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Cloud Storage And MSN SkyDrive Offering 25GB To Members

In the wake of Google coming up with Google Drive and giant Dropbox giving out random free storage to members, MSN SkyDrive decides to give out 25GB memory space to all its loyal members. The terms of 'loyal members' is pretty general if you ask me but one thing is for sure, new members do not get free upgrade!

So what is actually those cloud share stuff?
As technology is advancing from time to time, we are also getting ahead with those old school methods. Being said that, cloud storage is really taking place among us and is even doing a much bigger role on daily works and file sharing. With these cloud share, we are able to share anything over the internet within seconds if not minutes and it works like charm (and very secure).

Cloud usage for both personal and business alike
This cloud saving methods started a few years back and at that time, not many uses it. I still remember being one of those few who tried DropBox and felt it wasn't that useful. However, as time passes by, I realized the power of such. This is proven as business around the world are even signing up for cloud services when it comes to storage. Like what I said above, imagine sharing a document or material within seconds and towards multiple recipients at the same time.

Unlimited storage
Another great feature of cloud storage is there is no limit on how much you can save on these programs. You can upload documents, folders, files and even notes for sharing or safe keeping. Most programs offers a specific memory space for free and you can (of course) buy more storage if you would need it in the future.

As you can see above, MSN SkyDrive's decision to provide free upgrades for its members proves the importance of these cloud services. So, are you already a member of these cloud services such as DropBox, Box, Google Drive or SkyDrive?

Meantime, something about me:
My name is Reginald and I am a full time blogger. I am also the proud owner of BloggersDeck.com which focus highly on tips and tricks to earn money online and work from home. If you like my work, check out the link above and do give me your comment.

BloggersDeck: Useful Tips To Help You Earn Money Online

It really took me awhile to consider if I want to have my own dot com again. I remember clearly my first dot com was a disaster thanks to lack of time and having a website is crazy job. I keep thinking and finally, decided to start my second dot com for real. The site is called Bloggers Deck and is focused on provides tips when it comes to earn money online.

At first, I know I need to get my priority straight and I decided to start planning my sites. I planned nearly everything from layout until the type of categories available! It took me just two days and I basically did everything at full throttle. I was determined to make Bloggers Deck a success but I know it would take time and effort.

Right after the preparations, I decided to get my backlink ups and running. I was planning to sling-shot my website straight up from the start. pretty crazy idea but I know it will worked (experience from my first dot com). It was some tough work trying to 'media spam' the world with the new blog title etc.

On 25th April 2012, I decided to get the domain running and started the service. Didn't slept the whole night just to get it running. Within the day itself, the domain was up and every layout was ready. It was action time! I setup CloudFlare and a few additional plugins and now am just waiting for indexing by Google Bots.

Maybe the time was slightly wrong as right before I was able to manually request for Google indexing, Google indexing system went crashing down until now. Therefore, just hope that it will be up soon and for me to rush for my page rank. Yes, I am a page rank freak!

Last but not least, I was happy with the theme (except for the logo) and I am trying to find time to create a new logo for myself. If you want to see a peek of the site, here you go: Bloggers Deck - Useful Tips To Help you Earn Money Online.


Tell me what you think about it and share with me your hosting experience as well!


Important Things To Know Before Starting A Blogging Business

Every one they could ditch the usual 'nine to five office job' and just escape the traffic jam right after working hours. Many assume the blogging business is very easy and anyone can be successful with. I am going to tell you that you are dead wrong! I know many online writers and a huge majority of them actually give up in less than three months. As easy as it seems, blogging is not a business for the soft souls.


There are many myths or beliefs that makes blogging business so famous. In fact, it is always harder than what it seems and I am going to tell you why in this article. For those who plan to start writing soon, you have definitely come to the right place for the best blogging guides available. Now, before I start, go grab a cup (or mug in my case) of coffee and let's roll!

My layout and preparation for blogging - one mug of coffee, tablet, laptop and iPhone (not visible)

Always consider blogging as a real life business
Blogging is no other than another business you run. If you consider blogging as a simple and part-time job, then you might just do well in blogging industry but certainly not earning money through it. If you want to earn money with blogging, then get serious with it. Do you realized that only serious bloggers make the cut and those big monthly paychecks?

Blog because you like it..deep inside
If you blog just for the sake of blogging or because it is the most popular thing to do now, you are definitely going nowhere in blogging. To become a great blogger, always write something from your heart. You may write 101 articles but if none are coming from inside your heart, your article will just be 'just another article'. So ask yourself now, "Do you like blogging?"

Free hosting vs Self hosted domain
Okay, I am pretty sure the top two already hit you pretty hard. If you are already reading this without thinking, you are definitely ready for blogging. Now, let's go into something deeper in the blogging industry. Having a self hosted domain is great for identity purposes. All serious bloggers has a good self hosted domains honestly speaking. However, I also know a few famous bloggers who runs their blogs from free hosting domains because of cost. Well, if you want to have your own domain, then you got to make sure you can afford it at the first place! Hosting and monthly domain rental will cost you less than USD $10 a month but is it really worth it? The choice is in your hands!



Monthly maintenance for your site
Regardless you are writing on your blog or website, always maintain it. For example, I usually do a simple 'spring-cleaning' for comments, update keywords and even information on the articles. Without maintaining, your website might be filled with 'old information' and it might not look good on you. Let me emphasize here that maintenance on free hosting sites such as Blogger is easier than your own self-hosted domain.

Endless backlinking needed
The core of any blog or website is traffic and in order to increase traffic, you got to learn how to backlink. There are many ways you can backlink but you really got to put some serious effort in backlink. Linking one article to another is just a one-time job but for every article published, you got to perform backlink...or at least, try to backlink. 

