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Top 5 mistakes i did when i started blogging

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Hi All – I have a question. When you compare your early days of blogging to what you are today – Is there anything that you wish, you hadn’t done?

I started blogging just an year back and today when i look back, there are certain things that i wish i shouldn’t have done. I won’t call them mistakes – but rather “Experiences”, because those are the things that taught me a lesson or two.

1 – I should’ve selected the template with care.

I was looking for free blogger templates and as and when i came across one, i picked it up almost instantaneously.I did not check for cross-browser compatibilities, I did not even check if the comments link is working, I didn’t check if the columns(it was a three column template) are all placed well at different resolutions. And heck, i didn’t even check as to how big and ugly the code was.
All that mattered to me was the look. And somehow in my browser(FF), it looked all good. But not to everyone – i received emails from my friends (i didn’t even have a good number of reader’s at that time) saying that the columns are all over the place. Thanks to them, i started to tweak the code but in vain, there were certain things that i could not get away with – I was done! One fine day i decided to change the template once and for all -hah! what a relief, that’s the template I’m using right now.

2 – I shouldn’t have worried about the traffic or monetization.

All that mattered was quality. Quality of the posts and how frequently you delivered them but instead i worried about traffic, incoming links, page rank and as you guessed i had a not-so good in shape blog. Later, i managed to get over the “reputation” thing and concentrated only on my posts and their quality. I managed to make it fairly OK, i must admit.

3 – I should have interacted more with the blogosphere.

As you may already know, even if you have a fantastic blog, it’s not going to attract people if you are unknown to them.
When i started blogging, i did not spend even half of the time i spend today for interacting with bloggers. I was too busy tweaking and posting. Later, as i read from other professional bloggers,(though hesitantly), i started to interact with other bloggers and that’s when i realized that this phenomenon called blogging could be more fun and learning hand in hand, and not boring as it used to be.Today, i have an entire list of readers with whom i share ideas, get feedback, ask opinion etc and it’s truly amazing to know people. Study them and you have answers to your questions most of the time.

4 – Linking more.

Though i thought that i was writing great articles, others didn’t think so. They might have, but they didn’t tell me may be. I never linked to other blogs. I only linked to wikipedia, Google products etc.Honestly, i thought that linking to others may bring down my chances of ranking high on Google. I was wrong.Linking to others will only help you get appreciated by friends and readers. It also creates and urge for “invisible readers” to react – so that they make sure that you note them, and one day you link to them too. After all, everybody wants to be in the loop.

5 – Keyword research.

I would say it’s my impulsive nature that made me write articles. When ever i came across a rubbish or an excellent product or a service – i used to get excited, because it’s the passion in you – and i wrote articles based on it. Sometimes it used to be products, sometimes a blogger’s comments, or an article on a news site. Although it satisfied me,ti could not generate much traffic because, what i wrote was interesting to me, my wife and my friends (i guess) only. Had i done some keyword research, i could’ve picked up some interesting topics from the most searched keywords on Google and written articles that created traffic.I didn’t -i struggled to get the traffic.

I doubt if anyone would agree to me on the above points, but this is the truth – just what happened to me. It could happen to young bloggers too, and I’d like to nudge them, make them aware that these are the things that could get you carried away. To sum up, my advice to young bloggers who pursue a successful career in blogging (do i sound like a brag – boy ???) is to- Select your platform wisely – be it wordpress or blogger, pick a cool template and forget it. your viewers get a bad idea about you when you keep changing the template every week. you can tweak, that’s improvisation but make sure you have a template that you are likely to use for a long time.

– Don’t worry over traffic or money, believe me those are things that’s proportional with the quality time you spend on your blog. The more the quality, the more the time – the more the return. you should forget about it totally – and concentrate on the articles you write, how appealing they could be.Everything else, fame and money will follow.

– Interact with people
, talk to them, get their ideas, study it, brood over them, try to implement them, pull off what you can’t – get on with others.Find your fan, find your critic. It will help a lot in self analyzing you at least, expel some wrong notions you cultivated about yourself and your blog.

