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Archive for February, 2012

Colors, Fonts, and Layout: How Do You Get Started with Blog Design?

When people talk about the perfect blog, they always focus on content. The content of a blog is obviously extremely important, and in most cases the content is what decides whether a blog will be successful or flop like a fish out of water. However, the design of a blog is also extremely important. Many bloggers understand the writing aspect of the job, but it’s the blog design that causes frustration. Because creating a blog involves a little bit of web development and web hosting knowledge, so many writers feel a huge weight on their shoulders. Once bloggers have WordPress and other plugins mastered, they sometimes don’t even know where to begin when it comes to design.

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Categories: Blog Design
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How To Score Products To Review For Your Blog

Product Reviews for Blogging

If you operate a blog in which you talk about various products the ability to review those items can give you’re audience numbers a real boost. Of course purchasing every product you want to talk about can become impossibly expensive.

For that reason I suggest contacting product manufacturers and simply asking to review their products. However if you don’t approach company’s correctly you might be out of luck.

So how exactly do you approach company’s to request a product review? Read More

Categories: Blogging Tips

Affiliate marketing & social media marketing – Do they get together?

Affiliate marketing and social media marketing, both of these have taken the Internet business world market by storm. Both of these are interrelated with one another and help you in establishing yourself as a successful and popular business online. One is intricately related with the other. However, affiliate marketing is much more dependent on social media and the related marketing. There are various forms of affiliate marketing like the pay per click affiliate marketing, pay per lead affiliate marketing, pay per sale affiliate marketing and so on. Read More

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How to Add the Pinterest Pin It Button To Your WordPress Blog

Pinterest is all the rage these days. People just love pinning up pictures and graphics like there is no tomorrow. If you have a WordPress blog, then you can add the Pin It button to your blog pretty quickly. Here is what you need to do:

Copy and paste the following code right before the closing </body> tag in your theme file footer.php:

<script type="text/javascript">
(function() {
window.PinMe = window.PinIt || { loaded:false };
if (window.PinMe.loaded) return;
window.PinMe.loaded = true;
function async_load(){
var s = document.createElement("script");
s.type = "text/javascript";
s.async = true;
s.src = "http://assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js";
var x = document.getElementsByTagName("script")[0];
x.parentNode.insertBefore(s, x);
}
if (window.attachEvent)
window.attachEvent("onload", async_load);
else
window.addEventListener("load", async_load, false);
})();
</script>

Pin It Button

Once you have done that, make sure you update the footer.php file, or reupload it if you are editing the footer.php file any other way. Read More

Categories: Blogger Tools, Blogging: How To, General
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Blogging Pro Job Board Highlights (February 6-10)

Blogging Pro Job BoardI hope you all had a good week! Here are the job board highlights to help you get started on a wonderful weekend. Good luck!

Experienced Online/Print Writers

An Internet marketing company is looking for writers who have experience with both online and print. If you think your writing style is engaging, and you are looking for a remote job, click on that link! Read More

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WP Really Simple Health Plugin. Monitor Your Server Through The WordPress Admin Toolbar

WP Really Simple Health is a very easy to use and ultimately useful application for WordPress users who are worried about Cpu user time, server uptime and general WordPress memory utilization.

The program can be downloaded at WP Really Simple Health and offers users just three simple options for setting up the program.

Here’s a screenshot for the program’s health settings:

WP Really Simple Health Plugin Settings

Once installed the program then provides instant access to a users server setup in the admin bar at the top of their WordPress page setup. Having immediate access means you can quickly see your servers health without needing to navigate to a specialized area for the program. Read More

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5 WordPress Plugins I Won’t Build a Blog Without

WP CleanFix LogoWordPress, out of the box, is already a great content management system (CMS) and a great blogging platform. However, just like most Web browsers, the real power of WordPress isn’t unlocked until you start to add some plugins that help you customize and streamline your WordPress experience.

But while most WordPress users are well aware of Akismet, various caching plugins and other near-essential tools for blogging, over the years I’ve found a slew of lesser-known plugins that have become indespensible to me and my bloggging.

Though the full list could probably go on for quite some time, here is a list of five of the more important plugins I’ve run across and how they’ve helped to make me a better blogger over the years and are plugins I probably wouldn’t build a new site without. Read More

Categories: WordPress Plugins

How to Create a Catchy Title in 2012

Everyone knows that readers scroll down a blog until they find a title they like. I do it all the time, and why shouldn’t I? A title is supposed to let me know what the article is about, and I am not interested in spending my time reading a bunch of articles that don’t interest me. Ironically enough, this is the attitude that I as a blog editor try so hard to counteract. As a blog owner, you want every article to be of interest to someone who comes to your blog. You want them to see that catchy title and decide that the article is worthy of their precious time.

In other words, the title matters. The title is the first impression of the article. Think about how important it is to make a good first impression on a job interview, on a date, when someone pulls up to your house. It matters, and a title follows these same rules. The title of all your blog posts should do four things:

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How To Destroy Your Blog With Bad Social Media Engagement Practices

Social Media EngagementBuilding a brand around your website isn’t a simple process, not only do you have to create amazing content that readers want to engage with, you have to work off-site to spread the word about that content in a manner that peaks the interest of readers.

Unfortunately many new bloggers and even some seasoned writers fail to properly use social media properly, destroying the work they put into their posts before they have a chance to go viral.

In this section we’ll examine some of the ways you can destroy your blog by become over zealous about the use of social media.

1. Destroying Your Facebook Engagement Score

I’ve written about Facebook engagement numbers in the past. Many bloggers love to throw up 5, 10 or even more posts on their Facebook wall each day without realizing that your posts display to a decreasing number of Facebook page fans if your past posts show no or very little interaction. For example if you have 1000 fans but only one person likes a post, shares it or comments on it your engagement for that post is just .1% which means Facebook will find your posts to be lacking in content readers want and will therefore only show your next Facebook post to a few of your 1000 fans (typically better then 1.5% engagement is best). To correct this problem you should create engagement statements or questions around only your best posts while pushing your readers to ask questions, leave statements and share those posts. As your engagement score increases the traffic you drive to your website will increase with it. Read More

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Practice Being a Blogger Daily

Blogs are a dime a dozen. Seriously, take a few minutes to type “blog” in Google’s web search, and you will get an unbelievable number of results. Those are only the ones that have kept the keyword somewhere in their SEO results. There are millions of blogs, some successful and some not-so-successful. Some are based on images and others on writing. You will never be able to get a very good picture of just how many are out there, but the thought is a little overwhelming.

The best thing a blogger in today’s over-saturated market can do is carve out a nice, little piece of cyber space and keep it locked down. But it takes skill to do this and to build up a good number of loyal readers. Since it isn’t a matter of bringing in new traffic, but rather keeping the readership you have first and foremost.

You can do this with hard work, plenty of content and – most importantly – a lot of writing practice. Which is why you should practice being a blogger daily, keeping up with your posts and making sure you don’t fall behind.

But you have a busy life, and it might seem like an impossible task to blog every day. Use these helpful tips to pull it off. Read More

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