Tag Archives: blogging

30 Nov

15 Best Tools To Write Epic Content

Tools To Write Epic Content

When it comes to content research, there are a lot of resources available all over the web to help you write epic content. From keyword research tools to content ideas, you can find tools to help with every step of writing the blog post. With these tools, you would be able create epic content that is search friendly and at the same time would grab people attention to your blog.

Tools To Write Epic Content

So, let’s take a look at best 15 Tools to Write Epic Content:

1) Factbrowser: Factbrowser is google for data research. You can find all kind of research statistics there to use in your articles. The data can be broken down by topic, country, source, format, or demographic.

2) Evernote: Evernote helps you to take notes on the go easily. It works with nearly every computer, and mobile device out there. So that means, you can access your data anytime and anywhere.

3) Google AdWords Keyword Tool: Every content research starts with keywords. The Google AdWords: Keyword Tool is the best free keyword tool available in the market. You can find out which keywords are searched more than others based on broad, exact or phrase match volumes, in a particular area.

4) Qualaroo: With Qaularoo, you can easily survey your customers or readers to find out answers to any of the questions.

5) Quora or LinkedIn Discussions or Yahoo Answers: Find out what are the frequently asked questions and what type of content could be useful to your customers. You can write around those topics.

6) Topix: Topix is a great resource to find content ideas. The site categorized the news and events on the basis of user location.

7) Soolve: Soolve displays keyword suggestions from up to 15 different sites. All you need to do is to write a keyword and this tool will suggest keywords from sites such as Google, Answers, Amazon, eBay, etc.

8) Ubersuggest: Ubersuggest is a free tool like Soolve to get keyword ideas from Google and other suggest services.

9) CreativeCommons: Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing & use of creativity & knowledge through free legal tools. So, next time if you need to use any picture in a blog post, just head over to Flickr and use any CreativeCommon licensed photo that are free to be used commercially. All you need to do is to provide credit to the artist.

10) Spezify: Spezify is a social search engine to find out what is being shared on social media. This tool creates a visual search of related tweets, music, images, etc.

11) Jing: Jing helps you to take screenshots of your computer screen and record screencasts(onscreen video).

12) Google Correlate: Google Correlate finds search patterns which correspond with real-world trends.

13) Wordle: With Wordle, you can write amazing looking word clouds to use in your blog posts.

14) Slideshare: Slideshare is a great platform to create your presentations and share in your articles.

15) Google Alerts: Google Alerts is a free tool to monitor the latest news in your niche by keywords to help you come up with new topics to write about.

So, what are your favorite tools?

24 Sep

11 Best WordPress Plugins To Improve the Security of your Blog

WordPress Security Plugins

 

WordPress is one of the most popular platform for millions of sites all over the world. Though WordPress is a secure piece of software but there is always a concern among bloggers to improve the security of their WordPress blog. As WordPress is a Open Source software, everybody has access to its Source Code and thus it is a prime target for hackers.

WordPress Security Plugins

But with little effort, you can protect your WordPress website using following Security plugins:

1) Wordfence Security:

Wordfence Security is a free security plugin that provides firewall protection, continuous anti-virus scanning, malicious URL scanning and live traffic updates including crawlers for your WordPress blog. It sends you a Email everytime if somebody tries to access your admin area, or if you have a maliciois link on your blog. This plugin will lock out users after ‘n’ no. of unsuccessful login attempts. You can also block certain IPs from the plugin itself. Wordfence Security Plugin can verify & repair your core, theme & plugin files, even if you don’t have backups.
It is one stop solution for your Security needs on WordPress platform.

2) WP Email Login:

For better security on your WordPress blog, set your username to something random, and then just forget it and use your email address instead to log into your WordPress with the help of this plugin.

3) Google Authenticator:

The Google Authenticator WordPress plugin provides you 2-Step authentication using the Google Authenticator application for Android/iPhone/Blackberry. You can also try IM Login Dongle that adds two way authentication via selected instant messenger.

4) Bulletproof Security:

It provides one-click .htaccess WordPress security protection and protects your WordPress site against XSS, CRLF, CSRF, RFI, Base64, Code Injection and SQL Injection hacking attempts.

5) VIP Scanner:

It scans all sorts of themes and files and things for any problems or malicious code injected into your templates.

6) WP Updates Notifier:

If you don’t log into your WordPress dashboard regularly, then this plugin is for you. It sends email to notify you if there are any updates for your WordPress website such as core updates, plugin and theme updates.

