ChillyBin WordPress Web Design Singapore https://www.chillybin.com.sg ChillyBin WordPress Web Design Singapore specialise in website design & development, wordpress, online marketing & consultancy. Mon, 25 Jul 2016 02:04:49 +0000 en-AU hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.3 Content Marketing – What It Is and Why You Need It https://www.chillybin.com.sg/2016/07/20/content-marketing-what-it-is-and-why-you-need-it/ https://www.chillybin.com.sg/2016/07/20/content-marketing-what-it-is-and-why-you-need-it/#respond Wed, 20 Jul 2016 02:00:02 +0000 https://www.chillybin.com.sg/?p=15645 The world of marketing is full of all of buzzwords and phrases and some last longer than others. Content marketing is one of those phrases that is here to stay. Maybe you’ve heard of it before and you may think you’re already doing it. According to Inc.com, over 85 percent of brands claim to use... Read more ⟩

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Content Marketing – What It Is and Why You Need It

The world of marketing is full of all of buzzwords and phrases and some last longer than others. Content marketing is one of those phrases that is here to stay.

Maybe you’ve heard of it before and you may think you’re already doing it. According to Inc.com, over 85 percent of brands claim to use content marketing as a part of their advertising strategy but less than half believe that they’re any good at it.

So, what exactly is content marketing and why is it worth your time?

The Definition of Content Marketing

The Content Marketing Institute defines content marketing as:

“Content marketing is a strategic marketing approach focused on creating and distributing valuable, relevant, and consistent content to attract and retain a clearly ­defined audience—and, ultimately, to drive profitable customer action.”

The key here is that content marketing is a form of advertising. Savvy internet users are very adept at avoiding obtrusive advertisements and sales pitches, so traditional advertising methods are going the way of the dinosaur.

Content marketing allows you to create valuable content that enhances the behavior of consumers. Essentially, you deliver information that makes your readers more intelligent, and by providing that high­ quality content, readers will reward you by buying your products and services.

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It may seem like a bit much to spend so much time on indirect advertising methods that are more difficult and complicated to create. It’s much easier to pay for advertising than it is to maintain a blog. Moreover, if you’re trying to sell something, shouldn’t you just try to sell it?

The fact is, you won’t enjoy as much success if you don’t give content marketing a try. Today’s consumers are more intelligent and savvy than ever. Even if you have a great product, heavy ­handed sales tactics can turn potential clients off to what you have to offer.

Content marketing strategies strive to provide relevant and valuable content, while all those other sales pitches seem more like spam. In addition, content marketing can position you as an expert in your niche, helping you to become an authority that other people turn to for information, which will only increase your sales.

How Do I Use Content Marketing?

Are you ready to give content marketing a try? There are many ways you can weave this advertising method into your website and beyond.

  • Write articles for a blog
  • Turn popular blog content into a press release
  • Share your content and content from others on social media
  • Create targeted email campaigns
  • Rewrite website content to tell a story

Feeling overwhelmed?

Don’t feel like you have to do everything all at once. Start small and track your progress. Once you start seeing how great content marketing can transform your business, you’ll be excited to try new strategies.

Just because you’re an expert in your field doesn’t mean you’re a great writer. If you really want to knock your content marketing strategy out of the park, contact us about creating stellar content for your business.

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Top 10 Ways to Get More Blog Subscribers

You have probably heard about how wonderful a blog can be for your business. Not only can it provide you with opportunities to boost your website’s SEO but it’s also a great way to find and keep dedicated and loyal customers. But chances are you’ve started a blog only to discover no one’s reading it, except maybe a few of your employees if you’re lucky.

Quality blogs are a lot of work to maintain so you definitely want to make sure it’s worth your time by getting people to read it. But exactly how do you do that?

Here are 10 of the best ways you can attract subscribers to your blog.

01. Create a Subscription Landing Page

One of the easiest ways to get people to subscribe to your blog is by using a landing page. You’ve definitely seen a landing page before. It’s simply the first page your visitors see when they visit your site. On that page, a separate window pops up and prompts the visitor to take action.

Typically this action is to subscribe to your blog for future updates. They have to make the choice to sign up or not before they can continue to the website.

02. Clearly Display an Email Opt-­In Form

Many visitors won’t sign up for blog updates when they first visit your site but they might be willing to sign up after they have explored your website. Make sure your email opt in form is clearly displayed on multiple pages so they can opt­-in at any time.

Top 10 Ways to Get More Blog Subscribers103. Offer an Incentive for Subscribing

Everyone likes free stuff! Offer a free e­book or a coupon for signing up for blog updates. You’d be amazed how simply providing a little incentive can bring in more subscribers and even returning traffic to your blog.

