Wednesday, 31 December 2008

Blogging - Setting Up A PayPal Account

For those who are new in to the "make money from blogging" and freelancing fields, PayPal is something that you cannot do without.

PayPal is a safer, simpler way to send and receive money online.

You can pay for items you buy on eBay as well as on hundreds of other leading retail websites, or you can use PayPal to send money quickly and safely to anyone with an email address.

You can pay with money held in your PayPal account balance or use another payment method such as a credit card, debit card or your bank account.

Once you sign up for a PayPal account, you just need to select PayPal as your payment method when you shop online. Websites that accept PayPal will show the PayPal logo in their checkout. You will be asked to log in to your account with your email address and password to confirm the payment. PayPal never shares your financial information with sellers or retailers.

If you receive a payment through PayPal, you will receive an email notification and the money will be credited to your PayPal account. You can then use your PayPal balance to make payments, or you can withdraw the funds to your bank account.

It’s free to sign up for a PayPal account. Fees charged are based on who you are sending funds to:

Personal payments: Payments to friends or family are free when funded by bank account or PayPal balance. If the payment is funded by credit or debit card then fee is charged to the recipient, however the sender can choose to pay this instead. Please note you must select the ‘Personal’ payment tab within the ‘Send Money’ payment flow to qualify for this rate.

Purchase payments: For payments made as a purchase of goods or services, the recipient (seller) will be charged a fee. For more information visit and click on the ‘Fees’ link at the bottom of any page.

PayPal is available worldwide and in all major currencies.

This will explain the basic procedure involved in creating a PayPal account.

  1. Go to the PayPal Website
  2. Click on the 'Sign Up' button. The 'Sign Up' link is located at the bottom of the 'Account Login' box.
  3. Select a country and language.
  4. Select your desired account type. The different account types have different fees attached to them. Click on 'Get Started' underneath the type of account chosen.
  5. Enter your contact information (name, address, email, etc). Use your current email address so forgotten passwords can be retrieved.
  6. Choose your password. Password must be at least 9 characters long. Save this information in a secure location.
  7. Agree to the User Agreement and Privacy Policy. PayPal will automatically send you a confirmation email once you click 'I Agree, Create My Account'
  8. Open your email from PayPal and click on 'Activate,' this will activate your account and open your PayPal account in a new window.

That's about it. Let's get down and start to "make money from blogging"

Saturday, 27 December 2008

Time Needed For Blogging

Few minutes of blogging a day might be enough.

Or 26 hours in a day may not be quite enough.

It all depends upon how much you want to do, and how fast you want it done.

If all you wish to do is post a few messages every day on your blog, it won't take long at all. Just a few seconds to log on, write your message into an online form, and click a button to publish it to your blog!

You could even host it remotely on a free service - all it'll cost is the time you take to log in and post.

However, to be a true member of the blogosphere, you have to work a bit harder.

You'll need to spend time looking for, and visiting other blogs. You'll have to link to them - and get linked back in return.

You'll have to host your blog on its own domain, on your server. If your blog is commercial in purpose, you'll need to purchase commercial licenses from the software developer. Then you'll have to install it - or get it done.

It'll cost a bit, though not too much.

Look at it this way.

You could either publish in a flash for free and hope for a bit of good fortune to guide you to glory. Or you could do it step by step, investing in your blog, knowing you'll make money blogging in the future.

In short, try and enjoy blogging

Friday, 26 December 2008

Greetings For The Holiday Season

Surprising how much outsourcing has done to India.

Anyway, am attaching some links for you all to laugh during the holiday season……

Isn't outsourcing the best thing that could have happened to the good ole U S of A

Heard Obama was gonna outsource most of his cabinet to India !!

Anyway, that’s another issue !

Anyway, here is wishing you, yours, your family and friends…


Fun and blessings

Wednesday, 24 December 2008

Blogging - Providing One Way Links

While blogging, do try and provide one way links back to your blog.

By doing so, you can greatly increase the visitors to your blog.

There are several ways to do this. You can rewrite your blog post and submit them to marketing sites. Two great sites for this include Article Marketer and EzineArticles.

Either one can provide thousand of links for your blog.

Blog carnivals are extended blog posts that round up different post on certain themes and are another way to promote your blog. Due to the large amount of readers that these blog carnivals receive you will notice an increase in the amount of traffic to your blog.

The last important factor in keeping your blog a success is to be patient.

You have to give all these techniques time to take shape and come into play. Your blog may grow slowly but the fact that it is growing is what’s important.

Professional bloggers such as Problogger’s Darren Rowse are steadily growing and you can be part of this blogging trend.

Sunday, 21 December 2008

Blogging News - Twitter Community Gets Funding

Blogging News

VentureBeat reports that two-month-old StockTwits has raised a round of funding. The company makes it easy to track discussion of individual stocks on Twitter.

Basically, StockTwits is a sort of social hub for people who want the most up-to-date information on the stock market. You sign up for the site, and any tweet (a Twitter message) that you send out will show up on the site's homepage, provided the tweet has a dollar sign next to a stock symbol. So if you were to tweet "I think you fools are undervaluing $AAPL," that message will show up on the homepage and all the other StockTwit users will see it. They can respond and start following you on Twitter - if you’re good, they might tell their Twitter followers to follow you as well. This way, the site serves a clearinghouse for sharing news articles, investment strategies and other helpful information.

StockTwits also provides information for individual stocks including the latest quote and the most recent tweets. For example, here is StockTwits' page for Google. PaidContent writes that the funding round was $800,000.

There has already been at least one successful business venture that relied on Twitter's API. That is Summize which was sold to Twitter and became Twitter search. Summize was able to sell itself to Twitter but future Twitter-based services will likely have to find success in other ways.

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Friday, 19 December 2008

The Technorati Profile

I recently included a separate profile in technorati as one of my friends suggested that it is better to have a technorati profile rather than just claiming blogs.

Just write a small profile and include the link of that post.

This reminds me to also recommend to you the "technorati train". Its link is given below.

The technorati train was created to give bloggers higher technorati rankings. You participate by simply copying the list below mentioned and favourite as many blogs as you wish from them

So, go ahead and join the train..

Please also note that the "technorati profile" is as good as a website for a blogger. It gives all information on blogging and lets you to publish content and get famous amongst millions of other technocrati users.

So watch my "technorati profile" and help me be famous too in the Internet.

Thursday, 18 December 2008

How To Telecommute Successfully

Telecommuting is a beautiful thing, what with skipping traffic and wearing fuzzy slippers to work. However, working from home doesn’t come without its trials. If you’re not prepared for them, you may find yourself experiencing a serious drop in productivity and motivation. Not to worry though, here are some tips that will have you on the path to telecommuting success with just at little effort and preparation.

1) Stick to a ritual. Make sure your work and home life don’t become too blurred. Create a ritual to transition from one to the other in the morning so you’ll be prepared mentally to get to work.

2) Simplify your schedule. One of the pitfalls of working from home is the tendency to try too hard to prove you’re really working, which often results in doing too much. Simplify your tasks and only do what you really need to get done each day.

3) Set limits for work. Don’t let work start taking over the rest of your life. Set a starting and ending time for work each day so you won’t work longer hours than you would if you were at the office.

4) Make a plan. Don’t just jump into your work in the morning. Figure out what you need to get done and plan out exactly how you can accomplish it. The structure will help you to get more done.

5) Schedule everything. Schedule not only your work time but your down time as well. Plan out times for breaks, lunch, and household chores so they don’t interfere with getting things done.

6) Find quiet. Working at home can be full of distractions. Find a quiet place in your home that will allow you to get away from it all and concentrate.

7) Work smarter. Don’t work harder just because you’re at home, work smarter. Be organized and focused when it counts and you’ll get more done in less time.

