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Discover Blogging: Episode 13 | WordPress Plans: Putting things in perspective

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Having discussed the 4 plans offered by WordPress.com in the previous 4 episodes of this series (Go back to Episode 12: WordPress Business Plan), let me do a quick recap, consolidate and assimilate the ideas here. Here is the list: Free ($0), Personal ($4), Premium ($8) and Business (~$25).

Discover Blogging: Episode 12 | WordPress Business Plan

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We have covered the WordPress Free, Personal and Premium Plans. Before moving on to the next one - Business Plan - ensure that you have gone through episodes 9 (Free Plan), 10 (Personal Plan) and 11 (Premium Plan) and have understood all the three plans since they form the prerequisite for this episode. To check the plans, go to WordPress.com  and select See Plans link next to Get Started button on this page.

Discover Blogging: Episode 11 | WordPress Premium Plan

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WordPress Premium plan is best for online Entrepreneurs & Freelancers and is next to the Personal plan on upgrade hierarchy. It offers very important features to exercise more control for the bloggers and web-site owners.

So far we have covered the WordPress Free (Episode 9) and Personal Plans (Episode 10). Before moving on to the next one, Premium Plan, ensure that you have gone through episodes 9 and 10 and have understood both Free and Personal plans. They are the prerequisite for this episode and this discussion builds over the previous ones. To check the plans, visit WordPress.com and select See Plans link next to Get Started button on this page.
Premium Plan Being next to the Personal plan in the upgrade scheme of WordPress plans,  Premium Plan offers all the features offered as part of Personal Plan: custom domain, email & live chat support with WordPress Ads removed.
Premium themes With the Free and Personal Plans, you could choose any of 100+ free theme templates or …

Discover Blogging: Episode 10 | WordPress Personal Plan

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Hi friends! Before I start let me ask you a question, ”Have you understood the WordPress Free Plan?” If the answer to this question is “No”, please go back to episode 9 (previous to it) which is the prerequisite to understand Personal Plan.

Discover Blogging: Episode 9 | Which is the best WordPress Plan for me?

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Continuing our discussion from episode 8: Get started with WordPress.com, the next thing to do is choosing the right plan. Though the plan can be changed later, it's always good to know about what you are into and what's in store for you. The 4 WordPress plans - Free, Personal, Premium and Business - offer varying degrees of features. But which one is the best for you? I will focus on this question in this and next episodes. I touched upon the plans offered by WordPress.com in the previous episode. To visit WordPress and check the plans, follow this link and select See Plans link next to Get Started button on this page. As you can see, it offers 4 plans: Free ($0/Month), Personal ($3/Month), Premium ($8.25/Month) and Business ($24.92/Month). The plans may show up in your local currency instead of USD if you are in a different location and (may be) based on the browser settings. For example, the below image displays plans in INR (Indian National Rupee) as it identifies my loca…

Discover Blogging: Episode 8 | Get Started with WordPress.com

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From our discussion in previous episode (Episode 7: WordPress.org Vs WordPress.com), we concluded that WordPress.com is an easy, time-efficient and secure way for a beginner. I suggest you to complete the below preparatory work before you go ahead and create your blog or website. Let me cover a few points before you start so that you are ready with the required information to run through the process of creating your blog smoothly. Though nothing you do at this stage is cast in stone but it’s always good to begin with the end in mind.

Discover Blogging: Episode 7 | WordPress.Com Vs WordPress.Org

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In episode 6: WordPress, I briefly touched upon this point. WordPress comes in two flavors: WordPress.org (What is normally referred as WordPress) and WordPress.com. You will see any of the logos in the picture above when you explore the world of WordPress blogging. It’s important to understand what they are. The first picture in blue is WordPress.com’s logo and the second one in black & white is WordPress.org’s.

Discover Blogging: Episode 6 | WordPress

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Taking a cue from the previous episode (Episode 5: The best blog site), let us start our discussion about WordPress. Basics of WordPress before we go and start one. For a casual blogger doing it for fun, Google Blogger or WordPress.com are equally good. WordPress is an excellent platform for those who want to build their blog or site an online business and earn a regular income from it. Please refer to the previous episode where I wrote about WordPress being part of an online business building solution which comprises of many areas besides your blog or site including marketing, advertising and social media. You need to be the experimenter curious to learn the process of online business building through hit and trial. You should have the luxury of time as the process takes its own time. Let me delve into the nitty-gritties of how to start a personal blog oneself.

Discover Blogging: Episode 5 | The best blog site?

