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Four Ways To Monetise Your Blog

Posted on May 20, 2013

blog tipsSometimes all that it takes to make some money is to be creative. If you have a blog, you have a gold mine that can bring enough gold to enable you lead a comfortable life. Rather than use the blog just to talk about stuff, what if you got a bit creative and decided to monetise it?

This article will discuss 4 ways to monetise your blog.

Take Advantage of Amazon Reviews
Amazon.com is one of the largest and most trusted online shops in the world and you can take advantage of commissions given to people who refer others to the site. Let’s assume you take some time and write a really good review on a product, post the review on your blog and then add a product link that leads the reader to Amazon. The moment they buy that product or any other after having clicked on your link to end up in Amazon, you get paid. This is one way to monetise your blog.

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5 Ways to Improve WordPress Load Times

Posted on April 29, 2013

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wordpress speedAttracting and maintaining high quality traffic is the ultimate goal for any site owner – and speed is a huge factor.

We’ve all heard the statistics about user patience … if the site doesn’t load virtually instantly, the visitor will simply move on to the next website.

A website with fast load times will always capture more traffic from search engines. In this age of browsers with support for multiple tabs, users are fond of concurrently loading several items from search engine results in several tabs. This means that the user will start by visiting the site that loads first and may never go to the other results if he gets what he was looking for. Even Google places importance on search results with sites that load fastest.

Good news, is that if you have a WordPress site, there are a few things you can do to increase the speed of your site.

Here are 5 ways to improve your WordPress load times.

1. Plugins
Plugins require extra time to be loaded when a user visits your site. This means that you should get rid of those that you no longer need.

2. Choose a Speedy Theme
Different themes have different load times. You should therefore test them and choose the one that takes the shortest time to load.

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Top 3 Benefits of Google Webmaster Tools for Website Owners

Posted on April 19, 2013

google webmaster toolsWhether you already have a website, or looking to get one online soon, you need to know what there are some tools that you just can’t do with out – and Google Webmaster Tools is one of those.

There are things you need to know, often on a daily basis, to ensure your website is optimised and functioning as expected. This can include details about who is visiting your website every day, where they come from, which errors they run into while browsing your website, and more helpful information.

Finding out these details used to require buying paid traffic analysis scripts or software in the past. But now thanks to Google Webmaster Tools, you can discover all this information about your website for free.

As a free service offered by Google, you can add  an unlimited number of websites to your Webmaster Tools account to see all this detailed information.

Here are the Top 3 Benefits of using Google Webmaster Tools.

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9 Reasons to Use WordPress to Run Your Website

Posted on April 12, 2013

WordPress Web HostingWithout further a do, let’s jump right into it.

1: WordPress is unbelievably easy to use, and very simple in design.
- Meaning that anyone can make a site, and figure out how to make a site without any technology knowledge.

2: Even though it is so simple to use, you can make really beautiful sites using templates.
- WordPress has hundreds if not thousands of templates available. They are fully customisable too.

3: It’s quick to get started. Your site is up and running almost immediately.
- Due to its simplicity, WordPress is quick to setup. Especially if you have the right WordPress web hosting provider.

4: Google loves WordPress.
- When someone performs a search on Google, Google loves WordPress site and blogs which use categories, tags, posts and pages for information.

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How to Update Your WordPress Blog from Your Smartphone

Posted on April 4, 2013

Wordpress HostingWhat’s the point of blogging with WordPress if you never seem to be where the action is? You need to be right there, but your computer is just sitting at home. But you do have your smartphone — it’s sitting in your pocket right now.

Share your photos, videos and thoughts as they happen. It doesn’t matter what smartphone you use, there’s an app for everything. This allows you access to the WordPress content management system even when you are miles away from home.

A Download Away
Simply visit your app market and search for WordPress. The WordPress app is remarkably similar across all platforms and features. Once the app pops up on your screen, all you have to do is log-in with an existing username and password.

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Google Reader is dead. Here are the 5 best RSS Alternatives

Posted on March 28, 2013

Many people love Google Reader but as every good thing comes to an end, so has Google Reader.

Google announced the end of Google Reader, and it has left a lot of users in dread, and needing to find an alternative.

Luckily, there are many other RSS services available as an alternative to Google Reader – here are the best five in our view.

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Feedly: This is a free service that is available as an extension for safari and chrome browser, this service is also available for iPhone and Android via App. Its work great on tablets and mobile, and looks great on the web also.

 

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Making the Right Choice for Keywords

Posted on March 22, 2013

KeywordsIt can be a very hard task to choose the appropriate keywords to optimise your website. The reason being the thousands of possibilities available to choose from.

The objective of course, is to have your website ranked as high as possible to capture the maximum amount of visitors. Every page of your website should be seen as an opportunity to optimise for a new keyword. Doing so, will further increase your audience.

Here are some tips for keyword selection:

  1. Start with generic keywords and expand outwards.
  2. Use the Google Keyword Tool which is a great tool to evaluate the search volume of selected keywords.
  3. A keyword density analyser can also help identify how many times a keyword appears in a document.
  4. If the content is connected to a certain location then it is necessary to mention the location in the keyword phrase. Continue reading →