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Friday, February 19, 2010

ADD YOUR BLOG AND SHARE BUTTON TO GOOGLE BUZZ

Many bloggers were asking for a share button in Google Buzz. Until now there is no direct ways of adding your own blog to Google Blog and then sharing your post through Google Buzz. We heard that Google is developing these shortcuts. Here in this post we will explain how to add your blog in Google Buzz and make a “Buzz it” or “BuzzMe”  button for your posts in Blogger and Wordpress.

Direct integration of your blog in Google Buzz is not possible. So at first, you had to configure your Google profile, blog reader feed and Google Buzz.

How to connect your blog or some other feed to Google Buzz?

1) First of all you need to claim your blog or the specific feed on your public profile.If you don’t have a profile, make a public profile by giving details and add it there: http://www.google.com/profiles . If you have a profile and is private, then make it public.

Just verify , making sure that there's a rel=me link path back to your Google Profile. Buzz requires verification to connect sites (exception of a few things like Twitter and Flickr which don't require verification, for various reasons). To verify the site(s), you need a rel=me link path from them to your Google Profile URL. For docs on XFN and how to mark it up, see:
http://code.google.com/apis/buzz/documentation/#connect


2) Now go to https://sgapi-recrawl.appspot.com/ . You may be prompted to login and there you can see the feed or URL of your blog and blog reader. Click on Recrawl button and wait till the crawling is success. (You may see many links you've just added to the site(s) you want connected to your Buzz. Select which one you want to crawl as per your requirement)
3) Now go into Buzz in Gmail and go to "Connected Sites" and all those you added recently will be there to Buzz.

How to add “Buzz Me”, “Buzz It” or “Buzz this” icon on your blog posts

Sharing a post through Google Buzz is very important to reach more people. Providing a “Buzz Me”, “Buzz It” or “Buzz this” icon will prompt readers to share a post through their buzz. It is essential that you had to connect your blog to Google Buzz as we explained on the top of this post. Do it first, then follow the below given steps.

FOR BLOGGER USERS:

STEP A
Log in to Blogger Account, go to Layout -> Edit HTML and check the box "Expand Widget Templates". Now, find this code in the template:

<div class='post-header-line-1'/>

STEP B
And immediately after the above given code, paste the code given below.

<!--BUZZME-CODESTARTS-->
<a expr:href='&quot;
http://www.google.com/reader/link?url=&quot; + data:post.url + &quot;&amp;title=&quot; + data:post.title + "&amp;srcTitle=" + data:blog.title' target='_blank'><div style='text-align:left;margin-top:-2px;'><img alt='Buzz Me' src='http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu277/businessvartha/BUZZIT.png'/></div></a>
<!--BUZZME-CODESTOPS-
http://businessvartha.blogspot.com-->

You may do some editing in the above code for placing the icon. You can change “left” as right, or center for alignment of the icon. Also, the position away from top header margin can be adjusted by changing –2 into distances as per your layout

FOR WORDPRESS USERS

  1. Login to your Wordpress dashboard.
  2. Go to Theme editor and open the single.php file.
  3. Copy and paste the below given code in single.php file as per the place you want the icon to appear.

<a
href="http://www.google.com/reader/link?url=<?php the_permalink() ?>&title=<?php the_title(); ?>&srcURL=<?php bloginfo('url'); ?>" target="_blank" rel="nofollow external"><img
src="
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu277/businessvartha/BUZZIT.png" width="85" height="25" alt="" /></a>

       4. Click on Update file button.

This will display an icon like this BUZZ IT

MORE GOOGLE BUZZ ME ICONS:

If you want to try various buzz icons, please change the URL given in red letters of the codes given above for bloggers and wordpress,  with any of the below given URL for respective icons:

Google Buzz me

      http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu277/businessvartha/GoogleBuzzme.png

 

Google Buzz 1       

       http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu277/businessvartha/GoogleBuzz1.png

google buzz heart

   

    http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu277/businessvartha/googlebuzzheart.png

Google Buzz this

 

    http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu277/businessvartha/googlebuzz.png

Google Buzz Buzz it

  

   http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu277/businessvartha/GoogleBuzzBuzzit.png

Feel free to rectify trouble in any of the steps above.

