Category Archives: Tips

9 tips to enhance security of your WordPress powered website

Ashwini Sah | Mar 11,2014 |   No Comments

WordPress is easy to install, easy to manage, easy to operate and at the same time, easy to hack. Yes! there are more loopholes than you can imagine to allow hackers to peep in to your blog.

Better safe than sorry!

Getting your website hacked is a nightmare. You can lose your website and its contents all of a sudden. But that doesn’t mean nothing can be done to prevent it from hacking. With some tweaks and hacks, you can make your website secure enough to avoid falling prey to wrong hands. And in case they manage to pull it down, you would be able to  put it up and running within no time. Here are nine quick tips which will make your WordPress blog more secure and hack-proof.Read More

5 simple ways to customize the WordPress Toolbar

Ashwini Sah | Feb 6,2014 |   one comments

WordPress Toolbar (formerly admin bar) is a super useful feature provided by WordPress . It     provides one click access to many features and makes managing the blog a whole lot easier. You can access customization options, add a new post, edit an existing post and do a lot more stuff with just one click.

Although the default WordPress toolbar comes with a host of useful features,  you might often feel a need to tweak it to make it more suitable to your requirements . So, here I will share some simple tweaks and customization which you can apply to the Admin Bar

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8 practical ways to monetize a blog

Ashwini Sah | Jan 13,2014 |   No Comments

Blogs have steadily moved from being a medium to vent out something, to a business. It’s no more just a platform to express yourself, but to make a great deal of money as well.

There are various ways to monetize a blog if it’s getting a steady flow of traffic, and most of them can run simultaneously. While most of the bloggers rely only on advertisement income, some go out of the way to maximize their blog revenue by using multiple streams. Here we list eight different monetizing strategies which are most popular amongst the bloggers across the globe.

Best ways to monetize a website

monetize a blog

1. Advertisement

Advertisement is hands down the best monetization technique for any kind of website. However, how you manage your ad inventory makes a lot of impact on how much you earn. The first thing you need to know about is the types of ads based on the way they earn  money.

– CPC (cost per click) and CPM (cost per mile): These are essentially parameters by which ad companies pay you. In CPC, the companies pay you a certain (fixed or variable) amount per click on the ads posted on your blog. In CPM, you are paid a fixed amount per thousand impressions of the ad unit. Leading CPC and CPM companies are Google Adsense, Media.net, Chitika etc.

– Sell ad space: You can also opt to sell some ad space on your blog for a fixed price. The spaces are sold for a certain period of time and the payout is independent of events like click or impression. You can choose to sell the ad slots directly on your blog or some webmaster’s forums (e.g. Digitalpoint, Warriorforums etc.) or through a third party service like BuySellAds.com.

Tip: Use a combination of both the techniques to maximize the ad revenue from your blog.

2. Affiliate marketing

Affiliate marketing is another popular way of monetizing your blog. It essentially means tying up with affiliate marketing companies such as Clickbank and Commission Junction, or joining e-commerce site such as Amazon, who pay you commission for the products sold through your affiliate links.

Affiliate marketing is recommended if you are running a blog related to product reviews, launch coverage, price comparison etc. If you want to be successful in affiliate marketing, you must provide consistent quality material on a regular basis, and make your blog a brand. This often takes more than a solo effort and you may probably need a team of writers, designers and web developers to be successful.

3. Paid Reviews

If your readers bank on your reviews, the product owners will be happy to offer you products to do hands on, more often for a charge. This generally works well if you have a high traffic count and have established yourself as someone with an honest opinion. Sites like PayPerPost, SponsoredReviews and ReviewMe are popular options for first timers, and as you gain in reputation, companies would directly approach you to test their products.

Tip: A paid review doesn’t necessarily mean that you always praise the product. Accepting to write a dishonest review might earn you some quick bucks, but hits you hard in the long run.

4. Paid Guest posting

Guest posting is considered as the most effective search engine optimization techniques now-a-days. If you have an authoritative blog, you might allow other bloggers or website owners to write guest posts on your blog, and charge for it. This works excellent if your blog has a high page rank in addition to a great traffic.

5. URL shorteners

URL shortening websites shorten a long web URL to only a few characters, serving various purposes e.g. reduce the character count to post in micro blogging sites like Twitter, bypass security that have filters against particular words, cloak an affiliate link, back link anonymously etc.

Lately, many companies have started monetizing with this technique by taking the users to an advertisement page before redirecting to the original link. You can make money with this technique, if you link out a lot. Adf.ly is the leading URL shortening company which pays you on per click basis.

 

6. File hosting

If you are providing some downloadable content to your readers on a regular basis, you may host these files on a third party website, and earn money every time it’s downloaded (Pay per download). These file hosting companies sell memberships for a small fee and provide additional benefits to subscribed downloaders. Leading companies which pay you for sharing files through them are ShareCash, DepositFiles, Uploading.com etc.

Tip: Both the URL shorteners and file hosting techniques are used mostly by the people involved in distribution of pirated contents. Use these methods with caution if you are running a legitimate blog.

7. Video blogging

If a picture speaks thousand words, a video must utter a million. Rather than writing a multipage tutorial, it could be a good idea to upload a video on YouTube. This concept goes well with product reviews as well. Videos posted on YouTube could be monetized easily by linking it with your Adsense account. You can also embed the videos on your blog to increase the views and earnings.

8. Flipping the website

Do you feel your blog’s traffic has gone stagnant now? Are you running out of ideas to keep your blog interesting and appealing to people, and push the traffic further? If earning money was your prime motive behind building the blog, you might plan for an exit at this point. List your website on Flippa and let it go for a handsome amount.

What are your prime monetization techniques? Did we miss some great strategy here? Let us know your views via comments.

Popular SEO Tools from Google

priyanshu | May 6,2012 |   No Comments

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)  is the process of improving the visibility of a website, more frequently site appears in the search list, the more visitors it will recieve Google served these tools just like a bread and butter and interesting thing is all this stuff is free. SEO is very important when you are building and maintaining a website and for this Google Offers Number of Free Tools which are getting popular day by day.

List of Free Tools By Google.

  • Google Keyword Tool .: Most popular tool by google, serves a great help in selecting the right and most effective keywords.
  • Google Analytics .: Another popular tool not only lets you measure sales and conversions, but also gives you fresh insights into how visitors use your site, how they arrived on your site, and how you can keep them coming back.Google Analytics is built on a powerful, easy to use, reporting platform, so you can decide what data you want to view and customize your reports, with just a few clicks and  helps you measure the impact of mobile on your business.Read More

How to check for PHP and MYSQL version using WordPress

priyanshu | Jan 4,2012 |   No Comments |

How to check for PHP and MYSQL version using WordPress

So you want to check the version of PHP and MYSQL running on your webserver. Its a quite simple task but the only problem is that you dont know programming. In this article I will share a tip using which any one can find out the version of PHP and MYSQL running on their server.  Only thing required is that you must have WordPress installed on your server.

Here are the Steps

1) Login to your WordPress site as admin.

2) Go to the Plugins->Installed Plugins->Add New

3) Install Health Check Plugin and activate it  or download it from here.

4) Upon activation it will show this
PHP and MYSQL Version in WordPress

 

 

Basically it is saying that my server is running PHP 5.2 with MYSQL 5.1.52. It means that my server is ready for latest version of WordPress.