How To Manage a Blog During Exams? - The Recipe

Exams! One of the most horrible words a student can hear. Exams are especially a big problem for those students who work for a living paral...

blogging during examsExams! One of the most horrible words a student can hear. Exams are especially a big problem for those students who work for a living parallel to studies.  All your work schedule is badly disturbed and interrupted when the call for Semester Examination is made. I will be a victim of all day study for the coming 20-30 days and just like last year the blog will be in guest posting mode. Articles on Social Media and blogging will be served as usual by Gold Star MBT contributors. This time Qasim Zaib the author from our second blog (Smart Earning Methods) will be in charge of this blog.

He is well versed with technology and enjoys sharing tech related stuff. I am sure you will find his articles interesting and worth reading. In today's tutorial I will share some tips that can help you to manage your blog during vocations, exams, holidays, family occasions etc.  You can surely not stop posting and let the blog die, consistent posting is the fuel that keeps any blog running else no-posting will turn any lively blog into a dead collection of posts with no reader activity and traffic. Let me share the recipe that has always helped me in maintaining the blog during a busy exam schedule or special occasion.

 

Got Money? - Hire an Author

This is indeed the most easiest yet productive approach to keep entertaining your audience. Deciding to hire an author is the most easiest step but finding a skilled author with good written command and tech know-how is the toughest.  Instead of hiring a freelancer or asking small niche authors to write for you, I highly recommend that you find someone who either lives in your hometown or at most your country. This is what I normally do. I look for talented university or college students and train them for a week so that they may learn some basic SEO and post formatting. I guide them via a Mobile phone and SMS them topics they are supposed to write on. This makes the job easy for the author and also keeps me in confidence that the posting being done is fulfilling the demand of readership and search engine traffic. Of course you can not let the author decide what to write on because its only you who knows what is best for your blog and what your readers like and dislike.

Advantages of Hiring a Country Mate

There are several advantages of hiring an author who lives close to your residence. Some of these benefits are:

  1. You are handing over the blog to someone you know. So the security and safety threat is minimum
  2. You can contact him 24/7 using the fastest yet flexible medium of communication i.e. Mobile phone.
  3. You can call or text the author confidently and would not need to contact via dead slow Email correspondence
  4. You can pay in your local currency and not necessarily in US dollars.
  5. Payment can be processed within hours through online cash transaction
  6. You do not need PayPal to make the transaction
  7. You can immediately contact the author to publish a quick update or publish an important news.
  8. and so on..

Ask Your Loyal Readers

If in case you can not afford to pay or if your readership is low and your earnings less, then there still exists an alternative option. You can ask your regular readers to write for you by donating them a backlink in return. You will need to gather 10-15 posts from your readers, compose them and schedule them. All this needs to be done before your exams start, so you will have to make sure you ask each of your online friend or reader to write at least 3 posts for you. Do not offer a link back to the reader's website if he insists on writing just one. Be smart and take out maximum profit.

Offer a permanent link on your homepage to anyone who agrees to write 15+ articles for you if your blog has a PageRank less than 3. Hassam Ahmad awan was offered a permanent link at MBT for writing 20+ posts and was paid some cash as bonus for his extra ordinary and well crafted posts. 

Keep Link Builders Away!

Most of the emails that are welcomed by our junk box are those of link builders. Linking a blog that is not related to your niche and blog topic or blog categories lack serious relevance and can harm the PageRank juice. This is one reason why most of the guest posts at MBT are from its loyal readers only. We accept posts from readers in order to motivate the new faces and help them out to perform even better.

Before December 2011, we would often charge companies as high as $150-$200 per link and would let the web hosting companies to post at our blog and link back to their products but this badly slowed down the PageRank and we saw no rise from Google's Latest PageRank update of 6th Feb 2012 despite growing number of incoming links. We have therefore permanently stopped accepting product reviews and acknowledge guest posts from young new readers only.

Posts from link builders are often old re-written stories that has no search engine value. Most of these posts are written using automatic software and often a smart re-written copies of already published articles. Kindly avoid accepting articles that are out-dated or too generic, only accept posts if they are hot in trends. Writing on hot news and developments bring massive flow of fresh organic traffic and readership.

How much shall you pay per post?

Posts are priced based on their length and quality. The payment criteria for paid guest posts which is practiced on majority of blogs with less than 10K traffic is as follows:

$3-$5 per 2000 words

$2 per 1000-1500 words

$1 per 500-1000 words

Qasim zaib is being paid based on a different fixed salary package because he writes regularly for Smart Earning Methods too and has succeeded in building his own fan following. 

Your Views?

Forgive me pals for being out of touch for so long as I am badly captivated by tests, practicals, projects and studies from all corners. Computer System Engineering is fun yet time consuming. Will need your cooperation in this off period. I will publish tutorials whenever I get time but regular posting will be done by Qasim Zaib. If you have any questions related to today's post then please do not hesitate to post your queries. I hope the above recipe today was a delicious one. Peace and blessings buddies! :)

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