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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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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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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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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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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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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Top 7 ways to drive more traffic to your blog

Driving traffic to your blog is never easy. Most people find it frustrating to search readers and increase the volume of impressions and page views for the articles they write. This frustration is double folded when they discover that the earnings from blog is directly related to amount of traffic they receive.

Driving traffic to your blog
Driving traffic to your blog
Frankly speaking, driving traffic to your blog is not an instant process. You have to work step by step and it will take some time before you start noticing some traffic that may earn you some money too.

In this article, I am going to discuss some of the steps that may on larger time scale bring traffic to your blog.

More content. The more you update your blog, the more traffic you will get. Give your readers something new to read each time they visit your blog. Updating your blog once a day if you are in an initial stage of blogging is a great way of driving traffic to your blog.


Great titles. The title is the first thing that gets noticed. A great title has great impact in attracting readerships. Its the gate to the pool of content you are hosting on your blog. Writing great titles has no rules but as you will write and analyze your traffic, you will start discovering the pattern that drive more traffic to your articles.

Social Media Marketing. You may use social media sites like Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn and Twitter to drive more traffic to your blog. You may join groups and communities and increase your reach on these medias. Social Media provides a perfect platform to market your content in case you have no or little idea about search engine traffic and has content that is more viral in nature.

♦ Increase traffic to your blog -Social Media

Search Engine Optimization. Its the combination of On-Page and Off-Page optimization techniques that increase your visibility in search engines. Search Engine Optimization practices helps in ranking higher in search results and eventually driving more traffic to your blog.

♦ Increase traffic to your blog- Search Engine Optimization
 
♦ On page Search Engine Optimization Techniques

Make your content sharable. Let say someone liked your article and they don't know what to do next. A Facebook share button or a re-tweet option may give your article more exposure. Add options that facilitate sharing of your content on different social media. AddThis provides great sharing buttons for your blog.

Include graphical content. Including images in your articles improves your content quality and boost readerships. There are various sites that offer free image for your blog with the condition of attribution.

♦ How to optimize your images

Engage with your readers. At times, you will receive comments on your articles on your blog and on social media like Facebook and Google+. You may use this opportunity to build a relationship with your readers. Someone who have talked with you somewhere on any social media will remember you and will show more interest in your articles the next time you share something.

Final Words: These 7 ways to drive more traffic to your blog will take time and eventually setup your blog as a brand.

♦ Biggest content marketing challeges you will face.

Do I missed something? Waiting for your comments.

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Top 6 CPM advertising networks for year 2014

Are you planning to switch over to CPM advertising networks to make money for your blog? Is Pay-per-Click not performing well for you? Or do you want to earn some extra revenue along with AdSense?

CPM advertising network is all about impressions. You are paid each time an ad is served to your readers, there is no need of any clicks being generated on these ads. However, the traffic is the main demand for CPM advertising networks.

Here's a list of Top 6 CPM advertising networks that you may try out in the year 2014 to earn some extra revenue or even to switch from traditional Cost Per Click networks to Cost per Impressions.

1. Tribal Fusion


2. Casale Media



3. Lijit



4.Value Click Media


5. Advertising.com


6. Adtegrity


Notes: These are the best CPM advertising networks that you may give a try. I have tried value click media and lijit and I personally suggest Lijit if you have a good traffic from US, UK and Canada.
If you have high traffic, go for Casale media, Tribal Fusion and Advertising.com.

What you need to know about CPM advertising networks?

1. You need a lots of traffic. If you think you can earn with 300visitors/day, then perhaps CPM networks is not for you. Anything above 1k visitors / day is the starting point.

2. Most of the CPM ad networks have high site requirements. Building your site before applying is a necessity.

3. CPM ads gives you the benefits of earning each time your ads are shown to your visitors irrespective of whether any click is generated or not. So, you are earning each time someone visits your blog.

4. People are getting banner blind since majority of the blogs shows the same right sidebar ads, hence attracting less clicks. The click through rates are dropping continuously and hence CPM networks has emerged as the best alternatives.

Last words: I missed any cpm ad network? Are you using any other CPM Ad network other than these 6 CPM ad networks. Do tell us in the comment section.

