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How to Configure or Setup Akismet for Free

Every blog can setup Akismet for free. Bloggers knows the value of Akismet. Akismet is a free plugin which helps you to get ride of spammers. And I found it is best ever anti-spam plugin. The thing is how you can setup akismet plugin on WordPress for free?

setup-akismet

In order to use this plugin you have to register at Akismet. Registration process is free and you don’t need to have a credit card. I see many of my friends unable to understand how to register Akismet for free. Its a very easy process. For my readers, I am going to show you a free image and video tutorial tutorial to setup akismet.

Setup Akismet for Free Image Tutorial

  • First of all you need to download Akismet.
  • After download install the plugin and activate it.
  • After activating paste your Akismet API key in plugin setup area.

If you did not have Akismet API key then follow the instructions below.

Get Free Akismet API Key

  • To setup Akismet for free visit plugin page.
  • Select Personal Plan and click Signup as seen in below image.

 

 

Akismet Config 2

 

  • After clicking on personal plan to setup akismet fill out your registration details.
  • After filling up click on Sign Up.

Akismet Config 1

[box color=”green” icon=”wand”]Here you can set your contribution. As I am going to show you how you can setup akismet for free. So drag the slider to left most as shown in below image. Until contribution amount comes to zero.[/box]

Akismet Config 3

 When slider goes to zero credit card options will automatically switched off. And you only need to put you complete name here and click on continue.

Akismet Config 4

 After successful subscribe you will receive and API key via email. And you can also get your API key by log in to Akismet official website. Paste your Akismet API key in Akismet plugin area from your WordPress dashboard. Now all set. You have now successfully setup akismet for free.

 

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Adopt 7 Qualities to Become Successful Blogger

Everyone in the blogging world wants to become successful blogger. Nobody in earth was successful by birth. People earn their success by doing hard work.  Any success that I have seen is the result of hard work and exceptional quality people have. There are certain features you must have to become successful blogger.

My first year of blogging experience still continues and I have come to know what makes a successful blogger. And features that have made them what they are. They avoid doing blogging mistakes. What I have find they have most common 7 qualities in them. And they become successful bloggers.

successful-blogger

7 Qualities of Successful Bloggers

1. Blogging Passion

A unique feature of successful bloggers is their passion for the blog. They love what they do and it shows everything they teach or write. You cannot speak, without giving any blog. To a certain level, bloggers who managed to get to the point of spirit and her love to blog that make them out of their comfort zone to do something.

2. Successful Bloggers are  Naturally Engaging

There is one thing that bloggers who are not false, and it is “interaction”. You know what blogs seriously, what makes a point to discuss heavy duty reader and conversation where readers. They expressed their love and feel that they are taken care of, because they really take care of them

3. They Always Loves Their Readers

If you have a blog that is getting satisfactory amount of comment, then it is not an easy task. Only successful bloggers can get achievement and people trust. It’s not a matter of interest and successful bloggers, they are always willing to receive their comments and reactions, readers come to your blog. They often learn from comments that are pointing some negative aspects. Because they want to find out if they are weak at certain point of blogging. The ability to tolerate the negative thoughts from readers and make them positive thoughts, make them a successful blogger.

4. They Never Think They Have Sufficient Information

There is a proverb that says, “If you are not aware, they are way off.” Successful bloggers never fail to read and learn. They have reached a level in their career as a blogger does not prevent them to explore all the time. In fact, what distinguishes them from other bloggers is consistent in their reading and research. They are always discovering new things the other copied them.

5. Their Minds Driven Quality

Successful bloggers always gives priority to quality over quantity. Today, what makes you stand out among pro bloggers is quality of your work. This is what makes a successful blogger, charged with the responsibility to provide something better than others.

6. Leaving Blog is not Their Dictionary

It is a large gap between successful bloggers, and those who try to cross the line. Successful bloggers do not have the word ‘ later ‘ in their dictionary. Because they really understand what it takes, and they talk about they are leaving blog is the only thing that cannot be heard in the mouth.

