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Win Domain Names From Namecheap!

NameCheap Giveaway

Let’s start the week with some good news, shall we?

We have partnered up with the guys at Namecheap to bring you a great little giveaway. The popular domain name registrar and web hosting provider are giving away 5 domain names to BloggingPro readers.

The first prize is to win 3 domain names (.com/.net/.org), and 2 runners-up will also receive a domain each. Read More

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BloggingPro Job Board Highlights (July 8-12)

Job board highlightsAnd so another week ends. How was yours?

I hope this week’s job board highlights help you end your week on a good note!

Part-time Fitness Blogger

A new start up needs fresh content for their launch. They are looking for a blogger with interest and experience in women’s fitness/fat loss to produce a total of twenty 500 word articles. Payment will be on a per article basis through PayPal.
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4 Ways You Can Market Your Blog Ethically (And Avoid Google Penalties)

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So many factors affect search engine results and keyword optimization. Customer behavior studies show that many low-ranking websites are completely disregarded, because prospective clients follow top links to find a solution to their query.

But few businesses have time to market their blog effectively. White hat SEO tactics require time, patience, and imagination to create. Companies have to watch their analytics and generate up-to-date reports to see which processes are effective and which to throw away.

Here are five ways to market your blog ethically, and avoid getting penalized by search engine algorithms. Read More

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3 Reasons Your Blog Needs Responsive Design

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Maintaining a site is an ongoing process. Since technology, the Internet, and software programs are constantly changing, it’s important to decide what style and design is important enough to incorporate and what is just a fad.

Keeping a website fresh is important when it comes to being relevant in your industry and staying ahead of the competition. One important design feature that’s proving to be a essential concern for any site, and one well worth investing in, is responsive design.

What is responsive design? Read More

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Top 3 Items Your Blog Should Have in the Sidebar

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Blogs are an essential element of social media and content marketing, conveying messages to targeted consumers.  Blogs address several purposes for any brand, including driving traffic to the brand, answering consumer questions, and offering information on how to purchase sought services and products.

What’s the intention of the next visitor to your blog?  You can leverage metrics to gain a better understanding, but brands can’t exactly predict consumer behavior yet may prepare for on-site visits to the blog.

There are a number of sidebar widgets available to blog owners.  Widgets allow readers access to other posts, sign up for newsletters, follow brands on other social media networks and more.  What should your sidebar feature? Read More

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BloggingPro Job Board Highlights (July 1-5)

Job board highlightsBelated Happy 4th of July to our US friends! How did you celebrate your Independence Day? What are you most thankful for that you can do freely?

Here’s one thing to be thankful for: the freedom to work for yourself as a writer/blogger. Here are the job board highlights from this week.

Freelance Sports Writer – NCAA

Sports writer looking for freelance work? If you can reliably cover NCAA sports, then this “anywhere gig” might be the break you’re looking for!
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Blogging When Things Slow Down

Slow Speed ImageIt’s that time of year: School’s out, workers are leaving for vacation in droves and, in the United States, it’s a holiday weekend.

If you don’t have a site that’s specifically targeted toward summer activities, it’s almost certainly the slow season.

For me and my sites, it’s pretty routine for traffic to drop between 25 and 33 percent during these months and, though the drop off is less than in previous years, it’s definitely noticeable this one as well.

So what’s a blogger to do?

The truth is that, while you can’t avoid the slowdowns that come with the seasons, you can make the best of them and use this relatively slow time to both improve your site and even grow it.

In short, if you treat the slower months not as a obstacle, but an opportunity, you can do a great deal of good that can have both you and your site ready for when things ramp up as the weather begins to cool off.

So what can you do with a temporary slowdown? Here are five suggestions to get you started. Read More

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