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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.
How to promote your blog for free
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.

                                How to promote blog posts freely

#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. 🙂

Interview with Yogita Aggarwal of DreamTechie.com

Hello readers, like always today we have a blogger and online marketer with s @DiitalGYD. She is a dear friend of mine and has learned surviving in this industry the hard way. Today’s post isn’t an interview but we can call it a candid chat where Yogita shares her behind the work scenes. 🙂

Q1. Hello, Yogita please tell us something about yourself and about your journey as a blogger?

Hello Dear Readers! I am Yogita aka Tanya, an obsessed blogger from Delhi NCR. I am an Online Marketing professional and a full time blogger who blogs at DreamTechie.com & LetUsPublish.com.

I started DreamTechie in April 2013 & LetUsPublish in August 2014 with lots of ambitions and excitements. As on today also I am keeping the same enthusiasm. It may be because I am “Indian by birth and Blogger by choice”.

I used to be a part time blogger till August 2015 and to manage both the blogs with work was really difficult but in July’15 finally I took the best decision of my life and did what I actually want to do from a long time. I quit my job to be a full time blogger and to be my own boss, this is super exciting :p, is not it??

If I talk about my journey with my blogs, it was full of new experiences but now I am thrilling about my future with more of blogging as a full time blogger.

Q3. Had you first started blogging on blogger and then migrated to WP? If yes please share the experience of transition.

No, my both blogs I started with WordPress only, so don’t have real time experience to share as of now. Might be I would have in future.

Q4. What are the major plugins that you use for your blogs?

Below is the list of wordpress plugins I am using at present.

  1. Akismet
  2. Contact Us Form
  3. Simple Sitemap
  4. WP Smush.it
  5. WordPress Database Backup
  6. WordPress SEO by Yoast
  7. WP Super Cache
  8. Redirection
  9. CopyLink
  10. Instagram Feed
  11. Tumblr Crosspostr
  12. Rel Nofollow Checkbox

The most awesome tool from the list is WordPress SEO by Yoast, as this plugin help me to manage almost all on page SEO factors. And the second most awesome plugin is – WP Smush.it, that helps me to maintain moderate site load time.

Q5. What are your views on SEO in 2015 and what tips you would give to our readers?

SEO would be there in industry for next many years but yes it will change with time as per need. As of now Spam SEO is dead, so don’t need to be a spammer to get organic ranks and traffic. Two most important gears of good SEO strategy are quality content and inbound links. That means publish high-quality relevant content that gets read and linked automatically.

And the other important element is social media; social media has been an aspect in the ranking algorithm for years and it would be same in coming future.

Conclusion – Work for your readers not for search engines.

The basic SEO tips for year 2015 are below-

( Above points are just few, to find more read expert’s blogs. I recommend read Search Engine Journals )

Apart from on page SEO work, focus on quality off page work. Build backlinks on authority sites. Do create links but not be a spammer. Link building is not only a source to build authority and Google Page rank but also it can help a lot in getting relevant traffic and brand exposure. 

Q6. Are you associated with any other projects besides DreamTechie? If yes, please share with us.

Yes I am associated with LetUsPublish. LetUsPublish is an entertainment cum lifestyle blog, there I most all interesting read, you will love to read this blog more frequently.

Q7. What are your views on YouTube monetization and how far are you into vlogging?

YouTube monetization, another most modern method to make money online has great scope and less competition for interested geeks. All you need is creativity and some marketing skills.

A few months back even I thought to give a try to vlogging but again could not. Very soon I am going to start vlogging on regular basis on lifestyle and entertainment niche and I am hoping my readers will like my vlogs as well ☺

Q8) Being a problogger what were the biggest challenges then and now as far as your blogging is concerned?

Alike all SEO and blogging professionals, the biggest challenge for me is to do deal with different Google updates. We SEO’s can’t read the mind of Google and Cutts so it is much better to be proactive regarding use of ethical SEO and quality of content.

Another biggest challenge faced by most of the bloggers in initial days of work is “Time management”. Though Internet marketing is so vast it is really important to spend time on all important tasks all together. Make proper schedule charts and then work accordingly.

These days I am keeping notes on a notepad so that I don’t miss any important task. I also use ‘Sticky notes’ and ‘TO Do Notes’ to keep me reminded what is important. Evernote is another helpful app for time management; I am using this from 2 weeks or so.

