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Hey there ! My name is and I like to blog about building websites and setting up new blogs, optimizing websites with wordpress plugins and scripts , I like to write about cool gadgets and SEO & Internet marketing. Yes thats Me! :) . You can find me on + here. I love tinkering around with html , wordpress an finding ways to promote and rank blogs on Google ,Bing and Yahoo search engines. I am also on a journey on finding out how to make money from websites ,so I will share my wisdom and hope you can also learn something from it. So welcome to my domain and I hope I can be of some help to you on your blogging journey.

The Top 10 WordPress bloggers that has made a mark online

WordPress have been used worldwide for creation of websites and blogs. It has attracted many business tycoon and famous personalities who uses WordPress for promoting their business and services. With internet becoming more advanced, social blogs have gained more popularity out of which some of the popular WordPress bloggers are listed below:

top bloggers 2016

Michael Arrington

J. Michael Arrington was born on 13th March 1970 in California. TechCrunch, a blog covering start-ups and technology news was founded by him in the year 2005. A daily income of around $14,816 is earned from this blog and its value is estimated to be $10.82 million. Michael graduated from Claremont McKenna College with a major in economics. He attended Stanford Law School in 1995 and practiced corporate and securities law at O’Melveny & Myers and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. His clients included Netscape, Apple and many startups, venture funds, and investment banks. He later left the practice of law to join Real Names, which failed after raising $100M. He was co-founder of Achex, an internet payment company, which was sold to First Data Corp for US$32 million. He has also co-authored a book on initial public offerings.

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Matt Marshall

There was a time when news pertaining to entrepreneurial and technology innovations were either uncovered entirely or reached public only after a time period. That time a new blog named VentureBeat was launched in 2006 by Matt Marshall.

His blog is updated with all business and technological innovation information with a greater velocity and in-depth details. His blog generates a daily income of $1,251 and its value is $913,721. Before finding VentureBeat, he used to cover venture capital for San Jose Mercury News from 2001 to 2006. He was awarded "Journalist of the Year" by the Northern California Society of Professional Journalists in 2002. He used to work for Wall Street Journal in Germany from 1995 to 1998 and was a writer for Washington Post in 1994.

Vitaly Friedman

Vitaly Friedman is the founder of a very popular blog Smashing Magazine. He is the writer, speaker, author and editor-in-chief of Smashing Magazine. He also runs responsive Web design workshops, online workshops and solves complex UX, front-end and performance problems in large companies. According to the blog, its every article goes through a thorough editorial review, including multiple passes for editing and refinement, before being published. Its articles focuses on the latest trends and best practices in web development. In 2010, Smashing Magazine was the recipient of a Shorty Awards for its notable contribution to the field of design. It was also the winner of the .net Awards in 2008 under the category "Best Blog". Daily income generated from his blog is $6,382 and its value is $4.66 million.

Harsh Agarwal

Harsh is the founder of the blog called shoutmeloud. He completed his engineering from Sharda University. He then started to work for Convergys, a call centre in Gurgoan, India. It was while working in this company that he started his first blog in blogspot and then after few months switched over to self-hosted WordPress blog. He writes about SEO, social media, starting and managing a blog, and making money online.

Mark Frauenfelder

Mark Frauenfelder along with his wife Carla Sinclair founded the blog bOING bOING. He is a blogger, illustrator and journalist. His wife is an American writer and journalist. Mark is the co-editor of The Happy Mutant Handbook. He is the author and illustrator of Mad Professor (2002), World’s Worst (2005) and The Computer: An Illustrated History (2005). He is also the author of Rule the Web: How to Do Anything and Everything on the Internet—Better, Faster, Easier (2007), and Made by Hand (2010). Carla edited the book Net Chick, and was author of the cyber culture thriller Signal to Noise. She was editor-in-chief at Craft magazine for O’Reilly Media.

