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Blog Compass

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Here’s a new tool for your mobile device that will help you find writing ideas for your blog. It’s called Blog Compass and it’s from Google. There are some hurdles though. Currently it is only available on Android devices, I have it installed on a Samsung tablet. The other thing, if you go to the Google Play Store to try and download it and your in the US, it will say not available. Even though it is made by Google, it currently is only available in India.

Now, for the work-around 🙂 First it’s always good to use a VPN (Virtual Private Network) to protect your computer. I happen to use NordVPN just a suggestion. Once your VPN is on, choose a server in India, so it looks like your from there on your Android device. Now side-install it to your Android device by download the APK from here. Now it should be installed, as you go through the set up with your google log-in, choose India-English and you will have no problems understanding.

With Blog Compass, you’ll have everything at your fingertips. Track site views, moderate comments, and see when every post is visible on Google Search. Blog Compass will send you trending topic ideas based on your blog and your interests and show you how many views these topics are getting currently.

So, if you are having a hard time coming up with topics to write about within your niche on your blog, give this app a try. It’s a free download. If the set-up is a little confusing, feel free to reach out to me and I will help you out. If you are in India you are all set. Where ever you are, and try this awesome tool out, let everyone know how your results are in the comments below. Happy Blogging.

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Productivity Tip: Keep Notes

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As you go through out your day you will come up with ideas for your blogs. One very important thing to do is to have a notebook by your side to take notes of your ideas. They could be blog post ideas, Domain Name ideas or maybe you want to change your theme. You will have many ideas and, unfortunately you will forget them if you don’t write them down, we all get distracted whether it’s with traffic, kids, work, family, something comes up and our attention goes in another direction. Then, when things do calm down and we go to write on our blog, some of those ideas get lost in the shuffle of life.

Yes, there are apps on our phones now where we can type in notes, or even speak our thoughts into our smart watches like apple Watch or Android watches to record notes, which can come in handy and very useful especially if we are driving in some intense traffic (Always drive safely please), but at the end of the day we still would have to swipe to find the notes app on the phone to get to the notes. By physically writing them down in a notebook we remember more. Also, a physical notebook won’t run out of battery life either. Moleskine notebooks are the best for taking notes on the go. They’re not big and wide like a legal pad, but still provide plenty of space to write your thoughts on a distraction free page.

Notes

There are also many covers you can purchase from leather to ones that hold pens and business cards. The most important thing though is that they hold are your ideas. Hopefully this helps in your daily blogging. How do you keep track of your ideas? Let us know in the comments below.

e-commerce

e-commerce

If you’re a blogger who also sells things online, it’s important to have everything on one domain. If your e-commerce system consists of an Etsy or Ebay shop, you can link to your etsy or ebay shop but then the customer is leaving your site. People get distracted, it happens. Especially when Etsy, ebay, or Amazon have sponsored recommendation below your product. An easy way to avoid all that is to embed your product on your own website through a platform like Shopify. They make it very easy to upload pictures of your products, write some content, and then embed the code to your WordPress page on your own site, so the customer has a clean, simple experience, as well as, professional looking for you.

Here are some perks to Shopify:

  • Shopify is the world’s fastest growing commerce platform with over 500,000 active global retailers
  • You can sell online, offline and on-the-go using Shopify’s powerful technology
  • Use your own domain name
  • Sell gift cards and generate coupon codes
  • Process credit card payments directly through Shopify, or other gateways
  • Process in-store purchases with Shopify POS
  • Process purchases with your smartphone using Shopify Mobile
  • Receive 24/7 onboarding and technical support from Shopify Gurus
  • Access ecommerce analytics
  • Use built-in SEO

I am a Shopify Partner, so if you need any help in setting up your store and embedding to your site, feel free to contact me.

Domain Names

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Domain Names can be tricky, there are so many out there right now that are taken, some are not even being used, just an Ad based place holder, these are usually held by domain name squatters, people looking to cash in on a name. But there are ways around this, and more and more people are getting creative by combining words, phrases and even using locations. If your blog or business name is taken already, you don’t have to change your blog or business name just add a word to it or the location you are at (city, town, state, etc.). It will save you a lot of money and time. Besides, nowadays people don’t always type the actually domain name into their browser. They just type what they are looking for in the address bar and their browser goes to the default search engines, Google, Bing, Etc. So it is more important to have the title of your page, keywords, and meta descriptions updated regularly to stay on top of the search engines search results. With sites like Wealthy Affiliate you can get all the training you need to do proper SEO your self. However, it does take time and if your running a business, you may not have a lot of time to learn SEO and do it your self. In that case its best to delegate out and hire someone else with the knowledge to do it for you. Either, in-house on your payroll, which can get expensive or a freelancer like my self. You can contact me here. There are also plenty of College students that are looking for Internships that would love to help for the experience, mind you though they are internships and just temporary, but another option. What is your unique domain name? Share it in the comments below, it will also help you with backlinks, another SEO strategy. Best of luck.

Sitemap

Sitemap

A Sitemap is very important to have if you want Google and Bing to rank your blog. There are numerous ways you can implement a Site Map into your website.

What is a Sitemap? It is a file where you can list the web pages of your site to tell Google and other search engines about the organization of your site content. Search engine web crawlers, or bots, read this file to more intelligently crawl your site.

There are many third-party tools to help you out in creating a Sitemap without all the coding. If you are using WordPress, there is a plug-in that works very well and free, however there is a donate button to help the developer if you can. This Plug-in for WordPress  can be downloaded then uploaded from your plug-in page on your Admin section of your site. Once uploaded and activated, mouse over the Settings section in your sidebar and click XML-Sitemap. Here you can adjust the settings as you wish or leave the defaults. Any questions, feel free to leave in the comments or ask me here.

Just Start

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Just Start

People often ask how do you Just Start a blog? Where do you start? What kind of theme should I use? What do I say? They then end up putting it off and then their ideas get lost with everything else going on in this world and the blog never happens. What you need to do is Just Start. Who cares what kind of theme you have, it can always be changed. You don’t have to publish right away too. You can save as a draft then come back to it with more content or when you ready to publish, a suggestion, if at the end of the day you still haven’t publish and don’t have any more content, then just publish it. Get the content out there. The first posts are always going to be not so great and that’s ok. You learn as you go. Look at the first post of any popular blogger compared to their recent posts and you’ll see a huge difference. Same with podcasts, first three podcasts of popular podcasters are always poor quality, bad audio, etc. but they get better. A good platform to start is WA. There is countless training, support from others all over the world, and many online tools to help you get started AND make money. WA is a one-stop-shop for blogging from domain name to hosting, affiliate links to make money. Everything you need in one shop. If you decide to go with WA follow me their and I’d be glad to help you out. If not and you still need help you can contact me here.

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