The Top 3 Blogging Procrastination Reasons and How to Avoid Them

Bloggers have a very serious adversary in the form of procrastination. We are said to be procrastinating when we habitually postpone or delay doing something. Once the initial excitement wears off in creating a blog, many will find themselves seemingly finding all sorts of reasons to put off writing posts for the next day, next week, next month until the blog itself becomes a distant reminder of something that could have been great.

Here are the top 3 blogging procrastination reasons and how to avoid them:

1. No Time

How many times do we say we have no time in our life time? Why is it that some can and others cannot when everybody has the same number of hours in their hands? When all things are considered, it all boils down to prioritization and scheduling.

We can only be realistic with our situation. If our work is our priority because we need it, then it would be impractical to recommend that we spend more time in blogging. Blogging requires time. There are no ifs and buts about it. It requires commitment as well. So if you are serious about blogging, make time for it and commit to it to produce desired results.

2. A Lot of Time

Having a lot time does not prevent procrastination. In fact, it can be the strongest culprit once a blogger settles into laxity, believing that there is still a lot of time left. Time will definitely still run out if we don’t make use of it wisely.

Make it a habit to set aside a specific time for blogging. Do it where you are most comfortable and inspired to write. Put deadlines for your work to create a sense of urgency. Make any accomplishment rewarding so you can look forward to more fun in blogging rather than a heavy feeling of burden.

3. Nothing New to Write About

Writers’ block occurs even among the most gifted and experienced bloggers. It can be a very disconcerting feeling to be continually looking at a blank page for days. The tendency to procrastinate is greatest when the frustration is at its highest.

The more frustrated and pressured you are to produce results, the higher the possibility that you would delay sitting down and write. Bloggers are encouraged to take off some time away from their computers to refresh their thoughts but make sure that it does not become longer than necessary. The longer we stay away, the harder it is to come back.

How Important Is It to Keep Websites Updated

One question that is often asked by would-be website owners is how often should a site’s content be updated. This is a very legitimate question considering that it requires considerable time and effort to do this especially during the early stages. It does get easier through time as putting in fresh content becomes a good habit. It will never be a habit though if it is not practiced. Fresh content, as most would be aware by now, is the stuff of which successful websites are made of.

Content is King

Content is king, so they say but what differentiates websites offering equally excellent content from each other? The freshness factor, that is. Granting that there are general information that are meant to stay forever online because they will always be relevant to the topic at hand, this is definitely not an excuse not to provide the added attraction of fresh content.

Any topic would benefit from updating every once in a while. The oldest subject can become far more interesting when there are new information added as they happen. Even just the freshness of treatment goes a long way. The key is not to over-exhaust what is already a very tired subject in the first place. Finding a different aspect to read about the same subject can be entirely invigorating for regular audience.

How Often is Necessary

Everything we do boils down to what is required to make a difference. There are no hard-and-fast rules for the number of times a website’s content should get updated. It will be as often as necessary.

The biggest no-no in creating websites is to create one and just leave content as they were on Day 1. What reasons are we giving readers to come back over and over again if only the very same things can be found in it several months after? Except for getting the same information which they may have the lost the first time, probably none.

Importance of Updating Websites

Updated websites give an impression that someone is actually looking out for the interest of readers and customers of businesses. It is sending the message that the people behind the site cares enough to make new and relevant information available as well to those who are actually taking time to visit. It is all about making it possible for users to exert less effort in gathering more information. A regularly updated site makes that happen.

Where is Google+ at this Point?

By now, we’ve probably heard just about everything about the success or failure of Google+, depending on who is looking. It was supposed to be that social site that will dislodge Facebook in the popularity ranking to some. For its maker however, Google+ was supposed to be more than a social media platform, aiming as it did to streamline the experience of people using Google products and services. Google calls it a social layer intended to enhance its existing offerings.

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What is Google+ About?

For those who are not aware of what Google+ is about up to this time, it is essentially a social networking site (yes, it is) and an identity service at the same time being an authorship tool that connects web content to its rightful owner. When done right, it can actually improve online visibility, protect content ownership, and make online connections more effective. For some time, most people would have observed those author name and photo appearing on search results as well. This has been discontinued sometime in August 2014.

One of the major components of Google+ is the Google Circles. It provided a way for people to connect in a fairly organized manner. Members of Circles can choose to share specific content to each and every Circle they are in. The Google+ button became a common sight in many websites, enabling easy sharing jut like in Facebook, Twitter, and all the other popular social networking sites today.This set-up encouraged users to go for relevance when sharing in  the hope that doing so would encourage spontaneous interaction between  and among members. It is not uncommon therefore for Circle moderators to “kick out” members who are merely using the platform to flood the group with unrelated and self-serving articles.

