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Is It Useful to Let Other Comments on Your Blog Post?

Is It Useful to Let Other Comments on Your Blog Post?

There is a strong but interesting debate on this subject: “Should you allow comments on your blog post”?

This debate is nothing new; it has been going on ever since the big boss Google started tweaking their algorithms and naming them as ‘Panda’ and ‘Penguin’.

Nevertheless, after the news of two new blogging platforms called Roon and Medium (from the Twitter itself) have disabled the commenting facility, the above-mentioned debate got hotter.

I support both the supporters of commenting and ‘no comments’. While the very meaning of blog means the ability of the blog author to make the site interactive with the readers through commenting, readers who are foolish enough to think that all their stupid and meaningless comments would get published are forcing the bloggers to disable the commenting section altogether.

The commentators are a real pain in the ass for me. I would say 100% of the comments are pure SPAM. Majority of the commentators are from India. I am forced to disable comments on my personal blogs.

I don’t mind the comments being negative; at least they indicate the blog post was read completely and hence the disagreement through negative comments.

Now, tell me, what is your stand on this hot issue?

The Pros and Cons of commenting system on blogs.

Whether positive or negative comments, they can be looked as constructive feedback. I have genuinely commented on hundreds of occasions by leaving my feedback on a blog’s:

  • Theme
  • Background color that interferes with the color of the fonts making it difficult to read
  • Number of blog posts per page
  • The title of blog posts

I would classify them as constructive feedback. By allowing readers to comment on your blog gives the author a pleasure when he sees a meaningful comment. It will inspire him to write useful content.

Improving reciprocal readership.

When you publish a blog post, obviously you expect people to read. Similarly, your blog readers also expect you to know their reaction by reading their comments.

Increasing the FEED subscribers.

One thing I have noticed in my experience that whenever I make a comment, I would like to see whether it gets published or not and if it is published, are there any further comments on mine. To see these results, I would subscribe to the blog’s FEED.


Waste of time:

When you have enabled comments, naturally, you will see lots of them. When I say ‘lots of them’, I mean LOT. Reading all of them is your job because you have opted to moderate the comments before approving them to appear. Since 90% of the comments are SPAM, you will be wasting quality time in reading them only to ‘trash’ them.

Blog comments do not contribute to blog’s traffic.

This is my humble opinion. While I cannot substantiate my claim with data, there are others who can refute me with solid proof. Such proof cannot exist for all the blog posts published by that particular blogger-right?


Blog comments do not help the blogger in creating a network.

This is the most published reason for supporting the blog commenting system. Again, I beg to differ. It might be true with the old blogosphere when there were not many social media.

Now, since everyone is sharing the blog post on Facebook and Google Plus, readers are commenting then and there without bothering to go the actual blog post and leaving their comments. The blogger gets more social mentions instead.

Blog comments do not increase the ranking in SERPs.

If a blog post with the right placement of keywords encourages readers (only loyal readers) to leave their comments equally giving importance to the keywords of the blog content, would it would increase the blog’s ranking in search engine results pages for those keywords.?

I do not think so. This is again would have been valid about 6 years ago before Google became wide awake and started strangulating all the manipulations of bloggers to improve their SE rankings.

Readers won’t get real value.

Do you think your blog readers would get some value just because you have allowed comments or they read the comments of others? No.

My conclusion:

At the cost of getting several retorts, I would declare that blog commenting are not an indicator of blog traffic.  I urge the refuters to put the bold words into the search box in Google and see the results. There would be proven data in support of my opinion.

There may be several blogs with lots of comments but not real traffic to boast of but there may be blogs with sparse comments but the traffic would be thick.

Oh, I must agree that there would be a slight increase in visitors through comments but that happens only if the content quality is really good.

Moreover, if you are serious in earning more money from your blog, certainly, blog commenting won’t contribute towards that. Don’t you agree?

