My Professional blog on Computer Networking – www.excitingip.com: Please vote!!

Hi People,

I guess this is the right time to come back, as I have now got my Reliance Data Card (3.1 Mbps) as well as a new Toshiba laptop (the motherboard in the old one was not working!). And as an icing over the cake, my professional blog on computer networking www.excitngip.com has been nominated as one of the finalists in the Avant Garde Bloggie Awards 2010 in the “Best Professional Blog” category. I am sure you remember this website, as I had introduced it earlier, when I started it.

But now, I want to write a separate post on the same as I have taken quite a bit of efforts for that website. I took a break for almost 6 months to write 125 articles in that blog, full time, all related to computer/ IP networks (I work on providing networking solutions for various organisations/ enterprise companies – I am involved in the Pre-Sales and the Sales activities, precisely). But, taking a break for six months is a professional gamble. Fortunately, my current boss viewed it positively as the website was in the same domain as my work, so I am back to my full time vocation.

Frankly, I wanted to achieve two things with that website – One, achieve recurring income through advertising and second – try and fetch leads for requirements for networking projects with new customers through the website.

So, on the first one, I have made around $ 25 USD in the last 10 months (I have just written 4 articles in the last four months due to lack of time) through Google Adsense which is a Pay-per-click advertising network run by google. So, as you can see, it averages to around 2.5$ a month, and that is not exactly a huge amount! But yeah, these are the initial months and I hope to make it better as I go on.

The second one is more interesting – I needed to write on specific brands/ products in order to generate any kind of leads for new business opportunities. I also needed to mention specifically that if any one was wanting such a product/ solution in so-and-so place, they could contact me using the contact form. But I never did either!! I have kept the website as neutral as possible without any product names/ brands and hopefully I will keep it that way in the coming years. This decision was not planned, in fact, the reverse was planned! But another hurdle in this approach was, most of the visitors who arrived through the search engines were outside India or at least not from the southern states where we work.

But frankly, since I have referred to a lot of material over the internet and the downloaded manuals etc for writing each article in the site, I have got a better understanding of enterprise networks and the elements that go in to building and managing them – This is priceless!

If you are inquisitive, it takes around 3,500 to 4000 rupees to get your domain and hosting space on a shared server (I hosted it in Bluehost). Then you need to install a content management system (Like self hosted WordPress.org version which I used) and get a theme to suit your blog/ site. The last two are available free of cost. And yeah, C.Bavota (the developer of the free theme that I am using), if you are reading this, the first investment that I would make is to purchase your professional theme of the same magazine basic series when my first check would arrive from Google! because I love the theme I am using – Great work mate! I might still not change to the new professional theme I buy though!! And yeah, Google pays out once the amount accumulates to 100 dollars – so I guess there is no hurry 😉

Ok, the idea of writing this post is to request my wonderful audience (if you remember me still!!) to vote for my blog www.excitingip.com in the Best Professional Blog category of the Avant Garde Bloggie Awards as I would love to see it win there!

For this blog (Destination Infinity), I am planning to write at least one post per month from now on, and I want to take some interviews with real people we meet every day (Auto-wallah’s, shop owners, etc) and write about their life, work etc. in order to get a better understanding of the lives of people living around us. I have wanted to become a journalist when I was young, and this is the closest I can get to it – but still I am happy, as with my blog I can decide on what gets published!!

Destination Infinity

PS: Here is the link you need to click to vote. Happy Voting 🙂

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12 Replies to “My Professional blog on Computer Networking – www.excitingip.com: Please vote!!”

  1. Welcome back DI! Damn good to see an update!

    Many congratulations on the win!

    Could U send me the link to caste the vote? I clicked on ur link and it directed me to the 2009 list!

    Yeah, I forgot to mention that the voting starts from monday, have updated the same now. Will give the link on monday.

  2. welcome back DI,… 🙂 🙂

    this is wonderful 🙂 🙂 and I will surely vote for you… and then your short story post is also selected 🙂 🙂

    Yeah, but first thanks to you for nominating that story – as I said earlier, you have good memory and you are able to re-collect good articles from various sites! I would never have been able to do it.

    But with that story, please read all the other stories selected for the finals, and vote for what ever you think is the best one. I say this because, I do write stories, but I concentrate more on the messages that I give through them, than the style and the structure of the story itself.

  3. wow!!! flabbergasting story of urs!! 🙂 congrats!

    will surely vote fer ya!
    as rakesh said, awaiting the link..

    Ok. I think the link is there now, I will put it up in the post …. don't forget to vote 🙂

  4. wow finally you are back here.. i'm glad but one post per month na.. romba kashtam 😉

    i hope to see the journalist on duty soon i guess and all the best for the new venture 🙂

    i voted for ya friend..

    Yeah, I am trying to take interviews, but the concept of time is very much against me now! And thanks for the prompt voting 🙂

  5. Good to see you back DI 🙂 I had loved your short story and even recommended it for Blogadda Pick – not at all surprised it's been nominated!

    Congratulations 🙂

    There's no link for voting for Professional bloggers… 🙁

    The link is at the bottom of the post. And yeah, thanks for nominating it earlier at the blogadda. Forgot to tell you one thing – that story is almost a true story, as you had also rightly guessed at that time, but the incidents happened separately in two different families 🙂

  6. 🙂 Good luck DI.. You will post only once a month .. :(.. I am not there in final list.. **sob sob** 🙁

    Anyways,be in good spirit and do come up with lovely tags like Slow and melodious songs 🙂

    Good luck..

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