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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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7 Ways To Compose a Blog Post

7 Ways To Compose a Blog Post

Blogging can be fun and easy for not many writers but aspiring bloggers should not get intimidated. Anything can be learned by practice and persistence. A professional blogger today was an armature when he started. Yes Writing a Blog Post is an art.

Even for them, writing a blog might have been tough initially. However, those who are earning part time or full time money by blogging had persisted with their goal. Therefore, you too can if you read the following steps and implement them slowly.

Gather blogging ideas.

For new bloggers, who have no clue as to what to blog about at the outset, the most difficult part is deciding what they want to write about. The first step is to read others’ blog on varied topics.

First think of which subject most interests you and find blogs that write about them. There are several search engines that exist for blogs alone. Like any search engine. You can key in your area of interest (for example: cross country cycling) in the search box.

The most popular blog search engine is located at http://www.blogsearchengine.org 

The search engine will show a huge list of results that display blogs that have written in depth or just mentioned about ‘cross country cycling’.

You need to patiently browse through the search results and gather as many information as possible. While doing so, you must note down the URL of the web page that gave you the most satisfactory information and consider it as an authority site on the subject of your choice. This is an important exercise. It is the fundamental aspect of learning to blog.

Content Curation:

The act of gathering information on a particular topic is called ‘Content Curation’. While curating content, it is imperative that you also note down the source of the content. There are two important purposes in it.

  1. Identifying authority sites
  2. Citing the source in case you need to quote a piece of content in your blog post.

To continue with serious blogging, you first read and identify blogs that interests you and then start curating content on those subjects of your interest.

The third step of action is now to make use of the data you have gathered. You need to create a list of topic ideas that interest you. Then, filter them and arrange them according to the easiness to weave a blog post.

Then, make a quick outline of main points you want to include in your composition.  Initially, it might appear to be a bit tedious, but it will help you to further your writing. You better do not skip it please.

Choose a style

Now begins the real fun. You have chosen your first blog post topic, noted down the main points to include them in your blog post. After this, you will need to choose your style. I would say most of the successful blogs are written in a casual tone. I mean, it will be as if you are talking casually to invisible readers of your blog post.

Write it in first person. You must include the word ‘I” in several places of your post. A blog is said to be your online journal; therefore, the ‘I’ should be present.

Elaborate on each point;

Now, on each point you have gathered, elaborate it further by just forming a sentence or two. It is not a difficult task.

Once you have done it on your 5 or six points, you will have a blog post containing about 200 words! Wow! See, what seemed impossible for you when you used the blog search engine is now made possible.

Creating a title:

The most important task of any blog post is the title. You must create a title for your blog post. While there are hundreds of ways to choose a title, it is learned on your own as you gain experience.

Summary

Finally, we have come to the end of your blog post. You must write a brief summary of your blog post. It should contain what you have written about in three or four sentences.

Proof reading

This is a crucial step. Without proofreading your content, never hit the ‘publish’ button however confident you are about your typing.

Casual blogging

Till now, I have addressed only those who are serious about their blogging career. However, if you are choosing to start your blog as your personal online diary, you certainly do not need to go through the above two points.  You straightaway start composing your blog post as your personal thoughts or opinions and hit the ‘publish’ button and voila! You have just created your digital foot print.

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Finding the Right Hashtags For Your Tweets

Finding the Right Hashtags For Your Tweets

How to find the right hashtags for your twitter posts certainly involves some work on your part but without hashtags, your twitter posts will have only 20% reach. That 25% is only from your loyal followers. If you want new followers to your twitter profile, if you want your tweets attract tweeters who are important, you need to include the right hashtags to your posts in twitter.

The search box in twitter is effectively used by majority of internet marketers with the right hashtags followed by their search term.

I am not going to explain what a hashtag is because, this blog post targets experienced bloggers. May be in some other post, I will explain all about hashtags and its importance in internet marketing or blog post promotion.

How do I generate my hashtags?

There are tools to find the trending hashtags in twitter but I employ my own method. It is really simple. I search for the keyword in twitter that I focused in my blog post. I search by placing that hashtag ‘#’ before my search word(s).  If my search word is more than one, I ensure that there is no space in between the words. I generally use only two words in my hashtag.

If my search shows similar hashtags in the search results, then, I would apply that hashtag. I repeat the search for synonyms of the words or I slightly alter my search term using a bit of common sense. I am sorry I could not explain logic behind it.

Now, a bit of exploration of the hashtags finding tools that are available.

The first tool is Twitter itself. There is no better place. As mentioned above, if you repeat my method, you don’t need another tool. Still, it may be useful to know about some of the Twitter tools. You should know that some of the most followed tweeters have said that they have employed real time marketing techniques and that means going with the trending tweets and the related hashtags.

