A Website, A Blog or a Web Startup – What Do You Want To Start?

A Website, A Blog or a Web Startup – What Do You Want To Start?

Don’t get me wrong, there is a huge difference between websites/blogs and web startups. The point came to my mind, when I tried to build my career in building a startup, eespecially a web startup and ended up being a blogger, internet/affiliate marketer, and small-scale website developer.

I was following many startup blogs since 2005, when I was working at HSBC as System Administrator and ultimately inspired me to do an online business, and I am happy that I earn on average of Rs 1.5 lakhs INR per month (10 folds higher than the salary in a company). It’s not only my story, but the stories of massive wanna-be entrepreneurs in India. Luckily, few of them will reach at least the level, where I stand now.

Now let me differentiate the web startups from bloggers/internet marketers. Web Startups might consist of CEO, CTO, COO, Management, Sales, Marketing, Technical and Administration employees in their organizations. And the Internet marketer/Blogger is more like a one-man-army organization (Solopreneurs), where he himself does or outsources marketing, technical, sales and advertising jobs.

Both have the pros and cons but to earn real cash from the beginning, many choose to become a one man army and not trying to build an empire of web startup and a company.

The pros of websites over web startups:

You can start as a webmaster and you can become an entrepreneur by scaling up your websites.
You don’t have to obey the rules and regulations of a company and don’t worry about the tax, provident funds, legal formalities, registration and employee salary, when you start your business.
No need of initial funding as you can bootstrap your product and the costs will limit to good web hosting, web designing and content generation.
If everything doesn’t works as you expected, then dump it and move on with your new website or choose a new niche to work with.
You will find tons of articles related to blogging, affiliate marketing and make money online in the web, through which you can implement the right strategies and move in the right path.
No need to set up an offline office, factory, and wait for the break-even point of your company’s profit.
You can also sell/flip your blogs/websites for huge amount via website flipping sites and forums, thus you can have a lump sum to start a new project.
If you succeed to get the decent amount of reader-base/user-base, advertisers come for you; you don’t need to market yourselves!
You are not alone; you will have many blogger and affiliate marketer friends in Internet (Facebook/Twitter), who will help you in any time!
You will find many free tools (most of them are open source) to craft your ideas, the only thing to watch is how will you use it?
The pros of web startups over websites:

You will not be distracted by many niches as you and your startup is focusing on a single topic and a single core niche, which is actually a good to keep focus and working on it to become successful.
You will not have to give up your websites for legal disputes such as trademarks, name registrations, which you will consider when you begin your journey.
You will have a name and fame and it spreads faster than that of a website owner.
You can build an empire which can last longer or can be sold after 2-3 years.
Portals and blogs are not comparable to Web startups. Hence, you will have more reputation than the actual profit!
Moreover, the cons of being an entrepreneur in web startup are much more than that of a blogger and internet marketer eespecially in India. May be the Indian Ecosystems pushing down the entrepreneurs and startups and this article will let you know more about the funding ecosystem for startups in India.

Currently 25% of global websites and blogs are from India (I am not talking about scrap ones). Many blogs with large readership are owned and edited by Indian bloggers. You can check list of Indian bloggers here. Only few of them write for their passion and most of them write for money, real money!

Yes, many bloggers and creative website builders earn more than what a real entrepreneur earns from their web startups by using Google Adsense, Clickbank/Amazon affiliates, Link/banner adverts.

You can also learn how to start an online business by starting from US Small Business Administration website and if you are residing in India and you want to start an online business and become a part of the web startup then I suggest you to go through YourStory. And if you really don’t want to mess-up with funding, staffs, trademarks, taxes, office and you still want to earn online, then you should try searching “make money online blogs” in Google and voila! You will find tons of blogs, which will show you the path. But my suggestion is “Be careful when choosing the way, do not leave your current job until you learn every aspect of doing online business, you will regret it”.

11 Things Which Are common In Successful Blogs – My research

11 Things Which Are common In Successful Blogs – My research

Every day when I start your day, I expect to see a miracle and get tons of traffic and exposure to my Blog.

In nutshell,we all want want to see our blog as a top notch blog.

I have one question here:

What Blogging practices you are implementing on your blog to make your blog stand out from others?
Are you offering unique and creative content?
Are you engaging with your readers?
Is your about page talks about your blog ideology? Do you have all essential element of a Successful Blog?
If you are a new Blogger, you might make tons of blogging mistakes and learn from it to reach to that level, or you can take a shortcut and spend quality time analysing top and successful Blog.

There are many popular blogs like Social Media Examiner, Problogger, Dailyblogtips and many more out there. All you need to do is sit down, open these blogs and try to find out whats common in them. What strategy they are putting to create a top blog and not just another blog.

Each time you visit a top notch blog in any niche, you come across some common practices that are being followed. And sadly, you are left with two options:

Either to mimic the blogging practices that are being followed, or,
Sit back and complain, “Oh, each of them is just so similar.”
Here I’m talking about few practices which you can implement on your blog today to make your blog stand out and give a direction to A Blogger list.

Blogging Practices

This post helps you get a better picture of this situation by providing insights to such blogging practices followed by well established blogs.

Of-course a backdoor insight, but do not jump to conclusions, without reading the complete post. You will have a clear cut idea about which option to follow, and which one to forgo, for being a top notch blogger too.
blogging practicesSo, let’s begin with some of the common blogging practices that make you feel that the blogosphere is unbalanced and unfair to budding bloggers.

1. Success begets success

People arguably believe that the top ranked pages for a keyword draws the maximum traffic. Well, it’s true that readers hardly look for the second page in search engines, but that doesn’t mean they click on the topmost link in the search engine page results.

I rather prefer scanning the URLs and settle for the one with which I am more acquainted. For instance, think of the blogging niche and you enter a keyword say “Blogging Practices”.

Then would you opt for a less known blog ranked higher, over Shout Me Loud or say CopyBlogger. And with more number of such mindsets, ultimately the blog post of successful blog starts ranking higher. That’s what branding does.