Q9. What monetization techniques have you implemented on DreamTechie & on LetUsPublish. (If possible please share your earnings from this blog so that newcomers will be inspired)

I was not much focused on money making but now I ready to monetize my blogs. My both blogs have very good authority over web, we have good number of readers and I guess this is the right time to monetize my blogs. For both my blogs, I have little different monetize options, I am putting up the mail below –

  • Gadget Reviews
  • Sponsored Posts
  • Affiliate Marketing
  • Outfit Posts & Shoots
  • Event Converges

Q10. With over 60% of blogs writing about technology and SEO Tech niche in today’s blogosphere is saturated unlike 10 years ago. What do you see as an emerging niche for the bloggers?

No wonder we techie bloggers have really tough competition. But I am happy to share about that, there are still many niches where a blog can boost like hell. After my research, I found we have very less blogs on niche

  • Health and Fitness Blogs
  • Men Fashion Blogs
  • Entertainment Blogs
  • Music Blogs
  • Finance Blogs
  • Automobile Blogs

Q11. What are your views about DigitalGYD what would you suggest for improvement?

I am glad to see your content is engaging many bloggers; also the blog designed is impressive … Keep it up this good work. No more pitfalls, I found this time. You are good to go.

Q12. Any advice regarding blogging and SEO?

Blogging profession looks nice from the distant but when you start a blog and decide to do something outstanding you have to face number of problems. At that time you should have patience to deal with those problems, positive will power to continue your work and learning capabilities to avoid prior made mistakes.

And now about SEO & SMO; SEO plays a vital role in blogging. Not only SEO but SMO also has a lot more to offer bloggers. With no proper SEO, one cannot create a blog that can perform well in search engine and with no SMO you can’t even expect to be a well known brand. SEO and SMO seem like the backbones of blogging, so don’t ever think to ignore them. Hope it helps!

Over to you,

So, readers hope you got a lot of meat in this interview and got to learn many things about SEO, and blogging overall. Yogita is quite helpful and you can connect to her on Twitter and  you even ask her your doubts through comments section below. You can also visit About.me/YogitaAggarwal to know more about her.

 

Top 10 official FIFA twitter accounts to follow this world cup 2014.

FIFA world cup 2014 is on the coming and we, the Football fans are eager to catch up all the news. There’s a discussion on every coffee table and high teas don’t seem high enough without serving a cup for Brazil. There’s always a stream of news about the stage that is being set in Brazil, and who will disagree that Twitter is the greatest platform to catch up all the buzz . So, here are top 10 official twitter accounts to follow for world cup 2014. So, go and follow your stars and show up that you are the biggest fan.

Official FIFA Twitter Accounts to follow  2014
image credit : Salvatore Vuono/freedigitalphotos.net

Official FIFA accounts:

important twitter accounts of FIFA 2014


@FIFAWorldCup
: This is the official twitter account of world cup 2014 and gives you unlimited official feeds from Brazil, 2014 FIFA cup’s host.

@FIFAcom : This is authorized account of FIFA.com . Follow them for genuine international football accounts and the news is served in many languages like French, Spanish, Arabic,German and Portuguese.

@brazuca : This account owner is the football of 2014 world cup and it tweets in English and Portuguese. you know what love me, or lose me! oh and follow me


@2014Fuleco
: This armadillo, the official FIFA mascot this year loves to play football and being in pictures so why wait just log in to twitter and follow Fuleco.

@CBF_Futebol : This is managed by Brazil’s squad’s Twitter.

@equipedfrance : Official twitter account of french team. Les bleus as they are called back home, have their tweets in French.

@ussoccer : Keep up with the latest updates from team US.

@SEfutbol : You can’t miss following the 2010 world cup champions .

@socceroos : The Australian football team have something in common with Americans, you guessed it right the call football, soccer.

@Belgianfootball : Team Belgium aka red devil tweet in French and Dutch.

Bonus :  @miseleccionmx : Team Mexico tweets in Spanish.

Bumper Bonus: These data were collected from Hongkiat and if you want more information about whom to follow on Twitter  just visit Footballersontwitter.

How a freelancer cheated me and How you can avoid freelance plagiarism scams

Someone once said me, “don’t work hard, work smart.” And in an attempt to follow this advice I landed in this freelance copied content scam that I am writing about so that you get an Idea about how to avoid being cheated by a freelance writer or mere content scrappers.

freelance scam

Being a single hand on this blog I nearly gave up all my time nourishing my this blog child. Many of you might  know that its very tough for a one man army to win a war of blogging. You got to write, do research, find keywords, get content outline ready, gather images that are appropriate for the topic and mind you, it should be copyright disabled. After that give your homework the shape of a blog post. commenting on other blogs, keeping up with the feedly reader is another great task. Then comes promoting the stuff on social media , staying active at forums and last but not the least interacting with the precious readers of your blog.