04.Promote Your Blog

Make sure everyone knows that your blog has been updated, even if they aren’t signed up for your email list. Write teasers about your new article on social media and brag about your blog on other areas of your website, like your ‘About Us’ page.

05. Add a Footer to Your Blog Articles

If someone reads an article and likes it, they’ll want to read more, so give them the opportunity to subscribe to your blog at the end of every article.

06. Make Sure Every Article Is Optimized

New readers can only find your content if Google finds it for them. In order for search engines to find your site, you need to make sure each article is optimized.

07. Tell People Why They Should Subscribe to Your Blog

Make sure everyone knows what’s so great about your blog. Share how many others have subscribed and exactly what readers will learn by regularly reading your new articles.

08. Comment on Other Blogs

You can source new readers by commenting thoughtfully on other blogs that provide information that is similar to the information that can be found on your blog.

09. Write Guest Posts on Other Sites

If you have professional connections and relationships with other businesses, ask if you can write a guest post for their blog. Interested readers can then be redirected to your blog.

10. Invite Others to Write Guest Posts on Your Site

It works the other way too. If there’s a website, blog, or company you admire, see if they would be willing to write an article for your site. A post like this will get new people to visit your blog.

While these don’t cover every single way you can get more blog subscribers, these are 10 of the best and most commonly used methods that bloggers use to attract more subscribers to their blogs. Interested in more ways to get people interested in visiting your blog? Feel free to reach out to us [https://www.chillybin.com.sg/contact/] to learn more ways you can get more subscribers today.

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Link Decay: What it is and How to Deal With It https://www.chillybin.com.sg/2016/07/06/link-decay-what-it-is-and-how-to-deal-with-it/ https://www.chillybin.com.sg/2016/07/06/link-decay-what-it-is-and-how-to-deal-with-it/#respond Wed, 06 Jul 2016 02:00:55 +0000 https://www.chillybin.com.sg/?p=15627 If you’re like many people, the title of this article may sound very scary to you especially if you’re a website owner. Don’t worry, link decay may sound scary but it happens to everyone and has been happening since the internet has been around. In this blog post, we’re going to tell you all about... Read more ⟩

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Link Decay: What it is and How to Deal With It

If you’re like many people, the title of this article may sound very scary to you especially if you’re a website owner. Don’t worry, link decay may sound scary but it happens to everyone and has been happening since the internet has been around. In this blog post, we’re going to tell you all about link decay and what you can do to deal with it.

Understanding Backlinks

SchemesIn order to really understand what link decay is, you’re going to need to know a little something about backlinks. When it comes to SEO and ranking well on Google and other search engines, backlinks are going to be your best friend. Backlinks are pretty self-explanatory. They are basically links from someone else’s website “back” to an article or page of your website.

If the source of a backlink is from an authority website or website that is very popular, there is a really good chance your website is going to get boosted in the Search Engine Results Pages (SERPs). Google and other major search engines factor in backlinks as a major ranking factor among other things.

The backlink quality is determined by the source of the backlink itself. Getting backlinks from websites that barely rank themselves does nothing for your ranking in the SERPs compared to backlinks from high ranking websites.

What is Link Decay and Can it be Avoided?

So what do backlinks and all this have to do with link decay you ask, and what the heck is link decay anyway? Link decay is a term to describe what happens when backlinks that you’ve gotten over time slowly begin to disappear. As time passes, links go missing, get broken, become “no-follow et cetera.

Unfortunately, every website on the internet is susceptible to link decay. If you’re building backlinks, eventually you will lose some of those links. The reason for this is because as you get more backlinks to your website from various sources, those sources aren’t always guaranteed to stick around. Some websites may close down or some may just purge some of their older content or rewrite content to freshen it up. With that being the case, links that may have been on those sites are typically removed.

There is also the case of your links simply being broken. Perhaps that is due to a change of URLs and website restructuring on your part or something happening on their end. Regardless, there are many different ways and reasons that links you use to have may not work or even exist anymore.

How to Deal With Link Decay

Link decay is pretty much impossible to stop, however there are some measures you can take to make sure your links live on as long as possible.

Research Your Backlinks – You can use tools like Moz Open Site Explorer to research the source of your backlinks and see how things are going with them.

Inspect Your Own Website – Sometimes the problem lies within. Make sure to check the links on your website to make sure they are not broken and that they work properly. You’d be surprised how many websites have missing or broken links and don’t know about it.