– Link more with others, it’s a way of telling them that you appreciate their work(even thought you criticized). So link, get linked, exchange links, don’t panic about the google algorithm or the page-rank.

– Do a bit of research.Yes you should follow your heart, write about things that you are passionate about, but also make sure you are not losing the platform. See what’s happening around you, what people are searching, write about it, contradict, agree and do all that.Mix it with the topics you are passionate about. It will take you a long way in getting quality traffic.

P.S – I’m not trying to be a brag-boy or a “professional blogger” here, just trying to share my experience with young bloggers – hope it helps.

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What Bosch Products and Dishwashers Can Teach Us About Business

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Business is what makes the world go round. It’s not just about the money that is generated from a business, it’s the service provided and also learning how to better cater to the needs of your audience, while also evolving over time.

Whether you have an offline retail or service business, a website or blog, or even working as a freelancer to start making some money on the side and doing your own thing — they are all unique in their own ways, and also providing you with a journey that you learn from day after day.

Bosch, one of the most popular electronics and service businesses in the world today has created some of the more important products in millions of households around the world, while also building quite the reputation for themselves.

With this in mind, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at their latest Bosch 800 Series Dishwashing Machines, and comparing it’s features to that of an online business, or to the life of an entrepreneur.

After all, these products are all created for the ideal usage from their customers, which is the same way your blog, brand, or business should be built as well.

What Every Entrepreneur Can Learn from a Dishwasher

When you think of a dishwashing machine, you probably just think about how you have to load dirty dishes into and then click a button.

Much like a business or a marketing strategy, there are many different components to a dishwasher to make sure it’s always working, cleaning as much as possible, and also worth the monetary investment that someone has to make to acquire one.

With all of this in mind, lets take a look at some of the more important features, settings, and factors in place that make Bosch’s line of dishwashing machines not only top of the line, but also for comparing a business to a dish washing machine as well.

Bosch 800 Series Dishwasher Highlights and Features:

• CrystalDry™ (only available in 800 Series) | The ultimate clean. The ultimate dry, including plastics. The new Bosch 800 Series dishwasher delivers a sparkling clean and dry with advanced PrecisionWash technology and patented CrystalDry technology. Patented CrystalDry technology transforms moisture into heat up to 176F for the ultimate dry, even for plastics
– Not all dishwashing machines are the same, nor are the millions of businesses in the world today. With Bosch, they put a ton of work and effort into making sure their machine provide the ultimate cleaning experience, while also having implement advance trying methods and the ability to place plastics for wash in the machine as well. In short, if you are looking for a dishwasher, it’s a name that is going to be associated with top rated products. Now in reference to your business, this is something that one should be striving for as well — not just to provide the best service possible, but to be able to boast about it, and deliver every time.
• With PrecisionWash, intelligent sensors continually scan and check the progress of dishes throughout the cycle, and powerful spray arms target every item of every load, for the ultimate clean.
– If you were to look at the history of washing machines over the past several decades, it would be quite amazing. From just having a bucket and soap to manaually washing your dishes, or using any of the first generation washing machines, it’s been quite a journey. Now through the power of great advancements in technology, dishwashing machines are even better and more computerized than ever before. Just like how Bosch is creating dishwashing machines that use intelligent sensors to scan the progress of it’s washings, businesses also need to rely on advanced artificial intelligence, the internet of data, and automation to get more done. If you are, then your business or brand might quickly find itself lost in the mix.
• Extremely quiet operation (42 dBA)- incorporates 18 unique sound-reducing technologies such as multiple insulation layers, grindless food filtration, and a sound absorbing base. Large interior provides the loading flexibility to easily accommodate 16 place settings, and Bosch’s largest 3rd rack- the MyWay rack provides additional loading space for cereal bowls and large utensils. Every Bosch dishwasher is ENERGY STAR qualified and meets or exceeds federal guidelines, for year-round energy savings.
– Look at any of the top dishwashing and home appliance brands today, and you will find some common ground with all of them (in the eyes of the customer). We all want them to be quite, energy efficient, and also to work for many years to come. This is nothing new, but it is something that might be hard to find when comparing so many different products and solutions out there. Bosch makes this process easier by highlighting these features and letting the end customer know exactly what their products have to offer. As a business owner or entrepreneur, this is something one should do with their own services or products as well. Remember, it’s not just about getting a new client, it’s about also making sure they completely understand everything they are getting and what they are paying.
As you can imagine, these are just a few of the many features and highlights that are available from Bosch’s extensive line of products, but just a handful that we wanted to highlight today in this entreprenuer and business comparison guide.

