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Controversial Blog Posts – Advantages, Disadvantages and Guidelines.

You might have read a lot of controversial stories covered up on various blog posts. With time and continuous protest a few of them are taken down while some of them never lose their popularity and the debate goes on for years. If you want to grab quite a few eye balls to your blog, cooking up a controversial post is all you need.

Have you ever tried writing a controversial post? Or are you planning to write one?

This post will guide you to write a perfect controversial post. Follow this guide to write a viral post on any controversial topic.

Controversial Blog Post - Advantages. Disadvantages and Guidelines.

Let us first understand what the word “controversy” means.

Controversy is a prolonged public disagreement and heated discussion. The discussion can be based on a subjective topic or even a quiet normal day to day issue.

Now, here is an infographic that will help you to understand the advantages, disadvantages and guidelines for writing a controversial post.

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The following are the guidelines to write a perfect controversial blog post:

1. Be Clear: From start to the end, your post should clearly talk about a specific controversial topic. It should not keep swinging between many topics.

2. Keep the scope of discussion limited: Choosing a topic which you are very clear about is the key to succeed in this. Keeping the scope limited will not leave many options for the readers to debate upon. They simply would have to agree to you.

3. Produce indefensible proofs: The best way to prove your point is by providing authentic and non-manipulated proof. You can use anything as a proof like mails, policies, etc.

4. Handling comments: You will have to face the following three situations while handling the comments of a controversial blog post.

          If someone agrees to you, simply reply-

          “Thanks for your vote of confidence and support.”

          If someone disagrees to you, reply-

          “Unfortunately our opinions differ and there is nothing wrong in this. I respect your thoughts but I still                 stand strong about my own. Thank you for expressing your views.”

          If someone is in between “Yes” or “No” that means they partially agree to you, then reply

          “That’s nice to see you are agreeing to a few of my points. Thanks for stopping by.”

5. Be nice no matter what- By saying be nice to your readers”, I am not telling you to be extra sweet to them, not at all!

 In fact, be polite, Outspoken and anti-politically correct. In my opinion, the true definition of being nice is being outspoken and anti-politically correct.

Genuinely Nice people are outspoken and anti-politically correct

My Experience

Recently I wrote a guest post on a tech blog in which I tried to change the mindset of the people about hackers. And I stated – “We Need Hackers”. The moment the post got shared on Google+ a lawyer from Mumbai, India started arguing and said, “Hackers cannot have any positive side.

She further stated,” If anybody wants motivation then take for doing something good for the Public at large rather than giving motivation by hacking. Tell me is hacking good according to you Rohan?

To which I replied,” I think our point of views differ and this can’t be sorted out by typing a bunch of comments. That’s fine. The topic is subjective as well as controversial. We can have a never ending discussion on it for hours. Thank you so much for your engaging comment. We highly appreciate your participation.

It is better to end a conversation than wasting your time explaining a person who is not ready to listen to you.

She removed me from her circles hence a drop in my followers list. But many other people later commented that they liked the post  and I was appreciated for writing that post. This way I saw a decrease of one follower but the trick worked and I saw an increase of followers soon.

Conclusion

Controversies – big or small gets attention of the masses quickly. But also remember that do not make yourself known for creating controversies in your posts. Be cautious as writing a post with sufficient proofs to back you up might land you in legal troubles or defamation law suits.

After a point you will be tagged as a “Controversial blogger” and you will be ignored. So be careful!

A blog with many controversial and offensive posts would hardly be able to top the income charts.

Over to you!

Writing a controversial blog post takes courage and readers love them. So have you decided some topics for your controversial posts? Do you have some more tips for writing controversial posts? Do you think that cooking up controversy in your blog posts is a waste of time and energy or a kick to your popularity?

Share your insights and opinions in the comments box below.

Top WordPress plugins to boost reader engagement

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When it comes to blogging WordPress is by far the best CMS in the world. There are a lot of customizations that can be done and you can track your readers and take steps to increase your reader engagement. Are you thinking of how to make your visitors spend more time on the blog? Here are the top three WP plugins that you need to track and increase user engagement. These WordPress plugins will make your visitors return to your blog and decease bounce rates.

