Ncell launches Yonder Karaoke Contest


Ncell has announced the launch of ‘Yonder Karaoke Contest’, offering a platform for music lovers to make their singing talents visible and win Samsung J7 Prime every week for up to four weeks.

All Ncell users using Yonder Music app can participate in this weekly contest, starting Monday (June 19). The contest has been announced on Saturday in the Capital amid a special function attended by artists, musicians, other dignitaries, and guests.

Ncell had launched the music streaming app 'Yonder Music', on May 26, which enables users to enjoy free access to millions of songs to download, play, sing and share. The app also offers to the customers a first-of-its-kind interactive feature ‘Snap Karaoke’, allowing users to sing and record their own versions of their favorite songs in a video karaoke style and share up to 29 seconds of their karaoke performance with other Yonder users and on social networks, according to their press release.

“We are pleased to announce weekly ‘Yonder Karaoke Contest’ which will start from Monday, in order to encourage users and amateurs to take benefits of ‘Snap Karaoke’, an interesting interactive feature of Yonder, to unleash their singing talents and get recognized. We believe the contest will contribute to bring out talents in every individual, and help the industry identify potential talents,” said Simon Perkins, managing director of Ncell.


How to participate in Yonder Karaoke Contest?
Ncell user can simply record their songs through Snap Karaoke and share them on Facebook and Instagram using the #MysnapkaraokeWeek1 hashtag. Each week the number of the hashtag changes for sharing of karaoke song on the social media platforms. For example, to participate in the second week, the app users are required to use the #MysnapkaraokeWeek2 hashtag. The contest will be held on a cyclical basis of Monday to Sunday.

Each week, a total of top 10 performers will be selected on the basis of the highest number of shares and likes. There should be minimum of 100 likes with a properly mentioned hashtag. A panel of Yonder spoke-artists will select one winner each week for four weeks from the top 10 performers. One time winner will not be eligible to participate again in the contest.

Winners of the karaoke contest will be announced on Tuesdays and handed over the prize. The performers who win the prize and live out of the Kathmandu Valley will be delivered their prizes from the nearest Ncell Centre in their region.

Download Yonder Music App from Google Play Store

Nokia 3 - Android Phone Launched in Nepal


Nokia is back with Android smartphones. Nokia 3 (N3) Android smartphone is now available in Nepal. HMD Global had announced Nokia 3 at Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona earlier this year.


Nokia N3 comes with 5-inch polarized HD display with Corning Gorilla Glass powered by Mediatek MT6737 quad-core 1.4Ghz processor. Nokia 3 features Android 7.0 Nougat, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage (expandable up to 128GB) Micro-USB 2.0, NFC, 2650mAh battery, and 8-megapixel cameras on the front and back. According to Nokia website, Nokia N3 will get regular security patches and software updates.

Nokia N3 Price in Nepal
Nokia is targeting its phone to those who are looking for a premium-looking handset at a budget. However, for Nepali market, the price seems little higher, Nokia 3 is priced at Rs. 15,825 in Nepal. Nokia will be getting tough competition from Samsung, Huawei, OPPO, and Xiaomi here. Nokia 5 and 6 will be available soon.

NEXT Launchpad opens application for scalable businesses


Next Venture Corp. has opened an application for its highly anticipated business accelerator program, NEXT Launchpad as announced in NEXT Growth Conclave 2016. It's a mentorship-driven business accelerator program aimed at helping Nepali entrepreneurs and their early-stage businesses to grow faster.

Nepal is a country full of potentials yet to be fully explored especially in the fields of information technology, education, health, tourism, and agriculture. Furthermore, everyone is well aware of the Nepal’s degrading economic scenario and the need to create a youth-friendly environment in the country. One of the most well-observed methods to kickstart an economy is through entrepreneurship, which would not only find a solution to problems of the society but also create jobs, keep entrepreneurial ecosystem intact, and change the society for better. In spite of knowing this, there have been barriers for entrepreneurs.

The entrepreneurs desire to grow their ventures. As it would require large sums of money to utilize the resources, to operate and expand the business, and create the market, it would be practically difficult for them to foster and ultimately such scalable businesses are stuck or die.