What the Industry Players are Saying

Depending on who is doing the talking, we can hear varying conclusions as to whether Google+ failed or succeeded in its purpose. As to the supposed goal of easing out Facebook from its top ranking as a social networking site, this has not been attained. It went only as high as being the fifth after Facebook.

With regards to its use and continued existence however, Google says that it is definitely not going away just yet. It has by far managed to integrate itself to various Google functions that completely discontinuing it seem unthinkable at this point. It is highly possible though that it will evolve in the coming months to the point of removing the emphasis on the Google+ brand itself but it is not quite dead yet as many are wont to believe.

 

Humanizing SEO Efforts

SEO has such a technical ring to it that it can be somewhat unthinkable to humanize it. But humanizing SEO efforts is just what could make the difference in the coming months for each and every individual or company competing for that all-important search rankings. Ultimately, it will be about building human relationships rather than virtual linkages. This is what humanizing SEO efforts is all about.

The Human Touch

The virtual world can easily encourage us to ignore the human side in setting up websites and ensuring their growth. All the possible technical solutions for every perceived and actual obstacles are all over the Internet. Take your pick and you have it.

One simply has to follow instructions, put in codes, and strategize like an experienced techie would but are these enough to ensure success? Apparently not. Believe it or not in this highly advanced technological atmosphere, there is still a place for the human touch in conceptualizing SEO strategies.

The Differentiating Factor

The human aspect of managing and growing websites is that one differentiating factor in the highly competitive virtual world. Creating virtual links is one thing but creating links based on real human interest promotes connections that are more lasting and genuine. The more natural way a connection was created, the more probability that it will go beyond formal agreements of collaboration.

Virtual collaborations are common but those that have underlying human connection encourages natural reciprocity that can only be beneficial both ways. SEO efforts are primarily aimed at increasing audience base but human connection will make them stay. Ask anyone and you would surely get answers that will say that retaining audience is much harder than getting them.

What Needs to be Done

Clearly, all website owners and developers need to consider going one step further towards forming better human relations and connections in the virtual world. We can all go ahead and do the best technical practices of maintaining online presence but without losing sight of the possibility and potentials of having loyal viewership. Having real people appreciating what your site offers facilitates spontaneous sharing thus a more effortless way to promote a specific post or the website as a whole.

Having a website, whether it be personal or for business would require a number of techie work which can all be learned or paid for. The same cannot be said for human connection. At the end of the day, it will be how much effect a site has to its viewers.

 

What a Web Designer Can Do For Your Site

With all the ready information found in the Internet about creating a website, anyone can practically create and have one to go with minimal effort. But creating a website and creating THE website that could make a real difference are not exactly the same. For those who are not inclined towards the technical side, getting the services of a competent web designer can be an option.

Much like how like a real spider can  weave magic with its web, so can a web designer with a site. Here’s what a web designer can do for you:

Develop the layout and overall look of the website

Web designers make use of graphic and media tools like Photoshop and Flash to do this as well as as other applications to create the layout and overall look of a website. The main task here centers on aesthetics which is in making sure that the site looks and feels right when viewed. That simply means creating a visual image that sends the right message to the audience in terms of what to expect from the site. Many people think that this is easy as pie or anything would do as long as a site has relevant content, but nothing can be farther from the truth. A website can actually turn off readers just by its physical look.

Determine and take care of technical requirements

Unfortunately, not everyone will have the skill nor the interest in attending to this. However, the technical side is a very critical aspect of maintaining a website. It is very necessary so it’s either one learns to deal with it or get someone who can. HTML, CSS, Javascipt, browsers, and OS platforms may sound foreign to many they are just part of everyday life for professional web designers. They can also solve coding problems create back up files. Of course, no one or nothing should stop you from learning it and eventually doing it yourself.

Writing and Editing Content

For those who would really prefer providing a personal touch to their website, delegating the task of writing content may be one of the last things to be considered. Having someone else do editing for quality purposes is quite common though since most people are ineffective in thoroughly checking out their own work. When time is not available, there may not be any other option but to have someone write for you. This can be done but just be sure that you and your web designer are on the same page when it comes to the approach and the result that you expect.

