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What makes a blog great?

Thursday, May 31, 2007

And how you can have one of them.

The author who benefits you most is the one who tells you something you did not know before, but the one who gives expression to the truth that has been dumbly struggling in you for utterance. - Oswald Chambers.

We bloggers are so much addicted to our blogs, our community, and try to give our best to Internet. We are the source of great user developed content on Internet that has helped many people. Before us Internet was such a dull place.

I tried to write this post with some serious matters like Link Building, Link Bating, Web2.o and a few case studies on how great blogs are made in short time. But I scrapped the paper and threw it into the bin. Because optimization doesn’t make a blog GREAT. It’s that SIMPLE. So stop wasting your precious time and working too hard on optimization( a little is useful, a lot is a waste).

Blogging is meant to be interactive and thought provoking. It’s time we need to grow from bloggers, to great influencers for people coming to Internet, looking for direction.
I recently did a post on why you now need to be different otherwise you can’t be anywhere in the picture. Check out the post here.

You might be happy with your links, and might have a good Technorati ranking, but did you check your traffic statistics? HOW MANY VISITORS does each link send you daily? Most of them send you spiders. I still wonder how much juice that spider gets me from that link. I suggest you that you can still work less and get links, which actually send you visitors. REAL people.

Great blogs definitely influence our lives online and offline, and we unknowingly create paths to send them our readers, through links and forum discussions. That’s the way it is meant to be.

Go to these blogs, by their outstanding authors and you would feel the difference .

1.Life in the Fast Lane- Deborah discusses art, news and business, but she has been good enough to work for a cause. Check out the post about Kids with Cancer society.

2. Upper Fort Stewart- A blog about books, bookish things and Libraries and yet Stewart’s style of writing keeps it lively and fun to go through. Note that he does not sell you any Amazon books, though might refer them.

3. Cre8buzz- Take some seduction from ant man. A Great blog. From personal experience, I don’t care how many people link here. Neither I bother about page rank of this blog. But I always go and read it. And the obvious reason is it’s sheer quality.

Normally bloggers forget that blog is a best platform to influence people by their thoughts, experience, or in their way of thinking. There is a big mistake by throwing ads on their visitors. How can you let a visitor get out of your influential circle for few cents?

Everybody is predicting, a soon to be coming REVOLUTION in blogging. As the long tail of bloggers is getting thicker, it’s a definite place where big corporate companies will be looking for bloggers start focusing for their online presence.

Now if you seriously think blogging and a few bucks really don’t matter to you, then start challenging yourself. There is a need to grow your influential circle, and try to keep each and every visitor coming back to, giving value to your words.

Why is this important?

Not all are going to be successful. Only few best are going to be in serious business.
So it’s always better to first establish yourself as an acceptable blogger as well as your blog in the blogosphere before thinking for monetizing your blogs.

We can expect Network blogging to come up more effectively, more optimized content management solutions, with some more breakthroughs to happen in coming time.

Now its time for you to get out there and provide content worth you reader’s time. I can assure you he will keep coming back to you and bring in more of his friends, and will repay you with link love. Link exchanges and memes are out. You are going to be loved for your quality and efforts to help other with the information you provide.

Be Contagious, and make your blog addictive and be ready to get more Fame.

Register here for Blogging to Fame Contest.

Best Of Luck,
Divya Uttam.

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New Widgets to your fame.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

We have got new widgets which can easily go with every post of yours. My friend Ilker Yoldas of the The Thinking Blog proved his graphic design skills again. A big thanks to him for he has designed these cute widgets for your fame. Grab these to make yourself more famous, and increase your chances to win the contest.

Using Blogging to Fame widgets will help you readers go to your profile, and rise high in the popularity index. What are you waiting for???

Rush and register your blog… Receive the fame you deserve!

Divya Uttam


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Why it is so tough to be an A-List Blogger the Google Way?

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

A New blogger works hard to get to the top of Google on his selected keywords which are more often than not, tough keywords to compete. Such keywords are generally dominated by the already established A list bloggers, which have a hold of Search engine Optimization, and a number of quality incoming links. Whereas Google gives importance to your blog just not by its content but by the Number of links, coming to your site, naturally, as well as the quality of those links and anchor text used for the links. It also gives importance whether the link is coming to your home page or some specific post. The visibility of your blog improves when you get inbound links to specific posts. If you start new and you read so many books on SEO, link building and everything to improve your online visibility, nothing seems to work. You always wonder why?

The reason is quite obvious. It’s the already existent blogs which keep on attracting more links, more response and eventually more web2.0 traffic. Their posts keep on getting them more comments and more viewers even if a new blogger provides much better content. So whatever you do and whatever you try, it would be very tough for a common blogger to compete with the well established blogs in terms of web Traffic, recognition, revenue generation from their blogs. All these things effect the overall quality of their blog.

Moreover most newbie bloggers try to get their links either by participating or starting kinds of Memes or links exchange through blogrolls which do not pull the quality of the blog. It neither helps them in search engine positioning and rarely get them some good traffic, just helping them to rope a bit in Technorati points. Whereas, A list bloggers get varied links, from good web2.0 sites , journals, other A List Blogs, and not just from blogrolls and memes. New bloggers need to learn how to make their graph much steeper.

