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5 Things Blogger Should Look for in a Laptop

Every blogger can not live without a laptop and internet. Blogger needs a laptop that is functional considering their line of work, because it is their asset and database of everything he is working on, so the choice becomes more specific.

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As there are a wide variety of laptop, choosing one which is right for a blogger and one which fits for his creative work can be a daunting task. Whether you are a blogger, writer, or simply entrepreneur as in full time, you can not afford investing in wrong laptop.

The primary concern bloggers have while they go to buy a portable laptop is its battery life and a right weight. You also need to understand that the benefits of owing a best laptop brand, which gives right specs in right budget.

So choosing ideal laptop for your work requires a few considerations.

Here are 5 things bloggers should look for in a laptop.

1. OS (Operating System): The very first point is what OS you prefer for your working environment. Most of bloggers go with Windows and some prefer Mac or even Linux based OS, which is directly related with their kind of need. Windows and Mac both are quite solid platform for everyone. Before taking any decision just confirm once is all the application are compatible with respective OS or not.

2. Specs: Creative task requires a powerful machine with a better battery life, and no doubt that laptops are made especially for that. Still here are some recommendations like – choose SSD over HDD, intel i5 and i7 are quite powerful over i3, do not pick atom and celeron based laptops as they are low profile, always pick 13 inch laptops if you do not require any special graphics based requirements.

3. RAM (Memory): How much memory is too much for me? It is biggest question with lots of answers. But always go with 8 Gigs and more because these days even chrome uses more memory in general. 16 Gigs and above only required when you are seriously pro user.

4. Weight: Most new ultra books are powerful as well as less in weight. So go with latest techs as they much more in the similar price range laptops. If you travel a lot then ultra books are only option that gives you a whole day power upon full charge.

5. Battery Life: When it come to graphic applications, they can be processor intensive and use a lot of battery power. This is the reason why you need to invest in a laptop that offers the longest lasting battery life.

Conclusion

Summing up everything, selection of a nice laptop is required for anyone who is seriously into tech industry. Thus little bit of market research should be there.

Common Blogging Mistakes

Are You Making These Five Common Blogging Mistakes?

To blog or not to blog; that is the question. That is the eternal Shakespearean dilemma every blogger confronts in every task. The question is, why do you want to blog? Is it your passion or fashion? You need to have the clarity, because it’s the key to your blogging success. Choice is yours.

Common Blogging Mistakes

Now let’s get in to the nitty-gritty of blogging and the mistakes you make while blogging. Following are the mistakes many bloggers do without realizing and fail. Now understand these after thoroughly analyzing yourself. You’ll be closer to your goal to become a good blogger.

1. Do You Have it in You?

We all feel that we are capable of writing good blogs. But are we? What makes a good blogger? It’s passion for writing. It’s the free flow of thoughts that are condensed in to the blog. If you have to take too much time to think, or refer books on the subjects you write about, then forget it. It doesn’t qualify to be a blog. All that requires being a qualified blog writer is passion and flair for writing. Communicate from your heart, talk to your readers. If you think you have it in you, go ahead. Start your blog.

2. Choice of a Topic for Your Blog

What do you want to write about? Is it something close your heart? Is there any free flow of thoughts when you write? If not, stop and think whether you are really serious about your blog. Choose your comfort zone. Feel which topics really concern you and you are passionate about.

If you plan to write on general topics like food, travel, leisure, politics etc, then please check your competency in writing. If not, stick to core professional topics where you have sufficient knowledge and expertise. That makes all the difference. Write about something that adds value to your reader.

3. Visualize Your Readers

Who are your readers? Why should they read your blog? Taking them for granted will be great mistake. What do you want them to do? What does it provide them with – fodder for thought? Or just entertainment, or knowledge? Or fun times? Decide yourself, keeping in mind what you are going to give to your discerning reader. Your success as a blogger solely depends on what you write and for whom.

4. Are You Good in Self Promotion?

If you are adept in promoting yourself in social media, then you can brag about your blog in your social circles. If not, take help. Ask your friends to promote you. But then, give them a good reason why they should promote them. You have to convince them how you wish to add value to your audience through your writings. Go all out. Build a place for yourself in the wild web.

5. Have a Clear Format for Writing

How you write is the key to your success. Your style of narration can make or mar your blog. Are you an out of the box thinker? Are you a creative writer? Remember- Art of Writing is not that simple as you think. You need to be good wordsmith. You build your story, holding the attention of your reader to every detail you present. Add images to make it vibrant. Your stories should weave a tapestry of words. Develop your own style. Practice it well. Get your basics right. Get expert opinions. Once you feel confident, go ahead and post.

Go through the above points carefully. These are the basics of blog writing which many bloggers overlook. Do some self analysis and answer those points mentioned above, honestly. You won’t make the mistakes again. So now, get set and GO. All the best.

Blog Commenting

12 Crucial Blog Commenting Tips

Whilst blog commenting still plays a well-know role in generating traffic for blogs, but you may not know how to achieve the highest or should I say maximum capabilities of the results from one single comment.

