Stop Making These Silly Blogging Mistakes!

A lot of new (and even experienced) bloggers make silly blogging mistakes that could ruin their chances of becoming successful in their blogging endeavors. It is always important to learn all the silly blogging mistakes to avoid in order to making sure that you generate quality blog posts…all the time.

Blogging is indeed a fantastic way to build a reputation in your chosen field, as well as connect with new readers, and keep the old readers coming back for more. A lot of people have actually used blogging in order to grow their business.

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There are so many silly blogging mistakes to avoid, but I will just stick to highlight 5 blogging mistakes that every blogger should never make.

1.     Posting Blog Content that Are Downright Boring!

You need to make your blog content very interesting to read, nothing scares off new readers more than wasting their time reading a boring blog post. The content you generate for your blog should be engaging. Reading a very interesting blog post will make readers want to leave comments on your blog. Having a sense of humor goes a long way to helping you get new readers, and win the loyalty of old readers.

Whenever I write, I always want to show my personality and let readers know that I am real and they can count on me to help them learn a thing or two. One of the goals that you should have at the back of your mind when you are generating content for your blog is to make sure that the content you post is interesting to read. No one wants to spend their time reading a boring piece of article.

It is important to know what is considered to be funny as opposed to what many consider to be racist or religious jokes made in poor taste. I have been in front of people who have actually thought there were telling a funny joke, but all the while they were being very rude. There are so many ways you can make your blog post interesting without retorting to so-called funny jokes that would upset a lot of readers.

This is the part where some people would want to ask: “I write about business, so how can I make my blog posts more interesting?”  When it comes to writing interesting topics about business, I have found that what keep people glued to business posts is topics that address issues in business and how to solve them. People also want to read about how a fellow entrepreneur turned a teeny-tiny business into an empire.

If you are not connecting well with your readers, things could backfire. This brings me to the next point.

2.       Being Clueless about Who Your Target Audiences Are

You should know your target audience! Of course, no one is saying that you should know the names and addresses of your readers. But you should know the type of audiences that you wish to reach out to. In my case my target audiences are: online entrepreneurs, small business people, people who are interested in learning new things and people you are interested in personal development.  When you write for a specific group of people in mind, it would help you connect with them much more easily.

3.       Making Spelling and Grammar Errors – Yikes!

In one of my blog posts titled: Ultimate Guide to Blogging I pointed out how a lot of writers makegrammar errors. Okay let’s face it, there are times when we write in a hurry and a few typos slip through the cracks, but when your readers keep seeing badly spelt words, typos and poor syntax, then you can count on losing your readership base. I am a Nigerian, and English is not my native language; but back home in Nigeria, English is the lingua franca. Any Nigerian who attended primary school up to the university/polytechnic level would definitely be able to write and express themselves in decent English.

I started using American spelling when I began blogging, because I noticed that it was the norm. Instead of writing honour (which I learned in school), I simply spelt it the American way; which is spelt “honor”. But if you are not too confident when it comes to writing error-free English, you can pay someone to proofread the content prior to posting the write –up on your website.

According to the research I made some time ago, Matt Cutts from Google revealed that websites/blogs with better grammar and spelling rank higher in Google search results.

Read this very carefully, because I am only going to write it once: Poor spelling and poor grammar will leave a bad impression on your readers. Think about it, why on God’s earth should someone trust you when you cannot even spell the name of your company right, or when you are guilty of writing sentences packed with grammar errors and misspellings?! 

4.       Not Using Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Techniques

Do not forget about search engine optimization when you blog. I do not mean that you should just stuff your webpage with keywords and keyword phrases! You need to write for readers and not just for search engines and learn the art of balancing quality writing with search engine  optimization – hey, do not worry, the process is pretty easy.

There are certain types of keywords that would not sound natural; so you should not worry if you cannot “squeeze” it into your blog post more than once. Learning how to tactfully add unnatural-sounding keywords into an article is a skill that can be acquired easily, especially when you are a naturally gifted writer. Google is getting better by the minute at being able to fish out spammy web pages.

