Simple Ways To Get More Traffic – Blogging 101

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Hi and welcome to my blog! I want to thank everyone who has visited my blog because without their visits, I would have little to no reason to write more posts. I started this blog recently and less than three and half months ago to be precise. What has surprised me most is the number of visitors and as you can see above, 6,500 hits is not a small number unless you are Lady Gaga or some really dedicated blogger (for income) or you have been in the game for a long time. Anyway, if you are an aspiring blogger or a blogger who wants to improve traffic to his/her blog, here are a few tips I would love to share!

  1. Before you start blogging, plan. Make sure that you truly have something to write about. I have learned that people rarely read nonsense, and I don’t! So, although I do not blog about a single area, I suggest you find something that you are good at and perfect it. It is like starting a business, you must find a gap before investing your time and money. Are you a photographer? Are you a programmer? Are you a farmer? Are you a politician? Answer this question!
  2. The second tip am going to share is grammar! I often run into posts littered with broken English – by this I mean poor grammar. To avoid embarrassing yourself, read through your writings several times to ensure that you have it in the right form. This is a big challenge especially if English is not your native language and most of your readers are English speakers. Trust me, not all of them are forgiving. So, make sure that you have your words right before clicking the publish button.
  3. Thirdly, be consistent with your postings. If you choose to post every two days, stick to that schedule. If you prefer once a month (not what I would do), then stick to it – especially if it takes that long to come up with the post. Who knows, maybe you have to do a month-long research before posting the conclusions. So, make sure that you are up to date with your posts. If you take too long, your readers will be gone by the time you return from exile. Next.
  4. Now, assuming you have all the above settled, what next? Ever heard of the saying ‘Do unto others what you would like them to do unto you?’ It should be common sense. If you do not read other people’s posts and comment on them, why should people read and comment on yours? There is definitely no good in being selfish. So, go forth unto the universe, look around for related content and comment on them, like them and follow them. It is very likely that if you leave a comment (and a link), someone else will come looking for you and do the same thing. One step at a time…remember?
  5. Since you cannot rely on commenting on other people’s posts to gain enough traffic (how much is enough anyway?), social networks are here to the rescue. If you really feel that you have something to share with the world, where else would you find them if not on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Reddit, Tumblr and hundreds other social networks? If you have a Twitter account, build a following and share what you have. On Facebook, Google+, Reddit and the rest, let it be known that you are present. So many people wouldn’t mind reading great posts (and not just reading but sharing too).

Hold on a second. I could continue writing but at the end of the day, you know what your goal is. We all have different ideas and so, different areas of expertise. Is it hard to create awesome blog posts? Heck yeah! Nothing happens overnight. It is just like being a published author as I have come to realize. Every genuine concept takes a good amount of time before it becomes real. The best thing you can do today is keep nurturing it. Do not spoil it, do not starve it. Good luck is my word to you. If you have a blog already, share a link below this post. I will check it out …..remember tip number 4 above? Great!

Thanks again to all my readers. Every time I look at the numbers, I feel happy. Not because I am the best blogger but because those visitors always remind me to strive to be one! I will never let you down. For now however, I will call it a night. See you soon friends! You can read my book My Life Sentences – A True Story which is currently available for Kindle. See you soon! Till we meet again, stay safe!!

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An Urgent But Ignored Problem!

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One evening, I decided to walk around my neighborhood for some cardio. Since I live near a local high school, I thought why not just walk around their playground as I listen to the music in my mp3! What I learned that day opened my eyes wide and taught me so much I didn’t know! I thought writing about it might help me connect with others facing the same issues in their communities. Here is what happened.

Immediately after stepping into the playground that was beautifully covered with green grass, I saw two teenage boys (one looked 10 and the other 15). They both had skateboards and cans of soda. Without much ado, the older one approached me and asked me a question I never expected from him. I later came to realize that it was not a surprise to many but I was shocked! What did you just ask me young boy? Wait…

As I walked by them, the older boy walked towards me. I thought he was just being nice by not obeying the ‘Don’t talk to strangers’ rule but he had a different agenda! “Hey, do you have any cigarettes?”, He asked. Without even showing my surprise, I said NO. I told them that I didn’t smoke (because I didn’t smoke, and I still don’t)! What came to my mind a few seconds later was the question of why they smoked at that age. What went wrong? Who is responsible for that habit? I couldn’t get answers of course until later when I consulted with people who had been around longer than me.