Bloggers need to participate in other platforms, that can bring Fame and Traffic to their blog. One Such Platform is BLoggingtoFame.com

Do not forget to give fame to your favorite blogs and nominate your blogs here.

Related Post: Creating Vision for Bloggers Generation Next

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Blogging to Fame Updates- Detailed Selection Criteria and Widgets

Friday, May 18, 2007

We have already provided a brief description of the Selection Criteria for blogs and bloggers on the site, here is a transparent process with detailed schedule of the selection procedure.

Following are the steps for selection of the Super and Famed blogs:

1. The selection process starts from 11th June 2007, where 50 blogs are going to be selected on the basis of overall votes obtained by them, every week.

2. The aforementioned process will continue for 10 weeks(i.e. up to 20th August 2007), resulting into top 500 blogs.

3. Now these 500 Blogs, will be distributed among the 5 Jury members(100 blogs per jury member), who will further pick 5 blogs per week each from their assigned blogs.

4. These Hot Picks (jury selected blogs) will appear in the individual Jury’s Hot pick pages. These Hot picks will help the selected blogs to get more fames for themselves.

5. The process will go on for next 5 weeks and will end on 30th Sep, 2007.

6. On 15th Oct,2007, out of the top 20 most famed blogs selected on the basis of overall votes, 4 blogs entitled for the awards will be announced on the site.

7. The winners will be send tickets to Chicago and reservations for the hotel would be made.

8. The Super Blogger would be announced of the above selected 4 at the venue. Surprise, Surprise.

Following are the steps for selection of Famed bloggers:

1. The selection process will start as soon as you nominate a blog, and will continue till 15th October, 2007. Blog nomination is mandatory to be a part of this section of contest as only this defines you to be a blogger.

2. The selection would be 60% based on the no. of fames collected by you, and 40% on the Jury decision, which will be on the quality of blogs you maintain, your style of writing and how sociable you are.

3. Results would be announced on 15th October, 2007 as mentioned above, and your tickets would be sent to you with reservations made.

New widgets for more fame-

Sorry for the inconvenience caused by the bugs, and non working widgets, we have got the problem solved and are providing you with some fresh ones. Use these widgets to send your visitor to your profile and your blog profile to fame you. You can visit your profile page and opt for Fame tools. Select the widget you want, generate code and copy and paste it onto your blog's code wherever you want it to appear.

For any further queries contact us.

Best of Luck,
Divya Uttam

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Blogging to Fame Updates- A few more FAQs

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Why Blogging to Fame is stressing upon making A-List Bloggers?

As we all know Internet is stepping into New Genre, Blogosphere is ever increasing and blogging seems to have all the opportunities for bloggers. Blogging provides a platform for better customer relationships and online promotion. There will be a demand of trained bloggers who can bring in traffic and keep it coming back. Companies would require bloggers for image building, and are likely to hire professional bloggers for the same.

Apart from the need of the industry there are a lot of bloggers who deserve to be more famous, have the mix of passion and quality in them and yet are not able to gain popularity.

How is Blogging to Fame Contest different from other contests?

Blogs which had a higher readership and more supporters, have an upper hand in the contests. We are making sure that we do not have already existing A-list Bloggers in the contest. The already established do not require as much fame as upcoming bloggers do. We are trying here to upgrade the quality of blogging and providing the right fame to people who deserve it. We would manually select quality blogs every week. Don’t worry if you do not make it there. We will Fame you in the Famed by Jury section(soon coming up) where you’ll stay for a week and gain popularity. We will also be archiving the pages, so you’ll have traffic coming in.

If you want to appear in this section you can leave us a request.

Apart from the cash awards, you also win yourself a free consultation and blog re-launching from us, where we will help you utilize the fame you get and improve your business. We do not just give you a Blogging Trophy in front of best of bloggers in Chicago but also To and Fro tickets and the stay to make sure you attend it and meet others.

Here playing the game benefits everyone.

Who are the Sponsors?

Well that’s a question we may not like to answer now. You can be assured of big names associated with this but to disclose it at this stage would be a little difficult. We are still into finding bugs and improving the site. Once the site is final, we will announce them. Be assured this is Big.

What are the other Developments going on?

1) We are fixing bugs to provide you a confusion free interface.
2) More Fame tools, so more fame
3) A few more features to get it more interesting, and fun for the contestants
4) Finalization process for the Blogging to Fame Chicago Convention-2007

You can put in your Questions here if you have some related to the Site. Feedback is also welcome.

Divya Uttam

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Blogging to Fame Launches today

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Have you been to it already? Or are you planning to soon? Yes 10th of May is Here, the day for launching of Blogging to Fame, and its up and moving. Don’t hang around, visit BloggingtoFame.com and Nominate your blogs.

Get in real soon. Start early and make it easier for your blog to get selected in the first short list of 50 for final 500 blogs. More features will be added soon.

You can have a look at Contest Rules here.

As a winner you would be eligible to receive $100,000 in Cash and Kind.

Best Wishes,
Divya Uttam

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Blogging To Fame Launching

Thursday, May 03, 2007

The Secret is out. Blogging to Fame is launching on 10th May,2007 and will be open for nominations and participation.Winners will get awards more than US $100,000.

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