Most of these can be easily eliminated through proper guidance, resources and support system but Nepal being an emerging economy, this is lacking. Thus, to avoid such, NEXT Launchpad has been introduced.

How will NEXT Launchpad help?
NEXT Launchpad will fill this gap by providing compact and extensive programs to equip business with the most of what they need to sustain and succeed. Accelerators like this will push the creation of more knowledge-driven businesses with higher success rates. To foster entrepreneurship in Nepal, it provides the best of business knowledge, curriculum, experts, mentors, investors, resources, valuable networks, market exposure, supportive community and access to funding.

NEXT Launchpad is a mentorship-driven accelerator of 4 months, carefully designed to provide optimum value to the business houses and entrepreneurs. This 4-month long program has been broken down into weeks, each with an objective which incorporates business model refining, marketing, legal, strategic management, operations, HR, finance, industry specific workshops, presentation and much more. In addition, NEXT Launchpad has also developed various signature events, like Brainfast, Venture Walk, Venture Talk and Venture Blend to escalate knowledge exchange, networking, and exposure.

How NEXT Launchpad operates?
The applications for the business has been opened from 25th September 2016. Entrepreneurs from all over Nepal who are looking to grow their businesses can apply for NEXT Launchpad. Out of the hundreds of applications, only 10 companies will be selected to go through the accelerator program. The business will be screened out through various phases such as analysis of application forms, founder interviews, team assessment and market study. Each month has its own objective starting from building a strong foundation, gearing for success, managing growth, to attracting and managing funds. To fulfill these objectives, the mentors deliver the workshops and training during the mornings every Monday to Friday. The program concludes with a Demo Day where 10 selected business entrepreneurs pitch their business whereas investors make growth investments in the businesses.

Events of NEXT Launchpad:
Various events are designed to enhance the entrepreneurs’ learning experience in the NEXT Launchpad:

1. BrainFast - Is a brainstorming session over breakfast with business leaders and sector experts on any business issues relevant to the business. This highly focused brainstorming is geared towards solving the specific problems business will face during the accelerator program.

2. Venture Walk - Is a morning walk session for entrepreneurs and the investors to know each other better, building valuable relations. This session will be highly valuable during the DEMO day when the close relationship could assure an investment.

3. Venture Talk - Is a talk program where leading entrepreneurs share their journey of building successful ventures and inspire the entrepreneurs to do more. After the talk program, they will also have a chance to interact with the speakers and the audience.

4. Venture Blend - Is a theme based networking session where people from all the verticals of various industries and people related to the industry get a platform to interact and break deals.

Brain Fast and Venture Walk are organized on every Sunday morning on a request by the selected business. Venture talk and venture blend are each organized on alternate Friday evenings and are open to the public with prior registration. These events boost the growth of entrepreneurs, their team and business with maximum knowledge sharing, networking, and exposure.

NEXT Growth Conclave Inspires to Solve the Local Problem [Tweet Buzz]


Over 700 entrepreneurs, investors and growth experts from both home and abroad attended the Next Growth Conclave on 25th September. The entire event was centered around a stellar lineup of 12 amazing business and entrepreneurship personalities from 4 different countries including Nepal, India, Bangladesh and Thailand.

Celebrated investor, entrepreneur and global keynote speaker, Mahesh Murthy opened the conclave with his take on the new rules of building a successful business in the digital age.

The conclave also hosted 25 of the most exciting and innovative startups in Nepal at a startup showcase called “Startup Valley”. 8 exciting startups launched their companies and products at the conclave on the startup launching platform called Kickstart Hill. The startups and products launched were WebRobo, Green Bamboo Creations, Furniture Hub, Fancy Nepal, Keep Rolling Media, Hodor and Golden peak.

The conclave proved to be a fantastic melting pot of entrepreneurial ideas, passions, aspirations and energy, bringing together all relevant stakeholders of the Nepali startup community. The knowledge and insights shared at the conclave will surely help nurture the nascent entrepreneurship ecosystem of Nepal while the interactions and connections the Nepali startups, entrepreneurs and investors had at the conclave will help them grow faster.

