Archive for March, 2009

30 Quality Articles to Read

By Gloson On March 29, 2009 6 Comments

They are millions and millions of sites on the web (In fact, about 1 blog is created every 1-3 seconds)… Well, I have read many articles from different sites, and have picked out some very good ones I thought you might like to read.

Well, here they are.

Blogging

1. Battling Bloggers Block

2. How to Guest Post to Promote Your Blog

3. The Winnie the Pooh Guide to Blogging

4. The Nasty Four-Letter Word That Keeps You From Writing

5. Why No One Links to Your Best Posts (And What to Do About It)

6. 49 Tips to Become a Better Blogger

7. 101 Blogging Tips I’ve Learned in 2008

8. A – Z Blogging Guide for Beginners

9. 40 Ways to Deliver Killer Blog Content

10. 10 Tips To Write Your Most Popular Post Ever

12. 50 Simple Ways to Gain RSS Subscribers

13. 15 Things I Wish I Had Known When I Started My First Blog

14. Catching Eyeballs: 5 Steps To Transforming Visitors To Loyal Subscribers

Personal Development

15. The Single Secret to Making 2009 Your Best Year Ever

16. Top 42 Exercise Hacks

17. 10 Benefits of Rising Early, and How to Do It

18. 16 habits of highly creative people

19. 15 elephant tethers that stop you from being creative!

Make Money Tips

20. 7 Business Mistakes That Nearly Broke Me… Literally

21. How I Made Over $4,000 In One Day

22. 6 Fool-Proof Steps to Make More Money With Your Website

Great Interviews

23. Jason O’Neill Interview, Founder of Pencil Bugs

24. An Interview (with Me) on Getting ‘Fast Traffic’ to a Blog

25. The Twitterview With John Chow

Social Media

26. The Ultimate Guide for Everything Twitter

27. HOW TO: Win Friends and Twinfluence People

28. 5 Ways I Benefit from Twitter

29. 5 Creative Ways to Hack Your Facebook Profile Photo

30. HOW TO: Quiet the Twitter Noise

I hope you will find those articles useful and interesting and benefit from them. :)

See you soon!



The Top 5 Reasons I Use Twitter

By Gloson On March 23, 2009 9 Comments

In case you didn’t know, twitter is a popular social media tool that lets you connect with people.

twitter-screenshot

I stumbled upon twitter when it was getting more and more popular. I became very curious and created an account. At first, I did not know how to start off and just followed a few people.

When I began using twitter more, I built more and more relationships on twitter. Soon, I began using twitter a lot. It brought good traffic to my blog. (At one point, twitter brought more than 100 visitors to my blog).

Back to where we were – here’s the main 5 reasons I use twitter.

1. Network

Twitter is a great way to build relationships and connect with people. I’ve made many friends from all over the world through using twitter to converse with them.

I also earned a lot of loyal readers and subscribers.

2. Driving traffic

Twitter is also a good way to drive traffic. As I mentioned earlier, twitter brought more than 100 visitors to my blog at one point (I tracked it using http://tr.im). That’s because many people retweeted it.

A retweet is a tweet that is being retweeted again, giving credit to the original person who wrote the tweet.

For tips on how to retweet, go to
How To Retweet: A Simple Guide

For tips on how to get retweets, go to
How to Find Twitter Twits to Retweet Your Tweet!

3. Share

When I stumble upon a interesting site, I’d say to myself, “Wow! I must tweet this!”

I want to provide value to my followers. So, if I come across an interesting/helpful article or site, I would surely tweet it for my followers.

And if they think it is interesting, they might probably retweet me, sharing the interesting article to a larger audience.

4. It’s useful

Most of the great sites I found (that I’ve bookmarked on my browser) are discovered from twitter. The people I follow sometimes send out great tweets that has a link in them. I discover great sites from clicking them.

I can also do a research using twitter by asking a question. My followers would answer my question.

5. It’s fun

Guess what? Twitter is also fun! It is fun to interact with people and share cool links. It is also fun to visit interesting sites that the people I follow are sharing.

If you are not using twitter yet and would like to create an account, click here to do so. Trust me – twitter is gonna be interesting :) .

Lastly, if you use twitter, don’t forget to follow me! I’m @Gloson.

Happy tweeting!



