Monday, 8 December 2014

Top Four Places To Share Your Blog Posts And Get Traffic


In my earlier post, I had discussed a smart way to promote blog posts by scheduling them for auto sharing using Buffer. If you had missed that post then I strongly recommend you to read it. And today, I’m going to share some other ways to share your blog posts after publishing them.

One of my blog readers ask me where I do sharing of my blog articles after publishing them. His question gives me an idea to write this guide. I hope you would enjoy it and found worth reading.

Bloggers fails to get and attract traffic towards their blog content because they lack with the sources where to share their posts. This lack of knowledge returns in dead blog posts without any comments and social shares.

You must take care about the places and sources to share your best articles just after hitting the publish button. Below I’m listing the best places where you should share your articles to get referral traffic and quality backlinks too :)

Share Your Blog Posts on These Popular Places :D

Best Places to Share Blog Content For Traffic


Get your blog quality aritcles noticed on below places:

1# Facebook Groups:

You may definitely using facebook groups to promote your content. What I have noticed is that bloggers join too many facebook groups in sake to get more referral traffic. But it’s not true. If you join limited and quality groups, then you’ll get more productive results.

  •     Join limited number of groups.
  •     Target Niche related groups with maximum number of members.
  •     Look for the active groups, joining such groups where members don’t take interest to view your posts is really a waste of time.
    Limited number of group are easy to manage, you can easily be active there. First like and comment on other’s submission and then share your own links. Believe me you will get best of the best exposure towards your each posts.

2# LinkedIn Groups:

Same as facebook, LinkedIn also allow it’s users to create and join groups. It’ll be tough to share your content all the time on each places, but do share your best posts in LinkedIn groups.

Points to be notice here:

  •     LinkedIn is full of professionals. If you share outdated or non valuable content there, then sorry to say, LinkedIn groups are not for you.
  •     Being a group member, you must care about your activeness in the group. Don’t be hungry only to share your articles. Give value to other’s content and help them to get shared their submitted posts. Try to make a bond with them. You’ll be notice as a valuable group member and other members will love to read and share your content with their social friends :)
    Bonus Tip: Add members from UK, US in your group if you wanna attract traffic from these countries.

3# Google Plus Communities

Almost we all have our G+ profile and Google plus page of our blog. Right?

But sharing with circle friends and page followers is not the best use of Google Plus for blog posts promotion. As facebook and linkedIn groups, there are many communities on Google Plus. Make use of those communities in following way:

  1.     Join Google Plus communities where there is your targeted audience.
  2.     Start hitting +1 button on their posts, comment on them and appreciate their content.
  3.     Keep patience to share your own posts, first make a friendly relationship with other members.
  4.     Once you do follow these three steps, soon your name will be notice by other members. And this should be your goal. Grab their attention and prove that you are not there only to spam community with your own links.
    Once you feel that you have made a solid presence in those communities, it’s time to share your posts links.
    Share your article’s links, add attractive description and use #HashTags.
  •         Get dofollow backlinks
  •         +1’s to your posts
  •         Targeted readers
  •         Comments on posts
  •         And many other benefits.

4# Blog Communities

Blog communities are the best places of active and targeted audience. As same as above places, you have to be active in blog communities too to get impressive results.

Below I’m listing few best communities and places for bloggers that are truly worth using for blog posts sharing.

    IndiBlogger (For Indian Bloggers only)
    Bizsugar
    Blokube
    BlogEngage
    Triberr
    Inbound.org

Note: Try to make use all of them effectively. If you are already using them and have any related doubt, query or suggestion, then feel free to leave a comment. I’ll surely response to your comments.

You must take care about your activities you do there in terms to get your posts vital. For best of the best results, perform below steps:

    Register for an account.
    Log in to your account and fill all of your profile information.
    When you are ready with the basic things, it’s time to submit links. But wait, some communities set moderation on the submitted links. To get easy approval you have to be smart there. For first time submission, do submit a post of any big blog. It’ll help you to get instant approval on your submitted links. Once your submissions start getting approval, do submit your own links.
    Vote for other’s post, build relationship and get votes to your own posts.
    Maximum votes will bring your posts to the homepage of these communities, means your posts will be shown to a wider audience. Hence more free and targeted traffic to your blog. :)

These are the 4 major places where I always do sharing of my blog posts. Even you can use social bookmarking, blog commenting, JustRetweet and many other popular ways too to promote your content.
Conclusion!

At last I just wanna say that try your own ideas to promote your blog but never ignore the working ideas tested and shared by PRO-Bloggers to be a successful blogger. I’m also learner and that’s why I shared my experience with you guys.