Seek Backlinks From Authority Websites – Don’t just build backlinks for the sake of building backlinks. You want to make sure the websites linking back to you are quality sites. Authority websites tend to stick around, so getting links from authority sites means your links will likely stick around as well. If Google notices that the majority of backlinks you get are from “bad” websites or sites that aren’t ranking at all, that can actually pull down your ranking in the SERPs.

Overall, the best way to deal with link decay is to keep building more “quality” links and creating content that’s great and people find useful. Do you have any suggestions concerning how to deal with link decay? Feel free to share them with us in the comments below!

 

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5 Tips for Writing Effective Emails https://www.chillybin.com.sg/2016/06/29/tips-for-writing-effective-emails/ https://www.chillybin.com.sg/2016/06/29/tips-for-writing-effective-emails/#respond Wed, 29 Jun 2016 02:00:11 +0000 https://www.chillybin.com.sg/?p=15612 Whether you’re looking to start a business, already running one, or just freelancing for clients, you’re eventually going to have to communicate with someone over email. Using email is a great way to quickly communicate with people all around the world, and has really revolutionized communications. For many people, it’s a common activity and is... Read more ⟩

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5 Tips for Writing Effective Emails

Whether you’re looking to start a business, already running one, or just freelancing for clients, you’re eventually going to have to communicate with someone over email. Using email is a great way to quickly communicate with people all around the world, and has really revolutionized communications. For many people, it’s a common activity and is used frequently in their day to day life.

In the business world emails are an essential way of communicating with clients, investors, and colleagues. Unlike personal emails to friends, there are some common courtesies and etiquette that should adhere to if you want to come off as professional. In this blog post, we’re going to share with you 5 tips that you can use to start writing effective emails today.

Get to the Point

When writing an email to someone, you’re usually writing the email for a reason. You want something from the person, whether that’s information, to connect with them, set up a meeting, or whatever the case may be. When writing the email, it’s a good idea to get to the point. You don’t have to give long introductions and background stories to them.

They will appreciate you just telling them what you need from them. If they are interested, you can likely share more in person, over the phone, or a follow up email. Many people have a knack of sharing their life story or going so in depth with things on the first email that it can be quite overwhelming and confusing for the recipient.

Leave a Call to Action

In addition to getting to the point in your emails, it also helps to leave a call to action for the person you’re emailing. One very common mistake people make when writing emails is leaving their recipient not knowing what to do afterwards. It’s basically leaving them thinking something along the lines of “Ok, thanks for sharing that…what do you want from me?”

If no action is required on their part, you can easily let them know that by ending with something like “no reply necessary” or something along those lines. It’s also a good idea to leave links and information that they can easily click or navigate to get more information concerning yourself and/or the subject of the email.

Cut the Slang and Typos

Sometimes I wonder if I even need to list this as one of the tips, but then when I check my inbox, I’m reminded that people actually still do this quite often. Using slang and having typos in personal emails to friends may be alright, but when it comes to talking with clients and dealing with business associates, I’m afraid it just doesn’t cut it.

Slang is one thing, but guys, there isn’t really much excuse nowadays for having typos in your emails. Pretty much every word processor and email client has a spell checker built in. Make sure you take the time to reread your email before pressing send.

Format the Email

There are a lot of things that annoy me in life. A few of them being things like newly opened bags of chips that are only half full, or people who leave shopping carts in the middle of parking spaces. There is also tangled Ethernet cords and wet door knobs. While those things may only annoy me for the post part, one thing that most people can agree is annoying, is having to sort through walls of text in an email. I seriously know of no one that likes getting emails like this.

When writing emails to people, make sure your email is well formatted. No one likes having to read through large blocks of text. Along with articles and blog posts, emails should be formatted in a way that allows the recipient to scan or skim the email. This can be done using bullet points, ordered lists, or simply highlighting and bolding text for emphasis.

Don’t Forget to KISS

Before you get confused and weirded out by the heading for this tip, let me just assure you that KISS doesn’t mean what you think it does in this context. In this case, KISS is used as an acronym that stands for Keep It Simple Stupid. This is used often on the internet and is basically a way of saying to keep the length of something short and to the point.

When it comes to emails, you don’t want to make them long and tiring to read. A person’s time is precious to them, taking the time out to read your 4 page long email probably isn’t going to go over too well. This isn’t saying you shouldn’t say what you need in the email, just make sure to keep them as concise as possible. It’s a common courtesy.

Well there you have it, these are 5 of the top tips that you can use today to write better emails that are effective and leave you coming off as a professional. First impressions mean a lot in this world, so making sure yours is a good one will do you a lot of good in the long run. What are some of your tips for writing effective emails? Share them with us in the comments below!

