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How I started a Niche Blog and earning $60/month in 4 Months [Case Study]

By Ashutosh Jha → Monday, January 18, 2021
A niche blog is still in demand and it still works!

Recently I started a niche blog and within just 4 months, it started earning around $60 per month with no much work.

In this article, I am going to talk about how to start a niche blog and earn $60 per month with almost no time. I will be sharing the step by step procedures I followed to earn and you can do the same.

How to start a niche blog
I will be sharing the revenue report, traffic report, comparison, and more but not the URL due to obvious reasons.

Earning of a Niche site in Jan 2020

We collaborated with Ezoic to run the Google ads and so, I will be sharing the earnings report from my Ezoic dashboard. I have written a review of Ezoic here and if you want, you can also join Ezoic by following this link.

In January 2020, we received a total of $59.08 after the deduction of publisher charges and this was pretty good looking at the site age. Here is the daily distribution of earning-

Earning of a Niche site in Jan 2020

Earning of a Niche site in Feb 2020

In February 2020, we earned a total of $42.75 after all the deductions. The earning was less because we faced some issues with ad integration and hosting. And you can see in the below image that we didn’t earn after 22nd Feb.

Earning of a Niche site in Feb 2020

Earning of a Niche site in December 2019

In December 2019, we earned a total of $54.85. Although we were thinking that it will cross $75 but later due to year-end, it didn’t meet the target. Although now we are working to make it earn at least $100 per month. Here is the screenshot of daily earning in December 2020.

Earning of a Niche site in December 2019

Now as you saw the earning report of December 2019, Jan 2020, and February 2010, it’s time to show you the traffic report of the site.

Traffic report of a niche site in December 2019

In December 2019, we received a total page view of 8862 with 6062 users. This comes with 1.23 pages per session. We aim to increase the page interlinking and take page/session to at least 2 pages per session. We are working on this and hopefully, we will be able to get there soon.

Traffic report of a niche site in December 2019

Traffic report of a niche site in January 2020

In January 2020, traffic increased a bit and we crossed 10k page views with a total of 7056 users. We saw a traffic spike of around 17% in January. This majorly happened as we published a few new contents along with the less holiday in January compared to what we had in December.

Traffic report of a niche site in January 2020

The page per session also improved a bit and we reached 1.26 pages per session compared to 1.23 what we had in December 2019. But still, this is far below our target 2 pages/session.

Another problem we are seeing with the traffic is the bounce rate. Almost every month we are seeing the bounce rate going above 80%. This is something we have to work on and we are focusing on for the next few months.

If you’ll look for the average bounce rate of blog pages then it is between 70-90% and our blog fits there.

Bounce rate by industry
And we aim to lower the bounce rate by less than 70% for now. Here are some of the top techniques we are following to decrease the bounce rate of the blog-

  1. We are working to redesign the site to make it a little more appealing. For this, we are evaluating some of the Google AdSense optimized themes. We will share which one we finally have gone through.
  2. Instead of posting some content in the form of a blog page, we are working to create those as a landing page. For this, we are taking help from the Thrive landing page creator. There are many WordPress landing page creator plugins which you can review for the use. Some of these are free while others are paid.
  3. For the next few months, we are also focusing on creating some videos for the blog and we are expecting the bounce rate will improve from this.

Traffic report of a niche site in February 2020

February 2020 was even better for our site in terms of the traffic and we crossed total pageviews of 11.5k. So, our pageview increased by around 9%. But our page per session and bounce rate showed some decline.

Traffic report of a niche site in February 2020
As of now, our target in terms of the traffic is to cross 15000 page views per month. We hope in a couple of months, we will cross this target with an earning of $75 per month. We will update this post, with the updates and our milestones.

How to start a niche blog and make money?- Our story

Here are the exact steps I followed while creating a niche site. If you’re also looking to start a blog, you can follow these exact steps to get started. Overall, if I have to summarize the blog life cycle, then this image can be one of the best suited.

blog life cycle

#1 Niche Selection

Many say niche selection is the most difficult or at least one of the hardest jobs to execute while starting a blog.

Even I second that and should be chosen wisely. Earlier I have written a detailed post on a profitable blogging niche that you can choose as a reference.

The one that I selected was on the movie download. Although this is a heavy crowded site but still a lot of options for improvement. The major reason we selected this niche was-

  • Most of the movie downloading sites are illegal and those gets closed very quickly due to piracy
  • Movie downloading sites get popular in no time
  • And so, when a popular movie download sites get closed, people start looking for alternatives and this is where we worked

Although this is not an easy niche to work with as you have to keep an eye on the links and sites you’re using. For example, if you have listed site-A as the best downloading site and the next day that site got banned then you will have to update your list asap. This will help the user not to land on the non-working sites.

#2 Creating a WordPress site

The second step was to create a WordPress site on it. Although TricksRoad is on Blogger I start new blogs on WordPress due to more flexibility. And this niche site also I started on WordPress itself.

If you’re new to blogging and don’t have much idea on how to start a WordPress blog from scratch, you can follow the guide.

#3 Domain Selection- EMD vs PMD

Well, one thing that I have experienced is EMD (Exact match domain) no longer works!

For example, let’s say if you’re looking to start a blog on the main keyword- “dog food” then the EMD will be something like dogfood.com or dogfood.net or similar.

