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Being in the web hosting & domain name registration industry, I have been asked this many times over by people from various backgrounds – novice bloggers to seasoned experts. Not because its my business, but due to many good reasons I recommend it. The most prominent advantage & reasons being the following which I will elaborate upon in my later posts:

  • It gives you your own identity.
  • You are not on the mercy of the blogs provider and fear of getting your blog deleted or suspended because of something you did or didn’t do!
  • Having your own independent blog site gives you more options to make money and earn online.
  • The best blog software packages are open source and hence free and totally customizable! Your cost towards the same is next to zero.
  • The cost involved towards domain name registration and web space is very less, that too can be recovered within a month or two by a basic blogger! (PS: Ask me for all such requirement you have!)
  • You have the freedom to add a forum, shopping cart, create a community or do nearly just about anything you can think up from your own domain or blog!
  • You can customize just about anything on your blog, the look, feel etc by themes & plugins, which are available free and again open source for you to modify.
  • And finally as Mike put in “if you are actively working to get back links (and you should be) you will want those to go to a domain that you control. If you create a high PR site you have an asset you can sell.”
  • A few more advantages, I cant think of now as I have started sneezing due to dust allergy!

Well, anyways if you get more advantages on having your own blog to add please feel free to put it in the comments for the community. Questions and controversies are welcome too!

Patient: Doctor, I have an ear ache. 2000 BC: Here, eat this root.

1000 AD: That root is heathen, say this prayer
1850 AD: That prayer is superstition, drink this potion.
1940 AD: That potion is snake oil, swallow this pill.
1985 AD: That pill is ineffective, take this antibiotic.
2000 AD: That antibiotic is artificial, here eat this root!

This is one of the first witty & humorous things I found on herbal products. Please feel free to add more from the comments!

Not long ago, a lot of businesses would think a zillion times before plunging in to an ad campaign. The choices were very few and costs were very prohibitive. After the dot com bubble burst, a lot of sensibilities have crawled in to the online world. Companies such as Google, Yahoo, Discount click etc are offering good & affordable deals to the advertiser.

Discount click for example deals in Search engine marketing, Link management and Banner ad serving; all of which are pretty important for any advertiser. One needs to explore newer and customer friendly service providers rather than blindly go in for the most popular services. Any ad campaign done with due diligence is bound to bring good results.

Do let me know if you have had good or bad experiences with smaller players in the market; for sometimes David can outdo Goliath!

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When I started www.sharmasblog.com, there were a lot of things going on in my mind. What to write? When to write?! et all. As I write this tenth blog post, I am encouraged by a few things:

  • A small amount of money I made!
  • I finally got something creative to do apart from my business!
  • Got an informal place to catch up with my customers and friends.
  • I get to help people to make money online, genuinely.
  • Interact with a band of bloggers and be called one!

There are a lot more advantages I find out of blogging, but I wouldn’t want to pump all of them here in one go and take a toll on your patience! In fact I am planning to go full steam with what I intended to do part-time. Me thinks I should start a section on the city I live & love – Bangalore! Also in the pipeline is a section of forwarded mails and SMS! Generally, they are an annoyance, but some of them are really good, encouraging or just entertaining!

Cheers!
Vikas Sharma

 

  • Courage doesn’t always roar; Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying…
    “I will try again tomorrow

I liked the above quote put up by my friend Karthik A on his blog. But both of us do not know the person who said it! If you know it, please put it in the comments. Thanks!

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Dr. Subha, a fellow ‘orkut-tan ‘ happened to ask me about the Ayurveda companies listed on our site. The conversation may be useful to a lot more people. Here it is:

Subha:
Hi Vikas, thanks for your reply. I browsed both the web sites. I feel you should get the medicine list of some more standard companies also, like AVP, Coibatore and Kotakkal Arya Vaidya Sala, SNA Oushadhasala, Vaidyaratnam Oushadhashala, etc. These are some companies whose medicines are really excellent and have their own standards and patent preparations also.

My Reply:

Dear Subha,
Thanks for the genuine concern about Ayurveda companies. You will be happy to note that we have invited over 200 such firms to join hands with us including the firms mentioned by you! But as you can understand, we can put up only those companies which have responded to us! In fact there is no charges for listing and sales of any GMP certified company’s products on our site; still the response is slow. I personally attribute it to the lack of ‘technology awareness’ in this industry! Anyway do re-send regular invitations to the firms and some of them respond late. Once they do, you will surely find them on our site!

For the commercial aspects of our business, we need Ayurveda companies to respond and for the non-commercial and seva aspects of our business we need the support of Ayurveda doctors and the public to stand by us!

regards,
Vikas Sharma

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A few days back, some great guy slashed my bike’s seat cover! This is a very common phenomena in India, where jobless youths or disgruntled parking attendants engage themselves in such mindless activity! Yesterday, on my way home, I reached a seat cover maker to put a new one on my bike. And what happened there made me write this.

Star Garriage Imtiaz at work

‘Star Garriage’ as it is called is located in the most dingy areas of Bangalore. I happened to chance upon it while taking a shot-cut to home. I was in a hurry and I did not want to be there. A pale looking youth who claimed to be the owner of the place, bargained with me briefly for the price. We settled for Rs. 100/- (USD $2.5) for a new seat cover, which he would stitch. I told him that I was in an extreme hurry and would not wait long for the job. He assured me of quick service and went about measuring the seat size and cutting the material with surprising speed. In the next 5 minutes the seat cover was ready to be put on my Kawasaki Boxer bike. Before he did that, Imtiaz as he was called, put the seat cover on his dirty table, removed a screen printing board from the wall and slash… slash … put his advertisement on my seat cover. In the next few minutes the seat was ready. I paid him and left; but my mind was still there.

I realized, that despite the hurry and speed of work, Imtiaz made it a point to put his advertisement on my seat cover. For the urgency showed by me he should not have done that; but he did and this showed his commitment to one of his pillars of life. The ad was very important for him get more business and this was one of the only things he could afford.

This made me think as to how many times do we acknowledge our pillars of life, especially when we are in a hurry or overloaded with work?! I have seen some whose marketing goes weak if sales are strong or support becomes bad if marketing is good. Whatever makes your life run smoothly, are you paying attention to them or do you put them in the backseat when totally engaged? The factors of your life running smoothly could be anything – parents, your wife, friends, colleagues, relatives, the marketing division, sales team, your boss… just think!

I stopped at the next shop and purchased a chocolate for my wife. In the next few days, I plan to take her to the movies and spend some quality time with her. Is there someone or something you are paying less attention to in your life? Think Again!