5 Tips to Keep Your WordPress Blog in Good Health

Most of us are concerned about just creating and promoting content on our blogs. We are concerned about frequency of posts and engagement with our readers. However, the job doesn’t end here.

Ensuring that the blog is in good health always is also a critical part of its success. Now good health doesn’t only mean uploading the fresh content, having an appealing layout, etc.etc.

It is much more than that. The safety, security and revision and updating of your blog or site equally contribute to its health. Maintaining a blog doesn’t need to be exasperating if you adopt a few good habits. In fact, it’s just a matter of few minutes and you really don’t have to spend endless hours in keeping your blog in shape.

Here are a few tips that can help you maintain your blog if you’ve chosen WordPress as a platform.

1. Backup is crucial: You may face a range of issues including, losing of posts, hacking or other similar disasters at any time. What is important for you is to create a backup for the content, themes and database. You can access these files anytime and use them whenever you face any horrible situation.

How to Create Backup? Well, I’m sure you’re not going to do it manually. It’s not only time consuming but is annoying also. So, download and install WP DB Plug-in for this purpose. You can use this to automate the backup process to save content as well as themes.

2. Check if plug-ins you have are compatible with the newer version of WordPress: Have migrated your blog to the latest WordPress version? Don’t forget to check if the existing plug-ins are compatible with the new WP version. As most people use free plug-ins, it’s important to keep a keep a check on their validity and utility.

Besides this, it’s important to drop the ones that are outdated or are no longer used. If you find it hectic to maintain your blog, you can have a WordPress developer do it for you.

3. Security scan is critical: Run a security scan frequently to ensure the safety of your blog. You can consider installing a plug-in, WP Security Scan, for this.

Changing passwords frequently also helps in maintaining the security of your blog.

4. Spam filtering: Spam filtering is one of the most important to-do’s to keep your WordPress blog in good health. Make sure you have a routine to clear spam comments. There are times when you are unable to access your blog and hundreds of spam comments get accumulated.

The first thing you should do is deleting spam comments whenever you access your blog. You can also avail the services of WordPress experts for this.

5. Get rid of dead links: Look for dead links on your blog and fix them. Broken links reduce the popularity of your blog.

To do this manually can be really hectic for you. Download a plug-in called Broken Link Checker to fix broken links on your blog.

Along with this, having a good WP theme also contributes. If you don’t possess the expertise in house, you can also avail professional services of WordPress theme developers.

Kuntal Mehta (KJ) is the managing partner of Seashore Partners, a we

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13 Niche Blogging Areas That Will Make You Richer

There are blogs everywhere on the internet; but not all niche blogs are fetching in money for the owners. Blogging has in itself become a way of self employment and bloggers are using a stone to kill two birds by providing quality content that would meet the needs of their readers and at the same time generate revenues for themselves.

You don’t have to pick up your pen and paper and start writing all because you are aware there is money in blogging. Knowing where to go and what to expect are all important before starting your journey. It is also important to know what the people want and where you can get enough traffic to read your personal blog before starting out.

It would therefore be nice to make your research, interact with people to have an idea where people usually go online and what they spend their moneys on. We will be looking at some of the best niches where you can make revenue as a blogger (without compromising your standard anyway).

1. Technology: People are always going for what they want and not what they need. They want mobile phones, android, blackberry, iPad, iPhones, etc. Providing them with information about the latest tech tips and the latest gadgets in this area would bring a lot of cash into your pocket.

2. Icons: Success attracts friends and everybody wants to consciously or unconsciously identify with successful people in life. Cristiano Ronaldo has about the highest fans on Facebook (with over 47m fans) because he is a successful footballer. There is a ready market to talk about icons – musicians, celebrities, footballers, wrestlers, swimmers, boxers, athletes, etc.

3. Blogging helps: A lot of newbie bloggers need some form of help in the areas of blogging, HTML, scripts, widgets, gadgets, writing, SEO, etc. Providing tutorials and blogging tips would be a sure way to earn more revenues. Adding tutorial videos, e-books, etc would even make a great difference.

4. Health tips: have you ever visited a teaching hospital or a specialist hospital? One thing that would baffle you is the number of patients – males, females, adults, children, that troop in to see the different specialist doctors. Why are they visiting the hospitals? They have different problems. Providing health tips could really make you richer. Well researched topics on men health, women health, weight loss, muscle building, disease prevention, etc. could go a long way at helping people take good care of their health and at the same time earn you some cool cash.

5. Web design: Everything is going into the internet. Businesses, schools, hospitals, sports, games, just name it. They are all migrating to the internet to create awareness about their existence. So knowing how to design/develop websites is a necessity right now. If you can teach people (even web designers) how to design or develop websites and the latest ways to do it, you will be smiling to the bank every minute.

6. Marriage tips: Marriages are crumbling by the day. Divorce is on the increase worldwide. Couples need help; people in relationships need to know how to avoid the pitfalls in marriages. So why don’t you help solve these problems and receive some monetary compensation for doing so? Earning may not necessarily be directly, it could be by advert placement on your busy site or by other means.

7. Business and money: Poverty is an insult and nobody wants to remain poor. Poor people are more or less orphans because they are hardly acknowledged in society. So a lot of people are desperate to get out of poverty. While don’t you create a blog that would provide them tips on how to make money. Why don’t you teach them how to start their business with little capital and become financially independent? I bet you, if your tips are truly turning poor people into millionaires, your site would become an ATM machine.

8. Social media: There is hardly anybody without an account in at least one of facebook, twitter, pinterest, Google+, badoo, myspace, etc. Man is a social being who is always hungry to interact with others. If you blog on social media, you are sure to attract several readers and also make some revenues for your efforts.

9. Software: Everyone who owns a computer or works online needs some form of software to succeed. People want to protect their PC from hackers and viruses, keep their online account from hackers, develop highly interactive websites, run their business on autoresponder, etc. Running a blogsite that is able to deliver latest software tips and other forms of information is a sure way to make it financially.

10. News: man is hungry for information. Having a blog that delivers latest/breaking news would also attract a lot of traffic and revenue. Find out while Foxnews, CNN, CBS, etc are all doing so well online.

11. Sports: One of the areas readers would always be visiting is sports blogs. Write exclusively on football, basketball, baseball, wrestling, boxing, swimming, cricket, rugby, athletes, etc and you are sure to get richer.

12. Funny hubs: Do you have what it takes to make an angry man smile? If you do then you can make a lot of money from that. Provide a blog that can be an epicenter for funny picture, funny videos, hilarious jokes, etc and you are made.

13. Accommodation: Do you know that several millions of people are faced with accommodation problems worldwide? Several cities and towns are over populated, and finding a place to lay one’s head is not as easy. But providing a blog where people can easily get information on where to get vacant rooms or get homes to buy would be a sure bet to make money.

No blogger should remain poor if he knows the right niche to ply his trade. Providing what the people want is the best way to make it in whatever area you choose. So long they are able to get what they want from your blog, you would keep making money by the day.

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