school or training about blogging and everyone has to learn with mistakes. Some learn by watching and some by doing it. As a blogger, please take a look at the list I created about the biggest blogging mistakes.

You may have done some of the mistakes without even knowing and this may results others to think bad about you. If you have done any of these mistakes, please try to correct it and feel free to share your response with me,

1. No original content

A blog or a website gets popular with original ideas and contents like videos, music, art or articles. Most of the time many bloggers create a blog about downloadable contents but they depend on another source for their materials. People will not like to visit your blog because you don’t have any original content.

On the other hand, lots of people copies content from other blogs and news site. If you want to create a blog on shared content then it’s ok but it’s not worth to build a successful blog. To create original contents, you have to work hard on writing. One of my reader said to me that he doesn’t writes articles because it’s a tough job and that’s why he steals content!

2. Running for Money, Not for Traffic

It’s true that you can make money online. I’ve made money and it’s more than expected. But before you take out something, you have to give something to the community. The main key behind a successful blog is traffic (visitors) if you have the traffic, you can then monetize it, become popular or even sell your own products.

Putting lot’s of ad on your site doesn’t means earning more money. Each ad says, “Click me and go away!” If you produce great quality articles and give value to your readers, then they will see the ads as reasonable, “Ohh this person is doing a great job! He deserves those ad incomes.”

3. Establishing a Sub Domain

Thanks to blogger, wordpress and many others who gave an opportunity to create free blogs. You setup a blog like blogkori.blogspot.com in no time. It’s a better choice to start and learn blogging, but when you get serious about it, you then must buy your own domain. Domains are as low as $10 and in blogger, you don’t have to pay extra hosting money for your blog. You should not put all of your effort to establish a sub domain because you don’t own that domain and you have zero financial values over it.

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4. Creating Lot’s of Blogs

Just like putting lots of ads; bloggers think that having many blogs means more income. It’s harder to run even two blogs (I know how it feels) don’t create lots of blog but create one and try to establish it. Build links, write articles and promote it for a year and get the results.

5. Spamming

Blog spam means posting irrelevant comments, writing on forums and everywhere just to build links and getting instant traffic. Please avoid these easy ways of getting links and try some hard ways because it will last longer.

6. Traffic Exchanges

Don’t sign up for traffic exchange, link exchange or banner exchange sites. These are black listed sites and will make your blog banned. Please focus on some real traffic like search optimization and social bookmarking. Traffic exchange sites are worthless because they send non targeted audience (you blog about books and they sent reader who is looking for sports)

7. Trying to Cover Everything

Most of the time new bloggers write about everything. Today you wrote about kites and then computers. Tomorrow you wrote about baseball. By time this blog will become a self centered blog. Creating a niche is important in blogging success. Today you read this article and went away. Tomorrow you’ll come again to read more about blogging, but if I post about gardening, you’ll go away -that’s how it works.

8. Blogging About Something You Don’t Know

I learned this in the first day of my blog life, “Blog about what you like!” but most of the time bloggers want to write about what others want to read. “People are talking about blogging, ok start a blogging blog! ; People love computers, lets start a tech blog!” you should only write about what you know. If you write on a topic, you’ll find your readers.

I see lots of bloggers blog on adsense but don’t even know what adsense is and how to earn. Lot’s of people start blogging with, a blog about blogging -making others follow his experiment too! So please start a blog that you really love to blog about forever and you know it well.

Have your say

I’ve pointed out these things because I’ve done some of these mistakes in my early blog life and have seen some people doing it. I’m not a blogging guru and I don’t know everything, I’m just sharing my experience with you. Please tell me what you think about this topic and your experience in blogging.

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7 Ways to Get More Comments on Your Blog

increase commentsImagine that you wrote a 500 word article and it started to generate comments. After a few months there are around 100 comments on that single post. Now when a new visitor comes to that page, he took 10 minutes to read the article and then he took 1 hour to read the comments. He posted another comment and then he came back again few hours later to check if there’s any new comment on that post.

What just happened? Your 500 word article got bigger and more attractive because of those comments. Comments are different than the author’s voice this is why it could get very much informative. Most of the time comments become discussions where one reader interacts with another, not just the author. There’s nothing much to say why you need comments on your blog posts. You can attract visitors to your blog if there are some comments on each of your posts. Here are some ways to get more comments on your blog,

1. Make it Easier to Comment on Your Blog

Use an easy interface to comment on your blog. If your comment system is not good, then use a third party comments system like Disqus. Don’t make it too hard to comment or don’t force your readers to ‘log in’ to comment on a post.

2. Ask for Comments in Post

If you ask for comments, they will comment. Put some questions after each of your posts and ask them to leave a comment. This way your readers will sure leave a response.

3. Leave Some Comments

You have to comment also if you want people to comment on you. Visit blogs you like and post nice comments on them. Post original comments, not just: ‘Nice blog, keep up the good work’ -type comments. If you put a good comment, the author will follow to your blog and will comment on you.

4. Reward Your Commentors

You can reward your commentors with a linkback to their blog. There are plug-ins where you can show off the top commentors on your blog with a link back. Making your blog comments ‘Do follow’ will help to attract more commentors.

5. Reply to Comments

Once you got comments, don’t forget to reply to it. Thank him, help him or ask him an advice to let him leave another comment. If you reply to comments, you can also increase the total number of comments too. On the other hand, your readers will leave more comments on your blog.

6. Showcase Your Comments

There are many plug-ins and widgets on the internet where you can show off your latest comments. These will work well to get more comments. If you show off your comments, people will like to read those and they will post one more comment.

7. Your Own Idea…

Here where you will put the 7th idea. Let me know!

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