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The Slippery Slope of Plagiarism and How to Avoid It

Plagiarism has been a longstanding issue, not only in the blogging scene, but also in the academe and in journalism. We cannot ignore the fact that writers draw inspiration from others. Even respected author Chuck Palahniuk has said, “Nothing of me is original. I am the combined effort of everyone I’ve ever known.”

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There is a thin line between inspiration and plagiarism, but where do you draw the line? As a blogger, you might not even be aware when you may be committing plagiarism. There is so much information to be had, with practically everything at your fingertips. How do you know you are drawing inspiration from the works of others and not merely copying?

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Tips That Will Get You in Your Writing Zone

The writing zone. We all wish were in that zone every single day, don’t we?

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I suppose this is especially true for people whose main source of income is writing. Whether it’s a blog post, a piece of copy for a client, or an article for marketing purposes – it doesn’t matter. When it comes to making a living out of writing, getting in your writing zone will certainly make life easier. You know, that state of mind wherein words flow naturally, and you feel like you can meet all your writing deadlines without breaking a sweat!

Unfortunately, entering your writing zone is not always easy. Read More

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7 Types of Headlines That Will Turn on People’s Attention Like Magic

Editor’s Note: This post was written by Anil Valvi, President of Dynastic Tech, which helps clients to enjoy better visibility in search engines, better online reputation, and better traffic. You can reach him by sending email on [email protected].

When you write a headline, your biggest goal is to make people want to read your content. Every article has a headline, and this is very important no matter your marketing purpose. Without a good headline, your content won’t get read, whether it is a sales page, landing page, blog post, article, or press release. So, you need to pay special attention on your headline. Craft it well so that you can attract maximum attention from your target audience. Here are 7 types of headlines that will turn on people’s attention like magic:

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1. Controversial Question

If you take a look at various news headlines in various media, you’ll notice that controversial headline will always sell well. It sparks great debate among your audience, in which they will take one of the two sides that are being confronted. There are many controversial topics that you can write in your headline. Of course, you have to match it with your niche and target audience. For instance, if you are targeting a weight loss niche, you can write a controversial question about whether dieting can really help them lose weight or not.

2. Funny And Shocking

Headlines that can make people laugh, giggle, and smile will always be amusing and interesting. Just go to YouTube and try to find some videos that are funny and shocking. You’ll see that most of them have over one million views. Why? That’s because they are attracting people’s interest immediately. Funny and shocking headlines can help you to make people pay attention toward your content. Shocking discoveries, information leaks, as well as funny and weird news will keep your audience engaged toward your content.

3. Tutorial Information

In the age of the internet, information is spreading like lightning. Before the internet, people will pay thousands of dollars to learn about something like cooking, computer programming, video creation, design, and so on. They need to go to a local course and attend to the course lessons every week. But, with the advent of the internet, everything changed. You can learn almost anything on the internet, instantly. That’s why tutorial headline can help you to attract people’s attention toward your content. If you can help people learn something quick, people will usually come to you.

4. List And How To

It’s a classic. List and how to are the headlines that are being used all over the internet. It’s simply proven. It’s evergreen, and it’s naturally attractive. Try to write some list and how to headlines today. It will help you to give valuable information to your audience in the easiest-to-digest format. People can scan your content easily, and they can also read it from start from finish without much trouble. Don’t forget to add some great words such as amazing, simple, good, etc in your list and how to headline.

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5. Recent Update

People will always want to keep themselves up to date with everything around them. They want updated news about fashion, technology, politics, governments, celebrities, and so on. The newest updates on something that happen around them will always excite them. That’s why a headline that informs about recent update in your niche will always win your audience’s heart. If you want to make people look at your headline, give them recent update or news about your niche, and you’ll be able to grab their attention very quickly.

6. Testimonial
People like to hear opinion from others. This is especially true when they need to buy a product. They want to hear what others say about the product before they decide to buy it. Testimonial headline is best suited for you when you are trying to sell something to your audience. By putting testimonial in your headline, you’ll make people feel interested toward what you are offering.

7. Reason

People want to hear explanation about why they do something. Yes, most people don’t even know why they are doing something. Why should they follow a strict diet to lose weight? Why do some people feel bad about themselves? Why do they need to eat healthy foods every day? There are many kinds of questions that need explanation. That’s why people will be intrigued when they see a headline such as “7 Reasons Why You Should Abandon Your Diet Program Right Now.”

Those are 7 types of headlines that will turn on people’s attention like magic. If you want to create a headline that will drive maximum traffic to your content, you should write one of those headlines.

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2 Fast Changing SEO Strategies Every Blogger Needs to Track

Search engine optimization is evolving at record pace and failing to keep track of the changes and growth will undoubtedly lead to significant website traffic loss. The rate of change can be daunting to follow as Google’s team learns to respond quicker to the web and become more efficient at spotting growing trends that are hurting the market. In spite of all these changes I note one common factor in every decision they make and that’s pleasing their customers, who are users of the search engine, keeping results relevant. Its that simple and that’s their search business. The better results they provide, the greater the value of their search product for users and advertisers.