2. Alexa ranking obsession

Of-course we are not new to how flawed is Alexa ranking, favoring the websites that install the Alexa toolbar or write reviews for Alexa or even use the premium Alexa services. Inspite of all this, advertisers still, give high priority to Alexa ranking, and so do blog owners.

3. Dedicated SEO implementation

It is always debatable about how much SEO is optimum for a blog?. Do we have to focus on content or SEO or both? And with advanced offsite and on site SEO techniques, even blogs with questionable content go a long way.

Even if you are not into hardcore SEO like Keyword optimization, Readability, On page optimization, Keyword research but there are few things which you should take care.

Top Blog SEO

For example: If you would notice any blog post on Mashable, you would realize they smartly target Keywords using WordPress Permalink.

They remove all the stop words and keep their permalink Keyword optimized. This is a small practice but again, one of the best SEO practice.

If you would notice content here at ShoutMeLoud, you would notice proper usage of Heading tags like H1, H2 and H3. Takeaway here is, SEO is not only they key to success but a good SEO practice will ensure that your blog will stand out of the crowd.

Learn How to write SEO optimized Articles in WordPress
4. Premium Themes & unique design Impact

Yes, Premium themes too are closely related to search engine optimization. With more powerful SEO optimized premium and custom themes powered by Genesis framework, the top notch blogs become even more invincible.

More over, along with using a Premium theme framework one thing which is very common about these top notch blog is using a Custom design for their blog theme. Most of the top blogs are using a unique design to brand their Blog. This is not only highly recommended practice but a must have for serious Bloggers.

5. Content

Needless to say, a Blog can’t be famous without quality content. Depending upon your content stratagy, you need to ensure that you are not only offering quality articles but its’ also informative. Publishing article which your reader expect is another great strategy. For ex: Check out question and answer section of ShoutMeLoud, where Harsh answers Blogging questions of his readers.

How to write Stand out Blog posts
How to Deliver Quality Blog content
6. Important Pages:

Pages like About page, Contact page, Privacy page, Comment policy page are very important part of any Blog or Website. They work as a get to know me element for your Blog readers.

More over, all the top blogs have a dedicated about page which not only talks about blog ideology but also give a personal touch by adding editor bio. An example could be seen at ProBlogger about page.

Why you need an About page for your Site
Importance of About page for a Blog
7. Social media integration:

Another common thing about Top notch blog is utilizing the power of Social media. There is no doubt about benefits of Social media for Blogging, and property like Facebook, Twitter, Google plus gives extra exposure to your Blog.

Just creating a Facebook page, Google plus page is not enough, you should use it for user engagement and make sure your user can find the Social media subscription box quickly to connect to your blog on Social media front.

8. Subscription options:

Subscrption option on Top blogs
Most of the top Bloggers like Harsh Agrawal, Darren use the power of Email marketing to the most. Most of these bloggers are using premium Email marketing solution like ConvertKit, Drip & Leadpages.

It doesn’t matter which service you use, but make sure you offer easy ways for your readers to subscribe to your Blog. Here are some of the must have Subscription option for your Blog.

9. Multi-author:

Another Blogging practice followed by top blogs is: Allowing guest posting. This may not be common for all the top blogs, but still one of the technique being used by A-list bloggers is to form a community around their Blog.

When you allow others to guest post on your Blog, it’s more like inviting them to be a part of your Blog family. You can check out SML earlier guide on How to convert your WordPress blog into Multi-author Blog.

You can also consider having your own team of writers, which will help you to create content consistently and keep your blog updated. Though, as I mentioned it all depends upon your Blog content strategy and kind of Blog you are running.

10. Author Bio box:

Author Bio box

A Blog post without an author bio is more like a post with no identity. When you add an author bio box, it increases the credibility of an article and readers can connect to the article.

As I mentioned above, most of top blogs allow guest posting and author bio box is something common in them.

11. Over to you:

These are just few of the hundreds of common blogging practices followed by top-notch blogs and instead of writing all, I’m handing it over to you. Why don’t you go ahead and analyse few popular blogs in your niche, and try to find what’s common in them and let us know via comment.

Subscribe on Youtube
Blogging Practices Bottom-Line

Having said that, does each of these blogging practices followed by top notch bloggers, make any sense. Fortunately, we belong to the era of Steve Jobs, the late CEO of Apple.

And from him, we all have learnt a few valuable things about awesome presentation skills and their importance. In the transient and highly competitive blogging world, a blog needs to stay ahead of the curve each time. So branding and blog marketing makes sense.

Check out : 12 Lessons Steve Jobs taught Guy Kawasaki
Apart from rich content, presentation too matters a lot. It’s because online viewers, specifically blog readers see what they want to see. One needs to constantly lure the readers and fool the search engines for being successful. But, don’t overdo this blogging practice, otherwise both are smart enough to see through it.

And yes, let me clear the air. I too am in favour of these above mentioned blogging practices and find no reason why a blogger should not employ those for a slight competitive edge.

But, what about you?

11 Things Which Are common In Successful Blogs – My research

11 Things Which Are common In Successful Blogs – My research

Every day when I start your day, I expect to see a miracle and get tons of traffic and exposure to my Blog.

In nutshell,we all want want to see our blog as a top notch blog.

I have one question here:

What Blogging practices you are implementing on your blog to make your blog stand out from others?
Are you offering unique and creative content?
Are you engaging with your readers?
Is your about page talks about your blog ideology? Do you have all essential element of a Successful Blog?
If you are a new Blogger, you might make tons of blogging mistakes and learn from it to reach to that level, or you can take a shortcut and spend quality time analysing top and successful Blog.

There are many popular blogs like Social Media Examiner, Problogger, Dailyblogtips and many more out there. All you need to do is sit down, open these blogs and try to find out whats common in them. What strategy they are putting to create a top blog and not just another blog.

Each time you visit a top notch blog in any niche, you come across some common practices that are being followed. And sadly, you are left with two options:

Either to mimic the blogging practices that are being followed, or,
Sit back and complain, “Oh, each of them is just so similar.”
Here I’m talking about few practices which you can implement on your blog today to make your blog stand out and give a direction to A Blogger list.

