Monday, 16 January 2017

Common Blogspot Design Problems And Possible Fixes

Picture this,  you wake up one morning, the weather's cool and you're sipping a hot cup of coffee or tea. You think to yourself , "Nothing could possibly go wrong". 

It suddenly occurs to you that you have to make a post on your blog. After making the post you discover lots of errors on your blog.

The blog posts you set to display 20 posts on your homepage are now displaying just 3, your blog link is messed up in social media and blog post images don't display on your posts on Facebook.

You're already imagining if your village people remembered you that morning while your direct blog competitors are like :


Well don't worry I've been there too. I'll teach you how to walk through the problems like a boss.. Literally


How You'll Be Feeling After This Post


So here are the most common Blogspot design issues and possible fixes.

#1. Number Of Blog Posts Suddenly Showing Less Than What You Set

This is the most common problem bloggers on Blogspot encounter and it's very frustrating and embarrassing. Visitors to your blog now see 2 or 3 posts on your homepage meanwhile the initial setting was about 15 or higher. Sometimes you may try changing the template but it doesn't still work. I think this error is probably caused when blogger has an issue interpreting some of your posts. Especially when you copy a post from other sites

There are 2 ways to fix this issue :

A. Find The Post That Caused The Error :

If you can remember the last posts you made before the template got disorganized carefully check through all of them by reverting them to drafts and republishing one after the other and refreshing your web page after you publish each one. You'll definitely find out the offending post.

B. Add A Jump Break Immediately After The Top Image

You can do this by editing your post from the blogger dashboard. Scan through the top menu you should see an icon that looks like a torn piece of paper -  that's the jump break.

Place your cursor below your image then tap on the icon. Repeat this for about 15 posts then refresh your blog page and see the results




#2.Blog Links Not Displaying Well On Social Media

This part is very technical, please if you aren't good in HTML avoid doing this without consulting an experienced  webmaster. I'm also available to help at an affordable cost.

Most social media pages make use of the Open Graph protocol which help them to retrieve data from a web page. Without the Open Graph protocol in place or if there are errors , social networks may not be able to access your posts properly.

By Default, Most Blogger Templates come With Open Graph Tags but some templates have faulty open graph tags. To know if your site has issues, use the Facebook URL Debug Tool to analyze it. If you see more than 2 errors after the analysis then you certainly need to work on your Blog's Open Graph Tags.

To access the URL debugger simply google  up - Facebook URL Debug Tool. You'll need to sign in to your Facebook account to use this. To get the best results, open your blog on one tab and the URL Debug Tool on another tab. After editing your Open Graph Tags, save your template, wait for about 5 minutes then tap on scrape on the debug tool page to see the results.

Here's the format of open graph tags -

Replace with yours - the things you should edit are highlighted in red. The OG tags are highlighted in green. Make sure you modify everything in red to yours excluding the symbols (apostrophe).. Once you do that you're good to go.

Note : Here's why I said you need an expert to do this if you're not too good in HTML. See the screenshot of My blog after I messed up an Open Graph Tag. Luckily I keep backups so I restored it back immediately. You might not be so lucky.


Code For Open Graph Tags

<!-- [ Social Media Meta Tag ] -->
<!-- BEGIN Open Graph tags -->
<b:if cond='data:blog.metaDescription'>
<meta expr:content='data:blog.metaDescription' property='og:description'/>
<b:else/>
<meta content='NaijaTechGuy is one of the Top Tech Blogs In West Africa ,Providing Information on The latest tech trends around the world and solutions to ICT problems' property='og:description'/>
</b:if>
<meta content='999748960046625' property='fb:app_id'/>
<meta content='100004969388978' property='fb:admins'/>
<b:if cond='data:blog.pageType == &quot;item&quot;'>
<meta content='article' property='og:type'/>
<meta content='http://www.naijatechguy.com/p/about-me.html' property='article:author'/>
<meta expr:content='data:blog.canonicalUrl' property='og:url'/>
<meta expr:content='data:blog.pageName' property='og:title'/>
<b:if cond='data:blog.postImageThumbnailUrl'>
<meta expr:content='data:blog.postImageThumbnailUrl' property='og:image'/>
<b:else/>
<meta content='http://newsmsme.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/smartphones-2015-480px.png' property='og:image'/>
</b:if>
<b:else/>
<meta expr:content='data:blog.title' property='og:title'/>
<meta expr:content='data:blog.canonicalHomepageUrl' property='og:url'/>
<meta content='blog' property='og:type'/>
<meta content='http://newsmsme.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/smartphones-2015-480px.png' property='og:image'/>
</b:if>
<meta content='Nigeria' name='geo.placename'/>
<meta content='en_US' property='og:locale'/>
<meta content='en_GB' property='og:locale:alternate'/>
<meta content='@naijatechguy' name='twitter:site'/>
    <meta content='@naijatechguy' name='twitter:creator'/>  
<!-- END Open Graph Tags -->


#3 Images Showing Too Large On Home Page

This is usually caused when you copy an image from another site and place it as the first image of your blog post  The solution to this is simple, just edit the post,  save the image from the page you copied the image from then re-upload the image to your post. You could just simply reduce the size of the image to medium.


