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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
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!
Did you know that there is a search engine which you can keep track of the discussions taking place in the Internet? Wouldn’t it be great if you can find the discussions related to your latest blog post when trying to promote it? Your post might be a solution for some bloggers. Sounds great, ha? Okay, here is Omgili.com You can tap into people’s personal experiences, solutions to problems, ideas and opinions. Truly amazing!
Nowadays Word-Of-Mouth Marketing (WOM) is an increasing trend. Actually successful bloggers are all very good at WOM. If you want to promote your blog and attract more attention, then you better learn WOM very well. Here is Guide to Word-of-Mouth Marketing
Monthly visitors increased by 7 pct when compared to Feb 2008, and surpassed 6K for the first time
Below figures has been taken from sitemeter.com as of this morning:
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!)
(*) 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 pagein February which will hopefully increase my blogging income.
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.
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.
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
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:
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!
Have you watched Search Engine Optimization Video Tutorial before? Blogging Mix has done a great job by providing such a great free resource on SEO. Do not forget to Stumble or Digg his post, he deserved that already. If you know any other free resource on SEO, or should you have any problems regarding SEO, please post a new thread to SEO & Traffic Tips section of Search For Blogging forum. Together we can find a solution to your SEO related problems.
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 ?