You are Making Money from Blog but Stuck at same level?

You are Making Money from Blog but Stuck at same level?

I am a strong believer in the saying “Money makes money“. You need to spend money to make money. Whether we are talking about blogging or about any other business, when you spend money to enhance your business in any way, you are making an investment in that business.

We all agree that blogging can be a lucrative business. But if you are not doing anything to promote your blog’s growth, then you are not doing justification to your blog as a business.

In order to start a blog, only a few minor initial investments are necessary.

6 ways to earn money from the Internet without investment
However, if you wish to take your blog to the next level, you need to invest more time, more effort and indeed more money.

A couple of years ago when ShoutMeLoud was really starting to grow, I had money to invest toward the further growth of my blog, but I had no idea where to start. I had a handful of money, and I wanted to invest it in the most beneficial ways possible.

This was two years ago, and since that time I have invested money into my blogging enterprise on a daily basis. Some of these investments continue to give me excellent returns (ROI) .

If you are a hard-working blogger looking to take your blog to the next level, here are a few ideas which will help you to realize that dream:

Spend money to make money:

Your blog’s design and theme:

I have always focused on the importance of obtaining the best design for a blog. There are many good WordPress premium theme clubs such as Elegant themes or Genesis which offer great yet inexpensive designs. The problem with these designs, however, is that they are used on hundreds of blogs. Choosing a “premium” theme does not mean that you have a unique design.

I have a license to almost all of the premium theme clubs, but I also know that the best design is a custom design. A customized theme allows you to give a unique identity to your blog. Regardless of how amazing your content is, a unique and well-designed blog is important. Without an impressive blog design, your content cannot be appreciated and thus becomes useless. Think of it like this: good music playing on very bad speakers.

You can certainly hire a WordPress theme designer to get a custom design. My recommendation would be to buy a license of the Genesis and hire someone to develop a custom skin for you. This would be costlier but it definitely worth your investment. If you not up for that big of investment, no problem. You can grab one of the hand-picked premium Genesis skins (Unique design for Genesis framework) that works pretty well with various niche blogs.

Your branding:

Spend money on Blog branding

The best thing about brands is the fact that they are easy to recall. When it comes to recommending a good blog design in terms of brand, SocialMedia Examiner is my go-to example. They have a unique logo, and an avatar that is clear and memorable.

You can hire a designer to create a logo and a custom avatar, a YouTube page background, a Facebook cover and a Twitter background to give a unique identity to your blog and your social media profiles.

You can always find cost-effective designers using freelancing websites, or if you have the budget you can hire a media branding company that is local to you.

This is one area that I am still working on – the pimping out of the ShoutMeLoud social media profiles.

How to build a strong brand image for your blog.
Search engine optimization:

This is one area in which your investment is crucial. It doesn’t matter how great your content is, you need to work on the SEO of your blog to improve the search engine visibility.

I have previously written about how WordPress is not SEO friendly, and I have offered a DIY guide to optimize your blog. But if you are not a technically-minded person, it may be a good idea to hire someone to optimize your blog for search engines. Surely your blog can rank higher with great content, but your blog’s SEO needs to be up to the mark in order for search engines to find that great content. If you are a solopreneur blogger, you need to spend time learning good SEO, and implement it on your blog.

You can also hire a freelance writer to guest post on your blog, creating targeted backlinks for you.

Bear in mind that SEO is a slow process, and you need to start now in order to see results in the future.

Hire quality writers:

When you go to freelancing websites, you can always find many reasonable writers who are willing to do research and write content for you. However, the best content comes from people who are experienced, particularly in your niche. It is worth investing a little more money to hire authors who can write content based on their own experience. I have done it quite a few times myself, and results are usually excellent. Problogger jobs portal is a good place to start your search for a good freelance writer.

Good webhosting to hold your traffic:

So far you have done everything you can to contribute to your blog’s growth, and now it’s time to work on sustaining the traffic.

A good, reliable web hosting company will ensure that your blog doesn’t go down in times of high/peak traffic.

When I started ShoutMeLoud, I started with Dreamhost and then moved to Hostgator > Linode > Knownhost > WPEngine > Cloudways & at this time we are hosted on Kinsta hosting (May 2016)

It may take time to find your perfect hosting company, but you should only use hosting companies that are reliable and will not let your blog down, especially at times of maximum exposure.