Means, the domain name is nothing but your keyword. This is called an exact matched domain name or EMD. Earlier (back in 2010 or 2012) this was working like superman in ranking especially for the niche site. But now search engines are way too smart and EMD doesn’t much impact the ranking in the search engine.

In late 2012, Google announced that it will change the low-quality EMDs and was announced by the then CEO of Google.

EMD Announcement by Google CEO
But still, if worked correctly, EMD adds a slight advantage over the generic domain name. There are many checklists while selecting the best domain name and you should follow those. Also, there are plenty of cheap domain name registrars which you can check for buying a domain name under $1.

In my case, I didn’t find an EMD and so I moved to PMD which stands for the partial matched domain. That means, if my main keyword is dog food then PMD will be something like dog-food.com, dogsfood.com, bestdogfood.com, dogfoodhq.com, etc.

#4 Hosting- Sharing hosting vs dedicated hosting

The next thing I want to talk about is hosting as many important factors like speed, uptime, etc. heavily depend on the hosting. I have talked a lot about hosting earlier and so, I am just sharing the references here.

I already had unlimited shared hosting and so, I directly hosted on the same without buying any new hosting for that niche site. If you’re a complete beginner then you may start with the free web hosting providers as well. Few things those you should look for while selecting the best hosting solutions for you-
  • Uptime
  • Technical support
  • Speed of the network
  • Security & backup solution
  • Pricing & renewal pricing
Usually, you can get a decent shared hosting at around $1-$2 per month. I recommend not going with dedicated hosting for the starters.

#5 WordPress theme selection

I am not a big fan of frequent theme selection and stick to the one for a longer period. There are many premium and free AdSense optimized themes that you can try.

As my niche blog was majorly focusing on the AdSense and so, I started with the Voice theme of Meks. You can buy this from ThemeForest which costs $69. It’s an amazing & multi-purpose theme and I highly recommend this.

WordPress theme selection
It’s not always required to buy a theme, you can also keep on using any free theme. And further use any plugin for the ads, the choice is yours!

Just make sure the site is optimized for all the devices- Desktop, Mobile, and Tablet. I receive around 17% mobile traffic which I expect to grow shortly and so, the site should be able to manage such users.

Traffic by device tricksroad

#6 Important WordPress Plugins

The main reason why I like WordPress most is due to the thousands of WordPress plugins available. You just name a feature and there will be many free and premium WordPress plugins available.

This has always been debatable on how many plugins you should use for your blog. I don’t go by number and instead just install when needed.

As of now, I am using 15 WordPress plugins for this niche blog for different purposes.

must have wordpress plugins
Here is the list of top WordPress plugins I am using in this blog-
  1. 1. Visual composer- for the page creation and landing page creation
  2. 2. Contact Form 7- For the contact form
  3. 3. Meks Flexible Shortcodes- for shortcuts like column, background, etc.
  4. 4. Easy Table of Contents- for a table of contents and is highly recommended
  5. 5. Meks Easy Ads Widget- Comes with the theme for the ads. If you will be using Ezoic, this is not required.
  6. 6. Meks Simple Flickr Widget- Comes with the theme to display your Flickr photos inside WordPress widget. Not compulsory to have.
  7. 7. Meks Smart Author Widget- Comes with the theme to display the author's image. Not compulsory to have.
  8. 8. Meks Smart Social Widget- Comes with the theme for displaying social media icons.
  9. 9. Meks ThemeForest Smart Widget- Comes with the theme and help you display ThemeForest items on your blog like affiliate banners
  10. 10. WP Review- Free plugin for the review of any page or posts. Highly recommended
  11. 11. Mighty Classic Pros And Cons- Another free and highly recommended plugin to show a pros and cons table
  12. 12. Thrive Architect- It's a premium plugin to design the landing page and other elements quickly
  13. 13. W3 Total Cache- It's a freemium plugin for Search Engine (SEO) & Performance Optimization (WPO) via caching. The free version will be sufficient for you
  14. 14. All in One SEO Pack- The WordPress SEO plugin which helps you write the title, description, evaluate keyword, and more. An alternative is Rank by Math and Yoast SEO plugin.
  15. 15. WPBakery Page Builder for WordPress- Free page builder plugin to create the elements. I have stopped using this after I installed Thrive Architect.

#7 Keyword Research

Once your blog is live, the next thing you might want to look for is the content. But before that, I would like to tell you about keyword research.

Don’t start with a random topic as this is a niche blog and you need a proper plan. for this keyword research will be highly helpful to you.

You can take the help of any keyword research tools like Ahrefs, Semrush, Google Keyword Planner, etc. to do keyword research. Even you can take the help of search volume display Google chrome extension like keyword surfer for this.

So, now let’s say you finalized the following 2 keywords for your blog (I would at least recommend going with 10+).-

  1. 1. Dog food
  2. 2. Purina dog food

Now look for the LSI keywords related to these main keywords. To get the Latent semantic indexing (LSI) keywords, you can take the help of Google search. LSI keywords are those keywords that people use with the main keyword.

For example, when you will search for “dog food”, you will find a list with the heading “Searches related to LSI keywords” at the end of the search page. Those are nothing but the LSI keywords. You should use these LSI keywords in the content as well along with the main keywords to attract more traffic.
LSI keywords
optimizing your content for these LSI keywords will help you rank for these keywords as well. And this will help you get more traffic.

