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10 Reasons Why Google Plus is better than Facebook

Recently I published an article on Why webmasters should start considering Google Plus seriously and this is a continuation to it comparing the two Social Networking Giants – Google+ and Facebook. There are several striking similarities between both the platforms, mainly because of the purpose of the websites – social networking. Today, I will break it down to the real reasons why Google+ might even mark the end of Facebook in the coming years.

1. The Potential of Google+ is still very much untapped

As of today, Google Plus is far less popular that Facebook, that leaves are reason for you to enter the platform earlier when compared to your competitors and build a platform for yourselves. In addition, many do not really find a need of using Google plus when they have Facebook, this thought is mainly because of the fact that they have not yet considered to explore the huge possibilities.

2. Google Plus is from the Internet Big Daddy Brand – Google

Google has never gone wrong in most of their efforts, especially when it comes to innovating, building cleaner products, efficiently developing platforms etc. in their past ventures. Most of the products launched by Google have already captured their respective niches and few of the best examples are: Email, Browsers, Search, Instant messaging, mobile operating systems, geographic mapping, Video Sharing etc.

This leaves Google in the good books of “netizens” who are well versed to Google’s successful products by using and trusting them. This could slowly drive people into using Google Plus too and the awesomely coded platform might just blow their minds off!

3. Google+ users can sign up for Authorship

A very unique feature that “Only” Google can offer is the so called “Authorship“. This feature pins down content exactly to the owner adding their social involvement in every single content that author wishes to publish on the internet. As you can see in the screenshots below, Google plus author photo and link to the Google+ profiles are pinned to every search results thereby directly establishing a connection between the Google search users and the Author. You can learn about how to setup Google Authorship on your blogs and websites from here.

4. Social promotion is FREE for Google Plus when compared to FB

This is an area of discussion that people rarely explore. In Facebook, each time you post, the posts are only sent across to flash across the most engaged fans on Facebook. If you want a better reach, You must use the “Promote” or “Boost” option on Facebook. On the flip side, Google Plus does this social promotion for free to every single fan who are on your “circles”.

In addition, usage of #tags or hashtags have just been introduced on Facebook and have never been explored or used effectively yet on Facebook. Google+ has been using hashtags for quite sometime and the features on Google+ is extremely useful and feature rich.

5. Facebook does not encourage Social Business Networking as much as Google+

One striking difference between Facebook and Google Plus is that FB has been “purely” social in their strategies. There is not much place for a stranger in your Facebook friends list because FB is more people – people social networking. On the other hand, Google+ does effectively encourage networking between strangers because of the common factors the individuals have. These common factors could be a write up person A has written which is of interest to Person B. The tools like Authorship are great features that continues to stress on these aspects.

6. Google has Search market already captured

Google has been ruling the Search Engine arena for more than a decade and the Smart search platform is in no way threatened even now. Many times I’ve observed content from Google Plus posts appear above Organic search engine results too. This means Google themselves are indirectly telling you the “plus advantage”. It is upto you to hear that!

7. Google Plus is evolving faster than Facebook

If you compare the Facebook from when it started and what it is now, they have improved too. Certainly did Facebook add loads of new features like timeline, Facebook Graph, Hashtags, Facebook Home etc. But it is observed that common internet users have not welcomed all the new changes very well. Facebook remains still the most popular is because it has already captured the major chunk of the market when Google+ was never born. People would never want to be on two Social networking websites doing the same – either they quit one or remain where they are!

On the flip side, Google Plus has been adding several meaningful features in the recent times that is forcing people to give the “Plus” some attention. Features like Google+ Hangouts, Google+ Circles, Google Stream, are all unique ways to innovate. In addition, everyone likes the authentic clean designs that Google comes up with.

8. Facebook is their ONLY product and they’ve gone public!

Unlike Google Plus, Facebook alone is the only platform or product for the company which makes it tougher for them to make critical decisions. As Facebook has gone public(listed in stock market) they have to make clear choices between “People” and “Money”. I am not claiming that both aren’t linked with each other but some decisions could become difficult to take.

For example, Every business needs to have a business model and so does Facebook. Recently Facebook announced that they have One million active advertisers! Do you think this would make any difference to users like you and me? It was an announcement for the investors that the company is doing well and such reasons might make them forced to take decisions that could hurt the people using them.

On the other side, Google + is just one product of Google that they are still investing in an effort to grow the product. They do not have to force on making decisions to earn more and more importantly, they have several other products doing well.

