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Some time ago I was discussing backing up blogs. However, an integral part of a blog that I did not discuss is the blog’s database. Basically, if you forget to back up your blogs database, then you are going to lose a number of important elements of your blog, including your blog posts, comments, and data generated by different plug-ins. So in a sense, your database is more important then your blogs template files, as they are more easy to substitute.
To back up your database use the MySQL database administrative tool provided by your webhost, or in case of WordPress blogs use an appropriate plug-in such as “WordPress Database Backup”. This plug-in is a personal favorite of mine, as it is easy to install and has very neat features. Backup options include saving to server, downloading to your computer, and emailing the database to your email. Perhaps the most useful feature is scheduled backup that allows you to set-up the plug-in in a way that it will automatically perform scheduled backups and email your backup to a chosen email. Setting for a daily schedule will ensure that no important data will be lost, however, the weekly schedule might be more reasonable.
If you value the content of your blog, you should take some measures to ensure that your database will not be lost. It is a good idea to both manually and automatically backup your database. This way you will be sure that you will not lose any important data.
If you want to have a high quality blog, there are some things that you should avoid. One of those things is focusing too much on the form and not the content. There are many ways you can improve the quality of your blog by making it look more professional, such as using some advanced html programming or other tricks. However, ultimately the content of your blog is what is really important. I cannot emphasize this enough, content is what brings visitors to your site, and this is what you should focus on.
Another thing that you should avoid is stealing content. By this I mean a person copy/pasting posts from other blogs and not giving credit to the author. Sooner or later people are going to notice such behavior and will prefer to read such posts from the website of the original author. On the other hand, if you get an idea to post about something by reading a post on another blog, and write about the same topic on your blog, it does not mean you are stealing content. As a matter of fact, I sometimes get ideas what to write about on my website after visiting other blogs.
Last time I checked there was an estimate of 30 billion web pages on the Internet. It sounds quite impressive and the number is growing. The number of websites and blogs that are getting spammed is also growing, so webmasters are finding ways to combat spam. It has been stated that one of the reasons that webmasters are receiving spam is because they place their email address on their website. The problem is that spammers are crawling webpages in order to obtain any email address they can find, so that later they can send spam to that email. Often email addresses are also being sold to other spammers. One of the ways to protect yourself from your email being harvested like that is to implement a contact form on your website. This way people will still be able to contact you, but it will drastically reduce the amount of spam you are receiving. Generally, it is a good rule not to give away your email address in any public place. Sooner or later, spammers are going to find such email address and it is easier to prevent spam, then to fight with it. That is why using contact forms on websites is an excellent idea.
There has been some discussion lately concerning the most popular blogs on the Internet. Someone noticed that the most popular blogs are usually those that have started the earliest as this way they had a big advantage. For example, problogger.net was one of the first, if not the first blog dedicated to the subject of blogging, and his blog still strives as one of the most popular. I think this can be explained quite easily when you look at the facts. When problogger was starting there was not a lot of competition, so even if he was making some small mistakes there were no other blogs to pose a serious threat to him. You took advantage of this time when there was less competition to learn from his own mistakes. On the other hand, if you are starting a new blog these days, then be prepared for a lot of competition and even if you do not make mistakes you will have a harder time attracting readers. On the bright side, there are already many successful blogs out there from which you may want to learn on how to achieve success. Read other blogs for at least a few days before starting your own.
There are some bloggers who believe that reading and actively analyzing a magazine might be of great help to improve the overall quality of a blog. It is an interesting idea so I wanted to share my thoughts about it. The idea basically comes from the fact that a blog in many ways resembles a magazine. You can get a lot of ideas by reviewing a magazine:
• Ideas for marketing. How is the magazine advertising?
• Ideas for blog design. Magazines also have to decide how each page is going to look like.
• Ideas for a post. Posts are similar to articles in a magazine. What kind of articles does the magazine have?
• Writing style tips. You can simply learn by reading.
• Learn about your niche. Read magazines which are on the same topic as your blog.
As you see, there are many ideas you can get by reading a magazine. Of course, you might want to apply the same principle to other successful blogs, and learn from them as well. Many of us do it without even realizing it. Anyway, reading high quality magazines, especially those that are in the same niche as your website, can greatly enhance the quality of your blog.