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3 Ways to Keep Your Clients Happy https://www.chillybin.com.sg/2016/06/22/3-ways-to-keep-your-clients-happy/ https://www.chillybin.com.sg/2016/06/22/3-ways-to-keep-your-clients-happy/#respond Wed, 22 Jun 2016 02:00:52 +0000 https://www.chillybin.com.sg/?p=15621 In the world of web design and development, it’s safe to say that dealing with clients isn’t the most fun part of it all. On top of actually building websites and managing your team to get the job done, you also have to manage the client and make sure they are happy. While all clients... Read more ⟩

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3 Ways to Keep Your Clients Happy

In the world of web design and development, it’s safe to say that dealing with clients isn’t the most fun part of it all. On top of actually building websites and managing your team to get the job done, you also have to manage the client and make sure they are happy.

While all clients are different, there are a few steps you can take to make sure your clients go home happy and come back wanting more. In this post we’re going to share you with 3 things you can do to keep your client’s happy.

Don’t Over-Promise

As they say, it’s always better to under-promise and over-deliver, rather than over-promise and under-deliver. When it comes to deadlines, one of the biggest mistakes made by both freelancers and full blown web agencies is getting so caught up in landing a client that they agree to everything and promise to have a project done ASAP.

What’s happening here is that you’re basically setting your client’s expectations higher than it should be. If it turns out that you can’t deliver at the agreed upon time, it’s going to make you look bad to the client and likely leave them not wanting to hire you again.

The better approach to situations like this is to figure out a realistic timeframe of when you think you will be able to deliver then add a few days or an extra week on to that in order to give yourself some buffer if you do end up needing the extra time. This not only gives you some extra time if you need it, but if you’re able to deliver earlier than agreed upon, it’s going to stand out to your client and make you look good.

Notify Them About Everything

As a freelancer and a boss, I can honestly say that being out of the loop on both ends really sucks. As a freelancer, you really need feedback and communication with your clients to make sure they are happy with the work that’s being done. Likewise as a client, you’re investing good money to get your product or idea developed. You deserve to get kept in the loop on how things are progressing and moving along.

When working on projects for clients, it’s important that you notify them frequently about how the project is moving along. You don’t have to update and call your client every 5 minutes, but reaching out to them every couple of days or so is a good idea. It keeps them up to date on things, but also allows you to get feedback so you can know if things need to be changed or done differently. It’s well worth it to both parties to make sure you’re all on the same page.

Be Transparent and Clear with Them

Believe it or not, one of the most dangerous things in the world are assumptions. When we make assumptions pertaining to important things, we open ourselves up to a lot of headache and stress. This couldn’t be truer when it comes to working with clients. Regardless of your profession, it’s a good practice to never make assumptions about something. Especially when it comes down to how someone’s hard earned money is spent.

When working with clients always make sure that you are very transparent and clear with them about what services you’re going to provide and what you’ll be doing for them. If you have a question, don’t be afraid to ask it. It’s better to get it out of the way in the beginning than risk totally doing something wrong and having to spend extra time and money fixing your mistakes.

Whether you run your own web design agency or do freelance work for a living, these three tips will help put you on your way to building long lasting and great relationships between you and your clients. Do you run your own business or freelance? Share them with us in the comments below!

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How Often Should You Blog? https://www.chillybin.com.sg/2016/06/15/how-often-should-you-blog/ https://www.chillybin.com.sg/2016/06/15/how-often-should-you-blog/#respond Wed, 15 Jun 2016 02:00:31 +0000 https://www.chillybin.com.sg/?p=15617 If you’re just starting out in the blogging world or are thinking about starting a blog, you may be wondering how often you should blog. There are many websites out there that do a new blog post every day while some do multiple new posts each day. On the other hand, there are many websites... Read more ⟩

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How Often Should You Blog?

If you’re just starting out in the blogging world or are thinking about starting a blog, you may be wondering how often you should blog. There are many websites out there that do a new blog post every day while some do multiple new posts each day.

On the other hand, there are many websites and blogs that only post once a week or even less often. So how often should you blog? In this post we’re going to talk about how often you should blog and how to stay consistent with your blogging.

How Frequently Should I Blog?

If you’re wondering how frequently you should blog, you’re not alone. Most bloggers both new and old often ask themselves the same question. The answer to this question really depends on the type of blog you have and your overall goal for having the blog in the first place.

If the purpose of your blog is to build and audience and become an authority in a niche, it’s probably a good idea to blog at least a couple of times a week. Think about this, if you’re reading a blog by someone else on a topic that interest you, how often would want to check in with them. For some bloggers who don’t blog that often, it’s easy to get forgotten and lost in the crowd.

