Sunday, August 26, 2018

Create a YouTube Channel Step by Step



YouTube is a video sharing platform which was created in the year 2005 and later on in year 2006 it was undertaken by Google.

Users are free to watch videos and comment or share on that video. Moreover if someone wants to upload a video he is free to do this. It can be done by just creating a channel on YouTube. Making a channel and uploading a video on that channel has become very popular now a days. 

If you go to YouTube website or app on your mobile and search for something, then you will find plenty of video related to your search. In this technical era the use of smart phones have increased extensively. People like watching video tutorials more in comparison to reading a book.

YouTube has been ranked in 2nd position by Alexa. So YouTube is the second most popular site in the world. Youtube has millions of users worldwide and people spend hours and hours viewing videos here. 

Creating a video now a days has become cheaper as there are many apps, websites and tools through which you can create a stunning video in a few minutes for free. And promoting your brand or service through YouTube can be done for free. Hence advertising on this platform is really a good solution. Just create a channel and start uploading videos. All all the video formats are supported for uploading on YouTube.

This was all about YouTube website. 

Now  let's learn what is a YouTube channel? 

A YouTube channel is similar to your YouTube account. A person who has an account with YouTube can create a channel very easily in a few minutes and start uploading videos. The channel serves as a homepage for the user's account.

Steps to create a YouTube channel :-

1) Go to the YouTube website www.youtube.com

2) Click on the sign in option at the top right hand corner of the screen.

3) Now login with your Google account or sign-up if you don't have an account
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4) Click on settings(gear icon) at the top right.

5) Now you will see a link to Create a channel.

6) Next you need to choose if you want to create a personal channel or business named channel.

7) Now add your brand name and click on create.

Your YouTube channel is now ready... 

How to upload video on YouTube channel ?

Uploading a video on YouTube is easiest through a smart phone which has a YouTube app installed in it. The steps are:

1) Login to Youtube through your Google account and choose your channel.

2) Now, click on the video icon on the top  and choose the video from your phone's gallery.

3) Apply optional enhancements and click on Next.

4) Add the video title, description and adjust the privacy settings.

5) Click on Upload.

Once uploading is complete your video will be live in the web.
 
Steps to Upload videos through computer:

1) Open YouTube page on your browser.

2) Login to your account.

3) Click upload at the top of the web page.

4) Select Upload video.

5) Choose video privacy settings before uploading a video.

6) Choose the video that you want to upload from your system.

7) You can edit the basic information while the video is getting uploaded.

8) Click on Publish to finish uploading the video.


So this was how you can create a channel and upload a video on YouTube. Hope this helps you out.

Kindly share your comments below.


Monday, August 20, 2018

Create a Facebook or Twitter page for business



The total active users on Facebook in the year 2018 has reached 2.23 billion and this makes Facebook as one of the leaders of social networking platform.

So there can't  be a better place to advertise and promote your product, services or business than Facebook. You can reach more and more audiences through this platform. Facebook has always been the favorite platform for all generations due to its simplicity and fast interface.

What is a Facebook page?

A Facebook page is a platform for businesses, companies, brands and public identities to share their success stories and connect to people.
A Facebook business page can be created by anyone. Unlike Facebook personal account, a business page can also be created absolutely free. 

How to create a Facebook page?

Here I will demonstrate the steps which you need to follow while creating a facebook business page.
1) Go to the link: www.facebook.com/business and click on the Create a Page on the top right hand corner.
2) Choose among the two options on the next page: Business or brand/Community or public figure. If you want to create a page for your business or brand promotion then click on the first option.
3) Then click on sign-up to create an account or login if you already have an account.
4) Fill basic details like your page name and choose business category.
5) Next you need to provide your address and mobile number and click next.
6) Then on next page upload a profile picture. In the next option Facebook will ask you to invite your friends to visit your page. You can do it later on as well.
7) Next add your website's link and click continue as and you are done. If you want to change or edit the page, go to settings.

How to create a twitter page? 

