Friday, 18 December 2015

How to Add Versatile Blogger Award Button/Badge to a Blogger Blog

Winning a Versatile Blogger Award might not be a big deal for some bloggers. But for others, it is something that provides an opportunity to thank fellow bloggers for their support and guidance. It not only provides you the opportunity to build quality backlinks but also helps in building better networks.

The WordPress bloggers might not find it difficult to add the Versatile Blogger Award button to their blog; however, blogger blog owners usually find it difficult to add the Versatile Blogger Award badge or button to their blog. If you have been nominated by someone for the Versatile Blogger Award, you can easily add the button or badge to your blog. 

While reading the VBA website, I found that several Blogger bloggers were finding it difficult to add the badge to their blog. Since I have added this button to my blog, I thought it would be a good idea to share it with others.

Here are the steps to add the Versatile Blogger badge to your blog.

  1. Open blogger blog dashboard and click on Layout
  2. In the layout window, click Add a Gadget
  3. In the Gadget window, click add third-party functionality under HTML/JavaScript
  4. Add the title in the title box and in the content section you will have to add HTML code
  5. To get the HTML code open versatile Blogger Award website in a new browser
  6. Click Blog Buttons and select the picture you want to display on your blog
  7. Click on the selected picture so that it displayed on your screen as you can see in the screenshot
  8. Right-click on the image and click inspect element
  9. Right click on the HTML class and Copy outer HTML as you can see in the screenshot 
  10. Now go to blogger dashboard and paste the code in the content section of HTML/JavaScript
  11. Save the arrangements and you are done. The image will be displayed on your blog.

If you wish to add the link to the VBA website you can copy paste the link as given in the adding the button section of the website to the Third-party functionality Link box in the blogger blog. However, the badge buttion may not work in dynamic templets. Therefore, if you real want to add the badge try using simple templets.

I am sure by now you would have successfully added the badge to your blog. If yes, please feel free to share your experience with us.

If you liked this article, please share it with others and make the blogosphere a better place to learn and share the knowledge. Keep learning, keep sharing!

Thursday, 17 December 2015

The Versatile Blogger Award - And The Nominees Are!

First of all, I would like to thank Robert Fuller of for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award. It’s an honor to be in the list of nominees. The award is a wonderful way to make the blogging world a better place to share, network and grow as a blogger.

More than anything else it is a great way to honor people who bring something special to your life. In fact, the nominees of the award are winners as well. However, nomination comes with some responsibilities as well. The responsibility of nominating people who inspire you as a blogger. The responsibility of letting others know a few things about you. The responsibility of supporting others in their blogging endeavors.

If you wish to know more about the award, please feel free to check out Versatile Blogger Award official website.

Here are a few things about me that I would like to share with you.

1.      I am a freelance writer and a passionate blogger who believes learning is a lifelong process and blogging is an excellent medium to share it with others.
2.      I love to share my expertise, knowledge and opinion with my followers
3.      I like reading books and blogs on a wide variety of topics and niches.
4.      I am open to experimentation and have done a variety of odd jobs
5.      I make every possible effort to share well researched and value added posts with my audience
6.      I love following bloggers who have been doing extremely well in their field of work
7.      And, like others, I feel good when my work is appreciated, shared and read by the audience

I hope I haven’t bored you with all the details. Now it’s time to include the list of bloggers I would like to nominate for the award. I would have definitely included Robert in this list, but he has already been nominated.

There are some bloggers in the list who have won several awards. And, there are some who might not need anyone’s recommendations to be nominated for this award. However, I have included them in the list as a mark of respect towards them, their valuable suggestions and consistent support.

1.      Neil Patel 
2.      Harsh Agarwal 
3.      Jeff Bullas 
4.      Syed Balkhi 
5.      Amy Lynn Andrews 
6.      Brent Jones
7.      Gary Edington 
8.      Rohan Chaubey 
9.      Heys Wolfenden 
10.   Sydney Aldine 
11.   Traci Lawrance @
12.   Leola Durant
13.   Naina Paris 
14.   Renard Moreau 
15.   Ahmed Imran 

The list includes bloggers who have already made a mark for themselves in the blogging world as well as bloggers who have been nurturing their talent. The list also includes the bloggers who are new in the business of blogging as well as the bloggers who have successfully built their brands. Overall, all of them are doing extremely well in their field of work.

