Top 3 Tips to Maximize Social Media for Your Blog

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Most bloggers these days are turning to social media for an audience and traffic to their sites. But there are those who are exhibiting lesser progress on their quest for both. Perhaps what they are doing is wrong. If you want to maximize social media to your blog, here are tips that can be of great help.

Prominent Icons

Make it simple for your readers to read, connect and share by placing the social media icons on top of your website. They should not hunt around just to find the Facebook button or Twitter handle, but should be able to easily click on it.

Use Links Shorteners

With the use of link shorteners, you will gain more access to metrics, which allows you to know how many people have clicked on your buttons and what time. Having this data allows you to experiment various on how to improve your content as well as know the perfect time to post it.

Join Blogger Groups

Blogger groups can provide outstanding resources for blogging problems that you may encounter, especially when it comes to social media. That’s not all! Members of these groups are not only good in providing solutions, but they also like to read other members’ blogs. Being said, this might be a good opportunity for you to gain more traffic and links. But don’t forget to return the favor. If you promote other people’s blogs, they are unlikely to do the same for you again and again.

Blogging is a cool way of expressing your thoughts and experiences over the web. It is also a good opportunity to earn money. Good thing the social media is helping bloggers obtain their goals these days. This is why you need to maximize it so you’d be able to get the benefits it offers.


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Leveraging Proper SEO Practices to Get Your Blog Ranked

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With Google updates and changes that happened in the previous months, marketers are trying to find ways on how to stay on the game and not come out as a loser. But despite the ever-changing algorithms and search engine rules, they were able to come up with ways to make their websites rank. This goes out to people who are maintaining a good ranking for their blogs. Here are proper SEO practices that may be helpful to you.

Write Good Content

Content is almost always the reason why people visit a site. This is why it is important to possess ideal content pages that are specific to a particular topic. Content should also be clear and concise, and should be stated directly in the title tag, content page, URL and alt text image.

Infuse Related Keywords

Keywords matter a lot. For this reason, you should be mindful of the targeted words you use for your content. Ensure that these are what readers aim for, and that they are suitable for your topics.

Include SEO-Friendly Links and Anchor Texts

There is no difference between good and bad content on the web if there are no links. Search engines won’t be able to rank it when people can’t link to it. This will result to less-driven traffic to the website. It is also important to note that links and anchor texts should be SEO friendly for higher ranking.

Be Updated with the Latest SEO News

It is expected that Google and other search engines will be updating their algorithms anytime in the future. With that said, it is best to be ready with all these transitions and leverage SEO best practices to get your blog pages ranked.

By following these tips, you will soon benefit from a high ranking on your blogs.

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A Heartbreaking News: What You Need to Know About the Heartbleed Bug

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While its name seems too trivial to be taken seriously, dismissing this virtual menace as a simple nuisance could be your biggest mistake. We’re not encouraging people to panic but it would be foolish on our end to suggest that they do nothing about this online threat.

So what is this Heartbleed bug? Should we be scared of it? Who may be affected? How do we deal with it? To be enlightened on these concerns, read on.

What is Heartbleed?

It’s a security bug discovered recently that has affected thousands of websites, wireless home routers, Android phones, and other devices that require passwords. In short, it’s an internet flaw that has rendered several websites and devices that rely on passwords for security vulnerable.

What can be affected?

  • Internet networking equipment
  • Tablets and smartphones with Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean OS
  • E-mail, instant messengers, app communication accounts
  • Firewalls
  • Wireless printers and routers
  • Ubuntu Linux

What are safe from Heartbleed?

  • Mac and Windows PCs
  • Linux laptops, desktop units
  • E-mail, web-based, mobile-app communication accounts not meant to be secure
  • Most Android and iOS devices

What can be done to remedy the situation?

To begin with, make it a point to change the passwords for personal accounts on affected web services and websites. Afterward, install updates for devices running on Android Jelly Beans or desktop distributions with Linux OS. In addition, install firmware updates for wireless printers, routers, and firewalls, especially those that you use at home.

Will there be anybody exploiting Heartbleed?

Aside from certain government agencies who have fondness for collecting user information and web traffic, Heartbleed can basically be tapped and exploited by anyone with basic programming skills, especially those who are aching to get their hands on sensitive user data.

To sum it all up: don’t let Heartbleed’s name fool you. It may sound like something that you can simply get over with after a few rounds of beer but in reality, security experts have made it clear that it’s nothing to mess with.

And if you need strong anonymity on the web, the experts suggest that you stay low and away from the internet until the dusts settle or until such a time that people have figured a way to handle this bug’s rampage across the net.



Transforming Your Humble Blog Into a Powerful Moneymaking Machine

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You can use it as a venue for self-expression. Meanwhile, companies use it to build loyal readership. How ever people want to use it, blogs are certainly useful. As a matter of fact, they can be used to generate income on the side. Well, there are actually many others who derive their main income from blogs to the tune of 6 digits!

So if you want to know how to turn your blog into an additional source of money, here are some tips that may come in handy towards achieving that goal:

• Maximise Your Blog for Advertising – When you have about 10,000 unique visitors every month, you surely are putting yourself in a position to draw advertisers under your wing. Sounds impossible? It isn’t really, especially when you focus on only one vital task: producing attention-grabbing content regularly. If you get to do that and more people recognise the value of the information you share, you may be on your way to earn handsomely off advertisers.

• Come Up with a Really Good Product Related to Your Interests – Are you a diehard fan of skateboarding? Perhaps you can sell not-so-popular albeit high-quality skateboards to your readers. Do you know what are the best cosmetic products out on the market? Maybe you can have a stock of such brands and sell them yourself. Do you pride yourself for your exceptional sense of direction and your insatiable wanderlust? Why not offer tour guide services to first-time jetsetters?

• Think About Getting into Affiliate Sales – A perfect option for starting bloggers, all you have to do is recommend a product that you already love to use and make money off such subtle advertising! Doesn’t sound like much but you can actually earn decently this way. However, the one thing you have to remember about affiliate marketing is to never compromise the trust of your readers. So, if you recommend a product or service in your posts, it should really be worthy of your praise so you build an honest and professional reputation.

With these suggestions, you can build a blog that can fatten your pockets in a way that your day job couldn’t. Nevertheless, remember to work on establishing your blog as a reliable source of information first!



Writing Retreats (aka Binge Writing): Pros and Cons

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By Susan Carter

I am at a desk overlooking trees soaking up misty rain. This post represents a spasm of procrastination from the article that I’m writing on what is for me a new area of research interest.

Beside me I have an ambitious stack of reading for the week; I need to get my head round recent literature. In front of me, the laptop, currently showing my resurrected Endnote library—somehow I have lost a more recent version so need to move on and recreate. Around me, other women academics are also writing, including a couple of them finishing their PhD theses, and a couple who are newly graduated and now pumping out articles to meet their post-doc grants’ mandates.

It’s the third day of one of Barbara Grant’s writing retreats for academic women. I have read five articles and skimmed two journals—two books and another five journals sit waiting…

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Handprint: A Way to Counter Footprints

Just read off from today’s Freshly Pressed and I learned an awesome new way to lessen our environmental footprints. And that is through,, which is still in its beta form. To quickly grasp what is it all about, simply watch the video here. Then you can register to try out its features and see if it will fit you. It calculates your environmental impact in tonnes, and encourages you to take certain steps to lessen your tonnes. You can easily share your pledge to friends and family through popular social networking sites. You will actually get points/tonnes when others will also pledge to lessen their impact through your influence. So the more you share, the more opportunity for you to encourage others, and the more handprints will counter footprints. It is a fun way to promote a very good cause, don’t you agree?

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