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Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Quick Tips to Make Blogging Easier

4 Phases of Blogging to Make Blogging Easier by BloggingFunda


What is blogging and how it has changed the way of business?

There are thousands of blogs which are already written on this topic and so, I am not going in detail about that.

But still I will give a small but most relevant definition of blogging.

As per my experience and observation about the latest trend of blogging;

"Blogging is a tool to express thoughts, to show expertise, to promote brand  and to increase sales."
In other words, blogging is the right tool to generate credibility in the online business.

However, one can opt either for paid or free blogging platform but it requires hard work with discipline that will make you a successful blogger.

There are 30 quick tips to make blogging easier and for your convenience, it is being divided into 4 phases to learn and understand the process of blogging.

Phase #1

7 Quick Tips to Make Blogging Easy

Before we go further to discover the steps for making your blogging easier, we must learn how to set up your blog?
  1. First Write for yourself then for others
  2. Write for people not for search engines
  3. Schedule as many posts as you can to stay ahead of  the crowd and never be behind the crowd
  4. Write multiple posts around the same topic. Then   combine all into an ebook.
  5. Read a lot before you blog to understand what is  in trend and what people want to read/learn
  6. Use visual content frequently after every 100 or 150 words
  7. Always follow content writing rules:-
    • Write easy to understand content
    • Use heading & subheadings
    • Use bullet or number lists
    • Do some keyword research for your post
    • Highlight your special points with styles like;
      • Bold, Italic or Underline, wherever required
While writing about anything you like, keep some more points in front of your readers. So that your reader understand your content better.


Phase #2

11 Quick Tips to Make Blogging Easy

Now it is time to make a healthy relation with your audience and remember to fulfill some criteria while engaging with your audience otherwise they will leave your site forever. 

There are several reason but I am going to show top 5 reasons your audience will leave your site.
  1. Know your audience and write like you are talking to them
  2. Use of 'we' and 'you' should be there while addressing your readers
  3. Always add value to your conversation by asking question or suggestion from your audience
  4. Always try to write something, you love to read again
  5. Don't make assumptions about your readers
  6. Always keep in mind that every blog is not perfect but it can be a perfect blog with your efforts
  7. Always keep writing your blog informally and it should be easy to read
  8. Always try to write shorter content if you don't have anything more to write
  9. Act like a candidate of election and do not forget to promote your content
  10. Write more about what you know better
  11. First six month just write and don't try to sell anything to your readers in the beginning

Phase #3

8 Quick Tips to Make Blogging Easy

This is what you will do a little home work before actually starting your blog. 

For this, use some third party tools to make your blogging preparation easy.
  1. Always use Google's Autocomplete feature to get idea for new post or a trendy headline/title of your blog
  2. Always try to prepare a list of your question on somewhere on the paper or on your computer to use idea later
  3. Use your own images if you can or find images on creative commons
  4. Add your other posts links to newer posts to increase page impression and to decrease bounce rate. Internal linking is also better for seo
  5. Try to write like you are speaking to someone or gossiping with a group of friends
  6. First write a descriptive working title for your post and then start list building with examples of other posts or other bloggers
  7. No one likes reading long long paragraph, try to write short and use simple words in your paragraph
  8. Blog consistently whenever you found new idea for blogging or whenever you get inspired with any topic you like
When you have done 26 quick tips to make blogging easier; it is time to create an Editorial Calendar.

Phase 4 will teach you about how to create a Kick-Ass Editorial Calendar in 4 steps.

Phase #4

4 Quick Tips to Make Blogging Easy

In this 4th phase of blogging, we will teach you how to research, set goals, make your blogging strategy and then create your plan of action.

All this could be accomplish with an editorial calendar.

How To create a Kick-Ass Editorial Calendar?

While creating an editorial calendar, always keep in mind the top 4 Steps.
  1. Research and Planning
  2. Set Goals
  3. Make Strategy
  4. Plan of Action to start

  • Research + Planning

    • Find your target audience by researching about your niche
    • Use Google analytic to discover your best content
      • Reporting>Behavior>Site Content>All Pages
    • Content Types (Article, Video, Photos)
    • Use different social channels to promote your content
    • Stick on blogging frequency and It should be consistent
    • Always use Plan-A and then Plan-B to ensure you are not blogging wrongly 

  • Set Goals

    • What do you want to accomplish with your blog?
    • Set small and attainable goals in first phase and step forward next
    • Also set daily, weekly and monthly goals and then quarterly, half-yearly, yearly goals next
    • Examples of annual blogging goals:

  • Make Strategy

    • What approaches will you take to reach your goal?
    • By creating eBooks, Worksheets or any free stuff to gain subscribers
    • Using Opt-in form or email subscription tool
    • By including call to action on each blog post

  • Plan of Action + Calendar

These are 30 quick tips to make blogging easier.

