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Thursday, 19 October 2017

How to Create a Blog for Free on Blogger or Blogspot?


Getting Started with Blogger

Have you made your mind to start your blogging career? If yes, there's no better option than the Blogger to get started for free.

Yep! I'm talking about the Google's Free Blogging Platform AKA Blogspot.

Blogger is the world's most popular blogging platform after WordPress.org. Yet, the free wordpress.com has some limitations that I don't like.
And that is the reason I recommend Blogger instead of WordPress. (Note: Only If you can't pay for hosting).

No doubt that WordPress is far better than Blogger in many things. Such as SEO Friendly Elegant Designs, Features, and the Back-end Interface.
But still, you need to pay for WordPress if you don't want to get stuck because of their limitations.

Now you want to compare them right?
If so, I recommend you to read one of my favorite blog writer - Harsh Agarwal's article here.

Or let's continue...

In this article, I will only show you the steps to create your first blog. And some useful tips to grow your career as a blogger. But, I have a lot of useful tips and tutorials coming for you in the future.

If you don't want to miss any of them, don't forget to subscribe to my newsletter here.

Now let's move on to the topic.

To create a blog on blogger, you need a Google Account to Sign in to the Blogger. If you don't have one, you can create it here or you can also create it through blogger.

If you need any help in creating your Google Account, read this article from WikiHow.

Step 1: After setting up your Google Account, go to https://www.blogger.com. The new interface of this website looks like this:

Blogger New Interface

Now Click on any of the links, as shown above in the picture (i.e., "Sign In" or "Create Your Blog").

Step 2: Now you have to Login using your Google Account, i.e., your Gmail ID and Password. If you are already signed in to your Google Account, You'll see the screen as shown below:

Sign in with your Google Account

Now, Click on the "NEXT" button to complete your sign in process and proceed to the next step.

Step 3: Now you have to Confirm your Profile Page on this screen.
By default, it will select your Google+ Profile if you already have it. Otherwise, it may prompt you to create one. Here's how this screen looks like:

Confirm your Blogger Profile

The profile selection here will be your author details for your blog posts. So, make sure it looks as good as possible.

If you don't want to create a Google+ Profile, You also have a choice to switch to the limited Blogger Profile. To do that, you can click on the "Switch to a limited Blogger profile" link as shown below:

Link to Switch to a Limited Blogger Profile
But wait, I don't recommend you to do that. There are several reasons behind it. The Blogger profile is old and limited as mentioned on the link. Whereas, Google+ Profile gives you a lot of extra benefits.

Your readers can follow you using that Google+ Profile. You can keep them updated like Facebook and Twitter. But these benefits are not available with the limited Blogger Profile.

You got it right?

So let the Google+ Profile be your Blogger Profile and click on the "Continue to Blogger" as shown below:

Continue to Blogger

Step 4: Now your Blogger Profile is ready and you can step forward to create your first blog. Here's how the screen will look like now:

Click on "Create New Blog"

Step 5: Now you'll land up on the main Blogger Dashboard. But wait! Your blog is not ready yet.
You still have some more steps left. Let's continue...

In this step you have to click on the "New Blog" or "Create New Blog" option as shown below:

Click on "Create New Blog"

Step 6: Now you have to Choose a Title or Name of your Blog and the Blog Address as well. Make the name as memorable as possible and good.

"If you want to grow big, think it like a brand."
- Bishnu Mahali

I may write about choosing a good brand or blog name later. But for now, you can read How to Choose your Blog Name from WikiHow. OR read from one of my favorite blogger, Harsh Agarwal's - "How to Decide Name of Your Blog?"

After deciding the name of your blog, head over to the screen and type in your Blog Name on the Title box (See no. 1 in the screenshot below).

Next, type the blog address that you want in the address field (See no. 2). This must be unique - otherwise, you'll get an error (See no. 3).

Blog Address Not Aavialable

If the error occurs, the Create Blog button will remain disabled. So, try out different names every time and you'll get it done.

If the blog address will be available. You'll see a blue tick mark on the right side of the address field as shown in the screenshot below.

