Category Archives: Blogging

Why I Should Start a Blog?

Blogging is not a new term. Many of us run a blog where we express our thoughts. But still few do not have a clear idea about blogging and few stops updating the blog even having one. So I decided to describe all the reasons, personal and professional, that should encourage you to start a blog or continue to update the one you write.

Codify Your Thoughts
Blogs are short form and often contain a single serving of news, opinion, analysis or recommendation. This style provides an easy entrance to the world of journalism & writing in general and it’s a perfect fit for those who are seeking to record their experiences & ideas.


Build Name/Brand Recognition
Blogging builds credibility and creates a readership of devotees. While you may not have “fans” like a rock star, you’ll certainly find people from diverse geographic and professional backgrounds that enjoy your writing and have a positive association with you. Outside of blogging, there are very few channels that offer this reward.


Grow Your Business
Blogging could help you to get more businesses from your dedicated readers. Blogs build familiarity and positive branding. People do business with you because they know you, like you and they trust you – blogging accomplishes all three and they show off your expertise in a subject.


Connect with Co-Workers/Employees
Blogs are excellent tool for reaching employees and co-workers. Blogging internally at a large or small company, when given the right freedom, creates cohesion and builds shared experiences throughout the firm.


Share Knowledge/Experience
As a child my mom would always encourage me to share my food, toys, time and allowance with other kids, stating “if you share, you always get more.” Blogging carries the same mantra. Sharing the knowledge and experience through the blog, we have reaped incredible benefits in terms of our own knowledge, new clients.


Create a Personal Voice
Companies often suffer from an overload of PR-style publishing. Blogs humanize people and companies to the outside world and make far deeper connections than newsletters or press releases. The less formal, more conversational style is an excellent way to truly connect and build fans of the brand.


Connect with Industry Leaders
If you’re looking to build a rapport with the giants of your field, building a blog readership base is remarkably effective. Not only can you develop relationships with industry leaders, you yourself can become one.


Make Money
I put this last on the list because, with the exception of some very smart, talented writers who can create groundbreaking content in their field, financial success does not always follow blogging. There are probably a hundred other pursuits that will earn you more direct income based on the hours invested. This rule applies only to the personal side of blogging – if you’re blogging as a business or for one, it can be an excellent investment with a very direct monetary return.


Personally, I love to share my experiences, love to hear from others blog too. I am aware of the fact that there are dozens of other reasons to blog, so please do share. Feel free to link out to your own blog in the comments as well.

Tips to Write Quick and Quality Content

It is very important to provide good and quality content for driving more traffic to any website or blog. In other words, content is king. It is very important for the readers to grab the interest on the content provided. To write quick content does not mean to compromise on quality. So, without sacrificing the quality here are some useful tips to write quick and quality content.


Get Your Idea Listed

When any idea strikes your mind, be sure to write it down. Sometimes to find an idea on the topic takes a lot time. So, keeping your idea list would be easy for your next post when you are ready to write.


Develop Your Ideas

Do not force yourself to develop your idea. Let it take its own time. You can add new ideas as it occurs to you. So when you are ready to write, you would have all the necessary information needed.


Edit Before Starting

You probably have bagged up with many ideas more than the actual need. So, it’s time for you to edit any extra ideas that does not fit to your article. You can use the extra ideas in your later post if needed.


Use Bullets Points

Bullet or numbered points like “5 Tips to Get More Traffic” can help in writing an article a lot easier. The great side benefit is that readers like lists; they’re easier for the eye to follow.


Keep it Short and Precise

It’s always good to keep your article short and precise. Make every word count and you’ll save time without letting quality slip. It’s always suggested to keep your article within 500 words.


Use the Good Ideas First

Never save a good idea for later since it would be easier to write. Always save your time now and not later. Do the articles you know will come easily and make the most of that time.


Hope this post is helpful for you. I would appreciate if you could add some more writing tips in the comments.

Best Directories for Blog Submission

Today, blogging is no more an unknown thing. People use their blogs in many ways. From business to personal, a good blog always gives a return. But the most important thing in a blog is to get a good amount of traffic. To get the traffic there are lot of ways, out of which directory submission plays a vital role. By adding your blog to blog directories you are likely to increase your site traffic. If your site is not getting enough amount of traffic you were expecting it is highly possible that you haven’t generated enough inbound links to your site. Signing up to some top performing blog directories will create quality backlinks and expose your site to many potential visitors. Most blog directories require that you place their button somewhere on your blog to track visitors from your site to the directory. If you see a number appear on the button it denotes your blog’s position.