Blogging Practices

This post helps you get a better picture of this situation by providing insights to such blogging practices followed by well established blogs.

Of-course a backdoor insight, but do not jump to conclusions, without reading the complete post. You will have a clear cut idea about which option to follow, and which one to forgo, for being a top notch blogger too.
blogging practicesSo, let’s begin with some of the common blogging practices that make you feel that the blogosphere is unbalanced and unfair to budding bloggers.

1. Success begets success

People arguably believe that the top ranked pages for a keyword draws the maximum traffic. Well, it’s true that readers hardly look for the second page in search engines, but that doesn’t mean they click on the topmost link in the search engine page results.

I rather prefer scanning the URLs and settle for the one with which I am more acquainted. For instance, think of the blogging niche and you enter a keyword say “Blogging Practices”.

Then would you opt for a less known blog ranked higher, over Shout Me Loud or say CopyBlogger. And with more number of such mindsets, ultimately the blog post of successful blog starts ranking higher. That’s what branding does.

2. Alexa ranking obsession

Of-course we are not new to how flawed is Alexa ranking, favoring the websites that install the Alexa toolbar or write reviews for Alexa or even use the premium Alexa services. Inspite of all this, advertisers still, give high priority to Alexa ranking, and so do blog owners.

3. Dedicated SEO implementation

It is always debatable about how much SEO is optimum for a blog?. Do we have to focus on content or SEO or both? And with advanced offsite and on site SEO techniques, even blogs with questionable content go a long way.

Even if you are not into hardcore SEO like Keyword optimization, Readability, On page optimization, Keyword research but there are few things which you should take care.

Top Blog SEO

For example: If you would notice any blog post on Mashable, you would realize they smartly target Keywords using WordPress Permalink.

They remove all the stop words and keep their permalink Keyword optimized. This is a small practice but again, one of the best SEO practice.

If you would notice content here at ShoutMeLoud, you would notice proper usage of Heading tags like H1, H2 and H3. Takeaway here is, SEO is not only they key to success but a good SEO practice will ensure that your blog will stand out of the crowd.

Learn How to write SEO optimized Articles in WordPress
4. Premium Themes & unique design Impact

Yes, Premium themes too are closely related to search engine optimization. With more powerful SEO optimized premium and custom themes powered by Genesis framework, the top notch blogs become even more invincible.

More over, along with using a Premium theme framework one thing which is very common about these top notch blog is using a Custom design for their blog theme. Most of the top blogs are using a unique design to brand their Blog. This is not only highly recommended practice but a must have for serious Bloggers.

5. Content

Needless to say, a Blog can’t be famous without quality content. Depending upon your content stratagy, you need to ensure that you are not only offering quality articles but its’ also informative. Publishing article which your reader expect is another great strategy. For ex: Check out question and answer section of ShoutMeLoud, where Harsh answers Blogging questions of his readers.

How to write Stand out Blog posts
How to Deliver Quality Blog content
6. Important Pages:

Pages like About page, Contact page, Privacy page, Comment policy page are very important part of any Blog or Website. They work as a get to know me element for your Blog readers.

More over, all the top blogs have a dedicated about page which not only talks about blog ideology but also give a personal touch by adding editor bio. An example could be seen at ProBlogger about page.

Why you need an About page for your Site
Importance of About page for a Blog
7. Social media integration:

Another common thing about Top notch blog is utilizing the power of Social media. There is no doubt about benefits of Social media for Blogging, and property like Facebook, Twitter, Google plus gives extra exposure to your Blog.

Just creating a Facebook page, Google plus page is not enough, you should use it for user engagement and make sure your user can find the Social media subscription box quickly to connect to your blog on Social media front.

8. Subscription options:

Subscrption option on Top blogs
Most of the top Bloggers like Harsh Agrawal, Darren use the power of Email marketing to the most. Most of these bloggers are using premium Email marketing solution like ConvertKit, Drip & Leadpages.

It doesn’t matter which service you use, but make sure you offer easy ways for your readers to subscribe to your Blog. Here are some of the must have Subscription option for your Blog.

9. Multi-author:

Another Blogging practice followed by top blogs is: Allowing guest posting. This may not be common for all the top blogs, but still one of the technique being used by A-list bloggers is to form a community around their Blog.

When you allow others to guest post on your Blog, it’s more like inviting them to be a part of your Blog family. You can check out SML earlier guide on How to convert your WordPress blog into Multi-author Blog.

You can also consider having your own team of writers, which will help you to create content consistently and keep your blog updated. Though, as I mentioned it all depends upon your Blog content strategy and kind of Blog you are running.

10. Author Bio box:

Author Bio box

A Blog post without an author bio is more like a post with no identity. When you add an author bio box, it increases the credibility of an article and readers can connect to the article.

As I mentioned above, most of top blogs allow guest posting and author bio box is something common in them.

11. Over to you:

These are just few of the hundreds of common blogging practices followed by top-notch blogs and instead of writing all, I’m handing it over to you. Why don’t you go ahead and analyse few popular blogs in your niche, and try to find what’s common in them and let us know via comment.

Subscribe on Youtube
Blogging Practices Bottom-Line

Having said that, does each of these blogging practices followed by top notch bloggers, make any sense. Fortunately, we belong to the era of Steve Jobs, the late CEO of Apple.

And from him, we all have learnt a few valuable things about awesome presentation skills and their importance. In the transient and highly competitive blogging world, a blog needs to stay ahead of the curve each time. So branding and blog marketing makes sense.

Check out : 12 Lessons Steve Jobs taught Guy Kawasaki
Apart from rich content, presentation too matters a lot. It’s because online viewers, specifically blog readers see what they want to see. One needs to constantly lure the readers and fool the search engines for being successful. But, don’t overdo this blogging practice, otherwise both are smart enough to see through it.

And yes, let me clear the air. I too am in favour of these above mentioned blogging practices and find no reason why a blogger should not employ those for a slight competitive edge.

But, what about you?