7. Successful Bloggers Work with Patience

Patience is one thing most bloggers could not be found. Everyone wants to immediately hit the boat, and when the expected destination not arrived the next things happens they is nothing in this field. Here I also would say that the spirit of working with patience. Successful bloggers are always to be patient with what they do, not the number of tests, which will carry out the time.

 

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How to Marketing Your Blog Via Facebook Social Media Strategy

Today, I have one tip to talk with you about how to marketing your blog using Facebook social media strategy. Well, I think that everyone knows about this social platform and maybe you are implementing business and doing internet marketing your blog with this platform. You know? It is not only one of biggest and potential social media platforms. But it will be new amazing search engine Facebook Graph Search which all bloggers and internet marketers have to put more eyes implementation friendly blog SEO optimizing.

Facebook social media strategy

With the Facebook social media strategy you will gain many benefit direct and indirect from doing business. It is a very important way to marketing blog and business effectively. If you did not started yet I recommend to you start it from now. And here three elements do not miss for integrating business strategy.

#1 Started with profiles page engagement

Setting up profile page is ways to getting started with Facebook social media strategy. There were many people thinks that it a very simple idea and you already had one. Great! I know everyone is using currently Facebook. I just want to make sure that you profiles are related to your business and ability to marketing blog effectively. Within your Facebook profiles please fill out completely information related interests to your business and career such occupation, interested, address, and other related information. To make sure everything were done right of all and correctly. Please remembers to keep the information relevant is way to engage right people!

#2 Facebook social media strategy fan page

Facebook fan page is an important factor for keeping connects and engages right audiences. This is simple process of how to marketing your blog with Facebook but be sure your fan page could promote your business well such building trust and brand image. As bellow snapshot is my business fan page.

Whenever users clicked like your fan pages mean that they interested in your contents inside page. Thus, they want to receive new update information from your fan page. If you have a lot of people like your Facebook page it mean that you could increase high conversion rate and easy to interact with those people. But how to get more people like your Facebook page? Lol! We will talk about this magical question next post.

Two Related post contributed by Kimsea Sok:

Deliver Quality Blog Traffic Via FB Group Discussion
4 Secrets to Increase Online Reputation and Become Successful Blogger

#3 Group Discussion

It is recently new feature for Facebook social media strategy, with group discussion it allowed users to spread information and discuss with other users by join groups. Also, it is one of important element that you should not miss it. The group discussions are really best place to marketing your blog on Facebook. I have strong recommended creating your own group for own business as well as join others related group. You will gain more benefit from the groups such more ability to interact with other users outside your network and increase quality blog traffic via Facebook group discussion.

Right now it is your turn

I never want to right this topic because I thing that it is not unique idea for Facebook social media strategy but I think that I have to aware about this 3 important element. Because these 3 important elements are what we should not missed. Moreover, right now Facebook not only one of important social media platforms but it is new search engines which we should careful about it. I have write a guest post about Facebook graph search but How to optimize friendly blog SEO for Facebook graph search will come up next.

Oh, any opinions about this Facebook social media strategy? Or you can add your own in comments.

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How to Change Favicon in Genesis WordPress Theme

I have noticed a plenty of blogger using Genesis Theme and did not changed favicon in Genesis. There are a number of methods which can be used to change favicon in Genesis WordPress theme. Here is genesis icon is looks like.

genesis default icon

And it is necessary to change default favicon in genesis with your custom favicon. It will increase your branding. Here I will show you three methods to change favicon in genesis WordPress theme.

Change Favicon in Genesis WordPress Theme Using FTP

This method is for those who know how to use FTP. First of all make your custom favicon and convert it to .ico file. It is recommended your favicon size could be 16×16.

Convert your logo or favicon online

After conversion give it name favicon.ico. Now access your FTP account and upload your favicon.ico file to public_html >> wp-content >> themes >> genesis >> images

Now repeat the same process to public_html >> wp-content >> themes >> YOUR CHILD THEME >> images

If you ask to overwrite the file then grant overwrite or replace old favicon file.

