In the past I have shared what is the difference between a paid host and a free host. I always recommend using a paid web host for your online ventures. But there is no one size fits all approach in web publishing. So in this article I will be talking about 2 of the awesome web hosts around the internet, Tumblr and Blogger.
Now you must be thinking, isn’t these 2 platforms solely for blogs? Yes they are, but you can extend them to a semi-professional level. The best part is, both of these platforms are FREE forever.
Blogger (Blogspot) is owned by Google & Tumblr is recently acquired by Yahoo!
Since these 2 services are owned by these giants, there is a big chance that these 2 platforms will stay there forever (unless the parent company wishes to discontinue the service)
Now let us see why I think Tumblr and Blogger are the best web hosts for blogs, [Continue reading…]
Want to sell a single product, or run a full featured web store? You need to implement e-commerce on your website. Thanks to the technology, you can have your own store running on your website within few clicks.
Let me share all the ways you can implement the e-commerce function to your online business:
Embedding a Third Party Store on Your Website
Say you are an affiliate of some sort of company which gives you your very own e-store in a separate web address. All you have to do is to send the visitor to that link and hope they purchase something.
One of my clients had her own website of cosmetic products and virtual makeovers. However her store page was simply linking to an external URL to check out the products. What I did was to embed that whole e-store experience to this store page. [Continue reading…]
Few days ago someone at the yahoo answers community asked “How to become an entrepreneur?” I see the trend here. People are now leaning towards being their own boss and quit the 9-5 lifestyle.
So in this article I am going to answer this question in detail and tell you how exactly you can become an entrepreneur.
Do I Qualify as an Entrepreneur?
I have started working on my own business when I was 15 years old. I never wanted the idea to have a boss and go into the rat race. I started my own t-shirt design store at that age. It failed, and I started working on direct marketing. I learned how to sell and talk to new people. I learned how to improve my personality.
I invested some of my family’s money in transport with my mom. That failed miserably. Then I started my computer parts selling business. I was buying gadgets in cheap to sell them for high margins. Then I started a website, then a blog and went online.
I started doing online marketing with blogs and I started to see profit. Then I became a web designer and that went very well. Then I started working as a consultant for online & offline businesses; that went very well too.
I also share my journey that inspired so many of my readers to start their own. So far I was never held in a job and I created jobs for others.
So you just started your first business and you need a paying customer. How do you find one? If you have a point of sale, then getting your first few customers is easy, they just have to spot you. However when you are running a consultancy business, how will you get your first customer on board?
I am going to give you some practical advice that will help you get customers. When I started my first web design business, I used the exact same principles to attract clients.
Let Your Network Know that You Are Open for Business
How does a shop find its first customer? Simply because people can see that this shop is open. So what you have to do is to let your existing network know that you are taking clients. Have a facebook account? Entitle yourself as the CEO/Consultant or what you like better on the work field.
Are you on linkedin? Then do the same and entitle yourself to this new business of yours. This is a small trick but it simply works. A lot of people and their friends are constantly checking you out and when they see you are offering these services, they may be interested in being your customer.
Post an update to your twitter/facebook profile that you are taking clients. If you have a blog already, then post about this on your blog and let your readers know that you are expecting business.
Sanjida did it cleverly by sharing about her work on facebook & also sharing updates regarding her coaching career. She also went one step further by creating a separate facebook page for her coaching services. [Continue reading…]
So you must have heard of affiliate marketing and people can make money being an affiliate. But what is it exactly and how it works? In this article I am going to share what affiliate marketing is and how it really works.
To make it really simple, I am going to share a real life example. I have launched BlogKori Academy which is an online coaching platform. My readers can join this course and learn from me through videos. My course is priced at $49-$99.
Now the thing is, in order to have more sales, I need to attract more students. My resources and reach is limited. So what I did was to offer an affiliate program. In this program someone can join as an affiliate (for free) and promote my course. When they make a sale, I will pay a percentage of the profit to that affiliate. This is called an affiliate commission.
I am using software so the sales tracking and commissions are managed automatically. So you see that this way I can reach more people and sell more. On the other hand my affiliate is making money by promoting my stuff.
It’s a win win situation for both of us. So this is how exactly affiliate marketing works. [Continue reading…]
By default we all like to play it safe and be defensive. It is something that most people are doing, I was doing it for years and chances are that you are doing it still now. But it is time you should level up and show some aggression.
We are the masters of our own selves. You will be treated the way you want others to treat you. You can barely make a living or choose to be in the elite’s league. The choice is yours.
I realized this while playing some video games. I like to play some action games and in one mission I was stuck. I tried to play defensive, I tried to go stealth but I was failing every time.
It was taking me forever just to go from one room to another. Time was running out. I was afraid of my enemy, I was afraid to get shot and most of all I was afraid of failing the mission.
So from the last video I shared how to sign up for twitter, in this new video I will show you how you can create and setup your twitter account.
I mentioned that every second 11 twitter accounts are being created but the majority of these twitter accounts are not setup properly. If you setup your profile correctly you will look professional and will have more chance to get followed by others. The aim is to build a personalized twitter profile with your name, picture and a detailed bio.