There is one thing I think I understand and that is addiction. It is something that is hard to beat – be it from cigarette smoking, alcohol abuse, other drugs and basically anything people overdo. People who do these things do not want to be judged and those who do not, might not fully understand how it feels to be in their shoes. The question is: where are we headed with teenagers smoking like chimneys and others drinking like fish? It is a sad reality that we must face as a community, a state, a nation, a continent and as a world!

Why is this a huge problem? It is an obvious health hazard and besides that, the list goes on and on. When I was told that some high schools have smoking designated areas here in the US, I was so surprised and yet I do not live under a rock. This is not an American problem, it is the whole world’s problem. We can either step in and try to reduce if not stop this habit or we will all lose! We can end this together. My advice to you is this: If you can do something in your community, do it and save the lives of your people. We do not have to wait for the federal government to help us. We are our own police.

I am going to stop here. See you next time and please, remember to subscribe to my blog if you like what you see. Also, leave comments, that is how I know what your thoughts are and it makes me feel inspired to do more! Thank You.

You can read my book My Life Sentences – A True Story for my views!

Thank You Readers! Thank You World!

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I want to first say thank you to everyone who shared a link or tweeted my blog or re-blogged my post and most importantly, everyone who downloaded my books on Amazon! I cannot be thankful enough for that! This weekend has been the best for me since the time I published my books!

I had made a promise the first day of the giveaways to let you all know how everything transpired and now I wanna honor the same! Here is the breakdown: On the first day, hundreds and hundreds of readers downloaded my books. What surprised me was this observation: readers in the UK, Germany and Spain downloaded more copies of my second book [Across The River] than my first book [My Life Sentences – A True Story]. That was turned upside down on the last day!

In North America however, more and I mean more than a thousand readers downloaded my first book [My Life Sentences – A True Story] more than my second book [Across The River]. Personally, I have no conclusion as to why that happened but one thing is for sure; the outcome was epic!

Sometimes I look through pages of my books and cannot believe my eyes what I see! I normally ask myself, how on earth did I even write that? Of course the answer is, well, a smile and a feeling of happiness inside. The fact is this: those books would mean nothing without those who go to Amazon and download them and most importantly, read from chapter to chapter! Thank you so much!

Last but not least, I reached another milestone which might be tempting to ignore but equally important! The total visitors to my blog reached 4,000 and within two days, it is now over 5,000! That is humbling! Sometimes I run out of stuff to post but when I think about my eager readers, I just get off the couch and do something..right? That is the spirit! (I started this blog a little over two months ago).

Why did I choose to write books anyway? It all started when I was in high school……NO! I will not extend this longer than it is already, I care about your time! See you next time! Thank you and stay in the path of your dreams, so that when time comes, you will be ready to catch the vision!

Please remember to subscribe to my blog on the right of this page(Home)! If you have questions on writing and publishing books, don’t hesitate to ask me through the comments section. I will respond to them with your value in my mind! Adieus! Peace!!

You can still download my books My Life Sentences – A True Story and Across The River ! Cheers!

A Simple NO With Meaning

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Today, I decided to walk instead of riding. That decision helped save the environment and helped me remain fit. What I did not count however, was the fact that walking gives you an opportunity to see things that you would otherwise not see while inside a car! So, today, I found something cool, and I was surprised to learn that I have been using the same path so many times without noticing its presence..keep reading.

I was walking back home from our local store and then with my curiosity, I looked to my right (In my native language, they say eyes have no curtains) and I saw something that caught my eye. I walked by as if it meant nothing at all, or was I right? I was wrong and in my conscience, I knew that I had to do something. So, I walked back and snapped a photo using my smartphone camera. That is what you see above this post. It was a simple statement that said ‘NO’. That was it. There were no other writings below it. Excuse me sir, NO what? After taking the picture, I continued my walk.

Why am I writing about it? Because I later realized that I was underestimating the meaning of that simple statement. What was covered inside that box had to be protected. Even though I still think whoever wrote it did not give sufficient information to convince someone to avoid tampering with the box, I think saying NO is enough, at least for a smart person!