Why Go for Managed Hosting

Businesses would really prefer not to be spending too much time on the technical side of managing their websites unless of course that is the business they are in. Most can readily appreciate other options if they are available. Fortunately, there are and one is Managed Hosting.

Running the technical side of a website without proper management is like negotiating a busy intersection without working traffic lights. There maybe lots of traffic but the site may not be able to handle it suitably to maximize potential therefore resulting to possible chaos. It makes perfect business sense to delegate tasks to people who can effectively handle them. That is why going for managed hosting can prove beneficial to many.

What is Managed Hosting?

In Managed Hosting, the hosting provider owns the required hardware which is leased to a single client. It is essentially a form of dedicated hosting wherein the hosting provider is in charge of the day-to-day management of the servers. Expected service would generally include sever monitoring, security, full back-up and storage, server configuration and maintenance, and support.

Managed hosting services do not come in a uniform package and services may differ between providers. Website owners and hosting providers can actually agree on the specific services required. In this way, owners can be assured that they are not paying for services they don’t need and focus is placed on what they actually need.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Managed Hosting

1. Cost

It can be argued that the services offered in Managed Hosting can be performed by a skilled IT personnel within a company. This is of course true but both will incur costs. It is up to the company itself to determine what would prove more cost-efficient for them.

2. Skill and Expertise

Skill and expertise in handling related concerns to hosting can be offered by hosting providers. That should be a given or else there is no sense in considering the option. Again, taking advantage of this skill and expertise equates to cost. A reliable hosting provider that provides excellent managed hosting services at a reasonable cost  is well worth the money in exchange for peace of mind.

3. Security

One of the main concerns of any business website is security. Hosting providers should be equipped with the required tools specifically with server security related issues. They have the capability of scanning the operating system and application for any sign of vulnerabilities. Hosting providers can also guarantee back-up for any eventuality as to lost data.

Self-managed hosting is very doable if you have the time to put in the necessary effort to do it but Managed Hosting certainly offers a more convenient option at a cost.

Bloggers as Media Partners

How important is the role of bloggers with regards to media promotion today? Some are in the opinion that a lot has happened since social media was introduced which paved the way for this role. It has been widely observed that bloggers are now actually foraying into traditional media territory, something that cannot be ignored especially if they choose to tap into their established strength in terms of audience reach and unassailable authority.

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So why should businesses and PR companies consider bloggers as media partners?There are many reasons but here are some of the more important.

Bloggers’ Reach

Reach is not only about numbers. It is also about quality. Many media practitioners can claim an outstanding number as an audience but is the composition of that audience really the target market?

Reputable niche bloggers are in the enviable position of having a target audience, so much so that if a company that offers a related product or service chooses to tie up with them for promotional purposes, the chances of hitting the mark on a concentrated level is much higher. These are the bloggers that have successfully gained loyal followers mainly on the strength of the content they offer. They may not necessarily be famous in the common sense of the word, but famous they are in the world where they move. Eventually, word do get around for them to have enough credibility to have some claim to fame.

Personal Touch

Let’s forget about bloggers who spew out press releases and paid promotions in rapid-fire fashion. Let us focus rather on bloggers who take the role of media partner seriously. These are the people who always impart something of themselves to the product or service they promote. They are aware that their word will be taken seriously by their audience and as such, they need to be very discerning of the ideas they present to their readers.

Herein lies the personal touch of bloggers. Regardless of whether they are compensated or not for their efforts, they make sure to present a product or service from their own perspective. This is quite effective if the blogger succeeds in “owning” the product or service, sending a clear message to their readers that this is something they actually believe in.

Blogging has indeed brought media promotion to a very personal level, something that will always be unique to each and every blogger. Are bloggers effective media partners? Apparently they are.

Why Website Hosting Service Gets Suspended

It is no secret that all websites aim to attract traffic. The amount of traffic one gets is a major aspect of determining its success. But do you know that a spike in traffic and some other reasons can actually result to hosting service suspension without the owner doing anything negative intentionally?

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What Most Website Owners Do Not Understand

In choosing a website hosting provider, it is very easy to misunderstand the meaning of unlimited bandwidth and disk space. There is the illusion that there are no restrictions but in  the world of web hosting, unlimited resources do not exist. This is especially so in shared accounts.

The  moment one website threatens others by hogging hosting resources, that site can get suspended without warning. This can be a very frustrating experience especially if the cause is not easily detected. The part in the terms and conditions where this is commonly seen is often ignored, resulting to much disappointing surprise to website owners, not to mention loss of precious up-time for business sites.

