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Here is my map of visitors to my site as of today.

A map of visitors to my site from around the world.

A map of visitors to my site from around the world.

As this is an English-language blog naturally the largest officially English speaking country in the world, the United States has the most visitors to my blog with 23,731 at the time of writing.

The USA has the largest number of visitors to my site.

The USA has the largest number of visitors to my site.

However there is one part of the USA in particular which has more visitors than any other country except the United Kingdom. Have a guess. Well it’s the “golden state”, California.

On the west coast of the USA

On the west coast of the USA

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California, called "the golden state" in the USA

California, called “the golden state” in the USA

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If California was a separate country than only Britain and the rest of the USA would have more visitors to my site.

California by itself has 4,312 visitors more than any other country including Germany, Canada, Australia and many others.

California tops the list of US states in terms of visitors to my site

California tops the list of US states in terms of visitors to my site

In recognition of this I would like to say the following three words.

THANK YOU CALIFORNIA!

You have beaten your nearest competitors in terms of visitors to my site, New York on the east coast.

New York

New York

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Some time ago I did a blog post on Wyoming which was at that time the US state with the lowest number of visitors to my site, so I decided to say hello to them, hence the blog “Hello Wyoming”, which you can read here.

That seem to do the trick as Wyoming is no longer on the bottom of the list of American states but it is now in fact North Dakota.

Anyway coming back to California, the golden state. I would like once again to say thank you to all my readers from that state and to let you know that you have had more people from your lovely state read my blog than countries such as Australia, Germany, Brazil, India, France, Italy and many others.

So once again, thank you California!

– Jahan

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Many bloggers how they can increase the number of people visiting their site or “traffic”.

One key thing which you must do is to provide “value”. What do I mean  by “value”? Value essentially means that there is a difference in the reader before and after the 5 or so minutes they spend reading your page. After reading your page they know something useful which they can apply in their lives which they didn’t.

Provide value to your readers

Provide value to your readers

So for example beautiful images, great quotes, funny pictures are great. People may love them and you may even get tens of thousands of hits from them. However depending on what sort of niche you are in, especially if it’s business-related you will need to provide the “V-word”, yes you got it right, that word…value.

So for example do you think the following are of “value” to the reader i.e. useful knowledge which can practically help the reader?

– What you had for breakfast today?

– Your favourite colour?

– Your opinion on whether human beings will ever colonize Mars?

Well, obviously no. Even if your reader learns the answer to this, how can they actually apply this knowledge?

Things of value are often connected to “How to…?”. For example if you can show your reader how to do something which they want to then that is of value. So if you wrote about.

– How to do something technical.

– How to cook something.

– How to make some sort of money in some way be it investment, business ideas and so on.

– How to be healthier.

Then all of those things would immediately be classified as things of value. In this blog for instance some of the following blogs help readers learn how to do certain things.

How to use windows movie maker part 1.

How to use windows movie maker part 2.

How to use Google images.

How to use snipping tool.

How to insert links on wordpress.

So make sure you have things of value in your blog posts that will help readers learn how to do things which they don’t know how to.

I hope you have found this useful.

Feel free to ask questions.

Have a great day!

– Jahan

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To be a successful blogger you need to be organized.

Well to be successful in anything you need to be organized you might say, yes? You’re totally right. So why should blogging be any different.

Shouldn’t blogging be fun, why so serious?

Blogging can be and should be fun.

Blogging can be and should be fun.

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Blogging should be fun and personally I enjoy it immensely. However blogging is fun and should be fun but it can also help you to pay the bills, help you to pay for things you want to buy your children. How so? There are different ways to monetize your blog and this includes people paying you for advertising (which is not possible on wordpress.com but possible on wordpress.org) and things such as adsense.

However if you do not want to do that and to remain unpaid or the non-monetary satisfaction you derive from people all over the world reading what you have produced is sufficient reward in itself that is fine.

However if you want to get a lot of traffic it is better to be organized.

To do lists.

Have a to do list.

Read my blog, “when you plan you can”.

Think of topics you want to write about.

How do you think of such topics?

Here are some tips.

– Maybe a blog expanding on a question a reader had.

– Maybe on something interesting that has happened to you (if it is a personal blog, mine isn’t that personal).

– Maybe on an interesting image.

–  On a piece of news related to your blog e.g. I blog about news related to jewellery.

