The Difference Between A Private And Public Blog

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Blogging is a relatively new phenomenon. It basically involves the creation of an online journal which is displayed in reverse chronological order. The blogger who is maintaining the blog may opt to post new blog entries as often as he desires. This may involve posting new entries more than once per day, daily, weekly, monthly or even at a less frequent interval. The postings in a blog are typically related in some way but they can be about any subject the blogger desires. Bloggers may maintain a blog for a number of different reasons and these blogs may be private or public in nature. This article will describe the difference between a private and public blog and will also explain blogging professionally as well as blogging for personal reasons.

Private vs. Public Blogs

Blogs can also be private or public. Private blogs are ones in which only the blogger and others who have been approved by the blogger can view the blog postings. Public blogs are available to any users of the Internet. A blogger may opt to make a blog private or public depending on whether or not he is comfortable with others reading the blog. For example a blogger who creates a blog for the purpose of venting about frustrations in life may opt to keep a blog private so friends or family members are not able to read these vents. Conversely a blogger who is blogging for a purpose such as to promote a cause will likely opt to make the blog public so his message can reach as many Internet users as possible. However, bloggers who create a blog to express themselves through their writing, poetry or other form of expression may opt to make the blog private or public depending on whether or not they want to make these personal feelings available to others. Some bloggers in this situation will make the blog public because they want to reach others who may either share their feelings or may benefit from reading their blogs. There may be other bloggers in this situation who will make the blog private because they do not want others to see these personal forms of expression.

Blogging Professionally

Blogging can actually be done as a source of income for some bloggers. There are a number of companies who maintain a network of bloggers and pay bloggers to maintain a blog in the network. These bloggers may be compensated per post, according to the number of page views the blog receives or through a combination of the number of posts and the number of page views. A career as a blogger requires a great deal of dedication. The blogger must be willing and able to update the blog regularly and to keep the blog interesting to readers.

Blogging for Personal Reasons

Blogging can also be done for personal reasons. Some bloggers use their blog to stay in touch with family and friends while others use it to express themselves or to share information with others. Blogs created for personal reasons can be a great deal of fun but the blogger must be sure to avoid allowing the process of maintaining the blog to become a stressful situation. A blog which is maintained for personal reasons should be an enjoyable experience for the blogger.

Comments (2) Posted in: Pro Blogging Tips — Craig Dawber @ 2:37 pm

Helpful Tips For Blog Marketing

Tips For Blog Marketing

Blog marketing is not all that hard if you know what you are doing. However, if this is your very first blog and you are wondering how to get readers to it then you are in the right place. First let me just say that marketing your blog is going to require patience, and being consistent. You will have to update your blog frequently if you want to keep readers coming back for more. We are all guilty of making a blog, wanting it to be great, putting only one entry into it and then never going back to update it again. I think everyone in cyber world has done this at one time or another. Here are some great tips to use when trying to get your blog out there and get new readers.

Make sure that your blog has the track back feature. Let me tell you why. When you have the track back feature on your blog, you are allowing other people to link to your blog. Maybe someone has a post to post on their blog that is relevant to one of yours. They can use the talkback to your post, and send their readers to your blog so that they know what they are referring to. Another good thing to remember is that if someone gives you a track back, it is a courtesy to return that to their blog if at all possible.

Having a Google account and submitting a sitemap is almost a must when you are blog marketing. Doing so will allow Google to know how often you are updating your blog and they will automatically know of any changes that you have made to it as well. This will let Google get those new pages indexed faster and get them into search results much quicker than if you did not have the sitemap. There is a certain way you have to do the sitemap for Google, and they can explain that to you. Just know this is an important step to blog marketing.

Exchanging links with authority blogs and websites that are in your same market is another great way to get the word out about your blog. The authority sites are going to have a higher page rank, and will also be listed high in Google’s search results. So do some searches and check those out and see if they are up to exchanging links. If they are not, you could always just add those into your blogroll. You do not need permission to do that if they are not into linking. However, in the world of blogs, most blog owners are thankful for all links, and are willing to return the favor.

You are going to want to be sure that all of your posts are formatted. Doing so will leave out any confusion for the search engines and you will have everything nice and neat and all organized. The label tags are there for a reason when you are dealing with blogs. So using them and not leaving them out is a great idea.