Obviously, there’s no right or wrong answer to this debate.  While seeing meaningful commenting or even SPAM comment under a blog post of a newbie blogger would be exiting, soon, he will start disabling the commenting facility.

Some of the ‘nay’ sayers argue that comments are a distraction. No, I won’t give in to that. Comments do not distract anyone; in fact, it would encourage a reader to put his response but it won’t help the blog to increase the traffic considerably.

A person who is an avid blog commentator is the one who stands to gain the most in the blogosphere because his name appears under hundreds of blog posts and he/she thus become popular and also establishes as an authority in the subject. Naturally, the commentators’ words would be taken seriously.


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5 Reasons Why Your Small Business May Be Heading in the Wrong Direction

5 Reasons Why Your Small Business May Be Heading in the Wrong Direction

Every business will have its objectives which it strives to accomplish. However, without the right plan set in place such objectives can be difficult impossible to achieve. For example, poor customer service kills a business slowly. Customers will realize that your business no longer has their interests at heart and switch to the next best thing. Make sure that you improve on customer service every now and then by engaging them actively to see what you can improve moving forward. Others include:

Inadequate marketing efforts

The complex nature of marketing can be difficult to keep up with. Every day new things are coming up which you will need to implement if you are to get value for your money. With such a huge task on your shoulders, it is only fair to your business that you bring in a SEO company that has the resources and manpower to direct your business in the right path.

Lack of outsourcing some of the key services

You will need help at ne appoint or the other. It is not possible to effectively execute professional roles without hiring an expert. It can be too much to handle which will lead to unnecessary inefficiencies that can hurt your business. For your online marketing needs, ask help from a trusted SEO company which will deal with all the SEO needs of your business plus other online marketing needs.

Lack of engagement with your customers

You have to find a platform that helps you to engage with your customers. If you already have not found it, then your business may be heading in the wrong direction. It may be a blog site or simply a social media account. You will be able to know what your customers or followers are thinking. Listen to their views and implement them for better customer service. This will help you to grow your customer base and thus assure business continuity.

Limited online presence

There are two things; one may be that you do not have a website or you have it but you no longer write fresh content or do limited online marketing. Whichever the case, you need to do more of building your business’s online presence than offline. With a website, you will be able to reach out to many people which will cost you less than when marketing offline. If you have inadequate experience son the same you can hire a SEO company, locally, to help you put your business at a higher level than it already is.

Non-responsive website

When it comes to efficiency, you have to start from the beginning. If your website is not responsive across all the devices, then you are losing out big on valuable customers. Most websites have been designed to be responsive and thus if your competitor’s website is highly responsive then you will lose customers to them. A customer has to be able to access your website using their mobile devices and still get the mobile viewing. This drives traffic to your site for better ranking and thus generation of quality leads as a result.



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Can You Earn Money Online Without a Website?

Can You Earn Money Online Without a Website?

The most frequently asked question from nearly 90% of the aspiring online entrepreneurs and work-from-home enthusiasts is this: “Can I earn money online without a website or a blog”?

Are you one of them?

I address all of you. Yes, you can earn money online without:

So, what else do you actually need to work from home with just a computer to earn money online?

  • At the outset, you must be hungry for earn money online
  • Learn the basics of Internet Marketing Avenues
  • A fair amount of self-learning attitude
  • Ability to stay organized

How exactly one can earn money online without a website or a blog?

You can earn money online by becoming an affiliate marketer. There is big money left on the table in the affiliate marketing industry and anyone can grab his share.

Affiliate marketing or the CPA method is free for all and it can provide you a full-time online business to earn money online.

What is meant by CPA?

CPA stands for Cash Per Action. Your next question should be “what is an action; can you elaborate”? By action, I mean it can be:

  • Sales  (CPS): Cost Per Sale type, pay affiliates per sale.
  • Clicks (CPC): Cost per Click: These programs pay affiliates for each click on the affiliate link.
  • Views or Impressions  (CPM): Cost Per Million: When advertisers pay affiliates for the number of impressions that their affiliate link can generate. It is paid for every thousand impressions/views.
  • Getting an online form filled by a visitor (CPL): Cost per Lead:  Advertisers pay a fixed amount for every form that gets filled up by a visitor from to your promotional efforts. These might be sales leads or simply subscribers to an email list.

