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Monday, August 11, 2014

Why WordPress Is A Better Option Than Blogger

                                          Guest Post


wordpress vs blogger
wordpress vs blogger




Every new webmaster wants to know what is the easiest way to starting a blog. Most people are confused when analyzing the costs and benefits of blog platforms like blogger or wordpress. This article explains why Wordpress would be our recommendation and how it has a clear edge over Blogger.

Open Source

Wordpress is an open source platform. Blogger is a proprietary service of Google, just like Gmail. The ultimate control lies with Google and Google may disconnect Blogger or discontinue the service at any time. We would definitely be more comfortable with Wordpress, especially if the blog is for a business. It gives us more certainty and less dependentdent on others.

Hosting

Blogger is hosted for free by Google, hence you do not need to buy your own hosting space. Wordpress.com also offers the same service, where your Wordpress site is hosted on Wordpress.com servers for free. But the most important part about Wordpress is that it is also available for self-hosting. This means that you can benefit from all the features of Wordpress, without being dependent on any other hosting server. You can choose your own hosting service and install Wordpress instantly.

Limits

Blogger is not clear in mentioning the space limits, hence from a best guess we can assume that there is no limit on textual content. However, pictures are limited upto 1 GB only. Thereafter the Blogger terms mention:

"Number of Pictures: Up to 1 GB of total storage, shared with Picasa Web. If you've upgraded to Google+, your photos will be stored in Google+ Photos, where you have 15GB of storage space shared with Gmail and Drive."

This means that you are also dependent on Google+ and have to have a Google+ account also for increasing storage space. This may not be very pleasing to persons averse to social networking platforms. Wordpress has no such known limits and is dependent on the hosting resources that you choose i.e. bandwidth, disk space etc.

Flexibility

The primary advantage of Wordpress is that it is Open Source. The Open Source nature of Wordpress allows it to be integrated with various plugins, extensions and templates created, maintained and managed by the open source community. While the downside of this system includes inconsistency and unreliability, the pros outweigh the cons. Further, blogger does not allow FTP access, but a self hosted Wordpress website allows you to have full access to every file in your blog's backend.

To sum it up, Blogger may get you better rankings on Google due to it being a Google owned service, however, Wordpress allows you more flexibility and a more professional blogging experience. You may want to weigh the pros and cons of both systems and analyse which option suits your budget and resources.


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Friday, August 8, 2014

5 Things That Happen When Your Wordpress Blog Becomes Popular

How can you tell when you have a popular blog? Have you ever realised some subtle factors beyond search engines, which tell you whether your blog is popular or not? This article points out the subtle tell-tale signs that you may or may not notice when your Wordpress blog becomes popular.


When Your Wordpress Blog Becomes Popular


1. Brute Force Attacks and Login Attempts

As soon as a blog is created and is crawled by various search engines and bot services around the world, it starts to gain publicity. This publicity is closely watched by people who want to exploit the popularity of your blog, to push their communication across. This basically means that when your blog becomes popular, you will be bombarded with attacks and attempts to gain access of your website. If you have enabled some security features in Wordpress, the logs and alerts will draw your attention to the anomalous activity.

While this may not be very welcome, it is an indication that you are on the right track to becoming popular. You must therefore ramp up the security of your Wordpress blog, by implementing features and plugins which filter out the malicious activity. You can rename the wp-login page, setup a firewall, limit login attempts per IP Address and do much more to secure yourself.

2. Spam Comments

Just like the brute force attacks and login attempts, you will also notice a lot of spam comments from persons trying to publicize their website by putting those comments on your posts or pages. You can use various filters and plugins (like Akismet) to filter out known spam sources and suspicious comments. However, you must also manually approve or reject comments so that your website does not promote parasitic behavior.

3. Your Web Hosting Provider complains about excessive resource usage

When there are a lot of visits on your blog and each visitor is genuinely browsing through your blog, it can cause a lot of resources to be consumed on the hosting server. A heavy site with a lot of traffic can take up a significant amount of RAM, CPU processes and Web Server processes, which can adversely affect the performance of other websites sharing the same server. When your blog gains popularity (or it causes a nuisance to other server users), your web host is sure to contact you with a warning or alert. This may be either due to your website outgrowing shared hosting, or it may also be due to a buggy blog or buggy plugins. Some plugins are known to cause an excessive amount of trouble for the server resources. Be careful when installing them. Some providers also offer an option for you to monitor the real time resource usage of the website through their control panel.

4. Ad revenue soars

When your blog hits new levels of popularity, you will notice that ad revenue also increases proportionately. This is simply due to the fact that your blog is receiving more hits and page views and it becoming an important source of information for a lot of people. Fluctuations in ad revenue are also sometimes representative of the fact that you have neglected updating your blog or delayed putting out quality content.