Amit Agarwal

Amit Agarwal is an I.I.T graduate and has worked at ADP Inc. for clients like Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch. He introduced the blog titled labnol and became India’s first Professional Blogger. Microsoft awarded him the Most Valuable Professional award for five years in a row (2007-2011). He has developed several popular web apps and Google Add-ons including Mail Merge for Gmail. He is the author of The Most Useful Websites, an ebook. Amit authors the hugely popular and award-winning Digital Inspiration blog where he writes how-to guides around consumer software and mobile apps.

Michelle Malkin

Michelle Malkin was born on 20th October 1970 in Philadelphia. She is an American conservative blogger, political commentator and author. She launched her political blog MichelleMalkin in June 2004. A 2007 memo from the National Republican Senatorial Committee described Malkin as one of the five "best-read national conservative bloggers". In 2011, the people search company PeekYou claimed that Malkin had the largest digital footprint of any political blogger.

Oliver Dale

Oliver Dale launched the blog WP Lift in 2010. He is the WordPress developer and is well known within the WordPress niche for launching WordPress related products such as the theme store ThemeFurnace and the advertising plugin WP AdCenter. His blog is updated daily with guides, useful tools, plugin reviews, theme reviews, and news roundups. Oliver is also the founder of Kooc Media.

Pete Cashmore

Pete was born on 18th September 1985 in Scotland. He is the founder of the popular blog Mashable, a Technorati Top 10 blog worldwide. Cashmore was recognized in Inc.’s "30 Under 30", Forbes’ "Top 25 Web Celebs" and The Huffington Post’s "Top 10 Game Changers 2009". He writes a weekly column on technology and social media at CNN. He was one among those who were listed in Time Magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people. He was also crowned as the most influential Briton by INQ and most influential Twitter user in the world in 2009.

Perez Hilton (Mario Armando Lavandeira)

Perez Hilton was born on 23rd March 1978 in Florida, United States. He is an American blogger, columnist and television personality who founded the blog named PerezHilton. This blog was previously named as PageSixSixSix and is famous for posts covering gossips about celebrities. He also posts tabloid photographs over which he adds his own captions or "doodles". He had started blogging as a part of his hobby and it included online journals and hobbies which didn’t interest him. It was after some time that he started focussing on celebrities, as he found them more entertaining. Terra.com had named Hilton the Hispanic of the Year in Honor of Hispanic Heritage Month on 15 September 2008. $3645 is the daily income spawned from the blog and its value is @2.66 million.

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 Get a domain Name

AS many would tell you, you need a domain as a start, but you don’t need that with bluehost hosting as you get a free domain name when you buy hosting, so all you need is to set up your blog and get started. Bluehost is one of the top hosting companies around that does a  good job with webhosting.

Buy Web hosting for your blog

There are many reasons for why you may want to choose Bluehost for your WordPress blog and I honestly believe they are one of the best web hosting providers. These reasons include:

  • It’s easy to use bluehost. Yes, anyone can create a WordPress blog easily with this quick tutorial I have given below. Bluehost makes it super easy to create a WordPress blog.
  • This hosting service gets you self-hosted. If you want to make money from your blog, then you will want to have full control over your website and be self-hosted.
  • Bluehost web hosting offers technical support and 24/7 live chat
  • You get a FREE blog domain.
  • WordPress through Bluehost is FREE to install.
  • Bluehost is extremely affordable and they offer cheap web hosting. If you are lucky when they have their specials their cheap blog hosting offers are just $2.95 per month when they are on.

So you can start below  with our install guide

bluehost.com 2.95 deal for hosting

[This $2.95  deal will expire on 17 November]

 

Their best hosting plans  for 2017 reviewed

1. Choose a Hosting plan

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2. Click select /Next step  Choose domain name

choose your domain name

 

3. Next step / Enter your Name address details  Etc

 

bluehost form

 

4. Choose your hosting plan

choose your hosting plan and period

 

5. Enter payment details,bluehost accepts only credit cards.

green submit button

Tick mark i agree to terms and conditions and then click green submit button

Done !

