Blogger or WordPress


Well I know it is a bit confusing when it comes to blogging for first time. After reading many articles I started my first blog in Blogger. I had many fights in my mind whether to choose Blogger, WordPress.com or wordpress.org. I will discuss the differences in a short while.

But let me ask you 2 questions before that.

1. Are you sure you want to blog ? 

    I know stupid question but are you really sure to love it all lifetime?


2. Decided on what you want to blog?  

   This is what which defines whether you will be successful or not because anything which you want to blog about should be your passion where you can put up things on weekly basis if not daily.


Well if you really want help people by writing on a long term basis definitely I would say to opt for wordpress. 

Now there is a difference between WordPress.com and WordPress .org.


WordPress.com:

WordPress is the free platform where you can start your blog but you cannot customise it wholly and you cannot put ads or earn anything here. WordPress will put ads on your blog on their own and you are not a part of it.


WordPress.org:

It is also free but you will need your domain name and a hosting service. 

A domain name will cost you around 5-10$.

Hosting service which connects your blog to internet will take 3-6$ monthly.

Most of the successful blogs uses wordpress.org.


WordPress.com to WordPress.org: 

If your blog is doing well in wordpress.com and you decide to shift to your own domain with customisable themes, monetisable  blog , your own hosting to wordpress.org then you can do it anytime but that incures a cost.

Site redirect: 13$ per year per blog

Premium themes: From 20$ to individual to 120$ for unlimited ones

Self Hosted wordpress.org- 130$ per blog.


So I would suggest you to get into wordpress.org if you know you want to build your own blog and make it a success.


Blogger:


Blogger on the other hand is powered by Google and it is a free platform for blogging same as wordpress.com but here you can add few affiliate links to make you earn something. You can also add google adsense account if you have it or can apply it later when you have atleast 40-50 quality posts in your blog. 


Changing from your free blogger to website:


Yes you can change your free blogger to customisable website and you can buy your domain name from bigrock.com/godaddy.com etc. which will cost you around 10$.


Setup: 


Open your blog > basic> publishing> set up a third party url for your blog

Just save it.



New at blogging: 


If you are a new writer and do not know what platform to use then I would suggest you to try with blogger. From blogger also you can change to wordpress.org whenever you wish to with import data command. Or else have your account with wordpress.com which is free to use. 

First know the SEO process, How to build your traffic, how to bring your site in google search then you may change it once you know everything about it.

Top 10 start up companies in India which made a mark

Over the past few years there were many companies which were started in India. But very few made some mark in today’s market. Here is a list of top 10 companies in India which made a mark in present technical market.

Flipkart :

Founded in : September 2007

Registered in : Singapore

Operates in : India

Founder(s):Sachin Bansal, Binny Bansal
Flipkart is headquartered in Bangalore, Karnataka, India. It is an e-commerce company. Both Sanjay Bansal and Binny Bansal were part of Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi alumni and used to word with Amazon.com. Flipkart initially focused on online sales of books but gradually started dealing with electronic products and various other products. Now flipkart has more than 33000 employees and offer payment methods as Cash on Delivery, Debit and credit cards, Net banking, Gift voucher and also Card swipe on delivery.
Flipkart invested Rs 400000 to built their website and raised funding from different aspects. Flipkart is said to have sales report of 40 Million in Fiscal year 2008-2009, 200 Million in fiscal year 2009-2010, 750 Million in fiscal year 2010-2011. In fiscal year 2011-12 it crossed 5 billion. On an average flipkart sells 10 products per minute.

Snapdeal:

Founded in : February 2010

Operating in : India

Founders: Kunal Bahl, Sanjay Bansal

Snapdeal is one of the largest online marketplace with 10 million products of different categories. It is having a fun loving office head-quartered in Ohkla, Delhi, India. Snapdeal has a sale of $320 million in fiscal year 2013-2014. In 2014 Snapdeal is said to cross a sale of over 1 crore. Snapdeal is said to have a sales of over 3 billion dollars annually. From June 2011 till date Snapdeal acquired a number of online ventures as Grabbon.com, esportsbuy.com, Shopo.in, Doozton.com,  Wishpicker.com,  Smartprix.com, Exclusively.in, 20% stake in Gojavas.com, freecharge.com etc. Snapdeal collaborated with Gojavas in June 2015 for ‘90 mins reverse pickup’ initiative. 

First investing partner was IndoUs Venture and Nexus venture partners in September 2009. Snapdeal received an investment of $627 million from Softbank, which is its largest investor. ‘Indian eRetail awards2012’ awarded Snapdeal as ‘eRetailer of the Year & Best Advertising campaign of the year’. 

