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Blogging under extreme stress

How To: Blog Under Extreme Pressures

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I guess its common sense that you shouldn’t blog when you are sick. That’s why i am going to tell you how to blog under extreme pressures in this article.

Many of you are just plain paranoid about blogging regularly. First things first, you will not die if you don’t blog today. Your blog will not suffer any major consequences. You must have come across many guides on blogging that say blog regularly, and as much as its true, its not the only means for you to keep your blog active.

Here are some things that i experimented to keep my blogging on its natural course and to eliminate the blogging stress :

1. Schedule your Blog posts

Its a good thing to blog daily but if you have more than two posts in a queue then i had better publish only one post today and keep the next one for tomorrow. You never know what’s gonna happen the next day. God forbid, you may fall sick, your girlfriend decides to break up with you or your boss invites you for dinner and saying no is not an option. There are many disasters when it comes to blogging too.

schedule your blog posts for bad times

There are steps you can take if these things happen. Always make it a habit to schedule your posts to be published at a specified time. If you are on a WordPress platform, the CMS has already a schedule post option in the post editor section. Just set the date and time when you wish your post to be live, and you are done!

2. Don’t be Lazy

Many of us tend to get lazy when it comes to blog, just like studies. To be honest, i hate studies and i study at exam time only. I know its not a good practice but lately i am trying to change my routine.

dont get lazy while blogging

You should never develop a lazy habit when blogging, and i am confident when i say that, just leave blogging if you don’t have a passion for it. You will achieve wonders if you do what you are good at…Seriously!

3. Out of ideas? Adopt traditional methods.

If you are out of topics to write on your blog and realize your blog concentrates on a particular niche rather than the whole world news, don’t get tensed. Just revert to the traditional means for finding articles such as TV, Newspaper, Magazines etc.

dont get frustrated or confused in blogging

Take for example your blog is related to technology. Purchase a newspaper such as Times of India or Deccan Herald and check out the Technology page. You will find many articles out there related to your genre. Just pick one and start blogging. You can also go for Chip magazine, Jasubhai Digital Media or other such good magazines.

revert to magazines for tech articles as source posts

Better than all you can also tune in to your Cable TV and watch NDTV Good Times. Rajiv Makhni is a very well know Tech Guru. You can get tons of ideas out there. Another good one is BBC Click for all your tech news.

Just 2 days back, a friend of mine asked me how do you get ideas to blog, where do you find your sources? My reply to him was very simple, The Internet. Don’t get too complex about posting original stuff everytime. If you are in a hurry and there is no other option left you can go to Mashable.com, just copy paste their blog post article and give a link back to their blog post boldly at the bottom of the post.

NOTE: This method is not considered harmful for your blog’s SEO if you do it the right way, i.e. by giving link to their post. But don’t use this method too many times as link-heavy posts are not good for your blog’s health.

4. Don’t get frustrated, Sip a Cup of Coffee, Relax!

Blogging continuously for hours will lose your concentration. Take breaks after you have made a post. Go out for a walk or sit in the sun for a while. Drink coffee and listen to soft music. Doing meditation and Yoga are the best procedures to regain your concentration immediately.

sip a cup of coffee and relax in between blogging

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Blogging: Write, Write, Write and Fail.

Blogging is an art and of course, a different as well as a difficult one to master. Blogging is all about content. NOT. Read on.

I have awesome content and an amazing blogging frequency. Now what the flick should I do?

One. You do have awesome content, but there are people who have something even better. The game is not about knowledge, it’s ’bout how you implement it. Promoting an article must be given as much importance as in creating it.

Two. “Google Panda sucks, Bing hippo sucks.” Guess who said it? Ah, chuck it. Everyone is saying it these days. But why do you worry? Aren’t there a million blogs relying just on referral traffic? In fact, you aren’t losing a thing by not getting indexed by Google. If not Google, there’s Yahoo!. If not Yahoo!, there’s Bing. If none, create one yourself! ;)

Three. What did you say? You have an amazing blogging frequency? Awesome! You write five posts a day and write not a single post for the next five days. Have you heard about this thing called scheduling? Do it! If you overdo, you WILL suffer. (This is something I’ve been doing. But I won’t, anymore.)

