Business

Does Blog Commenting Still Work In 2019?

Blog commenting has taken bad hit recently. It has been so easy to create fly-by-night blogs and to comment spam other blogs that there is just too much junk being created all around the blogosphere.

If you have experienced using WordPress, you know what I’m talking about. You would tend to receive a lot of junk comments if you are in the more popular niches like make-money, health, or dating.

Nevertheless, blog commenting still holds a lot of potential if you do it right. Blogs tend to have a life of their own since the owner is does their own promotion for their site. That means if you participate in a popular blog, your backlinks tend to get exposed to increasing traffic in the long run as well as get more link juice.

In the spirit of Evergreen SEO, remember that if we create spam we get junk in return. On the other hand, if we participate nicely, we’ll get gold that lasts forever.

Basic Evergreen SEO Principles for Blog Participation

  1. Multiple comments each. Traditional blog comment SEO usually teaches you to find a blog, post a nice comment, find another blog, post a nice comment, rinse and repeat as fast as you can to get as many backlinks as you can. It’s a little conspicuous if you ask me that your website has exactly one inbound link each coming from a lot of different sites and I believe Google is picking up on this. Participate by commenting on different posts on the blog, replying to other posts, and replying to replies on your posts.
  2. Build a relationship with the owner. Think of blog participation as building a relationship with the owner. If you keep on commenting on the same blog, the owner of the website would tend to get familiar with you. This then could lead to a potentially fruitful relationship in the future (JV, guest posting, business partnerships).
  3. An interaction between people. Blogs, unlike traditional websites, were designed primarily for individuals and not companies (except for news blogs). It functions like a personal online journal. Although corporations aren’t prevented from installing blogs, visitors respond more to personal blogs and subconsciously perceive corporate blogs as mere sales pitch channels. Blogs always have that personal appeal. Keep in mind that you are interacting with people when you participate in the blogosphere.

Evergreen SEO – Blog Participation Method

STEP 1: Find quality blogs to participate in.

What we need are high-traffic blogs which indicates the blog’s popularity. The usual indication of high-traffic blogs are the number of comments on the blog posts or, if available, the number of feed subscriptions. Be careful to scan the blog comments though to make sure that they are not just spam. A good 10-15 quality comments per blog post may indicate a very popular blog. Adjust accordingly depending on your niche.

Personally, I only participate on personal blogs and not company blogs. It’s my personal preference and my reasoning is that individuals who put up their own name out there have much more to lose if they don’t take care of their blog. These bloggers tend to put more effort keeping their blogs well-kept. This is just my preference though so feel free to participate on whichever blogs you are comfortable with.

I also don’t mind blogs that require registration or moderated comments. This is a good indication of quality blogs. You get no spam on these blogs and there are few competitions from other SEO practitioners.

The blog, for SEO purposes, should allow you to post your website (your name in the comment becomes the link). If the owner is not strict with outbound links in the comment itself, then that’s better.

You can go about finding these blogs in many ways.

  1. If you know the name of an expert in your niche, then simple do a search in Google with “their name” + blog as you search term.
  2. Do a search in Google with “your keyword” + “10..50 comments” as your search term. This means you’ll find blogs with posts that have 10-50 comments on them. You can adjust the numbers to indicate your desired range.
  3. Visit blog search engines like blogsearch.google.com or technorati.com and conduct your search there.

STEP 2: Post quality comments.

Register if required then make your comments. You can comment on several posts but don’t overdo it.

I suggest you join the blog’s RSS feed so that you can receive immediate updates on new posts. You can then go back and be the first to comment on them.

STEP 3: Expand to more blogs at a pace you are comfortable with.

Look for more blogs to post comments on. Blog commenting doesn’t require a lot of time to do so it’s quite reasonable to be able to keep track of many blogs at the same time.

Conclusion

As the core of Evergreen SEO, it’s all about honesty and hard work. Honesty and hard work to give quality content on the web is always rewarded with evergreen returns. Do good work and those in power who value goodness (i.e. Google’s policy after all is “Do No Evil”) would conspire to keep you on top.

