Tuesday, 14 May 2013
I am not going to share any tips related how to win a giveaway or contest, I am writing this small blog post to inform you about the fake giveaways.
There are thousands of bloggers who run giveaways on their blogs most of them are genuine, but a few days before I found some blog owners are running giveaways on their blog and winner were their friend or their fake profiles because there was no prize in the giveaway.
How to Find a Genuine Giveaway
There is no doubt that giveaways are the great way to promote a new blog or website, but if you found that website quality is low and the content is not that good, you can understand if a blog owner is giving away iPad and some other expensive items then he can afford other things like premium theme, good logo etc.
So never participate in a giveaway of cheap looking website, it will really hurt your social profiles, because it looks that you are just sharing their link but if you share a low quality website then it will hurt your reputation.
If the giveaway is started by a reputed blogger who has a successful blog, then you can participate without any investigation, the reputation of a blog owner is more important than anything else. Nobody will spoil his reputation by fake giveaways.
May be a blogger working on a new blog and he has a successful blog already then you can trust that owner because he has a reason and potential to pay for the giveaway.
Most of the giveaways sponsored by others, so if there are sponsors for giveaways then giveaway will be genuine you can participate.
Sponsors name will be on the giveaway page so you can check the name of sponsors for that giveaway.
You can also check previous giveaway by the same blogger if you find them genuine then you can participate in the current giveaway.
You might be thinking that why should I do that much research before participating in a giveaway, there is a reason behind it , your each share and like is very important and you may not think about it, but it really matters when your followers get updates from your activities they found your likes and follow ,it means you are in favor of that blog and your followers will also follow the same blog.
So be aware before joining any giveaway on the web, your social influence is your power on the Internet and you should not waste it by liking and promoting fake things.
Suppose if your blog is a Living thing then your hosting is the heart of your blog, without a perfect hosting you can’t survive in blogosphere, many bloggers start their blogging career with free hosting, but choosing a free hosting is not a good Idea for your blogging career, if you don’t have money and you have passion for blogging then you can go with blogger platform, Blogger is not bad at all, you can go with it if you can’t afford hosting.
Every startup needs investment so if you can afford little amount on hosting then you can choose the best platform for blogging (WordPress), WordPress gives you full control you can feel the power when you use WordPress for your blog.
I am going to share some demerits of Free Hosting, why free hosting is not good and why you should not choose a free hosting for your blogs.
The biggest risk in free hosting is security, free Web hosting providers never focus on your blog security, your blog will always on a risk if you pick free hosting for your blog, I know you might be thinking that I can make my WordPress blog secure by using security Plugins, but if the whole server is under attack then you can’t do anything for your blog security.
That’s why every professional blogger suggest you to select a Best premium hosting for Blogs and websites which can ensure your blog security.
Advertisements and Popups
Why they are giving you free hosting?, how they get paid?
They add adverts on your blog when you host them on their servers, they earn money from your blogs by adding banners , links and redirection to other sites.
When you host your blogs on free servers they add affiliate product links, or their own paid hosting links on your blogs, that is fine if you are choosing free hosting for testing purpose but for professional blogging you have to go with A-one stuff.
There are many restrictions in free hosting, free hosting never gives you unlimited space, their bandwidth is limited so when you reach the limit then nobody will not able to access your blog, Database is also limited, no support of one click installation of the scripts like WordPress, SMF etc.
But if you go with a premium hosting like HostGator, BlueHost and others then you will find everything unlimited, you can host unlimited domains, you will get unlimited space and bandwidth.
All demerits you can bear but sudden death makes a free hosting fully crap, just imagine your blog is hosted on a free server, and suddenly you found that the free hosting company has been shutdown, and in that case you will lose your all data of your blog which can’t be recovered, because they are providing you free hosting and they don’t have any clause of giving backup in free plans.
You can rely on a good hosting like HostGator, because you already know that thousands of websites are running under their servers and they will never shut down.
Bad/No Customer Support
I am using HostGator and I can say proudly that their customer support is best among all the hosting providers, they are experienced and best, other hosting providers are also good but HostGator is best but in free hosting customer support is worst, and most of the free hosting providers never provide customer support in the free plan of their hosting.
If you are planning to start a blog then I will suggest you to go with HostGator Hosting they are the best Hosting providers for WordPress, my all client websites and blogs are hosted on HostGator.
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The domain name is a very important part of your blog, your domain name gives you unique recognition on the web, there are basically two types of Domain names.
Keyword Based Domain
Keyword based domains are those domains which contain some keywords related to your blog niche, for example, learnblogtips.com, seobloggerstips.com You can see these domains contains some popular keywords like “blog tips” and “bloggers tips”. So if you are thinking a keyword based domain then you should do a proper keyword research generally its very difficult to find a domain with exact keywords because most of them are already registered.
Brand Based Domain
Brand Based Domains are those domains which are unique and never used before in any way, for example mashable.com,labnol.org etc. these names are not related to technology in any way but still they are popular because they created their brand value in the market. It’s on you to which kind of domain you want to choose for your blog, keyword based domains are very crowded and there is heavy competition and brand based are easy to select but hard to build the brand value.
Some Tips before registering a Domain name
Uniqueness is very crucial for domain names, because there are many extentions(.com,.org,.net) available and if you choose which is already registered in some other extension then you will find competition for that name unwillingly so always consider unique names which are not taken with any extension.
