Archive for the ‘Blogging Sense’ Category
To be honest, last week was a pretty rough week for the city of New Orleans. The landfall of Hurricane Isaac bringing powerful winds, heavy rains and strong storm surge to the area, the city was, to put it simply, a disaster.
While it may not have been a catastrophe on par with Hurricane Katrina seven years ago, it was still a powerful storm and one that more people stayed for due to fact it wasn’t seen to be as great of a threat.
What resulted was a city roasting in a hot bayou summer without power, A/C or even adequate ice. Couple that with flooding issues around the city itself and an emergency response that was seen as less-than-swift, the city felt like a disaster zone, perhaps more than it actually was.
But in the middle of it all, I realized that my work as a blogger was serving me remarkably well during these trying days. When one usually thinks of disaster skills, they typically think of survivalists capable of living off of the land.
However, disasters, even extreme ones, don’t unfold the same way in the digital age as ones just a few years ago. Your skills with Google may be more useful than knowing how to desalinate water and, if you’re a blogger, you likely have many of the skills needed to help make any disaster more bearable and more survivable.
Here are just five examples of how. Read More
Perhaps you are just now considering a career move into the world of online marketing. Or, you have been working at it for a while and just can’t get the production up where you want it to be. Technology plays a large role in keeping the business rolling along.
I had the pleasure of listening to Justin Martell, the son of James and Arlene Martell, of the Affiliate Buzz. If you are unfamiliar with it, the Buzz is a series of podcasts hosted by the Martells to provide information and tips on how to best succeed in an online business. Read More
One of the best ways to increase your sales and services is by having a website set up based entirely on it. Apart from offline businesses that are now focusing on the online market, there are plenty of young entrepreneurs who are completely focused online. For them ranking high on the search engines is of utmost importance.
But, there are plenty of companies that are using the internet to post their services and sell their goods and therefore, for you to enter an already booming market could be a really hard challenge. As we all know, when a person searches for something online they’re usually just going to check out the first page results and therefore, your main goal would be to rank as high as possible.
However, if at all you want to achieve this, you would need to make sure that the Off-site SEO techniques that you adopt are the best. But, for this to work, your on-site SEO needs to be really good as well. Read More
With 57% of adults in the UK having joined a social network, online companies have begun to capitalise on this, realising the importance of social media as a marketing tool. As more and more firms set up their company pages, it is not enough to simply have a social media presence; instead, these profiles must be maintained and monitored on a regular basis. This in itself has become a subject of much discussion, with many highlighting the difficulties of measuring the success of this approach. One way around the problem is through the use of Google Analytics. As one of the most treasured applications throughout the online marketing world, Google Analytics provides helpful statistics that can also be used for social media platforms. Here’s how: Read More
Not many bloggers think about SEO when they first start out. It is, and quite rightly so, all about the content. Blogs are outlets for thoughts, feelings, knowledge, and networking. However, if you want to draw people to your blog then you’ll eventually have to think about how they will find it.
1. What should people be typing into Google?
In an ideal situation what would someone be typing into a search engine to find your blog? Once you know this you can work out what sort of keywords and phrases to target in order for your blog to start ranking for each of them.
Once you’ve got a good idea, do a bit of research using Google’s free keyword tool. There could be better words and phrases to target. Read More
With constant access to the internet—and consequently one’s friends and family—it becomes hard to pull away from it all and focus on one’s work. Everyone does it: “Let me check Facebook for a second,” or “I should check my email in case my [loved one] has an important message for me.” Yet without realizing it, seconds slip into minutes, and minutes become hours. Suddenly, it’s lunch time, and nothing has been accomplished. Don’t let this happen to you (again)!
Failing to manage your time reflects poorly on you as an employee, and repeated time management snafus turn into detrimental work habits. In an ever-connected world, focusing on one task as a time seems impossible. Savvy tech folk (probably fed up with their own bad work habits) have created the following tools to help you overcome distraction and get back to work. Find one that works for you, stick with it, and get more done. Read More
If you can write and give opinions, then you can become a blogger, no doubt. But whether you want to spend the rest of your life doing it full-time is for you to decide. That bloggers make substantial money blogging, and enough to sustain a life with that, is a bygone conclusion. If we are to believe the grapevine, America has half a million paid bloggers. As a blogger, you can work for big corporations at their offices or if you are not inclined to commute, you can work from home. That is the kind of flexibility today’s bloggers get. Read More
Earlier this week, we’ve discussed techniques for managing blog content and design. Now that you’ve mastered these essential topics, it’s time to focus on developing your followers. Here are my stand-by techniques for promoting your Tumblr or your Blogger (or both!) after you’ve created a well-designed blog with quality content.
The “Ask” Box
On Tumblr, the Ask box is your best tool if you want to get followers. You can use it to create relationships, ask bloggers to check out your blog and drive traffic to your blog. One word of caution—do not be insincere when you ask people to check out your blog. One of the most disappointing messages a blogger can receive is “Hey, I love your blog, do you mind checking mine out?” because it’s clear that the compliment is hollow. Bloggers understand that you want to gain followers, so be direct and ask them to check out your blog—they will understand what you are trying to do and they will look at your blog. Bloggers have feelings too! Read More
Bill Gates said it quite eloquently with “Change the boundaries of business.” It took me a long time to figure out what that meant for me, but it allowed me to look inwards and realize that sometimes we do things a particular way because ‘that is the way it has always been’. I decided on something else, I was going to be my own boss – I decided that I was going to work from home. Let’s break down a few reasons why heading to work can actually be less than beneficial. Read More
Tumblr is a fast moving blogging platform. Tumblr allows users a lot of freedom and ease in customizing the layouts and HTML code, so users generate the majority of the trends. The tools are supplied to us and it’s up to us to make use of them. When you start a Tumblr (or if you already have one!) don’t hold back in diving right into the HTML of your theme and finding your way around the other blogs and tools Tumblr has. Read More