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what?! blogging 101?!

Posted on the April 14th, 2013 under article marketing,blogging by

Blogging-101

blogging 101.. well, it is mostly about the blogging vocabulary.. basically for you to understand blogs, you need to know the terms blog, platform, domain, and web host.. *aiya karambaaaa! do i need to?* ehemmm.. anyways, once you have mastered these key elements of blogging, you can enter any conversation about blogging with confidence! after you know what exactly a blog is, you will be on your way to passing the final exam of blogging 101. (i never knew there are exams for blogging :-P)

“blog” is short for weblog, which simply means a series of online posts presented in reverse chronological order.. still don’t get it? how do i say this?.. your latest blogpost will be shown on your homepage whenever a visitor drops by your website.. that’s all! most blogs are text only (can be kinda boring), with some blog having graphics and all.. but there are also photo blogs and video blogs.. these are more interactive and “perhaps” gives a better experience to those who doesn’t like to read :-) the rest of blogging 101 has to do with the technical side of things.. *uh-oh.. that sounds difficult!* well, do not fret..

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if you are setting up a blog, you will need a platform like blogger or wordpress, a web host like hostgator or serverfreak, and a domain.. a blogging platform is a computer software program that allows you to write posts and to update your blog.. your platform is also what you use to design the look of your blog, from colour scheme to font size.. the web host is sort of like the virtual file cabinet where your blog is stored.. your computer communicates with the host when you upload or edit a post.. the domain is the online address of your blog (your homepage name), and usually ends in ‘dot com’.. now that you know what a blog is, what a platform is, and what domains and hosts are, congratulate yourself! you have just passed the first phase of blogging 101!

let’s get started now, shall we?

a year has passed..

Posted on the March 12th, 2013 under personal by

as the post title says, it’s been a year since i’ve laid eyes on my blog and updated any posts into it.. there wasn’t any specific reason(s) as to why i didn’t update the blog.. it was just because, i got tired.. and being tied up with so many things that i needed to work on, didn’t actually give me time to update it **so much for giving an excuse to myself not to update the blog 😛 ** perhaps boredom struck and took me along the way..

here i am, back in “action”, writing a blog post after a year has passed.. for most people, a lot of incidents and events would happen within a year – and i couldn’t agree more. lots has happened – good, bad, worse – but it’s all parts and parcel of our lives living in this world.. in summary, i would say the year was all that bad. on the other hand, i can’t say that it was all that good either. i suppose everything happened for a reason and it turned out to be balanced at the end of the day :-)

so, what’s happened to my blog? i really had no idea how “well” it became.. i decided to log into my cpanel and checked out the traffic stats, and to my surprise, it was interesting and surprising. i remember starting this blog some time in Sept 2011, and it didn’t have much traffic on a monthly basis.

in the first 2 months starting the blog, i’d say it wasn’t that bad for a newbie.. the hits were quite high **well, at least for me it was**.. entering Nov 2011 onwards, it began to decline.. i simply couldn’t figure it out why this happened.. i didn’t give up so i continued posting blogs as usual, until mid Mar 2012 .. this was when i began to get tired and was overworked and couldn’t continue to .. well .. update my blog :-) (you can check out the date for my last post below).. i stopped blogging but left it to run on its own without any updates whatsoever..

surprisingly, the traffic was.. err.. consistent? for me, it is! i never thought leaving a website to run for a full year untouched could actually generate such traffic!! no wonder all those “blogging gurus” out there said, no matter how wild or crazy or simple or dead blog you have, CONTENT is very important when you blog.. well, you might say my website is just not worthwhile to be looked at and may just seem like any other ordinary blog.. but to me, this website means something to me.. something precious.. it’s the same feeling you have towards something (or someone) that you dearly have feelings for and find it precious.. **noooo, it’s not “My Precioussssss…” like the LOTR movies.. but you know what i mean**

Again, based from the chart, the year 2013 started off pretty slow.. however, the number of unique visitors went up and number of visits/pages/hits were low.. and from my understanding, this is actually good because the blog is able to target readers or a certain niche.. it’s only mid March now and the stats looks pretty good in comparison to a full month of March 2012. i’m not that good in analyzing these stats but with more unique visitors with less hits/pages, means that there is some worth in this blog. but, i may be wrong :-) i’m always free to hear any comments from any of you out there.. i still feel somewhat or something is missing with the blog..

alrighty then.. looks like it’s going to be an adventurous and exhilarating 2013 ride for me 😀 i have lots to do now.. lots of ideas, planning, deployments, initiation, implementation.. well, u know the drill. i have to admit, it does feel good to know that the blog is making its way up. to my fellow blogger friends and readers out there, wait up for me ok? i know it’s not a rat race out there but it’s nice to have someone around to keep you motivated and driving you towards success.. till my next post!!

a guide to motivation for the struggling internet marketer..