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How to build your Email subscriber list and why.

Email marketing is a direct marketing service in which you use emails to market your contents, product or services or to engage with your audience. It can be used to distribute contents, market your blogs or promote sales through affiliate marketing.

Growing up an email list is one of the hardest thing in your blogging campaign and in this post, I am going to discuss the importance of building one such subscriber list and the steps that may help you.

Why you need to build an email list


The basic reason for developing an email list is the fact that it is direct-to-people service. Email will get delivered to the people who are in your subscriber list and will remain in their mail box unless deleted by them. To better understand - Compare the number of times you click on a link posted on a Facebook page you are following to that of a mail you have received. 

The second important reason is that your email list is highly targeted. People who subscribe to your blog must be (highly) interested in your content and hence gave you the permission to deliver your content directly to them.

How to build a successful email list


Redirect your readers to the sign up  page.
When a user reacts to your contents through either a comment or a contact form, you can always redirect them to a custom landing page asking them to register to your blog to receive all your contents.

Give something valuable for free.
You can always attract people to subscribe to your email list by offering them something free like an ebook, free promotion for their blog for a day to your readers, a backlink on your blog or any services like providing a free optimization solution to the subscriber.
You may even organize giveaways where participators need to subscribe to your email list before participation. 

Placing a banner on your blog.
A right sidebar 300x250 banner will do the job. You may go to pop-ups that asks exclusively to respond to the subscribing option. Various studies has proven that the chances of your readers subscribing to your blog is 3 times through a pop-up as compared to a banner placed anywhere on your blog. However, some people find these subscribing pop-ups a bit frustrating and you may lose some readers on your way. The trade off has to be made.
Make your sign-up form more obvious. People don't look for the sign-up form in blogs.  

Offer your readers valuable contents.
If your readers find something valuable and rich-quality content, they will subscribe to your blog to receive all of your contents in future. Offering high quality content is the best way you can attract your people to subscribe.

Convert your social subscribers to an email list.
You can convert your social media followers to subscribe to your email list by asking them exclusively. Chances are that people following you are already aware of your blog and are regular readers. These people will surely won't mind to receive the content they are looking for in their mail boxes. You can promote your sign-up form on social media platforms like Google+, Facebook, Twitter making a generous request to subscribe to your blog so that the content is delivered right into their mail box.

Getting an email marketing software.


There are various email marketing software available in the marketing with different pricing plans. 

Aweber

They are the best in the market. They have an effective, affordable email marketing service. The main features include over 600 ready-to-use templates that makes it easy to create professional looking emails. They have a great email delivery system and you can use autoresponder service to deliver a sequence of messages automatically. They have great signup forms too.

Aweber Email Marketing Service
Aweber Email Marketing Service
The best part is they have a service called RSS to email that turns your latest blog posts into an email newsletter and will send it to all the subscribers.

Pricing: $1 for the first month. $19 per month for following months for less than 500 subscribers. For more than 500 subscribers, these are the rates: 

501-2500 subscribers - $29.
2501-5000 subscribers - $49
5001-10,000 subscribers - $69
10,001-25000 subscribers - $149

MailChimp

With MailChimp, you can send targeted messages to your subscribers. You can pick a predesigned template or use the email designer to create beautiful, mobile friendly newsletters.

MailChimp is preferred by most of the small bloggers due to the fact that it offers a free service for less than 2000 subscribers. You can send at most 12,000 emails per month for free forever. 

MailChimp Email Marketing Service
MailChimp Email Marketing Service
For 0-500 subscribers with unlimited mails per month, you need to pay $10. The other pricing offer includes: 

501-1000 subscribers -  $15.
1001-1050 subscribers - $20

You can purchase email credits to send additional emails. For more details you can visit their pricing options on the website: http://mailchimp.com/pricing/growing-business/

Other services: There are many other email marketing services like GetResponse. You can select according to your preferences and your budget.

At Last: Building an email subscriber list is as important as building your traffic. Email subscribers are much more targeted and are of high quality than the followers you will have on any social media sites. Start working on building a subscriber list and engaging directly with your followers. 

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