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December 2008: Monthly Post Recap

Blogger's Social (Media) Services: You Can't Miss These!

[CW faces its first new year. Happy and Prosperous New Year to All Readers and Fans!!!]

Today, let's see some of the indispensable social services, in which every blogger that wants to be successful must have profile. If you haven't signed up on these places yet, go ahead and do it without fail.

1. Facebook

Facebook is the second largest social network in the world, with more than a hundred million users, most of who are from the US. Though MySpace is the largest social network, Facebook is so popular and so well-formed that you will make better, more useful connections through it. Connect with me in Facebook.

No other social network really makes a big difference than Facebook. However, Google's Orkut is more preferable if your business concentrates in Brazil or India.

2. Twitter

Twitter is the in thing and there is no shadow of doubt about it. Many professional bloggers and company officials have their own twitter profiles, and hence it is a great way to connect with all of…

One of the Best Blog Coaching Programs That Helps You Make Big Money From Your Blog!

Here is a review of a blogging coaching program that has been making waves in the Internet. Blogging to the Bank Version 3.0 (link opens in new window) is a blog coaching program by Rob Benwell. Rob Benwell is a professional blogger that earns six-figure income from his network of blogs every month. And this program is all about creating, managing, and monetizing multiple blogs in the right way.

Another important aspect of Blogging to the Bank is that this is not the result of years of dedicated blogging, but only a few months when it was launched first in 2006, which makes it the quick and timely guide for a wannabe blogger. Rob worked and created this impressive program, when he had just started this blogging and was still earning a small fortune from it. After its success, version 2 came in 2007, and now, in the version 3.0 of this program there is a lot more of inside information for you to explore.

Success of Blog Through Search Engine Traffic

In fact, this program has been in exi…

Watching Television Through Internet (iTV) at Lowest Costs: A Review of Some iTV Providers

Did you know that you could watch television programs through your computer, with an Internet connection? Yes, with a subscription, at an upfront payment and no recurring payments at all, you can get as many as 3000 TV channels and movies in HDTV/DVD quality to your computer. There are only advantages for the Internet TV (iTV) over the traditional television. Here, we have four of the best iTV providers in the market.

Here are some of the advantages:

First of all, you can choose the programs you want to watch and leave the rest. In the normal television, you have to switch channels for this, while in iTV, you have access to a particular episode of a program any time you want it. For instance, if you missed an episode of 'Grey's Anatomy', by a subscription to iTV, you can watch it any time anywhere. You don't need to install any extra hardware, such as the TV tuner card as required by the normal analog television.

Another major advantage is that no matter where you are l…

How Professional Bloggers Make Their 'Enormous' Amounts of Money?

[An Article by Laurel Shah]

Professional bloggers earn money by the great benefit of traffic. They have either done proper keyword research and optimization on their websites to get enormous traffic, or have purchased it through such programs as Google Adwords. Traffic translates down to payments.

Here are the various ways in which Professional bloggers earn online.

1. They promote affiliate products from such sites as ClickBank, PayDotCom, Commission Junction (CJ), Pepperjam Network, etc. These product sales earn about 75 per cent of commissions. They also promote books and other items from Amazon.

2. They create their own digital products and market them through ClickBank, PayDotCom, etc. These products can be anything, such as ebooks, video series, software, etc. But you will get sales only if you offer something really worthy for the money.

3. They run ads on ad networks like Google Adsense, Chitika, WidgetBucks, LinkWorth, etc.

4. Some professional bloggers earn by freelancing an…

Some of the Longest Words in English Language

Here is a list of some terribly long words in English language that have existed at some point of time in history.

Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis (45 letters): Name of a lung disease. It is supposed to be a disease that is caused by the inhalation of fine silica dust.

Osseocarnisanguineoviscericartilaginonervomedullary (51) and Osteosarchaematosplanchnochondroneuromuelous (44): Thomas Love Peacock invented both these words through his satirical novel Headlong Hall. The words mean 'related to human features like bone, flesh, organs, etc.'

Praetertranssubstantiationalistically (37): A word first used by Mark McShane.

Aequeosalinocalcalinoceraceoaluminosocupreovitriolic (52): First used by Dr Edward Strother.