Most people say commenting on other blogs to get traffic is a waste of time, it surely won’t give you a huge traffic spike but you are still determined to receive at least a few couple of new unique visitors.

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There are some tricks you could use to increase that “few couple of” visitors into “many more” loyal readers or subscribers, whatever you want to convert them into.

1. Never hyperlink your texts

If you decide to hyperlink a word or sentence from you comment body, then your comment is doomed to be sent to the spam inbox, heck, if you hyperlink a keyword like making money online, you’re probably going to get IP banned.

2. Be unique, leave new fashioned comments

There are heaps of times you have probably seen a comment “nice post”, “great post”, or “nice tips” and then nothing. These openings are again doomed to be sent to the spam box.

Instead, you could try something new, turn your words around like;

  • “that’s a great piece of work”
  • “nice bits of information there”
  • “pretty cool stuff mate”

3. Your name isn’t “make money online”

It is true that people could get better benefits from linking their own website with the relevant keywords, search engines are likely to index these little things, so will the spam comment detection.

Use your real name, or you could doing something like John @ Cars Online, John From Cars Online, either way, it’s not like completely bad or good but worth the work.

4. Comment on all blogs

Just because that blog is Page Rank 1, noFollow or you’re unluckily the last one to comment on that <102 comments> post, it doesn’t mean you should start looking for another post. If you find a post useful or you feel the need to comment on it, do it.

5. Comment naturally

It’s something that most people don’t do, they purposely write the perfect comment and so makes it sound so nice specifically dedicated to the post, long and quality.

Whilst a valuable comment is nice, but when it is too long or unnatural, ugh, why don’t you turn it into a post instead?

6. Use HTML formatting

Most popular commenting systems on the web right now allows custom HTML formatting, this causes your comments to stand out from the crowd, here are some commonly used tags:

1.  <strong>Makes a sentence bold</strong>
2.  <em>Makes a sentence italic</em>
3.  <blockquote>Add a quote</blockquote>

4.  <ul>

<li>Make a list – point 1</li>

<li>Make a list – point 2</li>

<li>Make a list – point 3</li>

</ul>

Source

7. Directly reply to another comment

When a post gets more than five or six comments, no one is really going to scroll down and read them all, what you can now is to reply directly to the first, second or so comment, meaning your words will be in exposure to all the readers who sees the first comment.

Make sure you have literally got something to say when you reply directly to someone else’s comment, not just random stuff.

8. Comment in your usual voice

If one day, you post a relatively long and useful comment, but the next day you post something of low quality and short, it’s not going to do it, you have to comment with your own voice, this is something similar to personal branding, some things you could do;

  • Have a similar opening every time like “Hey Bill” (get personal)
  • Leave a regards, sincerely or cheers ending line and then your name
  • Mention the author in your comment (how great he is…etc)

9. Get a Gravatar profile

This is my profile (I know my picture looks really bad), go to their homepage and sign up for an account now, the sooner the better.

Gravatar is a universal system that shows the corresponding profile picture (avatar) to its email address, for example, if you leave a comment on a site with your Gravatar registered email address, on the blog instead of the default picture it will show your custom profile image instead.

This system is beneficial in terms of personal branding and image recognition as well as being personal if you upload yourself. I think Gravatar only works on WordPress blogs, I don’t know, but more than 85% of the successful bloggers out there use WordPress, so yeah…

10. Try and not to be negative towards a post

Authors obviously want conversations and discussions going on in the comments of their post, if your comment is a little big negative it is reasonable, it is not always bad to be against the author’s point of view.

Just don’t be completely against the author’s point of view, offensive and rude or attack the author.

11. Link to a post not the homepage

It is a common and obvious thing that we would insert the homepage link to our blog in the URL field, but imagine you left a link to a post instead? Let’s take a look at the advantages:

  • A new visitor will get to read a post straight away as soon as they land on your blog
  • If a person clicks your link after a long time, your old post still gets read
  • If commentluv is enabled, make sure you use it and show your recent post (same reason)

12. Not reading the post

This is a quiet obvious reason, when an author reads your comment he/she can tell whether you have actually read their post or you just randomly mumbled a few sentences to it.

Here’s a tip what you can when you don’t really want to read that article, scan the content for the key points and choose few of them and write your point of view about it, good or bad, why, how…etc If it ends up being 2-3 sentences long, you’re on the right track.

Additonally you should check out what spam words that Akismet classify as is, realistically if you are a honest natural commentator, you will never have to worry about these spam words, these are just for your information.

http://codex.wordpress.org/Spam_Words

http://blog.mannixmarketing.com/2009/08/spam-trigger-words/

Have you got any extra tips that you want to add to the list?

