October 19th, 2008

Tech At Hand – Philippines Top 100 Blogs for 2008

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Dexter PanganibanTech At Hand is one of the blogs that got included in this year’s Philippines Top 100 Blogs for 2008. Dexter Panganiban shares his blogging secret.

Janette: What have you done this year for your blog that contributed to its growth?

Dexter: In the world of blogging, visibility is important. So what I did, is to join different Social Media Networks such as delicious, Digg, Yahoo Groups, Entrecard, Mybloglog, Twitter , Plurk and others. I have also made an effort to comment on those blogs that suits my interest. Learning SEO (search engine optimization) also plays a major important role in Tech At Hand Dot Net growth .Thru SEO I met lots of Pinoy blogger online and I later made collaboration with them through post link exchanges. Blog conversation is important so I make sure that all the comments are being responded even sometime it is late. I have also use different WordPress Plug-ins that initiates conversation in between me and my visitors.

Janette: What marketing strategy works best for your blog?

Dexter: Online. Collaboration with other bloggers and continued research with other blogs in my niche is what I did. I have set in my mind that I have to know on how other blogs are able to top on their particular niche and when I found out I apply it in my blog. I am leaving my links anywhere where ever it is possible like in forums, Yahoo Groups, writing projects, other blogs thru comments, e-mail links and more. My other niche blogs have also help because I make sure that all my blogs has an RSS Feed in the sidebar directing to Tech At Hand Dot Net.

Offline. I can say that attending blogger’s gathering have also help my blog to be known by other bloggers. (This is during my vacation in Philippines)

Janette: How much % of your annual income do you attribute to your blog as the source?

Dexter: Blogging is not really my main source of income. It is just a hobby for me and one way to make new friends both online and offline. However as a wannabe Problogger, I earn 10% -15% of my present salary as a mechanical engineer in Saudi Arabia.

Janette: What tips can you give to bloggers who would like to achieve blog growth?

Dexter: New bloggers should learn how to apply SEO in their blog. They can check my archives in SEO and blogging that deals with my different insight and tips as time pass by. We have to admit that blog earnings comes from the search engine visitors but blog growth will come from regular visitors, It only means that if you practice SEO to promote your blog, you have to take into consideration your regular visitors and feeds subscriber. It is because thru links from other bloggers your site will be exposed to other bloggers in their blogging community. Collaboration is a must if you want to be a successful blogger. If someone ask for a link exchange, just give it a try. Time will come that those link exchanges will be one of the source of your tons of unique visitors per day.

And most of all be friendly and be real.

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