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Technical Support Notifications

Dear customers and resellers of Gossimer,

As you may notice there is a new link in the bar at the top of the Gossimer Blog (** Tech Support Notifications **) this link goes to our News section of our Gossimer Support Desk.  This news section is kept up to date in real time with any server issues, network issues/problems, and email server/service issues.  Basically, any problems or announcements related to the performance of Gossimer services will be updated there in real-time as it happens.  We will no longer publish these types of issues on our corporate blog.  We are going to try to keep our blog as an educational and informative resource for you, our customers.

Sincerely,

Gossimer Management

Domain Flipping 101

If you are in the making money online niche for long enough then you must have heard about domain flipping. You might have heard about this, even if you are not in this niche and all you have done is read couple of articles about domain flipping at some random blog.

If you got excited after reading in those articles about the kind of many X is making by flipping a domain, and you do not know how to do it yourself then this is the article for you. As the title suggested, this article is not for you if you are a pro in domain flipping. You may be interested in other stuff on this blog. We have good SEO tips here, you can read that. And for rest, let’s see what domain flipping is.

What is domain flipping?

I am not sure how many of you know that domain flipping refers to buying and selling of a domain. A typical domain flipping case involves 4 steps:

  1. Buying a new domain
  2. Developing a website on it
  3. Propagating it on the Internet, so that you can get some traffic and monthly income
  4. The last stage is to sell this domain.
  5. Rinse and repeat until you become next Bill Gates.

It sounds simple, isn’t it? It indeed is simple in periphery, but in details, it becomes difficult. It is in the details that people get stuck. We will talk about it in the next article. For now, let’s focus on what it is.

There is one more strategy that people use in this. The steps involved in that are as follow:

  1. They buy a already developed domain
  2. Polish it to make it look more attractive
  3. Sell it for profit.
  4. Rinse and repeat until you become next Bill Gates.

Neither of them is more or less complicated. Both of the ways are sufficiently difficult, but as you are just starting out, I will not suggest going to second strategy because a wrong purchase may mean a loss of money and a loss of opportunity to earn. You should, therefore, try your hand in this field for some time before going for buying existing websites to flip. Time will come when you will be able to do that, but not know.

This brings us to the end of this article, in the next one I will talk about the difficulties one face in flipping.

How to Brainstorm a Topic for Your Next Blog Post

What puts a wet blanket on the enthusiasm of most of the niche blogger is the sudden dearth of new topics to write on, which some of us call writer’s block — for bloggers, it should be termed blogger’s block. This syndrome refers to a situation when a blogger opens his or her word processor only to find that he has nothing to write about.

This could be addressed, and it is quite easy to do that. All you need to do is build a system for you, which you will follow every time you will start writing a post. Read this blog post to the end and you will know how to brainstorm for your blog topics.

Brainstorming tips for your blog

  1. To brainstorm on a topic, you need to have a rough idea of what you should write about. To this end, the first thing you need to do is to set Google and twitter alert on the topics you blog about. Skim through the alert, everyday, and jot down the ideas that come to you. You can refer to these idea snippets when writing a blog post.
  2. You can also get idea from the newsletter you have subscribed to.
  3. Once you have the idea, you can do a dipstick keyword research to make a tentative list of keyword to include in the blog post.
  4. The next step is to search Google for ideas that will combine to form a blog post.
  5. Read some blog posts and articles, and write down the important points that come to your mind.
  6. Create a rough structure of the blog post.
  7. See if you have all the information required to write the final blog post. If you do not have all the required information then hit the Google search button one more time.

Now you have everything that you need to know before writing a blog post. Start stroking the keyboard with a confidence that you are going to produce a captivating piece.

Blogging Books – How Much Are They Helpful?

One blogging book is just like another blogging book. This is a fact, no matter what others say. But do they help? This is the question I am set to analyze in today’s blog post.

The short answer to the question posed in the title of this post is that it does help, but not all of them. Let me tell you about the one blogging book that helped me a lot. It was Problogger written by Darren Rowse.

Problogger is one of the first books written for blogging, and as a newbie I hopped into it. It was written in a self-help kind of manner, but it taught me basics of blogging.

How much do they help

A blogging book, no matter how good it is can only give you an idea of the terrain, strategic positions, and its highs and lows. But no book can teach you the strategy you need to employ in order to succeed in blogging.

You can learn basic tenets of blogging, but their practical application could only be learnt by applying them, moreover, note all the rules have been put to paper, so you have to find it yourself — some by practicing the art, and others by talking to those who do.

Should you or should not you read blogging books?

This is the decision which you have to take for yourself. But whichever road you may take, do not forget to read the table of contents and preface of a book. These two will give you a fair idea about the nature of a book.