Let’s make together the blogging world a better place to share knowledge, build networks, support one another and grow as a blogger.

Look forward to hearing from you all soon.

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Sunday, 13 December 2015

Blogging Advice for Beginners: You Should Not Blog If

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Should I start a blog or not? This is one of the questions that haunt all the blogging aspirants. If you are in two minds and looking for the answer to this question, you are in the right place.

A majority of the bloggers follow blogging with unrealistic expectations. After reading a couple of success stories, they begin to believe that this is their dream job. 

However, their dreams come to an end when they face the realities of blogging.  This article covers some blogging advice for beginner bloggers to help them make a rational decision.

Blogging is a hobby as well as a business. It all depends on your approach towards blogging. For some Blogging is a hobby that transforms into a business in the long run. For others, it may be a pure business. If you manage to earn from your blog it is a business otherwise a hobby. 

If your audience reads and likes your blog content, you can build a successful blog. An effectively monetized blog actually pays you years after year. Otherwise, you will have to share everything free of cost.

However, blogging is not a willing charity because consciously or subconsciously we wish to monetize our blog. We all expect a high return on investment from our blog directly or indirectly.

Blogging is neither a traditional job nor a leisure activity. It falls somewhere between the two. Blogging is not a regular job because a blog may not generate income for you every month. 

In fact, there are hundreds and thousands of bloggers who have been blogging for years without any financial return on their investment. It is not a leisure activity because you will have to work hard to get success in the business of blogging.

Should I start a blog: Blogging advice for beginners

You should not start a blog if you are not passionate about blogging 

A successful blog is the result of years of hard work and consistent efforts. If blogging is not your passion you will find it difficult to maintain a high level of motivation. 

Half-hearted efforts cannot generate desired results. Before you start blogging it is important that you should identify your niche that you are passionate about. You will never give up blogging if you are sharing your true passion through your blog.

You should not blog if you do not enjoy blogging

Blogging is a hobby that you enjoy sharing with other. If you know your true passion, you will enjoy doing it.  Do not blog just for the sake of money.

First identify your true passion. Always make sure you write about things that you enjoy doing most. It could be gardening, photography, blogging tips, freelancing, travelling or technology etc. A majority of the bloggers fail because they write about things they know little about.

You should not blog if you are impatient: 

Patience is the key to success in the business of blogging. Impatience leads to frustration which in turn impacts your productivity and blog performance. 

Always remember, a blog generates results in the long run. A large number of bloggers give up blogging because they do not see any positive change even after years of blogging. Change your niche if you are not getting results but never give up. Have patience.

You should not start a blog if you have unrealistic expectations

Don’t expect that blogging will make you rich within a couple of years. Blogging is not a get rich quick scheme. Don’t expect that people will start reading your blog as soon as you hit publish button. Don’t expect that people will start following you because you are a blogger. Don’t ever take your audience for granted. 

You will have to identify your audience. You will have to follow your audience. You will have to build a brand that your audience can trust.

You should not blog if you are not determined: 

If you want the answer to the question "should I start a blog or not?", be honest with yourself and ask yourself are you ready to take up a challenge where success is not guaranteed. 

Success may come to you in a year or it may elude you for several years. Are you up to this challenge? If yes, blogging is for you. Have the courage to speak out your mind and share your passion with your targeted audience.

Blogging is all about sharing your experience, knowledge and expertise with your audience. Blogging is a passion that you share with your audience. Blogging is a hobby that you should follow responsibly. A hobby that gives you a high return on investment in the long run. 

If you liked this article, please share it with others and help them make a rational decision. What would your advice people looking for the answer to the question "should I start a blog or not? Do you have any blogging advice for beginner bloggers? If yes, please share your suggestions in the comment box.