8) Allow some distraction. It’s easy to overdo it and deny yourself any pleasures when working at home. You should be cautious of these distractions, but allow yourself the occasional distraction to break up your day. It’ll keep you happier and more productive.

9) Don’t forget about your health. Sometimes working at home can take a toll on your health simply because you’re no longer climbing those stairs to the office or walking to the train every day. Make sure to take time to exercise and take care of yourself.

10) Find a work space. While not everyone has the luxury of their own home office, set up a private and out of the way space to work. Make sure you have room to spread out, and surround yourself with things that make you feel good so you’ll get more done.

11) Keep connected with coworkers. Don’t miss out on colleague friendships just because you’re working from home. Keep in touch with your coworkers so you don’t feel isolated working from home.

12) Find your optimal work time. Everyone has a time of day when they work their best. Figure out when yours is and schedule your most challenging tasks around it.

13) Be responsive. Check your email and voice messages regularly so you can quickly respond to issues and inquiries sent your way.

14) Keep in touch with work. Let bosses and coworkers know where you stand on projects through emails and phone calls.

15) Promote yourself. It can be easy to be passed over for promotions and raises when you’re not in the office all the time. If you are doing good work from home, make sure the right people know about it.

16) Take advantage of associations. There are many associations designed for those that work at home. Try joining the American Telecommuting Association to meet fellow telecommuters and get advice and resources that can be helpful.

17) Get dressed. It can be quite tempting to work in your PJs or sweats, but you’ll be more productive if you feel professional. You don’t have to put on a suit and tie, unless you want to, but at least put on something you’d be willing to leave the house in.

18) Keep track of your time and work. Keep a spreadsheet or log of the time that you put into work each day. It will serve not only as a record for your employer of your work, but can give you a sense of accomplishment as well.

19) Practice self-discipline. Telecommuting can take a serious toll on self-discipline. Learn to keep a lid on those voices telling you to head for the couch and you’ll be much more successful at working at home.

20) Make downtime productive. Don’t waste time waiting around, make that time useful. Whether you’re waiting for a response to an email, or just for your lunch to heat up in the microwave, use those minutes to get small, easy tasks accomplished.

21) Use a timer. If you’re having difficulty staying focused, try using a timer. Work without stop for a set amount of time and then take a break. Breaking up your day into smaller chunks like this can help you get more done.

22) Limit incoming calls. You don’t need to take your phone off of the hook, but it can be to your advantage to screen your calls to avoid becoming distracted.

23) Share your work. Don’t feel that just because you’re working at home that you have to do everything yourself. If you’ve got too much on your platter, don’t be afraid to ask for help from other telecommuters or coworkers back at the office.

24) Don’t isolate yourself. While the isolation of working at home can help you be more productive, you shouldn’t let yourself become a total hermit. Keep in touch with coworkers, meet at friend for lunch, or just get out of the house and socialize every once in awhile.

25) Prevent emails from dominating your time. Email is a fast and convenient way to keep in touch, but it can also be disastrous for productivity. Set times to check or respond to your email so you won’t constantly be interrupted by it.

26) Practice good stress management. Sometimes working at home can be just as stressful as working in the office. Make sure you don’t let the stress get to you. If you feel overwhelmed, take a break to do something you enjoy, and come back when you’ve calmed down or relaxed.

27) Put on headphones. Sometimes you just need to shut out the world, and headphones can help you eliminate all other noises and concentrate on your work. Try listening to songs that relax you or give you motivation.

28) Establish checkpoints. You can often feel more productive by establishing checkpoints to help you monitor your progress. As you complete each checkpoint, even the biggest and most overwhelming tasks will feel more manageable and you’ll gain a sense of accomplishment.

29) Set time limits for tasks. To keep any one task from dominating your day, set time limits for completing tasks. If you don’t get things done, set them aside and come back to them later after you’ve made time for the other things you need to accomplish.

30) Disconnect from the Internet occasionally. Sometimes it can be helpful to get things done if you just disconnect from the Internet for a few hours. While it is a valuable tool, it’s also full of distractions, and you might be better able to concentrate when you’re not tempted to check your email or the news.

31) Attend meetings whenever possible. If there is a meeting in the office, try to attend whenever you can. It will make your presence in the business known, and also let you represent your own work instead of letting someone else do the talking for you.

32) Pace yourself. You don’t need to work at warp speed all day just to prove you’re working. In fact, it’s a surefire way to burn out fast. Instead, work at a steady pace, allowing for breaks and opportunities to get out of your office chair.

33) Find helpful resources. You can find resources for telecommuters provided by many nonprofit organizations that are designed to support telecommuting. Check out the TelCoa website for valuable tips and information.

34) Schedule face-to-face meetings. While you could very well telecommute to meetings with clients, it’s preferable to meet with people face-to-face. You’ll get to know each other better and be more comfortable working with one another.

35) Close your door. If you work in a room with a door, sometimes it helps to just close it and shut out any potential distractions.

36) Let people know your hours. Make sure that both coworkers and family members know and respect your working hours, so they’ll know when they can get in touch with you and when you’ll be off limits.

37) Don’t let friends or family intrude on your work time. It can be tempting for relatives, friends and neighbors to take advantage of the fact that you’re home during the day. While these intrusions sometimes are unavoidable, make sure that those close to you know that even though you’re home, you’re still doing legitimate work and shouldn’t be disturbed.

38) Remember the benefits. Sometimes working at home can get stressful, but don’t let the occasional stress obscure the benefits. Working from home can save you money, miles on your car, and the stress of commuting, not to mention the fact that it probably allows you a flexible schedule to be at important events for your friends and family.

39) Keep work tasks and home tasks separate. While your dirty laundry or dishes may be calling your name, keep your work for work and work for home separate whenever possible by creating specific times to get each done.

40) Don’t work from your bed or the couch. It’s easy to get lazy when you’re lying down, so only work from your desk or other more formal workspace to maximize your productivity. If you need to, you can take a nap or relax over your lunch break.

41) Use the best technology for the task. Don’t waste time using technology that isn’t right for the job. Save lengthy and complex conversations for the phone rather than email.

42) Expect a period of adjustment. Don’t expect to be the perfect telecommuter right away. Allow yourself a period of adjustment while you figure out your schedule and learn from your mistakes.

43) Be accessible. Quell office fears about telecommuting by being readily available to bosses and coworkers. If necessary, arrange an office instant messaging system so you’ll always be just a click away.

44) Network. Don’t let your business connections suffer because you’re not in the office. Talk to clients, business associates, and other telecommuters whenever you get a chance.

45) Make sure people know how to get in touch with you. Make sure all your coworkers have your phone number and email handy if they need you for anything. You should also keep a list of contact information for yourself as well, just in case you have a problem.

46) Don’t overindulge in the comforts of home. It can be hard to resist the temptations of your television or refrigerator when you’re at home and they’re within easy reach. Allow yourself a few indulgences, but keep them to a minimum, or you could end up with little work and a big waistline.

47) Allow yourself breaks. You wouldn’t think twice about taking a quick coffee break at work, so allow yourself similar breaks at home so you don’t get burnt out.

48) Plan work in and out of the office. If you have work that can only be done at the office, don’t waste time worrying about it at home. Get done what you can at home, and take care of office work at the office.

49) Make sure you have the right equipment. Make sure your home office is equipped with all the gear you need to do your job properly. Technology is important, but be sure you’ve got a comfortable desk chair and a setup that won’t give you any aches and pains.

50) Download productivity software. Sometimes it helps to have a little software to keep you on track. There are many free programs out there that can help you get organized and keep track of all your to-dos.

Welcome to the world of telecommuting

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Writing An eBook

Coming up with ideas isn't hard.

For example, I know and I use this example a lot, BUT, if you are going to be promoting a sports betting affiliate program, why not create a eBook on becoming a successful punter. Then throughout the eBook, you can recommend your favorite sports betting affiliate program.