When it comes to blog commenting, this aforementioned principle still holds. In the end, the only blogs that would remain standing are the quality ones. If you do blog commenting the Evergreen SEO way, you’ll be part of the success of those blogs in the end. 

Business

How To Become A Successful Network Marketer

Are you a network marketer or want to launch a network marketing campaign? You will be more successful if you avoid common mistakes. Keep reading to find out more about common network marketing mistakes.

Do not come across as pushy, conceited or fake. People will want to purchase your products and become a part of your network if they feel they can trust you and gain status by associating with you. You need to come across as a trustworthy, detail-oriented professional. You can achieve this by paying attention to your appearance and developing a strong online presence to document your achievements and share your advice and opinion on topics your customers will be interested in.

Your network will stagnate and disappear if you do not maintain it properly. Organize your network as a pyramid of concentric circles to determine how close you are to each customer or partner. People will slowly move toward the edges of your network if you do not contact them frequently, but be careful not to contact people too often to avoid annoying them. As you gain more experience, you will be able to determine how interested a customer really is and establish contact when needed.

Customers will lose interest if you do not offer new deals and new products on a regular basis. Keep looking for new products your existing customers will be interested in, and do your best to lower prices when possible. Release your new products strategically, for instance by waiting for the holiday season to launch a new product or organizing a contest to generate some anticipation for a new product. Get some feedback from your customers to select the best products available.

Your network is not limited to your customers. Your professional connections represent an important part of your network, even though most network marketers do not openly discuss these connections. You need to stay in touch with distributors, sellers and anyone who can help you locate quality products at low prices or new potential customers. Keep in mind that your customers can become professional connections if they have a large circle of friends who might be interested in your products too.

Avoid distractions when you are at work. It can be easy to get side-tracked and engage in personal conversations. You should always keep in mind that your goal is not to make friends, even though most of your customers will not make this distinction and consider you as a close friend once they get to know you. You can avoid distractions by timing your phone calls and planning on getting the contact information of a certain number of people for each event you attend. Take breaks when you need to and spend quality time with your friends and family to relax and interact with people without having to worry about selling your products.

You will become a successful network marketer if you avoid these common mistakes. You should set some goals for your campaign and monitor your results to increase your chances of becoming successful.

 

Business

3 Ways To Develop And Manage Your Growing Custom Jewellery Business

Ask any business ‘guru’ and they will tell you that satisfied customers are the key to success for any jewellery retailer. Unhappy customers will stop buying even the finest gemstone jewellery  and can even give you a bad reputation. The very best way to effectively ensure positive reviews is, as you might imagine, to  give the very best possible customer service. To keep your present customer happy, and bring in new ones, its important that you follow this simple advice….

Only if a shop (or indeed and business) provides the very best products and quality services will it become profitable. When you offer products and services beyond those of your competitors, you will see a spike in sales and your jewellery business will grow quickly.

Customers will be more likely to refer your business if you provide them with the best possible experience so work hard at this aspect of your business. Success comes when you work hard and are determined to be the very best in your industry. Brainstorming with your employees is a great strategy and one that will help make decision making a lot less stressful. Making a list of pros and cons can you help to streamline the planning process and you can then clearly see which options are best for your jewellery business when you’re taking the time to organize your thoughts. Talking with a fellow jeweller  about your next move will always be a great idea to consider. The industry insight can often prove invaluable. In order for a jewellery retailer to survive, they have to have a large network of loyal customers. A great concept for new, upcoming businesses to grasp is that one of the most common traits of successful businesses that are in a position to span across multi-generations is that all of them are inclined to treat their customers like part of their family and, in turn, the customers are much more likely to return to that shop. Your online reputation can be severely impacted by a single negative review so keep a close eye on online review sites such as Yelp and Google+.

