How TO create a succesful BLOG

Choose whether to create a personal blog or a blog theme

Before creating our blog is better to think quickly how to set it as a mixed blog, those dealing with different topics (eg blog that talks about travel, engines and sports) are just confusing and not go well at all, better to just create a blog yet properly done! If you want to treat several topics created several blogs: mrgreen:

Create a personal blog means that you will speak in only one of you, your interests of your passions, you will tell your adventures, trips that you will be making your blog as a personal diary sharing and exchanging opinions with your users.

Create a themed blog: it means that you will speak to one argument in depth, you may wonder, as I choose the topic ?? simple, you have a passion, you’re very prepared or you do a lot of research on a topic? This is a starting point, then you must also consider that the argument that he will treat the market, or that you frequently search on Google. we do not want to create a blog that receives few real visits? : Mrgreen:
Treat the whole subject in general, or we focus on the niche for our blog?

Here the choice is yours, but we make some reflections: the more the subject is vast and there will be competition, there will be many who will talk about making Blogger competition, while if you treat a niche topic you will have less competition.

Let’s take an example: if your blog will talk about computers in general you will have a tough competition because the word “computer” is searched for 20,000 a month to month as “graphic” is searched 5,000 times a month, so if you create a niche blog that will speak only of graphics, video cards, you will have less competition, you will become authoritative on that topic and it will be easier to reach the top positions on Google.

How did I ever tell you how often it looks for a word ??

How to create a blogSemplice I used an online tool called Google: Keyword planning tool.

To use this convenient tool you need to create an account in Google Adwords, which generally serves to advertise online by Web Marketer

Registration is very simple, just fill out the required fields and skip the integration of payment methods and invoicing, much to us we just need to find the words most sought keys. After registration you can access the Keyword Planner tool by clicking on “Tools” and “looking for new keywords using a phrase, a website or a category” sets the Targeting in Italy. This way you will easily find the topic of your personal blog (starting from a general word).

Why a free tool requires payment information?

To advertise online with Adwords (eg. Banner) you have to add money to the account, but simply consulting the planning tool is free, so you can join without fear, and search for your personal blog.

This Google tool can be of great help to expand your ideas and also to understand what the search volume of your topic.

Well, now that we have in mind the topic of our blog, what’s the next step?

come creare un blog con WordPress

What is WordPress? It is a C.M.S which it is used by many bloggers to create their own blogs.

The CMS is an application that is used by webmasters to create and manage a Web site of any kind (blogs, e commerce, etc.) and prevents the programming of the server-side software that runs the site. It has an interface where you can manage every aspect of the website, no without having technical knowledge in programming.

There are specialized CMS, that is created specifically for a particular type of content (encyclopedia online, a blog, a forum, a magazine etc.) And generic CMS, which tend to be more flexible to allow the publication of different types of content. In your case, since you want to create a successful blog, C.M.S for you is WordPress.

I chose this C.M.S because they use it all the bloggers, because it is very simple to use, there are an infinite number of plugins that allow him to do anything, there’s a great community behind it, in case of need, providing you with all the necessary support and finally, it’s free. Yes you read right, WordPress does not cost anything and is the best application to create a blog.

Publish a post with WordPress is very simple, just click add again and you’ll see a text editor where you can start to write, easy does not it?

how to write a post with wordpressPer each item you can decide whether to publish it immediately or save it as a draft if you want to make changes to the post. And ‘possible to create different categories and sub categories so you better categorize your articles.

With WordPress you can put different widgets in different sidebars as, for example, the last post or the last comments.

Where can I find the elegant themes for my blog? it starts from here :

You find the theme that’s right for you? well download it, then click on appearance / themes and add new, load the new theme and activate it. real easy?

