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Question of The Week – Q5

What is your quirkiest habit and how long have you had it?

My answer to last week’s question –

  • Never stop believing (in God, in love, in family and friends).
  • Never take anyone for granted.
  • Never drink alcohol (not even a sip to taste).

PS – If you are new to my blog, every week I post a question for you guys to answer and I give my answer to the previous week’s question. You are more than invited to join in the fun. Cheers!

The Best Ad Networks For Beginners

Hey there!

My last post was on the best hosting site for you. After a lot of positive feedback on it, I thought of writing about the best ad networks out there for beginners.

Why? I thought it’s best to talk about blogging in two consecutive posts so that anyone who’s interested can just go for it, and anyone who’s not knows that this blog isn’t going to only be about this.

Anyway, google adsense is the most popular ad network out there, but they have quite some cons.

  • You have to have an established website for them to accept your application – This doesn’t work out for beginners like me.
  • They take forever to review your application, and still end up rejecting your application – I submitted three times over a span of a week, they took more than two days to get back to me, each time with a no. It really is frustrating. (I know a person who hasn’t got her revival done by adsense in two months.)

So what are the best ad networks for beginners? I’ll give you a list of four ad networks I’m currently experimenting on. I’m experimenting which one works best for me, and once I’ve had a larger, more established website, I’ll be settling for one or two.

This list is in order of how long I’ve been using it. Not in order of how good it is. Maybe in two months or so, I’ll post on the ad network which worked best for me. Until then, please bear with all the pop ups on my blog. Still a trail and error set up, not only to help me but aiming to help you as well.

All these ad networks run on CPM (with a bonus for clicks), not CPC. CPM – Cost per impressions. CPC – Cost per clicks. While CPC is better in the long run, it’s more suitable for bigger websites. You can get 1000 views but no clicks, and so you won’t be paid for CPC. There’s more chances for clicks if you have a huge traffic pouring into your website.

  1. BidVertiser This is one of the oldest ad networks out there.
  • This had the fastest approval system. Just sign up and you are done. All other ad networks took at least a few hours to review my website.
  • You can chose any kind of ads you want to publish. Bidvertiser runs most of my banners.
  • They have a minimum $10 payout via PayPal.
  • You can submit requests for support even if you aren’t member.

2. PropellerAds – This is what I opened right after BidVertiser. It has a better pay that BidVertiser so far.

  • They have an adblock bypass solution (which I haven’t tried out yet).
  • They use pop-under ads mainly because they generate the biggest profit among all ad units. This can drive people away from your site though, because people are frustated with any pop ads.
  • They have a minimum payout of $100.
  • They have a personal manager (my favorite feature in this ad network). You can live chat to get help and solve your problems through the personal manager.

3. Ad-Maven – I got this approved recently. Still working on getting to know about the site.

  • They have solutions to bypass all adblock extensions.
  • They have a large variety of ads to offer, such as popup, new tab, banners, light box, interstitial, slider and more.
  • They have a minimum payout of $50.
  • They have a chat manager too. I haven’t used this feature yet to know how efficient it is though.

4. PopAds – I got this approved recently too. Still working on getting to know about the site.

  • Specialized in pop-unders.
  • Dynamic market – It is we who choose the rate. We can choose the minimal bid (price of a single pop-under) we accept, we can also limit the number of pop-unders shown to a single visitor during a day. Furthermore we can refuse to accept pop-unders with sound or with other annoying elements.
  • Fast payments – They handle withdrawal requests daily.
  • They have a minimum payout of $5.
  • Support via email and our favorite instant messenger.

My advice? Ads hardly pay. Specially when you are beginner. One ad network won’t be useful until your website gets established.

Most ad networks don’t accept your website if it already has registered under another ad network. The four networks I chose don’t have a problem of the sort.

It’s best to start running ads as soon as you get your domain, so that you can experiment around and see what works best for you. I highly recommend using the above four ad networks (all together) to start advertising if you are a beginner.

There’s three ads at the bottom of this article, click on them to get started. You might need to log into Ad-Maven yourself because I couldn’t find an ad for it.

Hope this helps!

With Love.

 

The Best Host For Your Website

Hello there!

When I migrated to a custom, self hosted wordpress.org domain, there were so many recommendations for hosting sites online. I almost went to go with bluehost (which is what wordpress recommends), but was able to find some real critiques about it and decided to go for hostgator. Here’s why I think hostgator is the best to host your website.

