Thursday, 17 July 2014

How to Change Blogger's Default Template.

This topic has been over written on web and still I find that many new bloggers working on Google Blogger platform don't know how to change blogger template.

In this short post, I will tell you how to change blogger template and replace the default templates with the third party templates which looks more professional and elegant.

Lets first discuss why their is a need to change blogger template. The most important reason to change blogger template is that Google Blogger Templates has not been updated for a while and the old templates have lost their relevance in today's scenario with WordPress having professional themes.

Blogger however implemented dynamic templates but almost all the bloggers avoid these dynamic templates since they do not allow javascripts and hence people cannot put up an ad and make money from blogging.

The benefit with the third party templates is that some of them are SEO friendly and AdSense ready. Some of them will give your blog a professional look and  may attract more visitors to your blog.

▌ How to change blogger template - steps. 


♦ Go to Blogger Dashboard > Template.

♦ Click on Backup / Restore on the right corner of your dashboard.


♦ A window will open. Now download a copy of template so that in case anything goes wrong, you have a back up of your blog.


♦ Browse the template with which you want replace the existing template and upload it.

♦ The template will upload and you are done.

▌ How to restore blogger template. 


To restore blogger template, you just have to follow the same process as described above.

       Personally, I feel its time for blogger to update the template section. What do you say? 

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Saturday, 7 June 2014

Make money online with Dailymotion video sharing.

Do you want to earn money from sharing videos without even creating them? Dailymotion gives a chance to earn money through sharing videos online on your blogs and on your social profiles like Twitter and Facebook. The more number of people watch video shared by you, the more you will earn. You do not have to create a viral video, rather you just have to share a video that has already been viral.


With YouTube, the first problem is that you yourself has to create the videos and bring traffic to it. It is really difficult to create a video that receives a hell lot of views and earn you some money. With Dailymotion you have to pick up a video from their collection and share it on your blog / Facebook / Twitter and earn money.

Another problem with YouTube is that you need a valid AdSense account to monetize your videos. You have to work very hard for an approval and there always remain a chance of being banned due to some fraud clicks or illegal activity which violates there terms and services.

So, how can you make money with Dailymotion by sharing videos? 

Earn money sharing videos


Sign up for a Dailymotion publisher account.

During sign-up, they will ask for your blog's address. Now, this is the only precondition they have. You must have a blog running.

You will be given a syndication key. Each time you will embed any daily motion video on your blog or share any video on your Facebook or Twitter account with your syndication key included, you will earn. 

When you will browse videos and select the appropriate video that you want to share or embed in your blog:


The Embed code and the social sharing code includes your syndication key. Now share it and earn revenue when someone watches it.

How it works.


How can you earn money by sharing videos? When you share any video, an ad is displayed in-between the video or before the video starts. You will earn a percent share of these ads. The syndication key is necessary since it is responsible for tracking the videos and ads and so, revenue.


Have you ever thought you can earn money by sharing videos? Here's an option. Go try it and share your experience in the comments. 
 

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Make money from Chitika - CPM analysis.

Chitika provides a combination of CPC, CPM and CPA ads and you are paid accordingly. However, I personally wanted to earn only through the CPM advertising since the clicks these adverts generated on my blog was not so considerable due to my blog niche. So, I asked chitika about how I can limit the ads to only pay-per-impression rather than the combination of all these ads and they told me how-to do it. You have to send a minimum of thousand impressions before they will start showing pay per impressions ads on your blog. They will till then analyze your blog for proper categories and the traffic quality.

 

Make money from Chitika - on CPM basis.


The rich media ads served from Chitika on your blog pays on impression basis. By default, Chitika shows a combination of the normal ads + rich media ads depending upon the availability and according to their some sort of algorithm. The good part is you can limit the ads displayed on your blog to only "rich media ads" show that each time an ad is shown, you are paid.

Enable Rich Media Ads


Navigate to Ads > Settings.



You will find that "Rich Media Ads" are by default preferred as Mixed. Change it to Always and save.

From now onwards, only CPM ads will be displayed on your blog. 



Important points regarding Rich Media Text. 


