Saturday, April 22, 2006

Indian Telemarketers having nervous breakdowns due to verbal abuse

Workers in India are having nervous breakdowns after being abused by fed-up Australians but they aren't getting much sympathy. Quote: "Some companies are regretting outsourcing their business to India because of the damage it does to their products' reputation." Finally!

After This article got quite a number of responses, I decided to blog about it and Also create a poll.

read more digg story


Create polls and vote for free. dPolls.com

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Blog from Microsoft Word | Free add-in from Google

Google.com has released a useful add-in for Microsoft Word, which enables bloggers to use Microsoft Word as a blogging, editing and publishing tool. You don't even have to open up the browser. Check your system specifications whether this add-in is compatible with your system.( http://help.blogger.com/bin/answer.py?answer=1180 )

The add-in is free to download from here http://buzz.blogger.com/bloggerforword.html .


Note: This add-in does not work with newer layouts of blogger ( KnownIssues.blogspot.com ). There also seems to be an issue with MS Word2007 Blogger Feature.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Blog Promotion Secrets | blog search engines & blog directories.

Technorati and Digg are a good place to submit your blog. People look for blog content at Technorati every day. Almost every site will ask for following information.


  • Blog Title

  • Blog URL

  • Blog Description

  • Blog Keywords

  • Your name

  • Your Email

  • Blog Feed URL

  • Blog Photo


Keep the above mentioned information ready while submitting to these sites.

http://www.blogging101.com/blog-search-engines.php
http://www.masternewmedia.org/rss/top55/

Be an Active blogger.
The more you blog the more chances there are that your blog will attract visitors. Let people comment on your blogs and reply to them when asked, this way you are building a relationship with your visitors and also getting good feedback on your post. When some of your posts start getting more attention than other posts you should follow up the article with an extended post. That will give your blog more popularity.

Help the search engines help you
Always make good use of page titles, post titles. Use titles, which accurately describe your post and make a powerful impact on the readers mind. Be aware that in most cases the visitor will read the post title in a fraction of a second and decide if he/she wants to continue reading. You have to provide an interesting and hopefully short and descriptive title. Also make sure that you format your post title differently than the article itself, like making it bold or different color, size etc. Don’t use too many capital letters in your sentences. It gives an impression of being a spam log or in short “splog”.

Using Graphics and Images.
I have to admit that ever since I got a high-speed connection to the Internet, I almost used to forget that there are still so many users who are on dial-up connections and the blog shouldn’t choke on their connection. Try to use minimum graphics and external scripts on your blog, optimize your images before using it on your blog. You can find free online graphics optimizers.

Track user hits to your site / blog
Install a hit counter on your blog/site. There are many free ones you can choose, I personally recommend statcounter. By studying the stats you can actually gain useful knowledge about the blog visitors. It will help you find out what things you are doing right and what you aren’t.

Format your content for better readability
Lets face it, We all hate to read a post where ideas are crammed into one long paragraph. Long paragraphs make the posts very boring to read through and chances are that your visitors will not even read the whole paragraph. Make wise use of text formatting features on your blog post. Split different ideas within a post into different paragraphs and try to keep your posts short. Split the posts itself and let the visitors decide if they want to read more of your posts.

Be an active commenter
Read others blogs and write comments on their blogs. You should also leave a link to your blog and you could get some visitors from that blog / website. You can also join forums, discussion groups etc. but be careful to post your comments on relevant forum topics and do not spam the forums or mail of the visitors.

Remember always that there are only two golden rules of blog promotion
Rule 1
: Promote your blog today as best as you can
Rule 2: Come back tomorrow and re-read both the rules again.

Saturday, April 8, 2006

Free Pixel Advertising for Blog Promotion

Have you heard of “Alex Tew”? A couple of years ago, nobody had heard of him. He was a 21 year old who wanted to make some cash on the Internet. He came up with an idea and within 4 months he managed to touch the million dollar mark. His Idea was to create a webpage to sell ad space (pixels) to advertisers and create a site not very different from the classifieds column of the local newspapers.

At first glance, the concept of this website must have looked quite similar to “Free for All” link sites to the advertisers then, why would anyone want to advertise on a site which was just weeks old and mostly unheard of. Alex’s Idea was Original and Unique. He publicized his concept to an extent where it started making some money and made it into news stories. Soon, more people started taking interest on his site and this brought more advertisers to his site and more revenue and popularity. Its popularity grew steadily and was mentioned in numerous websites, magazines, news clippings, newspapers etc.