#4 Blog Loading Slowly

There are a couple of things that could slow down your blog load time. Even Google understands that, so that's why Adsense ads are shown in the Async format so it won't affect load time on your blog.

Remove unnecessary widgets and Javascript codes, then test your site speed with tools like Pingdom or Google Site Speed.


Summary

There are a whole lot of issues with blog design on Blogspot but I think I've highlighted the most common ones.  If you have questions kindly use the comment box. I'd also like to know other problems you're facing so I can posts a possible solution.

Happy Blogging


Sunday, 15 January 2017

What To Do When A Higher Ranking Website Steals Your Content

DMCA Report is a feature for webmasters and bloggers who are being outranked by their own content.

Many people have complained of top sites like NaijaLoaded stealing their content and its a frustrating situation to be in when some other sites use your own content as their own and even get higher rank on Google search than your website.

Picture this, you create a new post , publish it in your website, then someone just comes along, grabs your content, and posts it on their site.

Many times I've been tempted to file a DMCA report against some websites who refuse to link back to my blog as the source for the content they allegedly stole but I just leave it because most of them are blogs that I rank higher than.

The website where the content originated should be awarded with a higher search rank. However these sites have their own ways to outsmart netizens .


The worst thing that can happen is that the original publisher’s blog gets buried down the search engine return page.


Bloggers who have any complaint against a website that outranks them can now ask Google’s help to correct the situation. The scraper report will require you to fill in some specific information.

Here's how:

1. Go to the form: (link at the end of the post)
2. Enter the exact URL of the original content (your site's page)
3. Add the exact URL of the scraped content (the stealer's page)
4. Add the Google search result URL that demonstrate the problem.
Before submitting your form, you must be aware of Google's terms of service so if any legal issues may arise, Google can properly handle the problem. After submitting, Relax and watch Google do its work.

Links


Blog With Adsense Ads

https://support.google.com/adsense/contact/violation_report?rd=1

Blogger Blog

https://support.google.com/legal/troubleshooter/1114905?rd=1/troubleshooter/1114905?rd=1

For WordPress blogs file a report to DMCA or the offender's web host


Saturday, 14 January 2017

Woman Buys 55 Inch LG TV On Facebook Marketplace - Here's What She Got Instead

A woman, Tiara Chatman ordered a TV from Facebook just to discover that she just got screwed . The TV allegedly cost her about $550,

Before you start blaming Alaba Boys or Aba People, This actually happened in the United States. 


Well... What's my reaction to this... The GIF below says it all.



WhatsApp Adds GIF Search And Increases File Sharing Limit To 30

WhatsApp just introduced a new feature but it's still in beta :  GIF search.  It allows you search for and add GIFs without leaving the messaging platform. WhatsApp added support for GIFs some of months ago, although it was limited to sharing GIFS  stored on your phone. The new update makes it easier to search through Giphy's extensive library and add GIFs directly from within WhatsApp's interface. The update also increases the media sharing limit from 10 to 30.


Sharing Limit Increases To 30
WhatsApp GIF
WhatsApp GIF
WhatsApp GIF

You can access the GIF search by selecting the emoji button to the left of the text box. Once you're in the emoji selection window, you'll see an option to toggle between emoji and GIFs. The other tab shows you a list of popular GIFs, and there's also an option to search through Giphy if you have a particular keyword in mind.

The ability to search GIFs is now live in the beta client (1.27.7), and should be rolling out to the stable release shortly...

I'm currently using this beta release and its fun. Hopefully when it gets released for full use it'll be better.


Snapchat's Latest Update Makes Finding Friends Easier

In Snapchat's Latest update, Snap Inc. has added a new search bar to make finding friends, groups easier , Discover publishers and Our Stories, easier.

The search bar is displayed on all screens in the app at the top of the display; when you start a search, a “quick chat” menu will appear with your favorite contacts, groups, new friends and their available stories.