Also don’t forget to Buzz this now

Happy Blogging

Thursday, February 18, 2010

FACEBOOK WILL BE A PAID SITE IN 2011?

Internet is a great collection of freebies. All software, websites, raises popularity by offering their services free at the beginning. Later they change their way of approach and make some of their services through small payments. This was found effective in preventing spammers as well as concentrating more on paid users. Paid users get much benefit than normal users. This technique was successfully implemented by Yahoo, Blogcatalog etc. They entertain most of their customers Free of cost and earn revenue through advertisement display. Premium customers like corporates, pay and enjoy some additional benefits from the company.

At the beginning, Facebook was a slow picker in internet social networking business. The impressions and hits were much low when compared to major competitors like Friendster, MySpace, Hi5 etc. Facebook was learning from their initial faults. The process of introducing more interactivity to Facebook users, increased the popularity of Facebook quickly. Integration with other applications was one more important aspect of success behind Facebook. If you own a Facebook account, you may login to  around 15% other websites in internet.

Facebook grew like a giant within a span of few years. Like any other free service, spammers used Facebook to link ads, create links,spread links, fake accounts etc. Facebook suffered this and continued its free service by designating advertisement as the major source of income. Things went wrong when the popularity increased  and the load of maintenance started creeping up. Like any other internet business, Facebook also started looking some ways for increasing the income  and reducing maintenance cost.

Facebook may be deciding to double its revenue by starting premium services as the major focus. A classic example of a popular free email service was in front of them. A mild payment could change the entire story of Facebook. They can double income, gain more trusted long term users, and reduce spammers.

Google Buzz The entire plan was flushed out by one action from Google. The introduction of Google Buzz was a hit from back for Facebook. Here Google played a genius role by introducing Google Buzz through Gmail. A mail box is the one that was missing in Facebook services. Now Facebook in big dilemma whether to continue their plan of implementing paid services or to go as a freebie forever.

Google took such an action not to introduce Google buzz as a separate service because of some interesting  reasons.

Gmail customers are well targeted and integration with Inbox will be much easier for people to create Buzz. Single login can help you to email and buzz. Also the mode of Buzz was similar to Twitter. Both Twitter and Facebook lack independent email services with huge storage options.

Recently, Google Adwords was feeling much competition in campaigning advertisements with  Facebook. Even though, advertisers felt much comfortable with Google, some of them started trying Facebook also.

Next step of Google seems to be integrating Adsense with Google Buzz. Selected and controlled advertisements through Google Buzz will be much appreciated than Twitter advertisements. (So what are you waiting for? Add businessvartha also in your buzz)

Now the war started. Facebook fighting with Friendster,  and Google fighting with Twitter and  Facebook. Being a customer, I am looking about the chances where we can gain from this “SOCIAL NETWORKING WAR”

Who will gain more popularity, lets get the final result by the end of November 2010. It is much interesting that whether Facebook will implement the plan of making it as a fully paid service or not. Hopes that we will get the answer for this question also in few months.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

GOOGLE BUZZ- END OF TWITTER AND FACE BOOK?

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Google launched their new product called “Google Buzz”. Another sharing opportunity for netizens. Buzz provides almost all opportunities that help to automatically setting you up to follow the people you email and chat with the most.

This product aims to provide an additional network over Gmail networked users. This may be the reason why Google choose Gmail as its primary platform to introduce Google Buzz.

Google Buzz richly integrates photos, videos and links, and makes it easy to share publicly or privately (so you don't have to use different tools to share with different audiences)

Prominent blogs about Google Buzz Help

ADVANTAGES OF GOOGLE BUZZ

  1. Automatically follow the people you email and chat with the most in Gmail without setup anything
  2. You may easily publish your ideas to the world or just to your closest friends either privately or publicly.
  3. Comments are sent to your inbox so it's easy to keep the conversation going.
  4. You can see thumbnails with each post, and browse full-screen photos from popular sites.
  5. You may import your stuff from Twitter, Picasa, Flickr, and Google Reader.
  6. Automatic update of new posts and comments pop in as they happen. No refresh required.
  7. Google Buzz have a mobile version as well. This help to carry your network with you even you are away from your desktop.