How I Designed My New Twitter Background

By Gloson On March 18, 2009 2 Comments

I recently redesigned my twitter profile.Glotwitter copy

I have been on twitter for about four months already, but still did not have a twitter profile background image.

Recently, John Chow got a new twitter background from twitterimage. I was reminded that I still had no background image and was inspired to do it.

So, I decided to create one using photoshop as I am quite good at it.

I downloaded John Chow’s background to measure where I should put the details. (To download a background image from a site using firefox, right-click on it and click ‘View background image’)

Next, I got my photo and lassoed out the background (Here’s how to do it). Then, I pasted it onto my twitter background.

To resize it, I dragged the corner of the bounding box while pressing ‘Shift’. This locks the pixels. (Make sure you tick ‘Show Bounding Box’ to show the bounding box.)

Then, I got the social media sites favicons from the Internet, and pasted them there.

I then pasted the title of my blog and the tagline from the header. For more information on how I made them, here’s exactly how I made my blog header.

I then typed in the words using the type tool and arranged them.

Here are the fonts I used for the text:

  • Gloson Blog – Cooper Black
  • Lean online with Gloson – Franklin Gothic Book
  • (www.glosonblog.com), glosonblog.com/facebook, glosonblog.com/stumbleupon, glosont, gloson123@gmail.comGill Sans MT
  • Gloson – Maiandra MD
  • Let’s connect, Contact – Gill Sans MT

I used a plugin called ‘Redirection’ to redirect glosonblog.com/facebook and glosonblog.com/stumbleupon to my accounts.

For the final touch, I used the photoshop gradient tool to give a nice color effect on the background. All I need to do is to select the gradient tool, pick a color, and drag to create the gradient.

I uploaded my twitter background image by going to Settings >> Design >> Change background image.

Then, I tweaked the colors on my profile to match the background (The colors was originally green).

Tada! It was done! And now, I have to get used to it :P .

Here’s the link to my twitter background image.

Hope you’ll like it!



How To Redirect URL in Your Blog

By Gloson On March 15, 2009 2 Comments

You wrote a killer article and you received many, many links that are linking to your article. For some reason, you wanted to change the permalink. But if you changed it, the links to your blog will be broken

This is when a wordpress plugin, called ‘Redirection’, comes handy.

Redirection let you redirect any URL in your blog to another site, or to any other page in your blog.

With redirection, you can redirect the visitors who visits the original permalink to the new one, so that your visitors won’t end up in a 404 page.

How to use it

redirection

To get to where you can set up redirections, for wordpress 2.6 users, go to Manage >> Redirection. For wordpress 2.7 users, go to Tools >> Redirection.

It is very simple to set up a redirection.

First, you type in the source URL, the URL that needs redirection (/twitter). Simply type a slash, and then the URL.

Then, type in the target URL, the URL that your visitors would be redirected to (http://twitter.com/Gloson).

People who visit ‘http://www.glosonblog.com/twitter’ will be redirected to ‘http://twitter.com/Gloson’.

If you want ‘/twitter’ to redirect to one of your blog posts, type in the target URL, ‘/your-blog-post’.

To finish creating the redirection, click ‘Add Redirection’.

The plugin will also show you how many times the URL has been accessed. Cool eh?

Important:
It is best if you create two versions of the source URL (one with a slash ‘/’ and one without) because

although http://www.glosonblog.com/twitter redirects to http://twitter.com/Gloson,
http://www.glosonblog.com/twitter/ (with a slash) won’t. So, you need to create another redirection (type ‘/twitter/’ in the source URL) so that the people who visits the URL with a slash would be redirected, too.

How it is useful

404 pages
Like the story I told above, if many blogs are linking to one of your posts and you have changed the permalink, you can set up a redirection so that the people who visits that link will be redirected to the right page and not a 404 page.

Affiliate links
For Internet marketers who would like to hide affiliate links, this plugin comes in handy. Simply redirect your visitors to your affiliate link from a source URL like this, ‘/go/product-1’ or something like that.

URL Shortening
This is useful for long URL’s that are hard to remember. For example, you can’t remember that long URL to your facebook profile. You could use your blog for redirection. For example, http://www.glosonblog.com/facebook redirects to my facebook profile.

I find this plugin handy and useful. Oh, and to download the plugin and read more about it, click here.

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