Month: July 2008

How to Start a Blog Using Blogger (BlogSpot)

Blogger is my no 1 choice for beginners. Blogger/ blogspot is a free blogging platform which has many features. Blogger is easy and reliable. In the beginning, it was blogspot and then Google bought it and named it as blogger. Because it is owned and managed by Google, there are many services which can be used from blogger and its reliable. The main features of blogger are,

  • Hosted in Google’s server and there is no limitation of bandwidth
  • There is no limitation of storage
  • You can add adsense easily
  • 1 GB photo storage using Picasa
  • Unlimited video storage using YouTube
  • Easy to understand
  • Blogger allows you to use your own paid domain
  • Its free

I would recommend you to use blogger service and this is the service I’m using to host my blogs. (Till 2008) [Continue reading…]

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“A” for Articles, not Adsense in blogging

Are you interested to start a blog just because you want to have some income online? I’m afraid you’ll fail or you’ll turn into a spammer. Most people who gets interested in blogging from the beginning, what they do is to setup a blog from blogger (blogspot) and sign up for a google adsense account. It’s okay to put some ads here and there and start your income just from the beginning but what about content?

I see lot’s of new blogs everyday with a bunch of adsense here and there but with no regular updates. When they realize that traffic is the key, then they start to spam blogs and forums and even ask for click on those ads. But you should always remember that only fresh articles will attract more readers coming to your blog again and again.

"A" for Articles, not Adsense in blogging

Articles are the root of your blog

Original articles will make others to read, share and come back later. The more often you create a new blog post, the more often they will come. This will also invite search engine robots to come again and you’ll *develop a better page rank.

More ad doesn’t means more income

You should know this fact. Adding more ads will make the pay per click rate for each ad will be decreased. It’s not about the number of ads, it’s all about the positioning, colors and traffic.

Don’t put adsense in empty pages

Adding the ad code in an empty page will show up irrelevant ads. If you create a blog with no content, then you should not promote it. Write at least 10 nice articles before you officially start to promote it.

Traffic alternatives

Search engine traffic takes some time to develop. On the other hand, the more articles you’ll have, the more traffic you’ll get from them. Before depending on that source, try to build some other ways of traffic like Social bookmarking, but don’t ever think of traffic exchange, banner or link exchange sites.

Have patience

Yes I’m making money online but I didn’t receive my first payment just after starting my blog. You have to put regular effort on your blog and don’t expect to get a big money overnight. Have patience and it will come with a great result. As a result I didn’t pay a single cent from my own pocket for my blogs. The domains, hosting, ads, projects, internet cost, PC maintenance, everything I paid with the money which I earned from blogging.

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Setting Up a Feedburner Account For Your Blog RSS

Feedburner.com is an RSS system and I think its not an account, its a very important enhanchment to your blog and it will play major parts in your blog’s success. But before I get to that, lets find out what is RSS?

What is RSS?

what is an RSS feedRSS means Really Simple Syndication. This is a simple way to read blogs/ websites fast and effectively. RSS feeds are copy of the whole blog content but in the RSS page, there would be no extra things that you have in your blog like ads, widgets, links and other things. Your blog’s RSS page is a simple and clean page to give your readers the ease to read articles.

Your readers can subscribe to your RSS feeds and read the blog without even visiting your blog. This is a special service to the readers and this way you could transform your visitors into daily readers. [Continue reading…]

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Introducing to Alexa web ranks and how to get better ranks

Alexa is a web information company managed by the worlds leading shopping site, Amazon.com. Its a search engine and they are famous for their ranking system. I have told you before that why the search rankings are important for websites, specially for blogs.

Alexa is a special search engine and they give ranking to each site according to the amount of traffic they are getting to their sites and how many backlinks are pointing to them.
Go to Alexa.com and fill out your full web address and click search. You will see your alexa rank which could be a long number of digits. If your web site/ blog is very much new, you will see ‘No data.’ You can see the alexa rank of BlogKori and its not good because its a new site.
The better you get alexa rank, this number will decrease. You can see some of the important status here on alexa like the % of world internet users you have reached, how many people come to your site from which countries, and the individual ranks of your site in different countries.

When your site will entre into the top 100,000; you will be able to see the traffic graph of your website. Here is the traffic graph of ProBlogger.net.
Now may be you are thinking how to get better alexa rankings, its natural because every score counts in blogging. The way to get better rankings in any search engine is to take your time to make your blog grow, build natural backlinks to your site, write new and original and quality articles in your blog and thats it.

The first target for alexa would be to make your blog into the top 1,000,000. When I first started to blog, it took me 3 months to get in the top 1,000,000. I’m telling you what to do to get even more better rankings,

Install the alexa toolbar
Go to alexa toolbar downloads and download the toolbar. You can use this toolbar to check the ranks of other sites while you browse. Now set your blog as your browser’s home page to ensure maximum visits.

