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I have not really paid much attention to this method of link building yet, but have now decided to give it a try. If you look around at Webmaster Forums you’ll find people looking for a sponsor of their templates. Templates can be for directories or blogs (in particular WordPress Blogs). These fine folks design and build templates for the software of choice and release it for free. Under the license terms the user of such a template has to leave the footer links intact. By getting sponsors for their templates these designers actually make money. If you are a good designer it might take you an hour or two to develop a nice looking template. You sell 2 sponsored links for somewhere between $35 and $100. Depending on where you live this will carry you quite a while. From a sponsor point of view this means if the template is promoted well, you get a lot of back links from other blogs. Imagine a free template with your link in it used 100 times – this can be significant if those blogs grow in popularity and Google Page Rank. By the time you read this I most likely secured the first template sponsorship (I am writing this posting in advance and let WordPress publish it automatically at a time I specified before). So, we will see how this turns out. Don’t tell anyone, but the real beauty of this “seo trick” is not to concentrate on the public available sponsorships you find in forums, but to contact designers and work with them directly. Bypass the middleman, bypass the competition.

In general this seems to be an underdeveloped market with high potential. If used in a mix of normal link building and SEO it can be a great tool to make your blog or website more popular. With Google and other search engines becoming more difficult to deal with from a webmaster standpoint you have to become more creative if you want to succeed. White Hat SEO is fine, but if you are too conservative with your approach things are moving very slow. That has been my biggest mistake. Don’t get me wrong – it’s not a bad way, but it is slow. Being a little more aggressive does not mean that you have to leave the white hat seo arena though. It just means you have to re-assess how you do stuff and decide to take a different approach that will get you going faster. But with everything that you do beyond what the search engines want you to do, you increase the risk of landing in supplemental hell or in the Google Sandbox. Therefore it is always good to diversify.

Blogging has become one of the best and most convenient self-publishing methods. It has created opportunities for both personal and business enterprises that were not readily available with more traditional methods before. Here is a look at the top blogging platforms currently in use today:

WordPress

WordPress is a very popular blogging platform for a number of reasons. It has remained on the top spot for many years because of its flexibility and ease of use. It manages content quite well, has plenty of plug-ins and features and enjoys strong community support. It comes in free and paid versions.

A plus for WordPress that other platforms do not have is its many themes. Users can choose whichever theme they want to match the topic or genre of their content. If they get tired of their first choice, they can simply change it without worrying too much about how it would affect their site’s content. For bloggers who like a lot of elbow room when it comes to customization, WordPress is an excellent choice.

Blogger

Many of the popular blogs that are still active were set up using Google’s Blogger, which has been around since 2003. Blogger is an excellent platform for beginners because of its easy setup. The user is guided throughout the process from beginning until launch and setup takes only a few minutes. There are ready made blog templates to choose from and the editing process uses drag-and-drop functions. Blogger allows users to create multiple blogs under one account. It is a hosted platform that is totally for free.

Tumblr

Tumblr is an excellent option for individuals who do not like to work on long blog entries. It is the top choice for micro- or short-form bloggers. Tumblr is easy to set up and is flexible enough to accept text and info in the form of photos or videos. Tumblr is free to use.

Posterous

With Posterous, users do not just create a blog – they create ‘spaces’, then set these up for a target group of people to follow. The number of spaces that can be created is limitless and users can customize permissions for each one. Users, for example, can create a space for a publicly accessible blog and another space to be viewed only by family and friends. It is also free to use.

Squarespace

Squarespace is a paid platform (starts at $8.99), so users can expect a lot of features they will not otherwise get from free services. The site’s content management system is tops and it has built-in analytics that allow users to view how their blogs are performing.

Movable Type

Movable Type is one of the earliest blogging platforms, having been developed in 2001. It allows for a lot of customization options with plugins and can be integrated with popular social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Movable Type offers free (.com) and paid (.org) versions of their platform.

TypePad

Those who have used Movable Type will probably find TypePad familiar. Once a blog has been set up, users can choose from a variety of templates to use. It is an excellent option for bloggers who would rather blog and just let the host take care of design tweaks. TypePad is popular among professionals, journalists and business owners but it also has users that utilizes it for personal blogging.

How to Start a Blog with Bluehost

One of the scariest things about starting a blog, is actually getting your site up and running. Today I’m teaching you how to set up a WordPress blog in three easy steps on Bluehost. Hosting companies can be confusing, but it’s actually quite simple. Follow these easy steps on how to start a blog or website and get your hosting set up, WordPress installed and the basic steps to make it beautiful!

STEP ONE: Domain Hosting

You’ve probably already thought about what to call your website, but if not, take some time to think it through and brainstorm. Go to Bluehost and click that big green button to get started. To check if your domain is available, type it in the left hand box and Bluehost will let you know. By the way, Bluehost gives you a FREE domain name with the purchase of your hosting plan!

After you’ve selected a plan, you’ll follow Bluehost’s instructions. Select your package details and any other special deals you want to include. Personally, the only thing I need is domain privacy — it keeps your personal details private and unlisted. Follow the remaining instructions and soon you’ll have hosting!

STEP TWO: Install WordPress

Hosting is set up, so let’s get WordPress installed! Thankfully, Bluehost makes it very simple. Navigate to the hosting tab at the top of the page and then click on “WordPress” under “Website Builders”. Next, you’ll click on “Install a brand new instance” and then select the domain you’d like to install it on and click “Check Domain” (you can leave the “directory” part blank).

Sometimes you may get an error message that says there are files already there. Unless you already have website files there that you want to keep, you can click “Overwrite”.

