Blogging Cycle, Google, Bloggers and Profit Business in 2018

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I had described blog and blogging several times from 2004 to till date.However, the blogging scenario has changed and Google also has changed it's seo algorithm for bloggers. Let’s begin with some definitions. A bit dry, we realize, but this is a necessary evil. First we’ll define the word this whole site is based around – blog.



So What Is a Blog?

A blog is a frequently updated online personal journal or diary. It is a place to express yourself to the world. A place to share your thoughts and your passions. Really, it’s anything you want it to be. For our purposes we’ll say that a blog is your own website that you are going to update on an ongoing basis. Blog is a short form for the word weblog and the two words are used interchangeably.

Here are a couple of other definitions:

“…the first journalistic model that actually harnesses rather than merely exploits the true democratic nature of the web. It’s a new medium finally finding a unique voice.”–Andrew Sullivan
“[a] collection of posts…short, informal, sometimes controversial, and sometimes deeply personal…with the freshest information at the top.”–Meg Hourihan

Terminology of blog

As so often happens in the English language, many derivatives of the word blog have been created. One who participates in the activities of maintaining a blog is known as a blogger and the activity of keeping a blog is known as blogging. So we could say that the blogger blogs in his blog, but that might cause your English teacher to weep. We are going to use these terms with alarming frequency, so make sure you understand what they mean before you go on.

Blog (noun) – a journal or diary that is on the Internet.
Blogger (noun) – a person who keeps a blog – Bloggers are revolutionizing the way news is shared.
Blog (verb) – to write a blog – I am going to blog before breakfast this morning.
Blogging (verb) – the action of writing a blog – Blogging is my way of sharing my passions with the world.

Originally blogs were known primarily as places for people to write about their day-to-day activities. Their mundane, everyday tasks became fodder for journal entries. Somehow these writers gained a following and the hobby of blogging was born. Today people write about far more interesting topics, but we’ll get to that in a minute.

Who Blogs?

So who are these fearless people who would be willing to post about their lives in as public a forum as the Internet? They are people just like you. Once the haven of technical know-it-alls, blogging has suddenly caught-on as a legitimate hobby and has entered the mainstream. Every day millions of people, some of whom have no technical ability whatsoever, write on their blogs.

To meet this demand some amazing tools have been created that will allow anyone, even people with very little knowledge of computers, to have their own blog. If you can find your way onto the Internet and follow some basic instructions you can have your own blog. It’s just that easy.

Why Do People Blog?

So you may be asking why anyone would want to have their own blog. We believe the answer lies in the fact that every human has a voice and wishes their voice to be heard. The Internet is a medium that is unparalleled in its reach. Never before have average people like you or me been able to reach a global audience with so little trouble. Bloggers have the opportunity of reaching hundreds or even thousands of people each and every day.

There are still many people who like to share the details of their days. They may post twenty or thirty times a day, detailing when they ate lunch and when they headed home from work. On the other hand there are bloggers who give almost no detail about their lives, but write instead about a hobby or interest of theirs. They may dedicate their blog to something they are passionate about.

In fact, today’s blogs can provide hair tips, up-to-date news, technical information, celebrity scandal, political rumor, gets people involved in volunteering, advice on investments as well as there being blogs about niche topics like cooking, health, gardening, sport, blogging blogs (this blog) and of course many personal blogs and quite a few strange blogs.

How to Start a Blog

The good news is that starting a blog or adding a blog to your existing site is relativity easy and affordable. There are free blog options such as WordPress.com and Blogger, but to retain control and professional image, consider investing in a domain name and hosting, and installing WordPress or other content management system on your host. Most webhosts offer this.

Once your blog is up and running, you need keep it active with new content to grow your business. While your blog can compliment an existing business, it's also a great way to add additional income. You can promote other companies' products and services in affiliate marketing. You can offer advertising or feed ad networks on to your blog. If you have a service business you're promoting with your blog, you can create your own information products to compliment it.

Or, if you have your own product, you can offer a service.

Finally, like all other business ideas, your success comes from marketing, and letting your target market know about your blog. Great ways to reach your market are through social media, email list, and reaching out to other bloggers, podcasters, and media outlets for publicity.

Follow the step-by-step instructions to learn how you can begin starting a blog in less than an hour. We used this process to create our successful blog, which now has more than 4 million readers and has been featured in the New York Times, TIME magazine, and on the TODAY show.