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Making a choice of the platform for blogging or your site, in the context of your future plans, is the most important factor to avoid surprises or roadblocks later. In episodes 3 (Popular CMSs) and 4 (Google Blogger), we dealt with the most popular Content Management Systems (CMS) and their suitability for an individual blogger. Making choice of a blogging platform is a very important step for those who want to build their blog or site to develop into an online business to earn a regular income from it.

Discover Blogging: Episode 4 | Google Blogger

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We discussed in episode 3: Popular Content Management Systems (CMS) that a CMS is a major part of a blogging platform to publish your blog and listed the most popular ones. While talking about the ease of creating and maintaining a blog, any discussion is incomplete without Google Blogger. Blogger is fundamentally a blogging platform unlike other Content Management Systems (CMSs) which can be used for varied purposes like creating a website, online shop, etc. And it is one of the most popular blogging platform. Since Google doesn’t release any statistics around its market penetration, so its position among the top blogging platforms is not known. Nevertheless, it has its big plus points.

Discover Blogging Episode 3 | Popular Content Management Systems (CMS)

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In episode 2: Leveraging Internet, we discussed that blogging helps people to build online presence, their own space enabling them to present their talents, skills, hobbies, businesses, help others, broadcast their message, blog for income and many more things. A Content Management System (CMS) is a major part of a blogging platform to publish your blog. A blog is focused on digital content. A CMS system is an application software, allowing creation, modification and organisation of digital content. So a CMS system helps in creating and maintaining websites and blogs. There are many web-­publishing applications which can be used as CMS systems and the most popular ones are: WordPress, Joomla and Drupal. In fact, the most widely used is WordPress.

Discover Blogging Episode 2 | Leveraging internet

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Episode 1 dealt with the basic questions like: What is a Blog? and "What are different kinds of Blogs?" Blogging (and Blog marketing) is not a new area anymore and evolving fast. Blogging helps people to build online presence, their own space enabling them to present their talents, skills, hobbies, businesses, help others, broadcast their message, blog for income and many more things. The list is endless…
Internet penetration and technology According to many sources, internet has penetrated to more than 3 billion people. This is huge and mind blowing! While I am writing it or you are reading it, there are hundreds of million people online and when we are talking about such huge number of people, there is definitely a point (and business case) to leverage internet.

Discover Blogging: Episode 1 | What is a Blog?

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Well, you are here to learn about blogging, or creating a website for that matter, and that is why you have followed this blog or my Google+ Collection: Discover Blogging. This expectation brings a sense of responsibility to me and to meet and fulfil it in the best possible way will be my constant endeavour. So this is my inspiration to put this series together. Your timely feedback will help me in making it more useful for you.

Choose a Niche [Part 3]: The Final Step

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Let me start with a quick recap of the previous 2 parts of this mini-series (Go back to Choose a Niche Part 2: Explore Topics). Experts advice to follow a focused approach for your new blog (or website) around one topic (your niche). It helps you in finding your audience and growing your blog without difficulty. But choosing your niche is a tricky but very important part of your online brand and efforts. We followed a quick exercise for exploring potential niches. Here I am going to discuss one more aspect of a right niche.

Choose a Niche [Part 2]: Explore topics

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In first part of the 'Choose a Niche' mini-series (Go to Choose a Niche: Part-1), I favoured for a focused approach for your new blog (or website) so that all your content is around one topic. I listed a few popular topics in 'Food for Thought' section to help you in choosing your topic or niche. That's in no way is an exhaustive list and you may need to explore many many topics before you find yours. Coming straight to the point, you can start your exploration at StumbleUpon:


StumbleUpon is a discovery engine which allows its users to find and rate web-content using the principles of peer-sourcing and social-networking. I find the stories of internet start-ups interesting and exciting and if you share the same interest as me, here is the full story about StumbleUpon on Wikipedia.

Choose a Niche [Part 1]: Focused Approach

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Small minds discuss people. Average minds discuss events. Great minds discuss ideas. 
-Eleanor Roosevelt
So you want to blog but wondering what it should be about! For some reason, many people start their blog as a kind of personal diary. They are posting about their personal life and daily stuff like morning walk, playing with their dog, outing for dinner, etc. This is one of the biggest categories of blogs and unfortunately this is also the category drawing least attention. People have their lives, their stuff, their chores to do and there is no reason why they should be interested in staying with and following such a blog unless it belongs to a celebrity, a social icon or a popular personality whose personal life interests a lot of people. If that's not the case with you, your blog adds to the noise and it goes entirely unnoticed.