You can tap on any of your friend’s icons to start chatting to them, press and hold on their icon to see their profile or — if they’ve posted a public story that day — you can tap its thumbnail to view it.

The search function can also be used to look up a specific person,  Our Stories, or Discover channels by typing in relevant keywords.

Also , Snapchat is making it easier for you to contribute to Our Story, the app’s curated slideshows.

The update will be available for a small number of Android users from today with the full rollout coming “soon,” according to Snapchat.


Samsung Releases The Galaxy C7 Pro - See Specifications

Samsung has finally released the Galaxy C7 Pro. It sports a 5.7" 1080p Super AMOLED screen and runs on Android 6.0.1. Marshmallow on a 14nm Snapdragon 625 chipset. Under the hood is an octa-core Cortex-A53 CPU clocked at 2.2 GHz, while available RAM is 4GB.

Both cameras of the Galaxy C7 Pro have 16 MP sensors and bright f/1.9 apertures. Their video recording maxes out at FullHD@30fps.The internal storage is 64GB, with 50.9 GB of those user-available. Also the second SIM slot supports either a nano-SIM card or a microSD one.

The Galaxy C7 Pro comes with Always-On display and Samsung Pay.


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YouTube Now Adds New Means Of Earning Money For Vloggers; Removes Crowdfunding

If you usually watch lots of live streams on YouTube you should already know that the more popular a broadcast is, the less time a comment stays visible in the chat box that's next to the video. But what if you could change that?

Well, now you can. YouTube has rolled out Super Chat today, and this takes care of the problem by throwing money at it. Your money, actually.

Super Chat lets you pay in order to have your comment highlighted and pinned to the top of the chat box. It can stay there for up to five hours, pretty much ensuring that the content creator gets to see it.

The Super Chat message will stand out through a colored background.

That said, the color of your Super Chat, the period of time it stays pinned in the ticker, and the maximum message length are determined by how much you're willing to pay. You need to spend about $5 in order to get the message pinned for two minutes - this is the minimum amount of time for that, if you spend less your comment will just disappear as usual. Five minutes will cost you $10, and so on. If you want your message to be pinned for the maximum amount of time, namely five hours, that will cost you a whopping $500.

The colors are as follows: red for anything over $100, magenta from $50 to $100, orange from $20 to $50, yellow between $10 and $20, and green if you spend $5-10. The maximum message length goes from zero characters for purchases of $1-1.99 up to 350 characters for $500.

Super Chat is currently in beta, being tested by a few creators. It will go live on January 31 for creators in 20 countries and viewers in more than 40 countries. It should be available in Nigeria sometime soon.


Razer's 3 Screen Laptop Has Been Found. You Won't Believe Where It Was Found

© Razer

Another gist about Razer's laptop with three 4k screens. You won't believe where the laptop was found.  If you remember, the CES was held in Las Vegas, United States. I was thinking that some hacker based in Vegas might have picked it up. Razer on the other hand thought it was industrial espionage. It turns out we were all wrong as it was taken by the men from the east. The laptop has been found in Mainland China.




The units are now  listed on Taobao, a Chinese online shopping site, for 150,000 yuan, which converts to about $21,700. Somehow, the thieves managed to pack it up and ship it off to mainland China. At least now the company knows that its machines are safe and sound for the mean time.



It can also double down on its reward while going to the Chinese authorities in an attempt to retrieve its incredibly valuable Project Valerie prototypes  Or, just create an account on Taobao, swipe its credit card, and put this entire painful affair behind it.


From Las Vegas to China.  My Chinese brothers I hail O (hehehe)..


4 Recommended Ways To Improve Your Blog's Alexa Rank

When I started blogging back in 2014, I  had no idea of what Alexa rank was and how to improve it.

As time went on , I kept learning different aspects of Blogging and understood how Alexa works.

It was very difficult to get a good Alexa rank for my blog, but as my Blogging experience kept improving, my Alexa rank also improved.

What is an Alexa Rank?

Alexa ranks website based on the amount of traffic they get. Having a good Alexa rank does not help you directly in any way, but still it has its own benefits.

If you deal with several advertisers/ product owners then an Alexa rank is very important for you.
Blogs with impressive Alexa rank attracts advertisers to spend money on your site to feature their service/product.

So, having a good Alexa rank helps bloggers to make decent money from direct advertisements.

How To Improve Your Alexa Ranking?

1. Claim your site on Alexa – Sign up for an account on Alexa.com and submit your site there. This is the very first step to improve your Blog's Alexa ranking.

