Monthly Archives: November 2016

Beginning Blogging

orange and white 3D illustration with the word blog repeated  in different shades

orange and white 3D illustration with the word blog repeated in different shades

Congratulations, you have given birth to a blog! Like any first-time parent, you probably won’t know what you are doing at the very beginning, but your blog is depending upon you — and only you — for life. Take it seriously!

Here are some ideas on how to care for your newborn blog so it will grow and prosper.

Feed and care for your blog on a consistent, ongoing basis. How? Start with your blog’s appearance. Everyone thinks their baby is the cutest ever, but here is chance to make that a reality. Thankfully, it’s now easy to find a free or reasonable blogging platforms with lots of cool design options. Look at other blogs and see what appeals to you. Create a look and first impression that will make others take notice.

Design is important, but there are also lots of widgets, plugins and options that you can incorporate into your blog, which will add interest and capabilities. Enhance your new baby with some sharing capabilities, comment functions, analytics, images and perhaps some video. Create some static blog pages, which will be great for SEO purposes.

Next, read other blogs so you know what is happening in the Blogosphere. Single out bloggers who write about similar topics and have attracted a following, and link back to them in your blogroll. Their blogs were once babies, too.

It won’t be difficult to locate other like-minded bloggers because there are currently more than 150 million existing blogs worldwide. This means that there are blogs about pretty much anything and everything so get out there and do some searching. If you like a blog post, take the time to leave comments on other blogs and you will find that some of those bloggers will reciprocate.

Always respond to people who leave comments on your blog. You’ll find that blogging is more exciting if you can get a dialogue going with your readers. You can also find websites to announce the birth of your blog or share your posts.

Feeding your blog means you will need to update frequently and put time and effort into your posts. Let your personality shine. Eventually, you will find your “blog voice” and posting will come together more easily. All this attention will allow your infant blog to flourish.

You will also need to continue to upgrade as your blog grows. This means classes, workshops and conferences. Hey, you have a little blog that wants to be a big blog — perhaps a blog star? Education, travel and networking are necessary. Who said raising a blog baby would be cheap?

You might think your little blog is already a star. If so, go ahead and enter a few blogging beauty contests to see if it will snag a prize or two. Nobody willing to give you a prize? You can create a few of your own and make yourself the sole recipient. I’ve done it and it works quite well, actually.

When your blog begins to attract a solid following, you might think ‘Now it the time to launch another blog.’ A word of caution: This is where blogging can get complicated.

Make sure you have the time and energy to run more than one blog. Parenting comes with responsibility, so don’t have more blog babies than you can care for.

By now you are getting the picture that blogging takes a significant amount of time and discipline.
Like anything in life, you have to actively participate. If you only sporadically update your blog, for example, it will be impossible to attract a following. If you have no following, then you will lose interest and before you know it, you’re not blogging at all.

At that point, your abandoned blog become an orphan. Orphan blogs are terribly sad. Your baby blog is depending on you, so don’t give up. Keep feeding your little blog and nurture it along. Who knows, your baby blog may possibly change the world.

Simple Tips To Promote Your Blog

23No doubt, writing a blog post is not actually a tough task. The tough task starts when it comes to promoting it. And promotion is necessary to increase its visibility and to drive a huge traffic of readers to your post. There are so many simple ways that help you in its promotion so have a look below and implement them in your promotional strategy.

Share it on different social media platforms: After completing your first blog post, the first thing you need to do is share it on various social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Tumblr and so on. Always keep in mind that social media is the powerful platform to increase your visibility among your customers, so, you should use it.

Email: Yes, you can use your email list to share your every new post with your contact list. This will not only increase your blog views, but also helps to reach new audiences. So, for the promotion of your blog post, you should use all your email contacts.

Guest blogging: Another helpful way to promote your blog is with the help of guest blogging on the similar topics. This will help you to expose yourself to new audiences and allow you to make new contacts with so many readers, which help to improve your writing skills and also drive huge traffic to your blog post.

SEO: You can also use simple SEO techniques to promote your blog post. Don’t forget to include a Meta title, strong keywords and a brief description in your post. This will help your post to get easily found in the search engines which increase its ranking.

