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Friday

How To Add Alexa Toolbar Widget To Your Blogger and Wordpress blog



Heard of it or not? Alexa is an online tool that ranks blogs according to the blog's popularity judging from the number of page views and unique visits a blog receives daily for the past three months.

Alexa is capable of ranking a blog globally and by countries. It makes use your blog traffic to get enough data. Therefore, you might not be served with enough data if your traffic is poor.

Many bloggers who have a good Alexa ranking like to display the ranking result on their blog because it also influences in the good result of the ranking. Here is a fact from Avangate to back up this point:

An excerpt from avangate.com


Besides, it is somehow a pride, if the result is extremely good😜.

However, you are not on this post to read about how Alexa ranking works. You are here to know how to add Alexa toolbar to your blog which I'm going to show you in a moment. To know more about Alexa ranking, read their about page here.

Wait! Wait!! Have you ever checked your ranking on Alexa before?

You can check it in either of these ways:


  • Enter alexa.com/siteinfo/yourdomain.com in your browser address bar, and hit the enter button. 
Change "yourdomain.com" to your real domain. For example, the link to check this blog's Alexa ranking is alexa.com/siteinfo/easymadeblog.com.

OR
  • Visit alexa.com/siteinfo. Then enter your domain as seen below and click on "Find."
Note that Alexa may not provide any information on your blog if you have a very low traffic stats or your blog is still on a subdomain like ".blogspot.com" or ".wordpress.com."

Are you excited with the ranking or just feel like adding a toolbar gadget to your blog? Simply paste the following codes (after proper edit) into anHTMLl widget on your dashboard:

<a href="http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/easymadeblog.com"><script type="text/javascript" src="http://xslt.alexa.com/site_stats/js/t/a?url=easymadeblog.com"></script></a>

NOTE: Change the easymadeblog.com in red colour to your blog address. Then, Follow these simple steps

For Blogspot users:
==> Log in to your dashboard and click on "Layout"

==> Click on "Add a widget" where you want to display the widget. However, you can drag and re arrange this later

==> Select a "Html/javascript" widget

==> Paste the edited code above into the content and save.

For Wordpress users:

==> Create a new text widget by selecting Appearance→Widgets from your WordPress Dashboard.

==> Drag the Text Widget over onto your sidebar to activate it.

==> Enter the edited code above and save.

Upon completion, you have successfully added a mini Alexa toolbar to your blog.

Do you really believe in Alexa ranking? Let's share what we think about Alexa ranking in the comment.
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Thursday

Writing High-quality Blog Post; The Complete Secret That Works

When we talk about writing high-quality content, we mean blog posts that catch readers attention; content that makes readers read over and over again.

Have you ever read a piece of an article and you go back to read the same article several times because you can’t find its kind (quality) anywhere else? Articles of this sort get natural shares, mentions, and therefore increase your backlinks.

I will not be wasting much of your time on this post; I will make sure I go straight to the points. The post may actually seem to be lengthy, but I promise you would enjoy it. Just grab a bottle of Coca-cola and read on.

NOTE: If I use a term that you don't understand, don't hesitate to read these 20 most common blogging terms

You might want to ask, “how do you know a high-quality content?

It is undeniable! A quality content must possess the following characteristics:



  • It must be unique and original.

It is no more news that duplicate content can be detected by Google bots, hence, affects your SEO. Articles you should be posting should not be articles you copy from one source (on the web) to your blog.

Get used to writing blog posts yourself. Do research and be as original as possible in your writing.

Meanwhile, there are cases when you would need to say the exact word (let’s say quote) from another source only to back up a context, give credits to the source. This way you will not be taken for a thief.


  • It must be free from errors.

Search for a keyword on search engines and go through the articles that come up first. You would hardly (or can never) find articles that have grammar and spelling errors.

This is to show that articles that do well on search engines are not always full of grammars and spelling errors.

Learn to always proofread your content for grammars and spelling errors before you post it on your blog.


  • It must be long enough to be comprehended by readers.

Research has proved that long form content does well than shorter content. Like I described above, long-form content gets readers engrossed especially when it is easy to comprehend.

Not only that writing long-form content is one of the qualities of a quality content, but it also reduces your bounce rate and increases your “average time spent” on your blog.

Get used to writing long but meaningful contents that are easy to be comprehended by readers.

  • The headings, subheadings, and the paragraphs must be well arranged.
Yes! Let your readers be able to differentiate between the headings and the sub headings. Let them find a point in each of your paragraphs.