Friday, 11 December 2015

Four Things That Will Make You a Successful Blogger

Courtsey Aleksander Markin 

As a human being, we all want to get success in our field of work. And as a blogger, we all want to know how to be a successful blogger. 

Success plays an important role in making our life more fulfilling and happy. Blogging is relatively a new field as compared to traditional jobs. Unlike several traditional works, blogging is rapidly evolving. 

Bloggers often find it difficult to determine a right course of action to achieve success. As a blogger, you might have several questions related to getting success in the business of blogging.

Sometimes you might find blogging not only frustrating but also wastage of time. But at the same time, blogging makes you believe that it is something that can help you earn a name, make money online, and gain knowledge and recognition.

How to become a successful blogger

One of the questions that haunt all of us as a blogger is how to become a successful blogger. The web is full of suggestions and pieces of blogging advice that make you think whether you are heading in the right direction or not. If you ask successful bloggers about the secret of their success all of them will come up with great bits of blogging advice.

However, they will suggest you different things. Some of the bloggers consider content the most important factor in getting success in the business of blogging. On the contrary, others may advise you to focus on marketing rather than content. Some will suggest you to spend more time creating content while others will suggest you to spend more time reading. Some put emphasis on networking while others put emphasis on quality content.
So as a blogger you might find it difficult what is best for you. It is tempting enough to follow all the blogging suggestions at the same time. However, you will need a plan of action to take into consideration all the pieces of advice so that you can create an effective strategy to become a successful blogger.

Recently I read a post in of Anh Nguyen in which more than 100 successful bloggers offered their suggestions. I would definitely recommend you to read and follow those pieces of advice. All of those bits of advice are from bloggers who have achieved success in their field of work. In the majority of my previous articles, I had discussed many of those suggestions.

How to make a successful blog

If you want to know how to be a successful blogger, you should how to make a successful blog. The main purpose of writing this article is to create a summary of what I have already written and several other things that came to my mind while going through the bits of blogging advice from leading bloggers.  The blogging suggestions of the successful bloggers boil down to four things. Here they are:

1.      Content
2.      Marketing
3.      Routine
4.      Motivation

1.      CONTENT

If you want to be a successful blogger, you must know how to create quality content. There are five things that can help you create better content. Here they are:

                           I.          Content information
                         II.          Content Structure
                        III.        Content Readability
                        IV.        Content customization
                         V.          Content optimization

I. Content Information 

The most important thing that you will need to make a successful blog is content. Without content, you cannot expect to get success in this field. How to create great content is no longer a mystery. 

If you follow these suggestions, you can create great content, too:

    •        I.          Read: the more you read, the skilled you become at writing great content. Reading whatever comes across you may not help you much. However, if you read what strikes you most can significantly help you to create great content. You must follow at least 5 to 10 leading bloggers and read their blog whenever you get time. Reading the blogs of successful bloggers will not only help you get great ideas but also help you improve your writing skills.

    •      II.          Research: the more you research a topic, the more ideas you will come up with. By researching a topic thoroughly, you will know what information you audience might be interested in. Read  research papers and follow the latest research conducting in your niche. It will help you share most relevant and updated information with your audience.

    •     III.          Write: make sure you write at least 500 words every day. It will help you improve your writing skills. It does not matter whether you use that content for your blog or not. At least, it will help you improve you writing skills.

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II. Content Structure

The structure of your content must be user-friendly. Don’t think that readers are going to read your content from beginning to end. There is a lot of information already available on the web. A majority of the readers scan the article rather than actually reading it. 

Therefore, you must provide the convenience of reading to your targeted audiences so that they can read what strikes them most. List articles are increasingly gaining popularity as it provides readers the convenience of scanning the article. 

III. Readability

This is something that makes your article readable. There are several things you can do to improve the readability of your article. If you want to know more about content readability and structure, you can read three ingredients of an article that audience loves.

IV. Content Customization 

Personalize your content according to the needs of your targeted audience. Tailored made content plays an important role in addressing the real problems and difficulties of the targeted audience. Why would people read your article? They will read your content if it helps them overcome their problems. It is as simple as that. 