Discover Blogging: Order your Free copy of my latest E-Book

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"What's in store for me?"
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Google Keep Tips: How to use?

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Let me start with a disclaimer: I am a happy Google Keep user so I don't make any claim not to be biased in this post. Just kidding:) but frankly, it's a wonderful app in my experience. Its web-version is equally useful and allows me to use my notes with other applications. I don't remember how I was living (or managing) without it. For the sake of completion, let me try to recall:) Before Keep, I was using hand-written notes, I had tried apps like Evernote, Google Calendar, Notepad, etc. but never became so habitual with any of them that they could become an essential part of my life.

Discover Blogging: How-to-blog series

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Updated on Jan 13, 2017. Discover blogging is how-to-blog series of posts in my Google+ Collection: Discover Blogging which I migrated to this blog during Dec, 2017-Jan, 2018. If you are a beginner interested in starting your blog, it's for you. For quite some time, I was thinking how can I make my Collection more useful than by just sharing links to blogging resources and then this idea striked me to create a step-wise-step guide for beginners. Amazingly, I started getting very good response from the first post itself, so I am trying to put my best effort into it as time permits. Please find below the list of posts published so far with excerpts from the respective posts:

Discover Google

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Google products allow you to organise yourself, improve your productivity, create, search, store and manage stuff online, experience the joy of blogging, connect to and share with people using Google+, implement many Creative ideas and so many things.

Google Help files'Discover Google' is the title of the e-book I have designed to leverage the Google help files. Google help files come handy when you need to find more about a Google product you are using letting you learn life hacks that make productive use of your online time with Google products and services, for example, quick and effective search by using advanced options or getting started with Google Keep and using it effectively. Once you learn them, they are always there by your side drastically improving your performance and organising your life.

Introduction to Series: Top 5 Reasons to be on Google+

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Google+ was launched as Google's social media platform to help people discover, share and connect across Google ecosystem. Google+ is the place where people engage around their interests with the content and people inspiring them.
Since June, 2011, when Google+ started, there was lot of speculation whether it would survive. There were all kinds of stories floating around and questioning if you should really be using Google+. Now that Google+ is not only around but has the best features than any other social media  platform and the people and businesses are leveraging it to meet their ends, there is no doubt about its future. And, I am inspired to think about my reasons for being on Google+ and make others think to join the league ;)

9 Essential Google Photos Tips!

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Looking at the popularity of this amazing app, I devoted previous 2 posts to Google Photos covering the essential features first: storage and delete. I have included them in the list below for the benefit of first-timers and sake of completeness. This is the third and final instalment of the Google Photos series. I thought it will be more useful to list down the features as tips to use Photos effectively:

Google Photos: Don't delete them accidently!

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Welcome back... to the second post on Google Photos! I hope yesterday's post 'Are your photos eating into limited storage of your Google account' helped in understanding how storage works and how Google Photos can be set-up for Free unlimited storage backing-up lifetime of photos. In this post, you can learn about the features around 'DELETE' functionality. I believe these features are among the most important due to the devastating effect of their consequences. They have evolved over a period of time and now they are safer than ever before.

Google Photos: Are your photos eating into limited storage of your Google account?

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Google Picasa retired on 1st May, 2016. The background was set and it was the next logical step allowing Google to focus entirely on one photo service - Google Photos which was there for one year and saw widespread user adoption. Picasa was a desktop application allowing to edit and manage photos. You could upload photos to Picasa Web Albums to store and share them online. Google Photos, on the other hand, was completely online i.e. cloud-based with no offline desktop application like Picasa. With the world moving to cloud and mobile, it was a decision to keep up with the times.

Important Update: To stay in touch

Updated on July 30, 2017 - Hi Guys! Finally... back to my blog after a long hiatus with sincere apologies to everyone out there following this blog and the Google+ Business Page associated with it. You know, sometimes, life takes its toll but if you are back again with more resolve, there is nothing like that. After all, all is well that ends well. I am happy (and positively surprised) that the readership for this blog has been on an increase (against being lost in oblivion)  since I was out of touch (and that too for a long time).

And that further strengthens my conviction about one of the greatest advantages about online presence! You are there even when you are not (physically) there. I will talk about it (Personal blogging and Social media) in the upcoming posts.

Before I get started again, let me update you on 3 changes I have made which will affect your exploration of this blog. Here they go:

1- Domain name change The blog's address 'erpites.blogspot.com' now redire…