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Is It Useful to Promote Your Blog in Social Bookmarking Sites?

Is It Useful to Promote Your Blog in Social Bookmarking Sites?

Some years ago, there was a craze among bloggers to promote their blog posts in social bookmarking sites. The hordes of visitors thronging the social bookmarks encouraged new entrepreneurs to launch bookmarking sites and they, in turn, strived hard to make it popular among bloggers and internet marketers.

Within a year or two, the number of working social bookmarking sites rose to more than 200. Then the birds and animals were let out by the Google. I am referring to the Penguins and the Pandas that announced the change in Google’s search engine algorithms. Consequently, the links dropped by the bloggers in social bookmarking were devalued and thus came to the end of social booking networks.

Of the then popular social sites, very few remain alive today though with a slightly different perspective and that includes reddit.com, dig.com, and Stumbleupon.com. Of the three, reddit is a much-respected site. There are some more social bookmarking sites but I suppose veteran bloggers don’t disturb them.

Social Bookmarking Sites

What is a social bookmarking site?

I am sure I should have raised this question at the top of this post but my enthusiasm made me assume that all of you are already aware of them.

We all use social bookmarking quite frequently either by using the browser bookmarking tool or use the keyboard shortcut ^D. (control+D) These favorites (bookmarks) of ours are stored only on our browsers to visit again.

Social Bookmarking is simply taking the existing bookmark function used in browsers, and making it shareable with other people, or “Social”.

Social bookmarking is a method for Internet users to store, organize, search, and manage web pages as favorites on the Internet with the help of free social media sites.

  • It’s a place online where you can share your blog posts with other users. This act of sharing is called social bookmarking.
  • All the social bookmarking sites provide a button to vote beside each article/story shared by the members. If you vote other people’s sites and they vote your site.
  • The number of votes received was indicated beside each bookmarked link. The more the votes your link gets, the more visitors your link gets.
  • When you comment on other’s posts, then you will soon have a network of links pointing back to your site.
  • Sometimes, your link is moved to the top of the featured links by the site owner and this sent a truckload of visitors to your site.

 

Why social bookmarking sites became popular?

1)    They get a lot of traffic due to their utility value. Members often return to read the latest stories and share their own. Thus a member pays a number of repeat visits and this, in turn, increased the popularity of social bookmarks.

2)   The advertisers reached out to social sites and their revenue hit the roof.

3)   Though every social bookmarking site is different and the interface sometimes proved to be a challenge to the users, users thronged them because they got genuine targeted visitors to their links.

4)   The social bookmarking are free and it takes a minute to register and bookmark your first link.

5)   No limit was imposed on the number of links submitted.

6)   A few newly launched social news sites used the feeds of these social bookmarks and that became another lucrative online business.

7)   Most social networks are to be search engine friendly. When the linkbacks you get were valued by the search engines, naturally, your site’s Google Page Rank got a boost.

All these advantages were history for the Internet marketers.  There is really no point in dropping links in social bookmarks as there is really no interaction taking place there. They have all become a link dumping yard.

However, as I said earlier, one can still use Reddit and result can be staggering but it is sad that not many bloggers have understood the working of Reddit and its 8000 plus subreddits.

The Digg is now a social news site and it is better to stay away from it.

My vote is for Stumble Upon as they have somehow persisted in spite of Google’s storms and is still being actively used by the bloggers.

 

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How to Get Free User Generated Content for Your Blog?

How to Get Free User Generated Content for Your Blog?

What exactly user generated content is?

Simple; the content that is not authored by you but written by another person.

Launching a blog these days is a kid’s play; it can be online in a matter of minutes provided one has already decided on a name for his blog and searched for an available domain.

However, building it into a successful blog irrespective of the niche is all about creating high quality content that the readers will be genuinely interested in.

So, what high quality content is?

Put yourself into the shoes of a reader for a moment and forget about being an author. When you have searched for some information and chose to click on a link among several other search results and ended up spending several minutes reading the displayed web page and did not click on any other link to acquire any further information, then, you have just read high quality content.

However, if you kept clicking on the results for the desired information, then, the links that contained the information are said to contain worthless content.

Sites with high quality content are called authority sites and they naturally rank high in the Google search results.

However, writing all that content yourself can be intimidating and tedious. You have to do a lot of research to come up with a ‘Pillar Post’.

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Can you name an authority site for example with user generated content?

Yes. Shout Me Loud. It’s an odd name alright undoubtedly the number one blog in India. Even such a site is filled with top class content that all are not written by the owner of the blog Mr. Harsh Agrawal. A team of writers are engaged who are all co-authors. In addition, you can read posts written by guest authors in shoutmeloud.com

The guest authors are not rewarded financially. In return, they are given a link back to their website and that is worth a lot of money.

In the above instance, Shout Me Loud blog got a very high quality user generated content totally FREE.

Therefore, if your blog is filled only with pillar posts, you never have to write another piece but fill it up with free user generated content of high quality.

It becomes easy for such a successful blog to add high-quality content written by guest authors in exchange for a link back to their website.