Then ideally set a date (I haven’t put dates in my to do list below, because I am not yet sure of my exact routine this week but I have already done 37 blogs this month but you should put a date.)

I also put a “status” column, where you can say whether the blog has been done or half done. You should also write what date you completed the blog so you can see the gap between your target end dates and your actual end dates and work towards improving that.

Read this blog which talks about the importance of targets.

So have a look at my to do list.

TO Do

These are the things I will write about.

NB: Since this is primarily going to be a jewellery site I might write about some events related to the world of jewellery in the meantime.

I have a column for the task/blog (task can mean to contact someone or something technical but blog-related), then a column for the target date (which I haven’t put in this time) and then a column for status.

I would encourage all of my fellow bloggers out there to have a blogging to do list to enable them to blog more and better.

I hope you have found this useful and have a great day!

– Jahan

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This is part 2 of how to use windows movie maker. To read part 1, click here.

In part 1 I spoke about:

a: How to open movie maker.

b: How to upload videos in to it.

c: How to put pictures.

If you have no idea how to use movie maker you should really read part 1 before you read this. Anyway here I will tell you how to add music to your video.

In most windows computers there should be a sample video pre-installed. Go to the folder which says “Sample videos”

Click on this folder.

Click on this folder.

My sample video is a wildlife video, yours might be the same or might not but double click on it regardless and it will go on to your video.

Double click on the video with a left click.

Double click on the video with a left click.

Your video will then look like this, on the right hand side (see the orange yellow) you will be shown your video.

You now have the sample video clip in your movie maker.

You now have the sample video clip in your movie maker.

If you like the music in this video, fine. However if you want to change it, first you can silence the existing music by going to the edit button and turning the sound off as shown in the picture below.

The orange arrow shows the "Edit Tab" which you click on first, and the blue arrow shows the sound control which you reduce to 0.

The orange arrow shows the “Edit Tab” which you click on first, and the blue arrow shows the sound control which you reduce to 0.

Now that there is no sounds on the video, to add music you click on the “Add Music” icon as shown below.

To get music click on the icon shown.

To get music click on the icon shown.

Once you do that you will get a menu with a range of options including chosing a music file from “AudoMicro”, “Free Music Archive” and also “Vimeo”, you can click on any of these and then look for a file which has the sound or music that you want. Or you can go and chose a music file already on your PC. Once you do that you have the video clip and music for your new video and hey presto, you have your video!

A pop up menu appears with different choices.

A pop up menu appears with different choices.

As Hollywood would say “THE END”.

Looking for audio files/music to put in to your videos.

However what if you cannot find the music file you are looking for?

Well there are different ways you can find them and download them on to your computer.

One of the easiest is this way is to go to Youtube and look for a file that you like.

For example you can type the words “Relaxing music”.

Type in the name of the song or type of music/sound you are looking for.

Type in the name of the song or type of music/sound you are looking for.

When you have chosen the video you like, copy and paste the URL i.e. the webpage addresss which would look like this for instance:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvsW-BmFAE8

Then go to http://www.youtube-mp3.org/

Type in the URL (address of the webpage i.e. youtube video) you like anad click on “Convert Video” and then after a short time you will have a new audio file (sound only, no pictures) of that youtube on your computer which you can then put in to your videos.

After pasting the URL, click on "Convert Video".

After pasting the URL, click on “Convert Video”.

I hope you have found this useful and if you have any questions feel free to ask.

Have a great day!

– Jahan

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This will be my 36th blog this month and will beat my current record of 34 blogs in one month!

Click here to read about the 34 posts I did in one month, last February. I actually ended up doing 35 posts that month, until now my highest ever.

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There was however a difference.

Last February each post had to be 300 words minimum.

This time I did not impose any such restriction and have had some pictures as well.

Breaking my record feels great and it should hopefully lead to more readers.

In life you only get what you put in. Success does not come through anything but hard work.

I want to get lots of readers for my blog, who will eventually buy my book which I will publish and also buy products from my jewellery site. However at the least the fact that people are reading and benefitting from what I write would give me immense pleasure too.

Have a great day!

– Jahan

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In recent blogs I have covered a few website, IT related skills such as:

How to use Google images. Click here to read.

How to use printscreen. Click here to read.

and how to use the snipping tool. Click here to read.