Travel Chat with Cindy Fan, a Nomad in Laos

Every month, we delve into the travel experiences of people in the extended WHL Group network. Cindy Fan is a Canadian travel writer and photographer addicted to exploring the planet. Since 2005, she’s had adventures (and misadventures) in 29 countries – hiking, biking and paddling her way through the world’s great landscapes.
Cindy Fan and elephant in Luang Prabang, Laos

Cindy Fan hangs out with a local friend at The Elephant Village in Luang Prabang, Laos. Photo courtesy of Cindy Fan

Based in Laos since November 2011, Cindy is blogging, tweeting and photographing her journeys through Southeast Asia for local partner Teamworkz on their blog The Slow Boat. We discuss life on the road with this modern nomad.

WHL Group: Which is your favourite WHL Group destination and which would you most like to visit?
Cindy: I dream of overlanding the Silk Road, starting somewhere in Asia, travelling through the ‘stans revisiting Iran and eventually ending up in… oh, let’s say Malta.

My favourite destination is always where my feet are, so right now that’s Laos.

WHLG: Why Laos?
Cindy: Laos is one quirky country. While the rest of Southeast Asia has barrelled forward, here is this small, stunningly beautiful country moving at its own slow pace. I love that about it. People usually assume Laos will be like Thailand or Vietnam but it’s wholly unique. It’s such a joy to discover the idiosyncrasies of life here. It’s a down-to-earth, quiet place, where I can recover after a long stretch on the road. People are easygoing, good-natured, fun-loving. We should all learn to be a little Lao.

Laos can also be utterly ridiculous. It makes me laugh and smile every day – and sometimes makes me bang my head against a wall in frustration. I pop into Thailand when I’m craving a beach, curry or civilisation.
Cindy Fan at the dune field of Chinguetti, Mauritania

A sea of sand surrounds Cindy Fan at the dune field of Chinguetti, Mauritania. Photo courtesy of Cindy Fan

WHLG: What’s the most adventurous trip you’ve ever taken?
Cindy: An overland trip in West Africa, travelling by truck from Senegal, crossing Mauritania and the Sahara into Morocco. Most nights were wild camp. Once, while driving through the desert, the truck got stuck in a pit of clay and we spent two days digging it out with our bare hands. Overlanding is definitely not a beach holiday! You’re part of a crew and it’s a lot of work. When it was my turn to cook, I had to go to markets in shrivelled up towns and haggle for weevily rice and tough beef. We lived on a diet of sandy Laughing Cow sandwiches, one-pot meals and illegal beer. To this day, the sight of Laughing Cow makes me both warmly nostalgic and ill.

It took us three days to cross Western Sahara, a disputed territory. The landscape was surreal: barren, moon-like, littered with the skeletons of bombed-out cars. We camped in minefields.

It was one of my most rewarding trips. Nights sleeping under starry skies, mysterious ancient caravan towns, sand seas that stretched out as far as the eye could see, real desert oases and days driving on the beach up virgin coast, where the Sahara’s dunes collided with the Atlantic ocean. It felt like I was at the edge of the earth.

WHLG: What is your funniest travel experience?
Cindy: Oy! There’s a whole vault full of stories.
Cindy Fan at Everest Base Camp in Nepal

A small sign is be a big reward for Cindy Fan after a long, hard trek to Everest Base Camp in Nepal. Photo courtesy of Cindy Fan

I was taking a stroll along the cliffs of Lima, Peru, when I came across paragliders. Overtaken by impulse, within three minutes I was harnessed and running at full speed off a cliff in tandem with a man named Fernando, who was wearing skintight jeans . The entire time we were flying, tight-pants-Fernando moaned, gyrated his hips and shrieked Oh yes, yes, yes! It was a bit of an awkward situation. I was stuck in the air, soaring above skyscrapers because of a piece of cloth, some string and a pilot who was having a little too much fun on the job. It was not the kind of uplifting experience I had been looking for.

