Rather just being only WordPress blogger, some of us have gone further up by becoming freelancer after gathering enough skills and knowledge on the topic that they are blogging about.
They are also WordPress bloggers who take WordPress project as they are have familiar enough with WordPress and believe that they have enough knowledge to take up simple WordPress project at early stage.
What is the best pricing approach?
However, it is crucial for us to know what is the hourly rate that we should charge on any project that we are going to take. It is because we must balance up between profits that we decide to earn and the customer’s bargaining power as there are probably a lot of people out there that offers same service at cheaper price.
We should think what is the reason customer will choose us as compared to others and priced our service accordingly.
Freelance Swith Calculator – Simple tool for freelancer
FreelanceSwitch is a site that is specifically being set up for freelancers which has blog, forum, job board and freelancing resources. Among the freelancing sources that it has is tool that can give freelancer rough estimate on hourly rate that freelancer should charge.
The tool is called FreelanceSwitch Hourly Rate Calculator.
This is the quote from the tool page:
We have developed this hourly rate calculator to give you a guide based on your costs, number of billable hours and desired profit. It is a simple tool for you to play with.
The way how it calculates the hourly rate is consisted of four elements which is business cost, personal cost, number of hours we can actually bill and amount of profit we would like to have.
What you should know about this tool is you will only you the benchmark i.e. rough idea on hourly rate that you should charge your client. The rate should be adjusted accordingly depends on market demand and complexity of the project for example.
Personally I think this is a great tool as rather just take only business cost into account, it also takes into consideration the personal cost that we incur which we should considered before taken any freelanced project. I also love for the fact that it will give us two final hourly rate figures which are ideal hourly rate and hourly rate to breakeven i.e. cost equal to revenue.
Few screenshots of the tool:
What do you think?
Have you used this tool before? What d you think about it? Does it help you to get rough idea on the hourly rate that you charge your client? I am eager to know more about it.
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) has a special place in the development of WordPress blog as if it is succeed, you can help us in generating huge incoming traffics from search engines. Without knowing the basic idea of SEO, it can be pretty tough for our WordPress blog to get the traffics that it deserves.
Keywords – Key of search engine optimization (SEO)
As most of us know, the best way to ‘SEO’ing our blog post is by inserting keywords that not only related to our WordPress blog but has huge users/searchers that attached on the particular keywords.
It is because in general point of view, by taking into account both aspects, it will bring our whole blog further up in the search engine results as the same keyword will be repeated in every blog posts which therefore give strong ‘relationship’ between our WordPress blog and the keywords that we decide to use.
In more specific point of view, by using keywords that have high search volume, it can help our blog post to have better rank in the search engine result and therefore bring huge incoming traffics on that post.
However, it is important for you to know that the keywords that we have chosen suit our readers and search engine such as Google i.e. well blended into the blog post as if not, it will highly likely irritate your readers and do not stuff in the keywords which make it looks like you are spamming your own blog.
How can you know high volume keywords?
There are a lot of tools out there, free and paid that offer the service of providing you the figure of search volume on any keywords that we would like to know.
However, not each of them can give you accurate and user friendly data.
One of the tools that I find helpful for our WordPress blog is Google AdWords Keywords Tool. I have used it for quite some time and personally, I feel that this tool is user friendly and can give rough idea on which keywords should we use and consider. Plus, it is free!
Rather simply giving you only search volume for the keyword that you have chosen, this tool will give you two groups of figure – global search volume and local search volume which you change base on your target audience.This is definitely handy for those who only target their local audience due to for example language barrier and suitability of product that they are blogging about.
What else Google Adwords Keywords Tool offers?
This tool will also provide you more detailed figures that you can use to consider other related keywords. They are:
- Keywords related to term(s) entered – Add (s) on keyword that Google feels relevant
- Additional keywords to consider – Give you list of related keywords that are within your keywords area
With the help of this tool, you can know roughly how many search volume that the selected keyword has and give you suggestion on other related keywords.
Therefore, if the first keyword has low search volume, you can replace it with other related keyword which has higher search volume but will not affect the blog post’s quality directly.
What do you think?
Have you use Google AdWords Keywords Tool before? What do you think? Does it work great for you in terms of incoming traffics from search engine? Feel free to share your experience and opinions on this tool.
For most of us will find that it is pretty hard to embed multimedia contents into our WordPress blogs. What I meant by multimedia contents are videos, mp3s and images. It may be due to the lack of knowledge and its complexity in beginner’s point of view.
For example, videos; Usually we will have to upload to other video sharing websites such as YouTube and Vimeoh and then use their video sharing features in our WordPress blog. Although it can save us from pushing our hosting bandwidth to its corner, it will be at the expense of our WordPress blog’s branding and appearance.
Want to get serious in blogging? Be professional!