Four. You might be asking “Promoting my article is not a problem; okay, but how?” It can’t get any easier. Build a relationship everyone you find in the web. Share your content on various venues such as Facebook, twitter, and also sites like Reddit and Digg.

Five. “You say content is not important?” Did I ever say that? No, It IS important. But c’mon would you write a novel and keep it under your pillow and admire your self in lieu of publishing it?

That’s it from my side. Have your say at the comments section.

4 Superior Tricks to Drive Visitors To Your Blog

There are number of bloggers who depend on the search engines alone to attract visitors. Search engines like Google, Yahoo, together with Bing, govern the characteristic appliances to status your weblog for particular keywords that you have optimize for your blog text.

Buzz each blogger, moreover they’ll accept thousands of tips on how to enhance your blog traffic. Relying on your focused category, they may suggest anything from holding a tournament to going on an attacking guest posting contest.

Whereas legion blogs have favorably ranked in the search engines, great quantity get hands on not. This is why it is not urged to confide only on the search engines to drag viewers.

4 Leading Tricks to Push Users To Your Blog

#1. Content can bring you Crowded Visitors

You will wish the content that you write to be correlated to your company focused. This quality content should be instructional information.

If you fill your innovative business blog up with nothing but trade graphs moreover commercials, fans will separate as it gives the appearance of a spam website.

As we always say, Matter is the King moreover It will accordingly provides you great exposure once it was marketed completely.

#2. Depend on Search Engines together with Determine Betrayal

Perform Onpage Optimization techniques like Optimizing Meta Tags, Selecting Strong along with Relevant Titles, Taking Care of Permalink Structure etc moreover moreover focusing on Offpage Optimization techniques like, submitting the blog to Search Engines, Blog Directories, RSS Directories, Article Submission Directories together with making use of pinging tools, Commenting, Forum Posting along with Building Backlinks, Keyword analysis etc which finally brings your visitors from Search Engines.

Related: 6 essential SEO on-page optimization tips.

Slightly be aware of Basic SEO together with you will be able to reach Top notch by employing the Plugins like All-in-One SEO etc.

#3. Focus Deeper on Social Bookmarking Sites for Immediate Results

The social networking is presently grasping indeed wider base in attracting crowd to participate in their webpages and get to know other human beings through their products/services. You can skyrocket blog traffic by being active in these sites in addition to distribution attractive articles, videos, in addition to just simply intertwining with alternative citizens. I used to promote by blog from my Laptop Computer as I consider myself as Social Media Expert and Promoter.

#4. Join Social Media Sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Squidoo, etc, for large go through to push deeper users to your blog. These webpages were consisting of millions of millions of people registered along with employing it. So, its our effort to use these weblogs for forcing our posts the margin to assign it separating these traffic moreover also Print your blog URL on your commerce cards, brochures in addition to flyers.

Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Siddhartha Thota. If you’d like to write for us too, check out the guest posting guidelines.

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Three simple ways to bore the hell out of your readers

Why you're boring and how you can avoid being so... How about reading a blog with a content that doesn’t even extend to 10 pages altogether for one hour. You can’t do it, even if you have a crush on the writer, right? ;)
Or maybe I can say there’s a possibility in which such blogs’ time-per-visit might be better than that of better blogs. Wondering how? You’d have gone to sleep without your knowledge. Jokes apart, But catching up with a blog with boring content is next to impossible. Okay, getting into the point, none of us ‘desire’ to bore our readers. But it happens, naturally.
What? Naturally? Hmmm, Not really. There are three things I’d suggest you to concentrate on, in order to avoid writing the most boring articles.

