My blogging experience…

It so happened when I noticed one of my friends was always busy with his laptop, chatting, blogging and all. He then sent me a request and added me to his community, I thought let me give a try and experience what is it about.

Is was a wonderful experience, so I went ahead and created one for myself, by signing in there, URL is http://blog.com/wp-signup.php free of cost. It has been almost a month by now that I have created my account and posted my picnic/trekking experience there. I then invited my social networking friends and some of them joined and shared their views and experiences there.

Here is my blogging experience

(a)   Do you think your blogging experience was a success?

Yes, it was a nice experience and can be called as a success, I got to see many comments and people shared their own experiences about it. It was nice exchange knowledge, helped to improve the writing skills. Perhaps, I was been recognized more when I shared and discussed my knowledge on the Information Systems topic.

(b)   Do you think you will continue to blog?

Yes, I think I will continue to post my blog/discuss for at least few years. It is a great thing wherein you get to know new updates, follow on something and more than anything helping needful people like students, etc. Also, you get paid which for the number of visitors and the time they spend.

(c)    What were the most difficult things to do with your blog?

  • Some of them difficult thing from my experience include
  • They get hacked and it is difficult to maintain
  • For blogger like me from a non technical background, learning technology like HTML and using it to design the page
  • Usage of images and it optimization was little difficult
  • The overall design of the web page and then every time taking the back up while updating
  • Some of the person’s comments were discouraging and trying to say that I am wrong, it was hard to convince them.
  • Understand about the blog optimization to include primary, secondary keywords, allow backtracks and enable for high traffic toward my blog.

Melanie Nelson, July 28, 2011. “Blogging Basics 101” [Online] Work cited from URL: http://www.bloggingbasics101.com/ and http://www.bloggingbasics101.com/category/blog-maintenance/

(d)   How easy was it to come up with new idea every day?

Ideas use to flow initially but after a while, people made me to think and I started understanding to them and responded in new ways. Often, I used to get the updates and posted the same. Apparently, it was more to do with your interest and curiosity towards the domain knowledge and ideas will follow you.

     (e) After this experience, do you have a new perspective on blogging?

Yes, to a certain extent. First, I want to become a professional blogger, I need to back up my blog template every time when I want to change/update something. It can be a good source of income and should be careful with Hackers.

After this long experience, my eyes have opened and point of view towards blogging is that

  • It is to broadcast the news, helpful in marketing and journalism (for uncensored news broadcasting)
  • It can be for personal purpose and can be made as an hobby during leisure for photographs, events just like a social networking site to stay in touch with friends.
  • In order to cumulate the customer feedback on new products, policies etc
  • For commercial purposes to fetch money out of each click on advertisement programs

Rafi’s Blogging Tips Becoming a Successful Blogger, 2011. “Different uses of blogging” [Online] Work cited from URL: http://www.rafid.org/different-uses-of-blogging.php

 

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How To Make Money from Blog

Make money out of blogging, sounds interesting is not it? Yes, it is possible to make money out of your blogs that you post.

Points to consider/ perquisites to earn well with blogging

  •   Higher page rang provided by search engines like Google, eHow, Wolfram Alpha and etc.
  •    Site traffic – Good number of regular visitors
  •   Clear search engine optimization to be done to increase the search friendly level of the blog

Interesting facts on how to make money with blogs

  •  Money from advertisements egg Ad sense (from Google) – whenever a visitor clicks on the advertisement.
  •   By selling ad spaces on the blog (however, the blog should have high rank recognized by search engine)
  •   Commission from product companies – Encourage for affiliate link which are in association or partner links to promote their products. When a visitor purchases a product accessing a link via the current blog, a part of income is shared. E.g.  Clickbank.
  •   Advertise skills, market own product and introduce to the world about his/her profession, this way many new clients can be attracted and credibility with existing ones will improve
  •   Initially advertise and do brand marketing more for SEO – Search Engine Optimization companies to make sure your blog sites gets recognized and page rank will be higher.
  •   All the old projects which have been done should be updated so that this becomes a clear point of discussion for the new visitors to see the old credentials
  •  Case studies should be made and posted as articles on the latest projects on how your skills helped a person who was very much in need of assistance and how he is happy after dealing with you
  •   Have a preview of some interesting news given on the blog and the full story can be read only upon subscription from the site. Hence tie up with some of the online payment companies accordingly.   
  •   Avoid more of advertisements which are flash based, loading time will be more and visitors loose interest.
  •   Daily or hourly updating the blog would attract more and regular visitors and therefore the cycle of ad, links etc will multiply and grow.
  •   Part time working as a professional blogger for companies as blogger or content writer is also possible
  •   Develop people/visitors trust so as to be the better blog site for a long run.
  •   Apply the search engine optimization ideas to enhance the page rank if the expected results are not achieved
  •   Create modern, contemporary, up to date resource centers; publish the content on niche topic. E.g. Squidoo, HugPages sites which can be collaborated with.
  •   Provide Microstock photography for websites such as stock photography

List of hyperlinks of popular blogs or articles relating to the discussed topic.