I recommend that you use Bluehost or Siteground for shared hosting, for managed WordPress hosting Kinsta or WPEngine & for Cloud hosting you should stick to Cloudways. (From my personal experiences)

Get an office:

It may sound off topic, but if you are a professional blogger like I am and you work from home, the time will come when you need to have an office of your own. You can certainly set up an office at home, but when you can afford an outside office space, it will serve you well to have one. A good office space helps you to be punctual and productive while adding a professional touch to your blogging career.

I have an office at home, and at times I would from co-working space. This could be a good solution if you don’t want to deal with headache of maintaining an office.

There are various pros and cons to working at home but here are guides to help you get through it.

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

You are Making Money from Blog but Stuck at same level?

You are Making Money from Blog but Stuck at same level?

I am a strong believer in the saying “Money makes money“. You need to spend money to make money. Whether we are talking about blogging or about any other business, when you spend money to enhance your business in any way, you are making an investment in that business.

We all agree that blogging can be a lucrative business. But if you are not doing anything to promote your blog’s growth, then you are not doing justification to your blog as a business.

In order to start a blog, only a few minor initial investments are necessary.

6 ways to earn money from the Internet without investment
However, if you wish to take your blog to the next level, you need to invest more time, more effort and indeed more money.

A couple of years ago when ShoutMeLoud was really starting to grow, I had money to invest toward the further growth of my blog, but I had no idea where to start. I had a handful of money, and I wanted to invest it in the most beneficial ways possible.

This was two years ago, and since that time I have invested money into my blogging enterprise on a daily basis. Some of these investments continue to give me excellent returns (ROI) .

If you are a hard-working blogger looking to take your blog to the next level, here are a few ideas which will help you to realize that dream:

Spend money to make money:

Your blog’s design and theme:

I have always focused on the importance of obtaining the best design for a blog. There are many good WordPress premium theme clubs such as Elegant themes or Genesis which offer great yet inexpensive designs. The problem with these designs, however, is that they are used on hundreds of blogs. Choosing a “premium” theme does not mean that you have a unique design.

I have a license to almost all of the premium theme clubs, but I also know that the best design is a custom design. A customized theme allows you to give a unique identity to your blog. Regardless of how amazing your content is, a unique and well-designed blog is important. Without an impressive blog design, your content cannot be appreciated and thus becomes useless. Think of it like this: good music playing on very bad speakers.

You can certainly hire a WordPress theme designer to get a custom design. My recommendation would be to buy a license of the Genesis and hire someone to develop a custom skin for you. This would be costlier but it definitely worth your investment. If you not up for that big of investment, no problem. You can grab one of the hand-picked premium Genesis skins (Unique design for Genesis framework) that works pretty well with various niche blogs.

Your branding:

Spend money on Blog branding

The best thing about brands is the fact that they are easy to recall. When it comes to recommending a good blog design in terms of brand, SocialMedia Examiner is my go-to example. They have a unique logo, and an avatar that is clear and memorable.

You can hire a designer to create a logo and a custom avatar, a YouTube page background, a Facebook cover and a Twitter background to give a unique identity to your blog and your social media profiles.

You can always find cost-effective designers using freelancing websites, or if you have the budget you can hire a media branding company that is local to you.

This is one area that I am still working on – the pimping out of the ShoutMeLoud social media profiles.

How to build a strong brand image for your blog.
Search engine optimization:

This is one area in which your investment is crucial. It doesn’t matter how great your content is, you need to work on the SEO of your blog to improve the search engine visibility.

I have previously written about how WordPress is not SEO friendly, and I have offered a DIY guide to optimize your blog. But if you are not a technically-minded person, it may be a good idea to hire someone to optimize your blog for search engines. Surely your blog can rank higher with great content, but your blog’s SEO needs to be up to the mark in order for search engines to find that great content. If you are a solopreneur blogger, you need to spend time learning good SEO, and implement it on your blog.

You can also hire a freelance writer to guest post on your blog, creating targeted backlinks for you.

Bear in mind that SEO is a slow process, and you need to start now in order to see results in the future.

Hire quality writers:

When you go to freelancing websites, you can always find many reasonable writers who are willing to do research and write content for you. However, the best content comes from people who are experienced, particularly in your niche. It is worth investing a little more money to hire authors who can write content based on their own experience. I have done it quite a few times myself, and results are usually excellent. Problogger jobs portal is a good place to start your search for a good freelance writer.

Good webhosting to hold your traffic:

So far you have done everything you can to contribute to your blog’s growth, and now it’s time to work on sustaining the traffic.