1) RSS Footer: A Plugin to leverage RSS subscribers:

Last week I was just browsing my email heap when I found I had missed an email from Pat Flynn, one of my favorite bloggers. Pat always gives quality tips and doesn’t use his email list as a sole method of promoting his products. Here is what I found on the email. It was an introduction to the WordPress plugin called RSS footer. This plugin is developed by Joost De Valk, the creator of WordPress SEO by Yoast plugin.
Most of you must have thought of a possible way to leverage the RSS subscribers and here comes the plugin. RSS Footer allows you to engage with your subscribers and thus make them come to your blog back. You can also use the plugin to increase your social followers, or to increase your email list. Here is how to leverage your RSS subscribers:
1) Add links to your social profiles like Facebook or twitter and request your followers to subscribe you over there.
2) Add a footer note to the RSS feed thanking the readers to subscribing you. This will add a personal touch to your feed and people will feel valued.
3) Organize some sort of contents exclusively for Feed subscribers so that you can create more engagement.
4) If you are pretty good at coding you can also add the PHP codes for including featured posts or related posts on the feed footer. This will also help your subscribers to return to your blog.

2) WP Scroll depth – A plugin to track how deep users scroll your posts:

WP Scroll depth has been a new entrant in the WordPress directory of plugins but has tremendous power when it comes to analyzing engagement on your posts. If you are one of those who loves to write long detailed blog posts that provide total insights on a topic, you are sure to be having a fear within as to if your readers ever scroll till the last word down the fence. Getting to know the spot where your readers find your posts boring and loose interests on it is essential.
This plugin calls the jquery script called scroll depth to load. Scroll depth is a script by Rob Flaherty who describes the script as

Scroll Depth is a small Google Analytics plugin that allows you to measure how far down the page your users are scrolling. It monitors the 25%, 50%, 75%, and 100% scroll points, sending a Google Analytics Event at each one. You can also track when specific elements on the page are scrolled into view. On a blog, for example, you could send a Scroll Depth event whenever the user reaches the end of a post. The plugin supports Universal Analytics, Classic Google Analytics, and Google Tag Manager.

You need to use Google analytics for leveraging this plugin.

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Basic Settings: The plugin allows you to set minimum scroll height. By this you can limit plugin to track only on pages that meet the desired length of posts.

Percentages: Percentage events are stimulated the moment the page scroll reaches the scroll points which can be at 25%, 50%, 75% etc.
Pixel depth: Pixel depth allows you to track user scroll by pixel metrics which is by default rounded off to the nearest 250th pixel
Elements: This setting enables you to trigger an event to Google analytics, whenever the reader scrolls to a specific element on the page like post’s end, comment section etc.

Analyzing your metrics:

To check your metrics sent by the plugin you have to go to the Google analytics dashboard and then clicking on real time –> events.

For more detailed tutorials on using the plugin with Google analytics you can go through these posts by the Rob Flaherty:
Hacking Google analytics part 1, and
Hacking Google analytics part 2

3) Reply me plugin: Send Email notification when a comment is replied:

Reply me is a single plugin that notifies the commenters when you reply to their comments. This plugin hasn’t been updated from over two years but still is used extensively by bloggers like Ana Hoffman, Atish Ranjan, Ileane Smith, Harleena Singh amongst others. Most have the plugin bundled with the CommentLuv plugin.
This plugin is highly customizable and you can either customize it to include the text of your reply comment or can place the link to the comment in place of the direct text. The latter is my opinion is futile because hardly will the readers be motivated to click the link back to your blog just to see your reply unless the conversation is way very important.
For a detailed tutorial on customizing the reply me plugin you can read this post of Dragon blogger.

Further resources to read:

1) Top WordPress plugins by Kumar Gauraw.
2) Adrienne Smith’s List of favorite WordPress plugins.
3) Best WordPress plugins By Angella Mccall:

Over to you,

So these were the top three WordPress plugins that you should use to boost user engagement on your blog. These three WordPress plugins will definitely help you to leverage your readers without making them irritated. Have you used any of these WordPress plugins before? If yes, what are your results, do let us know in the comment section.

