January 04, 2013

How to remove or skip ads in Youtube videos?

Since the arrival of Youtube partner program, the volume of advertisements in Youtube videos has marginally increased.This has been bugging a lot of avid Youtube fans.One of the most important differences between traditional media like Television and Youtube is certainly the volume of ads.The recent surge of ads is certainly becoming a big "turn-off" for Youtubers.This article is meant for those users who want to get rid of ads in Youtube.Hopefully after performing this hack, your Youtube experience will be enhanced.

In order to perform this hack to remove ads in Yotube videos, you need to have Mozilla Firefox installed.You will also need to install an addon called 'Greasemonkey'.You can install Greasemonkey from here.
Once you have installed Greasemonkey (You will need to restart Firefox to complete the installation), its time to install a Javascript which will block ads in Youtube.The Javascript i'm talking about is called Youtube-All Ads Remover.It is a handy tool for all who are troubled by the video ads.This script will remove ads and provide a user experience which Youtube was once known for.

Install Youtube-All Ads Remover from here .Make sure that 'Greasemonkey' is enabled in Firefox.If not, the script will not work.

Once you have installed this script, head over to Youtube and freely browse your favorite Youtube videos and ofcourse without 'ads'.Hope you found this article useful.Feel free to post in your queries as comments.

December 27, 2012

SEO Salaries India

SEO industry is in its evolving stage in India.A couple of years back, most of the SEO companies relied on outsourced SEO projects for survival.But now the scene has changed.The awareness regarding the benefits of SEO has marginally improved.Now more and more companies are hiring SEO companies and consultants to enhance their online presence.The sudden demand for SEO in India has given rise to lot of job opportunities also.But the demand for SEO professionals is not met well.Mainly because there is little or no training ground for SEOs in India.Unlike other specializations in the field of I.T, Search Engine Optimization has no reputed training centres or certification agencies in the country.Almost all the SEO professionals in the country are self taught and have a background in development.Mainly during the last 5 years, many web development companies in India understood the importance of SEO and assigned their developers to the task of SEO.The developers had no choice but to equip themselves with the know-how on SEO techniques and strategies.Career-wise this could be counted as a beneficial move for developers as it gave them an oppurtunity to consider a career as SEO consultant.The pay is also higher for SEOs compared to developers.

Let's take a look at the remuneration aspects of SEO professionals in India.

SEO Consultant Salary in India

Tasks: An SEO Consultant basically has to meet clients, educate them regarding the benefits of SEO,research keywords and work with the marketing team till the agreement is signed with the company.Later on, SEO consultants will need to work on link building,content marketing and several other on page,off page tasks.Some companies assign these tasks to SEO trainees and liberate their SEO consultants from these tedious jobs.In such firms, SEO consultants mainly need to focus on client procurement only.

Salary : 15,000 INR - 23,000 INR

SEO Manager Salary in India

Tasks: SEO Manager will have to work with an SEO team which will be comprised of SEO consultants,trainees and developers.He will have to oversee various on page,off page optimization processes and see if the execution is happening in a correct manner.SEO Managers also monitor and review SEO reports generated by the team.Often these managers will have to communicate with clients regarding SEO strategies and get their approval.They also monitor analytics accounts and present periodical performance reports to clients.

Salary : 20,000 INR - 30,000 INR

Social Media Consultant (SMO) Salary in India

Tasks:  Perform site promotion via social media sites including Facebook,Twitter,Pinterest etc.SMO Consultants will maintain and monitor fan pages and social media accounts on client's behalf.They will also have to generate perform reports.Usually SMOs report to SEO Managers.Social media management is considered as an important add-on for SEO and therefore most SEO companies have SMOs in their SEO team.

SEO Trainee Salary in India

Tasks: SEO Trainees are usually assigned to perform link building, content marketing,blog promotion etc.They will often have to monitor the sites assigned to them for flaws with various on page factors.They will work with developers for optimizing the site for search engines.They will report to SEO consultants
and sometimes directly to SEO Managers.

Salary : 10,000 INR - 16,000 INR

Hope you found this post useful.Feel free to post your queries as comments.

How many articles or posts will i have to write to make money with my blog?