Writing a whole book in one sitting is hard, and trying to write a book without outlining the chapters is nearly impossible. My first eBook took me over 6 months, but now most of my eBooks take me less than a week to finish and that is with a sales letter and website up.

All you have to do is think up 12 to 15 article topics in sequence and write about them. Each page should be around 700 to 1000 words, full of useful information, not information people could get for free

Like I said just before, you need original content.

There are too many eBooks out there now where people are just regurgitating information others can get for free and this lowers the value of your eBook, which means less people will pass it around and even less will read it.

Thursday, 4 December 2008

Article Writing - Where To Find Good Info

If I wanted to do an article on “unschooling”, I’d search Google for “unschooling forums” or “unschooling discussion boards”.

All I then do is look for what folks are talking about, read their responses and use them to help write my own article.

If you find a great info-product on Clickbank for gardeners, do a search for garden forums. See what kinds of questions folks are asking and write an article to answer.

You can also find Frequently Asked Questions at and

Remember, in article-writing, keep your article short and to the point.

Use helpful tips throughout.

I remember one article I read about searching for a fitness club. One of the tips went like this. “In order to find the best fitness club for you, you must go out and look for one.”

Well, duh! For crying out loud, that’s the "best advise" I had received so far (sic). Of course you have to look for one. That’s a piece of totally useless information.

Steer clear of stating the very obvious.

Give unique, helpful suggestions in your article. That’s what your readers want.

Monday, 1 December 2008

Easiest Way To Write A Great Article

Now, with as many tip websites as there are and as many online forums, there’s no need to come up with all the content off the top of your head while article-writing.

You can certainly learn from their content and write your own article.

Find three or four articles on your topic, read them carefully, and write your own article in your own words based on what you’ve just learned.

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Turning Your Articles Into Income

When folks are curled up in bed with your book, you have some literary license. You can talk about scenery and feelings and pave the way for character development.

But when people are reading your article on the internet, they’re wanting fast facts. They don’t want additional fluff.

Easy to understand information.

That’s the goal.

When you want to learn something, you want to learn it as quickly as possible. Everyone looks for a shortcut so they can start applying what they’ve learned.

That’s why you have to be brief and to the point in your article-writing for the web.

Saturday, 22 November 2008

Former Vice President Al Gore recently made the move to join Twitter.

Former Vice President Al Gore recently made the move to join Twitter.

You can see his Twitter here.

Al Gore has amassed nearly 19,000 followers since his first tweet eleven days ago on November 6th, 2008. It's probably the fastest growing Twitter in history although there is no way to verify that.

There are sites that list the top Twitter users like Twitterholic and Twitter Counter but none that list Twitter growth records. What's the fastest Twitter to get to 20,000 followers? That's probably going to be Al Gore who looks like he will get there in about twelve days

Well another twit !

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Boing Boing Launches Gaming Blog

Boing Boing has launched a new gaming blog called Offworld. Brandon Boyer makes the introduction in this post.

Offworld will also be home to a number of guest appearances by and regular features from people outside the games industry proper and those that have had only marginal influence but deserve more, because it's when those influences come in that the results have been some of the most magical and memorable, from illustrator Rodney Alan Greenblat and Masaya Matsuura's unforgettable Parappa the Rapper (the face that would launch the rhythm gaming genre proving so profitable today), to studio artist Toshio Iwai's musical Electroplankton, to Keita Takahashi's Katamari Damacy.

That's not to say that Offworld won't also be exploring and featuring gaming's blockbusters, powerhouses and the history of its respected decades-old institutions, but in general we hope to chase away a lot of the industry's cynicism and myopia that's set in and bring the joy of discovery and a fresh breath of playfulness and wonder back, because we're all in this to have fun.

The blog is part of the growing Boing Boing blog network which includes Boing Boing, Boing Boing Gadgets and Boing Boing TV. There's also an explanation of Offworld here from BB TV. If you enjoy computer and video games you should add Offworld's feed to your news reader as Boing Boing always offers up some unique and interesting content.

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Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Writing Articles To Make Money Online

It’s one of the hottest topics online, and it’s true, "articles are an easy way to make money online"

Some folks feel intimidated about the thought of putting pen to paper, but I’m going to tell you about some easy ways to write quality articles. You’ll be cranking them out in no time. What good are articles?

Well, with them you can…

- generate free traffic to your website (when selling something)
- send traffic to your sites (via your affiliate link of course!)
- provide quality content on a basic adsense site
- use them to quickly create your own e-books
- sell them on their own mini sites
- or even sell resell rights to these e-books.

So get down and "write articles to make money online"

Saturday, 15 November 2008

Other Ways To Profit From Articles

Being an affiliate is a hard enough job at the best of times, but have you ever tried to get your article published in a large ezine publication? It can be a nightmare sometimes. It's even harder if you try and work your affiliate link into the article.

Articles are a great way to get free exposure for your web site and your affiliate program. Hopefully your web sites goal will be to get Opt-In email addresses and you have some sort of free report system working.

However, I have been testing an idea for quite awhile now that I think really works and I guarantee you that you will get your article published 100% more than you do now. This works especially well if you're running an Opt-In mailing list which I recommend you do.

Ezine publishers receive hundreds of articles for publishing a week, so why should they publish yours? You might think you have the best article ever written, and you might, but ezine publishers have to make money too you know. My idea not only will increase your chances of getting published but you will also be helping ezine publishers make more money, which in the long run they will remember and will be more receptive to your articles in the future.

Here's the idea.

When you write your article, try and work an affiliate link into it. Make sure it's in context and not just a blatant advertisement as that's why most ezine publishers refuse to publish affiliate members articles.

As I was saying, write your article and in that article put a link to an affiliate program you're promoting in context in your article. It helps when doing this that you
can say that you honestly use that product or service. I guarantee you a personal endorsement in your article will double the sales you would get with out an endorsement.

The twist here is that the affiliate link you put in will be changed by the ezine publisher. You will be letting the ezine publisher change your affiliate link in your article so they can earn commissions from your article and therefore increasing the chances of getting your article published.

This has never failed for me and I'm sure it won't fail for you. So how do you make money from this? Well if you have your own autoresponder free report series set up, you can use that in your article by-line. You would make more sales from this than from commissions from the article.

Your goal in any affiliate exercise is to get as many Opt-In email addresses as possible and as cheaply and quickly as possible.

Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Make Money From The Internet

Adsense is definitely the impetus behind automatic website generators and portal sites galore, with which one can "make money from the internet".

Right now, many marketers are leaning in the direction of providing valuable content (your articles) on their adsense pages. The thought is, no search engine in their right mind would ban or delete a valuable content site.

Put your adsense boxes on every page of your content site.

When it comes to Adsense, you have to think like your website visitor. What is it they are looking to buy? Don’t stick something on your site about “making money with your gardening passion” because the advertisers with Adsense are selling garden tools and equipment, not money making opportunities.

You need to make your content fit into the Adsense ads for the best results.

Now, write articles! 10, 20, 50 – keep writing and promoting your content site. Advertise your website in the resource box.

By following this format, you should make money from Google Adsense fairly quickly. Plus you’re building tons of quality content over time and you will have hundreds of articles all over the Internet working for you around the clock! That means your site will do better in the search engines due to all the incoming links!

This is one of those money machines that will "make money from the Internet"

Wednesday, 5 November 2008

How Bloggers Make Money from Blogs

The diversity of opportunities that are opening up for bloggers to "make money from blogging" is just amazing

When bloggers seeking to "make money from blogging" spread their interests across multiple revenue streams so as not to put all their eggs in one basket.

The wonderful thing is that this is becoming easier and easier to do and many options opening up.

