Monthly Archives: June 2012

What Would You Guys Like to See Me Post About?

So, I’ve posted about how to install WordPress themes and plug-ins, the best plug-ins and themes in the business, along with fancy ways to get money online. Now begs the question.

Is there anything else you guys want to learn how to do? I’m open to teaching you guys how to do it, just leave a comment in the comments section below, and I’ll answer it promptly.

Stage 2, Part 3: How to Install a Plug-in

I guess I’ve been through what I thought were the best plug-ins around, I think it’s about time I explained how to install those plug-ins.

There are a few ways to go about is, so I’ll just be going through the main ones here.

Search for It

Perhaps the simplest way to install a plug-in on your self hosted WordPress powered blog (please note that these tips only apply to your self hosted WordPress blog). What you’ve gotta do is find ‘Plugins’ on the left sidebar, scroll over it, and then click on ‘add new’.

From there, you just have to search up the plugin that you want to install, and then with a click on the button ‘Install Now’, you’ve just installed a plug-in for your WordPress powered blog. Please do note that you should activate it and check the settings upon installation.

Zip File Method

The second method is quite simply seeing you get the file for the plugin, whether it be in zip file or non zip file (normally it comes in a zip file). And if it isn’t, you’ve quite simply gotta zip the plugin folder up. For Macs, you can just install ‘iZip’, an application to zip files up. For Windows/other system users, it should be fairly straightforward. L

Lastly you’ve gotta on your dashboard, go into the ‘Plugins’ section and click ‘add new’ once again. Then they will give you an option to upload. Click on that and then upload your zip file. Simple, straightforward.

Hoped that you guys found this helpful. ๐Ÿ™‚

Google AdWords vs Advertising on Facebook

So, you want to advertise your product/service/website on the internet, so which way would be the way to go? I will try and help you come to a decision.

What I’d like to make clear here is that I personally don’t have a stance on which one is the better advertising network – both are fantastic and have their own pros and cons – I’m only here to provide you insight on the two, to help you guys decide who to advertise with.

Google AdWords

The Pros:

  • Targeting

Especially for businesses that are run locally, Google AdWords can be really powerful, because they place their advertisements based on where you are in the world, and this can be really powerful for local businesses or websites that are aiming a particular demographic.

Furthermore, let’s say you run a Bak Kut Teh shop. A person would be able to quite simply search up the words “Where to Eat Bak Kut Teh in Kuala Lumpur” and your ad would pop up. There would also be a high conversion with the Google AdWords method.

  • Hands Free

Unlike Google AdSense, where you have people bid for the advertisement, Google will select which categories you fit into and that would ultimately be where you are advertising. No need to spend hours finding the best places to place your ad, and quite frankly, it’s really easy to manage.

The Cons:

  • Difficult to Understand

Google uses the ‘Pay per Click’ concept, and that will be really hard to understand at first for beginners, for experts, less so. This is because Google sorta ‘guesses’ which category your advertisement fits into, sometimes falling under the wrong search term.

This is precisely why so many people are losing money to advertising on Google. People are not getting what they want out of their advertisements in terms of results.

Advertising on Facebook

The Pros:

  • 800 million ACTIVE users

That’s a whole lotta people that you can literally handpick from, especially since Facebook does offer demographic targeting – you can pick age, gender, education and pick a few common likes that they have, so generally the people that see it are interested in the advert

  • Cheap

This one really requires no explanation. You have to pay very little per click, and essentially, you are the one making more money out of it if you know how to use that traffic.

The Cons:

  • Interrupted Viewing

In my opinion, the biggest con about advertising with Facebook. The fact remains that when you’re on Facebook, you’re not there to buy a product. You’re there to chat with friends or quite simply update your status. Little attention will be paid to the advertisement. But at least there’s that pay per click option, so I reckon it’s worth trying out for you too.

So, what do you guys think? Advertising with Facebook or Google AdWords. Leave your thoughts in the comments section below ๐Ÿ™‚

Stage 4, Part 3: Where to get Free and Perfectly Legal Photos for Your Posts

So, by now you’ve heard of copyright. And I completely respect it. Stealing other people’s work is absolutely wrong, so here I will teach you guys where you can get free and perfectly legal photos from the net.

Please do note that attribution is required on most of the photos, given that realistically they need the credit to realistically make it legal. The watermarks on these photos have been made as unnoticeable as possible – at least according to them. I’m just going to make a list of the top

Free Digital Photos

A Digital Dreamer

Morgue File

Stock Vault

Nations illustrated

3ds Textures

Urban Dirty

Amazon Studios: Great In Concept, But Will it Work?