On the other hand if you have the time and are just looking to create content that ranks high in the SERPs, you can be more relaxed with the amount of posts you do every week or month. The key here is making sure you stick with whatever plan you have for your content. This is where having a content strategy comes into play.

Blog Weblog Media Online Messaging Notes ConceptCreating a Content Strategy

Regardless of how often you decide to blog, it’s difficult to create unique and great content out of thin air. You’re going to want to come up with a working content strategy so you’ll know what you’re going to write about and when you’re going to write it. This will streamline your writing process and make it easy to just sit down and start writing.

This allows you to jump into the blogging world with a game plan, and makes it easy to stay organized all the way through. Once you’ve figured out the content strategy you’re going to apply to your blog, the rest really just comes down to writing the blog posts.

Keeping Consistent

As most bloggers will know, it’s a good idea to not wait until the day before you need to publish a post to write it. You just never know what might come up or if you will have the time that day to blog. The better alternative would be to set aside some time on a day of your choosing, and write tons of blog posts all in one day. This allows you to always be ready and have post on hand for days you may not feel like blogging, or just don’t have time to blog.

Using tools like Buffer, you can even automate and schedule blog posts so that they will automatically go up even if you can’t get online when you want to. In the end, how consistently you blog ultimately comes down to the type of blog that you have, and your goal for blogging in the first place. Whether your blog once a week or once a month, the choice is entirely up to you.

 

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Using the Right Writing Style When Blogging https://www.chillybin.com.sg/2016/06/08/using-the-right-writing-style-when-blogging/ https://www.chillybin.com.sg/2016/06/08/using-the-right-writing-style-when-blogging/#respond Wed, 08 Jun 2016 02:00:07 +0000 https://www.chillybin.com.sg/?p=15601 If you’re already a blogger or looking to start a blog, it’s important that you use the correct writing style. This is important to keep your audience engaged throughout their reading experience. The writing style you use can make or break your blog. However, since there are many writing styles out there and every audience... Read more ⟩

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Using the Right Writing Style When Blogging

If you’re already a blogger or looking to start a blog, it’s important that you use the correct writing style. This is important to keep your audience engaged throughout their reading experience.

The writing style you use can make or break your blog. However, since there are many writing styles out there and every audience is different, you need to figure out which style will help your blog become better.

What is a Writing Style?

Many people read blogs Using the Right Writing Style When Blogging-featured imagebevery day. While most blogs are similar in structure, they all have their own unique style of writing.

So what is writing style? Writing style is how an author speaks (or writes in this context) to their audience. Most blogs tend to have the same general writing styles with tiny differences. You can think of it as the tone, mood, and uniqueness that a writer brings to his or her audience.

Bad Writing Styles

As we’ve said already, every blog is different and writing styles can vary. But there are some writing styles you don’t want anywhere near your blog. No matter what your writing style is, you should never write blog posts that contain typos and grammatical errors.

Using slang in your writing is one thing, but misspelling words in 2016 just isn’t acceptable. You also want to make sure your writing is coherent and makes sense. No one likes sentences that run on and on into each other. Also coming off as a jerk, or using profanity may not go over well with everyone. Some people may actually like it, although not everyone is the same and it can upset many readers. It’s important to take things like that into consideration before adopting a style.

Choosing the Right Writing Style

Using the Right Writing Style When Blogging-featured imagecUltimately, the best writing style is one that appeals to your audience the best. Not every blog is professional or even tries to have a professional feel to it. Some blogs need to come off as playful or casual to fit in with the audience they are writing to. Others on the other hand need to look and sound professional. This is most definitely the case when it comes to niche websites and authority websites.

Hands down the best writing style is the friendly expert. What do I mean by that? You want to appear friendly to your audience, but also as someone that is an expert in your field and knows what you are talking about. The friendly expert is a great way to go because you don’t have to guess or worry about offending anyone with other writing styles. It enables the writer to convey various types of information, and comes off in a friendly manner.

Conclusion

No matter what writing style you choose, the key thing is to make sure your style fits well with your audience. If you’re not sure what style to go with, a safe and recommended bet is going to be writing as a friendly expert. Make sure your writing is structured well and has no grammatical errors, and you’ll be on your way to having a great blog that your readers will love.