Change Favicon in Genesis WordPress Theme Manually

This method is for those who are not familiar with FTP. But this will require a little attention. Because you have to add some PHP codes in theme file.

See Also: Add Twitter Follow Widget

First of all upload your favicon.ico file to anywhere you want. In my case I have upload it in my upload folder. Now copy the code into a note pad and replace YOUR LINK with your favicon icon link.

 

[box color=”white” icon=”support”]

/** Load custom favicon to header */

add_filter( ‘genesis_pre_load_favicon’, ‘custom_favicon_filter’ );

function custom_favicon_filter( $favicon_url ) {

return ‘YOUR LINK‘;

}

[/box]

It will looks like below code after editing.

[box color=”white” icon=”support”]

/** Load custom favicon to header */

add_filter( ‘genesis_pre_load_favicon’, ‘custom_favicon_filter’ );

function custom_favicon_filter( $favicon_url ) {

return ‘http://howtowords.com/wp-content/uploads/htw/favicon.ico‘;

}

[/box]

 

Change Favicon in Genesis

 

Now after editing copy the entire edited code and paste it to your functions.php file of your child theme.

Follow the track path.

  • Login in to dashboard
  • Click on Appearance then click on Editor
  • Now open up functions.php file
  • Paste the code at the end.
  • Save the file that’s it.

Change Favicon in Genesis WordPress Theme Using Plugin

If you are unable to follow above methods to Change Favicon in Genesis WordPress Theme, then I recommend using a plugin to upload your favicon. But this will require your plugin always remains active. If you deactivate this plugin after upload then your default genesis favicon will reappear again.

Download Genesis Favicon Uploader Plugin

If you are facing any trouble to change favicon in genesis WordPress theme then feel free to ask in comments.

 

 

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Some Blogging Mistakes and their Solutions

Many of Bloggers are not aware of Blogging Mistakes. In my short blogging career I have learnt a lot about blogging. Still I am learning. I cannot say I am perfect but I can say I can explain what I have learnt. I have visit a number of blogs and found some mistakes. Blogging mistakes are not common but few of them exist in almost every blog.

How to Present Blog Post

Presenting or writing blog post has different aspects. Some of these I have listed below.

Use of Spaces and Paragraphs in Blog Posts

I have seen a number of blog posts that are unreadable. I am not telling about grammatical errors in this case. But the thing is that some bloggers are not using paragraphs and also not giving proper spacing.

To increase the readability of your blog post I recommend you to write your post in paragraphs. Each paragraph should not more than 4 lines or you can cut the line after 4 to 5 sentences. It will surely increase readability because this method is reader friendly.

Use of Headings in Blog Posts

I also recommend using headings while writing your posts. Headings increase the beauty of your article and your readers can easily find different ideas shared in single post.

Use of Picture/Image in Blog Posts

You cannot ignore this part of blogging. I dont know why still bloggers are lazy to use relevant images in blog posts. Use of images is part of SEO. Image in blog post increases beauty of post and some time your image explains the whole summary of your blog post.

I recommend to use at least one image in post.

Other Blogging Mistakes

Do Regular Posting

So you have a blog? Are you writing at least one post in three days? If yes then jump to next heading. 🙂 So what I mean, there is a number of bloggers who are not regularly updating their blogs. Never mind I am also week in this case.

I recommend you and myself to write at least one post in three days. The reason behind if, you are not updating your blog then you cannot expect revisit. On the other hand you have also fewer chances to be searched in search engines.

So make it habit to write at least one post in three days. If you can, then write more.

Theme Selection

Theme selection is also major part in blogging. I have seen bloggers using dark themes. Those are not nice. I recommend light color themes with light or white background. That website with dark theme, look like hacker’s websites.

So avoid dark background color. Use light background and dark font color. Black font is recommended.

Purchase Custom Domain

Still many of bloggers using free domains. Even they know benefits of using custom domain names. Why they are not purchasing custom domain names? May be due to financial issues…!

