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For a normal person, traffic reminds traffic jam, trouble, or headache. It means everything for a blogger. Every single day thousands of bloggers all around the world are doing everything (even tumbling!) to get some more traffic to their blog.

Successful bloggers usually write about their hidden traffic secrets. Most of these secrets are not secret anymore.

However, there are genius bloggers like Yaro Storak, who study and experiment blog traffic like a scientist. They try a lot of tactics and strategies to finetune their traffic.

Here’s a great video, a case study where Yaro teaches his Blog Mastermind students how to get more traffic to their blog.

To watch the video, simply click here : How To Get More Traffic To Your Blog

Who is Yaro Storak, buddy?

Yaro Storak

There are special moments in your life where dramatic changes are happening. It was a milestone for me to enroll Yaro Storak’s Blog Mastermind program last August. I was just another blogger in the blogosphere. Look where i am after 4 months of dedication and hardworking with the supervision of Yaro.

For more details about Yaro, please read this Who Is Yaro Starak?

More about Blog Mastermind program

If you wonder about how the lessons look like, why don’t you try it out by yourself?

Here is one free sample lesson from Blog Mastermind for Search For Blogging readers:

Blog Mastermind Lesson 11

However Yaro has just announced that he is closing the doors to new members on the 10th of December! So you have limited time to sign up.

If you have any questions regarding Blog Mastermind program, please do not hesitate to ask me. Enjoy the free lesson!

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BackUp And Recovery

Imagine one morning you wake up and start your computer to write your best post (this is my never-ending dream!) while drinking your coffee. You open your favorite browser, and prepare to log-on to your WordPress admin panel.

All of a sudden you realize that there is something wrong. You completely lost all your posts, Plugins, received comments. The outcome of hundreds of hours of dedication and hard work has gone!

Don’t worry; as i mentioned at the beginning it is just a dream, or a wake up call for those of you who has never backed up his/her WordPress blog before.

One of the things i love about WordPress as a blogging platform is Plugins. They extend the functionality of WordPress significantly. There are thousands of Plugins available to fix your WordPress problems.

When you face with a problem related to WordPress, just name the problem, and then search Google’ Blog Search. In our case, type “How to back up WordPress” in the search form.

I use below Plugin to back up my WordPress since the beginning.

WP-DB-Backup Plugin

You can easily download the latest version of WP-DB-Backup. Here’s the instructions and FAQ on using it. This backup will save the backup file to your web-host by default. You can also configure it to receive backup copies of your blog via e-mail. Please do not close your browser when it is processing.

Don’t forget to backup your WordPress blog regularly. The amount of time you will spend in a month will be less than building your blog from scratch.

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Starting from this week, i will be sharing some tips & tricks regarding WordPress which will eventually make you a better WordPress user. I will be glad to learn from your experiences, too. Please share your secret WordPress tricks with me and my readers. Knowledge grows when it is shared.

Expand Your Text Editor

Did you know that you can expand your text editor in WordPress ? Advanced version of the text editor can also be used to write posts. For some reason this option isn’t enabled by default nor is there a box in any of the options to make it appear. You have to know the “secret code”.

So what is the secret code then?

Ctrl + Alt + V Just press that key combination when you are in the “Write” section of your wordpress blog. The text editor will then look like this :

Wptext

Add a Simple Forum to Your WordPress Blog

Sounds great, ha ? It can easily increase the interaction with you and your readers. Did you know that there is a plugin to do this ? It is called RS Discuss.

Installing RS Discuss is very easy. All you need is to upload the plugin file to your WordPress plugin directory and then activate it. You can even add administrators, moderators in your WordPress forum, just goto the RS Discuss menu and edit the user settings. Really cool!

