Monday, October 26, 2015

6 Tips for Bloggers on Getting Sponsors for the Blog

January 2012 – My first blog, my travel blog was turning 1 year old, and I wanted to celebrate it because I survive for 1 year in blogging plus my blog is starting to get recognized – well, at least being a nominee.

So a month before that I started to send emails to different companies on sponsoring my first anniversary, and yes there was a sponsor – if I remember it right there were 2 of them.

Anyway, I’ve been asking businesses to sponsor my travel blog lately too, with this I’d like to share a couple of tips with everyone on how to convince or ask businesses to sponsor my blog.

But before anything else, please take note that I’m not claiming to be an expert on this. I just do this, and there are blogger friends who asked me how do I do it.

IT’S NOT EASY. It take days, or weeks to get a sponsor and my trip is near. But then, when someone do sponsor my blogs I am very thankful for their support that I make the most out of it.

6 Tips for Bloggers on Getting Sponsors for the Blog

Tip #1: Be Direct to the Point.

Don’t make your emails be too long that it may take their marketer or business owner to finish reading your email in 48 billion years. Make it as short as possible, but have everything they should know be stated in that email.

Tip #2: Stats DO matter, but not really that Important

When I started out I was crossing my fingers, even now that, that blog is 5 years old, got some awards, I’m still crossing my fingers. I was new back then, I’m older now, I still get NOs from time to time. So really, it’s not important to have a huge stat. You don’t need to be number 1 and famous to get sponsors. What’s important is my next tip…

Tip #3: What do they get from you?

What they want to know is, why they should sponsor you (what’s the event?), and what do they get in return. They don’t sponsor bloggers because you’re a blogger, they should get something in return, nothing’s free in this world dude….except for love, I think.

For me example, I do say that when they sponsor a stay at their hotel, I will do a blog post about their hotel, social media exposure, and there might be a video (if doable).

Tip #4: Deliver.

It doesn’t mean that they’re done sponsoring you, you don’t have any responsibilities to them anymore. That you don’t need to do what you’ve promised (from Tip #3).

Please note that when you don’t deliver, it’s not only you or your blog who’ll be damage or affected. All the bloggers are. There are businesses who do tell me that they’re crossing their fingers in sponsoring me and hoping I’d do what I said because there are a number of bloggers who don’t do what they claim to do – I end up getting a huge thanks from them after that.

An example of how I deliver.

So, please do. For the love of blogging, for the rest of the bloggers around the world, please deliver.
Note: When you do deliver, there’s a great possibility that your sponsor will share it on their social media accounts. Exposure for you! Plus, there are also some sponsors who do link to your post, another benefit from you!

Tip #5: Have a MEDIA KIT page.

Some people call it different, I do have that page but I don’t call it media kit. It’s also important to have it because since you have a short email, the media kit page on your blog will be a huge source and will have all the information that a sponsor will need. You can go explain as long as you want there, be detailed as you can too.

There are also times that someone you think ordinary or maybe one of your readers is actually a business owner. That will be a great time to showcase or show that you do accept invites and opportunities.

Please don’t forget to include the link to your media kit page to your email. Something like, “to find out more about the benefit on sponsoring my blog through this link: ”, this will be a great opportunity too to have your potential sponsor to check out your blog.

Tip #6: Give the sponsor time to think.

There are sponsors who’ll reply in a matter of days, or weeks even. They sometimes need an approval form the owner, or marketing side. So don’t email 20 potential sponsors in 1 day or in the first week, give them about 2 weeks to respond. Then email another batch again.

What happened to me when I emailed more than 10 of them in day 1 is that I get a lot of sponsors that I only have a day to spare.

Now, how do I know all this? Why I know this? Other than being a blogger myself, I’m a SEO specialist and my clients do consult me from time to time if it’s worth it to sponsor certain bloggers who ask them for sponsorships, and I want exposure.


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Google Apps Standard - Free Version At Your Own Domain

Google Apps has been officially closed in the 2012. But you may still get it at your own domain with Google Apps - Free for 10/25/100 and even 1000 or 3000 users Standard Edition. You'll set your own domain as primary domain in Google Apps Admin and start using Google Apps on your domain for free for life time. From 1st October, 2015 there is option to change primary domain in Google Apps Free (Standard Edition). However, you can't add secondary domains, only domain alias is possible.