Final verdict

If I am asked I will prefer practicing the art of blogging than reading a book and thinking about doing something on it. I know a book does help, but with blogging, it helps only when one put this in use.

Reading or not reading, therefore, only makes a difference when one put the knowledge acquired to use. There is no point in increasing the count of blogging books you have read.

How to Invite More of Blog Comments?

One latest Internet craze is blogging. Whether an individual or a company, whether commercial or personal – we are quite glued to blogging. And we all eagerly wait for comments against our blog posts. It’s like testimonials from friends and followers, which silently prove popularity of our blog and definitely motivate us to keep on blogging. From commercial point of view comments are even more waited for, since they attract Google Ad sense and the like. But how to ensure that your posts invite comments for sure? Here are some tips.

Leave a question, preferably open ended

Towards the end of your blog posts try to accelerate debate and leave with question behind. Show your desperation for the answers. The question should be preferably an open ended one, which invites long answers and motivates one to write. Even if you seek ‘yes’ or ‘no’ kind of answer, ask for the reason behind the comment. To invite more of such long answers write debatable or controversial topics, so that readers either stand by it or against it, while defending their choices with supportive justifications. It can welcome long list of comments, which can even rage a verbal war and more of interactions. But maintain dignity.

Seek suggestions and opinions

If not always an answer, you can also ask for good advices or suggestions or simply others opinion on the given topic. Write such topic, which invites opinions or suggestions. At the end ask everyone to put their advices or thoughts on the same.

Reply back each comment

Reply them back. Interact more with them to invite multiple comments from the same person. It will keep them interested. It may seem like a tedious task, but it’s worth doing. They will feel precious and valued and will look out for your new blog post every time.

Don’t keep the blog comments restricted

We often restrict blog commenting option and don’t allow all to put their comments randomly. We often read the comments and then only approve it to be published. But such process turns off the reader who wishes to comment. If he sees his comment will be published only after your approval, it hurts his ego and he doesn’t come back again to comment in future. Keep it open for all. You always have the option to delete objectionable or offensive comments.

With these few simple tips find the comments pouring in as never before. Enjoy the popularity.

Have You Tried These Advanced Linkbaits for Your Blog?

In the previous article I talked about content types that suits perfectly for linkbaits, and towards the end, I told you that in the next article I will share some advanced linkbait techniques. And this is that article. By using these techniques, you will not only get more links, but you will be able to network with real people behind the websites or blogs linking to you.

Advanced linkbaits

Rank websites

Create a list of websites and rank them on the basis of their merit. You can, for example, create a list of top 25 dating websites. Once you are done with the ranking, sending each website with a badge announcing their rank. A website will definitely link back to your blog.

Rank people

This is a linkbait that very few blogger or webmaster will refuse being lured to. What you have to do is to create a list of 25 most influential people in a niche. Write a small bio about them — you can find this information on the about us page of their websites or blogs — and post it on your blog. Add a link to their websites as well.

The next step is to send them a mail informing them about their inclusion in top25 most influential list on your website. Send each one of them a rank badge. They cannot help, but give you a backlink.

As you can see, both the strategy has two parts: one, creating a list, and contacting the relevant parties with a badge explaining the honor they received. Err on any and you will miss the opportunity to get ranked.

Do not abuse this strategy. It will stop working, and do not add any non-deserving candidate in your list, just because you know him. It will take the credibility away from your ranking.

3 Step to Decide What Prize to Give the Contest Winner

On one hand, a contest only appears cool to the blog’s visitors only if the prize is exciting enough, and on the other hand an exciting prize could be anything and it may cost you an arm and a leg for nothing. It is imperative, therefore, to careful weigh the importance of contest vis-à-vis the prize you are offering and your budget before you finalize which prize to offer. Before going ahead with any prize, you should think about the following things:

Your budget

No matter what your marketing objective is, and what the contest will deliver to you, you cannot offer something as a prize which you cannot afford as a business. You need to keep the complete picture in your mind before going with a prize.

Immediate Marketing leverage you are getting

You may afford to give an iPad in a retweet contest, but is it worth it? You need to ask this question before pulling your wallet out to pay for the prize. Will you get enough mileage from the contest you are hosting to justify the cost of prize you are giving?

Long-term benefit of running a contest

The end objective of your prize may not be to gain short-term benefit, or you may or may not get a substantial short-term benefit. The contest is still worth running if it gives you a long-term benefit. It is the long-term benefit that matters in the long run. You should focus on the long-term benefit of a contest as well, when deciding on the prize you are offering.

You need to run your prize idea through these before deciding on a prize to offer. You will not like to spend a handful of dollars for nothing. Do not get carried away by a excitement of running a contest and offering a cool prize while designing a contest. It will cost dearly.