Besides this, an article that has well-arranged headings, subheadings and paragraphs look more attractive to readers.

  • The points should be stated clearly.
Do not make use of only the paragraphs to state your points. Paragraphs should be meant for point clarification. State your points in a bullet form or number them.

You have different types of readers. Some readers only skim through posts to find the points you’ve got. Skimming and reading through the points first could make them find out what you have got in the paragraphs; thereby, increases the time that readers spend on your blog.

So, that is why it is always better to state your points clearly in a bullet or numbered form.

  • Important words should be emphasised.
If you want your readers to stop by at some parts of your articles while reading the paragraphs, you need to call their attention to the important words and sentences.

Bolden, italicised and underlined words tell readers that you have emphasised something important and that they need to check it out.

It almost works exactly like bulleting and numbering your points. Readers stop by to read what you emphasised, and this could make them read the whole paragraph to know the reason why the words are highlighted.

This is also one of the tricks I use to reduce my bounce rate.

  • Relevant images should be used.
It is always said that a picture explains a thousand words. Not only this, but it also makes readers stay glued to your posts while reading.

Asides from the fact that blog post images reduce bounce rate, related images could also give your readers more explanation to contexts of your blog posts.


  • It must be able to rank well on search engines

It could be obvious, or we may believe that blog posts that possess the qualities as mentioned earlier are the types that rank well on search engines, I won't seize to say that they might not be found on the first pages of search engines if they are not well optimised.

A high-quality blog post must be optimised with well-researched keywords (without stuffing) and must have undergone some on-page SEO as discussed by Prosperity Kenneth in one of his posts - SEO that works.

The characteristics of a high-quality blog post are not limited to these, but we have to stop here and move to the real deal -

How to write a high-quality blog post

writing-high-quality-content

Now that you understand what a high-quality blog post looks like, it is definitely the time to write one for yourself; for your blog.

Where do we start?

It's either you have a topic you want to write on or not. Either of the cases, I will be breaking this down into 7 incredible steps to make it simpler for you:


  • Getting an idea of what to write
  • Finding a perfect topic for the idea
  • Doing research about the topic idea
  •  Finding the best keywords for your blog post
  • Getting started with writing the post
  •  Finding relevant images for the post
  • Rounding up your post
  • SEO for single post

Getting an idea of what to write


Before you start writing a sentence, you already know what you want to write about. You might have a topic of your own, or you need to find a new topic. If you have a topic, fine. But if you don't have an idea, you can use this free online tool to generate as many post ideas as possible when you input just 3 nouns.

writing quality post- headline generator


You can also check this quick tip to brainstorm post topics (or ideas)

Getting that idea is not enough to start writing, you need to make a perfect title out of the idea. Remember, we are writing a high-quality content which must have a rich and an eye-catching title.

So this leads us to


Finding a perfect topic for the idea


You want to make everything perfect? You need a good headline too. How do you find the perfect headline for your blog post?

I stated 5 incredible ways to start writing blog post headlines for maximum optimisation. You can read them to see how to write perfect post titles.

After you must have gotten a perfect title for the post, you think you are set to go?

No, it remains a little thing to do. Don't forget that you want to write a high-quality blog post that has (at least) the qualities stated above.

Then, what next? 

Doing research about the topic idea


Here, you need to do research about the topic you want to write on. Have these in mind when doing your research:

  • You want to get facts and more enlightenment from authoritative sites that matter to your niche
  • You are not copying someone else's content
  • You are not using an existing title
  • You are writing a genuine content for your blog

How do you do the research?

  • Type your topic idea in the Google search bar
  • Visit authoritative sites ONLY to get your facts (mostly the first results)
  • Check some other sites to see what subtopics can be discussed under the topic
  • Jot down these ideas. Please do not copy!

The next thing is to find best keywords that can take the post ahead of the existing results on Google's first page.

How to find the best keywords for a blog post?


According to this source, a keyword is best defined this way:

publish-high-quality-post

How can you now find the best phrases that search engines love that could take you to the first page? You can make use of Ubbersuggest, Keyword tool, Google keyword planner, Longtailpro and the likes to find a perfect keyword for your blog post.

Jot down these keywords in a notepad, and continue with the next step.

Getting started with writing the post


 This part is what people always regard as the most difficult part. But here on this post, I'm gonna break it down to make it simple for you.

"Every pro bloggers and content writers master what works for them, and so you must master what works for you too." I am gonna share with you the most effective way that makes this part easy for me.