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Why You Need to Get Customers Before Launch https://www.chillybin.com.sg/2016/06/01/why-you-need-to-get-customers-before-launch/ https://www.chillybin.com.sg/2016/06/01/why-you-need-to-get-customers-before-launch/#respond Wed, 01 Jun 2016 02:00:45 +0000 https://www.chillybin.com.sg/?p=15581  I’ve seen and heard it numerous times—programmers who think they have great ideas then spend weeks or months hacking together some code only to find in the end that no one will be using the product of their hard work. It’s quite a sad story but it happens often in the entrepreneurial world. Sure there... Read more ⟩

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Why You Need to Get Customers Before Launch

 
I’ve seen and heard it numerous times—programmers who think they have great ideas then spend weeks or months hacking together some code only to find in the end that no one will be using the product of their hard work. It’s quite a sad story but it happens often in the entrepreneurial world. Sure there are some notable people that have actually pulled it off, but they were either a genius or just got lucky.

BWhy You Need to Get Customers Before Launch-featured-imageelieve it or not, good ideas aren’t really that hard to find and you just need to know where to look for and how to spot them. So how do you know if you have a good idea? A good indicator is if you can get paying customers even before you start building your software.

In this blog post, we’re going to show you why it’s important to get customers for your idannounceea before you even launch.

If You Build It, They Won’t Come

Pretty much every programmer who’s had a good idea thinks that they can quickly hack together some code and get rich overnight. In practice however, it’s almost always never the case.

One can say that a good idea is subjective. People love using Facebook and Twitter for social media, so it makes sense that a social network for cat owners would be a big hit right? Probably not.

Some people would agree with you that it may be a good idea but would they actually use it themselves even if they had a cat? The answer as you probably assumed is a big fat NO. Even if they are your friends and family, the most you’ll probably get is them creating an account and signing up with no plans of ever actually using the thing ever again.

Whether you’re a programmer or not, don’t make the mistake that the majority of people do. Thinking you have a good idea then diving head first into building something that no one will actually use. The best approach for this situation is to not write one line of code before you already have customers ready to pay you money.

Research and Genuine Feedback

People unfortunately don’t ask for feedback right away and when they do, they solicit it from friends and family. This isn’t to say that friends and family can’t give good genuine feedback. Typically your friends and family will tell you what you want to hear since you’re obviously excited about your idea. This may seem like a nice thing to do but in the end, it hurts more than helps. When it comes to determining if your idea is worth investing your time and money into, you need to do serious research and get feedback from potential customers. Who better to ask about an idea than the ones you’re going to be marketing the product or service to?

Out of all of the work that goes into building your product or service, this is the most crucial and important step. Mess this step up and you’re pretty much setting yourself up for failure. Make sure to do your research and talk to your customers and find out the pain points in their life. Learn about their problems and think about how you can fix them and help make their life easier. Is this something you could build with software and offer them? If it is then you’re on your way to finding your great idea.

Most importantly, by talking to your potential customers and finding out whether or not they would be willing to purchase your product or service beforehand, you know already if it’s something worth building not. This not only saves you valuable time and money, but when you do get ready to launch, you already have people lined up ready to give you their money.

Three Signs of a Good Idea

Why You Need to Get Customers Before Launch-featured-image2The best way for any entrepreneur to have a successful business is to do one of three things—solve a problem, automate a tedious and repetitive task, or create something that makes someone’s life easier. If your idea employs at least one of these then it almost always means you have a potential success on your hands.

You have to ask yourself, why would someone give me their hard earned money for this? Would I actually pay money for this? If you wouldn’t pay for that kind of product or service then others won’t either. By solving a problem you are essentially taking away someone’s frustration. You’re making their life a little less complicated. In this overstressed and overworked world, people are willing to pay for some extra piece of mind.

The same applies for automating repetitive tasks or making a difficult task easier. If you’re able to create something that saves people valuable time, then you’re allowing them to spend it on other things like making more money. This is something that people will happily pay for because unfortunately there are only 24 hours in a day.

The Takeaway

In the end, testing the waters before jumping in is a smart habit for entrepreneurs. This allows you to find out if your idea is worth pursuing before you invest precious time and money into it.

By talking to potential customers and finding out if it’s something they want to spend money on, you are putting yourself in a good position. It will cost you nothing except a little bit of your time but you will end up having an audience who’s ready and willing to buy whatever it is you’re selling on the first day of your launch.

