Sensonize dot com has got a new theme! This is like the 5th theme in the past one year lol! Alright, but this time, it’s a bit different. I’ve actually gone ahead and spent some money on it 😛
I always wanted a theme which is simple and neat, but yet offers many features. Many of you might think that this is just a plain old simple theme. No my friend, this theme has got features which many pro themes don’t have!
Some features I like:
- Highly editable in WordPress Widgets
- I don’t need to touch a single code
- Comes in three colors for the price of one
- Extremely SEO friendly
- Light, yet crisp
- Makes pages load 50% faster
- More monetization options
and more.. The list never ends!
This theme is not the like the ones that cost a fortune… This theme is the one that makes fortunes! It’s extremely simple and very cost effective! — Only $67 for 3 colors! That’s like $22.33 for each color set — for LIFE! No additional cost, no subcribtions – Just one time payment.
Dude! This theme is the BOMB! If you are into the make money online niche and don’t use this theme, you’re blog isn’t worth it! Spend some bucks and get this them for $67 only!
By Mohnish On March 13, 2009 11 Comments
So you’re a blogger, eh? Who are you actually blogging for? Readers or yourself? Well.. If you don’t have any readers, do you think it is worth ‘investing’ your time on blogging? Blogging is an ‘investment’. The time, content, money you spend on writing your blog pays off later on when you grow big. The traffic you get from Social Media sites is more of one-time visit traffic. Those visitors won’t visit you’re blog again unless you have something interesting to offer. I have got over 200k visitors from Stumble Upon but only about 8k have bothered to come back. Well.. I don’t blame them! Its entirely my fault. I never made an attempt to make use of that 200k traffic which I got from Stumble. I could have used it, seriously!
What to do when you are getting huge traffic from StumbleUpon?
1) Don’t panic!
The first thing I was afraid of was getting suspended by my WebHost. Which never happened, I quickly opened a support ticket as soon as I got the huge traffic of frekkin’ 1300 users online!!! This was the craziest thing that ever happened in my virtual life and I hope I have more crazy moments like these in the future 😉
2) Setup a quick comment contest and link it to your post
This traffic won’t last longer than a week or two and after that the effect will die off slowly. Setup a small 1 GB iPod Shuffle contest or something which is between $20-100 and attractive to the Social Bookmarking kind of traffic. When your done, link it back at the bottom of the post which is getting thousands of visitors. Your done! Atleast 1 from 10 quality visitors from Social Networking traffic will check it out. You also need to keep in mind to reply to the comments you get. You have your loyal readers list building up 😉 Also add a message at the bottom of your Stumbled Post asking youre visitors to leave an comment 🙂 This is gonna build your reader database too. Read on to know how…
The Traffic And Contest Are Over – What do I do next?
So you have got about 100 comments? 200? 500? Lets just leave counting and go ahead with out next step! 😉 Download the WordPress Plugin – Thank Me Later, Install it and activate it. Not many people are yet aware about this plugin as I hardly see only 4,000 plugin downloads – all time. This plugin emails the people who have left comments on your blog a “Thank you for commenting on my blog” email. You can modify the email format as you like. Add your subscribe URL, your furture updates and whats new with your blog. The best feature is that this plugin makes your 1-time commentators into a mailing list/loyal readers. Thats right! You can send them an email every X weeks/days or you can also send them a custom email. How cool is that?
This is one awesome way to make your one time readers into daily blog traffic. No, this is not an evil way. A more evil way is yet to come 😀 Muwahaha..
By Mohnish On March 8, 2009 5 Comments
Choosing the right blogging platform is the first step for a blogger. A blogging platform is really important but it it not always necessary to spend money on buying web hosting, hiring a designer/coder, buying a domain and then start blogging. You could simply use BlogSpot, which is a free service by Google and buy a domain for $9. Even if you don’t buy a domain, web hosting, wordpress etc you will still be known as a blogger.
WordPress is not free…
All those who think that WordPress is a free blogging platform which you could just install on your web hosting account with a single click and start blogging, You’re WRONG! If you thought it was so simple to use it then why would people use BlogSpot or any other free blog hosting services? WordPress is not a free blogging platform. If you thought it was free, think about the $100 hosting and $10 domain which you need to pay for EVERY YEAR! Thats not it! If you get stuck up somewhere you might need to hire a WordPress expert to solve your problems.
WordPress is difficult to learn…
When I was new to WordPress I didnt even know how to upload an image. I slowly learn’t using it and the use of WordPress plugins. I seriously had bad times when it came to upgrading the software, but now there are no such problems after WordPress added the 1-click upgrader. If you’re a start up blogger I strongly recommend you BlogSpot! Its simple and neat and I myself used to use it before.
Why use BlogSpot?