With the facts I gather in the last step, I start writing by firstly outlining my area of discussion in a draft like this:

writing-great-content


I call that "a mini outline". Sometimes, I make a very long outline that contains my sub headings. Then, I build up points and sentences around each of my area of discussion.

Sometimes, I may decide to divide my writing session into 3 or 4 before I publish a single post. Each writing session gives me more and more ideas to add facts and points. I will be like: add a sentence here, add a sentence there. Change this to a subheading, change that to a point. Before I know it, the page is already filled up.

Finding relevant images for better optimisation


Like I discussed above, images in blog posts do many good things for your posts. From readers engagement to a reduction in bounce rate and to maximum optimisation for SEO. So, you are always on the safer side when you add relevant images to your blog post.


Most times, the kind of images that fit your blog post will come to your mind when you are writing the post. But in a case no image idea comes your mind, you can generate a lot of ideas when you search for one or multiples of keywords related to your post on google image search.

writing-quality blog post


Adding these image is not the end of this part. You need to optimise these images too. Here are few optimisations you should not avoid for a single image:

  1. Resize and compress each image before you use them. (Check out these 6 free online tools to compress images)
  2. Save the filename of the image with words related to your focused keyword. For example, I saved one of the images I used above as "writing-quality-blog-posts".
  3. Enter your main keyword in the "alt tag" of each image.
  4. Remove hyperlinks from each of the images unless you are linking the images to a source or another page on your blog. 

Rounding up your post


Wow! You have gradually moved to rounding up your post. You are about to publish a high-quality post on your blog. What's in for this part?

Proofreading and fixing of your keywords you earlier wrote in your notepad.

Read as many times as possible with the aid of tools like Grammarly to correct errors like spellings, grammars, punctuation, etc.

Many content writers I know insert their keywords while they are writing their posts but I personally don't like this idea. Why? Because it mostly results in keyword stuffing.

Keyword stuffing is the excess usage of keywords that make your post looks like you're writing for search engines only (when you are supposed to write for humans).

Google has warned severally to avoid keyword stuffing thereby, it is always safe to avoid anything that could lead to this. And this is why I like my method.

At the same time you are proofreading your content, replace related phrases with your keywords to make it look natural.

Places to insert your keywords:
  1. In your post title, especially at the beginning
  2. In the first paragraph, especially at the beginning
  3. In the last paragraph, especially at the end
  4. Alt tags of all images
  5. The post URL or slug
  6. In search description
  7. Random places in the body of the post (avoid stuffing!)
  8. Tag or label (if necessary)

SEO for your post (single post)


This is where you would want to work on the on-page SEOs like permalink structure, post search description, interlinking and all that. This post can guide you on the simplest SEO practices for beginners.

Done with everything? You can now hit the publish button. You have just published a high-quality blog post.

It doesn't actually end there. The post can just be on your blog without being read by your audience. You need to promote the post too.

So many bloggers use up to 20% of their time on writing while the remaining 80% on promotion. Promote your blog posts to social medias. Get backlinks and mention for the posts. Kim Roach of Buzzblogger compiled a list of 101 ways to promote a new blog post. Make sure you check it out and adopt those ways. All these will increase the chance of being found on the first page-first result on search engines.

Conclusion:

Pro bloggers and content writers were not born to publish high-quality content. They were made by practising a lot. Start writing today, and keep writing till you are independent of official sites and can write very fluently.

Over to you:

I have just told you my secret. Can you tell me your secret too? How do you write high-quality content on your blog? I would like to see it in the comment.
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Monday

How To Delete or Remove A Locked Widget In A Blogger Theme


Have you ever tried to delete a widget (also known as a gadget) in a blogger blog, and found it impossible? There won’t be an option to “remove” the widget as other widgets might have it.

You need not worry anymore as this tutorial will teach you how to delete or remove a locked widget in your blogger template.

It is just that these widgets are locked by default, i.e., you are not permitted to delete the widget.

Meanwhile, some widgets don't make sense to be seen on blogs (like the blogger attribution widget). But you can edit the widget code to be able to delete the widget.

Also, you need to remove some widgets that can cause slow page speed for your blog.

Note: Backup your template before you do anything in your theme code editor.

==> Go to "Themes" and click on "Backup/Restore"
==> Click on "Download" and save as "XML" (default) file.