 

The rest is also as easy as this  because once you click submit, You will go to another page and they will ask you to provide a password , do remember this password for login later

 

Install WordPress

This is the next step. If you want to start a WordPress blog on Bluehost then continue reading.

This part isn’t hard at all. Bluehost makes it very easy to create a WordPress blog and it is FREE.

  • When you are in your cPanel (you will receive a link to this in your welcome email from Bluehost), find and click on the image that says “One Click Install.”.
  • Next, click on the WordPress icon on the next page located under “Blogs.”
  • Click the “Start” button. This will begin the installation.
  • Once in the installation process, you will have to decide which domain you will want to install WordPress on. Click the dropdown menu to the domain you plan on using. If you just started a new account there will only be one
  • Now, you will see “Advanced Options.” This is where you choose your username and password for your WordPress website. ( i recommend that you Don’t use the default “Admin” as your username to beef up security further from hackers You will want to check “Automatically create a new database for this installation”
  • Click “Install Now.”
  • Remember to save your username and password.

Congrats!! You now have a WordPress blog. Now you can slowly start on the design and content  and you will be on your way to sucess. Good luck!

 

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7 Reliable and good web-hosting companies in India

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So what do you look for when you are trying to purchase good webhosting to start a blog or website in India? india flag server

This question is quite important, but still would be the same for many users in different countries.

I had the same question when i started  my first blog 10 + years ago   and now I know much better after several hits and misses. To keep it short these are some factors you should be sure of before purchasing your website hosting from a company.

1. Good reliable hosting company (minimum or no downtime)

2. Affordable rates for hosting

3. Good support for your hosting and website when you need it ( chat , via email and phone)

4. Supports different scripts/website software like wordpress , photo galleries and forums with easy installing option ( prefer 1 click install)

 

Some of the factors are explained in more detail below

Reliable good hosting and cheap hosting:

The company should have good hosting which you can rely on and the servers should not go down. If servers are not good or not working properly, it means that your website will load slow or then not at all. The hosting providers below all have reliable hosting and good uptime guarantees.

Foreign company vs Indian hosting:

Many people will always tell you, always choose the hosting company which provides the server in the same geographical region as your region as it helps your website load faster and helps in SEO.

However this is not true, because when you start a website or a blog your audience are not only people in your region and country, but also viewers from all over the world. And so it does not matter much where you’re hosting is in India or in the US.

If your traffic is really 90% + from India only and you wish for it to stay that way, then you can choose a Indian hosting company and benefit from nearby servers. But I would suggest you start with a cheap reliable foreign hosting company and then when you know here your major traffic is coming from you could change your hosting provider to local or the make use of cloudfare or CDN service to make your website speedy for your local users.

Support for the hosting company:

Most of the companies I list here have good support via most traditional channels like, email, phone and also live chat. So if you run into a problem you can just go into live chat and talk to someone or pick up the phone and speak to someone.

How you can pay for the hosting:

Payment for hosting is another factor that some people run into problems with, unfortunately not all companies provide PayPal payment service in the hosting niche. However most of them do accept credit card and as payment is done in advance (yearly) for the monthly price that is quoted it’s just a lumpsum payment made once for yearly when you buy the hosting.

Below are some Indian as well as overseas hosting companies that do business in India

Get the cheapest & best hosting in India

www.hostingraja.in (Indian company)

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Hostraja is a local hosting company and they sometimes have offers with upto 60% on Web Hosting.

Hostaraja prices

hostraja Get Free .com or .in Domain

Hosting Raja is a government approved accredited registrar for .in and .co.in domains in India. They do a lot of business with domain names for .in

All their hosting-servers are hosted in Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Delhi, So your website can load faster without any latency problem.