Now it’s your turn. Share your own experience with me.

    How you do promote your articles?
    Where you do sharing for your blog posts to get traffic?
    Where from you get most exposure to your blog?

I’m looking forward for your responses. Thanks :)

9 Free Backlink Checker Tools To Check Competitors Backlinks

The mantra for a successful endeavor (May it be a business, a college competition, a project at job or blogging) is, we always go forward keeping an eye on our competitors.

More is at stake when we are a blogger or an online enterprise. It becomes essential to outdo your competitor in order to obtain the ranking that the former does.

For this, we spy on our competitor’s traffic sources, the keywords he ranks for and the backlinks that point to the competitor’s domain.

This is a complete tutorial on how to check your competitor’s backlinks. Spying on your competitors’ backlinks can give you an idea on what domains are linking to their posts and thus you can target those sources too.

Why do a Backlink Analysis?

    To know which sites are linking to your site or your competitor site.
    In order to capture the friend domains of your competitor into your friend zone.
    To compare your backlink profile with a strong competitor so that you can go stronger than them (this is helpful to tell Google that you are a competitor of an already established site).
    To check your friends by seeing who is linking to you so that you can return them the favor.

List of Free Backlink Checker Tools



1. SEMRUSH:

SEMRush is one of the most popular SEO tools out there and now it has added backlink analysis feature to its arsenal. Previously it was very good for analyzing keywords both organic and ad keywords. The data can be got in a graphical format. Now that it has added a backlink checker feature all you have to do is:

  •     Go to the SEMRush homepage.
  •     Type the domain name (in my case I typed quicksprout.com), you want to analyze and hit enter.
  •     If you want to compare the domain names, there is a tab for that on the left corner and you can get a detailed list of referring domains, referring IPs, links from .gov and .edu sites as well as other TLDs.
  •     You can export it as PDF by clicking on the PDF button on the right top side.



In my opinion, the free version works pretty well unless you are one of those SEO analyst trying to lock horns with your competitor. In case, you are one there is a paid version for $69.95/mo which will give more in-depth analysis.

Ahrefs is the best tool in getting a backlink analysis of a competitor site or any site. It has been the winner of the test conducted by Matthew on one million domains for backlinks.

Aherf is recognized by its up to satisfaction consumer support and detailed analysis. Its free version works for only three analysis while a fees of $79/mo is charged to use the backlink checker tool in its full glory.

For a free analysis just go to the home page and type the URL of the website whose total backlink analysis you wish to do.

Then you get the complete analysis of the backlink profile of the site tested as shown in the image below. They provide a full analysis on number of dofollow backlinks, nofollow backlinks, links as text and image backlinks apart from the basic .edu and TLD based searches.


It gives a clear diagrammatical representation of the number of social shares the domain has got and includes Google +1, tweets and Facebook likes and shares.

The free account shows you the top ten results based on each search while the paid version has unlimited results.

You can export the searched result of backlinks thus generated into a .csv file in the paid version.

To export the report on the free version, follow this path.
Backlinks → external → backlinks → new/lost → export.

3. Majestic SEO

As the name suggests it is majestic and one of the most used SEO tools by professionals. It is the strongest competitor of ahref and is good at some places. They have their own curated list of majestic million where they rank sites on top million based on their rankings on links and other criteria. They have the largest database of links and also evaluate types based on quality of links coming from various sources.

The basic advantage of MajesticSEO is that you are free to download the link profile of your competitor and can twist them as you go so that you can have the clear view of the strategies of how the website has gained their backlinks.

They have various plans like the free plan. Their Silver plan, Gold plan and platinum plan are priced at £29.99, £ 99/mo, £250/mo respectively. For a basic search the free version is good to go with but it is advisable to better check the pricing page so that you get a better idea of which plan works well with your business.

On the summary tab, you get a full list of links referring to a domain or URL and it also gives us a detail about how many backlinks were indexed from how many domains and also gives you the latest crawl timing.
In the backlink tab, you get a complete list of backlinks that is available to a site. Here is a list of all filters I use in order to get a noise less URL report.

  1.     Filter out reports from more than five links from a single domain
  2.     I also filter the report to hide results from sites like .nz, .cnetc. that usually tend to be spam
  3.     Filter out link errors like 404 errors, 300 errors and duplicates in URL
  4.     Lastly I filter the results from URLs having “replytocom” and “comments” as these are nofollow links from WordPress comment sections that are useless in n meaningful analysis.