In this blog I will talk about how to insert links on wordpress.

 

1. What are links?

Sometimes on the internet when you are reading a page you will see that certain words have a different colour to the rest of the words. Also when you hover your mouse over these words, the cursor changes from being an arrow to being a hand.

Let’s use the example of Wikipedia.

Let’s imagine I want to learn about apple pie on Wikipedia.

Yes, that’s right, apple pie.

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So I go on to the Wikipedia site on apple pie.

Most of the text is in black, but some words are in blue. If you click on these words in blue you will go to another page. This is a link.

In the picture below I have underlined the first few examples of linked words in red.

First few linked words are underlined in red.

First few linked words are underlined in red.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_pie

 

2. How do I do this on wordpress.com?

It’s easy (though soon and most probably when you read this I will be on wordpress.org, though both are similar) and I’ll show you how.

First type in the word or phrase which will act as the link word or link phrase. Then highlight it.

Type in the phrase you wish to link to.

Type in the phrase you wish to link to.

As you can see I have typed the phrase “link to Goldsher Jewellery”.

Highlight the text.

Highlight the text.

Now I have highlighted it.

 

3. With it highlighted now go to the “link” icon on your screen.

 

Click on the "Insert/edit link" icon, as indiciated by the orange arrow.

Click on the “Insert/edit link” icon, as indiciated by the orange arrow.

4. You will then see a box appear in this box, type in the URL (the address of the webpage you want to link to, so in this case http://www.goldsher-jewellery.co.uk).

Orange arrow indicates the opening link in a new window option.

Orange arrow indicates the opening link in a new window option.

There is another small box (indicated by the orange yellow in the picture above) which gives you the option of opening the link in another window. This is your choice. I however always tick this box so that both the existing page my reader is looking at and the linked page are both open.

Then click on the blue “Add Link” box on the bottom right of the box.

5. The page would then look like this:

The link does not work here until you press publish.

The link does not work here until you press publish.

 

You would then press the publish button as shown below.

Press the "publish" button.

Press the “publish” button.

Then you would go on to your blog to see the actual page and it should be working.

Voila, you have a link!

Please try this out and if you have any questions feel free to ask.

Have a great day!

– Jahan

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I have posted 27 blogs so far this month, and this will be my 28th.

This is my second busiest, or as I would prefer to call it “most productive”, month after February 2013 when I wrote 35 posts all of them a minimum of 300 words.

See: 34 blogs in one month

However for all those aspiring bloggers out there who aspire to be successful (not that I am amazingly successful….yet) my advice to them is that there is no secret or short cut besides hard work. That hard work entails regularity in blogging.

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Regularity becomes normal…irregularity becomes abnormal.

Whenever you do something at first, it is a bit difficult or strange, maybe some discomfort is involved, some exertion. However the more you do it the less difficult it becomes until it becomes very easy and then….until it may even become strange if you don’t do it. This is what I have found.

In the past there would be months where I did not blog at all, so for example from August 28 to December 17th last year I did not blog at all. This did not seem particularly strange as I was doing other things.

NOW HOWEVER…

if I don’t blog for even a day, I feel strange as if  I have neglected something.

This is evidence of the power of habit, the power of regularity, the power of doing something so frequently that it becomes normal and perhaps even strange or painful if you don’t do it.

Regular, daily blogging with good content is what will get your blog to be read by tens of thousands, or hundreds of thousands (not yet at that stage, just over 118,000 hits so far) or even millions.

What’s the big deal?

“Hey, what’s all the fuss and big deal about blogging?” you may ask. “Surely it’s just a bit of fun”. Yes you are totally right. However though it can be a personal outlet for people to share their feelings and experiences, it can also be something which helps the average Joe, the small guy compete in an ever more increasingly competitive world. We live in a world where we may no longer be able to be so complacent about getting money all the time from regular jobs, and will need our own space in the cyber-world to promote ourselves and what we do. There are many bloggers out there who get more visitors than websites of small or even medium-sized companies, showing the power of the web in allowing you to access and spread your message to readers all over the world.

Later in the future when my site hopefully has millions of visitors (now it has 118,000 hits) I will point back to this article to stress the importance of hard work and regularity in getting millions of people to read your blog.

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Have a great day everybody and to all you bloggers out there, keep on having fun and keep on blogging!

– Jahan

 

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