Bookmarking sites: For the promotion of your blog post it is necessary to publish it on different high ranked bookmarking sites, to reach a wider audience. You just need to keep in mind one thing is that before submitting it optimizes it with rich density keywords.

In summary: For the promotion of your blog post you just need to be active and be regular as well. All above tips will help you with this and for the right use of such tips you first need to understand your audience, so, that you can make the right post according to their need. If you do not get enough traffic to your blog post, then all above tips are for you. Don’t need to be upset with such things; promotion is a time taking process, so, be relaxed and keep blogging and don’t forget to promote it.

The Micro Blogging World

22Micro blogging is one of the minimized form of blogging that helps its user to post mini-blog contents through various ways like phones, web based software programs, and through by logging in the application website itself.

There are of micro blogging websites available in the social media world. If you are aware, Twitter rules the micro blogging world as of now.

What those micro blogging websites provide their users with?
They provide a platform for their users to interact and share micro blog messages or chats or pings. Its called as tweets in Twitter. Those information are called “micro” because they are updated very often and are usually of short length. Say 140 to 160. As we see in our day to day like we chat and text our friends these websites are meant for users to keep their friends and contacts updated about what they are doing the moment. A typical tweet or post would be like “I’m on the way to my home.”

Since lots of tools and mobile API are linked with these services its very easy for the user to update about his status to his friends and so called followers in Twitter. He/she would also know the status of the persons or contacts that he follows. All these micro blogging websites have grown to leaps and bounds these days as users are moving their direction towards these conventional blogging from traditional blogging that involved posting long messages and media in their hosted blogs. Even though blogging continues to be at the top, these blogging websites have made a significant impact to the social media world, the web 2.0.

Every day we see a trend that the users of these websites follow. It also shows an indication of what’s happening in the world around us. News and other media are prone to editing and reporting late, these websites help to get instant information and valuable news happening anywhere around the world.

Simple Ways To Make Your Blog Stand Out From The Crowd

21Needless to say, blogging is one of the best tools that let you share your views, experience or anything else in the world. Nowadays, there are so many bloggers present over the internet or intranet out of which some write for their passion, some for a profession and some for making money. With the number of blogs over the World Wide Web creating your unique identity is quite tough but not impossible. It is essential to increase the number of readers on your post. If you are also in the same boat and want to stand your blog from others, here are some simple things you can do. Take a look below and use them to get better outcomes.

Use Catchy Headline: Face it. A poor headline will definitely render your blog post invisible in the crowd. Your efforts will never get the accurate results if you are not using them properly. If you want to stand out from the crowd, so, you have to think differently that lure reader in your post.

Choose A Hot Topic To Write: One of the simplest ways to drive more traffic to your blog post and to stand your blog post from the crowd is by choosing a juicy topic to write about. It’s because a trending topic can easily grab the attention of its readers and tell great stories to them. But make sure just to make your blog post on the top of the readers don’t create humor or avoid offensive stuff because it may distract your readers.

Give Your Blog Post A Visual Touch: Undoubtedly, visual content is truly engaging visitors and lead to more traffic and higher conversion rates and therefore you should use quality images and videos related to your content on your post. It will attract readers faster than the simple content.

Invite Guest Blogging: Guest blogging is the best ways to get interact with new readers and target a wider audience. It is one of the helpful ways to increase the number of customers to your blog post, which helps you to stand apart from the crowd.

Share It On Social Media: No you cannot ignore the power of social media; it will help you to reach your blog posts to a wider audience and give them a way to easily reach you. If you really want to boost the ranking of your blog post, so, do share it on different social media platforms.

Role of Social Networks and Blogging Media in Today’s World

20Technological advancements have made life a lot simpler and while some technologies help scientists and researchers to improve our lives remotely, some technologies offer direct help to the common man. And speaking of such technologies, one can’t help but reflect on the role of social networking in today’s day and age. From keeping in touch with our near and dear ones to connecting with people professionally, social media and blogging have changed the way we communicate.

