Siril - A Responsive Blogger Template

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Siril a Responsive Blogger Theme
Hello Guys, As I Announced, From Today onwards I'm Starting this template series. The first template of the BTNT Weekly Special is Siril a responsive blogger template. Siril is a minimal theme with a clean design. Then main advantage of this theme is page speed, It got 90/100 in Google PageSpeed Insights. It has a custom author widget below the main menu which only shows on index pages.
You can see a live demo below (I know you may already seen it in yesterday announcement).

The main Features of Siril - A Responsive Blogger Template

  • Nice and Clean Design
  • Responsive Theme Layout
  • Elegant Minimal look
  • SEO Optimized
  • Fast loading Theme (90/100 in Google PageSpeed Insights)
  • Custom Author Info with social icons
  • Responsive Navigation Menu
  • Page navigation Widget
  • Stunning Threaded Comments Section
  • Customized heading tags (h1 to h6)
  • Custom Search form
  • Custom Blogger Contact form
  • Custom Label Cloud Widget

Download Siril a Responsive Blogger Template

How to Upload the Blogger Template

  1. Go to Blogger Dashboard > Locate your Blog if you have more then one blog.
  2. Click on More Options Drop Down and choose Template
  3. Click on the Backup/Restore button on Top Right Corner
  4. Click on Download Full Template button to backup your Old template for safety
  5. Click the Browse button and locate Siril a Responsive blogger template.
  6. Click on the Upload Button. And you are Done!

Customization

These are basic steps you need to follow for each customization.
  1. On New Blogger Dashboard Go to Template > Edit HTML Button

Customize the Navigation Menu

Search for the Following Code
<!-- Main Menu -->
After that you will see a Link list items Customize it your own.

Customize the Author info (Author Info widget below navigation menu)

Search for the Following Code
<!-- Author Info --> 
After that you will see a code similar to the following code, In the following code replace the highlighted orange color with your author info and replace the blue links with your profile links.
<h5>Meet The Author</h5>
<p>I'm Chandeep J, An 18 years old blogger Currently living in Tamil Nadu, India. I'm a  Skilled Blogger, web Developer and Loves to play with Codes And Creating new things as a web Designer.</p>
<ul class="author-social">
<li class="facebook"><a href="http://www.facebook.com/chandeeban">Facebook</a></li>
<li class="twitter"><a href="http://www.twitter.com/chandeeban">Twitter</a></li>
<li class="googleplus"><a href="http://www.google.com/+ChandeepJ">Google+</a></li>
</ul>
After changing the profile links, Search for the following link and replace it with your profile image link (Image Size: 150 X 150)
http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-5TErHWDEEYc/AAAAAAAAAAI/AAAAAAAAC1c/da9_FkiTgbc/s150-c/photo.jpg
Now Click save button. ;)

Terms and Conditions

Please follow our four simple terms and conditions before using this template. :)
  • You can Use this Template for Personal and Commercial Use.
  • You must keep the Footer links Intact. (Please Respect our hard work)
  • you can Re-Distribute but you must give us the credits and you must keep the footer links with out editing!
  • If you like the Template then Please Feel free to Share it!
Kindly Let me know your feedback about this theme in comment and please Share it with your friends. ;)

Next Theme on BTNT Weekly Special will be published on next Sunday 27th April.
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Announcement: Introducing New Post Series - BTNT Weekly Special!!!

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Introducing New Post Series - BTNT Weekly Special!!!

Hello Guys, Now-a-day Many of you may wondering Why there isn't any new article on BTNT. Even Through I said "I'll publish regularly" in my previous article I can't keep posting. So, To solve that problem and keep posting quality articles regularly Today I'm introducing a new post series section named BTNT Weekly special!!!

What is BTNT Weekly Special?

The Idea behind this post series is to give a blast to the Readers of BlogTipsNTricks with Awesome free Templates Every week. Yeah, You heard it right. In This post series I publish a brand new template every Sunday which is fully designed by me. ;)

This series will be starting from Tomorrow(Sunday) onwards. I've created special page for better navigation and it'll be help to follow up the series. you can check the series showcase page here. (Will be active from tomorrow).

Like in the BTNT Resource page there is no procedure to get access for the template. To download the template all you need to do is just click download button.