1. The fill rate may not be 100%. You might see some of your impressions counting out without any ads. However, gradually you will see a better fill rate.
2. Chitika will ask you to send a minimum of thousand raw impressions before they can server the Rich Media Ads on your blog. So you won't earn for the first thousand impressions.
3. Switching to only Rich Media Ads is not advisable if you have low traffic. Making money from CPM ads require a good amount of traffic.
4. If your blog is engaging and adverts receives good click through rate, then perhaps you should not switch.

Final Words: Do you use any money making CPM advertising networks? With Chitika, the rates are somewhat between $ 0.10 - 0. 18 per thousand impressions. How much your advertising network paying to you.

Monday, 13 January 2014

Adversal Publisher Network Site Requirements and Review

Adversal is one of the leading advertising network in the market with good CPM rates. It is a CPM network that pays on Cost per Impressions rather than clicks or sales. Adversal has been the choice for a large number of webmasters and the only reason is that it's easy to use dashboard and high cpm rates.


The biggest problem with any CPM advertising networks is the low CPM rates they offer. However, with Adversal you can hope to get a reasonable rate.

Features

Multiple ad units - They have a wide variety ad formats available.

100% fill rates - With 100% fill rates, you will always be sure to earn from each visits. Many of the CPM networks offers good CPM rates, however they have very poor fill rates.

Minimum payout is low - There minimum payout is 20$, quite easy to reach.

Payout terms - They pay on Net-35 basis and have PayPal, Bank Wire or check as payment options.

Affiliate programs - They also have an affiliate program where you will earn 10% of whatever people joining under your affiliate link earn.

Minimum Site Requirements for Publisher

Blog must be complete and running for a month.

Original and high quality content.

No adult contents.

Spam websites are not accepted.

Must not be a part of Paid-to-surf or click programs.

Sites that supports image hosting, file upload services, URL shortening services, proxy websites, a toolbar or plugin are not allowed.

Site must not contain excessive advertising.

Legally questionable websites are not accepted like hacking/cracking blogs, excessive vulgar language websites, weapons related blogs and sites, illegal pirated contents etc.

Blog must meet a traffic requirement of minimum 50,000 page views / month.

How to join

You can join Adversal publisher network here.

I have been rejected. What to do know? 

If you are rejected by Adversal Publisher Network, you will receive a mail and the reason as to why your application is rejected. Improve your blog accordingly and re-apply after a month. They allow re-submission after 30days.

Read more here:

♦ Google AdSense alternative - Technorati Media Review

♦ Best CPM Ad Network for small Publishers. 

♦ Infolinks Review- In-text Ad Network 

♦ Value Click Media - CPM Ad Network Review. 

♦ AdSense Alternatives: GloAdMarket Review.   

Final Words: Getting accepted is tough for Adversal Publisher Network with a minimum of 50,000 page views / month. However, once accepted its quite possible to earn a good amount of money with them with 100% fill rates.

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Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Google AdSense alternative - Technorati Media Review


Technorati Media is one of the largest social media advertising networks and are operating since 2008. They offer advertisements in the form of CPM ads. They accepts websites with original content, high quality design and a good amount of traffic. CPM advertisements has been a great source of income for blogs with good amount of traffic since publishers generate revenue for each impression rather than any clicks or sales generate. Hence, every visitors counts in your earnings. In this post, I am going to review Technorati Media - a CPM advertising network, a great way to make money from your blog.

Minimum Requirements for Technorati Media

Technorati Media do not have any specific minimum site's requirement for approval. However, they need websites with original content, quality design, and a good amount of traffic. The websites must be in English and do not accepts websites that include or promote pornographic content, gambling, illegal download sites, torrents sites, hacking content, terrorism or illegal materials.

Ad units supported

Technorati Media supports a wide variety of ad units - this includes Skyscraper (160x600), Medium Rectangle (300x250) and leaderboard (728x90). They offer some non-traditional ad units like Half Page (300x600), Portrait (300x1050), Pushdown (954x250), Billboard (970x250) and  Marquee (606x300). They have some other custom ad units which you can find in their dashboard.

Is Technorati Media accepts all country traffic? 