Why you sound boring and how you can avoid being so…

  1. You write a post in 2011: “Mobile Number Portability: The next new thing in Indian telecom industry.” ~ The first visit to your blog would be the last one as well. You’re outdated. That’s enough for me to keep away from your blog.
  2. You’re monotonous. You write wonderfully, I love the way you write. But Man oh man, where’s the room for me to act? Believe it or not, I’ve gone through blogs that has most of the amazing posts with the comments section closed.
  3. Your social profiles reflect your blog. There are cases where I’ve acquainted with people on twitter/facebook and later go behind their blogs. In such cases, if you have a creepy profile, would I even give it a thought to have a look at your blog? I, apparently, wouldn’t.
  4. You’re perfect. I’ve got nothing to criticize, compliments are boring you see. So, I can sum it up as: Perfection is a direct cause of boredom. Even if you know what’s exactly right, don’t just say it. Make it interesting, engage your readers by raising controversies.
  5. Your heading says you have three tips to give but you, a boring person indeed, have put up five tips. You don’t know what you do and look like an idiot. I guess you’ve got my point quite well! :P

That’s it from me, do you have something to say? Or something to laugh at me? ;)
You’ve got an opportunity to make a boring post an interesting one by adding your awesome comments. Go ahead!

TWITTERBIRD

How to build a brand for your blog with Twitter?

Standing out of the crowd in Twitter

Standing out of the crowd in Twitter

Twitter has always been a boon for us in promoting our posts as it is the main source of traffic for us after organic traffic. People just often keep tweeting the same link again and again which has a dual disadvantage: One, loss of credibility and Two, Susceptibility of spam.

Here are a few tips for you to drive huge traffic via twitter.

Building a Brand for your Blog with Twitter – A Ten-Point Strategy

  1. To begin with, choose an username that is the same as your blog’s name or at least has a connection with your blog’s name.
  2. Connect with fellow writer and also your readers. At the same time be selective, do learn to ignore. When someone says
  3. Tweet all your posts. At least a few of others. Back in August 2010, A survey showed Facebook users are generally narcissistic; As of now, not much of such a complaint has been thrown on twitter. Let’s keep it that way and promote others content and expect them to reciprocate, too!
  4. Make a note: Twitter isn’t the compact form of your RSS feed. Feeding your twitter profiles with twitterfeed and dlvr.it must be highly avoided as far as you have enough time to spend crafting materials within 140 characters.
  5. Make another note: Scheduling works like a charm though it is similar to feeding. But in this case, you automate blog posts only that are worth a read or two. Be wise in choosing the best and also keep the scheduling interval quite long.
  6. Advertising in twitter – using services like MyLikes Network is the most grave mistake you can ever do. This not only makes your readers think twice before clicking any link of yours but also degrades your idea of building a brand for your blog with twitter. Have you seen Techcrunch or Engadget people do such a lame thing?
  7. Tweet frequency – Let’s get social? I tweet 150 times a day. Will you click a single link of mine? I’d be surprised if you haven’t unfollowed me yet. Or even worse, I tweet once in two weeks. I myself will be wondering how many of my twitter buds know my username and/or my full name.
  8. Use your own URL shortener. Copyblogger has it’s own URL shortener, copy.bz and Search Engine land has it’s own URL shortener, selnd.com and so does almost every other renowned blog.
  9. Don’t have a URL shortener for yourself? There’s nothing to sob about! You can use twitter’s official URL shortener t.co that really helps in building a brand. This is something I’ve learnt from my experience. What bit.ly and goo.gl doesn’t do, t.co does.
  10. Tweet your heart out! But, Mind you, create another profile for that. Just like you need to keep your Facebook page clean and professional, your twitter profile must be professional on the same lane. Going by the TOS of twitter, having multiple profiles is no sin and hence I highly recommend you to have two twitter profiles – one personal stream and the other, professional. Take for instance, we tweet only legit stuff and share only worth-a-read sort of links from @chaaps while on the other hand I tweet all nonsense from @muru0410. :P

Have I missed a thing or do you have anything to speak about my twitter profile(@muru0410)? ;)
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7 ways your expected-to-be viral Posts may turn out to be Suicidal