Ready to delete lock widgets in your blogger theme? Then, carefully follow these steps:



==> Go to "Layout" to locate the widget you want to remove

==> Click on "Edit" link near the widget

==> If truly the widget is locked, there's not going to be a "Remove" button among the options. So, find out the "Widget ID" at the address bar of the window. Note this down and close the window

==> Now go to "Themes" and then click on "Edit theme" button

==> Click on "Jump to widget" and select the widget you noted its ID. For example, the widget I want to remove is “Html4”.

==> Click inside the HTML editor and change the "Lock" value from "True" to "False". Then save your template

==> Go back to "Layout" and edit the widget. You should now see a "Remove" button

==> Remove the widget, and click on "Save arrangements."


That’s all to delete or remove locked widgets in blogger themes
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Friday

Easiest Way To Apply For Nigeria Google AdSense And Get Fast Approval

Google Adsense is one, and in fact, the top leading way to make money from blogging. Google Adsense pays its publishers an enormous monthly payment depending on how the blog viewers interact with the ads (advertisements) published. This post discusses how you can apply for a Nigeria Google AdSense account easily.

You are not left out too, to make huge dollars from Google Adsense as long as you are approved, and keep to Google AdSense rules and regulations.

But before you start displaying ads (advertisements) on your blog, you need to first apply for Google AdSense and be fully approved. And that's why I've come with the easiest method to apply for Nigeria Google Adsense either through your blogger dashboard or the official Google AdSense website.

{Endevour to read the “10 things to ensure before applying for Google Adsense” before you proceed to read this tutorial}

Note that new blogs will not be allowed to apply for Adsense until it is ripped.

If you are a Blogspot blog user, you can simply apply for Google AdSense through your blogger dashboard using the steps below, followed by the method I described in the next section:

Step 1:
Log in to your blogger dashboard and click on the "Earnings" tab.

Step 2:
Click on the "Sign up for Adsense" button

Step 3:
Then, click on the "Sign in" button. Then, continue with step 4 below.

If you are not a Blogspot user or you would like to apply for a Nigeria Google AdSense through the official Google AdSense website, simply go adsense.google.com and click on the sign-up button.

Apply-for-Nigeria-Google-AdSense


Step 4:
Enter your blog URL starting the "www", and ick on the "Select a language" or "content language" tab to select "English" as your preferred language. Then click the "Save and continue" button. It takes you to the next step where you fill your contact information.

Step 5:
Change the time zone to "London"

Step 6:
Your "Postal code" is a 6-digit number of your the nearest post office to your number. This is where your verification pin can be sent to you alternatively. You can find the postal code for your location on this website.

Step 7:
Then, click on "Submit my application" popup window will appear where you have to read and accept Adsense agreements.

Step 8:
Check the small box, and then finally click on "Accept"

Step 9:
Press the continue button.

And you are done!



Conclusion:

You will receive notification in your email within 3 - 10 working days. So stay calm if you already ensured the 10 things suggested in this post, although they can't guarantee you 100% approval.

In case you do not like to apply for a Nigeria Google AdSense, you can read this post by Prosper Noah that discusses how you can apply for a UK or USA Google AdSense account.


Do let me know if you would like me to help you review your blog and help you apply for a Nigeria Google AdSense account. Cheers!
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Thursday

10 Things I Ensured Before Applying For Google Adsense That Got Me Approved

One of the dreams of most bloggers is to get Adsense approved for their blogs. Meanwhile, it is not as easy as you may think.

In fact, so many bloggers have confessed the hardship they faced before they got their AdSense approved. Many applications were declined. Many have lost interest in AdSense and had already lost the hope for AdSense.

The truth is that AdSense is very strict when it comes to approving new applications. Everyone is trying to trick AdSense to get approved so; they have made the process very hard.

But don't worry; following the tips in this post will make it easy for you the same way it did for me.

When I was new to blogging, I applied a few times and got declined too. It was after I found some useful tips and I learned a few things that I stopped to apply and focus on the tips you are about to read.

What are these tips? How effective can they be?

before-applying-for-google-adsense


I can not guarantee you 100% effectiveness. Why? Because I am not a partner to the Google AdSense company.

Just a few tips that Google AdSense asks every other blogger who wish to participate in the program, plus the facts gathered by some pro bloggers as per what they think it got their AdSense approved that are used in writing this post.

So sit back and relax while I break down each of the tips to get fast AdSense approval.


1.            Write quality contents



The first thing you should make sure you are doing is “writing quality contents.”

It is not a lie if you have heard it from a thousand people that “content is the king.” Google loves websites with great and quality content because they believe they are the kind of websites that can serve their customers (advertisers) well by displaying their ads on such websites.

