How To Promote Your Blog: 101 simple steps Ways To Boost Traffic

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According to data referenced in a recent piece in the New York Times, titled “Blogs Falling in an Empty Forest”, approximately 95% of blogs fail; the piece, that analyzed several failed and “retired” bloggers, to understand why they quit, came to the conclusion that many blogs fail due to lack of readership.
Luckily, I’ve grown some blogs into 500,000+ monthly visitors (see image below) and I’ve literally tried every method on the the internet. However, I want to let you know that it didn’t happen overnight and it took a lot of testing, failing and starting all over again.
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Want to learn how to start a blog? Check out my step-by-step tutorial.

How to Create a free website on WordPress

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In this guide we have shared the steps to create a free website on WordPress.com Platform. There is a big difference between WordPress.org and WordPress.com, I will cover the differences in separate post, for now you should only know that you can build a free website on WordPress.com not on WordPress.org. Here, we will show you how to build and host your website on WordPress.com for free.
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Let’s start with step by step process of building a site.

Step 1: Signup to WordPress.com

First you need to signup at WordPress.com so go to http://wordpress.com/ you would find a screen like the below one. Click on Get Started. You would be redirected to a signup page.
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Fill out the signup form. The fields you must need to provide are E-mail Address, Username, Password and Blog Address (Domain name). Click on Create Blog! 
There are few things which you must know – The domain name you choose would be suffixed with WordPress.com (since you are using WordPress platform for creating free website), for example I choose a blog name as easysteps2buildwebsite and it has automatically been suffixed with wordpress.com so my complete domain name (Website’s address) is easysteps2buildwebsite.wordpress.com.
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Step 2: Confirm email and Activate Blog

Once you are done with step 1, you would be able to see a screen like the below one, which will ask you to confirm your E-mail Address.
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Head over to your email and Click on Activate Blog! in order to confirm the Address. The email you get would look like the one shown below.
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Step 3: Setup your blog

Once you are done with step 2, you would be asked for the few details about your new website such as blog Title, tagline and Language. Click on Next Step after filling up all these details.
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Step 4: Choose and Customize WordPress theme

In this step you must need to choose a theme for your website. There you would find free and premium themes both. Choose any of the free theme, select it and head over to the next step.You can also browse more free themes at http://theme.wordpress.com/themes/sort/free/.
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Customize the theme if you want otherwise click Next Step
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Step 5: Connect with Facebook or Twitter

You may choose to configure your twitter and Facebook accounts here. You can also skip this step and go to next step. You would be able to configure these items later.
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Step 6: Finish the Process

Click Finish! You have successfully created a free website on WordPress. It’s time to check how the website looks.
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Step 7: Visit your newly created Website

Go to the browser and give your complete domain name (Website’s URL). You would be able to view your website. Cool huh! The whole process took just couple of minutes to setup everything. Wait!! We are not yet finished, it’s just the beginning, you would need to change the look and appearance of your website to make it look attractive. You can do so by referring the next section.
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Change the Appearance

In order to change the appearance of your newly created website. Click on My Blog at the menu bar and then click on Change Appearance. Refer the below snapshot for the same.
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You would find the below screen. This is your WordPress Dashboard, you can do lot more things using the left sidebar. We are on the Appearance tab in the left sidebar which allows you to customize existing theme and switch between new themes. Are you able to see the left black sidebar? let me cover few basic things about the sidebar before I finish this tutorial.
  • Dashboard: For WordPress, Plugins and Themes updates.
  • Posts: For editing, deleting and writing new posts.
  • Media: For managing and uploading new media files such as images and videos
  • Pages: For Managing and creating new pages on your Blog.
  • Comments: For Moderating comments – Here you can approve, delete and reply to the comments.
  • Appearance: We already covered it earlier – for trying out new themes and customization.
  • Settings: Lot more things to do. Go through the settings and configure them as per the need.
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Final Words

That’s all for this. I’m pretty sure you must have created a cool website for free by following the above mentioned steps. If you have any questions and doubt regarding this, please feel free to drop a note at the comment section below, we will be pleased to assist you. Share your views and ideas on this to make it more informative so that even a beginner would be able to do it on his own. If you like the tutorial, share it with your friends on Facebook, Gplus and twitter.