To reverse the impact of a negative review, you should use some of the web reputation management tools that are on the market – or, better still, seek out the help of an experienced professional. New employees will usually want to change your jewellery store when they arrive, so make sure that you offer positions to those who will have a positive impact on your business. Prior to a new staff member joining the business, make sure that he or she has the proper skill set to carry out the responsibilities required of them and ensure that they hold any required certifications. Take time to ensure that new employees are fully trained to be successful at their job and you will be rewarded with loyalty and, ultimately a better customer experience. For your jewellery business to take its place at the top of its industry, make an effort to employ highly motivated and content employees who have the distinct advantage of full training.

So, there you are, some simple but highly effective advice for helping to ensure you keep customers and expand your jewellery business. To see a great example of this in action, I recommend that you pop into Just Gems, a leading Aberdeen jeweller specializing in custom gemstones and high-end designer pieces.

Business

A Wedding Planning Guide to Help Change your Mind

Winter somehow seem to be the time when marriage proposals get made. Valentine’s Day is, of course, the grand finale of the season: and its no surprise, therefore that diamond rings sell like crazy throughout the winter months. Couples who get engaged in the winter usually choose to get married sometime in the summer. That’s quite a crush of people deciding to get married at about the same time. A couple certainly has to plan ahead to engage the services of all the professionals who will be contributing to the wedding. If they leave that off for later, they’ll find that it is very hard to get anyone to agree to the dates they have in mind. What they need is a wedding planning guide. Even the most uncomplicated wedding arrangements involve a lot of planning if there are to be any more than a handful of guests. You have to choose who wears what, you have to choose where the wedding will be, the attendance, the invitations, the food transportation, the entertainment – the list can frankly be a source of anxiety and can alarm anyone. Your first instinct in all of this should be hiring a wedding planner.

It will be easy for you to see how much sense this makes when you go through the list of everything you are responsible for if you undertake to do it on your own. Not only does it take time to arrange for everything, it can cost you a lot of money. Sometimes, a DIY wedding may actually end up costing more than a wedding planner would charge. You’re likely to make mistakes, or overpay when you’re buying goods and services you have no experience buying. The stress of keeping up with all that goes into the making of a successful wedding itself can cost you an emotional price that’s just not worth it.

Perhaps, you’re telling yourself, that you don’t really have to have a wedding like they seem to show in those bridal magazines and in the movies. You don’t want your wedding to be a Hollywood movie set – although having a professional wedding video made is a sensible option if you can afford it. You don’t want flowers everywhere. But if you do want at least a couple of things that could count as luxuries – a location that’s kind of difficult to hire out, a cake that’s kind of unusual, or perhaps a string quartet – if you have any kind of special ideas in mind, to get a wedding planner would surely be the best advice you could be given.

Here’s a little something that no wedding planning guide will tell you – most brides experience a sense of anticlimax – a letdown after the excitement of the wedding. That’s just the way excitement of such intensity works. With an entire wedding’s worth of stuff to handle – things to clean, things to return, people to pay – that letdown is going to get worse. The best wedding planning advice you could ever receive would be to hire a professional planner. It could be the best investment you ever made in your sanity.

Graphic Design

The HP L26500 Large Format Printing Machine

My name is Robin Martins, and I’m a director in one of the largest print supply companies in Scotland – Ashgrove Trading. We are one of the top companies in the Peterhead area and we’ve been in business for over 25 years, serving the print, architectural, oil and gas and sign manufacturing industries. When I was contacted by HP to see if I would like to be part of their distributor program, I said, “Of course” . We own four HP Latex large format printing machines, so I was very happy to see what the new technology is going to be able to do for us and how it is developing to help our business. The L26500 is all about achieving a better quality print finish. It has enabled us to be more profitable, because we can print banners faster, we can print murals bigger and better quality than before, and with enhanced clarity, because of the quality that these machines can achieve is superb versus other machines on the market. We received the machine in January, and since then, we’ve started working with the machine and we’ve been really impressed with its double-sided capability, the vibrant colours and richer blacks which enable us to produce better quality products than ever before. For us to achieve a double-sided banner, in the past we were printing two banners and we were then attaching those two banners together to form a double-sided banner. With this machine , we now have the ability to print double-sided   banners without any extra work which is going to be very profitable for us, mainly because we’re going to be saving time and media costs. We were able to see not only the quality of the product that the Latex Technology can output, but also how   reliable the equipment is. We had a large print job recently; we did work for the local football stadium. We were running the machine 24/7 for about two months and, believe it or not, the machine was running every single day and night of those two months without any downtime at all. We’ve been working with HP, I would say, for about 15 years now , and we believe in HP. What we like about the company is that they keep improving their products, the technology keeps changing, and HP is doing their part in helping us to achieve   what our customers are demanding.

