For over five years now, startup activity has experienced massive growth around the world. In fact, a post on the City A.M. blog shows that “a staggering 100 million businesses are launched annually, according to figures from GEM Global Report. It comes to just over three businesses every second, or 11,000 per hour.” However, does that mean that starting a business is easy? Well, I will say that starting a business is easy, but starting a business and making it a success is very difficult. Landing your first paying customer is even more challenging. Interestingly, as many companies are turning into successes, more and more companies with killer services and products are failing on a daily basis. In an article published on LinkedIn Pulse, Kevin Vyavahare showed that “The failure rate for new startups seems to be around 70% to 80% in the first year and only about half of those who survive the first year will remain in business the next five years.” However, no … [Read more...] about Growth Hacking Tactics For Beginners (How To Use Them To Grow Your Business)
When it comes to creating a website to digital goods like eBook, plugins, templates, guides or others, Easy Digital Downloads + WordPress is the most preferred solution. I have spoken about this earlier here. Once your store is up & running, the next thing is to use the payment gateway that works for your target region. PayPal, Stripe, 2 Checkout are 3 most popular Payment gateway used by Easy Digital Downloads users. However, I'm from India & the problem with these International payment gateways is; they don't support all the payment methods used by Indian users. Use an Indian payment gateway like InstaMojo or RazorPay. Personally, I have been using InstaMojo for more than two years for selling our eBooks & they are one of the best Indian Payment gateways out there. Don't believe my word rather here is a screenshot of income I have generated using InstaMojo in the past couple of years. If you don't know much about Instamojo, it's a good time to read the following two … [Read more...] about How To Configure Instamojo Payment Gateway for Easy Digital Downloads
Do you want to make online payments quickly and safely with a minimal fee? Then, give a try to ePayments. It’s the game changing digital payment platform that allows you to make online payments effortlessly. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a blogger or an eCommerce site owner, ePayments helps you quickly manage your online funds with a minimal transaction fees. If you are wondering what it is all about and how can you make use of this digital wallet to your advantage, let’s get into the details without much ado. Let’s start with the basic question. What is ePayments? ePayments.com is an online payment platform (aka digital wallet, eWallet) which is created for fast, cost-effective and secure payments. It’s especially useful for Bloggers Freelancers SEOs Digital marketers Small businesses eCommerce etc Their digital wallet allows you to transfer and receive funds online from anywhere in the world. They are easier to operate and secured to managed … [Read more...] about ePayments Review: Is It the Best Digital Wallet for Bloggers?
What is HTML5? HTML5 is the latest version of HTML (Hypertext Markup Language). It’s a cooperative effort between the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group (WHATWG). The WHATWG began work on the standard in 2004 and the target date for recommendation is 2014. Why is HTML 5 gaining so much importance? Mobile is a part of everyday reality now and new models of smart devices are cropping up on a daily basis. These devices are being used for a wide range of applications and the diversity of use can be estimated by the sheer volumes of apps that can be downloaded from Apple iTunes and Google Play stores. The second fact that is supportive of the growth of HTML 5 is that hardware required for these smart phones and tablet PC’s are increasingly being cheaper and they are penetrating very fast among the majority of population. It was imperative that there should be a technology which makes using them a seamless experience across … [Read more...] about HTML 5 And its Importance in Mobile Advertising
The basic concept of blogging is simple. Write up a post on a topic that interests people, sit back, and watch the comments roll in. It would be nice if it really was that easy. The fact of the matter is that creating what appears to be a simple post can be challenging. It is a big part of the reason why some blogs are alive with activity, and others are sitting there with little to no comments. 1.Don’t Make Them Too Long In an internet world where we read information in 140 characters or less, we must limit our ideas to shorter sentences. When you’re passionate about something, it’s fairly easy to go overboard by making your blog posts a bit lengthy. Sometimes it’s necessary, but more often than not, you want to keep that passion in check. People tune out easily these days, and giving them too many words to read is a surefire way to send most into that zone. 2. Stay on Track Even some of the most successful bloggers make the mistake of falling off course. … [Read more...] about 10 Essential Tips for Writing Better Blog Posts
