Wednesday, 1 November 2017

How To Submit Your Site To Google, Bing, Yahoo Search Engine

How To Submit Your Site To Google, Bing, Yahoo Search Engine

Submitting your site to popular search engine guarantees a steady flow of traffic to your website/blog. Google, bing/yahoo search engine are the most popular search engine available on the web and a source of traffic for many website. In other to sustain your blog and possible earn from it, getting traffic has to be a priority for you. Many people quit blogging because of the frustrations derived when the write a quality post and no one to view your unique post.

Today in this post, my goal is to show you how to submit your site to Google and bing/yahoo webmaster tool, so that your blog/website gets good backlink from them. Also, how to submit your sitemap to the webmasters tool, how you can monitor your search index reports. And also see if any of your posts have not been indexed. But before then, here are the top reasons why submitting your site to search engine is one of the best SEO Technique.

WHY YOU SHOULD SUBMIT YOUR SITE TO SEARCH ENGINE DIRECTORY

1. Increases blog visible: As a blogger or website owner, your goal would possibly be to rank high (1st position) on search engines when a user search for a content on search engines using a keyword related to your niche. Submitting your site to search engine helps search engine bots to crawl and index your site sourcing for possible keywords, which are used to serve results to the user.

2. Increases traffic and daily page views: A fully indexed blog shows in search engine results. Whether or not the reader clicks on your link, as long as your URL shows on the search engine PV are increased on your blog in form of backlinks. If the user clicks on your result, then you might have gained a new audience for your blog.

CHECK: How to retain and Engage your blog Readers

3. Helps in Search Engine Optimization: quite self explanatory. In my previous post, I gave a detailed explanation of What SEO is truly about, and how it applies to blogging, you can find the link to that post here.

4. Increases earnings (for a monetized blog): As simple as that. Increase in page views, increases earnings.

Those are just few out of numerous benefits derived from a fully indexed blog. Having said that, Lets get back to the main reason for this blog post. Mind you, the traffic doesn't just generate at an instance, it takes a bit of time for your posts to be fully indexed.

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR SITE TO GOOGLE WEBMASTER

✔ Goto Google Search Console

✔ Sign in with your google account (preferably the admin account to the blog you want to add)

✔ Click on add property


✔ Enter the URL of the website in the next page.

✔ You'll be required to verify that you own the website >> Select any of the verification method, preferably add HTML code, Copy the Code.



BLOGGER PLATFORM
✔ Go to your blogger dashboard

✔ Click on theme >> Then edit HTML

✔ Locate the head tag. Or use Ctrl F to search >> Input <head> then press enter



✔ Paste the verification code you copied below the head tag >> Click on save theme

✔ Go back to Google webmaster and click on verify >> Your website will be added

How to create a blog for free on blogger.com

WORDPRESS PLATFORM
✔ Login to your WordPress Dashboard Click on Settings >> Click on Traffic

✔ Paste the verification code you copied inside Google box as seen in the image below

✔ Click on Save

How to create A blog for free on WordPress

HOW TO ADD SITEMAP TO GOOGLE SEARCH CONSOLE

1. To add your sitemap, Go back to Google Search Console and click on sitemaps >> Add Sitemap

2. Input your URL on the box provided and add /sitemap.xml
http://yoursite/sitemap.xml

3. Click on Test sitemap >> Then add



HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR SITE TO BING/YAHOO WEBMASTER TOOL

1. Goto bing webmaster tool >> Sign in with your Microsoft account (Or create a new one with your email, if you don't have)

2. On the webmaster dashboard, click on ADD SITE >> Enter your site URL



3. Again, you need to verify your ownership of the site, select Add HTML file >> Copy the code provided to you.

4. If you are on blogger platform, follow the same procedure listed above to verify your site.
Those on WordPress should do the same (but in this case paste the code on BING box). However, if you are not on any of these platforms, you can verify yours by locating the source code of your website, then paste the verification code anywhere on the source code.