One simple reason, its FREE! Apart from being free, it’s great platform for new bloggers. I have seen people use BlogSpot for 4+ years and achieve and page rank of 3+. Its not really easy to get a PR4 unless you are really blogging since 2005 or are a quality blogger. BlogSpot has some great features which wordpress might not have and it allows you to store 1024 MB (1 GB) of files for free! Not bad at all! You can use Adsense/Adbrite or any other publisher network and make money with it 😉
Why use WordPress?
WordPress is for advance users. If you have $150 to pay every year then go ahead with WordPress! But when you start using WordPress you will be dumped into an advanced level of blogging which you might get confused with or start with BlogSpot and when you think you’re ready, transfer all your articles to WordPress. Yes, you can do that too! 🙂
What I recommend:
The bloggers who make money blogging use WordPress, including myself. You host it on your own server so that you have total control over it. However, many bloggers use BlogSpot and make money too! As I have said above, If you’re a serious blogger and sure about what you are doing, go ahead with WordPress! But if you’re just starting to blog, I highly recommend BlogSpot . BlogSpot might ban you if you’re doing too much of affiliate marketing or sell links, where as in WordPress, you are your own master 🙂
I hope you are now clear about which blogging platform is right for you to start with blogging.
By Mohnish On February 28, 2009 2 Comments
Even the best writers/bloggers run into writer blocks. If this happens to you, here are 6 things you should do when you have nothing to do blog about. If you have anymore things that you would like to add, feel free to add them in the comments.
1) Check The Comments
When I have a writers block, the first thing I do is check the comments. I get many blog post ideas going through them and this is one of the best way to know what are my readers willing to read.
2) Check out other blogs in your niche
With more than 1,75,000 bloggers being added daily to the blogosphere , I’m sure you would find something to blog about easily! How do you find quality blogs? Google your keyword or checkout Technorati. I’m sure you’ll come up with 100’s of quality blogs which have quality content. Either you rewrite the content or make up your own content by selecting a topic/post title 🙂
3) Look into your archives
I’m sure you must have got many posts which have got no comments at all! Just update the date and you have a brand new article! (Evil me.. Muwahaha 👿 ). Currently Sensonize.com has 127 posts, how many of you have read each and everyone? It would be really easy for me to change the date and bring a post back on top 👿 But I wouldn’t suggest this, a better way would be to rewrite the post or make an update about it 🙂
4) Check your email
With 1,000’s of email forwards everyday, I’m sure you would find a topic to blog about or maybe your readers are mailing you with their questions. Answering them as a blog post would be the best way to answer them 😉
5) Forums of your Niche
Forums like DigitalPoint and SitePoint have thousands of posts and threads everyday(For me), check them out and I’m sure you would find something of your topic to blog about 😉
6) Twitter/Social Networking Websites
When the above ways fail, take a break and login to Twitter or any other social networking website. You might just find a new topic on Twitter 😉 It is believed that Twitter Search is as powerful as Google Search and has all the new topics in the blogosphere listed before! Use Twitter Search to find topics about your niche. Twitter Search is an extremely powerful tool for bloggers and writers.
If the above 6 ways don’t work, climb a mountain and do yoga! (Trust me, this works! I got this post by doing it lol)
By Mohnish On January 23, 2009 4 Comments
Let me put some spotlight on the Top 7 mistakes made by bloggers. If your a blogger and your making any of the following mistakes, you need to change yourself 😉
Lazy to update your blog
This is a common mistake and is done by alot of bloggers.. So blog about anything if you don’t have a topic to blog about. Just blog about your blog updates, coming up stuff, changes etc etc.. This keeps your readers updated about you and your work 😉
Blogging only for money
This is the second mistake which is pretty common. Many bloggers don’t update their blogs until they get a sponsor for that post or they are “gaining” something.This is not only limited to reviews, but also to “Click my Adsense Ads if you like my blog” kinda messages at the end of your post. But they forget that they are losing subscribers/readers 🙂
Your view and opinion
Third mistake and maybe your most viral one. You might be a good blogger but you need to tell your readers what you think about a topic and not what others think.
I won’t say that this is a mistake, but it isn’t good if your just flooding your blog by copy pasting the posts from another blog(s). You get search engine traffic, but its a waste.. They won’t visit again. If it is your original content and you are still post flooding, its useless! Your readers might not leave their comments. So make it a habit to make no more than 2 posts a day for a good reader followup 🙂
You can blog the cool way like me or blog the serious way! My way of blogging is a bit chatty style.. I do not concentrate much on my grammer and try to keep my articles in as much simple as possible.
Replying to your comments
If you don’t reply and interact with your readers.. your hardwork is useless! You need to interact with your readers to know what they want next from you. You will also get new idea about your next article.
Blogging for search engines and not your readers
Who are you blogging for? Search engines or your readers? Well.. Sometimes it is good to blog for search engines, but only ‘some times’.. Don’t make this a habit and lose your readers!
Not reading Sensonize.com
Your biggest mistake… 😉
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