You can also subscribe to our email list to get latest updates(Templates) To your Inbox.

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We do not share your email address

Another Important change On BTNT:

Apart from introducing this new series. I've made another Important changes on BTNT. That is, From Today Onwards I'm officially closing the BTNT resource page. Theme available on the resource page can be downloaded without subscribing. :D

First Template on BTNT Weekly Special!!!

Now you have a overall idea on what this series is about and the new changes. So, The question is "what's the first template on BTNT Weekly Special?"

The first template which I'm going to publish tomorrow on BTNT Weekly Special is Siril - A Responsive Blogger theme. Siril is a minimal theme with a clean design. Then main advantage of this theme is page speed, It got 90/100 in Google PageSpeed Insights.

Okay, Here is the live demo of the theme.


The main Features of Siril - A Responsive Blogger Template

  • Nice and Clean Design
  • Responsive Theme Layout
  • Elegant Minimal look
  • SEO Optimized
  • Fast loading Theme (90/100 in Google PageSpeed Insights)
  • Custom Author Info with social icons
  • Responsive Navigation Menu
  • Page navigation Widget
  • Stunning Threaded Comments Section
  • Customized heading tags (h1 to h6)
  • Custom Search form
  • Custom Blogger Contact form
  • Custom Label Cloud Widget
I hope you all like this new template and upcoming templates on this series. To get the templates directly to your inbox subscribe to our email list by using the form given above.

Thanks for your support. :)
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SEO Test: Do Your Blog Comply With Google Webmaster Guidelines?

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SEO Test: Do Your Blog Comply With Google Webmaster Guidelines?

This is a Guest Article Written by Abrar Mohi Shafee – A passionate blogger who loves to do blogging, Especially for the beginners.

Now-a-days, blogging and SEO are totally relying on each others. We do blogging and consider SEO processes to make the efforts successful. One simple question to you, what did you operate at first on your blog’s SEO campaign? Probably a good amount of people will answer, “Yeah, I submitted my blog to the search engines and the webmaster tools”.

For sure, you went to Google before all. Just like me, you would have submitted your blog to Google Webmaster Tools. But did you ever check what they were expecting from your blog? You might not. Many times we experience problems from the webmaster tools. Even how good is your strategy, generally we see no effective result from them. Do you know why? It’s because Google couldn’t get expected stuffs from your blog.

Do you know you will get higher priority from Google complying their own guidelines? It’s because Google loves to see blogs as per their recommendation. So I think following their guidelines would be the plus points to beat your search competitors. It is sure that all of your competitors won’t be friendly with the guidelines. That’s why it would be easy to simply outrank the competitors with some actionable guidelines. Let’s see how to make it happen.

First of All, Let’s Check Our Blog According to Their Guidelines:

Before all, we have to make sure which elements are missing and what is to implement. Google Webmaster published their own guidelines, but it would be really disgusting to check each element one by one. Why not we use an engine to detect the problems? Yep, there is an awesome resource what we would be happy to use especially in this case. And that is FeedTheBot.

It’s a tool that detects the faults against Google’s webmaster guidelines. So, let’s get into the site and insert our blog addresses. Then see what the report says. For this purpose, I will go with my own blog BloggingSpell:

FeedTheBot Report

Here we can see that my site is almost complying with their guidelines. There is only one major priority to correct and that is sitemap for visitors. And there are two medium priorities, page speed and paid links. The rest guidelines are passed through my blog. So let me explain how I complied with the guidelines and the additional works, what I would need to consider.

#1 Add Value to The Readers

Blogs are intended to provide value to the readers through such quality contents. And that is what Google expected. They generally love blogs that are focused on serving the best to the readers. But unfortunately most of the bloggers misjudge their recommendation. The new generation bloggers think optimization is the first and the foremost thing beyond blogging. But I think that is exactly not.

Yes, it’s true that without SEO there would be hardly visitors. So we have to get ourself involve into it after thinking about the visitors. We have to give higher priority to the readers and then the others. As Google wants, we also have to think about visitors at first. And then we should go for seo and other activities.