Posted on the March 15th, 2012 under affiliate marketing,internet marketing,making money by

when you are trying to build a business on the internet, you have to maintain the basics such as concentrated effort, action, dedication, etc… BUT.. yes, there’s a “but”.. :-) but before you can have any of those particular qualities, you must be motivated to do something and even conjure those feelings and behaviors. there are a hundred different things that can interfere with your motivation, but then in some ways, that is not even really the point. it does not matter if you are not feeling like working.. if that feeling happens a lot of times, then it means you need to intervene in some manner. there is nothing stopping you from being just like the gurus who made it big, and you can have that super-charged levels of motivation if you want to learn how to get it.

in so many ways, we are no different from all those who have passed before and went on to kill it in IM @ Internet Marketing. so many.. so so many of them have recorded their thoughts about what they accomplished either in eBooks or articles or wherever.. you should perhaps take the time to read what they have to say, and it is not difficult to find these people online. do not sit there and feel bad, depressed or in despair – find a way around it, find a solution or something that works for you..

there are big picture strategies that will help you in your business, such as working to never let things drag you so far down you quit – even for a day. your sense of purpose, direction and motivation must be protected at all times, and that is what you will use your mind to do.. ***ommmmm…(meditation mode) ^_^ *** the moment you let this negative thinking or event take control, you will lose motivation and things will start to go bad.. sometimes really badddddddd!! decide that you are going to improve your mental state, and then incorporate these principles and work on refining them.. slowly, but surely, you’ll get there :-)

you will need to be a bit more careful if you are thinking about veering far and wide with novel business strategies.. the idea here is to focus on proven methods that you understand and work well with, so that you generate enough motivation to do something new. it is natural to feel more like doing something when you can do it well, and that is the advantage of using familiar marketing methods.

once you have a goal and plan of action, then it is a lot easier to know what you need to do without floundering around and guessing what to do or when to do it or.. err.. basically not much guessing on a lot of things..  do NOT be afraid that you cannot do these things for your self, and never forget that you are much more powerful than you will ever realize..!!

THE FORCE IS STRONG IN YOU, MY YOUNG PADAWAN!

how to easily be successful with blog commenting..

Posted on the March 12th, 2012 under blogging,internet marketing by

getting targeted visitors to your website or your blog depends on your actual understanding how to get more exposure – both through the search engines and through other means.. now, when we mention the search engines, we’re talking about ranking well within them.. not just by optimizing your own site but through gaining relevant backlinks. yea.. sure, you have all sorts of means for building backlinks but blog commenting is still one of the strongest methods available to you. of course, one of the problems that you are going to face when you take on blog commenting is choosing the right blogs and having your comments approved. so, i’m writing this article to teach you how to get this done and the steps you need to take.

Read Before Commenting!

it is VERY IMPORTANT that you read a big portion of the blog post that you want to comment on before you actually leave your comments. why? because this is to ensure that your comments do not feel like spam and is impressive enough to be guaranteed to get approved. you don’t have to actually study the post inside out to make your comment, but even getting a general overview of it will definitely help. you want the blog’s owner to have a good impression of you and you won’t get it if you don’t know what your comment is really about..

Use Your Real Picture!

when you are serious about blog commenting, it’s important to have your own Gravatar (click here to find out more about Gravatar) .. and it needs to be your own photo and not just a random image or graphic. you do this so that the bloggers who are the most particular about the readers they deal with will find you genuine and be more likely to approve your comments faster. you don’t want to appear like someone mysterious that’s hidden behind a mask. give the blogger a good reason to believe in you and not just think you’re spamming them.. remember, spamming is badddddddddddddd~~~

Use Short Links!

as you link to your website from blog posts, make sure you’re using a short URL and not the longer one with the extended string of numbers and letters. you do this, because, as most blog owners know, it is the spammers who use the long URLs to send traffic to affiliate landing pages.

So, what are you trying to achieve here?

your goal should be to make yourself seem as genuine as you can so that there won’t be any confusion about you. you should make raising the chances of having your comment approved a top priority.. as you work and focus on this one thing, it will really help you get the job done. you can learn a lot when you leave smart comments on other people’s blogs; not only do you learn how to correctly gain targeted exposure, you learn what other bloggers in your niche are doing and what they care about and your comments can act as a form of direct communication between the two of you. so,.. once you start applying these simple blog commenting tips, you’ll realize that many opportunities are waiting to be unraveled if you use this method in a smart way.

your marketing tools can make or break your business..

Posted on the March 8th, 2012 under internet marketing by

no matter how big or small your business is, the first stages of building and running it are crucial and can really be excruciating. you will need to take into consideration too many things to make sure you are putting your best foot forward. among your priorities should be what marketing strategies to use and how you want these techniques to work for you.. and when it comes to what marketing tools you should use, there are various types you can choose from.

the good thing is that there are lots of advertising companies out there that can help you. so you should choose the right one to use to best fit your needs. the first thing you will need to take a look at is what market you are going to target. you have to understand that any marketing strategy will be useless unless the best market is being targeted.

so it is wise to first make an effort to determine who your potential customers are. after that, it will be easier for you to conceptualize how you can approach and convince them that your services or products are what they need. a good advertiser can make it easier to come up with the appropriate marketing materials that will entice your target market.

you can actually choose among a variety of ad materials. you can go for banners, brochures, flyers, pamphlets as well as billboards. it is also important that you know, however, that advertising companies are typically not the best designers you can find. choosing an advertiser to solely take care of your ads may not necessarily give you the best results. what you can do about this is to decide on the design to be used and let the company make adjustments to it, to make it more attractive.

using an online advertising company is a good option, as communication will be easier. they will also offer you great customization options. they can incorporate your ideas to a specific project. in addition, they may adjust the types of materials to use to suit your budget without sacrificing the quality. so, can your marketing tools make or break your business..? you decide! :-)