5. After pasting and saving the code, Go back to the bing webmaster tool and click on VERIFY >> Your site will be added

READ ALSO... How to boost your blog/website traffic (2017 working tips)

NOTE: There is no limit to the amount of property (blog/websites) for you to add, as long as you can verify them. Also, It may take time for you to start seeing the results, But it must surely come. Hope this post will help you in your blogging career. Keep tuned for more interesting updates from NdBlogger

Saturday, 14 October 2017

How To Automatically Share Blog Posts To Multiple Social Networks - IFTTT

How To Automatically Share Blog Posts To Multiple Social Networks - IFTTT

As a blogger, one difficult task we don't like to do is sharing of posts to our social channels. It is a very tedious task to accomplish when doing it manually, because most bloggers belong to multiple social networks, you'll agree with me that going to share posts to all these network is not very fun and easy. But common, that's the price we have to pay if we truly want visitors in our blogs. However, there is a way in which we could avoid all these manual sharing of posts and just automate them to posts each time your blog publish an article.

how to use ifttt

This is done using an online tool known as IFTTT. Although, I currently use dlvr to automatically share latest posts from Ndblogger but unfortunately the Dlvr platform is currently not accepting new users as at now but if you are looking for another tool that would allow you to automatically share your latest posts on social media, you can use IFTTT.


IFTTT is short for " if this then that " (If I post to my blog, Then Share on Facebook automatically). It is a free web-based service which allow and helps you to do more with the services you love. Some of those servics are Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin, Google , Pinterest, Tumblr, Skype and hundreds more interesting services!

How Does IFTTT Works?

Depending on the services you want, IFTTT works in an amazing and different way. But for the purpose of this post, I'll be talking about that of the blogger and WordPress  platform and how you can share posts from your blog to your social networks.

How To Use IFTTT To Automatically Share Posts To Multiple Social Networks

BLOGGER PLATFORM
ifttt on a blogger blog
1. Sign up for an account on IFTTT.com

2. After successful login, you'll be taken to the dashboard

3. Now click on the Blogger Applets or Visit ifttt.com/blogger >> Click on connect to connect with your blogger blog

4. Then, a list of the services you can use with your blogger blog would now be displayed

5. Choose the social networks you would like to share your post on so that whenever you publish new blog post, it will as a matter of fact share to that network.

6. Turn on the applet, then edit as bests suits you. That is, customizing the message that is added to the link and lots more.


WORDPRESS PLATFORM
WordPress website/blog already have this feature by default, which allows you to share automatically share posts to your social media networks. However, most bloggers like myself have multiple social accounts from the same network and we also want to post on them, which is why you need an external automation tool to help you posts to those network. If you want to use ifttt on your WordPress blog, then follow these instructions
ifttt with wordpress
1. Login to your Ifttt account or sign up for a new now

2. On your account dashboard, select wordpress applet or visit ifttt.com/wordpress.

3. Turn on WordPress applet, then connect with your wordpress blog

4.. A list of applets will appear on then screen, navigate and select the one you wish to use.

5. Turn the applet on, then customize the post setting as best suits you.

NOTE IFTTT also have an android app to ease your access to their service, it is available on Playstore. Just search for it on Google Play and Download.


Blogging the say is very difficult, but when you make use of the right tools made available for bloggers, then your work load might be reduced a great deal. Some of this tools are post automation, it saves you the time of having to visit multiple accounts just to post to your social networks. The saved time in turn can be used to work on your blog's SEO. Meanwhile, If you experience any trouble setting it up, feel free to leave a comment here.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

What Is SEO? Why You Need To Apply SEO Techniques On Your Blog/Website

What Is SEO? Why You Need To Apply SEO Techniques On Your Blog/Website

The term SEO is short for Search Engine Optimization, which in lay mans term simply means to optimize your blog/website so that it appears on search engine for various keywords related to your niche. Creating a blog is not difficult, but the hard aspect to it is driving traffic to your blog, which is one of the main aim why people publish blog posts online. 

SEO latest tips

Creating a blog/website and publishing your creative contents will not show off your identity or brand to the world. Proper SEO practice ensure your brand reaches targeted audience in a user friendly manner and search engine friendly manner. Today in this post I'll help you to understand SEO terms, On-Page SEO, Off-Page SEO , White Hat, Black Hat tricks, and how they apply to Blogging.

THE TERM SEO
Search Engine Optimization, SEO is a process of optimizing a website or a blog to make it search engine and user friendly. Applying SEO to a blog is nothing but implementing SEO techniques for each web page or posts which boosts your website Search Engine Ranking Pages (SERP). That is, increasing the visibility of your webpages over popular search engines directories (Google, Bing, Ask etc…). 


