Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Commenting on Other Blogs vs Guest Blogging

Time is a very precious thing my dear friend and you cannot afford to misuse it, Can you? How efficiently we use it is very important not only to bloggers but for all the living creatures present in earth. So while choosing any mean to promote your blog, you should be very careful about how efficiently it will work for you. Okay, have you heard any advice about commenting on other blogs or about guest blogging yet? YES! We all have. Honestly you have to choose between these two because both will not work for you. Choosing between these two is a tough task and you need some serious help to do so.

Just go through these points to learn which of these two is really going to work.

Commenting on Other Blogs


Pros:
  • Commenting on other's blog will really going to strengthen the relationship between two of you.
  • By commenting on other's blog, you will get a precious link to your blog but with nofollow tag.
  • If the blog on which you are commenting is ridiculously popular, you are going to get tons of traffic from it.
  • Time consumption for commenting on other's blog is relatively small compared to guest blogging.


Cons:
  • The link you get for commenting on other's blog is with nofollow tag, which make it completely useless for page ranking.
  • Don't expect unexpected traffic from comments on other's blog.
  • Efficiency of Comments made on other's blog is ridiculously small.

Guest Blogging


Pros:
  • Guest Blogging is such a thing in which both the side have their own share of profit (i.e. writer gets a precious backlink and publisher gets a nice content for free).
  • SEO benefits is one of the main benefits you will get from guest blogging.
  • Well planned guest blogging will give you tons of targeted traffic.
  • It can enhance your online visibility and will give you some exposure.
Cons:
  • Honestly there is not any serious con for guest blogging expect the time of submitting the guest post is wasted  if the post got rejected.

Conclusion


Well it really depends on the circumstances but if you ask me, I would prefer guest blogging over commenting on other's blog. Guest blogging will probably kill some of you time but it worth trying. Comments can be used as completely other way. It can be used as a strong communicating tool for some serious networking. But it always up to you! Come on, use some of your creativity too give some valuable suggestions about this face-off in the comment section below.

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

20 Google Tools That Will Blow Your Mind

Do you have searched anything in Google yet? YES! We all did it. Let me tell you very frankly, I am a die hard fan of Google's search engine. What if I tell you that I have something that will make your search experience much easier. It is Google tools.
There are many pages about Google tools on the web. But no one seems to satisfy my need and that's why I have decided to compile this list. This post is something I called monster list, and it took me over 1 week to write. Here is a list of some common and useful Google tools which I think you will find helpful.


1. Google's Site: Operator


Site: operator tells Google to show all the results indexed for the given url. E.g. site:blogiesta.com will show all the results crawled by Google for blogiesta.com. And you can always use combinations with the site: operator to enhance your experience.

2. Google's Inurl: Operator

 

Inurl: operator tells Google to show all the results in which url contains the given text. It works awesome with the site: operator. E.g. site:blogiesta.com inurl:domain will show all the results crawled by Google for blogiesta.com in which url contains the text “domain”.

3. Google's Intitle: Operator


Intitle: operator tells Google to show all the results containing the given text in the <TITLE></TITLE> tag. E.g. intitle:money will show all the results crawled by Google in which the <TITLE></TITLE> tag contains the text “money”.

4. Google's Filetype: Operator


Now imagine a situation when you want a compact pdf file but you see a bunch of html documents in Google search results. Irritating huh! Well you can use filetype: operator to smile. What it does is tell Google that you need only a certain document. E.g. filetype:doc blog will show all the results crawled by Google related to the term “blog” in doc format.

5. Google's Cache: Operator


The cache: operator can be used to see the Google's cached version of the web page for any given url. This cached version may differ from the actual page. E.g. cache:www.blogiesta.com will show the Google's cached version of Blogiesta. Check it out for a real experience.

6. Google's Define: Operator


This is something that I use most, mostly daily. If you add define: operator in your query, it will show the most precise definition of your query. It can be used as educational purposes and can eliminate those bulky and time consuming traditional dictionary. E.g. define:miscellaneous will define the word “miscellaneous”.

7. Google's Info: Operator


Like its name, If you add info: operator with any url, it will show you some information about the given url. In some point it can come handy, but in my opinion it is not that helpful. E.g. info:dailyblogtips.com will give some info about that website in the results.