V. Content Optimization

Once you have created a great content, you will be required to optimize it for search engines.  Content optimization involves several things. If you want to know more about content optimization, you might like to read how to rank higher in the search engine results.


                           I.          Know your audience: before you begin to market your blog it is important that you should know your audience. It will not only help you create content complying with their needs but also help in marketing your content successfully.

                         II.          Build network: Networking is the key to success in marketing your content. In fact, networking is as important as creating great content. Establishing a better relationship with your fellow bloggers, sharing their content, blog posting and following other bloggers are some of the treat methods of building a network. Build email list to understand the problems of your audience and promote your products. Your network will take a lot farther than your blog itself.

                        III.          Promote your content: once you have built a strong network, you will find it even easier to promote your content on various social media platforms. Focus on one platform at a time rather than sharing your content all across the web.

                       IV.          Sell you products or services: If you follow the above steps, you will find it a lot easier to convert your blog into a source of income. Don’t force your products or services to your audience. Understand their needs and sell what they need the most.

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3.    ROUTINE 

A routine is all about developing good blogging habits. Habits that can help you achieve your 
goals. Without discipline, you cannot expect to become a successful blogger. Lack 
of schedule will result in delays that lead to frustration. Therefore, it is important to create 
plan and schedule your blogging activities accordingly. 

Here are some things you can do to create your blogging routine.

                           I.          Plan your blogging activities: first thing first. By planning your blogging activities, you can create a plan of action to achieve your short term goals. If you achieve your short term goals in time, you will not find it difficult to achieve your long term goals. 

                        Planning mainly consists of creating a plan of action. It involves scheduling blog post publication, the people you are going to follow, what you will read, and identify your target audience. Without a concrete plan, you will never know how far you are from success. 

                         II.          Keep reading: a majority of the successful bloggers spends more time reading than actually writing the content for their blog. Reading not only helps you acquire knowledge but also helps you create better content. There is no harm in writing on topics that are already available on the web. However, your content must add some value to the already available content.

                        III.          Keep writing: if you share your content in writing, you must make it a habit of writing more often. You don’t have to be a professional writer to share your ideas and viewpoints. The objective of blogging is to share your ideas, experience and opinion with the audience rather than impressing them with flawless professional writing. However, clear, crisp and straightforward writing can help you put across your ideas more effectively.

                        IV.          Keep learning: learning is a never ending process. We learn throughout our life. The field of blogging is rapidly evolving. To keep pace with the latest development, it is important that you should keep learning new things in your niche. The audience needs new, fresh and updated information. The only way to keep pace with the changing needs of the audience is to keep learning.

                         V.          Be consistent: consistency is one of the most important factors in becoming a successful blogger. Be consistent in your efforts, writing, content posting and promoting your blog content. Maintain a high level of motivation and never give up.


                           I.          Have patience: slow and steady wins the race. Do you think it is true in today’s rapidly changing blogging filed? Yes, it is true to a great extent. Don’t think that blogging can give you overnight success. Blogging is not a lottery ticket. You will have to put your best foot forward. Patience is the key to success in the field of blogging.

                         II.          Have realistic expectations: don’t expect you will earn thousands of dollars within a few months of blogging. Realistic expectations will help you enjoy your work. Unrealistic expectations will kill the joy of blogging.

                        III.          Learn from your mistakes: we all make mistakes in our personal as well as professional lives. Making mistake is an integral part of learning. However, it is important that your must learn from your blogging mistakes. What works for others may not work for you. Learn from your own mistakes and create your own plan of success.

                       IV.          Focus on your goals: what is your objective of blogging? Always keep your blogging aims in your mind and work towards your goals.

                         V.          Be Honest: be honest with yourself and your audience. Honesty is the best policy in the business of blogging. Create, promote and sell products or services that you truly believe in. Share the knowledge that you think can help your audience overcome their problems. Have empathy and think the way your audience thinks.