  1. Free domain – You get a free custom domain through hostgator. Other hosting services, like Siteground and A2 hosting, charge $14.95 (almost $15) for your domain.
  2. 45 day money back guarantee – Yup, that’s right. Usually, almost every hosting site has a 30 day money back guarantee, providing they have a money back guarantee. Hostgator however has a 45 day money back guarantee, to get your money back from the CEO itself, if you are not satisfied with their service.
  3. 99.9% uptime guarantee – Uptime is the availability of your website. “The availability of your website is our top priority. We stand by that fact with our uptime guarantee!”
  4. 24/7/365 support – 24 hour support, all day, everyday. Their support staff is available 24/7/365 to assist you via Telephone, LiveChat, or Email with any hosting-related issues.
  5. They are with you every step of the way – I have contacted their staff on live chat, a lot of times, because it was my first time migrating and I didn’t know what I was doing. They helped me out through everything. It was so easy getting help and the staff were very helpful and friendly.
  6. Get started quickly and easy – If you are setting up a new website, their own HostGator Website Builder provides an incredibly convenient drag-and-drop building experience. You can choose from a wide selection of themes, and even pre-built sections, to craft your own amazing website and publish it in no time!
  7. Dedicated migrations team – Do you already have a website? They have a dedicated migration team standing by to transfer your existing content from your prior host and configure it to perform optimally on their platform. They also transfer domain registrations from other registrars to provide you complete management of your entire online portfolio all in one place!
  8. Use promo codes for discounts –  Promo codes are used to provide the customer with a discount. Try using this promo code –
  • NUSPROMO25 – Get 25% Off All New Hosting Packages With HostGator! – 25% discount on New Hosting Plans.
  • NUSPROMO60 – Up to 60% off + $4.99 on select domains at HostGator.com!
  • NUSPROMO1 – Only One Penny For Your First Month Of Hosting With HostGator! – $9.94 discount on One Month Hatchling Plan.

What do others think about hostgator? Click here to find out.

Here’s a review on the, Best Web Hosting Sites 2017.

I rest my case. I was suggested to talk about hosting sites through Suggest A Topic, by a person who was considering migrating their free site to self host, which is a really good option. Why? The reason is pretty simple – if you want to build a blog that is taken seriously by search engines and readers alike you’ll want to avoid free hosts.

Made your mind up about Hostgator? Great choice! Click here to get started.

I was totally bias on hostgator in this article, because it’s what I use and I love it! If I have the time, I’ll post again on some other hosting sites as well.

With Love.

 

Question Of The Week – Q4

What are the three ‘nevers’ of your life?

My answer to last week’s question –

When I finally said yes to my best friend after quite a number of attempts of him asking me out, on the 10th of November, 2014. I have been the happiest I have ever been since. 🙈

With Love.

PS – If you are new to my blog, every week I post a question for you guys to answer and I give my answer to the previous week’s question. You are more than invited to join in the fun. Cheers!

 

Running Out Of Ideas On What To Blog About?

Everyone of us goes through this phase, sooner or later. Personally I think it just keeps happening all the time until you get a sudden spark of an idea.

Here’s a list of things you can  blog about –

  1. Personal essays (My personal favorite) –
  • Childhood memories.
  • Critical life events or choices.
  • Risks you’ve taken.
  • Regrets and disappointments.
  • What/who inspires you.
  • Life goals and how you plan to achieve it.

2. ‘Best of’ posts –

  • Best blogs you’ve read (with links).
  • Best of your blog posts.
  • Best free apps online.
  • Best tutorials on a subject of interest.
  • Best tools and resources you depend on.
  • Best people in your life.

3. General interest posts –

  • A short story, deleted chapter, character sketch, etc. (Of your own work.)
  • Projects you’re launching or involved in.
  • A song playlist that corresponds to different phases of your life.
  • Link to inspiring videos. Eg – TED talks.
  • Keywords visitors use to find your site.
  • If you tried something new a while back and wrote about it, update readers with results.

4. Reviews –

  • Books.
  • Movies.
  • Products.
  • Apps.
  • Software.
  • Businesses.

5. ‘List of’ posts –

  • A list of activities to do when you are bored.
  • A list of your favorite books/movies of all time and why they made the list.
  • A list of things that make you happy.
  • A list of steps you need to cover before you do something. Eg – Move, Publish a book, Start a blog, Select your career, etc.
  • A list of things you’ll never do again.
  • A list of benefits of doing something. Eg – Dancing, Exercising, etc.

