Main Uddin 12:33 AM
According to one source, there are more than 194 million blogs already online where 60% blogs are written by professional bloggers. Most of these blogs get less than 1,000 visitors per month, and the harsh reality is, the majority of those blogs are, for lack of a better word, failures. What’s unfortunate is, in that group of people, I’m betting there’s someone just like you. Someone who believed pumping out good content will generate the leads and sales they need to run a profitable business. Someone who believed a journalist or Google would notice their hard work—and reward them with an endless supply of traffic that converts. Someone who put the work in, and things just didn’t pan out.
The question is “WHY!?!”
I have been blogging for around 13 years now, and each day presents me with someone who has some kind of blogging failure traits. I notice this easily because I once saw those traits in myself at the early days of my blogging. I never realized until after a prolonged period. Luckily, you can make your own learning curve shorter by taking advantage of the powerful tips from my experience and association with other pro bloggers.
Here are top reasons why people encounter failure in blogging
1. You Don’t Believe Anything
The first obstacle is your mind. Talking from experience, your success or failure depends on the disposition of your mind. The perception of your class teacher about you, your poor grades and seemingly poor memory are not the determiners of your success or failure, your mind is.
How far you would go in life is not a function of your brain; otherwise, the so called ‘geniuses’ would have been the most successful. Instead, haven’t you wondered that most of the successful people all of the world are school dropouts?
Recently, someone who read about my incredible how I achieved Google pagerank 3 & DA 40 in just 3 months commented so negatively on the grounds that I couldn’t have achieved so much over the short period of time I’ve been a blogger.
Obviously, his negative mindset is at work, forcing him not to believe that such achievement is possible regardless of my blogging duration.
Here’s the lesson; if your mind can picture it, then you can capture it!
2. You Don’t Disbelieve Anything
Doubting everything is also as bad as believing everything, especially when it comes to making money online. In as much as your belief is an essential ingredient to your success, you should also ‘sample’ what to believe as this would help you to be a successful blogger.
A friend of mine was already internet-savvy long before I knew what a computer is. He kept date with all the money making seminars and talks. He will come back lecturing me and would often boast of his wealth of information about internet-based opportunities and best techniques.
Yet, I’ve made decent dollars via internet-based opportunities in a short time, while this good friend of mine is still struggling to make just few dollars a month.
The point is; don’t confuse yourself with all the bulk of information going on over the internet. Filter what you should read and believe.
3. You are Looking for a Get-Rich-Quick Strategy
I came to learn in a hard way in the early days of my blogging and internet marketing, that there’s nothing like a get-rich-quick or overnight technique.
When I first started out online, I wanted to achieve success fast. Well, you don’t have to blame me because I’m naturally a fast person in virtually everything I do – fast in acquiring my Msc Applied Mathematical Modeling and Computer Science compared to all my mates, fast in talking, fast in walking…just fast in so many areas. So, in my bid of trying to also get it fast in the online arena, I was scammed several times…I simply learnt in a hard way.
Here’s the lesson I’m driving at; there is no such thing as overnight success. It’s simple; since you can’t even get rich quick with a conventional business, the same principle applies to blogging or any form of internet marketing.
So, you may be asking, what’s the average time required to build a successful blog? Well, from my experience, the more work you put the more you get out of it. And a lot of hard work is required in the aspect of creating informative and appealing fresh contents, plus SEO techniques.
4. You are Only Focusing on the Short-Term
If you are only concerned with short term benefit, you will quit too soon from blogging. The most successful bloggers today are those who have patiently groomed their blog with their mind set on the future benefits. So, it took some them an average of five years to start reaping meaningful benefits from their blog. So, if you put in your best now in view of the harvest of the future, you will become a renowned and successful blogger eventually.
5. You are Not Focused
This is possibly the common problem for those who come to the cyberspace to look for income earning opportunities. Of course, I was a victim of this in my early blogging days. If you are not focused on a particular niche and dedicate all your efforts towards it, you will end up being ‘Jack of all trade and master of none!”
Becoming a successful blogger requires carefully choosing something you are passionate about and would not quit even if it seems you are not getting result at the onset. So, in the blogging world, the rule of thumb is to start with just one blog in your specialized area and grow the blog to success before thinking of a second niche and blog.