7) Exploit Scanner

This plugin searches the files on your WordPress site, active plugins and the posts and comments tables of your database for anything suspicious and notifies the administrator for all the changes.

8) WordPress Sentinel

Another plugin that tracks all files in a WordPress installation (core, themes, plugins) & notifies the administrator of any files that have changed in any way.

9)Login Dongle

Login Dongle adds an extra layer of security on your blog by means of a security question on the Admin area.

10) Lockdown WP Admin

This plugin can hide wp-admin and wp-login as well as add HTTP auth to the login system. You can change the WordPress Login URL and when someone tries to access http://yourwebsite.com/wp-admin/, it will show a 404 error page instead of redirecting to the login page. As most of the hacking attempts are auto-generated on wp-admin URL, this plugin can add an extra layer of security.

11) Secure WordPress

Secure WordPress improves the security of your WordPress website by removing error information on login pages, adds index.html to plugin directories, hides the WordPress version & much more.

12) Login Security Solution

This plugin provides security against brute force attacks by tracking IP, name, and passwords. Idle timeout. Maintenance mode lockdown.

Share your thoughts about which plugin you’re using to improve the security of your WordPress site.

20 Sep

Blogging Statistics 2012 (Infographic)

Blogging Statistics 2012

 

Blogging.org has done a research on Blogging in the United States. The research was done among 1000 bloggers across the US to find the answers in the domain of Blogging.
Here are some of the interesting facts on the state of Blogging in 2012:

- There are an estimated 31,000,000 bloggers in the United States as of July 2012.
- There are 42 Million blogs on WordPress.com.
- 60% Businesses have a business or company blog.
- Only 8% of people earn enough money via Blogging to support their family.
- Approx. 81% never earn more than $100.

Blogging Statistics 2012

09 Sep

Best Affiliate Programs For Bloggers

Affiliate site

 

What is Affiliate Marketing?

Affiliate Marketing is a type of Performance-based marketing in which a business rewards affiliates for each visitor or sale brought by the affiliate’s own marketing efforts. Affiliates/Publishers earn commission when someone clicks on affiliate links and/or making a purchase.

The best part of Affiliate Marketing is that you don’t need any inventory or logistics to handle. All you need is a website to promote products/services and add the respective affiliate links. You can earn anywhere between 1-80% per sale for your affiliate marketing efforts.

Affiliate site

Check out Different Types of Affiliate Marketing For Your Website:

1) Affiliate Networks

Amazon Affiliate Program: One of the most popular and largest affiliate network where you can earn 4-25% per sale referred from your account. They have a huge list of products across almost all range of categories. Minimum Payout by Check is $100 but you can get Amazon Gift Certificate or direct deposit into your account once your income reaches $10.

Google Affiliate Network: It is an aggregate marketplace for 1000s of affiliate programs from different companies. Each program is managed by individual affiliate program manager. After signing up for Google Affiliate Network, you need approval from each affiliate company manager to showcase their products and earn money. Commission varies company to company. Minimum payout is $100.

Linkshare: LinkShare topped the 2012 Blue Book of Top 20 Affiliate Networks. It is a fantastic affiliate directory that provides thousands of affiliate programs from companies in thousands of markets and categories.

ShareASale: ShareASale claimed the third spot in the 2012 Blue Book of Top 20 Affiliate Networks for being the “overall best performance marketing network in the world today,”

Few Other Best Affiliate Networks:

- Commission Junction

- ClickBank

- Peerfly

- E-Junkie

2) WordPress Themes Affiliate Programs

WordPress is one of most popular CMS in the world today which is used by millions of websites. You can earn up to 50% commission by referring WordPress themes and plugins on your website. You can even create lists such as, “Top 10 Premium WordPress Portfolio Themes”, to promote Premium WordPress Themes on your blog.

Check out Most Popular WordPress Themes Club:

- ThemeForest

- Themify

- Thesis Themes

- Elegant Themes

- WooThemes

- Mojo-Themes,etc.

See Also:

Top 15 Premium WordPress Themes Club

5 Best Google Adsense Alternative

7 Best Services To Make Money on Twitter

Earn Money Online By Writing Sponsored Reviews

Earn Money By Writing Articles Online

How To Make Money With 100% Adsense Revenue sharing Websites

3) Web Hosting Affiliates:

You can earn more than $100 just by referring 1 Web Hosting sign up on any of the Hosting Providers. After signing up for Web Hosting Affiliate Programs, you can even create discount coupons for your readers with maximum discount.