What’s the next thing you want to do? If you are smart & have the resources, you will start figuring out ways to growth hack your WordPress site. Your goal will shift from adding more content to driving more traffic to your existing content. One easy way to do this is by offering the same content translated & tailored for other geo-locations. Today, I will be talking about the Weglot WordPress plugin that lets you translate your WordPress site into other languages. The best part is that it’s all automated & (they claim) search engine friendly. We will look into the SEO part later. For now, let’s look at how this plugin works & how you can configure it for your WordPress site. Note: I suggest you read the conclusion at the end of this article before you start implementing this tutorial. Side Note: “Website” & “blog” are considered as the same entity in this tutorial. Before anything else, let’s … [Read more...] about How To Make Your WordPress Site Multilingual Within 10 Minutes
Credits: Kris krüg from Flikr In the current digital age, there is an increased emphasis on the involvement of a student’s interaction beyond the classroom with a new form of ‘homework’ i.e. blogging. More and more bloggers are engaging in live discussions across a wide range of topics across the globe, and analyzing these blogs is helping students with valuable inputs in their domain of study. Academic Blogging Blogging for academic purposes is better known as Academic blogging. These are blogs where people post short articles on a continuous basis on a specific topic of study. It may be having one or many authors. It is used in the form of short stories or as a travelogue public page. Becoming an expert on an aspect not only lets you solve all Q & Ans related to it, but also effortlessly transfer the skill to others. There are certain dimensions that you can catch up to later. Like you can become a blogger for money later on. One can easily find students … [Read more...] about Should Blogging Be Used As An Assessment Tool In University?
Arghh…The Smart man syndrome! This one is long yet very interesting. I can’t live without oxygen, food, books and most important gadgets. It will be all right for me to live without food and books for a few days. But if anyone will try to keep me away from my mobile, tablet and laptop, I will hit in his face with a club. I am a lifelong learner. I don’t know how to sit idle and do nothing at all. I don’t gossip. I don’t watch movies. But I love spending time with gadgets. I am a tech-embracing consumer. I think I’ve spent my time on my mobile, tablet, kindle and laptop more than anyone else on this planet — 10 hours a day, sometimes 13 hours a day or even more. I am not mad. I am a normal being like you. In fact, I am productive more than the people I spend time with. Everyone on this planet is given the same 24 hours in the day. I make sure that I don’t sleep more than 6-7 hours a day. After waking … [Read more...] about 21 Secret Android Mobile Apps For The Improved Productivity
How does it feel when you know about something that can get you free money. However, you missed out on grabbing it. This is something that happened to me & I believe it's happening with many more people around us. If, not you, your family member might not be aware of it. The thing that I'm talking about is called Payback point that is available in India, Germany, Poland, Italy & Mexico. If you are not from India, you should look for similar service in your country because this is widely accepted practice globally. Before I move ahead with this epic post, you should answer these simple questions: Do you know that for every online transaction you make, you earn points? Do you know you can redeem these points for getting free stuff such as Kindle, mobile phones, home gadgets & many more? Or, you can redeem these points for cash? And for this, you don't need to spend anything extra. All you need to do is to continue online shopping or using your credit/debit card as usual. … [Read more...] about How I Got Free Kindle Using Payback Points & How You Can too
How often you take a screenshot on your mobile or capture an image that you need to transfer to desktop? How often you need to do the same for a video captured via mobile? I’m sure you must be using the default way like everybody to transfer media files from mobile to computer. Today, I will be sharing a smart way that not only saves time but will improve your workflow. Especially for bloggers, designers this is going to be a great trick to transfer and edit the images/videos quickly & effectively. I couldn’t stress more on the importance of software’s like Snagit (For images) & Camtasia (Videos) for a blogger. For me, they are an integral part of my day to day activity & that’s why I have listed them in the official ShoutMeLoud blogging resource. Both the software is by a company call TechSmith that was founded in 1987 & I love them for their innovative creations that makes the life easier for many users like you & me. If you haven’t … [Read more...] about How To Transfer Photos Videos from Mobile To Computer Using Snagit