Audience and targeted market
If you want to increase your traffic and gain enough traffic overtime, you got to know your audience and targeted market. Taking a very simple example, imagine you are selling candies and of course, you will be targeting younger generations while reducing or avoid selling to old folks. This is vital as 'selling' the product to the wrong market and you might just get zero sales.

Being said all the above, these are the six important things you should know about the infamous blogging business. So, what is your take on this? Are you still interested with blogging or I had just changed your mind? Let's discuss on this below and share your opinion with all of us.

About the writer: I am an avid blogger and close to a full time online writer. I been writing for many years and The Big Fat Reality is one of my upcoming blogs. I am also sharing all my tips and guides on blogging and feel free to check these compilation of  articles about Work From Home Guides.



Top Monetization Programs For Your Blog And Website

As a blogger, I have always try to find what is the best monetization program available for me to earn money online with my blog. I know, we have tons of choices but in this article, I am going to explain to you everything you need to know about the best monetization program that will make earn you some money at least.

How to make money from blogging?

What is blog or website monetization?

Before we start knowing what program best fit for blog monetization, I decided to go back to basics. What is blog monetization? In simple words, monetization is an action where one can actually make money out of his or her blog site. If you are going deep into blogging business, monetization is one of the most important factor in order for you to finance your passion such as paying for hosting and domain rental. If you are using a free hosting site such as blogger, then you may well consider that as a side income generator! Without much waiting, let's head over to the count down for the top monetization programs available for bloggers.

Advertisement based earning programs

Google Adsense
Google Adsense is one of the best monetization program ever. There is no other program that pays more than Google Adsense...hands down. I personally have been with Adsense for close to 4 years now and all you got to do is to select the right code for the advertisement to show. As Google Adsense works with Pay Per Click (PPC), you will only earn your hard earn advertising income whenever there is a click on the advertisement. The revenue gain per click ranged from USD $0.01 to USD $1.50 (the highest I got).

Nuffnang
For those living in Asia, Nuffnang is one of the best alternative to Google Adsense. How Nuffnang works is very similiar to Adsense.

Wait! What do you mean mean with 'very similiar'? Does this means that Nuffnang has something advanatages under the sleeve??! 

Oh yes you are right! Nuffnang offers its members a chance of mCPM or is also know as CPI. What this two alien terms means could actually boost your income by quite a bit. In short, mCPM and CPI means earning advertisement revenue with impression based and not click based. I know I got your head turning now and yes, (if you are lucky), you will earn money with just page impressions. Some also calls this as Buffered Earnings or Metered Earnings.


In-text advertising programs

Infolinks
I love Infolinks since day one. It could probably be the lovely blue colour. Okay back to topic and enough of dreaming. I always consider Infolinks as one of the best In-text advertising programs available when it comes to monetizing a site. How in-text advertising works is easy. Specific words on articles are selected as keywords and are 'coloured' like this: Keyword. If you move your cursor to the keyword, a small pop up will appear illustrating an advertisement. Pretty cool huh? So, you get a small bit of revenue for every click you get on the advertisement. From my experience with Infolinks, I usually get about USD $0.01 to $0.10 per click.

Kontera
Kontera is a close competitor to Infolinks and it really does look very professional honestly speaking. How Kontera works is absolutely the same with Infolinks and the only difference between them could be the different software they are using. Alike Infolinks, Kontera keywords are in green colour and does seem more professional compared to Infolinks. Nonetheless, Kontera is definitely great but for some reason, my earnings at Kontera could never beat the one at Infolinks no matter how hard I try. Another reason for me to avoid Kontera is Nuffnang are not really that in-line with Kontera. For those Nuffnang Glitterati members, you may lose your Glitterati status if you run it with Kontera.

Mobile Advertising - new comer on the block

Okay, before you ask me "What the hell is this?", let me explain to you something about mobile advertising. Nowadays (thanks to technology), we surf webs using our smartphones or tablets. Gone were the days we uses computers and laptops even though some of us still do it. What mobile advertising does is whenever you uses these gadgets to check on the web, you will be shown a specific mobile advertising advertisement. And yes, if you view it via computer or laptop, you will not see the advertisement. Easy to understand?

TapIt!
I didn't search for mobile advertising nor used Google to find how to monetize my site. However, I was contacted by the sales team of this company and after several discussions, I decided to give it a try. For users, you are guaranteed a 100% fill rate for all available advertisement spots and for every click you get, you get paid. Pretty straight forward and easy. I am not able to comment much on this yet as I have just installed the code on my page. For users out of United States, you might not be able to view the advertisement for now. After checking with the technical team, they are still 'in the midst' on entering out of US market. So if you have many readers from overseas, give this a try and I will also write something about TapIt once I have enough collected enough information on this.

About the writer: I am an avid blogger and close to a full time online writer. I been writing for many years and The Big Fat Reality is one of my upcoming blogs. I am also sharing all my tips and guides on blogging and my latest writing on blogsphere is Important Things To Know About Blogging Industry.

What It Feels Like Blogging From Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9

What it feels like blogging from a tablet?
Technology nowadays are actually taking over our lives. Every where we go, we are basically 'equipped' with our smartphones and gadgets. Coming from a blogger background, I felt it is tough for me to bring my bulky laptop every where I go. okay, I got to admit that I am very...very lazy. Guilty as charged. However, what it really feels like blogging from a tablet? Let me share with you...may I?

Accessibility on the go
This is what I love about using a tablet to blog. Thanks to Google Document, I could easily type and compose my articles without worry. As for the record, I am using a Samsung Gakaxy Tab 8.9 for blogging which is my first tablet. With a small tablet, I am able to head to any Coffee Bean or Starbucks for a quick coffee while enjoying composing. Believe it or not, my tablet last longer than my laptop could stand. Amazing. I could easily go two good days without charge and my tablet is still standing strong. Imagine bringing your laptop and those chargers along wherever you go. Mobility is vital...hands down.

