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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

How to set up your own blog site at a cheaper cost 

Creating a blog site for aspiring bloggers can be a bit complicated, but a little research and DIY can be helpful :) That's why I'm here to help you out :)




Cheaper yet reliable - Domain Registration

How to create a perfect website at a cheaper cost?
A lot of domain hosting services offers packages at affordable plans. 
On which you have the option to pay either monthly or annually.

No need to think about anything in tech related to creating your own blog site.
It's just easy as 1,2,3. Among the hosting providers are Wordpress and Wix.

You get what you pay for. That's it.

Unfortunately, for those first timers who's budget is beyond the hosting plan offers.
You might think twice to invest into something that there is no assurance whether you will get the ROI (return on investment) at the earliest. 

Here we go! 

Without further ado, I am going to share some of my DIY to make a perfect blog site at cheaper cost.

#Bangforyourwallet

 I am going to share some advice and tips about choosing your domain at a cheaper cost, setting up and starting your new blog site.

There are three ingredients that we need to use for a perfect Blog site:

Blogger


GoDaddy


Gooyabi SEO Template



I use Blogspot as my blog publishing platform and I am using GoDaddy as my domain hosting provider.






For the theme, there are preloaded themes from Blogspot but I opt to download an SEO ready theme from Gooyabi Templates. Lots of options for you to choose from and its Blogspot ready and of course its free!.

Why purchase a domain?


The reason I am pushing you to create your own blog with a hosted domain?
It looks more reliable, you get the readers trust, secured and it looks more professional than using your blog publishing platform domain such as mywebsite.blogspot.com 

The benefit of using a third-party domain, is you are eligible for the Adsense Monetization Program as this is there main criteria for them to approve your Blog site for monetization.

And of course, you need to create more articles at least 20 post and decent traffic.

Technical Side- Easy, Worry Free



There's a bit technical when you're going to link your host account to blog-spot. Just go to your godaddy account , prepare your pin and call their customer service. That's it!

You don't need to worry about it as configuring GoDaddy to your Blogspot account is very easy. 
Upon purchasing a domain, There will be an instruction for you to set it up once you created an account with GoDaddy, If you're still confused, their 24x7 customer service will be helping you out thru out the setup.

I cant share my screenshot for my own settings as these are unique codes that kept to be private.
However, GoDaddy will provide it for you.

How much the total cost?


Total Cost?

Web Domain 


So how much was my total cost for my website?

$200? Nope.

$250? Nah...

$150? hell no!

It's only $ 1!


Yes! It is!

But why?

Here's the catch.

GoDaddy offers a promotion for a year if you want to sign up with them. 
Just pay $1 and that's it! You're good to go.


WEB DOMAIN



After a year, you decide if you want to continue with there service.
As for me, I still renewed my hosting service as its better than other domain providers that I tried before. *Satisfied customer here ;) 

And guess what? I got my ROI instantly!  ;) 

Once you're done with the configuration with your GoDaddy Account.
You need to link your third party domain address to Blogspot.

Step by step : 


Check the screenshot below:




After linking. Click the save button. Wait for a few minutes, refresh your browser and voila!
You have your trusted and more professional domain- Blog site.


Themes, Themes, Themes!

As what I have mentioned before, There are ready-made themes.
Unfortunately, the theme provided is very limited so I opt to download an SEO Template from Gooya. 

Once you download your desired theme.

Go to the theme section of your Blogspot account



And choose to Restore on the top corner



Click the Choose file and hit Upload


Wait for a few mins. Open another tab and enter your blog site. That's it :)
You have a fresh new site with a new look :)

That's it for now :)


For any questions or comments. Please let me know :)
Don't forget to subscribe to my Email List and share this post :)

See you next time!

--Ceddy



Monday, June 4, 2018


Retail Associate

These are the common questions people asked me if they know that I am working in Retail Industry.

''You work in retail? Wow!''

''Do you have staff discount? Can you give me?''

For some, it's awkward, for me, its normal. It's my perks anyway.


Sounds good to hear, is it?

I work in the retail industry for 4 years - that's the summary of all the work experience that I incurred.

Fortunately, I was accepted easily by my current company. 
There are pros and cons if you work in the Retail.

Let's check first on the pros.





  • Perks!





Lucky you, If you are working on a giant retail company tendency is, you will be receiving some of the following:
  • discount program such as staff discounts up to 50% (my company offers 50% discount during retail employee day and up to 30 percent discount on a regular basis),
  • employee rewards like participating in different events and activities or be commended and appreciated for working with the company
  • financial benefits for employees as per mandated by the labor law such as paid vacation leave, air ticket allowance (if you work abroad), Emergency leave- not paid, and Sick leave is available as well.
  • getting a tip from the customer (if the company allows you to accept)
  • Rest day during your birthday
  • Compensatory Off ( Offset during holidays)
  • Paid Overtime

How about the cons?

check this out:



  • Customers





As a retail associate, we are interacting in an environment with a different race and populace. We can't deny the fact that sometime's we are being treated in a different way. Some customers are racist, some are nice, some could understand if you explain the return policy, for example. Another customer will treat you as their personal assistant, if they are not satisfied, they will complain to the manager or else write an email to the company itself.