JEL MEDIA, 2011. “Internet Media – How to make money blogging” [Online] Work cited from URL: http://jelmedia.net/you-can-earn-from-your-blog.php

JEL MEDIA Internet Media – How to make money blogging, 2011. “Blogging And Making Money Successfully” [Online] Work cited from URL:  http://jelmedia.net/

Scott Allen, 2010. “Make Money Online (Without Spending a Dime)” [Online] Work cited from URL: http://entrepreneurs.about.com/od/homebasedbusiness/a/makemoneyonline.htm

Google Application Comparison

I have not heard anything about Google Trends and Google Squared/Square It. It is now that I have used and explored both of them. What a great search engine tools they are. I joined working with them, either forming the Squares or noticing the Hot Trends/Searches.

Both of them are more tools for an extensive, in depth and goal specific search engines tools. Lets us explore each of them and find out which one is better than other. Google Squared

Google Squared
No wonder it is amazing, I just attempted to provide “New York Good Hotels” in the search, here are the results. A square was built and the results are as shown below

Google Squared

Here are its details

  • Spontaneously forms square and get data from different sources and present them in the form of excel – spreadsheet on the web online.
  • The squares are termed as “Small Dogs”, when we try the same search term in normal Google or any other Search Engine, the data will be scatter and unstructured.
  • Allows the structured data to be presented in columns under headers. Here Item Name, Image, Description, Address, Email, etc are column headers.
  • Behind what we see, there will a remarkable amount of work involved to form a square.
  • Squared is a newer search engine tools which is discovered after Trends
  • It is accurate, computationally achieved search results and known to be as Semantic Search based computing
  • Allows the flexibility to add any new information as a column to the existing ones
  • Underwent an immense amount of improvement as it was been under test and research to enhance it under Google Labs for a year.
  • Users have always appreciated the way it functions and the amount of time that it saves for them
  • Publishes maximum possible of contents as search results, the significant things are highlighted and easily get noticed
  • Allows implementation of filters to cut short the data and retrieve only the required information
  • Made a big difference when it over took Wolfram Alpha because of its simplicity and effectiveness.

Google Trends

Just shown above is the snap shot of Google Trends when a term “Microsoft” was searched.

  • It’s more like a traffic analyzer to particular website, gets the often searched items information
  • Depicts of the searched item volume of item with respect to geographical regions, their cities and language
  • Enables wide number search patterns, the outcome is first a graph, time as its horizontal line and frequency as vertical being searched globally
  • Results are not accurate all the time, rather in many situations approximates and rounded values are shown.
  • Initially Trend’s data were outdated and were not fetching new results; frequent data update was not done. However, now the information is being fed on day to day basis without fail
  • Visitors and end users are more likely to be Online Marketing (Marketers)
  • Analysis of data/information is remarkable that is done at a deeper level
  • Analysis of website traffics is its main usage to track visitors and the time each of them spending in a particular web site and etc.

Following are the reasons why Google Squared is much better than Google Trends

  • A fine product as it underwent improvements and then only released
  • More generic and widely used, suitable for most of the searches
  • More number of visitors visiting it
  • Results are accurate, handy and presentation of information is more flexible

Sources
Nathaniel Johnson, 12th May, 2009. “Google Launches Search Options-Previews
‘Google Squared’
” [Online] Work cited from URL: http://searchenginewatch.com/article/2052352/Google-Launches-Search-Options-Previews-Google-Squared

Wiki, July 2011. “Google Squared” [Online] Work cited from URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Squared

Tom Krazit, May 2010. “Google adds more content to search pages
[Online] Work cited from URL: http://news.cnet.com/posts/?keyword=google+squared

Barry Schwartz, May 2010. “Google Squared Powers Answer Sources &
Something Different Refinements
” [Online] Work cited from URL: http://searchengineland.com/google-squared-powers-answer-sources-something-different-refinements-41889

Avinash Kaushik, August 2008. “Competitive Intelligence Analysis – Google
Trends for Websites
” [Online] Work cited from URL: http://www.kaushik.net/avinash/competitive-intelligence-analysis-google-trends-for-websites/

File Transfer Planet, May 2009. “Google Search Options, Google Squared
[Online] Work cited from URL: http://www.filetransferplanet.com/google-search-options-google-squared/

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