The conclave, was organized by M&S NEXT Venture Corp. as a part of its mission to create an entrepreneurial support system for faster business growth and to make entrepreneurship accessible to everyone. M&S Next Venture Corp. also opened an application for its highly anticipated business accelerator program, NEXT Launchpad, at the event.

Here are the LIVE Tweets from the event.

NEXT Growth Conclave on September 25


The NEXT Growth Conclave is being organized on 25th September by M&S Next Venture Corp. The Next Growth Conclave is a growth hacking conference that is designed to help entrepreneurs and the Nepali startup ecosystem. "The growth conclave is designed to showcase Nepal’s growing startup community and cater to its unique needs," according to M&S Next.

The Next Growth Conclave brings together the growth leaders from Nepal and beyond to inform, inspire and educate the next generation of entrepreneurs about growing faster. These speakers will be talking about unlocking the potential of Nepalese businesses, how to make it big and how support systems can help the entrepreneurial ecosystem grow.

Speakers:
  • Aditi Chaurasia, Co-founder, EngineerBabu, India
  • Amarit Charoenphan, Group CEO and Founder of HUBBA, Thailand
  • Ajeet Khurana, CEO of Society for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SINE), IIT- Bombay
  • Bhupendra Khanal, Co-founder and Former CEO of Simplify360
  • Deepak Raj Joshi, CEO, Nepal Tourism Board
  • Joseph Jeong, Oracle Strategies Cyberport, Hong Kong
  • Minhaz Anwar, Head, Grameenphone Accelerator, Bangladesh
  • Sneh Sharma, Founder & CEO, Ittisa, India
  • Vinay Singhal, Co-founder and CEO, WittyFeed, India
  • Shahil Agrawal, MD, Shankhar Group, Nepal
  • Mahesh Murthy, Managing Partner, Seedfund, Mumbai, India

The conclave will also host a startup showcasing platform called "Startup Valley", a 'Kickstart Hill',  an "Investors Lounge" and a "Media Lounge".

Event Details
Date : September 25, 2016
Time : 9:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m
Venue: Soaltee Crowne Plaza, Kathmandu
Ticket: Rs. 2000

SEO for Tumblr Blogs

SEO for Tumblr Blogs

Tumblr themes are beautiful. But they suck when it comes to SEO. Most of the themes, I have used does not even generate the unique title tag, and does not follow the order of highest level heading tag rules. So, for Tumblr SEO, you have to change/add a few lines of code to the theme. If you’re familiar with HTML/CSS, you can do it yourself, if not just ask your developer, and he/she will optimize it for you. Go to the Tumblr settings and edit your HTML/CSS theme from there.

Title Tag

If you’re optimizing your Tumblr blog for text posts instead of photos/links/quotes etc., make sure that the <title> tag contains the PostTitle;

<title>{block:PostTitle}{PostTitle} | {/block:PostTitle}{Title}</title>

Meta Description

Add meta description block, if it’s not already there, we will create meta description dynamically from the post later.

{block:Description}<meta name="description" content="{MetaDescription}" />{/block:Description}

HTML Body

On the blog homepage, the blog of your name is the most important factor there, and all the blog posts title becomes secondary. And in the blog post page, the title/heading of your blog post is the most important SEO factor. So, on the homepage (index page), we are going to use <h1> tag for your blog title whereas, for the blog post listing, we are going to use <h2> tag.

<div class="blog-title"> {block:IndexPage}<h1 class="blogtitle"><a class="default" href="/">{Title}</a></h1>{/block:IndexPage} {block:PermalinkPage}<h2 class="blogtitle"><a class="default" href="/">{Title}</a></h2>{/block:PermalinkPage} {block:IfShowDescription} <p class="blog-description">{Description}</p> {/block:IfShowDescription} </div>

Similarly, on the blog post page, we will be using <h1> tag for the blog post title and <h2> tag for the blog title (index page title).

