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10 Facebook Groups That Bloggers Must Look Into

10 Facebook Groups That Bloggers Must Look Into

When I started blogging, there were not so many avenues to promote my blog posts. Even Twitter was not functional then. Facebook was launched but there were no groups or even if there were Facebook groups, they were not popular. I mean Facebook groups were not used very actively like now.

The scenario is different now. Just like the stars on the sky cannot be counted, I think the Facebook groups also cannot be counted. If you start counting, by the time you passed an hour, another 100 or so new groups would have been added.

These groups are great for networking, sharing your blog posts and social media channels, and for asking questions and learning from other bloggers. There is so much you can learn from others when it comes to blogging and I love being able to network through these blogging groups!

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Benefits of joining Facebook groups:

  • Want more followers? Join a blogging group.
  • Want to learn more about blogging and social media from pro-bloggers? Join a blogging group.
  • Want to grow your online blog and business? Join a blogging group!
  • Want to befriend bloggers of similar interest? Join one of the many groups for bloggers.
  • Want to build your email list? You can search and join a Facebook group that is functional exactly for that purpose.
  • Want to sell your digital information products such as your own ebooks, guides, tutorials, ‘powerpoint’ slides and video demonstrations? You can do that by joining Facebook

Some more benefits of being a member of Facebook groups:

  • You can establish as an expert or an authority of your chosen niche by actively participating in the group discussions.
  • Create a visibility to your online or offline business profile by frequently sharing your blog posts and Tweets.
  • Cross promote your Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest posts by joining relevant groups in Facebook.
  • You can find your own religious groups and network with so many like minded people.
  • Find and join Facebook groups consisting of members from your preferred country or city,

Well, I might have left out a few benefits of Facebook groups. It may not matter as I have covered all the important benefits.

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Here are the links to some of the most active Facebook groups for bloggers. Visit each of them and use your diligence before joining.

  1. https://www.facebook.com/groups/255247788015585/(It is a Pinterest re-pin group)
  2. https://www.facebook.com/groups/bridgingblogs/(Blogging Network)
  3. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1445654905721600/(Pinterest Promotion)
  4. https://www.facebook.com/groups/bloggerinsightcommunity/(Over 13000 members)
  5. https://www.facebook.com/groups/615156708538701/( Sharing Links for Round-up posts)
  6. https://www.facebook.com/groups/HellBoundBloggers.HBB/(Excellent community to ask and answer about blogging, internet marketing etc)
  7. https://www.facebook.com/groups/728236540607997/(This group is for Bloggers who are Courageous Earner)
  8. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1433037763607074/(Paid blogging group)
  9. https://www.facebook.com/groups/191459584553098/(Find Influencers’ blogging opportunity)
  10. https://www.facebook.com/groups/BlogCommentTribe/(Get genuine comments on your blog posts and reciprocate the same)

As I said earlier, there are countless Facebook groups for bloggers alone but not all worth joining. I am a member of the above mentioned groups and I am happy that I joined them.

Leave your Facebook groups any time when you find it as a pure link yard. It won’t further serve the purpose of the group mentioned in the ‘Info’ section of the group.

One request I want to put before you. After joining in any Facebook groups, don’t just dump your blog post URL and RUN! Leave your genuine input to the group and show interest in others’ sharing.

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Blogs vs. Websites: What’s the Difference?

Blogs vs. Websites: What’s the Difference?

Probably this question What is the difference between blogs and websites? has been answered a hundred times but still it continues as and when a new aspiring blogger goes online for the first time. I think just about every blogger who has put in at least two years of blogging would face a necessity to answer this question.

Well, just like the question which is as old as the age blogging, the answer too has not changed much. The old answers might be dusted to update with new features in blogging platform and re-published. Certainly it would satisfy the person who asked the question.

When the Internet came into being, there was a rush among people to have their websites built. There was a big demand for websites but the supply did not match the demand because of shortage of web builders.

In addition, one needed to spend a bag full of dollars to have a website.

That’s why, when blogs were introduced, we all gladly embraced the technology in spite of not knowing the technology.

What are the differences between a blogs and a websites?

Interaction

Blogs are also websites but the major difference is blogs are dynamic whereas most websites are static. It means anyone who reads a blog can initiate a two way interaction with the blog author whereas statics websites offers only offer one way contact form.

You might ask why it is called one way when the webmaster can always reply! All the interactions in a blogging platform are visible to anyone who read the blogs and the comments; but it is not so with the static websites.

Technical knowledge

A blog can be created by anyone without any technical knowledge. With a few clicks, one can publish his blog in a matter of minutes.

A website creation is not simple. One needs to be technically qualified with a few coding platforms and web design skill.

Information update

Blogs are the favorites of the search engines because a blogger (the one who maintains a blog) keeps updating his blog with data in the form of text, image and video. These updates are arranged in chronological order with the latest update appearing first. One need to scroll down to read older posts, Sometimes blog writers even update several times a day while many bloggers maintain a schedule of posting.

On the other hand, websites are not updated on a regular basis. Whenever the website owner changes his policies, contact details or the price of his products, he will update his website but otherwise the data remains the same. Consequently, the frequency of the search engine crawlers’ visit to website will be less because there is really no necessity.

Data is stamped

Since the content on websites does not change often, when a website is updated, usually the entire page is altered.

However, blogs even though gets updated quite often, the older entries don’t get deleted but remain within the database with each entry stamped, tagged with key words and archived for easy retrieval.

Easy to search

A blog post before it is published is tagged with proper and search friendly words to make the information quickly available for the reader by searching. This versatility certainly lacks in static websites.

Blogging is fun and popular

We all know that blogging is extremely popular right now. All age group are engaged in blogging by way of sharing their thoughts with friends and strangers. Blogs are created and maintained by individuals, businessmen, brands, politicians, journalists, writers, poets and teachers.

Cost involved

A blog can be maintained without spending a single penny as they are hosted free of cost and even the domains are free. However, websites requires a domain that has to bought and renewed annually. In addition website hosting also needs money to pay to the host.

As a blogger since 2005, I will always say a blog is more useful anytime than  websites and it can serve all purposes, be it personal or business.

 

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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.

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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.

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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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