Sunday, December 24, 2017

Enable HTTPS in Custom Domain Blogger Blog [Officially]
Blogger Now Officially Supports HTTPS For Custom Domains!
That's true, and I'm really excited to inform you that you can enable SSL in your blogger blog that has a custom domain set. :)
From the past few days, people were finding ways to get HTTPS on their blogs with a custom domain, and today I got the news that the feature is live on the beta version of blogger.com, that is, draft.blogger.com.

So without wasting any time, let's start.

This is in beta for now. So...

There are redirection issues for now.

Non-www to www redirection is not working for now.

Other redirections are working.

For example, http://www.example.com to https://www.example.com is working.
But https://example.com to https://www.example.com is not working.
And http://example.com to https://www.example.com is not working.

You know more about your blog than me. So if you think you're good to go without these redirections, proceed and if not, please wait.

Thanks to John Ralf for mentioning this. :)

How to enable the feature?

By default, it's not available in Blogger's dashboard. You'll have to enable it from draft.blogger.com. For that, follow these simple steps.
  • Open draft.blogger.com
  • Go to Settings > Basic Settings
  • You'll find this:
  • It'll be turned off, or "NO" by default, so turn it ON.
It's not necessary, but now you can come back to blogger.com (default version of Blogger), and you'll now find this option there too.

Now the next step is to wait for 10-20 minutes until HTTPS is processed for your blog. For those 10-20 minutes, the redirection option would be like this:

Simply, not available.

But after 20 minutes or maybe 30, this option will become available and once it becomes, turn it ON, or to "Yes."

You're now good to go!

What are the problems that I'm going to face now?

The most significant problem will be Mixed content.
mixed content
Image credits: SSLtobuy.com
Which is, when you have SSL certificate in your host for your blog/website, or in other words, you have HTTPS in your blog, you can link to or load files from a non-SSL certified host.

For example, if I have HTTPS on my blog, then I can't load files from URLs like "http://bla.com" because they are not secured and so, will make my blog unsafe too.

That's what mixed content is, and you'll have to remove all such external files to be able to see a green lock at the left side of the address bar of any browser (if there is any unsafe content, then there will be a yellow lock at the left side of the address bar of any browser).

I already have HTTPS on my blog, because I'd used your guide earlier

If you don't already know, I had found a way to get HTTPS in any blogger blog, using CloudFlare.

Well, I'd say, if you use CloudFlare just for HTTPS, then remove CloudFlare.

For doing that, just change your nameservers to the default ones.

And undo the steps mentioned in this guide.

Because there's nothing better than official SSL. Cloudflare's free SSL has some restrictions too, so it's better to not use it when there's a better option available and that also for free.

By the way: If you need any help in removing Cloudflare, don't hesitate to contact me (contact@shivanshverma.com), I'd help for free, won't ask you a dollar for this.

And to get the default nameservers just go to YouTube and search for how to change nameservers of <your domain provider> and just see what they were before the YouTubers changed the nameservers.

Questions You've In Your Mind:

#1 | What about Google Search Console? What property should I add and what property should I remove?

Answer: You need to remove http://www.blogurl.com and add https://www.blogurl.com. And then, submit sitemap from the new property. 
How to delete a property? Just click on the "Manage Property" button that's present on the homepage of GSC and click "Delete Property."

You can Google if you want to know basic stuff about GSC, like how to add a new property or how to submit a sitemap.

#2 | In the previous method, in which we had to do stuff using Cloudflare, you'd told to not use sitemap or submit it. Why not?

That's because, as it's now officially supported by Blogger, they've changed URLs in the sitemap to https://www.blogurl.com from http://www.blogurl.com. Earlier, we could not, because we could not edit sitemap's content or change the way the URLs are present there.

#3 | Is it safe?

Just don't forget to turn ON "HTTPS Redirect" and fix the "Mixed Content" issue. Everything will be safe then.

#4 | I want to change all my URLs in my menus of my blog's pages from HTTP to https. What should I do to fastly change them?

Don't use JavaScript by the way. Just copy all your template's code to notepad and replace every occurrence of http://www.blogurl.com to https://www.blogurl.com. It'll be done in seconds.
And for the URLs in widgets, try doing it manually. It'll just take 10 minutes maximum.

#5 | "HTTPS being processed" is appearing for more than a day now. What to do?

Turn OFF "HTTPS availability" and turn it back ON and then see if the issue resolves.

More questions? Add them in the comments. I'll try my best to answer them. :)

From the editor

That was a big relief - for sure for bloggers. Thank you, Blogger team for https for all of the blogger blogs for free. Now guys, just secure your blog and pass the mixed content barrier and you're good to go and achieve the benefits of SSL on your blog! Thanks!
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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

What does "dofollow" actually mean? Firstly, does it have a meaning?
You Know What? I Don't Want a rel='dofollow' Backlink.
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Who doesn't want backlinks?

If you're a blogger, then yes, you want them.

Dofollow?

Then, of course. You'd crave for them.

But what if I tell you I don't want them?

It's not that they're not important for me.

But you know what, the real thing is there nothing like a "dofollow" backlink.

See, we use "rel" (which is, relationship") to declare the relationship or value of a link.

I see bloggers these days, publishing articles like "Get 20 Dofollow Backlinks For These 20 High PR Sites". Wait, really?

According to w3schools.com, there's nothing like a "dofollow" link. Yes, there's something called "nofollow" rel value, but no mention of "dofollow" value. You know why?

BECAUSE SIMPLY, IT DOESN"T EXIST.

And we're blindly using this syntax for linking sites:
[code]<a href='#' rel='dofollow'/>[/code]

We need to simply stop using it, and whenever any person asks for it, we need to tell him the reality. :)

By the way, we call non-nofollow links, links. Just links.

