Archive for October, 2012
It’s Halloween in the United States (and much of the rest of the world). As such, people are gathering together for parties, going trick or treating and telling scary stories.
In that spirit, last week on Performancing I discussed legal nightmares that can happen to you and your blog. Specifically, there were three scenarios that, while sounding like nothing more than legal theory, actually happened to one or more bloggers.
In that spirit, here are five more practical horror stories to keep you awake when it comes to your blog. Best part of all is that I don’t have to give specific examples because each and every one of these have happened not once or twice, but hundreds, if not thousands, of times.
So if you’re wondering about the gruesome ways your blog can be mangled, kidnapped or killed, here are just five of the more common (and more sudden) ways to consider. Read More
Couponing is the easiest and smartest way to clip your way to big savings. If you’re very good at it like some bloggers are, you may go home with a bag full of free groceries every time you visit the store. Sure it maybe an extra can of tomato sauce or tuna you may not need at the moment, but stocking up your pantry with food won’t exactly hurt your budget.
Growing up we may remember our moms clipping away at flyers and newspapers for rebates. Today, all we need to do is go online and find printable and reedemable coupons.
With the economic downturn, there’s no shame in becoming quite frugal or crazy with the coupons, as you might have notice coupons have an interesting way of popping up on the internet- you have these extreme couponing sites, your fave mommy blogs and online deal sites like cheapsally.com to thank for! These sites update you with their latest coupon finds on the web, they even have digital coupon holders where you can sort the value of your coupons and best of all, you can even go out and trade coupons with other pennypinching bloggers.
Bloggers may also stretch their dollars not just on food, but on personal hygiene products and other wares. In the long run, the money you save through couponing, can free up your wallet to buy items you really need.
And when you do finally get to redeem those online coupons at the supermarket, don’t forget to be kind to the cashier, after all you are going home fully loaded with freebies.
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You may have noticed that the SEO game has become a lot more difficult lately… Mostly due to the recent algorithm updates like the Penguin and, like always, due to the ever-growing competition for valuable keywords.
However, some things remain unchanged. For instance, you still need to find a way to let Google know which keywords you’re targeting.
The fact is that Google can figure this out on their own, kind of (through links, and social media interaction), but introducing some good on-page SEO can make things a lot quicker.
You have to be careful, though. Google now openly admits that they discourage all forms of active link building, and probably any other type of active SEO work as well.
So how to overcome this and not get in trouble? Read More
Congratulations, you’ve started a blog. So has everyone else in the neighborhood as well as their dogs. While you can’t lay claim to being the first blogger, you can build a blog that’s better than any other in your writing realm.
Here are seven ways to outshine your competition in any blogging niche:
1. Great Bloggers Have Authority
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That’s right. If you plan to outshine the competition, you must have a well-rounded understanding of your blog’s subject matter. Want to start a food blog? Learn how to effectively use ingredients and create new recipes rather than regurgitating overly-circulated online recipes.
If you aren’t an expert on a particular post topic, find experts in the field and interview them. This brings an authoritative voice to the blog and provides value for readers. Read More
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Lots of people engage themselves in creating their own Blogs with zest but their enthusiasm fades away with time. Just like how we experience extreme joy at times in life, blogging also has its own peak periods. Slowly as time passes by, we stop visiting our blogs. Very few have that energy in them to consistently maintain their blogs. I have my own blog and have been successfully maintaining it for a couple of years now. I can share a few tips with you on how to maintain a blog successfully. You can also motivate yourself for writing good quality content without losing interest. Read More
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Choosing the WordPress theme might be difficult. Everybody has a genial idea to look for hot topics, but a page that looks exactly like Facebook or Twitter will not only be ridiculous, but it also show bad taste and lack of originality. This is why it is important to come with a brilliant idea, and to have a great, original, unique and pleasant theme.
It is important to establish the purpose of your blog before choosing a theme. For online portfolios, you should have an elaborated plan, and you will also need to be patient, as those blogs need some time before gaining the expected recognition.
Even if you think about a programmer, it will cost you some money. Whether you want to choose a predefined theme, or you want a new theme created especially for your blog, you must know that there are advantages and disadvantages for each one of those methods. Read More
If you want to make your website into a huge success then you need to really focus on your content. The content is the reason that people will come to your website in the first place, and the content is what will keep them there if it’s good. At the same time, your content is crucial for SEO because this is what Google will search in order to connect their users to the right content.
So in other words then, if you can write quickly and if you can write well, then you’ll find you quickly gain a more loyal user base and that Google starts sending more traffic your way.
Now teaching someone how to write well who doesn’t have natural ability can be an uphill struggle. When it comes to writing quickly though there are many little tips that can be very helpful. Here we will look at some of them in order to help you pump out twice the content and promotional material in half the time. Read More
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Social media is an excellent resource for every type of business—brick and mortar, online, or both. Twitter is one of the biggest social media networks out there, which means you’re missing out if you aren’t maximizing your tweeting potential. Here’s how to get more Twitter followers for your business, both the easy way and the hard way.
1. The Easy Way – Buying Your Followers
Social media can feel like a popularity contest—people judge the importance and prestige of their peers based on a single number: how many followers. The more followers you have, the easier it is to accrue even more followers. But how do you get people interested in the first place, when you’re just starting out? One shortcut that’s been gaining momentum recently is the practice of buying Twitter followers. If you want to buy some fake followers to raise your profile, all you need to do is visit one of the many third-party websites offering the service, enter your credit card number and Twitter handle, and you could gain thousands of “fans” over the course of a couple days. Prices vary, though it tends to be relatively inexpensive: some sites offer 1,000 followers for only $5. Though the practice is technically against Twitter’s terms of service, it’s incredibly widespread; high percentages of even the most famous tweeters’ followers are fake. Read More
And just like that, we’re looking at another weekend. How did your week go? I hope it was not as rough as mine!
If you can really use a nice gig to add to your income, take a look at the highlights from this week’s Job Board.
Gluten Free Republic is looking for a freelance blogger to work remotely. What they need is a witty writer who can provide original content. If you have some background in the food industry, that will be a plus.
Shared hosting, at its most fundamental level, is when many different websites share the same physical server and its resources. It is easily the most common form of hosting on the planet and the one used by nearly all of the largest hosts including GoDaddy, Dreamhost, Bluehost, etc.
While this might sound like a bad approach to hosting, it’s actually a very good one for many, if not most sites.
Simply put, the majority of websites don’t require that much space, bandwidth or server resources and they can fit in a tiny fraction of a reasonably powerful server. It’s not until sites grow significantly in terms of traffic or size that they begin to need more resources than what a shared hosting account can provide.
However, as you might imagine, the format does come with more than a few drawbacks. In many ways, shared hosting is an ugly business and there are some universal truths about the practice that you just can’t avoid, not if you don’t want to spend more than $10 per month on hosting.
With that in mind, here are five of the darker truths about shared hosting and what you need to know about them.