Get WordPress RS Discuss

Use Fresh New WordPress Themes

Everything changes, nothing remains without change.” – Budha Quotes

Don’t stick to your old theme too long. A fresh, good looking theme can change your blog’s popularity dramatically. Here are some fresh new free WordPress themes, that have popped up around the blogosphere:

1Blog Theme:


[Demo and Theme Page]

Portrait Press:

[Theme Page] [Preview]

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SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is a very broad topic and there are thousands of blog posts about it. However most of these posts are not reliable. Where should we refer when it comes to SEO ? Alex Sysoef has replied this question by giving two great resources. I suggest you to read his post: Comprehensive Guides To Blog Search Engine Optimization

I discovered one talented lady whom we all can inspire from. Caroline Middlebrook has quitted her job to make her dream come true by blogging. You will appreciate when you read Stats & Analysis for October ‘07 & Podcast 2 from her blog. This young lady have had 885 RSS subscribers in 4 months. What can i say ? Congratulations Caroline!

This weekend i read The Attention Age Doctrine by Rich Schefren. It took my breath away, and i could not write anything. If you haven’t read it yet, i suggest you to do so. It is really a good food for thought for bloggers.

Do you know how important it is to register your blog to blog directories? Well, i guess you already know. Then do you know which directories are worth registering ? I found 20 Essential Blog Directories in Search Engine Journal, and started to apply for registration one by one. You better check these directories, and apply for registration 1-2 each week.

If you are in need of free hosting, then you better jump on to this contest. There is a unique opportunity for everyone – particularly those who are currently blogging through a third party blog to get your own dot.com and hosting. Go and check this out WIN – 12 months domain hosting – 3 prizes on offer

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A new free report has been released today. It is called the The Attention Age Doctrine and it’s by Rich Schefren.

Rich teaches about successful business with his coaching program. I found his report on Web 2.0 Marketing quite informative. It is good food for thought indeed. I am quite motivated on blogging after reading the report.

What is Web 2.0?

The report gives us the essentials of Web 2.0 Marketing. Have you ever wondered what Web 2.0 is ? Let’s have a look at what Wiki says for it:

“Web 2.0 refers to a perceived second generation of web-based communities and hosted services — such as social-networking sites, wikis, and folksonomies — which aim to facilitate creativity, collaboration, and sharing between users.”

I guess it is more clear now. Web 2.0 is all the great tools we have online now to communicate and collaborate with people; like Facebook, Digg, Stumble Upon, and blogs and blogging platforms of course!

Web Marketing 2.0

What it in it for me?

The report talks about the importance of social communities and how businesses have to deal with them in a better way to be successful in the new Web 2.0 era.

Report also mentions that people are changing their attitude towards who they trust. The number one trusted source now is people just like you. This can be a trusted blogger in our case.

As bloggers, we all should aim to be viewed as a “trusted friend” by our readers, which is why this report and Web 2.0 Marketing is important for us.

Rich says that if you can establish your blog as a leader or even just build a small readership, you will have lots of options for making money. Cool!

Download the Report

I strongly suggest you to download the report. It will take a few minutes of you, yet you will feel yourself happy after reading it as a blogger. You may realize that why you need to be on top of Web 2.0 as soon as possible. Also you will learn the tactics and strategies on how you can do this.

Click here to download the report: Web 2.0 Marketing

I certainly agree with what Rich says. We all should learn how to survive in Web 2.0 world. This is essential for ultimate success in making money blogging.

What do you think? Knowledge grows when it is shared. I will be pleased to receive your comments after reading the report.

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Starting from this week, i would like to highlight great bloggers and their amazing posts in my blog. If you want me to introduce you and your search for blogging here, please contact me immediately. It will be my pleasure to host you here.

Speedlinking

Tina Su , CHO(Chief Happiness Officer) of thinksimplenow.com has become very popular again with How to Be Naked like a Baby. I feel myself lucky to meet such a unique person and exchange e-mails with her daily. She has decent advices on personal development, productivity, efficiency, and happiness. I refresh my soul every time i visit her blog. I strongly suggest you to check her daily. You will feel like you are meditating when reading her blog. Brilliant!