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So You Want to Be a Web Developer: Part 3 (Educational Resources) https://www.chillybin.com.sg/2016/05/25/so-you-want-to-be-a-web-developer-part-3-educational-resources/ https://www.chillybin.com.sg/2016/05/25/so-you-want-to-be-a-web-developer-part-3-educational-resources/#respond Wed, 25 May 2016 02:00:02 +0000 https://www.chillybin.com.sg/?p=15569 Welcome everyone to part 3 of our new series entitled “So You Want to Be a Web Developer”. In part 2 of the series, we discussed the three fundamental web technologies that every aspiring web developer needs to learn in order to get started building websites. In part 3 we’re going to share with you... Read more ⟩

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So You Want to Be a Web Developer: Part 3 (Educational Resources)

Welcome everyone to part 3 of our new series entitled “So You Want to Be a Web Developer”. In part 2 of the series, we discussed the three fundamental web technologies that every aspiring web developer needs to learn in order to get started building websites.

In part 3 we’re going to share with you some of the best resources out there that you can use to learn these web technologies and get started actually coding and building websites. So let’s get down to business.

Web Resources

There are many different resources out there that you can use to help in learning web development. Some are free and others premium. Here are some of the best and most reputable websites on the subject that will help you along in your learning process.

Mozilla Developer Network (MDN)

So You Want to be a Web Developer Part 3=-featured image5Even if you’re already a seasoned web developer, the Mozilla Developer Network (or MDN for short) is an amazing resource to learn and brush up on web technologies. The MDN is all about the “open web”, thus they have created tons of documentation and articles pertaining to many web technologies and how to use them. You’ll probably spend a lot of time here.

CSS-Tricks.com

So You Want to be a Web Developer Part 3=-featured image6When it comes to building websites and coding in general, there are a lot of different things to remember and keep track of. Sometimes you spend hours trying to figure out why your code won’t work or isn’t doing what you expect it to. Afterall, we’re building websites that don’t have to look good in just Firefox or Chrome, but every mainstream web browser. When writing stylesheets for your web pages, CSS is no exception to this.

Back in the day many web developers would flock to CSS-Tricks.com in order to learn some pretty great CSS tips and tricks for building websites. This website is pretty much a treasure trove of CSS knowledge. Today the website spans across all of the popular web technologies and teaches you basically how to be front-end web developer. This website is definitely one you should save in your bookmarks.

CodeCademy

So You Want to be a Web Developer Part 3=-featured image7It use to be that as a developer, you would just read tutorials and books about web development, then hack away in your text editor trying out different examples provided as you go along. While this is still a great method for learning, interactive coding courses make learning how to build websites super easy and fun.

CodeCademy does just this by providing users with interactive coding and web development courses that teach you step by step whatever web technology that you want to learn. You can keep track of all your lessons, get badges for completing lessons, and even pick up where you leave off everyday. It’s a great resource and tool that has helped many people become competent and professional coders.

Lynda.com

So You Want to be a Web Developer Part 3=-featured image8If you’re serious about learning how to code and have a little extra cash to spare, Lynda.com is an invaluable tool for learning everything you could possibly want to know about any web releated topic. Professional web developers and companies often make very in depth video courses that you can watch and following along with, about the topic you’re interested in learning.

All the courses are typically very high quality here, and they have various instructors offering great material on different topics. If that’s not enough, being a member of Lynda.com also gives you access to every other topic/subject you may want to learn in addition to web development.

Recommended Books

Online resources are great for learning just about anything you want to learn. Sometimes though, there is nothing like sitting down with a good book to teach you what you want to know. Thankfully when it comes to the subject of web development, there is no shortage of books about the subject.

HTML and CSS: Design and Build Websites

So You Want to be a Web Developer Part 3=-featured image1This is hands down one of the best and most comprehensive books on learning HTML and CSS. You don’t have to have any knowledge of anything related to programming or web development in order to get started. The book is designed and written by author Jon Duckett, and I must say, it looks quite beautiful. The book is available in both paperback and hardcover.

JavaScript and JQuery: Interactive Front-End Web Development

So You Want to be a Web Developer Part 3=-featured image2Many people fell in love with HTML and CSS: Design and Build Websites by Jon Duckett when it was released back in 2011, and were wishing he would do another book about learning Javascript. Well their wishes were granted back in June of 2014 when Jon Duckett released JavaScript and JQuery: Interactive Front-End Web Development.

This amazing book teaches JavaScript programming from the ground up. While the book is about programming in JavaScript, it’s teaches readers the fundamentals of programming in general, which apply to all programming languages. In addition to JavaScript by itself, the book teaches you about jQuery, AJAX, Web APIs and more. It’s a really great read and reference book all around that you’ll find yourself going back to quite often in your web development journey.

Eloquent JavaScript

So You Want to be a Web Developer Part 3=-featured image3If you’re looking for one of the best books out there on the subject of learning how to program in JavaScript, this should definitely be on your reading list. Eloquent JavaScript coins itself as being a modern introduction into programming. The book starts out teaching you the the basics of programming, and eventually goes into more advanced topics like object oriented javascript programming and building applications in Node.js. Eloquent JavaScript is currently in it’s second addition and is totally free to read online or download. It’s also available in paperback editions.