The frenzy has reached to such a point that if someone mentions they don’t have a Facebook or Twitter profile, gasps and sighs and heard around! This media have in many ways revolutionized the way we live our lives. From sharing albums with friends to sharing socially relevant opinions with fellow activists around the world, Facebook, Twitter, Blogger, etc have given a voice to everyone, in every possible corner of the world. The beauty of social networking lies in the fact that anyone can use it. This brings in a lot of equality and opens up an entire world of opportunities for even the suppressed sections of society.

The power and freedom of blogging

Blogging is a fairly new tool available to writers. In the past too, when social networking wasn’t even conceived, the world saw many revolutions kicked off by the mere power of words. Writer John Locke, in (as early as) the 17th century, brought about a major part of the American Revolution by his writing skills alone. So in the past writers have steered uprisings and brought justice to many.

Blogging carries this very idea forward, but has an added advantage – it gives the writer the freedom to write from wherever he pleases. Gone are the days when a writer could not contribute just because he or she didn’t find a platform to do so. Nowadays, with blogs, anyone can write. And it doesn’t end there -all that has to be done thereafter is spread the blog on other social media. This is indeed a great way to reach out to people across the world. Various blogs work with the sole purpose of raising social awareness and bringing likeminded people together. There are platforms which promote writers and bloggers and help them in reaching out to a vast audience from around the world. WriteUpCafe.com is a great example of such a platform. They call themselves the social network of readers, writers and bloggers. The best part is membership is absolutely free and recently they have introduced a new concept of “Your write-ups your ads” by which the author of a writeup gets to display his / her ads on write-ups posted by them.

How blogging and networking can bring about mass awareness on social matters

Had it not been for Twitter, the world perhaps would not have seen racism raise its ugly face post the Miss America crowning recently. If the racists spoke their mind, there were counter comments as well with millions of people around the world campaigning against the comments. This really is the beauty of blogging – it helps people to reach out.

The young generation today barely has the time to flip through a newspaper or watch a news program on television. As a result, social networking plays an important role. Let us take the case of Malala Yousafzai. Had it not been for Facebook, Twitter and all the other social media platforms, very few people would have known about her. The ‘sharing’ of her story led to not only awareness, but mass protests that eventually led to her having justice. She herself has now taken to blogging and is doing fantastic work via her blog, http://www.malala-yousafzai.com/. This just goes to show just how powerful blogging and social media is in today’s world. What a bullet from a gun can stop, a blog can restart!

How they can influence the minds of consumers regarding the various products

Having access to social media has turned out to be a blessing for every business trying to find a foothold in today’s competitive markets. Social media tools not only give exposure to the businesses, they also help to connect the businesses with the consumers. With pages on Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, Flickr, YouTube and other platforms, the business is assured to score a few extra points.

The minds of consumers can be influenced in several ways. However to do this, the business’s marketing team must understand the trends of social media. Not only does the understanding aid in reaching out to the target group in a better fashion, it also helps to understand the competitors’ strategies. This is both a boon and a bane of social media as everything is open and nothing is held back.

Since the average person spends a good majority of their time networking online, these platforms can be tremendously powerful and effective advertising platforms. From announcing new promotions to launching new products, a business can directly reach out to the target group.

Importance of bloggers, writers, opinion makers and social networking

We live in a world where freedom of speech and expression are more easily available. And to have technological aids to take this gift forward is an added boon for sure. As a result, we have a thriving presence of the social media. The world has become a smaller place with opportunities to connect and stay connected with people on the other side of the horizon. You do not require a passport and a fat bank balance to see what is happening in South Africa right now. Just log on to YouTube and watch a news clip and you’d practically be there yourself!

A blog has evolved from being a mere personal journal and now has the capacity to make a change in the world. A blog also gives you the power to go incognito. This provides a protective cover for people who fear for their own security yet want to voice their opinions.

These are the wonderful tools the modern day world has brought to every citizen of the world. Whether you want to protest, rejoice, advertise or connect, all you need is a presence on the social media. Social media is as receptive as it is open. So make full use of it and be the change you want to see in the world.