Check out Top Hosting Providers all over the World:

- Hostgator

- BlueHost

- DreamHost

- Hostgator India

- Big Rock India

09 Sep

How To Add Top Commentators Widget in WordPress

Top Commentators Plugin

 

Displaying Top Commentators Widget on your blog is a great way to reward your commentators and bring back readers again and again to comment on your blog.

Top Commentators Plugin

Top Commentators Widget Plugin:

The most popular plugin available to display the top commentators on your WordPress blog sidebar. It is designed to display the commentators with maximum comments on your website. The number of comments is tracked by this plugin automatically and displayed on the sidebar for your readers to view.

Settings of this Plugin includes:

- Change widget title
- Add Description below the Title
- Exclude any Users
- Limit the number of names listed
- Reset Commentators List Every Time Period
- Nofollow Links
- Show on Home Page only
- Display Gravatar
- Show an Award icon if comments reach a certain range.

Do give this plugin a try and let us know your thoughts in comments.

06 Sep

How To Create Custom Sidebars For Any WordPress Theme

Custom Sidebars

 

WordPress themes generally allows you to have a single sidebar. But, sometimes it is necessary to showcase different elements on the sidebars for each posts or pages. It gives you more flexibility over the content and what you want to show to different visitors on your website.

Custom Sidebars

The most popular WordPress plugin to add sidebars is “Custom Sidebars”.

1) Custom Sidebars WordPress Plugin allows to create your own custom sidebars & widgetized areas and also select which sidebars you want to use for each post or page.

With this plugin, you can create all the widgetized areas you need, custom sidebars, configure them adding widgets, and replace the default sidebars on the posts or pages you want easily without touching the code.

2) Another popular plugin you can try to add custom sidebars is Per Page Sidebars. This plugin also allows you to create and display custom sidebars for any post (or page) on your website.

See Also:
How To Customize WordPress Admin/Login Page
Change Default WordPress Admin URL With This Plugin

3) If you want to add a post-type widget, then try Widget Entries plugin. With this plugin, you can upload images to be shown directly in the widgets and you can also use shortcodes inside your widget.
This plugin lets you to format your widget with the WordPress editor.

04 Sep

Change Default WordPress Admin URL With This Plugin

Hide and Change Admin URL

 

Hacking is one of the worst nightmares for bloggers. It can easily destroy all your data and online business in no time. So, it is crucial to stay secure online by using maximum security on your websites.

It’s not a secret that all login or admin pages for WordPress websites look like this: http://domainname.com/wp-login.php or http://domainname.com/wp-admin. So hackers can easily run their automatic scripts on these URLs to hack websites all over the internet.

So, the best solution to this security issue is to change the default login URL to a custom login URL.

Change Default WordPress Admin URL With Lockdown WP Admin Plugin

Lockdown WP Admin Plugin will lockdown your WP Admin URL. It means whenever someone tries to access http://yourdomain.com/wp-admin/, they will recieve a 404 error page instead of redirecting to the login page. It can hide both wp-admin and wp-login as well as add HTTP auth to the login system. Apart from that, you can also change your login URL to anything, for example, http://www.yourdomain.com/secure.

Let’s take a look at the image below to learn how to change settings in Lockdown WP Admin Plugin:

Hide and Change Admin URL

See Also:
How To Customize WordPress Admin/Login Page
How To Create Custom Sidebars For Any WordPress Theme

Note: This plugin won’t secure your website perfectly, but if someone does manage to crack your password, it can make it more difficult for them to find where to actually login. This also prevents any hacking bots that are used for malicious intents to break in.

Let us know your thoughts in comments about this plugin.

07 Aug

List of High PR DoFollow CummentLuv Blogs List

DoFollow CommentLuv Blog List

 

We all know the importance of DoFollow Backlinks to rank higher in Search results. DoFollow Backlinks helps to increase your PageRank and blog visibility in search results. Check out the List of High PR DoFollow CummentLuv Blogs List of 2012. CommentLuv is an amazing WordPress plugin that not only allows readers to leave a comment on the sites but also allows them to automatically place a link to their last blog post at the end of their comment. Below is the list of blogs where you not only can leave a comment but you’ll also get a dofollow link back to your website in return. But remember to use diverse anchor text while you leave comments on these websites which is really good for SEO. Also, avoid posting too many comments on the same dofollow website to avoid any penalty from Google.