#8 Content- Posts & Pages

After you have finalized your main keywords and LIS keywords, it’s time to draft the content. First, create some important pages like-

  1. 1. About
  2. 2. Contact
  3. 3. Privacy Policy
  4. 4. Disclaimer

These are the 4 mandatory pages one must create. And then start creating the main content. Initially, I would recommend you write a few evergreen contents. The number of words also impact the ranking for the keyword and research shows the below-

content length vs ranking
At least while starting, create some posts with 2000+ words and later you can keep adding 1000+ words. Make sure the content is making sense and not anything just for the sake of completing the words. Use your main keywords in the content, URL, headings, description, image meta tag, etc. Also, use the LSI keywords as and where required and suitable. Don’t make the keyword overcrowded so that it will look over-optimized for the search engines.

Research shows the below for the perfect keyword density-

Google keyword density
I kept the keyword density between 1-2%. This means in a 1000 words article, I used 4-5 times main keywords and 4-5 times a combination of long-tail keywords.

While writing the content, take care of your audiences as well. For example, I am getting maximum traffic from the age group of 25-34 and so, the content I am aligning is more inclined towards such groups.

Tricksroad traffic by age group
Another technique that I followed while writing the content is to personalize it. Similar to what I did for age, I also followed the gender. As my niche site was on movie niche and so, the taste of movies varies from age group to gender. I get 70% male traffic and 30% female traffic. And so, the content on the site is also distributed similarly.

Tricksroad traffic by gender
As I was working on the movie download niche and so, most of my content was related to alternatives. For example, putlocker is one of the top movie download sites and so, I used to write like top putlocker alternatives and similar articles. And as I was making the article based on data like on age groups, genders, location, etc. and so targeting was a little easy.

#9 On-Page SEO

After you have added the content, it’s time to optimize the content. This comes in the on-page SEO part where you don’t need anything extra and just optimize the existing content as per the ranking guidelines. I have written a mega guide on the on-page SEO optimization technique and I would recommend you going through that. For that niche blogs also, I used the same techniques listed here.

#10 Social Media pages & Social Signals

The next thing that I did was to create the social profiles for the blog. Although for the niche blog, you may not use it a lot it’s required to look genuine both from a user perspective as well as a search engine point of view.

I created the following profiles on social media-

  1. 1. Facebook page
  2. 2. twitter page
  3. 3. Instagram page
  4. 4. Pinterest page
  5. 5. Linkedin Profile
  6. 6. YouTube channel

Remember, most of these sites give you a backlink also which will eventually help in off-page SEO.

After I created the profiles, I bought some social signals like Facebook likes, Twitter followers, and some YouTube views. To buy these, I ordered around 1000 Facebook likes, 500 Twitter followers, and 5000 YouTube views. This I simply bought from Fiverr.

Although these are not the best but to start with, it’s decent. Just make sure you are not buying the Chinese likes or followers.

#11 Link Building: Off-page SEO techniques

This was the tricky and hardest part. After getting some social signals, I kept on adding the content and started interlinking. After keeping the site for around a month, I started building links and followed the following techniques for the same-

1. Comment backlink

To keep the backlink profile look natural, I started doing some blog commenting. I did it manually and found a success of around 60%. That means, if I commented on 10 blog posts, 6 of them were approved. But remember, usually comment backlinks are no-follow backlinks but still useful. Here is the list of 25 commentluv enabled sites to get comment backlinks.

2. PDF submission sites

The next thing I did was to submit some PDFs to the PDF submission sites. This way also, I created around 50+ links. Please note that you don’t create all the links in a day. Keep it diversified so that it will look natural and will avoid the Google penalty. I followed around 10 links per day.

3. Guest posts

Later on, I bought around 15 guest posts that were DA 20+. For this, I took the help of Risement and they outreach for us and delivered in 15 days. So, we got 15 very high-quality dofollow backlinks from those 15 guest posts. If you want, you can also connect with them at risementmail@gmail.com.

These were the three techniques I followed to get the backlinks for the site. By the time, I started doing guest posting, I found traffic was increasing and the site was ranking on the first page for a couple of keywords but of low searches.

#12 Signed up for Ezoic

Once the traffic reached around 5000+, I thought to start monetizing it. Although there are many techniques to earn from the blog, I followed the AdSense one due to the niche selected. I already had an account with Ezoic for my other blog and so, I just added this site to my account and integrated the site for the ads to serve.

Within a day, the ads were visible to the site and I started earning from it. As of today, the site gives between $1-$4 per day depending on the traffic.

Conclusion

These were all about how I started a niche blog and started earning $60 per month with almost no work. Initially, I worked but later the site is on auto-mode.

So far, I have published around 15 HQ articles and 10 normal articles. I have been a little slow these days but have planned to put at least 1 good article per week.

These are the exact steps I followed and you can do so. If you’re also looking to start a niche blog, just follow the guide and comment below, if you need any clarification.

I hope you found this guide on how to start a niche blog useful. If you did, please share it with others as well. Here is the video tutorial of the same-


How To Start A WordPress Blog From Scratch in 2021?