Do you want to blog about your personal life or blog about the subject you love? Maybe you always wanted to blog about space travel or about cooking? Choosing the topic of your blog is not easy, so here is some information how to choose it wisely, so that you will not regret it later:
Have you ever wondered why people blog and why does it give them satisfaction? Analyzing what are the reasons for blogging might be very interesting. In general, most people blog for some of the following reasons:
1. Since blogging is all about writing, creating and posting images and pictures, many people treat it as a way to express themselves in one way or another. Being able to express one’s feelings and emotions is one of the basic needs of humanity, so this might be one of the main reasons why people blog.
2. People want to be known and recognized. A lot of satisfaction can come from being someone important. Of course, it may not be that easy to accomplish, but it is worth trying.
3. People look for social interactions whenever it is possible. Blogging is in fact a very social experience and thus appeals to those who seek others with common hobbies, or just somebody who will read their posts and comment on them. Blogging generally encourages networking.
4. For some people blogging is not just a hobby, but also work. It was proven many times that blogging brings money, and in case of some bloggers it can constitute a substantial part of income.
5. Also many people want to share their experiences and knowledge with others. If you have anything important to share, it is very easy to do so by setting up a blog. In most cases it will not even cost you anything.
Did you ever take some time to think why you started blogging? Knowing why you started blogging may help you be a better blogger.
While college literature and writing classes can teach us to write articles properly, the Internet has its own rules. Here bloggers try to converse with their readers, and usually avoid using complicated language as they appeal to a broader spectrum of people. Actually, very few good and popular bloggers graduated from some kind of English studies, or have a diploma in this field. Writing the highest quality posts takes dedication, rather than knowledge. Here are some ideas on how to write a really outstanding post:
1. Use as many visual aids as possible. Do not hesitate to use colorful images that correspond to the topic of your post. It is true that a picture is worth a thousand words. In today’s world of media with so many ways to present reality like movies and slide shows, it is essential to do everything possible in order to stand out. Otherwise, your posts and blog might not attract many readers.
2. Use different formatting techniques to underline the most valuable content of your post. Try underlying the key points of your article. Use capital letters to emphasize the content that cannot be missed by your readers. Make use of it so that you can communicate something very important. Nonetheless, it is important not to use formatting techniques too much, because this way your post will become harder to read.
Of course, nothing can replace actual experience so I suggest that you keep writing. Writing high quality posts takes a lot of time so take that into account.
Some time ago there was a blogger who asked an interesting question to the top bloggers:
“If you had 2-hours a day to devote to no-cost, off-blog (even off-line) marketing for your blog, what would you do?”
I read his article, and I selected some interesting responses, so here I present them to you in a concise manner:
-Leo Babuata from ZenHabits in also in favor of writing guest posts. He says that there is no better form of advertising, free or otherwise.
-Darren Rowse, author of ProBlogger claims that guest posting in the same niche is the best way to market your blog. He said that he would interact with other bloggers and their readers.
-Penelope Trunk from Brazen Careerist says that there are two offline things that are great for promoting his blog. This includes talking to people at parties and while speaking in public.
-Anita Campbell from SmallBizTrends would engage in social media marketing while using content sharing sites, social networking, and even community based sites.
-Muhammad Saleem from MuhammadSaleem would socialize with other bloggers in different ways including guest writing and commenting.
-Liz Strauss from Successful-Blog gave in my opinion the most elaborate response as she said that she would use StumpleUpon, comment on blogs, talk on the telephone with bloggers, speak at a local rotary and conference, or even buy a weekly hour of live radio time among other things.
I hope this article gave you some ideas, but remember that content is king, so it is good to first work on the content before you get heavily involved in promoting your site. If you have any additional ideas for building traffic for free, let me know.
It seems that many business owners quit blogging. Are you interested what the reasons are? Are we really that different from business bloggers? We also try to “sell a product”, but in our case it is our blog itself. Here are the reasons why many business people give up on blogging:
1. They are not happy with the amount of comments left by visitors.
2. According to them, they do not have enough subscribers.
3. They do not observe an increase in traffic coming to their main website.
4. They find it difficult to come up with fresh new content for the blog every day or week. Blogs that are not being updated often might not serve their purpose.
5. They cannot work out how to promote products and services via their blog. It is not that easy to promote different products from various industries on a blog.
Maintaining a blog costs money. That is why if there are going to be negligible benefits, then it is a wise choice for a business to delete such a blog. Regular bloggers are in a different position, as they are not oriented on increasing their income. They are rather focused on having influence over other people and interacting with users all over the world. That is why there are some blogs that have been out for years, and they are still performing very well.