There are now almost 300 million blogs in existence; the web has become a noisy and crowded place with everyone trying to tell their own version of events and stories. As bloggers, it’s tough and not only are we competing with fellow bloggers but now also the corporate world with businesses with budgets capable of hiring the best talent to create content, develop killer sites and with available cash to push distribution through the most popular networks. At the same time, do not allow a seemingly saturated online market to fool you. While there is chaos and noise abound with a crowded pool of so-called experts, the one thing that has not saturated the market is authenticity and consistently high quality content. The vast majority of blogs and online marketing professionals you’ll come across are far from perfect with many of them mediocre. Within every niche there exists grand opportunities to do things better than the majority and make a name for yourself in your own cozy niche.
Therefore, in the midst of the noise, how do you stand out from the crowd and be seen and heard? How can bloggers make their mark now and for the future? Here are 4 tips to help you get started. Read More
When talking about domains, .com, .org, .edu, and .gov are the ones that we usually hear about. But what about CcTLDs, or Country Code Top-Level Domains? These domains are specific to a country or territory, with some restrictions applied.
The one thing that separates a terrible blog from a great one are high-quality articles. In order to drive more traffic to your blog, as well as maintain a readership who will constantly engage and chip in with their two cents, you need to be able to draw them first with the articles you publish.
If your content is shallow, published sparingly, difficult to find online, and mentions the things that have already been said online, then expect no visitors and no readership. Therefore, you must strive to publish articles on a consistent basis that provide great insight about your niche and can easily be found. Below are free blogging tools to help you achieve these goals.
New themes are always welcome, especially if they look good and they have the functionalities that modern designers and bloggers want. When it comes to theme providers, one of the most popular is Elegant Themes, and we have partnered up with them to celebrate the release of their new theme Monarch. Read More
With tens of thousands of plugins in the WordPress.org repository, and growing, selecting the right plugins to get the job done can be confusing, especially for new bloggers. At the same time I’ve realized that once you’re seasoned and have tried and tested dozens of plugins, you’ll tend to settle with a few that will almost always get the job done right without any issues.
While there are thousands of great plugins available, there are only a few in my opinion that have and will continue to stand the test of time as web user experience design gets more complex and users demand richer experiences. These plugins will give you great control over how you create and promote your content as well as how effective you are at interacting and getting valuable signups and input from your audience – which is what will drive your blog’s success.
Here are some powerful plugins that are guaranteed to give you that edge you’re looking for and the longevity you need. Read More
Everyone is placing their attention on content marketing as a means to promote their blog. Whether it’s a company blog, or a personal/niche blog, promotion certainly plays a huge role in making the endeavor successful.
But is online content marketing and promotion the only way to go?
It might seem to be the case since blogs are online, but there are other options that you may be overlooking, especially since the hype is centered on content marketing. Read More
There are various reasons for having a blog. Some of them include being able to share ideas about a topic that you’re knowledgeable about or earning money off the content you write using different tactics.
In order for you to hit your goals, your need to first drive lots of visitors to your blog. By doing this successfully, you will be able build a readership that will make it easier for you to meet your objectives.
However, driving traffic to your blog isn’t as easy as it seems. Despite your efforts, there’s a chance that visitors are still low and comments on your posts are non-existent.
If you’re clueless as to why you’re not receiving the amount of traffic you think you deserve, here are the likely reasons:
Most bloggers who enter a specific niche want to earn some money from their activity. While it has been said so many times that you shouldn’t prioritize making money out of your blog, at the end of the day, it does matter.
One of the niches that is quite popular is tech, a sub-niche of which is gadget review blogs.
There is no doubt that a gadget review blog can be popular, especially with how consumers have become fixated on gadgets -from mobile phones to tablets to computers to other electronic devices. So, yes, the simple answer is you can earn from running a gadget review blog. It is a matter of how much you expect to earn. Read More
Good morning! Here are the job board highlights. We’re hoping you get lucky, and find new jobs this week. Have a good week ahead!
FierceMarkets, a growing online media company based in Washington, D.C., is seeking a part-time writer and copyeditor for its telecom newsletters and websites. This person will write news articles and copyedit an executive newsletter on the European wireless telecoms market.
The chances are that you are connected to Amazon in one way or another. Perhaps your blog is part of the Amazon Affiliate Program. Perhaps you use Amazon Web Services. I’m pretty sure you’ve bought from Amazon at least once. Read More