But these require a great attention on each phase. So it is necessary to follow all the tips step by step to understand blogging and its functionalities.

Conclusion
For completing this post I have to reshuffle my whole blog posts along with other top blog posts written by professional bloggers.

If you think that I have left anything or there is something wrong, you are most welcome to criticize me.

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Monday, 14 December 2015

7 Best Native Ad Networks for Online Publishers

7 Best Platforms for Native Ads by BloggingFunda


What is Native Ads Network?

Native Ads stand for Native advertising and it is a type of an online advertising platform to promote any media.

In online advertising, native ads platform plays a big role to boost traffic, engagement and revenue.

As per The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) found on wikipedia; there are of 6 major categories of Native Ads platforms.

6 categories to differentiate native advertisements:-

  1. In Feed Ad Units
  2. Search Ads
  3. Recommendation Widgets
  4. Promoted Listings
  5. In-Ad (IAB Standard)
  6. Custom / Can't be Contained

Explanation of above 6 categories of native advertisements is as shown in below image:-
6 categories of native advertisements by IAB (The Interactive Advertising Bureau)

6 categories of native advertisements by IAB (The Interactive Advertising Bureau)

6 categories of native advertisements by IAB (The Interactive Advertising Bureau)


7 Best Platforms for Native Ads

We have worked hard to find these 7 best platforms for Native advertisements for publishers to earn after monetizing their content by placing native ads on their blog/websites.
  1. ContentAd
  2. Spoutable
  3. Outbrain
  4. Earnify
  5. Revcontent
  6. Taboola
  7. Ayboll

We are using all these platforms on our different blogs and all are performing well and we are earning too.

So have a close look to understand about each native ad platform:-


ContentAdTurn Content into Revenue

As per Content.ad, they distributes premium sponsored content that doesn't look or feel like advertising and delivers engaged visitors to websites.

And it is seen that ContentAd, earning is decent. (My Own Earnings)

Why you should use ContentAd?

As per my experience, there are several good reasons to go with ContentAds. If you are still not convinced, look some more points to join:-
  • It is user friendly and easy to understand
  • It offers Fast and simple setup & installation
  • Industry-leading 70% rev share (As per ContentAd)
  • It is offering high paying content
  • It has Responsive, mobile-friendly widgets
  • It has Fully customizable JavaScript & styles that fit to any platform
  • It provides API support
  • There are Multiple payment options you can choose from
Now if you are convinced, you can use this platform to show native ads on your blog/website to earn more money.

Spoutable - The Where To Next Network

As per Spoutable.com, it is a premium, additive and endemic way for you to make money while making recommendations of “where to go next” as visitors leave your website.

As per my experience with Spoutable, there are more chances of Click Through Rate, More engagement and more revenue.

Do you know why?

Because it shows native ads while user tries to point to the next tab of the browser.

Outbrain - The Most Trusted Content Discovery Platform

As per Outbrain, they recommend your content on the web's largest and most respected media properties.

It captures your target audience's attention to drive better results for you.


The more interesting your content and the more traffic you drive, the more it will be recommended around the web.

Outbrain Engage - The solution for a modern publisher

If you optimize your content with outbrain and connect with audiences, and create long-term relationships with readers, you will never regret.

Outbrain uses smarter programming to maximizes engagement and delivers higher revenues.

Outbrain Amplify - Reach New Audiences and Outperform the Ordinary


Outbrain recommends your content on the web's largest and most respected media properties.

And it captures your target audience’s attention to drive better results for your business.

Key Features:-

  1. Premium Publishers
  2. Targeted Audience
  3. Better Results for Business
  4. Higher Revenue
  5. More Click-through Rate
  6. Recommend by Outbrain Tag


Earnify - World's first CPA Native Advertising Network

Earnify is famous for its higher paying rates for CPM and CPC. You can give it a try with your blog if you have a huge traffic from USA

As per Earnify,

"Our Widgets Will Earn You More Than Any Other Native Advertising Company You've Ever Tried. Get Onboard Today. Earn More Tomorrow."