We work hard to write posts. And harder, to write killer posts. Have you ever spent hours of writing, several times of self-reviewing before publishing a post and yet got results which are no good? Well actually speaking, there are chances for your your to-be viral posts go suicidal i.e., wasting all the hard work, knowledge and research you invested for your blog post. What are the things responsible to this? Read on to learn more…

Posts going viral

Seven things that you must avoid doing in a post that you’d like to go viral

  1. An ugly title – this is the first and the foremost thing that ever gets noticed by a reader – the post’s title. You might like to read Nicholas Cardot‘s post on how to write eye-jerky post titles.
  2. Lack of multimedia content – As we all know images speak a thousand words, that should be taken into consideration. Do you have a post that has no images/video or the likes in it? Give a link to it in the comment and I’ll mark it as spam. No kidding! ;)
  3. False statistics. All imaginary, approximate and other such figures in a blog post – especially, a blog post that falls into the category of researching, this is a big time drawback to your posts.
  4. You’ve made it boring with lengthy paragraphs. You must rather be to the point. Use ordered or unordered lists with respect to the post.
  5. What I desire is an out-of-the box article. You wrote an out-of-the-niche blog post. How awkward can it get, when I write a post in Chaaps: “10 reasons your love betrayed you” ? :P
  6. You don’t let others’ post go viral by commenting and/or sharing it. What you sow is what you reap, right?!
  7. Your post just doesn’t deserve to go viral. Say for example, I write a post “How to post in a friend’s wall in Facebook.” I swear by god, none except my self will hit that post with a read.

Ever experienced your viral posts going suicidal? Do let me know whether such a thing had happened to you and also let me know in the comments , what is the most probable reason for it?

Do’s and Dont’s for making a Blogging comeback

Haven’t you been blogging in a regular frequency for weeks or even months together? If that’s for a legit reason, you are well excused by me.
I’m sorry but not all can excuse you  and hence you’re traffic is going down and down. Now that legit reason is expired, you have enough free to time to spend for your blog. But you see, all comebacks can’t be superhits. I’ve been blogging with short and sometimes big breaks as well. Comebacks aren’t new to me – so are unpopular posts. Reason being I wouldn’t have been in the touch of blogging for months. That’s more than just a valid reason for comeback posts not impressive. Based on my experiences, here are a few Do’s and Don’t for making a Blogging comeback.

 

Blogging - are your comeback successful?

Blogging - are your comeback successful?

Do’s

  1. Read: If you haven’t been writing a thing in your blog for a long time, it is certain you could have neither read a thing. Read and keep yourself updated.
  2. Round-up posts: You might be running out of content, but in all probability a round-up of the posts that you have previously written(as in madrasgeek.com) or a round-up of posts from various other blogs, but with the same niche of yours(as in kikolani.com) can prove to be really successful.
  3. Out of the box articles: Rather than writing articles with plain text with a heavy load of content, small posts with a video or a Top-ten kind of post can be milking you heavy traffic.
  4. Use your personal blog for a comeback: As I often stress upon, to every niche-blogger, a personal blog must be just next. A personal blog can be a great testing ground. Make your comeback in your personal blog. After a look at your critics and compliments, make a move and come with a comeback in your niche blog. Things can get real easy!
  5. Assume you’re now an Amateur. Indeed, you are! This feeling is enough motivation for you to work hard and bring the best out of you. Create your own theories and formulas in blogging and act accordingly.

Dont’s

  1. Don’t blog 24/7; Get social, Exercise, get enough sleep. Always remember, your offline life is equally important.
  2. Don’t pave way to distractions.
  3. Never forget to build relationships with your readers. They matter more than anything to you, as far as blogging is concerned.
  4. Don’t write an article conveying news. News niche, first of all, is the toughest of all. Moreover, you are subject to being outdated and it’s pretty obvious. You must need to be blogging+reading at least for a couple of weeks to be totally updated.
  5. Never say never! ;)

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Do let me know, by dropping a comment, what do you do and what you don’t do when making a comeback in Blogging.