That two letter word kept me thinking. How often do I use the word NO? Do I say YES to please others? Am I worried of hurting people? How much does it cost to say NO to a close friend or even a family member? It seems we have been brought up into thinking that we always have to say YES to everything. I think it is time to learn how to say NO. At times, you don’t even need to add anything to it. Like whoever wrote the above warning! Perhaps if you can say NO to something you don’t feel is right, you can realize the true meaning of trust, friendship, and life.

Finally, it might hurt to say NO sometimes, but if it is the right thing to do, then it is well worth the pain. Thank You and always learn to say NO when you are confronted by things that are not right. Good Day.

You can read more of my views at My Life Sentences and stay safe!

 

One More Certificate, Even More Skills

 

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I am back again with a new certificate from Udacity Online University. I have been creating posts about this genius idea that turned out to be Udacity! I just can’t get enough of it I think. Well, we are currently on a break until June 25th 2012 when new courses and classes will start. If you would like to be part of this academic revolution, the process is as simple as 1 + 1. Just visit Udacity Online University and create an account for free, then pick your classes and start learning from the best teachers on earth!

Since I have been there for two hexamesters now, I think I know what it is all about. The main agenda is to teach people real skills, applicable anytime for a price of FREE. What are you waiting for?

What you see above is my certificate from a course named ‘Web Application Engineering‘ where we learned how to build blogs using python and the incredible Google App Engine(free). Since the end of that class a few weeks ago, a friend and I have been working on a web application that could help retailers (small scale) by making their work easier. Writing python code has never been this fun! Better than chocolate!

So why am I snapping photos of my certificates and sharing them with you? Simple. I am not trying to brag or do anything evil. I want to encourage whoever is interested but has been discouraged by other things to get on board and start learning new skills. I have never been so excited in my life. I am glad I chose to write code instead of studying medicine and that is not to say medicine is a bad thing..they make a lot of cash I am told..!

Finally, here are a few tips to help you get started learning to program. You are free to choose whichever interests you. This is a free world, free tools, free choices. Remember that freedom is not free, however!

That is good for now but I will be posting new resources when I come across them. Thank you for checking out my blog and please remember to subscribe (check the right hand side of the page). Stay informed and see you soon!

You can read more about my views by checking out My Life Sentences!

After Seven Weeks, What’s Next?

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Just before going to bed last night and after working so hard to complete my Unit 6 homework, I started recounting the whole adventure, the entire experience of being a Udacian. There are a lot of things I could say but I will keep it short and with meaning of course.

First, I want to thank the entire Udacity Online University team: Dave, the a little bit mysterious Peter, and of course Sebastian. Without their expertise, we wouldn’t be here today talking about Udacity. They deserve the credits. Secondly, I want to thank my fellow students: (usernames only) fnenu, valek, jesyspa, forbiddenvoid, Tom Vandenbosch, MichaFire, [nearerprefect – who gave me hints even when it had nothing to do with Java or Groovy] and so many others I cannot list here because the list would be endless. I can publicly say that I couldn’t do it better without your support.

Bottom line, what was it all about? I learned a lot of code and then did a lot of networking through that short time. Meeting new students from all over the world meant a lot to me as a student. When others were almost giving up their races, others stepped in to encourage them. I didn’t think of throwing in the towel, I had promised myself to stick to the course till the end of the road! I am glad I am here today and I hope you are as well.

Now here is my opinion on the entire course: I personally found Unit 7(The tour) the most fascinating, most interesting, and most enjoyable of all the course videos in these 7 weeks. I had never dreamed of visiting the Computer Museum or Firefox Headquarters or even Stanford University. That was one of the best free tours I have ever had. I also hope you enjoyed it yourself. 

Finally, remember that we have been prepared to do our parts in making the world a better place. We have the knowledge and tools to solve the problems we will most definitely face after this course is over. Whether you scored 100% or not, you have learned something very valuable. Let us step out of our circles and spread the good in us to others. If you have something you want to say about Udacity, please post it as a comment here or on Udacity Forums. Aren’t we graduates? I think we are!

I am a Udacian, I am a better Student today, I will strive to do better each day! Thank you and Subscribe to my blog or read more at My Life Sentences

You can still watch the tour videos[for those not part of Udacity Class] at Udacity Online University