Archive for July, 2013
This past May, WordPress turned ten years old. It’s longevity and continued growth in the tech community is nothing short of astounding and a testament to the hard work of Automattic, WordPress’ developers and the entire WordPress community.
As a long-time WordPress user, my thanks go out to everyone who has helped make it possible and kept WordPress relevant, even as the Internet around it has changed drastically.
But the other day I began thinking about a difficult question: What will kill WordPress?
While this might seem to be a morbid question for a WordPress lover such as myself, it’s one I felt I had to ask. After all, in the mid-2000s, it seemed absolutely impossible for Myspace to be replaced but, in 2008, Facebook surpassed the former social networking juggernaut and Zuckerberg and company haven’t looked back.
It’s a simple truth that, on the Internet, the playing field is very fluid. Though old technologies don’t “die” in the strictest sense of the word, some people still use them, they certainly can fall very far, very fast.
Though WordPress has been amazingly resilient, even as competition has grown from established and new players alike, there will, eventually, be life after WordPress dominance.
So that raises the question, what will bring about WordPress’ downfall and what might replace it? Since I can’t predict the future (WordPress hasn’t added that feature yet), I’ve decided to take some guesses and run a few possible scenarios. Read More
Content is the essence of what online professionals do. Day in and day out, an online professional has to consume content, as well as deliver it. In spite of all the developments and progress made in this ever changing realm, the cliche, content is king, still applies. You may dress up your platform with the prettiest elements, but without real, valuable content, you won’t have the staying power.
One could argue that creativity is the limit. There will always be something to write about, and if you are creative enough, you will never run out of good content. However, one can also argue that there might be times when it can be useful to use the same content on different pages. Read More
Niche blogging is one of the best ways to make your mark online. There are so many blogs out there that it really is difficult to stand out – I guess I’m preaching to the choir here – but if you are a fitness enthusiast, and you really want to get out there and make yourself known, it’s a good time to dive into the waters.
Fitness blogging has exploded in recent times, also because the awareness of the topic has increased in general. Additionally, health and fitness gurus know that they have a huge market, and they have taken advantage of the easy access that blogging has provided them. If you’re looking at entering the fitness blogging niche, or you simply want to read the best fitness bloggers out there, here is a list where you won’t go wrong.
Take note – this does not mean you don’t have to go to a fitness center anymore. In fact, many of these bloggers won’t advise against that. It’s more like these bloggers get to the core of things and empower the average person to get serious about their health.
Bloggers are not web designers, but that is no reason for bloggers to pay attention to how their site looks, feels, and works. After all, while we know that what you dish out on a regular basis (your content) is the main thing, we also know that an ugly blog with an awful user experience will not last long.
If you’ve got the money – or connections – you can always have a custom & eCommerce web designing firm do the job. That should get rid of any design issues. But what if you have neither of the two?
Don’t despair. As long as you have a bit of a taste for beauty and some common sense, you ought to get by with these simple web design tips for bloggers. Read More
Blog scraping can be defined by the act of copying content from one blog and passing it off as your own. What truly defines scraping is copying the content exactly. As long as you are using your own words to detail facts, the act frees you from copyright infringement. This is aside from the fact that search engines such as Google are working diligently to remove “scraped” content from appearing high in search rankings. What labels one as a blog scraper?
Good morning! Here are the job board highlights from this week. Have a good one!
Designed by m is looking for guest bloggers who have a fresh perspective to share with readers. Articles are 300-350 words and cover a wide variety of topics including product design, industrial design, advertising, graphic design, and more.
For many bloggers, the desire to become a professional is driven out of a desire to work for oneself. to be in command of one’s own life and be self-employed.
On the surface, it sounds like the dream job. The commute is just a hop across the hall, you can set your own hours, work when you please and do something that you’re passionate about for a living. What could be better?
Well, as someone who has been living that reality for the past five years or so, I can safely say that working for myself is the best job that I’ve had and that all of those things are true.
However, it’s also a job that has trade offs. While the commute and flexibility are both great, there are definitely things about it that aren’t so great. In addition to the pitfalls that you should definitely strive to avoid, there are a few things about it that, quite frankly, stink and there isn’t much that you can do about it.
With that in mind, here are five reasons why working for yourself can be great, but it certainly isn’t perfect. Read More
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If you’re looking to attract and keep an audience on your blog, you’re going to need to post consistently. That’s not just in how often you post, though you should come up with a cadence that works around your schedule. The other half of this equation though is what voice and value you bring to readers. After you pick a subject matter to cover — food, finance, biology, etc. — determine in which style you will write. Pick one that makes you comfortable and casual and will elevate the conversation.
I’ve written for many different sites and through all kinds of voices. I’ve read thousands of other posts, too. These are the five styles that stand out as the most viable and most compelling blog voice options to choose from: Read More
By now many writers understand that SEO is a great place to find new work and learn new ways of writing. While it isn’t for everyone, many write for companies with SEO in mind while keeping their creative writing on the side. Regardless of how you might define yourself as a writer, it’s safe to say that most understand the idea of semantics. In fact, writers are probably one of the groups out there that understand semantics and the beauty of semantics the best.
This idea is now being brought into the SEO world as a way to make writing and linking within that writing more natural. Google is starting to change its algorithm to detect words around a link as opposed to the word that is the link (also known as the anchor text). This then leads to that simple question: How do semantics really work for SEO, and what strategies are writers going to need to change to adapt? Read More
The digital era has allowed bloggers to turn a part-time hobby into an integral part of their business. Companies and individuals who regularly provide industry insights on their blogs develop fan followings rife with potential customers. Blogging provides a number of revenue opportunities, including advertising and links to digital storefronts. Take a look at these five reasons why networking can raise the value of your blog. Read More