Here are few top blog directories that would be helpful to generate good amount of traffic to your blog:


Add to Technorati Favorites
Blog Directory
Top Blogging
Marketing SEO blogs
TopBlogLists
Marketing Blogs
Top of Blogs
Marketing / SEO

BlogPulse
BlogFlux
Blogarama - Blog Directory
My Blog Directory
Bloggernity
Free Blog Directory
Technology Blogs - Blog Rankings


If you are looking for a bigger list with a high page ranking directories you can try: Best Free Directories List

Where is the Status Bar Located on Firefox 4?

Firefox 4 changed its status bar at the bottom of the Firefox and some of its features moved to other places. This post will help you to find everything and links to an add-on that recreates the old status bar.


The new Firefox 4 status bar shows the page loading activity and link previews. When neither of those is needed, it disappears. When you put the cursor on any link, the URL of that particular link popups on the left side of the bottom page. It opens up a rectangular box where it shows the preview of the URL. The status popup appears at the bottom left side of the page and displays the URL when Firefox is loading any pages. While it’s loading you can move your mouse over it and the status bar would shift to the right side. After the loading is done, the status bar automatically disappears.


In the old status bar there are many add-ons used to place an icon in the status bar to give a quick access to their features. But now they have their own toolbar called, you guessed it, the add-on bar. This add-on bar does not show by default. It would only show if installed. If you want to recover all the add-ons from your old status bar then Status-4-Evar would help you to do that. Status-4-Evar is an Add-on that recreates all of the features of the old Status Bar and lets you put them in the new Add-on Bar.

Alexander Calder Google Doodle

Alexander Calder (1898-1976) an innovative genius who profoundly changed the course of modern art. He is famous and known for the invention of the mobile, whose suspended, abstract elements move and balance in changing harmony. To respect and honor the genius on his 113th birthday, a new interactive Google doodle has appeared on Google’s home page.
The specialty of the doodle is, as you click and drag with your mouse over the google doodle, the various sections of the mobile starts to move around. It’s a graceful work of art that the Googlers have created here, with pieces of the mobile interacting with each other and with your cursor, just the way a mobile in the physical world would work. Do not miss out to notice the mobile’s shadow on the “floor” underneath which is just mind-blowing.

 

According to the official Google blog, it’s the first google doodle made by using HTML5 Canvas, so its creators recommend that you use “a modern browser.” It’s been noticed that interactive animation works best on Google Chrome 12 browser, but not on Firefox 5.0 or Internet Explorer 9. Jered Wierzbicki, software engineer of Google says, “It runs a physics simulation on the mobile’s geometry, and then does realtime 3D rendering with vector graphics. Only recently have browsers advanced to the point where this is possible.”

Social Promotion in LinkedIn

LinkedIn is one of the most popular networking websites that is in great demand today. Although it is classified as a social networking website, it is mostly a professional networking website and is a great resource for entrepreneurs as well as for job seekers. LinkedIn is becoming very popular as a business orientated social networking site and has more than 60 million users. LinkedIn allows its members to create and manage groups focused on a range of subjects. Here are few ways by which you can utilize this social platform in various ways.


1. You gain access not only to contact networks incorporated with direct connections, but also with each of the ‘connections’ of such direct connections (known as 2nd-degree connections). It doesn’t end here. You gain access to the connections of these second degree connections as well.


2. These connections are useful for enhancement of your business opportunities, and in the process of your discovery for potential partners.


3. Companies can do Job listing and searching of prospective candidates.


4. Enhancement of online presence, and great opportunities to be introduced to prospective customers, service providers, as well as subject professionals that come as referrals.


5. Project collaborations are possible among companies.


6. New ideas are acquired via discussions with compatible experts in private group forums or settings.


7. Job listings can be posted and distributed in order to discover the best suited skills for your company.


The possibilities through LinkedIn networking are virtually endless and for the career minded person, this network is the best. If you are not yet on LinkedIn, join soon. Let us know through your comment here how you like LinkedIn.