Alex Sysoef , an IT pro and an excellent WordPress Web 2.0 Spot-Er, has written a great post in his blog titled Solutions To Your WordPress Problems. I could not believe my eyes when i read this post. To test Alex, i left a comment and asked him about my WordPress problem. There were quite a lot of comments already, yet he answered each one of them including mine. Alex is really great. If you are using WordPress and looking for a sound and helpful reference, then i suggest you to subscribe to his RSS feeds.

There are two kinds of people: those who live on the earth and those who live on Planet Saedel. If you are willing to think out of the box and taste Saedel’s excellent writings, please go and read Don’t Let Your Diversions Take Over Your Job. When i read this post, i thought Saedel is writing about me. I am quite sure you will feel the same. Go and read it, you will not regret…

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A promise is a promise. If you already read my post Have You Downloaded Your Gifts Yet? you will easily remember that i promised to update you on some amazing giveaways. Here is a new one:

The Thinking Blog has launched a free laptop giveaway campaign and to participate, you just have to write about it! Sponsored by Ruff PC, it is a brand new and water resistant laptop called RuffBook Tech with magnesium alloy casing built to survive under harsh conditions where ordinary laptops fail.

Ruffbook

The RuffBook Tech is the latest water resistant Ruff PC with extremely high performance hardware in a show stopping design optimized for harsh environments. Powered by the ultra low power consumption Intel Core Duo 1.73GHz processor, 512MB DDR RAM, 60GB Shock-mounted Hard Drive, and a CD-RW/DVD+RW (DVD Dual) Drive, this rugged portable is designed to give you reliability in environments where conventional laptops would fail. With added protection from damage and data loss to these critical components, it is rugged enough to perform best and safely under any real condition. The RuffBook Tech has a water resistant keyboard (never again worry about spilling drinks), a magnesium alloy casing (20-times-harder than plastic alloy base case) which protects against vibration and drops, and can be trusted with all of your clumsiness wherever you may be. It has state-of-the-art 14.1″ non-glare TFT LCD screen and up to 224MB shared video memory that provides for vibrant images, both indoors and outdoors. Behind the display is the ultimate wireless technology (802.11 b/g) for true speed and wireless accessibility. It is heavy duty in the multimedia department as well with the built in flash card reader, microphone, and four speakers. Combined with the Intel high definition Azalia 24Bit audio system, this rough computer delivers a crystal clear sound. More details can be found in the specifications page and there are huge close up pictures in the gallery page.

To enter the giveaway:

  • Write about it in your blog
  • Ensure you have two links on your blog post, one link with rugged related keywords to RuffPC.com (e.g. “rugged computer”, “water resistant laptop”, “spill proof notebook”, and the likes) and another link to this giveaway post:

Big Giveaway, Real Prize: RuffBook Water Resistant Laptop!

The entry can be positive, negative, or mixed, but they have to be genuine to qualify. This giveaway is open to all bloggers around the world. After finishing your blog entry, you need to send Ilker an email with the URL to the post. Once he confirms the post meets the entry requirements, he will add it to the list of participants.

The deadline for entries is December 20th. Then all the participants will be listed in a post on Thethinkingblog with a link to their blogs. Needless to say how valuable it is to get a link from Thethinkingblog.com which has an Technorati Authority of 2929 and ranked as 259th in top 500. Even if you miss the Ruffbook, it is still worth posting about the giveaway to get a valuable link in return.

You will then have 5 days to vote for the best entry in a poll and the person with highest votes will win a brand new RuffBook Tech. So, the earlier you enter, the higher up on the list your entry will be and the better entry you write, the higher chances of you winning this stellar prize! The winner will be announced on Tuesday, December 25th 2007 on a seperate post, and Ruff PC will get in touch with you to send out your Christmas gift.

Stay tuned with my RSS feeds, more giveaways to follow soon…:)

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