Alex Tew’s story as published by BBC is here ( http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/4585026.stm ), and his homepage is http://www.milliondollarhomepage.com/. Many websites took up his concept to create copycat sites and some actually managed to make good revenue from it. His success also made some people jealous his website had to face DdoS attack for ransom. Someone out of jealousy created the site http://www.ihatealextew.com/ or perhaps this was another way to cash in on the popularity of the milliondollarhomepage.

Alex Tew started a whole new concept of pixel advertising. I found out that pixel advertising brought more visitors to my blog than google. If you need traffic you can also try out the free pixel advertisements that are being offered by some of the sites.
You can use the google search box to search for the sites where you can advertise your site/blog for free

Free Pixel Advertisement for your blog

Thursday, April 6, 2006

A positive google pagerank for $0 Challenge Blog

Finally, Google took note of the $0 challenge blog and this blog jumped from 0 pagerank to pagerank 3. I suppose this is both good as well as bad news. Firstly, Iam happy that without any paid marketing or even paid services I managed to create a pagerank 3 Blog/Website, On the other hand, Iam worried that this blog will be spammed with spam links in order to improve their pagerank. That is not the way to go. Instead just $1 will get you on the frontpage of my blog for one whole month. Interested anyone? maybe someone will take an interest to just congratulate me for getting a pagerank 3.

Tuesday, April 4, 2006

Free Blog Promotion and Writing Quality Content

Most people want to promote their blogs in the most easiest of ways, And hope that scores of people would line up to read their crap weblog. Well, this is for all those people who have not yet been able to find the pages related to blog promotion authored by blogger.com

Firstly, blogger.com advises to try out certain settings on blogger itself. The document suggests to set the blog to ping weblogs.com. Quite frankly, I am not sure if this makes much of a difference. Lets move on to other suggestions.

Further, it suggests that we activate our navbar( The navigation bar on top ). Clicking the "nextblog" button it says is quite "popular". So, I also joined in the bandwagon and started clicking the "nextblog" button without much thought. I came across a few blogs that did not enable their navbar, but still showed up while I was clicking through. That brings us to the main question, why should we enable the navbar then when some blogs still show up without showing them?

The next suggestions of using "Email this post", "switching on the site feed" and "add your blog to blogger listing" is quite useful and I suggest to follow the suggestions as advised by blogger.com

Writing Quality Content: This is what makes one blog stand out from the crowd or should I say BlogCrowd. Sometimes we just run out of ideas to write new content on the blog. On those days I choose to surf other blogs and pick up ideas to use on my blog ( I said "pick up" ideas NOT steal their content, be careful not to copy paste their content on your blog. ). Read the popular stories on google news, subscribe to some of the feeds of your interests and write content based on that knowledge.

Get the news while its hot and If its is an "exclusive", meaning If you can provide some content( picture, audio or something related to story) which isn't on the internet already, bake your blog with "exclusive" content and let your audience feast on that "Cake". I remember, one such instance when a sensational and controversial news was published in the newspapers and some people took up the story and "blogged" about the story. Soon people who had read the story in the newspapers, landed on these blogs. Always try to be the first in these situations. If you delay, your traffic is split with higher ranking sites.

Nowadays, the technology helps you to stay ahead of the competetion. Many people are not even aware that you can post to your blog here at Blogger.com just by sending email. If your blog gives you more options such as mobile blogging( blogging using mobile phones ) and publishing pictures using your camera phones, take advantage of these technologies and stay a mile ahead of the rest.

Lastly, do check the grammar and typos on your post, spelling mistakes just look really bad. Use an automated tool to check the correct usage. blogger.com provides spell check as an effective tool built into the interface. You will learn more blog promotion tips and hints in future. Bookmark this site for further reference.

Here's the blogger topic on blog promotion :
http://help.blogger.com/bin/answer.py?answer=1060&topic=44

Sunday, April 2, 2006

$0 Challenge Blog on Yahoo

Currently the Zero Dollar Challenge Blog has climbed to #6 spot on yahoo.com . Check its current position here
http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=zero+dollar+challenge&fr=FP-tab-web-t&toggle=1&cop=&ei=UTF-8

However Zero Dollar Challenge Blog is #1 of Yahoo! India
http://in.search.yahoo.com/search?p=zero+dollar+challenge&fr=FP-tab-web-t&toggle=1 and

Yahoo! Asia
http://asia.search.yahoo.com//search?p=zero+dollar+challenge&meta=vc%3D&fr=FP-tab-web-t&toggle=1

Update : The $0 Challenge blog had climbed upto #2 spot on yahoo.com when it was last checked. Any chance to climb on #1?