11 Things Which Are common In Successful Blogs – My research

11 Things Which Are common In Successful Blogs – My research

Every day when I start your day, I expect to see a miracle and get tons of traffic and exposure to my Blog.

In nutshell,we all want want to see our blog as a top notch blog.

I have one question here:

What Blogging practices you are implementing on your blog to make your blog stand out from others?
Are you offering unique and creative content?
Are you engaging with your readers?
Is your about page talks about your blog ideology? Do you have all essential element of a Successful Blog?
If you are a new Blogger, you might make tons of blogging mistakes and learn from it to reach to that level, or you can take a shortcut and spend quality time analysing top and successful Blog.

There are many popular blogs like Social Media Examiner, Problogger, Dailyblogtips and many more out there. All you need to do is sit down, open these blogs and try to find out whats common in them. What strategy they are putting to create a top blog and not just another blog.

Each time you visit a top notch blog in any niche, you come across some common practices that are being followed. And sadly, you are left with two options:

Either to mimic the blogging practices that are being followed, or,
Sit back and complain, “Oh, each of them is just so similar.”
Here I’m talking about few practices which you can implement on your blog today to make your blog stand out and give a direction to A Blogger list.

Blogging Practices

This post helps you get a better picture of this situation by providing insights to such blogging practices followed by well established blogs.

Of-course a backdoor insight, but do not jump to conclusions, without reading the complete post. You will have a clear cut idea about which option to follow, and which one to forgo, for being a top notch blogger too.
blogging practicesSo, let’s begin with some of the common blogging practices that make you feel that the blogosphere is unbalanced and unfair to budding bloggers.

1. Success begets success

People arguably believe that the top ranked pages for a keyword draws the maximum traffic. Well, it’s true that readers hardly look for the second page in search engines, but that doesn’t mean they click on the topmost link in the search engine page results.

I rather prefer scanning the URLs and settle for the one with which I am more acquainted. For instance, think of the blogging niche and you enter a keyword say “Blogging Practices”.

Then would you opt for a less known blog ranked higher, over Shout Me Loud or say CopyBlogger. And with more number of such mindsets, ultimately the blog post of successful blog starts ranking higher. That’s what branding does.

2. Alexa ranking obsession

Of-course we are not new to how flawed is Alexa ranking, favoring the websites that install the Alexa toolbar or write reviews for Alexa or even use the premium Alexa services. Inspite of all this, advertisers still, give high priority to Alexa ranking, and so do blog owners.

3. Dedicated SEO implementation

It is always debatable about how much SEO is optimum for a blog?. Do we have to focus on content or SEO or both? And with advanced offsite and on site SEO techniques, even blogs with questionable content go a long way.

Even if you are not into hardcore SEO like Keyword optimization, Readability, On page optimization, Keyword research but there are few things which you should take care.

Top Blog SEO

For example: If you would notice any blog post on Mashable, you would realize they smartly target Keywords using WordPress Permalink.

They remove all the stop words and keep their permalink Keyword optimized. This is a small practice but again, one of the best SEO practice.

If you would notice content here at ShoutMeLoud, you would notice proper usage of Heading tags like H1, H2 and H3. Takeaway here is, SEO is not only they key to success but a good SEO practice will ensure that your blog will stand out of the crowd.

Learn How to write SEO optimized Articles in WordPress
4. Premium Themes & unique design Impact

Yes, Premium themes too are closely related to search engine optimization. With more powerful SEO optimized premium and custom themes powered by Genesis framework, the top notch blogs become even more invincible.

More over, along with using a Premium theme framework one thing which is very common about these top notch blog is using a Custom design for their blog theme. Most of the top blogs are using a unique design to brand their Blog. This is not only highly recommended practice but a must have for serious Bloggers.

5. Content

Needless to say, a Blog can’t be famous without quality content. Depending upon your content stratagy, you need to ensure that you are not only offering quality articles but its’ also informative. Publishing article which your reader expect is another great strategy. For ex: Check out question and answer section of ShoutMeLoud, where Harsh answers Blogging questions of his readers.

How to write Stand out Blog posts
How to Deliver Quality Blog content
6. Important Pages:

Pages like About page, Contact page, Privacy page, Comment policy page are very important part of any Blog or Website. They work as a get to know me element for your Blog readers.

More over, all the top blogs have a dedicated about page which not only talks about blog ideology but also give a personal touch by adding editor bio. An example could be seen at ProBlogger about page.

Why you need an About page for your Site
Importance of About page for a Blog
7. Social media integration:

Another common thing about Top notch blog is utilizing the power of Social media. There is no doubt about benefits of Social media for Blogging, and property like Facebook, Twitter, Google plus gives extra exposure to your Blog.

Just creating a Facebook page, Google plus page is not enough, you should use it for user engagement and make sure your user can find the Social media subscription box quickly to connect to your blog on Social media front.

8. Subscription options:

Subscrption option on Top blogs
Most of the top Bloggers like Harsh Agrawal, Darren use the power of Email marketing to the most. Most of these bloggers are using premium Email marketing solution like ConvertKit, Drip & Leadpages.

It doesn’t matter which service you use, but make sure you offer easy ways for your readers to subscribe to your Blog. Here are some of the must have Subscription option for your Blog.

9. Multi-author:

Another Blogging practice followed by top blogs is: Allowing guest posting. This may not be common for all the top blogs, but still one of the technique being used by A-list bloggers is to form a community around their Blog.

When you allow others to guest post on your Blog, it’s more like inviting them to be a part of your Blog family. You can check out SML earlier guide on How to convert your WordPress blog into Multi-author Blog.

You can also consider having your own team of writers, which will help you to create content consistently and keep your blog updated. Though, as I mentioned it all depends upon your Blog content strategy and kind of Blog you are running.

10. Author Bio box:

Author Bio box

A Blog post without an author bio is more like a post with no identity. When you add an author bio box, it increases the credibility of an article and readers can connect to the article.

As I mentioned above, most of top blogs allow guest posting and author bio box is something common in them.