Starting a Blog in Five Steps:
  1. Choose a blogging platform, domain name, and hosting option.
  2. Design your blog using a simple theme.
  3. Modify your blog to get your desired look and feel.
  4. Select the best plugins for your blog.
  5. Write compelling content that adds value to readers.
How to Start a Blog: Step-by-Step Instructions

So you’re thinking about starting a blog, but you don’t have any idea where to start, right? Guess what—neither did we. We were clueless. When we created this blog a few years ago, we had no idea how to start a blog or how to be a blogger. Heck, we could hardly spell HTML, let alone build a blog.

But good news: it’s easier than you think. We’ve learned a ton of lessons during our ascent to 4 million readers. And now you can learn from our pain and suffering to circumvent much of the tedium involved in setting up a blog.

Here’s how we started our blog, step by step, followed by an instructional video, as well as additional rationale and insights:

Domain and Hosting. The first thing we did when starting our blog was go to Bluehost and register our domain. We didn’t even need to set up a WordPress page first, which is the platform we use, since Bluehost does all that for you. Bluehost’s basic price is $2.95 a month, which works for 99% of people (go to this link to receive a 50% discount off the monthly price and a free domain). Then, we did a simple, free, “one-click” install of WordPress through Bluehost. When we had questions we were able to chat with the “live chat” folks at Bluehost for free. They pointed us in the right direction and made starting our own blog super easy.

Theme. A good theme gives you the look and feel you want for your blog, allowing you to make a blog that looks exactly how you want it to look. If you’re not a coder (we certainly weren’t), then a theme makes the design work a million times easier. Plus, once you purchase a theme, which are inexpensive for the time they save you, you own it for life. A theme has two halves: the framework (the bones) and the Child Theme (the beauty):

Framework. There are several WordPress theme frameworks on the market, but Genesis is without a doubt the best and most flexible choice. Genesis is the first half of your theme. Many themes merely handle the aesthetics of your new blog, but Genesis provides a necessary foundation for your Child Theme. Simply go to StudioPress and purchase the Genesis Framework.

Child Theme. After you get your Genesis Framework, you’ll want to find the right Child Theme (which is just a silly way to say “blog design”). The Minimalists uses the beautiful “tru” theme, which is available at BYLT, the Genesis Community Marketplace. Head on over to BYLT, browse their carefully curated collection of themes, and find the design that’s right for you.

Modify Your Blog. Once we had our domain, hosting, WordPress, and theme, we spent a lot of time tweaking the theme to get the look and feel we wanted (i.e., making our vision a reality). Then we spent even more time tinkering with the theme and arguing about it and tweaking it some more. Once we had created our blog, we set up a free Feedburner account so people could subscribe to our site via email and RSS subscriptions. And then we established a free Google Analytics account to track our stats. Feedburner and Google Analytics were both easy to sign up for, and we still use both today.

Plugins. We use only a few plugins on our site: “Google Analytics for WordPress” and really simple Facebook and Twitter share-button plugins (since human beings are intrinsically wired to share value, it’s important to make your posts easy to share with others). They take just a few seconds (literally a few seconds, it’s just a click of a button) to install once you’ve started your blog. And if you really want to play around with some cool plugins, check out WPBeginner’s Best WordPress Plugins.

Write Compelling Content. Last, via WordPress, we started writing and uploading the content for our pages: About Page, Contact Page, Start Here Page, Books Page, Tour Page, Archives Page, etc. Next, we designed our logo using free images we found online and text from a regular word-processing program. Then we put a picture of ourselves in the header (this is important because people identify with people, not logos). Finally we started writing new blog posts and publishing them regularly (at least once a week), accompanied by free photos from Unsplash, Pexels, and the Library of Congress. And the rest is history.

15 Reasons You Should Start a Blog

We were inspired to research and write this essay after reading Joshua Becker’s 15 Reasons I Think You Should Blog, in which he discusses 15 great reasons why you should start a blog. Why being the key word here. In other words, he talks about the purpose of blogging, not just how to start a blog. That’s what all these other blogs about blogging seem to miss; they miss the purpose—the why behind starting a blog.

3 Reasons You Should Not Start a Blog

So now you have 15 reasons why you should start a blog, and we’ve shown you how to create a blog, step-by-step, based on our personal experience. But after giving you those detailed instructions, which could save you the hundreds of hours of wasted time, we also want to give you some good reasons why you should not start a blog. (Keep in mind that these reasons are just our opinions, and we do not pretend to offer them up as some sort of collection of empirical blogging maxims.)