{block:Title} {block:IndexPage}<h2 class="posttitle"><a href="{Permalink}">{Title}</a></h2>{/block:IndexPage} {block:PermalinkPage}<h1 class="posttitle">{Title}</h1>{/block:PermalinkPage} {/block:Title}

This above method is suitable for text posts on Tumblr. After replacing your existing block with the above code; you’re ready to rock the Tumblr SEO. One little thing, you might have to write a CSS for <h1> and <h2> tag.

If you have a photo blog, you can generate title from the PostSummary;

<title>{block:PostSummary}{PostSummary} | {/block:PostSummary}{Title}</title>

Lastly, do not forget to submit your site to Google Webmaster tools. Tumblr creates sitemaps automatically, check your sitemap at yourname.tumblr.com/sitemap.xml (replace yourname) Submit it to Google Webmaster Tools.

Originally published at aakar.me.

7 Ways to Drastically Improve Your On-Page SEO


On Page, SEO efforts need to be undertaken in order to improve the ranking. Thankfully there is a large number of on page SEO tactics that help improve a particular web page, chances of making it big in the competitive online world.

However, to outdo the traditional on-page SEO tactics, one needs to try some of the advanced ones in order to reap the benefits to its best.

1) Using synonyms of relevant keywords
Have a set of target keywords as a number of variants of the same can be used in the content. It might surprise you but it is true that the search engines are smart enough and recognize synonyms of commonly used words.

The synonyms of such words and phrases can be placed throughout the content. This can be better understood through an example. In Google’s dictionary, terms as improve and increase relate to the term boosting.

In case any user keys in the same, Google will come up with prominent results. If this strategy is implemented with true earnest in the website, the site contents rank higher for relevant long tail keywords.

However, not much of such variants of keywords should be used in a single post. Use the same judiciously and reap the benefits.

2) Linking to high authority sites
As a writer when you decide to pen down your thoughts, the focus should always be on providing the readers as much information as possible. If you find that an external link will do all the good to you, the same should be linked to the site.

Inbound links from high authority sites can always boost the site’s SEO endeavors and link them in the posts will help the search engines understand that the site is trusted.

Remember that linking to high authority sites can help boost the score of your site always.

3) Posting useful stuff to get worthy reactions
It might surprise you but Google is updating its algorithms and this essentially means that it intends to push great content high up in its SERPs. This kind of content is always loved by the end users.

Before posting any kind of stuff on the site, an in-depth analysis of the site needs to be done, so as to see what works exactly for you. You should also check out on what all gets social shares and user engagements for your endeavor.

Remember that what all works for your competitor does not essentially work out for you. However, it does not mean that you should not be taking content ideas from other sites that are of the same niche as yours.

4) Detailed and lengthy content
The length of the content always has a positive impact on Search Engine Optimisation ( SEO). However, this need not be taken otherwise and one should focus on quality while keeping the length of content in mind.

Non-expandable posts should never be expanded as quality often gets compromised in such cases. The best way out is to do quality research on the topic decided and come up with worthy content.

Never increase the word count out of compulsion as the move might fall flat and you might end up loosing worthy readers.

5) Coming up with fresh content
Remember that search engines always love fresh content. This helps give an extra edge to the pages that have been updated regularly. Fresh content also makes your website more relevant and acceptable as your regular readers appreciate your seriousness in coming up with relevant content that is of use to them.

6) Ensuring user satisfaction
User satisfaction is of prime importance as this signifies your trust with the readers. The same comes only if quality content is written. To achieve the same, you need to do quality research on the topic.

The best course of action to pursue is to write on your niche categories as you will be able to come up with your best and this will have a bearing on your writing career in the long run.

7) Connecting with your readers
Give your readers a medium to connect and you will see the change for yourself. Connect with them regularly, reply to their queries and give worthy suggestions. This will have a bearing on your future and the popularity of your blog or website will reach a new high.

Communicate with your readers regularly and be in touch with them regularly. You will notice a drastic improvement in your rankings as your dedicated readers will keep you updated of their interests.

Follow these steps and you will find that, your on-page SEO efforts will bear fruits.

Margaret is a freelance journalist who has been writing about mobile technology, customer relationship management and play euromillions for more than a decade. These days she is busy to contribute to private home tuition Singapore.