By Ashutosh Jha →
How to start a WordPress blog from scratch is probably one of the most widespread topics in the blogging niche.

There are multiple platforms on which you can start your new blog. A few of those are WordPress.com, WordPress.org, Blogger.com, Drupal, and many others. Some are free and some cost money. Among all these, WordPress.org is the most widely used, recommended, and best of all - free.

How To Start A WordPress Blog From Scratch
Before we begin, you have two options:

  • If you are starting from zero - skip the paragraph below and continue reading this guide.
  • If you already have an existing website or an eCommerce store, or if you use one of the website builder platforms - you might not need a WordPress blog since the majority of other platforms (e.g. Shopify, BigCommerce, Volusion, or Wix) has blogging features built into the platform. If that’s the case, we recommend visiting SupplyGem that covers eCommerce platforms, has comprehensive how-to guides, and more.

It is also no more secret that blogging is just a hobby; it is a profession and business. And so, you need a blog that should have the capability to turn into a business.

In this how to start a WordPress blog from the scratch guide, I will discuss all the steps in detail. I’ll ensure that this is the only guide you’re following to start a WordPress blog from scratch.

For simplicity, I am going to categorize this how to start a WordPress blog from the scratch guide into a different segment.

1. Platform selection
2. Niche selection
3. Domain Name selection
4. Choose Hosting
5. Theme Selection
6. Creating content for the blog
7. Working on On-Page SEO
8. Off-Page SEO
9. Blog/Content Promotion
10. Generating Money from the blog

I will be basically taking care of all the above 10 points in this how to start a WordPress blog from scratch guide.

Let’s start with each module in detail and start a WordPress blog from scratch.

How to start a WordPress blog from scratch- The Only Guide you need

Our main aim is not just to get you started but also to show you how to earn from the blog. This massive guide on how to start a WordPress blog from scratch will give you all the insights of starting blogging.

Platform Selection

Well, as I mentioned earlier, there are lots of blogging platforms available like WordPress.org, WordPress.com, Blogger, Drupal, etc. and all are doing good. The thing is where WordPress.org (self-hosted WordPress) has a greater market share, Drupal or others have very little.

From the below pie chart you can check that over 52% market as a blogging platform is captured by WordPress.org followed by custom blogs, Bloggers, and others.

Blogging Platforms
So, I will also suggest you go through a self-hosted WordPress blog (WordPress.org). There are multiple benefits to it. Although it is a bit costlier but will add a flavor.

The blog you are reading is on Blogger and I face issues while customizing. That is the reason all my other blogs are on self-hosted WordPress.

Even though you don’t need hosting while starting a blog with Blogger but apart from that everything will be the same. But when you will start using it you’ll find a lot of differences. Let me list a few of those here.

1. The customization is very hard in Blogger and you can’t do all the customization you want.

2. There is no concept of landing pages in Blogger inside a blog. If you want to remove the sidebar from blogger, you can do it but that will be for pages or the whole blog, not the post.

3. There is always a risk that Google may delete your blog without any prior warning and all your work will be lost.

4. You can’t play with the blogging tools as there are not many add-ons available for bloggers. Whereas for WordPress 46k+ plugins are available.

After going through all these points, I am sure you must have decided to go with WordPress.org (self-hosted).

Again, if you want to compare wordpress.com and wordpress.org, wordpress.org will be leading. You can check the below comparison between both.

Difference between wordpress.com and .org
So far, the blogging platform has been selected. Now it’s time to work on the niche in which you will be blogging.

Blogging Niche Selection

I have written a detailed blog post on this topic- 10 best blogging niches to get started!

You can check that blog post for a detailed understanding of the blogging niches. Also, I have seen some people discussing whether they should start a single niche site or a multi-niche site.

Here are my view and detailed analysis of it- single niche vs. multi-niche blog

It is always advisable to start working on the niche which is of your interest. Also, don’t go simply by checking the CPC of keywords. Some people find few keywords having CPC USD 100+ (e.g. Mesothelioma) and start working on it and end up getting nothing.

Domain Name Selection

The domain name is also one of the important factors in blogging. Your domain name should be easily readable and should not contain any name violating the trademark.

You should follow our articles on the domain name- How to select a domain name and cheap domain name registrar in the world.

Here are some of the best practices for domain name selection-

1. Choose a name that is relevant to your website
2. Keep it short
3. Should be easily pronounceable and memorable
4. Avoid using numbers, hyphens, etc. in the name
5. Should not have trademark names (like Google)
6. Prefer the TLDs like .com/.net/.org

You should know these things before starting any blog and I am sure after finishing this post, you can answer all these questions.

Choose reliable hosting

Once you’re done with the above steps to start a WordPress blog from scratch, it’s time to work on hosting.

Hosting is one of the most important parts of the website life cycle. Your hosting must have the following qualities.

1. High quality and fast processing server
2. 24x7 dedicated support- especially the technical support
3. Should be cost-effective
4. Must have high uptime to ensure your site is up every time
5. The company should take backup regularly and provide the copy/restore when required
6. Should be interactive and can accommodate the third-party apps

After going through all these features, you may shortlist few hosting provider companies and go ahead with them.

I personally support BlueHost for WordPress hosting. There are many reasons behind this including the fact that BlueHost is the officially recommended hosting from WordPress.

