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Archive for November, 2011

What You Need To Know About Copyrights

For most of us, we know some of the basic concepts of copyright, especially when it comes to text. When we post on our blog, we need to post original content. It’s more than just a method to ensure good SEO results, it’s also the law, meaning that you can’t just pull off an article from another site, add it to your own, and call it yours. That’s a breach of copyright. However, when it comes to images, it’s a concept that’s much less known or followed. Images follow the same laws and principles, and you can’t just go on Google Search and pull off any random image to add to your post, even if you think it’s related somehow. There’s things you can do, and things you cannot. Then, there’s exceptions like Fair Use, and ways around it.

First, as a generic concept, images on the web are like any other media, they are copyrighted by their creator. Even if it doesn’t say so on the image or site, the default law in the United States and many other countries says that anything you create is automatically owned and copyright by you. Read More

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5 Strange Lessons Bloggers Can Learn from Sports

Football ImageI’ll admit it. I’m not much of a sports fan. I can’t recall the last time I went to a sporting event live and the last time I watched a game of any sport all the way through on TV was about two years ago.

However, this doesn’t mean that sports don’t have a great deal to teach us about competition, cooperation and overcoming obstacles. The truth is that every match, game and event is a contest between talented competitors and the winner is determined by a variety of factors, many of which apply equally well to our every day struggles.

In that way, sports actually are a microcosm for life itself and there’s a lot we can learn from it. However, that doesn’t mean that all of the lessons are straightforward or even pleasant. After all, sports in real life are nothing like sports movies.

So what are those lessons? Here are five to consider as you work to grow or improve your blog. Read More

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What To Avoid When Doing SEO By Yourself

If you have made the decision as an individual or a small business person to perform the quite arduous task of search engine optimization by yourself, there are definitely some things that you should take into consideration to maximize your efforts. There are some tried-and-true methods of search engine optimization that definitely work, and there are definitely some things that do not work.

We will discuss some of the things that you should definitely avoid when doing search engine optimization on your own. Read More

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Nov. 29 Is ‘Pay A Blogger Day’ So Buy Your Favorite Writer A Drink

FlattrToday is the perfect time of the year to pay your favorite blogger for their hard work and dedication to the fields they cover. Dubbed ‘Pay A Blogger Day’ by startup Flattr.

Flattr is a micropayments website that allows users to purchase tokens which they can then use to pay bloggers small amounts of money by clicking on the Flattr button found on various websites (pictured above).

The site is encouraging users to use the Flatt Click Button or even buy your favorite blogger an ebook, their favorite songs or even a t-shirt. Read More

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Breaking Up With Your Search Engine Optimization Company

When it comes to both personal and professional relationships, you can run into difficulties and sometimes your differences are so vast you should go your separate ways. The same can be said of search engine marketing. The right partnership can create a wonderful online advertising campaign that manifests itself in high traffic, higher page ranks, and more business. Sticking with the wrong firm, however, can do more damage than good. How do you know when it is time to break up with your search engine optimization company? Read More

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Is It Necessary To Have a Blog for Affiliate Marketing?

A blog is a platform with the help of which you can share your ideas regarding different issues with various types of people. In your blogs you should discuss about the topics that is relevant to your audience. This will help you gain the trust of the audience and you’ll find that people are looking up to your blogs to solve their problems. You can utilize blogs to make money affiliate marketing as your source of online earning. It’s because, blogging is an important tool of affiliate marketing that will help you boost traffic to your website. This will increase the number of click on your link and you’ll be able to earn a good amount of money.

Importance of blogging in make money affiliate program

Read on to know how blogs play one of the major roles in affiliate marketing. Read More

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Blogging Pro Job Board Highlights (November 21 – 25)

Blogging Pro Job BoardHow did Thanksgiving go? Were you able to eat all your favorite Thanksgiving food? I hope that you didn’t get too full and now have to suffer a tummy ache.

Before you end a wonderful week, here are the highlights of this week’s job board. While there may be fewer listings than usual this week, we still have some pretty nice jobs. Good luck!

Freelance Writer for Accredited Language Services

Accredited Language Services is a leader in communication and international business support , and they are looking for a freelance writer. The writer will need to create content for blogs, web sites, and newsletters. Read More

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5 Blogging Faux Pas You Might Be Making

Quiet Please ImageBlogging is an inherently social activity, just one that happens to be done with millions of other people all across the globe.

As with any social activity, there are social norms that develop and pertain to the way that bloggers interact with one another. These aren’t necessarily laws (though there is some relationship when you look at copyright) but they are general guidelines to help ensure that bloggers don’t needlessly injure one another and work together for the betterment of the larger community.

What exactly those standards are is up for debate. Often times, what one sees as the norm will depend as much on other factors as it does their role as a blogger. But still, there are a few generally-agreed upon norms out there, but they also happen to be very easy boundaries to cross at times.

So what are some missteps you might be making in your interactions with other bloggers? Here are five of the more common ones. Read More

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Five Simple Steps for Local SEO

Local business owners across the country have been struggling with the recession. It isn’t easy to maintain a healthy business when people don’t have the money to spend, and you don’t have the advertising dollars to get yourself out there. In our technology driven world there are a few advantages that business owners have started taking advantage of. Technology has allowed individuals to perform business faster, more efficient, and even on the go. One of the most important things for businesses of all types is the internet. You have to have a strong internet presence in order to have some legitimacy, form a new customer base, and of course make some new money. While it seems like there are an endless amount of options you can chose from marketing your business, one of these methods stand alone above all others. The process of local SEO for small business owners should be the next step you take, if you haven’t already. You can achieve natural and effective local SEO in five simple steps. Read More

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How To Link Bait Without Alienating Your Reader Base

Blogging TipsNew website owners and owners of struggling properties will often try just about anything in order to bring visitors to their websites. One of the most common practices is the “art” of “link baiting” in which an articles title is designed in such a way as to attract readers based off grandiose statements and incorrect information that is later explained in the story or by twisting title information to make it appear more appealing (in many cases).

What many writers fail to understand is that link baiting can be accomplished without pissing off your reader base and sending mixed messages.

Let’s take a look at a few quick ways you can create more attractive baiting techniques that bring readers to your blog for the right reasons. Read More

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