5. Competitors write about you on their blogs

Its quite obvious that a popular blog gets the attention of genuine fans and well wishers, but on the other hand, a lot of blogs are referenced by competitors or not so warm fans. Your blog becomes the center or criticism and ridicule, some of which maybe constructive, but the bulk of it coming from competitors who feel they are on shaky ground and can win loyalty through commenting about your blog posts or website. Wordpress allows you to see pingbacks i.e. cross referenced comments or quotes from other websites using Wordpress, pointing to a page or post on your website. By cross-referencing, you can allow a backlink to the other blogger as well.

All in all, the good comes with a bit of the bad. There will always be successful people and ofcourse jealous people as well. Your aim should be to focus on regularly pushing out qualty content and using all the features of Wordpress to the best ability.

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Can A Wordpress Blog Replace Your Daily Diary? Features That Can Help You Make The Switch

Wordpress Blog

A couple of decades back, most literate adults used to maintain a daily diary. The diary contained daily entries of personal information or top secret information usually known only to the author. It was a way of thinking aloud. The author knew that his / her diary is going to be read some day, but
pretended that the entries were private and invisible to others. It was probably like talking to ones self and feeling good about those moments.




With the advent of email, the physical diary soon turned into email exchanges with ones self. however, this did not fulfill the publicity aspect of the diary entries. No one would be able to secretly peep into the emails or know about the entries unless they had the password. It was way too secure to be a substitute for the diary. The diary had to have an element of secrecy, yet it had to be secretly readable. In came the blog.

Protect your posts

Blogging platforms like Wordpress allow you to keep certain posts password protects, while making general posts public. You can assign a separate password to your private posts and give each post a different password. Only those with the password will be able to view your secret posts. This allows you to share a secret with a special someone, while preventing others from knowing it.

Allow others to comment or post

The Wordpress blog system is like a Daily Diary on steroids. It allows the readers to give their two pence worth of advice or comment on the diary entries that you have made. You can filter out comments or ban a user from making unnecessary comments on your blog. You can also allow a guest entry into your daily diary by giving a special username and password to the other author.

Schedule an entry

If you are travelling and won't be able to make that "Merry Christmas" entry on 25th December, don't worry. You can schedule a post to get published exactly on 25th December at 12 in the night automatically. This is a unique way of sharing your diary entries with the readers in advance.

Make entries through email

Wordpress allows you to make diary entries by sending out a simple email with the text of the entry. You need to send out the email to a secret email address which is randomly generated by Wordpress. The Subject of the email becomes the Title of the entry, the body of the email becomes the main content of the entry. This allows you to quickly make entries in your diary while on the go. You dont even need an app or a special software on your computer to make the entry. This allows you to micro-record every significant event in your life.

Wordpress has many more features to guard your open secrets. Not only are these options all free, they are available with a one-click install too. Get your own daily diary and share your secrets with the world.


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7 Simple Steps For Choosing A Great Web Host


There are thousands of web hosts around today with thousands of plans to choose from making what was once a simple procedure seem like a daunting task for both newbie and pro alike.



Choosing A Great Web Host



Whether you're looking for your first host or looking to move on to a better one there are 7 simple steps you must follow to succeed in choosing a great host

1. Platform 

The first and most crucial step in choosing a web host is determining the platform the web server should run, usually a choice between Unix/Linux and Windows.

Your choice is largely determined by your website and the technologies used to create it, generally a website created with Microsoft technologies (ASP, VB) will run on Windows servers while most other sites using open source technologies (PHP, Perl, Python etc) will run on Linux based systems.

2. Features

Once you've chosen your platform the next step is determining the features you'll need from your web host. Take your time with this step as the feature lists of web hosts are getting longer and longer every day and while some plans may look similar on the surface, a good look at the feature lists may tell another story.

Only you can determine the specific features you'll need, but some key things to keep an eye on are:

Disk Space Bandwidth Backups Uptime Money Back Guarantee Domains Allowed Databases (Number & type) CGI, PHP, Perl, Python, SSI Cron Email accounts

The list goes on and on, just remember to take your time and make sure your new web host is going to provide you with everything you need.

3. Cost

Often this is the only thing people consider when choosing their first web host, funds are usually tight and on the surface most hosts look very similar. Sometimes you get lucky and choose a good host, but more often than not it turns out to be a horror story.

I can't stress enough that choosing a web host based on price alone is asking for trouble, remember that the cost of your web hosting is more than just the monthly fee, think about the total cost of ownership. TCO includes lost sales due to downtime & slow speeds, downtime rebates, extra bandwidth charges, setup costs, extra feature costs, and your monthly fee.