You could ask your friends to download the toolbar too and to set your blog as their home page. The more your page is being viewed with the alexa toolbar, the more chances to get higher rankings in alexa. Few days later, you will see the improvement and this will continue.

Add the alexa widget
Go to alexa widgets and fill out your blog address. And click ‘Build widget.’ Now choose which size you like and add the widget code into your blog sidebar.
In this way people who will visit your and they will see your ranks. This will link back to alexa.com and this will help you to get better rankings.
Be patient because it takes time to get better rankings. All of the rankings will depend on your overall blog score and that is, a better quality blog.

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How to Setup a Custom Domain/ Address in Blogger(blogspot)?

How to Setup a Custom Domain/ Address in Blogger(blogspot)?If you are serious about blogging, then you have to own your domain. If your blog address have a prefix like, your-name.blogspot.com, my-blog.wordpress.com or freewebs.com/yourpage then it wont look professional. You have to tell a long address to your friends so that they won’t remember it.

The reality is that most of the people online don’t take blogs with a subdomain seriously. Owning your domain makes the address shorter and easy to brand your blog. You could replace blogs or service under that address and you could sell the domain in the future.

I started blogging under a subdomain to try out blogging, when I got serious about it, I transformed it into a real Dot Com domain. If you are using a free service like blogger, making publicity of your sub domain will only increase the authority of them because you don’t own that domain. If any how blogger deletes your blog, all of the readers will be not able to find your blog. So that’s a huge risk.

So it is better to move your blogger blog to your own domain as soon as you can. Blogger gives this chance and you don’t have to buy hostine, blogger will host your blog forever. [Continue reading…]

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What can I get from blogging?

If you are thinking that you can only make a few dollars from blogging, then its wrong. “So what else can I get from blogging?” Its true that many people start a blog to earn money online because they have seen other bloggers who are making kick ass money from their blogs. Money is the greatest motivation and in the beginning I was excited to be a better blogger when I first discovered that I am allowed to make money from my free blog.

Being a better blogger not just only makes you money, it has other surprises too. The greatest thing about blogging is that, many people can know about you. Your readers will be your fans and supporters, they will mail you and connect with you in other social sites and they will talk about you. Being a remarkable blogger is just like being a celebrity, and who doesn’t wants to be one?

The next great thing about blogging is that, you can build yourself as a great writer on your specific topic. People will likely to learn about you and you can be able to motivate people. You can then promote your business, product or anything you like. The blog is your own media and medias have their own powers.
You will get international recognition. People from around the world can read your thoughts. On the internet, there is no limitation and of course there is huge money to be earned from blogging. You can have a full time earning from part time blogging. All you have to do is to be patient and to be a better blogger, the money, fame and popularity will come automatically.

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Things you must have in blogging – Email account

This topic is not required to blog about as you are in online; you already know about emails, accounts and mail services. But an email account is the must have things for a blogger so I will talk about it. You need an email account in blogging for these reasons,

  1. To communicate with people and readers
  2. Send and receive updates about your blog
  3. To sign up for different sites
  4. To make it as your default communication platform

There are many email service providers in the internet are available but my advice to you is to choose one service and use that email account as your default account. The most popular free email service providers are,

Yahoo mail – Unlimited storage
Hotmail – 5 GB storage
Gmail – 15 GB storage

You can also have your own paid web mail like, mail@your-website.com. If you consider having a free email account, then I will suggest you to have Yahoo mail. Yahoo has great features like unlimited storage, spam and virus protection, Yahoo messenger support. Now you can also choose from 3 yahoo email addresses like, you@yahoo.com, you@ymail.com and you@rocketmail.com.
No matter what service you choose, please set one email address as default to find you. Make it easy to remember, the best way to do this is naming it on your name or your web address like, you@hotmail.com, YourWebsite@gmail.com, Rashid@aol.com, Sumi@yahoo.com etc.

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How to add a widget in your blogger(blogspot) blog

Widgets are specially designed programs which can be used on web pages, blogs or even on your desktop. These are web gadgets and they are great and easy to use. Widgets are just extra plugins which you can use to make your blog look more attractive or could give another option for your visitors.

Now there are millions of widgets for many things. There are news widgets, clocks, feeds, logos, advertisements, chatting and many different types of widgets are available in the internet. All of the widgets are made with a HTML or Java code and you can easily install the widget using this code into your blog.
For an example, I’m now using FeedJit widget to show my recent readers location in my blog. Just go to site, select your widget and ‘copy’ the code.

Now go to your blogger ‘dashboard’ and click on ‘layout.’ Now click, ‘add a page element.’

Select ‘HTML/JavaScript’ and click ‘add to blog.’

Now paste the widget code which you have copied from the website. You can also add a headline of your widget and then click ‘save.’ Adjust the placement of your new widget and click one ‘save.’