As per the primary reports, Google Buzz is turning more popular because of it’s easy integration with Gmail. Probably Google Buzz, G-Buzz may be an alternative for Twitter and Face Book.

VIDEO TUTORIALS OF GOOGLE BUZZ

 

Prominent blogs about Google Buzz Help

HOW TO BUY WEB TRAFFIC AND VISITORS

After trying much SEO, Social Media Activities, bloggers sometimes frustrated and try some other sources of web traffic. Most of them depend on SEO companies to optimize their blogs and websites and try to attract more visitors. Some bloggers use advertising as a channel for increasing visitors to their blog. Google Adwords, is an excellent way to advertise. Buying traffic always generates doubt in the mind of blogger. Which service to depend, how long should depend and what type of service had to select. Bloggers usually break their head to find answers for these questions.

imageBefore selecting any SEO company to increase visitors, you must keep some points in mind. Select a company that have enough previous experience. The company must not have any ban history from any of search engines. Always select companies with good PR in Google, with at least PR 2.

Check thoroughly the way of SEO and traffic building. Always reject offers from companies that do some ‘Black hat’ techniques. Black Hat techniques usually bring quick results, but may invite ban from Search engines or penalty in PR.

Also, verify various techniques used by the SEO company or Traffic building company. These techniques include “ Targeted  Traffic”, “Geographical Traffic”, and “Keyword based Traffic”.

When you receive any  Traffic Packages from any Traffic providing company, you must be able to see how many visitors were delivered to your target URL in real-time. This is very important to save your money. Select a company that gives such a real time facility.

You must optimize all your PPC, Affiliate programs before buying traffic. Include more advertisement slots as per easy visibility of visitors. Arrange affiliate banners in quick accessible places. Remove all broken links. Provide a “Menu bar”,  “Navigation Bar”, or “Categories” so that visitors can find interesting posts of their choice quite easily.

Recently I came across an Internet Traffic Solution company, that offers traffic packages with multiple options. You may buy traffic packages traffic or assign Search Engine Optimization services from this company.

Happy blogging

Thursday, February 11, 2010

FREE SOCIAL MEDIA ICON SETS

Many bloggers asked me about how to change the traditional icons in a blog. As you know the traditional icons include Feed icon, Social media icons  like Twitter, Facebook, Blogged, Technorati etc. Adding different style of icons always invite the attraction of visitors. I have seen many blogs who are using new styles of free icons and buttons. You can see some of those buttons I am using in the right sidebar top of this blog.This post will tell you how to add new icon to your blog and also offering some free stylish social media icons down to this post.  Download Links Checked on 10/02/2010 

How to change a feed  icon or any icon in a blog.

Step A

Find a new stylish social media icon of  your choice. I have given some free sets of icons for all of my readers.Just scroll down to the end of the post to get that. These icon sets are in different sizes and given as PNG icons. Once you download the free icon set, simply select the correct size that you wish to use.

Open an account in any of photo sharing  websites like Picassaweb, Flickr, or Photobucket. Then upload the selected PNG or JPEG icon file to your account. Once you upload, then copy the URL linked to the icon or picture  you have uploaded. You will get this URL in your album near to the picture you have uploaded.

Step B

Here I will describe you, how I replaced my old Feed Address icon with a new Feed icon. As said in Step A, I upload a desired button of my choice into an album created by me in photobucket website.Then I copied the URL of that PNG file. Now look to the code given below. You can see the URL of my feed address given in Red letters and URL of my new Feed icon in Maroon letters.

Here you had to make two changes. First of all, change the Feed address (or what ever social media address you want) given in Red letters to your Feed address. Then change Maroon colored URL given below with the URL of your new PNG icon that you copied from Step A

<a href="http://feeds2.feedburner.com/blogspot/oZxX" target="_blank"><img border="0" alt="Photobucket" src="http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu277/businessvartha/rss-32x32.png" /></a>

After making these changes, copy the full code and Login to your blogger account, Click on Layout, Page Elements, and then on “Add a Gadget”. Select “HTML/JavaScript” and paste the copied code into it. Save. Now you can see, a new icon will appear on your blog, which upon clicking will take to the desired social media website.