Commentluv Review: What should you do, Romance or Shy it away?

What do you do to increase your blog traffic? What is your strategy on getting noticed in your niche, among fellow bloggers and getting on the radar of authority sites? I know you might be already running a checklist on your minds:
1) SEO,
2) Social shares, &

3) A little bit paid promotion.Okay that’s it! What else we need, right? One aspect you might be ignoring while your fellow bloggers using it is Blog Commenting. This is a strategy that might enable you to get some spotlight on blog posts even if they are on your key competitors’ blog.Blog commenting is one of the effective ways to achieve your overall blogging goals either they are commercial goals or non-commercial. More comments at your blog posts mean more readers’ engagement which ultimately influences your readers to subscribe your services and buy your products.There are three basic objectives of having more comments at your blog.

  • First objective is to convert your readers into your unique commentators.
  • Second objective is to convert your unique (first-time) commentators into your regular commentators
  • And finally to turn your regular commentators into your loyal commentators

(The difference between regular and loyal commentators is to be noted. The regular commentators visit your blog to get updates and record their comments to be noted by others and also get a back link if they are also bloggers. The loyal commentators have a personal relation with you because you reply them with a lot of care and try to address their concerns which they express after reading your blog posts. ) The entire process of commenting is done successfully if you have large number of loyal commenters. They collectively:

  • Influence others to follow them because their different and interesting views motivate other readers to comment and be noted by more people.
  • Unique visitors bookmark those blogs which besides providing quality contents
    also have large number of comments as it is a sign of participatory blogging.

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Types of third party commenting system:

Apart from the commenting default commenting system of the blogging platform (Blogger, WordPress etc.) you use there are certain other third party commenting systems that enrich your commenting experience, apart from giving extra benefits like spam control, increase social exposure by allowing you to display your social links like twitter handle etc. The most popular third party commenting systems are:

1) Disqus:
It is probably the most popular commenting system in the community. With tons of features it rightly deserves the place. Apart from making commenting spam free (by not allowing you to acquire a backlink from the host blog), it also supports signing in using your social media accounts like Facebook, Google plus or twitter. Commentators can even attach media files like images or video to their community. It also has the feature to create a disqus account so that there is a sense of community amongst users.

2) IntenseDebate : One interesting point about IntenseDebate iss that it is brought to you by  Autommatic, The name that is behind the products like WordPress , akismet and Polldaddy. IntenseDebate allows the richer comments in terms of relevancy and quality to show up against the less useful ones by allowing points system to the comments. This will no doubt encourage good stuff to come up. It also helps user flag off inappropriate comment allowing you to even state reason for doing so.

3) Social commenting platforms like Facebook and Google plus, these commenting systems are relatively used less with each having its own set of Draw backs.

4) Last but not the least the commenting system that we are going to talk about today is Commentluv:

Commentluv as the name goes is exactly about giving some love to everyone. The commenter gets a link to be displayed at someone’s blog and the host gets massive traffic of commenters due to this feature.

There is always a special attraction for blogs with commentluv enabled, in the eyes of commenters.
Even I am using commentluv (the free version) here at DigitalGYD. When I decided to Shift to WordPress I too was overwhelmed about these various commenting platforms but as I had a special attraction towards commentluv (as it was clean and also gave some love to the readers by displaying their content on my blog too) I asked certain experts and seniors in the blogging field about the use of commentluv and here’s what they said :

The expert round up on using commentluv goes as under alphabetically: Just Click on these Sexy buttons below 🙂

Atish Ranjan
Harleena Singh

Atish Ranjan (Founder of Techtricksworld):

Commentluv plugin is one of the best plugins for WordPress. I have used the free version which gives you option whether to give your commenter a no follow or do follow link. When a reader publishes a comment on your blog and if he/she fills the website field with his/her blog url then commentluv pulls 10 latest blog posts from his/her blog which he can select to show along with his/her comment. This gives him/her better opportunity to drag some traffic from your blog to his/blog. So the greed of traffic attracts a lot of readers to your blog who not only reads your post but leaves thoughtful
comments as well
. If you use premium Commentluv then it has even more benefits as it includes multiple plugin functionalities such as:

1. It has ReplyMe plugin inbuilt which sends email notifications to your commenters when their comments get replies.

2. It has Keywordluv inbuilt which gives an option to make links on commenter’s desired keyword.

As you can see this plugin gives a lot of benefits to commenters, I strongly recommend this to use on your blog in order to attract more readers who will comment more often on your blog.