Technorati media primarily offers services for US and UK traffic. All other traffic may see only non-payment ads usually called Performance Enhancements ads. So, if you have a good amount of traffic from these two countries, you are going to make a good amount of money from Technorati Media.

How to join Technorati Media?
 
You can  Sign Up for Technorati Media here.

Verify your account through account activation email.

You will soon receive an approval or denial mail from them.

After your blog is approved, you need to fill up Company profile, Tax information and Website information.

Technorati Media will review all these information and will notify you to create ad tags when everything is ready.

Create your ad tags and implement it in your site. Ads will start showing up within 3 hours of implementation.

Other Information

Technorati Media asks you to place half of the ad units above the fold. If you want to place 4 ad units all over, two of them must be above the fold.

The ads can only be implemented to those websites which are exclusively approved.

Their reporting system is very effective counting every impressions.

To block any ads, you have to contact them personally.

Even though your website was disapproved, you have signed up for technorati media and you can anytime submit another websites.

If you would like to submit the disapproved websites, you can mail them with sufficient reason. These reason may include increase in traffic and quality contents.

Payment Information.

Net 60 days payment. Technorati Media pays on the basis of net 60 days. This is one of the downside of technorati Media since, if you reach the minimum threshold in January, it will be processed on March 31, and you will recei

ve you payment in April.

Minimum Payout for Technorati Media is 50$.

Technorati Media pays via Check and PayPal.

If you are a US resident, you will receive your check within 15days. For international publishers, it will arrive within 30 days.

Final Words: Have you worked with Technorati Media? What's your review with them? How much CPM they paid you for your traffic? We would love to know in comments.

You may find these articles useful:

♦ Best CPM Ad Network for small Publishers. 

♦ Infolinks Review- In-text Ad Network 

♦ Value Click Media - CPM Ad Network Review. 

♦ AdSense Alternatives: GloAdMarket Review.

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Monday, 6 January 2014

How to make money with Infolinks

Infolinks is a great way to monetize your blog. With Google AdSense getting more strict in approving small blogs these day, Infolinks is serving both a replacement and a complementary solution to the AdSense money making program.

How you make money with Infolinks.

Infolinks is a CPM advertising network i.e. it pays on according to ad views. The more ad-views you generate, the more money you will make with Infolinks.

Infolinks is basically an in-text advertising network. It selects keywords from your blog and associate an ad with it. Whenever a visitor hovers his mouse over these ads, you will earn some cents. There are other monetizing options like in-tag, in-search and in-frame. You can read more of it on infolinks website Infolinks for publishers.

The best part of Infolinks is that it is a CPM network. You do not need to wait till someone clicks on your ads or any sales is generated.

How much you can make money with Infolinks.

The answer to this question is the amount of traffic you have. Higher the traffic more you will earn. The normal CPM rates for Infolinks has been 0.5$/1000 adviews for me. Once, I calculated it according to the impressions of my blog rather than ads and the number was reduced to 0.23$. That means on an average I earn 0.25$ / 1000 visitors.

Note: I calculated it according to number of visitors. However, Infolinks pays on ad views. If you get 1000 visitors and no ad views you will not earn.

Why Infolinks and not any other in-text advertising programs to make money.

There are different factors which influence the success of an advertising program for you. Infolinks is a great way to make money since it accepts all country traffic, easy to integrate, the approval criteria is minimal and counts all impressions.
According to my niche and the source and amount of traffic I receive, Infolinks performed better for me.

Infolinks can be used with AdSense?

Yes. Infolinks can be used along with AdSense to make some extra money. They can be used with any other advertising solutions. I recommend you to try it out.

How you can make maximum money with Infolinks.

There is no fixed defined steps to earn more money. However these steps will make more money for you.

Implement all Infolinks products - in-text, in-tag, in-search, and in-frame.

Customize your infolinks text with the same color of your blog's text.

Selecting dotted pattern instead of double underlined performs better since it do not gives an impression that it is an ad.

Generate more traffic to earn more money.

Final Words: If you are banned from AdSense, you can try Infolinks to make money. You can use it along with AdSense to make money.