The best way to explain this would be to read the source of this article on "how to make money from blogging" by Darren Rowse

How Bloggers Make Money from Blogs "

Saturday, 1 November 2008

Freelancing/ Blogging Job Links

In addition to monetizing your own blog with advertising spots, paid reviews, affiliate marketing, freelance jobs etc., there are many opportunities on the Net for getting paid for blogging and other freelance jobs.

Helium - Where publishers and freelancers meet. At Helium’s Marketplace, publishers post the titles they need articles for right now. "Publishers are paying from $20 to $200 for each selected article"

B5 Media
"They normally post their job openings for bloggers at ProBlogger"

Lists a number of blogging opportunities on it’s site.

Associated Content
Associated Content invites everyone to contribute original video, text, audio and images on any topic to gain exposure and earn cash. AC offers upfront payments for some content submissions as well as a monthly Performance Bonus payment for all of your original content.

Write articles on any of a vast array of topics, including product reviews, “how to” guides, holiday reviews, essays and much more. If approved by WiseOrb editors, Wise Orb will publish your article on this site, and pay you according to how popular the article is. You can write about whatever you like, as long as the article adheres to WiseOrb terms and conditions.

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Saturday, 25 October 2008

Freelancing - Planning Ahead

In freelance writing, it is essential that you plan ahead

for example, let us determine how much money you want to make and CAN make in the next 12 months. First, let us assume the salary you are seeking, say $30,000. Now, let's divide that number by 2,080 (based upon 40 hours per week over 1 year) and you will come up with $14.42 per hour (gross).

Every day, you would have to make over $105.00, and for every week you should set a target of $577.00.

Let us say you are unable to find a job for the first month, which means you have lost an estimate of $2,500, which eventually has to be added on to the yearly salary that you are seeking. So to play safe put in a two-month period [that the time tour search might take], which increases your annual salary target to $35,000, your hourly target to $16.80 or a daily target of $.134.40 [8 hours], or a weekly target of $.672.00 [40 hours]

Now make note of this;

1. Your targeted annual salary [12 months] – should be set at $.35,000
2. Your hourly rate that you plan to charge would have to be greater than $.16.80, let us say $.17.0
3. Divide the figure in #1 by your answer in #2 to get the total number of hours you need to work in the next 12 months to reach your goal.
4. Divide the answer in #3 by 2080 [based upon 40 hours per week over 1 year] to estimate the gain you would make and the time you would take to breakeven.
5. Then think about how many hours you would have to be putting in, on a weekly basis, so as to figure out how many clients it’s going to take to reach your goal.
6. The result you get here is how many hours a week you have to work to reach that goal. The only advantage is that you can also work on holidays and get paid on it. This, of course depends on your social life.

If this number seems unreasonable, then you need to go back and reassess your goals. Maybe you need to increase your rates or you need to decrease your goals.

Whatever may be the case, I sincerely hope it works out for you.

If you crack the freelance code and start charging a lot more for your services, you can make it to your goal with far-less hours and fewer clients than you have in mind, and beat out most of the freelancer writers out there who work without a profitable strategy.

Wish you the best in your freelance writing efforts

Monday, 20 October 2008

Freelance Writing

Some time back, we discussed the revenue aspect for your blogs.

Now we are going to discuss on how to generate immediate revenue from your blogs and other freelance sources.

The secret is to start using your content to get paid to blog. First you need to find out how to create a blog that gives you added income and exposure. If planned well, blogging can take your affiliate income through the roof.

Being Consistent

Many freelancers are inconsistent in marketing themselves and looking for new freelance jobs. This means that when you do market yourself and something comes in, you feel good because you have some income, you have some money, and you feel like your business is going well. But then you take your eye off the ball of marketing yourself and you just focus on delivering your service for your current projects.

Without keeping some consistent marketing in your routine, you're not filling the pipeline for new potential freelance job opportunities. Therefore, when you get a job, you feel great when you finish the job, and after which you have nothing. Result - you scramble desperately to find the next job.

By the time you start marketing again, it takes a while to get the engine back up and going, so it's a very inconsistent way to market yourself. The best way to remedy this deadly mistake that many freelancers make (especially most people who are new to the freelance business) is to set aside a certain amount of time each day to look for new freelance jobs and follow up with potential employers.

This could be a certain amount of time or it could be a certain number of jobs that you're going to apply to. Even if it's just one job a day or two jobs a day, that’s fine. All you need is to pick your rhythm, a success habit that you're going to do daily, every weekday for your business, and it doesn't have to take a lot of time. Set something as your daily goal and make it a success habit.

The key part of that habit is being consistent. It's where most freelancers fail and this is what takes most freelancers out of their business and puts them back into full-time jobs.

When you crack the code as a freelancer, you're going to love it as you're going to earn great money and you're going to have lots of freedom and responsibility to do what you want to do, when you want to do it.

Friday, 3 October 2008

Blogging for Dollars

Last week, the blog search engine Technorati released its 2008 State of the Blogosphere report with the slightly menacing promise to "deliver even deeper insights into the blogging mind.

"Bloggers create 900,000 blog posts a day worldwide, and some of them are actually making money. Blogs with 100,000 or more unique visitors a month earn an average of $75,000 annually—though that figure is skewed by the small percentage of blogs that make more than $200,000 a year. The estimates from a 2007 Business Week article are older but juicier: The LOLcat empire rakes in $5,600 per month; Overheard in New York gets $8,100 per month; and Perez Hilton, gossip king, scoops up $111,000 per month.

With this kind of cash sloshing around, one wonders: What does it take to live the dream—to write what I know, and then watch the money flow?

From the perspective of someone who doesn't blog, blogging seems attractive. Bloggers such as Jason Kottke ($5,300/month) and the Fug girls ($6,240/month) pursue what naturally interests them without many constraints on length or style. While those two are genuine stars of the blogging world, there are plenty of smaller, personal blogs that bring in decent change with the Amazon Associates program (you receive a referral fee if someone buys a book, CD, etc. via a link from your blog) and search ads from Google. (The big G analyzes your site and places relevant ads; you get paid if people click on them.) Google-ad profiteering is an entire universe in and of itself—one blogger by the name of Shoemoney became famous (well, Digg-famous) when he posted a picture of himself with a check from Google for $132,994.97 for one month of clicks.

Blogs with decent traffic and a voice are also getting snapped up by blog-ad networks, which in turn package them as niche audiences to advertisers. On Blogads, advertisers can choose the "Blogs for Dudes!" hive or the "Jewish Republican Channel." Federated Media groups blogs into subjects such as "Parenting" and "News 2.0"; there is also a boutique network for blogs that don't want to cover themselves with ads called The Deck. These networks present blogs as "grassroots intellectual economy" and describe their audiences as loyal, engaged, and likely to see ads as not just ads, but useful bits of information. This may be a comfort to squeamish indie bloggers since it hints that putting ads on your site is not selling out but helping out.

While monetizing your blog may be easier than ever, all of this comes with an ever-present hammer: the need to drive traffic. This month, the writer/blogger/productivity thinker Merlin Mann opened a window onto his angst with an anniversary post. Mann is best-known as the creator of the Hipster PDA (a modified Moleskine notebook) and his Inbox Zero talk (turn your e-mail into actions). In a post titled "Four Years," Mann sketches out how his site, 43 Folders, grew from a personal dumping ground for his "mental sausage" into a full-featured destination for productivity nerds and life-hackers. In 2005, he experienced a key transition:

At some point that year, 43f became the surreal and unexpected circus tent under which my family began drawing an increasing amount of its income. This was weird, but it was also exactly as gratifying as it sounds. Which is to say, "very." But, my small measure of something like success did not go unnoticed. In fact, the popularity of small blogs like 43 Folders contributed to the arrival of a gentrifying wagon train of carpetbaggers, speculators, and confidence men, all eager to pan the web's glistening riverbed for easy gold. And, brother, these guys actually like blogging and love to post and post and post.

