Ways to Deal with Online Gaming and Mobile Addiction among Teens – Guest Post


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We all use computers and mobile phones. Sometimes it’s for work, sometimes for fun, but the problem arises when our children start overusing the Internet for online gaming and visiting social networks. Luckily, if you realize your teenager has a problem, there are ways to help them.

Limit the use of technology

Don’t forbid it, because it will only cause them to rebel and they will find a way to go online without you knowing. Instead, limit it so that your child is allowed to spend some time online every day, but be sure you’re in control and you know exactly when your child is playing online games or visiting social media. Talk to your child and explain why it’s important for them not to spend too much time online. Tell them that they would be given a reasonable amount of time for gaming and chatting with their friends online, but encourage them to spend more time with their friends without technology. Suggest social games, teach them how to play cards, Monopoly or Risk and they will soon realize that their computers and phones aren’t the only things they enjoy.

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Include the whole family

Limiting the use of social media alone won’t be enough if you don’t find your child something else to do, too. However, be careful with your choice of activities. Teenagers don’t really want to spend time doing chores. They will usually find excuses not to do them and go online instead, so you need to make the work look like fun. This can easily be achieved if you set a good example and do the chores along with them. If your child sees the whole family cheerfully doing something together, they will perceive it as quality family time. Begin with simple tasks, such as decluttering and tidying things in your home, since that way it’s possible for each family member to participate. Get rid of anything unnecessary, such as old toys or clothes they’ve outgrown. Organize everything in boxes using home gadgets like a label maker and donate it. Be sure to do it together, to create the sense of teamwork. These seemingly simple activities have a positive impact on the whole family. They will not only distract your teenager from social networks and online gaming, but will bring you all closer together.

Spend time outdoors

Find parks or walking tracks near you and go trekking or have a picnic. Spend every weekend outside with your children, go on field trips and show them there’s fun to be had without the use of technology. Go sightseeing. Wherever you live, there has to be something significant or beautiful there that your child hasn’t seen yet. If possible, get your child a dog. Gather your family, go to a shelter together, and choose a dog for adoption. Your child will know that you value their opinion if you let them decide. This will make your teenager happy, teach them about responsibilities and give them a reason to spend more time outside.

Do sports

Find a sport your child likes and have them take it up. It doesn’t even have to be a team sport. Whatever they choose to practice, it will keep them away from their computers and phones. It will also give them the opportunity to meet other children their age and with similar interests, which will probably make them want to spend more time with their peers. Plus, your child will be healthier and happier if they’re physically active. Attend their games, matches or competitions and cheer for them. It will show them you’re proud of them and give them more incentive to keep up what they’re doing.

As parents, our main duty is to do everything we can for our child to be healthy and happy. So, pay attention to your teenager’s habits, be sure to catch the signs of addiction as soon as possible and solve the problems you have together, as a family. And always find time to talk to your child and let them know they always have your support.

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Claire is a personal and professional development expert who believes that a positive attitude is one of the keys to success. You can find her online writing and giving tips about lifestyle and development as a regular contributor at highstylife.com.

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YouTube Tips to get your Channel up and Running

YouTube is known as one of the major vertical search networks available today. Vertical Search means searching for a specific topic or category or industry. People come to YouTube to check for videos in a certain segment or vertical. While it’s not essential that you need to be present on all mediums, however, if you can make creative videos around your topic, then you shouldn’t miss it. Here are a few facts from SEMRush which will showcase the massive ecosystem of YouTube.

YouTube infographic and figures

YouTube infographic by SEMRush

YouTube Tip #1 – Optimize your video and channel

You might think this is really simple one, but this is where the gold mine is.  Before you create a video, identify the keywords that are being used in your niche. Use that as your base to create videos and then use those keywords in tags. Once your video is created, make sure you have a catchy and keyword rich headline, description, tags, and sub-titles. YouTube is owned by Google, so Google is interested in indexing and pushing its video content and if you observe even in normal search, a video ranks higher for a search term than text, so make the most of it. Put special emphasis on crafting a well-worded and keyword relevant description.

YouTube Tip #2 Brand your channel

Use keyword planner to identify good keywords. Add an eye-catching thumbnail. Either design one on your own or get someone to design it for you. An eye-catching thumbnail is one of the major deciding factors for a viewer to click. Brand your channel with a good cover and relevant themes. Add an end-slide to your videos and ask viewers to subscribe to your channel or follow your social channels at the end of the video.