Tracking is another part of blog marketing that is so very important. You want to be able to track your visitors and clickers to know where they are coming from. You want to be able to tell what keywords they searched on to find your blog and where they did their searching. Doing so will help take out all of the guess work when it comes to blog marketing. You will know what keywords are working, and which are not.

Allowing RSS feeds from your blog is also another great blog marketing tool. You are going to find that when you allow RSS feeds, your blog is going to end up all over the internet with a link back to it and that is a good thing. This is a wonderful way to get links to your blog with little or no effort. People that subscribe to your blog’s RSS feeds are able to then post your blog posts on their sites or blogs. Which in return gives you a link on their site or page that they have you on?

Blog marketing is only as hard as you make it. Use these tips and get your blog out there and seen today!

Comments (0) Posted in: Pro Blogging Tips — Craig Dawber @ 5:14 pm
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Are Sales Page Opt In Decreasing Your Affiliate Commissions?

Increasing_arrowAre  Sales Page Optins A Factor Of Decreasing Commissions.

There are over a hundred affiliate marketing businesses running actively nowadays with people striving to earn a stable income online.  One of the most popular trends is to become an affiliate of Clickbank products and to sell these to interested customers through a sales page.  But of course, with such a strong competition and lack of knowledge on how to effectively sell these digital products, a lot of internet marketers tend to lose the will and the resources to continue selling as they encounter problems and issues regarding the products they sell, the links being used, and the like.  For this article, the issue whether sales page opt ins are a factor of decreasing commissions will be discussed to provide insight and understanding as to how this internet marketing tool works and how one can actually benefit from it.

As we all know, the role of the affiliate is to sell the product through a sales page to customers online.  The sales page would normally contain the content introducing the product, the link that will lead them back to the main website where they can purchase the product, and of course an opt in list for the customer to receive mails and updates with regards to the product.  These opt ins are usually paired with freebies and bonuses that the customer can avail of, so by entering their email addresses in the opt in box they are not only signing up for the bonuses and email updates but crediting your page for commission.  But the issue raised here is whether or not the affiliate still has a role in the business if the customer simply opts in without actually purchasing the product.  Will that decrease one’s chances of earning commission?

The truth is affiliate marketing systems as well as Clickbank websites track the referrals of their affiliates through cookies and the IP address used, in which the former would normally be saved into the computer not less than 60 days at the most.  So most likely if the customer decides to opt in to the mailing list of the vendor, the ID of the affiliate will be identified and the sales will be credited to his or her account.  Though there is no assurance that the customer will buy the product, the fact that he or she found his or her way to the mailing list through the affiliate’s sales page will already indicate that the commission will still go to him or her and that he or she will still be paid months from now.

But of course, there are certain possibilities that you as the internet marketer would lose commissions if there are opt ins on the sales page.  Supposing the customer decides to opt in into the mailing list but decides to check out the product a little later.  If he or she erases all cookies in the PC or decides to use a different browser to buy the product, then most likely the commissions won’t go to you.

Comments (0) Posted in: Affiliate Marketing Tips — Craig Dawber @ 7:04 pm

Web 2.0 Codes For Blogs

What Are Web 2.0 Codes?

You hear so much about blogging these days on the internet and in media. Anyone who makes a blog is acknowledging its importance in boosting their site on the web. In creating their blogs, they must put blogging tag codes. But what exactly is a blogging tag code?

Blogging tag codes are keywords which act like a subject or category that you should take advantage to bring traffic to your site or blog. Tag code is used to arrange web pages and objects on the internet. For using tag code, the blogger “tags” a webpage or images for making it their own tag. Images or web pages may have many tags to identify it. Web pages and images with the same tag code are connected together and uses may use the tag code to search for same images and web pages.

Tag codes hit the blogging mainstream lately because Technorati (an Internet search engine) which up to this date indexes over 34 million weblogs started sorting blog posts by using tags. By using tags, it can be used to specify properties of an object that are not closely associated to the object itself. Tags can find things with the same properties to arrange or to organize objects. Tags also help to improve the search engine effectiveness because the content is mainly categorized using common, accessible, and shared vocabulary.