Floccinaucinihilipilification (29): Describing something as 'worthless'.

Pseudopseudohypoparathyroidism (30): A gene mutation disease.

Antidisestablishmentarianism (28): A political situation in Britain in the late 19th century.

Honorificabilitudinitatibus (27… Allows You to Earn Money From Your Parked Domains

If you are thinking about moving into online business, you must have a website hosted in a professional service. But you need to be really quick in domain registration. Since thousands and thousands of domains are registered daily, it may be a matter of days before you lose your domain name.

If you need some time for you to build your web service and host it in the domain of your choice, don't delay your domain registration, instead you should register and park the domain. We will see more about this.

Why Domain Parking?

Domain parking is the practice of simply registering the domain and keeping it until you have your web service built and designed for full operation, as opposed to hosting. A temporary way for keeping a domain.

Normal parking services don't offer you much benefit. They just put up an 'under construction' banner and keep the websites live, until you actually host your service to the domain. Also, you are not supposed to promote the domain by link buildin…

Do You Honestly Read Your Twitter Mentors? Twitter Followers Talk

Yesterday we had a discussion with our Twitter followers. Here is the question:

Do you take time to read the tweets of the people you follow? Do you un-follow someone if they tweet mostly personal info and affiliate links?

Let's see what the followers have in mind (I have eliminated those who haven't posted a clear opinion and edited some of them):

@RawrStar: I follow very few people, so I can read every tweet. I think it's ignorant not to read them all.

@ErinNorton: Yep I read tweets. I think a good mix of personal, self promo, and random links is the best. What do you think of personal & links? [My answer: I stick with lower than 10 per cent of self-promo (affiliate) and almost nil personal info.]

@Campingblogger: Heck yeah, Twitter is like the fruit salad of the Internet.

@Dianatimmons: I read all my follower's tweets. I scan first. I like a balance of subjects, dislike tweets that have TMI (author means Too Much Information) about family stuff.

@Sassyword: I do rea…

Stop Indexing Your Comment Permalinks in Blogger: An Update

Dear friends, recently, we had a post regarding stopping duplicate content on Blogger. In that post, we dealt with removing the DoFollow attribute in the recent comments widget. Here is an update to it.

Even after adding NoFollow attribute, I found that comment permalinks get indexed in Google. The culprit is the comment date and time link at the bottom of every comment, which is DoFollow. Here is what you need to do to add NoFollow to this too.

Go to Blogger Layouts->Edit HTML->Check Expand widget templatesLook for the code similar to:
<a expr:href='"#comment-" +' title='comment permalink'><data:comment.timestamp/></a>[The data:comment.timestamp adds time details we see in the comment]. If you don't use the customized template, you may just search for data:comment.timestamp and you will find a code similar to this.Add rel="nofollow to the anchor tag. Here is the result:
<a expr:href='"#comment-" …

Is Wikipedia an Authentic Source of Information? Twitter Followers Talk

Do you know that Wikipedia can be edited by anyone from anywhere in the world, even without a registered user account? In this context, there has always been disputes as to the authenticity of the content.

Yesterday, Ms Laurel Shah and I (@vjlenin) posted our Twitter followers a query:

Do you believe Wikipedia is an authentic source of information?

The @replies have been quick and enlightening. They are posted here. Make sure you follow interesting Twitter accounts here.

@Ncub8: I believe that as a whole, Wikipedia is fairly accurate by virtue of massive crowdsourcing. It shouldn't be used academically.

@LizS4ra: oh heavens no, it's editable by any loon.

@RawrStar: It's not considered a viable source of information in exams, and it's often inaccurate. I'd say no.

@Adenhepburn: Tough Q, I've changed my answer 5 times in my head already so I'll throw something crazy out there with NO thinking to justify!

@Ulumarketing: It really depends. If it is for work - absolut…

Tiered Outsourcing in the Online Freelancing Scenario: Research Your Employers Before Starting Your Work

The scenario is like this: an amateur advertises online for various freelancing jobs, such as content writing, web design, SEO, link building, programming, and more. A company that offers such services to its clients may approach this amateur and engage him to do the work on their behalf. They charge the client a professional sum, such as 30 or 40 dollars per hour of work and route some 5 or 10 dollars per hour to the amateur (sometimes this is even worse, like 1 or 2 dollars). The middleman benefits and both the client and amateur are cheated.