                        VI.          Have Courage: be courageous enough to speak you mind. A majority of bloggers fail to get success in the blogging business because they think they are not good enough to share their ideas with their audience. Have the courage to share your failures. Have the courage to share your hidden apprehensions.

                      VII.          Be yourself: don’t try to be someone else. Be yourself and write about things that you have experienced and learned rather than following someone else path. Create a path for yourself and follow it full heartedly.

                    VIII.          Follow your dreams: shoot for the sky even if you fail you will land among the stars. Don’t be afraid to dream big. Follow your dreams with full determination.

                        IX.          Treat blogging a source of refreshment rather than a boring job: don’t consider blogging a full-time job. Treat it a way of escaping from boring jobs.

                          X.          Don’t give up: last but not the least never give up. If you think you are not getting desired results, make changes in your strategy. Blogging is like wine, it gets better in the course of time. If your blog has great ingredients it will emerge as a winner sooner or later.


To become a successful blogger, you should know how to make a successful blog. What works for others may not work for you. You must know your own strengths and weaknesses. Capitalize on your strengths and overcome your weakness.

Leverage on the presented opportunities and avoid threats. Don’t let your blogging weaknesses act as a barrier to your blogging success. Be consistent in your efforts and follow your dreams. Create a path for yourself that can help you make a successful blog, and last but not the least overcome the fears that haunt you as a blogger.

Is there anything else you would like to suggest bloggers to become a successful blogger, please feel free to share with us. If you liked this article, please share it with others and post your comments in the comment box. Your suggestions and opinions will add  value to this post.  

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Wednesday, 9 December 2015

How to Rank Higher in Search Engine Results

As a blogger, we all want to see our posts rank higher in the Google search results. However, only a few bloggers manage to optimize their blog posts for search engines. If you are also finding it difficult to improve search engine ranking of your blog post, you must read this article. I am sure this article will help you to optimize your blog pages to rank higher in the search results.

There are several factors that influence the ranking of your blog post in the research results.  To show up higher in the search engines results it is important that you must take into consideration the following factors.

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How my blog posts rank higher in Google search results

Tips for ranking higher in search engine results

1.      Content

 You would have read the term ‘content is king’ several times over the internet. There is no doubt in the business of blogging content is the real king.  Quality content not only helps you engage your audience but also helps you gain better page ranking in the search results.

However, your content must be unique and useful to achieve high page ranking. To know how to create unique and useful content you can read my article how to create unique and useful blog content.

Search engines index content on the basis of the search terms that the users want to find on the web. The Keywords, Meta tags, and Meta descriptions all play an important role in increasing ranking of your post in the  search results. However, search engines prefer unique content over the other things because they keep on looking for the most relevant information. And, if the information is already available on other websites or blogs the search engines will keep older posts higher in the ranking.

By creating unique content, you can increase chances of getting a higher position in the search results. If you want to optimize your content for the search engines, you should also take into consideration several other factors related to content optimization. 
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1.1   Age of blog content: Content is like wine it gets better with age. The older is your post, the higher it will show up in the search results. Why? Older post rank higher in the research results because over the course of time the pageviews of your post increases. Moreover, it gets reshared on social media sites resulting in more page views and likes by the readers. Such activities help search engines determine the quality of your blog content.

However, more likes may not directly result in higher page ranking but it definitely influences the ranking of your post indirectly. How? The number of likes shows that people are spending more time on your post which in turn increases the average time your audience spends on your blog. Since the amount of time, your audience spends in reading your blog positively influence your blog ranking. Hence, the page ranking improves with time.

So the age of your post is one of the most critical factors in improving the ranking of your post in the search results. However, it is also important that you should update your old blog content from time to time for better search engine ranking.

1.2   Updated content: Older post alone would not help you much to rank higher in the research results. At the same time, it is important that you should also update your content on regular basis. Like human beings search engines love updated contents.

Therefore, always make sure to update your content from time to time. It will help you in two ways. First, your readers will not have to search for additional information in other places resulting in an increase in average amount of time your audience spends on your blog. Second, search engines will always keep your content higher in the search results.