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Monday, 29 September 2008

The Global Ranking Of Business Thinkers For 2007

Given below is a list of the world's most important and influential business thinkers
(The 2005 ranking in brackets)

2 Bill GATES (2)
3 Alan GREENSPAN (35)
4 Michael PORTER (1)
5 Gary HAMEL (14)
6 Chan KIM & Renée MAUBORGNE (15)
7 Tom PETERS (4)
8 Jack WELCH (5)
9 Richard BRANSON (11)
10 Jim COLLINS (6)
11 Philip KOTLER (7)
12 Robert KAPLAN & David NORTON (22)
14 Charles HANDY (10)
15 Stephen COVEY (18)
16 Henry MINTZBERG (8)
17 Thomas A. STEWART (13)
18 Malcolm GLADWELL (31)
19 Lynda GRATTON (34)
20 Donald Trump (-)
21 Scott ADAMS (12)
22 Ram CHARAN (24)
23 Vijay GOVINDARAJAN (30)
24 Warren BENNIS (27)
25 Clayton CHRISTENSEN (21)
26 Thomas FRIEDMAN (-)
27 Kenichi OHMAE (16)
28 Rosabeth MOSS KANTER (19)
29 Steve JOBS (-)
30 John KOTTER (-)
31 Jeff IMMELT (-)
32 Rob GOFFEE & Gareth JONES (45)
33 Adrian SLYWOTSKY (-)
34 Marshall GOLDSMITH (-)
35 Bill GEORGE (-)
36 Larry BOSSIDY (-)
37 Daniel GOLEMAN (-)
38 Marcus BUCKINGHAM (-)
39 Howard GARDNER (-)
40 Edward DE BONO (-)
41 Al GORE (-)
42 David ULRICH (-)
43 Seth GODIN (-)
44 Costas MARKIDES (49)
45 Rakesh KHURANA (33)
46 Richard D'AVENI (-)
47 Peter SENGE (23)
48 Chris ARGYRIS (28)
49 Jeffrey PFEFFER (-)
50 Chris ZOOK (-)

This infpormation was taken from the site -
Please visit that site for more information and interviews with the above list of people

Tuesday, 16 September 2008

A Collection Of Freelancing Blogs And Links

Freelancing is often a difficult profession, it can be lonely and nerve wracking at the same time.

But you can make it easier on yourself by learning from and bonding with other freelancers out there who’ve blazed the trail ahead of you. Here are a few blogs, in no particular order, that can help you find advice and guidance for your freelancing career.


Whether you’re just a small time blogger or a novelist hoping to write a new classic, these blogs can give you some helpful advice and information on how to improve your writing and manage your freelance career.

Fab Freelance Writing: Writer Angela Booth gives advice on improving your writing skills in her blog, as well as her informative series of free ebooks on a wide variety of specialty topics.

Freelance Writing Jobs: This blog provides not only links to job opportunities for freelance writers, but also advice on how to get the job you want.

Successful Blog: While directed more at professional bloggers, this site has a great variety of tips for every kind of writer.

InkThinker: InkThinker is written by Virginia writer-editor Kristen King and brings her experience at finding her place as a freelancer to her blog.

The Golden Pencil: The Golden Pencil is a blog that caters to freelance writers. Check out their 31 days of freelancing tips for small ways to improve your freelancing skills.

Ask Allison: For those wanting to break into the writing profession, this blog is a great resource. Send Allison your questions or read her answers to other reader queries.

Writer’s Resource Center: Find all kind of information on writing at the Writer’s Resource Center. Learn how to please editors, market your freelance work and find cheap publishing. There are also job boards for writers and freelancers.
Editor’s Ink: Learn about the business of freelance writing with this blog dedicated to freelance writing and editing.

The Independent Journalist: The freelance journalist will benefit from this respectable blog associated with the Society of Professional Journalists. The site has a freelancer directory, postings for jobs, and advice for freelancers all over the world.

Bad Language: Marketing writer Matthew Stibbe gives advice on blogging, freelancing, PR and even how to ace an interview.

Freelance Writing Business Blog: Freelance copywriter Janice King shares her thoughts on business and marketing as well as information on books and materials to help the freelance writer.

Write This Moment: Write this Moment is dedicated to providing information on jobs and resources for writers. Get your questions about writing and freelancing answered by the writers of this blog.

Inkwell Editorial: Not sure where to start on your freelance writing career? Check out this blog, especially their series on 40 Days to a Successful Freelance Writing Career and great ebook series.

Writing for Reason: In this blog you’ll find writing and commentary on freelance writing and marketing.

Freelance Writing Tips: Freelance writers Craig and Linda blog about journalism, making great pitches and more at this freelance writing blog.

Writers Weekly: Writers Weekly is the highest circulating free e-zine for freelance writers and contains articles on publishing, setting rates, and even fan mail.


Learn to sell your freelance services and hone your copywriting skills with a little guidance from these blogs.

CopyBlogger: One of the best copywriting sites on the Web, Copyblogger gives great advice on how to create good marketing content, ultimately helping you sell more stuff.

Copywriter Underground: Professional copywriter Tom Chandler gives advice and consultation on marketing and how to sell anything.

MarCom Writer Blog: Learn all about marketing communications from professional Dianna Huff on this great marketing blog.

The Copy Writing Maven: Find tons of great resources on copywriting from the Copywriting Maven including tips on writing great Web content and working with clients.

Adventures in Copywriting: Freelance writer Mike gives his thoughts on what it’s like to be a freelancer as well as some humorous insights into the day to day workings of it as well.

Michel Fortin: Michel Fortin is a copywriter and consultant and his blog is full of advice on how to become a better marketer and write more persuasively.

Writing White Papers: There are tons of copywriters out there, so how can you learn to stand out in the crowd? Start by reading this blog.

Ask a Copywriter: Have a question about copywriting you’ve been dying to ask but didn’t know who to consult? Send you question to this blog and finally get the answers you’re looking for.

The Write Spot: Freelance copywriter and blogger Ann-Marie Nichols shares her experiences with working on the Web.

Micro Persuasion: Marketing is a rapidly changing field due to constantly evolving technologies. Keep abreast of the technical side with this blog by Steve Rubel.

Signalwriter: The author of this blog is an incredibly accomplished copywriter and marketing man, so you can learn quite a bit by reading his blog. Who knows, maybe you’ll find something inspirational.

The Opinionated Marketers: Get unfiltered opinions on marketing and advertising from three pros in the business on this blog.


Even the best freelance designers can use a little inspiration now and then. Check out these graphic design and illustration blogs to give you a little spark.

Coroflot: Here you’ll find guides on how to get design work, what companies are looking for in their designers, and maybe even a place to showcase your portfolio.

Design Jump: The design world can be competitive and confusing at times, but this blog aims to give some unique knowledge and insight on how to be successful.

Darjan Panic: Learn about typography, photography and boosting your design blog at the personal site and portfolio of Darjan Panic.

Top Tut: Not sure how to create the look your client wants? Check out this blog. It’s chock full of tutorials for designers and webmasters.

David Airey: Designer David Airey gives advice on this blog about logo design, blogging, dealing with clients and even business cards.

Graphic Design Blog: Here you’ll find loads of articles on design, illustration, and advertising specially geared towards freelancers.

Graphic Design Forum: At the Graphic Design Forum you’ll not only find
lots of tips from fellow graphic designers, but a forum and a library of design articles as well.

All About Freelance: This blog is written just for the freelance graphic designer. You’ll find articles on time management, project organization and even a few design tricks you can try.

Drawn!: More into illustration than design? Then this blog might be of greater interest to you. Here you’ll find information on the latest and greatest in the illustration and cartooning fields.

Designers Who Blog: As the name suggests, this blog, or rather a collection of blogs, is entirely written by designers. You’ll find some quirky content but also some informative stuff as well. If you’re feeling up for it, add your own blog to the mix.

