How to Increase Blog Traffic: 8 Killer Tactics!

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So you have created a blog. Submitted it to major search engines. Put some posts on it. Played around SEO. Now what? Would you just wait for s-o-m-e-o-n-e to come and see your masterpiece and hope that they come back again later!! Sounds horrible right? Relax buddy.
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For a blog and a blogger, traffic is everything. No matter how read worthy content your blog has, it’s totally a piece of crap if you don’t have a group of readers (called traffic) to read it. Sorry to say but it is the truth. But how can you actually drive traffic to your blog? You can’t actually send them an invitation card, can you?

So basically what you’re gonna learn today is how to increase your blog traffic. It’s no rocket science. It’s not a ‘wow-I-got-result-in-a-day’ kinda skim either. These are the steps that you’ve to deal with all the time – today, as well as tomorrow. And even after getting a decent amount of regular traffic, you have to keep doing it. So without wasting time let’s bounce in.

Here are the 8 Fantastic Ways to Increase Blog Traffic like a Pro.

1. Write awesome:


The first rule of blogging is – write awesome stuffs that people would actually like to read. Stuffs that will help them find the right information that they are looking for. The most genuine way to get success in blogging is the ability to create great read-worthy content. If people like it, they’ll obviously share it. And hence your traffic will increase. How to create such content, you may ask. The simple formula is – “Read, Read, and Read. Write, Write, Write, and Write.”

Another thing you need to keep in mind is that no matter whatever you write, it must be original piece of art. No one has ever made it to the top copying others. Write up yourselves. What you craft, may not sound like a pro, but it’s unique at least. No matter how easy it sounds to steal from others and paste it in your blog, you can never stand out in the crowd. Google knows what is fresh and what is stale, and ranks it up likewise. So please, if you wanna increase your blog traffic seriously, do not steal from others.


2. Write Often:


Ask yourself, how often do you write? Once a day? Once a week? Once a month?

One of the biggest mistakes that bloggers make is not caring about the frequency of posting. But believe me, it matters. It freaking matters. Not only search engines, even sites like Alexa slightly measures the posting frequency while ranking blogs. I got slapped in my face previous year by both Alexa and Google because I didn’t post even a single word for more than about 2 months (I’m lazy, I admit). My daily traffic came down to almost 500 visitors per day. Even today, this is the only reason I do not make a penny off my blog. I’m too lazy to get out of the bed and actually start typing. I’m trying really hard to get over it. I promise I’ll be good, someday

But also remember that publishing good content once a week is far better than publishing rotten stuff daily. It's good to maintain a good posting frequency but, do not compromise with the quality of content for that.

3. Submit site to Search Engines:


Now that we’re good with out contents, it’s time to reach people when they need you. Where do you go when you need some information? Obviously to search engine websites (library is an option, but too hard to walk to). So if you want people to come to your blog, it must appear in the search results. And for that you have to submit it to popular search engine sites like Google, Bing etc.


There are many bloggers out there, blogging for years, but mistakenly forgot to submit their site to major search engines. So be sure not to, even in dream, forget submitting your site to Search engines.

4. Do S.E.O:


how to increase blog traffic fantastic ways seoYour job isn’t finished up yet. There are thousands if not millions of bloggers out there, writing awesome articles, submitting them to Google. So to get traffic, you’ve gotta compete with them. Which means you have to rank higher on Google search results page. The higher you rank, the more traffic you get.

But how do you rank up in Google or Bing or any other Search Engines? The answer is Search Engine Optimization or nicknamed as S.E.O. You can’t, even with great content rank high on Google or Bing unless you have a properly search engine organized blog (or rather a blog post).

Honestly more than 40% of my total traffic comes from Google. So never ever take this SEO thing lightly. Check out the link below, it elaborates the basics of S.E.O –


5. Promote Like a Pro:


The second most effective way to get traffic is by promoting your blog. Blog promotion is kind of like advertising. You tell people on other sites that you have a nice blog and they should come up visit your blog. There are many ways to promote your blog. You can do it free or pay for it. Paid promotion is when you pay other sites to tell their users about your blog. If you are stingy like me, never pay for it. Do it my way –

1. Join social sites: There are several social networking websites like Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest etc. Join there, engage up, follow people and increase your fans or followers. Regularly post updates soon after publishing new content on your blog. Try to grab as many shares as possible. The more times your content is shared online, the more traffic you get. Also don’t forget to add social share buttons in your blog posts.