On the final day of a four-day rim-to-rim trek through the Grand Canyon, the guide gave us a head start on the long ascent out, letting the five of us leave first while he finished clearing camp. Later on, as we waited at Three Mile Resthouse, I spotted the guide coming up the switchbacks. I got the whole group – which included a university student, a stay-at-home mom and an ER doctor – lined up in a neat row. I called out his name and waved. He smiled and waved back. Then we all turned around and dropped our pants for a full moon. The expression on his face was priceless.

I was standing on the tarmac at Kathmandu airport waiting to board a tiny prop plane when a priest and some assistants led a white goat to the front of the plane. They seemed to be performing a pleasant kind of ritual. They sprinkled water on the goat; it happily flicked its tail. It wasn’t until I saw the priest draw out a machete that it dawned on me what was going to happen. Before I could avert my eyes – whack! – off came the head. I stood there bug-eyed, mouth agape while the priest dragged the bloody headless body in a circle around the plane. I guess I can check ‘goat sacrifice’ off the bucket list? Obviously, goats wouldn’t find this story very funny.
Cindy Fan at Kharanaq, Iran

Cindy Fan photographs the ancient abandoned town of Kharanaq, Iran. Photo courtesy of Cindy Fan

WHLG: What is your scariest travel experience?
Cindy: We had left Western Sahara and were driving in the middle of nowhere southern Morocco when the truck hit slippery road and began fishtailing. The driver tried to correct but each time the back slid wildly – this lasted for what felt like forever. He finally lost all control and the truck went off road, crashing hard and rolling two, maybe three times. I was flung around the truck’s big interior like a rag doll in a dryer. Needless to say, it was a terrifying experience.

The Chittagong ship-breaking yards in Bangladesh were a different kind of scary. I’ll never forget the sight: beached supertanker carcasses, hundreds of people crawling all over them like ants taking the rusted metal apart by hand. The toxic destruction, the demoralization, the pollution; I could feel how hardened and broken the people were.

Then there was the time I was waiting in Lukla‘s tiny one-room airport when rioting Maoists tried to storm the building. I had been in the mountains for 15 days and had no idea what was going on. They pelted the airport with rocks, breaking all the windows. I took cover under a desk. A violent skirmish broke out when the police arrived.

WHLG: What would you never travel without?
Cindy: My camera. Pen. Paper.

WHLG: What do you miss most about home when travelling?
Cindy: Family and friends, of course. Cooking in my own kitchen. Cooking for friends. Soft beds – beds in Southeast Asia are ridiculously hard! And I miss all things Canadian: I miss kayaking on Lake Ontario, camping, poutine, hanging out on patios with friends and fresh apples. As much as I like escaping the long winters, I miss not being hot and sweaty all the time. And I miss anonymity. I can’t walk down the street in Laos without attracting attention. Sometimes I feel like an ogre.
Ban Sabai Bungalows in Vang Vieng, Laos

The view from a travel writer’s “office,” at the Ban Sabai Bungalows in Vang Vieng, Laos. Photo courtesy of Cindy Fan

WHLG: Describe the best and worst accommodation you’ve ever stayed in.
Cindy: Best: Ban Sabai Bungalows in Vang Vieng, Laos.

Worst: An awful place in Ngwe Saung, Myanmar. I was nearly out of cash and there are no ATMs in Myanmar so it was the only thing I could get. It was so bad, I almost slept on the beach.

WHLG: You have a dream job! Any advice for those wanting to become a travel writer?
Cindy: When people ask me, “How do I get your job?!” my question to them is always, “Do you write?” Travel writing is writing, and writing is a craft. You have to love the written word, learn and practice the craft like you would for fiction, journalism or poetry.

Don’t read too much travel writing. Be discerning – there’s a lot of rubbish out there. Just because it’s published or on a prominent site doesn’t mean it’s good. Be original and creative.

WHLG: Do you find it difficult travelling solo as a woman?
Cindy: It certainly has its challenges. You have to grow thick skin, listen to your instincts, and be charming and tough at the same time.