If you don’t have quality content on your blog, sorry; Google AdSense might not approve you.

Wonder what a quality content looks like, or how to write quality contents? Check out this post about writing quality contents.



2.            Create and publish the important pages on your blog



Seriously, Google needs to know you are serious to be their publishers. Having these important pages on your can show your level of seriousness.

Create these pages and publish them at the right place in your blog:

  • About page – tells users about yourself and/or your blog. It could tell Google AdSense moderators what your blog is all about, and why you need the AdSense on your blog
  • Contact page – ways that your visitors can get in touch with you. This can serve as a means of trust to Google AdSense moderators and also make them believe that you are real.
  • Privacy Policy – It shows the relationship you would be having with your visitors’ privacy information like cookies and email. Since Google Ads are served to these visitors, Google AdSense needs to care about their private information.
  • Disclaimer – for websites that provide information on certain fields, disclaimer page is used to disclaim legal association or affiliation with something or someone on your blog. It protects your blog from legal liabilities. Although this page is not as important as the privacy policy page for all websites, I still advise you have it on your blog if you provide information on particular things.

When you apply for Google AdSense, and your site is being reviewed, these important pages are also look out for. Don’t be surprised that you might be disapproved when these pages are missing on your blog.

You can read this post for more on the important pages you should have on your blog.


3.            Publish many quality posts




When I said the first thing you should take care of is “writing quality contents,” you might want to ask,

 “how many is the ideal post to have on your blog before you apply for Google AdSense?” or “how long should each of my posts be?

Unfortunately, Google does not specify a certain amount of blog posts or word count each of your blog posts should have . But I will judge based on my experience and some experts’.

Some bloggers got their AdSense approved with a few numbers of posts (as low as 10) with each post not less than 1,500 words in length, while some published a large number of posts (as many as 100) and still got disapproved.

The truth behind this is that you need to publish as many posts as possible with each of the posts as long as possible. I, myself published more than 60 posts with 700 words minimum and 3 thousand words maximum for each post.

I am not really asking you to do the same. But publish as many posts as possible and as long as possible before you apply for Google AdSense. Just make sure you are publishing original posts that are not copied.


4.            Make sure your blog is indexed by Google search engine



When you search for your domain on Google, and your blog does not show up, it simply means your blog is not yet indexed by Google search engine.



In other words, your blog is blocked on Google search engine. And this way will get your application disapproved.

Make sure your Google search engine indexes your blog. Otherwise, do the manual indexing using the Google search console before you apply for Google Adsense.

5.            Use a responsive theme design.


Also, your blog needs to look pretty cool enough for advertisers. The theme you are using should be:

  • Simple and professional
  • Easy to navigate
  • Search engine friendly
  • Loads fast

6.            Don't post illegal contents like.



Avoid posting of content that is prohibited by Google such as:

  • Adult or pornography content
  • Hacking and cracking tutorials
  • Illegal drugs


7.            Delete unwanted widgets at sidebars and footer of your blog



Asides from the fact that irrelevant widgets slow your blog page load, they also distract visitors, and it could be annoying to Google advertisers.

Minimize the numbers of widgets you are displaying on your blog to only the important widgets before you apply for Google AdSense.

Remember, you should make your blog look as simple as possible.


8.            Remove all ad networks on your blog (if you have any)



You can not apply for Google AdSense while you have an ad network being displayed on your blog, and get AdSense approval. You can’t also dash your cloth to someone who sells clothes.

Disconnect any type of ad that is being displayed on your blog first before you apply for Google AdSense.


9.            Remove all pop-ups that are on your blog


Recently, Google announces that blogs that show pop-ups on mobile mightget their AdSense banned. This could be due to users preference, but that is the fact.

Pop-ups are mini advertisements that show up when your blog page is loaded. They can be used to advertise a product, send users to another page or collect emails from subscribers.

Since Google AdSense frowns his face at existing users, who are the new users to get approved. That is why I recommend you remove pop-ups on mobile and even desktop.


10.          Get a custom domain (top level domain) for your blog




There is no justification that Google AdSense doesn’t approve blogs with sub level domains like “yourblog.blogspot.com” and “yourblog.wordpress.com.” But it is always advised by experts to switch to a top level domain like "yourblog.com" before applying for Google AdSense.


Bonus tips:


  • Check your blog page load, and make sure it loads faster before you apply for Google AdSense.

Conclusion:

Getting AdSense approved seems not to be easy. But with these tips I gave above, I can guarantee you AdSense approval within few days you apply.