When you gather a team of multiple expert authors, your blogs gets filled up with free high quality user generated content that engages the readers fully and does not allow them to navigate away from the content.

Finding these guest writers can be as easy as contacting other bloggers who are already established in your niche and telling them that you will begin accepting their high-quality user generated content in exchange for links.

Other ways to get free user generated content.

The avenues are many to let the word out that your blog accepts free guest posts in the same niche of your blog and in return, you give back one or two links to the guest writer.

  • In your ‘contact us’ page, you can declare that you accept guest posts.
  • You can frequently tweet about your willingness to give free backlinks from a high quality website. The word ‘free backlinks’ will work wonders buddy.
  • The same thing can be posted in Facebook, blog and internet marketing related forums.
  • Use the right Google plus communities to announce your intention of getting free user generated content.

I know of very popular sites on the web that survive solely on free guest written user generated content. In fact, it is how blogs of high repute work.

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6 Chrome Extensions for Every Blogger

6 Chrome Extensions for Every Blogger

Whether you are a blogger or simply a casual browser of the web pages based on your myriad interests, you need to know some of the extensions for your Google Chrome browser. I assume you use only Google Chrome; if not, please do it. It is the safest web tool on the Internet for a blogger.

These extensions (there are of course many more) would help you (blogger)  in:

  • Making your work simpler and faster
  • Keeping your privacy safe
  • Staying away from untrustworthy websites
  • Keeping your credit card transactions safe
  • Retrieving your password

 

wot blogger toolAnd many more uses.  Any extension you install on your browser can be easily removed if you have no further use. Using these extensions would slowly make you innovative in finding new ways to use it and in the process would make you a professional. Mind you, there is a vast difference between a professional browser and a casual user of the World Wide Web.

I have used these extensions in the past and I still use some of them.

Click&Clean

The first step to enjoy the data on the web is browsing free of worries. Remember, your digital nomadic footprints need to be kept safe from peeking into and you need to avoid getting SPAMMED in future because you have not protected yourself while you go online.

Click&Clean lets you:

  • delete URLs
  • clear caches
  • remove cookies
  • wipe your browsing history

etc with just a single key stroke. I would strongly recommend it to my blogger friends and that’s why I placed it on top of the list. Basically, you should be wary of sites that you visited tracking you through cookies planting on your system.

Google Similar Pages

I have been using this very useful web tool for long. It helps you find a website that is similar to the one that you are currently on.

Suppose let us say you are on a website that allows you to promote your latest blog post and you feel like finding similar websites and you start searching the Internet. This would be a laborious task and very time consuming.

Finding web sites similar to the ones you like is made easy with this superb extension.

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GetHoneyBadger

Are you a compulsive online shopper? If so, you will be exposing your credit/debit card details to highly professional data thieves. There are more online dangers than you are probably aware of.

GetHoneyBadger is a wonderful spy and a silent one too. It will check the sites you shop from and will give you an insight into whether that particular site is suspicious  or not by revealing which technologies the site is using.

Web of Trust

The name of the extension is suggestive enough. It rates a website considering different metrics such as its privacy policy, vendor reliability and even child safety too. Bu using this extension, you can safely stay away from harmful web pages.

Allowcopy blogger tool

Allow Copy

At times, while doing your research online, you would stumble onto useful information and you would want to copy it and paste it on your system. However, the author of the website would have disabled the copy and paste function. This extension would re-enable it. Very smart-eh?

LastPass

I am sure you have guessed the purpose of this extension. Yes, it is your free and personal password manager. Bloggers and internet marketers need this very useful plug-in. It remembers all the usernames and passwords we created and automatically logs-in to the web sites when we visit again and again.

I would urge you bloggers to install and play with these useful chrome extensions today.

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How to Establish Your Credibility as a Blogger in Blogosphere?

How to Establish Your Credibility  as a Blogger in Blogosphere?

To pursue a full time career as a blogger in the blogging world, you must establish yourself as a:

  • Serious blogger
  • Knowledgeable blogger
  • Person ready to help with new bloggers
  • Blogger willing to share your knowledge

By doing these things, you will be looked upon with some respect and whenever you publish content in your blog or on social media such as Twitter and Facebook, readers will give priority to your posts and read with curiosity and genuine interest.

This is called establishing your voice in the blogosphere; an authority in your chosen niche.

Answering questions in Quora.

As a blogger with several years of experience, I used to answer questions in Quora, the internet’s number one user generated content platform in the form of questions and answers. By now, I could sense the pattern of questions that require my answers and they get forwarded to my email by Quora.com As I have been sharing my knowledge in affiliate marketing without expecting any benefit, people look upon my answers as genuine guide.

Asking questions in forums and answering

I don’t claim I know everything in the field of blogging and affiliate marketing. I too would want answers to my doubts. Apart from Quora, I post my questions in internet marketing and blogging forums. One of the best forums to linger around to learn and share is Digital Point Forums. It is a huge platform to meet knowledgeable people who are more than ready to answer your questions without asking for a fee. Similarly, you too should be ready to answer questions.