2. Add Alexa widget to your blog – The Alexa widget helps Alexa servers to track the traffic better. Adding one on your blog will make you see a significant improvement in your rankings. It may not work overnight but something is definitely better than nothing.

3. Write shareable Content – The more unique content you’ll write for your blog readers, then you'll get more traffic and backlinks . People will  likely share your content across their social accounts and it will help you in improving your Alexa rank fast.

4 Keep updating your blog with useful content and increase your returning visitors count
Trust me, returning visitors really help a lot to boost blog’s ranking. They tend to share your content several times on their various social network profiles.

Give some time to improving your blog’s Alexa ranking as it is important if you are a serious blogger and want to generate money from direct advertisements.

If you liked this article, then kindly share it.
I'd also like to know your own views


Friday, 13 January 2017

Readers Deluxe : Listen To One Of Our Most Hilarious Broadcasts

Hello and welcome to another Friday. My job here at NaijaTechGuy.com is to make sure you have the best tech info as well as some extra unrelated tidbits to make you enjoy your weekend.

I made a broadcast today and on the show, I had a fast rising comedian. MC Smart.  He's totally hilarious, I had to hold myself from laughing and interrupting the broadcast.

The show can be played from the media player attached below.

(Note : Player won't show on Opera Mini)



Listen to "Readers DELUXE : MMM NIGERIA WAKE KEEP EDITION WITH MC SMART" on Spreaker.

Galaxy S8 and iPhone 8 to feature highest level water resistance with the IP68 rating

Samsung Galaxy S8 and iPhone 8 are the most anticipated
phones of 2017. These phones are reported to feature the
highest level of dust and water resistance till date.

As of today, Samsung Galaxy S7 has the highest level of
dust and water resistance with the IP68 rating. IP68 rating
refers to the highest level of weather protection that
tolerates submersion for 30 mins in 1.5 meters of water.

In contrast, Apple iPhone 7 has the IP67 rating which can
tolerate for 30 mins in 1 meter of water.



Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S8 are reported to come
with the IP68 rating which offers the highest level of
resistance to weather. Apple marks this technology for its
10th Anniversary of iPhone this year.

Samsung has also extended this technology to other low-
end phones like A3, A5, and A7 phones and is even
considering for its J series phones.

LG Electronics showcased its mid-range phone Xcaliber in
the recent Consumer Electronics show with the IP68 rating.
Its flagship device LG G6 is also rumored to come with
waterproof technology. LG G6 will be unveiled at the
Mobile World Congress this year.

What makes Samsung and Apple different is that they use
waterproof tapes for their devices. Compared to adhesives,
tapes make repair works easier.US material company 3M and Korea Film manufacturer NDFOS
supply waterproof tapes to Apple and Samsung


HTC U Ultra - Price And Specifications

HTC just announced a new smartphone the U Ultra at a keynote event . The personal touch is totally all over the place, with a brand new Sense Companion assistant taking center stage.

The U Ultra is covered in Sapphire glass. What Apple tried and couldn't achieve, HTC has done on its new flagship. The catch here is that the Sapphire will be limited to an exclusive edition to be launched later in the year.

  
HTC U Ultra

Coming to the specifications , you might call the U Ultra a repackaged LG V20 - it sports a 5.7-inch QHD display with a secondary portion on top. Under the hood is a Snapdragon 821 chipset. There's 4GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB storage versions with microSD for expansion.

Camera

The U Ultra sports a 12MP UltraPixel unit with large 1.55µm pixels behind an f/1.8 lens with OIS. This one is made of Sapphire crystal on all version, at least.

The HTC 10 had laser autofocus, the U Ultra adds phase detection to the mix. The front camera also sports  a 16MP shooter, which will also output 4MP images for the UltraPixel-nostalgic among you.

  
HTC U Ultra

Battery

3,000mAh for this much display sounds like a red flag. The battery charges through a Type-C USB port, which just happens to be the only wired interface on the U Ultra - farewell to the 3.5mm jack. It's all because of U, though - that enables HTC to deliver a personalized audio output to match the specifics of your eardrums. Like an equalizer, only better. Supposedly.

Liquid surface is the new design philosophy that the U Ultra introduces. It manifests itself in a fully symmetrical all-metal unibody, which also happens to be all-glass on the outside. We're still trying to wrap our heads around that.

The U Ultra will be available globally this quarter, which is not particularly specific. Price will be $749 in the US, pre-orders open now, and units will start shipping in mid-March.