A good, reliable web hosting company will ensure that your blog doesn’t go down in times of high/peak traffic.

When I started ShoutMeLoud, I started with Dreamhost and then moved to Hostgator > Linode > Knownhost > WPEngine > Cloudways & at this time we are hosted on Kinsta hosting (May 2016)

It may take time to find your perfect hosting company, but you should only use hosting companies that are reliable and will not let your blog down, especially at times of maximum exposure.

I recommend that you use Bluehost or Siteground for shared hosting, for managed WordPress hosting Kinsta or WPEngine & for Cloud hosting you should stick to Cloudways. (From my personal experiences)

Get an office:

It may sound off topic, but if you are a professional blogger like I am and you work from home, the time will come when you need to have an office of your own. You can certainly set up an office at home, but when you can afford an outside office space, it will serve you well to have one. A good office space helps you to be punctual and productive while adding a professional touch to your blogging career.

I have an office at home, and at times I would from co-working space. This could be a good solution if you don’t want to deal with headache of maintaining an office.

There are various pros and cons to working at home but here are guides to help you get through it.

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

You are Making Money from Blog but Stuck at same level?

You are Making Money from Blog but Stuck at same level?

I am a strong believer in the saying “Money makes money“. You need to spend money to make money. Whether we are talking about blogging or about any other business, when you spend money to enhance your business in any way, you are making an investment in that business.

We all agree that blogging can be a lucrative business. But if you are not doing anything to promote your blog’s growth, then you are not doing justification to your blog as a business.

In order to start a blog, only a few minor initial investments are necessary.

6 ways to earn money from the Internet without investment
However, if you wish to take your blog to the next level, you need to invest more time, more effort and indeed more money.

A couple of years ago when ShoutMeLoud was really starting to grow, I had money to invest toward the further growth of my blog, but I had no idea where to start. I had a handful of money, and I wanted to invest it in the most beneficial ways possible.

This was two years ago, and since that time I have invested money into my blogging enterprise on a daily basis. Some of these investments continue to give me excellent returns (ROI) .

If you are a hard-working blogger looking to take your blog to the next level, here are a few ideas which will help you to realize that dream:

Spend money to make money:

Your blog’s design and theme:

I have always focused on the importance of obtaining the best design for a blog. There are many good WordPress premium theme clubs such as Elegant themes or Genesis which offer great yet inexpensive designs. The problem with these designs, however, is that they are used on hundreds of blogs. Choosing a “premium” theme does not mean that you have a unique design.

I have a license to almost all of the premium theme clubs, but I also know that the best design is a custom design. A customized theme allows you to give a unique identity to your blog. Regardless of how amazing your content is, a unique and well-designed blog is important. Without an impressive blog design, your content cannot be appreciated and thus becomes useless. Think of it like this: good music playing on very bad speakers.

You can certainly hire a WordPress theme designer to get a custom design. My recommendation would be to buy a license of the Genesis and hire someone to develop a custom skin for you. This would be costlier but it definitely worth your investment. If you not up for that big of investment, no problem. You can grab one of the hand-picked premium Genesis skins (Unique design for Genesis framework) that works pretty well with various niche blogs.

Your branding:

Spend money on Blog branding

The best thing about brands is the fact that they are easy to recall. When it comes to recommending a good blog design in terms of brand, SocialMedia Examiner is my go-to example. They have a unique logo, and an avatar that is clear and memorable.

You can hire a designer to create a logo and a custom avatar, a YouTube page background, a Facebook cover and a Twitter background to give a unique identity to your blog and your social media profiles.

You can always find cost-effective designers using freelancing websites, or if you have the budget you can hire a media branding company that is local to you.

This is one area that I am still working on – the pimping out of the ShoutMeLoud social media profiles.

How to build a strong brand image for your blog.
Search engine optimization:

This is one area in which your investment is crucial. It doesn’t matter how great your content is, you need to work on the SEO of your blog to improve the search engine visibility.

I have previously written about how WordPress is not SEO friendly, and I have offered a DIY guide to optimize your blog. But if you are not a technically-minded person, it may be a good idea to hire someone to optimize your blog for search engines. Surely your blog can rank higher with great content, but your blog’s SEO needs to be up to the mark in order for search engines to find that great content. If you are a solopreneur blogger, you need to spend time learning good SEO, and implement it on your blog.

You can also hire a freelance writer to guest post on your blog, creating targeted backlinks for you.

