If you haven’t heard, GET OUT FROM UNDER THAT ROCK! 8BitHeart is hosting a Pokemon X/Y giveaway. 8BitHeart is my new gaming blog and I am kicking off it’s Grand Opening with an awesome giveaway! I’m so happy to be able to do this, you have no idea. I’m giving away the most amazing game of the year (To me anyway) to someone who loves Pokemon as much as I do.
The giveaway entries are pretty straightforward. I made sure to include a few entries that didn’t require you to junk up your feeds with my nonsense. For instance, you can help me pick my Pokemon X/Y starter in a poll.
Head on over and enter! Pokemon X/Y comes out this weekend and the giveaway is only going until noon on Saturday. Jump in, pick from a variety of entries, and cross those fingers!!
It’s amazing to see how far we’ve come when you sit down to really think about it. So much has changed over just a few decades than ever before. That’s one of the reasons people love technology, any kind of tech, so much. It’s always changing, there’s always so much to learn.
Ask your parents, how they got their news before television? They are going to tell you that newspapers were all the rave. All of a sudden news reports were in your living room, if you could afford a TV that is.
Does anyone still watch the news or read the paper anymore? I can admit, I do but it’s very seldom. I watched most of my news when I was still living with my grandma. She preferred the television over the news sites. I’m the other way around. It’s much easier to find the stories you are interested in online than sit through the hour show while they talk about stuff you don’t care about. I like my local news station and CNN.
Around 59% of Americans get their news from TV and the internet. That seems pretty accurate when you think about all the age groups and how that statistic is almost cut right in half. If you have a cell phone, it’s not very likely you access the news from it. I like to check the news sites on my phone when I run out of things to read or do when I’m out and about. Only 33% of cell phone users use their phone to access news online.
I’ll be the first one to admit that I don’t like the news. Everytime I read an article online, I find myself clicking on related articles until I’m depressed and sad. I won’t go into details on this blog because it isn’t appropriate but it makes me afraid to read anymore. I try to stay away from it. NEVER would I ever comment on some of these articles. As it is, seeing some of the comments on an article pisses me off since no one seems to have all the information. They immediately go off half-cocked and I figure they aren’t worth my time. Only 37% of online news readers comment or participate in the stores they read.
I don’t involve myself in the news often. Usually when I do, I regret it. So many people dying.. Usually, I find my BIG news from Twitter. If Twiiter doesn’t know about it, I don’t need to either.
If you own a website, you may have heard the term, SEO in passing or maybe you are on top of your site’s SEO. The point is to make your website rank highly among related search terms or keywords. This of course does not count towards, ads. You will always rank lower than the ads listed at the very top and right sidebar of Google. For instance, if you’re website is geared towards selling keyboards, you would like to be high on the list, if not the very top of the “natural” or “organic” list, when people search something like “buying keyboards”. Why is this important? Think about it. Do you ever go to the next page on Google? Probably not. You’re more likely to retype your search terms to find what you are looking for. It’s actually quite rare that someone goes to the 2nd or even 3rd pages of Google. That’s why you need to be on page 1. This is where SEO becomes important. It’s been shown that around 20% of the clicks in Google go to the first organic search result. That’s where YOU want to be.
As an example, I wrote a review on my other blog a couple months back. (Sorry that it’s an adult product) My review (blue) ranks higher than the store (pink) I bought it from on Google. I manage my stats on that blog and this review is my most popular post on my blog. All you have to do is search for the name of the toy and BAM! My website is #4!
Of course, in this case, I doubt I’ll ever be #1 because the company that actually sells it is #1. All I had to do was be sure to include these keywords in my post. SEO works!
How can you make SEO work for your website? The best way to explain this, and it might seem a bit cliche, is to make great content and add quality links. It’s very important to write good content that uses keywords for phrases that are related to your topic. Search engines scan through your content for these words. If you mention your “quality keyboards” in your posts, someone can easily find your website when searching for “quality keyboards”.
While it seems difficult, it’s really easy to understand once you start reading about it. A lot of companies try to make it seem more difficult to understand so that they can charge you for SEO Services. Do some reading of your own. Chances are, you don’t need those SEO Services. It’s very possible you are already on your way to a well SEO oriented website. If your website uses WordPress, these are SEO plugins available. I actually use Platinum SEO. As you can see above, it works well for me.
I blog because I love to write. Mostly, I’m considered a Lifestyle blogger. However, when I bought my second domain, this blog became mostly for tech and nerd stuff. I got into blogging because I was looking for a place to log my day, like a diary or a journal. After a while, I didn’t care who saw what I wrote. That’s when my blogging took off. I made my journals public and after a while I moved onto WordPress where I share my life with the internet.
I am by no means, a professional blogger. I’d like to be and one day hope I can be but in the meantime, I do it because I love it. Making money on the side is just a huge perk. I don’t have a huge following. What I write and why I write it is for me. Whoever wants to read is more than welcome to. I do it as a hobby.
I have read many professional blogs and wonder how they keep their readers. Some write about their lives and people tune in like a TV show. I don’t find many blogger’s lives to be that interesting. My favorite types of professional bloggers are ones who have something important to say or chose a topic. Shame on me, I know because as someone who doesn’t have a niche blog, I should spend more time reading and finding blogs similar to mine. There are very few blogs that I read on a daily basis and those are people I know and follow closely. Any other’s I just happen to stumble upon.
The kind of professional blogger that I aspire to be is not far from what iJustine has become. In all honesty, she isn’t much of a blogger but more of a YouTube vlogger that posts her videos to a WordPress site. However, I watch her videos all the time, I see the products she gets to try, the stuff she gets to do and yet she has several YouTube channels with many different categories. I don’t know how she keeps up with them all. I’m struggling with two. I get writers block and don’t know how to get out of it. She records pretty much anything and people leave thousands of comments. Whenever I talk about how I laid on the couch all day, no one cares. I don’t expect them to, either.
While I’d like to have a site that gets thousands of views a day, I’m happy with the fact that those who do visit my sites are good friends, who do care what I do, have to say, and what I’m up to.
You may have seen one of my post on my other blog concerning my issue with the WordPress app. Basically, whenever I post from my iPhone, despite my settings being “Public”, as soon as I hit Publish, it posts and becomes password protected. It also shows up twice in my posts list, in the app anyway.
I had Googled it a few times and had not found anyone else complaining so I chalked it up to WordPress’s update for both the software and the app and, as Andrew mentioned, a new remote publishing setting that was set wrong.
I never got a chance to look at my settings and went right to the App Store page and was reading reviews. There seems to be a bunch of bugs with the app since the update for iOS 7 (3.8.1).
They haven’t fixed it yet and it truly is a shame because it’s a great app. With the launch of iOS7, they updated the UI and it’s flawless. I love the app in general because I’m a lazy bum and sometimes prefer to blog from the couch, with the laptop across the room, or on the go. Now, it’s too much of a hassle to fight with the damn app to change my post to public because the only “fix” is to take the text and make a new post with it. As a matter of fact, I’m writing this entry in an email and will be sending it to myself to be published from my computer. What a shame.
So, if you are a lover of the WordPress app and have run into this issue, fear not for you are not alone. We can only hope these issues are fixed in the next update and that the next update is soon, very soon.
Do you use the WordPress App?