Building Your Business Like a High-Quality Dishwashing Machine

Sure, the idea of business your business off the same elements of a dishwashing machine might seem a little off the wall or crazy, but it actually isn’t.

Think about all of the moving cogs and components that make up some of the most important electronics and appliances in your house today. Now think about your business and how many different moving parts are built into that as well.

The more efficient and optimized your business is, like that of a quality dishwashing machine, then the more likely you are to find success with your overall business.

The next time you are loading up your dishes and about to turn the dishwashing machine, why not think about how each peice is similar to that of your business as well?

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Do You See Yourself as a Struggling Blogger?

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Yeah. Good luck succeeding if you see yourself as a struggling blogger. You cannot outrun your self-image. You cannot outmaneuver your energy. How you see yourself is how the world sees you. If you emit a struggling blogger vibe then people will see you as a struggling blogger and choose to stay away.

In essence, you wave a big red flag that tells people to avoid you because nobody wants to get advice from a struggling blogger. What does a struggling blogger know how to do? Struggle. Why would bloggers want to learn how to struggle? We want to learn how to succeed. We follow successful bloggers. But in the same regard, do not brag about yourself all day long as the most successful bloggers put their attention on their readers most of the time and allow their community to spread their successful word for them. People who brag about themselves all day long just do not believe in themselves. This is low self-esteem at play.

Bizarre bloggers carry some weird idea that bragging about their struggles makes them proud, or attractive, or someone to follow, for other people who struggle. This is a stupid idea. Guess what happens? You and hundreds of other struggling bloggers all get together and complain, whine and moan about your struggles as you struggle forever because nobody is teaching each other How To Succeed. Does that sound like a fun blogging career? I do not think so. I sometimes see these groups on Twitter and Facebook. Struggling bloggers crying in each other’s beer. Who cares? I have compassion for struggling bloggers but I have enough respect for them that I see them in an empowered light. The problem is they are a little bit lost. As a matter of fact, it is because I have compassion for these bloggers that I see them in an empowered, not struggling, light.

Ultimately, nobody cares that you struggle because people want to win. Nobody cares that you struggle because people want to succeed. People will simply exit your blog and follow a winning, successful blogger to learn how to succeed and how to live your dreams. Sure you can share some of your struggle but don’t build your entire freaking brand on being a struggling, broke blogger or you will get to be a struggling, broke blogger for your entire career because where your attention and energy goes, grows. You create your blogging struggles and you create your blogging success depending on where you put your attention and energy. A hundred percent of the time you are the source of your blogging struggles and you are the source of your blogging success. What would you rather do? Struggle or succeed? Any sane human being would rather succeed and live their dreams and live a fun, freeing life over struggling.

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Lose the struggling image. Adopt a new, fun, freeing, successful image. Focus on abundance. Count your blessings. Release the starving artist image and you will also release fellow struggling bloggers who only hold you back, in your comfort zone. These are not true friends. These are fear filled folks who say they mean well but only hold you back because they are not teaching you how to succeed, but how to struggle like them. Let them go. Allow them to find their own way. Your job is to be an empowered, abundant, grateful, generous servant who creates and connects their way to the top of your blogging niche. Why? You get to help other struggling bloggers in increasing numbers leave their struggles behind so they can live their dreams.

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The Blogger’s Guide to Launching an eBook

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eBook marketing is a powerful way to build your personal brand, optin list and even some income (if you do your job right!)

Therefore many bloggers write eBooks in an effort to come up with alternative and self-serving blog monetization method.

However writing an eBook is only first part of the task, arguably the easiest one.

What happens next?

It is time to start preparing your ebook launch… yay! Is there anything more exciting or nerve wracking? The excitement of what could be on the horizon for you. Will the book sell well? Will people like it? Could this be the beginning of something incredible for you?