6. You are Afraid of Criticism
Come to think of it, who among the so-called ‘best men’ or renowned personalities have not been criticized? Is it Bill Gates, Obama, or Nelson Mandela of South Africa…
Simply put, criticism is part of life, especially a life that is prone to success. Don’t quit or feel dejected because someone criticized your blog post or try to put a question mark on your blogging achievement. I was also a victim of criticism when I first started blogging – the criticism sucked and infuriated me. But now, if I don’t get some criticisms, it feels like I am about to fail! Concentrate on doing what is best instead of fizzling out as a result criticism.
7. You are Scared of Monetizing your Blog
It is not a crime to monetize your blog, you deserve some rewards for the quality free values you add to your readers. So, don‘t be scared of monetizing your blog!
Don’t just stop at creating quality contents and generating terrific traffic, take it a step further by generating reasonable profit from your blogging effort.
8. You are Not Marketing Your Blog Sufficiently
You may create the best content, but if you lack marketing expertise your blog would not go far. Excellent marketing strategy is what would place value on your contents and bring the needed reward. So, start thinking more like a marketer in order to succeed in blogging.
9. You Pay Less Attention to Your Content
This is because you are always concerned about generating traffic and achieving high conversion rates. As good as these efforts are, paying more attention to your content is probably the most important. When you offer valuable and relevant content, traffic will naturally flow and higher conversion rate will follow.
10. You are Stagnant with Your Knowledge
If you are still running your blog with yesterday’s blogging tips and knowledge, you will end up delivering ‘half-baked’ value to your readers. And of course, most of them would look elsewhere. Don’t be a ‘one man’s island’.
Relate with other bloggers, visit blogging forums to learn new things and read the blogs of the pros in your niche. It will help to keep your blogging knowledge up to date and add value to your blog.
Digest these truths about blogging success and start implementing them to see result in your blogging career.
How do you get started?
First you must figure out what sites you’d like to send you some traffic. So, for homework, I want you to leave a comment on this blog post. Here’s what you should include in your comment: First, I want you to list your 1 DREAM website that you would LOVE to get a link from. (Notice I said “dream” website. Shoot for the stars!) Second, I want you to list 3 other websites that you would also LOVE to get a link from. Don’t pick the biggest websites in the world, but instead, pick some smaller sites that you think would do your brand well.
Main Uddin 10:01 PM
Step 1: Back Up Your Website’s Files
Step 2: Export The WordPress Database
Step 3: Create The WordPress Database On Your New Host Server
Step 4: Edit the wp-config.php File
1. Change The Database Name
2. Change the Database Username
3. Change The Database User Password
Step 5: Import Your Database
Step 6: Upload The WordPress Files To Your New Host
Step 7: Linking to New URL & Defining New Domain
Step 8: The Final Touches
Main Uddin 9:30 PM
Practically, a website and a blog are almost similar. I mean, they are both hosted on the World Wide Web and are also good sources of information. But that is as far as facial value goes.
Technically, websites and blogs have quite recognizable differences and people need to identify and easily distinguish them, especially if they are planning to incorporate the two in their businesses.
For one, websites are not optional when it comes to modern day business development. However, having a blog will depend on the level of “intimacy” you wish to have with your customers –it is irresistible and quite frankly a great source of feedback for your business.
It’s good to understand that you cannot differentiate these two in terms of convenience; as a way of choosing one over the other. The functionalities of both are in such a way that one can’t be overlooked in favor of the other.
The differences are far between and still closely linked in terms of the history and how they present information to the readers or customers.
So what do you need to know about the differences between the blog and website?
These are the main differences between a website and blog, more specifically, on the presentation of content and the general overview.
· A website content is static, but the content on the blog is regularly updated
· The blog is informal in its content, presentation while the website is entirely formal.
· The website offers information through one-way communication, meaning that interactivity is not allowed while the blog survives on interactivity.
· The website is created for transaction activity, but the blog is meant to be educational and informative.
· A website will be involved in communicating about the products or services being offered by a business, on the other hand the blog handles the customer’s activity and the issues concerning the industry.
· Even though it can’t be described as a technical difference; most businesses have websites (in fact, it is a requirement for most businesses) but the same cannot be said about blogs and most businesses.
What you need to know about a website
The simplest definition of a website is that it is a virtual store that is involved in selling products and services. As stated earlier, most businesses have websites; it would be suicidal for a business to operate without one.
I would like you to think of it as an extension of the brick and mortar store that you have or it can also be the main store for most online based businesses –and they are many. The paradigm shift isn’t a new concept, but a process that has led to the full adaptation of the working within the online marketplace because of the ease of transactions and the simplicity of doing business online.
