A Few Blogging Questions and My Answers

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Blogging questionsIt’s time for another round of questions and answers!

In this post I will be answering a variety of questions about blogging which have been asked by ShoutMeLoud readers.

Usually when a reader emails me, I try to answer them directly via email, though this does depend on how much time I have available to put into answering individual questions.

Writing an article related to questions from readers, however, will help more people, as other bloggers have similar blogging questions related to their blogs.

Some of the questions I have answered the past are associated with the following topics:

Today’s Blogging Questions:

Today’s questions came from Vandhana of intradayprofittips.com, and here they are in order:

Q1.What are the best WP plugins to use for SEO purposes? Does installing many plugins in WP affect the loading time of the website?

There are many plugins which directly or indirectly help with the SEO of your blog. For example, the WordPress Cache plugin helps in faster loading of your site, and site speed is a ranking signal.

I have already shared a list of the Best SEO WordPress plugins, and at the time of the writing of this post, I’m using the following plugins for the SEO of my own blog:

These are the plugins I use. Yes, installing many plugins will affect your site’s load time. You can use the P3 Profiler plugin to find out which WordPress plugins are slowing down your site. Whenever possible, try to use manual codes. For example, instead of using plugins to add social bookmarking icons, you can use custom codes.

Q2. Is blog commenting good or bad for a website? Should it be done only moderately in accordance with the current Google algo? How does it affect SEO?

Blog commenting is always good, as long as you’re commenting only on relevant blogs. Comments will not only help you to fetch backlinks, but meaningful blog comments will also help in building connections and improving the branding of your profile. Make sure to sign up at Gravatar.com to attach an image with your comments. Read this guide on blog commenting, which will give you important details and input for commenting.

Read: Blog comments: When it is useful and when it is harmful

Q3. What is the healthiest method of backlink creation according to the current Google algo?

Natural links are the best, and those come when you are creating original and unique content. List-oriented, well researched, controversial posts are especially good for obtaining natural links. In addition to your own articles, take advantage of guest posting, blog commenting, and article directory submissions, but only on high-quality sites.

Here is a nice guide on Kikolani where you can learn about link building in post Penguin world. Also check out my previously published guide on SEO in a post-Panda world.

Q4. Is there any free software or website to anaylize keywords and/or to act as a keyword phrase finder, etc?

I use a combination of SEO tools.  Here is my list:

I also try to keep playing with new SEO tools, for example: hrefs for link analysis, HitTails for finding long tail keywords (not recommended for the price!), and many others.
For further details and informaton, you can also check out the complete list of blogging tools I use regularly.

Q5. How do I use white hat methods to bring  visitors and comments to my website for free?

There are many ways to drive traffic.  I will outline a few of them here:

SEO: 

SEO will help to make your site more visible to search engines. If you are not an SEO fanatic, or if the concept of SEO is foreign to you, you only need to take care of few matters, including your on-site SEO, on-page SEO and offsite SEO.

For on-site SEO, take care of WordPress duplication and indexation issues. Submit sitemaps to major search engines. Give a unique meta title and description to your site’s homepage using target keywords. Also take care of site speed, and be careful not to overwhelm your site with ads.

For on-page SEO, deal with the issues of keyword research, keyword placement, keyword density, readability, outbound link SEO and be absolutely sure to write high-quality content.

For off-site SEO, take care of backlink building, social signals other things we have discussed in the past to promote your blog.

Finally, add social bookmarking icons to increase the social signals to your site.

Guest posting:

This is my favorite and most highly recommended method. You can read my complete guest posting campaign guide for traffic, to learn the details.

Blog commenting:

Blog commenting is another easy and excellent method. By adding meaningful comments regularly on some of the blogs you read, you will not only be building connections and improving your branding, but you will also be driving traffic throughout. To learn how best to take advantage of this method, you should read our previously published guide on how to be the first one to comment on a blog post.

Forum posting:

Forum posting is yet another good method, and there are many quality forums like Warriorforum, V7Nforum and other dofollow forums, where you can use signatures to drive traffic to your blog.

There are endless other methods as well, such as social bookmarkingvideo blogging, email marketing, social media and many more.

Here are some hand-picked articles which will help you to learn more about driving traffic:

6. How do I contact you other than here? I am very impressed with your blogging skills.

I try to respond to questions whenever possible, but due to high volumes of email, I unfortunately miss the opportunity to reply to many emails. Feel free to send your questions and comments via my contact form, and I will reply as soon as I possibly am able. If your questions are urgent, you can take advantage of my personal blog coaching (moment of shameless promotion here!).

Q7. What are some free ways to generate income online?

Ahh… This is a tough one because I believe in the concept of “it takes money to make money“.

With that said, there are some free methods that work, and some that don’t. You can get yourself a free blog on BlogSpot.com and monetize it with AdSense or other alternatives.

If you have some unique skills, then you can sell or promote your services on Fiverr, or check out other freelancing sites to see if your skill set matches any offered jobs. If you are an exceptional writer, you can easily apply for any blogging jobs or content writing jobs.

Here we have discussed some of the easy ways to earn money online while sitting at home. If you can make videos, you can easily earn money via a YouTube AdSense partnership, which is another free way to earn. If you can use your creativity to create viral videos, you could potentially earn huge money. You can earn money for free via affiliate marketing programs like the Dreamhost Affiliate Program as well.  But again, blogging is the best way to promote your affiliate programs.

You should also read: 5 ways of making money online.

Thanks for some excellent questions to address this week. Next week I will answer another set of questions I receive. However, before you send me any blogging questions, make sure you do a search on Google to locate answers there. If you can’t find any helpful information, you can always drop me your questions via my contact form.

Most of the answers offered above are based on my experience, but if you use something else worthwhile and would like to answer these questions from your perspective, feel free to do so via the comments section below.

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Comments

  1. Anchit Shethia (WinAppleWorld) says

    Great one Harshu !!
    The way you write your articles…hardly anyone would be doing.
    I have to learn so much from you

  2. Shivkumar says

    I am a newbie and I was having many query in my mind most o which had been solved here..
    It really worth me a lot

  3. raman says

    Hai sir,this article is impressed me and these are very helpful.please post this type of article once in a week.

  4. Amandeep Singh says

    Hey Harsh,

    Again a great guide! I think I have to seriously start guest posting now :)…

    Thanks!

    • Amit Shaw says

      Amandeep,
      Yeah if you not using Guest Posting then i also highly recommend to do it.
      I am doing and getting superb result on SERP Ranking.
      Thanks for this awesome Q&A Series.
      Thanks.

  5. Nizam says

    Very useful Q&A post. Well yes, natural links are the powerful source of getting backlinks which can be done by creating original and unique content. And yes, commenting on blogs which are related to niche of the site and guest posting are really good strategies for link building. Thanks Harsh for this wonderful post :)

  6. Gitesh says

    Thanx a lot sir, for solving all of such important queries which always comes in a mind of every new blogger…….

  7. says

    Nice Q&A session there, Harsh. I can see that this post is very much on the SEO side of blogging. Perhaps you could answer questions on driving traffic from Social Media after this.

    As for me, I believe in guest posting for SEO purpose. Blog commentating is there for me to interact with the writers and their readers. Other than that, I will finger cross in blog commentating for SEO

  8. Chris says

    Harsh, this is a complete guide to starting a career as a professional blogger and live online lifestyle. But, I think there is a forgotten part from which you mentioned, that’s is blog integration with social media like Twitter, facebook, G+ etc. Now, the success of a blog can’t separated with social media marketing. thank you

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