Money. You should not start a blog to make money. We need to get that out of the way first. If your primary objective is to replace your full-time income from blogging, forget about it. It doesn’t work that way. Do you think that Jimi Hendrix picked up his first guitar so he could “supplement his income”? No, he didn’t. Rather, he did it for the love of it, for the joy and fulfillment he received, and the income came thereafter, much later actually.

Notoriety. Don’t plan on getting “Internet famous” right away. Not every site grows as fast as ours did, but that’s totally OK. The truth is that we kind of got lucky. We got a great domain name, we cobbled together a logo and site design that people really liked, we write fairly well, and our content connects with people in a unique way. We didn’t start this site to become “famous” though. That’d be ridiculous. Our notoriety and quick rise to “fame” came as a surprise to us, and was a result of a little luck and a lot of hard, passionate work.

Traffic. Not all traffic is good traffic (as we explained here), so don’t worry about getting thousands of readers right away.

The funny thing is that all these things can happen. You could make a full-time income from building a blog. We do it, Corbett Barr does it, and so do many others. And you could become Internet famous like Leo Babauta or Chris Brogan. But if these are the sole reasons why you start blogging, you’ll be miserable, because it will seem like a job, and if it feels like a job you won’t be passionate about it, and so you’ll either (a) hate it, (b) fall flat on your face, or (c) hate it and fall flat on your face.
Instead, write because you’re passionate about it…

Starting a Blog

20 Recommendations for Your Blog

We receive plenty of emails asking for advice about starting a blog, about how to blog, about blog topics, and about creating meaningful content—even a few questions about whether we wear boxers or briefs. These are the answers and recommendations we tend to give.

Find Your Niche. You needn’t have a niche, but it helps. When learning how to be a blogger, it’s important to ask yourself what you’re passionate about. Running? Cooking? Being a parent? Have you found your passion? If so, whatever it is, write about that. If not, then you must first find your passion. (Note: We generally recommend that people don’t start a blog about minimalism or the paleo diet or any other heavily saturated topic. But what we really mean when we say this is: don’t create a blog about something unless you have a unique perspective. If you’ve embraced simple living and have a unique perspective, then by all means have at it. Enjoy yourself.)

Define Your Ideal Readers. Once you’ve found your niche, you need to know who will be reading your blog. For example, we blog about living intentionally. Thus, our ideal readers are people who are interested in exploring minimalism so they can clear the path toward more meaningful lives. If you want to write about your newborn baby growing up, that’s wonderful: your ideal readers are probably your friends and family. If you want to write about restoring classic cars, that’s cool, too. Tailor your writing to your readers (whether it’s your family or local community or whoever else will read your blog).

Add Value. Your blog must add value to its readers’ lives. This is the only way you will get Great Quality Readers to your site (and keep them coming back). Adding value is the only way to get someone’s long-term buy-in. We both learned this after a decade of leading and managing people in the corporate world.

Be Original. Yes, there are other blogs out there about the same thing you want to write about. Question: So why is your blog different? Answer: Because of you. You are what makes your blog different. It’s about your perspective, your creativity, the value that you add.

Be Interesting. Write epic, awesome content. Especially if you want people to share it with others.

Be Yourself. Part of being interesting is telling your story. Every person is unique, and your story is an important one. The important part of storytelling, however, is removing the superfluous details that make the story uninteresting. A great storyteller removes 99% of what really happens—the absorptive details—and leaves the interesting 1% for the reader.

Be Honest. Your blog needs to be authentic—it needs to feel real—if you want people to read it. You can be your blog, or your blog can be you. That is, do you really embody the stuff you write about? If not, people will see through you. “Be the change you want to see in the world,” is the famous Gandhi quote. Perhaps bloggers should build the blog they want to write for the world.

Transparency. Being transparent is different from being honest. You needn’t share every detail about your life just for the sake of being honest. Always be honest, and be transparent when it adds value to what you’re writing. (You won’t ever see pictures of us using the restroom on our site, because that’s just not relevant.)

Time. Once you’ve learned how to start a blog, you’ll learn that blogging takes a lot of time, especially if you’re as neurotic as we are (we spent over 10 hours testing the fonts on this site). And see those black Twitter and Facebook icons in the header? We spent hours on those, deciding what was right for us). That said, once you have your design set up, don’t tweak it too much. Instead, spend the time on your writing.

