Secrets For Blogging

There are several bloggers and their blogs which encouraged me to start blogging. Darren Rowse’s Problogger.net was one of them.

It’s been almost two years, that is why I can’t remember the exact moment when I came across his blog. But I still remember that I was amazed by the quality of content. It was a well structured, easy-to-read, informative blog from a very experienced blogger.

Until that day I knew so little about blogs and bloggers. I thought that blogs were online diaries which were kept by romantic people called bloggers.

Imagine the confusion I felt during reading Darren’s blog!

Since then I always keep an eye on Darren’s blog. Problogger.net is the bible of making money online bloggers. It is quite natural because Darren is making a six-figure income since 2005.

This morning I received a message from Darren via MyBlogLog. It was about Darren’s book Secrets for Blogging A Six Figure Income.

The book is covering below topics:

  • How Bloggers Make Money
  • Direct Income Earning vs. Indirect Income Earning methods
  • Why Niches are Important
  • 20 Ingredients for a successful blog post
  • Optimizing advertising
  • Which advertising platforms work best
  • Expert analysis of Technorati’s Top Blogs – why they work

and so much more.

If you are interested in Darren’s blog, you can sign up at http://probloggerbook.com/ and download one sample chapter. Enjoy reading!

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Monthly visitors increased by 7 pct when compared to Feb 2008, and surpassed 6K for the first time

Visitors:

Below figures has been taken from sitemeter.com as of this morning:

March Traffic

My aim is to keep on increasing the visit numbers by 7 pct each and every month until the rest of the year. In other words I target 11K visits by the end of December 2008. I started April very well, and April visits are already 1K in three days(Thanks to SEO Elite!)

RSS Subscribers:

By December 27, 2007 my blog had around 100 RSS subscribers daily. Read the previous report here How I Quadrupled My Blog’s Traffic In 3 Months

By the end of March 2008 RSS subscribers are at 180. I aim to have 200 RSS readers by the end of April.

RSS March 2008

Technorati Rank:

On December 27, 2007 my blog’s Technorati performance looked like below:

Technorati rank : 124,132 (Authority 60) – 185 blog reactions to Search For Blogging

Three months later, the new ranking looks like below:

Technorati rank : 19,371 (Authority 267) – 611 blog reactions to Search For Blogging

This is a major success story. However my target is to be in top 5000 by the end of 2008. Read my 2008 Goals here. I invested on SEO Elite which will hopefully improve my Technorati ranking as well.

Alexa Rank:

My Alexa rank was 253,520 by December 27, 2007. Now it is 81,154. My blog will probably be listed in top 50,000 by the end of June 2008. See Alexa performance graph below:

Alexa Mar 2008

As my target is to make money from blogging, I am very satisfied with the increasing Alexa and Technorati rankings.

Best Posts In March 2008 :

These posts have generated most of the blog traffic in March 2008:

Monetization:

  • Sponsored Reviews : $50
  • Direct link ads : $15
  • Affiliate income : $100
  • Rubicon Project : $20
  • Voda Host : $210 (*)

Total earned during Feb : $395

(*) Finally I sold the 3rd Voda Host hosting package, and received $210 affiliate payment. I invested $167 of that money to SEO Elite.

My aim is to earn $1000 per month by the end of 2008. Therefore I evaluate every single opportunity to make more money with my blog. In that respect, I have launched my Advertise page in February which will hopefully increase my blogging income.

Conclusion:

March 2008 has been a good month for me. I managed to surpass 6K visits, and launch March 2008 Bloghology at the same time. I joined Social Powerlinking in March which hopefully will improve my position in social networks. I will start my podcast/video series to stand out from the crowd and increase my blog’s popularity.

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Key to Success

I have recently signed up with TNX.net – text links marketplace. You may ask me why I signed up with a fairly new text links marketplace where there are already Text Link Ads and Linkworth. Let me tell you why.

The main advantage of TNX.net for bloggers is that they are able to sell links on every page of their blogs. Selling links on every page instead of just the main page could be more profitable than selling site wide links.