Blog Creation Page

If this is the case, you're good to go. Next, select a theme for your blog from the choices given in the box no. 2 as shown in the screenshot.

And, click on "Create Blog!"

Ta-da! Congratulations, Your Blog is ready!

Here's how the screen will look like now:

Blogger Dashboard

You can click on the "New post" or "Create a new post" to start writing your first blog post.

In the future articles, we'll learn many things about the blogger. Such as customizing themes, getting or parking a premium domain etc. etc.

So, if you don't wanna miss them, don't forget to subscribe to the My Blogging Newsletter.
For now, you can read my "How to get extra traffic using your old blog posts?" article here.

And hey! If you don't like reading but understand Hindi. Then you can follow my YouTube Channel for the video tutorials on Blogging and much more.

Here's the first video of the blogging series:


If you still have any questions, suggestions or feedback - let me know in the comment section below. I'll be happy to get in touch with you.

Till then, Take care of yourself and Happy Blogging!


Friday, 6 October 2017

The Best Low Budget Clip/Lapel/Lavalier Microphones for Indian YouTubers




The Best Microphone for Indian YouTubers

If you are reading this post, you might be a YouTuber but even if you're not, this post is going to be very helpful to you.

In this article, I will suggest you the cheap and best microphones for your superior YouTube videos. I still use them for my own YouTube videos too.

We'll also look at some of the most popular microphones used by most of the YouTubers around the world.

So let's begin...

What it is and Why should you use it?


If you are one of those passionate YouTubers, the chances are you already know about it.

In that case, you may only want to explore the products which I recommend. If it is so, you can skip to the bottom of this post.

Otherwise, let me tell you what a lapel mic is.

If you know about the term "Lapel" then you might have already visualized what a lapel mic is. And if not, you're going to visualize it in a few seconds.

Let me show you what we call a "Lapel":


Example of a Lapel


Now you've already visualized it -- Am I right? I know I am.

Yes, it's the same mic that we see every now and then in TV Shows, Seminars, Meetings or your Favorite YouTube Videos.

Here are some pictures for you if you still have no idea what we're talking about:

Example of A Lapel Mic
Image Source: Amazon.in
Example of a Lapel Mic attached with Lapel
Image Source: AnderTons.co.uk

Now let's move on to the topic...

The Mics I Recommend & Use Myself


In this section, I'll show you the mics that I use for myself and also recommend you to use. In the next section, we'll see some of the most popular mics used by most of the Popular YouTubers.

Now here's my first recommendation for you:

1. Generic Microphone from Amazon


Generic Lapel Mic from Amazon
Image Source: Amazon IN

Buy From Amazon

When it comes to a better noise reduction and compatibility, I have an another option for you. But still, this is my first recommendation because of its build quality.

Now I'm not telling you that this microphone is not good -- when it comes to noise reduction and compatibility.

It's only because the other one is a little bit better than this one. But the other one lacks the build quality and durability.

Also, the price of the other one is a little bit higher than this Generic one. At the time I bought this microphone, It was priced approx ₹320/- but now the price is dropped to ₹299/-

This Generic Mic is very good in every manner except the compatibility factor. I've tested it and it worked very fine with my phone but it didn't work on my laptop.

In the review video of this microphone, I received a lot of comments telling me that it didn't work with their devices. The comments include many smartphones and PCs. But yet the build quality of this microphone is too good to be neglected.

The Microphone is covered with a hard metal body and the sponge to filter the noises of the wind. The Clip is also made of metal and is very strong to stay attached to your outfit. It has a 3.5mm jack for connecting it to your recording device.

It records the sounds in very good quality and also reduces external noises. The voice recording of this microphone sounds very original compared to the other one.

So to conclude, This mic is very good but there is a chance that it might not work with your recording devices. But the good thing is, you can always return or replace the item if it doesn't work for you.

If you want to watch the complete Unboxing & Review of this microphone and also the comparison with the other one. Here's a video for you in Hindi:



If you are planning to buy this microphone, here is the link to Buy it from Amazon: http://amzn.to/2xWB6dL

Or you can buy this one from Flipkart if you don't like to shop with Amazon: Buy it from Flipkart.