5.       Not Promoting your Blog Content

Writing thought provoking and super interesting blogs is just not enough, you will also need to make sure that you promote your blog on social media websites such as facebook and Twitter.  If you do not have a facebook or twitter account, the best time to sign-up for one is NOW! If you already have different social media accounts, then you have absolutely no reason not to start promoting your website or blog!

These are just 5 of many silly mistakes, which happens unknowingly. If you are a newbie blogger or one of those blogger who are taking the leap of faith to become a successful blogger, you need to work hard on mistakes which you are making on daily basis. A good strategy is to learn from other people mistakes, and quickly jump ahead. Here I’m suggesting some of the articles from ShoutMeLoud archive, which will help you learn more about common mistakes which every blogger makes in his initial days of blogging:

I’m sure you will learn many new things today, which will change the way you blog. If you like to share some of your stories about mistakes that you used to make, feel free to add few via comments. Don’t forget to share this article with your blogger friends on Facebook and Google plus. I wish you success in your blogging endeavors :-)

Source: ShoutMeloud

#Google begins testing a #domain registration service

Google today revealed that it is building a domain registration service called Google Domains. The product is still an early work in progress, so it’s in invite-only beta for now.

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Google’s small business-facing division decided to build the product because, according to its research, 55 percent of small businesses still don’t have a website. Since the domain acts as a website’s foundation, Google decided to do more to help companies get started with their online presence. While Google Domains won’t include hosting, website building providers SquarespaceWix,Weebly and Shopify have signed on as partners.

When Google Domains launches to the public, you’ll be able to buy and sell domains through the service. Unlike some other domain registration offerings, Google won’t charge you extra to register your domain privately. You’ll be able to create up to 100 email addresses on the domain and as many as 100 customized sub-domains. Google Domains will also use the company’s own DNS servers, so visitors should get a snappy response time when they hit up your site.

If you’re interested in trying out Google Domains, head to the link below, click on “Manage My Domains” and then follow the instructions to request an invite code.

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How to #host your #websites on #GoogleDrive

Google Drive doesn’t just host files and folders. You can also use it to host your website.

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Almost everyone who owns a computer also owns at least one website these days. Be it personal or professional. There are a number of hosting services available on the web for us to host our websites but most of them cost money.  A simple and efficient way to host websites can be Google Drive. With its free storage space of up to 15 GB, you can host a fairly large website without any cost.

Google Drive can be used to host basic websites or even complex JavaScript-based web apps. You may publish any kind of static content on your website including HTML pages, images, CSS, icons, audio, video etc.

Note: However, Google Drive does not support web resources that make use of server-side scripting languages like PHP.

Here’s how:

1)Create a public file folder.

2) Put your website i.e.the HTML, CSS, Javascript files inside it.

3)Open the HTML file and preview it.

4) Share the URL that looks like “www.googledrive.com/host/…” from the preview window.

To create a public folder:  For this, you simply need to go to folders, create a new folder, and rename it to whatever name you want. Following which, you select the checkbox next to the New folder. Click the “Sharing settings” icon. Then click “Change” and make your folder “Public on the web”.

To put files in the public folder: Click on your New folder’s title. The new folder is empty as of now.  Click on “Upload Files” icon. Select the index.html or other files from you hardrive and then click on upload (Uploading via browser).

If you are using Google Drive on your desktop then simply move your folder into the Google Drive Folder.

NOTES:

a) If you’re using any external files in your website, like a JavaScript library or a web font hosted elsewhere, link to the secure version of that file (if possible). By default, Google Drive sites redirect to HTTPS, and any insecure links may visitors ‘security warnings’ on the website.

b) If you do not start with an “index.html” file, then the site visitors will not see a website. Instead they will get a directory listing of all the folders in the website. So be sure to include it.

Opening and previewing HTML file: Click on the index.html page.  Drive will open the file. Click on the “Open” button at the lower right corner of the screen.

Once you open the file select “Preview”.

Your live page should open. The URL in the address bar is your new site’s URL.

Sharing the URL: Now that you have your URL, simply share with all you know!!

