Articles on Blogging & WordPress

Here you will find articles in the blogging category. If you are looking for help in setting up your blog then you are in the right page. I have written about blogging tips, how to create your own self hosted blog and more!

10 Proven Ways to Profit from Your Blog

by Pardeep Goyal on March 24, 2018

Let me introduce myself first before I start sharing what I learned about making money from blogging. My name is Pardeep Goyal. I started my blog on personal finance in May, 2015 because I am passionate about credit cards, saving money on travel & shopping and love to read about optimising taxes to save maximum tax legally.

I can keep on telling you stories of how I saved money when I lived in Goa for 30 days in the cost of 3-4 days of vacation. And how travelled with family for 50 days in Thailand by spending less than 2 lakh rupees.

That’s half of my story. One part of my passion is saving money and other part is making money online. I am able to travel for long vacations because my entire business runs online and most of my income is passive.

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If you are a blogger, and if you have a self-hosted WordPress blog, daily backups are very important. There are many paid plugins and services that help you do this. But some are better than the others.

Free backup solutions do not always help you back up into the cloud. Most of the free solutions take backups and store it on your own server – and it makes your own server slow and bloated with several copies of the backups.

Also, most of the solutions take full backups of your blog periodically and it makes every backup very heavy. So far, VaultPress was one of the plugins which helped take incremental backups and store it in the cloud. But VaultPress is a paid plugin and it would cost $5 a month per website. Also, VaultPress doesn’t help you store your files in DropBox or Google Drive.

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How to Choose a Topic for Your Blog?

by Deepak Kanakaraju on April 27, 2017

Do you want to be a professional blogger? Blogging can be a very rewarding career. It provides time, location and financial freedom! I have been blogging for the past 10 years and I will be blogging for the rest of my life. It is definitely fun and rewarding.

However, if you do not choose the right topic for your blog, you will fail. Your blogging success depends on the topic that you choose to blog about. There are three main factors involved in choosing a topic to blog about. Let’s discuss all of them in this article.

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OptinChat Review: Collect Email IDs of Visitors with AI Chat!

by Deepak Kanakaraju on March 16, 2017

For most of the bloggers and publishers, the number one call-to-action on content pages is to get visitors to optin with their email IDs. Without building an audience, you cannot grow as a blogger, and one of the best ways to build an audience is to build an email list!

There are many ways get your visitors to optin. One of the most common methods is a lightbox modal that appears on the screen, either on page exit or after a few seconds of the website visit. But they are still forms and it can be a boring task to fill forms. Other methods include a top bar that collects email ID, modals that appear on link-clicks and optin forms below blog posts.

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How to Become a Financially Successful Blogger

by Deepak Kanakaraju on January 25, 2017

Long back, when people wanted to share their ideas and knowledge to the world through written words, they had to be a journalist with a newspaper or a magazine. Or they had to be an author depending on a publishing company to accept their work and market it. But today, you can write, hit publish and the whole world can see it!

Blogging is one of the best business models in the world. It gives you time freedom, location freedom and the ability to scale your income rapidly. Blogging is a long journey and there are many things that you would need to get right. In this article, let’s discuss the top factors that determine blogging success.

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How to Drive More Traffic to Your Blog Posts with Outbrain

by Deepak Kanakaraju on January 11, 2017

When you are a blogger, your primary motivation depends on how many internet users read your posts. Every blogger wants to grow a subscriber base over time, and if you reach a good number like 100,000 subscribers, you’ll keep growing without the need to hunt for new audiences. But the biggest question is: how to get to a number like 100,000 subscribers.

People will subscribe to your blog only if they like your content. And to have a chance at liking your content, they have to discover it first. That’s why, in the first few years of blogging, you’ll have to focus on marketing your content to a new audience and growing your subscriber base.

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pradeepToday, I had a chance to interview Pradeep Kumar is the CEO & Founder of Slashsquare, an Indian Blog Network and a Web Consulting Firm.

He is one of the top bloggers from India and I picked his brain to get some of his learnings and experience in blogging & digital marketing.

He has developed successful content brands like HellBound Bloggers (HBB), MoviesDrop and DeviceBAR, and he is in the process of creating upcoming brands like FoodGravy, BookWritten, GameThem, Photovity, MusicBooze, and more!

Deepak: When does a blogger become truly successful? What metrics according to you determine success? Is it traffic, branding, revenue or something else?

Pradeep: I always see a Blogger as a Teacher, as someone who teaches millions or even billions. You can be a Blogger or even a Businessman, your success shouldn’t be tagged by money, sales or popularity, it should be your readers/customers.

Your focus should be on helping them or solving their problems. See what they want, analyse their needs, provide them suitable answers. Their satisfaction should be your success.

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How do you decide the font, line spacing and the content width for your blog or website content? If you were like me, you probably went ahead with what you thought was the best for your users. And more often that not, the choice represents our own tastes when choosing such elements for our content properties.

the golden ratio

It is time to stop guessing and start taking decisions based on mathematic and scientific principles. Let me introduce you to golden ratio typography. Before we get into what is golden ratio and golden ratio typography, let me first show you the results I got after implementing this typography on my blog.

How Golden Ratio Typography Helped This Blog

I changed my blog’s typography on December 22nd 2014 to golden ratio. I have compared the 30 days before and after this change. According to Google Analytics, my readership has improved by 45.72%.

golden ratio improvement

I have taken time spent on the site as the core indicator of readership. Since the content in my blog is more comfortable to read, people are spending more time on the site.

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I have been blogging for the past six years now (Since 2008). During this period, I have set up a lot of blogs. Some of them succeeded spectacularly, such as and this blog Some of them are performing moderately and continue to bring in passive income till today. Some of the blogs are for non-profit initiatives. Some of them died due to a failed revenue model, but they gave me experience.

A lot of people have asked me to publish a comprehensive guide to setup a self-hosted blog on a custom domain name. I have helped many people set up blogs. But surprisingly I never wrote an article about it, until now. Better late than never. Web Hosting $3.95

Here’s is a comprehensive guide to setting up your self-hosted WordPress blog on your own domain. I have tried to keep it short and simple. But if you find yourself stuck in some place, just leave a comment below, and I would be happy to help you.

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