9. The “Single Sign-On” factor (A big one)

[highlight color=”eg. yellow, black”]Google products that we use on a daily basis – Google Search, Google Email, Google OS for mobiles – Android, Google Chrome browser, Google Places, YouTube, Soon we would be using Google Glasses and Google Desktop operating systems[/highlight]Well, this is a big one! Let us name the few Google products that we use on a daily basis – Google Search, Google Email, Google OS for mobiles – Android, Google Chrome browser, Google Places, YouTube, Soon we would be using Google Glasses and Google Desktop operating systems. That makes it very obvious that Google product has become part of our daily life (we might not want a monopoly here but, that’s a truth).

Google Plus is part of this single sign on and this makes it another reason for you to be everywhere on the web and do everything with just one single user name and password. With 2 factor authentication and related security features, Google has done a great job securing that single sign on for us. In addition Google has really networked our desktops, laptops, browsers, phones, payment and

10. Google Plus Communities are “unique”

Google Plus has People, Communities and Brands. Similarly Facebook has People, Groups and Brands. Both share similar features but a major aspect on Google Plus is that you can even join a community as a brand! This makes a huge difference if you are a brand because it lets you interact with potential customers, discuss with the niche community and learn their opinions, take feedback and much more. All these are based on my personal experience, research and opinion, let me know what you feel about this?

Summary: Today Facebook is undoubtedly the No.1 Social networking website, followed by Google Plus (Quite far behind) but still they are the top 2! Google has enough reasons to be proud Google Plus and so does Facebook.

The coming days will tell us about who will survive, but time has shown us both cannot do it together! If Google Plus is able to deliver all that Facebook is doing now, the favorite choice could be G+ and Google is even backed by several solid “inhouse” products like Google Search, Google Maps,YouTube, Android etc.

What is Facebook Coded or Programmed on?

What is Facebook Coded or Programmed on?

You might be interested to know what’s really beneath this Social Networking giant that’s still holding it strong through millions of users and tones of data. Well, toady we will discuss on the nuts and bolts of the Facebook machine if you were interested to explore what it takes to make something unique.

What is Facebook Coded or Programmed on?

Yes, It’s the LAMP

Facebook was originally and continue to be built primarily on the LAMP combination (Linux Apache MySQL PHP). Even though there are several frameworks developed in house by Facebook to help scale the capacity of the website with its growing needs, these are the building blocks.

With time as Facebook began to grow, they were introduced to CDN (akamai) and hashcache servers and later memcache came into being which an in house development by FB engineers is originally.

The Facebook Backend

Even though the initial version and the front end of Facebook is coded in PHP, the backed services are written in several different programming languages including C++, Java, Python, and Erlang. FB identifies the requirement and creates a new service when required. This includes creation of various frameworks and toolsets for easier creation of these services.

Best web hosting companies of 2013

Best web hosting companies of 2013

Selecting the best web host is the first step towards  setting up and building a successful blog or website. The importance of having a good web hosting company is critical in various aspects as the site should be capable of serving all visitors with the content they are expecting here for without any delay or waiting time. The website performance will affect various aspects like bounce rate of your website, user visit duration, 404 errors, 501 internal server errors etc.

A good web hosting company also ensures better search engine indexing, superior performance and steady growth in traffic and user base. In addition to the above points, we have also considered giving preference to USA based web hosting companies as it will improve  chances of geo-targeted traffic from the US ensuring higher CPC from networks like Google Adsense.

Below are the top web hosting companies in the web hosting industries as of the year 2013 based on the market research, experience and user reviews on the various web hosting companies in the market today.

We have finally completed the yearly review of web hosting service providers for this year and have chosen the top 7 and very best of the web hosts from the market players all over the web. The various factors taken into consideration to zero down to the best.

Best web hosting companies of 2013

The Criteria they have been gauged upon are: 

  • Tech support
  • Software
  • Customer support
  • Traffic
  • Reliability & Uptime
  • Space
  • Price
  • Quality
  • User-friendly
  • User reviews

Note: The list is constantly updated at 1st of every month throughout the year.

Best web hosting companies of 2013

Inmotion – Rank 1

Key features:

  • Space: Unlimited
  • Traffic: Unlimited
  • Price: $5.95
  • Fast email with SPAM blocking
  • Various flexible hosting packages
  • 90 day money back guarantee
  • Very reliable with 99.9% Uptime
  • Easy to use control panel and a premium web site builder
  • Unlimited disk space and Unlimited monthly traffic ($8.95 plan)
  • Helpful and knowledgably support team
  • Purchase and website link

Best web hosting companies of 2013


HostGator – Rank 2

Key features:

  • Unlimited Web Hosting Space & Web Traffic
  • Unlimited Domains on 1 Account
  • Unlimited POP3/IMAP, MySQL, FTP
  • Professional 24/7 Phone & E-Mail Support
  • 45 Day Money Back & 99.9% Uptime Guaranteed

Best web hosting companies of 2013

Fat Cow  – Rank 3

Key features:

  • Unlimited Disk Space & Traffic
  • Free Domain and Instant Setup
  • 30 day money back guarantee
  • 99.9% Uptime
  • cPanel and Fantastico Script Library
  • Excellent Network hardwares

Best web hosting companies of 2013

Just Host – Rank 4

Key features:

  • FREE Domain For Life & FREE Instant Setup
  • Unlimited GB’s of Web Space
  • Unlimited GB’s of Transfer
  • Unlimited Domain Hosting
  • Unlimited E-Mail Accounts
  • Unlimited MySQL Databases
  • SSL, FTP, Stats CGI, Ruby (RoR), Perl, PHP, MySQL
  • Purchase and website link


Best web hosting companies of 2013

Green Geeks – Rank 5

Key features:

  • Unlimited GB’s Hosting Space & Bandwidth
  • Unlimited MySQL databases, POP3/IMAP, FTP
  • Free Domain & FREE Site Builder
  • Professional 24/7/365 Phone & E-Mail Support
  • 30 Day Money Back & 99.9% Uptime Guaranteed


Best web hosting companies of 2013

Blue Host – Rank 6

Key features:

  • Unlimited Hosting Space
  • Unlimited File Transfer
  • Host Unlimited Domains!!!
  • 2,500 POP/Imap Email Accounts
  • SSH, SSL, FTP, CGI, Ruby (RoR), Perl, PHP, MySQL
  • 2000/2002 Front Page Extensions
  • Free Domain Forever!
  • Free Site Builder
  • 24/7 Superb/Responsive Sales/Support

Best web hosting companies of 2013

GoDaddy Rank 7

Key features:

  • 1,000 Email Accounts
  • Host Unlimited Web sites
  • 50 MySQL Databases
  • Unlimited Email Forwards
  • Forums, Blogging, Photos
  • Go Daddy Hosting Connection
  • $25 Google® AdWords® Credit
  • $50 Microsoft® adCenter Credit
  • $50 Facebook® Credit
  • FREE! SSL Certificate – $29.99 value!

Hope this detailed and honest review of the Best web hosting companies of 2013 has been helpful to you  all

Google Zebra Update 2013 – Vital Speculations

Post the Panda, Penguin and EMD now its the turn of Zebra from Google! The Google zoo animals are let loose around the web to counter and clean up all the mess out there in the form of SPAM. The initial search algorithm updates from Google were aimed at thrashing spam and low quality websites and to an extent the above three updates did a real good job in cutting down unworthy links from the search listing.

Now the latest Google search algorithm update is called the Google Zebra algorithm update and from the speculations in the air, the Zebra would be aiming to attack the social aspects of marketing and the black spammy shade of that on websites. There are millions of social networking pages targeting keywords in the results on the Google search that rank top above other legitimate websites.

There are millions of results and links in Search that belong to Twitter, Facebook, Pintrest and Plus, in this particular update, mainly these could be the target areas.  Its also rumored that certain keywords are targeted on the social platform in this specific update, but will have to wait to see what exactly its all about.

Operator, Client, General, Business, Money, New, Get Started Today, Free, Link, My Friend, Payment System, Need, Article, Buy, Sell, Purchase, Affiliate, sales etc.

But this is one good rumor alone, the idea here is that results like shown above which rank high in search for the keyword Canon 5D mark ii deals but rather than deal websites, a social networking page is ranking high in search, such clean up should be targeted with such an update. Will update with the changes as soon as we have more information here.

Best Banner Ads Management Plugin for WordPress

Best Banner Ads Management Plugin for WordPress

If you run a WordPress blog and looking for a solution to serve banner advertisements to your readers at specific blocks or positions of your blog, then the best possible solution you could find as of today (2013) is Max Banner Ads PRO Wordpress plugin. The plugin has a FREE and PRO versions, but both come free of cost. To download the PRO version with complete features, you need to like their FaceBook page and write a review.

Add / Manage / Maintain Banners from the Plugin Control panel

With this plugin, you can navigate to the plugin settings page and create zones to specify where exactly you would want to see your ads being displayed. In addition, as shown below, you can preview all the ads together at the ad manager and see where the ads would appear.

Best Banner Ads Management Plugin for WordPress Best Banner Ads Management Plugin for WordPress Best Banner Ads Management Plugin for WordPress

Track, Review & Save Ad statistics 

The plugins has an awesome management page and back end system where you can add, edit, delete banners. In addition, you can see the statistics of the banners like views, clicks, CTR etc. This helps you do AB testing on the success rates of various banners and how frequently they are viewed and clicked to identify the best spot to place the banner.

Personally, I strongly recommend using this awesome plugin because of its versatility, feature richness, quality and functionalities. This quality of plugins are rarely available free, so ensure you get your copy ASAP. In fact, if you carefully scroll below, you can see even I use this plugin and this has helped me promote my affiliate products quite very effectively.