Key Points: 
  • Metal Body (Good Build Quality)
  • Noice Reduction
  • Metal Clip (Good Build Quality)
  • Good Wire Quality
  • 3.5mm Jack Connection
  • Not Compatible with All Devices
Now let's move on to the next microphone that I use and recommend it for you...



2. Sorella'z Portable Mini Lapel Microphone


Sorella'z Mini Portable Microphone
Image Source: Amazon IN

Buy it from Amazon

This microphone is my 2nd recommendation. But when it comes to Noice Reduction and Compatibility, it is the best microphone that I've used till now. It is compatible with the most of the devices and I haven't heard any complaint about this microphone.

The only thing that brings it to the second position is its build quality which is not so good. The wire quality is not good and also the microphone is completely made with plastic.

The clip is also made of plastic which is very weak to hold it to your outfit and gets detached in some cases. "If you can compromise with the build quality, I recommend you to buy this one instead of the Generic Mic above."

Likewise the Generic Mic, I tested it too. And guess what? It worked with all the devices that I have.

It also comes with a 3.5mm jack connectivity along with a 1.5-meter long wire. The wire length was not provided for the generic mic but they are of the same length.

If you would like to watch the complete Unboxing & Review video of this microphone (also the comparison with the generic mic). Watch the video included in this article above.

Want to buy it? Buy it from Amazon: http://amzn.to/2uM3lrr

Key Points:
  • Better Noise Reduction
  • Compatible with Most Devices
  • 3.5mm Jack Connectivity
  • Plastic Body (Light Weight)
  • Low Build Quality

This one is not available on Flipkart. But if would like to buy a similar mic then you can consider this one: http://fkrt.it/pwGQsTuuuN

If you are looking for a microphone suitable for your DSLR then consider buying this one. Make sure to check the reviews because I haven't used it. Here's the link: http://fkrt.it/pQndcTuuuN

Now let's move on to the next section. Here we'll see the most popular microphones used by the most popular Indian YouTubers.






The Popular Microphones among YouTubers


Now in this section, I'll show you some of the most popular microphones used by Indian YouTubers. As I haven't used them, I can't give you a detailed review of them. I'll show you the products only and it is up to you to decide if you want to buy them or not.

The two Flipkart links right above this section are the mics used by My Smart Support YouTube channel i.e., Mr. Dharmendra Kumar.

You might have watched his review video about the microphones. I took the link from the same video.

Here's the Ahuja Mic that he was talking in his video:

Ahuja Clip Microphone
Image Source: Flipkart

If you would like to buy this one, here is the link again for Flipkart: http://fkrt.it/pQndcTuuuN

The other microphone that is so popular among YouTubers worldwide is Blue Yeti. You might have already heard about it. Here are some pictures and clickable links to buy them if you wish:

Blue Yeti White
Image Source: Amazon IN
This microphone is the lowest priced Blue Yeti Microphone. It will cost you approx ₹7,999/- on Amazon. Again this one is not available on Flipkart.

I have seen this microphone used by Carry Minati i.e., Ajey Nagar and Technical Guruji i.e., Gourav Choudhry. Yet, I'm not sure if it's the same microphone or not.

Here is the other Blue Yeti Microphone that might be the correct one:

Black Blue Yeti
Image Source: Amazon IN

As said above, I'm not sure which is the correct one used by Carry Minati & Technical Guruji. But I'm sure that they've used Blue Yeti in their videos. This black edition comes with a cost of approx ₹20,554/- on Amazon.

If you want to buy any of the Blue Yeti microphones, You have only one choice which is Amazon. Flipkart doesn't have this product on their website.


So that was it. I've shown you the lowest budget clip microphones that I use and also introduced you to the most popular microphones among the famous Indian YouTubers.

Now it's your time to decide which one to buy for yourself. If you have any other questions or suggestions, let me know in the comment box below. I'll be glad to answers your questions.

If you feel this article will be helpful for someone like you and me, please feel free to share it with them. For now, Have an awesome day and Happy YouTubing!