Why Should I Optimize My Blog
Search engine traffic helps in bringing new visitors to your blog. I recommend you work on building a loyal readership (engaging users)  for your blog, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn't work on getting new visitors to your site as well. Attracting new visitors is how your blog grows, and converting those new visitors into regular readers is the process you should be aiming to complete.

SEO Tips And Techniques To Increase Search Engine Ranking Of Your Blog/Website (2017 Edition)

If you are into blog/web designing, then understanding  SEO concepts won't be much of a problem for you. Search Engine Optimization, SEO involves targeting organic traffic to your website using keywords related to your niche. To fully grasp the concept of Search Engine Optimization (SEO), there are some basic terms in which you need to acquaint yourself with, some of which I would be discussing below. 
  • Search Engine Rank
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • On Page SEO
  • Off Page SEO
  • White Hat Techniques
  • Black Hat Techniques
Search Engine Rank Page (SERP)
If a user searches with keyword related to your blog on search engines, Search engine retrieves millions of results from its large database and displays to user. Search engine rank is nothing but the position of your webpages in the displayed results. For instance, If you search for blogging tips on google, thousands of results will be displayed in seconds. If your webpage appears first on search Engine, then your page will be having highest rank. Applying SEO techniques helps in increasing search engine rankings for individual posts or web pages. In my next post, I'll write on how to submit your website on popular Search Engine directory, so ensure you keep checking back to this page.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
Implementing SEO to your blog post involves integrating some specific catch phrases (Keywords) in between the content, Which in turn will be integrated into actual content. Also, optimizing headings using the h1-h6 tags will help your SEO, optimizing images using the alt tag, etc… 

On Page SEO
On Page Search Engine Optimization is all involves  modifying individual posts content according to proper SEO. On page site optimization requires  writing unique, high quality content, integrating keywords into post at appropriate places, using H1,H2,H3 headings, using eye catchy titles for articles, maintaining keyword density, and many more.


Off Page SEO
Off Page site optimization involves Link building, Link exchanges, etc. Just obtaining links from other websites (backlinks). To help you get more link, try submitting your blog to open directories, submitting to social directories like Digg, Reddit, Stumbleupon, Pinterest among others. Off page SEO involves increasing popularity of your own link, gaining DA (Domain Authority)

White Hat Tricks
White hat SEO are those most search engines accept and recommend. Involves creation of content targeting for users not for search engines. Good quality posts, unique posts, Avoiding copy and paste (C & P) etc...

Black Hat Tricks
Bad for SEO, I strongly kick against it. It is also referred to as spam indexing. Black hat techniques includes cloaking (showing one type of page to search engines and serving different page to users), creation of door way pages (low quality pages stuffed with keywords), Keyword stuffing, Meta tag stuffing (using unrelated tags), Ranking for keywords using multiple websites or urls. 

Applying Black hat techniques only helps you temporary, but once you are identified by search engines you will not be considered, and your site will be blacklisted.

DISCLAIMER
This post is for enlightenment purpose only. Ndblogger does not encourage employing these techniques to websites as SEO practice. 

FINAL WORDS
Above are the important SEO concepts which every blogger must be aware off in order to fully understand What SEO is all about. Also its importance to blogging have also been discussed. Proper application of these tips will help your blogging career. Hope you find this post helpful, keep tuned for more. 

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

How to engage blog readers and make them check back - Helps in retaining Visitors

How to engage blog readers and make them check back - Helps in retaining Visitors

Most bloggers often wonder why some days the will have huge views on their blogs, while other days its like the just started blogging afresh. Proper Optimization of a blog on search engine (SEO) ensures you get impressions and clicks from search engine. Which in turn increases search engine visibility and thus boosts traffic. But most often, after the user gets the information he was searching for on your blog, they definitely leave and sometimes don't come back again.

However, there is a reason why viewers do not check back your website after searching and visiting for the first time. In today's post, I will discuss some tips in which one can apply to engage their viewers and also, boost their traffic, and thus increase their earnings. Its simple logic, the more visitors check back your site, the more your traffic. In my previous posts, I wrote on how you can boost your blog/website traffic, you can check that post through this link.