And voila! Your website is live and running.

Note: If you wish to assign a custom domain to this site, note that Google Drive sadly doesn’t allow you to set the DNS values. But you can have an index page which contains a single iframe fetching content from this URL and set its width and height to 100%.

#Gmail may soon get a #makeover

Google may be working on a new user interface for the web version of Gmail, its popular online webmail service. 

Gmail may soon get a makeover

Gmail may soon get a makeover

According to a new report, Google is testing new features for Gmail’s web interface. Geek.com claims to have access to screenshots of the new Gmail screen undergoing testing. 

The interface featured in the screenshots features more white space and removed the new tabs feature. There’s a new hamburger menu at the left side that hides the different mail folders, and even the mail categorization groups which are currently present as tabs. The Hangouts chat menu is placed at the top right with a drop down list of chat contact and a big Search box sits in the middle.

 

On the right hand side towards the bottom, the interface features email and reminder creation buttons that are round shaped. According to the website, the tools will let users store multiple unfinished messages or reminders. 

It also includes a new pin system that reportedly replaces stars for flagging important mails. It lets users pin important mails by dragging them around. 

It’s not clear when Google will eventually release the new interface and it’s not confirmed if it would even use the interface in the form revealed in the screenshots. It may be possible that the company showcases it at the forthcoming Google I/O even in June.

#Facebook, #Twitter, #Google change face of Indian #elections

The three American social media giants, Facebook, Twitter and Google, have emerged as major players in the ongoing general elections in India, with political parties and candidates competing with each other in breaking the news, spreading their message through these outlets in addition to those via the traditional media.

M_Id_469744_Social_MediaWhile the impact of these social media on the elections could be known only after May 16 when the results are declared or could be a matter of another academic research, all the three major players have seen substantial increase in their India traffic and usage.

For instance, Facebook has now 100 million users in India, its largest outside the US, while that of Twitter has more than doubled since January this year.

After the 7th round of polling, there were 49 million Indian elections-related conversations on Twitter, more than double the 20 million Indian elections-related conversations on Twitter for all of 2013.

In 2009, Shashi Tharoor was the only Indian politician to have a Twitter account and had 6,000 followers. Five years later there is hardly any major political leader who does not have an account on Twitter.

Tharoor is now the second most popular politician on Twitter with 2.16 million followers, after Narendra Modi, the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate with 3.89 million followers.

Modi now also has nearly 14 million fans of Facebook. Barack Obama is the only other politician to have more Facebook fans than Modi.

With political parties, leaders and candidates putting their advertisement on social media to reach out to their voters, all the three major players are reported to have made substantial addition to their revenue.

Though none of the companies are willing to discuss the advertisement revenue this election cycle, all of them have put in several months of tireless efforts and diverted substantial amount of their resources in the elections, many of them working thousands of miles away from India.

Facebook started working on the Indian elections towards the end of last year, says Katie Harbath, manager for policy at Facebook, adding that the company started doing a series of things beginning March this year when the elections were announced.

This includes launch of election tracker so that people can see in real time. Candidates are now using Facebook and Twitter for breaking news.

“We are really seeing the entire country discuss the issues (related to elections), Harbarth said in a recent interview.

“Facebook is really the key place of the conversation that is happening,” she said.

Adam Sharp, Head of Government and Nonprofits at Twitter, who has been involved in participating in elections in various countries of the world, said Twitter is a powerful way to return to retail politics. He conceded that elections have helped Twitter expand in India.

While the majority of the users of social media are concentrated in urban areas, the elections have also helped them expand their reach to the rural areas too.

Before the elections, the use of social media was generally restricted to the national political parties, but as the general elections gained momentum, even regional parties joined the social media bandwagon.

In a recent interview, Raheel Khursheed, head of news, Politics and Government, Twitter India, said the electoral landscape of social media has changed forever in India.

“Twitter has now become an integral part of Indian elections,” Khursheed said.

The sheer size is a major challenge for them, concedes Harbarth.

“It is just exciting to see, how much social media is being used in the election,” she said.