Ready to apply for an AdSense account? Read the easiest way to apply for Google AdSense account here.


However, you would need to wait for some days after your application for your site to be reviewed.

Google doesn’t also specify the numbers of days you need to wait before you get a response from them. Some get a response few hours after their application while some get a reply after some months. I got approved exactly 15 days after I applied. So, it depends.

For your information, there is more to getting AdSense approval than this post. You can get banned any moment your application is approved if you violate any of the Google AdSense rules and regulations.

Tired of waiting for Google AdSense approval? These are 10 tested ways to makemoney with your blog asides Google Adsense.

Still, like to get Google AdSense approved for your blog? Let me know few challenges you are facing getting AdSense approved in the comment, and let’s see if I can solve them.

Over to you;


Are there any other things you did before you applied for Google AdSense? Let us know that in the comment.
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Saturday

How To Add Google Analytic Code To Blogger Blog For Tracking visitors

Let me assume you are a type who like to track blog visitors like I do.

It is very important, and of course, an excellent way of understanding your blog visitors so as to know the kind of content you will be producing on your blog.

Google Analytics, one of the 15 best tools for bloggers that I mentioned in that post, enables users to track blog visitors very quickly when you connect it with your blog.

It makes use of code called "Tracking ID." This ID is what you add to your blog that connects your blog to the Google Analytics.

Adding the Google analytic code will let you track your blog visitors, and it provides you useful information about who are visiting your blog, from where do they found your blog, what they do when they land on your blog, and some other useful information about your blog visitors.

To add the analytic code to your blog, you must have set up an account and register your blog on the Google Analytics website.




If you have a Google analytic account before, skip these steps:


Step 1: Go to analytics.google.com, and click on the "SIGNUP" button

Step 2: Fill in the necessary details including your blog URL, and click on the "Get Tracking ID" button

Step 3: A window will pop up, scroll down and click on "I agree" to accept the Analytics terms and conditions


Track blog visitors



Once these are done,

==> Log in to your Google Analytics account

==> Click on the “Admin” tab on the left menu

==> Click the “Property Settings,” and copy your “Tracking ID” under the “Basic settings.”

==> Now, go to your blogger dashboard >>  “Settings” >> “Other” >> “Google Analytics

==> Scroll to the bottom, and paste your tracking code into the box. Then save.



Tacking ID for blog visitors

You will now be able to track and know the performance of your blog visitors through the Google Analytic Dashboard very easily.
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Thursday

Set Robot txt File For Blogger Blog For More Search Traffic

Did you know you can improve your search traffic (organic traffic) by setting a simple, but the best robot txt file for your blog by increasing the number of posts being indexed and blocking some irrelevant pages to appear on Google search engine?

That is, you can change the number of posts you want Google to index, and also stop some certain pages from being indexed by Google.

Exactly!

Robot.txt file is used to inform robots (spiders, crawlers, etc. sent by search engines) about your blog, its structure and to tell whether or not to crawl your blog posts or pages on your blog.

You as a blogger would like individual posts or pages of your site to be indexed and crawled by search engines, while you may prefer other irrelevant pages not to be crawled.

My robot.txt file may be different from your own, depending on choice.

However, for the sake of being a newbie, I don't want you to lay your hands on editing many codes because incorrect use of this code below may result in your blog being ignored by search engines.

So, I have made it easy for you by giving you a simple file you can easily edit with your blog link ONLY.


Below is the method to set up the best robot.txt file you should use:

==> On your blogger dashboard, go to “Settings” >> “Search preference” >> “Crawlers and Indexing

==> Click the “Edit” button near the “Custom robot.txt” and check the “Yes” checkbox

==> Paste the code below:

User-agent: Mediapartners-GoogleUser-agent: *
Disallow: /search
Allow: /
Sitemap:http://easymadeblog.com/atom.xml?redirect=false&start-index=1&max-results=500
Sitemap:http://easymadeblog.com/atom.xml?redirect=false&start-index=1&max-results=1000

==> Change the “easymadeblog.com” in red ink to your blog address. Then save



The sitemap I used above will let Google search engines index up to 1000 posts on your blog, unlike the default which is just 25 posts.