11. Over to you:

These are just few of the hundreds of common blogging practices followed by top-notch blogs and instead of writing all, I’m handing it over to you. Why don’t you go ahead and analyse few popular blogs in your niche, and try to find what’s common in them and let us know via comment.

Subscribe on Youtube
Blogging Practices Bottom-Line

Having said that, does each of these blogging practices followed by top notch bloggers, make any sense. Fortunately, we belong to the era of Steve Jobs, the late CEO of Apple.

And from him, we all have learnt a few valuable things about awesome presentation skills and their importance. In the transient and highly competitive blogging world, a blog needs to stay ahead of the curve each time. So branding and blog marketing makes sense.

Check out : 12 Lessons Steve Jobs taught Guy Kawasaki
Apart from rich content, presentation too matters a lot. It’s because online viewers, specifically blog readers see what they want to see. One needs to constantly lure the readers and fool the search engines for being successful. But, don’t overdo this blogging practice, otherwise both are smart enough to see through it.

And yes, let me clear the air. I too am in favour of these above mentioned blogging practices and find no reason why a blogger should not employ those for a slight competitive edge.

But, what about you?

11 Things Which Are common In Successful Blogs – My research

11 Things Which Are common In Successful Blogs – My research

Every day when I start your day, I expect to see a miracle and get tons of traffic and exposure to my Blog.

In nutshell,we all want want to see our blog as a top notch blog.

I have one question here:

What Blogging practices you are implementing on your blog to make your blog stand out from others?
Are you offering unique and creative content?
Are you engaging with your readers?
Is your about page talks about your blog ideology? Do you have all essential element of a Successful Blog?
If you are a new Blogger, you might make tons of blogging mistakes and learn from it to reach to that level, or you can take a shortcut and spend quality time analysing top and successful Blog.

There are many popular blogs like Social Media Examiner, Problogger, Dailyblogtips and many more out there. All you need to do is sit down, open these blogs and try to find out whats common in them. What strategy they are putting to create a top blog and not just another blog.

Each time you visit a top notch blog in any niche, you come across some common practices that are being followed. And sadly, you are left with two options:

Either to mimic the blogging practices that are being followed, or,
Sit back and complain, “Oh, each of them is just so similar.”
Here I’m talking about few practices which you can implement on your blog today to make your blog stand out and give a direction to A Blogger list.

Blogging Practices

This post helps you get a better picture of this situation by providing insights to such blogging practices followed by well established blogs.

Of-course a backdoor insight, but do not jump to conclusions, without reading the complete post. You will have a clear cut idea about which option to follow, and which one to forgo, for being a top notch blogger too.
blogging practicesSo, let’s begin with some of the common blogging practices that make you feel that the blogosphere is unbalanced and unfair to budding bloggers.

1. Success begets success

People arguably believe that the top ranked pages for a keyword draws the maximum traffic. Well, it’s true that readers hardly look for the second page in search engines, but that doesn’t mean they click on the topmost link in the search engine page results.

I rather prefer scanning the URLs and settle for the one with which I am more acquainted. For instance, think of the blogging niche and you enter a keyword say “Blogging Practices”.

Then would you opt for a less known blog ranked higher, over Shout Me Loud or say CopyBlogger. And with more number of such mindsets, ultimately the blog post of successful blog starts ranking higher. That’s what branding does.

2. Alexa ranking obsession

Of-course we are not new to how flawed is Alexa ranking, favoring the websites that install the Alexa toolbar or write reviews for Alexa or even use the premium Alexa services. Inspite of all this, advertisers still, give high priority to Alexa ranking, and so do blog owners.

3. Dedicated SEO implementation

It is always debatable about how much SEO is optimum for a blog?. Do we have to focus on content or SEO or both? And with advanced offsite and on site SEO techniques, even blogs with questionable content go a long way.

Even if you are not into hardcore SEO like Keyword optimization, Readability, On page optimization, Keyword research but there are few things which you should take care.

Top Blog SEO

For example: If you would notice any blog post on Mashable, you would realize they smartly target Keywords using WordPress Permalink.

They remove all the stop words and keep their permalink Keyword optimized. This is a small practice but again, one of the best SEO practice.

If you would notice content here at ShoutMeLoud, you would notice proper usage of Heading tags like H1, H2 and H3. Takeaway here is, SEO is not only they key to success but a good SEO practice will ensure that your blog will stand out of the crowd.

Learn How to write SEO optimized Articles in WordPress
4. Premium Themes & unique design Impact

Yes, Premium themes too are closely related to search engine optimization. With more powerful SEO optimized premium and custom themes powered by Genesis framework, the top notch blogs become even more invincible.

More over, along with using a Premium theme framework one thing which is very common about these top notch blog is using a Custom design for their blog theme. Most of the top blogs are using a unique design to brand their Blog. This is not only highly recommended practice but a must have for serious Bloggers.

5. Content

Needless to say, a Blog can’t be famous without quality content. Depending upon your content stratagy, you need to ensure that you are not only offering quality articles but its’ also informative. Publishing article which your reader expect is another great strategy. For ex: Check out question and answer section of ShoutMeLoud, where Harsh answers Blogging questions of his readers.

How to write Stand out Blog posts
How to Deliver Quality Blog content
6. Important Pages:

Pages like About page, Contact page, Privacy page, Comment policy page are very important part of any Blog or Website. They work as a get to know me element for your Blog readers.

More over, all the top blogs have a dedicated about page which not only talks about blog ideology but also give a personal touch by adding editor bio. An example could be seen at ProBlogger about page.

Why you need an About page for your Site
Importance of About page for a Blog
7. Social media integration:

Another common thing about Top notch blog is utilizing the power of Social media. There is no doubt about benefits of Social media for Blogging, and property like Facebook, Twitter, Google plus gives extra exposure to your Blog.

Just creating a Facebook page, Google plus page is not enough, you should use it for user engagement and make sure your user can find the Social media subscription box quickly to connect to your blog on Social media front.

8. Subscription options:

Subscrption option on Top blogs
Most of the top Bloggers like Harsh Agrawal, Darren use the power of Email marketing to the most. Most of these bloggers are using premium Email marketing solution like ConvertKit, Drip & Leadpages.