8. Google's Link: Operator


Ever wondered who & how many bloggers have backlinked you in their content. I have a solution for you. It is as simple as searching on Google.
Just use the link: operator before the given url and it will show all the pages that have pointed to this url. E.g. link:www.blogiesta.com will show all the results crawled by Google that have linked to www.blogiesta.com somewhere in their content.

9. Google's Related: Operator


If you start your query with related: operator, then Google's search result will show all the results crawled by Google that has content related to the given url. E.g. related:www.problogger.net will show all the results crawled by Google that has something relevant to problogger.net i.e. blogging.

10. Google's Custom Search


Ever got frustrated, when you can't see any search box in your favorite website. Don't worry, make your own custom search on Google. Sounds tricky huh? Soon you gonna prove yourself wrong.
Just you have to use the site: operator followed by your query. E.g. site:www.blogiesta.com wordpress will show all the results crawled by Google for blogiesta.com related to the term “wordpress”.


11. Google's Quote Operator


You can search any query with quote operator on Google. What it will do is show you all the results containing your exact text somewhere in the page. E.g. “good domain name” will show all the results crawled by Google exactly containing the text “good domain name” some where in the page.


12. Google's OR Operator


It is a operator which I think can really prove itself a useful tool. Using OR operator between any two queries in Google search will show the pages in which both the queries or either two of them appears somewhere in the content. Google will eliminate the pages in which neither of them are present. E.g. automatic OR manual will show all the results crawled by Google in which both the words or either two of them appears somewhere in the content of that page.



13. Google's Dash [-] Operator



You can search your query with dash [-] operator on Google. What it will do is tell Google to search for any term except the given term. E.g. -blogging will show all the results crawled by Google in which the term “blogging” does not appear.


14. Google's Tilde [~] Operator


Using tilde [~] operator before your query will not only search for your query but also search for the synonyms of your query. E.g. ~worthy tips will show all the results crawled by Google related to the word “worthy tips”, “admirable tips”, “valuable tips”, etc.

15. Google's Asterisk [*] Operator


You can also search your query with asterisk [*] operator on Google. What it will do is leave a blank space in the text allowing Google to fill it. E.g. top * famous personalities will show all the results crawled by Google related to the text “top * famous personalities” some where in the page where * can be replaced by literally anything.


16. Google's Range [..] Operator


The range [..] operator is simply used to include a range in your query, i.e. some numerals or price. E.g. canon camera $100..$400 will show all the available Canon cameras in the given price range.

17. Google's In Operator


The in operator is used to restrict the search results for your query using different operators. Restriction is different for different  operators. Like-
  • inanchor: operator is used to restrict the search results to the pages containing the query in the anchor text.
  • inurl: operator is used to restrict the search results to the pages containing the query in the url of the page.
  • intext: operator is used to restrict the search results to the pages containing the query anywhere in the text.
  • intitle: operator is used to restrict the search results to the pages containing the query in the title of the page.

18. Google's Allin Operator


The allin operator is used to restrict the search results for your all queries using different operators. Restriction is different for different  operators. Like-
  • allinanchor: operator is used to restrict the search results to the pages containing all your queries in the anchor text.
  • allinurl: operator is used to restrict the search results to the pages containing all your queries in the url of the page.
  • allintext: operator is used to restrict the search results to the pages containing all your queries anywhere in the text.
  • allintitle: operator is used to restrict the search results to the pages containing all your queries in the title of the page.

19. Tips and Tricks


Ok, lots of operators now. I will give you some real life Google search tips and tricks that will really blow your mind and simplify your search experience forever.