4. Open Site explorer


Open Site Explorer is a great tool from moz.com and when a product is from Moz it has to be good. They help you to see who is linking to your competitor site filtering the report through domain authority, and anchor text used.
Open site explorer is still not very capable of filtering results from spammy links (there may be many some with high page authority too) and thus you have to very vigilant in rejecting a backlink from the OSE result that can lead to harm your own SEO.

5. SEO spyglass

SEO spyglass is a new tool that is completely evaluating itself in order to provide great results. In a recent update it has increased its database of indexed links to 15,000,000,000,000. This is pretty more than ahrefs and majestic SEO.

On the contrary it is not a web based client but is desktop software that runs from your PC and checks for all the live links at that point of time.

You get the fresh links and no error of dead links or links not updated (as in case of ahrefs and majestic seo). The number of backlinks for a single URL is 1100 but can’t export it whereas the paid version (a onetime fee) gives you the right to use any number of backlink analysis as well as exporting facility.

6. Backlink Watch

Backlink watch is the easiest tool out there to analyze the backlink portfolio of any website including yours. The good news is that it uses ahrefs’ API so you get pretty trustable results.
There is no option to export your results but there is a workaround to harness this free tool. Just copy all the reports from the site → open spreadsheet → right click → paste special → text → done (ok). Amazing, huh?

7.Google Alerts


Google alerts is the first thing that comes to mind when we think about monitoring a mention online. This easy to use tool can be used to get free alerts when your selected word/words are mentioned on the web. It can be your brand name, a product or your competitors’ name.
You can use it to monitor when your competitor is mentioned as a link on the web. The benefit is that the delivery is real time and thus could be helpful.

Though it is useful for getting basic information on a linking activity, the main drawbacks are that you do not get any notifications of the links that are already used (before you set your alert). It tells nothing about the quality of the linking site too.
8. Link diagnosis

Link diagnosis is a great tool that not only helps you get a wide variety of results like link type (nofollow, dofollow, missing, good etc.) , page internal + external links and also a brief about page rank distribution (now obsolete as Google officially announced its death).

8. Link diagnosis


Link diagnosis is a great tool that not only helps you get a wide variety of results like link type (nofollow, dofollow, missing, good etc.) , page internal + external links and also a brief about page rank distribution (now obsolete as Google officially announced its death).

9. Openlinkprofiler


Open link Profiler has been a favorite SEO tool for many. Open link profiler has the large database of freshest backlinks to a site which counts to the magical number of 2,00,000 backlinks to a domain.

They display links that are active in the last 90 days only so that you don’t have to deal with outdated stuff.

Their free version helps you download upto 100 links in csv format. This feature is not provided by any major SEO tools like majestic SEO, Ahrefs or open site explorer. They have a link influence score for all sites so that you get an idea of the best based pages on the basis of backlinks to it.

Working the backlinks inside out


    Now that you have got the backlinks using any of the given tools out there, just copy the backlinks to a notepad and save it as a text file (remember we are not using MS word because it adds unnecessary coding to the text in it). Now save it.
    Use a duplicate remover tool like duperemovetool to filter out further duplicate URLs that might be of no work.
    For analyzing the backlinks I said to check if a backlink is live or not. Use this tutorial. It also checks if a link is penalized.
    Use your experience and guts to cut out links that appear spammy even if any tool doesn’t consider a spam.
    To use excel as a free alternative to analyze links you can use SEO tools for spreadsheets.
    Now that you have got your best list of backlinks, save them to use for your SEO purposes.

BEWARE OF ANALYSIS PARALYSIS


Analysis paralysis is a term coined to refer to the process of wasting too much time in analyzing that hardly any time is left for doing the backlink building.

It means you waste so much time and resources in finding the backlink profile of your competitor that at the end you find out you have no time to build any meaningful backlinks and your competitors have moved pretty ahead. Beware of it.

Over to you


Being an SEO makes you different from a guy doing the same stuff. There are millions of ways optimizing your site for search engines and each SEO analyst has his own set of methods.

I would also suggest you to test SEMrush PRO account totally free by clicking this special promo link. Along with backlinks analysis, you can do a complete competition analysis including backlinks, keywords, keywords position, site audit etc.

What are your backlink analysis strategies? Our readers would love to learn from your work styles, please do comment them in the comment section below.

Saturday, 15 November 2014

How to Convert Adsense Ad Code

HTML has special handling for characters like < and > symbols, so it doesn't work well with those characters where they shouldn't be.

Having spurious characters like those symbols in your text can have some weird effects - blocks of text not appearing, broken formatting, and generally just not seeing what you expect to see.

