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Blogging Pro Job Board Highlights (Nov 26-30)

Blogging Pro Job BoardHow did the month of November treat you? Hopefully, you’ve have a really good month, so that you can plan for the holidays to your heart’s content.

Here are this week’s Job Board highlights. Good luck!

Freelance Copywriters

A marketing communications agency needs freelance copywriters, but not just any writers. They need people who are passionate about B2B marketing and not just be able to string words together. If you have the experience and are based in Chicago, go for this job!
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The 5 Best Features in WordPress JetPack

If you haven’t been following WordPress development closely this past year, you haven’t missed much. The last major version of WordPress, 3.4, was released On June 13th and the next, 3.5, is scheduled to be released on December 5th.

Neither version added what could be considered major user-facing features, especially to bloggers who are already working on the platform. Version 3.4 introduced greater theme controls and improved localization while 3.5 will introduce a new default theme and revamp the upload/insert workflow.

While all of these are great features and important to have, they don’t exactly set the world on fire with new functionality either. They’re incremental improvements and not sexy new features that get bloggers excited about new releases. However, cautious updates make sense given that it’s important for the WordPress core to be stable and consistent for the many corporate applications it sees these days

However, that doesn’t mean WordPress is being left to stagnate. Automattic, the company behind and primary driver behind developing the WordPress platform, has been dishing out a bevy of new features and tools, but they haven’t been baking it into the WordPress core. Instead, they’ve been taking advantage of WordPress’ plugin architecture and have built a plugin of plugins, named Jetpack, to incorporate new features they don’t want to code into WordPress itself.

While the reception of Jetpack was somewhat cool at first, it’s grown to incorporate a wide number of features, many of which have been widely requested by bloggers for some time.

So, keeping in mind that Jetpack is being rapidly updated, what are some of the best features it adds? Here are of the best to consider. Read More

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5 Tips For Writing Articles That Will Take Your Blog To The Next Level

If you want to make money on the Internet then there’s a good chance you will have to become a great writer. There are other options and writing is not the only way. When people have a lot of money they can pay someone to do it for them. Some people prefer using video as their main weapon of choice because it plays to their strengths, but for the majority of people who are trying to bootstrap their business it means learning how to write properly. If you can’t do it then there’s much less chance of you being successful.

Well written articles get talked about by everyone and get linked to from various websites. One of the easiest ways to make money is by writing information products that need to be of a certain quality. Even building an audience by writing guest posts can only be done by someone who has a way with words. Then you have the sales page that will make you sales. The list goes on and on. It’s not too hard, so you have nothing to worry about, though you do need to learn a few things and we can go over them now. Read More

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Blogging Pro Job Board Highlights (Nov 19-23)

Blogging Pro Job BoardHappy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate it (even though it’s a day late)! While I am thankful for a lot of things, today, I mainly thankful it’s Friday. You?

I hope you’ll be thankful for these jobs as well!

Freelance Copywriter

Art + Commerce is a photography agency based in New York, and they need a freelance copywriter to help with their online presence. Not only do you need to be a good writer, but you also have to be able to match the tone of the brand. Send in your application for this project-based position!
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How to attract more visitors to your blog

One of the most important responsibilities you have when operating any website is to ensure that you attract visitors to your site. Websites and blogs survive on page hits and a growing user base, so making sure that your blog gets regular visitors is of utmost importance.

There are many methods you can employ to help attract visitors. The first method you may wish to think about is simple advertising. Advertising works and there are many methods you can use to advertise your blog–both online and offline. It will cost you a little bit of money, but its expense all depends upon how badly you want people to see your blog.

Aside from advertising, other methods you can use to help promote your blog and attract visitors are: Read More

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How Duplicate Content Affects Website Ranking, Domain Authority And SEO

Buzzword Bingo: Duplicate Content

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Google has an obligation to give a searcher with the best search experience. It’s frustrating when these searchers look for information and find it’s almost similar or same. Google looks at this content, whether served on the same domain or on different ones, as a duplicate and has heavy penalties for the same.

There is no definite penalty for duplicate content, when the intention behind duplicating is to manipulate the algorithms or act maliciously. This is a judgment algorithm you have no control over. Dealing with duplicate content on your website ensures that you are not vulnerable to this judgment.

The real result of duplicate content is decreased visibility. When you have low visibility, your ranking gets hurt and as a result, bad SEO results. Duplicates also trigger lower crawl rates which is also related to lower indexing and visibility in search. As such, dealing with duplicate content once and for all is the best strategy. Read More

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Blogging Pro Job Board Highlights (Nov 12-16)

Blogging Pro Job BoardGood morning, everyone! We would like to apologize for the access issues we have been experiencing in the past weeks, and while the tech team has continuously strived to make things work, we are still not quite out of the woods. So please, continue to be patient with us, but hopefully things will be back up for good today.

In the meantime, here are some highlights from the Job Board.

Reporters for Weekly Newspaper

Freelance reporters in the Tiburon area, listen up! You can get paid a flat fee or per article, and you get to interact with the education sector. This telecommute position might be a good side earner for you.
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How just a few bucks a month can help you avoid blogger burnout

English: Does Your Website Need a Web Content ...

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Tell me if this sounds familiar: You’ve been working away on your blog for a while now — months, maybe even years. You don’t have a huge audience, maybe a few thousand readers, maybe even less. But it’s a dedicated audience. They read every post, they get into it in the comments, and they tell you they consider your site a valuable resource.

But properly maintaining a blog is hard work. You’re diligent about posting frequently so that your audience stays engaged, and the hours are really adding up. You’re starting to wonder about the bottom line. With your traffic, ad revenue won’t amount to much (if anything), and you’re not crazy about sponsored posts or affiliate programs that might tarnish your blog’s reputation. Read More

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5 Topics to Tread Carefully Around

Blogging is a very freeing experience. Your blog is your personal corner on the Web and it can be, literally, whatever you want it to be.

Want to make your site hot pink, use the “blink” tag heavily and load up an annoying midi right when the visitor arrives? That’s your prerogative but it’s also mine (and most of the Web’s) to stay away.

But most like you want people to participate in your blog and, also likely, you’d like the conversation there to be civilized, fulfilling and relatively on-target.

While that’s never 100% possible on the Internet thanks to the nature of online interaction, the topics you talk about on your site (and the way you present them) are the starters of the conversation and, as anyone who’s tried to start up a conversation on a date will tell you, the opening act sets the tone.

Obviously, you can make your blog about anything you want and none of these rules apply if it is about the topic of your blog. But if you stray off course and into these areas, be prepared for the quality of your conversation to go downhill very fast.

With that in mind, here are five blogging topics that you need to tread lightly in and be wary of the pointless flame war that may wait at the other end of the dialog. Read More

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Check Your Blog Competition Using Proxy

When I think of the Internet in general and bloggers in particular, the words from the famous song Looking Back keep on reverberating through my head – “I was looking back to see If she was looking back to see If I was looking back at her.”

Just think about it, unless you are using a proxy server to surf the Net, then, to quote another famous song, “Every step you take, every move you make, I’ll be watching you.” That’s why every time you search for something, soon after you are bombarded with pop-ups and targeted advertising, all in the name of making your Internet experience more tailored. Read More

Categories: Blogging Sense, Blogging Tips

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