Advertisers engage affiliates to promote their products online and pay a percentage of the sale price or a pre-fixed amount as commission to the affiliates when their promotional efforts generate a:

  • Sale
  • Click
  • View
  • Lead


Out of the four types mentioned above, which pays the highest amount?

Naturally, the first type which is the cost per sale pays the highest amount to the affiliate. It can be as high as 70% of the sale price and this usually is the percentage when promoting the digital information products such as:

  • Guides
  • Ebooks
  • Tutorials

Most of the advertisers who want you to promote digital information products won’t insist on a website or a blog while selling physical products, advertisers like Amazon will insist on you to have a website at the time of affiliate signup.

The Cost per Clicks pays very little; it can be as low as $0.01 per click. Example: Google AdSense

The Cost per Million (thousand) payment might varies; it can start from $2 per thousand impressions and can go up to $8 per thousand

The Cost per lead is also attractive for earn money online. For every lead, you may receive $1 to $5 or maybe more. By lead, I mean an email address or a name and telephone number and or even the mailing address of the person filling out an online form.

Which CPA Offers Should You Choose?

Though you won’t find it difficult to locate CPA offers, the difficult task is the actual part of selecting them.

Since, you don’t have a website or a blog to promote your affiliate offers, you need to select mostly products that need not require a full review because reviews need a platform to publish. You can select CPS or CPL or CPC offers or, all of them to earn money online.

Where do you promote your affiliate links/banners to earn money online?

As you don’t have an online presence, you need to post your affiliate links in:

  • Free classifieds
  • Forums
  • Facebook
  • Pinterest
  • Linked In
  • Google plus

And any other social media you have joined to earn money online.

Who will give you the affiliate links and banners?

Every advertiser will provide all the promotional materials to their affiliates in the form of:

  • Text links
  • Image advertisements or banners of various sizes
  • Pre-written email messages
  • Pre-written messages for auto-responders

As per the current trend, advertisers also provide pre-written twitter posts called tweets and Facebook posts, etc. All an affiliate needs to do is to copy and paste the promotional material in the appropriate medium mentioned above to earn money online.

Where do you post banner ads to earn money online?

There are free banner exchange websites that you can join free and post your affiliate banner and view others’ banners and they in turn view yours.

Paid adverting;

If you have earned some money initially through free advertising efforts, you can think of paid advertising out of the earnings. I would advise you to do that since if you put something on the Internet from which you got something, it will help you financially in the long run. However, paid advertising like Google AdSense requires you to study it fully before putting your money in.

Can you promote your CPA ads through Mobile Apps to earn money online?

Sure, why not? Promote your CPA offers though mobile app you build or get it built is an innovative idea. It involves less money but can reach a large audience instantly.

Well, that’s an overview of how the CPA works and how you can earn money online by promoting the CPA links without having an online presence of your own.

There is more to CPA such as the list of worthwhile companies you can join and how to track your online promotion to generate more sales.

There is a second tier marketing where you hire your own affiliates and earn a small percentage of the sales they generate. In this method, your affiliates earn more than you.

I will get into them plus where to find your second tier sales agents in my next post.


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4 Effective Methods for Steady Blog Traffic

4 Effective Methods for Steady Blog Traffic

Blog Traffic – This is a topic that might have been written about a hundred times by 100 different bloggers but still, you keep reading them again and again as and when new and attractive titles make you click on them. It is because; you expect something new that you might not have known about hitherto.

You are not alone, blogger; just about every serious blogger who wants his blog to be read by thousands of people irrespective of the quality of the content on his blog, doesn’t want to miss out reading about new ways to bring visitors to his blog.