YouTube Tip #3 Video Quality is important

Gone are the days when a simple home-made video became an overnight sensation. Though it is true in some exceptional cases even today, however with the sheer amount of videos being uploaded every day, it is tough for a humble home video to list in trending sections. YouTube has come a long way and so has the quality of videos that are being uploaded on the channel. Use good equipment’s like a better quality mobile, stand, tripod, mike etc. to give a professional touch to your videos and audio. Invest in a good mic and if you are recording yourself, then instead of just a casual ‘call from home’ look opt for a plain screen. First impressions are very important on YouTube.  Go Live, if it’s relevant, but ensure that some brand element is present in such videos too.

YouTube Tip #4 – Be Found

Though YouTube is a kind of search engine, the way it behaves and the way the user behaves with the tool is very different from a normal search engine. An important thing that separates user behavior on YouTube and other search engines is the suggested videos section. Once you start playing a video, a list of suggested videos pop-up on the right-hand side. The user usually scrolls through that to decide which video to watch next. View videos in your niche or topic, identify the keywords that are there in those videos. Create videos that are adding value to existing high ranking videos. Focus on being in the suggested list of YouTube videos.

Have you used YouTube for promoting your brand or do you have some questions about it? Shoot an email or ask about it in comments below. Will definitely try and help.

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How to increase blog traffic? Seven tips to get more


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Dive in to know the best practices to get more views/traffic to the blog

When I announced that I will be doing a series on online marketing for small businesses and personal brands for the #MyFriendAlexa month, Akshata asked a question about “How to get more blog traffic after the post is published.” So I decided to do a post on that. I also came across a handy guide from SocialMaharaj about ‘How to Start Blogging’ this post has some really good points and I recommend you check it out.

Seven tips to grow your blog traffic

Coming back to what I can offer, here are a few tips that can help you get more traffic on your blog.

Tip #1 to increase blog traffic – Be consistent

This is the first rule of blogging. Don’t falter here. Maintain a schedule. It could be 1 post a week, but do that. Maintain that schedule and post regularly on relevant topics. Maintain a good length for the post to be discoverable. Ideally, anything above 300 words is considered good content, but depending on your niche the length can vary. Authority blogs in various domains have posted as long as 2000+ words.

Tip #2 to increase blog traffic – Be part of Blogging Communities

Remember blogging is about 50% good + relevant content and 50% marketing.  You might have a fantastic piece but as long as you don’t get people to your site, it is not going to get recognized. Be part of communities and be actively involved. Read, Comment, Share and discuss. Communities like BlogChatter, IndiBlogger have various contests or reading lists that you can make use of. Remember the person, adding his post on the list is looking for an audience, so he is bound to reciprocate by reading yours. Fix a schedule of when you plan to share your posts on such sites. Don’t do it all on the same day. Spread it over the week.

Tip #3 to increase blog traffic -Participate in campaigns

Blogging campaigns like #MyFriendAlexa, #A-Z etc. help you blog better, blog consistently and discover new readers and blogs. Participate in such campaigns and connect with like-minded bloggers. Build your Tribe, who will offer support in terms of reading and sharing.  Blogging is equivalent to nurturing relations, anyone who told you otherwise is taking you for a ride. Treat the community with the respect it deserves; take them as seriously as you would take an office colleague.

Tip#4 to increase blog traffic – Ensure Sharability

A blogger visiting your site, should have the option to share and comment with ease. Make it easy for him. Offer plugin’s that provide shareability at one click. Some love Comment Luv, some hate it, but it is a good way to coax your reader to comment on your page. Ensure that it is formatted well and block spam with pro version or Akismet. No point attracting spam or senseless comments.

Tip #5 to increase blog traffic -Read and Share daily

Blog Traffic will not grow in a day. It needs consistent effort and patience. A good way is to maintain a log of your daily reads. Keep a target of 5-8 posts a day and read-comment and share them daily. Put more effort with bloggers who you consider as like-minded or from your niche. Having that connect with help you plan collaborations, giveaways or link parties in future.