2. Join Reddit: Reddit, as they say, is the frontpage of the internet. All new things around the web are posted here. If your blog has something really awesome that people would love, you can share the link up here. If it’s something cool, people will come up to your site to read it. And if people like it, they will vote for it. The link with most votes will hit the site’s homepage and if it does, you’re rich (rich by traffic, I mean, of course)!

But be cautious about not spamming the site. Reddit is too much strict against spammers. At first try to be a ‘mamas-good-kid-doesn’t-know-anything’ kinda user. Share good links from around the web. Comment on other users’ posts. Build the trust. And then mama won’t mind if you share a link or two from your blog.

3. Comment on High PR Blogs: Blog commenting is another effective way to promote your blog and increase your blog traffic. To do so, firstly find blogs of your same niche that gives you a link back to your site whenever you comment on their post. Check the Page Rank of that blog and if it’s higher than yours, then find a suitable post to comment. Read the post and comment your views on that specific topic. But remember, never ever try to spam any site. It affects your ranking negatively.

And remember, do not fake it. Most of the blog owners hate fake comments. Write only when you actually have something to say or ask about the topic.

4. Join Blogging Communities: There are many blogging communities out there that allows you to freely promote your fresh contents. The main mantra of these sites is – Mutual Promotion. You promote their stuffs, they will promote yours. In this era of self-help, it’s not kinda bad deal, what say??

Here’s a list of some popular blogging communities: Blog Engage (Premium), BizSugar (Free), IndiBlogger (Free), Klinkk (Free), InBound (Free) etc.

5. Don’t Forget the Title: When you promote your blog post anywhere, the title is the only part that a reader can see. So it’s pretty obvious that the title has a big job attracting the readers. It should always sound awesome.

6. Get Backlinks:


When you put a link of some other external website in your blog, that link is called a backlink to that website. The same occurs when someone else put your blog’s link on their site. And these backlinks are really important for higher ranking of your blog. Most of the major search engines like Google counts number of quality backlinks to determine the ranking of a website. The more backlinks you have, the higher you rank and hence the more traffic you get.

Links or better say, the backlinks are mainly of two types. One, the do follow backlinks and other, the no-follow backlinks. Do follow backlinks are what you need, because the search engines give importance to these type of backlinks only. Though it doesn’t mean that the no follow backlinks are useless. For instance, a no follow backlinks from some high PR, high authority site, say Wikipedia, will surely have some positive impact in your search ranking. So never miss an opportunity to build backlinks. But, again, as I said earlier, do not spam.

But how to build the backlinks? Here are some quick ways to build some quality backlinks in order to increase your blog traffic –

  • 1. Comment on blogs. Find high PR blogs that give you a link back to your blog when you comment on their posts.
  • 2. Guest posting. Guest posting is when you write for other blogs as a guest. And in return you’re given a do follow backlink to your blog. This process has two positive impacts. Firstly it will increase your rankings and secondly, some readers of that blog may be interested in the link you provided and click on it. Hence, this is a great way to drive additional traffic from other blog.
  • 3. Social Sites: Join several social sites and in the bio section leave your blog’s link. Some sites like Facebook, Twitter, Google+ etc. has a pre-placed link field where you can put your site link.

7. Interlink Posts: 


Interlinking basically means creating a bridge or connection between all the posts. Suppose you are writing a post about, say, how to tune a guitar. Then in this article you can give a link to another post of your blog about, may be, how to play a guitar. In this way you're self-advertising your content. A reader who is interested in tuning a guitar must be attracted to how to play a guitar. So naturally your traffic is increased.

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Screenshot: Interlinks in a blog post

8. Make a list:


Okay this is a bit out of the box, but mark my words, it works. At first get out of your computer screen. Take out a notebook (a real notebook with white pages in it made of a material called paper). Grab a pen and start noting out stuffs. At first allocate few pages and write about your blog’s Alexa rank, backlinks count, domain authority etc. with date. After two days check your rankings and write it down again right below previous day’s data.

Make a timetable. Divide weekdays. If you plan to write post on Monday and do promotion etc. stuffs on Tuesday, make it a daily routine and further transform it into daily habit. Now on Monday do not do anything but writing. On Tuesday before starting out with computer, take out that old notebook again, look for a fresh page and write down your plans for today. For example,

1. I’ll be finding good blogs and comment on them.
2. I’m gonna socially promote my blog.
3. And do blah blah blah as well…

Otherwise you’ll be lost into the fifth dimension — after switching on the pc, you do everything else but what you actually intended to do. It occurs often, doesn’t it?