To avoid these blogging mistakes, I strongly recommend those bloggers to purchase their custom domain name as soon as possible and enjoy the sweet fruit of blogging. I have also covered cheapest domain name and hosting company review. Or you can view the rates by clicking hosterpk.

Bore Commenting System

There are a number of third party comment plugins those can be use on your blog. But not all are good enough to use. A huge number of bloggers are still using plugins that can never help readers.

Commenting system on your blog is really important. What I found online when visiting blogs; the bloggers those create WIN WIN situation on their blog, getting more traffic. So how you can create this situation on your blog?

It’s simple; install a commentluv plugin. So by using this plugin you start taking care of your readers those are connected with same online industry. Indirectly you are helping yourself.

Start Avoiding Blogging Mistakes

I have listed only a few blogging mistakes and their possible solutions. If you agree with me then do let me know and tell me what you think about these blogging mistakes.

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
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Deliver Quality Blog Traffic Via FB Group Discussion

Deliver quality blog traffic with FB group discussion” wills be a topic for our tip today. I know this tip may not a new idea for any experience bloggers who has older age of internet business blogging but I could promise that this tip will be useful tip for any newbie bloggers who less experience with social media strategy. Moreover, I promise that FB group discussions are important and powerful way to deliver quality blog traffic and engage readers effectively.

deliver quality blog traffic

As we could know Facebook is one of potential social media platforms which there were many people are interested around the world, especially Cambodian teenagers. I will not talk about people in bigger countries of world who are currently using Facebook as social networking tool but I just use a small country as my example. You know? A lot of people in Cambodia like Facebook, especially teenagers because sometime they skip their class because they are talking with their friends on Facebook. Therefore, if your audiences are living Cambodia I will recommend Facebook as potential way for you to deliver quality blog traffic to your personal blog, offered, or anything else such as products offers.

Well, It just small country which have around 15+ millions people as whole population of this country but 60% -70% of whole people are owning and using Facebook every day. Also, we did not yet talk other bigger countries who have hundreds billion of population such as India, US, UK, China, and other countries which bigger than Cambodian. Absolutely, there were billion+ users are using Facebook every single day. If you could communicate and engage those users thus  you will deliver quality blog traffic effective to your personal blog.

There were many effective way to increase quality blog traffic through Facebook social media strategy such as delivering content marketing via own timeline, FB fan pages engagement, direct message, charting, and so many ways else. But today I will focus on only delivering quality blog traffic with FB group discussion. Before I will talk about the topic, I please say thanks to owners of those potential social media platforms such as Facebook, Google, Twitter, Linkedin, Pinterest, and others who have designed those valuable websites which it were many social media benefits for blogging business such as give us way increase quality traffic to our website as well as direct selling around the platform and many other social media benefits. And here our tips

Deliver Quality Traffic via Own Facebook Group

Okay! Those all for me thanks, right now please back to our topics. As many bloggers got to know this Facebook has many features for internet business blogging monetizing such as a FB fan page which way increase more able to engage with audiences and customers by create a business FB page and release to content marketing to subscribers of new updated FB page posting. But since last year Facebook have released a new useful feature call “FB Group Discussion” which it could deliver quality blog traffic effectively, especially available for free to every user.

facebook group

Create your own FB group and invite some friends who interested to related topics of discussion and strive to increase group as many as possible you can do it, you have promoted your FB group through sharing into your time and ask people to join it. Remembers, the more you could Increase FB group members, you increase the ability to deliver quality traffic effectively via FB group. Yeah, it’s just an easy way but it is more potent and effective way to engage more audiences than just sharing only timeline with few friends, colleges, and families.

Additional benefit is we could broad out networking build stronger relationship as well as engage the right target audiences since members who join the FB group interested in the topic of discussion and ability to invite others to join with them as well.

Share Post on the other FB Group could Deliver Quality Blog Traffic Effectively

I am proof that I have created a strong social relationship and engage well my audiences in the FB network but I proof that I have a large networking with my Facebook profiles. I have around 2k+ FB fans who subscribed my Fan pages. I have more 1+ million users who could see my content marketing whenever I posted It because have joint more 30+ FB group discussion related to my topics and each FB group has around 1k+ members. Whenever I posted or shared anything in all those groups unless 100k+ people will see my post and at least 500+ clicking  which I could get sharing post. So, I could notice that it effective way. How about you?

