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WordPress 4.0 Beta 1 Is Out; Want to Try It Out?

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It’s no secret we love WordPress, and every time something significant comes up, we can’t wait to test it out. Yesterday, WordPress.org announced that WordPress 4.0 Beta 1 is out.

Of course, it comes with the usual warning that it is still in development – that’s why it’s a Beta – and that it is not recommended that you run it on a live site. Still, that doesn’t mean you cannot play with it! Read More

Categories: WordPress News

Size Matters: Reimagining Your Website for Mobile Devices

Editor’s note: This post was written by Alice McGlinn, who has been a tech nerd since receiving her first computer ten years ago. Since then, she’s been spending her time learning and writing about all things technology.

According to the Pew Research Internet Project, 56 percent of all adults in the U.S. own a smartphone, and the number is even higher for 20 to 30-year-olds. This is the first time since the Pew Research Center started watching smartphone trends that the majority of American adults use smartphones. Although most businesses these days have a website to represent their product or service, many of them are not mobile device-ready. Nothing will send your visitors away faster than a website that isn’t usable on a smartphone or tablet.

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Categories: Blogging: How To

How To Land the Perfect Freelance Writing Opportunities & Build A Killer Brand

Becoming an online marketing professional or freelancer, making a living and building a solid reputation for yourself online is quite a challenging task, especially since there are already so many personalities online. Many of whom are experienced masters of their own art. However, the web is vast and regardless of the countless websites online, there still remain niches that are untouched and with visitors who are still searching for the perfect product or community for entertainment, knowledge and inspiration.

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While you ponder on some ideas for building your online presence and reputation, think about developing your personal brand through becoming a paid writer / contributor on existing popular websites that already command great influence. Therefore, leveraging their reach and exposure. Writing for websites like Mashable and the Huffington Post can gain you massive exposure and reach in a fair amount of time that would otherwise seem impossible. However, how do you land that cool blogging job opportunity? Surely they do not accept any and everybody who applies, so what will set you apart from the masses and get you noticed by the “big dogs” online? Read More

Categories: Marketing

Win a Month’s Membership for CrocoBlock, a WordPress Theme Club

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How was Independence Day weekend? It went great for us, and we thought we’d continue celebrating with a new giveaway! We’ve partnered with CrocoBlock, one of the fastest growing WordPress theme clubs.

CrocoBlock gives you access to 70+ WordPress themes and a choice of three membership levels: Standard, Developer, and Premium. In other words, you can choose the membership that exactly matches your needs. Detailed information about each membership level is available on this page. Read More

Categories: Giveaways

BloggingPro Job Board Highlights, July 7, 2014

Job board highlightsHow did the long weekend go? I hope you’re all looking forward to a week of lots of work.

This week, we’re making some changes with the job board highlights and publishing them every Monday instead of every Friday. We hope that this will serve you better.

Social Media Blogger

A social news site is looking to hire an experienced blogger/writer with his or her finger on the pulse of social media and able to find and write stories as they break or begin trending on social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram.
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Categories: Jobs

9 Power-Packed Ways to Promote Your Content


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The online publishing world is so crowded that it could be a gargantuan task to get noticed by the audience you want. Some niches are even worse than others, and any online publisher needs all the help he can get to get eyeballs. Hence the rise of content marketing and other “tricks” to promote content.

Your blog or online magazine, or whatever you want to call it, may have some of the most interesting and useful content there is in your field, but if you do not promote content, then no one may know you even exist – except for your mom and dad, maybe.

But there’s also the danger of going overboard when you promote content. We all hate spammers, and these days, all the major platforms have stringent measures in place. And, even if they did not, people will naturally block you out if you go overboard.

So what’s a man to do? Read More

Categories: Blogging Tips, Infographic

9 Reasons Why Blogging and Ecommerce are a Match Made in Heaven

Who among us can resist a great bargain on that pair of jeans with the perfect amount of fade? It’s no wonder that ecommerce accounts for nearly 12% of US retail sales with over half of all Americans being avid online shoppers.