  • Want to know about the cast of any movie? Just search the name of the movie followed by the word “cast”. A nice bar will appear just below the search box. All casts are arranged in a row, which look uber cool. E.g. National Treasure cast will show you all the cast of the movie.
  • Want to know about the weather of any place in the world? Just search weather followed by the name of the place. E.g. weather Boston will show you the current weather and forecast of the Boston city, MA, USA.
  • Want to know about the current time of any place in the world? Just search time followed by the name of the place. E.g. time Boston will show you the current time of the Boston city, MA, USA.
  • With Google, nearly any task is possible with few words of typing. You can instantly convert any unit to any unit with a mere search. Just type 1st unit in 2nd unit. E.g. meter in yard will show a tiny little box in which you can convert any unit to almost any unit.
  • Party is not over... You can also convert currency with Google search. Just type 1st currency in 2nd currency. E.g. INR in USD will convert your amount from Indian Rupees to US dollar.
  • Is any surprise left? YES! Google has also online calculator. Just search the word “calculator” and you are done. It will show a scientific calculator which will come handy in case you don't have any calculator with you.

20. Google's Search


Most important Google operator is still to come. It is simply the Google search. Yeah! I am not joking. I think it is the most used operator in the Google searches. It is your query, YES! Billions of queries are made daily on Google accessing the contents of billions of pages with the query operator only. When you type your query on Google search box it simply tell Google to show all the results related to that keyword.

Do you really think Google got only these operators? There are tons of it, you just need to be updated about new Google trends. Just use the Google Search wisely and you will get your required information you need. Hope that this article have helped you a lot. Any further question or feedback are most welcomed. If I have forgotten anything then kindly suggest me in the comment section below.

Monday, 13 May 2013

How to Make Money Online with Little Investment- zacjohnson.com

You are new to blogging or affiliate marketing , don't know ins and out about it, don't have too much money to invest, lack of experience, lack of time (i.e. you are part timer) and all these stuffs. But you still want to make money online. I understand, its every internet entrepreneur's dream to earn money online. But why don't I earn? It is the burning question. Yes!
Don't worry, while searching some interesting stuff on the web I found something in the Zac Johnson's blog. If you are in affiliate marketing for some time now, you have probably heard about Zac Johnson and if you haven't then you probably living under the rocks. He is one of the greatest affiliate marketer of all time. I found a article series titled - "How to Make Money Online with Little Investment". Here is the beginning of the post as an introduction.
When it comes to making money online you have a lot of options, but each of them is special in their own way. Some will take more money to get started, others will take time and some will require you to learn processes and know what methods work and which don’t.
 Before we just into a method (and three part series) that you can start using to earn your first few dollars online with a very small investment, let’s take a look at some of the most popular online business models right now. 
Just check it out, it will help you a lot and most important you will love it!

The 3 Part Series


ENJOY!

Friday, 10 May 2013

10 Mistakes Which Most New Bloggers Do


As the title indicates, this post belongs to new bloggers (including me!).  As new to blogging, I try my level best to avoid these mistakes. But believe me you will commit these mistakes at some point in your first year. I especially want to write this post for me, as it will keep reminding me about these mistakes so I could avoid it.


1. Over Complicate Your Blog


This is the most common mistake the most bloggers do. Just Don’t use too many useless plugins. These will do nothing but confuse your visitors, which you could not afford at this stage. Trust me blog rolls, tag clouds, link lists does not really works. I didn't try it myself but have read it somewhere that too many social following options also confuse visitors. Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, RSS and Email is good enough.

2. Not Starting to Make Relations


Relations are the base of a successful blogging. Even a good relation with your competitor can give you some success. Never miss this trump card. All bloggers rely on each other, and cannot live without each other. Imagine when all blogger will stop linking or commenting each other’s blog. Then all the blogs will be ranked bottom by the search engines. Commenting can also help you out by strengthening the relations.

3. Please Start Guest Blogging


As search engines are updating their algorithm periodically, any other linking strategies are becoming obsolete. It is only guest blogging which is still in business. Guest blogging is the only type in which both the parties have their advantages. The publisher get a free content for publishing, writer gets a wider reach to new audience and a precious backlink.

4. Using illegitimate ways to drive traffic


It is the one of the worst thing present on the web. Using such ways is highly not recommended. What it will give is just a hollow success which is definitely unwanted. If you are using CPM model, it will give you some profit but soon your account will be blocked if your ad provider identifies your traffic source. Also if you use any paid service you will get nothing but a bulk useless traffic not interested in your blog and content.

