Archive for the ‘Blogging Resources’ Category
The one thing that separates a terrible blog from a great one are high-quality articles. In order to drive more traffic to your blog, as well as maintain a readership who will constantly engage and chip in with their two cents, you need to be able to draw them first with the articles you publish.
If your content is shallow, published sparingly, difficult to find online, and mentions the things that have already been said online, then expect no visitors and no readership. Therefore, you must strive to publish articles on a consistent basis that provide great insight about your niche and can easily be found. Below are free blogging tools to help you achieve these goals.
Personal finance blogs are big. The niche is huge, but also rather crowded. There are already a lot of established names in the scene, but that doesn’t mean you cannot start your own personal finance blog at this point.
There is always something new to share, especially with the economy going up and down like a rollercoaster ride. If you have a strong interest in personal finance, and you want to share your knowledge, thoughts, and ideas with others, it is a good idea to know what’s already out there. More so, you should pay close attention to those that have a good following. That means they’re doing something right, and you can learn a thing or two from them.
So here are eight personal finance blogs to follow. Read More
Lots of people use Flickr to illustrate their blogs – and to its credit, Flickr does have a lot of great images. However, there are quite a few downsides to Flickr. Lots of photos come with royalties or copyrights, and there can be problems with downloading and other headaches. You may spot the perfect photo on Flickr, only to find out you can’t use it because it’s not Creative Commons. Even if it is available for use, you have to link back in order to credit the photographer. Furthermore, the CC (Creative Commons) images on Flickr are used by a ton of other bloggers and sites all over the Internet. If you want your blog to stand out, you need to use unique images.
Thinking of launching a WordPress blog/site? Or maybe you’ve grown tired of your existing blog after learning that you’ve been doing it all wrong? It’s not too late to start or restart. Blogging and internet marketing in general to achieve real results is getting more challenging by the day but at the same time there are definite methods and routes to take to achieve success.
In this fast paced blogging race there’s no time to reinvent the wheel and learn everything on your own from scratch but there exists a vast pool of resources made available from those who have traveled the long hard journey and persevered. Trying to find the perfect marketing model, best WordPress themes and tried and proven SEO techniques can be daunting. So I’ve decided to share some of my experiences developing websites and building blogs to make your journey more seamless and rewarding. Read More
Because it is designed primarily for maximizing social media efforts and overall exposure, Buffer is not always a top choice for bloggers looking to make the most of the information they have to share. However, Buffer capitalizes on the fact that social media matters to bloggers, and it should be in the toolbox for any blogger wanting to take their efforts to the next level.
Consider the following tips for using Buffer to increase your blog’s online exposure and potential.
Use Simplicity to Your Advantage
Buffer describes itself as “a personal, more efficient solution to handle sharing on social media.” It also makes the lives of its users easier while increasing their social media presences. The reason it’s successful is because it’s simple. Gone are the days of complicated apps that require in depth research to see results. When looking for something simple and nearly thoughtless, Buffer is the place to start. Read More
Freelance writing has never been as popular as it is these days. After all, there is such a huge demand for writers who can provide quality content – both online and offline. The online realm is, understandably, booming, and while there are lots of opportunities, the competition is also rather stiff.
Of course, you can always find writing jobs that will bring you a little bit of money. If, however, you want to be more serious about your freelance writing career and rely on it as your main source of income, you have to be able to stand out and get the higher paying jobs. Read More
Starting something new is always quite complicated. Most people think that it is their unique product that is valued by customers, and it is hard to argue with that. But they should also understand one thing – people do not usually go far before judging you. So it does not matter if you have great content on your web page. If it looks scruffy, there is no way you will strike home.
Appearance does matter!
If you are thinking about running your own site by yourself, you probably have already thought about the design. You might have certain experience in the area, but making it from scratch is rather complicated. And it is rather natural for people to expect the results sooner than later. That is why using a ready-made template seems way more reasonable than spending much time and money on developing a new design. We are not saying it is not the way to do it – hand-crafted things are usually valued (many times) more – just don’t forget that everything comes at a certain price. Read More
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.