No more compromise with blabla.com domain. You can now set your own domain as primary domain in Google Apps Free version. What you pay is just one time payment towards purchase of a Google Apps Standard (Free) Account. You will get the super admin credentials of Google Apps Free licenses; you can use it for free for lifetime. So, you don't need to pay any recurring fees for Google Apps. You can save huge $$$ every year. For example you can save $50 x 50 = $2500 on each year with a Free 50 Users Google Apps Free account. For details visit http://GappsDomain.com

The process of Google Apps setup on your own domain (set as primary domain) need about 10-15 minutes time. To get verified your domain you need to add a DNS TXT / CNAME Record at your domain DNS. You need to access to your domain Control Panel. You may use other alternative options / methods to very your domain ownership as well. It takes about an hour to get verified your domain with Google. But is most cases it takes just 5-10 minutes time. Then you need to set the MX records at your domain to enable email route through Google.

See https://support.google.com/a/answer/174125?vid=0-635798925975687250-3404859672 about MX records values.

Until it’s not re-selling any Google products on custom domains (on domain alias or secondary domain) you are not violating the Google’s Terms of Service (ToS). When you get the ownership of Google Apps account on your own domain it's 100% legal. However, you need to be fully responsible for any violation of Google's after delivery of Google Apps admin credentials.

What's Get from Google Apps?
Professional email, online storage, shared calendars, video meetings and much more. An all-in-one suite to communicate, store and create.

Professional email: 
Get custom email (@yourdomain.com), 15 GB of storage for each email, Gmail spam protection, powerful search and integrated calendars.

Customize UI: 
Set your custom login URL, logo so it appears on the sign-in pages and in the applications themselves. Set your theme suite your organization.

Freedom to work from anywhere: 
Create, edit and share files on the go from your desktop, laptop, tablet, iPad or even from smartphones.

Store and share in the cloud:
Save work files in Drive, access them from any device and share them instantly with teammates. No more sending attachments or merging different versions.

For more details you visit http://GappsDomain.com

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Hide my Phone: Mobile Privacy App from Hide my Ass!

Interested in hiding your identity while using your mobile device? Take a look at The Mobile Privacy App from “HideMyPhone”. It helps you to ensure anonymity over the internet while browsing over your phone. It’s available for both Android and iOS.

How HideMyAss Ensures Security

This app is designed to use VPNs or Virtual Private Networks in order to ensure a secure connection. It allows you to be able to surf the web in anonymity even while on public accessed networks. VPNs work by establishing a line of communication from point to point where the data cannot be intercepted and easily read. By ensuring a high degree of trust in the inability to decrypt the packet or data exchange between two points, VPNs create a secure network.

In simpler terms, imagine a classroom full a students. John wants to speak to Jane on a private matter. However, they are on the opposite sides of the room. So, if John and Jane encrypt their letters to each other in a manner only they can understand, it doesn’t matter who passes the note. They can speak on private matters even though multiple students may be passing their letters.

VPN Configuration Options Available

The VPNs Hide My Ass use is set up to use several different types of protocols: PPTP, L2TP and OpenVPN. PPTP or Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol is commonly found in Windows products. So, it’s very widely used and can be easily set up. L2TP, or Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol, is a way of utilizing IPsec to ensure anonymity. However, L2TP does not ensure confidentiality by itself. It has to use IPsec to do it. OpenVPN is an open source application that ensures VPNs. Open sourcing means that no one really owns the copyright and that anyone can have access to the code that ensures this. Either way, the privacy app offers several set up configurations you can use for a secure VPN.

For those planning to subscribe to the service, see the recommended “ HideMyAss discount ” guide for more information.

Media and History Information About HMA

Around 2011, HMA came under fire for releasing information that ultimately led to the arrest a hacker, Cody Kretsinger, involved in the Sony Pictures leak around that time. As reported by www.invisibler.com , HMA reported that they do not condone illegal activity and so provided login activity logs that assisted in arresting Kretsinger. This only goes to show that while HMA and their app can provide a way to combat man-in-the-middle attacks, it also points to the fact that HMA does collect some data on the user that can ultimately be tracked and traced back.

Conclusion

HideMyAss’s app can ensure a credible and acceptable level of anonymity for mobile users. Mostly attractive to customers who are looking for an affordable service, thanks to discount codes that provide the VPN for a very low cost. It can also provide several configurations in order to fit various needs.

However, it has to be pointed out that there is no such thing as anonymity on the web. In reality, it’s relative to the amount of resources you are willing to put forth for the level of security you want to ensure. It has already been pointed out that HMA does log your login activity. So, HMA can be useful for average anonymity needs on the web. However, higher level needs are not met with HMA.