How mom bloggers are earning big in Canada: a CBC report

In the linked report, published on CBC website recently, mom bloggers share their tales of success as home-based businesspersons of sort. 

Interesting that some of them did not start blogging for making money but companies started sending products to them for use and review. That started their journey into making money from blogging.

That may not be the case in all geographies. But their report has inspiration for mom bloggers everywhere: in rich countries, there are more opportunities as there are many companies chasing bloggers and many buyers visiting blogs and buying products based on online reviews. In poorer countries, though there may not be as many offers, there is less competition as there may not be too many bloggers in this niche.

If you are an aspiring mom blogger, you need to keep learning as you go, so that you can post the right way, use the right platform and demand the right money for your blog posts.

I advise you to go to the article and read it. Before that, note the two cautions emerging out of the report:

1. Be cautious when writing about children and posting their photos.

2. Be authentic in your views. Don't advertise.


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Here is the link: Mommy Blogging 2.0

Cash to tweet: How much can we trust social influencers?

Cobrapost's latest sting operation, called Operation Karaoke, exposes nearly three dozen Bollywood celebrities for their willingness to post tweets favorable to particular political parties, on a monetary consideration. Some even agreed to tweet without having been paid, to show their eagerness to Coprapost reporters who posed as PR persons on behalf of these political parties! 
Who are these celebs? Cobrapost reveals that the celebs in question include actors, singers, stand-up comedians and dancers: 
Playback singers: Abhijeet Bhattacharya, Kailash Kher, Mika Singh and Baba Sehgal 
Actors: Jackie Shroff, Shakti Kapoor, Vivek Oberoi, Sonu Sood, Amisha Patel, Mahima Chaudhry, Shreyas Talpade, Puneet Issar, Surendra Pal, Pankaj Dheer and his son Nikitin Dheer, Tisca Chopra, Deepshikha Nagpal, Akhilendra Mishra, Rohit Roy, Rahul Bhat, Salim Zaidi, Rakhi Sawant, Aman Verma, Hiten Tejwani and spouse Gauri Pradhan, Evelyn Sharma, Minissha Lamba, Koena Mitra, Poonam Pandey, Sunny Leonne 
Comedians: Raju Srivastava, Sunil Pal, Rajpal Yadav, Upasana Singh, Krushna Abhishek and Vijay Ishwarlal Pawar 
Choreographer: Ganesh Acharya 
Dancer: Sambhavana Seth
How much money did they want? Cobrapost says: 'These celebrities did not blink an eye before saying “Aye” to the proposition, asking for a fee which ranged from Rs. 2 hundred thousand ($2,900) to Rs. 5 million ($72,000) per message. Some even quoted a fee of Rs. 200 million ($2,872,000) for an eight-month contract, and almost none of them  said no to black money when we told them a bulk of their fee would be paid in cash.'
What all would they do for the fee? I quote Cobrapost again:
Celebs agreed to promote the party in question to create a favorable environment before 2019 general elections.
Some of them even tweeted without having been paid any money to show their eagerness to our reporters.
Most of them were willing to accept the bulk of their fee in cash, which in other words means black money.
Celebs would tweak the content on various issues to be provided to them before posting the same on their social media profiles to make it look as their own.
They would defend the government even on controversial issues such as rapes and fatal accidents such as a bridge collapse here and there.
They were willing to sign a dummy contract for endorsement of products to disguise the real nature of the proxy political campaigning.
They agreed to send us their PAN and banking details, and many actually did so.
They swore to keep the entire exercise a secret, and the agenda hidden.
Some actors even proposed that they would proxy promote the political party in their press briefings during the promotion of a film or an event.
Some even proposed to post videos on social media and make them go viral with the help of their followers.
Only a few celebrities refused to fall for the lure. They are: Vidya Balan, Arshad Warsi, Raza Murad and Saumya Tandon. 
social media influencers indiscretion

You can visit the Cobrapost post at the given link.

What are web hosting and domain name? What are the web hosting options available to a blogger?

When you open a blog or website, you need to keep it on some computer/ server where it is available all the time. When someone types your website or blog's address on his internet browser, the browser sends a message to that address. The computer in which the website/ blog is hosted sends data, which is then displayed on the internet browser.
This is how websites are made available to visitors/ searchers/ links.

So, it is very basic that your website or blog is 'hosted' somewhere on the world wide web. There are big internet companies that do this job for you either free or on payment. Sure, you get better services when you pay.