Web Development

How To Find The Right Dedicated Server

Types of Web Hosting There are many types of web hosting designed for websites in the internet. Depending on which kind of business or website which you have will determine the kind of web hosting that you’ll need. Web hosting options come as follows: Free Server There are various websites that offer free webpages or sites for individuals. They often offer a web page or two with an capability to post photos. Some are free or near free. Also, they are very user friendly. There is no need to become a computer genius to make use of one of these servers. Look at a website like WordPress. You may get a website there that is totally free. You can add photographs, blogs, messages, video clips and actually music. The stipulation is definitely that this is for social purposes only, or is supposed to be. This is a good example of a free website. In the meantime, you are limited to space and what type of content material you can post. The website does not belong to you, but rather to WordPress. Now suppose you would like to sell products online. You can use a cheap shared server that offers you an opportunity to setup your website for free. They may actually provide templates. You will have to get a domain name, such as LeasingExperts.co.uk In the case of a free shared server, you will be sharing your website with other websites. You’ll be limited to space in addition to bandwidth. You cannot have a large number of people go to your site within an hour as it will need up too very much bandwidth. This could be ideal for small company that sells hardly any products online. For the time being, your website will most likely have a number of advertisements that are placed on the website by the company to earn the revenue had a need to maintain your site. Shared Server A shared server can be like a free server just you have to pay a little bit each month to maintain your website. You will still have to come up with a domain name. Dedicated Server A dedicated server hosts only your website and no others. You have all the space you have to make your website as large as you need. You have enough bandwidth to accommodate all the traffic you will get. You have total control over the ads that you place on your website. You may also have several little affiliate marketer websites to create up for the difference in cost. A dedicated server may be the ultimate in internet hosting. You are in fact hosting your own internet site. You have got space, bandwidth and freedom from what you want. A separate server, while costing additional money to use, could possibly end up helping you save money, or increasing your revenue, if used properly.

Technology

Simple Ways To Speed Up Your Internet Connection

There are literally dozens of factors that can affect your Internet connection an prevent it from performing at its optimum level, and, at the same time, these factors can cause the person using the connection to have a poor experience while using the Internet. It mostly happens that the Internet always becomes harder to get access to due to the fact the; there are no useful Internet services that could help the surfer to have good experience of the Internet.
As an Aberdeen based IT engineer have been using the Internet for the past few years now, and I can say of what I’ve experienced myself over the years. Surfing the net isn’t that easy with a slow speed Internet connection unless the person using that connection knows how to manipulate, and tweak the connection for better experience.

In this article, I shall be sharing with you some of the basic things you are required to do in order to increase your Internet connection performance almost overnight with little or no effort.

Make Use Of Fast Web Browsers

One thing I’ve come to understand over the years when it comes to having good Internet experience is for websites to loads faster. Nothing will make me feel okay when I stayed in front of a computer for more than 5 seconds for a page to popup, that’s very bad experience of the Internet.

In most cases, what normally caused it originates from the type of Internet browser that you are using. If you make use of the wrong browser, chances are that you might not have good Internet experience.
Web browsers such as Mozilla, Chrome and Opera are the perfect match for someone who wants to experience the Internet better these days. These browsers are faster in downloading files and opening web pages than the old-fashioned IE (Internet Explorer and some others).

Install Good Antivirus

Install good antivirus software on your computer for security reasons. If your computer is free from spywares and malwares, your chances of getting good internet access will become a reality. But, failure to secure your computer could cause your bandwidth to be wasted by these dangerous things.