Tags usually are used in social software and Web 2.0 pages and the method that allows opening the category is called to as folksonomy. Folksonomy is a system that enables internet users to categorize the contents such as web pages, online images, and other web links

Web 2.0 sites that use tags:

1. Del.icio.us- a bookmarking site that allows users to bookmark in different sites and tag them with so many descriptive words. Other people can also search by those terms to find web pages that others found to be very useful#.

2. Gmail- popular web-mail site that allows categorizing of objects by using tag codes, commonly known as labels on emails.

3. Flickr- a service provider that allows users to tag online images with many specific nouns, verbs, and adjective in describing the pictures.

4. Basecamp- a project service provider that allows users who are working on projects to tag parts of their work in making it easy to find data.

Tag codes doesn’t mean to define their semantics, however tags are often explained as being connected to the concepts which are commonly accompanied with their concepts for which is the user not the computer, who separates which items is connected.

Making tag codes requires a group of individuals to cooperate in order to organize data which is known as taxonomy. Since tag codes lacks in basic steps to explain how an object must be classified as one tag may link to other unrelated web pages. Furthermore, tag codes are not issued by a sole being then classification by tags must be personalized.

Precisely, things that may fall under a specific tag to a user may not closely relate to another subject with the same tag code by another user. Thus, it results in the evolution of categorization methods. Categories are made time to time by people.

Finally, in making blogging tag codes there are easy steps and these are:

1. Visit the available improving customer experience sites.

2. Put the keywords you wish to be tagged. You can separate words or phrases with commas. No need to add + sign to your phrases.

3. Last is choose from Technorati, Del.icio.us, or Flickr and other furl tags

For you to make blogging tag codes is one easy way in improving your personal site. Blogging for you will never be the same again.

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3 Useful Free Blogging Features

Examples Of Free Blogging Software

3 Useful Free Blogging Features

The number of internet users is increasing every day. This is because there are interesting and knowledgeable discoveries found online. What most people like on the internet is that they are able to send messages in an instant. In addition, they are getting more and more fascinated with other sites.

Sometimes, people use the internet as their online diary or journal. Others would use it to promote a product.  Either way, there is one site that is famous for these things; we call it as Blogging or the Internet Blogging. There are many website providers who are now offering free usage of blogging software packages because of the rapid increase of blogging users.

Examples of the free blogging software are B2evolution, Nucleus and the WordPress. These programs have the same features. This is why most internet users ask which of the software is simple to use and would suit the needs of a specific website.

However, the answer to which one is the simplest depends on the real purpose of the free blogging website. If your main objective is to share your point of view and opinions to the public, you can use different blogging software. However, if it is for promotional purposes, use software designed such purpose because a blog for promotion has completely different requirements.

Below is the list of the free blogging software and their features:

1. WordPress Free Blogging Software

WordPress is usually used for personal blogging. It has an open source, modern personal publishing design which is focus on the appearance of the blog. By only using the WordPress, there is no need to gather or your journals and compile it as one. Just write your article. And choose which features you want and the blog will be published immediately to your site.

This software is easy to customize and it offers different functionality. As you get used to it very well, you will learn to add fresh features which will make your site interesting and trendy.

2. B2evolution Free Blogging Software

Like the WordPress, this is also an advance internet blogging software. This free blogging software has a skinning system which lets the users to make many blogs in separate groups with different look or appearance for every blog.

B2evolution has the capability to change skin to make the blog get a new appearance. This software is good for promotional purposes. Therefore, you are planning to create and publish many different themes; B2evolution is the right software for you.

3. Nucleus Free Blogging Software

Nucleus has dominant features which is applicable in promoting your blog. It is capable to optimize the URLs. This helps the user create a blog that is easy to use.

One great feature of the Nucleus is that it is capable to present many blogs using a single page. The Nucleus also has a feature that is very good in promoting a particular site.

These three blogging software provide the best feature that you need to create an effective and interesting blog.  Remember they are all free, so there is no need to be hesitant in using them. However, you must choose the software that will be a great help to you in achieving your main objective in creating a blog. In this way, you are making sure that your blog is unique and it will satisfy you and your needs.

Comments (0) Posted in: Pro Blogging Tips — Craig Dawber @ 8:01 pm