Ola Cabs

Founded in :December 2010

Operating in : India

Founders: Bhavish Aggarwal, Ankit Bhati

Ola cabs started from Mumbai, now based in Bangalore is one of the most preferred mobile app for transportation. In 2014 it expanded and has a network of more than 200000 cars across 100 cities. Ola cabs provide services of both economic and luxury travels and provides both cash and cashless payments with Ola money. It is said that Ola cabs gets 150,000 bookings per day.


Ola cabs is among the fastest growing business in India and it accounts to 60% market share. Its initial funding of $330k  was raised in April 2011. Series A  funding was done by Tiger Global Management, Series B funding from Matrix Partners and Tiger Global, Series C funding from Steadview Capital, Sequioia Capital, Series D funding from Softbank Internet and Media Inc and its existing investors.


Ola cabs acquisition includes Taxi for sure or TFS in March,2015.

Shopclues

Founded in : July 2011

Operating in : India

Founders: Sandeep Aggarwal, Sanjay Sethi

Shopclues is an online marketplace for everything we need starting from electronics, fashion, footwear to home appliances, baby products, jewelry etc. The company was founded in Silicon Valley, USA in 2011 and it is the Indian subsidiary of Clues Network Inc which was founded by an alumnus of Washinton University and Wall Street internet analyst Sandeep Aggarwal and eBay’s former Global Product head, Sanjay Sethi. It is headquartered in Gurgaon, India and registered office in Gujrat, India. Shopclues is having over 12,000 registered customers and over 200,000 procducts serving across 9500 locations in the country. Shopclues handles about 18 Lakhs transactions annually with around 42 million visitors per year.

Initially it raised funding from employees of Google, Netscape and other serial entrepreneurs from silicon Valley. In February 2012 it had its Series A investment from Nexus Venture partners. In Series B it had Helion and Nexus and a Japanese internet company as its investors. Company raised about $100 million in Series C funding from Tiger Global besides two of its existing investors.

Urban Ladder

Founded in :July 2012

Operating in : India

Founders: Ashish Goel and Rajiv Srivatsa

Urban Ladder is an online marketplace for furniture as bed, sofas, dining, wardrobes, tables and chairs and other home decor products and also handles the delivery and installation of the products it offers. Urban Ladder performs across 12 cities in India, which plans to expand to 30 cities by 2016. Urban ladder is rapidly growing among Indian middle class by providing the high quality and beautifully crafted furniture with contemporary designs and functionality.

Urban Ladder started with a seed capital of $1 million from Kalaari capital in august 2012. Then it raised $5 million in Series A invested by SAIF Partners and its existing investor. In Series B funding it raised $21 Million from Steadview Capital, Saif partners and Kalaari Capital. After that it received a personal investment from Ratan Tata, Tata Sons. Lately in April 2015 it raised $50 Million funded by Sequoia Capital and TR Capital.

MySmartPrice

Founded in :October 2010

Operating in : India

Founders: Sulakshan Kumar and Sitakanta Ray 

MySmartPrice is headquartered in Hyderabad, India and it is an affiliate site that brings the best of prices of e-commerce in India on a single website. It is well known that e-commerce in India is a huge opportunity and there is a large contribution of affiliate sites. MySmartPrice provides the best price for leading categories in Mobile phones, other Electronics, Lifestyle products, Clothing etc. It lists 200+ product categories and serves more than 20 million users per month. MySmartPrice also offers Deals section with exclusive deals or special discounts applicable for short duration which sometimes the stores also misses out. MySmartPrice has resulted in India’s leading price and service comparison research. It also provides with the android app which has over 1 million downloads. 

MySmartPrice raised its Series A funding of $1 million from Helion Venture partners and Accel Partners in January 2014. 



Birds Eye Systems

Incorporated in : 2010

From : India

Founder(s): Brijraj Vagnani and Ravi Khemani
Birds Eye Systems Pvt. Ltd. is based in Mumbai, India and provides real time traffic monitoring solutions by its website Traffline.com launched in 2012. It provides services to Mumbai, Delhi NCR, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Kolkata, Chennai, Pune in India. Traffline also provides Traffic updates via email, social media and SMS and also help commuters to book their taxi using their phones. Traffline is integrated with Mumbai Traffic Police’s official website. Traffic data is collected from GPS fitted taxis and other public transport vehicles.
Initial capital was from founders own savings of 35-40 lakhs INR and since then they raised capital from various institutions and investors as Center for innovation (Seed investment of 20 lakh), Incubation and Entrepreneurship , Indian Angel Network. Birds Eye System received its Series A funding from Matrix Partners in 2013 and Series B investment from Qualcomm Ventures.

