Images & visuals help a lot in branding. When it comes to commenting on other blogs, I have always mentioned how regularly commenting with same name & image will help you to brand yourself. However, many new comers who just started with Blogging, are not sure how to add images to their name, when they comment on a WordPress powered blog. WordPress uses Gravatar.com, to show user image in post comments. You can see an example in the below image: Another thing that we need to acquire our online identity is by using the same avatar (Profile picture) everywhere. Most important is using them when you add a WordPress comment anywhere it shows your Gravatar and people starts recognizing you. Also read: How To Comment On Other Blogs and Become A Better Blogger How To Find Free Images For Your Blog Using Flickr Most of the WordPress comment box are Gravatar ready, all you need to do is sign up for Gravatar.com add your Email Id’s and associate an avatar with it. Register … [Read more...] about What is Gravatar & Why You Need a Gravatar Account?
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A couple of years ago, social media sites were a great source of entertainment and a means of connecting with friends. In recent years, however, social media has become a haven for marketing, sales, and networking (i.e. making connections with like-minded people). If your work is in any way related to digital marketing, your presence on social media sites is a necessity. In a previous post, I wrote about the social media sites on which an online marketer should have a presence. Today I will be sharing tips that will help you to improve your personal brand on these sites. One of the most common statements I hear from fellow bloggers or young entrepreneurs is: “I want my brand to be visible… not me”. In other words, they want to enhance their company’s visibility rather than their own personal visibility. Here is my take on that idea: You are your company. If you are growing, your company is growing. … [Read more...] about How to Build a Personal Brand (and Why You Need One)
Twitter has become one of the best marketing tool. The growth of twitter is enormous and many bloggers who have neglected twitter, are now getting inclined to twitter. Bloggers like me who have multiple blogs, or even with single blogs get confused between creating a separate profile for their blog or using their personal profile for blog updates. I always recommend creating a separate twitter profile for your blogs with the similar name. For example see the twitter profile for my WordPress blog @wpfreesetup. Here are few reasons why you should create your Blog specific twitter profile : Most of bloggers, big companies and infect individual are using Twitter. I wonder when was the last time I see a blog without any twitter icon on sidebar or around the post. Creating a domain specific twitter profile will help you in branding. Some people might not like your personal twitter profile for update like “Weather is amazing today” and Blah blah!! For information … [Read more...] about 3 Reasons Why You Need Dedicated Twitter Profile for Blog
Consider this – You have a product in the market. You need to bolster your sales and what if you do not happen to be a member of the marketing team, how would you increase you sales? Even consider this – If your product is a market fit, i.e. more than 40% of your customers would ask you to bring back the product if taken off shelves. How would you scale then? One fine day, I sat down for my routine reading and I came across an interesting article by Andrew Chen, an Adviser/Angel Investor in the Valley, titled – ‘Growth Hacker is the new VP of Marketing‘. That just spun my brain into thinking how could this new term – ‘Growth Hacking’, which I wasn’t quite familiarized with at that time, manage to replace, or rather replicate the VP of Marketing? How could this new term possibly make something obsolete that was present since the beginning of early corporate industry? This might be taking a toll on you by now, wondering what exactly … [Read more...] about What Is Growth Hacking and Why You Need To Know About It
When I started blogging back in 2008, I was not sure what will I achieve with this blog; as it was only for my passion. In past 6 years, I have met numerous people online and offline who are somehow related to blogging or want to start blogging. Recently I got an Email from someone who said he has been thinking to start blogging for almost an year, but he couldn’t start. He is in urgent need of money, and now he wants to learn blogging. Sounds like your own story? Let me give you reality check with this article: The most common reason majority of people wants to blog is because of passion or fame or money. I often get emails from people saying that they want to be a blogger but they are in some situation that they can’t blog. Most of the messages or mail which I get started like this: I want to start a blog but.. I have a great idea which I want to work upon but.. I’m working online from years and had few websites which failed. Now I want to start a blog but.. If … [Read more...] about Why You Can’t Become A Blogger Who Makes Money