In addition to the volume and size, Twitter officials said the nine-phased elections are another major challenge.

“Twitter gives you a front row seat to the Lok Sabha #Election2014 in India and is the #1 place to go to stay informed about the latest elections developments.”

“This election is turning out to be the country’s first Twitter election; candidates, journalists and citizens have been using the Twitter platform extensively to discover elections content, converse with others in real time, and express their views,” Adams said.

On the other hand, Google provided platforms to politicians to reach out to their supporters through hangouts.

Google also created a Google Elections Hub for elections-related news and information created to help 800 million Indian voters stay informed and updated about the elections. The site also includes features such as elections related News Videos, Search Trends, G+ Hangout Series, and an interactive Pledge to Vote campaign.

“We want to make sure Indian voters have quick access to information to help them make informed decisions on election day. This is part of our commitment to bring essential information to Indians as they head to the polls in this historic election,” Rajan Anandan, VP, India Country Manager, told in an email interview.

“Google created its first elections tools seven years ago when our engineers noticed a huge increase in search traffic around the election period in the United States,” Samantha Smith from Google said.

“Today over 20 countries including Malaysia, Thailand, and now, India, have elections pages that aid voters during election periods.

“Google aims to encourage people to be more participative and engage with candidates. It also allows voters to have a deeper understanding of politics and governance through engagement with the candidates,” Smith added.

Several American media outlets have described the 16th general elections as the first social media elections.

“Social media has become the new election battleground for India’s nationwide parliamentary elections,” a CNN news report said.

Both officials from these social media outlets and experts are unable to predict this time the influence it would have on the election results. However, the Internet and Mobile Association of India estimates that a well-executed social media campaign can swing 3 -4 per cent of votes.

In 2009, the popular vote of the BJP was 78 million and that of the Congress was 119 million. In 2014, the total numbers of Indians on these social media outlets are matching these figures.

#Facebook launches #newswire for #journalists

Facebook said that it has created a newswire tool tailored to journalists, part of a broader effort to be the go-to place for conversation for its 1 billion users.

Called FB Newswire, it is designed to help journalists share and embed newsworthy Facebook content that is made public by its members such as photos, status updates and videos.

Facebook is teaming up with News Corp’s Storyful, the media tool that verifies and manages copyright of news and video on social media platforms like Twitter.

“News is finding a bigger audience on Facebook than ever before, and journalists and media organizations have become an integral part of Facebook,” wrote Andy Mitchell, director of news and global media partnership at Facebook, in a blog post announcing FB Newswire.

Social media platforms have become a gold mine for journalists. Facebook, Twitter, Google’s YouTube and others are rich in source material, as many people around the world use them to communicate, including during periods of upheaval.

Acknowledging that many journalists use Twitter to uncover material, Facebook is also providing a Twitter feed, @FBNewswire.

“We work closely with our news partners and as we look at the opportunities clearly Facebook was being used as a place to gather news,” Mitchell said in an interview with Reuters.

Facebook’s newsfeed, where people post stories, status updates and photos, is an integral part of the company’s revenue growth and it injects paid marketing messages straight into the news stream.

On Wednesday, Facebook reported a 72% increase in revenue to $2.5 billion during the first quarter because of a surge in advertising.

Google launches compute cloud (and slashes prices) to rival Amazon Web Services

After an 18-month preview period, Google’s Compute Engine (GCE) is finally ready for prime time.

Google launches compute cloud (and slashes prices) to rival Amazon Web Services

Google launches compute cloud (and slashes prices) to rival Amazon Web Services

On Monday, Google announced“general availability” for its cloud compute project, which now includes a service level agreement that guarantees it’ll be available 99.95 percent of the time. The American tech giant also introduced a few new GCE features, including 16-core instances and faster persistent disks, as well as price cuts for its standard instances and persistent disk storage. (If we’ve already lost you, think of cloud “instances” as virtual servers that can run applications.)

Widespread commercial availability should reassure customers that Google won’t suddenly shutter Compute Engine as it did with Google Reader or Google Wave.

