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Introducing Lists, Product Reviews… (Plus we got new funds)

It’s July already and I am up with another grandeur. It’s a big update to the blog — possibly the biggest yet. I have been working on design changes and UX improvements for last six months, looking for investments, diving into more code — all leading to this exact moment.

As of now you will be experiencing performance improvements, better device compatibility, greater reading experience & better offline support.

But that’s not all. More changes are planned and are expected to come into action this 15th of July.

Content

Lists

I have been more focused on how to guides for last couple of years, as planned. It’s the time to take it further to some more types of lists, including but not limited to:

The best…

Such articles will list of the best things around a specific topic, for example of The best books of Stephen King, The best blogs on Education & Training etc. This niche holds the biggest possibilities and will hopefully be worth a fortune for my readers.

Did you know…

Did you know will answer questions related to tech, education, blogging & marketing. Such mostly be dependent upon the questions asked by readers. Further announcement about the same will be made soon.

Best free…

Many blogs do such kind of articles and I have done some pieces on ‘best free… this & that’ too. But starting this update I will work with my team to do such posts more than ever.

Top 20/Top 30/Top 40 etc.

Long gone are the day for top five & top tens in a list. Following the pattern of list25, we’ll be compiling more than just 5 or 10 items. You’ll be more often seeing longer articles.

Product Reviews

I announced my plans to increase the number of product reviews but that didn’t find any progress in last year. It’s time to set things well and get going with reviews. Product reviews will be categorized into following categories:

  • Theme Reviews
  • Plugin Reviews
  • App/Software Reviews
  • Book Reviews

Other

  • Life hacks
  • Business Ideas that you can implement
  • Blogging Experiences — a new post series

Design & UX

I switched to Total WordPress theme around a year ago and things have been great since then. I have tweaked the theme to be faster, capable to offline and easy to use on all kind of devices. If you have something for me to add, please feel free to share that with the floating contact form accessible from bottom right.

We got funded!

I’ve been reaching out to some companies & people with my ideas — and I am so glad that I found some similar minded investors. The amount is not much but is gold enough to help me run things better. I’ll be investing the money to better SEO, advertising & on hiring the best of writers in business.

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Flickr is sold!

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So, it’s official. SmugMug has decided to acquire Flickr from Yahoo!.

Here’s the news!

We’re excited to announce that Flickr has agreed to be acquired by SmugMug, the photography platform dedicated to visual storytellers.

Nothing will change immediately with regard to your Flickr account. You will still access Flickr with your current login credentials and you will have the same Flickr experience as you do now. We will continue to work to make your Flickr experience even better.

Who cares? I stopped using Flickr the day I heard they would be selling it. But I had totally no idea this will come so early.

Well, it does come with a perk, though.

I will finally be able to download all photos at once.

Good luck with that SmugMug!

Source: Flickr Blog

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Taking gauravtiwari.org to a new level

It’s been really a long time since I made any significant changes to this blog. Last time, when I moved aside the mathematics & physics content – the blog received an epic boost. In this amazing journey of 8 years I have tried and tested every content strategy I could and have always upheld the reputation of the blog. Today it is one of the top rated blogs in the country and hopefully, after these changes are introduced it will continue be perform better.

It’s my privilege serving the people with ideas, conceptions (& misconceptions) and opinions. In these 8 years, readers have given me everything I ever planned for. As the time is escalating quickly, it is my turn to give this blog & its readers something big. Something incredible.

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Why the change?

The world is changing and so is the content and the mood of the audience. I have always been alertive to the changes happening over internet. I always used latest tools, markups and features the internet asked. That’s why this blog has proven to be an amazing asset in term of worth and clientele attraction. Credit to my futuristic approach and impeccable SEO done in the past, it has become a permanent source of income. I am paid heavily by freelancers and companies for the sponsored content that are published on the site.

I am leading towards the completion of a decade in content writing and blogging business and I don’t won’t to parry off anything. I want to do better at what I am supposed to be good. Also, I want all the inadequacies to be complete rectified. To do so there is a need to make a lot of adjustments to the core ideology of the blog.


Major Changes

New Design

New design contains major cosmetic changes and these changes are intended to make the site look better on first impression. I have also customized the content styling for you to feel more comfortable while reading the blog. There will be least distraction possible and easier sharing, printing and saving options. For those, who don’t like reading longer articles, I shall be adding a brief summary of the post at top following detailed index. This will help you go through the topics more easily and understand the précis of an article. Few other design improvements are planned which includes new headings’ design, larger images, better content formatting, darker & sharper fonts etc.

New Sections

Various new sub-categories are being added to the blog under Education, Blogging and Technology categories. Education portal will see blog posts about new and even more important topics like Current Affairs, Editorials, Job Advice, Personality Improvements, Growth Hacks etc. Minor subsections will be added to Technology category to expand its dimension. I shall be adding new major categories, like Gaming, Entertainment, Book & Software Reviews, Product Downloads, Design Tools, Freebies etc, to the root. These transitions will take time and are expected to be complete in next couple of months.

Others

I have added a new shop to the website which currently contains some free WordPress Themes and Plugins. It will be quickly filled with more assets like Books, Plugins, Themes, Graphics and other partner downloads. Shop will work on Pay what you like model and most of the assets will be available as free downloads. New Services page gives an overview of the products and services my team offers.

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The first product I ever sold!

Do you remember which was the first product you sold?

No, I am not saying that you are a salesman or what.

Try to remember.

If you can’t remember – that means either you have sold millions of products till date or none. I remember mine.

2008 was a year when my studies were out-railed due to family circumstances and at the age of 15 I was trying to make a meaning of my life. My family was short on money and full of unnecessary loans. 2008 was the year that changed how I used to think about my career plans. Being a blogger or designer was never intentional. In fact, at that time I had no idea what a computer browser looked like. I used to think as if software like Word 2003, Excel 2003 were the browsers used to browse the internet. I was all from the books.

Around February 2008 I tried to sell my high school books but that didn’t happen due to so called mythological reasons. By selling books, I was in fact selling Goddess of Knowledge – Saraswati which ultimately was a sin.

I couldn’t sell the books so I planned to sell my knowledge.

I made a knowledge spinner in which the answer corresponding to a question to which you set the arrow, was shown in a box. It was in fact a paper made utility which had two circular concentric layers – one with questions on top layer and the other with answers on bottom layer. Only a part of top layers was cut so that the answer on the bottom layer could show up.

It was a really simple, yet highly effective tool. I made 5 or 6 such spinners about some important scientific discoveries. Each of these 5 were unique and handwritten in Hindi.

The sale was tough and took a lot of explanation to convince my classmates. But once one person bought a piece – everyone jumped it. I made around 45 rupees and it was my first sale of such kind.

This may not sound much but only I know how important it was to successfully sell my first products.

Since 2013 – year when I made my first online sale (thank you, Vineet Maheshwari), I have made more than 1100 sales all along ranging from content to affiliate marketing, design & even downloadable products – but I still remember my first sale.

Did you try my Labs page?

I am adding new codes and experiments to it.

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