Apart from this, free domain, instant support, uptime, and server performance are the qualities due to which I recommend BlueHost for WordPress blog hosting. You can check our BlueHost Review for further details.

The good thing with BlueHost is the free domain for a lifetime. Till the time, you’ll be with BlueHost hosting, the domain will be free for you. If you will buy a domain separately, it will cost you around $10-$15 per year.

Buy a WordPress Hosting from BlueHost

In this section, I will be talking about how to buy WordPress Hosting from BlueHost. You can also check the BlueHost hosting review if you need any further details.

Click here to buy WordPress Hosting from BlueHost at a Discounted price

Now open BlueHost and follow this section to buy hosting from BlueHost. Buy this you will be joining the community which powers more than 2 Million WordPress websites.

Note: At TricksRoad, we believe in transparency. If you will buy from the above link, I will get a small amount of commission without any extra cost to you. Even you will receive a discount if you will buy from this link 😊
 
BlueHost
Once you will click on get started now, it will take you to the plans page where different plans will be listed as shown below.
BlueHost Plans
If you are just starting with the WordPress blog, I will suggest you go through their basic plan at just $3.95 per month. Here you will be allowed to host one website.

If you need to host more websites, plus or prime plans will work best for you. The best thing is currently the prime plan is at the same cost as the plus plan.

Select the plan which suits you and you will be redirected to a page where you will be asked to enter your account details, demographic information, and the payment summary.

Here, BlueHost will ask you to claim the free domain. If you are ready with the domain name, you can claim else you can select the option to claim later.

By default, BlueHost will add extra add-ons to your cart. Make sure you’re unchecking those as below.
BlueHost Plans

CTF Loader in Windows 10- Everything To Know About It

By Ashutosh Jha →
When you use your electronic device and find that the “CTF loader” is running in the task manager, I am sure it made you curious to know what it is. You have found the correct article as today, I will mention what exactly is CTF and many questions related to it. The first thing to know about CTF is that it’s harmless. Many applications on our electronic devices such as Microsoft use it.

But if you feel like your CTF loader is causing your electronic device to slow down or is causing any errors then the service can easily be disabled. The CTF loader services can be disabled at any time if it's not required for your efficient working. If it’s causing you errors, then you can easily fix it by yourself without any help and here you will find out how that happens.

Before jumping to more questions and concepts about CTF, let's see what exactly is CTF loader.

What is the CTF loader?

While you found that your task manager was running a CTF loader, it must have raised the question in your mind as to what is CTF loader is. The CTF is an abbreviation for a “collaborative translation framework”. CTF loader is used by applications like Microsoft to deduce the handwriting and voice recognition on your electronic device.

If your computer is fine and working with the CTF loader in function, then simply ignore it. But if it's causing it to slow down or other errors, then you have to check the same. If you are using a program that doesn't need a CTF loader, then you can disable it as well. There is a slight possibility that you may have a virus in your computer that is disguised as the CTF or ctmon.exe.

The basic function of the CTF is to help the computer with keyboard translation, speech or voice recognition, and handwriting recognition. Everything that you write and the audios recorded for your electronic device will be deduced with the help of CTF. Now that we know what is CTF loader, let's understand if CTF is a virus or not.

Is CTF loader a virus?

The most common question asked about CTF is “is CTF loader a virus?”. CTF loader is running even when you are not using any Microsoft office tools. After shutting down the program, the CTF still runs in the background. The CTF is a legitimate Windows file and hence it is not connected to any virus, spyware, or malware.

It’s certainly true that people who create the malware apps may often name it CTF or something identical to the .exe file to disguise their malware, spyware, or virus as CTF loader. In general, it is not a virus. But if a virus has entered your computer disguised as CTF, then get it checked by your security task manager.

If you feel that the CTF is causing errors in your computer, then disable it and you will find out if it's a virus disguised as CTF or a different virus that is causing you problems.

What does a CTF loader process do?

The CTF loader process handles and monitors the user-related functions on the application such as Microsoft Office and all its tools, for example, word, excel, etc. The user-related functions it handles are the inputs of the keyboard, recognition of speech, handwriting recognition, translation from speech to text, and many other language-related functions of the Microsoft.

When you type something from your keyboard on a Microsoft office tool or upload audio that has to be converted to speech or transcribe, you will need the CTF loader process to be running on the background. If you have disabled it in the past, then you have to enable it for you to use the Microsoft.

Issues with the CTF loader windows 10

There are many functions of the windows 10 and one of them is the CTF loader. We now know the role, functions, and basics of CTF loader so let's focus on some of the common issues related to the CTF loader windows 10.

  1. CTF loader has crashed: The common complaint of many users is that the file of CTF loader windows 10 has stopped running itself. This leads other functions in the computer to cease its function as well. It causes great inconvenience for the user.
  2. The computer is sluggish: The other common complaint is that the CTF loader causes the computer to slow down. This happens because of the high RAM usage by the computer and users.

What causes CTF to have errors?

We know everything about what does CTF loader do as well as that it sometimes causes issues but why does it cause any errors in the functioning? The problems mostly arise after your system has been updated. The update can affect the performance of the computer significantly. This happens because many other files of the windows clash with the CTF loader.

Other errors arise due to the error in the inputs or the language packs. It is possible that when you try to change the language of the windows, there might be a warning, that the language you wish to choose is not available in the language pack.

