Archive for the ‘Blogging Resources’ Category
You’ve done the hard bit, your blog is set up and you’ve even managed to reach a decent number of regular visitors, but who’s happy with decent these days? If you want your blog to achieve more, you need to make sure you’re reaching as big of an audience as possible, and today that means one thing: mobile.
Microsoft has predicted that by 2014, mobile internet usage should take over desktop internet usage. It is therefore essential that you roll with the changes.
Making your blog mobile friendly isn’t as difficult as you may think, whether it’s self-hosted or not. By following a few simple tips, your killer content can be seen and appreciated on devices big and small. Read More
To write an enticing blog piece you need to start with a concept and possibly a final conclusion. Writers should usually have a focus on the direction that a particular article should follow. By using colorful vocabulary and laying out your arguments in a concise manner, it will provide the groundwork for a very well-written post.
But consider the addition of graphics in articles where you need to break up the page. How do these affect the flow of reading? I have always enjoyed when articles break with imagery because the interface is often so cluttered. A small photograph or complimentary graphic helps add some white space in-between large blocks of text.
Embedding a playlist on your blog can really amp up the mood of your blog post. Making your site visitors listen to the music you like is much better than eagerly talking about it.
There are a lot options out there on how to stream music on your blog besides embedding a video music playlist from YouTube. Given that Spotify, Groovetube, Rdio, Last.fm and BearShare are the popular ones, there are a lot of music stream services that make sharing and creating a catalog of music on your blog easier.
Couponing is the easiest and smartest way to clip your way to big savings. If you’re very good at it like some bloggers are, you may go home with a bag full of free groceries every time you visit the store. Sure it maybe an extra can of tomato sauce or tuna you may not need at the moment, but stocking up your pantry with food won’t exactly hurt your budget.
Growing up we may remember our moms clipping away at flyers and newspapers for rebates. Today, all we need to do is go online and find printable and reedemable coupons.
With the economic downturn, there’s no shame in becoming quite frugal or crazy with the coupons, as you might have notice coupons have an interesting way of popping up on the internet- you have these extreme couponing sites, your fave mommy blogs and online deal sites like cheapsally.com to thank for! These sites update you with their latest coupon finds on the web, they even have digital coupon holders where you can sort the value of your coupons and best of all, you can even go out and trade coupons with other pennypinching bloggers.
Bloggers may also stretch their dollars not just on food, but on personal hygiene products and other wares. In the long run, the money you save through couponing, can free up your wallet to buy items you really need.
And when you do finally get to redeem those online coupons at the supermarket, don’t forget to be kind to the cashier, after all you are going home fully loaded with freebies.
Halloween will fall on a spooky Wednesday this year, so get your terrifyingly terrific costumes ready for some nonstop partying! For bloggers wanting to savor the Halloween experience, maybe a countdown plugin is in order, so why not put one of these Halloween widgets on your site and just count the days until fuzzy bats, ghouls and monsters will rule the night.
All copyright considerations aside, no one wants to bookmark, like or share a Youtube video- No, deep inside we really don’t! Just like a sneaky fat online hobbit: We wants it, we needs it. We want our Youtube videos downloaded on our hard drive and pronto! Where’s the fun in Youtube when we can’t grab that hot, viral video for the day? Or watch that latest music video while on a road trip?
Choosing a good web hosting provider for your site or blog can be tricky. There are lots of things to consider and the foundation of a good website is not with its design or its code, but with the server where it’s hosted. A reliable web hosting service has the best combination of features put together this includes bandwidth, storage, security, customer support and a good price to go with the bundle.
There are a lot of blogs about films, but there aren’t a lot of films about blogging. Oh really now? Blogging is not some obscure afterhours hobby, blogging is almost like tweeting, almost like breathing, everyone knows what blogging is. At some point in time, the status quo has taken its thoughts to tumblr, blogspot and WP.
People have written down their daily musings online, with enough drama and flair to make their daily rants a viable screenplay for a movie. But truth be told, there aren’t a lot of movies about blogs or blogging, there’s only 1 mainstream movie about a blogger and it happens to be a food blogger who caught the eye of Hollywood. With blog posts so good that Meryl Streep signed up to star in it and yes, that blogging movie is Julia & Julia. All about a food blogger’s ambitious feat to cook Julia Child’s 524 recipes in 365 days with some kitchen meltdowns thrown in the batter. Read More
Today’s smart shoppers don’t just hit the rack, they go online and check the buzz on the blogs about products that catch their fancy which may include ratings from fashion bloggers, ‘Likes’ from FB pages and comments from the day’s Pinterest and Thrillist hauls. Shoppers don’t just try on the merchandise, as there seems to be a constant need to assess whether the item is aptly priced as much as it’s trendsetting.
So what’s a real-world retailer to do when face with the shift to ecommerce?
Get your feet wet on the tech. If you’ve been yearning to try to build an online version of your retail store, but up to now, you’ve been just too afraid to take the leap perhaps it’s about time to seek out some professional help. Mainly, by asking an IT consultant, it would hurt to get an estimate on how long or difficult the transition might be. Better yet, ask your friends in the retail industry of their online experiences. You don’t always have to put up an online store with a shopping cart and an extensive database, sometimes a little retail store can benefit greatly on something as basic as an active social media presence. Yes, if you can manage your own Facebook account and even blog, what’s stopping you short of putting up a fan page and Twitter account for your retail store. It might just be what your business needs right now.
Break new ground with mobile. The latest cell phones and tablets make retail all the more exciting. New payment methods and info delivery systems are emerging, on the rise are QR-codes, Square mobile payments and other mobile wallets.
Mobile devices can enable shoppers to make smarter shopping decisions by way of comparing products side-by-side and evaluating them based on their personal criteria: price, color, size, brand – you name it. Mobile gives any consumer an undeniable edge when it comes to real-time shopping.
Harness what’s online. Once you get your retail site up and running, start strong by maintaining a daily blog and a grassroots social media campaign. What’s much faster now than word-of-mouth marketing is the split-second texts and tweets of shoppers ‘socializing’ their shopping finds to their friends and families. They are quick to shout-out deals and discounts, and share very detailed customer service experiences on their blogs. Inevitably, putting your physical store on the map of every shopaholic within their social radius, it’s the best low-cost publicity you could ever ask for.
Your retail store as an experience. Let your customers spend time on your store, let them idle about and try on things surprisingly far longer than they usually do. The ironic retail adage “dwell time equals sell time” now holds true, retail is all about providing a space for play now. Customers want to hang-out and spend time with people and why not at your store? Give them something extra to do while socializing such as a touch screen catalog or have your staff carry a mobile tablet around presenting your latest goods.
The Author is a shopaholic who thinks sage retail will eventually change the way we shop.
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Google Analytics Hacks (Photo credit: Search Engine People Blog)
Keeping track of your website is a big deal, and with pretty much everything else going mobile, your analytical tools should be too. Most analytics update in real time, so why not get a mobile analytics app to help you actually track your site as views happen. Here are the best analytical tools for your mobile phone.
Google Analytics Mobile – One of the most popular analytical tools of all time, Google Analytics is now available on your mobile phone. The app features complete access to Google’s Analytics dashboard including website, app, and site analytics. You can log into this in the same way you would online, which makes the app simple and easy to use. Read More