In today’s technological world, businesses need to change the way they go about their marketing. Traditional marketing methods are simply not as effective as they once were, as more and more consumers turn to the Internet to find businesses selling the products and services they are seeking. In order to reach these consumers, businesses need to create a digital marketing strategy that will effectively reach their target audience in order to produce the highest ROI possible. Why You Need a Digital Marketing Strategy Creating a digital marketing strategy for your business is an absolute necessity these days. As mobile devices and smart phones become more popular, consumers are using these items to research businesses online before making a purchase. If your company does not have an online presence, you are at a severe disadvantage when it comes to acquiring new customers. Digital marketing is also very cost effective and routinely produces some of the highest ROI figures in … [Read more...] about How to Create A Digital Marketing Strategy and Why You Need One
One of the lesser known things about any popular blogger is; that they spend as much time editing old posts as they do write new posts. Particularly after the Google Panda algorithm rollout it’s essential to keep all posts of your blog relevant and up-to- date. Personally, Every month I update at least 20+ old posts to make the posts ready for today. In this post I will list the reasons why it is so important to edit old blog posts, and the benefits of doing so. You will learn practical tips on how to keep editing your old posts & what other things you should take care along with it. So let’s go ahead and first understand why you need to start working on your old posts now. Top 5 Reasons for Editing Old Blog Posts: Your blog could be a news blog, a tech blog, a fashion blog or a blog in any niche. Your visitors can land on any of your posts from search engines or via referral. If you have a post which might be a year old or more, it may contain information that is not … [Read more...] about Why You Need To Edit Old Posts on Your Blog : Practical Tips
Every e-commerce owner wants to increase their conversion rates and reduce their exit rates. And, studies show that one of the key reasons why exit rates may be hitting the roof is poor page load performance. Below, you will find an explanation as to why page speed should be your next focus for your e-commerce site if you want to make your store as profitable as possible (which I'm assuming you do). Potential customers can really get frustrated and disillusioned with your site if they find that they have to wait ages for pages to load. This is a key reason why exit rates (the rates at which visitors to a page exit your site on that specific page) can start to climb. Gomez.com recently did a study which suggested that over half of internet users expect a website to load within 2 seconds. Any longer than that, and they may start tapping their watch, getting frustrated, and preparing to click away from your site to see if one of your competitors offers an e-commerce experience with a … [Read more...] about Why You Should Focus On Page Load Speed in 2017
How many times have you come across posts where a blogger talks about his income from blogging and shares his income stats? When I started sharing my income report initially, I got many mixed reactions from regular and first time-visitors. Some people find it motivating, others consider it “showing off” or bragging, and some people believe it’s misleading. I have not written about this topic before today, but after four years of blogging, I believe it’s time to clear the air and share my perspective on sharing income reports publicly. Why sharing a blog’s income report is helpful to yourself and others: There is no denying the fact that money is one of the biggest motivational factors in every aspect of life. If you ask people what they want to do or become in life, a majority will answer that they want to be involved in a profession that brings maximum recognition, respect and financial compensation. This is true because money is needed to buy most of … [Read more...] about Why Bloggers Share their Income Report and Why you Should too
Blogging is becoming a trend now days. No matter for whatever reason, you are blogging or want to start a new Blog, but everyone around have a blog. Someone is on BlogSpot, someone is using WordPress.com or self-hosted blog, many are also using Tumblr to create a blog, but by the end, everyone have their online presence via Blog. If you are still wondering, how you can start a new blog for yourself, this guide is a great way to start. There are many reasons you can start a blog, you can talk about how you are feeling today, you can share your thoughts, you can write about something you like, you can start a new blog to promote your business or none the less, you can create a blog just to make money from it. Now, everyday many people create a blog and they forget about it, but here at ShoutMeLoud, we take Blogging seriously, and you can use it to earn handsome passive income. You can use advertisement or different blog monetization techniques, to earn enough to pay your mobile bills or … [Read more...] about The Only Guide You Need to Start A New Blog?