NB : Some Sections Of This Post Was Extracted From GSMARENA


Gionee Unveils New Smartphone "Steel 2" With 4000MaH Battery


Chinese smartphone manufacturer Gionee just launched a new Android smartphone named  Steel 2. Under the hood is a Mediatek MT6737 chipset with a quad-core processor, and also sporting a 5-inch HD display.



RAM is 3GB, while internal memory varies between 16GB and 32GB. For the camera, the phone features an 8MP shooter  and a 5MP front shooter. A large, 4,000mAh battery is there to keep the lights on.



Measuring 144.3x70.5x8.6mm and weighing in at 160g, the handset runs ojAndroid Marshmallow (6.0)-based Amigo3.5. It also features a home button-embedded fingerprint sensor. Color options include Jazz Gold and Gold Black.


The device should sell around $190  for the 16GB variant, the device is currently available for pre-order in China.


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5 Kinds Of Posts That Can Boost Your Blog Traffic



"Traffic". The very word that defines whether your blog will be successful or be an inconsequential failure.  I officially started blogging at 17, and I must say that the first year was really tough especially in the terms of traffic.

At first I normally got about 8,000 views monthly, I felt satisfied but I decided to move out of my comfort zone and push myself so hard to get extra traffic and build a strong reputation.

I can easily relate to the feeling when you post and you don't get enough views and you feel like you're not doing enough. I've made a post previously on how bloggers can get extra traffic on their blogs but this time I'll be highlighting the types of content that'll get your posts a very good traffic boost.

Basically, if you are trying to increase your traffic, it all depends on the content you are publishing on your blog. If you don’t have good articles as your foundation, then  building high-quality backlinks and getting high traffic won’t last for long.

But if you have very educative and informative articles published on your blog, you will certainly get high traffic for a long, long time without putting in so much effort.

These types of content will relatively help you increase the traffic of any site or blog, provided that you make the best posts .

1. List Posts

This type of content attracts lots of visitors each month. These kind of posts can be of any type – Top facts , Recommended Ways , etc. but if the topic is quite interesting, you should see an increase in your traffic in a few days. List posts always get shared a lot on social media sites and are linked back a lot so you will get social and referral traffic as well as a lot of backlinks.

2. Resource Posts

Resource posts bring traffic and backlinks from different sources.

When publishing resource posts keep in mind that any site or product you mention in the post should be working. It would be better if you  personally check all those products and sites and see if they are working before adding to the post.

Though it will surely take some extra time but it will be definitely worth it when people appreciate your efforts.

3. Tutorials and How-to Guides

Tutorials and how-to posts can increase your traffic considerably.
You have to search for problems that a lot of people are facing and put yourself in that situation and apply some solutions to solve the problem. When you are writing a post on “ how to take backup of your blogspot blog ”, you have to actually take a backup and show it to your readers using images and screenshots.

If your readers are facing any problems then you will be able to solve them immediately because you too have performed the same thing and you know which problems will come up and which ones won’t.

So if you are good at solving problems, then writing tutorials on your blog will attract a lot of visitors.

4. Interviews & Stories

Another way to increase traffic to your blog currently is by conducting interviews of experts.
I've done quite a number of interviews on my blog and it gets a lot of views.

The reason for this is simple – I get new visitors . But when you choose a topic , like say link building tactics , and you bring in 50-60 top SEO experts to share their views on it and their personal link building strategies then you will see a huge surge in traffic, social shares and an increase in your own followers.

5.Videos
Videos are amazing and many people  love videos! If given a chance to read a 1000-word long post and watching a 4-minute video explaining everything that you mentioned in the post, people will most likely choose to go with the video.

YouTube and Vimeo get massive  traffic and the chances are high that your videos will also receive amazing views and in return send traffic to your blog.

I would really love to know your views about the post and also your experiences and results. Happy Blogging!


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Thursday, 12 January 2017

Nominate NaijaTechGuy As Part Of The YTECH 100 Class Of 2017



The #YTech100 is an annual networking event honoring 100 of the brightest and best in Nigeria’s technology industry – those who have done nothing but inspire us in the past year.

The event which is one of the highlights of the Y!/YNaija.com Innovation Season spotlights ideas, vision, and impact of the sector and also drives interaction on the factors that have helped leverage opportunities and potential in the local and international market.

This year, the brilliant team at Y!/YNaija.com have decided to throw the nominations open to  readers – you get to nominate a techie of your choice to be part of the #YTech100 Class of 2017.

Here are the rules:

1. The project/start-up that your nominee is working has to be something new, not necessarily that we have not seen before but done differently

2. How much impact has that project/start-up had within the past one year?

3.What exactly makes this project/start-up unique?