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Sunday, 5 January 2014

How to check your blog's MozRank

MozRank is a link popularity score given by MOZ. It signifies the importance of any page and is given out of 10. The higher the MozRank, the better it is. MozRank is a logarithmic scale, i.e. it is easier improve your MozRank from 2 to 3 than from 6 to7.

The only way to improve your MozRank is by getting lots of backlinks to your blog from popular and semi popular websites / blogs.

Lets say you have a MozRank 0. Now, getting a few links from blogs that have high MozRank (say 6-7-8) will improve your MozRank more as compared to getting the same amount of link from lower MozRank websites. So, in order to rank high, all you have to do is find high ranking blogs and create inbound links either link swapping, guest posting or commenting.

In this article, I am only describing a way to check your blog's MozRank. There are several third party sites that checks the MozRank of your blog and I am talking about one of them.

How to check your blog's MozRank. 

# Go to http://moonsy.com/mozrank/ to check your blog's MozRank.

# Enter your domain name.

I am checking the MozRank for my blog www.mbblogging.com.

# You will see the MozRank of your blog.


MozRank for my blog is 3.50. Its still on the lower side and I am hoping to improve it. Moz in its MozRank introduction says that an average MozRank of a normal page on the Internet is 3. That means I am a little ahead of Normat :)

Did you check your blog's MozRank? Share with us.

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Saturday, 4 January 2014

PageRank update on 6th December 2013


Amidst all predictions and Matt Cutts saying - he will be surprised if there is any PageRank update in year 2013, Google finally rolled out its much awaited PageRank update on 6th December 2013. Some webmasters achieved more than what they expected while some of them were disappointed by the results.

What is PageRank? 

Google PageRank update

PageRank is a 10 point grading scale from Google to measure the importance of a page. It was initially an important factor in determining the search engine ranking of a page in Google Search Results. Google has gradually sidelined its importance as a ranking factor however Google still says PageRank is one of the more than two hundred ranking factors.

How to check PageRank? 

There are numerous websites that may tell you your PageRank. Google used to provide a PageRank toolbar which has been discontinued lately. So, these sites are the only options to check your PageRank.

You can check your PageRank pr checker.

How to Improve your PageRank? 

PageRank is a less important factor these days as a ranking factor, however it still is. The major concern for new bloggers is to improve their PageRank.

PageRank is all about Link building. The more inbound links you have from high PageRank websites/blog, the more you will get your PageRank.Writing high quality content will result in these high PageRank sites linking back to your content. The most natural way to improve your PageRank is to create genuine, quality and unique contents.

You can do it manually too. You may search for high PageRank blogs that accepts Guest Posts and submit your articles to them. Guest posting allows you to put your links in either the content itself or in the Author Bio section.

You can also do it by searching Do Follow commentLuv enabled blogs and commenting on them.

So, what's your rank? 

PageRank was updated on 6tht December 2013. How much you got out of 10?. Share along with your blog's address in the comments.
Since, I am using Blogger's default comment section chances are that putting links in comments may land your comment in spam folder. Don't worry about it. I will restore it as soon as I discover it :)

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Friday, 3 January 2014

Most Common SEO mistakes - Keyword Selection


I am not going into the details - rather just giving you an overview of keyword selection process.

Why should I mention keyword selection as the most common seo mistakes? Anyone who has been blogging around for some time and knows a little bit about search engine optimization is aware of the importance of keywords in deciding the rankings.

Most Common SEO mistakes - Keyword SelectionThe different aspects of keywords research - choosing the right keyword phrase, where to put keywords in your blog, and keyword density has high influence in deciding whether you will land on first page of Google or the last one.

Keyword selection - I will illustrate it through an example of my own blog. I write about blogging, making money and seo tips.

Lets say I decided to rank higher for "Search Engine Optimization". Now, since this is a common term and chances are that thousands of high quality blogs who have spend dollars and time on keyword planning and research has already been ranking on this phrase, it would be almost impossible for me to rank better than them.

So, what should I do now?
There comes the concept of long-tail keywords. I may choose "Search Engine optimization for beginners" as a keyword or "Search engine optimization tips for WordPress bloggers". I can easily determine that these are comparatively less written keywords than "Search Engine Optimization"and chances of ranking higher is more. However, these long tail keywords have low number of searches.