In most cases, the websites are involved in buying and selling and promotional activities. Therefore, due to the dependence of the online marketplace by most individuals, it is highly likely that they will go to a search engine to find a website that will either have the products they are looking for or it will lead them to a brick and mortar store with the goods or services they actually need.
The question of having both a physical store and an online one will depend on the business interests and what a business is expected to gain. Some businesses choose to limit their websites for promotional activities only.
One of the major differences that limit the website functionality is the inability to build relationships due to the fact that its content is static. Once a person buys a product from your website, there is likelihood they will not visit the store once again.
The website lacks interactivity which means there is no building of relationships. Its function is mainly based on ensuring that clients acquire the right information on making purchases including actual transactions.
What do you need to know about blogs?
Obviously, from the above discussions, the blog builds on the essence of interactivity. For one, a blog needs to be regularly updated with informative and interesting blog posts. These blog posts are the basis of the discussion between the business and the customers.
It is this reason that blog posts have a space left for comments at the tail end of the post. In the same case the customers can ask questions, make suggestions and generally interact with the business providing much needed feedback.
The idea in a business, having a blog is to improve its rating among the customer (both existing and potential customers). In fact, with a regular update on the blog posts the business will be regarded highly by the clients in terms of content provision.
With that said, it is good to note that a blog is better at building and strengthening relationship with the customers. However, in the same case, it does not mean that all the people who interact with you on the blog will necessarily become your customers.
They are those individuals who need a trusted source of information on the online marketplace but are not really out to purchase anything from you. But if you look on the bright side, if they come to your blog, that means you are doing a good job. To the existing customers, you tend to build more trust on a personal level since they can interact with you on a certain degree of “intimacy”.
In order for a blog to be effective in its functions the content needs to be updated at least once or twice weekly. In addition the content needs to be fresh, engaging and original. Blogs thrive on content since it is the magnet that attracts readers to your blog.
As a matter of fact, you shouldn’t try to sell anything on a blog; you will fail miserably and you might even lose your readership. That is a function best left for the website.
Can you have it both ways? With a blog and website
The answer is yes. You can be able to have both a website and a blog on the same platform. One of the advantages of having the two on the same platform is the ability to kill two birds with one stone.
In essence, the two are important elements of online exposure and as I stated earlier, one cannot be overlooked in expense of the other. Their functionalities have a broad presence in delivering relevant content to the customers that is beneficial to the business in the long run.
How can you achieve this? The idea is creating a website with wordpress. This software will allow you to have the static web pages and also the blog pages on the same platform.
The advantages of having it both ways
· When both a website and blog are designed on the same platform they tend to create a homogeneous look that is easily identifiable with the customers.
· One other important aspect of attracting traffic is through search engine optimization and you can imagine how easy it would be when optimizing both your blog and website at the same time; the work is less and twice as effective.
· When you have the two in the same place it becomes easier to create a formidable web presence.
· It also helps to cut down on the amount of work, especially when it comes to the maintenance and management of content since the entire web features are based on the content management systems(CMS).
· The sharing of add-on plugins is more efficient between the posts and web pages.
In a nutshell, there are significant differences between a website and a blog. The presentation of content on each is different and as such the purposes are also different.
However, both websites and blogs play crucial roles in building and maintaining online presence and exposure. Therefore, they need to be incorporated into the creation of reputable business development, whether for the online based store or brick and mortar store.
Ideally, a business that offers the transaction aspect through the website and interactive opportunities through the blog tend to maintain a long lasting relationship that is built on trust and integrity while delivering efficiency in the long run.
This is very true when it comes to the businesses that are online based. When the two are incorporated in the business they tend to work perfectly together, with loads of benefits that a business actually needs in its day to day operations.
It is also good to note that the search engines tend to love the weblogs, which is a combination of a website and a blog due to the fact that they are being regularly updated and their emphasis on providing relevant content.
But you need to ensure that the blog is consistently updated while at the same time ensuring that it is optimized alongside your website. Furthermore, the blog needs to be properly managed in terms of providing responses to the clients. Finally, we can say,the major difference between the two types, blog and a static website is about the content refreshment. The major content of website remains the same. Though the webmaster could add additional pages to the website to increase the content, but the order by which the information is presented could not be later changed.
Of course, you need to familiarize yourself with the blogging tools that are responsible for the maintenance of the blog posts.
