Building a Quality Blog: 4 Tips for Beginners

Building a Quality Blog

When you tell people that you’re a blogger, most of them just roll their eyes. Because in their mind, blogging is easy – you just sit in front of your screen all day, browse the Internet, write down a few things and at the end of a month, collect an easy paycheck.

But if you actually try to sit down and try to write a couple of posts, it will immediately hit you – blogging is not that easy. And like every person in a new job, you are going to mess things up more often than not. But that’s pretty normal because it happens to every new blogger.

Fortunately, avoiding some of these roadblocks is quite easy if you know they are coming.

Building a Quality Blog: 4 Tips for Beginners

Tip #1 – Chose the Right Platform

The first thing you need to do is, establish where you want to build your blog.

Let’ assume that you’ve heard of WordPress (if you’re an avid blog reader, I’m sure that you did), and this is the platform most people will recommend. It’s by far the biggest blogging platform in the world, and as of December 2016, it holds 59.4% of market share and powers 26.4% of all sites online, according to statistics gathered by ManageWP.

It also has basically countless add-ons and plugins and provides almost infinite ways to design your blog. But WordPress isn’t your only option. You also have alternatives like Tumblr and Blogger that are completely free and are even easier to set up than WP.

Tip #2 – Always Use Data and Research

Once you select your platform and easily design a blog, it’s time to start writing, and if you want people to take you seriously, you have to use data as evidence for your claims.

Here is an example:

If you’re writing a blog post about why a company should use Instagram as a marketing tool, you need to have a good argument. Now, what sounds more convincing:

  1. “More and more people are using Instagram every day.”
  2. “Instagram has one of the fastest-growing users in the United States, in fact, according to eMarketer research, Instagram will grow more than 15% this year, compared to just 3% growth for the social network sector as a whole.”

Obviously, the second one.

The thing you have to realize is that claims such as these are far more compelling when rooted in data. To sum up, every good story requires you to offer a main argument, establish proof and then end things with a thoughtful takeaway for your readers.

Tip #3 – Use Marketing Tools

Once you finish an article, your work is far from done. Just keep in mind that in the world of blogging, three definitely doesn’t make a sound when it falls if no one is around to hear it.

So once you start writing, you need to start growing an email list of subscriber you can share your new content with. And every time you publish a post, your subscribers will give you that initial surge of web traffic you need. In turn, this will propel the long-term success of those posts.

If you’re running an online business, this will lead to significant results – such as traffic, leads and finally, new customers – but even if you’re trying to earn money from ads, remember that everything starts with a growing list of subscribers.

Tip #4 – Make Sure You’re Safe

In addition to some basic form of protection like a password for your mobile device, and an antivirus for your PC or laptop, you should also make sure that your device is safe while browsing online. So, it would be wise to find the best VPN provider for your particular needs and download a secure VPN app that will keep all of your data safe.

While these networks are mostly used by people in oppressed countries to access content and sites blocked by their governments, they are also useful when you’re typing away in your local coffee shop (and if you’re a blogger, you’ll definitely visit a coffee shop on a regular basis).

Basically, a VPN will encrypt all of your information safe, by encrypting your Internet traffic and preventing anyone connected on the same network from spying on your activities and stealing all of your personal information.

Conclusion

4 Tips for Building a Quality Blog

Now, if you already started blogging, and you didn’t do any of the things we mentioned on the list – don’t worry – those are just some common things people often ignore. And the more you write and market yourself, the better you’ll get at it.

And finally, once you get a hang of things, you’ll surely reap the benefits in both terms of traffic and revenue.

This is a guest post by By Michael Conley. If you’ve read some of his work on 9to5alternatives.com, you already know that Michael is one of the finest security specialists around. When he’s not looking for new topics or writing new material, he’s probably in the nearest bar, shooting pool and having a drink with his friends.

11 Must Have Chrome Plugins/Extensions for Bloggers – 2016

11 Must Have Chrome Plugins for Bloggers

Are you a Blogger? Do you always feel you don’t enough time for the tasks you plan each day?

