2014 was a year of change for blogger as a lot has changed in the way we blog. Apart from noticeable shift towards mobile approach, we have noticed a lot of changes in SEO. Guest blogging is dead, authorship doesn’t exist anymore and mobile optimised site is now a ranking factor. Blogging is also becoming a primary channel for big brands and companies for marketing and I’m hopeful to see blogging reaching new heights in 2015.
This is the time of year, when I create this epic post for you to read all not to be missed post at ShoutMeLoud. It’s tough for me to pick the best out of so many useful content, but here is the list of posts which you should read, which will help you in 2015 and in coming years. I’m categorising post in particular category, so that you can pick the topic which suits your need.
Best of ShoutMeLoud from 2014 – Epic List
Blogging Tips and Tricks:
This is an epic collection of blogging related articles by Krishna. This list is an outcome of hours of work by Krishna and I recommend every newbie bloggers to read and learn amazing collection of 101 posts to sharpen your blogging skills.
This is one little trick which most of the bloggers are not aware of. Using images with your blog post is a must and using this trick you can find free to use images for your blog post. Read it once and you will thank me forever.
A thought provoking article which might change the way you blog. If you are blogging on multiple-topic, this post will give a new direction for your blog.
Blogging book has given use then power to create our own brand. Here are 13 tips that I follow to establish and amplify my personal brand. This is the reason I got hired as a brand-ambassador in 2015.
Make money online:
This is one of the most commented article from 2014 and you will learn who being pro-active can help you earn more in 2015.
Want to be happier in 2015? Here are 10 habits which you can implement in your life to be more happy. Believe me they are easier than you think!
Entrepreneurs and management:
Email writing is an art and you can convert dying sales into money for you, if you know the art. In this post Srikanth shared 10 tips that you should use daily in your email writing to make it effective and make email work for you.
Hiring the right people is the key to success of a team and LinkedIn is the right place for you to look for talented people. Srikanth shared tricks which will help you to find and hire the right people for your project via LinkedIn.
In 2014 you must have heard a lot about Responsive web-design and this article shows how responsive design will help you to get SEO benefits. If you don’t have a responsive web-design, this is the high time to have one.
Search engine optimisation:
With the slow death of guest blogging, content syndication will be the top content generation idea for 2015. In this article you will learn about content syndication and how to syndicate without affecting your search engine ranking (Avoid duplication).
This is the post which will help you to get right kind of organic traffic for your blog. Are you looking for traffic from India or U.S or from any specific country? Check out what is the deciding factor to drive country specific traffic.
From the personal column of Surkhab where she shared what things she is doing to drive 150K traffic per month to her food-blog. This is useful for those who are blogging in a niche which is not widely searched.
Web-hosting and domain name are the building block of a blog. Check out the qualities you should look in your web-hosting.
The only guide you need to learn about spam comments in WordPress, and what can you do to fight it.
I suggest you to read this post right now and implement the methods to reduce the size of your blog database. A small and faster database will also reduce the load on your web hosting and make your site load faster. You should repeat this step after every 4-5 months.
This is highly recommended read for anyone with one year or more older blog. You will learn techniques which you can implement right away to increase the traffic from existing content of your blog.
Recommended Tools/Plugins/Apps for 2015:
- LinkPatrol WordPress plugin– Scan your blog for links and help you to fight Penguin.
- Roost plugin : Enables Web push notification and it’s free
- AdPushUp : For AdSense optimization
- 48hoursLogo: For quality logo to establish a brand
- oDesk : For hiring freelancers
- BuzzSumo : For content ideas
4 Videos/Seminar from 2014
Here are 3 videos from 2014 which you should not miss.
Message from Indian Bloggers to Pakistan Entrepreneur community:
This video I did for Pakistan Entrepreneur community and become the first indian blogger to get such honour. This video is for anyone wants to achieve something of his own and have to combat fear:
Wordcamp Baroda 2014 – SEO Workshop
In this video you will learn about SEO of WordPress. This is a long video, so I suggest you to grab your cup of coffee, take a notepad and learn everything you need to know about SEO of WordPress blog:
Indian Pro-bloggers discussing future of Blogging in India:
Here is my video interaction with Arun & Ashish (Indian Pro-bloggers), discussing what all you need to become a successful blogger.
Video interview with Pavan Duggal:
Pavan Duggal is a renowned name in Indian Law field and this video is for every blogger, entrepreneur to learn about various legal aspects of working online.
You should also check out my Youtube channel for more such videos. With this I bid goodbye to 2014 and wish you a great year ahead.