1) Go to twitter homepage: www.twitter.com
2) Then on the homepage enter your basic details like name, email address and password.
3) Next type the username for your business and click on Create my account.
4) Then click on Confirm your account. You will receive a verification email from twitter. Click on the link in the email to verify and you are done.
5) Now you need to setup your account.  So click on profile. Add profile picture, change that theme if you wish to and then add followers. 

So this is how you can create a business page on Facebook or twitter social networking sites. A Facebook page is the best platform to promote your services, website or blog online.

Through Facebook you will get a good number of customers or users for your website or business.

Hope this helps you out. Kindly share your comments below.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Create a Free Blog in Blogger


First of all, What is a Blog? 

A blog is an online information and discussion website where a person or group of person shares their opinions and views on a particular topic.
A blog comprises of a number of posts with the recent posts on the top.
Creating a blog is very easy and a good source of income if you are passionate to write and share your views. Blogs which have quality and useful posts are always liked by readers and get the maximum number of views.
You can start your own blog and share your views with the world. Readers love reading blogs which are of original content and meaningful.

How to set up a blog in blogger?

Creating a blog is very easy and your blog will be live in 10-15 minutes.
First of all choosing a platform to build your blog is more important. Because if you don't choose a correct and reliable platform, all your hard work can go down the drain. Just imagine how much time you spend writing blogs and suppose your blog is suspended due to some issues then what will be your situation. You will be totally depressed and would even quit writing more blogs. An inner fear of again losing your blog posts might keep you worrying all the time, even if you choose a new platform to build your blog.

So before starting some new project or signing up on a website it's always good to do some online research.As per the online research and reviews I found that WordPress is a good platform for creating blogs with professional look and more features. WordPress is used widely all over the world to create blogs due to its reliability and multiple features. There are a plenty of themes to choose from and lot many widgets to embed on your blog. WordPress has flexible and affordable plans to choose from for serious blog writers. I always recommend to create a blog with a purchased domain name and hosting.

But if you are have low budget and want to start with a free blog then go for Blogger platform. Blogger is an online blogging platform which is owned and managed by Google. The images on blogger are hosted by Picasa. It is very easy to create a blog through Blogger.
I will share the steps for creation of a blog through Blogger. The interface of Blogger is very simple and user-friendly.


1) First of all go to the link: www.blogger.com

2) The next step is to login in your Google account or sign-up if you don't have one.

3) After logging in click on Create a free blog.

4) Enter a name and domain for your blog. Always choose a name which matches with your theme. The domain name depends upon availability and you would be getting a domain like www.mysitename.blogspot.com

5) Then you need to choose a template for your blog. Choose any of the template and remember you can change it later on.

6) Now click on "Create blog" and you are done.

After you have finished the above steps, you will reach the dashboard of Blogger. Here you will see a number of options on the left side of the dashboard.

Let me just brief the most important options which you would be using quite often.

a)  Posts : You can add new posts and view your published posts here.

b) Pages : You can add new pages in your blog and change the necessary settings from this option.

c) Stats : You can check the statistics of your blog like sources from where you are getting traffic and total number of visits, country from where you are getting clicks,  system information and the browser information as well of your visitors.

d) Earnings : You can apply for your Google adsense account from this link and start earning from your blog.

e) Layout : You can change the layout of your blog and add widgets from this section.

f) Settings : You can redirect or connect your blog to a domain name that you own from somewhere else. Moreover you can increase your website visibility and submit your site from Google search console through this section.

So this was all about how to create a blog in blogger step by step. Once your blog is created remember to update it regularly with new posts. This will increase your search engine ranking and visibility.

Keep sharing only rich content posts and avoid violating any Google policies to avoid ban of your blog.

Once your blog is live for 6 months and contains a good number of quality and interesting posts(min- 20 posts), then you can apply for Google Adsense program and start earning. 



Domain Forwarding and Masking


First of all, What is Domain Forwarding and Masking ?


Domain Forwarding  in simple terms is a mechanism by which a web page redirects a visitor to another website location or another page.