Vision. The reason our site design looks good is that we have a great host, we have a great theme, and most important, we had a vision of how we wanted our blog to look. Once we had the vision, we worked hard to make that vision a reality. (Note: neither of us had any design experience prior to starting a blog.) It’s hard to create a beautiful blog if you don’t know what you want it to look like.

Find Your Voice. Over time, good writers discover their voice and their writing tends to develop a certain aesthetic, one that is appealing to their readers. Finding your voice makes your writing feel more alive, more real, more urgent. For additional reading, check out Joshua’s essay about Finding Your Voice.

We Instead of You. Use the the first-person plural when possible. Statements of we and our are more powerful than than you and your, especially when talking about negative behaviors or tendencies. The first person comes off as far less accusatory. Think of it this way: we’re writing peer-to-peer—we are not gods.

When to Post. Question: When is the best day and time to publish a blog post? Answer: It doesn’t really matter. We don’t adhere to a particular schedule. Some weeks we post one essay; sometimes we post three. Yes, it is important to write consistently, but you needn’t get too bogged down in the details.

Social Media. Yes, we recommend using Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to help connect with your audience and other bloggers, but don’t get too caught up in it. Focus on the writing first, social media thereafter.

Ignore Negative Criticism and Stupidity. Sure, we get a lot of negative comments and stupid questions from ignorant people who aren’t really our readers (e.g., negative comments like “You’re not real minimalists” and stupid questions like “Are you guys gay?”). We call these people seagulls: they fly in, crap on your site, and fly away. But we pay them no mind, because we didn’t start our blog for them. Delete their comment and move on.

Research. Spend time researching what you’re writing about. The reason we are able to use so many helpful, relevant links in our essays is that we put in the time to research our topics.

Keep It Simple. This is where minimalism can be applied to starting any blog, irrespective of its genre. No need to place superfluous advertisements or widgets all over your site. Stick to the basics and remove anything you don’t need. Remove anything that doesn’t add value.

Picture. Put a picture of yourself on your blog. People identify with other people. If two goofy guys from Ohio aren’t too afraid to put their pictures on their site, then you have nothing to worry about.

Final Comments:  If you’re going to have comments on your site, then read The Five Words That Kill Your Blog by Scott Stratten. Live Your Life. You’re blogging about your life (or about certain aspects of your life, at least), so you still need to live your life. There are things that we always put before writing: exercise, health, relationships, experiences, personal growth, contribution. Now that you’ve learned how to start a blog—and why you should start a blog—you can subscribe to The Minimalists via email to receive free essays from Joshua and Ryan. (No spam. Ever. Spam is yucky!)
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Reasons behind Failure of 90% professional bloggers

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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

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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…

who?

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.
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Can Pro Bloggers Delete own Whole Identity from Internet

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You may think your internet usage is completely private, but any time you access a website, sign up for an account, purchase a product, post a message, or browse search engine results, you’re sharing something about yourself. If you find this troubling, you may want to learn more about how you can delete your internet footprints. Data breaches. Identity theft. Bank fraud. Every week, we read a fearsome new headline about cybercrime. Reputable services fall victim to anonymous hackers. Ransomware holds random computer user’s files hostage. And what about those websites that track your every move, targeting you with personalized advertisements? Maybe you’ve considered the unthinkable: removing yourself from the Internet. Well, there’s bad news and good news. You can’t erase yourself completely from the digital universe. Courts and government agencies have been posting public records online since the mid-1990s. Your motor vehicle records, voter files, property tax assessments, professional licenses, and court files are all on the digital books, and they’re not going anywhere. 




7  Tips for Erasing Yourself From the Web

While many people have known for years that companies – especially social media platforms – have collected and sold their data, the recent Cambridge Analytica-Facebook revelation brought it to the attention of the general public.

This “scandal” is just one example of some of the privacy risks that come with using the internet. Almost every major social network has been hacked in some form or fashion over the past few years and we haven’t even scratched the surface.

As someone who has dozens of online accounts, it’s imperative that you start taking control of your online presence. Erasing personal information and covering up internet footprints is challenging, but there are some practical steps you can take.

1. Search Yourself

The first step is to search yourself on Google. Begin by searching just your name. If you have a generic name, you may need to search your name plus other qualifying factors (such as the city you live in).

Not only will these searches open your eyes to just how much information is out there, but this process will also help you get the lay of the land. In other words, it tells you how much work you have to do.

2. Delete Your Social Media Accounts

The most important step is to delete your social media accounts. Profiles on sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube often have lots of information on you. The key is to delete, rather than deactivate.