This is a question which several newbie bloggers and webmasters ask.In the end it is all about the revenue and there is nothing wrong with that.You need to generate a substantial amount of money from your blog before you jump into the 'full time blogger' bandwagon.Many bloggers wonder how much content they need to produce before their blog actually starts generating money.The answer to this question is simple and at the same time,slightly sophisticated.

It is not about the volume of posts.Then what is it about?The revenue generated by your blog will entirely depend on the number of search engine optimized high ranking posts.There is simply no use in creating 100s of non optimized posts and waiting for miracles to happen.The rankings in search engines is key to success.It is all about allowing your posts to get discovered.When the organic traffic begins to roll in, it can be converted to revenue.Until then it is tireless run for search engine rankings.

Ok.I have SEO optimized my posts.How many SEO optimized articles do i need to write in order to succeed?

That's a more logical question.The success rate varies from blogger to blogger.Say if you have 500 articles on your blog.If you are ranking in the top 10 search results for atleast 250 keyphrases or keywords, then you are on the right track.If not, you must correct your blog promotion strategy.If you manage to get top 10 Google rankings for around 500 articles,then you will be getting substantial amount of traffic. Push it to 1000 and you are an authority blogger.

I still don't feel motivated.What to do?

Most of the top bloggers today depend on their evergreen articles for generating traffic and revenue.They know that all articles do not make money.There are always those special timeless articles which pull in traffic even after 3-4 years.Honestly there is an article which i wrote 3 years back which gets me ample amount of traffic even now.Sometimes you have to write posts which might not be that good with search engines but your direct audience may benefit from it.There is nothing wrong in doing that.But make sure that you write SEO optimized articles more often.

Now i am motivated to write SEO optimized articles.Is there anything else i need to know?

Yes.You need to know one important thing.Competition.Writing SEO optimized articles is not enough for success.Gone are the Good Ol' Days when you write a post and you are immediately on the front page of Google.Now there is too much competition.How do you cut through the competition? By writing unique articles and using less competitive keywords.While writing post titles, think from the perspective of the audience.What will he or she search for.Think about the keyword variations and then finalize the title.Try to optimize the content also.Finally it's all in the hands of search engines.If you have done your part right, then it is time to wait until the search engines become merciful.In the mean time you can drive in traffic from Social media sites.You might be able to get a few subscribers and regular visitors through apt social media promotions.If your articles are educational or problem solving, then people will surely promote them.

Feel free to post your queries as comments.

December 22, 2012

Music,Guided meditation and Chakra Activation

Music is an immensely powerful tool.Pure sound energy can have miraculous effects on the psyche and physiology of a human being.A lot of ancient masters had discovered the spiritual benefits of meditating with the assistance of music.There is a term called 'Nada Yogi' in eastern philosophy of Yoga.A Nada Yogi is someone who is in pursuit of divine knowledge through the medium of sound.You might have observed that different sounds have different effect on our minds.Pleasant symphonies especially the ones in classical music are extremely pleasing and elevate us to a different level of vibration.On the contrary there is also dark music which takes our minds to demonic realms.I personally don't judge people by their taste in music.It's quite unfair in my opinion.Some people listen to loud and lyrically ill music because it makes them feel better.That is simply because their consciousness is vibrating at that level.However the discovery of an entirely different body of music will surely motivate them to reconsider their choice.

One of the greatest powers that arrive with spiritual unfolding is the ability to distinguish elements which uplift and degrade the vibration of consciousness. A highly evolved spiritual being can draw immense energy by meditating on uplifting songs.He will have no interest on music which is negative and has no emotional or spiritual value.

Music assisted meditation has lot of benefits.But you must carefully pick the right music.A song which may be really uplifting for someone may not have that much impact on you.You will have to be the judge when it comes to choosing the music to which you will vibrate.If you are having difficulty in finding such songs, you can start with music which works universally as far as spiritual upliftment is concerned.I'm talking about mantras.Mantras are syllables which carry immense amount of energy.Mantras can induce a trance so sublime that your ego will dissolve into oneness provided you have enough faith.Mantras don't know religion,cast or creed.They can be used by anyone irrespective of their nationality,gender or occupation.And to those who didn't know,Mantra aided meditation is one of the quickest routes to kundalini awakening.This is because the channeling of energy happens much more conveniently when you are completely focused at one point.Music sets the perfect ambiance of cultivating concentration.Mantras are not at all distracting.Initially you may try to contemplate the meaning and structure of mantra but eventually you will be lost in the flow.Slipping into deep meditation is also possible using ambient sounds.But such sounds does not have an energizing effect.Mantras charge up the mind and the chakra system like magic words.By regular practice the mantras will start to impart a calmness so subtle that you will want to meditate even more on a daily basis.