TIPS ON HOW TO MAKE BLOG VIEWERS CHECK BACK TO YOUR BLOG



  1. Write a quality and Unique Post

  2. Go straight to the point

  3. Use catchy title

  4. Add Related Post Widget

  5. Always update your blog

  6. Link back to older posts from your blog


WRITE A QUALITY AND UNIQUE POST
It doesn't just retain your viewers, but it also ensures you rank in search engine for related query. It is essential to also maintain quality when writing blog posts, avoid copy and paste, because it does not rank your blog well in search engine. Having a unique post also helps in getting approved to ad networks eg Google AdSense.
Quality posts lets your viewers know that you are serious with your business. And that you are sure to serve them well.

READ ALSO: How to increase Traffic of a new blog

GO STRAIGHT TO THE POINT
Most readers you get from search engine, intend to just visit, get the answer(s) to their query as fast as the can. In as much as having a lengthy post is good for SEO, you should also take into account that your viewers just want to get answers without having to read long and unrelated texts. So to avoid such, ensure you be as brief as possible in your introductory statements and proceed to the reason of the post. By doing so, whenever a user intends to search something on the web, they tend to visit your blog and search it there.

USE CATCHY TITLE
One of the most important aspect in writing a blog post is having an eye catching title. This is because when a user search the web, there a millions of results displayed, with the post titles. The user tends to click on the link that attracts their eyes (catchy title). So ensure you use catchy title when writing your next blog post. You can search the web for post title tool, or how to add an eye catching title for blog posts. 

Also, requesting for feedback from your audience, either by adding a poll at the end of your post helps in keeping visitors

ADD RELATED POST WIDGET
Related posts, are just widgets that link back to old blog posts under the same category, or label. Before adding related post widgets to your blog, ensure you add label/category to your blog posts. Because related posts are grouped based on their category. When a user visits your blog, there is a great chance that he or she would find posts that will be helpful to him in your related post widget.

Although recent blog templates come with related post widget, if yours doesn't have, Be sure to add related contents widgets to your blog, as it helps in engaging blog readers.

ALWAYS UPDATE YOUR BLOG
As I mentioned in previous posts, blogging is a real business, so avoid lazy behaviours towards your blog if you intend to succeed in your blogging career. Whats the point of creating a blog, just to leave it unattended to.
If a loyal viewer of your blog constantly checks back to your blog, only to find out that the posts are not updated regularly, the user tends to find other places where he could be updated on a regular basis. By default, I recommend you update your blog at least 3 times in a week.

LINK BACK TO OLD BLOG POSTS
When writing blog posts, using internal links that link back to your blog posts, not only engage your viewers, but also add to your blog's pageviews using what is known as do-follow links. When using internal linking, you should add in such a way that the users most likely would have to refer back to your previous post, if he or she wish to fully grasp the info the came for.
 
Example, if you are writing a post on "how to make money blogging.", you can add in between the article "how to create a blog". This way, a user who will read the article has to refer back to the old blog post to first understand how to create a blog.

SEE ALSO... Why you need a domain-name for your brand

FINAL WORDS
The post above will surely guide you on how to write a quality blog posts that engage with blog users, and also make most of them check back to you blog for similar updates. Hope you find this post helpful.

Saturday, 23 September 2017

How to create a blog for free on Blogger.com Or Wordpress.com

How to create a blog for free on Blogger.com Or Wordpress.com

Blogging is no doubt a fun and enjoyable platform, where people express themselves, show case their talents and passion. There are numerous bloggers and blogs on the internet , which makes it a very tedious and somewhat difficult job to do. If you own a niche site, the ability of your site to standout amist other websites solely depends on the amount of work you invest on your site, they work could be in monetary form or time invested.  But on the long run, blogging pays off both in cash and increasing our knowledge and perception of things around. In my next post, I'll be sharing how to monetise your blog/website. Be sure to keep a date with us.

Alright, enough talking, lets get back to the main reason of this post. You may be wondering why I had to go through the good and bad effects as it relates to blogging. Well, the simple reason is that many people dive into blogging without knowing what is required in order to trive in the business (Yes, blogging is a fulltime business), I just wanted to clear the air so that you ask yourself necessary questions before you embark on your blogging career.

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In today's post, we shall be learning how to create a blog for free on blogger blogger.com and wordpress wordpress.com platform. There are other platforms that offer similar service, but our post is limited to the two mentioned above. Firstly, I'll go over the steps required to create a blogger blog, then proceed to that of wordpress.