Browse When It Is Right For You

Don’t browse the Internet when you are not in the mood to. Browsing the Internet at the right time is the best practice for someone who needs to be productive at all times. Browse when necessary and save your Internet bandwidth for other days.

Visit Less Trafficked Site

Some websites on the Internet experienced high amount of traffic on daily basis, websites such as Yahoo and Google do experienced high traffic but, they are well optimized for larger amount of daily visits. I didn’t mean you shouldn’t visit these two websites. But what I’m trying to say is that some websites are out there that have low traffic capacity with higher visitors on daily basis, and if you visit those websites; chances are that you might end up, not achieving your aim of going there, and that means, you have wasted your bandwidth for visiting such site.

Improve Your Computer’s Performance

Another thing you need to take note of is your computer memory. If your PC is having low memory, you must change it or increase it to be able to work with the recent requirements for browsing the Internet. Browsing the Internet with a slow computer would certainly results into a slow Internet experience.

Graphic Design

Make Sure You Use a Good Photo on Your Website

It took a long time before people finally started putting their own photo on their sites. Today, however, you frequently see a mugshot of the site’s owner either on the home page or on the about page, or in the case of blogs like this one on EVERY page.

Now, in my poinion, that’s a very good thing. Your photo humanizes you for your visitors. People feel like they know you. Your words mean more to readers when they can see a photo of the person the words are coming from.

I recently saw some advice from a major web marketing firm who advised it is more important for your photos to make the site look good than for your photo to mean anything. That firm would rather see slick stock photos of models bumping fists.

Oh contraire! I would MUCH rather see the real photos of the real people on your staff doing what they really do during a normal day. That would stand out from all the fake stock photos we see on the vast majority of sites.

* Have a photo of you working, even if it is just sitting at a computer

* Do you interact with customers in person, on the phone, or on Facebook? Show a photo of that.

* Show your location, even if it is your home.

* Is there a pet where you work — for crying out loud show the pet! You’ll have people buying just because of the pet photo.

Ten years ago when I had a bunch of employees working in a highrise office, we had a web cam posted on our site that showed writers pounding the keyboards in our “control room.”

If you have lots of customers coming to your location, a web cam can have people being recognized by friends. That can be a very good thing, or bad depending on who recognizes them.

Today it is very easy to use your camera to make a little video you can load up on Youtube. Then post it on your site. Walk around your office or workplace and talk about what you do. Boring? Maybe, but many people will find it refreshingly fascinating. These days people are used to home-made videos, so your production quality does not have to be high.

Come to think of it. I’m writing this on a laptop next to a wood stove in my country home in New England on a cold day with the cat napping next to me. Wouldn’t that make a relaxing web site photo!

Business

Why Your Customers Need Internet Marketing

This post has been written by Andrew Scott – an IT consultant from Inverness and it explains the reasons why you should be looking at internet marketing, even if you arent an online company.

Internet marketing is a trend that is on the rise and is being used by many business owners. This is because this type of marketing is beneficial due to it being cheap and convenient to use. It not only has benefits to a business but also to a customer as it is cheap and convenient to use than other forms of advertising.

There are days when you want to buy something from a shop and you are not able to do so as you find it closed and return home feeling disappointed .However this is not the case with internet marketing as you are able to shop at any time of the day due to there being no time restrictions. This means that you can shop anywhere and at any time of the day as long as you can access the internet. Advertising online for businesses does not require too much money compared to advertising in the electronic media, as all you may only need to do is create a web page. This is advantageous as they can use this money to ensure that their customer service is very good by training their employees to offer better service to their customers. It is also cheap for customers to shop online as they do not incur some expenses such as transportation costs.

When clients use online advertising they are able to stay updated. This is because they are frequently alerted on the deals and new products that are coming up the next season. They are also sent for via email or websites the prices of the new products that are on stock. This enables the customers to prepare themselves financially to be able to purchase these products. Another benefit of a customer using this type of advertising is that they can compare the services or products that they want to buy. This saves them transportation costs; time and energy as they do not have to visit different retail outlets. This is because all they have to do is open different window tabs and compare the features and prices of these products or services that they wish to purchase.