Bear in mind that SEO is a slow process, and you need to start now in order to see results in the future.

Hire quality writers:

When you go to freelancing websites, you can always find many reasonable writers who are willing to do research and write content for you. However, the best content comes from people who are experienced, particularly in your niche. It is worth investing a little more money to hire authors who can write content based on their own experience. I have done it quite a few times myself, and results are usually excellent. Problogger jobs portal is a good place to start your search for a good freelance writer.

Good webhosting to hold your traffic:

So far you have done everything you can to contribute to your blog’s growth, and now it’s time to work on sustaining the traffic.

A good, reliable web hosting company will ensure that your blog doesn’t go down in times of high/peak traffic.

When I started ShoutMeLoud, I started with Dreamhost and then moved to Hostgator > Linode > Knownhost > WPEngine > Cloudways & at this time we are hosted on Kinsta hosting (May 2016)

It may take time to find your perfect hosting company, but you should only use hosting companies that are reliable and will not let your blog down, especially at times of maximum exposure.

I recommend that you use Bluehost or Siteground for shared hosting, for managed WordPress hosting Kinsta or WPEngine & for Cloud hosting you should stick to Cloudways. (From my personal experiences)

Get an office:

It may sound off topic, but if you are a professional blogger like I am and you work from home, the time will come when you need to have an office of your own. You can certainly set up an office at home, but when you can afford an outside office space, it will serve you well to have one. A good office space helps you to be punctual and productive while adding a professional touch to your blogging career.

I have an office at home, and at times I would from co-working space. This could be a good solution if you don’t want to deal with headache of maintaining an office.

There are various pros and cons to working at home but here are guides to help you get through it.

You are Making Money from Blog but Stuck at same level?

You are Making Money from Blog but Stuck at same level?

I am a strong believer in the saying “Money makes money“. You need to spend money to make money. Whether we are talking about blogging or about any other business, when you spend money to enhance your business in any way, you are making an investment in that business.

We all agree that blogging can be a lucrative business. But if you are not doing anything to promote your blog’s growth, then you are not doing justification to your blog as a business.

In order to start a blog, only a few minor initial investments are necessary.

6 ways to earn money from the Internet without investment
However, if you wish to take your blog to the next level, you need to invest more time, more effort and indeed more money.

A couple of years ago when ShoutMeLoud was really starting to grow, I had money to invest toward the further growth of my blog, but I had no idea where to start. I had a handful of money, and I wanted to invest it in the most beneficial ways possible.

This was two years ago, and since that time I have invested money into my blogging enterprise on a daily basis. Some of these investments continue to give me excellent returns (ROI) .

If you are a hard-working blogger looking to take your blog to the next level, here are a few ideas which will help you to realize that dream:

Spend money to make money:

Your blog’s design and theme:

I have always focused on the importance of obtaining the best design for a blog. There are many good WordPress premium theme clubs such as Elegant themes or Genesis which offer great yet inexpensive designs. The problem with these designs, however, is that they are used on hundreds of blogs. Choosing a “premium” theme does not mean that you have a unique design.

I have a license to almost all of the premium theme clubs, but I also know that the best design is a custom design. A customized theme allows you to give a unique identity to your blog. Regardless of how amazing your content is, a unique and well-designed blog is important. Without an impressive blog design, your content cannot be appreciated and thus becomes useless. Think of it like this: good music playing on very bad speakers.

You can certainly hire a WordPress theme designer to get a custom design. My recommendation would be to buy a license of the Genesis and hire someone to develop a custom skin for you. This would be costlier but it definitely worth your investment. If you not up for that big of investment, no problem. You can grab one of the hand-picked premium Genesis skins (Unique design for Genesis framework) that works pretty well with various niche blogs.

Your branding:

Spend money on Blog branding

The best thing about brands is the fact that they are easy to recall. When it comes to recommending a good blog design in terms of brand, SocialMedia Examiner is my go-to example. They have a unique logo, and an avatar that is clear and memorable.

You can hire a designer to create a logo and a custom avatar, a YouTube page background, a Facebook cover and a Twitter background to give a unique identity to your blog and your social media profiles.

You can always find cost-effective designers using freelancing websites, or if you have the budget you can hire a media branding company that is local to you.

This is one area that I am still working on – the pimping out of the ShoutMeLoud social media profiles.

