Category: Tech

Guest Post Like a Pro

You should consider guest posting. Seriously, you must! It’s 2019 for heaven’s sake! But wait; is guest blogging even worth the effort? Of course, it is! For one, it enables you to build your domain authority, get a bunch of valuable inbound links and most importantly generate referral traffic. On top of that, it helps you foster new relationships with other bloggers.

The problem, however, comes when trying to find high authority sites to pitch. The guide below teaches how to do it like a superstar.

Start by Understanding your Value

You have to offer value – and that’s something that you have to understand before you start your guest blogging journey. In other words, there’s more to the process than SEO. It’s not about what you’ll take home (in terms of payment). You must think of how the website you’re contributing to will benefit.  Ask yourself;

  • Do you have what it takes to meet the demand of the site’s audience?
  • How about your style of writing? Does it blend with that of the blog and most importantly, its audience?
  • Is the website you’re targeting looking for content to fill their editorial calendar?
  • Are you familiar with a topic that doesn’t exist on the site?
  • Can you take advantage of link building for the site in other guest posts that you plan to pen down?

The long and short of it is that the first step to finding opportunities to blog and pitching is to understand your value and most importantly, what you can do to help.

Draft a List of Targeted Sites to Pitch

Now that you know your worth, it’s time to build your blog outreach list. The best way to go about it is to create a spreadsheet with columns indicating your websites address, name, website, and status as well as any additional information.

Populate your sheets with your target website’s monthly traffic and Domain Authority. Be sure to aim for a DA score of over 50. Don’t forget to check whether the hosting is on the blog’s domain or subdomain.

Most the times, a website on a subdomain will offer a backlink as strong as one on a root domain. Remember, authority links make a dent, so you should leverage chance that comes your way. Besides, the higher the DA, the more SEO impact you’ll receive from every backlink.

Find the Right Person to Contact

One of the mistakes most bloggers make when looking for a guest posting opening is contacting the wrong person. The last thing that you want is to write a 2,500-word article only for it to get rejected by the site that you want to guest post.

Still, you don’t have to struggle to get in touch with the chief editor of a specific site. You can, for instance, use LinkedIn to filter a company’s information by using terms such as “Content Manager,” “Editor,” “SEO Manager,” and so forth.

You’ll then connect with the person and send them your pitch. Or, you can use tools such as Hunter.io or ContactOut to dig out the correct email address.

Start your Email Outreach

You now know the person to contact – the next step involves crafting your email list. And, there’s an assortment of cold email messages you can use. The best, however, is to keep everything short while providing value and showcasing your previous work.

Hone your Guest Blogging Topic Pitch

You’re likely to get a chance to guest post if you come up with a unique topic. So, before you send out a pitch, find out if the content that you plan to submit exists on the site. You can also think in terms of SEO value and target keywords.

As stated, you can pitch websites that accept guest posts if you’re an expert on a specific topic and feel that you can cover in intelligently than the published content.

The Bottom Line

Guest posting is an excellent way to establish your authority both as a writer and blogger. You only need to learn the ropes, and you’re good to go. It is essential to mention that not every site that you pitch to will accept your idea. So, if one authority website rejects your opinion, it’s time to move on to the next one.

The Ultimate Guide to Virtual Reality

The Ultimate Guide to Virtual Reality Headsets

First I like to admit that the timing of this post isn’t great as Christmas was last month so you won’t find a VR set under the tree anytime soon. On the other hand, a VR headset or device isn’t really something you can expect from Santa Claus as the price tag is simply too heavy so perhaps it doesn’t really matter. What does matter is accurate information when it comes to hardware, games, and headsets and that I will provide you with.

The Top 5 VR Headsets

Before we start reviewing headsets there is one important thing to keep in mind, there are headsets for all kind of devices, for example, there are headsets for the iPhone, for phones that run on Android, for the PlayStation 4, and so on. Each time I review a headset I will let you know which device it works with so that you won’t end up disappointed, and as always I will only select the ones with the best user-ratings.

Universal Virtual Reality Goggles

This one is for sale at Amazon for only 35 dollars, would you believe it, and received an average user rating of 4.5 stars from 57 people that purchased it, now that’s nothing to cry about. Do keep in mind that users often rate it based on how much they paid for it so I’m not going to say this is the best VR headset available but it definitely provides the best bang for your buck. It’s a universal model that’s both suitable for the iPhone and Android-based phones so no worries about that if you own a Samsung or a lesser known brand.

Pansonite VR with Remote Control

Yes I didn’t make any spelling mistakes here and lucky for you this one has been picked as Amazons’ choice for headsets above $50. At a price of $69,99 the Pansonite definitely won’t break the bank and with a 4.1-star rating from 123 reviewers, that means hundreds of people have bought it as not everyone leaves a review and the complainers are always the loudest you can be guaranteed that you get good value for your money. This new model is suited with 3D glasses, what else would you expect, and as said, it comes with a remote control and is suitable for the iPhone and Android smartphones as well.

Oculus Go Stand Alone

This headphone has two tags, the Oculus Go is Amazon’s Choice and it’s the Best Seller but there was another one that had both labels as well so I’m starting to get a little bit skeptic about those labels. Last year I never saw this happen but next year I expect there to be at least three bestsellers and three of Amazon’s Choices, just for the sake of it. This is a more expensive model priced at almost two hundred dollars so what do you get for that? Crystal clear optics and state-of-the-art 3D graphics if we have to believe their description.

Although it’s a stand-alone model and they claim you don’t need to connect it to a PC, largely because of its 32 GB of storage memory you still need to connect it through their app or to your PC to download the games or videos you plan to watch so it’s not like a game console that you plug in like you’re used to with the Nintendo back in the days or the PlayStation today. The reviews aren’t bad though, 4.1 stars from hundreds of people so it’s safe to assume this Oculus won’t disappoint you and if it does there is always the option to return it if you buy it from Amazon.com.

HTC Vive Virtual Reality System

We keep on moving up in price but you get what you pay for still applies. HTC probably offers the best of all worlds with its fully immersive virtual reality system with sensors to provide a real 360-degree environment and with its Steam VR product, you can choose from over 2800 games to play which should be more than plenty for the average user. When this product launched there were quite a few complaints but with an average star rating of 4.0 from 1200+ reviewers, it appears they solved most of their startup problems already.

Samsung Gear with Controller

We’ve now discussed two very affordable ones and two that jumped quite a bit in price so the Samsung fills the gap at slightly under a hundred dollars. I had hoped to find a model with a 4.8+ average star rating but it appears that’s impossible in the world of virtual reality as this model received 3.9 stars from 400+ users. Not really something to dream about but not awfully bad either considering the still pretty low price that it’s sold for. You can load games from Oculus by connecting it to your Samsung smartphone, no support for the iPhone unfortunately but what did you expect. If iPhone launches a headphone, and maybe they did already then it won’t be suitable for the Samsung either so no surprises here.

In Conclusion

As you can see I presented you with a great variety of choices so now it comes down to your budget if you’re on a shoestring budget and you already own a Samsung smartphone then I think the Samsung Gear provides the best value for your money. However, if you have a little more to spend I would definitely go for the Oculus Go or the HTC Vive. If everything is new to you and you have no idea what to expect then just buy the $35 Universal model which is pretty much a throwaway device in case you don’t like it, or you can always gift it for a friends birthday.