In a Nutshell: 


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Infographic: 8 Tips to Increase Blog Traffic

Lastly,


It always takes time to build traffic. At first you’ll feel like leaving it. Things won’t work out the way you want it to be. But do not give up hope. Believe in yourself and keep blogging. Do not take any shortcuts, because when the talk is about success, there’s no shortcut to it.

Photo Credit:  Nokhoog_buchachon & Tiramisu Studio || Infographic © Techabrel.com (you can use this infographic in your site, but you need to link back to us).

Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge: Everything you need to know!

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The Korean based smartphone giant Samsung has finally unveiled its warriors in the battlefield against their rival Apple, who recently launched iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+. After these launches, everyone was keenly waiting for Samsung’s next step, which obviously had to be the Galaxy S6. There had been a lot of rumors floating around the features and design of this phone, but none were specifically coming from any officials.

Breaking all rumors, Samsung introduced the galaxy twins in the recent Mobile World Congress held in Barcelona. In a press release they announced about the upcoming galaxy models namely Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge.

According to Samsung the handsets were crafted focusing previous customer feedbacks which includes unprofessional design. And after looking at these hot phones, you have to admit that these two are the most beautiful handsets ever in the galaxy series. Meanwhile many ‘galaxy-fans’ are tweeting up their grief against Samsung as they popped out the SD card slot from these upcoming twins, which was considered to be one of the most exciting features of the galaxy phones.


Moreover another big whooping change was made to these upcoming cell phones, which also received negative feedback in the social media. Previously one could remove batteries from their galaxy phones, but not anymore. Samsung claimed that people won’t need to replace batteries as they’re made to long last.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Models

Let’s now have a look at the key specifications of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge:


1. Both the phones have 5.1 inches screen with 1440 x 2560 pixels and 577 ppi.

2. The Super AMOLED capacitive screens have Corning Gorilla Glass 4 to protect them from scratches.

3. Galaxy S6 Edge has a curved screen to enhance the overall user experience.

4. Pretty obviously the phones run in Android 5.0.2 Lollipop.

5. Both of them got 16 megapixels rear camera with 2160p video recording at 30 frames per second. The 5 MP front camera can shoot videos at 1080p at 30 frames per second.

6. The phones come with three storage variants – 32, 64 and 128 Gigabytes. As mentioned earlier, none of the handsets have SD slot.

7. Unlike their other ancestors these phones do not use Qualcomm processors. Instead, the phones are powered by its own 64 bit Exynos octa-core processor. To be more precise, it’s got two quad-core processors - 1.5 GHz & 2.1 GHz.

8. The Galaxy S6 is backed up by a non-removable battery of 2550 mAh. Whereas its twin has been given a 2600 mAh battery which is also sealed up. Samsung has claimed that the phones take 50% less time to charge up than an iPhone. 10 minutes of charging will give you 4 hours of service.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Camera

Exciting Features:


1. Blazing fast camera launch. Just double tap the home screen and the camera will be loaded within a few milliseconds.

2. Besides being sexy, the curvy part of the screen is pretty handy too. You can choose a few favorite contacts, assign certain colors to them and when someone amongst them calls or sends a message, the curve will glow accordingly.

3. For secure payment transactions you have Fingerprint sensor certified by PayPal and Samsung Pay certified by MasterCard and Visa.

4. Forget bathing with your cell phone. Unlike its previous siblings, these handsets are no longer waterproof. Yup! No longer dancing in the rain.

Expected Release Date and Price:


The phones are expected to hit the ground on 10th April. Booking has already started in some countries. The price isn’t yet officially declared but you can expect it to be close to Galaxy S5 or Galaxy Note Edge (near about 700 EUR).

Last Words:


In the battle against companies like Apple, HTC and Xiaomi, these are going to be the weapons for Samsung to survive. Meanwhile, the CEO of Cyanogenmod, an android software comany, has said that Samsung will be slaughtered within 5 years! Well, we do not know anything yet. Samsung’s future pretty much depends on how these phones hit the market and to know that we’ve gotta wait till this April.

Are you happy with the features of Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6? Are you going to buy it or just let it pass? Comment below, we are all waiting to hear from you!!

Photo copyright: Samsung. Source: Samsung press.