As a blogger with 12 years of experience, let me tell you one thing frankly. There have been no new ways to increase  Blog Traffic since the last 6 years. In fact, I would say some of the very effective ways of blog marketing have died/abandoned due to the increased popularity of social media, especially Facebook.

For example, there were some very good loggers communities that were closed. One such community called, “My Blog Log” owned by the big fish Yahoo! was closed in spite of high usage by millions of bloggers.

Well, still bloggers with long-standing repute continue to stay afloat in the blogosphere because they still practice the old method of blogging that doesn’t require much marketing effort. Shall we peruse them?

Raising Blog Traffic Tips 1: The frequency of blog posting.

Let me ask you one thing. You are a person who is not well organized. You run your home shabbily. You keep going to shops to buy groceries and essential almost daily. Suppose there are two outlets nearby your home to fulfill your needs. One is a big shop and the other one is run by a petty peasant who is very punctual in the opening and closing of his shop and never declare holidays and the bigger shop is just the opposite. Which will be your favorite of the two shops?

Your answer is obvious-right?

Similarly, in order to keep your old and new readers coming to your blog, you must update your blog very regularly. You need not have to update it on a daily basis but maintain your schedule and stick to your commitment. If you have decided to blog three times a week on such and such days, don’t fail. Do it for the first 12 months and see the result. Your blog traffic increase for sure.

See the result when you deliberately break your schedule.

You will then be more regular than the SUN and your blog traffic will ease.

Raising Blog Traffic Tips 2: Participate in web communities:

New aspiring bloggers, as well as veterans, should know your name in the blogosphere. This is possible only by participating in web communities such as Quora or discussion forums such as Digital Point Forum.

Quora is a high-end question and answer platform where people ask their doubts on myriad subjects and experts answer them sincerely which will bring more blog traffic. When you start answering the question on niches of your expertise, new questioners will post questions and prod you to answer. As you keep answering sincerely, Quora will indicate how many questions you have answered on your niche and how many of them have been ‘upvoted’ against your profile name. Over a period of time, when you have gained the number of views, whatever you say on your expert topic will be taken seriously.

When your name appears on other web communities and blog comments, readers will read your input because they respect your knowledge on your chosen topic. And they will try to peep in to your blog there by your blog traffic will increase tremendously.

As of composing this blog post, there are about 20 busy “communities for bloggers” to participate; use them as a platform to promote your blog posts to bring more blog traffic.

Similar to web/blog communities, there are respected discussion forums on the Internet that every blogger, online entrepreneur, and webmaster should signup and contribute. Forums are in hundreds, some are general and many are on a specific subject such as blogging, money making, makeup and fashion, health, politics, and literature. Every one of those communities are the treasure troove for blog traffic to your site.

The main idea of participating in a forum is to introduce yourself first and read all the threads in the forum for a week or so and then start posting your questions and answer others’ questions very sincerely. Do not just answer something irrelevant or meaningless just to get your name in.

Slowly, you will gain new readers and they will become loyal to your inputs.  You can also be loyal to the others’ answers and start befriending them, This is the first goal for you ie. get known and know others.

Leave nice comments about others’ blogs and that action of yours would be reciprocated. This helps everyone.

When this happens, your blog URL which is your signature that appears at the foot of all your posts in the forum will get clicks which is the best way to bring blog traffic. Persist this method and in a year, your blog traffic would have skyrocketed.

Raising Blog Traffic Tips 3: Keywords inclusion:

First, understand how readers land on your blog. You cannot send a personal invitation to each and everyone-right?

  • You let the search engine do this work for you.
  • And how will you tell the search engine what is on your blog?
  • It is done by way of inserting the right keywords in your blog content that gets picked up by the search engines as and when the same keywords are used by the users to key in the search box of Google or Yahoo!

Raising Blog Traffic Tips 4: Are you beginning to understand how the Internet works basically?