Harleena Singh : (Freelance writer and blogger at Aha!Now.com)

If you ask me whether to use CommentLuv plugin or not, my answer is definitely you should if you like it.

I’ve used CommentLuv, Disqus, and Jetpack. I liked them all. But I used CommentLuv for over 2 years. I think it is a great option for the newbie bloggers and seasoned ones too – a great facility to pull traffic to your blog.  However, when your blog gets popular and you get lots of comments then you sometimes face the problem of getting spam and broken links. The same happened to me and I stopped using commentLuv. But it works for others, and Andy has an Anti Backlinker plugin too to avoid these problems. So, if it works well on your blog, certainly go for it.

In fact, I have always used CommentLuv premium, which is a pack of many useful plugins bundled together. Presently, I’m using the native WP commenting system enhanced by a few plugins that come with the CommentLuv Premium plugin, though without the CommentLuv itself, again trying and testing things.

  Mi Muba: (Founder and CEO Beamoneyblogger.com)

To continue the process of blog commenting with efficient and loyal commenting  but without much manual work and under a built-in system it is necessary to create a system which offers maximum benefits to each commentator including:

  • A back link either dofollow or nofollow to his latest post as an incentive to get more comments from him.
  • Inform him as soon as you reply his comments to make him read the reply in his inbox and then come to further enjoy others’ views and participate more in the debate
  • Thank him for sharing his views at your blog to make him come back again and again
  • Inform him if any visitor also responds to his comment to make him further respond to the commenting visitor

If you do all these tasks manually you need to spend a lot of time daily. Therefore a well-tested widely popular commenting system like the CommentLuv plugin can fulfill the purpose to make the commenting part of your blogging quite easier.Yes niche which need fast and frequent updates like news blog does not need much readers engagement and can work well without any proper commenting system like CommentLuv.

It also depends upon the strategy of a blogger either he wants to effectively use blog commenting part to achieve his blogging goals or he has any other plan to make the things work without it.

There should not be a rule of thumb to must use CommentLuv or must not use
it. Many successful bloggers don’t use it while many other A-List bloggers still use it and are very happy with its results.Personally I suggest newbie bloggers must use it
because initially they can’ develop an alternate equally smart plan of action to achieve readers’ engagement at their blog.

  Pradeep Kumar: (CEO & Founder of Slashsquare)

Personally I feel “CommentLuv” is a great plugin to form a community of readers and discover their latest posts. It’s like you are rewarding your readers, giving them an opportunity to share their blog posts in the comments section. This can reduce spammers and increase genuine readers.

But again, I have some odd feelings too. The way the latest post is integrated with the comments section is something that bothers me. Because basically I’ll prefer to read the comments  alone and I don’t want my focus to fall on any other link. So if there is any other way to integrate the latest post, like a Twitter or Facebook hover card,it’ll be really great. Also I’m worried whether it’ll affect my blog post’s loading speed, if 50+ people commented on my blog post, then all their CommentLuv latest post link might be a little burden. I would like to see feedback on this from the author; it’ll be helpful for others too.

Conclusion:

Reading the above responses from the veterans of blogging I would suggest you to go for commentluv commenting system and try it to your comfort. There is no better a community than one that believes in benefitting all its members with some incentives. Here, commentluv goes by this principle and has something for each one:

1)      The blogger (huge readership).

2)      The commenter (Link love and exposure)

3)      The ordinary reader (more links and more quality responses to the topic).

I thank the contributors for making this post possible with their valuable advice and helping our readers get an in-depth analysis of commentluv.