The latency guaranteed by Hosting Raja is between 30 ms to 60ms (while this is great for local users, latency will not be beneficial for overseas traffic visiting your website)

www.bluehost.in (Foreign company- US)

The best web hosting
starts at only Rs. 239/mo

That is bluehost’s promotional price for Indian users at the moment. Click our discount link to get the most updated price. Bluehost is one of the most popular website hosting company for most popular bloggers and is also recommended by wordpress.org.

Bluehost India Pricing plans

powering over 2 million websites with unlimited plans

They provide hosting services with unlimited hosting space, bandwidth & email accounts.

You can Buy a US or Indian Server (More Preferably) at Bluehost and then make use of CloudFlare’s Content Delivery Network. So, your site will load faster than your competitors.

Recently CloudFlare added three new Data Centers – in New Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai.CloudFlare will act as a Reverse Proxy for your Site and Cache all Static Files. If you’re not happy with CloudFlare’s Free Service, then Go for the Pro Service along with railgun to enhance your site’s load Time.Bluehost offers 1-Click Integration of CloudFlare Content Delivery Network.

For you to make the best decision, I would suggest that you find at least 5 top hosting providers and check their reviews and also check their facebook or twitter pages for review. In USA, I have heard that, Bluehost provides best support from many of the web developers.

www.bigrock.in/webhosting/ ( Indian Hosting)

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BigRock claims to be India’s #1 web hosting company and they say they have 99.9% uptime & 24×7 support. The good thing is that they haveprices starting with very low rates for hosting. You can check out their plans below starting at Rs 59 a month

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GET WEB HOSTING FROM INDIA’S Top HOSTING COMPANY

Key Features:

· Unlimited domains, email and disk space

· 99.9% uptime with dedicated 24/7 technical support

· Fully equipped with cPanel / Plesk Control

· Rs. 2000* Google AdWords Credit

· 30 Day Money Back Guarantee

Price starts @ Rs 59 a month

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www.hostgator.in (Foreign company- US)

Hostgator is the leading web hosting services that is a US based company that also caters to the Indian market. They also focus on VPS hosting & dedicated server’s provider in India apart from the shared webhosting that they provide. They are also known for their world-class technical support.

 

Powerful Web Hosting Made EASY And AFFORDABLE!

Start Your Website With HostGator Today

 

· UNLIMITED Disk Space

· UNLIMITED Bandwidth

· 1-CLICK Script Installs

· 99.9% Uptime Guarantee

· 45 Day Money Back Guarantee

· 24/7/365 Technical Support

Starting At Only

Rs.222/mo

Coupon code: sunshine

 

https://in.godaddy.com (Foreign company- US)

Go daddy got both Linux plans and windows plans for website-hosting.

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They are one of the biggest domain name registrars in the world and they provide a very big range of services from domain name registration, hosting , SSL security certificates, Domain auctions, website builder packages, Ecommerce, shopping carts, Online shop software, Microsoft online software and much more.

godaddy indian domain name registration

They also have a good affiliate commission and reseller program, that I am also a member off.

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Check out their services over here at their website godaddy.com

https://www.hostpapa.in/

hostpapa logo

Hostpapa is and international web hosting operator that also operates in India. They have an Unlimited everything plan for Rs 299 a month.

Hostpapa plans and prices

hostpapa for india prices for hosting

They have a Money-back & 99.9% Uptime Guarantee

If you are interested in using a web builder tool and templates, HostPapa Website Builder allows you to create a website even with no previous experience or knowledge in HTML/web design. A 3-page Starter plan is provided free with new shared web hosting accounts and can be upgraded at any time.

Hostpapa also has backup data facilities in a number of other data s in North America.

Make sure that your hosting provider has good cpanel or 1 click install options for your to easily get your wordpress website started.

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https://registry.in/Accredited_Registrars

(above image taken from registry.in)

In Registry is an information website about domain registration in India and all the requirements and policy in relation to registration and ownership of the Indian domain names. They also have information on how to register a Indian or .in domain name.

They also list all the accredited domain name registration companies that are allowed to sell Indian domain names in the market.