Now you can see your widget in your blog.

You can also search for different widgets in google and add them to your blog to make it more interesting. But be aware, because adding too much widgets in your blog may disturb your readers and may take long time to load your blog. Thanks and keep exploring!

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What is Google Page Rank?

military shoulder rank as compared to google page rankTo help you understand the concept of the google page rank you need to know what are ranks. Ranks are used in military, defense, police and troops all over the world. In such manner the power and authority is divided among all soldiers and officers. Every member of an organization, such as in the army has a special symbol attached to their uniform that identifies their rank.

Superior officers has ranks in their shoulder as stars. My father is a police officer so I know quite a lot about ranks, stars an badges. This is the only visual way to quickly identify a soldier’s seniority.

In military it takes years of service, heroic efforts, track records, some recommendation and maybe some links. Generally a soldier or an officer will advance ranks just 3-4 times in a career. It is very rare for someone to be demoted to an inferior rank, but it is possible.

If we take that concept on the internet there is a rank called the google page rank (Named after Larry Page, co-founder of the website). So the guys at google thought why not setup a system which will rank websites according to how many links they have.

A link or a backlink is like a vote. For an example here I linked to google -if you click on it you will go to their website. This is called a backlink.

Links are the main currency in the web world and google gives more importance to those sites that have more quality backlinks pointing to them. The more backlinks you have, the better chances you will get to achieve page rank. But over the years the page rank technology has been changed heavily. Now page rank is calculated with the number quality backlinks pointing at your website.

Here is a picture which will help you to understand the basic concept of the page rank technology.

what is google page rank in picture

On the picture, imagine that, all of the colored balls are websites. The big yellow ball is Google. All of the sites are linking to google that’s why it has become bigger and have higher page rank. The green smaller balls are new sites and have no links pointing to them, so they have no page rank. The big yellow ball is pointing to the red ball which has no other backlinks but still it has achieved a bigger status just because a far bigger website has linked to it. This is just a basic image of page rank, and the actual image may blow up your mind.

To check the page rank of your website visit this page. Now you can see the page rank of your website. If your site is new you may have a N/A over there.

google page rank check

Blogs or websites don’t get page ranks, only the web address(www.yoursite.com) gets page rank. Its not that difficult to get a page rank. When I started my first blog few years ago it took only 3 months to get Page Rank 3 from 0. When I transformed the address to my own domain, it started all over again with No page rank.

There are 12 status of google page ranks, it starts from No Page Rank, then page rank 0 to page rank 10. The higher is better. The more ‘quality’ links you have the better rankings you will get.

Page Rank is Not That Important

Please remember that, having a big page rank doesn’t means that this site is better. People can pay money to buy links and get a higher page rank. In blogging, first you should focus on your articles and the quality of your blog and the ranks will come automatically.

Over the last couple of years the toolbar page rank has been changed a lot and right now it is no longer an important aspect in SEO. At the moment getting a page rank of 4 is way much harder than it was 5 years ago. This is only because google does not values every backlink that your page has. Some new changes of the google algorithm gives your site negative values for gaining links aggressively or spammy ways.

Page rank may not be important now days but it is still one of the 200 search ranking factors of google. Also it is still a good pricing factor for websites. In auction sites such as Sedo.com, a websites with a high page rank will sell for higher prices.

How Do I Get More Page Rank?

You will still want to get a good page rank because it’s one of those shiny things that will make you feel special. One thing is sure, the page rank does not works like 1,2,3,4.. instead it works like xx2 x3 x4 and so on. This means if it took 1 link to get to page rank of 1. It will take 10 links to get to PR2 and then it will take 100 to get to the next level -you get the idea.

Don’t be upset, there is a way around for this too! You can get a link from a page that has a high page rank. So you will get some link juice to your website. Get one more link from another high value page and you will get some more link juice.

So the equation is simple, in order to get more page rank, you need to obtain more links. You can go for large number of small value links or few number of high value links -the choice is yours.

So start building some incoming links to your website and after a few months on the next page rank update you will see some positive changes to your website page rank.

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How to make readership? Commenting on other blogs

In blogging, visitors are the main fuel of your success. The ultimate goal for any blog would be to have maximum readers in their blog. Readers are not the people who will come to your blog and go away. They are the people who will come to your blog regularly and like to come back. If you desire to have lots of visitors, you will get them. But don’t just work for visitors, look for readers.

The easy way to find readers is to search on google for other blogs. If you are blogging about mobile phones, search about mobile phone blogs in google. Now go to the blog and interact with readers. The best way to do this is to leave interesting comments on their articles. You can learn about the things the blogger has done to his blog. Be nice and introduce yourself. Make regular comments; not just any comments, leave useful comments. In this way the readers will come to your blog to see what you have to offer and the blog owner will come and contact you too.

As you learn more, keep coming and I will share more ways to make readership

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