How to build a strong brand image for your blog.
Search engine optimization:

This is one area in which your investment is crucial. It doesn’t matter how great your content is, you need to work on the SEO of your blog to improve the search engine visibility.

I have previously written about how WordPress is not SEO friendly, and I have offered a DIY guide to optimize your blog. But if you are not a technically-minded person, it may be a good idea to hire someone to optimize your blog for search engines. Surely your blog can rank higher with great content, but your blog’s SEO needs to be up to the mark in order for search engines to find that great content. If you are a solopreneur blogger, you need to spend time learning good SEO, and implement it on your blog.

You can also hire a freelance writer to guest post on your blog, creating targeted backlinks for you.

Bear in mind that SEO is a slow process, and you need to start now in order to see results in the future.

Hire quality writers:

When you go to freelancing websites, you can always find many reasonable writers who are willing to do research and write content for you. However, the best content comes from people who are experienced, particularly in your niche. It is worth investing a little more money to hire authors who can write content based on their own experience. I have done it quite a few times myself, and results are usually excellent. Problogger jobs portal is a good place to start your search for a good freelance writer.

Good webhosting to hold your traffic:

So far you have done everything you can to contribute to your blog’s growth, and now it’s time to work on sustaining the traffic.

A good, reliable web hosting company will ensure that your blog doesn’t go down in times of high/peak traffic.

When I started ShoutMeLoud, I started with Dreamhost and then moved to Hostgator > Linode > Knownhost > WPEngine > Cloudways & at this time we are hosted on Kinsta hosting (May 2016)

It may take time to find your perfect hosting company, but you should only use hosting companies that are reliable and will not let your blog down, especially at times of maximum exposure.

I recommend that you use Bluehost or Siteground for shared hosting, for managed WordPress hosting Kinsta or WPEngine & for Cloud hosting you should stick to Cloudways. (From my personal experiences)

Get an office:

It may sound off topic, but if you are a professional blogger like I am and you work from home, the time will come when you need to have an office of your own. You can certainly set up an office at home, but when you can afford an outside office space, it will serve you well to have one. A good office space helps you to be punctual and productive while adding a professional touch to your blogging career.

I have an office at home, and at times I would from co-working space. This could be a good solution if you don’t want to deal with headache of maintaining an office.

There are various pros and cons to working at home but here are guides to help you get through it.

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”.

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”.

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”.

A Few Blogging Questions and My Answers

A Few Blogging Questions and My Answers

It’s time for another round of questions and answers!

In this post I will be answering a variety of questions about blogging which have been asked by ShoutMeLoud readers.

Usually when a reader emails me, I try to answer them directly via email, though this does depend on how much time I have available to put into answering individual questions.

Writing an article related to questions from readers, however, will help more people, as other bloggers have similar blogging questions related to their blogs.

Some of the questions I have answered the past are associated with the following topics:

How to become a professional blogger & leave your job?
What to do when your genuine comments going to the spam folder
Today’s Blogging Questions:

Today’s questions came from Vandhana of intradayprofittips.com, and here they are in order:

Q1.What are the best WP plugins to use for SEO purposes? Does installing many plugins in WP affect the loading time of the website?

There are many plugins which directly or indirectly help with the SEO of your blog. For example, the WordPress Cache plugin helps in faster loading of your site, and site speed is a ranking signal.

I have already shared a list of the Best SEO WordPress plugins, and at the time of the writing of this post, I’m using the following plugins for the SEO of my own blog:

Genesis theme & WordPress SEO by Yoast.
Author Hreview to add rich data snippets in searches for review posts. It helps in improving CTR.
Broken link checker (I use once in a month) to check for any broken links on the site. Dead links are bad for SEO.
Google XML Sitemaps to create sitemaps. Google image and video sitemap plugins.
SEO friendly images to optimize images for SEO. It uses the name of the image as the alt tag, and search engines use alt tags to identify images.
W3 total cache to add speed to the site.
ShortPixels to optimize images, which also helps in faster loading of the site.
These are the plugins I use. Yes, installing many plugins will affect your site’s load time. You can use the P3 Profiler plugin to find out which WordPress plugins are slowing down your site. Whenever possible, try to use manual codes. For example, instead of using plugins to add social bookmarking icons, you can use custom codes.

Q2. Is blog commenting good or bad for a website? Should it be done only moderately in accordance with the current Google algorithm? How does it affect SEO?