Design View: This blog is a collection of articles written by Andy Rutledge. He answers questions about design, and writes about professionalism, deadlines and other issues relevant to freelance design.


What better place to look for programming and Web advice than on the Web? Read up on how to make your freelance business a success.

Warren Seen: Freelance software developer Warren blogs about all kinds of coding as well as his advice on programming.

Entrepreneurial Geekiness: Being a geek is big business nowadays, and this blog is all about becoming an entrepreneur in the tech market.

Programmer Helper: Need a little help with a big project? Check out this blog for programming tips and advice.

Carlos on Web: Carlos Velasco is a freelance programmer in the Philippines. Read his articles on reasons why you should become a freelance programmer as well as things you should consider before making the leap.

Ben Ramsey: Programmer, author and consultant Ben Ramsey gives his two cents about the latest news in the programming world.

Best Practices: Web developers might find some useful advice in this blog, both on freelancing and on a wide variety of programming issues.

A List Apart: A List Apart is a great resource for web designers. There are articles on layout, design, process and even on how to get along with other designers.

Smashing Magazine: Smashing Magazine, and its blog, are all about providing innovative and useful information to web designers that makes their jobs easier.

Design Float: Design float isn’t really a blog in and of itself. It’s an aggregator that brings together the best web design posts.

Future of the Web: Having issues with accessibility and making sites user friendly? Take a look at this blog for some tips as well as loads of information on programming issues.

Web Worker Daily: Chances are, if you work online, you’ve already heard of this site. But if not, give it a look. Its full of tips to boost your productivity while working on the Internet.

Robert Alamos: This blog by Robert Alamos can give you insight and advice on starting and running your own online business, including tips for being successful at freelancing.

Biznik: Biznik is a business networking site, and the blog gives information about the program. If you don’t find anything of interest on the Biznik site, check out the member blogs as well.

Gautam Ghosh: Gautam Ghosh is an India-based blogging consultant. His blog contains information on HR issues, leadership, training, organization development and social media. Check it out if you want to improve your own blog or help others to improve theirs.

Consultant Journal: Thinking about a freelance career as a consultant? The Consultant Journal can help you learn the basics to get started and keep going.

Management Consultants’ Blog: Keep up with the latest in consulting news with the Management Consultants’ Blog. Learn about networking online and off and make connections in the field.

Steve Shu’s Blog: Steve Shu, management consultant, talks about his experience consulting as well as management in general and other related issues. Consulting Blog: gives you information on how to score consulting jobs and find your niche in the consulting market.


Balancing work and family life can be hard working outside of the home and it can be even harder when the line is blurred by working at home. These blogs give some guidance on keeping both parts of your life in sync.

Success from the Nest: Learn how to create a successful work at home business in this entertaining and illustrated blog.

Freelance Dad: New York-based freelance parenting writer Gary Drevitch shares his expertise on parenting and his commentary on the latest news.

Freelance Parent: Moms and freelancers Tamara and Lorna help other freelancing parents maintain a balance between the adult working world and the world of childcare. Find advice on this blog about finding your niche, managing your finances, and finding inspiration.

At Home Mom Blog: Freelance writer and blogger Genesis gives advice on how to make your work at home business a success, get organized, and stay productive all while looking after demanding little ones.

A Vocational Duality: Sometimes freelancing and motherhood overlap and require a lot of multitasking. Here, blogger Christa posts articles relevant to working from home, parenting and marriage.

Dad Balance: Blogger Derek Semmler gives tips and advice for work-at-home Dads who want to find a balance between their career and their family. Working at home, despite the fuzzy slipper appeal, can be a daunting prospect. Get some advice on working, parenting, or even how to manage the stress of the two.

Career and Kids: Don’t neglect the best years of your kids’ lives for your work. This blog can help you work in things that mean the most to you, like coaching your child’s team or going on field trips, with your freelance career.

Work It: Work It is a great blog for working mothers. Written by several business minded mothers, it can help you strike a balance between work hours and family time.

Just Loving Life: Friends Wanda and Paula blog about their work at home marketing business and how they make it work with their busy lives.


Some of the best freelance blogs provide information for all fields, not just one. Find job offers, helpful advice, and business help on these blogs.

Freelance Switch: Freelance Switch is full of resources for freelancers. Get some great advice on the blog, chat with other freelancers in the forum, use the job posting board to find work, or check out their list of free freelance tools.

All Freelance: All Freelance has tons of great articles on every aspect of freelancing from how much to charge to how to keep on task when you’re working at home.

Freelance Folder: Freelance Folder is chock full of information for freelancers in every field as well as small business owners. You’ll find tons of useful links, articles and advice on being successful at whatever you’re working towards.

Self Employed Blog: Deciding to leave the world of cubicles can be the best decision you ever make, but it can also be a daunting one. Get tips and advice from Eartha on how to make the transition between the two and make your self-employment rewarding.

Gizfolio: The main Gizfolio site is a place where businesses and freelancers can post jobs and get work, respectively, but the site also has a blog where you’ll find all kinds of articles with advice on freelancing as well as the occasional competition in which you can showcase your work.

Freelancer’s Union: Many freelancers aren’t even aware that there is such a thing as a freelancer’s union, but there is, and it exists to help you. Check out their blog to band with your fellow freelancers and maybe even find some work.

The Freelance Pro: The purpose of the Freelance Pro is to help readers learn to be successful and well-respected writers and designers and stop thinking like “employees” and start thinking like their own employers.

The Anti 9-to-5 Guide: This blog is primarily directed at women, but men will find some helpful advice here as well. As the title suggests, the blog is dedicated to helping readers make the transition between the cubicle and the freelance lifestyle. If you like what’s the blog, check out the book of the same title as well.

Ninja Freelance: This multi-author blog contains numerous articles on helping you become a “ninja” at freelancing. Learn how to get rid of bad clients and what mistakes to avoid.

One Man Band: Freelance writer and photographer C.E.H. Wiedel blogs about the trials and tribulations of DIY (do-it-youself) business.

Codswallop: Codswallop helps freelancers learn to make the best use of technology to increase their productivity.

The Freelancing Blog: Written by a fellow freelancer, the Freelancing Blog attempts to share the experiences and lessons learned during a freelancing career.

Freelance Tipster: Get little tips on how to boost your freelance career on this blog.


Sunday, 7 September 2008

The topic of your blog

What will your blog be about? How do you choose the topic for your blog? To answer these questions you need to decide what topics you are interested in blogging.

What are the things that you enjoy talking about and that you would like to share with others? For instance, if you are a writer, then a blog containing information on writing would be suited for you.

The same is true for any thing that interests you. You can share the hobbies that you enjoy. If certain events that are taking place in the world get you stirred up this could be a good topic for your blog. You do however, have to choose a topic so that anyone interested in visiting your blog will know what to expect.

Otherwise, very few people may want to waste their time going to a blog when they have no idea what it is about.

After determining the things that interest you, your next step would be to choose the topic from these things that is broad enough to allow you to gather information to have something to talk about. You do not want to make two or three entries then run out of things to say. An example of a good topic would be a
network marketer.

Someone with this type of blog could write about tips on marketing tools and strategies. They could also talk about marketing software and a number of other subjects related to network marketing. The key is to have a topic that will allow you plenty of material to talk about, but still small enough that you can stay focused on one subject.

Readers come to expect a certain amount of information when they look at your blog. This is why it is important to stay focused on your original topic most of the time. If you begin talking about to many other subjects to often, some of your readers could lose interest and look elsewhere for information. It doesn’t hurt to throw something else in there occasionally just to keep things interesting, but for the most part stick to your topic.