Once you understand their intention and what you as the user really want, things become much clearer and you’ll begin to understand most of the decisions they make as they change algorithms and can even predict future changes and plan ahead.

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Online marketers have often been disappointed and enraged by Google’s many changes to signals that adversely affect marketing techniques that have worked for the majority for years. So from the marketers’ perspective that’s years of hard work down the drain. However, I truly believe that aligning marketing activities with giving users’ quality content will always land you in a safe spot. So, keep your efforts geared towards that.

Here are 3 powerful tactics that Google is clamping down on and how you can still get the most out of them. Read More

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Captivate Your Readers with These 11 Spell-Binding Headline Tactics

Editor’s Note: This post was written by Alicia Rades, a freelance writer and blogger with a passion for giving useful writing tips. When she’s not working for clients, you can find her updating her blog at TheWritingRealm.com or working on other fun writing projects. Connect with Alicia on Google+.

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You spent hours slaving over that single blog post.

You back hurts, your head aches, and your fingers need a rest.

Despite that, you’re darn proud of the post, so you schedule it, share it on social media, and sit back to watch the traffic come in.

Chirp, chirp

Seriously? Where are you going wrong? Do all pro bloggers have magic wands to help drive traffic?

Sorry to disappoint, but they don’t have magical powers (that I know of). However, they are masters of spell-binding headlines.

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Your headline is vital. With hundreds of bloggers throwing thousands of headlines at the same readers each day, you need yours to stand out. If your headlines don’t capture readers’ attention and pull them in, people aren’t going to bother reading the awesome things you have to say. Read More

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4 Terrible Mistakes Your Company Blog is Making – Get off the Bandwagon

We now know certainly the importance of having a blog for your business or simply any online venture. As readers become more social and collectively garner a more powerful voice demanding communication and quality content and services from businesses, its now ever more important to have an effective method for delivering on that. Many companies have jumped on the blogging bandwagon but solely jumping on won’t cut it anymore. Companies launch their blog expecting readers and customers to come flooding in but I’m sure for most that hasn’t happened.

I’m going to be honest with you and tell you why. Here’s for some tough love.

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Four Simple Tips For Improving Conversion Rates On Business Websites

Every business with a website knows that they need to focus on search engine optimization. Without good SEO, sites suffer in the SERPs, have high bounce rates, and fail to generate a quantity of search referrals in line with the size of the market. SEO is all about getting people to a site, but that’s only half the battle.

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Once visitors arrive, businesses need them to carry out a specific set of actions, whether that’s making a purchase, clicking on an ad, or leaving their contact details for later follow up. We’re now in the domain of conversion rate optimization. Unfortunately, many businesses don’t put as much focus on CRO as they should. There’s very little point in investing heavily in SEO when, once visitors arrive on a site, they are confused, frustrated, or otherwise discouraged from converting. Read More

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How To Use “Growth Hacking” to Propel your Blog & Business to Millions

The term “Growth Hacking” has been around for several years and is essentially the art of gaining an avalanche of users and customers via trackable, testable and scalable tools such as emails, pay-per-click ads and blogs instead of blind traditional methods. The growth hacker eliminates big marketing spending and their products gain traction like a spreading virus, multiplying and spreading from user to user. Gaining much for very little.

One of the earliest notable examples of the concept was when the creators of Hotmail decided to add the signature line link, “Hotmail: Free, trusted and rich email service. Get it now.” to every email sent, which meant that everyone who received an email via a Hotmail account would see a link to sign-up. This free and simple tactic moved Hotmail’s user base from a few thousand to 12 Million in a year at a time when there were only approximately 36 Million internet users. (Source: Internet World Stats)

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Starting A Successful Blog

If you are looking for an opportunity to earn some extra money that could turn into a full-time career, then one option to consider is starting a blog. Don’t expect it to be an easy road to riches – but if you are willing to put in hard work and have something interesting to say, then it is perfectly possible to build a six-figure annual income after a few years of effort.

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9 Key Ideas for Ecommerce Blogging Success Today

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From the idea of online brand promotion has emerged the concept of ecommerce blogging. We know people want to buy products online today rather than spending hours on shopping in local, physical markets. It can be anything ranging from second hand mobiles to latest car model or a brand new house.

This trend has boosted the importance of ecommerce blogging and has made businesses to run a successful ecommerce blog in order to get more and more loyal clients everyday from all over the world. This is the very reason we decided to share practical tips to run a successful ecommerce blog with our loyal audience so they can put their ecommerce blogging on right path to reap the benefits of a huge online audience looking for all types of products they need in everyday life.   Read More

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