HOW TO CREATE A BLOG FOR FREE ON BLOGGER.COM

REQUIREMENTS
✔ Internet enabled device (recommended: smartphone, PC or tablet.)

✔ Google Account (gmail). if you don't have one, Goto gmail.com and register with your details.

✔ Access to internet (Active data plan)

STEPS
1. Goto Blogger.com and sign in with your gmail account.

2. Select create new blog >> Input the desired name you wish your blog to have. By default, your blog address will look like <http://yourdomain.blogspot.com> Which could be changed at any point in time.

3. Select the niche you wish to publish on,. Example Media, Entertainment, Technology etc. This is because it helps alot in Search Engine Optimization (SEO: will be discussed later on)

4. After selecting your niche, click create blog

WRITING YOUR FIRST BLOG POST

✔ On the blogger dashboard, select New post >> Input the post title (Very important)

✔ Click on the body of the post, the input all text docunment you wish to be displayed on the webpage.

✔ To add images, click on the image icon (below title) >> Select the image you wish to display from your device storage, click on add selected

✔ After writing the post, click on publish >> Your post is now live on the web.

HOW TO CREATE A BLOG FOR FREE ON WORDPRESS.ORG

REQUIREMENTS
✔ Same as that of blogger, except in this case any valid Email can be used

STEPS
  • Select create a blog
  • Input the name you want as your blog address. >> Select The free one (ie yourblog.wordpress.com)
  • Input your Email address (valid mail) >> Enter Username >> Enter your password  
  • Congratulations, you have now created a blog with wordpress >> Click Continue to proceed to your account dashboard

WRITING YOUR FIRST BLOG POST

✔ On the Wordpress Dashboard, Click on the Icon with a pen like structure as shown on the image below

✔ Edit your text. ie Add Title, Blog post, images etc.

✔ After that, click on the Publish button

Read Also... Why you need to buy a custom domain for your blog

Final words
The post above is a detailed guide on creating a blog for free. It is normal to start up with a free subdomain name, but not recommended to continue using it. As soon as possible, ensure you buy a custom domain for your website. If you don't know how to do that, I can set it up for you. Hope you enjoyed this post, do well to share this post on various social media platform.
Top 6 Ways To Make Money From Your Blog

Top 6 Ways To Make Money From Your Blog

Blogging as a career is not an easy task to engage yourself in, It can be very tedious, demanding and time consuming. Most successful bloggers in Nigeria and around the world spends lots of time (and money) in keeping their websites up and running. If you are a part-time blogger, then the work load is more on you, as you would hardly have time for yourself or others. I speak from experience, I hardly have time to socialize or live normal life (less sleep), this is due to the fact that I school and Blog at the same time. Trust me, it doesn't get easy, but finding the right balance between blogging and other activities, is the basis for building a successful blog.

Well! Nothing good comes easy, as stressful and tedious blogging can be, one can also be making money from their blog. As I mentioned in my previous post, blogging is a full time business. There are numerous ways in which a blog can be monetised to earn decent money. Some of which I would be discussing in this post today, so sit tight and read through this post, as I guarantee it would change your perception towards blogging as a whole, and also serve as a guide to new bloggers who still don't know how to make money from their blogs.

HOW TO MAKE MONEY FROM YOUR BLOG/WEBSITE


  1. AD Networks

  2. Affiliate Marketing

  3. Advert Placement

  4. Sponsored Posts

  5. Blog Design

  6. Freelancing



AD NETWORKS
One of the most legitimate, lucrative and reliable way of the making money online with a blog. It involves integrating adverts from ad networks to your blog and getting paid per impression and clicks. The advantage of monetising through ad network is that you are guaranteed to make money out of it, no matter how small or huge it may be. There are numerous ad network available online, of which you one use as many as you want, there is no limit, but you should also avoid crowding your websites adverts. Some top level ad network are;
Google AdSense, InfoLink, Media.net, Chitika, Content.ad, Bidvertiser, Propeller ads etc. Subsequently, I will post on how to apply for AdSense and other ad network. Be sure to check back to this blog.