12 Killer Tips To Improve Google Places Rankings

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To rank in a better position of Google’s search result is only possible after the person or the entity works very hard on making it happen. Ranking in a local segment is much more important. A list of local rankings is made available across the World Wide Web. Whether it is the most famous search engine Google, or other search portals including Yahoo local or Bing BBP. These social media channels are highly relied upon by both youngsters and adults of the present times. Google Places is known for driving more global population traffic, when compared to the other local search channels.


It is the basic nature of us human beings to have what is served to us first. Almost everybody in this lazy generation selects the links that occupy the top part of the search portal page, to get information regarding a particular topic. Thus, although a specific page, website or blog ranks number one for a precise keyword, it may be positioned at the fifth or maybe sixth position in the Google Places results page.

12 killer tips to improve google places rankingsThe Internet-based Corporation, Google, presently possesses up to a whooping 65% of the total market share. Thus in turn upgrading the importance of the local listing of Google Places. The importance is then shifted to Bing and Yahoo, making them the second and third preference for search engine.

With an updated SERPs, Google had showcased a local listing along with the organic result earlier in October. This leads to an increase in the importance of local listings.

Therefore, at the moment it is tremendously important, that a person has his or her local listing cent percent optimized and regularly synced irrespective of their on page or off page website strategy.

In the everyday scenario, if you feel hungry and you want to know what are the restaurants around the place where you live, with the advancement in modern technology you are compelled to Google search for restaurants in the city where you reside. Google’s search portal, on the other hand, would track down your current location and start with restaurants in closest proximity to the one’s far away from where you are in the same city. Thus, a list of restaurants would display on your screen, with the first few being the nearest to you and the last few being far away from your present location.

Everybody wants to look good, everybody wants to be seen. So if you are a businessman and you want your prospective audience to notice you on the world’s best search engine, what will you do?

Enlisted below are a few effective tips that could help you improve your Google Places rankings:


1. The first and the most important thing that any business entity must do is provide their potential users with the up-to-date information regarding their business. This includes the appropriate contact details, the accurate address information, precise working and operating hours. It is also advisable to upload real pictures of the entity on the official Google Places account.

2. Choose the right business category. There are many examples online, where the business of the company is different from the category it falls under. This can not only be misleading for the potential customers but it will also keep you away from your competitors. You must know your competition, before you compete.

3. The right Business Title is the most important thing in terms of marketing. The title of your business must give a gist of what your business is all about.

4. If the title also consists of your location as a keyword, it may be very informative and attractive to people located in the same location.

5. It is very important that you use the real Geo-location and not the Geo-location that you would want to improve your rank for.

6. You must submit your correct business or website information to online local data providers. These providers will ensure that the information relating to your business is uploaded on the web to other channels. This will help you attain a goodwill at least online. Some of the local data providers include Acxiom, InfoUsa and Localeze.

7. To make your listing flawless lies solely in your own hands. The listing has to be not only claimed but also verified by the owner. Thus, the entire information about your business falls in your control.

8. In case of any special events, make sure that you update it on your Local Place page, thus promoting your business and the event.

9. Do not ignore Google reviews. Respond to them through your Google Places account.

10. Online reviews can either make it or break it. It doesn’t matter how many people have reviewed your business as such. What really matters, and what really you should be concerned about is the quality of the reviews your business has received. Find out those review sites that deal with business like yours and aim to target them, then you can slowly expand your business by getting more reviews from other websites.

Google has added a new function to the local listing through which it takes your business or website reviews and attaches them to the local listing, thus giving your listing a better appearance.

11. Social networking sites also have listings. These social listings attract public mainly the youngsters. Facebook Places, Foursquare are a few examples. Make sure that you claim your hyperlocal listings as well. This listing gives you enough credibility.

12.You can also participate in Google Boost for enough additional exposure.

Long back information was spread by word of mouth. However with Internet helping us to enhance and expand our business, only sky is the limit now. Following the above steps will surely help in keeping your business fairly exposed, but the fact that people talk about your services after having visited must not be ignored.

Never avoid reviews, or deny services. Never provide false information, just to get some extra attention. Be honest, and you might see an improvement in your Google Places ranking. If you are not experienced into digital marketing to make things done like above, hire well established digital marketing company to do things for you.

The guest post was written by Sai Krishna D, having 8+ Years of experience into Digital Marketing Space, expert in SEO, Social Media, Strategic Planning, ROI Measurement etc. 