As a retail associate, Our goal is to make our customer happy and satisfied. But other customers are taking it to the next level. Despite the quote '' Customer is always right". We cannot do anything about it unless customer will act violently.

Retail Company nowadays are protecting their credibility. So in order to avoid these things. They are pro-consumer, without consumer buying the product, there is no income at all.





  • Rest Days



If you work in retail, don't expect to get a rest day during holidays. Holidays is the Hotspot for the retailers as consumers tend to visit the malls and splurge for shopping. Other retail shop offer sale during holidays as well so expect the crowd during these days.
For a retail associate, we call it block days- days that we cant go on vacation.

Peak season starts from November until January. So we can't request a vacation on these months unless there's an allotted manpower.

Working overtime? of course! It's extra pay for you, however, despite overwork, you felt tired the entire day and you cant even managed to do things that you want to do.



  • Workload

If you work in a children's clothing for example. A lot of merchandise items are needed to prepare and to be displayed. So if you haven't tried working in this type of industry, you might tend to quite easily. Customers are happy and love to shop, so we need to make sure that everything is well set and shoppable. However, despite these good result of hard work, we can't avoid the fact that workload is very high.




Despite these Cons. It's a fulfillment for me to work in a Retail Industry.
It boosts the level of my self-confidence.  I don't talk a lot to anyone, However when I started working in this field. It changed everything.


Meeting different people, Working with the team,  interacting with the customer, and helping them means a lot to me.

By the end of the day. You and your team will be productive, you made someone happy because you help them.
You contributed to the growth of the company and company gives you in return.

Fulfilling, isn't it?

So for those people who want to work in retail.
Do some research, especially for those first-timers who want to work.


Thank you for reading my blog and see you next time.

--ceddy








Saturday, June 2, 2018

6 steps how to get blog views




The title of the article seems catchy huh? Is it?

Let's face the fact!

It's a reality.  You have the passion for blogging. But for some reason. YOU are not earning much something from it.

 "I have the resources. But why I don't earn that much? " - A lot of people asks this question ( including myself )

You cannot earn money from blogging overnight.


 It takes time, patience and perseverance to earn your hard earned cold passive income. It will take months and months and months. Trust me. I earned 8 Dirhams for the past 4 months.  The reason behind?

Just continue reading below...

I started my interest in earning money online, 5 years ago. I was curious. How these people earn money online?

And so I started self-studying. Doing some research. And eventually. I stumble on blogging. I learned how to set up my own blog site. Reading some articles about blogging.
Learning Google analytics, Adword implementation, publisher content, domain installation, monetization and optimization of my blog.


All these things I learned, for free from the internet. But it seems that there is something missing.
I am receiving organic traffic from my blog. However, this organic traffic is very less.

Website Traffic- is the lifeblood of an online business.
And not only you or I,  struggling with it.

"I wish I could increase my traffic 30,000 to 100,000 monthly."
But how?

Well, I am going to share some of my tips with you.
However, just so you know, getting traffic isn't easy as what you expect. And I cannot guarantee that you might get that traffic immediately. It will take months and months. In rare cases, for a year!

Sharing to Social Media and  Search Engine Optimization are the most common to drive your website traffic.

But what about how to get traffic from these resources?

Check this out:

Know Your Niche and have Passion from Blogging




Know your interest and passion. Write down the list of the things that you usually do before. For example, if you love to bake cookies or you frequently travel during your free time then decide which one is common. In this way, you can only focus one thing at a time.

Blogging isn’t easy as you expected.  Particularly if you are focusing on an area that you don’t care about. So, therefore, you might tend to quite easily. Particularly for the first time aspiring blogger. If you are passionate about a goal that you want to. Then just focus on that goal. Just stick with it and learn something from it.
So for example. You love to bake cookies, and you have a lot of homemade cookie recipes that you already knew and want it to share your blog. Then focus on it. So that is your goal.

Focus on your goal + Ideas + blog it = Niche. That's the formula


Help Your Readers Curiosity 




Yes! Everything is possible on the internet these days! People are searching for DIY. How to bake cookies and more!

In short. People are looking for answers or solution.

If getting a traffic is your concern. Then you have to focus and create a solution. Your reader wants a solution. Do it and focus on it. Result? Traffic and recommendation!


Share Your Content- Widen Your Network




You need to engage in these communities such as Facebook Group, Google Plus, Stumble Upon, Nuffnang, Reddit or Linkedin Group to name a few.

Introduce yourself and show your expertise. Contribute to the community and help others. You will get the results automatically in favor to you.


Produce Informative Content





You are putting efforts into creating a rich article. Are you?