I do hope I have provided enough information to get you started on your wonderful website project or idea. If I have not covered anything you need let me know via contact page or comments.

If you’re looking to start your website journey, don’t delay and get started today. Time is money!

Good luck on your Blogging journey

Bluehost Hosting : 2018 Price features and plan comparison

Discounts are always awesome and they can help you purchase hosting from the company at a relatively cheap price. For instance, you can purchase Bluehost hosting without a coupon in the discount link mentioned below, which is normally available at a price of $7.99 or  $3.49 per month but with this Deal its just $2.95 a month for 36 months just for “Start a website” readers and membersGrab it here via my link (60% off -$2.95) while it lasts.

56 % off Bluehost web  hosting this January 2018

Current updated deal for January 2018 
Shared Basic Hosting Package Now Only $3.49 for 36 Months! Up To 56% OFF!
[Most plans include one free domain]

This below is  no bullsh*t article giving you the mere facts of  web hosting with bluehost  and review  and only that, no fluff- I promise. It  tells you all you need to know about  the best plans, features and pricing for all bluehost  hosting plans – so that  you can just go ahead  see what  plan is most suitable  for You, sign up for a hosting plan today and get your blog online today.

Yes today!

blue logo wordpress hosting for blue host .com Australia US and UK

1 Click install is an amazing thing these webhosting providers invented and you can set up  your new website in like 10 to 15 mins max. yes its true.

Hey, if your really  good maybe you can do it even in 5 to 7 minutes.

So, Why bluehost ?

Because they are fricking good and yeah prices are not too bad too,

That was enough reason for me to sign up. But i don’t expect you to  sign up yet ..my blog telepathy powers transmitting right now tell me you need more before you can decide ..… so read on Winking smile

The pricing and the plans of bluehost.com

As you can see from below I have given only three price plans  as I think these three  plans are the best. Period!

There is only one plan that  does not include the free domain name and that is the starter plan. Currently not advertised and not being promoted by blue shot for obvious reasons,we don’t want it ( because  not free domain name).

Bluehost shared hosting plans 2016

These three plans below are the best  and include free domain name + hosting, its called basic and plus, you can go here to check out the unlimited buffet plan over here ( everything Unlimited almost)

Plans Basic              Plus

12 month : $8.99              $12.99

24 month : $8.49              $11.99

36 month : $7.99 $3.49    $10.99 $5.95

As you can see, these two normal priced plans are currently discounted.Click pic below to get these deals(discount pre-applied)

coupon codes for bluehost in 2016

Next: This is important.. terms and conditions below! You don’t want to be screwed.. so i am being transparent on behalf of bluehost and I’m sure you  will love it – Its SHORT

 

Special Promotion Offer for 2018  from Start-a-website.info + BLUEHOST

From April 25th until May 2nd at 11:59 PM MT, we’re offering$3.49/mo for 36 months (link here)on the Basic Plan. 

And, as a special bonus, My readers can enjoy the ultimate steal of  Shared Basic Hosting Package Now Only $3.49 for 36 Months! Up To 56% OFF!
[Most plans include one free domain]

 

Terms and Conditions  of bluehost

All Hosting accounts are paid for upfront and in full at sign up. All Setup fees are non-refundable. All accounts cancelled in the first 30 Days of service qualify for a *full refund at the monthly rate.

Now we can get to the bells and whistles

Before that – the best features that i like

  1. Free domain name  with  Hosting
  2. 24/7 Support
  3. simple 1 Click installs for heaps of scripts (wordpress,joomla..)
  4. Free Drag and Drop site builder

What can i use and install on my bluehost hosting account ?

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I like  that they have heaps and heaps of scripts to use with 1 click install like mailing lists software for free, Photo Galleries, ecommerce carts , your own wikis,  and other awesome CMS with 1 click installs  if you don’t want to go with wordpress. Here is the list below.