The evolution of tablet
Let's face it. Tablet nowadays are talking over laptop glamorous days. In another word, laptop days are over! Don't trust me? Head to town and look around. Compare how many people are having tablet and how many are using laptops. You get the point. Yes, thanks to technology, tablets are getting even more 'equipped and able to function close to what a laptop can actually do. pretty impressive and sometime, technology just mesmerises me. 





Can you really compare a tablet with a laptop?
I am a serious technology geek and I can tell you this. You just can't really compare both of them. First of all, they are already running in different platforms. Furthermore, comparing a virtual keyboard and a physical one? Give me a break! Both has their pros and cons honestly. What I can say is if you are always mobile, get a tablet as it is much better and convenient. If yo have a nice spot (or don't mind sitting at home), get a laptop as laptop usually works better than a tablet in come way.

My simple verdict: Laptop vs Tablet?
For me, laptop will always be a better choice for me at least for now. Yes I got to amid that it is partly due to the fact that I have been attached to my HP laptop for over 3 years compared to this tablet of 1 year. However, I still see some spots where laptops actually works better than tablet. For example, I am not able to modify much if my blog from my tablet. You get the point. Nonetheless, I am happy with both and yes (again), if you would need to choose just one device, ask yourself whether you are always mobile or static. By then, you would already find your answer.

Disclaimer: This topic is written completely using Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 with the help of Google Docs. Kudos to technology!



About the writer: I am an avid blogger and close to a full time online writer. I been writing for many years and The Big Fat Reality is one of my upcoming blogs. I am also sharing all my tips and guides on blogging in this blog and if you love technology news, you should definitely check this article out: The Best Smartphone Yet - Apple iPhone 4S.



How To Add Additional Column On Blogger Footer

How to add columns to your blogger footer?
Are you wondering how those professional blogs and websites have those godly three columns at the bottom of their page? If you still have no idea how it looks like, take a quick peep below this page. That is how a custom three column footer looked like. Okay, I am going to tell you something about me. I love to take a template and make it my way. Therefore, I will scout the whole world wide web just to find customization. And yes, I take deep pride for this as I work hard for this :) Hope you enjoy this as well!

How to add a three column footer widget to your blogger template?


I know there could be quite a few guides out there but honestly, I have revamp this and make it as easy as possible for you. Just follow these and you will be absolutely fine...I promise.

1. Head to Layout.
2. Always, always remember to backup your template. Although this is an error free guide, you can easily revert back if you don't like the new layout later.
3. Recheck if the backup is done.
4. Now, head over to Edit HTML and press either F3 or ctrl-F to open the search column.
5. Type in ]]></b:skin> and search for it. If you are not able to find it, remember to tick Expand Widget Template.
6. Next, copy and paste the code below right before ]]></b:skin>


/* -----   LOWER SECTION   ----- */
#lower {
       margin:auto;
       padding: 0px 0px 10px 0px;
       width: 100%;
       background:#333434;
}
#lower-wrapper {
       margin:auto;
       padding: 20px 0px 20px 0px;
       width: 960px;
}
#lowerbar-wrapper {
     border:1px solid #DEDEDE;
       
background:#fff;
       float: left;
       margin: 0px 5px auto;
       padding-bottom: 20px; 
       width: 32%;        text-align: justify;
       font-size:100%;
       line-height: 1.6em;
       word-wrap: break-word;
       overflow: hidden;
}
       .lowerbar {margin: 0; padding: 0;}
       .lowerbar .widget {margin: 0; padding: 10px 20px 0px 20px;}
.lowerbar h2 {
      margin: 0px 0px 10px 0px;
       padding: 3px 0px 3px 0px;
       text-align: left;
       color:#0084ce;
        text-transform:uppercase;
      font: bold 14px Arial, Tahoma, Verdana;
       border-bottom:3px solid #0084ce;
}
.lowerbar ul {
      margin: 0px 0px 0px 0px;
      padding: 0px 0px 0px 0px;
      list-style-type: none;
}
.lowerbar li {
      margin: 0px 0px 2px 0px;
      padding: 0px 0px 1px 0px;
      border-bottom: 1px dotted #ccc;
}
That was pretty easy right? Hold on! You there one more step and you are basically done. 

7. Now select the search option again and find for </body>. Copy and paste the code below right before the </body>.
<div id='lower'> 
<div id='lower-wrapper'> 
<div id='lowerbar-wrapper'> 
<b:section class='lowerbar' id='lowerbar1' preferred='yes'> 
</b:section> 
</div> 
<div id='lowerbar-wrapper'> 
<b:section class='lowerbar' id='lowerbar2' preferred='yes'> 
</b:section> 
</div> 
<div id='lowerbar-wrapper'> 
<b:section class='lowerbar' id='lowerbar3' preferred='yes'> 
</b:section> 
</div> 
<div style='clear: both;'/> 
</div> </div>

8. Last but not least, press save and you are basically all done.
9. For editing your widgets, head over to Layout and see the new gadget space available at the footer.

About the writer: I am an avid blogger and close to a full time online writer. I been writing for many years and The Big Fat Reality is one of my upcoming blogs. I am also sharing all my tips and guides on blogging in this blog and if you love blogging, you should definitely on my latest writing, What It Feels Like Blogging From A Tablet or find your best guide on customizing a blog here: Ultimate Blog Design Tips.