Why Website Hosting Service Gets Suspended

Website hosting service can be suspended when the server is spiked too hard or too long. The rule of thumb is that each website on a shared hosting platform should not be unduly preventing other websites from using the same resource. Admittedly though, this is is something which most website owners will not be aware of.

Low traffic websites are not exempted from the possibility of suspension. It is possible that they may still be causing some issues as well by having many plug-ins or loaded database. Most hosting providers have no recourse but to suspend websites in violation of resource overuse to protect other websites. However, there is a need for hosting providers to educate customers in this aspect.

What Can Be Done to Avoid Hosting Service Suspension

There is one obvious solution to this problem specifically for websites who have clearly outgrown the capacities offered by shared hosting and that is to transfer to dedicated hosting service. For websites that are not in this situation, there are some simple ways to avoid facing suspension for hogging too much server resources. One is to minimize plug-ins and another is to clean up the database.

It is highly recommended to find ways to efficiently code websites which will enable these sites to accept a large amount of visitors without hogging resource.

Online Collaboration: The Future of Work Environment

Gone are the days when the only way work associates can collaborate is by facing each other personally in a conference room or production area. In today’s work environment, online collaboration has been proving its worth in terms of providing much better options than physically traveling to a designated place to work on a single project. This effort is multiplied many times over depending on the actual number of team members who will have to do the same thing to facilitate collaboration. Enter Online Collaboration.

What is Online Collaboration?

Online collaboration makes it possible for people to work together in real time regardless of location primarily through the Internet. This set-up has effectively addressed the common limitation in having project members who are located in different parts of the world. Through this set-up, work associates are able to access common files and documents needed to provide timely and relevant contributions to the effort.

It is not to be confused with web conferencing which is actually just a virtual meeting or discussion. Online collaboration is all about working together in an atmosphere of transparency and teamwork. Its use is not only limited to employees in a company since its features can be tapped as well in working with clients and customers.

Workforce of Today

Online collaboration is especially relevant at this time due to the fact that most companies are eyeing globalization. The logistical dilemma of having a dispersed workforce has the most practical solution in using tools that bring people together with the least cost, time, and effort. Online collaboration does just that.

In lieu of a conference room, a team will be using a shared database for storing and accessing data. Since members will be working on the same files and documents, each will be able to see updates as they come. This makes it possible for everyone to provide their inputs based on the flow of the work that is taking place.

Possible Challenges of Online Collaboration

In every idea presented, there are always possible challenges that need to be overcome. Competition between companies and employees may be a major obstacle since collaboration would mean sharing. Unless the common goal takes priority over self-interest, online collaboration may remain more easily said than done.

Online collaboration can also mean the need for technical upgrades. This will equate to costs especially for companies that are not yet collaboration-ready. Also, there may be some concerns with the manner of interaction between members.

The Science of Selectivity in the World of Social Media

In this time and age, it is so easy to believe that participating in everything that seems to be going on at the same time is the more productive way to go. The world of social media most of the times has such an effect that leads us to spend more time in it than what is actually useful for our business needs. Yes Virginia, there is such a thing as being sucked and stuck in social media updates.

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Selective Social Media Participation

It all boils down to being selective when it comes to social media tasks for businesses to ensure that there will be enough time to do everything else. Social Media participation is just one aspect of doing business in today’s modern world. It is a mistake to think that it can completely take the place of good ol’ traditional work.

Because of its extensive impact however, social media has become indispensable in doing business. It is clear therefore that it cannot be ignored. Participation in it just needs to be tempered with common sense.

How Much Time and Effort is Right?

Social media participation will require time to be given and effort to be exerted and both equate to business costs. Even if the owner himself is giving the time and doing the work, there is the cost of not being able to do other business tasks while doing it. Thus, there is the need to balance everything.

The amount of time and effort put in social media work and promotion would depend on the goals set by the business. This goes as well in the manner of executing it. Although there are basic guidelines in carrying out social media tasks in business, each business entity will have to find its unique way of using it best for maximized effectiveness.

Why Be Selective in  Social Media Participation

The logic is quite simple really. Businesses cannot afford to concentrate only on one single aspect like social media. In social media, there is always the danger of “wasting” precious time in constantly looking into updates that are not exactly impacting on doing business. More so, if the “need” to respond arises.

In doing business, time is always of the essence. Every minute spent on doing something will have to be accounted for in terms of results. If it does not amount to anything, it follows that prioritizing tasks will have to be considered.