AFFILIATE MARKETING
This is Somewhat similar to ad network. Many companies both online and offline are willing to pay for adverts you serve for them on your website. Payment mode differ from one company to another. Some pay per impression and clicks, while others pay in percentage per sales made through your link. Example of affiliate companies you can sign up with include; AliXpress, Gearbest, Jumia, Konga, etc. For domain name. affiliates; Godaddy, Namecheap, Domainking etc.

ADVERT PLACEMENT
It involves creating space for advertisements from individuals and companies on your your website. Also, placing a price per banner size and specifying the duration period is also vital. To create banner adverts, you need to have a little knowledge on html (img tag) which you must have acquired in the course of your blogging. If your blog receive huge amount of visitors on a daily basis, individuals and companies would jump at the opportunity of using ad space in your blog to target their products/services to your audience.

SEE ALSO... 2017 working blog traffic Tips you should Try

SPONSORED POSTS
A bit similar to advert placement. But different in the sense that, a description is made of the product/services of the advertiser in form of a blog post which is either written by the blog author or the sponsor. You might want to add a sponsor post page to your blog. Notifying your audience about the prices and features.

WEB/BLOG DESIGN
During the course of your blogging, you should acquire some basic blog setup procedures and how to edit and customize a blog. Common with with tech bloggers. If as a blogger(tech) you don't know how to design a website by now. Perhaps, it is time for you to go learn how to do that. To let people know of your services, you need to create a page on your blog, example "Hire Us", 'Our Services', or any other name. On the page content, add a brief description of the services you offer and add a mode by which users can contact you.

FREELANCING
From the word Freelance, which means selling your own product / services to your audience. If you have an Ebooks, you can advertise them on your blog and place prices on them. Also, you can write for top blogs and get paid for your services. There are quite a number of websites who are looking for authors, editors, designers or the likes. Search for such companies and let them know of the service you offer.

READ ALSO: ADC about creating a Blog from scratch

Final words
I have successfully stated and explained ways in which a you can make decent money from your blog. You need to master some basic blog setup procedure, as it helps you become a professional blogger and also gives you an edge over newbie bloggers. Also! If you are a tech blogger, you need to be a good web designer, so as to make extra cash from designing professional websites for companies. If you enjoyed this post, do well to share with others using the share button below. Thank you for reading this post, keep tuned for more.

Friday, 22 September 2017

How to Boost Your Blog Traffic - 2017 Working Traffic Tips

How to Boost Your Blog Traffic - 2017 Working Traffic Tips

The most difficult aspect of blogging is getting regular visitors. Not just viewers that come and go, but the ones that would always check back to your blog. I published a post on how to create a blog for free on blogger and wordpress in my previous posts, so if you've created your blog, the next thing would be to write post that would get you regular visitors.

Writing a quality and unique article go a long way in retaining blog viewers. But at the same time, having a quality post, does not guarantee high traffic. Some extra work needs to be done in order to ensure that your post reaches targeted viewers. What's the aim of having a good quality and unique post, without no viewer to read it?

READ ALSO... Importance of Domain name in blogging

Hence, the need for this post where I would be showing you guys some basic white hat tricks that are guaranteed to increase your blog traffic to a reasonable amount.

TRAFFIC BOOSTING TIPS YOU SHOULD TRY

  • Submitting Your Site map to various directories

  • Guest Blogging

  • Commenting on top blogs related to your niche

  • Joining forums

  • Active participation in Groups/forums

  • Sharing your post
SUBMITTING SITEMAP TO SEARCH ENGINE DIRECTORY
Involves submitting of site and sitemap to search engine directory so that search engine bot can crawl your site contents, so that when a user types a query related to that of your content, the search engine will provide your article to the user. Popular search engine directories are Google, bing/yahoo, yandex, Alexa, etc. Because I don't wan't this post to be too lengthy, I would not go over the process of submitting to those directories. But in subsequent posts, I will write detailed tutorials on how to submit sitemap to search engine. Be sure to check back to this blog.

GUEST BLOGGING
Basically guest blogging involves writing unique contents for top blogs that have large viewers and having a link (backlink) point back to your site. But as I mentioned earlier, for your post to be published, it has to be a quality and unique post, that is, it has not been posted anywhere on the internet. Example of blogs that accept guest posts include but not limited to, Shoutmeloud.com, Wizytechs.com, Gyrationtechs.com.ng, Mokoshalb.com, Applygist.com...