The Best Custom Comment System For Blogger

Disqus - Blogger's alternative comment system
One of the biggest problem for bloggers around the world is having uncontrolled amount of spam comments. If you are having a self hosted domain, it would be easier as there are many custom comment systems you an choose from. When you use Blogger, moderating comments might be one of the hardest and most challenging yet for all of us. I have personally tested quite a few comment systems recently and only one stand out of the crowd. Introducing Disqus, one of the world's best comment system that works in nearly all major blogging platforms.

How Disqus works?
Disqus works in very simple ways. All comments posted will be moderated by Disqus. As an admin, you will be able to choose if you want to have an auto approval or set the comment to be manually approved. What I really love about Disqus is it works so perfectly (at least for me) with Blogger.

Moderating comment using Blogger?
We all have problem moderating comments in Blogger such as removing unwanted links etc. It is not possible with Blogger stock commenting system and here is where Disqus comes into play. You are able to perform any other task Blogger could do with a fat twist; ability to edit the comments. Now, we can rest assured that those readers who comment just to get backlink is taken cared of for good!

Login using social network account
If you are using stock Blogger comment system, commenters can only choose to comment using Google ID, OpenID or Anonymous. With Disqus, commenters are able to login with multiple methods such as using Facebook, Twitter and Yahoo account. This reduces the hassle and they do not need to register a whole new account just for commenting.

Commentor's rank and stats
Another great feature of Disqus is the commentor's stats. Imagine commenter A is a spammer or usually doesn't provide good information in the comment. Readers and admins are able to rank the person down. Reputation affected? Oh yes! This will make our community even better and we can start waving good bye to spammers and 'free back-linkers'.

Easy integration methods
Even if you have many comments, you are able to import every into Disqus. The whole process would take less than 24 hours to perform. So, not to worry if you have tenth or thousands of comments right now in your site. With a click of a button, Disqus will do it for you without hassle.

My personal review on Disqus
For me, Disqus is one of the best alternative comment system for many blogging platforms and it works wonders for Bloggers. If you have not installed Disqus or start using it, I suggest you install it right now and with Disqus, you can say kiss scammers and low quality comment good bye for good.


About the writer: I am an avid blogger and close to a full time online writer. I been writing for many years and The Big Fat Reality is one of my upcoming blogs. I am also sharing all my tips and guides on blogging in this blog and if you want to know more about blogging tips, you should check this article out: How To Add Additional Column On Blogger Footer.

How To Add Gadgets Above Or Below The Header In Blogger

How to add Gadgets to blogger template?
As a blogger, how many times have you encountered that some templates do not reach our expectations? Nothing is perfect and we in fact have to start modifying each and every part of the template just to suit our needs and requirements. This article is one of my favourite of all time which is how to add a gadget or widgets above or below the header on blogger itself and I am going to explain to you step by step in detail. Usually adding a widget close to header is done when you would like to moonetize the site or adding more 'fun stuff'right below the header.


Step by step guide on how to add gadgets or widgets above or below the header:
First, you have to understand that you are going to change the layout of your template. Therefore, always backup!
  • Once backing up of the template is over, click Template and select Edit HTML for your blog.
  • A pop up will ask you to either Proceed or Cancel and select Proceed to continue editing.
  • Once the box is open and you are able to see all the codes and HTML's, press the F3 button or ctrl-F button to open the search box. Search for this code:
<div id="header-wrapper">

  • The search will bring you to a section as example below:
<div id="header-wrapper">
<b:section class="header" id="header" maxwidgets="1"showaddelement="no">
<b:widget id="Header1" locked="true" title="Sample Blog (Header)" type="Header">
</b:widget>
</b:section></div>




  • See the words in red. What you got to do is to change the number of maxwidgets from 1 to any number. The number set will determine the number of gadgets you are able to place on that location.
  • The last step is to click Save and your template is all ready.

Wait! What happens if there is no such code (<div id="header-wrapper">)in the template? What should I do?
Lucky for you, that was what happened to me exactly! This is usually caused when you are using custom templates. Honestly, I couldn't find a way to solve it as I searched the whole Google but not able to find the exact solution to my problem. If you experienced this, this is what you can do:
  • Instead of searching for this code:
<div id="header-wrapper"

         Search for this instead:


maxwidgets



  • You are definitely going to find quite a number of codes with maxwidgets and thus, check manually on which is the one that has the word header close by. In my case, I found this (see the one in red):

<div id='header'>

    <b:section id='header1' maxwidgets='1' showaddelement='no'>

<b:widget id='Header1' locked='true' title='The Big Fat Reality (Header)' type='Header'>

<b:includable id='title'>
  <a expr:href='data:blog.homepageUrl' id='logo'><data:title/></a>



  • What you can do here is simple. Just change the maxwidgets to any other number than 1 and press save.
  • Now check back your Layout and you will be able to see new Gadgets area located above and below the header.

I hope you enjoyed this article as much as I do when writing it and if you have any enquiry, feel free to drop me a line and I will get back to you as soon as possible. Also, if you like this, please use the share button to share with your friends and family.


About the writer: I am an avid blogger and close to a full time online writer. I been writing for many years and The Big Fat Reality is one of my upcoming blogs. I am also sharing all my tips and guides on blogging in this blog and if you love blogging, you should definitely check this article out: Disqus - The Best Alternative Comment System For Blogger.



Samsung Devices Cannot Connect To Computer Or Laptop

I am a huge, huge fan of Samsung devices and my current collections are Samsung Galaxy S2 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9. As a fan of Android based devices, I realized that one of the most common issue users usually faced is their devices are not able to connect to their computers or laptops. In another word, can we solve the problem when Samsung devices could not be detected to PC or laptops? This article serve as a guideline for all of you and hopefully you will be able connect your device within five minutes or less after reading this.