Conclusion

Throughout your journey in learning web development, you’re going to find that Google is your friend. There are a lot of websites that you’ll come across when searching for solutions and learning about different web technologies both new and old. We’ve simply showed you some of our favorite websites and books that we find useful.

These definitely aren’t all the the resources out there, but they are certainly some of the best that will help you get started. Let us know some of your favorite resources and books that have helped you, or that you’re reading now!

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How Does a Blog Generate Traffic https://www.chillybin.com.sg/2016/05/18/how-does-a-blog-generate-traffic/ https://www.chillybin.com.sg/2016/05/18/how-does-a-blog-generate-traffic/#respond Wed, 18 May 2016 02:00:47 +0000 https://www.chillybin.com.sg/?p=15564 Thousands of new blogs get started every day. At the same time, thousands more die out just as quickly due to no or very little traffic to those blogs. Unless you want to be like the thousands (probably millions) of people out there who start a blog only to scrap it months later, you need... Read more ⟩

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How Does a Blog Generate Traffic

Thousands of new blogs get started every day. At the same time, thousands more die out just as quickly due to no or very little traffic to those blogs. Unless you want to be like the thousands (probably millions) of people out there who start a blog only to scrap it months later, you need to drive traffic to your website.

If you’re new to blogging or are planning to start a blog but don’t know how to get traffic, then you’re in luck. In this post, we’re going to show you how blogs generate traffic and what you can do to make sure your blog doesn’t collect dust on the interwebs.

How Does a Blog Generate Traffic-featured image1SEO Is the Way to Go

One of the best ways your blog generates traffic is through SEO. It stands for Search Engine Optimization and it basically ensures that your website is visible on search engines. For a blog, having good SEO is pretty crucial to traffic generation.

In general, there are two types of SEO that you need to take into consideration. There is on-site SEO and off-site SEO. Onsite SEO is basically making sure that the pages on your website are well optimized for search engines. This includes things like having a good keyword density (how many times a targeted keyword appears in your content) and making sure your permalink URLs are user friendly and contain the keywords you’re targeting.

Off-site SEO is a little bit different. Optimizing your website for off-site SEO typically means generating backlinks to the content you post.

Backlinks

SEO is pretty great but by itself, it won’t do all the work for you. One of the most important aspects to generating traffic for your blog is building good backlinks. This is done by link building. It is the process of getting links to your website from other websites.

In the eyes of search engines, the more backlinks you have from other quality and reputable websites in your same niche, the more reputable and authoritative your website and content is. This is one of the main things which determine how we’ll your website will rank.

Guest Posts

If you’re just starting out with a new blog and are looking to get some traffic flowing, you might want to get a few guest post from fellow bloggers in your niche. Guest posting is where you write a blog post for someone else’s website in the same niche as your website. Most of the time when you guest post, you’ll be given permission to drop a link or reference to your own website, thus getting your name out there to their entire audience.

In the best case scenario, who’ve liked your guest post will go to your website to check out your content. If it’s any good, then you my friend have just scored some new users and hopefully returning users at that. This actually brings us to our next point which is about making sure you write great content.

Write Great Content

If you’re going to have a blog, the content that you produce should be good, otherwise why would anyone want to read it? Great content gets shared on social sites like Facebook and Twitter chich can then increase your odds of getting more visitors.

Likewise, the more your content gets shared, the more backlinks that you’ll get from it which is great for boosting traffic to your site. If your blog produces great content consistently, it will be easy to build backlinks. This, in conjunction with targeting low competition keywords, can easily generate a considerable amount of traffic to your websites.

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One of the best and quickest ways for any blogger to get started on a new website is to start networking with fellow bloggers. You’re probably not going to be able to build connections with the top bloggers in your niche starting out, but you probably can connect easily with bloggers who have started ahead of you.

By building relationships with fellow bloggers, there is a good chance that they may mention your blog to their audience down the line. Even better, they may allow you to guest post on their blog, allowing you to promote your website to their entire audience.

Conclusion

If you’re serious about starting a blog, you’re going to need to put in the extra work to drive traffic to that blog. Just because you build it doesn’t mean that people will magically show up. You have to put your blog out there and make people aware of it.

Using the strategies we discussed, your blog should start seeing traffic in no time—just stick with it and blog often. Do you already have a blog that is seeing some good traffic? What are some of the methods that you use to drive new users to your site? Let us know in the comments.

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