Buy commentluv premium for your blog:

As a special surprise for those who might wish to buy commentluv premium here is the link

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Top ten places to advertise your blog for free

Do you want to stay in the eyes of your readers? Do you wish to see people talking about you and your business (doesn’t matter it is a blog, an online store, a product you launch or whatsoever)? This post shows you the top places to post your ads for free.If you want to be in business you must continuously be in your costumers mind, through generate buzz around you and to do that you need to pay for advertisements. Sponsoring advertisements have been the secret of many leading brands and today almost any brand that needs business seeks recognition from its consumers invests a huge part of their profit on advertisements. So here are the top ten places to advertise your blog for free.
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But if you are a new blogger there may be problem investing in paid advertisements and this is why I wrote this post. This post explores those possible ways you can generate enough buzz regarding your blog without paying a penny to anyone. Here are the top 10 ways to promote your blog for free.

#1. By use of social media:

Social media is today present on every such place that has human presence. Almost everyone has a social media account no matter what.
It’s a wise decision to show up on places where people and potential readers hang out. Sign up for all leading social media platforms.
Don’t overwhelm yourself with social media profiles that disinterest you. Be active on two to three social platforms that work for you. For me they are Google plus, twitter, and Facebook. It can be different for you and yet different for some other person.

How to use social media for free advertisements:
  1. Set up your full profile with accurate information.
  2. For twitter you have to use your wise wording to create a social bio that tells your full story in 140 characters. Twitter allows you to add your website separately at the bottom. But it is wise to mention your website on the 140 character of twitter bio. This will make your website visible when people add you to lists on twitter and will also give you visibility when people access you from sites like klout.
  3. For Facebook and Google plus when you are not bound by any character limit you can easily add your blog URL to relevant posts just like email signatures.
  4. A unique trick that Instagram users can do is renaming your location as your blog name or URL. This really works
  5. One more thing you can do is to add a watermark to all the pictures and quotes you post to those social networks provided you have the rights to those pictures.

#2. Comment on relevant posts on blogs through Google search.

Whenever you write a post and publish it. Then starts your real work behind it- to attract readers apart from what search engines do. You have to post it to social media, schedule it for future continuous posting and so on. One more trick I would like to mention is trying searching relevant posts on the topic you wrote and find out recent blog posts that are still registering some responses to them. All you have to do now is to post relevant comment on the post that adds value to the post and also places your link to the latest post if the blog is commentluv enabled. This way you showcase a relevant topic to their readers.

#3. Mutual postings of ads work like wonders.
Mutual understanding and making of community members is the life wire of any blogging network. Mutual dealings can take both the members to a whole new level. Try asking your blogger friends to post ads on their blogs and instead offer to post their ads on your blogs. This will work and both of your blogs will be benefited.

#4. Make use of free directories:
Posting of ads on free ads on hundreds of free directories will allow your blog to be displayed on those millions of potential customers that rely on such sites and directories for relevant businesses.

#5. Get your site on the homepage of all the computers of your city or possibly whole country.
I know this sounds weird and spams and tricky enough like any Hollywood movie where bots take up the mankind. But you are not taking up the mankind nor am I advising you to do anything spammy. All you have to do is ask your friends and contacts who regularly use public computers to do a little favor. All they have to do is to set your blog as the homepage of the public computer that they are using.
P.S.

  1. Be careful if tweaking setting on your public computers is prohibited by the owner.
  2. This may sky rocket your blog’s bounce rate but if you want your blog to go viral in the whole town without parting with a dime then this is the best way and you may end up getting some loyal readers.

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#6. Get help on YELP, Google places and Yahoo local:
Getting support to display your business on their platforms and thus reach literally millions of worthy potential customers. I recommend you to get your space on Yelp as it the one of the best places to advertise your blog for free. 🙂

Yelp alone saw an average of 132 million unique visitors per month in Q1 2014, as measured by Google Analytics. To help businesses get the most out of their online presence, Yelp Business Accounts offer a suite of FREE tools for businesses. So there is a great treasure of untapped areas of promotion here and that too free.

