March 26, 2014
Blogging has evolved over the years from simple text based posting by hobbyists sharing their passions. It’s now a powerhouse tool for reaching billions of readers worldwide using ideas and discussion to change world views, challenge norms and sell products. As we go with the flow of the blogosphere we continuously look for ways to make our own messages stand out from the rest and gain special attention and traction. In this day accomplishing this and increasing website traffic is a difficult task as competition becomes stiffer and readers’ attention spans become microscopic.
There is one medium able to hold the attention of this fast paced age and that’s video. The rise of video blogging has been a slow one but we’re seeing where many “vloggers” who took early advantage of sites like YouTube and Vimeo, are both rolling in the dough and enjoying rich experiences with their audiences. Online video has already started replacing cable TV viewership with more time being spent online. read more
Tags: Video Blogger, Vimeo, YouTube
March 19, 2014
With the onset of banner ad blindness, tougher competition and more stringent Google algorithmic stipulations, bloggers find it much more difficult to make a buck online. As with any other industry, the only thing that remains constant is change and as bloggers we will have to continuously brainstorm how we’ll make the most out of our greatest asset, our content.
As the challenges pile on, those who are serious are forced to raise the bar higher and do and think differently. At the end of the day, in any venture, the questions remain, “How can I make some money?” Or “How can I make the most out of my life and business?” The answer, especially for bloggers, is that we need to keep flowing with the rising standards and bring new experiences to our readers, clients and prospects. read more
March 12, 2014
The dream and objective of 99% of all bloggers is to make money. Whether the journey began out of a passion or burning desire for your voice to be heard and start a revolution; at some point monetization ideas will come to mind and opportunities will present themselves for you to capitalize. Opportunities have come in the form of large ad deals, sponsorships, broadcasting contracts and book deals. Among all the success stories we’ve heard, in general, the art of making money from blogging seems to be an elusive victory for the majority as with many other global industries.
I’ve written many times about having a correct and decisive mindset when tackling any task and in 2014 we bloggers need to start thinking of new ways of reaching and bringing value to more people while remaining competitive. Now is the time for thinking outside the box and start pushing the boundaries on what you can do to make the best out of your presence online. read more
March 11, 2014
There are a lot of things online that make our lives better, but in all likelihood, ads are not the first thing that come to mind. Then again, I think we have to admit that ads serve a purpose, and if used tactfully and tastefully, they can add to one’s experience and not resort to ad blockers as a default defense mechanism.
That’s where Adnimation comes into the picture. Adnimation is (obviously) an online advertising company. It seeks to provide both publishers and advertisers an innovative way of playing with ads, as the name imples, via animation. read more
Tags: ads, animation
March 5, 2014
Writer’s block occurs when you just can’t seem to figure out what to write regarding the topic you’ve been tasked with. All inspiration and expertise seem to have vanished and suddenly you feel as though you’re not so qualified to have a view or express yourself about the field you’ve been working in, though you’ve mastered it for the last few years. You hit a limit where thought, ideas, action and writing are concerned.
We’ve all been there at some point and it is a phenomenon which can easily lead you to panic, driving you deeper into an inert state. read more
Tags: writers block
March 3, 2014
When Google condemns something publicly, or makes a sweeping statement like “guest blogging is dead,” anybody who’s got an interest in Internet culture tends to sit up and pay attention. Google’s decisions and changes throughout the years have been driving forces in the blogging world, so you can imagine that the purported death of guest blogging has both professional and casual bloggers alike bracing for sweeping changes.
So What’s the Story? read more
Tags: guest blogging, Matt Cutts, SEO
February 28, 2014
Techies care about their health and staying fit too! With the advent of the mobile technology era we’ve seen a plethora of apps, websites and gadgets geared towards conquering and tracking everyday life and improving productivity. The truth is that most of us find every excuse we can to never workout or indulge in as much as we want in our sweet tooth. We constantly look for ways to make tracking meals and those calories easier and Kickstarter has helped to launch quite a few products to help us with just that. The Apple Gazette Kickstarter store tracks and showcases fully-funded Apple-centric products geared towards our techies and lots of other products.
I found a couple health conscious launched projects that will definitely inspire you to start monitoring and working toward a healthier life. read more
Tags: apple, Kickstarter Products
February 27, 2014
In this new media age everyone has some idea of the value of websites, online advertising and social media. Brands have powered their way to exponential success and bloggers over the last decade have paved the online marketplace with tactics geared towards winning the attention of readers and getting their products and services out to billions of web users. It’s been all about the web but have we forgotten good old-fashioned face to face, paper based branding and marketing? I can guarantee that most bloggers reading this don’t have a business card specially designed for their blog. Am I right?
The truth is that there are still many opportunities offline to spread the word about your blog and online services while building strong relationships. read more
Tags: offline blog marketing
February 26, 2014
There is no grand success without failure along the way and a wise person once said, “if you’ve never failed then you’re not trying hard enough.” Failure and disappointment are unfortunately important experiences in life which open the doorways to even greater accomplishments and enlightenment in whatever we pursue. In fact, the most attractive and enchanting stories of victory we will ever discover will always be accompanied by the antagonists’ fight to overcome obstacles bigger than they are. Its all part of life.
Most bloggers never experience any great successes with their writing, its sad but true. However, its not because blogging as a practice is defunct, or that there’s some magic formula for success but its that many lack the mindset, drive, vision and attention to detail required by an industry which is driven by quality. Many bloggers hit roadblocks and simply quit before their time, some within as little as 3 months which points to a very dysfunctional approach and mindset towards the practice. read more
Tags: Blogging & Failure
February 25, 2014
Who doesn’t want to save money? Even bloggers do run into cash flow problems sometimes. Maybe I should reword that to “bloggers, specially, run unto cash flow problems”. That’s because for many of us, blogging does not prove to be as lucrative as for the big boys of the blogosphere. While we may make a decent living, we always welcome bonuses – that includes making some savings.
Of course, there are many ways by which freelancers can save money, and one of them is to use a VPN service. read more
Tags: VPN Services