“We’ve been working to improve the developer experience across our services to meet the standards our own engineers would expect here at Google,” said Google vice president Ari Balogh, who oversees the company’s data storage, network infrastructure, and cloud-computing efforts.

Google has operated its App Engine platform-as-a-service since 2008, but it’s a latecomer to cloud infrastructure. It originally introduced Google Compute Engine in June 2012, long after Amazon released its Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2) service in August 2006. Amazon Web Services is the unquestioned leader in cloud computing in terms of overall market share, towering over competing vendors like Google, Microsoft (Azure), and IBM (SoftLayer).

Current Google Compute Engine customers include Snapchat, Evite, and Wix. To learn more about the service and its official launch, check out the video below.

 

5 must have games to show off your Nexus 5’s performance

Now that you have the Nexus 5, the only obvious thing to do is to install these graphically amazing games to make your friends jealous.

5 must have games to show off your Nexus 5's performance

5 must have games to show off your Nexus 5’s performance

So, you have the Nexus 5 with you or are waiting for the slowpokes at Google to deliver it to your doorstep. What’s next? Yes, you could go down the mundane route and use it for the regular stuff: social networking, emails, messaging and on and on and on. Or, you could get into the mood of the season and jump into next-gen gaming, but with your Nexus 5 phone instead of a PC, Xbox or Playstation.

Want your Nexus 5’s 5-inch HD IPS display to ooze graphics and the Adreno 330 GPU to scream bloody mayhem? And as a wonderful side effect, get all your iPhone-toting pals jealous while they fiddle around on a tiny screen? Then, download these five games from the Play Store immediately.
Shadowrun Returns
Price: Rs. 436
Size: 366MB
Based on the popular table-top role-playing game and a successor to a bunch of video games released over the last three decades, Shadowrun Returns is the perfect way to spend time on your Nexus 5 if you’re a fan of fantasy games with a generous helping of Fallout and Deus Ex. Shadowrun Returns excels graphically with the help of large gorgeous environments that have a lot going on in them (flickering lights, fog, rain etc.) and will definitely look amazing on the 5-inch screen.
Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing
Price: Rs. 107
Size: 451MB
The original ‘endless-runner’, Sonic the Hedgehog has surprisingly not achieved a whole lot of fame on mobiles, which should actually be the perfect platform for him to show off his blazing speeds. That should change with All-Stars Racing, a game in which Sonic races against 12 other popular video game characters across 25 tracks in different vehicles (I know, a little pointless). The game is colourful and packed to the brim with effects and razzmatazz that will pop on your Nexus 5’s IPS display.
FIFA 14
Price: Free (with in-app purchases)
Size: 1.3GB
One more year walks in and another FIFA game accompanies it through the door. We would have a problem with these annual iterations if they weren’t of the best quality, but they are. In fact the FIFA games have long remained the best way to get your football fix on the PC and consoles. Thankfully, EA has done a great job with FIFA on the phones too. Once you download FIFA 14 on your Nexus 5 you will notice that the phone’s hardware delivers top-notch performance and the screen is perfect to maintain absolute control over the players of your favourite team.
Sine Mora
Price: Rs. 186
Size: 291MB
Sine Mora is probably the most visually stunning game on this list. Originally released last year for the PC and consoles, the game was finally released for mobile devices this year…and we couldn’t be more thrilled. The game already looks amazing on the larger screens, so you can only imagine how beautifully it will grace your Nexus 5’s display. Plus, the game is a shoot ‘em up where you control an aircraft on a 2D plane in a 3D environment and is quite suited for touch controls.
Modern Combat 4
Price: Rs. 390
Size: 2GB
Modern Combat is not the most innovative or unique game out there, and it has in fact been ‘inspired’ by the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare titles. Modern Combat, like its name suggests, Modern Combat is an all-out action game in the FPS genre. The explosions and the visual flair that you’d expect from a title such as this translate really well on the Nexus 5’s display. Another surprising aspect are the game’s touch controls which also work smoothly on the Nexus 5.