Friday, 15 September 2017

MIUI 9 for All Xiaomi Redmi Devices - Complete Overview [Hindi Video]


MIUI 9 Beta Overview
Source: YouTube
It is not so long since Xiaomi started Rolling out their MIUI 9 beta updates to most of their devices. But many of its devices are yet to receive these updates.

Recently, on 8th Sept. 2017, they released the MIUI 9 beta updates for its 3rd batch of devices which includes all Redmi Devices except MI 1/1S and MI 2A.

The Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime also got the OTA update for the MIUI 9 beta on the same day. So I updated my phone with this latest ROM and tested it for 7 days to make a complete review video about it.

And today with this blog post I've embedded the video above for the same. The video will show you all the changes received in MIUI 9 for the 3rd Batch of Devices.

The features of ROMs may vary by devices as every single device gets different ROMs. However, even if you are not a Redmi 2 user -- You can still watch the video to get an overview of MIUI 9.

And also to get an idea of what you can expect from MIUI 9 for your own devices.

The video is available is on our official YouTube Channel which is currently managed by me. We already have 1K subscribers and it's only 1-month-old active YouTube Channel.

If you also use YouTube, do subscribe to our channel for more such videos and obviously for all the tech-related videos.

So here comes the video, do let me know if you liked it...





I hope the video was helpful for you. Let me know your feedback and suggestions in the comment box below.

Like, Comment and Share the video if you want and...

Have an awesome day! Will see you soon! 😊😊




Sunday, 10 September 2017

How to Create a Successful YouTube Channel? An Advanced Guide for Beginners


How to Create a YouTube Channel?


YouTube is the most popular video sharing website in the world. Every minute more than 100 hours of videos are being uploaded on YouTube.

YouTube has over a billion users, which is almost one-third of all the people using the internet. And along with that, it's the 2nd biggest search engine on the internet after Google.

Yes, it's bigger than Bing, Yahoo and Ask together. But Why I'm telling this??

Well, There is no doubt that YouTube gives you a great opportunity. To share your passion or even make it a career option.

But because of that reason a lot of people are coming to YouTube every day. A lot of users are creating their own channel on YouTube and sharing their passion while many of them are earning very well income by monetizing their YouTube videos.

And the competition is way to high.


Top 5 YouTube Facts


There's no doubt that you also want to be one of them. You may want to share your passion with the world, or you may want to gain fame, or you may want to make a lot of money from it.

Whatever it is. The first step is, "To create a channel."

It may sound funny but if you are serious about making a good quality youtube channel or I may say, "A Perfect Channel".

Then there is a lot of things to do and to think of. It's not as easy as people think about it nowadays.

That's why, in this article, I will guide you through the steps to a successful YouTube channel.

If you want to see the steps only on how to create a YouTube channel, watch the video below and you're done.

But, if you would like to create a perfect YouTube channel with no mistakes. Then continue reading the whole article.

Alright, Here comes the video (In Hindi):



(The video above is in Hindi. But If you don't understand the language, Just follow the on-screen instructions.)

If you are still interested in reading this post, let's jump to the first step of creating a perfect and successful youtube channel...

The First Step: Choosing The Channel Type

Think Creative, Think Productive!
For a successful YouTube channel, this should be your first step. Yes, it is so important that you must consider it first of all the steps ahead.

You might get stressed out like the girl above. If you haven't already decided on your channel type. Or, What would you upload to your YouTube Channel?

But it worth it. Talk to yourself and figure out what you would like to do on YouTube.

You may want to upload Howto Videos like we do on Our YouTube Channel. Or you might want to upload your cover songs, cooking recipes, life hacks or whatever it is.

Find out.

Try to go with your passion or hobby otherwise, you will give up at the end. It must be something that you'll love to do again and again.

Success on YouTube is a long journey. If you choose something that you don't love. You might break at some point. Or I should say, You will... break at some point!

Said enough, now you know it. Spend some time, find out what to do and proceed to the next step.


The Second Step: Decide The Name of Your Channel

Girl Thinking about Something

Have you thought about your channel name? If yes, Well Done! If not, Your expression might have changed like the girl above.