COMMENTING ON TOP BLOGS
As a blogger, there are blogs you look up to and read their posts on a daily basis. Commenting on such blogs and leaving a link (using anchor ref tag) that redirects to your site generates backlinks to your blog. Note, your comment should be related to the topic, and must be meaningful, otherwise it may be regarded as spam link, and would not be published.

JOINING FORUMS
Forums are good platform for guest blogging, and having a post on top forum sites brings back viewers to your site. Nairaland as an example is Nigeria's top forum, and it also allows users to write posts/articles which would be visible to vast number of viewers, After publishing your post, you can add a link that redirects to your site. E.g 

[url=link adress]Source[/url]

The word 'Source' link would be displayed on the user's screen with the link to the article embedded on it.

READ ALSO: Online and offline businesses you should try

ACTIVE PARTICIPATION IN GROUPS/ FORUMS
Joining groups and forums is good for blog publicity, but can be further utilized when you participate actively on such forums, active participation could be; providing solutions to query ask on the group, commenting on other peoples post, sharing ideas that are beneficiary to group members.

SHARING YOUR POST
Never dispute the power of social media. Social media sharing affects blog traffic positively. As a blogger, you should have an account(s) from different social media platforms (Google plus, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Stumbleupon, Reddit, Instagram, etc). Facebook as an example, one of the most popular social platform on the internet, is the source of traffic of many blogs, and also a good place to get traffic back to your blog. So whenever you publish a post, ensure you share to to all social platform you have an account with.

FINAL WORDS
Although all these tips listed above are sure to impact positively to your blog, there are other ways in which you can achieve the same goal. An example is to run adverts (Facebook, Google etc) which involves paying an amount of money, so that your brand (blog) will be displayed to targeted users with brief description in form of ads. Hope you enjoyed this post, do well to share with others using the share button below. Thank you for reading my blog post, regularly check back for similar tips.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

All there is to know about Domain/domain-name - Importance in blogging

All there is to know about Domain/domain-name - Importance in blogging

The Internet as a whole is built on the basic principle of domain, which means every web-page on the internet has its own unique domain. If you intend to own a blog/website you must have read somewhere that you cannot do so without a domain address, be it high level domain or sub-domain. In this post, I will be explaining the meaning of domain, domain name, sub-domain. In other to fully understand how the internet works, one has to fully understand how domain works and its important to websites/blogs. I will start by defining what a Domain is, there after give examples of high level domain.

WHAT IS A DOMAIN?

In simple terms, Domain is the general category that a computer on the internet belongs to. Domain is also a collection of DNS (Domain Name System/Services) consisting of a delegated domain name and all its sub-domain. In data processing, it is a form of technical metadata that represent the type of a data item, its characteristics, name and Usage. 

In networking, this is a logical grouping of users and resources; grouped together for ease of administration and security purpose. The most common high level domain are;

.com:    a commercial organization
.edu:    an education establishment
.gov:    a branch of a government of a country or state
.int:     an international organization
.mil:    a branch of the military
.net:     a network
.org:    a non-profit organization

Most countries have unique domains named after their international abbreviation. Example .NG for Nigeria, .UK for the United Kingdom, .CA for Canada… amongst others.

WHAT IS SUBDOMAIN?

In computing, a subdomain is a domain name that has been prefaced with additional parts. In another term, it is a domain name that is hosted on another domain. The most common top domain hosts are;

.blogspot.com:      For blogger websites
.wordpress.com:    For web pages hosted on wordpress platform
.joomla.com          For Joomla Websited

Although subdomain works in the same way as high level domain. It is however advisable for individuals or organizations to own their own high level domain, as it gives your business a professional Look and feel.

WHAT IS DOMAIN NAME? IMPORTANCE IN BLOGGING

Domain Name: The (easy-to-understand) name given to an Internet host computer, as opposed to the numerical IP address. Or, it is a unique, case-insensitive, name (consisting of a string made up of alphanumeric characters and dashes separated by periods), that the DNS maps to IP numbers and other information. Also, a domain name is an identifier of a computer or site on the internet.

Importance Of Having A domain Name

1.     It gives Your blog a professional look: It is said that first impression matters a lot. If you are still using a sub-domain address, people tend not to take you serious. And it also sends away potential advertisers.