Always chose Dot-com Domains
Dot-com domains are popular and internet users are used to of dot-com domains, so always prefer dot-com domains for your blog, and if you want others then you should register both with dot-com extension or other extension which you want to pick.
Easy to remember
Your domain name should be easy to spell and easy to remember, if you choose typical vocabulary then you will face many difficulties, Most of internet users are not native English speakers so choose the domain name which is easy to remember and simple to spell.
Avoid long hyphenated URL
If you are very serious about blogging then NEVER choose hyphenated URL, they will kill your blog branding, for example if you pick a domain name like “the-technology-blog.com”, it will look very odd and most users avoid these kinds of URL because they irritate with lots of Hyphens.
Register Domain for Long Time
I would Suggest you to register your domain name for a longer period if you can afford, there are many benefits of registering a domain for a long period, Search engines shows more interest in your site because you are going to run your site for a long time, there are thousands of domains registered daily only for spamming, so if you can register for more than 1 year then it would be perfect for you and your Internet startup.
Traffic is the lifeline of a blog, without traffic you can’t do much with your blog, no matter your how good writer you are, if you are not getting traffic to your blog is just like a showpiece.
These Social Bookmarking and Social networking websites are really good to drive huge quality traffic to your blog, these are very easy to use, but make sure your content should be worth sharing, and never try to spam your links to these websites.
http://www.blokube.com/ Visit at least twice in a week and vote and comment on others it will take just a few minutes and submit all your posts.
http://www.bizsugar.com Visit at least 3 times in a week and vote and comment on other it will also take just a few minutes and submit all your posts.
http://twitter.com Tweet your old and post daily.
Must Read : How I use Twitter to Increase Traffic
http://slashdot.org Submit your post with appropriate categories and describe, description can be used same as which you use in your meta.
http://www.newsvine.com Submit your post with full details.
http://www.facebook.com Groups and wall sharing, connect your Facebook profile and fan pages with twitter and use HashTags in your wall and fan page timeline posts.
http://Stumbleupon.com submit your post with tags and category, also use Su.pr urlshortner to share your post on Twitter and other networks, it will double your traffic.
Must Read : How I use StumbleUpon to Increase Traffic
http://inbound.org Try to visit as much you can it will improve your connectivity and increase quality to your blog.
http://pinterest.com Go to interest dot com add pin and it will find all images from the url, pin all of them which are related to your post with appropriate title and board.
Http://www.linkedin.com Share on your linked in profile, complete your profile, join groups related to technology and our related niche, and share your all posts on those groups.
All these websites are very popular with huge number of active users, and I am using them for my blogs and website.
The eyes of the world’s tech media are squarely focused on Blackberry right now, and their three-day event in Orlando, Florida, USA. Expected at the event are keynotes and presentations from Blackberry executives, including CEO Thorsten Heins, talking about mobile platforms and how BlackBerry innovations in mobile computing, platform management and BlackBerry 10 are empowering the future of all things mobile.
BlackBerry sees a profitable quarter. Yes, Thorsten Heins, CEO of BlackBerry has announced at the keynote of the BlackBerry Live in Orlando, Florida. There were several key announcements during the keynote including a new QWERTY device due this year, the Blackberry Q5.
Bearing a striking resemblance to the Blackberry Q10, the newly announced Blackberry Q5 comes with a full physical keyboard and a 3.1-inch touchscreen display. The good part is that the Q5 is targeted at emerging markets and effectively India should be seeing shipments soon. The Q5 will be available in various colours as well: Red, Pink, Black and White.
BBM to roll out on iOS and Android
According to BlackBerry, it enjoys 60 million active monthly users on BBM with 10 billion messages per day. 51 million users engage with BBM for an average of 90 minutes per day. While that was expected, there were a couple of surprising announcements here as well. BBM, BlackBerry's signature messaging service will now be available on iOS and Android, for free! Users can expect these to be available in the next few months.
BBM customers collectively send and receive more than 10 billion messages each day, nearly twice as many messages per user per day as compared to other mobile messaging apps. Almost half of BBM messages are read within 20 seconds of being received; indicating how truly engaged BBM customers are.
"For BlackBerry, messaging and collaboration are inseparable from the mobile experience, and the time is definitely right for BBM to become a multi-platform mobile service. BBM has always been one of the most engaging services for BlackBerry customers, enabling them to easily connect while maintaining a valued level of personal privacy. We're excited to offer iOS and Android users the possibility to join the BBM community," said Andrew Bocking, Executive Vice President, Software Product Management and Ecosystem, at BlackBerry.
"BBM is the best way to stay connected, and with today's announcement, we're again expanding the capabilities of the service to provide a deeper real-time engagement experience for people to connect with brands, business, and communities that matter most to them," said Andrew Bocking, Executive Vice President of Software Product Management and Ecosystem at BlackBerry. "With over 60 million highly engaged customers using BBM, content creators have a great opportunity to build deeper relationships, enhance their brands, and connect in new ways."
BBM Channels allows individuals and groups to create a dedicated channel and share information and updates with the immediacy that BBM offers. BBM customers around the world will be able to connect and share information, broadcast about themselves to their channel, or join their favorite communities and share their experiences of the channel with their BBM contacts.
Starting today, BBM customers can connect and share the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team on their BBM Channels. BlackBerry is working with leading global brands around the world to help them build and promote exciting new BBM Channel offerings.
Stick around with us for the complete coverage and noteworthy highlights from Blackberry Live 2013 later in the day.