Unable to connect Android to laptop or PC?

Method #1
  1. Reboot Samsung devices first and make sure all apps are closed (optional).
  2. Go to Menu and select Settings.
  3. Now head over Wireless and Network and select USB Settings.
  4. Now tick Mass Storage (or check if it is enabled).
  5. You have completed it and you should be able to see your computer or laptop starting to install the device now.
Method #2
  1. Plug in the USB cable.
  2. After a few seconds, you will find a small USB symbol on your device. Click on it where it says USB connected and after that, select Mount.
  3. Wait for a few more seconds and you will find both internal and external SD cards are mounted. This means that you are now able to connect your device to laptop or computer now.
Method #3 (connecting using Kies)
  1. Install Kies to your computer or laptop.
  2. Select Menu and choose Settings option.
  3. From Settings, head over to Wireless and Network and select USB Settings.
  4. Now turned on or click Samsung Kies to enable it.
  5. Connect your PC or laptop to your Samsung device with the USB cable.
  6. Kies will automatically detect your device and you are basically connected!
Method #4 (for those using ICS version)
  1. Reboot Samsung devices first and make sure all apps are closed (optional).
  2. Go to Menu and select Settings.
  3. Check under Device and find for Storage.
  4. Select Storage and on the top right of the screen, tap the 3 single squares icon.
  5. A screen will pop up stating USB computer connection and click on that.
  6. This will lead you to two options which are connect as media device (MTP) or camera (PTP).
  7. If you want to connect to your computer, select connect as media device (MTP).
  8. You have completed it and you should be able to see your computer or laptop starting to install the device now.

Meantime, here is something about me:
If your Android decide is running low on battery now, maybe this battery saving tips can help you out in no time! Android Battery Saving Tips with Greenify.

Hi! I am an avid blogger and close to a full time online writer. I been writing for many years and The Big Fat Reality is one of my upcoming blogs. I am also the Editor in Chief of eStudioWerk.com. I am also sharing all my tips and guides on blogging in this blog and if you love technology news, you should definitely check this article out What It Feels Like Blogging From A Tablet or head over to the complete collection of The Latest Technology News.

How To Use Innit To Increase Blog Traffic?

I am going to be very honest with all of you here. You might be asking why I am willing to share all my tips and tricks here for the general viewing. Well, I myself am a blogger and I know how hard it is to start earning money online. Of course, the number one fact and issue we face is how to drive traffic to our blog. Across my years of writing, I realized there are actually many ways we can boost our traffic. In this article, I am going to explain to you how you can actually use Innit, the free service provided by Nuffnang to increase your traffic effectively.

Innit to boost website traffic?

Understanding how Innit works
I always love to consider Innit as Twitter. It works the same way as Twitter as well. What Innit can offer us is free article submission on a daily basis. There is no rules and regulation on how many articles you can submit a day but each URL provided can only be used once in a life time. Being said that, every moment and every usage of it must be timed in a very timely matter.

When you submit a post using Innit, all Innit and Nuffnang members will be able to 'Nang It' or 'Dang It'. Imagine, 'Nang It' is to put a positive remark on it and yes you guessed it right. 'Dang It' is to put a negative remark on it. The more 'Nang It' you get, the higher the post will hit the leaderboard. Over time, you do wish that your article hit the top 10 featured articles of the day. If you get yourself up there, you are going to be able to get some nice unique traffic without much work.

Advantage of Innit #1 - Raw traffic without doing anything
This is what I see Innit as. Innit is a 'software' or 'program' I could easily boost my traffic with...daily. Every time I submit my article for sharing, I ensure that those are the top ones that will be hot topic of the day. Of course (again), it is harder said than done.

Advantage of Innit #2 - The best and free backlink tool
Is this one of my over-used words? I could never get enough of backlink and I believe all bloggers and webmasters must focus on this. Once traffic is made (refer point #1), then you are going to get yourself a nice chance of backlinking. This is assuming you had provided at least one valuable link in your article...that's it.

Advantage of Innit #3 - The power of connections
Let's give a simple count. Do you know how many members are there for Nuffnang and Innit? I have no idea but I am assuming we are looking at 50,000 to 100,000 members logging in every day to both sites. Imagine you shared your articles online using Innit. I would say you are able to receive at least ONE visitor who is interested to read what you had written.

Taking myself for an example, I tried Innit for just one week due to 'experiment'. I got myself at an average of 10% traffic boost when I uses my Innit only once a day. So what's the trick behind increase traffic and Innit? I am going to leave it as it is for now and give some suspense. I am coming back with another topic on the trick of using Innit to boost blog traffic.


Meantime, here is something about me:
I am an avid blogger and close to a full time online writer. I been writing for many years and The Big Fat Reality is one of my upcoming blogs. I am also sharing all my tips and guides on blogging in this blog and if you want more blogging tips and tricks, you should definitely check this category out: The Best Collections Of Work From Home Guides.




An Introduction To The All New Bloggers' Hangout

What is Bloggers' Hangout?
Welcome to the all new Bloggers' Hangout! Before I go into detail of what Bloggers' Hangout is all about, I am going to tell you a small thing of what this whole hangout idea comes into place. Lately, I been very active in the blogsphere community and thus, I realized that many of us are stucked in the midst of getting our traffic increased while improving more click revenue. I really hope this Bloggers' Hangout will serve you well and as a win-win solution.

How Bloggers' Hangout works?
I am going to make this as easy as possible. Of course, anyone is allowed to use this method on their blogs and sites and you do not need to ask for my permission. What I want from you is to give a small credit to me or my blog if you are planning to use this idea on yours. You can email me and you will get my support as well! Okay, this is how it works here at The Big Fat Reality Blog.