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5 Best Ways to Make Money Online

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In this article we’re gonna see five Best Ways to Make Money Online. So let’s get started.

Money! The basic thing that one needs to survive on earth, apart from air, water, love, food and music. I’m a bit unsure about the love, though (I broke up recently, you know). Anyway the fact is, everybody wants to make money. And since you’re here, tolerating a nonsense like me, I’m pretty sure that you wanna make some bucks as well.

It may sound crazy, but you’re at the right place. So besides wasting your time, I’m gonna show you the best ways to make money online, in real. It’s no fairytale of how some random legend made a billion dollars selling potatoes or juicy cucumbers, it’s just a stupid, simple guide to illuminate the legend inside you and create a tale that scratches a mark in the pages of history.

Okay, it was a bit much Shakespeare of me. Anyway in short, I’m gonna tell you how you can earn money with the help of Internet and some spare time.

There are two kinds of people in this world. The one who fights hard, works their bum off to make some cash. They are the real pride of our nations. On the other side, there are those people, like me, lazy as bear, burning calories on the computer – the so called losers. Well, chose you side, if you belong to the loser side, welcome home buddy.

There are bad times in everyone’s lives. Times, you don’t know what to do, how to feed your family, how to bring a smile to that little child, crying out of hunger. Life goes on, no one cares. There’s only one who can help you, it’s you. So keep belief in God, good time is about to come.

Enough emotional stuff, let’s now head over to the ways to make money online. Get ready to do some real brainstorming.

1. Make money blogging!


If you think you have a lot to say, a lot to split out of your head, go ahead make money with it. Yes, if you’ve got a good writing skill, and you can paint your imagination into words, there’s something awesome waiting for you. Today, thousands of people are making bucks just by writing in blogs. It’s really a great way to earn money online.

Let me clarify what a blog is. It is a website or sometimes a part of website that publishes updated information about some certain topic. For instance techabrel.com is a blog. People visit blogs in search of some helpful information. The author of a blog is called blogger and a blogger makes money by serving ads on those blogs.

So I think the basic is pretty clear to you. Now it’s time to stop thinking and kick off. This simple guide will help you to learn how stuffs work around: Getting Started with Blogging!

2. Earn bucks exploiting your creativity:


Got creative blood inside? Is it red? Then show it off buddy (talking about the creativity, not the blood). If you can design websites, write songs, create music, make videos, just go and show it to the world. It will not only give you fame, it’s good enough to make your pocket heavy.

If you’re good in HTML, PHP or CSS you should be designing websites. Web designing, nowadays is a good-paying freelancing job. For a head start, at first create some cool demo websites as portfolio and then do a little bit of marketing stuffs, promote yourself and see the magic. And later, who knows, you might be able to start your own business company as well.

Music mania, that they called waste of time, can take you to the top of this world, and all that with just a bit of ninja-crafting online.  Write a fabulous song or create some good piece of melody and put it online. This can grab you a handsome loads of bucks. Selling music is one of the best ways to make money online.

Further Reading: 18 Ways Musicians Can Make Money

So you think you can dance, eh? It doesn’t matter whether it’s dance or hitting drums or playing guitar, if it’s good, you can make bucks outta it. All you have to do is grab a camera (or borrow it form your nasty cousin), shoot a video of it and upload it in YouTube. You can earn money from YouTube just by partnering with Google AdSense. The more views you get, the more dollars you make. And as part of being your cameraman, give your cousin a buck or two.

3. Selling Stock Photos:


If you can snap breathtaking pictures, there are thousands of websites waiting out there to buy them. All you need to do is snap some brilliant photos with your camera or create a good piece of art on Photoshop and sell them on sites like ShutterStock, iStockPhoto etc. Many photographers are making heavy income from this stock photo selling websites.

4. Selling old goods:


Wanna get rid of your unwanted old stuffs? Instead of throwing them out, why not make some bucks off those craps? What seems useless to you, might be a gem for someone else. There are plenty of sites where you can sell your old computer, bike, car, smartphone or even your half-dead sofa. Just think, if you throw your sofa out, only the cats will get benefit from it. So selling it isn’t kinda bad deal, what say? 

Some places to sell your old goods are-

US: eBay / Craigslist / Car Daddy / Copious
India:
Quickr / OLX
UK:
GumTree / WeBuyBooks

For more sites like those just hit Google or Bing. 