Trendsmap

Trendsmap displays trending hashtags in real time from all over the world. I tested it but I found it be not very user friendly. In addition, it is not free.

RiteTag

This is a very good tool that lets you know if the hashtags that you wish to apply has got some meaning.

  1. You type in your preferred hashtag and press the ‘space’ bar. You will your hashtag colored and you can press a ‘compare’ button beside it.
  2. Then, you can see some observation of your hashtag such as Unique tweets per hour, retweets per hour, hashtag exposure per hour, % of tweets with mentions and some more.
  3. The ‘some more’ are daily averages, geographical distribution and importantly the popular twitters accounts that used and how many number of followers they have. Superb stats.
  4. I tested it just an hour before and I am amazed by the usefulness of the tool. You can find users who have used the same hashtag, retweet or like their tweets to get noticed. Very effective and ethical way to get followers.
  5. In addition, it gives you a browser extension to automatically color your hashtags. As I wrote this, I tested the extension and yes, it colored my hashtag as and when I typed in the Twitter box.

 hashtagify.me

With Hashtagify.me, you can find others who used the same hashtags so that you can target your tweets by tagging them along in your tweets. Cool tool really. Even if you do not want to tag them, simply like their tweets that contain the same hashtag as yours or even retweet it to get noticed.

“Getting Noticed”-that should be your prime goal in twitter marketing.

Tagboard

Tagboard simply lets you search for a hashtag that you want to use and then displays all the tweets that contain the same hashtag along with the images the tweets originally carried. I tried it and some of the images inspired me to find more meaning for my searched hashtag.

Beyond these twitter hashtags tools, you can use your own creative way to come up with new hashtags that have not been used before. I do that and I urge you too.

Why not?

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Options for Hosting Your Blog Free or Paid

Options for Hosting Your Blog Free or Paid

To create a blog, one needs blogging software. They are mostly free for hosting.

Examples:

WordPress

Blogger

Different blogging software programs provide different features to users although all provide the basic elements needed by casual bloggers. The composing window that is in-built in all the blogging platforms is more or less same.

Additionally, some blogging software programs can be hosted for free through the software provider while others require you to host the software through a third party blog host, which will require payment to that blog host.

The term ‘blogging software’ can also be referred to as ‘blogging platform’.

Different Blogging Platforms:

WordPress.com is free blogging software that provides a limited amount of customization by way of free templates that you can download for your blog. WordPress.com does not allow you to monetize with ads of any kind on blogs, so monetizing your free WordPress blog through advertising is not an option.

If you are using wordpress platform, your blog URL will be: acnecreamsreviewed.wordpress.com

That is only a sample URL friend.

Third party hosted blog

WordPress.org (WP) also offers free blogging software, but you must have your own domain and hosting account. The diverse customization options make WP very powerful and business bloggers with good experience prefer WP blogging platform. You need to buy your own domain and hosting account from hosting companies that include, Go Daddy, Blue Host and Host Gator etc.

 

Blogger is undoubtedly the easiest blogging software available. All new bloggers should start their first blogs with Blogger. It’s free and also easy to use. Blogger allows you to publish ads. It is totally free. It is owned by Google.

Free Hosting of your custom domain

With blogger, you can also have them host you’re your blog with your own custom domain for free. This means, instead of a blog address that ends with blogsoit.com, your blog address (URL) will be yourdomainname.com

Example:

acnecreamsreviewed.blogspot.com

http://www.mono-live.com/

Here, the hosting is completely free, but you will have to pay for your own domain which is at present $10 per year. Yes, you will have to renew your domain every year at the prevailing rates.

You can buy the domain through Google itself though you can also buy elsewhere and point your DNS servers to Google. Since this involves a bit of technical work, but Google has published an easy to implement tutorial.

Moveable Type is great blogging software, but it requires users to obtain pricey licenses. The installation process is cumbersome and the features are not as rich as other blogging software programs provide. Many people like Moveable Type because it supports multiple blogs without having to install the software again and again.

LiveJournal requires users to pay a monthly hosting fee, and it provides a limited amount of features and customization.

Summary:

So, if you are looking for free blogging software that allows monetization, then Blogger hosting is the best choice.  No downloading, no fees whatsoever.

If monetization is not important to you, then WordPress.com hosting is the choice. No downloading, no fees whatsoever.

For bloggers who want full customization and advanced features and aren’t afraid of technical challenges and out-of-pocket expenses, WordPress.org hosting is the best choice.

You must download the wordpress blogging software and upload it in your hosting server and point to your domain.

The cost of having your blog in wordpress will be:

$10 per year towards domain registration

$6.00 per month towards hosting.

There, I have given you the facts about various blogging platforms and the cost involved! Choose one that suits your wallet’s thickness.

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