It seems an easy step. But trust me, if you are not creative enough it can take a lot of effort.

And again it worth it.

For a perfect YouTube channel, a perfect name is a must.

If it takes a lot of time, don't worry about it, but don't choose a name that isn't good enough.

Now you might be thinking, Hey Bishnu, that's good but How would I know if a name is good enough?

Well, there's not a specific answer for that but here are some things that you must consider while choosing the name:

  • Keep it short and simple
  • The name should be memorable
  • Avoid confusing spells
  • Do not mix numbers with the name unless it is so important
  • Make it Unique (I know it's very tough nowadays but you have to try)
  • Check Username Availability on Social Networks (Optional but Important)

Am I still missing something? If yes, don't forget to tell me in the comments section below so that other future visitors may get benefited from it.

Now let's move on to the next step...





The Third Step: Create your YouTube Channel

Go to YouTube, Make A Channel


Well, this is the final step before your channel goes live on the internet. Apart from making the videos of course!

Now you need a logo and channel art for your channel. Should I tell you that it should be attractive and unique? I don't think so. Everyone knows about it.

So go ahead and make a great logo and channel art for your channel. If you are not good enough in design, you should consider someone who can make a great design for you.

If someone can create that for free for you, that's great. If not, consider hiring a professional at your local place or online, on freelancing websites.

If you'll be hunting online designers, I recommend you to go with Fiverr or Upwork.

I am also available on both of these freelancing sites. You can also hire me to make your design here on Fiverr or here on Upwork.

Now that you have done that, go ahead and create your channel on youtube. You can follow the steps instructed in the video above on this post.

If you'll have any problem uploading your logo and/or channel art this video below will be helpful for you:



In case you already have a youtube channel or account and you just want to change the name of your channel. Watch the video below:



On the other hand, If you have multiple ideas on your mind then you might want to Create Multiple YouTube Channels.

Most of the visitors ask me about how to do that with a single google account. If you also need help, I've already written an article on that, you can read it here.

So, that's all for now. I'll keep updating this post for a while, as I'm busy making more videos to embed on this post to help you better.

Let me know if you still have any questions or suggestions for me. I'll be glad to help you out.

For now, you can comment & share this article with the needy ones if you want. 
Thanks for being here, will see you soon! Till then, stay connected!



Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Turn on Documents in Settings Installed Apps first: How to Solve this pr...


Turn on Documents Settings - MIUI

Hey there, Have you ever faced this problem? It usually happens with the 3rd-party apps which require access to the SD Card. Or in other words, we can say that it happens with the apps which require root permission to the storage.

Earlier I used to think that the only possible solution is to ROOT the phone. But, that's not true.

There is one more solution which doesn't require to ROOT the device. However, it's a temporary solution. Whenever you'll switch off your device or reboot it, the problem will come again.

But if are one of those who doesn't want to ROOT their phone, then this option is far better right?

I'm not writing a complete post because I've already made a video on how to solve this issue. However, if you want me to write a complete guide with screenshots, then let me know in the comment section below.

For now, Watch the video below and solve this issue:


So, that was it. Let me know if you still have anything to ask. Do check out our YouTube Channel for more such videos. I'll see you soon. Have a Great Day!




Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Adsense launched 3 New Native Ad Types, Publishers Revenue to Grow


Google Adsense - New Native Ad Types

Recently, Google Adsense has introduced their 3 New Native Ad Types for Adsense publishers, Which may bring great impact on your revenue.

In this post, we'll discuss how it is going to affect your revenue and growth. The Pros and Cons of using these Ad Formats, How it is performing? And I'll also show you, How you can implement it on your website/blog?

As I said above, There are 3 Native Ad Types that you can use on your website/blog. Here's what they call them:

  1. Matched Content
  2. In-feed Ads
  3. In-Article Ads
You may have already seen these type of Ad Formats on any blogs or you might have used them too.
Let's discuss them one-by-one in details.

1. Matched Content

If I'll guess, then there is 90% chance that you have already seen this ad type in many blogs. The name discloses it well but let me tell you how these ads are placed on blogs and websites.

