Having a unique design for your website is very important. The first look of your website should tell the user what will he find here. Avoid using free themes/templates, but also don’t go for paid/premium themes as they are used by multiple websites. For starters, you could hire a designer to get a unique simple theme for $200-250. There’s no need to spend a bomb to get a jaw dropping design for the start.
You need to have good content. By “good content”, I mean easy to understand, free and original. Everything is about information and content on the internet. The whole point of the internet is to find useful, relevant and free information. If you’re content is better than the others in the pool, your website will automatically stand out of the crowd.
3. Basic SEO
You don’t have to be a SEO expert to rank higher in search results nor do you have to hire a SEO expert to do that for you. Just do a bit of basic SEO for your website and you should be good to go.
- optimal and natural usage of keywords
- include meta title tags
- simple navigation through out the site
- provide good link bait article titles
- include sitemap
- proper usage of H1, H2 and H3 tags
- use robots.txt file
- use Google Webmaster Tools and Google Analytics to gain insight on what works and what’s not
- avoid duplicate content (CMS issue)proper permalink structure
- use canonical tags.
- read the Google SEO Starter Guide (PDF).
Why make enemies when you can make more money by being friends? Your competitors teach you a lot. You can learn from their mistakes and strategies. Win them by making them your mentors, don’t try competing with them while you have just started. Investigate, where is their presence and who is linking to them, etc. They rule your niche right now, learn what they did to achieve what they are right now.
Promote your website where ever you can. While meeting people, posting online, comments etc. Just don’t become a spammer.
- comment on other blogs related to your niche,
- use Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or any other social platform popular at the moment,
- guest post frequently on well established blogs,
- be active on forums,
- pay for ads if you really have to (Adwords).
This will surely get you a good exposure on the internet. If you’ve got the first 4 right, you can’t go wrong.
Of course these 5 tips are not the only one’s to build a successful website. You also need to work on speed (of your website), monetization, building RSS subscribers and readers etc. The above 5 are essential tips to get started. Try, make mistakes, learn is the only way to survive on the internet.“The internet will not give you anything unless you contribute to it” – Sensonize.com The above quote only refers to monetary benefit from the internet. It won’t make you any money useless you help someone else (make money). You can contribute by sharing your knowledge, using social media for recommendations/networking, contibuting content etc. Contribute, to Earn is the basic rule around the internet.
By Mohnish On July 5, 2011 2 Comments
Google has started rolling out Google Plus to more users as you read this. Google had announced the +1 button last month and had released the code to add it to your website.
+1 helps people discover relevant content—a website, a Google search result, or an ad—from the people they already know and trust. Adding the +1 button to your pages lets users recommend your content, knowing that their friends and contacts will see their recommendation when it’s most relevant—in the context of Google search results.
When a signed-in Google user is searching, your Google search result snippet may be annotated with the names of the user’s connections who’ve +1’d your page. If none of a user’s connections has +1’d your page, your snippet may display the aggregate number of +1’s your page has received.
Content recommended by friends and acquaintances is often more relevant than content from strangers. For example, a movie review from an expert is useful, but a movie review from a friend who shares your tastes can be even better. Because of this, +1’s from friends and contacts can be a useful signal to Google when determining the relevance of your page to a user’s query. This is just one of many signals Google may use to determine a page’s relevance and ranking, and we’re constantly tweaking and improving our algorithm to improve overall search quality. For +1’s, as with any new ranking signal, we’ll be starting carefully and learning how those signals affect search quality.
How to add the +1 button on your WordPress blog
All you need to do is install a plugin on your blog and activate it. You’re done!
- Install the TF Share Plugin. (Also known as Twitter Facebook Share plugin)
- Activate it.
and you’re done! 2 simple steps to add the Google +1 button on your WordPress.
You can also customize the plugin as you like. You can add Facebook, Twitter, Stumble Upon and Google +1 widgets on your blog.
Do let me know how Google +1 is performing for you in the comments below.
By Mohnish On October 19, 2009 18 Comments
Do you see the Retweet button the right side of this post? —>
The power tiny button on your page is to tweet the pages you like automatically, without copy pasting the URL and title. In just 2 clicks you can tweet the page you like to your followers.
Now, there is a button like this available for Facebook as well! Extremely simple to install and simpler to use it. In a click, you can share any page that has the button on Facebook!
How to Install it?
You can also download the WordPress version of the plugin from here (click)
Testing it live: Help me test the plugin and post your input in the comments please.
Thank you! 🙂
By Mohnish On August 6, 2009 16 Comments
If you plan to make money online by blogging, you should plan of treating your blog as a business. In a business, you have to take your business seriously or else it would close down. So just as a business, you should strive to build your blog to reach a successful level.
How can you do that (build a successful blog)? You can build the blog by
1. Writing Good Content – People read blogs because they want to gain new knowledge or to understand something. With good content, you are guaranteed to get repeated readers. Some of the repeated readers would help your blog to go viral. Good content is when a blog has posts that are readable and well articulated. This would help to boost your credibility.
2. Be Opinionated – This is the reason why people read your blog. There are many blogs in the blogosphere, how can you stand out from them. Give your opinions in your posts. Don’t just report a news in your blog post, make the voice to be in your blog post.
3. Allow Comments – Comments would allow your readers to leave their opinion about you. There would be good and bad comments. If the good comments is more than the bad comments, then you are on the right path on having a successful blog. If you want to improve your blog reputation to the people leaving the bad comment, you should read their comments carefully and analyze if the problem is from you or from them
4. Reply to Comments – You might think that you were well articulated in the blog post, but you were not. You mistakenly missed some points or steps because you assumed that your blog readers know it already. Somebody might be new to the topic and leave a question in the comment. When you reply to the comment, you would help the reader to understand what you meant.
5. Allow Post Ratings – This would help you to know what type of post that your readers like to read, so that you can write more about that topics in the future. Remember, your readers are reading your blog because they like your content.
6. Being Contactable – Let your readers be able to contact you. Some of your readers might be potential advertisers. If they cannot contact you personally, you might be missing out.
7. Be Credible – If you have a good credibility, you would be the person that people would run up to get either advise. Your credibility doesn’t only depend on your content, it depends on what you promote. If you promote products that people have classified to be spam, this would hurt your credibility.
By Mohnish On July 21, 2009 6 Comments
WordPress, the most popular blogging software is vulnerable. You don’t need to worry about it, WordPress has released a security patch — 2.8.2. If you are using 2.8 or 2.8.1 you should upgrade right away!
Quote from WordPress:
WordPress 2.8.2 fixes an XSS vulnerability. Comment author URLs were not fully sanitized when displayed in the admin. This could be exploited to redirect you away from the admin to another site. Download 2.8.2 or automatically upgrade from the Tools->Upgrade page of your blog’s admin.
Sensonize.com got hacked a few days back because of this vulnerability which is extremely dangerous. You can lose all your content and blog if a hacker runs this exploit on your blog.
The upgrade changes only 10 files and doesn’t touch the database. A simple upload and replace is all that’s required. Or you can use the auto upgrade feature built into the WordPress software.