DoFollow CommentLuv Blog List

PageRank 7 – DoFollow CummentLuv Blogs List

http://weblogtoolscollection.com/
http://comluv.com/ (PageRank 6)

PageRank 5 – DoFollow CummentLuv Blogs List

http://w3blog.dk/
http://kikolani.com/

http://freebloghelp.com/

http://www.bluehatseo.com/
http://www.bizchickblogs.com/
http://basicblogtips.com/

See Also: High PR Dofollow Social Bookmarking Websites List

PageRank 4 – DoFollow CummentLuv Blogs List

http://www.blogengage.com/
http://dmiracle.com/
http://weblogbetter.com/
http://www.webuildyourblog.com/
http://www.blogtap.net/
http://letsbuildwebsites.com/

Also See:
How To Find Out High PR DoFollow CummentLuv Blogs
Top 10 Awesome Google Chrome Extensions for Bloggers

PageRank 3 – DoFollow CummentLuv Blogs List

http://bloggingwithoutablog.com/
http://www.netchunks.com/
http://emoneymarketing.com/
http://www.techtricksworld.com/
http://growwithstacy.com/
http://win-with-1.com/
http://www.techtricksworld.com/
http://www.youdofollow.com/
http://internetmarketingformommies.com/

PageRank 2 – DoFollow CummentLuv Blogs List

http://www.bloggingfor.info/
http://dollarsperday.net/
http://www.bloggingwp.com/
http://www.blogging-techies.com/
http://dailyblogtools.com/
“Regularly Updated…”

If you have a DoFollow CummentLuv blog, just drop us a comment with the details and we will add that to this list as soon as possible.

07 Aug

How To Find Out High PR DoFollow CummentLuv Blogs

SEOQuake Toolbar

Are you looking for High PR CummentLuv Dofollow blogs where you can comment and easily get a backlink to your website. Though you can find many such lists all over the web but most of the time, these lists are outdated and doesn’t work for you. But now there is an amazing extension which allows you to find out DoFollow blogs easily while surfing the internet.

SEOQuake Toolbar

 

SEO Quake

SEOquake is a great SEO extension (toolbar) for Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Opera which shows you PageRank, Alexa Rank and various other SEO parameters such as NoFollow Links on a website, Google Link index, SEMRush Rank, Keyword density, WHois, etc. of a page.

Check out How This Toolbar Shows you various information of a page in the pictures below:

SEOQuake Nofollow Links

Nofollow Links

Keyword Density Analysis by SEOQuake

Keyword Density Analysis by SEOQuake

SEOQuake Page Info

Page Information by SEOQuake

 

This extension also works in SERP(Google Search results), which means it shows you details about a website below every search result as shown in the picture below.

SEOQuake

Apart from that, this extension shows you the complete diagnosis of a page such as Home Page analysis and website analysis.

See Also:
List of High PR DoFollow CummentLuv Blogs List
Top 10 Awesome Google Chrome Extensions for Bloggers

Conclusion:

DoFollow Backlinks are crucial for your blog to increase the PageRank and get higher ranking in search results. SEOQuake Toolbar will help you find DoFollow Websites while surfing the world wide web so that you can easily get High PR DoFollow backlinks to your website.

15 Jul

High PR Dofollow Social Bookmarking Websites List

dofollow social bookmarking websites

We all know the importance of Dofollow links in the PageRank. So, today I am sharing the List of High PR Dofollow Social Bookmarking websites which can give you high traffic as well as quality link juice.

dofollow social bookmarking websites

PR 5(and above) Social Bookmarking website List

- http://technorati.com/ (PR 8)

- http://slashdot.org/ (PR 8)

- http://www.reddit.com/ (PR 8)

- http://www.connotea.org/ (PR 8)

- http://www.tumblr.com/ (PR 8)

- http://www.metafilter.com/ (PR 7)

- http://www.dzone.com/ (PR 6)

- http://linkagogo.com/ (PR 6)

- http://scoopit.co.nz/ (PR 6)

- http://www.designfloat.com/ (PR 6)

- http://www.care2.com/ (PR 6)

- http://answers.oreilly.com/ (PR 6)

- http://www.newsmeback.com/ (PR 5)