Most websites ensure that for them to get to their target audience they give a clear description of the services or products they offer. They also ensure that they give a clear pricing of the products or services they can give to the customers. This prevents cases of misinterpretation or one using a product inappropriately as they also give you the directions of using the product. It is very convenient and easy for customers to research for a product online than visiting a shop physically. Online advertising saves one time and energy as you do not have to search all over a shop to get a product but rather you can use search engines from the internet to find a particular product. This time and energy saved can then be utilized to do other more important activities.

Internet marketing is advantageous not only to businesses but also to customers. This is because it is easy and more convenient for customers to utilize. Therefore, it is advisable for companies to utilize internet marketing.

engineering

The Hazards of Being a High Voltage Engineer

The residents of Phoenix, Arizona count on a reliable source of energy to sustain their daily activities and keep cool during the hot Arizona summers. The transmission of energy from power lines to our homes is not something we worry about, but an elite team of SRP linemen does. They’re a team of 10 highly trained experts who work on live power lines transmitting up to 500,000 volts. This is their story and, hopefully it highlights some of the extreme challenged my colleagues face as high voltage engineers.

Remember, they’re trying to do this with direct physical contact from electricity running through their bodies. They call this the bare hand method and what they do, nobody else in SRP does.  They are a specialized group and they can can do anything else the journeymen lineman does at SRP, but they cannot do what we do. This method is critical in allowing linemen to work on high-voltage transmission lines without taking those lines out of service  or causing power outages.

MIKE: “We do what we do, and we try and do it in this manner to keep things in service. If we lose one of these 500 lines, you could potentially have a whole city out of power.”

Because the lines are energized,  linemen must carefully coordinate their every move while they’re still on the ground. Once their plan is in place, they put on a special, stainless steel fabric suit with flame-resistant coating. The suit protects them by causing  the electricity to flow around their bodies. Then, they climb. Once they reach the power lines, the men remain isolated within the 500,000 volt phase. That means they have to stay on the line and no further than about 11 feet from it. Outside this parameter, they risk electrocution.  In essence, they’re like birds landing on a line. By remaining away from any ground potential, they don’t complete a circuit and avoid electrocution.

ROBERT: “It feels like something’s calling all over you. If you don’t have your hood on,  it feels like your hair’s calling everywhere.  If you stick your hand out, you can feel it;  you can feel the electricity escaping. The wire has a corona around it,  and if you go outside that corona, actually, the electricity will shoot out  of your fingers, away, and they’ll hurt. At 500,000 volts, you can hear the generator  at the power plant when you have your hood on. It’s that powerful.”

The bare hand method is used  to maintain transmission lines and make a number of  different types of repairs. By having hands-on contact with the power lines,  repairs are easier and quicker.

MIKE: “With the bare hand method,  you get to go right on the wire, energize yourself to the same potential as the line and do the work right there with your hands right in front of you. So it makes things much, much easier. There’s a multitude of things that could happen. We can change a string of insulators with the line still energized, we can take care things like gunshot conductors  or damage from most anything  that would damage the conductors. You can do this and still have the line energized, so we can — with no disruption in service —  we can take care of these jobs.”

The transmission tower located  just outside of Gold Canyon is over 150 feet high. The extreme height and high voltage means every team member must maintain  a high level of concentration and there’s no room for error.

ROBERT: “We have to depend on each other.  We cannot just come in and change our patterns;  we have a set pattern on everything we do.  We have one mistake out there,  and something drastic will happen.”

The stakes are high in this line of work, and trust is critical. They rely on each other to maintain safety and get the job done. This specialized group of linemen travels together  around the Valley and beyond and can sometimes work around the clock to make critical repairs. They know each other well,  respect each other like family, and have a unique kinship.

ROBERT: “We spend 10, 12, 14 hours a day together. Sometimes we spend weeks together out of town. I spend more time with these guys  than I do with my own family.  They are my family.”

The transmission of energy  from power lines to our homes is something we can take for granted every day, and this team of commercial electricians goes through  great lengths to make sure it stays that way.