6. ‘How to’ posts –

  • A step-by-step guide to anything.

7. Interviews –

  • Interview anyone you like, who you think your readers will enjoy reading about.

Hope that helps! This post was one of the ‘list of’ posts. List of blog topics to turn to when you are running out of ideas.

Cheers and Happy Blogging!

With Love.

 

Is Your Phone A Distraction?

Is there a deadline you have to meet? An exam you have to study for? Is your phone being a distraction?

To make it more useful, do you have a bad habit of drunk texting? 😬

Well, if you do, here’s the solution.

  • Download the app, Keep Me Out, it’s completely free.

(I’m not sure if it’s there in the Apple App store, but if you are an android user, it’s definitely there in the Play store.)

I’ve been using it for around 2 months now. I downloaded it to concentrate more on my studies.

Keep Me Out allows you to lock yourself out of your mobile device for a time period that you want.

You can enjoy some quality, device-free and distraction-free time!

You will still have access to the lock screen and its widgets, so you can still make emergency calls and answer calls.

What’s even better? 

  • Keep Me Out allows you to lock your self out, but once you reboot your device it’ll get unlocked (default setting). If that’s not device-free enough for you, you can also opt for the setting which doesn’t let you back in even if you reboot your device until the period of time ends. So you’ve got two options to chose from.
  • You can set up scheduled periodic locks. This way you don’t have to worry about setting it up, if you have a fixed schedule for everyday.

It really is a good app.

Also, incase you were wondering, I don’t know the developer of this app, neither am I getting any commission for this post. LOL! 😂 (Even if I post something for a commission, it’ll be something which I personally think would really help you guys. You are my readers after all, I’ll never take advantage of you.)

This app helps me immensely, and I hope it helps you too. I’m going to lock myself out for 3 hours now. See you again in 3 hours! 🙃

With Love.

Question Of The Week – Q3

What do you think is the single best decision you’ve made in your life so far?

My answer to last week’s question –

I don’t have any regrets. I believe everything I have gone through in my life has shaped me up and helped me become the person I am, and I’m proud of that.

Oh and yeah, I regret every single tear my mum has ever shed a single tear because of me (she doesn’t cry because of me all the time you guys, just once in a blue moon). Yup, that is be my biggest regret.

With Love.

PS – If you are new to my blog, every Thursday I post a question for you guys to answer and I give my answer to the previous week’s question. You are more than invited to join in the fun. Cheers!

 

 

Quick Request

Hey guys!

Do you use the WordPress reader to read other blogs? Are you unable to comment or search them through the WordPress reader? Please comment and let me know so I can get it sorted on my blog.

P.S – You probably can’t comment through this if you are using the WordPress reader. In that case could you kindly visit my blog in the browser and comment there?

Here’s how you do it if you didn’t know.

  • Go to the blog on your reader. 

  • Open what ever post you want. Click on the globe icon at the top right hand side corner of the screen. 

  • It’ll take you to a page of the same post. Scroll down. You’ll see a page like this (if Google Chrome is your web browser). Comment on the box. Suggestion – Press on the three dots on the top right hand side corner of the screen.

  • You’ll get a drop down menu like this. Check the box ‘Request desktop site’ to view how it looks on a desktop (which is the best view of a website). 

  • You’ll get a page like this. 

  • Scroll down. Comment. 

This is how you view any site you want on a browser.

I personally think it’s better to read blogs on the browser, because on the reader all blogs look the same. That’s kinda boring.

Happy Reading! 

Cheers! 

 

 

Relationships And Men – Expectations

Well, interesting topic isn’t it? I mean, the Internet is flooded with what a woman wants, and it’s kinda sexist when you think about it.

“Wait. What’s that you are saying darling? Sexism?”

“No, I never said anything like that. I swear!”

*See what I mean?*

 

Anyway, before we start this off, let’s look at some random *facts* about men, shall we?

  • Men can slip into a coma while sitting in a retail store chair waiting for you to come out of the fitting room.
  • A woman speaks about 7,000 words a day; a man speaks about 2,000.
  • Men like gadgets with lots of fancy shiny black buttons.  It makes them feel dang important.
  • Getting a man organized is like herding a cat or pushing a rope uphill.
  • Most men have a disease.  It’s called open-cupboard-itis.  It can also be commonly referred to as open-drawer-itis.  Even when dealt with swiftly, this contagious disease re-occurs over and over again.
  • Crying in front of your man, is technically blackmail.  Use sparingly and only in an emergency. Be prepared to look like a hot mess for it to truly be effective.
  • If something can be interpreted in two ways, and one of the ways makes a woman sad or angry, a man would have probably meant the other one.
  • Don’t ask them what they’re thinking.  Men can think about nothing for hours.