Many hosts will require you to pay yearly to get the best price available though there are some that allow you to pay by the month and still get the best price, it's really a matter of personal choice as to what payment method works best for you.

4. Customer Service

Customer service is another aspect that is often forgotten about until it is too late, something breaks and you need it fixed and those wonderfully handy sales people who were more than helpful in taking your money are now nowhere to be seen, all the while you're losing out on sales every minute.

You shouldn't settle for anything less than 24/7/365 service, your website needs to be running all the time so it's no good if your hosting company doesn't work during the holidays. Don't take the web hosting companies word for it, they all claim 24/7 support but few back it up with consistent performance. Be sure to test them out at various times of the day and night via phone, email and live chat if they offer it.

5. Support

An extensive knowledge base or faq can be a real time saver as well as being an indication of the level of customer service support and expertise you can expect to receive. Spend some time browsing the support sections of the website and see for yourself the level of support provided.

Are questions in the knowledge base answered thoroughly? Are real solutions provided or are they just "cut and paste" replies?

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6. Longevity

Do a whois on the web host's domain name and find out the creation date, anything less than a year ago and the risk that they won't be around next year increases. They could be a great host, but considering more then 95% of new hosts go out of business within a year that really isn't something you should be taking a chance on.

7. Uptime

It's a fact of life that a web host cannot be online 100% of the time, servers need to be rebooted for security and software updates and any web host that doesn't get updated faces the increased risk of being successfully hacked.

99.9% uptime guarantees are pretty standard in the industry however a guarantee is only as good as how it is defined and the company behind it. Look for no less than a full months free hosting should they not meet their guarantee, a prorated refund based on the amount of downtime is virtually worthless. Say you pay $10 for a month of hosting and your site is down for 24 hours. They will refund you for one day of downtime which ends up being about 33 cents

Again, choosing a hosting company for your website can be an overwhelming task at times. Follow the simple steps outlined above and it should eliminate many of the poor hosting companies and help you choose the best for your needs


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Sunday, August 3, 2014

How You Can Be Regular In Writing Blog Posts

Guest Post Author Name Mark Danny

How to write a blog post , It is not that hard you just have to streamline your content creation process. Once you will be able to do that creating content on regular basis becomes easier.


How to write a blog post
How to write a blog post


Search and Make a list of Potential Topics

The first step towards content writing is finding out the topics on which you can write. The easy way is to search for the blogs in your space and find out which one of them is doing well. The blog which is drawing more traffic is the one worth following. There are certain softwares like Quick Sprout Analyzer or Copyblogger through which you can get the list of blog posts organized in accordance with the social shares. The most attention gaining post would be at the top and definitely has maximum shares.

Now you have find out the topic which is drawing large traffic towards itself. What to do next? If you write on the same topic it will do well because audiences are same. But of course you don't want to be known as a copy cat. You don't want to be famous as a person who is reproducing the old information. The best thing is to take this topic and spin it. You can do many title variations and your post will do well. How this can be ensured? As original post has done well, your post may not do as well but it will do well enough due to same audience.

By simply replacing a word or two from other bloggers title you can create your own unique one.

Create an Outline

Once you have decided the topic on which you have to write, the next step is to create an outline for your blog. The outline should contain three things an introduction, a body and a conclusion. It's better to write the introduction and conclusion first and then write the body of your article. Also write the main points of the body in bullet form which would be later helpful for you in writing your article.

Do not write the introduction too long. It should contain only few paragraphs and should be convincing enough to make the readers to read the full blog. For body just decide three or four points you will cover in your blog. While writing your conclusion make sure that it briefly describes what your readers will going to learn while reading your blog. Creating an outline should not take more than 20 minutes and it is good to go for topics with which you are familiar.


see also : How To Create Successful blog


Writing a Blog

Once you have written your outline, it is the time for writing your blog. As you have already written your introduction and conclusion, you can solely focus on the body of your blog.

While writing any post you should keep certain things in your mind.

It is good to keep your post under 1500 words. It will increase the likelihood of your post being read by your visitors.

It is better to use "you" and "I" in your post. This will create a conversation and attract your readers towards your post.

Write facts in your posts instead of opinions as facts will get more attention.

Write in simple words and avoid using advanced words.

Don't worry about errors in your post. You can fix them later.

Proofreading and Fixation of Errors

You can hire someone else to do it for you. Actually proofreading and fixing of errors take at least thirty minutes which you can save by giving this task to someone else.

You can streamline your content creation process and make yourself more organized by following certain steps. Just figure out your schedule and remain stick to it. http://www.aimcreativeagency.com/


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