 


CMS (content management systems) Scripts

WordPressone click install

Joomla

Drupal

 

Ecommerce software

Zen Shopping cart

OS Commerce shopping cartshopping cart online shop solutions

Agora Shopping cart

Cube shopping cart

SSL Secure Layer

Scripts that are useful and dont fit above

PHBB ( Create your own forums on your hosting)

Coppermine ( Create a image gallery website to upload photos)

TikiWIKI (Create your own wiki website)

Mailing lists software (Create Email list  and send bulk emails)

Moodle ( create your own e-learning platform to teach or learn)

Support tickets ( create support tickets ability for your business website )

Bonus Features

Hotlink Protection ( protect your pictures on your blog from being showed/copied onto other websites)

Detailed Statistics Software (Measure your hits , traffic, +more)

Courtesy Site backups ( aren’t they charming)

 

The Blue Shared Web Hosting Addons
  • Additional Domain Names: $15.99 per year of registration
  • Dedicated IP: $3.99 per month
  • SSL Certificates: $59.88 per year
  • SpamExperts Mail Filtering: $2.99 a month per domain name
  • Privacy: $11.88 Domain Privacy per domain per year
  • SiteLock: Starting at $23.88 per domain per year
  • Site Backup and Restore Pro: $23.88 per year
  • Expired Account Reactivations: $30.00
Is bluehost suitable for my hobby or affiliate blog ?


I have already used it  and i can say it suits me good. If you are looking to start a  wordpress blog –  yes its the top deal in webhosting. Even if you already got a hosting provider and looking for another one , yes this will suit you.

So I hope I have helped you make up your mind to start  you blog today and get started, if you don’t think blue host is the right fit for you, feel free to do more research , but  if you are keen to get started – take action today. Good luck!


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Facebook launches shop for facebook pages

Facebook has just Launched “shops” for  owners of Facebook pages  to start selling products from their Facebook pages. I know this has just been launched for Australian users as i am based in Australia.

This launch by facebook is going to be a big kick in the gut to online shopping providers like Volusion, Shopify, Bigcommerce and many more.

Online shopping has become a multibillion-dollar revenue stream. Online shopping retail sales are predicted to grow steadily to $370 billion in 2017, up from $231 billion in 2012.What retailer doesn’t want a piece of that growing pie?

Facebook shop vs spotify and big commerce

I just logged into my Facebook page today  and got asked , if i wanted to add a shop, when i answered yes to test it out – It gave me the option of  choosing Australian dollar, Canadian dollar and other currencies  but  weirdly enough  there was no option of US dollar for me  which I needed

How to set up your Facebook Online Shop

facebook start a website page

Image of start a website facebook page above

The next screen asked me to tell Facebook : describe what “start a website”  sells? (above)

And the section after that tells me to add products to my shop

shoping on facebook launch 2016

After you click “add products” on your facebook page – You get  to add a image of your product and add prices for it . You also get to add the Name of product and a description for it.

add products to your facebook shop 2016

You can read the detailed guidelines for  your uploading images  etc over here ( short summary below)

Requirements

  • At least one image is required for each product
  • Each image must be of the product itself; it can’t be a graphical representation (ex: an illustration or icon) of the product

Feature your product on facebook shop

There is also a feature this product option on this screen this allows you too feature up to 10 products. Featured products are shown on your page when people visit, and at the top of your shop section.

Automatically share your product

Turning this on will automatically post your product to your Page’s timeline. This will only happen after your product is approved.

Internet-savvy buyers are more and more determined to spend considerable time researching certain products on different websites and reading online reviews, as well as comparing prices through a website or application, in order to get the best deal possible.

from http://trends.e-strategyblog.com/

I suppose  this would be natural  as a next step ,with facebook already holding  so many millions of subscribers  to their database , now they can shop in house also without having to go to google, tis almost like a parallel internet to the google domination.

I suppose this big launch will lead to many losses to the big players in this space, but will make it easy for many facebook users  to start selling online  with minimum fuss. You can read here => more details  about  the tips and  guidelines for your facebook online shop

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