Then you need to check the plugins listed below. I can tell for sure that these plugins will save you a lot of time.

As bloggers, we spend most of our time in using our browser. So it is very important to be extremely productive so that you are left with enough time for other tasks as well.

Below is a list of 11 must have Chrome plugins for 2016.

11 Must Have Chrome Plugins for Bloggers

#1. Gyazo

Gyazo

If you take a lot of screenshots, then this plugin is a must. Gyazo provides the easiest way to save screenshots, GIFs, and websites.

In less than two seconds you can capture a particular element, an image or an entire website. The best part you can instantly share them. The link even shows the preview of the image.

You can download it free on Google Chrome Store.

#2. Grammarly for Chrome

Grammarly

If you are a blogger, then this is the first plugin you should install on your browser. Grammarly is the world’s best online grammar checker. Not only does it rectifies silly spelling mistakes but also sentence structure and even provides you with the correct alternative.

Grammarly also has an inbuilt plagiarism checker. Grammarly easily integrates into sites like Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumblr, and nearly everywhere else you write on the web.

The best part is that Grammarly is free to use.

#3. NoFollow

Do you ever get confused whether a link is no-followed or do-followed? Do you always inspect element on your browser to confirm the link type?

Install NoFollow Plugin and save your precious blogging time.

The plugin outlines links with rel=”no follow” attribute and links on pages with no follow or index robots meta tag.

Cool! Right.

#4. Pocket

Pocket app

If you are a blogger and you don’t know about Pocket, then you must be living under a rock. This is the most popular app among bloggers.

What Pocket essentially lets you do is to save articles, videos and others for later usage. The best part is that it syncs across all devices. This means the article you save on your laptop can be easily viewed on your phone or any other device. It has an app both on Android and iOS. Moreover Pocket is free to use. You download it for Chrome as well.

#5. LastPass

Being a blogger, I need to remember a lot of account details for various affiliate programs and other useful websites. LastPass is the best password manager. Don’t worry it is free. LastPass remembers all your account details and will autologin to all your sites and even sync it across all of your devices.

No need to worry, LastPass is 100% safe to use.

#6. MozBar

Have you ever been in a situation where you had to check each website on Ahrefs or Moz to check the difficulty level of a keyword from the search results?

Then you need MozBar. The plugin is created by Moz. Moz is a big name in the SEO space. It lets you do custom searches, compare link metrics, highlight links and keywords, quickly exposes page elements, and access other SEO tools.

It can be easily downloaded for free on the Google Web Store with some restrictions.

#7. Feedly

If you follow a lot of blogs, then Feedly can make your job easier. It is the most popular RSS and blog reader in the world. With over 15 million users you can’t go wrong with this one. Some features include saving for later, emailing pages, tweeting pages and tagging pages. You can download it free from Google Web Store.

#8. LinkMiner

Do you do a lot of manual link building? Have you heard about broken link building? Link Miner takes the broken link checking to the next level. It searches for different broken links on the page. It is made by PointBlankSEO which is another big name in the SEO space. You can also get link & social data on any link on a page.

#9. Email Hunter

Email Hunter

Do you do email outreach? Then you may be knowing the amount of time spent in finding the contact email address for a blog.

Email Hunter is a free tool to get email addresses from any website or blog. The free version provides you with 150 email searches a month. If you are serious about email outreach, then you can upgrade to a premium plan as well. The results are 9 out of 10 times correct. The best part is that it also shows sources from where the email address was found.

#10. Email Extractor

This plugin lets you extract email ids from a page. You can then export the list to a text file for further use.

It has over 40k users on Google Web Store and it free to use.

#11. Streak for Gmail

If you use Gmail for your emails, then you need to install this plugin. It provides you with many features which you would have dreamt of before.

The best one is email tracking. You will get notified when your emails get read.

Other features include scheduling emails and organizing them. It is useful for sales (CRM), hiring, and support.

I hope you loved the post. I am sure that these plugins will definitely make your blogging easy and fun.

Comment your favorite plugins below. I would love to know them.