When a domain is forwarded to another web page, the domain name disappears and the URL of the new page or forwarded page is displayed on the address bar of  the browser.
The domain name redirects itself to the site and no script or HTML is required to do this.

GoDaddy offers free Domain Forwarding feature with its domain name. This feature is helpful for those people who have a great desire to create a website with a custom domain but have low budget. In that case a website or blog can be created online using the online website builders with a free plan.When your website is ready and you publish it you will get a custom domain name, example: www.mywebsitename.subdomain.com

In the above case you are saving on the additional Web Hosting costs. Now you just need to purchase a Domain name from the registrars online and enable the Domain forwarding facility. Suppose you have purchased a Domain name : www.mywebsitename.com and redirect it to www.mywebsitename.subdomain.com. Hence, now your website that you had created can be accessed from the domain name that you have purchased.

But let me also share with you that Free hosting is not reliable and secure. Always go for a paid domain name and hosting plan.

But the only drawback behind this feature is that after your website is redirected,  the URL that will be visible on the top of your browser will be the forwarded page URL. But there is a solution to this as well which I will be share next. Here comes the role of Domain Masking. But before that Let me guide you how to do domain forwarding through GoDaddy. The step by step process is given below:

1) Go to GoDaddy page and login with your username and password.

2) Go to the DNS Management page and scroll down to Forwarding.

3) Click on Add just next to Domain. Enter your domain name that you have purchased.

4) Select http:// or https:// under Forward to.

5) Enter the URL that you want to redirect your domain to.

6) Select Forward type: Permanent( 301) or Temporary(302).

7) Select Settings : Forward only

8) Check Update my DNS setting to support this change.

9) Click Save.

Now lets see, how does Domain masking work

Domain masking is a feature through which you can hide the actual domain name of a website and the URL visible in the user's browser will be only the URL that he has actually typed. Domain masking prevents the forwarded domain or sub-domain  from displaying in the browser's address bar.
This gives a more professional look to your website as your users won't be able to see the custom domain name.

For enabling this feature you need to follow the same first six steps that I have listed above. There will be a slight change in the 7th step. Here you just need to choose option Forward with masking. After selecting this enter the Title, Description and Keywords fields.
Then follow the 8th and 9th step to apply the settings.

But it is believed that Domain masking is not good and affects SEO. Actually masking uses a framed forwarding for hiding the real URL and this creates a bad user experience. The page which is framed has the actual content and hence only this page is likely to get indexed by search engines.
So I would advice you to avoid using Domain masking.

Hope this helps you out. Please share your feedback or comments below.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

What is Google Adsense and how to make money


What is Google Adsense ?


Google Adsense is an advertisement network which was launched in the year 2003 and is managed by Google. It is a program through which website publishers or owners display targeted video, text or image ads on the pages of their website and get paid when view or click on the ads.
Google provides codes which a website publisher needs to paste it on his site wherever he wants to display the Google ed ads. Google offers code for many different kinds of ad formats and sizes. You just need to select the appropriate size or layout and paste the code onto your website. The publisher gets paid on a per-click or per-impression basis.

Google Adsense is completely free to join and is a very simple program. It is one of the most trusted and leading advertisement network. It enables website publishers to customize ads as per their requirement and display on their site.

Some points to be kept in mind before you apply for Adsense


There are a few mandatory things which should be kept in mind before applying for Google Adsense. Firstly, your site's content should be original and not copied from any other website. Moreover the content should be meaningful and understandable. 

If you just search on Google you will find that there are plenty of sites with the same topic that you have on your website or blog. So my advice for this would be that keep your content unique and original. This will strengthen your approval process. 

The next thing that should be kept in mind is to keep the navigation throughout your site simple.

A custom domain name and a custom email ID is necessary for an Adsense application approval. For example your domain name should be www.yourwebsitename.com and not a subdomain like www.yourwebsitename.subdomain.com.

The reason behind this is that Google wants their ads to display on websites whose domain name is professional.

Moreover do not place text links which compel your users to click on it. This can lead to rejection of your Adsense application rejection.
Also before applying make sure you have 3 mandatory pages in your site: Contact us, About us and Privacy policy.