If you really support me and want this blog to keep growing please nominate me.

At the nomination page there will be some required details. Fill in this

Name : Michael Adimchinobi Ajah
Age :19
Start Up : NaijaTechGuy
Nominees Email : naijatechguy@gmail.com.

You Can Support Me By Also Adding Why You Think I Should Be Added To The YTECH 100. Don't forget about my online podcast it makes this blog stand out. Thanks for the support.  Here's the link to the nomination page.


 http://bit.ly/ytech100 


Instagram To Add Advertisements Between Stories

It seems social networking companies are looking for a way to boost revenue this year.

In a move that's not really surprising , Instagram will start placing full-screen ads within its Stories feature. The announcement comes as the Stories reaches 150 million users in the five months since its inception.

The feature is still being tested for now with a few big clients like Netflix, Nike and AirBnb, but  it'll possibly expand to a wider range of businesses soon.

Photo ads are about five seconds long and videos 15, but they shouldn’t be too much of an annoyance, as you are able to skip them with a swipe.

However, the ads won’t show up until you’ve watched a lot of stories in sequence – the ads are put in between two friends’ stories.

Also, Instagram will give users with a business profile a new feature :  Analytics about Stories, including reach, impressions, replies and exits for each individual story. Businesses will be able to set up targeting, and measurement capabilities so they can reach the right audiences.


Wednesday, 11 January 2017

4 Things To Keep You Motivated When Your Blog Is Failing



I decided to write this to encourage all the discouraged bloggers out there. Don't give up till you get to the top.

I know it's possible that you no longer think of blogging the way you used to when you started.
Instead, you now believe that blogging is a bed of thorns and you want to quit blogging.

I've got some questions for you though?

My questions:

1. What's making you think so miserably ?
2. Why are you feeling so disappointed about something that gave you so much excitement?
3. Is blogging as boring as a career?

Certainly Not!!

All you have to do is to to re-invent your own game.

Here are four of the common things about blogging that worry you and solutions to keep you going

1) There are already lots of bloggers

How do you stand out and make a name  for yourself amidst so many other established bloggers?

Imagine if your favorite football team thought “Geez, there are many teams already. We can’t compete with the established teams . Let's just give up on the idea.”

You would have never got your favorite team .

Trust me, you have a great potential and you can surely be the next blogging superstar.

2) Blogging Is Difficult

Blogging definitely needs a lot of patience and will power. It’s very difficult to stand out in a crowded place.

Apparently, you may need to work harder for the first few months. You may have to post regularly and trust me you are doing a great job as your post might just make someone smile and solve their problem.

Your hard work will pay off when people start recognizing your work and become your fan.

3) I don't have any followers:

Nobody's following you? Ask yourself this question:

Have you done any exceptional thing  to make people follow you?

If you were your reader, is there any reason why would you follow your blog?.

In order to get followers you need to produce interesting content.You need to work with others and create a name for yourself. And the best way to do that is to blog. Blog as if it's the last profession in the world. Write classic content and try to solve your readers’ problems.

When your readers will start noticing your work they will definitely try to follow you.So don’t make followers your first priority.
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4. I can't expand my blog to a profitable business

The average time it takes a blogger to get popular or make a name in the blogosphere is usually between 3-5 years. NaijaLoaded started in 2009 and gained popularity around 2012, Linda Ikeji started in 2006 and gained popularity around 2010. You have to be consistent and exercise patience.

Blogging is a full-time job for many people
Many professional bloggers are living life lavishly through blogging and are also a source of earning for other bloggers.

They hire content writers, moderators, editors, graphic designers, web designers and so on to enhance their blogging experience.This way they also help these people earn a living.
In the same way, you too can live life with your conditions and also be a source of earning for others.

Blogging gives you all the opportunities to grow.
If you think money is a strong motivator for your growth, just work towards making money from your blog.

Sign up to an affiliate program like Jumia Affiliate  Or apply for AdSense or any other ad networks.

Once you've build your blog, you can get sponsored posts that pay you for writing reviews for products.

Blogging is far more interesting than the easiest job.
You only have to be patient.

What are your secrets to getting motivated? Let me know in the comments.


Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Leaked : See Images And Specifications Of The Moto G5 Plus

Last month I saw a couple of leaks of a device speculated to be the Moto X (2017). Initially there were some hands on hand shots , then some renders.

Currently, someone is selling a G5 Plus prototype through an online marketplace in Romania, and the listing also includes the photo you can see in this post as well as a full list of specs and expected release date.