*NON WP POST* Hey guys, gonna be talking about the almost revolutionary Amazon Studios today, and I have to say, I love the idea.

If you live under a rock, go here to learn more about Amazon Studios.

I absolutely love the concept of constant improving movie ideas before ultimately coming to a ‘perfect end product’ amongst people who watch the film. I absolutely love it. Furthermore, I am a supporter of people being rewarded for their hard work, and I most certainly think that those hidden gems in scripts should really be rewarded by having more people view their hard work.

I am also a believer that what you see on paper, doesn’t necessarily translate directly on the big screen, it is quite simply impossible, so I really like the idea that they will actually have these directors working on a rather small budget production of the film for a public audience before deciding to push through and decide what to do with the script. It is quite simply a great idea.

But I can’t help but think about the cost of failure should Amazon Studios fails. Imagine the cost for the directors, along with the actual script to Amazon if the movie doesn’t necessarily appeal to the public audience – or quite simply – the director does a very poor job of translating the script’s message onto the big screen. So, what happens there? Does the script just go to waste? That’s the only thing that I find slightly odd about the project.

I strongly believe that Amazon Studios will lead to the creation of numerous big hits amongst the public, reason being that it generally has that ‘from the public, for the public’ feel to the concept, with the public adding their own annotations and ideas to the scripts if they prove handy.

So, what do you guys think of it? Flop or hit? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

Why Shift Over to Your Own Self Hosted WordPress Site

One question that always comes to me is, why make the shift from a regular WordPress blog to a self hosted WordPress powered site. I will explain a few of the reasons right here.

Customizable

Essentially, what you get from WordPress is the ability to use scripts in your WordPress blog. With your regular WordPress.com , you are essentially limited to images that you add to the website or quite simply the widgets that they already provide.

With your own self hosted WordPress blog, you can select your theme (from an internet full of possibility), and you can select all the themes available in the WordPress database, along with the rest of the free themes out there. Furthermore, you can add toolbars among other interesting scripts to your blog.

Essentially, if you have an eye for detail and you want that awesome layout, that is the way for you.

Ads

Even if you upgrade to your own domain with WordPress.com, your ability to make money is very, very limited. Either you pay something like 2000 dollars a month for the VIP package or become one of the select few (and they are very, very selective) to join their premium ad network, and you seriously have got to have the traffic to join that group.

With your self hosted blog, you can add scripts and you really can add any type of advertising you want. From Google AdSense to AdBrite to even those in-content ads from ad networks such as Kontera and InfoLinks, the possibilities are virtually endless.

Money making is quite frankly much easier. You can make up your money really easily!

Branding

Come on, you don’t need me to explain this. With your own domain, the name of the website is much cleaner. Tell me, is bbc.co.uk easier to remember, or is bbc.wordpress.com easier to remember? So that’s simply the reason behind getting your domain.

It’s just more catchy!

Plug-ins!

Come on, everyone loves plug-ins! From the related post plug-in of LinkWithin to the SEO plug-ins that will help you get those searches in.

Any more questions, just leave a comment in the comments section below, would be happy to answer any questions! ๐Ÿ™‚

Stage 4, Part 2: Produce Valuable Content

Lesson 2 of my content school, and it is to produce valuable content for your audience. Something that they would want to recommend or quite simply share.

If you want to have a loyal readership, this one is absolutely key. Essentially, I think that a good readership is far more powerful than producing timeless content. The reason is simply because with timeless content, you’re relying literally 100% on Google (well, other search engines count too, but I guess it works out in the end).

You need to produce content that is contemporary yet something that can be easily understood even within a couple of year’s time, that would essentially be the best way to make money on the internet – producing a solid readership, along with getting those searches in to bring new readers.

This is actually one of the principles that I always write my blogs with, reason being that if people find the content valuable, they will return and even subscribe – which is ultimately my aim. To get new readers, and keep them on the website in the future. It’s what my target is, and realistically, it should be what you guys are targeting as well.

Top news agencies and blogs all have editors in all sorts of departments simply to avoid a PR disaster – something that will cause the website/news agency to lose their reputation. That’s the very reason why putting out valuable but factual information is so important. Opinion doesn’t count in this case, because it’s quite simply you putting your point of view across.