This sort of business is in operation for some years now in full swing. Read this post to know how you can avoid these people.

This scenario is more than severe in the Indian Web marketplace, which offers many quality freelancers who lack only that extra experience. Some US Web services companies know this fact. They simply engage them do the work and verify it, then present the report to their client and charge them. This process is known as d…

What Is the Meaning of the Word 'Ghajini'? Story and Trivia of Aamir Khan's New Film [Special]

[Special Entry]

Aamir Khan's latest film is titled a little weirdly for the taste of Hindi filmgoers. 'Ghajini': They have never heard of such a name, and such a word never existed in Hindi or in any other Indian language.

The name Ghajini is the name of the villain of the film. In Tamil version, the name of the villain was Laxman.

As a Tamil moviegoer, I have already watched Ghajini and know the story in full.

So, What Does the Title Mean?

In Tamil, the title of the film is inspired by the story of Mahmud of Ghazni, an ancient invader of India. This person was so persistent in invading India that he continued trying after several failures. In the film too, the protagonist is such persistent in finding out and killing the villain of the film, who had killed his girlfriend, Kalpana (played by Asin). Aamir's Character (named Sanjay Ramaswamy in Tamil), is a short-term amnesiac, who cannot remember anything more than fifteen minutes.

You may ask then how the Ghazni became…

Twitter Tricks! How to Do Various Things With Twitter?

In this post, we will explore various Twitter services out there that will help you achieve various things with this handy social tool. Be sure to follow me @vjlenin.

1. Know When Others Talk About You

With TweetBeep, you can set up Twitter alerts. These alerts can be about anything, such as your name, user ID, website URL, etc. Whenever anyone from anywhere tweets about this, you will get an email. Cool way for ego-tweeting.

2. Auto-posting on Twitter

Just sign up on TwitterFeed. It allows you to automate tweeting with any RSS/Aton feed. Just input your blog feed, and whenever it updates, a tweet will be made in your profile. In the same way, you can give your followers good content, by feeding some interesting important blogs or niche/news sites.

3. Know Whom to Follow on Twitter

Just follow MrTweet. This is a Twitterbot that will tell you some users you will be interested in following. The data is collected from your tweets and the people you are following.

4. Know When Someone Stops F…

How to Use Google Adwords Keyword Tool More Effectively?

You may well know about Google Adwords Keyword tool. It's one of the most effective keyword research tools out there, and it comes completely free. The tool shows the number of searches done on Google in the past month and approximate average number of searches for each suggested keyword. Let's see how you may be using it now, and how you can innovate with it.

Normal Use

1. Go to the tool
2. Input the keyword/keywords you want to rank well for in the text area.
3. Check the 'Use synonyms' checkbox.
4. And off you go. You will get a list of keywords with search volume details. If you don't check 'Use synonyms', you will get a list with fewer keywords. In the 'Additional keywords to consider' list, you will find even more related keywords.

Better Ways to Explore This Tool

1. Website/Content Analysis

If you are doing casual keyword research, you may not truly understand the full power of this tool. You may use it in the above-said way. Still, your ultimat…

The Final Problem: A Sherlock Holmes Story

Here is an important Sherlock Holmes Story from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, "The Final Problem" that appeared in The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, a short story work. It assumes great importance in the progress of Sherlock Holmes as the foremost fictional detective due to a surprise at the end at the Reichenbach Falls (geographically located in Meiringen, Switzerland). We already published here another important story that assumes as much importance as this one from The Return of Sherlock Holmes, read "The Adventure of the Empty House".

Today, go ahead and read this wonderful story...

The Final Problem
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

It is with a heavy heart that I take up my pen to write these the last words in which I shall ever record the singular gifts by which my friend Mr. Sherlock Holmes was distinguished. In an incoherent and, as I deeply feel, an entirely inadequate fashion, I have endeavored to give some account of my strange experiences in his company from the chance…