1.3   Unique headlines will help you distinguish your post from already available headlines on a given topic. For example, when you search something on the web, you will get several results with the same title. However, if your title is unique your chances of showing up higher in the search results increases many folds.

If your title is not unique you can still make it unique by adding adjective with it. An adjective can do wonder to make your blog post unique. For example, if you want to write an article about blog content you can add adjective with it such as unique, useful, amazing or user-friendly.

A unique title could be something like this: How to create blog content people actually read. Furthermore, you can optimize this headline for keywords that you want to add to your article. Such tips and tricks will make your post title attractive and users are most likely to click them to read the content.

1.4   Readability: ease of reading an article not only helps readers understand your blog content easily but also helps in improving the ranking of your post. The SEO tools like Yoast also considers readability one of the factors for better page ranking in Google search results. There are several factors that influence the readability of your content such as short sentences, easy words, white spaces, structure etc.

If you want to improve the readability of your article you can check out my article 3 ingredients of an article that audience loves. Moreover, apps like Hummingbird can help you measure the readability of your blog content. You can rewrite your sentences to make them reader-friendly.

1.5   Post length is another critical factor in ranking a post higher in the search results. A couple of years ago this was not one of the criteria for the ranking. However, the recent research studies show the science behind the relationship between long post and page ranking.

One of the most important factors that help a post rank higher in the search results is the keywords that come with it. Longer a blog post, higher will be its chances of ranking high in the search results. Furthermore, comments increase the content of the blog which in turn helps search engines index your post for long tail keywords. Long tail keywords are the words that help search engines to index a wide variety of keywords that the users use to search on the web.

Long posts can help you land on the first page of the organic search engine results. You stand a better chance of getting more organic traffic if you can rank your post among the top three organic search results. According to Hubspot (Search Engine Optimization Stats), the Business2Community trends show that 60% of the people click on the first three organic search results.

2.      Search engine optimization (SEO) 

      How to optimize a blog post for the search engines is a question that haunts us all as a blogger. Optimization of a blog post is critical for ranking a post higher in the search results. The term SEO is very vast in its meaning and includes a large number of activities such as on-page optimization and off-page optimization
    The first step that you need to do to optimize your post is to add relevant keywords. It is also important that you should be familiar with different types of keywords. I am sure most of you would be familiar with the term keyword. Keywords are of three types short tail, medium tail and long tail, for example:

                           I.          Keyword (short tail): search engine
                         II.          Keywords (medium tail): search engine ranking
                        III.          Keyword phrases (Longtail): higher search engine ranking optimization

Normally keywords consist of 3 to 5 words. However, long tail keywords are increasingly gaining popularity and a large number of long tail keywords significantly improve your chances of appearing higher in the search results.

There are several online tools that you can use to identify the keywords people use to search things on the web. Some of the best free tools that you can use to identify relevant keywords are Google Adword Keyword Planner, SEMrush, and Keywordspy.

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While searching for relevant keywords, it is important that you should know what your targeted audience is looking for and what keywords they are likely to use to search information on the internet. 

For example, if a person is looking for how to improve the ranking of a post in the search results, he or she is most likely to type “how to improve search engine ranking” or “how to get higher search engine ranking” or “how to appear higher in Google search engine ranking.”

Other may use different keywords to search the same information. For example, search engine ranking optimization or better search engine ranking. So users use different keywords to search same information over the internet.  A slight variation in the wording of the search phrases can significantly change the search results.The keywords analysis tools help you identify the most relevant keywords or keyword phrases people use to search information on the search engines.

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 However, you must keep in mind that the keyword, keywords or keyword phrases must come naturally in your article rather than artificially stuffing your article with a large number of keywords. When keywords come naturally in an article it shows that your article is related to the keyword that you have used to optimized your post.

On the other hand, when you use keywords in the article intentionally or irrationally sooner or later search engines identify that the keywords have been used intentionally in the post. Consequently, your post does not rank higher in the search results.