“Facebook notably provides options for both deactivation and deletion,” Security Baron explains. “Deactivation keeps your account ready for a quick return to the site. Deletion instigates the process of wiping your stored data and prevents Facebook from accessing your information, as long as you don’t login for the two-week quick reactivation period.”

Sites like Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram have similar procedures, so make sure you read up on the process of actually deleting your data.

3. Contact Webmasters

If you run across information that’s been published about you online – such as in a news article or blog – you’ll need to contact the webmaster in charge of the website. In most cases, they’ll have to physically delete the content. You don’t have a whole lot of control.

4. Remove Yourself From Data Collection Sites

There are a multitude of companies on the internet that collect your information and sell it to advertisers and other interested parties. Some major ones include Spokeo, PeopleFinder, and Whitepages.com.

While it is possible to access each of these sites one by one and have your information removed, it’s a pretty cumbersome process. Every site has its own unique policy. Some require you to fax over physical paperwork, while others make you get on the phone.


“Anyway, an easier way to do it is to use a service like DeleteMe at Abine.com,” Eric Franklin writes for CNET. “For about $130 for a one-year membership, the service will jump through all those monotonous hoops for you. It’ll even check back every few months to make sure your name hasn’t been re-added to these sites.”

5. Remove yourself from data broker sites :

You’ll probably find this creepy. Are you sitting down? Okay: Almost anyone can learn your phone number, home address, and criminal record in a matter of minutes. All they have to do is pay a little money to a “data broker,” also known as a “people-search site.” Often, the information is free. Primary data brokers like Intelius collect information from public records. Secondary data brokers, like Spokeo, aggregate information from primary brokers and usually add data collected from social networks and other online sources. Letting this information float around on the internet can be dangerous, especially if you attract internet "trolls." A troll might nab your name, phone number, address, or online accounts, and the resulting harassment could go on for years.

6. Shut down your email accounts :

This is a very big step. Most people will turn back at this point, deciding that Internet abstinence is not for them. Email is still the most popular method of communication in the world, and email addresses are used for all kinds digital transactions, including online banking. It’s not enough to just stop using email. If you leave an account open and fail to monitor it, your account could get hacked without you even realizing. At the same time, each email server is different, and closing your account varies from system to system. I’ll focus on the two biggest companies out there. Gmail is the most popular service out there, with more than 1 billion users. Before you close your account, make sure you’ve downloaded and saved all of your old data, because you never know when this archive of old correspondences might become important. Login and visit the "Account Preferences" page, then Delete Products >> Gmail. Follow the instructions, and finally hit "Delete Gmail.” Read more details and instructions. If you deleted your Gmail and later feel weird about it, you still have a chance to reactivate your account. According to Google, if you deleted your account "recently," you "might be able to recover your old emails." However, it does not state how long this option is available, so be sure before deleting this account. Yahoo is still a popular choice, despite widespread data breaches. Go to the "Terminating your Yahoo account" page. Read the information under "Before continuing, please consider the following information." Confirm your password. If you forgot your password, you can recover it with the Yahoo Sign-in Helper. Click Terminate this Account. But remember, if you do close your Yahoo account, you will not be able to use services associated with it, such as Flickr and Tumblr. So be sure this is what you want before closing it. 

7. Putting It All Together

The troubling thing about the Cambridge Analytica-Facebook fiasco, recent data breaches, and the rise in cyber attacks is the fact that you, as an individual, have very little control over your data, internet behaviors, and personal information once you release control. There’s also reason to believe that we’re currently only experiencing the tip of the iceberg. And having said that, now’s a good time to really drill down and focus on how you can protect yourself moving forward.

Giving up the Internet also means giving up online banking, online shopping, and online photo-sharing. Most of us are accustomed to web-based conveniences. It has become so intertwined in our three-dimensional lives that we can’t actually imagine living without it. So if you’re not ready to end your virtual activities, you can make your browsing a lot more private, thanks to a “virtual private network,” or VPN. You can use this secure network to encrypt your connection, making it difficult to hack. In the business world, VPNs let employees working remotely create an encrypted connection with the company network so they can work safely. But ordinary consumers can use VPNs too. It’s impossible to actually remove your entire history or presence from the internet, but you can definitely make some great strides in limiting the amount of information others can find and use – and it’s a worthwhile task.
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Most Essential Free 150 SEO Tools for Professional Bloggers & Webmasters

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Most Essential Free 150 SEO Tools


After researching in several months ,we have made a useful list of the Most essential Free 150 SEO Tools for Professional Bloggers & Webmasters .