These random facts actually speak for themselves, no? But for those needing actual information, (other than the above, I emphasize on the above very much because they are just awesome) look no further than further below. (As in, you know, continue reading.. Please.)

  1. Character –

Starting off with a true but relatable quote – “Beauty is nothing but skin deep – is a skin deep saying.” Read it again.

Being truly beautiful has nothing to do with what you look like, but everything to do with who you are. There’s countless beautiful women out there whose personalities are about as appealing as a public restroom’s toilet seat. Yes, you read that right. I’m sorry but it’s absolutely true.  We actually want someone who puts as much time into looking good to being genuine and real.

We see you laugh uncontrollably with your friends, so laugh with us. We love women who have senses of humor and don’t take life so seriously. So hungry you wanna order one large pizza for yourself? Or two? Then do. Get that ketchup all over your face, make a mess. We don’t care, we’ll only love you more for being you, with us.

You know that Drake song when he says, “Sweatpants, hair tied, chillin’ with no makeup on, that’s when you’re the prettiest…”?

Well, he’s right.

We love when you get dressed up and feel beautiful, but know that you don’t need to flip a switch from your real self in order to gain our acceptance.

If there ever comes a point when you feel a need to do that, well, you’re just with the wrong man.

  1. Affection –

Men are very physical human beings.

It goes without saying that a woman who is very free with her offerings of affection will entice us. It’s very warm and welcoming to a man.

Just like you, we want a woman to reach out and grab our hand; we want for you to come over and kiss us randomly; we want for you to hug us and ask us how our day was. It evokes this feeling of being wanted.

It just strengthens that connection we have with you and opens up lines of communication, but more importantly, makes us feel comfortable — invited in, so to speak.

  1. Confidence –

Life is difficult.

Every day is a struggle to get through and having a confident woman by your side is key to pursuing your dreams.

A woman who loves herself, regardless of her own flaws, will love a man for all of his. Beyond loving you, she will knock down the doors of resistance and reach for the stars with you.

There’s something sexy about a confident woman, and it has nothing to do with looks.

If we found ourselves attracted to you, know that we aren’t analyzing every inch of your body to find perfection. That doesn’t exist, and we aren’t looking for it. And if we do truly love you, well, all of your imperfections become perfect. Perfect imperfections. Yes, I quoted John Legend there. (GOOO JOHN, YOU DA MAN!)

4. Intelligence –

Stimulating conversations make a man go crazy.

Intelligent women are ones who know so much about the world around them, but even more so, have a keen interest in making it a better place.

They think critically and engage our senses. Furthermore, they have this drive to be successful, which in itself, can be the biggest turn on there is.

The decisions we face in life can often present us with uncertainty and having someone insightful by our side can help us make the right ones.

This doesn’t require a degree from Harvard, or any degree for that matter, just intellect, reasoning and understanding.

  1. Trust, yo! –

I mean, c’mon now. Women are jealous 99% of the time, 99% of the time. That needs to stop. Yes, we say we go out for a guy’s night out, and we GO for a guy’s night out, not some strip club!

Stop questioning us like Dr. Watson questions Holmes on how he solved the case. (Bad reference, I know.) You need to get that part of being jealous out of the equation.

I mean yes, you are entitled to being jealous, it’s cute and sexy at times when you are, we love it, but sometimes it’s just wayyyyyy too much. Trust us. If we love you, we would never hurt you, and we would never cheat on you. Don’t ya worry!

  1. Never ask the question – “How do I look?” –

I’ve been there, and I never will dare to answer it. Ever. Ohmygerd, never.

  1. Say it straight –

Guys don’t get it when a girl says something but means something else. If you want your man to understand what you say, say it straight.

  1. Respect – 

Of all the things men want in a relationship, respect is the biggest craving of all. Give a guy respect, and he’ll love you more. Take control of the relationship instead and he’ll shrivel into a shell.

There’s so many more things, but Word tells me I’m reaching 900 words as of now, so I’m gonna stop now. Hopefully. Trying to. Stop. Now.

G’luck, ladies.

 

PS – I didn’t write this. This was written by a guy (obvious from the tone of the article), who is very special to me. Ahem!