This can all be fixed by 'escaping' those characters. This process involves scanning the text for those characters, and replacing them with a special character-code that browsers can interpret as the correct symbol, without actually embedding that symbol in your text.
For example, the escaped character code for > is &gt;.

Paste Your Code Here


This tool automatically converts javascript ad code into the correct format so you can embed it directly into your new xml Blogger template. It’s perfect for converting AdSense, AdBrite, Chitika or any other javascript ad code you may have.
Instructions Paste your Adsense code or any HTML in the empty box and then press the Convert button.

How to manage Adsense Revenue Sharing Feature in Blogger Blogs

This cool trick shows how to implement Google Adsense Revenue sharing feature in blogger(blogspot) blogs:

Do you run a blogger blog which is controlled by multiple authors ? Are you looking for an idea to share revenue with your co-authors? If so, then this nice Blogger trick solves all your problems.

First, What is Adsense Revenue Sharing ?

Suppose, you're the administrator of a blogger blog which has multiple guest authors. If you want to share the blog revenue with them, normally you divide the total revenue based on the Post count or Page views. But, most of the time it may not be accurate because CPC and CPM varies from post to post depending on the keywords,etc. So, it may not encourage the team members to post more stuff :(

But, with this cool trick, you can share the blog revenue with them more precisely because every author gets his own ad displayed in all the posts he/she does.

So, lets see how to add this feature to your blog..

How to manage Adsense Revenue Sharing Feature in Blogger Blogs


For example, If your blog as 3 authors - John, Ricky and Britney

1. Sign into Blogger » Layout » Edit html

2. Tick the "Expand Widget Templates "
3. You can insert the ad anywhere you want in the post body.. In this example, I'll show you how to add it inside the blog post (between the post title and post body)

Find the following line:

<p><data:post.body/></p>

and Paste the below code above that line


<b:if cond='data:blog.pageType == "item"'>

<b:if cond='data:post.author == "John"'>
PASTE THE AD CODE OF JOHN HERE

</b:if>
<b:if cond='data:post.author == "Ricky"'>


PASTE THE AD CODE OF RICKY HERE

</b:if>

<b:if cond='data:post.author == "Britney"'>

PASTE THE AD CODE OF BRITNEY HERE

</b:if>

</b:if>

<br/>


Replace the Names with your Blog authors (Case sensitive)

4. Don't Copy and Paste the Adsense Code directly in the template. First, Go to this Convert Adsense Ad Code Page and paste your adsense code in the box provided and click on "Convert Ad Code".
Now, copy that code and paste it in the template.
(Look at the screenshot below)

adsense+revenue+sharing

and Finally, SAVE THE CHANGES.

From now on, Each member of your blog can monetize their posts with their own adsense ads... Happy Blogging :)

Note: You can use the same hack to put other advertising networks as well.. like adbrite, bidvertiser, etc

How to turn Color Image into Black and White in Blogger's Post

Canvas is definitely a powerful tool and you can use it to turn color pictures into black and white pictures.

Actually turning colors into shades of grey is a simple manipulation: declare a canvas, load a picture and apply the transformation script.

How to turn Color Image  into Black and White in Blogger's Post


Here is a canvas loaded with the picture of a street in South-America:


Here is the HTML code that created the canvas and loaded the image (to be inserted in the HTML view of your post) :

<canvas height="400" id="myimage" width="500" style="margin-left:30px; ">
   Your browser does not support Canvas.
   <br />
   Sorry
</canvas>
<script>
   var mycanvas   = document.getElementById('myimage') ;
   if( mycanvas.getContext ) {
      var ctx = mycanvas.getContext('2d');
      var imageObj = new Image();
      imageObj.crossOrigin="anonymous" ;
      imageObj.src = 'https://dc788c82bdb50153.../street.jpg';
      ctx.drawImage(imageObj, 0, 0);     
   }   
</script>

A small customization is required to use this code:
1) the attributes of the canvas tag must be edited: replace the height and the width with the actual height and width in pixels of the image you want to display.
2) In this post, I used an image located on my google drive. Replace the source of the image ( imageObj.src ) with the actual URL of your image (it should be accessible from blogger).

