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Writing Your NaNoWriMo Novel On WordPress

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As a guy who does a lot of writing, I’m constantly aware of my predilection for procrastination (and alliteration). If I can put off writing something, I will. It’s not because I don’t love writing; it’s just that putting a dent into a blank page can be a significant psychological barrier (can a nonexistent dent be a barrier?) I’ve never written a novel, but if I were to venture into the higher literary realms and give it a go, I know I’d need a lot of encouragement and support.

In part, that’s what the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is about. A community gathers in November with the aim of supporting each other through the process of banging out 50,000 words. It’s a great idea, and if you throw in a bit of WordPress magic, it can be even better. Read More

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Local Matters: Get Familiar With Your Neighborhood to Promote Your Blog

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It’s easy to get caught up in addressing a global readership whenever you post a blog article. But you can’t forget the value behind word-of-mouth marketing and connections.

Your neighborhood is a microcosm of prospective readers, and you can tap into its potential by getting the word out there and engaging with your community. Also, it gives bloggers a great excuse to step outside once in a while, grab some fresh air, and take a break from staring at the computer. Read More

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The 5 Worst Mistakes When Linking Back to Your Blog

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Blog links help increase your audience and produce plenty of results. That doesn’t mean they are easy to manage.

Effectively linking back to your blog and posting links to your best posts can prove challenging, particularly if you are short on time or don’t have much experience in sharing your blog with others. Mistakes can hamper your success and alienate people who might have otherwise become loyal readers.

To avoid missed opportunities, you should try to dodge these five common linking errors. Read More

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Richard Gorman – Growing Businesses with Effective PR

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Organizations are not in business to meet their personal needs, but the needs of their customers who are part of the ever-growing market. In order for such organizations to meet the needs of the public, there is the need for effective communication and relationship, and that’s where Public Relations (PR) comes in, says Richard Gorman, an expert in Direct Response Marketing.

Public Relations is the process of creating and enhancing mutually beneficial relationships between organizations and the public. It’s a win-win situation for both parties as it enables them to enjoy a fruitful relationship. Read More

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Blogging 101: Incorporating Press Releases

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For the modern blogger, there are more ways than ever to market his or her output. But while many are focusing on the three pillars of digital marketing – search, social and content — many other vital tactics go neglected. One such effective marketing method that bloggers should consider is the press release. Now, many may view press releases as an antiquated method of reaching an audience, not unlike print advertisement; however, incorporating a solid press release into a blog-promotion strategy can reap big benefits.

Yes this tactic often gets lost amid all the social media, search engine optimization and original content strategies out there. But the typical blogger can and should craft successful, engaging press releases utilizing the fundamentals of online content advertising. To this end, here are some things to keep in mind. Read More

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4 Reasons to Keep Your Blog’s Homepage Simple and to the Point

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Whether you’ve been blogging for years or are new to the game, the appearance of your homepage has a huge impact on your audience. Similar to a job interview, it’s the first impression you make on your readers, so it’s important to get it right. Your homepage should focus on simplicity and clarity to create an inviting environment for readers. If it’s cluttered or overly busy, it’s time to learn why you need to tone things down and how to do it. Read More

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Successful Guest Blogging: How Not to Sleepwalk Right into Penalties

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A recent Webmaster Help video has Matt Cutts, head of Google’s webspam team, shedding light on what was considered legitimate guest blogging. Most of his insights were obvious, things any sensible blog owner (who accepts only high quality content and credits the author) would know.

But we exist in a Google world. Words from a representative of this “super power” need to be dissected and then digested. Read More

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12 Overlooked (Yet Powerful) Link Building Strategies

If you’ve been in the SEO game for a while you’ve probably heard of (and maybe even tried) “the usual suspects” of link building strategies, like guest blogging, press releases, web directory submissions and infographics.
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While there’s nothing wrong with these bread-and-butter techniques (after all, they’re popular for a reason!), it definitely pays to mix things up. With Google releasing major updates on a regular basis, you don’t want to be left in the cold if your favorite link building strategy becomes ineffective overnight.

Here are 12 link building strategies that you can use to add some diversity to your SEO campaign. Read More

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Tips to Getting the Most Out of Your Content

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Content has always been king in the print world, where discerning readers pick and choose publications based on the quality of writing. Over the last decade, quality content has also become one of the fundamental pillars of online marketing campaigns, as business owners aim to please customers and search engine algorithms all at the same time.

A Shifting Landscape

Years ago, websites targeted higher rankings by optimizing the static content on their homepages. Thanks to Google’s ever-changing search algorithms, modern SEO strategies demand more. These days, the search giant favors fresh, well-written content. So much so, in fact, in August it added an extra level to its search results which focus on so-called “in-depth” articles. Now, when you search for terms such as “stem cell research,” you’ll find an extra block of results offering links to longer, more informative article features.

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A Crash Course in Responsible Blogging

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One of the greatest advantages of the Internet is that it gives everyone a voice. You don’t need qualifications, experience, or credentials to get thousands of people to read your writing.

The right turn of phrase on the right day, with an eye-catching title and the perfect thumbnail picture could be enough to make your blog spread like wildfire. But even in the untamed wilderness that is the Internet, there are some rules.

To give you a boost, here’s a crash course in responsible blogging.

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