 

Samsung says it owes Apple only $52mn, not $380 mn for patent violations

Apple demands $380mn from Samsung for violating patents, Samsung defies their claim saying they owe them only $52mn. A new trial sc.

Samsung says it owes Apple only $52mn, not $380 mn for patent violations

Samsung says it owes Apple only $52mn, not $380 mn for patent violations

Samsung and Apple have locked horns again, as Samsung has said that it owes Apple $52 million instead of the $380 million that Apple claims.

As you might be aware, an American judge declared that Samsung electronics had violated certain patent protocols and copied vital features of the iPhone and iPad, such as scrolling and the ‘bounce back’ function at the end of documents.

The companies made their demands on Wednesday during opening statements of a patent trial in San Jose, California. The issue at hand here is a set of 13 older products which a previous jury found infringed upon several Apple patents. The previous jury, awarded Apple $1.05 billion after determining 26 Samsung products had violated six Apple patents.

However, a judge made the startling revelation that the previous jury miscalculated $400 million in damages for 13 products and has ordered a new trial to come to the correct figure.

“Apple lost sales because Samsung was selling infringing products,” Apple attorney Harold McIhenny told the jury. He argued that Apple’s lost profits, Samsung’s profits on the offending devices and royalties owed Apple, add up to $380 million. “In a fair fight, in a fair competition, the money they got would have and should have gone to Apple “,  said McIlhenny.

In response, Samsung’s attorney Bill Price added that consumers prefered Samsung’s devices, which operate with Google’s Android OS, because of the many differences rather than the similarities they have with Apple. Price told jury that Samsung owes Apple $52 million.

“Apple is simply asking for much more money than it’s entitled to”, said Price.

Price accepted that Samsung was guilty of copying Apple’s features, but downplayed the aspect of technology in devices. “This is a case not where we’re disputing that the 13 phones contain some elements of Apple’s property,” Price said. “That doesn’t mean Apple gets to come in here and ask for a windfall … for more than it is entitled.”

The current trial is a dispute over older products, which are not even on sale in the U.S. Another trial is scheduled again in March over Samsung’s devices currently in the U.S.

Apple has argued with courts around the world that Samsung’s Android based phones have copied Apple’s technology, while Samsung is fighting back with its own reasons that some key Apple patents are invalid and Apple has infringed upon Samsung’s technology.

Both have won and lost legal battles over the past couple of years. and analysts predict this feud to carry on for months to come.

The current trial could be a warm-up for bigger things to come in March. Apple is asking Samsung to be boycotted from selling some of its current devices in the U.S.

Source: FirstPost heduled is in March.

 

Gmail gets quick action buttons for YouTube, Dropbox, Google Docs and more

Google has added new features to its “quick action buttons” for Gmail users.

Gmail gets quick action buttons for YouTube, Dropbox, Google Docs and more

Gmail gets quick action buttons for YouTube, Dropbox, Google Docs and more

Google earlier this year introduced ‘quick action buttons’ for Gmail users, allowing them to manage digital to-do’s directly from the inbox. These quick action buttons appear next to certain types of messages in the inbox and let users to take an action on an e-mail without having to open it. For example, users can directly RSVP to any Calendar invite or rate any restaurant they visited recently. Google has now broadened the ‘quick-action buttons’ to include more useful features.

The latest update to “quick action buttons” now incorporate messages from YouTube, Dropbox, Google Docs and several other online services. OpenTable has also been included, allowing users to modify any reservations they’ve made directly from the inbox.

Those who are avid uploaders on YouTube and Vimeo can view the finished uploads with the new “View video” button. There’s also quick buttons for viewing a Dropbox folder or Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides shared with users.

Google has also expanded new feature to the third party developers. “The list goes on, and we’re continuing to add even more buttons to make it easier for you to get things done in Gmail. If you’re a developer looking to add this feature to emails you send, check out our Developers site to learn more,” says Google in a post.

View finished uploads with a single click

Credit: http://www.thinkdigit.com/Internet/Gmail-gets-quick-action-buttons-for-YouTube_18378.html