There are certain rules to the insertion of keywords such as:

  • The number of times you place the keywords in the content
  • The places where they are effective
  • Usage of the synonyms of the keywords
  • The style and color of the used keywords

This is a big topic for all internet marketers not only just focusing blog traffic and you will become a professional only by experience.

Raising Blog Traffic Tips 4: Using the Blog Traffic Analytic metrics.

All the above steps would fetch results provided you keep monitoring your blog traffic using the correct web tools as such as Google Analytics, the most trustworthy software. The learning curve is a bit steep at the beginning but once you are used to it, you will start tweaking your blog content, usage of keywords so as to bring more readers to your blog.

Blogging is no longer a mere online diary. It is a business for individuals and also a business tool for brands for which blog traffic is the soul. If you want to make your blog stand out against millions of blogs, you must keep bringing new readers and keep the existing loyal readers happy by providing content that will solve their problems.


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Signature and Forum Marketing for Bloggers

Signature and Forum Marketing for Bloggers

There are several ways of promoting your blog like Signature marketing. Over the years, I have put in back bending hours to learn and implement every other blog promotion technique that I came across and I continue to learn at a frenetic speed.

Various ways to promote blog

Add Blog URL to email signature (Signature Marketing)

Link to other blogs.

Have a blogroll section.

Visit forums and comment actively to help others and help yourself.

Participate in Link exchanges.

Social Media Posting

Social bookmarking

Blog Carnival

Blog Commenting

Blog directories and blog search engines

Article Marketing

RSS Feed optimization

Put blog URL on your visiting card, car stickers etc.

Shall we go through what is called as ‘Signature Marketing’.’?


Signature Marketing:

When corresponding with people via traditional mail you always include a signature, don’t you? On the internet, since you do not have a letterhead that is embedded with your contact information, your contact details can be included in your email as a signature. Each email you send can include a proper email signature that will look professional and thus adds credibility to your business.

A signature block is a block of text and small images (icons and logos) that are automatically appended to the bottom of an e-mail message or forum post.

It is common practice for a signature block to consist of one or more lines containing some brief information about the author of the message.

What does a ‘Signature’ contain?

Information usually contained in a signature block includes the poster’s name, phone number, and email address, along with other contact details if required, such as URLs of the websites owned or favored by the author. (Please make a note of the word, ‘favoured’)

Create an Email Signature in GMail

  1. Login to your GMail account.
  2. Select Settings link from the drop down menu adjacent to the ‘gear’ icon. Setting screen will appear with General tab selected
  3. Scroll down to Signature.
  4. Select the radio button beside the empty text box.
  5. Type out your website/blog URL as your signature in the empty text box.
  6. Scroll further down the page until you see the Save Changes button.
  7. Click the Save Changes button.

That was pretty easy.

Test Email Signature in GMail

Now that you have a signature set up you should test that it is working and looking the way you wanted it to.

From your Inbox, click the Compose Mail link in the top left.

Do you notice your signature was automatically inserted?

How is it looking?

If you feel you need to revise your signature, just go back to Settings and repeat the process above.

Now each email will contain the information on how to contact you when you are sending Gmail. It is free advertising.

Signature Marketing using forums:

I am continuing with signature marketing using forums.  Your signature can be very effectively used in forums too where you are sure to get clicks on your signature.

I know it for sure because; I never bypass an option to include my signature. It was helpful for me in learning about thousands of websites on myriad subjects. It also helped me getting wonderful online friends over the years.

Forums and Forum Signature:

An Internet forum, or message board, is an online discussion site. From a technological standpoint, forums or boards are web applications managing user-generated content.

Forums are great avenues for driving traffic to your blogs. People participating in an Internet forum can build bonds with each other. An interest group will easily form around a topic’s discussion, subjects dealt with in or around sections in the forum.

Forum users are generally net savvy and open to making online purchases. Many forum users are also respected experts and bloggers in the specific topics covered by the forum.

When you sign up for a forum, you will be able to edit your profile.

In your profile, you can add your signature and give your website URLs. Just about every member of the forum will see and click on your signature provided you actively participate in the forums.