Okay so far I have a new account on Twitter and I need to build up this profile. So if I build up this profile, I’ll be able to attract more people. So to do this you just have to go to settings and click on settings. Now you have to click on profile. Now I need to change okay I have already my photo I have my name setup I can change my location and you can set up your location so let me just set it “Bangladesh”
Then I can add a website I’m putting my blog here and also I need to put a descriptive bio. So that more people will be able to find my profile if I add something interesting about me. So I have wrote this bio
“I am a blogger web designer and I help people learn about internet marketing tools plus strategies let’s talk about blogging, social media, SEO and delicious foods.”
So this is important because you’re actually building up a personality over here and I can also long in to my Facebook account using this one. Anyways let me just click on save changes. Now if I go to me I shall see my updated profile with my description my location and my link. People can click on this link and visit my blog. There is an area to changes a picture of this black background.
I’m just clicking on edit and click here and select change header so I’m selecting this picture. So this is a car image. So, it’s better to have a picture than to have nothing. Anyways so I’m just setting up this picture and I can zoom in and out to make the picture bigger or smaller and when I’m happy, I will just click on save. Okay your header was published successfully let me click on me.
Okay so now my profile is personalized and so there you go I have completed my personal profile on Twitter and I hope you have enjoyed this video and we’ll see you on the next video, thank you.
First go to twitter.com and you need to create an account. To create an account you just have to type in your full name then you have to put your email address and then you have to select a password.
Now you have to click on sign up for twitter. On the next step you will see join twitter today -a message. Which will just show you all the details such as you can review your password your username your email and your fullname.
Let me to choose a username. I can see that my name is available so I am just using it.
So now you have to click on create new account. So the next you will see join twitter today which would give you option to change your full name, email address, the password and also the ability to choose your username.
So I can see that my name is available. I can use this as my username. Then you have to click on “Create my account”.
You also have to type in the CAPTCHA (security code) (951) and click on “create my account”
Now from the next window you’ll have to click on next.
Now Twitter wants you to follow people and this is the basic theme of twitter. It wants people to follow people and you’ll follow other people and other people would follow you.
So let me just follow a couple of people such as I love Ellen so let me click on it.
Oprah is fine.
Lady Gaga is also fine.
and let me just click on Lindsay Lohan.
Click on next.
So it will suggest me to follow five more people so they want me to follow about five more people so let me just go to the entertainment section. and..
Let me follow Paris Hilton
Funny or Die
Okay now you have to click on next.
It will ask for more so I’m just click on skip now.
So it is now requiring me to upload an image so let me just upload my profile image this will be my avatar and I can also write a small bio. Let me just write, blogger, web designer and a gamer. Click on done.
So I’m done now and the next step that I have to do is to confirm my email address. So that I can use the other features of twitter. So I have to confirm my twitter account.
I’m in my email inbox, I can see a message from twitter and it wants me to conform my account so I’m just clicking on it.
What I have to do this to click on this button and confirm my account. I will see a message that says your account has been confirmed, thanks.
Let me close them (other tabs) Okay so this is the twitter home feed and I can see all the tweets are shown from the people I follow. I follow ten people and there are the tweets that are currently in my feed. So these are the tweets. And I can click on one tweet and expand it. And I can see that there are the reaction and these people have reacted to the tweet.
I can see 55 ReTweets, 20 Favorites. A ReTweet is actually when you like a tweet and click to share it.
Then, The next thing is “Me” I am going to click on “Me” this in my profile I haven’t been tweeted yet so to tweet, you have to click on here. That says compose new tweet.
I’m just tweeting here… “Hi BlogKori Academy Students” -Tweet! So I have a tweet now, right now I am tweeting. Oh I have one follower already, let me just see who is following me. I have this follower maybe this is just a bot (spambot). Anyways so I can also see my tweets and following and followers.
I’m following these people. To view a profile, I can just click this link and there will be a profile summary. I will see a miniature version of that profile and I can see their details and, I am following, how many followers they have. Wow they have five million followers close to six million. And they are following just close to four thousand people and they have nine thousand tweets. These are a couple of tweets and I can mention them by clicking here by tweet to Funny or Die, and I can talk to them and if they reply I will have a mention too. I can also click on this link and see their full profile. So I’m on the Funny or Die twitter stream and I can see all the tweets they have tweeted and this is their personal twitter profile. And this is the background.
So going back to “Me” So you have learned how to sign up for twitter. I hope you have enjoyed this video. Thank you!
Blogging is like building a business and unlike any other businesses, it needs some regular cash flow to keep it going. Running a blog needs more than monetary commitments. It needs time, research, technical support and most of all, your special attention.
In this article I will outline how much does it costs to run a blog. I will also share how much money I am spending to maintain this blog.
One of my blog readers Sam is starting out a new blog and since he is a complete newbie he asked me lots of questions regarding blog platform and the cost associated to blogging. I decided to address the issues on a fresh blog post. [Continue reading…]