It doesn’t matter which service you use, but make sure you offer easy ways for your readers to subscribe to your Blog. Here are some of the must have Subscription option for your Blog.

9. Multi-author:

Another Blogging practice followed by top blogs is: Allowing guest posting. This may not be common for all the top blogs, but still one of the technique being used by A-list bloggers is to form a community around their Blog.

When you allow others to guest post on your Blog, it’s more like inviting them to be a part of your Blog family. You can check out SML earlier guide on How to convert your WordPress blog into Multi-author Blog.

You can also consider having your own team of writers, which will help you to create content consistently and keep your blog updated. Though, as I mentioned it all depends upon your Blog content strategy and kind of Blog you are running.

10. Author Bio box:

Author Bio box

A Blog post without an author bio is more like a post with no identity. When you add an author bio box, it increases the credibility of an article and readers can connect to the article.

As I mentioned above, most of top blogs allow guest posting and author bio box is something common in them.

11. Over to you:

These are just few of the hundreds of common blogging practices followed by top-notch blogs and instead of writing all, I’m handing it over to you. Why don’t you go ahead and analyse few popular blogs in your niche, and try to find what’s common in them and let us know via comment.

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Blogging Practices Bottom-Line

Having said that, does each of these blogging practices followed by top notch bloggers, make any sense. Fortunately, we belong to the era of Steve Jobs, the late CEO of Apple.

And from him, we all have learnt a few valuable things about awesome presentation skills and their importance. In the transient and highly competitive blogging world, a blog needs to stay ahead of the curve each time. So branding and blog marketing makes sense.

Check out : 12 Lessons Steve Jobs taught Guy Kawasaki
Apart from rich content, presentation too matters a lot. It’s because online viewers, specifically blog readers see what they want to see. One needs to constantly lure the readers and fool the search engines for being successful. But, don’t overdo this blogging practice, otherwise both are smart enough to see through it.

And yes, let me clear the air. I too am in favour of these above mentioned blogging practices and find no reason why a blogger should not employ those for a slight competitive edge.

But, what about you?

11 Things Which Are common In Successful Blogs – My research

11 Things Which Are common In Successful Blogs – My research

Every day when I start your day, I expect to see a miracle and get tons of traffic and exposure to my Blog.

In nutshell,we all want want to see our blog as a top notch blog.

I have one question here:

What Blogging practices you are implementing on your blog to make your blog stand out from others?
Are you offering unique and creative content?
Are you engaging with your readers?
Is your about page talks about your blog ideology? Do you have all essential element of a Successful Blog?
If you are a new Blogger, you might make tons of blogging mistakes and learn from it to reach to that level, or you can take a shortcut and spend quality time analysing top and successful Blog.

There are many popular blogs like Social Media Examiner, Problogger, Dailyblogtips and many more out there. All you need to do is sit down, open these blogs and try to find out whats common in them. What strategy they are putting to create a top blog and not just another blog.

Each time you visit a top notch blog in any niche, you come across some common practices that are being followed. And sadly, you are left with two options:

Either to mimic the blogging practices that are being followed, or,
Sit back and complain, “Oh, each of them is just so similar.”
Here I’m talking about few practices which you can implement on your blog today to make your blog stand out and give a direction to A Blogger list.

Blogging Practices

This post helps you get a better picture of this situation by providing insights to such blogging practices followed by well established blogs.

Of-course a backdoor insight, but do not jump to conclusions, without reading the complete post. You will have a clear cut idea about which option to follow, and which one to forgo, for being a top notch blogger too.
blogging practicesSo, let’s begin with some of the common blogging practices that make you feel that the blogosphere is unbalanced and unfair to budding bloggers.

1. Success begets success

People arguably believe that the top ranked pages for a keyword draws the maximum traffic. Well, it’s true that readers hardly look for the second page in search engines, but that doesn’t mean they click on the topmost link in the search engine page results.

I rather prefer scanning the URLs and settle for the one with which I am more acquainted. For instance, think of the blogging niche and you enter a keyword say “Blogging Practices”.

Then would you opt for a less known blog ranked higher, over Shout Me Loud or say CopyBlogger. And with more number of such mindsets, ultimately the blog post of successful blog starts ranking higher. That’s what branding does.

2. Alexa ranking obsession

Of-course we are not new to how flawed is Alexa ranking, favoring the websites that install the Alexa toolbar or write reviews for Alexa or even use the premium Alexa services. Inspite of all this, advertisers still, give high priority to Alexa ranking, and so do blog owners.

3. Dedicated SEO implementation

It is always debatable about how much SEO is optimum for a blog?. Do we have to focus on content or SEO or both? And with advanced offsite and on site SEO techniques, even blogs with questionable content go a long way.

Even if you are not into hardcore SEO like Keyword optimization, Readability, On page optimization, Keyword research but there are few things which you should take care.

Top Blog SEO

For example: If you would notice any blog post on Mashable, you would realize they smartly target Keywords using WordPress Permalink.

They remove all the stop words and keep their permalink Keyword optimized. This is a small practice but again, one of the best SEO practice.

If you would notice content here at ShoutMeLoud, you would notice proper usage of Heading tags like H1, H2 and H3. Takeaway here is, SEO is not only they key to success but a good SEO practice will ensure that your blog will stand out of the crowd.

Learn How to write SEO optimized Articles in WordPress
4. Premium Themes & unique design Impact

Yes, Premium themes too are closely related to search engine optimization. With more powerful SEO optimized premium and custom themes powered by Genesis framework, the top notch blogs become even more invincible.

More over, along with using a Premium theme framework one thing which is very common about these top notch blog is using a Custom design for their blog theme. Most of the top blogs are using a unique design to brand their Blog. This is not only highly recommended practice but a must have for serious Bloggers.

5. Content

Needless to say, a Blog can’t be famous without quality content. Depending upon your content stratagy, you need to ensure that you are not only offering quality articles but its’ also informative. Publishing article which your reader expect is another great strategy. For ex: Check out question and answer section of ShoutMeLoud, where Harsh answers Blogging questions of his readers.

