What happens when your blog shows only blank pages?

You planned well, used your creative skills, used your knowledge of making money online or whatever, and built up a blog or site over a long period of time. And you were successful, either from the point of view of making big money from blogging or nearing perfection in your other goals.

And on a fine morning, or night, you find that your site opens up to show only blank pages, no posts, no images, nothing at all!

If this happens to you what will be your first reaction?

Unless you are a master of codex, html, and all other bits and pieces of things like MySQL, PHP, other software and database requirements and software technologies, your first reaction will be: NOTHING! Or simply put, your mind also goes blank, as your WebPages are.

Let this not happen to you. And let this not happen to any other blogger or webmaster who took blogging or doing anything online as a serious business. But what if it happens? And if you are not good at troubleshooting in case of such problems, what will you do?

I am writing this after solving one such problem that happened to me, and the affected blog is DollarsTips.com, this blog that you are reading.

First, I could not log in, though the site was running alright. As I was busy with so many other things, I could not find time when it happened. I thought let me finish some other important things before doing the needful. But months passed.

In the meanwhile, I started getting messages at my page at Google Webmaster Tools that my site could be facing security and malware threats if I do not update my WordPress version. And I thought it is a signal of imminent danger of getting a Google ban or other problems.

So, yesterday, I started work to restore the missing login form and to do the other updating work.

The reason for getting blank pages or your site going offline can be many, including not updating software, outdated or poorly built themes and web templates, plugins, or you simply messed up everything by editing the core scripts, CSS, php files, etc.

And the inevitable happened.

What next? I did not panic. I know the work. But if things are more complicated, I may end up losing everything. So, I thought of seeking the opinion of experts at WordPress support forum and other sources. But the advice I got was almost similar everywhere and I already knew what they told me to do. Though the experts gave the correct advice, it was not so easy to implement. And I was about to do the same things before going to the forums.

Maybe, I could have easily fixed the problem. Or, any other expert could have done it easily.

A flash of my hosting company’s support staff’s assistance crossed my mind. And I thought that I will try that first before doing anything.

So, I chatted with the HostGator’s technical staff, and I just provided the answers they asked for. It took almost an hour for the person to fix the problem, and I have the site up and running without going off even for a moment.

And you are reading this post just because of the great customer support from HostGator, the web hosting company for this site.

I will continue the story in my next post and tell you in detail about what (all) happened and why should you avoid such problems.

A Great Idea For a Blogging Web Site is No Longer Enough

Because there are so many blogs and web sites about blogs on the internet, it can be tough to distinguish your blogging web site from all of the others. Whether you are starting up a new web site aimed at bloggers or whether you are looking to make your existing blogging site more distinctive, the key to building and maintaining a site that will capture the interest and attention of the blogging community is finding your niche. If you can fill a unique need in a way that no other web site does, you’ll be able to build a lasting readership among web surfers. Once you have discovered a niche, you will still have a lot to do, but finding your place in the blogosphere is the place to begin.

Every great blogging web site starts with a great idea, and you can’t build a successful site that will last without one. There are many great sites aimed at today’s bloggers, and competition for the attention of this growing demographic is fierce. To make your blogging web site stand out from the pack, you will need to offer something that no other site is currently offering, or you will need to do the same thing that an already popular site does but in a more impressive or valuable way.

One way to discover an ideal model for your blogging web site is to look at the sites that have successfully captured a blogging audience already to determine if you can appropriate some of their strategies to help realize your vision. Of course, you will also need to add a unique flair to your project in order to stand apart from your competition. Many people agree that the web sites that do the best in today’s market are the sites that have the most personality. The fiercely individual surfers who are bloggers are a demographic that responds especially strongly to personality, so consider how you can give your site a unique and attractive feeling by lending your own voice and sensibility to your site’s design and content.

Once you have a great idea for your site, have pinpointed a special niche that you are well equipped to fill, and have infused the site with personality, the next step is figuring out how to get the word out to bloggers. In the long run, a great idea just isn’t enough to propel your blogging web site to success. You will need to draft a smart and realistic marketing plan in order to draw readers to your site. Once you hook a blogger, your great content will keep them coming back, but it is vital to get that first glance or your site won’t have a chance to shine.

Why A Great Idea For a Blogging Web Site is No Longer Enough

Because there are so many blogs on the internet, it is easy to find similar information from various blogs. Then why should anyone visit your blog if it also provides similar content. It is not to say that yours is not unique content. But it just happens that the information passed out is the same irrespective of the words.

This quite often happens in the case of blogs writing on a new movie release, new music album by your favorite singer or pop star, or any new political development. The similarity is because of the news that reaches you, as it reaches other bloggers and news channels. So, whether you highly criticize the topic in your own way, or praise it, some similarity is bound to be there. It does not make your content being treated as not unique, but it gives the same information.

This makes what you blog about unattractive. So, you have to find a way out to make it stand out. That needs a bit of imagination, recalling past performance by your favorite starts, and how they succeeded or failed in their efforts to please the audience, and try something like a comparison, or a kind of prediction, about how the new release will turn out to be.

This could even be sensational, or highly critical, or even amount to predicting sky-high. That makes it stand out.