Why Should Switch Website From HTTP To HTTPS?

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Google, the world’s most favorite search engine is on a mission to make HTTPS a standard web protocol across the world. With the given advantage of HTTPS by search engines and browser community, perhaps this is the best time for webmasters to migrate their websites from HTTP to HTTPS.
In this article we will be explaining in simple terms what you need to do and how you need to do it to migrate your website(s) from HTTP to HTTPS.

                                                 
      

What Is HTTP And HTTPS? How Are They Different From Each Other?

HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol) is the cornerstone web technology that helps to transmit and share information across the WWW (World Wide Web).
However, it has some downsides too. Its most striking shortcoming is security. HTTP is not secure for modern day web purposes. It is easy to break in by unauthorized personnel for hacking and data theft.
HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure) is the second coming of HTTP. It will make the Internet a safe haven for day-to-day transactions like eCommerce, Internet banking, instant messaging, video chat, file transfer, cloud storage etc.

SSL Makes All The Difference

The key point of difference between HTTP and HTTPS is a SSL certificate. A SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) Certificate encrypts the data before sending or receiving between a web server and a web browser. The data encryption ensures that no harmful malware, virus or even security threats sneak into the network of the end-user.
The following table enlisting the differences between HTTP and HTTPS will help you understand both the technologies in better light.

The Compelling Need for HTTPS Migration

  • Google has made it clear that HTTPS helps to boost search engine ranking. It means, HTTPS web pages have a high probability of landing in the top search results than those running on HTTP.
  • Google Chrome new version 56 labels indicator as ‘not secure’ for HTTP pages which collects passwords or credit cards. Even, Mozilla in its upcoming releases will show context message when a user enter credentials on insecure pages.
  • Customer/users consider HTTPS as a sign of confidence and security for transacting or exchanging information with the website.
  • Further, the Internet is adopting HTTP/2 with a rapid pace. It has better a 70% more optimized performance across all browsers compared to HTTP/1.1. Therefore also, HTTPS is a must to adopt HTTP/2.
                                                          

  • The Roadmap For HTTP To HTTPS Conversion

    1. Purchase and Configure SSL certificate
    2. Change website links with HTTPS
    3. Set Up 301 redirects to HTTPS
    4. Test and Deploy

    Purchase and Configure SSL Certificate

    There are various types of SSL certificates available in the market. There are 3 major varieties of SSL certificates : Domain Validation, Business/Organization Validation And Extended Validation. You can select from any as per your business/website requirement.
  • How To Configure A SSL Certificate For The Website?

    The process of configuring a SSL certificate is fairly simple and easy. The following steps outline will help you how can get it done.
    1. Prepare your WHOIS record with the correct name, location and country details.
    2. Generate the Certificate Signing Request (CSR) on the server to be submitted to the certificate issuing authority.
    3. Create a private key along with the CSR. (It should NOT be submitted along with the CSR).
    4. Submit the CSR to the certificate issuing authority after encoding it with the relevant specification.
    5. Obtain validation for your domain name and location and other submitted credentials.
    6. On receiving the certificate from the issuing authority, install it in your server.

    Factors To Consider While Buying SSL Certificate:

    Some checkpoints you can keep in mind while buying a SSL certificate for website security.
    • Domain Support as required by your website (single, sub domains or multiple domains)
    • Extended validation support (if required)
    • Flexible pricing
    • Browser compatibility
    • Quick and easy installation
    • Technical support
    • Validity, warranty and products

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      Change Website Links With HTTPS

      The next step in HTTP to HTTPS conversion is rebuilding all the website links to reflect the HTTPS encryption. If you are using CMS like WordPress, even permalinks have to be changed to HTTPs. If you have not been using relative links within the website until now, do a further search into the website’s content to trace links that point to other locations within the website. Such links should also be converted to HTTPS for the SSL security to take place.