See Also: How To Predict Future PageRank
3 C’s Model of Successful Blogging

PR 4 Social Bookmarking website List

- http://www.blogengage.com/

- http://mepal.us/

- http://www.huip.de/

- http://www.orangify.com/

- http://dotpoch.com/

- http://jeqq.com/

See Also: List of High PR DoFollow CummentLuv Blogs List

PR 3 Social Bookmarking website List

- http://www.tourdion.com/

- http://opentags.in/

- http://openbuzz.in/

- http://sjbb.org/

- http://www.scrubbu.com/

- http://stickytags.in/

- http://www.bookmark4you.com/

- http://www.bookmarks.wedigg.co.uk/

- http://www.puplinks.com/

- http://www.urselections.com/

- http://v12.me/

10 Jul

How To Change URL To Access Email in Google Apps

Google_Apps

After setting up your branded Email account with Google Apps, the next step is to change the URL where you can access your Email and other services in Google Apps. The default URL to access Google apps is www.google.com/a/yourdomain.com but today we will discuss how to change this control panel address into a short custom URL such as mail.yourdomain.com.

See Also: How To Set Up Google Mail For Your Domain

Google_Apps

Here is the Step By Step Tutorial To Change URL To Access Email in Google Apps:

1) Login to your control panel in Google Apps – https://www.google.com/a/yourdomain.com

2) Click on Settings tab and choose Email Settings.

3) Choose General settings of Email and click on “Change URL” in the web address row. The default address for users to access Email is at:

http://mail.google.com/a/yourdomain.com

4) Now choose the Custom URL i.e. mail.yourdomain.com and click on continue.

5) You will be asked to change the CNAME record with your domain host. This will connect the new URL of your web host’s control panel to Google servers.

Here is the process to change the CNAME record for Hostgator:

a) Log into your Control Panel of your Hostgator account.
b) Click on the Advanced DNS ZONE Editor icon under Domains Tab.
c) Select your domain
d) Go to “Add Record”. Select the record type as CNAME. Write Name as ‘Mail’, set TTL to 3600 and write ghs.googlehosted.com next to CNAME. ( If mail.yourdomain.com already exists, then edit these same settings in that record.)
e) Click Add Record.
f) And it is done! The settings may take up to 24 hours to come into effect.

6) Now get back to Google Apps page and finish the remaining easy steps.

Note: This tutorial will only change the URL to access Email. If you want to change URL for other services, then follow the same procedure and just choose the respective service(for which you want to change the URL) in the settings.

10 Jul

How To Set Up Google Mail For Your Domain

google mail for domain

After setting up your first website or blog, the next thing every webmaster wants to do is to set up a branded Email address ending with the domain name. It means that if your website address is www.yourdomain.com, then your branded Email address would look like yourname@yourdomain.com. In this tutorial, we will be using Google Apps to set up Gmail account for your own domain name. That means you can manage all your emails received at your website’s branded email address straight in your very own custom Gmail account.

google mail for domain

Here is the Step by Step Tutorial to Setup Google Email For Your Domain:

1) Go To Google Apps.

2) Click on Pricing and Choose Free service for Google apps. In the free service, you can set up Email for 10 users with a single domain name. If you want more user accounts, you can choose the business plan.
Update: Google Kills Free Version of Google Apps

3) Fill in all the details and submit it.

Google Apps Setup

4) Now a window will popup as shown in the picture above, Choose Express here and click on ‘Go Express’.

Google apps verify domain ownership

5) Now you need to verify your domain ownership. Click on Next and again next.

Set up gmail for your domain verification

6) Verify your domain ownership. Click on Alternate methods and choose HTML Tag(Recommended Method). Paste this Meta tag in the ‘Head section’ before the first ‘Body Section. Or if you’re using SEO Ultimate Plugin or SEO Plugin by Yoast, then just paste the Meta tag in the verification option given in these plugins.

See Also: Top 15 Must Have Plugins For Your new WordPress Blog

MX Records - Google Mail for Your Domain

7) Now to start receiving mails on your account, you need to change your domain’s MX records. An MX (mail exchanger) record tells a client which server receives mail sent to a domain name. To do that, Login to your hosting account. Find the MX records which are located in the Mail Server Configuration. Delete all existing MX entries. And enter the MX records shown in the picture above. Read more here.
Now Go to Google Apps, open “Setup” tab, click on “Set up Your Apps”, Open GMail, Click on Next and finish the steps.

8) Now you’re done. Login to www.gmail.com using your new username – yourname@yourdomain.com and password. You can also access your branded Email and other services of Google apps by visiting www.google.com/a/yourdomain.com. And if you want to change this control panel URL into a short custom URL such as mail.yourdomain.com. Read How To Change URL To Access Email in Google Apps.

Need help?

I hope this Tutorial will help you to set up your personal branded Email address. Questions and suggestions are welcome. :)