5. Online Surveys:


Another great way to earn money from home is by doing online surveys.  Surveys are basically a type of feedback poles. You’ll be asked some set of questions and you have to answer those (relax, no tough stuff). Soon after you complete the given survey you’ll be either paid in bucks or be rewarded giftcards, e-vouchers etc. Each survey can take up to 10-25 minutes to complete, so it’s not really a bad option to sell your spare time in exchange of hard cash.

Worth Reading: The best paid online survey websites

In a nutshell,


No matter whether you’re working online or offline, the only thing that can bring up success is hard work. Get your bum off and start -actually- doing something. You’ve got one life, one chance. To live it at its fullest, you’ll need money — harsh truth. Have yourself pumped up and get on the floor.

So we were talking about ways to make money online. I’d love to hear what you think about this topic. Think, we missed something? Just spell it out in comments.

How to create a .nomedia file?

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Earlier I posted a tutorial on how to hide any android files without any third-party software. There I hid folders and files just by adding a dot (.) in front of the folder or file name. That process, however doesn’t seem to work on all devices (especially on few kitkat handsets). Hence for those devices, I’m publishing an alternative procedure to hide folders or files from gallery.

The process is nothing but simply adding a .nomedia file in the folder where we're hiding the files. The contents (pics, vids etc.) of any folder that contains a .nomedia file will be hidden from the gallery. But what is that .nomedia file?

A .nomedia file is simply a file, which has an extension of nomedia. Just like .mp3 for an audio song. This is mainly used to hide system media files from gallery. But how to create such type of file?

So today in this tutorial I’m gonna show you how to create a .nomedia file to prevent certain pictures, videos or audios from coming into gallery and players. As far as my knowledge this procedure works for most of the KitKat, IS, Jellybean devices including Samsung, Micromax, Xiaomi, LG etc. popular handsets.

What you’ll need during the process is a useless file (and a working android smartphone, obiously). So let's get started.

How to create a .nomedia file in your phone or tab?


1. First of all, move all the files you wanna hide to a specific folder. Or if you want to hide an existing folder then move on to the next step.

2. Pick a useless file, any file. If you don’t have one, just open the camera and snap a photo of your nasty cousin. We’re gonna use it as a useless file. For the sake of this tutorial, let’s name it techabrel.jpg.

3. Now move that file (techabrel.jpg) to the folder, where you kept the to-be-hidden stuffs.

4. After that, rename that file. Erase the full name along with the extension, i.e. erase techabrel.jpg and type down .nomedia in place of that. Save it.

Okay, so you’re done. Go and check your galley, it’s completely hidden from there. If files are still visible there, reboot your device and recheck gallery.

Creating .nomedia file on PC:


You can also create this .nomedia file in your computer and then transfer it to your mobile via USB cable or Bluetooth. This is helpful, in case your phone doesn’t let you create a .nomedia file.

To make such a file on pc, just follow the easy step mentioned below.

  • Open any random folder. Right click on the blank area and create a new text file.
  • Name it anything, say Techabrel.txt. Now notice carefully whether you can see the file extension or not (.txt). If you can see it, its fine, you can skip this step. And if you can’t see it, then you need to switch it on. To do that, in Windows 8 go to View panel and tick on the File Name Extensions box. For other windows version you’ll find this option in Folder Options > View > Hide Extensions for Known File Types (un-tick it).
  • Now right click on the newly created file and click on rename. After that erase everything including the extension and type down techabrel.nomedia and then press enter. Then your computer will ask you whether you really want to change the extension or not, say yes.
  • After all the steps are done simply copy that file to your mobile via data cable. Alternatively you can also send this file to mobile by Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.
  • Then in your file manager locate the file and erase the techabrel by renaming it. And simply save it.

To unhide the files:


If you want to unhide the hidden files again so that you can see them on gallery, just delete the .nomedia file or rename it back to anything adding its previous extension.

Troubleshooting:


In some devices, even after deleting the .nomedia file, the hidden files do not show up on gallery. In those cases, restart your device or rescan media library. And if rebooting doesn’t work, follow the steps below.
  • At first, create a new folder.
  •  Move all the files from the hidden folder to this new folder.
  • Delete the hidden folder.
  • That’s it, now rename it with the previous folder’s name.

Lastly,


I hope it helps. If you found this guide helpful or interesting, please do share it. Sharing is caring.
Facing problems?? Write it down in the comments, I’ll reply you within a few hours. Have a good time :)

WhatsApp is Now Available on PC!