Tip #6 to increase blog traffic – GuestPost

If you have knowledge about a specific domain, don’t shy away from shooting a mail to related blogs, asking if they would be interested in having a Guest-post on their blog. Hosting and doing guest posts in related domains help in creating a personal brand. Readers from your niche would recognize you and follow you to your blog for more. Do allow Guest-Posts on your blog,  as link-up’s are good for your blog health. However, ensure that they are in your domain or segment and not some random post. Irrelevant posts will do you more harm than good.

Tip #7 to increase blog traffic – Keep SEO in Mind

SEO might sound like a jargon, but it is necessary for your blog health. If you are a non-techie take help of plugin’s like Yoast SEO and Hemingway App to improve your post SEO. These plugin’s help improves your post content so that your blog does not miss out on search engine traffic.

These are a few tips that will help you get quality readers to your blog.  This September I am writing posts that are helpful for bloggers or small businesses to push themselves on social media. If you wish to start off on Facebook marketing, do read my post-Facebook for small businesses and personal brands.

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Tiny Steps towards a Quality Life

It was Ganesh Chaturthi. Bappa had come home and after the pooja and aarti’s it was time for lunch. It was a typical Maharashtrian festive lunch with Ukadiche Modak, papad, bhaji’s in excess. After a great festive lunch everyone in the house was enjoying a siesta when the phone rang. I got up, assuming it to be another festive greeting call. It was my Mum’s cell number. I answered gaily while wishing her but was met with unusual silence on the other side.
She quietly said that a cousin of mine had a massive heart attack and is admitted in the hospital. He stayed in the same city that I did and she was telling me to go visit them as she could only reach by tomorrow. I didn’t know what to say. He was a young man running his own business. How could this be happening to him? My mind was spinning. I answered in affirmative and me and my husband quickly left for the hospital.
In the corridor, his family – wife and two children were waiting restlessly. He was in the ICU. Living in a different city meant no family to rely on. As I sat next to her, she broke into a sob. Not too older than me, I didn’t know how to comfort her. Her small children aged around 10 and 5 years were looking at me in confusion. They weren’t really sure what was happening. Priya, my cousins wife told me that he was at his warehouse when he had a heart attack. The workers there shifted him to a hospital and called her. She hadn’t met him yet as the doctors weren’t allowing anyone in. My heart went out to her. I understood the distress and pain she was in but all we could do was pray.
With God’s grace, he recovered and the next time we went to visit him in the hospital he was in much better condition. “The doctors said I could be discharged after the consultant’s visit today. He will take a call,” my cousin informed me. I was super happy to listen to the news and we were just having a good laugh about some old memories, when the doctor came in. “Yes, Mr. Vaidya, do have a good laugh. It is very good for your heart!” the doctor said. Looking at our bewildered faces, the doctor continued, I need to give you some tips. First let me finish my examination. While the checkup was underway I went out to fetch Priya, who had gone to the canteen.
Once the checkup was done, doctor started instructing Priya and Ramesh, my brother “You will have to care for your heart. Do some changes in your lifestyle. I understand you have a self-made business and there are no fixed timings for anything, but all this will have to change. You have to decide if you want to earn 500 more or live 50 more. Be active and do some exercise, have meals at fixed timings, avoid junk and don’t take too much stress. Improve the quality of life and you will see the difference.” I was listening on the side and those words struck a chord with me.
My husband worked in an MNC and worked long hours. There was hardly any physical exercise that we could talk about and the daily chaotic routine hardly gave us any time to laugh. As I reflected more on the doctor’s words I realized we were leading an equally unhealthy lifestyle. I couldn’t shake the feeling that it could have been us. I decided at once that we had to make some changes. While surfing online, I came across some great tips on SaffolaLife website. That and in consultation with a dietician I am joining the Saffolalife #ChhoteKadam initiative in association with BlogAdda and follow these small steps for a healthy heart.”
1. Going on a brisk walk daily. Try and exercise atleast 3-4 times in a week.
2. Include green leafy vegetables in the diet more often.
3. Eat a fruit daily
4. Eat early dinners and sleep on time to ensure minimum 7 hour sleep
5. Keep fixed time for lunch and dinner and maintain those timings even with busy work schedules.
6. Enjoy some good music or comedy shows for atleast 20 minutes daily.

These are Chhote Kadam indeed but we know we will have a more fulfilling life with such tiny steps. As Alexis Carrel said “The quality of life is more important than the life itself.”