How to write Stand out Blog posts
How to Deliver Quality Blog content
6. Important Pages:

Pages like About page, Contact page, Privacy page, Comment policy page are very important part of any Blog or Website. They work as a get to know me element for your Blog readers.

More over, all the top blogs have a dedicated about page which not only talks about blog ideology but also give a personal touch by adding editor bio. An example could be seen at ProBlogger about page.

Why you need an About page for your Site
Importance of About page for a Blog
7. Social media integration:

Another common thing about Top notch blog is utilizing the power of Social media. There is no doubt about benefits of Social media for Blogging, and property like Facebook, Twitter, Google plus gives extra exposure to your Blog.

Just creating a Facebook page, Google plus page is not enough, you should use it for user engagement and make sure your user can find the Social media subscription box quickly to connect to your blog on Social media front.

8. Subscription options:

Subscrption option on Top blogs
Most of the top Bloggers like Harsh Agrawal, Darren use the power of Email marketing to the most. Most of these bloggers are using premium Email marketing solution like ConvertKit, Drip & Leadpages.

It doesn’t matter which service you use, but make sure you offer easy ways for your readers to subscribe to your Blog. Here are some of the must have Subscription option for your Blog.

9. Multi-author:

Another Blogging practice followed by top blogs is: Allowing guest posting. This may not be common for all the top blogs, but still one of the technique being used by A-list bloggers is to form a community around their Blog.

When you allow others to guest post on your Blog, it’s more like inviting them to be a part of your Blog family. You can check out SML earlier guide on How to convert your WordPress blog into Multi-author Blog.

You can also consider having your own team of writers, which will help you to create content consistently and keep your blog updated. Though, as I mentioned it all depends upon your Blog content strategy and kind of Blog you are running.

10. Author Bio box:

Author Bio box

A Blog post without an author bio is more like a post with no identity. When you add an author bio box, it increases the credibility of an article and readers can connect to the article.

As I mentioned above, most of top blogs allow guest posting and author bio box is something common in them.

11. Over to you:

These are just few of the hundreds of common blogging practices followed by top-notch blogs and instead of writing all, I’m handing it over to you. Why don’t you go ahead and analyse few popular blogs in your niche, and try to find what’s common in them and let us know via comment.

Subscribe on Youtube
Blogging Practices Bottom-Line

Having said that, does each of these blogging practices followed by top notch bloggers, make any sense. Fortunately, we belong to the era of Steve Jobs, the late CEO of Apple.

And from him, we all have learnt a few valuable things about awesome presentation skills and their importance. In the transient and highly competitive blogging world, a blog needs to stay ahead of the curve each time. So branding and blog marketing makes sense.

Check out : 12 Lessons Steve Jobs taught Guy Kawasaki
Apart from rich content, presentation too matters a lot. It’s because online viewers, specifically blog readers see what they want to see. One needs to constantly lure the readers and fool the search engines for being successful. But, don’t overdo this blogging practice, otherwise both are smart enough to see through it.

And yes, let me clear the air. I too am in favour of these above mentioned blogging practices and find no reason why a blogger should not employ those for a slight competitive edge.

But, what about you?

11 Things Which Are common In Successful Blogs – My research

Can ccTLDs Target Other Countries Traffic

ccTLDs (country code top level domain) are becoming very famous due to unavailability of popular term in TLDs (Top level domains). For example, when you are looking for a domain name like somebrand.com and if it’s not available, people and companies are registering ccTLDs like somebrand.in, somebrand.ch and so on. This has becoming a practice among many new businesses, who are coming online at later stage, and couldn’t find TLDs related to their brand. There is nothing wrong with this approach, when getting online is just part of your online presence, and when not expecting any online traffic or sales.

For example, you start a company, and you need a couple of pages website, just to add into your business-card, taking this approach is not bad, but this is not the same when digital marketing, is part of your main sales funnel.

Top 10 most expensive top level domain name
Matt Cutts Answers on using ccTLDs:

Couple of months back, I covered an article on how to target country specific traffic. And, I explained when you are buying a country level domain extension, you are limiting yourself to search engine traffic from specific country search engine. For example, if you are using a domain name with .in, .co.in, domain extension, you are indicating Google search that, your website is targeted to India only. Your website may rank fairly well in google.co.in search engine, but will not be the same for Google.com or other country search engines.

This is same for any other country specific domain name. Here is a video from Google Webspam head, Matt Cutts: where he talked about how Google treats a domain using country specific domain extension. This video will give you a fair idea of using such domains, and understanding geo targeting with domains:

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Here is a list of top level domain extensions, and you can always geotarget them using Google Webmaster tool geotargeting feature:
.aero
.biz
.cat
.com
.coop
.edu
.gov
.info
.int
.jobs
.mil
.mobi
.museum
.name
.net
.org
.pro
.tel
.travel

mashable

11 Things Which Are common In Successful Blogs – My research

Can ccTLDs Target Other Countries Traffic

ccTLDs (country code top level domain) are becoming very famous due to unavailability of popular term in TLDs (Top level domains). For example, when you are looking for a domain name like somebrand.com and if it’s not available, people and companies are registering ccTLDs like somebrand.in, somebrand.ch and so on. This has becoming a practice among many new businesses, who are coming online at later stage, and couldn’t find TLDs related to their brand. There is nothing wrong with this approach, when getting online is just part of your online presence, and when not expecting any online traffic or sales.

For example, you start a company, and you need a couple of pages website, just to add into your business-card, taking this approach is not bad, but this is not the same when digital marketing, is part of your main sales funnel.

Top 10 most expensive top level domain name
Matt Cutts Answers on using ccTLDs:

Couple of months back, I covered an article on how to target country specific traffic. And, I explained when you are buying a country level domain extension, you are limiting yourself to search engine traffic from specific country search engine. For example, if you are using a domain name with .in, .co.in, domain extension, you are indicating Google search that, your website is targeted to India only. Your website may rank fairly well in google.co.in search engine, but will not be the same for Google.com or other country search engines.