Key Features:-


  1. Responsive
  2. Customizable
  3. Multiple Formats
  4. Highest CPM & CPC
  5. Higher Revenue
  6. Smart Algorithms
  7. Advanced Targeting
  8. Direct Relationships
  9. Awesome Backend
  10. Real-time Reporting
  11. Full Control
  12. Net-21 Payment Method

Revcontent - The Fastest Growing Native and Content Recommendation Network

Revcontent is offering high quality sites to its advertisers so that their ads reach to the quality visitors/clients.

They approve only high quality publisher sites for their ads. That is why Revcontent has premium native network in the world.

As per Revcontent relationships are built on trust. Also they believe in people driven technology.

Widget Features:-

  1. User Experience Drive Implementation
  2. Fully Responsive Look
  3. In-stream/Gallery Implementations
  4. Unlimited Customization/API
Last but not the least, the more you dig this platform, the better you will find Revcontent for everything you need for advertising, traffic and revenue.

Taboola - Drive Traffic and Monetize Your Site

Taboola is another bigger space for monetizing your content and their reach is tremendous.  

Taboola has predictive discovery engine to boost traffic, engagement and revenue too.

Taboola recommends editorial and sponsored content across many of the world’s most highly-trafficked sites.

As per Taboola,
"Taboola is the world's leading content discovery platform, serving 300B recommendations to over 750M unique visitors each month on the web's most innovative publisher sites, including NBC, USA Today, The Weather Channel, The Atlantic and Fox Sports."

Reach of Taboola Ads:-

  1. 300 Billion Recommendations Monthly
  2. 750 Million Unique Visitors Monthly
  3. 5M+ Pieces of Content in marketplace

Ayboll - Get More Value From Your Online Content

Just like other Native Ads platforms as mentioned above, Ayboll is another platform to drive traffic, boost engagement and increase revenue of publishers.

As per Ayboll, they enable publishers, bloggers and brands to get more value from their online content without covering it in unseemly banners.

Ayboll's Key Features:-


  1. Easy to use and Install Widget
  2. High performance delivered
  3. Built by Marketers for Marketers
  4. State of the art Reporting System
  5. 2K+ Premium Advertisers
  6. $6 Average ECPM on U.S. Traffic
  7. 100%International Fill Rate
  8. 600+ Publishers Joining Ayboll Daily
  9. Track Result and Revenue

Each of the above native ads platform can help you generate more revenue as a publisher.

And also these can help you for getting more engagement with your content and increased traffic to boost sales.

It’s your turn to choose any platform wisely that works best with your brand’s goals, objectives and budget.

So now, I want to hear from you about which native advertising platform you are going to choose? Are you using any of the above native ads platform? In either case share your views/experiences below in the comments.

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Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Best Social Media and Big Blunders While Choosing For Your Blogging?

Social media is a tool to create, share, update and engage with other like minded users online to increase traffic, sales and revenue. by BloggingFunda


What is the Best Social Media and its importance in blogging?


Well, this is not an easy task to reply in hurry. You can take your time to think about its answer.

But, I think every blogger can give best and suitable answer for any question about Social Media.

Social Median can give a huge boost in social sharing for any content whether


What are different social medias online?



In short Social Media is:-

"Social media is a tool to create, share, update and engage with other like minded users online to increase traffic, sales and revenue. "


Benefits of using Social Media:-

There are endless benefits of using social media if uses wisely with a strategy to post/upload your content for sharing over there.

Social Media is a media to drive social engagement with like minded users for increasing unique traffic for your blog/website page.

Apart from other, here is the best 5 benefits of using any social media:-
  1. Free or Low Cost
  2. Global Reach-ability
  3. Global Relation Building
  4. Conversion Opportunities
  5. Higher Conversion
  6. Increase Brand Loyalty
If you are using any of the above mentioned social media, then there is nothing you can not achieve in blogging, sales or revenue.

But, still there are lots of bloggers who are committing big blunders while choosing any social media while blogging.


Big Blunders while choosing any Social Meda

There are several criteria to be checked while choosing any social media for your blogging.

But most of the bloggers commit Big Blunders while choosing social media for their blog promotion, getting followers or exchanging any information.