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Finally, putting end to a long wait, the messaging-service giant WhatsApp Web has arrived on desktop.

Yes, recently this messenger has released its desktop client named WhatsApp Web. According to this Facebook owned messenger, this is nothing but an extension to its app, which syncs the phone's conversations to the desktop browser (copies it, to be more precise). This means from now on, you can chat with your close buddies on the computer as well.

WhatsApp is now available on pc web
Two developers, Brian Acton and Jan Koum built WhatsApp in 2009 which was lately acquired by Facebook (for a whopping $19 billion). Though it was created for smartphones only, whatsapp could also be accessed from computers via android emulators like Bluestacks. But now one can easily use whatsapp on his/her favorite laptop or desktop without installing any third party software. 

WhatsApp has said that due to limitations of iOS platform, this web client is currently available for Android, Windows, Blackberry and Nokia S60 devices only. Which means iPhone & iPad users have to wait until WhatsApp can work it out.

Besides this, another drawback of WhatsApp Web is that it syncs messages from your phone. This means your phone must stay connected to the internet all the time in order to transmit messages in the web client.

Here's how you can use WhatsApp Web on your computer


1. Update WhatsApp in your smartphone. Skip this step if you already have the latest version installed.

2. Now open Google Chrome in your computer. Download Chrome if you don’t have it.

3. Then go to this link: https://web.whatsapp.com/. Here you’ll see a QR Code (like the screenshot below).

whatsapp on web google chrome


4. After that open WhatsApp in your mobile. Press Menu and from the list click on WhatsApp Web.

whatsapp web is available on desktop


5. Soon you’ll see a QR Code scanner. Point your camera to that QR code on your browser and hold it up there for a few seconds.


whatsapp web scanning qr code

6. That’s it. Now all your conversations will come alive in your desktop web browser.


WhatsApp Web Screenshot

7. To enable notifications on desktop, click on menu (the vertical three doted thing). Then press notification. And switch on the notification alerts by ticking those specific boxes.

You can connect more than one computers with your account, which means your account can be accessed from multiple devices — at the same time. To do that, go to WhatsApp Web in your phone's WhatsApp app. Then click on the big plus sign at the upper right corner and follow the above mentioned steps again.

Further if you want to log out from your desktop, just click on WhatsApp Web in your mobile again. And tap Log out from all computers.

Though this is an admirable step by WhatsApp, what is its utility when you need your phone to be connected to internet always? It's fun and pretty cool, I know. But for those who doesn't own a smartphone, it's still a piece of junk. They'll rather use Bluestacks.

So what do you think about this web client? Is it helpful? Please comment down your reviews about WhatsApp. And don't forget to share it amongst your friends.

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How to Write a Blog Post: The Ultimate Guide

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Now since that we’ve learnt what Blogging & Search Engine Optimization is, it’s time for you to write your first blog post. While writing a blog post, you can’t simply paste it from your brain, you’ve gotta work out a few more things. Even if you’re a pro blogger, a pure post can’t come out until you connect your brain with the heart. And no one can tell you how to do that literally. The only way to do that is keep writing and let the flow blow automatically.

When you’re crafting a post, keep in mind that you ain’t writing it for yourself, it’s the readers, who will read it. So you have to make sure that they remain connected throughout the post. Ask yourself, when do you hit the back button after landing on a webpage? Obviously when you don’t find it interesting or helpful enough. That’s the same thing your visitors do.

Suppose you’re having a dinner in some restaurant. There you’re never given a bunch of foods altogether. At first you’re served with a starter followed by something solid and lastly some cool deserts. There’s a certain format for everything. The same goes for a blog post. A blog post, or say an article must be structured in such a way that it psychologically please a visitor. A harsh truth of this world is, the aesthetic is the very first thing that one cares about.

So how to structure a blog post?

The basic anatomy of a blog post:


There’s no standard that says you must write articles in some certain format. But you can follow a simple reference style format that makes it easier for your visitors to read your article. Obviously, you can experiment styling your blog posts, but until you get to that pro-level, try to stick to the traditional blog anatomy.

No matter whether you're writing a post in wordpress or in blogger, just follow this simple formula step by step and you'll surely get better SEO results and less bounce rate.

A blog post should start off with a breathe-shaking introduction part. In the introduction section, give a brief idea about what you’re going to tell your readers. It should be long enough to clarify the ‘thing’, but short enough not to bore your audience.

Also Read: How to generate a blogger sitemap and submit it to Google? 