Personally, I prefer WordPress blog that host their own videos rather use the videos that they took for YouTube for example. It is because it will look more professional for example videos by Shoemoney System. It is totally crucial for those who want bring their WordPress blog into more commercial level and really to want be serious in blogging.
Therefore, due to fact, I would like to share with you one WordPress plugin that I just found which will cater your need to integrate multimedia content into your blog post. The plugin is called ThemeSmith.
ThemeSmith – The key as simple media content integration
With ThemeSmith, it lets you to put in videos, mp3s and images into blog post by simply writing [videos],[audios] or [photos] in the part of blog post which you want them to appear. However, you have to upload them with the usual upload function which comes with your WordPress.
Here are few screenshots of the ThemeSmith:
Plus, the great thing about ThemeSmith is it is totally free!
Interested in knowing more about this great WordPress plugin and want to have one for you WordPress blog? Click on the link below as it will bring you to the ThemeSmith’s hompage.
What do you think?
What do you think about ThemeSmith? Will it work great in making the process of bringing multimedia contents to our blog post easy and simple? I think it will. How about you?
Feel free to share your thoughts and opinions I am eager to hear them from you. Cheers!
Sharing blog post through email has not really get into attention among blog readers as compared to the social media site such as Twitter and Facebook.
Base on my observation, WordPress bloggers themselves are the reason as they are hardly focus on this and highlight how blog readers can share the blog post through email.
Email: Its importance for WordPress blog
I believe that it is crucial for our WordPress blog and we should ‘invite’ our blog readers to help us promote our blog posts to their friends through email. It is because I’m sure that most of us will check out inbox for at least once each day.
There will also high possibility for the receivers of the emails to do same thing if they find our blog posts are worth sharing. The reason is for me, email has closer and more personal connection with me as compared to Facebook and Twitter.
The best way is
Before this, our blog readers can hardly find the icon that let them to email our blog post to their friends due to the size of the icon. It is definitely a huge lost as email can be another great source of quality traffics.
With the influence of TweetMeme and Facebook share button which we can easily see in most of blog posts, MailCounter has been developed by The Next Web to encourage more readers of our blog to share with their friends through email.
Rather simply a sharing tool, it will also count the amount of emails that have been sent by your readers to their friends for one particular post. It will give psychological affect to your readers as if they find out that others are sharing our blog posts, they will feel that should too.
The best part of MailCounter is its simplicity. For you to have MailCounter button in your WordPress blog, you do not need to set up and install anything. You just need to have copy and paste below codes into your WordPress blog’s single.php file.
echo ‘<iframe src=”http://getmailcounter.com/mailcounter/?url=’;
echo ‘” height=”64″ width=”50″ frameborder=”0″ scrolling=”no” ></iframe>’;
However, the weakness that MailCounter has, base on my opinion is when your readers want to share your blog post with their friends through email, they will be directed straight away to Microsoft Outlook when they hit the MailCounter button.
Unfortunately, not many of us are comfortable and familiar with Microsoft Outlook.
What do you think?
What do you think on email’s role in bringing traffics to our WordPress blogs? Will it be substituted by social media sites in terms of bringing quality traffics?
And have you used MailCounter? What do you feel about this latest WordPress tool?
Share with us. It is great to have your thoughts and opinions over Huzzer Magazine.
With huge buzz that video sharing sites get especially YouTube, more people have jumped into fame by becoming podcaster and video blogger by sharing their thoughts and rants through the video sharing sites.
Importance of Branding
However, it can pretty hard for the video sharing sites’ visitors to keep track on our latest video without subscribing our channel especially for those who accidentally bump to our videos.
This is the time when having WordPress blog can give us the edge as compared to others. It can be our branding tool. With the video embedding features which most of the video sharing sites have, we can easily our latest videos through our WordPress blog.
It would then be easier to keep track without latest videos as when the time goes by, our site name and its domain will stick into their mind. They just need to type in our WordPress blog’s address to check out our videos. Besides that, they can still subscribe with our RSS feeds.
There will also more variations as rather publishing videos only, we can still post articles. It will then make our sites more sticky and appealing for our readers and search engines.
Appearance: Key of Good Branding
Site design and appearance is crucial as that is the element when people will view first while waiting for our whole site to load. Personally, I think this element must get enough attention by WordPress bloggers as I believe there are a lot of WordPress blogs out there looks the same. We need something that will make our blogs step ahead as compared to others.
Specifically to podcasters and video bloggers, I have compiled most of the Video WordPress themes that have been developed out there – including free and premium video WordPress themes. Hope this list will help to boost your WordPress blog’s branding.
# Free Video WordPress Theme
# Premium Video WordPress Theme
What is your say?
What do you think of the list of video WordPress themes that I have compiled? For me, the designs are massively impressive. How about you?
Have you tried any of the list video WordPress themes? Feel free to share your thoughts and opinions.