2      2.    It makes your web address easy to remember: A custom domain name shortens the length of your address and thus makes it easy to memorize by blog users.

      3.     It gives you easy access to be approved by Ads Network: A custom domain name not only makes your blog address easy to remember, but also makes Ads networks (like google Ads, Propeller Ads, Bidvertiser, Infolinks, etc)  easily approve you. As most Ad network don’t approve blogs on subdomain.

That's all on domain, domain name and also the importance of owning a unique domain name for your brand. No doubt, a professional domain name has numerous benefits, ranging from the impression your brand leaves on potential customers and advertisers. For bloggers, it doesn’t matter the niche you blogging on, having a domain name is as essential as the blog itself.

Monday, 18 September 2017

 3 Best Online and Offline business for youths to engage Themselves

3 Best Online and Offline business for youths to engage Themselves

Recently it was said that Nigeria is out of recession, it is still no guarantee that things would go back to the way the were few years back (when cost of living was not high). However, we are not to be blamed for the country’s current situation, but we are also responsible for the bad choices we make. These bad choices may include Robbery, Kidnapping, cheating, stealing among others. Students are no exception, because we tend to engage in odd jobs just to make ends meet. All these are effects of unemployment, lack of food, increase in prices of goods and services. But what most of us are not aware of is that, while we spend time blaming the Government for the current economic situation. Others are busy making ends meet by engaging themselves in resourceful and legal jobs.

What Is The Way Out?

    We often think that students should only engage in academic activities alone, but with the rate of unemployment in the country every student is advised to have an extra knowledge on other professions or even learn handworks as it helps in ways we cannot imagine. Acquiring extra knowledge/skill gives you an edge over your counter-parts. Having said that, below are some out of numerous jobs a student can engage in and earn some extra cash while still in school. Emphasis shall be laid on Internet related Jobs, this is because I already have some basic knowledge about stuffs online, and I’ll also be writing bases on experience.

1. INTERNET

The internet is s powerful tool for knowledge acquisition, information on the internet assist us in carrying out our research, assignment, projects etc. Also with the internet you can make some legal money, though requires hard work and dedication. I have highlighted some online platform/jobs you can engage yourself with.

BLOGGING: You can engage yourself in blogging while still in school and be making money while at home. The evolution of smartphones have made it easy for anyone to blog on their devices, without necessarily having a PC.
We all have passion (what we love doing). You can create a blog and write on your spare time about things you love doing and still get paid. Many successful bloggers, started blogging as a part time job before fully expanding and becoming full-time bloggers. It all starts from somewhere.

YOUTUBE: On youtube, most of us spend a lot of time watching videos, but do you know that you can also make money from YouTube? Well, you can. Owning a youtube channel is one of the first step you need to engage in. If you Are the type that love creating videos, be it comedy, tutorials or any form of video. You can monetize your youtube channel and publish videos on your it, you get paid for adverts displayed on your channel.

WEB DESIGN:
  Recent advancement in Technology has resulted in organizations, industries, schools etc, to seek a professional website to run their various operations. If you love the internet like I do, then I suggest you enroll for web design classes during vacation and become a webmaster, also if you are a fast learner, you can downloading tutorial videos on web design will go a long way in assisting your mastery of site skeleton.

2. WRITING

If you are the type that likes writing, you can follow it up as a profession. Writing can be of two forms;

Offline writing: Involves writing physically/manually, example writing a novel and offering your work out for sale. Also, there are many essay competitions you can register, and then showcase your writing skills.

Online writing: there are many organizations that are looking for professional writers on their websites/blogs, and are willing to pay for the services you render. Also, you can write an eBook on what you are good at, and offer it for sale online. There are people out there who are willing to pay for the knowledge you have.

3. MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER

 If you like speaking in public places or love advising others, then perhaps it is time for you to take it up as a profession. Speaking in seminars, conferences, forums etc does not only fetch you money, but it also exposes you to the World at large and builds trust between you and the people you relate with.

    In conclusion, all I’ve said are mere words; it all depends on the individual’s motivation. We all have talents, engage in what you love doing and watch how your hardwork pays off. Patience and dedication should be a virtue we should all strive to get. This is because most times we tend to get discouraged and sometimes quit when we fail at our first attempt. I speak from experience, I am a blogger take it from me, it is never easy, set back arises, but our ability to overcome is what makes us strong.