1.New SEO Tools (8)

Google vs Yahoo GraphGraphic display of top 50 in Google & Yahoo linked.
Keyword Density AnalyzerEnter URL, determines density of 1, 2, and 3 word phrases.
Keyword GrouperTool transforms lists of up to 10,000 keywords into an organized keyword structure.
Keyword ToolOnline keyword suggestion, aggregating over 1 billion unique keywords and hundreds of millions of related terms from diverse sources.
Multi DC PageRank CheckerCheck PR values across all Google datacenters.
Niche FinderOnline tool that returns structured keyword suggestions rather than a disorganized list.
Retrieve SERPsGoogle datacenter SERP checker.
SEO ToolsWordStreams suite of free keyword tools is the easiest way to improve the quality of your keyword research.

2.Alexa Tools (4) 

Alexa Page RankingCut & Paste or browse file for domain list - Displays Alexa Ranking. Good for checking large number of domains.
Alexa Rank Tool3 month, 1 week, today Alexa Rank.
Alexa RankingCut & Paste or browse file for domain list - Displays Alexa Ranking. Good for checking large number of domains.
Alexa Related Rank CheckInput up to ten domains - get 1 week, 3 month average & 3 month up/down Alexa Ranking.

3.Backlink Tools (1) 


Backlink Check ToolShows anchor text for your sites backlinks.

4.Code Validation (2) 

Atom & RSS Feed ValidatorRSS feeds validator
W3C Markup Validation ServiceOfficial W3C compliance validator

5.Combined Keyword Suggestion Tools (1) 

Combine WordsCombine words script for PPC systems.

6.Combo Search Engine Ranking Tools (4)

Search Engine Placement CheckEnter URL/Keyword - Displays top 30 for 11 Search Engines.
Search Engine Position CheckerEnter URL/Keyword - Displays top 50 for 9 Search Engines.
Search Engine PositioningEnter URL/Keyword - Displays top 100 for 5 Search Engines.
Search Engine Ranking ReportInput key phrase list & get Google & Yahoo Rankings.

7.Compare Search Engine Ranking Tools (8) 

Dogpile Search ComparisonShows top results from 3 search engine.
Google vs Yahoo GraphGraphic display of top 50 in Google & Yahoo linked.
Google-Yahoo-Ask SearchCombines search results from Google, Yahoo! & Ask Jeeves.
Myriad SearchMetasearch engine that combines Google, Yahoo, MSN and Ask Jeeves.
Search Results ComparedGoogle, Yahoo, MSN results in one search
Thumbshots RankingBased off the Langreiter tool but lets you compare 6 different Search Engine Results with each other.
Yahoo vs GoogleLangreiter - Graphic Compare of Google & Yahoo top 100 results.
Yahoo-Google SearchShows top 100 Yahoo/Google results together.

8.Domain Tools (17) 

Bad Neighborhood CheckerChecks if you’re linking to bad neighborhoods
Browser Screen Resolution CheckerCheck what you Website looks like in different
C Class Backlink Analyzer ToolShows your links for differnet Class-C site.
Class C CheckerClass C IP range checker.
Class C Range CheckerUnique Class C IP Checker - Cut & Paste or load up a file.
DNS ReportChecks your domain and does email test.
Domain Age ToolDetermines the age of the domains entered.
Domain DossierIP to host, host to ip, traceroute, whois zone file. Hot Tool!
Domain Stats ToolEnter domain and getdomain age, number of pages indexed, and number of backlinks.
Free Site MonitorServer monitor and alert service
HTML Header ViewerShows HTTP headers the web server is sending.
HTTP / HTTPS Header CheckAllow you to inspect the HTTP headers that the web server returns when requesting a URL.
IP Address ReportBulk class C IP address checker.
Reciprocal Link CheckerChecks if the partners still link back
Redirects And HTTP Headers CheckerChecks for redirects on a domain
Search Engine Friendly Redirect CheckerEnter URL - Check your redirect to see if it is SE friendly
What Is My IP AddressShows the IP of your computer or routers.

9.Exchange Link SEO Tools (4) 

Free Broken Link CheckerTests all links site wide and reports any broken links.
One Way Link VerifyTrack your one-way links - Shows status and PR.
Online Free Reciprocal Link CheckerEnter links - Reports back which ones are up, down or unreachable.
Site Link AnalyzerLists internal and external links for input URL.