What are Big Blunders while choosing Social Media


  1. Most bloggers use Social Media which is in trend or in social news
  2. Most bloggers choose social followers who participate most frequently in social activities

Instead of above 2 Big Blunders while choosing social media ask few question to yourself along with the don'ts as mentioned below:-



  • Do not choose Social Media in hurry just to throw your hard written content
  • Do not rely on any particular Social Media to promote your content


And ask yourself mainly 3 question because you are the owner of your content and social media profile:-
  • Does it make sense for my content?
  • Do your fans or followers spend time there?
  • Do your fans or followers are from the same niche you are writing for?
If you have decided about your social media strategy that you want to go ahead with.

Let us assume that you don’t know what method you’d like to use for your strategy about using social media.

And that is just where I come in to figure out which direction you want to take.

So, my best advice for figuring out which strategy you’ll use is to use the method that you resonate with.


And that is, do whatever you like to do.

If you ask me  about my strategy of using social media;

then, I will go with social networks like Google Plus, Facebook and Twitter.

Because, you can actually have real conversations with like minded people.

So, if you are a social person and like to meet people in real time, go with Facebook or Twitter and you will get huge response there.

But, let me discuss something here, this is really important to focus on ONE social media and master it until you’re  generating conversions per day with that one method.

Only then, move on with another method of your choice and repeat the process.

No, I am not saying or stopping you to use more than one social media.

Actually to start more social media, you need two keys.


  1. Result
  2. Success

Before starting any social media, you must ask 3 important questions to yourself:-

What are Important Questions About Choosing Social Media?



  • Where is your social circle?
  • Where is your social circle active?
  • Where is your social circle searching
Once you have clearly answered for above questions, try to explore the latest in-trend social media.

Now, lets have a look to understand why we should start any of the below mentioned social media? 

However, you can use any social media of your choice while keeping these parameters in mind.


Why you should start with Facebook?

The reason is simple that facebook has huge amount of active users. Take a look on the two snapshots created by Statista.com


  1. Monthly Active Users
  2. Daily Active Users

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The main reason to start with the Facebook social media is, it provides your hometown friends and followers to catch them every time you write a new post.

The second reason is that facebook has billions of monthly active users.

Using twitter for your blog promotion is successful if you are;


  1. using bigger images while posting your facebook status
  2. using your blog quotes while posting your facebook status
  3. using short updates while posting your facebook status
  4. asking question to your followers/friends in your facebook status
  5. using short videos about your blog content
  6. sharing blog content of your followers/friends in your facebook status
  7. re-sharing blog content of your followers/friends in your facebook status
  8. actively participating with facebook events started by your facebook followers/friends
  9. if you are an active member of Facebook

Why you should start with Google Plus?

Well, if you are blogging then you need search ranking for your blog/website.

And for this reason, no other social media can help you out.

The more and frequently you share your content on Google+, the best your search engine ranking your blog will get.


Using Google Plus for your blog promotion is successful if you are;
  1. having a google+ page for your blog
  2. sharing your content regularly with your circles
  3. having communities relevant to your blog niche
  4. using #Hashtags while posting your content
  5. using +1 button in your blog posts
The main reason to use Google Plus is, it increase the search ranking by sharing your content in front of its users.

And the second reason is that google plus has several communities to join as per your taste or blog niche around the globe.


Why you should start with Twitter?

As you may know that Twitter is a micro blogging site and you can share your views up to 140 characters only.

If you are good in describing your long views, thoughts in a small sentence, then you can make a difference in advertising your blog on twitter.

Using twitter for your blog promotion is successful if you are;


  1. using #Hashtags properly
  2. using @mentions properly
  3. using the feature of re-tweeting
  4. using appealing images while tweeting
  5. using tweets with statics
One main feature of Twitter is that you will find professionals there.


Why you should start with Pinterest?

See, Pinterest is an image sharing social media platform and if you are thinking about to join it, re-think about your decision.

Because,

if you are posting/sharing eye catching visual content on Pinterest, only then you can fetch huge crowd of visitors for your blog/content.

It requires high attention while engaging with other participants.


As you might see that Pinterest is all about visual content. So the better your visual image the best you'll get click through rate.



Yes, providing great images can lead to increase click through rate and better engagement with your blog.


This is what I am doing with social medias of my choice while blogging and getting tremendous positive results with my little effort of dealing with these social medias.

You too, can get better results if you adhere my tactics of choosing and using social media to promote your content.


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