Terms and conditions of Bloggers' Hangout:




  1. There is no strict rules of what you can write on this post of yours. And yes, you can write a short article on your blog as well. General rules: No porno and x-rated stuffs here. I will amend the article if that violates rules and regulations of Blogger and Adsense as well.
  2. Of course, all writings will need to be send to me by email and pass through copy scape to make sure no duplicate post. This means that strictly no copy - paste.
  3. Writers are allowed to provide only 1 (one) link at the bottom (not anywhere in the post) of the post for backlink purpose.
  4. IMPORTANT: Once your post is approved (would take less than 3 days), you would need to place my website link on your blog for a complete, two way link exchange process.
  5. Articles must be at least 150 words and materials in comic or jokes form could be given a leeway for a lower word count.


Benefits of becoming a Guest Writer for The Big Fat Reality:
  1. Free backlink from the article(s) written.
  2. Your website will be featured in the Recommended Sites to visit on The Big Fat Reality.
  3. Free promotion of your blog.
  4. Provide high presence in the blogger community.
  5. Being labelled Guest Writer for The Big Fat Reality!


How to join the Bloggers' Hangout?
  1. Reply to this topic and I will reply back to you.
  2. Select contact me and I will get back to you soon.

How do I moderate the articles to be featured on the blog?
  1. All materials received will be checked if they are according the terms and conditions stated above.
  2. Articles must be genuine.
  3. Once article is going well, then you will receive an email from me about link exchange. Once link exchanged done, articles will be posted up with immediate effect.

Well, for any other inquiries, feel free to email me or reply to this post and let's discuss on the matter. Meantime, here is something about me:
I am an avid blogger and close to a full time online writer. I been writing for many years and The Big Fat Reality is one of my upcoming blogs. I am also sharing all my tips and guides on blogging in this blog and one of my latest article at Bloggers Hangout is What It Feels Like Blogging From A Tablet.



Increase Blog Monetization With Google Affiliate Ads

I received a Google Buzz yesterday via email on Google Affiliate Ad for Blogger. This really hit me hard on the head. In the midst of busy setting up my blog and creating traffic, I had totally forgotten about the almighty Google Affiliate Network. Guilty as charged if you want to put it that way. I am not going to say this guide is a way to 'exploit' Google Adsense earning but certainly this will boost your revenue by some if you know how this whole process works. Without delaying any more, here are the three reasons why you should monetize your blog or website with Google Affiliate Ads.

Monetizing with Google Affiliate Ads for Blogger?

1. Choose the ads you want to display instead of automatic
Okay, the easiest way when it comes to Google Adsense is by setting automatic advertisement selection. Don't get me wrong but Google Adsense algorithm is good. However, if you know what type of readers they are coming from or any specific information that Google wouldn't know, that will be an upper hand advantage for you. Because you know what type of readers they are, you are able to select and pin point the different types of advertisements to show to them.

2. Place the right ads at the right place...your style
This is where Google Affiliate Ad plays a huge advantage. Have you ever noticed that not all Google Ads can be modified? Thankfully, with Google Affiliate Ads you are able to place any types of ads required at the space you wished for. Forget about those tied down rules or automatic selection of ad types.

3. Google Affiliate Ads pays slightly more than Google Adsense...generally
This is important! Google Affiliate Ads actually pays more than Google Adsense (on how you see it). Here are a few things and example you will see when you are looking for potential advertisers when it comes to pay wise.


7-days earning per click (EPC)
The sum of fees paid to you, divided by the total number of clicks over the past seven days. Values are multiplied by 100 for display.

3-month earnings per click (EPC)
The sum of fees paid to publishers, divided by the total number of clicks over the past three months. Values are multiplied by 100 for display.


Earnings per click (EPC)
Total amount paid to all of an advertiser's publishers, divided by the total clicks over the same period. (Values are multiplied by 100 for display purposes). With the EPC metric, you can measure the efficiency of an advertiser's programme and the potential revenue that an advertiser may generate for you.

Okay, let's assume you did your calculation and generally, Google Adsense will earn you more bucks. So, you are asking me why am I saying the opposite? This is because, you know your readers best! How often do you get a click with Adsense through automatic ads type? I did a quick test and I changed my ads to Google Affiliate Ads. In one night, I got close to 10 clicks compared to Adsense, 1-2 clicks. Now, do you get what I am trying to tell you here?

This is a clear example of quantity vs quality. Adsense may earn you more money per click ratio but if you are getting more clicks with less paying Google Affliate Ads, you are generally topping your click revenue more than Google Adsense can provide.

What are you waiting for?
If you have not even Google for Google Affiliate Ads, you should do so right now! Nonetheless, this is another Google program that helps all bloggers around the world to earn more money. Especially for those serious bloggers and webmasters, always remember that Google Affiliate Ads can easily monetize your blog or site without much work. Reply to this topic and share with me what's your experience with the all new Google Affiliate Ads program.


Meantime, here is something about me:
I am an avid blogger and close to a full time online writer. I been writing for many years and The Big Fat Reality is one of my upcoming blogs. I am also sharing all my tips and guides on blogging in this blog and if you are interested to join the blogging community here, check out this article Introduction To The New Bloggers Hangout

You can also check out my latest article on website monetization here: Top Monetization Programs For Your Blog And Website


The Best Sites To Earn Money Online As An Online Writer

I know this is one of the most asked question over the Internet. What is the best site to earn money online? Here, it really depends on what you could do first. For starters, with zero start up cost and some flare in writing, you could easily start up writing online. If you would ask me why did I choose writing, I am going to tell you all about it in this article. Once you finish reading this, I will then leave it to you about whether to choose writing or other methods of earning.

Do you want to know what is the best site to earn money online?