From bloggers' point of view, web hosting is of great importance. If you open a free blog on Blogger (example.blogspot.com) or Wordpress (example.wordpress.com), that blogging platform does three things for you:
  • It gives you a domain name or web address (e.g. example.blogspot.com).
  • It hosts your blog on its own server.
  • It gives you the facility to write content on the blog and make the blog beautiful.
Blogger, Wordpress and some other blogging platforms do domain naming, web hosting free for you. They do so with some other business in mind, but as a blogger you need not bother as long as the blog comes free to you.

However, these platforms cannot keep providing you free hosting services when your website or blog grows very big. As you grow, you need more space and more bandwidth. As the stakes become high, you need greater level of security. You also need a way to make money from the blog. For these, you need something more than what the free blogging platforms can provide you. You also do not want to be limited by their terms and conditions. This is the time, you look for web hosting services. These services are provided by companies with huge computers that are internet-connected all the time and are properly maintained and secured.

Web hosting has a price. That depends upon the type of hosting plan you buy: shared web hosting or exclusive hosting or... A large number of web hosting options are available in the market and you can choose a plan according to what facilities you want. You have to pay for hosting your blog - year after year.

Web hosting is a big business as millions of websites are to be made available all the time. That requires huge infrastructure in the form of servers, networks, web security systems and a series of software that cannot afford to shut down even for a second or go slow due to traffic.


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What is the difference between web hosting and domain name? What is required for getting independent domain name?


Let me repeat that web hosting is not enough for your blog or website's presence on the web. You need a domain name

When you are not on a free platform such as Blogger, you need to buy a domain name and renew it year after year. There are dozens of domain name registrars (e.g. GoDaddy, Hostinger, HostGator, BlueHost and Domain.com) and many of them are web hosts also. In fact, when you search for a web hosting plan for your website or blog, you will find many web hosts offering one or more domains free. But be careful about the 'free' offer; it is usually free for one year only and standard rates are charged when you renew the domain.

Like web hosting, domain name also needs to be renewed year after year.

If you are new to blogging or are an established blogger but do not understand the technical details about how blogs and websites are hosted and maintained, subscribe to SocialLogging so that you are updated from time to time. Among the articles already published, this one tells about how to choose a web hosting plan and this one shows why shared web hosting plans are good enough for most blogs and websites.

Google Plus is going away: how will it impact your blog, especially if it is on Blogger?

Google is deprecating its popular Google Plus platform as well as a number of APIs it had created for integrating your accounts on Google. So, you could have comments on your blog through Google Plus, people could upvote your posts directly through a Google Plus button at the bottom of your posts and so on.


Google plus social media closure

Google Plus will no longer be available for free. Google is thinking of an enterprise-level version that will be useful for large firms for internal socialization.

So, how will Google Plus deprecation affect your blog? 


If you have a Blogger blog and you have activated commenting through Google+, all your comments will evaporate soon and the commenting will be made into the default Blogger commenting.
Your profile will also revert to your Blogger profile. 

The widgets based on Google+, e.g. “+1 Button”, “Google+ Followers” and “Google+ Badge” will no longer be available. If you have applied any of these widgets, they will disappear. That may lead to slight rearrangement of your widgets on the blog's sidebar.

The tiny Google Plus buttons for quick sharing of posts will disappear. However, other social share buttons like Fb will still be available.

If you have given links to your Google+ profile on any other web page or social media space, those will lead to broken links.
If you are not on Blogger but you have links to your Google Plus account, profile, individual posts or communities, the links will turn 'broken links'.

What actions you need to take as a blogger so that the demise of Google Plus demise does not hurt you?


If your blog is on Blogger platform:
- Spruce up your Blogger profile. Give necessary links, tell about your interests and so on. 
- Check your blog for any design changes due to removal of Google Plus widgets, If something is amiss, go to Layout and rearrange the remaining widgets.
- If you had manually placed your profile/ 'About Us' details on the blog, check them. Make necessary changes.
- If you had applied Google Plus based commenting, Google would automatically convert that to Blogger based commenting. However, please check by commenting on your own post.
- If you have manually given stats about your Google Plus account, e.g. number of followers, remove that information.
- Use a link checker to find whether there are any broken links in your blog that have resulted from Google Plus deprecation. This would have happened only if you manually gave your Google Plus link on the blog or any post. Obviously, you need to remove such links.
- Similarly, if you have links to Google Plus on any of your social networking entity, remove them.
If your blog is on some other platform:
- Check for broken links as mentioned above - on your blog or on your social networking entities - and remove them. 

In addition, your Google Plus account is live till April 2019. If you have posted something exclusively on the Google Plus platform, save that elsewhere. You can download all of your Google Plus data or some specific data through a link given on Google Plus platform itself.