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Blogging Pro Job Board Highlights (Feb 4-8)

Blogging Pro Job BoardIt’s been a long week for me, and I am looking forward to putting my feet up this weekend. How was this week for you?

If you’re still on the hunt for gigs to add to your schedule, take a closer look at the highlights from this week’s Job Board. Best of luck!

Conservation Writer

The World Land Trust-US was established in 1988 to save rainforests and other threatened tropical habitats that are critical for saving the most endangered species. They are in need of a writer who holds the same beliefs as they do and based in Warrenton, VA. This is a great job for a cause, which can help you make a living as well.
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An Open Letter to Potential Bloggers

Letter ImageDear Potential Blogger,

First off, congratulations on your likely decision to start up a blog. If you go through with it, you’ll embark on a mission that is both deeply personal and extremely public, a chance to speak your mind and give voice to your thoughts on this, the most public sphere, the Internet.

However, I’m not going to lie to you. Starting a blog, maintaining it and growing it is not easy. Blogging has been around for over ten years and it’s a very crowded sphere. There are currently more bloggers than ever and audience size has not kept pace with the growth in the number of bloggers. The result, tougher than ever competition for readers and subscribers.

To make matters worse, the blog you want to do has probably already been done and better by someone else. That person (or company) is established in the niche, has a built in audience and the trust that comes with its longevity. Breaking into your market will be difficult, if not impossible.

The odds are definitely against you and the numbers make that very clear. Within a year of starting a blog, some 90% of bloggers have given up, leaving their blogs idle. Even most successful bloggers have more misses than hits, meaning they’ve walked ay from from more blogs than they’ve maintained.

So, there’s no guarantee of success, much less fame and fortune. In fact, nothing you can do will make your chance at success above 50%. As a new blogger with no reputation, you have an uphill battle regardless of how good you are and how well you do everything.

Still, there are things you can do to make your chances better. So, before you start thinking about your site name or what platform you’re going to use, here are a few things I think every blogger should be able to do and do reasonably well in order to succeed. Read More

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How to Promote Your Website: Part one – Create Content

1It is easy to get overwhelmed just thinking how to promote your website effectively. Partly because you have to consider a thousand little details that all have to fall into place for this to work. So why don’t we put everything into perspective by focusing on 3 viable ways to promote your website that will always work.

The 3 things you will need to do is to know how best to create content, promote that content and then how to measure the results of everything you do. Read More

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Using YouTube As An SEO Driver For Your Blog

YouTube DescriptionYouTube is the number one source for online video viewing worldwide. From pet vids and music videos to how-to-tutorials and “make money blogging’ captures, the network is massive and provides most users with every type of video they could possibly want.

While the actual size of YouTube is impressive, many bloggers do not realize the importance YouTube can have on search engine optimization (SEO).

When uploading a YouTube video the name of the video being uploaded should match the users keyword focus. For example, if you are trying to attract people to a blog about “rescuing pitbulls” you will want to include that keyword phrase right at the start of your YouTube video. Some YouTube SEO experts also suggest including your website name at the end of the title although for purposes of avoiding the feel of spam I typically avoid that practice.

After naming your YouTube video it is essential that the video description also focus on the keywords you are attempting to target. Use the keywords directly at the start of the description to attract the strongest SEO possible is always suggested.  Read More

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Blogging Pro Job Board Highlights (Jan 27-Feb 1)

Blogging Pro Job BoardWe’re facing another new month. What are you looking forward to the most?

I hope you’re doing well in terms of gigs. Here are more opportunities that might interest you.

Freelance Writer for Regional Magazine

For writers who are based in Broward County, or near the area, this opportunity requires up to 25 hours per week. You have to be able to visit local businesses and review them. Send at least 3 writing samples to be considered.
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