Why should you choose to earn money online?

1. Freelancing is God
Freelance writing is pretty straight forward. You find a job and start writing online. Once completed, you will get a said amount for completing the job. Nowadays there are hundreds of freelancing jobs available on Freelancer and eLancer. Therefore, there is no problem finding for one. Just don't be choosy and you will land a nice simple job.

2. No fixed hours = freedom
Freedom is something I really like about freelance writers. You can be blogging or completing a writing task nearly every where on earth with just the availability of the Internet. With earning money online, you can wave good bye to those desk works and even the 9 to 5 office works.

3. Why writing online earns you the most money?
Writing has no stopping or limit. Unline Pay Per Click sites, your writing (as along is published), will continuously earns you money day by day. This is what I call, an investment that will grow day by day.

Being said the above, what are the best sites that you can earn money online simply by writing? There are actually quite a few which can make you earn some crazy cash honestly if you are hardworking.




Three of the best sites for writers to earn money online


1. Personal blogs and websites
Believe it or not, personal blogging is one of the best way to earn money online. In fact, this is one of the best way not only to earn money but also earning the biggest profit ever in advertisement. You can easily start a free blog at Blogger.com or even start up your self hosted website. Either way, all advertisement revenue gained from there is completely yours. What you need to know is a blog takes months to grow and in order to be successful in blogging business, you got to be patience and continue to input valuable information on your blog from time to time.

Advantages:
  • Not tied down with rules and regulations
  • Very open platform for both newbies and serious writers
  • Many advertising programs you can join to monetize the site
Disadvantages:
  • Website maintenance must be done regularly
  • Self hosted domains are prone to hackers
  • Small fees for running the site might be required if you are using self hosting domains
  • Page ranks must be done from scratch

2. HubPages - the most popular online writer community
Earn money online using HubPages
If I would to choose a site which I can write and monetize, I would always suggest joining HubPages. Allow me to explain in simple English on what HubPages is all about. HubPages is a domain where one can easily post their article online and share with the world. HubPages has many monetization programs where most writers will starts seeing income increases roughly after 3 months there. HubPages is great if you would want to have trouble free thinking of domain and hosting matters. The site is easy to use and is very user-friendly. Not to forget, the community is vast and you have a very good amount of audience daily. However, all these goodness has it costs too as well. All revenue earned are shared between HubPages and you on a 40-60 basis. Of course, 60% goes to you, the writer. Now, before you think start judging, read back from the start of HubPages. If you can devote your 3 months or more to HubPages, why don't devote it to your blog instead?

Join HubPages, the largest community for online writers now!

Advantages:
  • Easy to maintain
  • You will start with an upper hand thanks to HubPages high page rank
  • Many monetization programs ready to go with just a few clicks
  • No HTML and coding knowledge needed
Disadvantages:
  • Monetization revenue will always be shared
  • No self domain name
  • Tied down to rules and regulations of HubPages (such as number of backlinks etc)

3. Triond - an online site to publish articles
Triond is one of my favourite site to publish my articles online when I first started writing. Triond is easy to use but has very limited functions. All you can do is to publish articles online and the only monetization factor is Adsense. For me, Triond is good as a backlink site as it is getting ranked on search engines easily. However, earning here at Triond is harder as you are paid per 1,000 impressions and Adsense only. Very limited earning methods but not impossible to earn money using Triond. Again, advertisement revenue here are split between Triond and the writer just like HubPages.

Register for Triond for free here!

Advantages:

  • Having upper hand using Triond high page rank
  • Big community of readers to give traffic boosting
  • No maintenance required

Disadvantages:

  • Monetization revenue is shared between Triond and the writer
  • There are terms and conditions that writers would need to comply
  • Writers earn revenue by per 1,000 views which is pretty low payout

My verdict and personal opinion as an online writer

If you ask me, I would tell you to write in all three sites I stated above. My personal advice is to focus completely on your blog or website and use other writing platforms to backlink and push your site up the page rank. Monetizing a blog or website needs time and thus, you should use all your available 'weapons' to ensure you are getting the best traffic and revenue boost. I hope this article serve you well especially in your blogging life and I am definitely open for more discussion. Feel free to contact me via the comment box and we can have a very healthy conversation on this matter.


Meantime, here is something about me:
I am an avid blogger and close to a full time online writer. I been writing for many years and The Big Fat Reality is one of my upcoming blogs. I am also sharing all my tips and guides on blogging in this blog for all my readers. Have you heard about Google Affiliate Ads program? This article is the latest writing of mine that explains How You Can Monetize Blogs With The Google Affiliate Ads Program.


Can You Earn Money Online With Nuffnang Ads?

Should I choose Nuffnang or Google Adsense?
I know many of you bloggers and webmasters are wondering if Nuffnang ads are worth the time. Even I asked myself (in the earlier days) if I should concentrate more on Nuffnang instead of Adsense. I did a very simple test previously on my domain for one full month running on Adsense and another full month running on Nuffnang ads. The results are quite shocking seriously. Nuffnang was the winner in the 'competition' and it was a very close shave. In fact, Nuffnang was leading close to a USD $ 5.00 compared to Adsense. Yes, Nuffnang pays in Ringgit Malaysia (RM) and not US Dollars (USD) but I very used with USD so bear with me guys. I often wonder why Nuffnang could do as well as Google Adsense and I did a few so-call experiment during my free and leisure time. Lucky for you, I am going to explain to you in this article how you can decide if you should focus more on Google Adsense or Nuffnang on your blog and website.