Google is very strict in its policies and doesn't want it's users to violate it in any way. Because this can impact the Google's image. So before applying for Adsense kindly go through the Adsense
terms and conditions.

If you are a website publisher and want to earn money online from your website through Adsense then, design accordingly as per the Adsense approval criteria.

This was all about Adsense account approval process. But let me share with you that Google can ban or block your approved Adsense account if you violate the terms and conditions. Many of the publishers account gets banned because they ask their friends to open their website and click on the ads. They think that Google won't be able to identify this because the sites are opened from different IP addresses. But Google is very smart to catch these activities. So always try to be full honest if you want to really earn some money from Adsense. 

How to apply for Google Adsense ?


The application process for Adsense is very simple.

1) Go to signup page for Google Adsense.

2) The next step is to fill in your website's details like the URL and your email ID. If you have a gmail account then you can login directly or sign-up if you don't have one.

3) Then you need to provide your address and verify your phone number.

4) Submit your application.

After you have submitted the application Adsense takes 1-2 days to review your application. If your application complies with Adsense terms and conditions then Google will send you an activation email.
Once this is done you can login in your Adsense account and get access to the codes for publishing ads on your site.

What if my application gets rejected?


I have seen many bloggers who quit to continue writing blogs if their Adsense account gets disapproved. But let me tell you one thing that this is not the end. An application which has been rejected can be resubmitted again and again. You just need to work on the rejection points and improve your site accordingly. Don't resubmit your application instantly. Just check the rejection points and you can even mail Adsense and get clarity on it.

You can even apply for other advertising networks if you are getting rejected every time. There are many other ad networks who pay good amount to the publishers for placing their ads on their site's. So don't get demotivated because life has no end. Every failure is a path to new beginning.


Thursday, August 16, 2018

Submitting Your Site to Google for Indexing


Submit your site to Google for free

So, once you reach this page of my blog I am pretty sure that you have finally completed writing your blog or website. Now it's time for others to see your blog as well and learn. 

If you have a strong faith that your blog or website has some useful and quality content that people will love reading, then go ahead and submit your site to search engines. You can submit your site to the major search engines like Google, Yahoo or Bing for indexing.


Add my website to Google


Now let me first share with you that what is indexing?

In a simple language,  Indexing means adding of web pages to Google Search.
Depending upon the meta tag Google will crawl and index your page.

Before going ahead let's learn the meaning of two important terms:

1) CRAWLING : It the process by which Google visits a website for tracking purpose.

2) INDEXING : It is the process of adding a site's web pages to Google Search.

Google follows the links of the website and crawls your website through spiders.
So after crawling is done Google adds the pages of your website or blog to Google Search index.

You can submit your site to Google in two ways:

1) Add an updated Sitemap.

2) Submit an indexing request to Google.

So firstly you need to open the link of Google Search Console.

The next step is to login through your Google account or sign-up if you don't have one. 

Then click on Add a Property and type your homepage URL in the box. Now you need to verify your site.
This can be done by 3 ways:

a) HTML file: Upload an Html file to your website.

b) CNAME or TXT Record: Add a CNAME or TXT record through your domain settings.

c) HTML code: Simply paste a small piece of HTML code to the header section of your site's homepage.

You can choose any of the 3 above options to verify your site.

Moreover submitting a sitemap is also necessary for indexing purpose. To do this click on Crawl link and then on Sitemaps. Then type the sitemap location of your website in the box. Then finally click on submit.

Also set the target country by selecting the country from where you would like to get your target visitors.

The Google Indexing process takes time between 4 days to upto 4 weeks to get a site crawled and indexed. You can request for indexing of your website from Fetch as Google link. And check the status of your site's indexing from 'Index status' link under "Google Index".

How to check if your site has been added to Google?

Check if your site has been added to Google or not quickly. You just need to open Google search and type your website's URL and add site: before the URL in the search box and hit enter.

Let me demonstrate this with an example of my site. 




If your site is still not added to Google search engine you can re-submit it again.