So you have two choices - ranking on 10th page of Google for "Search Engine Optimization" for 1million searches OR ranking on 1st-2nd page of Google for a long tail keyword with say 10,000 searches. Which will you prefer if I ask you how many times do you even go to the third page of Google search results while querying.

Another point regarding keyword selection.
The searchers these days are more specific towards search. If you want to know the price of a smart phone, you won't simply type the model of that phone. Rather, you will end up querying something like "price and specification of XXXX 1234 Model". This becomes the long tail keyword that may get you higher in search results.

What I have written here is just a summary of the complete story. I will try to write more about these points in coming days.

I am waiting for your comments if you want to add something or you have something else going up in your mind.

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Top 3 In-Text Advertising Networks for Blogger

In-Text Advertising Networks are a great way of earning some extra cash along with AdSense or other Pay-per-click programs. These In-Text advertising networks converts text from your content into ad links that shows an ad when any reader hover his mouse over these text. The best part of these In-text Ads is that they do not take any additional space in your blog and do not violate any AdSense policies.

There are several In-Text advertising networks for bloggers, however I am going to talk about the Top 3 In text advertising network that I have tried personally.

1. Infolinks

Infolinks are the best in-text advertising networks in the market. They offer high quality ads along with the option of blending ads according to your site's design and layout. They offer ads customization and almost accept all websites that have a little text in it.

Infolinks
They pay on impressions basis and each time any reader hover his mouse over these text and sees an ad, he will be paid.

Here's a detailed Infolinks ad network review. I have compiled a list of Infolinks high paying keywords that you may use to increase your earnings.

2. Kontera

Kontera is best suited for blogs that receive traffic from US, UK and Canada.

Kontera


3. Vibrant Media

Vibrant Media is another such In-text advertising network that has a good rates for publishers. The minimum payout is 50$.

Vibrant Media

Related posts:
How to get more traffic to your blog.

Last Words: In-text are a great way of earning some extra money from your blog. If you are already an AdSense publisher, or looking for an AdSense alternatives, you must give a try to these In-Text Advertising networks.

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Thursday, 2 January 2014

Where to put keywords on your blog.


Keyword placement is an important part of On page Search Engine Optimization. In this article, I assume that you have the list of phrases for which you want to rank higher and you are searching the place to put these keywords in your posts.

For a blogger, its difficult to decide where to put keywords on your blog and keyword placement is an important aspect that affects your rankings in search engines.

When you build up a keyword list, the next question is to where to put these keywords on your blog. I am not going into the details in this post, rather only mentioning the places which you can use to put up these phrases.

Once in your article's Titles. Titles are the most important place to put your keywords. Always stick to using your best phrase in your titles and creating an interesting and compelling title.

In your article's URL. Try to build up the URL according to the title you have chosen for your post. Using hyphen in between words is a better idea than using underscores since Google treats hyphen equivalent to a space.

The title, part of the URL which has been searched, and the keyword phrase in the content has been in bold in search engine results - showing the importance. 


In meta-description. Although Google do not use meta-description for rankings any more, still its valuable in increasing your click through rate in search results. Include a combination of your keywords in meta descriptions.

In header tags <h1>, <h2>, <h3>. You can always include your keyword phrase in header and sub header tags in your post body.

2-3 times per 100 words you write. 2-3% is the ideal keyword density. Including your phrase once for every 50 words is always promoted.

Once in bold, italics and underlined (separately). <strong> and <b> tags are treated equivalent, so you can chose either one. Put your best keyword phrase once in bold, italics, and underlined.

In images alt tags. You can put your keywords in the image alternate texts which is used by the spiders to know about the image and even rank it in Google image results.

In anchor text. Including your article's URL with your keywords as anchor text. However, preacution mmust be taken to not to link the article within the same article. Linking an article "A" in the itself may have negative effect in seo. You still can link your article in another article "B".


Final Words: These are the 8 best places to put your keywords on your blog. Did I miss something? How many of these do you consider while your keyword research and placement?

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