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How to Transition Smoothly from Blogger to SEO Blogger

Although blogging never started as a way to earn backlinks, it has quickly become one of the most popular ways to help improve a website’s ranking on a Google SERP. The idea of guest posting in exchange for backlinks has suddenly given bloggers more choices and a bigger chance to really make a living from blogging. For this reason, more and more bloggers are being recruited to work for companies as full-time writers as a part of the SEO department. The biggest problem: Not all bloggers understand SEO.

There are of course many bloggers who would prefer to blog for fun, but for those who want to make it a profession, SEO is an absolute necessity. This often scares bloggers because SEO isn’t something taught in schools and it isn’t something that traditional writers have ever had to consider. Fortunately, understanding SEO as a writer does not have to be difficult, and for many it can actually be fun.

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How Internal Linking Improves Your SEO

Search engine optimization isn’t just about being found through online search, it’s about putting your best content in front of the right people. The key to being found by your ideal niche is doing everything within your power to make sure search engines are able to figure out what you do in order to refer the right traffic to your site. One of the easiest tools to neglect in optimizing SEO is internal linking within your website.

Internal linking is a valuable tool you can use to help a search engine figure out which pages on your website are the most valuable. Dave Davies writes for Search Engine Watchthat, “a link from the homepage of a site or another strong page will be weighted higher than a link from a weak page 12 levels deep in its hierarchy.” Read More

Categories: Blogging Sense, Blogging Tips, Blogging: How To
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Should You Close Comments on Older Blog Posts?

Most bloggers agree that blog comments are actually much more complicated than they appear at first glance. When all is said and done, the comment section of a blog is truly full of decisions that a blog owner must make. You have to decide whether or not you have the time to moderate every comment, if you want to moderate only a user’s first comment, continually check to make sure you don’t have any spam in your comments, reply to comments, ask authors to reply to comments, and finally you must decide whether or not to close comments on older blog posts.

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How to Write a Headline That Packs a Punch

Coming up with fresh headlines for your articles day after day can sometimes become a little tiresome. It is very easy to put a title which comes into your head without actually spending time thinking about how powerful it is. When it comes to drawing in visitors to your sites the headline is perhaps the most important part of the content. After all it is this tag line which will be shared on your social media sites and perhaps in your email marketing too. If the headline fails to attract the right attention not many people will want to spend the time to click through and see if you have something which is worth reading. Read More

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How to Add the Pinterest Pin It Button To Your WordPress Blog

Pinterest is all the rage these days. People just love pinning up pictures and graphics like there is no tomorrow. If you have a WordPress blog, then you can add the Pin It button to your blog pretty quickly. Here is what you need to do:

Copy and paste the following code right before the closing </body> tag in your theme file footer.php:

<script type="text/javascript">
(function() {
window.PinMe = window.PinIt || { loaded:false };
if (window.PinMe.loaded) return;
window.PinMe.loaded = true;
function async_load(){
var s = document.createElement("script");
s.type = "text/javascript";
s.async = true;
s.src = "http://assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js";
var x = document.getElementsByTagName("script")[0];
x.parentNode.insertBefore(s, x);
}
if (window.attachEvent)
window.attachEvent("onload", async_load);
else
window.addEventListener("load", async_load, false);
})();
</script>

Pin It Button

Once you have done that, make sure you update the footer.php file, or reupload it if you are editing the footer.php file any other way. Read More

Categories: Blogger Tools, Blogging: How To, General
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Creating a Shared Content Box Across All of Your WordPress Blogs

More than five years ago, I was bit by the Autoblog bug. I don’t build them anymore, but I still build WordPress blogs in large numbers. One of my pet peeves when I was working with 100+ different blogs was that if I wanted to interlink them, or have the exact same links on the sidebar of each blog, I would have to add these links manually to each and every blog every time I built a new blog. For example, if I have 98 blogs, and I want every one of them to have a link to blog #99 that I just created, I would have to add that link to all 98 blogs manually. That is very time-consuming, so I knew there had to be a better way.

Of course, PHP can do just about anything if you know how to tell it to. I thought it would be awesome if I could have a shared links box on the sidebar of each WordPress blog, and have a form online that I could enter in the name and URL to each new blog as I built them, and then have PHP add that link to all 98 blogs instantly. Thankfully, I was able to set this up exactly how I needed it. This is what I am going to show you today, and you can use it however you see fit. One thing I want to remind you of is that even though I am using the shared content box for links, it technically can be used for anything, your imagination is the limit. Let’s get started.

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Categories: Blogging: How To, General, WordPress Hacks, WordPress Plugins, WordPress Tutorials
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How to Give Feedback to Guest Bloggers the Right Way

As someone who has been a guest blogger on approximately 80 different blogs, I feel as though I’ve seen it all when it comes to feedback. I have been asked to create an outline, articles have been sent back to me full of red and purple markings, articles have been completely ignored, and some of my articles have received nothing but a “no thank you” (no name, not greeting, just those three little words). As a writer, I have personal preferences as to how I think feedback should be handled. However, I also work on the flip side—I run a blog that accepts guests posts and I am constantly in a position to give feedback. Oddly enough, the way I give feedback to guest bloggers as an editor and the way I want to get feedback as a writer are completely different.

As a writer, I like it when an editor just tells me in one sentence why my article doesn’t work for their blog so I can send it somewhere else. I am not interested in seeing the hundreds of little comments an editor makes. If they have an idea about something that could make the article better then that’s great, but in general I am interested in getting my articles posted in a timely fashion. I am not offended (usually) if an editor doesn’t like my article, I will just try better next time.

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How to Find More Time for Blogging

You can love blogging all you want, but if you don’t have the time you don’t have the time. Time passes quickly, and once it’s gone you cannot get it back (obviously Amanda). For this reason, bloggers sometimes feel pressured into using every minute of every day for something productive. Many bloggers have a family and a social life, and some even have a full-time job. Whenever there is a moment of down time, that’s blogging time.

However, frantically running around every minute of every day is not the way to find time for blogging. Follow the steps below to help you stay sane while still finding time to do what you love:

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Finding the Right Keywords for Your Blog in 5 Easy Steps

Whether you’re starting a small business blog or simply looking to improve your search engine optimization (SEO) efforts, think keywords. Actually, think specific keywords. Many bloggers don’t realize that finding the right keywords is the key to getting on the top of that search engine page. If you are hoping that when people search for the word “clothing” they are going to see your website at the top of Google, think again. When you type in “clothing” to Google, 1,970,000,000 results pop up. In other words, even if you’re trying your hardest, you’re not going to make it to page one unless you have a few years to spare.

When thinking about search engine optimization, your time is best spent coming up with the right keywords to target. This may seem easy at first, but there are actually quite a few steps a blog should take before putting all of their resources into one keyword.

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How using JQuery could help speed up your blog

The world of blogging has certainly become easier and more approachable for all types of people. No longer do you need to know how to manually code HTML, PHP, or JavaScript in order to create, design, and maintain a blog. But, for some of us, we may want to go further than what the blogging platform, or the available plugins allow. We may need to add more functionality for our users, or to integrate a new function that simply isn’t available yet through those easy to use tools. That’s when we have to be ready to learn some coding and get our hands dirty, plunging into code. Fortunately, even then there are tools to help us. When writing JavaScript, for example, here’s how using JQuery could help you write faster, and speed up your blog.

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