Bloggers can even choose their advertisers themselves, placing only links that are relevant to every page of their blogs. For more details about this feature please read this: http://forums.digitalpoint.com/showthread.php?t=536201

TNX.net provides some advantages for advertisers too. The main advantage for advertisers is the price of links and the ability to promote hundreds of keywords with just few clicks. The other advantages are written on the homepage of TNX.net. You may read some Technorati reviews of the system here:
http://www.technorati.com/search/tnx.net?sort=authority

TNX.net also offer a free tool for advertisers to make paid links look natural for Google – read http://forums.digitalpoint.com/showthread.php?t=526547 and some simple tips which help their advertisers to rank #1 in Google for highly competitive keywords: http://forums.digitalpoint.com/showthread.php?t=488057

They also have a limited offer where you can get links from 5,000 quality websites for Free. Read http://forums.digitalpoint.com/showthread.php?t=477444

With TNX affiliate program you will receive 13.3% of all “TNX-points” that your affiliates earn in the future. This amounts to almost half of the system’s commission.

According to their stats, TNX.net is fast gaining popularity:

Users: 51 063
(daily growth: +0.33%)
Sale speed: 14 188 Links/Hour
Pages in TNX database: 32 897 772
Text link ads sold: 22 662 154

I guess now you understand why I selected TNX.net. I will write a more detailed coverage as soon as I get experienced with the system.

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It’s been nearly 2 days since WordPress 2.5 release candidate is launched. Most of the bloggers are not aware what is going on, and how WordPress 2.5 will affect their blogging. I thought it could be useful to create a list of reliable WordPress resources for bloggers:

  1. Download the latest versions of WordPress from WordPress Download
  2. For forums, WordPress documentation, installation, troubleshooting, or addons you should refer to WordPress Support Areas
  3. WordPress Plugin Database is one of the biggest plugins directories.
  4. Okay, you know where to find plugins. However, there are thousands of plugins available. Which ones are necessary ? Here is a list of my favorites:
    • All in One SEO Pack : Provides you some advanced SEO
    • Comment Relish : It is a great serving for this purpose. It increases your readership and RSS subscription rate by simply sending a short ‘thank you’ message to users when they first comment on your blog. This is a good way of welcoming your first time visitors.
    • What Would Seth Godin Do?: This is one of the most innovative plugin i have ever seen. The plugin generates a welcome message based on cookies to your first time visitors. It boosts your RSS subscribers in a few days period!
    • Subscribe to Comments: It allows users to subscribe to comments and gets notified whenever someone replies. Incredible community builder!
    • ShareThis: This plugin puts a button at the end of your posts which makes sharing very easy. It supports email and posting to social bookmarking sites like StumbleUpon, Digg etc.
    • Ad Rotator : Rotate any kinds of Ads(Including Adsense). If you are about to make money online with your blog, then it is a must!
  5. Add WordPress Web 2.0 Guide to your favorites
  6. Always keep an eye on WordPress Security Guide
  7. List of Must Have & Highly Recommended WordPress Plugins
  8. Did you know that Your WordPress Blog Can be a Forum?
  9. Are you ready for WordPress version 2.5? To be on the safe side, go and check WordPress Upgrade Preparation Checklist
  10. Did you know How to Use WordPress as a Membership Directory?
  11. Read 10 Things You Need to Know About WordPress 2.5
  12. Learn how to customize your WordPress theme
  13. Do you need some free WordPress themes ? 100 Excellent Free WordPress Themes
  14. Bored of your current WordPress theme ? Take a look at these Free WordPress Themes – Magazine / 3 Column styles
  15. Do you know how to enhance your WordPress Image System ?
  16. Post your threads toWordPress Tips & Resources in case you need assistance.
  17. Are you looking for a reliable and effective WordPress plugin which is flexible enough to play various files? Then you better check this one : WordPress Plugin: Viper’s Video Quicktag
  18. Do you know how to optimize your WordPress blog? Read this one: Optimizing Performance for WordPress
  19. Adsense maniacs, this one is for you Some Useful WordPress Plugins for Google Adsense
  20. Have a look at 10 WordPress plugins that turn visitors into repeat visitors
  21. Follow my weekly Tips For Improving Your WordPress Skills series
  22. Read these books and sharpen your WordPress skills:
  23. WordPress For Dummies (For Dummies (Computer/Tech))
    The IT Girl’s Guide to Blogging with Moxie
    Building Online Communities With Drupal, phpBB, and WordPress

Anything missing in the list ? I will appreciate if you comment and add your favorite WordPress resources here.

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There’s a war going on in the blogosphere, and it has nothing to do with bloggers dissing each other on their respective websites. The war is about control of the blogosphere by several great, many good, and tons of terrible blogging platforms. The average newbie now has “too many” options to choose from, and the battle for blogging supremacy is hotter than ever.