3 Things You Must Tell Your Visitors about the Contest You Are Running

Contests are cool. They not only help you get many backlinks, tons of traffic, but they also help you build community around your blog — a community that interacts with each other and share ideas. You will learn a great deal from the community.

In the articles that preceded this one, we have seen how contests can help us get traffic, and what are two different types of contests (click on content-based contest and click-based contest to read the both articles). Now, we will see what we need to tell our visitors in order to make our contests a success.

Duration of the contest

You should tell your visitors how long this contest will run, and why do you think it is a good idea to run the contest for that long. This will give your visitors an idea about the time they have before they could participate in the contest, and they can plan their move accordingly.

Do not give rough estimates like the contest will run for 30 days or 60 days. Give them the specific dates like the contest will end on 31st of October.

Rules of participation

The participant should know, in advance, the rules you have set for them to qualify as a participant in the contest. Maintain the transparency, or else participants will feel cheated, which in no way could be desirable. Always remember, bad words travels faster than the speed of light, and it even reaches the underground recesses of the human mind.

Prizes to be won

You should also tell your visitors in advance about the prizes they could win. List the prizes in descending order, and communicate dollar value of the prize to give the participant an idea of what is at stake.

What should they do to win

Although a participant often knows what he needs to do to win, it is your duty to clearly communicate the action you want them to take in order to get a chance to win the prize. Write a clear-cut guide detailing everything you want them to do to win the prize.

None of the above discussed items are optional, you need to include everything that I discussed in your contest should you not want your visitors to feel cheated.

3 Things You Must Tell Your Visitors about the Contest You Are Running

Contests are cool. They not only help you get many backlinks, tons of traffic, but they also help you build community around your blog — a community that interacts with each other and share ideas. You will learn a great deal from the community.

In the articles that preceded this one, we have seen how contests can help us get traffic, and what are two different types of contests (click on content-based contest and click-based contest to read the both articles). Now, we will see what we need to tell our visitors in order to make our contests a success.

Duration of the contest

You should tell your visitors how long this contest will run, and why do you think it is a good idea to run the contest for that long. This will give your visitors an idea about the time they have before they could participate in the contest, and they can plan their move accordingly.

Do not give rough estimates like the contest will run for 30 days or 60 days. Give them the specific dates like the contest will end on 31st of October.

Rules of participation

The participant should know, in advance, the rules you have set for them to qualify as a participant in the contest. Maintain the transparency, or else participants will feel cheated, which in no way could be desirable. Always remember, bad words travels faster than the speed of light, and it even reaches the underground recesses of the human mind.

Prizes to be won

You should also tell your visitors in advance about the prizes they could win. List the prizes in descending order, and communicate dollar value of the prize to give the participant an idea of what is at stake.

What should they do to win

Although a participant often knows what he needs to do to win, it is your duty to clearly communicate the action you want them to take in order to get a chance to win the prize. Write a clear-cut guide detailing everything you want them to do to win the prize.

None of the above discussed items are optional, you need to include everything that I discussed in your contest should you not want your visitors to feel cheated.

3 Things You Must Tell Your Visitors about the Contest You Are Running

Contests are cool. They not only help you get many backlinks, tons of traffic, but they also help you build community around your blog — a community that interacts with each other and share ideas. You will learn a great deal from the community.

In the articles that preceded this one, we have seen how contests can help us get traffic, and what are two different types of contests (click on content-based contest and click-based contest to read the both articles). Now, we will see what we need to tell our visitors in order to make our contests a success.

Duration of the contest

You should tell your visitors how long this contest will run, and why do you think it is a good idea to run the contest for that long. This will give your visitors an idea about the time they have before they could participate in the contest, and they can plan their move accordingly.

Do not give rough estimates like the contest will run for 30 days or 60 days. Give them the specific dates like the contest will end on 31st of October.

Rules of participation

The participant should know, in advance, the rules you have set for them to qualify as a participant in the contest. Maintain the transparency, or else participants will feel cheated, which in no way could be desirable. Always remember, bad words travels faster than the speed of light, and it even reaches the underground recesses of the human mind.

Prizes to be won

You should also tell your visitors in advance about the prizes they could win. List the prizes in descending order, and communicate dollar value of the prize to give the participant an idea of what is at stake.

What should they do to win

Although a participant often knows what he needs to do to win, it is your duty to clearly communicate the action you want them to take in order to get a chance to win the prize. Write a clear-cut guide detailing everything you want them to do to win the prize.

None of the above discussed items are optional, you need to include everything that I discussed in your contest should you not want your visitors to feel cheated.