Like as described above, you may upload, link and place new icons for any social media websites you have joined. Now grab some free stylish social media icons.

FREE STYLISH SOCIAL MEDIA ICONS

Lontar Icon Social Site Edition

Stylish social media icons: License –Freeware- Click on picture to download PNGimage

Chococons

Chocolate styled icons: License –Freeware- Click on picture to download PNGimage

Social Balls

Ball styled icons: License –Freeware- Click on picture to download PNGimage

Hand-Drawn Social Media Icons

Handwritten social media icons: Freeware- Click on picture to download PNGimage

Webset icons

Beautiful icon sets, You must link back to graphicriver.net/free-icons, page if using these icons in a commercial project. Click on below icons to downloadimage

Heart Social Media Icons

Excellent heart shaped social media icons, Click on below icons to downloadimage

Cheers Free Social Media Icons

You can use the set for all of your projects for free and without any restrictions. However, it’s forbidden to sell them. Click on below icons to downloadimage

The Leaves fall

Excellent leaves fall icon sets for bloggers. Prohibited to sell.Free to use. Click on below icons to downloadimage

Any doubt, please feel free to ask us

Happy Blogging.

Friday, February 5, 2010

ADD INDIVIDUAL PAGES TO BLOGGER BLOGS

Most bloggers were complaining about the lack of facility to add individual pages in blogger blogs. Now Google blogger allows us to add individual pages like “ Home”, “About” “Contact “, etc. We can use this facility right from the Dashboard of our blogger account. These individual pages will act as standalone pages and can be linked any where. A classic support from Blogger pages that let us publish static information on stand-alone pages linked from your blog. For example, you can use pages to create an “About Me” This Blog page that discusses the evolution of your blog, or a “Contact Us” page that provides directions, a phone number, and a map to your location.

HOW TO ADD INDIVIDUAL PAGES TO BLOGGER BLOG

Just follow these simple steps.

STEP A

Login to Blogger Account. You will reach dashboard. Click on “Edit Posts”. Now you will reach a page where you can see all your previous posts. Simply look to the tab next to “ Edit Posts”, you can see “Edit Pages”. Click  on that. Now you can see a page as given in the picture below. There is a tab ”NEWPAGES” in blue color. Click on that or on “Create a Page”

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STEP B

Clicking on “Create a page”, will take you to  a Page Creation part as given below. Here, you had to enter the Page title as you wish, ( Home, About Me, Contact Us etc ) . Type all required details in the space provided and click on “Publish Page”.

image Then you will reach a page as given below. Here you can see the individual page, or edit that page. Now you can view “Add the Page List Gadget” tab. Click on that

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ADD PAGELIST GADGET TO LAYOUT

This option help you to display the Pages added in your blog as an easily editable Widget. This can be configured as a Widget and will help you to edit quite easily. Click on Add the Page List Gadget to reach a page as shown in the picture given above in STEP B.

Then you will reach a page where you can Configure Page List, as given in the picture here. Give appropriate Title (optional), and you may arrange the Pages and Save. Now the Page widget will appear on the Layout section of your blog for further maintenance.

 

ANOTHER WAY OF EDITING INDIVIDUAL PAGES:

Next time when you login to Dashboard, then move to Posting, then to Edit Pages, and you can see as given in picture below. All your Pages will be listed there and you can edit or delete and view the pages.

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Do Remember that the above created pages will not appear in your Edit Post section. This is because these pages are created directly to the root domain and not like individual posts you make.

Happy Blogging

Thursday, February 4, 2010

21 FREE USEFUL DOWNLOADS FOR BLOGGERS

I would like to share some useful downloads for bloggers. These downloads are collected from different sources and checked the links on 03/02/2010.Kindly download all these and spend some time to read. This will definitely improve your blogging experience. All my readers kindly give me the feed back about these downloads. If you have any suggestion about such a new useful download, please let us know. Also, any advertisers of E-books, please contact us using Contact Us form on top.

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