Developing your own style in your writing

It is very essential that you develop your own writing style when you are writing for the web. Without expecting any appreciation and listening to criticisms and persisting with your improvement, you will evolve with your distinct style.  This is again another way to develop your own “voice” as an internet writer.

Blogging is your online diary and as such, you should always write in first person. This kind of writing naturally involves your emotions. As you write, you will feel various emotions and that should reflect on the words you compose. By this way, you stamp your style clearly and people will start identifying you.  This won’t happen overnight. After having tried out various styles you will find one that echoes you.

Frequency of writing

Internet is a crowded and noisy place. It is thickly populated. In order to stand out in such a big crowd, you have to make your presence (rather absence) felt by writing very frequently. I would say three blog posts per week is an ideal frequency. On ‘non-blogging’ days, your voice should be heard in Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. However, remember to adhere to your style.

Admire, Appreciate and Share

Another way of developing your voice would involve admiring, appreciating sharing frankly.  As a serious blogger, you should be reading blogs in your niche. When you do that, if the content (text and image) of a website impresses you, you should openly express your admiration and appreciation in the comment field and also share it with your followers in Facebook and Twitter. Your ‘shares’ and the ‘likes’ will be intimated to concerned authors and they will remember your name. They are more likely to look up at your writing and eagerly reciprocate your actions.

Lastly, the development of your own style will depend a lot on your life’s experiences. You should include some of your own opinions and experiences into the articles you write or in the comments you leave as it will distinguish you from run-of-the-mill writers. In addition, it will allow your readers to connect with you instantly and easily.

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A Few Basic HTML Tags That a Blogger Should Know

A Few Basic HTML Tags That a Blogger Should Know

Every blogger who do not possess any knowledge of HTML  tags but still wants to start a blog because,  blog themes are readymade and anyone without knowing anything about HTML can make use of a blogger template to launch his blog.

HTML

HTML when expanded “Hyper Text Markup Language” is a set of tags with which we can convert ordinary text into:

colorful text,

stylish fonts,

hyperlink

scroll horizontally

bold fonts

etc.

HTML is not a programming language but a markup language only. These marked up tags are interpreted by browsers and present you the content as visualized by the HTML coder.

I know what you are thinking; since these small tasks are achieved simply with a few clicks of the mouse, what is the necessity to know HTML tags?

For bloggers, it is a must because, sometimes, they need to edit the HTML version of their composed blog posts. It is not always possible to make corrections in the ‘Compose’ mode as a blog’s theme can sometimes pose technical challenges to you and me.

Therefore, I have given below a very basic HTML tags. It is not necessary for you to memorize them or put into practice straightaway. Just read them once or twice and store them in your system or even take print out.

I assure you that you will find them handy as you blog along to make quick changes to a website or add hyperlink a text in a comment, or format text in a forum post.

At the outset, I want you know how one can identify HTML tags.

HTML are written as markup tags, which are enclosed in angle brackets, such as this:

<html>

These tags are also known as start tags. Every start tag must be followed by an end tag at some point, such as this: </html>

The ‘line break’ tag.

When we want to create a new line while writing, we simply press the ‘enter’ button and whoa! You are broken into a new line below whatever you were composing.

If you write the HTML tag for the same function, you need to write <br>.

Formatting Text

Some of the formatting that we do on a frequent basis are making text bold, italic, or underlined, or giving a color etc.

To make a set of characters bold:

<b>bold</b>

Note the difference between the start and the end tag. The end tag has a ‘backward slash’.  Every start tag should have an end tag.

Please read further. I think they do not need elaborate explanation. Your basic English knowledge will explain the tags and their purpose.

Input: <i>italic</i>

Output: italic

Input: <u>underlined</u>

Output: underlined

Input: <s>strike through text</s>

Output: strike through text

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Creating Hypertext

A hypertext is created when you want to make the text clickable and linked to a URL.

 

When you want to a visitor to go to Google website by clicking on a word, the process is called creating a hypertext (hyperlink) out of an ordinary text.

Example:

Google.

<a href=”http//www.Google.com” > Google/a>

The above is the exact HTML tag for creating a hyperlink out of a mere set of text.

The actual tag is <a> and the additional elements are attributes that specify further. The attribute href= is ‘Host Reference’

I can go on and explain more but it is enough up to this level. You are going to be professional HTML coder. If that’s your aim, then, you need to go to a computer institute to study.

Creating a new paragraph.

<p>Text inside your paragraph.</p>

The text in between the two tags is wrapped into a paragraph.

Lists

Lists are needed for several purposes but the main purpose that I often needed is when creating a drop down menu under a parent menu.

There are essentially two types of lists:

ordered list (ol)

unordered list  (ul)

Ordered lists are number lists and the unordered lists are not so.

<ol>

<li>Item One</li>

<li>Item Two</li>

</ol>

 

<ul>

<li>Item One</li>

<li>Item Two</li>

</ul>

I have come to end of this short HTML tutorial. It will be interesting when you find a need to practice it. At that time, you will want to learn more HTML tags.

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