Now that we know how to load a picture into an html canvas, let us see how we can transform this picture and turn colors into shades of grey. To do that we'll use a small javascript function that replaces colors with shades of grey. Insert the following script in your post (in the html view):


<script>
function drawImageInGrey(ctxObj, cvsObj  ) { 
var imgData=ctxObj.getImageData(0,0,cvsObj.width-1,cvsObj.height-1); 
var col = 0 ;
for (var i=0;i<imgData.data.length;i+=4)
{
col = Math.floor( ( imgData.data[i] + imgData.data[i+1] + imgData.data[i+2] ) / 3 ) ;
imgData.data[i] = col;
   imgData.data[i+1] = col;
   imgData.data[i+2] = col;
   }
ctxObj.putImageData(imgData,0,0); 
}
</script>


Then apply the transformation to the canvas with the following javascript command (in the html view of your post):

<script>
drawImageInGrey(ctx, mycanvas);
</script>


Here is the result:

Actually using canvas and javascript, you can go further: turn colors into shades of a single color, replace a color with another, etc.

How to fix image Thumbnails stopped appearing in blogger

If you use blogger to daily push out new updates to your blog, then this morning you might have noticed your entire image thumbnails suddenly got disappeared from the homepage of your blog. This leaves you thinking that you may have done some unnecessary editing to your template, which might be the reason image thumbnails are not appearing on the homepage or archive pages. However, that’s not the case, image thumbnails are broken because of a new bug that recently blogger users are facing. Today in this article, we will show you, How to fix image thumbnail not appearing bug in blogger.

Why Image thumbnails are not appearing?
The very first thing that you would be concerned about is that, why all of a sudden these image thumbnails stopped working? You didn’t do any kind of changes to the template, even tried uploading a fresh new template but the results are all same. If you are seeing this bug, you’re not alone almost all blogger users are having issues with new and old image thumbnails they have on their blog. Following are some people who’re having same image broken issue with their blogs:


"Since yesterday, my newly posted pictures are lacking the thumbnail. I figured earlier that the thumbnail does not get generated if all images are sourced from an external host. That's why I always upload the first photo via Blogger's upload option so that a thumbnail is created automatically.
But since yesterday, that is no longer working. I tried to create a second post today (now the latest post) just to see if the issue was related to that specific post. It appears the issue is site-wide.

Help will be appreciated.

Thanks."

"All of a sudden the images doesn't show up anymore om my homepage. Can you please help me fix it? "


"The problem happens even in the Popular Posts widget and the "data:post.thumbnail" tag, only for posts published today. That's a major issue."

Try publishing a new post by uploading an image, add a title, little post content and press publish. Now go to your blog and you’ll still don’t see your image thumbnail on the home page. This might make you lose your calm but we have a simple solution to this bug.

How to fix image Thumbnails stopped appearing in blogger?

The very first thing you need to do is to go to Blogger >> Posts >> now from the list of your published post select anyone and press Edit Posts. It will lead you to blogger post editor, now revert to the HTML tab and search for the following code:

    "https://"


Upon finding, replace all the URLs that are starting with https:// to http://. We have attached a screenshot below which will help you understand better.
https-to-http-blogger-image-thumbnail-bug

Please note: If niter https:// nor http:// protocol is attached to your image URL then, search for src="// and replace // with http://.


After making changes, publish the post again and your image thumbnails will start appearing again on your homepage. The issue is caused by blogger, which is not giving permission to https:// image thumbnails to appear. However, we hope this bug would be completely fixed by blogger sooner or later.

We hope this quick tip has helped all those users who were continually sending us emails about image thumbnails not showing on the homepage. This article would certainly make them feel relaxed about their site. Do let us know if you’re facing the same bug and what precautions you have taken to fix the bug?

Add Blogger Share Buttons to Custom Blogger Templates

Recently, Blogger released their new Share Buttons feature which makes it easier for your Blog visitors to bookmark, tweet, fshare, email ,etc your post.

But, if you're using any custom blogger template.. you may not see the widget appearing in blog..even though you activate it.
blogger share buttons

So, if you have that problem. here is how to fix it.
(before making any changes..first backup your template)

1. Sign into Blogger > Design > Edit html
(tick the expand widget templates)

2. Add this line anywhere you want the widget to appear

<b:include data='post' name='shareButtons'/>

Normally, in most templates, you can add it after this line..

<p class='post-footer-line post-footer-line-1'>


If you don't find that above line in your template....
Find this one.

<p><data:post.body/></p>


and add this code after that line..


<p><data:post.body/></p>
<div style='clear:both; padding: 10px 10px 10px 10px;'> <b:include data='post' name='shareButtons'/> </div>


Note: If you're using Magazine style blogger template, You can find the data:post.body line TWO TIMES.. So, try in both ways and find out which one is working..and remove the other one.

Finally..Save the template!

If you still don't see it in your Blog, Make sure..you activated it by going to
Blogger dashboard > Design > Click the 'edit' button of the Blog post section.
activating+blogger+share+buttons