The third cause of the error can be malware. There can be hidden malware that obstructs the working of your CTF. To impair your operating system, a program that has viruses can target as well as destroy the CTFMON.exe and this will create many errors in the efficient functioning of the CTF.

Fixing CTF loader: a guide

If you have run into errors and problems due to your CTF loader, then there are certain steps by which you can fix it by yourself without any professional help.

10 Best SEO strategies in 2021 for Better Ranking

By Ashutosh Jha →
In the world of digitization, taking your business to the online world is crucial.

But just getting online is not sufficient and you should do all that you can to get the most out of the online world.

Best SEO strategies in 2018
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If you are maintaining all the flavors of professional websites also, it is incomplete without the traffic. And what can be better than organic traffic?

Although you can get online traffic in multiple ways, but organic traffic works best for any business as those are the targeted traffic for you. Again, due to changing Google search engine algorithms, it has become difficult to maintain the ranking with the same logic we used to get earlier.

So, I decided to write a detailed guide on the best SEO strategy in 2021 which works and helps increase the keyword ranking. These best SEO strategies will definitely help you boost your keyword ranking and you will rank higher in the search engine.

I am also using the same SEO strategies and finding it useful with many of my websites. Below you can see how using the below discussed best SEO strategies, I am consistently increasing my traffic.

TricksRoad Traffic Overview
And so, you can also play with the same SEO techniques 2021 and get some quality and free traffic which will be highly useful for your business. Either you can do all these yourself or even you can take the help of some trusted SEO agencies who follow all the white hat techniques to rank your business online.

10 Best SEO Strategies in 2021 for better ranking in a search engine [proven tricks]

Let’s see what all are the best SEO strategies in 2021 you should follow for the best ranking in search engines. Also, once you will start implementing these SEO techniques in 2021, you should keep track of the ranking of keywords in Google.

#1 User Experience is the hot ranking factor

If you will look into the top SEO trends 2021, user experience comes among the top position. Search engines are emphasizing a lot on the user experience and so, the better user experience you will provide, the better your keyword will rank in the search engine.

From the first click on your visitor on your website, you should treat them as your customer and serve accordingly. Think like they are your real customer and how best you can serve them.

10 Best SEO strategies in 2018 for Better Ranking
It’s well said that:

UX + SEO = SUCCESS

Here UX is user experience and so you can think of how user experience is an important SEO ranking factor. Here SEO targets the search engine whereas UX targets the user experience and together fulfills the common goals of better keyword ranking. And below are the factors search engine checks when it comes to user experience-

  • How easy the website is to navigate from a user point of view
  • Whether proper heading tags (H1-H6) have been implemented or not. We have discussed more heading tags in our on-page SEO techniques which you can check for reference.
  • Site structure should be good and easy to access
  • Should have the best experience irrespective of the devices being used
  • Speed should be good, we will discuss this factor later in this best SEO strategies as well
  • Color-combination, fonts, responsiveness are also among the top factors

#2 Make your website super fast

No website user wants to wait for too long!

Just put yourself in the visitors’ place and see how much time you can wait to get a certain page when you have thousands of alternatives available. And so, it becomes very important to reduce blog load time.

Especially, if you are starting a new blog from scratch, you must take care of the website load time. For this, you can use some highly SEO optimized themes or you can also do further customization and optimization.

It’s no more a secret and Google has publicly announced how website speed is an important search engine ranking factor. If you will look at the website load time report on my blog, you will find it’s not the best but yeah, it’s good.

TricksRoad Speed Test
Most of the business lose their potential customer while their website is loading and that’s the reason, Google has started giving preferences in terms of devices also. For example, you must have seen Accelerated Mobile Pages in the Google mobile search result for the best and fast user experience.

Google AMP Result
These results load quite faster in the browser and users won’t even have to wait for seconds before these AMP-enabled pages load. So, definitely, these results increase the page speed as well as increase the user experience.

Google AMP Facts
As you can see how a bad loading website can impact your business and so, being a website owner, you should definitely keep the website loading time among the top priority.

Now the question is, how to reduce website load time?

Here are some of the techniques using which you can easily decrease the blog loading time fast-

Use Optimized Image

Images or any multimedia files contribute the maximum in website loading time and so, make sure you are using highly optimized images. Again, if you are like me who uses lots of images in the blog post then it became again necessary as it is one of the best SEO strategies in 2021.

I personally use, TinyPNG to optimize the image from a web browser or Smush image compression plugin while working with WordPress blogs.

Image Optimization for SEO
As you can see TinyPNG has optimized my four images size to 67% which is a great value. The best thing is, these plugins or tools optimized the size without compromising the quality of the images.

8 Smart Tips for Starting A Small Business

By Ashutosh Jha → Sunday, January 17, 2021
Starting up your enterprise is usually a learn-as-you-go process. And with the shrewder decisions you make at the beginning, the higher the chances your business has to succeed.

If you’re a new businessman, you may start with a small business. And if you’re planning to start a small business, these starting small business tips will help you start a profitable business. Once you have started the business, later you can work on it and make the business profitable.

8 Smart Tips for Starting A Small Business
There are many profitable niches in which you can start a business. You can follow this guide for the most profitable niches to get started.