It is used in blogs especially because it fits there very natively. You may have already seen it as, "Recommended" or "Related Articles".

You have already imagined it right? Here's how the Matched Content looks like on the websites/blogs (No Ads - Ads will be placed by replacing any of them.):

Matched Content Example on Desktop

And here is one more example which is shown on Google Adsense Blog for Mobile Devices:
Matched Content Ad Example on Mobile Phones
Image Source: Adsense Blog
(The image is taken from Adsense blog as this blog is still not eligible for Matched Content)

Did you like it? By the way, Google Adsense gives you the full ability to change the way it looks. And as the name says, you can match it accurately with your content.

However, to use this ad format there is an Eligibility Requirement. You must be eligible to use this ad format on your blog/website.

You can only use this ad format on the sites/blogs which will pass the eligibility requirements and is/are approved.

Every good thing comes with some side-effect right? This has too...

Now let's see the Pros and Cons of using Matched Content.

Pros: 
  • It increases your revenue
  • It increases user engagement
  • Increase in session length
Cons:
  • Needs improvement in recommending related articles
  • No frequent updates so displays old contents more than new


2. In-feed Ads

This one seems to be a new one, but I think, it's not. This ad type is also being used in many blogs but I see it rarely. You might have also the same experience as me.

This ad format is placed in between your feeds like blog post lists, news feeds, product listing, and other listicles.
Don't miss understand, it's not the email one that we used to have earlier.

Have you seen ads like this? Well, I've. But it's rare. Let's have a look how Google In-feed ads look like:

Google In-Feed Ad Example


Cool right? You'll also see them live in action on this page. Find it below the comment box and observe for your reference. 

Here's one example from Google Adsense Blog for mobile devices:

In-feed Ad Example on Mobile Phone
Image Source: Adsense Blog


There is so much possibility that it can grow your CTRs and which will result in higher revenue.

So, shall we look at it's Pros and Cons? Let's have a look:

Pros:
  • Increase in Click Through Rate (CTR)
  • Increase in Revenue
  • Increased CPC, CPM etc.
Cons:
  • Needs to improve to show related/relevant ads
  • Needs more advertisers, there are very few so appears the same ad again and again.


3. In-Article Ads:

This one you already know right? I mean from other networks? I think so.
This ad format is placed in between your articles like a break.

I've seen it in many blogs but I find it a little bit distracting. I suggest, don't overdo it. Otherwise, it may distract your readers.

Here's how it looks like, live in action:

In-Article Ad Example 1

KFC Ad in Tech Blog that you are reading, the post is about "Top 5 Android Photo Editing Apps". KFC Ad... Are you serious Google? Not enough for judgment? Here's one more below:

In-Article Ad Example 2


Do you find it distracting? I think it's a little bit distracting. So, use it wisely. Don't overdo it. I don't think Google is not intelligent enough to show relevant ads.

I think this happens because of the fewer number of ads/advertisers. I'm pretty sure it will improve sooner than later. 

However, Let me tell you that you can resolve this issue by blocking ad categories or one-by-one ads.

Here's how it looks on any mobile phone:

In-Article Ad Example on Mobile Phone by Adsense Blog
Image Source: Adsense Blog


For your reference, I've placed an in-article ad below so that you can see it, live in action. Here it is:





Now let's have a look at the pros and cons:

Pros:
  • Increased Active view impression
  • Increased Ad Rates (i.e., CPC, CPM etc.)
Cons:
  • It's a little bit distracting
  • Unable to find matching or relevant ads
  • Can cause lower CTR

Conclusion:

As you read above, all them may turn out to be a profitable decision but it can harm the user experience too. As there are very few ads/advertisers right now, They are unable to serve relevant ads.

However, In future, it may definitely give you some extra profit. I suggest don't overwhelm your readers with too many ads. It may distract them and can harm the user experience too.

And this behavior on your site may lead you to lower Search Engine Rankings. But if you do it correctly, You'll definitely get some increased benefit.

Let me know your views and suggestions on this. Did you like them?





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