And then comes the body of the article. In this area you have to pull down the main content. Now, while writing the body part, be cautious to break it down in some paragraphs. A continuous long document is always unpleasant to a reader. Have you ever seen continuous texts while reading an interesting story book? No right? Same goes for your article. See this post, for instance. You’ll notice many para-breaks. This makes it easy to read for everybody.

In the body part, you can also make more than one points if you wish. It’s all up to you, play around it. But never forget to break it down.

After body section, there’s the conclusion part. In this part, you have to add some ending words. It’s like giving a finishing touch to an art. Here, you can ask your readers to share the post, comment on it or give their feedback.

The following diagram shows the format of a sample blog post. (click to enlarge).


how to write a blog post article format


How to write the title?


Title is a part, which is often ignored by most of the newbie bloggers. But the title plays a vital role in getting traffic to your blog. Not only because a well-fed title ranks higher on Search Engines, but it also helps attracting readers from Social Networking Sites, Feeds etc. A healthy title should contain the main keywords which the blog post is about. But never congest it with those keywords. This totally demagnetizes traffic, scientifically saying

While promoting your post, sometimes, title is the only way to convince people to come and see what you’ve just written. No matter how good or read-worthy your content is, it stays completely invisible to them. The only thing they can look at is the title, and if it sounds boring to them, they won’t click it. So you can never risk it putting some boring or tedious titles.

But how to write interesting, traffic grabbing titles?

Psychological studies have shown that titles which includes adjectives like Awesome, Extreme, Fantastic, Killer etc. attract more focus than normal headings. Just imagine, would you click on a link that says – “5 Android Smartphones Under $130” or would you go with “5 Killer Android Smartphones Under $130”? Obviously the second one seems more convincing, unless you’re suffering from awesomeness-blindomania disease. That’s a serious sickness, I’m saying. Read more articles from Techabrel, this may help you reloading the awesomeness.

Though, it’s true that putting those cool words on title will attract readers, but do not overuse it, it ruins the effect, brutally.

Using Images:


Some random legend has said that an image speaks a thousand words (tell it to Google, genius). Actually I always had a slight doubt on the quantity of the words that a picture can speak. I mean, seriously, thousand words is a hell lot. Anyway that’s none of our business. My point is, if you don’t use pictures in your posts, it will totally look dumb as text books. And your blog ain’t a boring school, eh?

There are some traditional way to implement images on your post. At first there should be a Cover image relevant to the article which describes what the post is all about (see, images speak). You can either put it on top of everything, as big as a poster. Or simply keep it small, aligned to right at the introduction part (look at this post, for example).

For the rest of the post, you can use any required pics at the content area. But try to keep all images’ size same, this looks more handsome, aesthetically. And never forget to SEO optimize those pics. Google doesn’t understand pictures, so if you don’t optimize the photos, those are as worthless as rocks. Sorry rocks :( 

Another matter which you should take a bit seriously is the image size. Heavy sized photos will increase the page load time (Google hates it, I hate it). To reduce image size without losing their quality, you need to compress them.

The Editing Part:


After writing your first draft, just copy it to Microsoft Word. We need to proof read it to check for grammatical errors and spelling mistakes (all errors will be underlined red or blue, right click on them and use any of the correct suggestions). After reviewing the whole post and rectifying all errors, read it again, this time act like you’re a common reader and reading someone else’s document. And then cut off all the craps that you feel needless. While reading out a phrase, if you feel that it shouldn’t be like this, change it. Add more stuff, if needed. Whatever you do, keep in mind that your mission is to make it more awesome than its previous version.

Final Tips:


  1. Split your blog post to three parts – Introduction, Body & Conclusion.
  2. Don’t make it too long to read or too short to be punished by Google.
  3. Keep it simple. Imagine that you’re writing it for your 10 years old cousin.
  4. Make sure that your post have the minimum amount of spelling or grammatical errs.
  5. You’re not a robot. So keep it light and add a little funny twist. Maintain a good conversational tone.

Wrapping it up:


So that’s how you write a post, proof read it and make it mind blasting. Now it’s time for some DIY. Go to the dashboard. Write a new blog post. Awesomify it. And then comment down the link to your newly written blog post. I’ll go through your article and tell you what’s wrong with it and how can you make it better.

Plus don’t forget to share it amongst your friends. It just takes few kilobytes to share it, don’t be a selfish, hit the share button, I’m serious.

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