Which mantras are good for meditation?

Om which is the universal sound is the ultimate figure of sound.All music originates from 'Om'.If you search around Youtube you will find enough Om chanting tracks.Voice quality may differ from singer to singer.Find out the sound which rejuvenates you.Download the video and convert it into MP3 format and store it in your mobile or iPod.Use of headphones is also recommended as it helps to gain more concentration as external sounds are negated to a certain extent.

Gayatri Mantra is yet another empowering mantra which you can use for meditation.The nourishing mantra will clearly the blockages in your chakra system like magic.With enough dedication, the awakening of kundalini will happen at a faster rate.

Om Mani Padme Hum is one of my favorite Buddhist mantras.It has an unspeakable aura which one has to experience to understand.It is suitable for deep meditation and chakra activation.

Hope you found this article useful.Feel free to drop in your views and opinions as comments.

December 19, 2012

Page Rank lost.Reasons and What to do?

Since the day of its inception,Page Rank has enjoyed a unique place in the minds of webmasters and online entrepreneurs.Although Page Rank is not as relevant as it used to be, it still has a mystique aura attached to it.Most SEO consultants and web owners consider Page Rank as an estimation of authority. After the recent Panda and Penguin updates, several sites lost their Page Rank whereas some lucky ones witnessed an increase in PR.This blog had a Page Rank of 4 and after the last update the page rank dropped to 1.Initially i was at shock because it had taken me a lot of time and hard work to gain a Page Rank of 4.After a few days the shock was replaced by sensibility and i began to inquire about what went wrong.

Reasons for drop in page rank

I had long time ago participated in a 'Viral Link Building' campaign.The theme was quite simple.A network of bloggers would do a post with links to several other blogs.Anybody can join this viral tagging system by doing a post on their blog with all the links and adding his own link at the bottom as a tag.This scheme went viral and a lot of bloggers actively participated.I previously had managed to gain several high authority links through various techniques and i considered this new viral thing as a supplement for my link building activity.But after about 2 long years, the thing bit me in the back.Google must have diagnosed it as link bait and penalized my blog for the mistake.But that alone was not the only viable reason.

Blogroll and Link exchange was actively happening in my blog.I even managed to sell some links through Fivver.Although i regret it now.The number of promotional links on my side bar increased and in the end i had to pay for it in the form of a drop in page rank.

Irregularity in content posting was yet another reason for the drop in page rank.I was not updating the blog on a regular basis.I knew i had to post frequently but i got so busy with my real job and all that i hardly got any time to update the blog.Google bot ocassionaly scans your blog whether you want it or not.And if you are not posting regular content, the authority degrades slowly.

What to do?

The most important lesson i have learned after the drop in page rank was that the traffic was not affected marginally (In most cases traffic was not affected at all).Google has mentioned that PR is only one of the 200 parameters that they consider while valuing the authority of a page.

The good news is that you can still enjoy the SERP positions you previously had.If your page has been properly optimized (On page) and you are engaged in safe link building techniques then you have nothing to worry.Make sure that your content is around 400-500 characters long with SEO optimised titles and meta description.If you have the main keywords in the URL itself then you are going the right way.

Can i get the lost PR back?

Now PR updates are happening more frequently.There was one in August and another one in November.A PR update can therefore be expected around Feb-March 2013.You can do extensive link building in the mean time and make sure a strong link profile is presented to Google when it is updating the PR.

If you have a lot of spammy links on your site, then you must remove it as soon as possible.Also you can use the Google disavow tool to block all the low quality inbound links to your site.Take these measures and chances are that your Page Rank will be restored to its lost glory.Feel free to post your thoughts as comments below.