Best Tips for Starting Small Business

You can try using the following 8 tips if you feel you have an entrepreneurial spirit. Give some time to your business and see it making new height every day.

1. Absorb everything

Start-up business investors Max Funding say, “Always be a sponge when it comes to matters concerning your entrepreneurial objectives.” They suggest, “press your listeners to provide an honest opinion of what they think. The views you get collectively from your peers can act as a reflection of how the market will react. “

Don’t shrug off advice coming from veteran business owners and experts. These guys know what will and what won’t work first-hand. Shrewd entrepreneurs make a point of learning from the mistakes others in the field have made.

2. Address excuses

The truth is that being an entrepreneur is pretty scary. In most instances, greenhorn business owners stand to lose a lot with little to no insight as to whether it will succeed. It’s only natural to worry about the risks that come with owning a business. However, excuses will merely be mitigating you from achieving your goals. If you’re serious about starting up a business, then you need to look over some of the reasons you think you can’t and discard them from your thought process. Find a fix for the problem instead of letting it hold you back.

3. Please keep it simple

As a novice business owner, try starting small and narrow down your focus. Learn how to evaluate your business concept best. Come up with a simple, quality good or service. An ideal business should meet promises made to consumers as well as exceed expectations.

Cut down on some unnecessary things watering down your offerings and are costing you money. If your business is just starting up, you don’t require all the whistles and bells like a giant corporation. It will be much easier adding to your business as it continues to grow.

4. Count the costs

When you begin formulating your business idea, adding up how much it costs is crucial. To launch and operate, you will have to factor in the necessary business expenses. Other costs to bear in mind include rent, location, marketing, supplies, and more.

Once you get a hold of all of your expenses, begin making a business budget. Firstly, you may be needed to get outside capital to help in making ends meet, such as a small business loan. Before placing your money in the startup, consider all your options.

5. Earn while you build

If you are thinking about starting up a small business, don’t think about quitting your day job just yet. Establishing a successful business venture is a process. Take stages to build up your business as you transition slowly from employee to entrepreneur.

It will take a while to earn a steady income as an up-and-coming business owner. Hold on to your nine-to-five job, and during your off hours/days, work on your business. This will assist in drawing in some interest during the difficult first stages. Once you have sustained a healthy cash inflow from your business, that’s when you can quit and start focusing on your business full time.

6. Speak up about your business

Not knowing how to sell is one major challenge the majority of business owners face. When you’re new at this business thing, it can be overseeing sharing your idea with the rest of the world. Don’t worry about what other people may think concerning your business. It can be challenging to make money in the event you are unable to convince consumers to buy products from you and help support your business. So if you’re not outgoing, you will have to fake it until you make it. You really can’t afford to be shy if you want your business to succeed.

7. Understand the legal requirements for establishing a small business

Starting up a new business can be exciting. Laws, on the other hand, are not. You require to understand the regulations that come with starting a new business. You stand a chance of facing steep penalties by not following government guidelines and regulations. You will be required to follow the rules in an array of things from the accounting system to the legal structure. Other responsibilities include taking care of business-specific tax liabilities, registering your business with the state, and hiring workers following employer laws.

8. Have an equal amount of passion and wisdom

Passion will help you in moving forward, but having the information will steer you in the right direction. To know the potential of your business, research the market, and talk to the target audience. Contact professionals that can assist you with other parts of the company, like lawyers and financial advisors.

As your business begins coming together, let your passion and mind drive you forward.

7 Best Web Scrapping Tools For Data Extraction

By Ashutosh Jha → Friday, January 15, 2021
There may be multiple requirements when you need data for your projects. And for such requirements, the best web scraping tools can help you. Using the below top data scraping tools, you can scrap a website and analyze those data for your work.

Just make sure you are using these scrapped data for meaningful purposes and legally. Although there are many ways you can scrap the data like writing the code also but that needs technical skill. You may write code in Python to scrape website data. But as said, you need to be good in Python scripting to do that.

If you’re not that technical then this article on best web scraping tools for data extraction is for you. Here these tools will help you get the website data without writing a single line of code. All you have to do is, just add the keyword or website name and get the data. Also, some of the below tools also give you the data in a structured format.

Usually, scrapped data through coding will be in a semi-structured format and again you need to clean the data to make it in a structured format. And so, these data scraping tools are in high demand as this gives you the structure you need for analysis.

Best web scrapping tools - top 7

Let’s start and look for the best web scraping sites. Some of these are paid while others are free. So, depending on your requirement, select from the below list.

Scraper API

The first in our list of best web scraping tools are scraper API which does the job exactly the way you need. Scraper API provides the API for web scraping that can handle proxies, browsers, and captchas. This will result in the output in the HTML format from any webpage with the simple API call.

Scraper API has handled over 5 billion requests so far for over 1500 business. The most important thing about Scraper API is, it is meant for the developer. One of the best features of Scraper API is, it’s IP never gets blocked. Usually, the IP blocking issue is one of the major problems you will face with web scrapping. With Scraper API, your IP won’t get blocked.