All these are too tedious to allow you to do anything else no matter it be a productive task. Things turn out worse if you have something else with a high priority than the blog like helping your father at the business.

Now at this point there were two roads for me :
1. That led to the dark trail where my blog , my passion would have to be sacrificed in the altar of priorities.
2. The path that suggested me to outsource my work from a virtual assistant or atleast get a freelance writer hired for easing the content writing part.

We all know thousands of online portals survive on the help from outsourcers including some top brands too and though I was not willing to shed my money my dropping visitor statistic forced me to hire a freelance writer.

I went to Seoclerks.com and bid a task that asked freelance writers to ping me with content for my tech blog. In no time  I got more than enough offers and was lured by the offer of this particular guy (I prefer not displaying the name because I won’t get anything proving him a thief my aim is to make others aware from my experience and not being derogatory to the content scrapper).  My mistake ? I didn’t opt for a more reputed site like oDESK.com Or HireMyMom.com or Elance.com to name a few.

The offer was He would give me 5000 well researched articles (yes 5000 its not a misprint) of 600 words on average for only 50$. This was a offer that called my greed and I was happy  saving a few bucks while shopping and I didn’t do anything to check the content.

By and by I have been publishing some articles at different times when I think I can’t give enough time to blogging. It has got great response from my readers too but yesterday when I was chatting with my blogger friend Vishal Jain of FreshItTips.com and he asked me ‘ why do you copy content on your blog and not write your own stuffs?” And I was like Hello, its embarrassing especially to someone who hasn’t copied in his school exams. Sad smile

I was very clear from the beginning of blogging that copying wouldn’t take me long and believe me, I think before going for a game its important to know the DO’s of it but it is even more important to be aware of DON’Ts of it because omissions can be added but mistakes once done are very difficult to be corrected. So, I have been very careful from the start of blogging. Perhaps that helped me to get Adsense approved within just one month of my blog going live. Smile

Anyway I asked him where did he find the original content and also told him to share me the URL of my post that is accused of copying (Still hoping it was some cheap site copying my content and not the other way round). You will be surprised to hear his answer because I was literally taken aback.
The posts were AdSense related (the once I bought from the freelancer) and the original articles were from The BIG G [ GOOGLE ].

 This literally scared me. this could cost a lot to me like

1. Loss of online reputation because the posts were screaming that I was a content scrapper and moreover a FOOL that I copied content from the official Google site.

2. Everyone who has an adsense account must have read the articles of Google.

3. I could get my AdSense banned to add my blog could be banned from Google also.

4. I could loop myself into a sue for copying already copyrighted content.

5. I would now have to remove my those articles which had brought me quite a good traffic and they have pretty good number of comments on them too.
So, now when I am well aware of my mistakes and have done a fat research on how to deal with it and what should be done and I am presenting those here in order to help you too, in case (wish such a day never comes to anyone) you land such a scam.

Immediate steps to take after you caught a copyrighted post in your blog:

a) Delete the post or take it down

b) Remove it from the buffer or any other social account you had scheduled it to be shared at a later
date.

c) Write a complaint on the matter to the agency or site (SEOCLERKS) in my case, or fiverr, or any platform you hired. This will downgrade his position and he will be cautioned not to do that in future.

Preventive measures to stay safe from Freelancing scams:

Tips to avoid freelance scams

Internetmarketingninjas Suggests, To do “quoted text” search in which you have to quote a specific amount of text and do Google search. The disadvantage is that its clumsy and might not be trusted always.

Nirmala Santhakumar Says, we should use plagiarism checking software like contentplagiarismchecker in order to crush any copied content issue. This should work on published content too.

Also I found that filtering content with Copyscape, like software before making the purchase would be helpful.

You could also include a clause (in case you are buying a license for some really hefty content) that if the content is found copied or content spinned then the matter will be addressable to the court.

Over to You,

This was my experience with a content spinner and a fraud freelancer who never understood work ethics in its true sense. If you have been facing such a situation please write it in the comments so that readers are cautioned and do share how you dealt with such a situation. At last, I would say thanks to my blogger friends Vishal And Sugandha Agrawal who always cautioned me to be well aware when dealing to any freelancer may that be for content or buying a theme for my blog.

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