Archive for the ‘Blogging Tips’ Category
There are now almost 300 million blogs in existence; the web has become a noisy and crowded place with everyone trying to tell their own version of events and stories. As bloggers, it’s tough and not only are we competing with fellow bloggers but now also the corporate world with businesses with budgets capable of hiring the best talent to create content, develop killer sites and with available cash to push distribution through the most popular networks. At the same time, do not allow a seemingly saturated online market to fool you. While there is chaos and noise abound with a crowded pool of so-called experts, the one thing that has not saturated the market is authenticity and consistently high quality content. The vast majority of blogs and online marketing professionals you’ll come across are far from perfect with many of them mediocre. Within every niche there exists grand opportunities to do things better than the majority and make a name for yourself in your own cozy niche.
Therefore, in the midst of the noise, how do you stand out from the crowd and be seen and heard? How can bloggers make their mark now and for the future? Here are 4 tips to help you get started. Read More
Are you aggressively implementing a link building strategy in which you employ blog commenting, forum posting, online directories, and guest posting as tactics?
If so, then I suggest you throw your strategy out the window. It’s not going to work. I’m serious.
The excitement of dreaming about an exotic trip or returning home from a global excursion is even more fun when shared. You may be ecstatic to share your travel inspiration and adventures in a blog, but building the space is the first step. The following five tips can help any vagabond start a travel blogging journey. Read More
Editor’s note: This post was written by Tim Hinchliffe, an American journalist who has written for such publications as the Ghanaian Chronicle and Colombia Reports. His articles have been featured in FOX News, BBC, NBC, Al-Jazeera, and the Washington Post, among others. When he is not working on the next story, Tim enjoys fishing, cooking, strumming the guitar, and exploring his new-found love, Medellin, Colombia.
Every blogger faces the challenge of trying to make money out of their passion. At the same time, there are online retailers who just can’t quite seem to find the best distribution channels for their products.
Affiliate programs or referral links are some of the best ways of getting revenue to your blog, according to many of the most successful bloggers.
Referral links are sometimes controversial because visitors feel that they are tricked into using them or that bloggers tint their reviews differently based on whether or not they can earn money from referrals. Read More
Everyone has his reasons for blogging. Some treat their blog as a business. Some blog for their business. Others blog just because they can.
At the end of the day, however, most bloggers want one thing: to have a huge reader base.
What’s the point of having something to say, and saying it in an awesome way, when there’s no one reading your blog?
You may have a couple hundred, or maybe a couple thousand, readers, but ask yourself if you’re really satisfied with staying at – more or less – the same amount of readers. The chances are that you’re not. You want to grow your blog. You want to grow your reader base, and here are three simple things you can do to get that done. Read More
We’ve all had those periods when writing feels like a chore instead of an activity that we actually love. You’ve probably proclaimed how passionate you are about writing more than once – especially when you’re applying for a gig – but the “I hate writing” moments do come now and again.
What are you to do when you just don’t feel like writing? Here are five things that have proven to be effective for me. Sometimes, when I really, really don’t feel like writing, it takes a combination of these activities to get me back on track. Read More
People who put up ads looking for freelance writers or bloggers receive tons of replies, many of them fluff. You may know that you are the best person for the job, but you have to make sure that you can convey that to the “employer” as quickly as possible in your job application.
We already know that people have very short attention spans these days, and professionals going through cover letters only take several seconds to decide whether or not to look more closely at your email. It is thus crucial that you make sure your job application goes straight for the jugular.
Here are some reasons your job application gets ignored, and what you can do to fix it. Read More
Editor’s note: This post was written by Danny, a blogger for Instant Checkmate, one of the world’s largest people search engines. He is passionate about writing and is currently a student at the University of San Diego studying English and Business Administration. Find him on Twitter or Google +.
Not too long ago I started blogging for Instant Checkmate. I thought it would be pretty easy. I thought to myself, “I am a good writer; I did well in all my English classes at school; I often teach people how to write; I am passionate about writing. What could possibly be difficult?”
Well, unfortunately for me blogging is not an English class. Writing is an important part of the deal, but there are so many factors that go into blogging that the average person has no idea about. The amount of surprise I faced in the first week alone was enough to make me think I had no chance in this field. Read More
On average, how long does it take you to write a blog post of, say, 500 words? On a good day, you might get one published – writing, adding images and links, and proofreading included – within an hour, maybe even less. On a bad day, especially if you do not have any topic in mind yet, it might take you double that time.
If you make a living out of writing online, then you know very well the importance of being able to write content as quickly as possible without skimping on quality. That’s what this article is about – how to make writing content easier for you.
The online publishing world is so crowded that it could be a gargantuan task to get noticed by the audience you want. Some niches are even worse than others, and any online publisher needs all the help he can get to get eyeballs. Hence the rise of content marketing and other “tricks” to promote content.
Your blog or online magazine, or whatever you want to call it, may have some of the most interesting and useful content there is in your field, but if you do not promote content, then no one may know you even exist – except for your mom and dad, maybe.
But there’s also the danger of going overboard when you promote content. We all hate spammers, and these days, all the major platforms have stringent measures in place. And, even if they did not, people will naturally block you out if you go overboard.
So what’s a man to do? Read More