This is same for any other country specific domain name. Here is a video from Google Webspam head, Matt Cutts: where he talked about how Google treats a domain using country specific domain extension. This video will give you a fair idea of using such domains, and understanding geo targeting with domains:

Subscribe on Youtube
Here is a list of top level domain extensions, and you can always geotarget them using Google Webmaster tool geotargeting feature:
.aero
.biz
.cat
.com
.coop
.edu
.gov
.info
.int
.jobs
.mil
.mobi
.museum
.name
.net
.org
.pro
.tel
.travel

What To Do When You Have Nothing To Blog About

What To Do When You Have Nothing To Blog About

Bloggers can’t exist without their readers. sometimes bloggers face a situation when there is nothing interesting happening in the community, they don’t find topics to write about. this situation occurs with bloggers who write about technology or other same kind of stuff because a blogger writing a personal blog will never run out of ideas.

Read: How to over come writers Block in simple ways
One of the thing which most of A-list Blogger do is, they plan out their post ideas in advance. You can use technique call mindmapping to generate lots of ideas, which will be really helpful in long run. Though, not all of us are professional Blogger and many of us blog for fun. But, without new blog posts, your blog would die and we need to fuel it up with new blog posts.

Specially, when you feel there is nothing new to Blog about and you are tired of repeating yourself, that’s where the problem comes. Some of us call it Writer’s block and I call it running out of ideas. I believe in blogging the most important thing is to get an idea, after the idea writing content is not a big deal.

Here are some of the tips which will help you to find topics to write about and something which you will not only be interested in writing, but your readers would love the same.

Nothing to write about? Lets find few interesting topic:-

Take a Look at your blog categories

Whenever you are confused or you are not getting any new topic for your post, first thing to do is just look at your blog categories. It is the same concept “give to the needy”.Check that which category on your blog has less no. of posts and when you find that just start writing for that category. Other steps are simple once you’ve decided that on what topic are you going to write today. Still if you are not getting anything to write about then read the tips below.

Read: 4 Ways to find Blogging topics when you’re tapped out
Check your comments and e-mail

When you are not getting any new ideas for writing, go ahead and start checking your blog comments. Maybe a reader might have suggested you a topic and you ignored that or he gave you a hint about what he wanted to read but he didn’t find that on your blog. Sometimes it will happen that your readers are facing any problem regarding any of your post or their personal experiences. Some do it by commenting while some by e-mail and maybe answering that question will give you a new idea.

You can also take an example of questions and answer archive of ShoutMeLoud, and notice how smartly Harsh utilizes users questions to create killer posts.

Visit fellow blogs-

This is one of the best way to get fresh ideas moreover this is the way I get ideas for new topics, when I’m stuck all I do is just “Stumble” by visiting fellow blogs in my niche and I get to know that what is happening in the community and surely it helps me and it will help you to find some new things to write about. Specially, if you are one of those who likes to write on new topics after learning it, this technique will be very helpful.

Revoke the Past-

This is a good way to get new posts if you are blogging from a long time and you have a significant number of posts on your blog. You can try A Blast From The Past. You can bring out old posts which are still popular and are attracting readers. Just change the time stamp of the post and the post on the bottom will reach the top. well, your old readers might recognize the post but the new ones will think you just wrote it. Though the real idea here is, add new information to make it more attractive and useful. You can take advantage of Slides and videos to make it more meaningful.

If you wish to learn more about this technique, you can refer to ShoutMeLoud earlier guide on How to recycle old posts and how to promote old Blog posts.

Get from the Tube-

Videos content are easier to compie and even if you are not into Video Blogging, you can always take advantage of videos from Youtube. Also having videos on your blog will help you to increase the avg. time spent on site and users love to learn by watching videos.

YouTube gets 800 million views per month, when you don’t have ideas just search through the video archives for videos related to your niche and when you find the one which you think your readers will like or is beneficial for them then don’t hesitate to post it because videos are more informative and this will also give your readers a change.

Example post: 12 lessons Steve jobs taught Guy Kawasaki
Use Twitter or Social media:

If you are one of those who are using Facebook interest feature or if you have liked lots of fan page in your niche, you can use it to get some new ideas when you don’t have any topic in your mind to write about. Also, you can read our earlier guide on secret of generating Blog topics with Twitter, which will give you plenty of topics to write about.

Subscribe to Google Alerts-

You must be knowing about Google alerts, it is not just a service to to keep your general knowledge up to date but it can be used in a more beneficial way. You can simply add your target Keyword relate to niche and configure it to send you daily updates. This is very smart way to keep an eye on whole web and be first of few bloggers to get notified.If you find anyone has written about a very interesting topic which your readers will like then don’t hesitate in linking to them or just do your own research on the topic, express your views and see you got a new post.

7 Interesting ways to use Google alerts
More over, if you mix Social media with your Blogging style, using Google alerts you can always find interesting thing to share on Social media stream.

Start collecting :

Sometimes ideas might strike you while walking, while watching television just don’t let that moment go write your idea on some piece of paper, your cellphone memo or in any notepad file. Usually when you are watching TV, movie or anything you can always relate it to your niche and get some interesting ideas or you can relate it to Blogging. For example, check out following two articles:

4 Things Bloggers should learn from 3 Idiots movie
Blogging tactics I learned from watching Porn
Go out and take a walk:

If you are work from home Blogger, chances are high that afters some time you will get tired and your creativity cells will be out of new ideas. Go out for a walk, have a coffee with your friends and keep your work aside. Just talk casual and you can have a healthy discussion with a group of strangers, you will be amazed to find how many new ideas for your blog you will generate in short time.

Use Discussion forum/Quora:

Quora and reddit are another two very interesting places to find something new to write about. One major benefit of using Quora or sites like Reddit is, not only you will get new topics for writing but answers there will make your research easy. Now, all you need to do is just give it a presentable shape, add your personal touch and publish it. This is for lazy bloggers but still this is effective way to generate quality articles.