But travelling solo as a woman can be incredibly rewarding. In certain countries and cultures, I have access to a world not seen or experienced by men. I can get in there and discover a different perspective. I listen to voices that are unheard. And those are the worlds I’m drawn to. Those are the stories I want to tell.

Langkawi Island, Malaysia

Introducing Langkawi Island

Langkawi Island belongs to a group of islands located about 19 miles (30 kilometers) from the northwestern shores of Peninsular Malaysia. The island has a population of 45,000 and the capital is Kuah with a population of only 12,000. For an island of its size and a population of only 45,000, Langkawi is not a very populated island.

Langkawi was once a sleepy island and its main activity was fishing and farming but today receives nearly 2 million tourists each year, attracted by the island’s sandy beaches and sunny skies. However, the island never seems crowded with tourists since many of the accommodations are spread out around the island.

Langkawi Island
Getting to Langkawi Island
By Plane

Langkawi International Airport is about 20 minutes by car from Kuah and not more than 40 minutes from the furthest beach. Most flights to Langkawi are domestic flights served by low cost airlines Air Asia and Firefly flying from Malaysian airports near Kuala Lumpur (40 minutes to Langkawi) and Penang (20 minutes to Langkawi).

International flights to Langkawi are mainly from Singapore served by Tiger Airways and Silk Air and the flying time from Singapore to Langkawi is about an hour. There are also the occasional chartered or seasonal flights to Langkawi from Europe and Japan but there are no direct flights from cities in the United States or Canada.
By Ferry

There are also ferry services from the mainland departing from Kuala Perlis and Kuala Kedah to the ferry terminal in Langkawi and the travel time is about 45 and 90 minutes respectively. There are also ferry services from the island of Penang (3 hours) and the Thai border town of Satun.

The journey by road from Kuala Lumpur to the ferry terminals is more than 250 miles (400 kilometers). Therefore it’s best to fly rather than take the road and then ferry to Langkawi if traveling from Kuala Lumpur unless traveling to the northwestern corner of Peninsular Malaysia is your plan.
Kuah – The Capital of Langkawi

Kuah is the capital and commercial center of Langkawi Island with a population of only 12,000. Kuah is a small town and rather laidback considering that the island receives nearly 2 million visitors every year.

There is not much to see or do in Kuah except shopping namely for duty-free items. There are also not many choices of eateries in Kuah other than a few fast food outlets. The best place to eat out is at Pantai Cenang about 2 miles (5 kilometers) from Kuah where there are greater choices.

Kuah Town
The Beaches

The beaches in Langkawi Island are for most part sandy and surrounded by the crystal blue waters of the Adaman Sea. Thus, visitors are spoilt with choices for a preferred beach destination in Langkawi. There are the popular beaches with the usual tourist trappings and the quieter beaches that are away from the tourist crowd.

The beaches of Pantai Cenang and Pantai Tengah are among the popular beaches in Langkawi but are rather touristy with their hotels, restaurants, shops, and entertainment spots. Burau Bay, Pantai Rhu, and Datai Bay are quieter beaches with one or two resorts occupying each beach and perfect places for a quiet getaway.

Burau Bay
Hotels & Resorts

There are a couple of 2 to 3-star hotels in Kuah and being away from the beach are usually cheaper than those near the beaches. Visitors staying in Kuah Town generally have duty-free shopping in mind rather than the beaches.

Those preferring accommodations beside the beach, there are plenty of options along Pantai Cenang followed by Pantai Tengah. Accommodations are mainly 3 to 5-star hotels or resorts and most have facilities such as swimming pools, restaurants, and bars. There are not many accommodations along the beaches of Burau Bay, Pantai Rhu and Datai Bay and occupied mainly by 4 to 5-star holiday resorts and expect to pay for the privilege of a quiet beach.

Berjaya Beach Resort, Langkawi
Mt Machinchang

Visiting Langkawi’s mountains should not be missed. It is possible to reach the top of Mt Machinchang situated more than 2,300 feet (700 meters) above sea level. Cable cars take passengers between the base station at the Oriental Village and the top of Mt Machinchang.