      Set Up 301 Redirects To HTTPS

      301 redirects is like notifying your contacts of your changed address, but in an automatic manner. Setting up 301 redirects is very important from a SEO point of view. If the redirect is not implemented correctly, it could deplete your search engine rankings.
      The 301 redirect can be done manually through insertion of codes at the server level. For a website that contains hundreds of links, updating codes at the server level is the best way for 301 redirects. It will save time, will give consistent updating of codes and will ensure that no code is left in HTTP to HTTPS conversion.
      It can be done by inserting the below mentioned codes in the .htaccess file located in server’s root file:
      RewriteEngine On
      RewriteCond %{HTTPS} off
      RewriteRule (.*) https://%{HTTP_HOST}%{REQUEST_URI} [R=301,L]

      Test And Deploy

      Like with any other digital transformation, your HTTP to HTTPS conversion cannot be completed before testing for its veracity. Conduct a complete website testing to ensure that all the links are updated with the HTTPS, the redirects are functioning properly and that the web content is also secured after the migration.
      If you find any error in testing, go ahead and deploy your SSL encrypted website.

      Conclusion:

      Migrating to HTTPS is a great investment for the future. Of course, it is not an easy task. If you are someone who is not used to doing core technical tasks, you are bound to feel lost in the process of HTTP to HTTPS conversion. Fortunately, there are plenty of online resources available (including this article) which will help you get through with the migration. Rest assured that the migration will gain your website a better chance at higher search engine ranking, more conversions and compatibility with all browsers.







Xioami Launched Brand New|Xiaomi Black Shark Price Specifications and Features

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Xiaomi is launched a brand new Black Shark Series. This is really wonderful series in this year. You can see this Xiaomi Black Shark  Price Specifications and Features.



Samsung Launched Brand New|Samsung Galaxy J7 Duo Price Specifications and Features

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Samsung is launched a brand new Galaxy J7 Duo Series. This is really wonderful series in this year. You can see this Samsung Galaxy J7 Duo Price Specifications and Features.




Google wants its voice assistant to power your ACs, fans, lights and more

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NEW DELHI: Google is in talks with a range of companies in India to integrate its voice assistant service in consumer durable products such as air-conditioners, fans and light switches. The US search giant is also working with some telcos to help enable their subscribers to use voice commands to find out details of their bills and monthly plans.

                                                         

Xiaomi's Black Shark gaming smartphone will be a looker, suggests new leak

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Xiaomi is seemingly gearing to launch a new gaming-centric smartphone in China on April 13. The smartphone in question does not have a name yet, but, apparently Xiaomi backed subsidiary Black Shark is building it from grounds up for gamers. Much like the Razer phone. Xiaomi's Black Shark gaming smartphone may be a looker though, unlike the Razer phone which is not. It's a big boxy slab on the contrary.
Xiaomi's upcoming gaming phone has leaked online. Actually, its brief teaser has that gives a closer look at its profile, from one side. But, the profile is enough to highlight one of its headlining features: the Black Shark will be gorgeous to look at. The phone will have curved sides, and rounded edges, a stark departure from the Razer phone's big boxy design. The silhouette of Xiaomi's phone suggests that it would be all-glass on the front -- preferably bezel-less with an 18:9 aspect ratio -- with a metal frame joining the whole thing together. The power button is seen on the right side, and has this grooved texture to make it stand out. Not that it was needed since it seems like the Black Shark phone would have its volume rocker on the left.

                                                                                 

That's all that there is to it, for now although hardware specs of the said phone have been doing the rounds on the internet for sometime now. The phone will apparently be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor with up to 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage. It will further come a screen with a 120Hz refresh rate although its resolution is said to hover around full-HD+.
The Razer phone launched recently aspires to offer high-end gaming credentials on a mobile form factor. The Black Shark will likely aspire to do the same. Chances are it may never come out of China though. But whatever it is, Xiaomi's decision to invest in a gaming smartphone that's a niche product when you look at it in totality goes on to highlight how much Xiaomi has grown over time. That said, it must be noted, that the Black Shark phone won't be a full-on Xiaomi phone as and when it launches. In China, Xiaomi is known for a plethora of ecosystem products, that it helps design and market on the shoulders of small subsidiaries that it invests in. The company is known to make everything from pens to suitcases. The Black Shark gaming phone will be one such product.