Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Website / Blog Ranking sites : Are they reliable any more ?

We all run after the ranking sites such as Alexa, Moz, Google Analytics & so on for a higher rank. Earlier these were the SEO techniques that were helping to raise the rankings. But now almost everyone has started charging a significant price. So my very simple question: Are they reliable anymore?

I am a businessman and in my opinion, if you pay, you will get higher ranks and if you don’t pay, you won’t get those rankings. There are many agencies in the market who are offering Twitter, FB and other Social media network followers against a price. Persons are there who offer YouTube views at an agreed cost.

Earlier Alexa was Free and highly reliable. But they made three categories and started charging a huge monthly figure.  The cost of a simple Alexa Rank of your site has now been DOUBLED at almost $20 per month, with many more limitations to be covered under various higher costs. Similarly, you have to pay $99 to $149 per month under two other categories, and the problem is that even for your Free Trial of 7 days, you have to furnish your Credit / Debit card details.

MOZ was also absolutely free, but now you have to choose MOZ PRO, and the four categories are available at $99 per month, $149 per month, $249 per month as well $599 per month. Again, you have to furnish your credit card details for a Free trial of 30 days.

Google Analytics is Free but the traffic it shows is nowhere near to the traffic & visits visible in your blogger dashboard. On the other hand, the Google Analytics premium is available at a monthly cost which is beyond the pocket of at least the Indian bloggers, i.e. $12,500 per month, $1,50,000 per annum.

Even for the basic Alexa & basic Moz you have to pay almost $120 a month, $1,440 for a year, which comes to approx Rs 1 lakh per annum. So bloggers, if you really want to earn out of your blog, you have to shell out as above, with a hope that it will have some impact on Google analytics.

My very simple question is still there. Are they reliable anymore? If not, then why all the Blogging Platforms rank their member bloggers on the basis of above criterion? 

Please revert with your views under the comments section.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Status of .in Vs .com Blogspot Blogs ?

Please check if your .in blogspot blogs are appearing in Google ?  My .in blogspot blogs are not appearing in Google or any other search engine, for the last 2 to 3 days. 

But while trying on various search engines, i found that, though my .in blogspot blogs were not at all appearing, but by using .com ( that we used earlier ), all the blogs were appearing, but with the dropped Alexa rankings. 

Please revert with a comment. 
Cheer up & keep on blogging !!!!!

24th July, 2017
Blogs are now appearing with both .com as well .in

B S Vohra @vohrabs

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

How ‘The Bachelorette’ showed millions a different side of the Sikh faith

What happens when America’s best-known dating show meets one of its most-misunderstood religions?
“The Bachelorette” brought Sikhs into the spotlight Monday night. One of the finalists took Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay home to meet his estranged dad, a yogi and convert to the minority faith. People who identify as Sikh make up just a fraction of 1 percent of the population.
Sikh fans were nervous about the portrayal, which was teased in promotions as part of the drama between contestant Dean Unglert and his father, who he says emotionally abandoned him and became “eccentric” after his mother died. Before the episode, Dean took to Instagram with a heartfelt call for religious understanding.
“I’m asking for a favor: when I said my father was eccentric, I was not referring to his Sikh faith or the turban he wears on his head,” he wrote. “I’m not asking you to spare his feelings (or mine) but instead to be cognizant and accepting of the millions of people that belong to the Sikh community.”
with thanks : washingtonpost : LINK : for detailed News Story. Must read.


Friday, June 30, 2017

GST : List of items in the 28% slab

List of items in 28% slab of Goods and Services Tax (GST):

  • Sugar and sugar confectionery
  • Cocoa and cocoa preparations
  • Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; pastrycooks’ products
  • Miscellaneous edible preparations
  • Pan masala
  • Beverages, spirit and vinegar
  • Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes
  • Salt; sulphur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement
  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes
  • Tanning or dyeing extracts; tannins and their derivatives; dyes, pigments and other colouring matter; paints and varnishes; putty and other mastics; inks.
  • Essential oils and resinoids, perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations
  • Soap, organic surface-active agents, washing preparations, lubricating preparations
  • Artificial waxes, prepared waxes, polishing or scouring preparations
  • Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations
  • Chemical products
  • Plastics and articles thereof
  • Rubber and articles thereof
  • Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silk-worm gut)
  • Furskin and artificial fur
  • Wood and articles of wood, wood charcoal
  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard
  • Headgear and parts thereof
  • Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feather or of down – artificial flowers; articles of human hair
  • Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar material
  • Ceramic products
  • Glass and glassware
  • Articles of iron or steel
  • Copper and articles thereof
  • Aluminium and articles thereof
  • Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks of base metal; parts thereof of base metal
  • Miscellaneous articles of base metal
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof
  • Electrical machinery and equipment and parts thereof; sound recorders and re-producers, television image and sound recorders and reproducers, and parts and accessories of such articles
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rollingstocks, and parts and accessories thereof
  • Aircraft; spacecraft and parts thereof
  • Ships, boats and floating structures
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof
  • Clocks and watches and parts thereof
  • Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles
  • Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories
  • Furniture; bedding, mattresses, mattress supports, cushions and similar stuffed furnishings; lamps and lighting fittings, not elsewhere specified or included; illuminated signs, illuminated name-plates and the like; prefabricated buildings
  • Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof
  • Miscellaneous manufactured articles
  • Project imports, laboratory chemicals, passengers’ baggage, personal importation, ship stores.
with thanks : : LINK : for detailed news