Let me start with the specifications :

The Moto G5 Plus allegedly, is coming in March, which means it may be launched officially at MWC in late February. The phone sports a 5.5-inch 1080p touchscreen, a 13 MP main shooter , a 5 MP selfie shooter, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of built-in storage, and a 3,080 mAh battery.



It runs on Android 7.0 Nougat and has a fingerprint sensor on the front, underneath the display. The model number is XT1685.


Asus ZenFone Pegasus 3S : Price And Specifications

ZenFone Pegasus 3S

Asus just released the successor to the ZenFone Pegasus 3 : The ZenFone Pegasus 3S

It runs on a MediaTek MT6750 chipset with octa-core processor clocked at 1.5 GHz. It has 3 GB of RAM and two variations for internal storage - 32 and 64 GB. If that’s not enough, you can use a micro-sd

It sports a 5.2” display and 720p resolution -  identical to the one found on the Pegasus 3.

However, the finger print scanner has been moved to the home button.



The selling points of the device are actually the OS and the battery - Zenfone Pegasus 3S runs on Android Nougat 7.0 and sports a 5,000 mAh non-removable battery.

It should cost  around $290.


Facebook To Start Paying Users For Uploaded Videos Soon

Facebook is going to start paying you for all those videos you upload on Facebook soon but don't get too excited as there's a twist in this tale. A very painful and annoying one. If you're willing to compromise or probably loose your fans for some extra cash then you shouldn't have a problem.

Remember those pre-roll ads on YouTube that usually start before the video you want to view and can only be skipped after 5 seconds?

I've got good news for you then,  Mark Zuckerberg also hates them.

The bad news? Well, Facebook is planning to introduce another type of advertising that might prove to be very annoying.

I'm talking about mid-roll ads. These ads are coming to Facebook videos, and they will interrupt what you're watching to display an ad.

The mid-roll ads will be shown after you've watched a video for just 20 seconds. Thankfully it'll be will only be available for videos that are at least up to 2 minutes long, but they still have the potential to make people stop watching Facebook videos after the initial 20 seconds.


Currently, Mid-roll ads have already been tested for live videos, but the new rollout will now include all videos on Facebook. Facebook will be sharing ad revenue with the content creators, keeping 45% of all sales for itself - just like YouTube does.

For now, this still in the testing phase, but if it proves successful then expect most videos you see on Facebook to become ad-infested pretty soon.

I think it should have an opt in option due to privacy issues on Facebook. Facebook would not want to infringe on user privacy by adding ads without permission from users.

This is the first chance many publishers will have at monetizing their Facebook videos. Facebook users are already watching 100 million hours of video per day, so this will also bag the social network some nice amounts of cash.


Remember Razer's 3 Screen Laptop?, It Has Been Stolen

The Internet was buzzing with news about Razer's new amazing laptop with three 4k screen. I just got information a few days ago that the laptop was stolen from Razer's CES Booth.


How The Thief Is Probably Feeling
Gamers Be Like ๐Ÿ˜ง๐Ÿ˜ง

Here are the full details

Two prototype models of Razer's highly-anticipated gaming laptop were stolen at the 2017 CES tech show in Las Vegas.

The devices from gaming company Razer sports three 4k screens and is said to be the first portable laptop of its kind.

According to Razer, the devices were taken from its press room on Sunday.

Razer's Chief Executive Min-Liang Tan said that the case is being treated  as "industrial espionage".

Razer is also offering a mouth watering $25,000 bounty to anyone who has information that could lead to the arrest of the culprits.

"Our teams worked for months endlessly to conceptualise and develop these units,"

he said in a post  on his official Facebook page.

"It is cheating, and cheating doesn't sit well with us. Anyone who would do this clearly isn't very smart."

Razer enjoys a cult status among the gaming community because of its sleek product designs and innovative offerings.

Project Valerie is still a prototype and Razer has not yet published a possible release date or price.

Let's just keep our fingers crossed and hope that Razer gets back their computer's.

On another note I'm still staring at that $25,000 bounty like this.




4 Common Mistakes People Often Make When They Start Blogging



When I started my first blog in 2013, I made a lot of mistakes which helped me become better at what I'm doing. I'll outline the most common mistakes people make when starting a blog.

1. Not Submitting A Sitemap.

This is very common among new bloggers. A Sitemap helps search engines index your site properly. The result of not adding this causes poor SEO. Submitting a sitemap was the very first thing I did when launched my current blog NaijaTechGuy. As a result, it's helped in the SEO of my blog and most of my traffic come from search engines. I get roughly about  25,000 visits per week from Google.