#2 Make Blazing Fast Load Speed

Another recommendation from them is page loading speed. To ensure the best user experience, it’s a must to improve the page loading speed. However, in my above report you can see page speed has medium priority that is saying to more improve the speed. Let’s have a look at my blog loading report from Google PageSpeed Insight:

Page Speed Insight Report

You can see my page loads fairly well on the desktop, which could be more improved. My blog loads in less than 1 second. To pass on the FeedTheBot report, you may need 90+ marks there. But that is not necessary to have loading time in less than 1 second. I think loading speed in less than 3 seconds is enough for this purpose. However, you can improve more by following the recommendations by Google Page Speed Insight.

Also Read: 7 Ways To Increase Your Blog's Crawl Rate in Google

#3 Add Sitemaps For Both Users and Search Engines

Now you have to add two different sitemaps, one for your users and another for search engines. Both sitemaps are necessary in two different purposes.

User sitemap provides better user experience with a collection of important links. Here you have to add your important pages where the readers could look and easily navigate to the pages. This type of sitemaps is called HTML sitemaps. And these are especially for users. I haven’t set up it yet. But I will do soon and will recommend you to do also.

Also Read: How to add Cool User Sitemap for Blogger blog

Search Engine Sitemaps are basically XML sitemaps which are created for helping the search crawlers. In XML sites, all the index-able pages are included. So the crawlers could easily look into it and quickly index the pages. That’s why it is necessary for the search engines.

Also Read: How To Submit Sitemap to Your Blogger Blog

According to Google’s guidelines, both of these sitemaps are necessary. So we have to build two different sitemaps for two different purposes.

#4 Add Robots.txt File

In blogs, Robots.txt files are specified to control the indexing of pages. Sometimes we need to exclude a page from being indexed. So what we would do? The better solution is to noindex it through Robots.txt file.

That’s why it is recommended by Google to specify which type of links should be indexed and which types shouldn’t be. Simply create a robots.txt file and you will be successful with this guideline.

Also Read: Blogger Introduced New Search Preference Option

#5 Add Alternative Texts to Images

Generally Google couldn’t read what is written in an image. So they always recommend to use alternative text to the images. In order to add this, we have to add alt attribute to the img html tags.

Here is an example of it: <img src=”image-source” alt=”alternative-text”/>

We have to add the most relevant text to the alternative text section to give an idea to the crawlers what the image is about. It plays an important role in seo as well. So it is necessary in all purposes.

#6 Avoid Dynamic URLs

Google and other search engines can’t properly crawl dynamic urls. A dynamic url means a url with question marks (?) and other similar symbols. This type of urls are not friendly to both users and search engines. So the best practice is to avoid all sorts of dynamic url.

#7 Be Serious of Paid Links and Nofollow Links

Expecting good ranking in search engines, many people buy links which are supposed to be paid links. A few years ago, paid links have been strictly prohibited. Even, a site with paid link would be penalized. So make sure you are not among them.

On the other hand, nofollow links are those types of links which don’t pass link equity. We especially use these for advertisements and other irrelevant links. Nofollow links are similar to paid links. So we have to ensure that the no-follow links are done for reasons. In the above report, there is paid link priority. But that is not a paid link warning. It’s because I have a nofollow link on my homepage. So the notification is to make sure that I am using it for reasons, not as paid links.

Final Words:

We do SEO mainly targeting Google. So we must be complying with their rules and requirements. The requirements are not so hard, but implementing these would surely help you in any way. So I recommend you follow the basic rules I specified and I am sure you will see changes in your ranking.

Wish you all the best for implementing the guidelines.

About The Author
Abrar Mohi Shafee is a passionate blogger who loves to do blogging for especially the beginners. He is the CEO and Founder of BloggingSpell.com. His expertise areas are blogging, seo, social marketing and web designing, You can follow him on his Google+.
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Do You Know These Little Known Benefits Of Creating Longer Posts?

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Benefits Of Creating Longer Posts
This is a Guest Article Written by Ammar – A young blogger who blogs on All Blogging Tips and likes to help small bloggers in building a profitable blog.

After deeply analyzing the benefits and harms of longer blog posts, I think its time for me to let the world know about it too.

In simple words, don't just always trust and follow what someone else, me or your friends say and instead try and experiment it yourself.

