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How to treat your blog as a business

Artists make art, not money. Only business makes money.

Make money with your blog, that’s what it is all about, isn’t it? Make money blogging, earn in your sleep, have an email list instead of an ATM; one email and BOOM! Money explodes into your bank account. The dream, I am happy to report, is alive and well, and more and more people are buying in: earn money and live the “Internet Lifestyle”. This represents an attitude almost, that it is just a matter of starting a blog, and you’d be done, with exploding bank accounts and everything.

That is not how it works though.
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Must-have plugins for your blog business

Following is a highly-scrutinized list of plugins that I use on pretty much any blog that I set up. I have given the reasons as to why I use these plugins and some tips on how to effectively use them.

From time-to-time, this list grows 🙂

  1. All in One SEO
    Enough said.
  2. Wp Captcha Free
    (Download for FREE)
    Use it to fight spam, and win! Definitely an underrated plugin, but one of the most effective ones I have used. I really do not know exactly HOW it does what it does, and I don’t want to know (I love abstraction sometimes). One of my blogs used to get 35 to 40 “Please moderate…” requests a day, and when I finally installed this plugin, the daily spam count dropped to… ZERO! Now I install it on every blog that I install. Highly recommended.
  3. Easy Contact
    (Download for FREE)
    The simplest method to add a ‘contact’ page on to your blog. Some people recommend CForms, but they do that probably because they have not tried out Easy Contact. It is easy. Duh!
  4. Subscribe to Comments Reloaded
    (Download for FREE)
    Whenever someone leaves a comment on your blog, you always focus on the comment. That’s missing the point. Blogging is not ABOUT COMMENTS people, it is about INTERACTION! Remember that. To encourage interaction, instead of just one-off comments, always use this wonderful plugin that lets your commentators ‘subscribe’ to just the comments section. This way, any new comment that gets added to the post, the commentator gets notified. This is great for interaction and I recommend it. Highly.

Like I said earlier, these are the fundamentals. And I am picky. So yeah, the list CAN grow much longer, but it ends here. Hope you find them useful.

Update: The following plugin makes ‘social sharing’ very easy, and after implementing it on one of my blogs, I highly recommend it:

  1. ShareBar
    From your WP Admin, click on Add New Plugin, search for ShareBar. Install this plugin to have a floating share bar. It is quite effective, and also not intrusive.
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I owe dinner to these 5 bloggers

My first ‘actionable item’ for starting any project – online or offline – is to find a teacher. Online business and blogging is no different. Here is a very selective list of bloggers that are teaching you for free what took them time and money to learn.

I respect them for what they are doing and I pay attention to what they are saying. Goes without saying, I end up learning way faster.

In no particular order, here are the folks who are making it big out there, and telling you about it. I owe them dinner because they have given me a lot more than what I gave them. If you want to learn more about blogging, online marketing and business and general goodness, I highly recommend the following: Continue reading

Blog SEO

Blog SEO

Feelin' lucky, punk?

Because this is fundamental stuff, you do not need to be a geek to understand ’em. Any blog owner and business owner should know these.

For your blog/website to be of any use, it needs traffic and a mechanism of converting that traffic into clients.

Go back and read the above line again.

Your website needs people coming to it. Search Engine Optimization deals with the field of bringing traffic to your blog/website. Because pretty much everyone uses search engines to find stuff online, your online presence should show up on search results for anyone to click through and come visit your website. Continue reading

301 Redirect for your WordPress blog

If you are going to do something, then it is worth doing right. Right?

To really optimize you search engine rankings, you need to do a few basic things with your blog. Setting up a 301 redirect is one of them.

301 what?

A redirect, as the name suggests, takes you from one place to another. For example, you can set up a redirect at http://abc.com/ so that whenever anyone comes to abc.com they are AUTOMATICALLY taken to http://xyz.com. Continue reading