This is a guest post by Tuhin Adhikary. Tuhin Adhikary is the founder of SerpDaddy. Expert in Internet Marketing campaigns, specialized in Organic SEO, Search Engine Marketing (SEM) and Social Media Marketing. Since he discovered the endless flow of money going through the internet he started making money since 2010. His new goal is sharing information, helping people to make money and increase their earning.

What Problems Do An Indian Blogger Faces? {Observations}

What Problems Do An Indian Blogger Faces

Problems are matters or situations regarded as unwelcome or harmful and needing to be dealt with and overcome. There is nobody in this world who doesn’t face problems. From rich to poor, everyone has their own problems.

I am not pretty much sure about the rest of the world but I am an Indian so I know very well the problems an Indian Blogger faces. So let’s discuss them one by one.

What problems do an Indian Blogger faces?

1. No Family Support (Mostly Seen)

Family Support is the biggest motivation for all of us. If the family is supportive then we can solve any problem with an ease but what if your family is demotivating or criticizing you for the things you are interested in? Then certainly you would feel much low and hopeless. Same thing happens with most of the Indian Bloggers.

I myself have seen it happening with many of my friends that their families were not being supportive when they tried to get their hands on their own first blog. They simply disagreed by giving odd reasons like ‘focus on your studies’ or ‘don’t waste money and time’ even if vacations are already going on. I thought about it and finally concluded that it is happening because of some reasons:

  1. Lack of knowledge and awareness among people.
  2. Lack of trust on children spending time online.
  3. Still believes in traditional ways of earning money like from business or job.

If someone is very motivated and passionate about blogging then such type of resistance is just alike handicapping situation. All I can say is just never lose hope. Try to educate them by making them attend public seminars and lectures about internet or blogging so that they can be aware of all the cons and pros of it. Newspaper can be much helpful in this situation. Make them read newspaper or magazines daily especially any particular article related to tech and its pros.

2. Economic Crisis

Economic Crisis

India is still a developing country. The unemployment rate is quite high here. Most of the people could not even fulfil their daily needs like food, education etc. Lack of education is one of the major impacts of this crisis. People spend their whole day in tension about how they can effectively manage their finances. In this kind of critical situation, how one could think of managing a blog and write articles peacefully with a cup of coffee?

3. Social Taunting

Stress because of Social Taunting

One of the biggest problems of India is that people use to taunt each other even if it is not required. Mostly elders do this to their children. They think that by doing so they are doing well for their children’s future. I do agree that taunting can be helpful if done at right time and right place but if it is done all time and everywhere then it can leave a bad impression on children about their elders or condition could even be worse if any of the talks straightly strikes child’s sentiments

The child could feel depressed which can retard mental development. Same thing happens with bloggers too. Whenever someone sees any Blogger spending time on the internet then they simply start thinking that might be he/she is chatting on Facebook. Then the same rumour spreads in the whole social circle of that person which results in unexpected and annoying talks and criticism. When the Blogger comes to know such kinds of rumour about him, it really hurts him so much because he can’t give the explanation to anyone and it could result in lack of motivation and passion.

4. Lack of Resources

If you don’t have instruments then you can’t build a building. The same rule can be applicable to any situation. Without complete resources, you can’t do the things you are thinking of. Like without sketchbook you can’t draw a picture, without a knife you can’t chop vegetables etc. The basic requirements for Blogging are that first of all you should have a personal computer or laptop, then secondly an Internet connection. You can’t operate a blog from a cyber cafe which charges you money on per hour basis. Blogging needs a very peaceful environment. It can take several hours to write a single post so without a personal computer and internet your blog can’t survive.

Final Words!

Problems are part of life. We truly can’t ignore them if they are really going to happen. All we can do is just keep trying. Never say “I am so done trying that’s why I gave up”. I am also an Indian so certainly I myself face such type of problems but I don’t give up. I have a belief that one day I’ll prove myself to everyone that the hard hours I was spending on the internet were not a waste of time.

KEEP CALM AND NEVER LOSE HOPE