At the mountain top, there is a curved suspension bridge called the Skybridge spanning a length of 410 feet (125 meters) supported by steel cables. From the bridge, visitors can view the rainforest below and the sea beyond, which is simply breathtaking.

Mt Machinchang

Langkawi is a duty-free island for both Malaysian and foreign visitors to the island. Popular duty-free items here include the usual alcohol and cigarettes as well as consumer electronics, leather goods, clothes, chinaware, and confectionary. There are several duty-free outlets situated in the shopping centers in Kuah including the popular Jetty Point Mall just beside the ferry terminal.
Other Attractions & Interests

Underwater World is an aquarium located about 15 minutes drive from Kuah’s town center. There are collections of freshwater and marine creatures at the aquarium from around the island and other parts of the world. Collections include sharks, stingrays, crustaceans, huge Arapaima fish from the Amazon, and Rockhopper penguins from South Africa.

There are boat cruises taking visitors around Langkawi and the neighboring islands. Visitors can make bookings from outlets located near the ferry terminal. Visitors can also book these boat cruises from some of the hotels but expect to pay more. The Langkawi Crocodile Farm is about 16 miles (32 kilometers) from Kuah and crocodiles here are bred for their skins. The Snake Sanctuary has a collection of venomous and non-venomous snakes from around the world. Another attraction is the Langkawi Bird Paradise, which is home to more than 150 species of birds.

Public transport on the island is limited or minimal. Taxis are available but few and mostly found waiting at the airport and ferry terminal. A good option for traveling in a group is to hire a van with a driver for half a day or the whole day.

There are plenty of car, scooter, and motorbike rentals in Langkawi and companies offering these services can be found at the airport, hotels, ferry terminal, and along the beaches. A valid driving license is required and many foreign licenses including those from Europe and North America are accepted.

More on my travel blog about Langkawi Island.

Travel Insight: Online Travel Industry is growing

Travel Insight: Online Travel Industry is growing

The online travel industry is likely to grow in rapidly in 2016. The mobile user number to touch around 5 billion and around 2.6 billion would be using internet enables smartphones by 2019. This is going to have a positive impact on the online travel industry.

Online travel agencies have been following these latest trends to boost their revenue. The expansion of internet and growth in social media usage have been boosting online travel industry. Now, travellers have information regarding the trends on their fingertips. They would like to access the information prior to planning for any vacations.

More and more people use social media to know about travel destinations. According to one survey, a post on travel destination by a friend is enough to influence the travel plannings and schedule. The impact of the social media on travel industry is loud and clear.

The online travel industry has been gaining the momentum due to the growth in internet users. According to Statistic Brain, over 148.3 million internet users visit online travel portals, blogs, online travel agencies to for travel booking activities. The travel reservations increased by 57 percent in 2015.

When it comes to Asian leisure travellers, 59 percent of them book their travel product “whenever they can” and “wherever they can”, claims Tnooz.

2016 will be the perfect time for the online travel industries to accelerate their online activities for the higher growth rate and ROI. They need to capitalize- the growth in internet users and usage of social media globally.

The growth in mobile applications has been also another advantage for the travel operations to attract customers online platforms.

Social media has huge impact on travel and tourism industry. It has a huge impact on every industry across the world. Today, social media plays a vital role in the consumer travel experience. Travel experts believe that social media has been influencing travellers over their vacation plans. Some social media users take cue from the vacation pictures posted by their friends on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus.

Some users read reviews and ratings on these social networking sites prior to planning for the vacations. The travel and tourism industry has been depending on these social media sites to attract more customers and to push their sales online.

Social networking is one the most powerful forces driving travel industry today, failure to adopt could be fatal for travel agencies. The Days are gone, when people used to search on Google for “Hotels in [city]”, rather they try to get the information from leading travel portals and their social media profiles.