But in case you don't want a particular post or page to be indexed,

Simply change the "search" in line 3 of the code to the post or page permalink. It should look like this:

User-agent: Mediapartners-GoogleUser-agent: * 
Disallow: /year/month/post-permalink 
Allow: / 
Sitemap:http://easymadeblog.com/atom.xml?redirect=false&start-index=1&max-results=500 
Sitemap:http://easymadeblog.com/atom.xml?redirect=false&start-index=1&max-results=1000

OR

User-agent: Mediapartners-GoogleUser-agent: *
Disallow: /p/page-url.html
Allow: /
Sitemap:http://easymadeblog.com/atom.xml?redirect=false&start-index=1&max-results=500
Sitemap:http://easymadeblog.com/atom.xml?redirect=false&start-index=1&max-results=1000

This is an example of one of my posts below:

http://www.easymadeblog.com/2017/05/make-money-from-blogging.html

And a page on my blog:

http://www.easymadeblog.com/p/write-for-us.html
Let's assume I don't want either of the above to be indexed by Google search engine, I will just copy the highlighted text above and replace with the "search" as it was explained above.

And this way, you're done!




Conclusion:

Use the robot txt file with caution in order not to make your blog being ignored by Google search engines.

Let me know if you would like me to help you set the robot txt file for your blogger blog.
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Monday

20 Most Common Blogging Terms You should Be Familiar With

For easier understanding of blogging, I have selected some common terms that are used in blogging and their meaning. So, you don't have to worry about some terms when .you come across them.

This post is the chapter 2 of "The Complete Blogging Guide For beginners. Click here to download the blogging guide in pdf

Read the previous chapter:


Here are the lists of the most common blogging terms you should be familiar with:


#1. Niche

When we talk about blog niche, it's a particular subject that is being treated on a blog. When a student talks about Mathematics, we all know the subject is bound about everything calculations.
Examples of niches include Technology (Tech), Entertainment, and Health, etc.


#2. Domain

A domain name is an identification link that people type into the address bar that takes them to your website. For example, the domain name for my blog is “easymadeblog.com.”

#3. URL

URL stands for Uniform Resource Locator. It is an address of a web page or network identification for any resource connected to the web.

Every web page has different and unique URL attached, that can be used to locate the web pages. For now, I want you to believe that a URL is also called a “Link” or an “address” although several web pages state the little difference between “URLs” and “Links.”

An example of a URL or link is www.easymadeblog.com/p/contact-us. Anywhere I use “address”, “link”, or “URL” in this book; I want you to term them as the same.


#4. Spam

A spam is a content about anything, posted where it is not supposed to be. The content might be a post link, a piece of information, an advert or any kind of content.

Even if the content is useful but is posted where it's not supposed to be, it will be marked as spam.

The act of posting a spam is called "Spamming". Spamming is an awful habit that destroys blogs, and Google hates posting spam comments too.


#5. Adsense

Adsense or Google Adsense is an advertising placement by Google. The program is designed for blog and website publishers who want to display targeted text, video or image advertisements on web pages and earn money when the site visitors click the ads (advertisement).

Ads are shown on websites that participate in the Google Adsense program. These people are called “Adsense Publishers.”

Adsense is the primary reasons why most people come to the blogosphere. We all want to earn from our passion. You can also make thousands of dollars from Adsense when you do it right. I discuss how you can apply for Adsense later in this book.

#6. Gadget/Widget

A gadget or widget is an application that is added and embedded to blogs, that has its own particular function it does on the blog.

A gadget is added to blog's layout with the sole aim of adding a feature to blogs or performing a particular function on the blog.

Examples of gadgets are the "Contact form" gadget that lets users send you to message directly from your blog and the "HTML" gadget that enables you to add any script or code to your blog.

#7. Templates/Themes

According to wisegeek.net, a blog template is a theme that can be used to manipulate the physical presentation of a blog, with settings which apply to every page on the blog so that bloggers can establish a single template, and then focus on content, instead of having to customise each and every single entry.

Because blogging also involves complex activities like maintaining archives, creating dynamic pages, etc., blog template automates these functions, reducing the risk of errors across the blog and allowing bloggers to focus on creating content instead of building a website.

Different kinds of the template can be applied to the blog to see how each looks like. You can download templates from template creator websites or stores like gooyaabitemplates.com.


#8. HTML


HTML stands for Hyper Text Markup Language. It is the standard markup language used for creating Web or blog pages.

HTML elements are represented by tags which consist of pieces of content such as “heading”, “paragraph”, “table”, and so on.

Browsers do not display the HTML tags but use them to render the content of the page


#9. CSS

According to tutorialspoint.com, Cascading Style Sheets, fondly referred to as CSS, is a simple design language intended to simplify the process of making web pages (created with HTML) presentable.