All of these questions are probably filling your head, and you have every reason to be giddy by the prospect.

But don’t let that giddiness stop you from taking advantage of the moment. There is a lot to consider when preparing for a book to launch. You can improve your visibility, which is turn will improve sales and hype, weeks before your book hits shelves (or ebook databases).

Here are some tips for your pre-launch, which are just as important as the launch itself.

Be prepared for disappointment

It is sad but true: first time authors are rarely given a leg up. Sure, you hear about these writers who publish a novel and explode onto the scene. But they were writing well before that point and already had a foot in the door. Their publishers, whom they had gained before hand, took care of a lot of the work in the PR category.

Besides, the landscape of publishing has changed a lot, thanks to the Internet. If you are publishing digitally, don’t expect a sudden rush of fame and recognition. That has to be worked diligently towards.

Set realistic goals

This goes along with the above tip. When you are preparing to launch, you should have a clear set of goals in mind.

What do you want to accomplish? What are you hoping for, in terms of readership? Profits? Eventual payoff in the long term?

Keep your goals manageable and small (especially if this is your first ebook), and then build on those successes later.

This will keep you from getting discouraged and will motivate you to keep moving forward.

After all, the Internet has given everyone an ability to become a published author, so it is not easy to stand out. It will take a lot of time, work and possibly investments.

Create a powerful landing page

This is crucial. Everything else you do to market your eBook needs to start and end here. You need an ultimate resource talking about you, your book and which problems it solves.

The page needs to be compelling enough for your future readers to optin to receive a free chapter (or to buy/download the book right away).

It is a good idea to get the page ranked in Google for it to become a traffic sources of its own. For that, you will need to identify keywords and optimize its copy.

Use Text Optimizer to build your landing page copy. Text Optimizer is the semantic analysis and search intent optimization tool helping you write content that matches Google (or Bing) users’ expectations. It’s also a great way to optimize your content for it to rank higher in Google:

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Get hype started early

The earlier buzz begins to build for your book, the better. Whether you are a blogger launching an ebook, or an author publishing a novel, you want people talking about it.

A couple of months is a good starting point, but a couple of weeks can make a lot of difference, as well. Use social media platforms.

  • Share with Facebook followers little excerpts.
  • Brand a hashtag. Hold a tweetchat.
  • Have giveaways so a few people can get free, advanced copies of the book.
  • Share a free chapter.
  • Set up an email newsletter to build a community of your loyal readers
  • Ask for people to share your updates, and remind them regularly about the coming book.

Get your readers excited.

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Remember that gaining readers is more important than profits

This is especially true for first time writers. If your book is good, it will sell. But in the beginning, it is a lot more important to get your work out there and build an audience first.

For example, 1000vultures was a Reddit user who began a long term story on the subreddit NoSleep. He gained a large following and buzz continued to build about his story.

One day, he announced that he would be selling a more complete version in novel format on Amazon, under the name Dan Auberbach. His novel, Penpal, has become quite popular and exists in a physical format.

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But he gained his readers before he ever made a profit. That is why so many Amazon ebook writers will allow their works to be lended out as part of the Prime library, or sell for $0.99

Focus on building community and your optin list (while keeping GDPR regulations in mind) rather than getting rich overnight.

Take advantage of connections

Do you know some other bloggers or social media influencers? Start cashing in those favors, because they are going to be important to getting the word out about your work.

Ask bloggers to read and review the book ahead of its release. Offer to write blog posts and include information about the book in your byline. Ask pages to promote it on Facebook, Twitter and other social networks.

Do something quirky

When Random House was promoting the book Zone One by Colson Whitehead, they began to post Twitter updates featuring the hashtag #RHZombies that had to do with the undead.

This quirky little bit of promotion was popular, and led to thousands of favorites and retweets.

Likewise, don’t try to get published. You can start selling your ebook without ever publishing it. There’s no need to follow a traditional route. You can come up with your own!

Think outside the box, and you will be more memorable, and successful.

Have you ever tried to write an (e)book? Do you have you got a tip or two for an ebook pre-launch? Let us know in the comments!

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