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)
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Whether you run a blog or online business, it’s important for you to have social network profiles for your blog/business. When it comes to Social networking sites, we always think about Facebook or Twitter. But how can we ignore something from Google? Yes, I am talking about Google+. It’s the fastest growing social network ever. And it’s growing very fast. Like Facebook, Google+ allows you to create a fan page for your brand. Google+ page is going to be very useful for your brand in long run. If you don’t have any Google+ page, this is the time to create one. In this post, I am going to share how to create a Google+ page for your blog/business. Before moving to the tutorial, I would like to share some awesome features of Google+ with you. At first visit https://plus.google.com/pages/create and choose your business type from among categories. If you are creating a Google+ page for your blog, you should select Brand as your business type. … [Read more...] about How to Create Google+ Page for Your Blog/Business
Why reinvent the wheel? There is a lot of experience with wordpress out on the web, a lot of people who had problems and solved them. Have you ever wanted to increase your site speed with one click? Or find a specific line of code in your wordpress installation? Perhaps you want to boost your site ranking a little, but don’t want to deeply get into how. That is where the following plugins and tools come in. These 6 must have wordpress plugins will save your life. Stick with the 1-click solutions Go with 1 click solutions that require some configuration Go all out on your code and optimize every single thing Plugin 1 – Caching Let’s start with the basics, to increase site speed you have to install a caching plugin. Go to the plugins menu and install W3 Total Cache. Sidenote to metrics geeks like me, you can configure the google speed analysis widget before you do this (also in the W3 general settings) if you wan to see before and after speeds. Now let’s go … [Read more...] about 6 Must have WordPress Plugins and How to Use Them
You happened to be one of those who have worked day and night to create unique creative or you happened to upload original and awesome pictures on Flickr, Pinterest and one day you saw your photo on one big website with no credit to your profile. How does that make you feel? Have you ever thought, if you can find all the pages on the internet, who copied your images ? Welcome, to the world of reverse image search, which will let you search copy of an image on entire web. Read: 4 ways how Images Enhance your blog As the name implies, Reverse search for image means that you are doing a research related to a specific image. In this article, you will get to know everything you need to, about what is meant by reverse image design, how it works and how you too can perform a search using image easily. What is meant by Reverse Image Search? This kind of a search doesn’t require any text, you can perform search using image upload or image URL. Sometimes it happens that you … [Read more...] about How to Perform Reverse Image Search & Find All Copied Images
Although I am a newbie blogger as well who is yet to make any money, I read and follow the top bloggers in the industry. In this post, I would like to highlight the top mistakes that newbie bloggers make. 1. Not Building An Email List “The money is in the list.” If you haven’t heard that line before, you have not blogged long enough. Whatever your blogging goals are, building your email list should be your top priority. If you are blogging to make money, you would soon notice that your blogging income will be directly proportional to the number of email subscribers. Making an growing, an email will ensure that you have a steady stream of visitors as soon as a publish a new post. You could also segment your visitors and send them targeted emails or drip campaigns. This way you would successfully make sales if you created your own products. Having a growing subscriber base will also Google Proof your website. You can still get a good number of visitors on your blog if … [Read more...] about Mistakes Bloggers Make That Costs Money & How To Fix Them?
It’s great when someone shares your blog post to their social media pages. This means your content was worth sharing, and it’s going to get more views because of that share. In the past posts, we’ve discussed the importance of choosing the right images for your blog posts. If you have missed it, here are articles which you should read right away to use perfect images for your blog posts: By now, you’ve probably made great images that your readers even want to share them. But how do they do that with just a few clicks? By using an image sharing tool for your blog post images. What is an Image Sharer? An image sharer works similarly with social media share buttons, but it works specifically for images. If you’ve ever read an article and shared it to Facebook or Twitter, then you should be familiar with the process. In this case, social media sharing buttons are displayed on the images. So if you want to share or bookmark any specific image, you hover your … [Read more...] about How To Add Social Media Sharing Buttons to Blog Images?
Social media marketing is getting hotter with every passing day, and every online business is changing their strategy to be more active on social-media platform. Apart from branding benefits, you get targeted users who convert into sales better. Think of your Facebook page or other Social-media platform as first point of contact where you build the trust factor and later on sale happens on your website or via your referral link. I run ShoutMeLoud Facebook page, which has more than 58,000 fans and here I’m sharing many of my strategies which helped me to reach that level, and most important it’s not the number but the level of engagement. If you are using Facebook as your marketing tool, this article will help you to supercharge your effort and make your page more popular and engaging. One thing which you should know about Facebook for business is, now the number of fans on your page doesn’t matter until unless your fans are engaging with your updates. Facebook fan … [Read more...] about How to Make a Facebook Page Popular
Google plus pages is a great way to give exposure to your brand on Google plus social networking site. Many of you make a mistake of treating your personal profile as your brand page, but it’s a wrong approach. You should create a dedicated Google Plus page for your brand (Blog, Website or any other). In this guide, you will be learning to create a Google Plus page. Before we move ahead, lets quickly create a page for our brand on Google+. You can check out ShoutMeLoud Google+ page here. When you create a page, it works like a Google+ profile, where you can share anything including images and videos. You can start a hangout, you can add people to your circles. The only difference is you can add only those people who have added you. This feature is going to be very helpful in targeting anything on your Google+ brand page. For example, if you are into services, you can add your client based on loyalty and keep offering offer based on group and so on. Ideas are limited, but this … [Read more...] about How to Create Google+ Brand Pages for your Blog
It was somewhere around March-April 2009 when I decided to quit my daily job to become a professional blogger. At the time of the writing of this post (2014) it has been five years since I made that decision, and not only am I happy, but I consider it to have been among the best decisions I have made in my life. Becoming a professional blogger was not something I had ever given a lot of thought to prior to the spring of 2009, but somehow circumstances favored me enough (and I was brave enough!) to make that decision and create a new reality for myself. If you want to read more about my journey to pro-blogging, here are two posts which will give you a more complete background of my blogging journey: This article is a part of a question-and-answer series. So if you have any questions related to blogging/ WordPress / SEO/ making money online etc., feel free to send me your questions using ShoutMeLoud’s contact form. Being a professional blogger is not an easy job. Many skills, much … [Read more...] about How to Become a Professional Blogger & Be Your Own Boss
A Twitter Website Card is a good way to increase your website traffic when you tweet or even when someone tweets a link from your site. It is a “sign” that appears automatically on a tweet when you add a link or when someone else does it from another tweet account. It works as a attribution of the owners content. A Twitter Website Card allows you to show information differently than just text or images alone, even if someone else links to you, it allows you to show the preview images or thumbnails you want. You are able to customize the title and description too. For example, when you watch a YouTube or Vine video from twitter you are actually using a Twitter Website Card. The “Player Card” allows you to watch videos without leaving twitter. It is as easy as adding a few lines of code of HTML in your website to make it work, also you can use a plugin (WordPress) to do it faster. This way, any user who tweets links to your website will automatically generate a … [Read more...] about How to setup Twitter Cards to Increase your Traffic?