How search engines do it is still a mystery. However, logic says that when your keywords do not match with your content users are most likely to stop clicking on your post or they will not spend more time reading your post. Consequently, it will impact social sharing; social media likes and page views which in turn impact the ranking of your post in the research results.

Apart from adding relevant keywords, you need to optimize the images as well in you post to gain higher ranking in the search engine results. You must name your image appropriately and use alt keys to make your images, graphs and charts search engine friendly.

Meta description that you write for your post must be unique. You must never make the mistake of using content from your post for Meta description. Meta description must be a short summary of your post so that search engines can rank your post in line with the information it contains. Meta descriptions help search engines to understand the content of the post.

Meta tags, permalinks, search descriptions, robots txt, and robot tags are other important components that make your post search engine friendly. Moreover, your blog templates and layout must be user-friendly and easy to load so that user can navigate your site easily.

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3.      Building backlinks 

     It is one of the most difficult parts of search engine optimization. Search engines rank post higher in the research results if your post has several quality backlinks. Search engines use backlinks to determine the quality of your post which in turn improves search engine ranking.

 Therefore, it is extremely important that you should create a large number of backlinks. Now you might ask how to create quality backlinks. One of the most effective methods of creating quality back links is guest posting. If you can post your article on high ranking blogs or website it will help you get some quality links to your blog. However, it is not that simple. It will require you to create several quality posts so that websites, where you intend to post your articles, can accept your post.

 As a beginner blogger, it might not be possible for you to get your posts accepted by the leading bloggers. Most of the times better connection and ability to write unique and useful post significantly help in getting success in guest posting. 

However, as a beginner blogger, if you are increasingly finding it difficult to get your post being accepted by leading website, you can make use of several other ways to build backlinks.

Social media sites are the best places to get backlinks for your blog. You can create your profile on these sites and link back to your blog. Moreover, you can create a page, communities or group on these sites to get more back links.  Some of the best sites that you can use to get quality back links for your blog include Google, LinkedIn, Reddit, Stumbleupon, Youtube. All of these sites provide you do follow links that you can link back to your blog.

In fact, all the social media sites help you directly or indirectly rank higher in the search results. Therefore, rather than identifying do follow or no follow social media sites you should better focus on increasing your presence across the web. Moreover, if you work as a freelancer in any of the leading freelance websites, do not forget to add you blog address in your profile. It will not only enhance the value of your portfolio but also help in getting more traffic.

There are several other websites and discussion boards where you can get backlinks but always ensure how effective it would be for you. Moreover, there are several other methods to create quality back links, important among them include: commenting on do follow blogs, starting threads on leading forums and linking back to your posts, participating in leading discussion boards and linking back to your blog post.

Posting your link in directories is no longer as effective as used to be a couple of years ago. However, after the Google Penguin update in 2012, only links in the reputed directories can help you achieve higher rank in search results. 

Similarly, internal links also play an important role in ranking a post high in the search results. When you interlink your posts within your blog, it helps search engine to identify the content of your blog. Internal linking is a search engine friendly practice which in turn improves the ranking of your blog post in search results.


As we all know that people use various types of search engines such as Google, Yahoo, Bing to search thing on the web. The search engines show almost same results with a slight variation. The difference will be mostly in terms of ranking of the sites rather than the results itself. Search engines rank some sites higher than the others.

Why does a post rank higher for certain keyword searches whereas it does not rank higher for others might be a mystery to most of us? However, it is true that as your post gets older it shows up higher in different types of search results resulting in more generic traffic.

Google provides all the posts equal opportunity to show up higher in the search results depending on how they perform on other social media platforms. However, even if your post is extremely good it may still fail to show up high in all the research results. It would be unrealistic on your part to expect such a thing. The ranking of your blog post changes over the course of time. If you find that your post is ranking lower over the course of time, it means you need to update your post for better search engine ranking.

You cannot expect to show up high in the research results for each and every search terms or keywords. However, you can significantly improve the chances of showing up high in the research results by incorporating the above guidelines in your SEO strategy. It is easier to rank higher in the search keywords where competition in low while it is extremely difficult to do so in highly competitive keywords searches. 

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