CSS handles the look and feel part of a web page. Using CSS, you can control the colour of the text, the style of fonts, the spacing between paragraphs, how columns are sized and laid out, what background images or colours are used, layout designs variations in the display for different devices and screen sizes as well as a variety of other effects.

CSS provides powerful control over the presentation of an HTML document. Most commonly, CSS is combined with the markup languages HTML or XHTML.


#10. Keyword

A keyword is a phrase/word that is used to search for relevant information or web pages on search engines. A keyword could be 2-3-4 or more words.

Keywords are also used in blog posts for maximum optimization by search engines.

Search engines focus on keywords to serve their users better, and this makes it vital to understand how to use keyword better in blog posts.


#11. Search engine

Search engine refers to a program that searches for and identifies items in a database that correspond to keywords or characters used by the user, used especially for finding particular sites on the World Wide Web.

The commonest and the leading search engine is Google where users go to find information related to the keyword used.

Other examples of search engine include "Bing", "Yandex", "Yahoo" etc




#12. SEO

SEO simply stands for Search Engine Optimisation. It is the process and strategy you apply that gives you natural visitors from search engines (known as organic traffic).

When a user searches for a keyword on search engines, thousands of results are brought to him based on what the search engine consider as the most relevant to him. When he now clicks on a link that takes him to your website (for instance), you have organic traffic. This is the work of search engine optimisation.

In other words, SEO is the methods you apply that make your blog appear on the first page of search engines as relevant to particular keywords by users. I believe you understand what SEO means now, let us check the central importance of SEO.

The main reason why many people are focused on SEO is to get much traffic by appearing first when a user searches for a keyword on search engines.



#13. Tag/Label

I mean to explain "Post tag or label" here. Post tag is simply a label or a keyword you assign to your post. It provides a useful way to group related posts together and to quickly tell readers what a post is about.

Depending on the theme and widgets you have activated, tags can be displayed at the top or bottom of posts, on the individual post view, and/or in the sidebar. You can assign multiple tags per post.

For example, a post may display that it has been tagged with "baseball" and "tickets." Each of those tags is usually a link that can be clicked on to see all the posts that have the particular tag. 



#14. Crawl & Index

When your blog is crawled by an internet robot (bot), usually called “Spider” or “Crawler”, it is said that your blog pages are being checked for the presence of content.

Search engines and some other websites use “Web Crawling” or “Spidering” software to update their blog content or indices (stored content) of other sites’ web content. Web crawlers can copy all the pages they visit for later processing by a search engine which indexes the downloaded pages so the users can search more conveniently.

“Indexing” happens when spiders (or bots) download the web (blog) content and store them for search engines in order to allow users search conveniently.


#15. Traffic

Traffic is what is used to measure a number of page views that you have on your blog. “Page views” means the total number of times any of your blog posts (or any other page) is opened or reloaded. If I open 2 blog posts on your blog and I reload each of them 2 times, you will have 4 page views from me.


#16. Dashboard

A dashboard page is what you will see when you log in to access your blog, and is available anytime. The dashboard lists all of your blogs and includes several icon buttons to the right of each blog’s name.

Below is a screen shot of a blogger dashboard:


#17. Script/Code

A computer script is a list of commands that are interpreted by a certain program or scripting engine, like "a blog." Scripts may be used to generate Web pages on the Web.

Apparently, it is agreed that blog templates are made of scripts (set of commands).

"Script" and "Code" are two different words with a slight difference, but are often used to define each other. Here's an example of a script that I copied from my blog's template below:



#18. XML

XML stands for eXtensible Markup Language. XML is a markup language much like HTML. XML was designed to store and transport data.

XML can also serve as a file extension much like jpg used for pictures and mp3 for music. Files that are saved in XML format consist of codes/scripts (set of commands).

Examples of such files are the "Blog content" and the "Blog Template".


#19. Permalink

A permalink or permanent link is a URL (or link) to an individual blog post or page. An example is easymadeblog.com/2017/


#20. Hyperlinks

The hyperlink is a word, phrase, or image that you can click on to jump to a new document or a new section within the current document.
Hyperlinks are found in nearly all Web pages, allowing users to click their way from page to page.
Text hyperlinks are often blue and underlined. An example of the hyperlink is "this post" - when you click on it; it takes you to a web page.

The terminologies are not limited to these. In fact, they are many. These list just brief the most common terms that are used in blogging.

Read the next chapter:

Remember: You can get the the complete guide for beginners in pdf.

Are there any common blogging terms you would like to add? Let's hear from you in the comment.
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