Features

  • You can customize the Scraper API completely for request type, geolocation, etc.
  • It is fast and reliable which guarantee unlimited bandwidth with speeds up to 100Mb/s
  • It is great for developers with a 99.9% uptime guarantee
  • Scaper API offers 40+ million IPs, 12+ locations, easy automation with unlimited bandwidth option

Pricing

  • Scaper API offers 1000 free API calls with up to 5 concurrent requests
  • The paid plans start at $29 per month with 250K+ API calls

Site: scraperapi.com

Grepsr

Grepsr makes the web data easy for you using their managed data scraping solution. Grepsr offers lead generation data, pricing and competitive data, financial and market data, distribution chain monitoring, and more.

Grepsr offers multiple products to get the managed data for you. Those are- browser extension using which using a single click you can get the data from any website, Grepsr realtime using which you can convert any web content into easy APIs, and Grepsr concierge which is a data as a service.

Features

  • You don’t need to install any software to start scraping the web data
  • You can scale your web scraping campaign anytime
  • You can easily integrate and sync data with platforms like Dropbox, Google Drive, Amazon S3, and more

Pricing

Grepsr browser extension offers a free plan with 1000 records per month and 500 records per run. If you’re looking for more and other features as well, start with the premium plan which starts with $20 per month which will be billed quarterly.

Site: grepsr.com

Scrapy

Scrapy is an open-source framework for extracting the data from the desired website. If you are a technical person then Scrapy can be one of the best data extraction tools you can use. Also, this is a free tool as it’s an open-source project. Using Scrapy, you can build and run your web spider and then can deploy them to Scrapy cloud as well.

Features

  • Scrapy is a fast and powerful tool where you can write the rules to extract the data
  • You can plug new functionality easily without the need to change from the core
  • Uses an open-source system as it has been written in Python and runs on Linux, Windows, MAC, and BSD

Pricing

It is an open-source tool and so using Scrapy is free

Site: scrapy 

Diffbot

Another tool in our best list of top web scraping tools for data extraction is Diffbot. It is a premium tool to search and extract almost anything on the web. Diffbot uses machine learning to transform the internet into accessible and structured format data.
 
The best thing about Diffbot is, it can crawl around 98% of the public web data. Diffbot offers the following four products - API for customization of the web scraping jobs, crawl bot for crawling, knowledge graph, and natural language.

Features

  • Able to crawl more than 98% of the websites available publicly
  • Can parse the data correctly to the structured format
  • Integrate with the apps like Tableau, Salesforce, MS Excel, Google sheet, and more

Pricing

Diffbot offers 2-weeks of free trial where you can test the products - extraction API and knowledge graph with a credit of 10k. The paid plan starts at $299 per month that comes with 250k credit and additional credit costs $0.001.

Site: diffbot.com

Import.io

The next in our list of best data scrapping tool is import.io. This has been recognized by INC 5000 as one of the fastest 100 software growing companies in the US with 640% growth. Import.io helps you with data extraction, web harvesting, data preparation, and data integration as well.

The tool works on the principle of 4 concepts- scale where you can use any number of sites, accuracy where it takes care of anomaly and other validation rules, completeness where it takes care of all data formats, and reliability for delivering on time. 

Features

  • Allows easy integration with web forms and logins
  • You can automate and schedule the data extraction and preparation
  • Allows you to store and access data on import.io cloud
  • Provides great dashboard with insights, reports, charts, and visualization

Pricing

Import.io doesn’t share the public pricing and is available only on the application

Webhose.io

Webhose allows you to tap into the web data on the scale with their different products like news API, blog API, online discussion API, dark web API, and more. It helps you turn the unstructured web content into a machine-readable data format which you can further consume as per demand.

Webhose gathers the data related to- news, online discussions, blogs, reviews, dark web, data breaches, historical data, and more.

Features

  • Get the data in a structured and machine-readable format usually in XML and JSON formats
  • It also helps with financial analysis, market research, AI and machine learning, media and web monitoring, cybersecurity, and more.

Pricing

Webhose offers pricing depending on the work and classified into three major categories- open web data feeds, cyber data feeds, and archived data feeds. For open web data feeds and archived data feeds, they offer 10-days of a free trial, and then you can connect with their expert to get the customized pricing details.

Site: Webhose.io

FMiner

Last but not the least, FMiner is the newest addition to our list of best data scraping tool for data extraction for multiple analysis. It is one of the leading visual web scraping software with macro recorder and diagram designer.

The software is available for both Windows and MAC. FMiner is an all-in-one software for web scraping, web data extraction, screen scraping, web harvesting, web crawling, and web macro support.

Features

  • It’s a visual design tool and so no coding required
  • FMiner is available with multiple crawl path navigation options and also can upload your list of keywords
  • Nested data elements
  • You can export the result datasets in multiple formats including- Excel, CSV, XML/HTML, JSON, and popular databases (Oracle, MS SQL, MySQL)

Pricing

FMiner offers 15-days of free trial and then the premium pricing comes with the following options-

  • Windows: Here the basic version comes at $168 and the pro version comes at $248
  • MAC: It comes at $228

All these pricing are one-time price and include free upgrades.

Site: fminer.com

Conclusion

These were the top 7 web scraping tools for data extraction. I have listed here the combination of free web scrapping tools and premium web scraping tools. Some of these tools also need some technical expertise while others are drag and drop interfaces. Depending on your requirement, you may select any of these tools for your data extraction project.

If you have used any of these or any other web scraping tool, feel free to share your thoughts below.