#7. Utilize your writing skills to gain free estate on leading newspapers.
Newspapers are the best source to reach the masses all at a time. Most people get the newspapers along with the morning coffee and this is the best time to hijack their subconscious minds through ads. Now the question is how we get newspaper estate without spending a penny. Yes! It is possible to do that. Just take a fabulous copy of your writing skill and ask for an ad space on their leading Daily in return for the post.

#8. Last but not the least, organize some seminars and educational events:
I now this too sounds weird but there are no better ways to get into the minds of your customers than interacting with them directly.
So, approach some educational institutes or related organizations on your locality and offer some free educational events that will comply to their theme. Hosting of seminars on current and relevant topic will also work.

#9. Word of mouth:
Yes I think this has the most reach and can bring great results if done correctly. Ask friends and other loyal readers to speak about your blog at relevant places. You can ask your readers to mention the link to your posts when someone asks a problem related to your niche.

#10. Promote you blog on my website for free:
Feel free to promote your blog or business on my website for free and get displayed among thousands of my other valued readers. Who knows you may end up making a great connection or locking a lucrative deal. Here is the link, Do visit it for details:

Over to you,

These were the top ideas that would work on the minds of your readers and simultaneously increase the reach of your brand among the masses and that too for free. What other strategies you prefer to promote your blog for free. Do share them in the comments section below and add value to the topic.

How to write epic blog posts that rank well

Killer tricks to write epic posts that rank high in SERPS

Do you ever wish to rank your posts in the SERPs. You must have done extensive research, wrote a 1000-1500 words post, shared it to your social networks and still whats the result? You don’t rank on for your targeted keyword. Then the question is how do you get search engine rankings. How to rank your posts at the first page of Google. If you have a similar query then your search is over and here is the answer to rank your site to the first page or may be the first rank of Google.

There is an universal law for blogging- “Content is the KING”. And yes it still holds true. After all we don’t organize a blog carnival for Bots its always done for readers, for humans. But many times even if we write extensive guides stuffed with keywords for current trending topics the result is a fifth or sixth page position and guess what it is no better than a 100th page SERPs. No one ever dives into the 3rd or 4th page of Google even. Even if we rank for that particular post we are kicked out by the authority sites no mater we have written the post much prior to theirs’.

So, wheres the catch? How to rank your site amongst the best players of the niche or even more how to  surpass their rankings.? This “Ranking King’s” chariot runs on two wheels (of course there are horses but wheels are what hold the chariot )

1) SEO a.k.a. the Search engine optimization. 

Now of you are a non SEO type guy like me 🙂 there are experts in the field who are ever ready with helping hands.
+Ana Hoffman   of  Trafficgenerationcafe.com is a coffee lover but she also makes great recipes of generating traffic to your blog. Check out her post on how Non-SEOs can do effective SEO in just seven key steps.

2) Content – remember I had told in the beginning “Content Is king”.

Now when the above SEO is done you need to write killer content. It includes:

1) Crafting a killer headline: In today’s world every second person is so busy that they simply skim the contents without reading the content deep within. The headline here decides if they should dive into the post or not. Yes, Just like you do when reading a newspaper with the morning coffee.

2) Personalization of the post.: Using of ideas to write a story can glue the readers to their tablet screens. Similarly, addressing to the reader in singular and utilizing of emoticons can drive a personal connect between you and the reader. Having said this, beware who you are writing the post for it is not advisable to put emoticons on a serious blog on national defense or finance and vice verse.

3)Ask your readers to do something. Yes call t action words like “submit this”, “share to a network ” , “hurry” can bring a lot of difference to the non reactive reader.

4) Social shares can also effect search engine rankings,if not directly, indirectly. Sharing your content with a large audience can actually bring your posts to potential readers who might link to them via their content.
Here is a epic guide by +Adam Connell  who shares over a hundred Bite-sized tips to get more social shares and ultimately more traffic, more link backs and more lucrative rankings.

Hope this helps in certain way but this is an overview of what should be done. Please comment below the techniques you prefer to write killer posts and rank your sites on search engines. 🙂