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How to: Effectively share a link in Facebook

We might have seen tons of posts covering how to effectively drive flocks of traffic via Search engines and twitter but people often forget covering up on how to share a link in Facebook effectively, in spite of the fact that facebook is where most links are shared.

Well, you need not worry – you’ve landed in the right place. ;-)

The Case Study

This is a case study on RuhaniRabin.com ‘s facebook fan page having 1000+ fans.

According to the case study done, I found out the links without a thumbnail preview got lesser likes/comments than the links that had a thumbnail included in them (I guess even the clicks varied because of lack of the thumbnail.)

Reason?

The reason is quite simple :- most of these without-a-thumbnail links are automated ones and have an URL shortener used which might not make the reader click the link, he/she might suspect the link being spammy. [More on this...]

How to effectively share links in facebook

How to effectively share links in facebook

So, what should I do?

Avoid using applications such as twitterfeed and the likes. You can preferrable replace it with applications like RSS Graffiti, NetworkedBlogs. However, it is highly recommended that you share the links manually with a comment to add more life to the link which might help you get more likes, comments and views.

Do let me know in the comments the strategies you use to make your shares go viral in facebook. :-)

Top 5 Greatly Obsessed Requirements In Blog Posts That Need Not Be Obsessed

Everyone including probloggers sound a li’l harsh to their guest bloggers suing them that their guest posts are not upto the mark. Here’s the top 5 features that people consider while reviewing a guest post but which actually need not be, as per my view. Read on…

  1. Length of the post: This is something every blog moderator keeps pondering about. Based on my experience of reading and writing blog posts – I’ve seen an article with just 40-60 words being a super hit and, on the other hand I’ve seen articles of 400-500 words with just one comment and three Retweets.
  2. Backlinks: I’ve seen many-a bloggers hesitate when a guest blogger has linked back to his website/blog more than once. What I’d say you is to just see if the backlink is relevant. If it sounds relevant, need not hesitate – let them play a part in your plate. However irrelevant links must be thrown away to maintain the credibility of your blog as well as your PR.
  3. Lack of Perfection: Eh, you’re not to blame this. Being a moderator, you’ve got to give it the final touch.
  4. This might be his FIRST EVER guest post: He might have been reluctant to guest post since a long time due to several reasons that kept them away from guest blogging. First timers never can be as awesome as a Problogger. Give him a second chance, help him out in betterment of his standard and in return you’ll be saluted with thanks and gratitude by him always.
  5. Copied content: This time I’m not going to say the mistake is on the moderator. Just throw this author away from your Blog directory. I reckon this is also a great mistake that blog moderators do – they just request to write originals and trash that post. Rather, sue them, throw them! [Though my suggestion is take this as an exception if the guest bloggger is a newbie.]

Those were my views. Feel free to criticise me or compliment me in the comments. :-)
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When Will Blogging “really” be Dead?

It’s been a decade since people started to say blogging is going to be a dead nail. But when will Blogging die. But When will Blogging die? When will Bloggers stay in home unemployed instead of Making Money Online? Why is Blogging always trying to die but never dies? Here’s your answer, friends.

When Blogging will die

When Blogging will Die

I am still kicked off by the new year wine, forgiveness is demanded if you are hyping up at me reading this crazy post! :)

Blogging WILL be dead, If and only if…

  • If all the bloggers are dead. Simple, is’nt it?
  • If bloggers get serious. With reference to: Should you take blogging seriously? [Readers' comments]
  • If distractions is greater than or equal to your passion for Blogging.
  • If you are running a news blog but you have no news to post about.
  • If services like Posterous, WordPress and Blogger are shut down. C’mon folks, none would spare their time to create their own platform.
  • If search Engines are lost. Yes, literally! Google fail = Blogs fail.
  • If facebook and twitter allow you inserting Google ads. I’m pretty much sure, blogs would be laid in coffins!
  • If readers die. Oh no, that’s too too hard to take because Readers matter the most when it comes to Blogging! Trust me people – Blogging is Immortal. :-)

Do you feel Blogging has already dead? Drop your views in your comments.

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