I apologize for the dearth of job listings in the past week, as I have been away for a while. We still have a handful of jobs for you, though, so let’s take a look at them now. Read More
Archive for September, 2011
It’s probably the first question every blogger has to ask themselves. It comes before writing the first post, choosing the theme or even selecting your blogging platform: What is my blog going to be about?
It’s a tough question and how you answer it will have a big impact on what your site is going to be. It’s going to affect the type of content it has, the media it uses, the audience it reaches out to, how it is promoted and much, much more.
In short, every decision you make about your blog depends on that first critical choice.
But it is also a decision that is fraught with both peril and reward. Choosing the wrong target or the wrong niche can literally kill your site before you’ve published your first post. Choose a good one and it is almost impossible for your site to not find a healthy audience.
So how do you choose your site’s topic? Though you can certainly find some good help from Google and other tools, finding a blog topic that interests you enough to write on regularly and one where your site can thrive is an almost impossible challenge.
With that in mind, here are a few tips to help you choose your blog’s topic and ensure that your site has every chance to thrive from the moment it hits the Web. Read More
Owning and running a blog can be a lot of fun, but some new bloggers fail to realize how much stress can be involved as well.Â Especially if your blog has hundreds or thousands of readers you will be faced with constant issues with webservers, spam, and grouchy readers.Â Here are some ways you can keep your sanity while running an awesome blog that readers canâ€™t wait to come back to.
Keep security tight
Security is often overlooked on a blog because it is not a physical place that can be robbed or broken into.Â But a popular blog is a prime target for spammers and you should do everything you can to protect your investment.Â After all, your blog is a huge investment of your time and imagine how awful it would be to have all of your posts and comments erased suddenly.Â Could you recover from this?Â Well donâ€™t even tempt fate with this one and get regular backups of your blog, so even if it were magically erased all of a sudden you could be back up and running within a few minutes. Read More
Whether you choose to use a free Analytics program such as Google Analytics or a paid program like GetClicky there are several WordPress plugins that make integration simple.
Here are a few of my personal favorite analytics programs with WordPress integration, all of which I use on my personal and business related websites. Read More
Researching a new niche is a tedious process, many blogs and internet marketers suggest launching a blog on a topic that is of interest to you and this is great advice. But as your portfolio of sites grow it will become harder and harder to find a niche that you are interested in.
When this happens you need to look at a wide range of niches that you may want to move into. We all have different tactics on how to find a niche, what works for one person may not work for another and often the best ideas will hit you out of the blue, if this happens all you are left to do is to dig a little deeper into the niche, find out how tough the competition is and whether or not it may be a profitable niche to enter. Read More
When I tell my friends that I’m a professional blogger they often ask me when I’m going to get a “real job” and while that statement drives me insane I often ask myself when many bloggers are going to treat blogging as a real job. My biggest gripe as a content developer is that job seekers often email me on my personal websites asking for jobs with one sentence introductions, many of which include grammatical errors, long winded introductions and attachments I’ll never open.
If you’ve been applying to blogging jobs with no success here’s some tips that should help you increase your chances of landing more blogging positions.
1. Grab the attention of the webmaster immediately. The first 1-2 sentences of your emailed application should speak about who you are. Don’t simply say “I love technology and would be great for your tech site” instead let the hiring manager know that you examine tech trends on a daily basis and follow all areas of technology specifically represented by the website. If you happen to have a specialty that is being underutilized on their website be sure to mention how you can provide content that will better their product, just don’t be uppity about your talents simply offer your expertise.
2. Don’t send a bunch of attachments with your application unless they are requested. As a general rule of thumb I don’t open attachments which may include viruses and other unwanted information. If you are asked to include several examples of your past work I suggest including a link to each article you have published alongside a short summary that sells your article. Read More
The major point of SEO is to create a content that willÂ lead to an increased traffic and hence to a bigger view. The SEO content will determine on how the website will be viewed and also, it will determine to the ranking of the site. The major aspect to be considered in the creation of the SEO contentÂ is by the use of the keywords. The key word should be golden in the whole content, everything should be directing to the key word.
After you have determined theÂ topic you want to create the content about, you must determine the major keyword or keywords. This is very important as it is the guiding principle during the searching. Â There should also be the use of the supporting terms which should be closely related to the key word. Together with the supporting terms in the content, there should also be the use of the core core terms which will be able to summarize the content of the page. Read More
On October 4, 2011 Apple, Inc. will unveil the Apple iPhone 5 the company’s newest generation of Smartphone and while some information such as the iPhone 5 cost is not known, more rumors are popping up everyday about the phones suspected capabilities and carrier reach.
One of the biggest rumors to surface is the fact that the device will likely see updated cameras, offering a better front facing camera for Face Time and a possible Sony created 8MP backside camera for crisp picture taking.
Apple is also expected to update their next generation of phone to feature a better antenna which will fix “death grip” problems that were experienced on the iPhone 4. Accessory maker Ideal Case actually posted a photo of the new antenna which they say will be used on the iPhone 4S/iPhone 5 based devices.
Digitimes has also revealed that the device will likely keep the same 3.5″ display size as it’s predecessors, however there is a chance that the phone may increase the display size to 3.7 inches. Read More
If you are lucky enough to have a little extra money to invest in your blog, you are faced with the difficult challenge on how to use that money to best benefit your brand.Â I’ve hired several people to take on â€œmicroâ€ blogging jobs in the past, each with varying degrees of success.Â Letâ€™s look at some of the positions you can hire for and the pros/cons that come along with each.
This is the first area that many bloggers look to get some help with. The most important thing to keep in mind is that you need to hire a person who you can trust your brand with.Â This is the equivalent of handing over your car or house keys to a stranger, so it is essential to research the person and have an in-depth interview with them.Â The nice thing about hiring someone to assist with your blogâ€™s social media efforts is that the ceiling is high and the metrics are trackable.Â Heck, getting someone to manage your Facebook fan page alone can be a full-time job. Â Set goals and keep an eye on your ROI.
The more (strong) content your blog has the better, at least thatâ€™s with several recent studies have revealed.Â Â When bringing on additional freelance bloggers, I recommend putting together a one-page style sheet.Â The goal here is not to mimic the AP Stylebook, rather, itâ€™s to reinforce what the blogger must accomplish with each post that they write. Read More
WordPress is notoriously bad on server load, even without a ton of plugins and widgets installed users often complain that as the number of posts on their site grow so do the load times needed to access the site. If you insist on running those 10 must have plugins your site uses there is at least a few plugins you can access for free to help reduce WordPress size and speeds.
WP-Optimize as the name suggests helps users optimize their current wordpress setup. The main component of the program allows users to clear out old post revisions that are no longer needed after a post has been published, remove all auto drafts generated by WordPress and even clean out all comments that have been marked as spam with the single click of a button. The program is also able to clear all unapproved comments. After making changes to the WordPress database the program also offers a quick one click option for optimizing the WordPress database.
By cleaning up comments and revisions and optimizing your database more room is freed up on your WordPress installation, allowing for quicker load times.
Here’s a quick look at WP-Optimize: Read More