Blog commenting is always good, as long as you’re commenting only on relevant blogs. Comments will not only help you to fetch backlinks, but meaningful blog comments will also help in building connections and improving the branding of your profile. Make sure to sign up at Gravatar.com to attach an image with your comments. Read this guide on blog commenting, which will give you important details and input for commenting.

Read: Blog comments: When it is useful and when it is harmful

Q3. What is the healthiest method of backlink creation according to the current Google algorithm?

Natural links are the best, and those come when you are creating original and unique content. List-oriented, well researched, controversial posts are especially good for obtaining natural links. In addition to your own articles, take advantage of guest posting, blog commenting, and article directory submissions, but only on high-quality sites.

Here is a nice guide on Kikolani where you can learn about link building in the post Google Penguin world. Also, check out my previously published guide on SEO in a post-Panda world.

Q4. Is there any free software or website to analyze keywords and/or to act as a keyword phrase finder, etc?

I use a combination of SEO tools. Here is my list:

SEMRUSH to analyze and find new keywords. (You can take advantage of this SEMRUSH coupon to get a complete Pro account for 15 days.
Google keyword tool to analyze keywords
LongTailPro
I also try to keep playing with new SEO tools, for example: Ahrefs for link analysis, HitTails for finding long tail keywords (not recommended for the price!), and many others.
For further details and informaton, you can also check out the complete list of Blogging tools I use regularly.
Q5. How do I use white hat methods to bring visitors and comments to my website for free?

There are many ways to drive traffic. I will outline a few of them here:

SEO:

SEO will help to make your site more visible to search engines. If you are not an SEO fanatic, or if the concept of SEO is foreign to you, you only need to take care of few matters, including your on-site SEO, on-page SEO and offsite SEO.

For on-site SEO, take care of WordPress duplication and indexation issues. Submit sitemaps to major search engines. Give a unique meta title and description to your site’s homepage using target keywords. Also take care of site speed, and be careful not to overwhelm your site with ads.

For on-page SEO, deal with the issues of keyword research, keyword placement, keyword density, readability, outbound link SEO and be absolutely sure to write high-quality content.

For off-site SEO, take care of backlink building, social signals other things we have discussed in the past to promote your blog.

Finally, add social bookmarking icons to increase the social signals to your site.

Guest posting:

This is my favorite and most highly recommended method. You can read my complete guest posting campaign guide for traffic, to learn the details.

Blog commenting:

Blog commenting is another easy and excellent method. By adding meaningful comments regularly on some of the blogs you read, you will not only be building connections and improving your branding, but you will also be driving traffic throughout. To learn how best to take advantage of this method, you should read our previously published guide on how to be the first one to comment on a blog post.

Forum posting:

Forum posting is yet another good method, and there are many quality forums like Warriorforum, V7Nforum and other do follow forums, where you can use signatures to drive traffic to your blog.

There are endless other methods as well, such as social bookmarking, video blogging, email marketing, social media and many more.

Here are some hand-picked articles which will help you to learn more about driving traffic:

How to get free traffic to your blog
How to drive huge traffic to your blog
10 ways to drive traffic from forums to your blog
16 useful resources to drive traffic to your blog
6. How do I contact you other than here? I am very impressed with your blogging skills.

I try to respond to questions whenever possible, but due to high volumes of email, I unfortunately miss the opportunity to reply to many emails. You can ping on Twitter @denharsh

Read: 5 effective ways to connect to a professional blogger
Q7. What are some free ways to generate income online?

Ahh… This is a tough one because I believe in the concept of “it takes money to make money“.

With that said, there are some free methods that work, and some that don’t. You can get yourself a free blog on BlogSpot.com and monetize it with AdSense or other alternatives.

If you have some unique skills, then you can sell or promote your services on Fiverr, or check out other freelancing sites to see if your skill set matches any offered jobs. If you are an exceptional writer, you can easily apply for any blogging jobs or content writing jobs.

Here we have discussed some of the easy ways to earn money online while sitting at home. If you can make videos, you can easily earn money via a YouTube AdSense partnership, which is another free way to earn. If you can use your creativity to create viral videos, you could potentially earn huge money. You can earn money for free via affiliate marketing programs like the Dreamhost Affiliate Program as well. But again, blogging is the best way to promote your affiliate programs.

You should also read: 5 ways of making money online.

Thanks for some excellent questions to address this week. Next week I will answer another set of questions I receive. However, before you send me any blogging questions, make sure you do a search on Google to locate answers there. If you can’t find any helpful information, you can always drop me your questions via my contact form.