Well, I will give you some tricks for you to improve it. So that you will be more confident about your blog.

Create a catchy headline article

Create a better introduction to your post

Write a simple content yet very effective. ''Don't beat around the bush" 

Use Google Keyword Planner - It's easy to use and free!



Share it with the World!





Use social networking sites as a medium.
Facebook, Twitter, Reddit and Twitter to name a few are the top social networking platforms for you to increase your traffic. 

Engage and focus on these social top platforms and you will see the result!


Impressions




If you have a fascinating visual, you get more social shares and increase your blog traffic than before!

I am using Pexels for my visual. You can check their website on this link
Don't forget to create a catchy grabbing visuals to share it on social media.


So that's it!

I understand. It is really hard to earn blog traffic. However, as long as you follow these tips. For sure, it will be easier.

The sky is the limit if you want to learn. Just explore and learn more.

And you will see the result!

Thanks for reading my article :)

Next time again.

--Ceddy




Shifting out- Should I?

Shifting out to another place is very difficult. Especially to expatriates.

The struggle is real


If you are working in the United Arab Emirates, You know what I mean.

2 years ago, I don't have a permanent location, I am shifting to different emirates.
From Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman , Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah.
The good thing? I already visited the entire Emirates!  :D Including Al Ain too! 

Pieces of Stuff, After all these years, shall I keep it or dispose of?


I have a lot of stuff from my wardrobe, table, bed, kitchen utensil and more. So I need someone to shift these pieces of pieces of stuff. Good thing there's transport shifting services around the corner. Just contact them, ask them for the good price and you're good to go :)

Charges, Fees - Ouch!


How much is the charge then? Well, it depends on the emirate. As far as I remember, I paid 500 Dirhams to shift out to Ajman from Sharjah that's roughly $137. 


Comparing the rentals from different Emirates

From Ajman to Fujairah roughly $200. (ouch). Anyways, the only benefit you will get is the cheap rental flats from Ajman going to Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah. (yey) . 

I noticed, the farther you will stay away from Dubai or Abu Dhabi, the cheaper the rents are. Ajman Fujairah, and RAK (Ras Al Khaimah) - the rent for the electricity and internet includes everything in one payment (As per my experience). However, in Dubai - the payment for the Water, Electricity and Internet is separated. Thus, It still depends on your landlord on how she collects the payment.

Verdict- Abu Dhabi for now

At the moment, I am currently residing here in the Capital of the UAE- Abu Dhabi.

Though the rental of the flat is 25% less compared to Dubai. 
I am paying 925 Dirhams roughly $253 for my partition that includes everything. And my workplace is just opposite of the building where I currently reside. I saved a lot from my transportation as well.

Little Comparison- Not much but convenience and privacy


Where compared to Sharjah - next emirate to Dubai, where the rental is highly similar to Dubai.
I am paying 750 Dirhams (Down bed-Double decker)-  Bedspacer along with some roommates of 6 people. Imagine that? Canned sardines? SoThe water, electricity, and internet bill are not included. so I'm paying roughly 850 dirhams. Sounds cheaper compared to Abu Dhabi right? But what about the comfort? Privacy? It's limited I say.


Therefore- Abu Dhabi is Better (for now) 


As what I said, I am currently residing in Abu Dhabi. I am leaving together with my two other roommates in a clean well tidy and noise-free flat.

Just the 3 of us... Yes and we have privacy too :)


Recommendations!


So I am writing this Article to recommend a Flat which is currently available as of the moment.
This flat is situated at the City Center of Abu Dhabi- Tourist Club Area.

This building where the flat is situated  is very accessible to all establishments such as : 

  • Abu Dhabi Mall
  • City Terminal  - if you want to drop off your luggage in advance to the airport
  • Ramada Hotel - they are just neighbors with the building and the landmark as well.
  • KM Supermarket- if you need to buy some goods
  • Restaurants such as Mang Inasal, Jollibee, and other Filipino Restaurant
  • Capacious Parking Lot- worry-free since the building provides a parking area for its tenants.
  • 7th Floor Spot
  • Bus Station- its a few steps away from the bus station - that most 2 to 3 digit buses pass by on this spot going and coming by the city. So it is very convenient for everyone who wants to leave in this area. As what I have mention, its the city center itself.


Please refer to the pictures below. What's inside the flat.


Sample Partition

Empty Room - Ready for Rental

Partition

Another Partition


Vacant Room ATM

Provision with wardrobe

Clean and Tidy Washroom

Feel at home :)


Another Vacant Room

Good for Couple

Amenities- Automatic Washing Machine with Dryer

Rooms

Another One

Ready for occupancy


Another Washroom




Kitchen



Most of the people who leave on this flat are Filipinos and the landlord is Filipino as well :)

For more information, you can reach me out for viewing of the flat or you can contact Mr. Paul on this link. Or thru his contact number at 0562989648/0545795529

Thanks for reading my blog and see you next time :)

--Ceddy

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