10.Google Ranking Tools (6) 

Advanced Google Search MethodsEnter domain/keyword and do different Google searches like site etc.
Google Datacenter Watch ToolShows the differnet Ranking results for different datacenters.
Google One Line ResultsGoogle displays each results as one-liners with anchor text the title.
Google Rank PositionShows Google rank position, PR, number of entries indexed, DMOZ and Google Dir status.
Google RankingsEnter URL/Keyword - Searches the first 1000 entries.
Retrieve SERPsGoogle datacenter SERP checker.

12.Google Sitemap Tools (1) 


Online XML Sitemaps GeneratorA free online Google XML Sitemaps Generator

13.Internet Bookmarking (2) 


Del.icio.us - Social BookmarkerSocial bookmarking
Your Personal Web FileSocial bookmarking

14.Keyword Suggestion Tools (14) 

Free Keyword Search ToolDisplays keyword data using Wordtracker and Google search results.
Free Meta Keywords ToolReads meta keywords and hotlinks them to 3 keyword mining tools.
Google Adwords Keyword ToolKeyword tool from Google that provides Specific and Similar keywords.
Google Keyword SuggestionsQueries Google for related relevant and popular terms.
Google SuggestGoogle keyword completions when searching.
Keyword GeneratorKeyword searches from Espotting Media’s (UK) PPC database.
Keyword Popularity ToolSearch Overture & WordTrackers database - Mines these terms with dictionary, thesaurus etc.
Keyword Research ToolTool returns similar keywords found in the meta keywords of sites searched by your choice of 9 search engines.
Keyword Suggestion ToolKeyword searches from Overture and Wordtracker (Wordtracker displays singular/plural & correct order).
Keyword ToolOnline keyword suggestion, aggregating over 1 billion unique keywords and hundreds of millions of related terms from diverse sources.
Niche FinderOnline tool that returns structured keyword suggestions rather than a disorganized list.
Search Term ResearchSearches Overture data for 16 countries and more.
Search Term Suggestion ToolShows keywords and frequency searched on Overture (Yahoo/MSN) last month.
Website Keyword SuggestionsProvides keyword suggestions along and keyword traffic estimates for the entered website.

15.Keyword Tools (8) 

GoogleDuel OriginalCompares the popularity of two words - Good for checking Plural/Singlar.
Keyword DensityEnter URL - Generators keyword phrases from your webpage and displays density.
Keyword Density AnalyzerEnter URL - Displays 1, 2, and 3 word combinations.
Keyword Density AnalyzerEnter URL/Keywork - Displays density each different page component.
Keyword Density AnalyzerEnter URL, determines density of 1, 2, and 3 word phrases.
Keyword GrouperTool transforms lists of up to 10,000 keywords into an organized keyword structure.
Keywrd Density AnalyzerEnter URL - Webpage stats PR/Links/W3C/etc.
Ontology FinderProvides synonymous terms to keywords - Use these in your webpage text.

16.Link Popularity Tools (10) 

Backlink Anchor Text AnalyzerBlacklink analyzer that shows URL and anchor text.
Link AppealEnter URL - Rates for link appeal.
Link Popularity & Site Analysis ToolShows links/pages for Google/Yahoo/MSN/Ask/Alexa
Link Popularity CheckerLists inbound links from 7 search engines & provides history.
Link Popularity CheckerShows inbound links for Google, Yahoo, MSN, Altavista, Allintheweb & Hotbot.
Link Popularity CheckerEnter URL - Displays backlinks on 5 Search Engines.
Link Popularity ToolStatistics regarding a site popularity
Link Quality AssessmentShows IBLs, dir.yahoo, DMOZ, EDU, & GOV links.
Report BotChecks Links on 5 Search Engines, PR, Alexa Ranking, DMOZ.
Uptime BotOff-page (popularity) stats

17.Misc Tools (8) 

Adsense Ad DisplayInput URL shows AdSense Ads for that web page.
Check Yahoo WebRankAllows you to check the Yahoo WebRank of up to 5 URLs at a time.
Domain Directory CheckerSee if your domain appears in 10 Internet Directory’s.
Search Engine Index CheckerEnter URL - Shows number of pages for 5 Search Engines.
SEO ToolsWordStreams suite of free keyword tools is the easiest way to improve the quality of your keyword research.
Site Wide Cache CheckChecks for cached pages and provides cache date.
URL Rewriting ToolCreates Mod-Rewrite rules to convert dynamic URLs to static looking URLs.
URL TrendsFull page popularity stats

18.MSN Ranking Tools (2) 

MSN Position SearchMSN Search for up to 15 keywords on one domain.
MSN RankingsMSN Beta Rankings - Search Engine Rankings.