Blog for Your Business

The Reasons You Should Launch a Blog for Your Business

Can a business still use a blog in a meaningful way, or have the new social media websites, such as Facebook and Twitter, superseded this tool? Several years ago, many companies abandoned their static, flat websites that lectured customers with facts that could have been straight out of their Annual Reports, and began including blogs. There they announced their most recent products and received customer input in return, and discovered that blogs were a valuable public relations tool.

Blog for Your Business

Dell computers have always been seen as the leader in the blogging community, is one of the initial companies to make such a change. Even though Dell had become a very successful organization, a barrier still remained between the company and its consumers, many of whom had frustrating complaints that were not being attended to. When Dell set up to receive blog comments, the turnaround in its relationship with customers was remarkable. General Motors, too, had a similar experience.

Blogs can even work in tandem with email newsletters. Businesses need to engage customers in several ways. If it’s updated regularly, the blog can provide fresh information that won’t vanish down the page quite so quickly, say, as the more ephemeral tweets on Twitter. Up-to-date business news can be posted in a friendly, casual fashion, allowing customers to ask questions or make suggestions. And their remarks won’t vanish down the page either.

Companies do need to be careful about raising customers’ expectations, however. While an almost one-on-one relationship might be feasible between a small business and its customers, bigger companies may not be able to respond to all queries or complaints, and this could ruin its good reputation if the company is not vigilant.

An additional use for a blog and one that companies might not even consider at first is for internal communication. Despite the fact that employees can keep in touch by means of email, meetings or conference calls, an internal blog can concentrate on one department or a single project, providing a central place for a group to receive daily updates or make an informal entry of their advancements. This will keep these employees up to date without their own email inbox piling up to an unmanageable level.

Even though blogs are now in a lot of ways less active, they still have a function in giving up-to-date business information and news to consumers and obtaining feedback from them. Belonging to the more tried and true internet establishment, they provide information in a more permanent form than other media, yet allow a business to remain in fruitful, friendly contact with its customers.

Why Should We Blog About Blogging Before We Actually Make Money Blogging?

To be honest, I have regretted making this decision of choosing the blogging industry as my first blogging niche, if I could start over again, it would probably be something more of my interests like personal development or psychology.

Seriously, there are way too many blogs about blogging than actually something worth reading, now I’m not saying there’s anything bad about choosing the blogging industry as your prime niche (topic).

But the fact is, 99% of the bloggers who blog about make money blogging never end up making money, it’s true.

Some give up partially, some change their niche and some even stop blogging.

It’s not that the blogging niche is a difficult topic to write on, or that it isn’t interesting enough, it’s just hard to get the results you want. (that could be anything like living in a mansion)

There are of course, downsides and upsides of blogging about blogging, this is what I’ve come up with:

Advantages

  • There are many friendly fellow bloggers who are doing the same
  • Never get lost, just ask another blogger for help
  • You are smarter than bloggers who blog about something else
  • You have a nice and loyal fanbase of subscribers
  • You can pretty much write things that you don’t even have experience in like “ways to monetize a blog” or “how to make money online”

Disadvantages

  • There is a huge crowd of competitors
  • You need to write extremely good unique content to stand out from the crowd
  • You need work yourself to death and be creative at writing
  • You will see very little results in the early stages
  • There are not a lot of choices of monetization sources
  • It’s useless in the real world, your friends and family won’t give a damn.
  • You feel the need to constantly update your blog or your subscribers will leave

And there’s much more on both sides, the list could go on for a quiet long amount of time, it’s just if you have to actually spend time thinking about it, it means those are not really important, these points are what came up to my mind immediately.

I know peole who have read this will be turned down and motivated to change their niche (if they were blogging about blogging), but that’s partly my purpose.

Well, to those whom are concerned, don’t join the blogging niche unless you have actually made a living online from blogging (3-8 bucks a month doesn’t count).

If we are writing about blogging, if it’s so good and profitable as we say it, why haven’t we made money yet?

The truth is, we publish a post today, and another the next time, you receive comments, you reply to them, check out your fellows’ latest posts and give them a comment. You share new ideas and conversations. Blah blah blah…Rinse and Repeat.

You will never end up getting the optimal results you want to achieve.

As time pass by, we still work on our 9-5 day job, we still go to school (for my case), we still make our real income from the real world.

Really.

To make money online you need a lot of time.

Many people will disagree with me but this is a question for your own good, it’s for yourself to answer: Should you really be blogging about blogging?

I don’t think so.

I don’t believe that is your only expertise in this world, we aren’t born with skills, we learn everything, go ahead and learn something that you have honest passion in or knowledge/ experience in and make that your blogging topic.

As for me, I have already decided to start writing in another niche, of course, that means I will have real experience that one can’t learn from reading others’ work. (don’t worry I still write for you guys my Blog Lectures fans)

The moral of the story is, it’s not a story, you need to literally think about what you are doing, are you sure blogging is going to be your blog niche? If so, I can’t stop you.

There’s always time if you want to change your mind, go ahead and start another blog, don’t abandon your existing one if you have one, just keep blogging.

What do you think? Should you really be blogging about blogging? Or will you? Were you?

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