Something More

Yep, this blog post is not going to end here.

Let's discuss the rel values that you can use in your blog.

rel='prev' or rel='next': Why use them?

See, not many blogs currently are using series. I mean, posting posts in parts, like part 1, part 2 and then part 3.

But still, for the ones that are doing so, you guys can use these two rel values to give your viewers or visitors, a better experience.

By the way, some people believe that these rel values are somehow related to reducing duplicate content.

Nope.

Now, it helps Google to show the first page of the series in the search result. See this excerpt from Google own blogspot blog post.
Hint to Google the relationship between the component URLs of your series with rel=”next” and rel=”prev”. This helps us more accurately index your content and serve to users the most relevant page (commonly the first page).
So, that's what it does. :)
And yes, you need to put it inside the <head> section.

rel='noreferrer': Why use them?

You can use it when you don't want to send any HTTP referer header.

See, affiliate sites send an HTTP referer header to track the purchase done by the customer.

If you use this "noreferrer" rel value, they won't be able to fetch or track the customer, and you won't get paid the purchase done by the customer.

And it's not related to SEO in any way. But nofollow does.

rel='nofollow': Why use them? And when?

There are many scripts on the internet, by which you can mark all your link, "nofollow."

By mark I mean, putting "rel='nofollow'" in every hyperlink your site has.

But what does this nofollow tag do?

It destroys all SEO related benefits being given to that link because of the presence of it in a high PR page.

See, Google uses backlinks as a ranking signal.

The more backlinks from high PR sites, or high authority sites you have, the more it'll affect your site, SEO wisely.

But it won't at all affect your site due to that backlink if the backlink has "rel='nofollow'."

It simply gives the message to Google bots to ignore that link.

By the way, maybe, you'd love this too: Enable HTTPS in Custom Domain Blogger Blog [Officially]

So if you've got a link from a high authority site, but it does have a "nofollow" rel value, then, my friend, you're not going to get any SEO related benefit.

But they're not always bad because they might help you get some traffic.

and, you need not to use JavaScripts that automatically put "rel='nofollow'" in all the links. Just use them, when you feel that the site you're linking doesn't have "quality." Linking to spammy sites, can down your SEO meter. 

...and

Hope you liked the blog post. You, maybe, knew this thing already but it's important for newbies because there always thousands of posts on internet which are spreading this word: "dofollow", like it actually exists. Thanks!
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Friday, August 11, 2017

What makes a blog, a Brilliant and Converting spot?
What makes a blog, a Brilliant and Converting spot?
The internet has been growing exponentially, with the number of websites currently running online.
This growth is only expected to increase with CMS platforms like WordPress and Joomla, and AI platforms like Wix making web designing simple and affordable.

So if you have an idea or a niche for a blog, now is probably the best time to launch it. But launching your website isn’t the easy job.

How do you ensure it draws in visitors and actually becomes profitable?

There are quite a few methods, but in this post, we are going to focus on the most important one, the content.

Now we're gonna talk about content on differents parts of a website/blog:

A Killer Landing Page

landing page
The trend of landing pages is increasing day by day and why not, it's really a great technique to showcase to your visitors, what your blog is offering and what type of content they can expect from your blog.

Most blog owners focus on making their landing page colourful, attractive and graphical, which is a good thing.

But an image might not accurately describe what your website is trying to convey, and even if it does, it's an excellent idea to get a catchy tagline and a concise but compelling description posted on the landing page. It will definitely get your visitor to stay and look around your blog.

The About Us Page

The ‘About Us’ page is a page, we all know, that describes either the author of a blog or the team that works for the company whose blog it is. A well-written bio for the author or the team inspires confidence, and for a business looking to provide service through their blog, this is essential. 

Any client looking for representation or a service will want to know the team they are going to work with before approaching the company, and the about us page handles this.

So when this About Us page is such a crucial part of your blog and your success, you can't just leave it with some bugged content. 

If you ensure that you've put great information, written in a friendly tone, an easy and local language, it can indeed result in increased number of your visitors and convert them into your customers.

Tone and Flow

Your blog is the window to your business, and it is the content on the website that paints the image. 

You need to decide if the general tone of all articles and short descriptions on your website are going to be strictly professional, fun and quirky or maybe sarcastic and arrogant. 

Each style works depending on the blog’s niche or the company. But the key is to maintain this tonality throughout the blog. It is a perfect idea to hire professional content writers from websites like contentmart.com, for all the content on the blog (if the primary motive of the blog is to increase sales). They are aware and trained to deliver as per the requirements. 

Accuracy in Every Service Description

Do not exaggerate or be vague in any part of your blog, may it be the inspiration for your blog’s niche or the description of service your company provides. 

Your visitors will convert to subscribers and clients believing the content, and if it turns out to be wrong or misleading, it will prove really disastrous. It can result in an entirely dead blog, where no one is interested in engaging with the content, with the owner and with the company.

Attention to Detail

Finally, it is imperative to ensure all content on your blog, from the smallest bio to the longest blog article, is grammatically immaculate and eloquent. 

Nothing says “unprofessional, immature and unreliable” more than grammatical errors. 

You do not want your visitors to believe the brains behind the blog, or the company is illiterate or careless. 

Professional content writers are well versed in these techniques, and it is often a good idea to hand over the content work to these guys. You can hire content writers online, on platforms like ContentMart.

Final Words

There are more things that needs to be done, for example, the design of the blog. But, one can easily find a beautiful template or theme for their blog and that's why we didn't talk much regarding design. I hope you liked the blog post. If you have any other ideas that you'd like to be added in this blog post, then be sure to put them in the comment section below. Thank you!
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