Be Creative

Just because we said it is best to stay with your original topic doesn’t mean that you cannot experiment a little. There are ways to add zest to your blog while staying focused. For instance, many have found that adding interviews and group projects to their blogs worked really well. You could even invite a lot of people to blog together at the same time. There are a variety of different things that you can try on your blog. You just need to stay open minded enough to give new things a try once in a while. If one thing does not work well, move on to something else. Eventually you will find what works best for your blog to keep
your readers interested.

Use Popular Ideas

You can do some background research to see what is popular at this time. Big ticket topics are always things such as:

How to make money
How to lose weight
How to improve your life (your marriage, your job, etc,)

You can find out about hot topics to include in your blog with some simple and
easy research.

One hot topic is weight loss. This is a very popular topic today. People want to read about how they can lose a few pounds or get in better shape. Weight loss topics and techniques are incredibly popular and you can tailor your niche to things like:

Weight loss for new moms
Weight loss for seniors
Weight loss for the middle aged man
Weight loss after surgery
Weight loss for menopausal women

People are also highly interested in topics that are related to their diet and health such as which foods to eat, great exercises to get desired results, how to supplement a vegetarian diet, etc. You might do reviews and experiments of common weight loss programs, exercise programs, etc. There is just a mass of information to be found on the topic. If it pertains to health and fitness or weight loss, you are probably in the gold.

Make Money Blogging

You can’t forget this one! Making money is another very popular one. People love to have more information about how they can make more money. If you can help them find ways to make more money, they will gladly pay the small fee for your e-book. I mean, the potential risk is low and the potential gain very high.

Some examples might be:

How to make money in real estate
How to make money in the stock market
How to become a day trader
How to avoid common money-making scams
Making money without scams or pyramid schemes

There are many other great topics out there for you to write about. All you need to do is find the topic that will work for your blog and then research from there to keep updated content while blogging

Saturday, 30 August 2008

What should I write about on my blog ?

While blogging, there are many kinds of content you can put on your blog.


You could use descriptions of things you've done, thought threads, streams of consciousness, idea feeds. Longer articles or short snippets. If you're using a long story, you could display a short summary on the homepage and link to the full post in an archive.


One of them is worth a thousand words. Good blogging software lets you store and display pictures and also combines them into sequences for display to readers in attractively packaged format.


You could have any type of data including media objects like MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents, Macromedia or Apple movies, PDFs, Audio feeds, downloadable applications - whatever.

That depends on many factors that go to why you wish to create a blog in the first place. The good news is that no one's going to punish you if you post material infrequently!

So relax. Enjoy blogging.

Monday, 25 August 2008

Keeping your blog up to date

If you are into blogging, you are also going to need to understand the importance of keeping your blog up to date. People want to see updated content on a regular basis. If you continue to have updated content, people will return. To keep your blog properly updated, you also have to keep a close eye on it and how things are changing. Since things can change rather quickly, it’s a great idea to stay on top of it. The more often you respond and remain in contact with your blog and the members that are reading it, the better sense of community you will create and the more comfortable people will feel on your site.

Another good thing about blogs and a good reason to keep your content updated is because the search engines regularly update them. You can raise your search engine ranking and bring more traffic to your site which means more profit to you while blogging

Wednesday, 20 August 2008

What technical skills do I need to blog?

Most weblog tools provide an easy-to-use publishing interface as blogging software was designed to allow non-techies to publish professional quality weblogs.

With most blogging software available today, all the author has to do is create content. The mental barrier to webpage design that holds many back from building websites is almost completely destroyed when it comes to blogging.

It's "fall-off-a-log" easy!

Installing blogging software on your server requires some basic knowledge about scripts and CGI. But if you hate doing this stuff, there are several services that offer 'ready-to-go' blogs.

Just register - and start blogging!

Saturday, 16 August 2008

Is it better to have blogging software run on your own server ?


More security. You don't have to give out your FTP details or password. Your blog's accessibility is dependent only on your server, not the remote hosting service's.


You need to have some basic knowledge about installing blogging software and scripts on your own server and troubleshooting problems. It requires some knowledge of changing directory access permissions, and other basic script installation techniques. Most of the blog software creators run helpful online forums and discussion groups to help out with problems.

Monday, 11 August 2008

Popular blogging programs / platforms

You may already know that within each type of blog hosting, there are several different popular blogging programs or platforms, you have probably heard of some of them already and may have even tried some of them already.


Blogger is a free hosted blogging tool by Google that has been around for a long time and is very easy to use. Many people make personal blogs on this site and it only takes about 10 minutes to set up your first blog. They have a nice selection of templates but Blogger doesn’t allow for a lot of customization. -


LiveJournal allows you to set up online journals quickly and easily. It is a collaboration and networking tool that is great for individuals but makes customization difficult. Again, it depends on what you are trying to do with your blog but if you hope to make money, this might not be your best option.


Textpattern is a free self-hosted tool which works best for those that are good with technology. It is much more customizable that the aforementioned options and it has wizard based interface to make this easier for you. It also uses custom formatting.

Typepad (hosted)/ Moveable Type (self-hosted)

Typepad was created by SixApart and is the hosted version of their popular MoveableType platform. These are both options for you to consider depending on your specific needs. Typepad is a paid blogging platform but it is still relatively affordable. There are different levels of access that will affect the price ranging from Basic to Pro.


Wordpress is both hosted and self hosted, depending on what your needs are. Wordpress is free and is easy to setup and use. There are hundreds of plugins to extend functionality in different areas. This is by far one of the most popular options around today. Here is a list of some popular blogging platforms which bloggers can install on their own servers:

Grey Matter (free + opensource)

Open Journal (free)

• b2evolution
• bBlog
• blosxom
• ExpressionEngine
• Drupal
• Movable Type
• Nucleus CMS
• Radio UserLand
• Roller Weblogger
• Serendipity
• Subtext
• Textpattern
• Windows Live Writer

Here is a list of some popular blogging services, which bloggers can use with no installation.

• Blogger
• LiveJournal
• Open Diary
• TypePad
• Windows Live Spaces
• Xanga

You have to decide for yourself which platform you think will meet all of your needs the best.

Wednesday, 6 August 2008

Choosing your blogging platform

When you are ready to begin choosing your blogging platform, there are some questions you can ask yourself to help you decide what you need from a blogging platform.

For example:

1. Do you need something that will be easy to set up and use?
2. Are you new to blogging and new to internet platforms?
3. What is your technical skill level?
4. Are you going to want to change the look of the templates and other customization?
5. Do you need to have little, moderate or a lot of control over the interface?
6. Will you require spam control features, such as captchas and comment moderation?
7. Does the platform you are considering offer support and assistance?
8. Do you need to be able to have more than one person able to post the blog?

These are just some of the questions you might ask. You have to consider your individual situation. Will you need pages on your site that are non-blog pages? What kind of features are important to you?

These are all questions to help you choose the right blogging platform for your needs.

Friday, 1 August 2008

Features of Blogging

When it comes to actually blogging and setting up your blog, you need to understand the features of a blog. Knowing and understanding these features can help you understand both what the blog is and how it works.

This will help you to understand how people make money off it and how you can do the same.

Below is an explanation of different parts of a standard blog and the features therein.

Posting Structure

Do you understand the posting structure of the blog and how it works? Each entry is referred to as a “post”. Posts may also be called entries or articles. They may be made on a daily basis or weekly, bimonthly, monthly, etc. The way you enter your blog post varies according to what type of blog service you are using. Many have a direct entry text box where you simply type in what you want to say. You don’t have to know any special coding information. Some blogs have what is called WYSIWYG editors. This stands for “what you see is what you get” and it means easy text entry no matter who you are.

Most blog sites and interfaces have HTML input as well for those of you who enjoy working with code and would like to enter your blogs this way. There are also different formats for listing links, photos, etc. Most work the same way as text. You have the option to either enter as HTML or enter in the WYSIWYG editors.


