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5 Free WordPress Alternatives That Focus on Your Writing

Blogging for Blogging's Sake: 5 Best Free WordPress Alternatives

There’s a reason why WordPress is arguably the most popular and used blogging platform. Its user-friendly features and wealth of plugins allow you to maximize your blog’s exposure to your readers.

But WordPress has outgrown its purpose as a platform strictly for bloggers. WordPress has provided businesses with more themes, plugins, and functions to get the most out of their websites. The blogging platform is now considered a content management system (CMS), a catch-all phrase that lets people create website that cater to their very needs.

While this is a good thing, you may want to keep things simple as a blogger. Instead of getting caught up with choosing the best plugins and themes, you can turn your focus into sharing your ideas to readers through words instead. This can be done by using the free and minimal WordPress alternatives below.

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Apps to Make Your Blog Writing Suck Less

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There are lots of things to worry about when writing on your blog.

You need to write your idea into sentences and paragraphs, each of which will transition into other ideas to form a cohesive whole.

You will also have to take into account what your readers want so they can keep visiting your blog.

But at the very core of good blog writing is correct grammar, spelling, and use of punctuation, not to mention unique content. Worry about these first and everything else will follow.

If you need help with writing error-free posts for your blog, use the tools listed below.

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The Difference Between Single and Double Opt in for Gated Content

Editor’s note: This post was written by Barrett Dastrup, a writer in the tech and business space. When he’s not writing you’ll find him listening to podcasts, reading up on digital marketing blogs, or learning how to cook. You can also connect with him on Twitter: @barrettdastrup.

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The idea is simple. You want to increase marketing leads for your business, which means you need information, names, emails etc. And in order to get that information, you offer some form of useful content that visitors to your site would like to have. The only thing they need to do is fill out a form that asks for this information, click submit, and voila, the content is theirs. This concept is not new, and many posts have already been written about gated content. A recent post right here on BloggingPro even mentioned a WordPress Plugin, MailPoet, that helps you do just this. Read More

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Premium Content Marketing Tools to Boost Engagement with Your Blog This 2015

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Content marketing is a buzzword no longer. Due to its effectiveness of attracting your target audience using the content you produce, this marketing tactic has become part of an online marketer’s lexicon. In fact, businesses are taking notice as well – 71% of marketers have more budget to spend on content marketing.

As more premium is placed in marketing your content, it’s also high time that you should use premium content marketing tools to help give your blog a head start, especially getting your target audience engaged with your blog. While free tools used by content marketers prove to be just as effective when used the right way, the advantage you possess against your competitors will dwindle once they soon find out how to correctly use these tools.

Therefore, if you are one of those marketers who received additional compensation to aid their content marketing efforts, you might want to try out these highly touted tools.

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How to Create Pinnable Images for Your Blog Post

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Since being founded in 2012, Pinterest has become a great way for bloggers to drive lots of traffic to their blogs. According to StatCounter, this image sharing social media site refers the second most traffic to websites with 10.38%, trailing Facebook with 67%.

This coincides with the growing power of visual content when used on websites. Among the many facts and figures raised by this infographic created by Digital Marketing Philippines, well-crafted visual content can generate up to 94% more traffic to your site.

Read more: 5 Types Of Content To Help Your Blog Grow On-Site and Off-Site

As a blogger, therefore, you need to take advantage of the benefits of visual content by including it in your blog posts and pinning it on Pinterest!

In this post, I will show you a step-by-step process of creating a simple pinnable image for this post so you can do it on your blog and enjoy increased traffic to your blog!

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Kickass Adds-on and Tools for Non-WordPress Blogs

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Sorry to burst your bubble, but WordPress isn’t the only game in town.

Don’t get me wrong – I would choose WordPress if given the chance to create a blog due to its easy to use features and host of extremely helpful plugins to choose from. In fact, more than 50% power their websites using WordPress, according to Opensource CMS. In other words, there’s a reason why WordPress is the choice of most website owners and not simply because everybody seems to be using it.

On the other hand, WordPress isn’t for everyone as some would use other blogging platforms to run their websites instead. While there’s nothing wrong that WordPress is the choice of many, it’s also great to know that other platforms have stepped up to the plate and provide an alternative service for businesses to create their site.

However, the biggest obstacle non-WordPress blogs have to face is the limited features made available to them. WordPress users have access to thousands of plugins that they can download and install on their site for free, from e-commerce tools to lead generation add-ons. Alternative CMS platforms may not have this luxury, but there are add-ons and tools that non-WordPress users can nonetheless utilize to supercharge their Blogger, Tumblr, SquareSpace, and Weebly blogs, to name a few. Below are some of the best.

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15 Best Apps for Bloggers

Editor’s note: This post was written by Cari Bennette, blogger, editing expert at Jet Writers and experienced writer. Her main interests are reading, writing on the Web and assisting blogging newbies.

Incredible apps are revolutionizing the way we write. From dictation devices that transcribe and upload your notes to advanced organizational apps to virtual writer’s meditation centers, writers and bloggers of today have the world at their fingertips.

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Boost Your WordPress Skills with the 0-100 WordPress Starter Kit

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WordPress has become the blogging platform of choice for many – individuals and businesses alike. With the host of features integrated, not to mention countless plugins that can be used to customize and enhance the final product, WordPress is certainly not to be ignored (although it has its fair share of naysayers).

If you are starting a WordPress site, or even if you already have one, but you want to take full advantage of what the platform has to offer, then you will want to catch this deal from Cult of Mac. Read More

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5 Things Your Blog Needs You’ve Never Thought Of

Editor’s note: This post was written by Karol K. (@carlosinho) , a blogger and writer for hire. His work has been published all over the web, on sites like NewInternetOrder.com, Lifehack.org, Quick Sprout, ProBlogger, Six Revisions, Web Design Ledger, and others.

Here’s a quiz question for you. When building a blog, what additional “things” do you need to have in order to make the venture successful?

A Twitter profile?

An email newsletter?

How about a contact form plugin?

And let’s not forget about a search engine optimized theme, right?

Yes, those are all correct, and they will all come handy at some point during your blogging journey.

But at the same time, they are just the tip of the iceberg and lots more stuff is sitting below the surface (both from a management, as well as money making perspective).

Here are 5 things your blog needs that you may not have thought of.

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Quick Guide to Sell Online with PrestaShop 1.6

It’s 2014 and the barriers to launching a successful business online is no less than shattered. With the continuous development and introduction of amazing tools designed to empower the average person with a dream, your prospects for earning online and growing your business have never been better.

PrestaShop 1.6 is the latest version of a free open-source e-commerce software designed to empower anyone willing to launch an online store. Whether you’re running a large retail outlet or a basic, startup online store. As an online retailer, all your needs are met from the technical aspects to the management and accounting of your business. You’re going to surprised at the level of details and options available within this free e-commerce software.

The setup and launching process is broken down into 3 overall steps, simplifying your workflow from concept to market.

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Skip the Technical Details & Launch in Mere Minutes

One of the most beneficial characteristics of PrestaShop for your business is the fact that it is open-source, which means there’s no cost to acquire and update the software, and it is available pre-packaged with partnered web hosting companies such as InMotion and BlueHost. Their web hosting partners offer free one-click installation of PrestaShop 1.6 within your hosting account. Saving you hours of configuration time and potential troubleshooting, especially if you’re not technically inclined.

Time to Install with a partner web host provider: 15 – 20 minutes Read More

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