5. Practice link exchange


I am not telling that this is a mistake. I am just trying to warn you that you should do link exchange in a proper manner. Search engines are pretty smart to identify it, and if they do it will affect your ranking. The smartest way to practice link exchange is using nofollow tag. What it will do is tell search engines that not to follow that link to index that page. You could still exchange your traffic, which will in turn benefit you a lot.

6. Monetizing Your Infant Blog


Most bloggers start a blog; put some content in it and then ads, lots of ads. Most of them put ads and affiliate links in the blog, then check out their earnings every day. This will do nothing but put you in depression. In early days, your blog will not have too much traffic. So you could not expect even decent cash from it. You may over complicate your blog with too many ads, which could cost you your readers.

7. Lack Of Positive Approach


Most of the new bloggers do the things wrong (including approach). They get afraid of the tough online competition and left their efforts apart. But you know what, Keep doing the hard work with positive approach and most important love your work! Success cannot run away. Just give some time to your efforts to work and soon you will see the results.

8. Not Having a Professional Logo and Favicon


If your blog is new, yet to hold the grip in the web! Please do spend some time on logo and favicon designing. Your website’s logo is the first thing new visitors see and can say a lot about your blog. I think you have heard the quote- “First impression is the last impression”. Also favicon can help you to stand out of the crowd in your reader’s bookmark list.

9. Using too Much of SEO


SEO is very good for your blog. But using too much SEO will make your blog search engine friendly not reader friendly. And I don’t think so search engine’s priority is over reader’s priority. Over optimizing your blog with SEO will make your blog nothing but more mechanical. Using SEO is good but I will recommend using SEO in the right way.

10. Becoming Someone Else


I think this is the most common problem for the newbies. They want to be someone else who is cooler, smarter and famous than him. If I do like him I will also become famous, wrong! That won’t make you better but will confuse your readers. So be you, be easy with making mistakes and grow your style on the go.

Link Tips


Looking forward for your blogging tips in the comment section below.

Monday, 6 May 2013

Word War III: Finding a Good Domain Name

Well, by the time you will start searching a domain name, you will understand the meaning of the title. Guys who have gone through this process knows how hard is to get a new good domain name (especially .com) now a days. I personally think that the .com availability is heading towards extinction. Gone are those days when internet was accessed by few tech savvy geeks. Now a days, domain can be registered for as low as $10 and internet can be accessed for as low as $5 pm. So why shouldn't there be shortage of good domain name in the planet with population over 7 billion.

Tricks to Secure a Good Domain Name


But with some tips and tricks it is possible to get a good looking domain. Some tricks you should know before you register your domain name:
  • Always use a word dictionary to find a suitable name (but remember to keep it simple).
  • Word merging trend is becoming more and more popular (e.g. blogiesta.com, blogtrepreneur.com)
  • I admit .com is king, but don't stick to it. Try some different domain extensions. There are tons available.
  • Start hunting for expired domains. You can use free services such as NameJet.
  • If you have spare money, try to buy some high end domains by contacting the owner directly.
  • Also You can use domain name search website to search available name which you have never thought.
  • At last and most important, use your creativity. There always a name available.
Best of luck for your domain name search. Remind me of any tricks which I have forgotten in the comment section below.

Friday, 3 May 2013

Welcome to Blogiesta, We are live now!


Hello guys! after a long wait I have purchased my first domain (blogiesta.com). Now we are live on Blogger.
Now, Little about my self. My name is Satyajit Chatterjee. Currently I am living in Varanasi, India studying Computer Science. I may not be a good writer but I assure you that I will learn a lot during my journey with you.
About knowledge, I have learned & studied a lot about Computer Science, Blogging, Programming, SEO, etc. I would put all my knowledge and experience on this blog to serve you.
I know, right now you not gonna read this post because I am not quite famous. But I am confident enough that someday you will come here to see what was my first post!
In the modern age of Internet, even a great optimized content might get lost on the Internet. Keeping that in mind I have created Blogiesta, where you can find some simple yet effective tips by which your blog will stand out of crowd.
Blogiesta will cover some of common topics like:

  • Blogging Basics
  • Domain Name
  • Designing
  • SEO
  • Link Building
  • Monetizing
  • Wordpress
  • Some Miscellaneous Cool Stuffs

Wish me good Luck! Thank You.