CucumberTown :


Founded in : July 2012

From : India and U.S

Founder(s): Arun Prabhakar, Cherian Thomas, Dan Hauk, Chris Luscher

What  Tumblr , WordPress, Blogger is to blogging, CucumberTown is to food blogging. It gives the cooks or food bloggers an online recognition. The other recipe sites like AllRecipes, Cooks etc. do not focus on the user where as cucumbertown focuses on its users and present them in a beautiful manner, crafting out every recipe in a structured way providing with pictures. The astonishing part is Cucumbertown has been built by 4 employees in 3 countries who have not met each other.

In 2014 the company grew in US and European region. This site attracted huge investors and raised $300K from Farmville co-creator Sizhao Zao Yang,  Naval Ravikant – AngelList, Google Adsense, Manish Arora of MightyText, Richard Chen – ex-Google PM, Sonique Player co-creator Tabreez Verjee & Mokriya CEO Sunil Kanderi. The company has been acquired by Japnese Cookpad. CucumberTown has two offices one in Bangalore, India and Bay area.

Founded in : June 2012

From : India

Founder(s): Currently 9 founders
Housing.com is a real estate search portal which is currently having 5 founders from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India. The domain housing.com and the number 03-333-333-333 was bought in September 2013 for $1 million. Housing.com provides the customers with the portal to search for housing based on locations, landmarks, society etc. It serves 40 cities across India and has more than 6000 brokers. Housing.com has mapped more than 650,000 houses in India.

Housing.com acquired Indian Real Estate Forum (IREF) and Realty Bi for $1.2 and $2 million respectively. The seed capital of $2.5 million was funded by Nexus Venture Partners. The next funding of $18 million was received by Helion Venture Partners. It further raised $19 million from Helion Venture Partners, Qualcomm Ventures and Nexus Venture partners. Housing.com raised a highest of $100 million from SoftBank capital. 

Founded in : December 2010

Launched in: February 2013

From : India

Founder(s): Greg Moran and David Back

David Back and Greg Moran graduated from University of Pennslvania and launched Zoom in February 2013 in Bangalore. Zoom started with seven cars. Zoom is a concept of booking a self-drive car online in India where you can simply rent a car by the hour, day, week or month. Currently it operates in Bangalore, Hyderabad, Delhi NCR, Pune, Mumbai and Chennai.

Zoom’s board of directors include co-founder of Empire Angels, Graham Gullans. Zoom’s Board of Advisors includes former United States Treasury Secretary and former Director of the United States National Economic Council, Larry Summers and Chair of the United Kingdom’s Pension Protection Fund and former US SEC Commissioner Lady Barbara Judge. Zoom raised a seed capital of $1.5 million led by New York investment network Empire Angels. It also raised a $3 million in equity capital. 

10 sites to sell your photos online

If you love taking decent photos then these sites will help you earn some reward.


1. Shutter Stock : This is one of the most popular site for selling your lovely photographs. Shutterstock has over $300 million to its contributors. Shutterstock will pay you 25-38 cents per image download. There is Demand download where you can earn 1.88$ per download and there is also a feature called Enhanced download where you will be paid 28$ per Enhanced licensed download. To become a contributor click here.


2. Dreamstime: You can earn 25-60% from per sale you make. From the World’s Largest community in stock photos.


3. Crestock : You can have a free account and earn royalty 20% to 40 %. You will have all your queries answered in How to Sell FAQ section. You can also become an affiliate member with your account.


4. Fotolia : Here you receive between 20% to 63% of the sale price. Here you can showcase your photos to 4 million image buyers.


5. Photoshelter : Here you can set your own price and unlimited price lists for different clients. Well that is a good thing indeed  to able to set your own price 🙂


6. Smugmug: You can showcase your photos in  beautiful way and also have an option to sell them as well. Here you earn a royalty rate of 85% by setting your own price. 


7. Alamy: It is very easy to submit and they will pay you 50% of every sale. 


8. Zenfolio: It is your own photo portfolio website where you can have free trial for 14 days and it is charged 30$ per year to display and share your photos and 140$ per year to run your photography business. Yes it is for professional photographers.


9. I-Stock-Photo: Joining is free and you will receive a royalty rate of 15% of each image downloaded. If you become an exclusive contributor you can earn up to 45%. Join here.



10. 123RF: The royalty rate here depends on how much photos you submit regularly and in that way it may reach 30% to 60%.