19.Page Rank Tools (3)

Datacenter Quick CheckChecks datacenters for BL, PR and Ranking.
Future PageRank ToolView PR during updates on 18 data-centers one screen one search.
Page Rank ToolShows PR on the differnet Google datacenters.

20.Pay Per Click Tools (2) 

CPM and CPC ROI CalculatorsCPM and CPC return on investment calculators.
Overture Bid AmountsOverture bid amounts for keywords

21.Related Page Rank Tools (10) 

Backlink CheckerInput webpage - Returns number of inbound links for each PR position.
Google PageRank CalculatorInput keyword - Shows PR and Backlinks.
Google PageRank PredictionLooks at your URL and predicts PR
Google PageRank ReportCut & Paste - Shows PR for unlimited sites.
Multi DC PageRank CheckerCheck PR values across all Google datacenters.
Page Rank Grid CalculatorConstruct the relationship of your website pages & calculate PR.
Page Rank SearchGoogle search results with PR bar and inbound links.
Pagerank CalculatorMark Horrell’s Pagerank Calculator
PageRank LookupCut & Paste - Shows PR of up to 100 URLs.
PageRank Search ProgDisplays Google by pagerank - IMPROVED Prog Tool.

22.Robots.txt Tools (2)

Robots.txt GeneratorCreates simple robots.txt file.
Robots.txt Syntax CheckerChecks your robots.txt file for errors.

23.RSS Tools (0)

Feedburner by Google check website or blog feed



24.Search Engine Position Tools (5)

Cool SEO ToolG/Y/M/A ranking, pages, backlinks, allinanchor, & domain age.
McDar Keyword Analysis ToolEnter URL/Keyword - Displays PR/Backlinks/Pages for top 10.
Page ReportShows pages, BL, PR, unique domains etc.
Pages Indexed Backlinks Domain Pagerank Allinanchor Keyword Density ToolShows pages, BL, PR, Allinanchor, keyword density, etc.
PulseRankTracks Ranking movement on Google for 1000 keywords.

25.Text Link Ad Value Tools (3)

Keyword Difficulty ToolRates difficulty of ranking on Google for key phrase.
Link Price CalculatorShow value of text link ad.
Link ValueCalculates link value per month rental.

26.Toolbars (7)

Google Toolbar For FirefoxDownload File - Toolbar displays PageRank has Google Search.
Google Toolbar For IEDownload File - Toolbar displays PageRank has Google Search.
Mozdev GoogleBarDownload Files - DL the Mozdev Googlebar and add the PR bar for both Mozilla and Firefox.
PR Toolbar Widget For MacintoshDownload File - PR Toolbar Widget for Macintosh.
Search MSN ToolbarDownload File - Toolbar for Beta MSN Search.
Yahoo Toolbar For FirefoxDownload file - Toolbar for Yahoo Search.
Yahoo Toolbar For IEDownload file - Toolbar for Yahoo Search.

27.Track Ranking Tools (1)


Check RankingsGraph view of Google rankings for keywords.

28.Web Site Optimization Tools (13)

Advanced Meta Tag GeneratorSophisticated meta tag generator.
Cache.itShows information lots of information for your site.
Code to Text CalculatorEnter URLs - Calculates Code to Text Ratio.
CopyscapeSearches for copies of your page on the Web.
Google Banned ToolShows if you are in the Google index.
Meta Tag GeneratorEnter meta info - Creates meta tag code.
Meta Tag GeneratorCreates meta tags for 9 tags.
Poodle PredictorUse in Diagnostics View to see order of spidered text.
Search Engine Spider SimulatorEnter URL - Displays page content minus code.
Search Engine SpidersSpiders your page and shows what the spider sees.
Similar Page CheckerEnter URLs - Compares pages for similar content.
Watchfire WebXACTChecks over your web page for things to numerous to note.
Web Page AnalyzerEnter URL/Keyword - Checks copy for optimization.

29.Yahoo Ranking Tools (2)

Yahoo Rank PositionShows Yahoo rank position, numbmer of entries indexed.
Yahoo Search RankingsEnter URL/Keyword - Searches the first 1000 entries..

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