At my website and blogs, I’m always asked the question “Is WordPress better than Blogger?”. The answer, of course, is “Yes”. But to really understand why, it’s important to look at both blogging platforms side-by-side and see which one you really need.

Here’s the comparison scale:

1) Ease of Set-up And Use

Yes, it’s much easier to set-up a blog with Blogspot.com and get your own Bloggger account. You can be done in 10 minutes flat. Once you’re set-up you can start posting immediately. If you want to add a designer’s touch to your blog, there are also tons of blogger templates available for free.

Installing WordPress however can be a major headache if you don’t know what you’re doing. Since you’re going to host it on your own account, you’ll need to download the installation files, upload them to your server, set-up a database, and run the configuration script.

However, if you know which hosting account to get, you can choose one with Cpanel included. With Cpanel, you can do a one-click installation, upgrade and removal of your WordPress platform.

2) Customization & Advanced Use

Blogger doesn’t allow categories. You can’t sort your articles into different focuses, unless you know how to hack the platform. With WordPress, not only can you add categories, you can also display each category differently on your main page. In fact with the correct plugins you can even turn your WordPress into a magazine-like portal.

Publishing with Blogger can be a pain in the ass. It can take forever to post articles, especially if you’re making changes to the entire website. With WordPress, publishing is much faster, although if you load your system with all kinds of bells and whistles it can be just as frustrating. With a Blogger account, you can get additional features like “Shout Boxes” that improve interaction on your site. You can also get pretty themes and nifty little tools that you can add to the core template files. However, that’s as far as you can go with Blogger.

With WordPress however, the sky is the limit. As cliche as that may sound, not only can you get themes, additional “plugins” and advanced tools, you can also extend WordPress to far beyond just a blogging platform.
The talk today is about using WordPress as a complete, user-friendly Content Management System or CMS.

3) Copyrights and Ownership of Content

I started with Blogger and I won’t say that it’s bad. But after a while I started to get frustrated with Blogger, and here’s why: Google Owns Your Content

Google has the authority to shut down your account without warning if they don’t like what you’re blogging about. You don’t have absolute control over your own blog. With WordPress, you own the domain name and the blog is hosted on your own account. You have full control over your content.

With the self-hosted version of WordPress (not WordPress.com), you’re free to write about anything you want, and use the software in any way you want. Yes, Blogger allows you to publish to your own domain, but they still own the database that holds your content! Don’t forget that!

4) Search Engine Optimization and Traffic

There’s this propaganda that since Google owns Blogger, they tend to favor Blogger accounts. I won’t say that this is illogical, but from my experience, there’s no such favoritism.

I’ve heard as many stories of getting indexed fast and ranking high in search engines from both WordPress and Blogger users. As long as the content is good, the spiders will come.

When you post in Blogger, you can only “ping” a limited amount of sites, whereas with WordPress on your own domain you can ping as many blog directories as you want, and start getting more traffic.

As a conclusion, I would say that WordPress is only slightly ahead in terms of optimization for search engines, and building large amounts of traffic. You may purchase an hosting account for your WordPress blog.

5) Money-Making Potential

There’s no doubt that it’s easier to get started with Google Adsense if you have a Blogger account. In fact you can now apply for Adsense from within a Blogger account. Not entirely surprising considering the fact that both are owned by the same company.

With WordPress, it can get tricky. The default installation is not enough. You’ll need a couple of plugins and even a better theme to really maximize the Adsense potential. However, this seems to be getting easier and there’s even “Adsense revenue sharing” plugins around that allow you to share ad revenue with other contributors and writers for your blog.

When you start using WordPress to build your Adsense websites, you’ll soon discover what I mean. It’s something you need to experience for yourself. I can tell you one thing though – when you go WordPress, you don’t go back.

Meanwhile, if you have decided to switch to WordPress, yet do not know where to start please consider Alex Sysoef’s Expert WordPress program. The good thing about the program is that a custom script does the full blog configuration and customization based on a few answers you provide on web page and you got a clear winner. But you really must see the video that shows you entire process to understand just how simple it is. Watch the video Expert WordPress to see how anyone can create a blog in less than 4 minutes from Start to Publish.

If you can afford I also suggest the WordPress Goldmine. In this excellent guide, you’ll be empowered with proven techniques, and strategies to reel in huge profits easily with a WordPress blog.

Now, it is your turn. Have your say and please tell me which Blogging platform do you prefer ?


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