FB Groups’ Even act as an Important Way to Deliver Quality Blog Traffic

Thank you very much, Facebook! You gave me one more potential way to engage with other people and more ability build social relation, especially I could alert those people about some evens such birthday, workshop, and my content market offering. You know? I never try any automatically social media marketing tools because I feel like Facebook gave me enough ability to scheduling, planning my content marketing, and as well as deliver quality blog traffic effectively via the event creation.

See Also: How to Get YouTube Views

Set up an even in the FB group about your post scheduling and invite some members to attend that event is a good idea to engage with social media with pressure thus we gain the benefit from access to the real need of readers. Please imagine that I deliver a content marketing call “Reduce blog bound rate with simple but effective way” as title via my oven and have put some brief of benefits from reading this post in detail of the FB even publishing, especially I set Monday next week as the deadline. Moreover, I have putted my personal blog url in celebrated place.

I know, it has two outcomes for me (bad or good). If you interested in my even you will join and wait for the post was published on next Monday, especially you could enjoy some older post because I have left my blog url in even celebrated place. Addition benefit is you may subscribe my blog or FB fan page before the event was published because the older post have engaged and gave you what are interesting.  But if you don’t like this just skip or click decline this event invitation. Never mind, I need only my target audiences who want to read my tips so I just let you go and sorry to make you noisy with my even.

Image courtesy of Pixomar and jannoon028 at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
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How to Change Comments Avatar in Blogger

Bloggers can change comments avatar with their own choice. By default blogger has two default avatar seems like in below image.

Default Comments Avatar

One is used for those who comments anonymously and second for those who make comments and are belongs to blogger or have a blogger account. There is also a third avatar option. The Commentator if already set his own picture or avatar for his or her account then custom avatar did not change that avatar. So it is also a plus point. Modification process is so easy. You just have to follow some steps in order to things to be worked for blogger comments. First overview default avatar of blogger.

 

See Also: 7 Facebook Floating Widgets

 

If you want to replace your default blogger avatar with the following avatar then do as written below.

 

change comments avatar

 

Change comments Avatar

  • Go to Blogger “Dashboard”
  • Click on “Template”
  • Click on “Edit HTML”
  • Check the box ”Expand Widget Template”
  • Then find below code </body>
  • Now copy the below code and paste it before </body>

http://www.howtowords.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/howtowords_avatar-1.png') .ssyby('blank')http://www.howtowords.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Default-Avatar-Blogger.png']") .attr('src', 'http://www.howtowords.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/howtowords_avatar-Blogger1.png') .ssybya('blank')

  • Finally click "Save Template" button.

If you have a dark blogger template then you can use this avatar. To get these avatars, use below code.

Blogger Comments Icon

http://www.howtowords.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/howtowords_avatar-1.png') .ssyby('blank')http://www.howtowords.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/howtowords_avatar-Blogger12.png']") .attr('src', 'http://www.howtowords.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/howtowords_avatar-Blogger1.png') .ssybya('blank')

 

Some Custom Blogger Avatar Links

If you want to make your blogger comment avatar more beautiful according to your template design, then you can replace below codes with the above written highlighted codes to change comments avatar.

http://www.howtowords.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/howtowords_avatar-11.png

http://www.howtowords.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/howtowords_avatar-10.png

http://www.howtowords.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/howtowords_avatar-9.png

http://www.howtowords.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/howtowords_avatar-7.png

http://www.howtowords.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/howtowords_avatar-8.png

http://www.howtowords.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/howtowords_avatar-6.png

http://www.howtowords.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/howtowords_avatar-5.png

http://www.howtowords.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/howtowords_avatar-4.png

http://www.howtowords.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/howtowords_avatar-2.png

http://www.howtowords.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/howtowords_avatar-3.png

If you like then please share this. So other bloggers can change comments avatar too.