Microsoft Office 365 To Be Launched

Office 365 is Microsoft’s effort to offer business customers a cloud-based alternative to its traditional desktop and server products. Office 365 unites Microsoft’s Office Web Apps with hosted versions of Exchange and SharePoint along with Lync, which kicks in the online communication and collaboration piece.


Jon Roskill one of the Microsoft executives and corporate vice president of Worldwide Partner group confirmed that Office 365 would be released to customers on June 28. The product, which was available in beta phase since April, will be offered in two basic versions. The entry-level Office 365 for Professionals and Small Businesses will include Office Web Apps, Exchange, SharePoint, and Lync online, along with an external Web site and cost $6 per user per month. The larger-scale Office 365 for Enterprises will throw in additional features, such as instant messaging, online meetings, and video conferencing, and will be available in four variations ranging in price from $10 to $27 per user per month.

Google Doodle

Doodles are simple drawings that can have concrete meaning or may just be abstract shapes. Some popular kinds of doodles include cartoon versions of teachers or companions in a school, famous TV or comic characters, invented fictional beings, landscapes, geometric shapes and patterns, textures, banners with legends, and animations made by drawing a scene sequence in various pages of a book or notebook.


Google has had many logos since its renaming from BackRub. The company also includes various modifications and/or humorous features, such as cartoon modifications of their logo for use on holidays, birthdays of famous people, and major events. These special logos, some designed by Dennis Hwang, have become known as Google Doodles.


The first Google Doodle was created in honor of the Burning Man Festival of 1998. The doodle was designed by Larry Page and Sergey Brin to notify users of their absence in case the servers crashed. Subsequent Google Doodles were designed by an outside contractor, until Larry and Sergey asked then-intern Dennis Hwang to design a logo for Bastille Day in 2000. Hwang has been designing the Google Doodles ever since.

Set your Blog on Fire

Keeping up a blog, especially a corporate blog is not an easy task. It’s a labor of love to constantly feed it, maintain it and grow it. So what do we do as bloggers to maintain the consistency? This post will share you all how to get back to your track and help your juices flow again.


Try to read your old posts when you get time. Sometimes little reminders of how you used to do things help a lot. When you first started your blog, everything was new. But as time passed no wonder you start to lack inspiration. Try to find some new faces that are new to you and to the industry. It’s of no doubt such practices increases your own excitement for what you’re doing. One reason why I like talking to people who are new to the blogging or the SEO world is because they unknowingly reinforce why you got into this space, as well. In talking to them and hearing about their passions, their reasons, what they’re struggling with, it reminds you why you started and what you wanted to accomplish.


It’s always a healthy practice to change your style at regular intervals too. Writing everyday 500 word blog post may be a routine work which could bore your mind. Why not make one of your posts video-based this week? Or create a post of images? Or aggregate some great slide shares you think your audience should be aware of? It’s always good to offer little varieties to your audience other than writing long text blogs everyday.


If you’re not excited about what you’re doing, it becomes really difficult to make anyone else excited either. Solve both problems by setting new goals for your blog and your content and give yourself something to work toward. It’s going to rekindle your own spark and, in turn, rekindle the spark your readers once had for you, as well.

5 Blog Commenting Tips

Commenting on blog can be a great way to drive extra traffic and link juice to your site. But, then to get the comments accepted is a challenge. So, here are 5 tips for making blog comments high chance to get accepted.


1. Read the Post
Take time to read the post. Its common sense to read the post, understand the topic and then comment. Such comment will then definitely will be relevant to the topic of the post.


2. Check the Name Field
Commenting on blogs is fun and we all want is a backlink. Unfortunately, not every blog owner likes putting anchor text in the name field. So it’s always better to see at the other comments on the blog which have already been accepted. Are they using keywords or names? If you see only names then chances are that your comment will not get accepted if you try to use a keyword. In that case it’s always good to use names rather than using keywords.


3. Post Intelligent Comment
If you have read post nicely then it would be easier for you to post intelligent comment. In most cases, one liners comment like “awesome post” hardly gets accepted. Instead, it’s always good to write something which is relevant to the topic.


4. Short and Precise Comment
It’s always good to keep your comment short and precise. It will save time for others to read your comment. Normally a lengthy comment may get avoided. There is no such word limitation for comment though.


5. Re-check before Posting
It’s very important that your comment is free from grammatical and spelling errors. So take time to look it over before you click the submit button.