Be smart in placing your Nuffnang ads
I couldn't emphasize how important ad placement is for a blogger. Regardless if it is for Nuffnang, Google Adsense or any other advertisement program, always make sure you are placing the right size at the right place! The basic will always be skyscaper ad to be placed near the header, sidebar advertisement to be placed in the side bar (duh!) and large rectangle ones are usually between or in a post itself. Honestly, these advertisement sizes are given names such as skycraper and sidebar for a reason. These are the ones that will actually attract most potential readers to actually click on the advertisement.


Building traffic for more Nuffnang earnings
Here's the logic part. If you want to have more Nuffnang earnings, you would need to have more visitors. Therefore, you need to generate more traffic to ensure you are getting the best out of Nuffnang ads. Of course, one of my usual tips and tricks for a blogger will be always focus on traffic first and not earning. Once your website or blog gain a stable amount of visitors a day, you will see your earning increases slowly as well. Worry about your traffic first and not about your ad revenue.

Boost your blog earnings with Nuffnang and Innit
This is one thing every one fail to remember even though we all know about it. With the combined number of views for both Nuffnang and Innit, we are actually looking into roughly more than 2 millions viewers from Malaysia daily. And yes, that is only from Malaysia and we have not even counted in our neighbouring countries. With such a huge number we have in hand, the platform is already created for us (first step done) and all we have to do now is to sell our products. With the right content and timing, you will be able to attract hundreds and thousands of unique visitors daily if you are doing it right!

Million dollar question: Can we earn money online using Nuffnangs Ads?
The answer is yes and why not? All you need to do is to sell your products to others and encourage readers to continue reading for more. Yes it is hard to get good readership but again, it is not impossible. I hope this short article had taught you a thing or two on how you can start taking small but important steps in ensuring your get your Nuffnang earnings kicking in.



Meantime, here is something about me:
I am an avid blogger and close to a full time online writer. I been writing for many years and The Big Fat Reality is one of my upcoming blogs. I am also sharing all my tips and guides on blogging in this blog. My latest writing on blogging is The Best Sites To Earn Money Online As A Writer.


6 Effective Methods of Backlinking To Increase Traffic

The 7 most popular methods of backlinking

If you have just completed reading Everything About Backlink 101, then you are definitely ready for the part two which is what are the effective methods when it comes to backlink. I could stress more that there could tenth of thousands of backlink methods that you can choose from. However, what I am going to share with you today are the ones that are not only working well for me but also giving me the best return of traffic. Also, to give you an idea, see the above picture on the seven most popular methods of backlinking.

Use social media to boost traffic
Social media for effective backlinking
With millions of people logging into social media daily, you already have your potential visitors there. If you are able to share links with valuable information, you are going to have a good boost of traffic without much effort. However, using social media is risky as if you are promoting too much, people might consider you as spam instead. Be wary of every move especially with social media backlinking and you should be just fine. What I can advise you is to time your social media backlinking at the right time and always plan ahead when you are using Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

Share links of your other articles on every article you publish
This is the most common backlink method for most writers and even for me. Every article you write and publish, always leave a small 'space' at the bottom of the article and share another of your link. To make you understand further, the main purpose of this backlink method is to ensure that you maintain as many visitors as possible to your site even after they had finish reading the current article. You don't need rocket science to know that the longer a visitor is on your website, the higher the chance of the visitor to click the ads.

Commenting on other blogs with the same genre
Backlinking is just alike promotion and being well known. This is one form of indirect link exchange where you leave a comment on every (if you are hardworking) website you have visited. Of course, always remember to leave a constructive comment before leaving your website link. Over doing this and you could easily be labelled as spam and having a bad name for your website.


Submitting your website address to directories around the world
This is one tedious and a long short method when it comes to backlinking. You can search for those free directories available on the internet and submit your address according to the right categories. Free directories are great but it usually takes weeks or months to get listed there. However, since this is free, why not right? Of course, you can also get yourself listed down on Google and Yahoo directories but they are mostly on paid basis only.

Create link exchange between bloggers and webmasters
This is one of the most important and effective methods of getting traffic but is extremely tedious. According to Darren Rowse (owner of ProBlogger.net), he did say that if we would want to be successful in blogging business, we should be very interactive and be active in the blogging society of the same genre. Here, you should start being active in blogging sites and forums and start creating a name with it. From time to time, always ask for some link exchange and after a period of time, your site will definitely stand out by Google crawlers as you are getting valuable backlinks from other active sites.

Does timing affects traffic?
Publish your article at the right time
This is an indirect method of boosting backlinks. Have you noticed that your blog or website usually gets more traffic certain time in a day or week? If you are able to time precisely the moment to publish an article, you might be able to boost your traffic effectively. Whenever there are readership around to read your post (and assuming you are already putting backlinks on all your articles), you are already creating a possible platform for backlinking to happen. For every 10 readers you have, there could be a possibility of 1 to 3 readers who will click on your links. Do you see the cycle of backlink and traffic building from this method?

Therefore, I hope you enjoyed this version of the 6 different but effective methods of backlinking to boost traffic to your site. More writing on backlinking and traffic building will come along the way shortly and I hope you subscribe to my newsletter, RSS or by email as you will get updated as soon as articles are published daily.


Something about the writer:
I am an avid blogger and close to a full time online writer. I been writing for many years and The Big Fat Reality is one of my upcoming blogs. I am also sharing all my tips and guides on blogging in this blog and my latest writing on blogging is Can We Earn Money With Nuffnang Ads?


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Who the hell is Reginald Chan?

Yes, it's me ... an average Joe from the small town of Melaka, Malaysia. I love writing, blogging, reading and all those tech stuffs. I spend most of my days at my website and doing light marketing.

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Creating lots and lots of websites for fun and of course, traveling. Oh and yes, good food as well. I have deep passion especially when it comes to WordPress, blogging, SEO and also Internet Marketing.

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