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What’s more eye opening is the fact that 61% of Americans have made a purchase on a blog post.

See the connection? People love shopping online. Blogs influence people’s shopping decisions to a large extent. Result: online shopping and blogs are a great combination.

Let me give you 9 more reasons why blogs can help your ecommerce business spread its wings and soar. Read More

Categories: General

5 Benefits of Being a Blogger for Hire

Blogging for yourself gives you a sense of achievement and self-fulfillment that may be hard to beat. It, however, doesn’t always rake in the big bucks. There is always that possibility, but more often than not, the average individual blogger finds himself in financial problems at some point. This is especially true if you’re only relying on your own blogs for revenue.

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Due dates for bills are not flexible. Credit cards continue to earn interest, maybe even to the point that you may have to consider other options to successfully manage your credit card debt. In fact, Jeffrey Weber of SmartBalanceTransfers.com recommends that people with almost maxed out – or maxed out – credit cards should look at getting a new one with a good rate on balance transfers.

Then there are those emergencies that always crop up at the wrong time.

That is why, if you’re relying on your own sites to earn, maybe it’s time you consider being a blogger for hire. While there may be some people who do not like the idea, there are benefits of being a blogger for hire. Here are some of the most compelling ones. Read More

Categories: Blogging Sense

4 Tips to Guarantee Steady Long-Term Search Traffic to Your Website

Are you tired from trying to keep track of the latest online marketing trend that seems to contradict all you’ve learned? Are you frustrated by Google algorithm changes and how they affect SEO and traffic to your site? What percentage of what you’ve tried has brought success? Do my questions awaken feelings of disappointment as you reflect on what seems to be time wasted on SEO? Well cheer up and brush yourself off, it’s not as difficult and dreadful as it may seem.

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Regardless of how technology advances and marketing demands more dedicated professionals who understand the native language of users, there are certain concepts that remain true throughout the ages. Essentially, the fundamentals prove their value. They key is to sharpen your focus on the key principles that affect service quality and user experience because truthfully, there’s hardly anything new in marketing and gaining the attention of users and delivering value in search engines. Read More

Categories: Marketing

Easy Steps to Add a Welcome Pop-Up Box on Your Blog

Anything that pops up on the web is sure to attract attention regardless of its content. But one can be more enticed to read through the content if the pop up box appears on a site you really intend to visit.

Bloggers and publishers can do this via their WordPress site particularly through the widgetized welcome popup plugin. This tool allows a popup window to show automatically when a person visits your site.

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About the Welcome Popup

The welcome popup window has many uses. It can be utilized to introduce your business or your expertise. You can use it to notify visitors about an interesting development in your business, an upcoming event or a new product. Additionally, you can use it to include a call to action or an opt-in form for your visitors.

It is also possible to edit the content using the WYSIWYG editor and shortcodes are allowed. In addition, you can set the frequency of showing it on your blog or website such as once per visit, once fore very few days or every time.

Customization of the popup window is another great advantage. This means you can adjust the window size, overlay colors, font scheme color, background image, number of widget areas, autoclose time and content. The CSS can also be edited.

How to Install the Plugin

To use this plugin in your WordPress site, you need to follow some simple and straightforward steps. Just install and activate it. Once it is activated, a menu item entitled Welcome Popup will show under the Settings section.

Click the menu Settings and Welcome Popup and choose your preferred display mode, color, size, autoclose time, number of widget areas among others.

You can then proceed with selecting the pages where you want the welcome popup to display. Choose between the “homepage and particular posts/pages” or “particular posts/pages” display mode. To assign a particular post or page, just go to the post/page editor and set the welcome popup checkbox.

If you want to add widgets in the welcome popup, you can do so by going to the Appearance section on the left column then go to Widgets. On the widgets page, drag and drop your chosen widgets into the welcome popup area.

There’s a wealth of plugins available today including the WordPress video plugin that are sure to make your blog or website more interactive. Using them is a great way to drive traffic moving forward.

Categories: Blog Design, WordPress Plugins

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