It is also a great place to learn ways to monetize your blog. Savvy internet marketers know that forums can be an ideal way of building a reputation, establishing an expert status, and driving traffic to your web site.

When you sign up in a forum of your interest, remember these points.

* Read the posts.

* Respond to people’s questions.

* Ask questions.

* Make yourself known.

* And build your own profile there.

Search engines, like Google, often crawl popular forums and index posts. That means your posts will appear in the search engines, another extremely important reason you want to be as professional as possible when you chat in forums.

When you first join a forum, read for a few days to get a feel of how things work. You will come to know the most popular members and whose opinions seem to be the most trusted. Once you’ve accustomed yourself to the forum etiquettes, start posting.

Drive people to sites that might help them or answer their questions before pointing to your blog posts. Establish yourself as a person ready to help out.

Don’t shout; don’t get angry. Forums are vulnerable places for your emotions to take the better of you.

Not all forums are worth your time. Successful forum marketing means finding the right community for your business. Some forums even prevent new users from adding their signature before posting a certain number of posts.

Remember these points while participating in a forum.

Many forums have unique guidelines that you need to pay attention to. Some of the most important issues to look for include:

  • Are users allowed to place links in their posts?
  • Are users allowed to promote their own businesses?
  • Are users allowed to post commercial messages in their signatures?
  • Are users allowed to contact other members for commercial purposes?
  • What restrictions are placed on new users?
  • What special privileges are given to veteran users?

 Pick a good user name and avatar

Your user name and avatar are the first things other users will notice about you. Pick a user name that is easy to remember and pronounce. Using your real name might be appropriate, especially if your name is closely identified with your brand.

What is an avatar?

Avatars are small pictures attached to all your posts. A good head shot of yourself or cute pictures of your kids or pets make the best avatars. Avoid using any pictures that might be considered offensive or controversial.

Create a compelling profile

A good profile can help you establish credibility on the forum. Provide a solid description of your expertise and experience. Feel free to add in a couple of personal tidbits to humanize your profile. Information like your hometown, your pet’s name, or your favorite sports team is good ways to break the ice.

Introduce yourself

Many forums encourage new users to introduce themselves to the community by making an introductory post. This is usually done in threads especially designated for welcoming new members. These threads are usually called some variation of “Say Hi Here,” “How Did You Find Us,” or” New Members Check In Here.”

Your introductory post should include a brief description of your expertise and an explanation of why you joined the forum. Let the other users know that your main goal is to contribute to and learn from the community. Do not make any marketing pitches in your first post. If you try to sell anything in your first post you are very likely to get banned.

Put your website’s address in your signature

Like email signature, Forum signatures are blocks of text or graphic that are attached to the end of all your posts. If you are in a forum that allows self-promotional signatures, make sure you take full advantage of this opportunity.

How to avoid getting banned:

Do not get drawn into heated arguments. It would be a shame to get banned just because you don’t agree with someone else’s opinion.   Here’s how you can avoid the drama:

  • Constantly remind yourself that your mission here is to build goodwill for your business.
  • Stay away from charged up topics like politics or religion.
  • Resist the urge to respond to criticism. If you have to answer, at least give yourself a couple of hours to cool off before responding.
  • Use emoticons to indicate when you are being facetious.
  • End discussions the moment you sense that it is getting contentious. Just say you agree to disagree and that you want to move on to other more pleasant topics.

How to get paid to use your signature?

Do you remember the word ‘favored URL’ mentioned earlier? Some members who don’t have their own websites can offer to put others’ website URLs in their signature and charge a monthly fee for that.

The fee can be high if you have contributed more posts in the forum. For example, if you have posted about 1000 times in various threads, your signature will appear in 1000 posts. That’s a big visibility on the internet.

Do you catch my point?

Forums are difficult to maintain especially with spammers around. That’s why several forums meet an early death.

The best forum for bloggers and Internet marketers is

It has been around for than 10 years.

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