For the final step, select the drop down for Advanced Options. You can name your blog title here (you can always update this later) and choose your WordPress login and password. Check the box to creating a new and then hit “Install Now.”

You can watch the install process at the top of the page and when it’s ready, a box will show up in the top right corner that says “View Credentials” — click on that and write these down somewhere safe so you can refer back to them to log in to your site. You’ve installed WordPress, congrats! Easy, right?

STEP THREE: Make it Look Nice

Now that you’ve set-up WordPress, it’s time to make your site beautiful! Login to your site by going to yourdomain.com/wp-admin (or by following the link from your credentials). You’ll see this page that will log you in to the backend of your site!

Let’s make this thing pretty! Most likely, you’ll want to select a new theme since the ones that come with WordPress for free are pretty basic. You can hire a designer (like me!) to design you a custom theme or you can find a beautiful theme elsewhere and install it yourself. The second option is definitely more budget friendly and seriously, there are so many gorgeous options out there now! Here’s a few great places to start looking:

1. StudioPress Themes: gorgeous, minimalist themes built on a great framework (This site was built on a StudioPress Theme – News Pro)

2. Themeforest: one of the biggest sites to buy a theme, literally anything you want, you can most likely find it here

3. Thesis Themes: Eye-catching blog themes, attractive and aesthically pleasing with good SEO

Quick Bonus Tip

Under your blog’s “Settings”, you can customize some basic things to make your blog look more professional. Under “General” Set your blog name and tagline — the default one is not what you want. You can also select how dates are shown here as well.

Under “Reading”, you can make your homepage static to look more like a website and select a different page where your blog posts will appear. For traditional blogs, you’ll probably just want to leave this as is!

And lastly! Permalinks. I highly recommend that you change your permalinks to the Post Name structure. It’s better for SEO purposes and looks much cleaner than the basic one!

Questions? Feel free to leave below and I’ll do my best to answer!

Actually Pinging submission is a very quick process for link building method in 2018. directory sites play a vital role in improving your website ranking and make your website visible in Google.

The biggest advantage of using these free pinging sites list is that we don’t need any special technical accomplishment for indexing of our web pages or blog post URLs. we just need to open the website and add our web page URL in the website and press button named ‘ping’ or ‘submit’.

Pinging Service Notify Search Engines that your blog is updated or new articles / content is created. The benefits are faster Search Engine indexing and increased traffic. Pinging services are used by website owners and webmasters worldwide. Works for any type of blog / web site. There are many ping services sites but you dont have to submit to all of them. just the ones has authority and google ranking.

we have gathered the best pinging website services which confirmed to be working great by our users. here is the list of top 20 ping sites for 2018

S.No. Ping Sites DA
1 pingmylink.com 90
2 pingmyurl.com 87
3 pingomatic.com 80
4 twingly.com/ping 75
5 feedshark.brainbliss.com 75
6 blogbuzzer.com 68
7 indexkings.com 65
8 blo.gs/ping.php 50+
9 totalping.com 50+
10 ping.in 50+
11 pingler.com 50+
12 googleping.com 50+
13 pingoat.net 40+
14 pingfarm.com 40+
15 pingsitemap.com 40+
16 blogchowk.com/ping-663.html 40+
17 blogsearch.google.com/ping 40+
18 bitacoras.com/agregador/enviar 30+
19 bulkping.com/ping/index.php 30+
20 backlinkping.com 30+
21 mypagerank.net/service_pingservice_index 30+

You can increase your blog exposure and also improve traffic to your business and personal website. By Submitting your blog to directories will help you in many ways:

  • Your blog will be exposed to a targeted audience across the Internet.
  • Traffic from blog directories is decidedly targeted.
  • You will be generating a good number of backlinks to your blog

Everyone is always looking for good sources to create quality backlinks. The Blog Sites are one of the best sources to create backlinks for your personal blog, business need or any special goal. Backlinks and domain authority still strongly correlates to search engine ranking. You have already noticed many times, sites having more backlinks and domain authority appear on top in search engine result.

There’s too much to attain when submitting your blog to the free blog submission directories. It’s always desire to webmasters or a blogger to submit their blog to lots of web directories, because doing this won’t only get you traffic and also will get your original and fresh backlinks, you’ll also get ranked higher with this access. So, make it your hobby to follow outline tips which definitely would place you ahead of the other bloggers who do not wish to allocate their valuable time working on such area by using free blog submission sites to progress their blog or website.

S.No. Sites PA DA Alexa
1 www.tumblr.com 94 99 46
2 www.blogger.com 96 96 73
3 www.quora.com 78 89 119
4 www.livejournal.com 74 76 238
5 www.wix.com 85 83 250
6 www.weebly.com 63 86 283
7 www.wordpress.org 98 100 292
8 www.jimdo.com 81 92 618
9 www.squarespace.com 82 89 660
10 www.kinja.com 85 83 1388
11 www.typepad.com 73 91 1633
12 www.ning.com 70 90 2351
13 www.webs.com 68 90 2692
14 www.wikidot.com 53 83 3348
15 www.blog.com 79 96 4374
16 www.mywapblog.com 62 72 6697
17 www.simplesite.com 86 83 7008
18 www.edublogs.org 85 83 10074
19 www.soup.io 57 68 11457
20 www.angelfire.lycos.com 69 92 12179
21 www.mex.tl 67 61 17618
22 www.exteen.com 47 54 19681
23 www.bravenet.com 62 93 20326
24 www.bravesites.com 75 71 20720
25 www.pen.io 69 63 20940
26 www.ghost.org 87 84 32352
27 www.hpage.com 46 54 36234
28 www.bcz.com 64 57 38362
29 www.posthaven.com 55 49 137746
30 www.sett.com 62 55 174491