Main Uddin 5:40 AM
A client (e.g. your Web browser or our CheckUpDown robot) can indicate to the Web server (running the Web site) the characteristics of the data it will accept back from the Web server. This is done using 'accept headers' of the following types:
Accept: The MIME types accepted by the client. For example, a browser may only accept back types of data (HTML files, GIF files etc.) it knows how to process.
Accept-Charset: The character sets accepted by the client.
Accept-Encoding: The data encoding accepted by the client e.g. the file formats it understands.
Accept-Language: The natural languages (English, German etc.) accepted by the client.
Accept-Ranges: Whether the client accepts ranges of bytes from the resource i.e. a portion of the resource.
If the Web server detects that the data it wants to return is not acceptable to the client, it returns a header containing the 406 error code. (Last updated: March 2012).
Fixing 406 errors - general
This error occurs very infrequently in Web browsers, because most browsers will accept any data returned from the Web server.
If the client is not a Web browser, then anyone can only investigate the problem by looking at the Accept headers generated by the client system and the data stream returned by the Web server. If you do not have access to the source code for these systems, the only thing you can do is refer the problem to technical support people at the companies that developed the systems.
Fixing 406 errors - CheckUpDown
Our service monitors your site for HTTP errors like 406. This error should simply never occur in your CheckUpDown account. If it does, it typically indicates defective programming of our systems or of the Web server which manages the site. We do not use accept headers at all, so there is no reason for the Web server to generate a 406 error.
Please contact us (email preferred) whenever you encounter 406 errors - there is nothing you can do to sort them out. We then have to liaise with your ISP and the vendor of the Web server software to agree the exact reason for the error.
406 errors in the HTTP cycle
Any client (e.g. your Web browser or our CheckUpDown robot) goes through the following cycle when it communicates with the Web server:
Obtain an IP address from the IP name of the site (the site URL without the leading 'http://'). This lookup (conversion of IP name to IP address) is provided by domain name servers (DNSs).
Open an IP socket connection to that IP address.
Write an HTTP data stream through that socket.
Receive an HTTP data stream back from the Web server in response. This data stream contains status codes whose values are determined by the HTTP protocol. Parse this data stream for status codes and other useful information.
This error occurs in the final step above when the client receives an HTTP status code that it recognises as '406'.
In this article, we will discuss how you can disable ModSecurity through your cPanel account. ModSecurity is an important apache module that protects your site from possible hacks, and, thus, it is enabled on all new accounts by default.
However, in the course of development you may encounter a situation, like a 406 -- Not Acceptable, error in which you must disable ModSecurity. Follow along with the steps below to see how you can disable ModSecurity for individual domains or all domains on your cPanel account.
Disable ModSecurity for Individual Domains
Log into cPanel
Under Security choose ModSecurity
Under Configure Individual Domains, Switch affected On or Off (For all domains, ModSecurity is On by default)
You will receive alert messages of success and warning.
Disable ModSecurity for All Domains
Log into cPanel
Under Security choose ModSecurity
Under Configure All Domains, click Disable
If you wish to proceed, click Disable All
You will receive alert messages of success and warning. If you change your mind, click Enable to re-enable ModSecurity
Well done! You know how to disable ModSecurity through cPanel.
Main Uddin 1:38 AM
Do you need a reason to start using video in your marketing strategy? Try one of these:
1. Social video generates 1200% more shares than text and images combined. --Brightcove
2. Video drives a 157% increase in organic traffic from search engines. --Brightcove
3. 4 times as many consumers would rather watch a video about a product than read about it! --eMarketer
4. Video on a landing page can increase conversions by 80% or more. – Visually
5. Websites using video have 41% more web traffic from search than those who don’t. – Aberdeen
6. 39% of executives who visit a vendor website call after viewing a video. --Forbes
7. 64% of users are more likely to buy a product online after watching a video. –ComScore
8. Businesses that use video increase revenue 49% faster year-over-year than businesses who don’t. --Aberdeen
It’s clear that videos can engage your current and potential customers and potentially increase revenue in a way that’s unlike any other!
Here’s the thing though… your video has to be good! I don’t mean you need to go out and hire professional camera crews or spend thousands of dollars on high performance equipment. In fact, just the opposite is true.