92 percent of people prefer word-of-mouth and recommendations from friends and family, above all other forms of advertising. Paid advertisement on television, magazine and newspapers have huge impact, as 47 percent of people trust such advertisements about travel and tourist packages.
Online reviews do play major role in defining the success of travel companies. As 70 percent of travellers do follow online reviews about travel packages and other travel related products. It is the second most trusted form of advertising.

Facebook has been a major social media site, where users can get plenty of information about travel, tours, destinations, vacations and packages provided by travel companies. Most of the travel companies have their business page on this giant social networking site in order to reach their customers and to provide information on their products. Users on this site are being influenced by the pictures shared by their friends.

Social media engagement is must for the travel companies in order get leads online and to increase the customer base. These social networking sites do have a higher conversion rate in travel bookings. According to reports, of those who used social media to research travel plans, only 48 percent stuck with their original plans and 46 percent travellers post hotel reviews on social media

About Italy Newsblog: the Italian Blog… About Italy

About Italy NewBlog collects several stories, news, suggestions, events related to Italy, and furthermore.
Actually, apart from this blog, About Italy is a non-profit sites’ network which is constantly growing. Among them you can find: About Florence, About MIlan, About Mugello, About Rome, About Siena, About Turin, and many others are coming.

The main purpose of this “NewsBlog” is the creation of a place where to collect all the news about Italy by taking them from the net, from real life and from this same sites’ network. You will find here photo and videos, events news, historic tips, and much more about Italy. The authors of this new experiment make us know that NewsBlog is still growing: “Be prepared for graphic and structural changes. We were so impatient to start this new project…during the time we are going to adjust things that don’t work”.

The authors, volunteers bloggers dislocated all around Italy, also invite users to send personal comments and suggestions, and assure that “they will be well appreciated and taken into consideration”.

You just have to follow the development of this project, to read, as they promised, always new and interesting posts!

The Connection Between Persian Newspapers And Blogs

What is a exactly blog? This short, four letter word “Blog” is basically an online journal that allows the writers express their views into words and publish them on the internet, inviting readers to comment. Blogging means a lot for writers, particularly for those who are willing to write for newspapers. – Like Iranian Persian Newspaper.

People, even if not good writers, use blogs to talk about their travel experiences, to share their hobbies or any other opinions. Business owners use blogs to promote their services or products by uploading clips or posting articles with a link. Nowadays, blogs also lead to publications not only in newspapers but also other media. A few of the news providers have now started to use local bloggers to share local activities their writers are not able to get.

The superiority of a blog can only be judged by the number of viewers have read and commented on the post. Therefore, bloggers choose a niche and stick on it, and it won’t be advantageous to change topics again and again. But of course, you can always start different blogs for different topics.

Finding how newspapers are connected to blogs.

Most of the major and even smaller newspapers are publishing blogs. The reason is to develop web pages and putting stories or any information online. Mainly to offer instant information. Blogging is the source that allows them to publish those topics unfit into the newspapers and for the writers blogging gives the space to convey the stories behind their articles.

A few of the Persian daily news providers offer you their websites if you need any guidelines. Whereas a newspaper’s blog opens up a window and let you participate in the discussions that can help you to give them exactly the article or story they are expecting for. You can not only eavesdrop, but can also comment and provide your own blog link on that similar subject.

Last but not the least, blogs are interactive. A lot of companies provide free templates for blogging. What you need to do, just fill in a few blanks, and start blogging within almost an hour. Isn’t is easy to start? You can also search for other free blog hosting services. Your internet service provider or your website hosts might also offer you a blogging option. Feel free to check. Or if you are not willing to start your own blog, at least start reading them. Don’t miss to participate in an enormous worldwide conversation.

What is a exactly blog? This short, four letter word “Blog” is basically an online journal that allows the writers express their views into words and publish them on the internet, inviting readers to comment. Blogging means a lot for writers, particularly for those who are willing to write for newspapers. – Like Iranian Persian Newspaper.