2. Sharing Posts By Themselves

Sharing your posts by yourself is cool but when you start posting constantly it'll definitely weigh you down. Most New Bloggers tend to do this. The best way i recommend is to use services like IFTTT, Hootsuite, Postcron or Dlvr.

With IFTTT my posts are automatically shared to Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, Reddit and other sites as well. Hootsuite and Postcron can help you post in Facebook groups

3. Searching For New Content

This isn't limited to new bloggers. Constantly searching different sites to get what you'll post will get you tired of posting in a short time as you've wasted important time on searching for content. Always use an rss feed reader to curate content. Once the other sites post, you get the update on your phone or computer. It's that simple.

4. Not Choosing A Niche

Some new bloggers don't know anything about choosing a niche. They'll simply rush into entertainment blogging and blog about every thing they come across.  My friend, you're not a newspaper. Get a niche and make yourself a force to reckon with on that niche. Posting about everything simply makes you this -  Jack of all trades but master of none.

I drop my pen at this point.


8 Recommended Ways To Protect Your Eyes While Using A Smartphone

Most of us spend a lot of time on our smartphones. Sometimes while using these smartphones, our eyes hurt or we feel some pain in our eyes.

Most Doctors advise people not to spend a lot of time in front of screens .
If you really want to protect your eyes while using a smartphone, then follow the instructions below :

1. Keep It Far From Your Eyes :

Most people spend their free time texting , watching movies or just surfing on internet .
The average smartphone screen size is small so they put their smartphones very close to their eyes. This is wrong, if you put your phone very close to your eyes, you may start having issues with your eyes.

Always remember to keep your smartphone 15 to 20 inches away from your eyes.

2. Blink Periodically
Most people hardly  blink while playing games or watching an interesting movie on their smartphone. This may cause redness or dryness of your eyes. If you want protect your eyes then you ought to blink your eyes regularly.

An average person blinks 2-50 times per minute depending on the condition. Blink your eyes to keep your eyes clean and moist.

3. Reduce screen brightness:

Most people love to increase the brightness of their smartphones. Increased brightness levels are harmful to the eyes.

So, always remember to set the level of your smartphone brightness to a level that's good for your eyes. I recommend using automatic brightness so your device can adapt to the different light levels at different conditions.

4. Wash your face:

Constant use of your smartphone may leave your eyes weak and tired. After a while you feel a slight pain in your eyes. To reduce the dryness of your eyes wash your face . This helps your eyes feel relaxed.

5. Use Anti-glare Protection :

Most smartphones come with anti-glare coating or special corning glass protection. But if your device doesn't have any of those, then you have to get an anti-glare coating or corning glass protection for your device .

You can also use anti-glare lens or glasses to protect your eyes as well.

6. Take A Break :

Always take a break while using your smartphone. Close your eyes for few minutes during the break.

7. Use Eye Therapy:

Close your eyes and put 2 fingers on your closed eyes and move them round . It helps to relax your eyes.

8. Take Vitamin A And Yeast Supplement

I normally do this to protect my eyes while blogging. My eyes used to hurt so bad at a certain point but once I took the vitamin A and yeast supplements for about 5 days, the pain reduced and my eyes were back to normal. If you're having a similar issue try this out.

I believe with these methods you can protect your eyes while using your smartphone.


Monday, 9 January 2017

Introducing The Nokia 6 - The First Nokia Smartphone Released In 2017

Nokia is finally back in the smartphone game as it has announced the Android 7.0 Nougat-powered Nokia 6. Unfortunately it’s a mid-range device targeted at the Chinese market, so we're going to going to wait a little longer to get a premium global device.


How I'm feeling right now ๐Ÿ˜•


I can't wait to get my hands on this. The Nokia 6 comes with an aluminium unibody carved from a single solid block of 6000 series aluminium. It then undergoes two separate anodizing procedures to acquire a look far above what its price tag suggests.

Under the hood of the device is a  Snapdragon 430 chipset with an octa-core Cortex-A53, Adreno 505 GPU and an ample 4GB of RAM. It sports a 5.5” 1080p screen that has a curved 2.5D Gorilla Glass sheet on top.

     
Nokia 6

On the camera side, the Nokia 6 packs a 16MP shooter with PDAF and a reasonably bright F/2.0 lens. On the front is an 8MP camera with the same aperture. It comes with 64GB of storage to make sure you’ll have enough room for all your photos, but unfortunately the chipset limits the video recording to 1080p@30fps.

Nokia 6 will sell on JD.com in China in. It will cost just 1,699 CNY  $245.(74,000 NGN)