What you need is a video that:
1. Solves a problem for your target audience
2. Provides valuable information
3. Motivates your audience to action
4. Engages, informs or entertains your target audience
5. Humanizes your brand
In other words, don’t create a video that drags on for 20 minutes sharing your life story, tells the user what day and time it is or otherwise bores your audience to the point that they leave after less than 15 seconds. Keep in mind that the video you create is in competition with every other piece of content on the internet. If it doesn’t solve a problem, provide value, motivate, educate, entertain or otherwise engage your target audience then it won’t produce the results you’re looking for.
You video must have purpose.
The type of video you create depends on your goal. Is the video going to be geared towards educating potential customers, adding value for your audience or something else? It can be difficult to know how to use video, especially if you’re a service business that doesn’t have a product to showcase. Rest assured, video can work for you too though!
Below are 10 different types of videos intended to inspire you to start creating. Read through them all and then use something as simple as the camera on your phone to create your next video. Don’t stop at one! Keep practicing! Once you get the hang of it, you won’t want to stop!
Types of Videos for Businesses
1. Interviews: These types of videos are the perfect way for your business to be seen as an authority. They offer you the chance to showcase other valuable assets for your target audience in the form of the people you’re interviewing. Interviews are also a great way to get more exposure since most of the people you interview should want to share that interview with their own target audience. Sites like Blab.im can make these online video interviews a breeze while attracting a new live audience to your business!
2. Animation: Are you nervous about putting your face in front of a camera for the first time? Animation videos are a powerful tool any business can utilize to leave viewers in a feel-good frame of mind. They’re the perfect way to simplify complex products or services, or catch the viewer’s eye quickly in a fun and engaging way.
3. How to or Screen Capture: In 2016 YouTube reported that “How To” video searches were up 70%, with over 100 million hours watched. Your audience is searching for information on “how to” do all kinds of things! While following directions listed in bullet points can be helpful, it’s much easier for someone to figure out how to do something by watching a “how to” video.
4. Product/Service Reviews: Product review videos are a great way to refer a product to your customers whether it’s your own or someone else’s. In fact, being helpful is oftentimes better than being inexpensive. Your audience isn’t shopping on price alone! Solve their problems… offer them value…they’ll love you for it!
5. Webinars: Webinars are a great way to interact with customers in real time, offering helpful, valuable insights to people attending the webinar. Think about the problems your business solves for your clients. Choose one specific solution or even a few closely related solutions and host a webinar offering these answers freely to your audience. This is a low-cost endeavor that is extremely high value. Make sure you record it so you can continue using this highly valuable piece of content for a long time to come.
6. Public Service Announcements: This type of video raises awareness on topics important to your audience through serious, funny or emotional means. Has something happened within your industry your target audience needs to know about? Is there an event coming up, a must have new tool or a law that will affect them? Maybe it’s just been a long, cold winter and you want to create one to lighten things up for them. Create one of these for serious engagement!
7. Testimonials: These are powerful videos that help provide social proof of your product or service. It gives credibility to your company, therefore expanding your customer base. After you’ve finished interviewing a client (a great way to showcase your clients and let others see how successful you really are while creating a video for your business), ask for a video testimonial. While they are all dressed up and feeling great about you, they just might provide you with a video testimonial you can share as well!
8. Presentations: A live presentation combines the excitement of an event with a useful webinar to create a compelling narrative. Companies can give targeted presentations at company or networking events to help increase their brand presence. Once the presentation is over, you’ll have a great piece of content to use again and again.
9. Vlog: Video blogs are a great way to engage your customers. Not only are they inexpensive to produce, but they’re a great alternative way to blog. With so few companies vlogging, this can set your company apart from competitors. Want a little extra oomph? Provide a transcript of your vlog so the part of your audience who enjoys video can watch the video and the part of your audience who wants to read can skim through the post at their leisure.
10. Slideshare Video: Slideshare presentations allow you to take a blog post with multiple points and create a presentation out of it! Once you’ve got the presentation, you can use a tool like HandBrake , iSpring , Movavi , or Wondershare to convert it to an MP4 that you can upload to YouTube, Facebook or any other video platform you prefer. Get maximum benefit from one piece of content!
Hire a Professional
Take your business to the next level by connecting with more potential clients through the use of social media marketing strategies such as video by contacting us at BizMSolutions! We’ll bring the creativity by helping you brainstorm ideas, share the best tools for your project and provide custom solutions to keep you on track with your business goals. With us at your side, you'll never be alone! No idea how to get started? That's why we're here to help!