Another great thing about blogs is that they are interactive. This is one thing that made them so popular. People have the opportunity to respond to what they read. You can post comments to the blog when you read it which are often shown instantly. There are some cases where the blog owner may use a spam filter or blocker and your comment will have to be reviewed first. The comments are usually found at the end of the post. People feel great about the fact that they can add their own thoughts and opinions and communicate with other people that are reading the blog. This is also a great way for advertisers to find out how the readers feel about something.

The archive feature

Archiving is another great feature of blogging. Most blogs have this option so that you can archive your posts by categories and date. If you find a blog that you like, you can look back on past entries. In fact, most blogs have an archive that is searchable for you to easily bring up certain topics or dates and read the entries.

The regular blog will have features set up so that after a certain number of days or certain number of blog entries posted, the older entries will roll off the main page and become archived. There are also other features that are usually built into the blog itself such as the ability to subscribe to the content of that blog or excerpts of the blog content. You can also use RSS feeds or Atom feeds to let people know you have updated content or to let them put your content on their sites.

Blogs also have links to other blogs so they all link together, or at least the ones with similar content do. So you can see how great it is for a company or business that wants to get their name out there or make themselves known. It can be very useful to make yourself known with the popular blogs in your topic or category so that you will get advertising to your own as well.


What do you need to know to build your blog? Do you need to be an expert in HTML and coding to complete this successfully? Back in the early days of blogging, programmers would have needed to know HTML to create their blogs. That isn’t true today now that we have software that converts what you type into what you want it to look like. This software makes blogging simple and easy even if you don’t know any HTML. All blogs are either hosted on someone else’s server of self-hosed on your own server. Blogger is a popular example of a blog that is hosted and Wordpress is an example that is self-hosted. Read on to find out more about these two hosting types.

Hosted blogs

Hosted blogs are usually more affordable, or even free so this is a big plus for many people, especially those that have never blogged before. Hosted blogs are really easy to create and maintain. There are some disadvantages to all this ease of use. You won’t have as many options for customization, etc when you use a hosted blog. You pretty much just have to work with what you are given.

Also, if you later want to move to a self-hosted site, you may have to start over with the search engine rankings and it can be difficult to move and keep all of your existing content.

Enjoy blogging

Sunday, 27 July 2008

Blogging in the 21st century

The turn of the 21st century brought about a lot of changes, including changes in blogging. Technology has given internet users a whole new way to write and present their blogs. Instead of all text with a few images thrown in to make it a little more interesting you can now add audio to your blogs.

To make it even more interesting put in a short video to intrigue your visitors. Did you know that you can even update your blog when you are on the go if you like? All you have to do is use a PDA or a mobile phone and you can connect and update anytime, anywhere you please, this is called mobile blogs.

Technology has certainly changed the way blogging works. There are no longer very many limitations holding the blogger back. So what are some of these different types of blogs that are now available today and what do they mean? Basically, there are two common types of blogs and each has different sub-genres included within it. Most blogs are either basic blogs or expository blogs.

Basic blogs include links to something interesting and a comment or two.

Expository blogs focus mainly on writing.

There are several other blogs that fall under these two main broad categories. Some of these include:

• Group – A variant of the same basic blog but with multiple authors
• Topic- blogs based on a specific topics (such as politics, news, religion, education, etc.)
• Journals – Diaries; usually expository and of interest to the writer, family and friends
• Photo- As the name suggests, this is a graphic heavy blog with photos etc.
• Linkblog- Similar to the regular basic blog but with only links and without commentary
• Public relations- blogs geared towards public relations, advertising, etc
• Other- There are many other types and categories of blogs that can fall in this line as well.

There are so many different things that blogs are used for these days.

So let's get down to blogging

Tuesday, 22 July 2008

Comparing blogs to websites

While blogging, you might have already noticed that blogs and websites have several similarities.

There are, however, important features that make them different. The way that these sites function is very different. A regular website stays what is called "static". While it may be updated, it is not updated as regularly as blogs. Most of the information and content that is on the website will stay the same.

A blog however, may be constantly changing not only on a daily basis but from hour to
hour, etc. Blogs have the bonus of having a permanent web address just like a website but they are different because they are also interactive and very dynamic. The person keeping the blog maintains in conversation with the reader so they feel more in touch with the blogger and the blog.

It’s more personal than simply reading words on a website.

Enjoy your blogging

Thursday, 17 July 2008

Types of Blogs

You may already know that there is not only one type of blog out there. Blogs come in a wide variety of types and are made distinct and personal by the blogger himself. You will become well-known to others by the voice you use on your blog regardless of what type of blog you choose to use. The type of blog that represents the original blog the best is where the blogger sorts through different topics provided by internet sites.

They then take the important and most interesting facts from these sites and post them to a blog to be viewed by others. By doing this you are presenting the reader of the blog with an easy and simple way of keeping up with what’s going on in the world without doing all the research themselves. This is great for people that are short on free time.

You can choose to stick to one main interest or change around and talk about different subjects, as the blogger it’s your choice. The most popular blog today would be where the blogger posts their personal journal of their day’s event. If you want to share the events of your life with others this would be a great way to do so.

Many people have used their hobbies to post on blogs, giving others who enjoy the same thing good information about the subject. If there is something going on in the world that you strongly protest or support many people have found that these types of blogs work well for them.

If you are newbie in blogging world, you may wish to know the types blogs that are in existence. Many bloggers simply create their own blog using any of the standard blogging software but many sites have popped up offering specialized services for users to create their own travel blogs and share their photos.

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Saturday, 12 July 2008

How to begin blogging

If you are new to blogging and have never used a blog at all before, then it would be best to start out as simple as possible. To do this you should begin by experimenting with setting up your first blog on blogger. This is the easiest way to begin with only three easy steps to follow.

The first thing you do is to go to

From here you can acquire all the information you need to set up a new account. You will need both a username and a display name. You will have to provide an email address and a password for your protection.

After this has been done you simply select a template and begin to post to your blog. Entering the blogosphere isn’t as hard as you may have thought it was. You now have a good idea of what it means to blog for fun.

However, to make money you will have to get a lot more in depth. For instance, you will have to choose an interesting topic to blog about. For those of you that already have your own domain, you can normally download another program for blogging called Wordpress.

This can usually be installed with just one click of the mouse from your domain. Once this program is installed all you have to do is follow the instructions for logging in and begin posting right away. After experimenting with either of these blogging programs for a bit you are ready to move on to more interesting blogging.

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Monday, 7 July 2008

Free Internet Marketing

It's only that nlogging has becomes one of the addicting as well as advertising fads.

Teenagers have resorted to blogging as an outlet for their emotions, where they can blurt out whatever bugs them or whatever makes them feel elated.

Savvy marketers have discovered that blogging is one of the best Internet marketing methods that won't cost you a cent.

Blogging for your Internet business is one surefire way to boost the visibility of your products and services. Here are a few ways to boost your internet advertising with the help of a blog:

    1. Make your clients or customers abreast on your website's alterations. Your new products and affiliate websites could also be announced through your blog.

    2. Keep track of your business objectives and plans through open writing.

    3. Air your opinions, advice or reviews on specific services or products that are related to your business as publishing is a very easy process with blogging.

    4. Include links that will fetch back links and subsequently improve your ranking on search engines. This could be better executed through putting well-written articles in your website. Affiliate links could also be included in your blog to earn more extra income.

    5. Collect response through the ability of blogs to fetch comments from your blog readers. You can learn and improve your products and services through with the feedback from your readers.

    6. Connect easily with other bloggers. When other bloggers notice that you have something good in your blog, they will put you in their favorite lists that will automatically link you to their blogs.

So, how do you set up a blog?

Either you load a blogging-software or let a blogging hosting service do it for you.

Host services such as LiveJournal and are the most popular in this field. Those hosts will provide you with easy instructions on how to put up your blog.