If you believe that something can work better if you add some points from your side, you probably should. With that being said, let me take you to the list.

Also Read:

6 Benefits of Creating Longer Posts

Opportunity to Deliver the Best:

Its just that simple. The longer you speak the better you can explain things. So, The longer you write the better you can help out your readers. Hence, longer posts give you the opportunity to explain your point at the best level possible.

I don't believe in "Content is King" and instead I like to add the word "Quality" into this quote. Perhaps it is not possible to count and figure out all the benefits and advantages that one has if he delivers quality content.

Give Them all At One Place:

There is nothing better than getting all things of our needs at one place. Readers really love when they are given more than what they were expecting and that's where longer or extensive posts come into play.

There are a lot of things you can explain related to any topic that you are delivering. Not only you can deliver the high quality content, but you make your readers happy at the same time.

Better Conversations:

Basically, Blogs exist for one purpose and that is conversation on some specific topic. Since, longer posts contain a lot of words, facts and things to think, follow and talk about they result in better and longer conversations.

In simple words, extensive blog posts result in more popularity, exposure and bring a lot more comments, shares as compared to shorter posts.

Anyone who blogs about anything surely wants to hear what people have to say about his work and his thoughts hence, getting good number of comments is always a pleasant thing for bloggers in all kinds of niches.

Improved Writing:

There is a very famous quote that is "Practice makes a man perfect" and it is 100% true. No doubt at all. The more you work on something, the better you get in that. Blogging and writing is no different.

Hence, the longer you write the more beneficial it becomes for you. Writing more and more brings and amazing flow in your articles which is very essential if you want to make a living as a writer/blogger.

And, nothing can be better to improve your writing skills than writing prolonged articles to explain everything at the best level possible.

Chance to Have A Break:

While reading a shorter article, the words are over before a reader actually realizes what kind of information is being poured on him. While on the other hand, the longer articles give the reader a break and Give Some time to think about your words and what you are trying to convince them about.

And, this is why the longer articles result to be more effective and mostly spark the ideas in minds of readers and readers end up praising you and sharing your content around at Social Media.

Easy to Follow:

Since, you get more time to talk to your readers, it is easy for you to tell them what's right and what's wrong.

And, for readers it is easy to get their problems solved using your words. Think about yourself for a moment. What do you find better when you are in trouble?
Guest post by Ammar – A young blogger who likes to help small bloggers in building a profitable blog. Visit his blog.
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Page Rank Update (Unexpected): December 2013

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At last after 10 months, Google has rolled out an unexpected PageRank update yesterday(6th DEC 2013). Last Page rank update was on 4th February 2013.

This is really an unexpected Update. Many webmaster didn't expected that the PageRank update would happened within 2013. Just a couple months ago Matt Cutts said he would be surprised to see an update to Google Toolbar PageRank by the end of this year.

Google Pagerank Update On 6th December 2013

Even through it is an surprise update. I'm happy with this update. After a long time Page Rank for BTNT is increased from PR3 to PR4. BTNT got PR3 on November 2012. After that there has been no change in the PR of BTNT.
I'm happy to announce, Now BlogTipsNTricks is a Page Rank 4 Blog. :D

What is your Page Rank?

You can Check your Page Rank here

Previous Page Rank Updates

Google updates Toolbar Pagerank every 3 or so months:
  • December 5, 2013
  • February 4, 2013
  • November 7, 2012
  • August 2, 2012
  • May 3, 2012
  • February 7, 2012
  • November 7, 2011
  • August 5, 2011
  • July 18, 2011
  • June 27, 2011
  • January 20, 2011
  • April 2, 2010
  • December 30, 2009
  • October 30, 2009
  • June 27, 2009
  • May 27, 2009
  • April 1, 2009

Is Page Rank Really Important?

After the introduction of Google authorship and the long gap in PR update, many webmaster started to think Google has dropped the Page Rank. But yesterday’s update indicates that Toolbar PageRank is not dead.

Google Page Rank is one of many factors taken into account by Google’s search algorithm it’s important not to obsess over it too much. But, Considering the current Google Update, it still has some value in measuring the overall quality of the links pointed to your site.

Has your site’s PageRank changed in this update? Let me know in the comments section.
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