Archive for the ‘Blogging Tools’ Category
If the average (somewhat knowledgeable online) person is asked about the best platform to use for a blog or web site, the chances are that his reply will be WordPress. That’s because WordPress does have a lot going for it, and its popularity has not skyrocketed without reason. Indeed, there are many who would try to convince you to stick with WordPress.
The truth is that, however, popularity is not always the best reason to use a platform. While it can be a compelling reason – everyone loves it, it must be good! – there is always something that is just as good, or even better, out there. And when it comes to a platform for blogging, Joomla! is one excellent option. You might even hear some bloggers or web site managers tell you they prefer Joomla! over WordPress.
Want to know why you ought to consider Joomla!? Here are some good reasons you should use Joomla!. Read More
Blogging has always belonged to the land of desktops and laptops, but blogging from your iPad is getting easier all the time thanks to some smart, stylish apps. Here are the five best iPad apps we’ve found for blogging.
Works with: WordPress, Blogger
Price: Used to be $9.99, but now it’s free!
Simply put, Posts is the best blogging client for iPad. It’s got the kind of slick interface that Apple itself could have made, its lovely design features thumbnails to make managing your blog more visual, it offers both WYSIWYG and HTML editing, and you can even use it to manage multiple blogs. You can moderate comments from right inside the app, and there’s a robust offline blogging mode, too. You’ll be hard pressed to find a more full-featured, easy-to-use, beautiful blogging app anywhere. I wouldn’t mind seeing support for more blogging software, but for what you get, at zero cost… Posts can’t be beat. Read More
Hiring a ghost-blogger can be a difficult decision. After all, you want someone who will invest as much effort into your company blog as you would, and who will create the unique, high quality content you need to make your blog a success.
Luckily, many bloggers offer ghost-blogger services in addition to writing for their own blogs. Ghost blogging enables an author to explore other areas of interest without the worry of maintaining an entirely new site. For your company, hiring a ghost-blogger means finding someone dedicated to the art of blogger who will help your blog become a success. Read More
WordPress has rapidly become one of the most popular content management systems on the web. This has a number of advantages for users – the main one being rapid development of both the core platform and additional themes and plugins – but also means many sites end up looking the same. Customizing a WordPress theme can be an easy way to make your site stand out. There are a number of methods for theme customization, with some requiring little or no knowledge of programming. Here are four of the most popular methods. Read More
Questions and Answers sites have been around for some time now, and we have some very good examples of this in sites like Quora, Stack Exchange, and Answers.com. But what about your own site? How would a Q&A section fit in? Would a Q&A app be useful to help your visitors become customers?
Q&A tools come in many shapes and sizes, but one of the more interesting things about Q&A is how it can engage with random visitors to your page. Take a traditional web page, with an FAQ link and a Contact Us form. The only way a customer can get in touch with that site is by sending an email or filling in a form. If that customer has a question, they have to fill in all their details, and send them on. Read More
Digital online conferencing for collaborative meetings has never been easier. Agencies and startup teams have the ability to communicate with each other regardless of their physical locations. This means it is possible to work with a myriad of designers, developers, writers, and managers from all around the globe. Webinars provide the tools for people who need to communicate efficiently over the Internet.
It can be a tough process getting accustomed to how it all works. But I am hoping to present a few resources for newcomers to quickly learn the ropes. You will need to spend time practicing the software and learning all the various interface components. But it can be a fun and meaningful way to communicate with people from the comfort of your home or office space.
Wondering how the top bloggers fill their sites with rich, exciting information? Care to know how professional bloggers drive herds of traffic to their site constantly? For many, the answer is going mobile. Let’s face it, there is only so much new and exciting going on outside our office windows. We’ve got to get out and experience life to craft enriching, intriguing blog posts. Going mobile is just the ticket.
1. Pro Bloggers Quickly Respond to Reader Comments
Image via Flickr by khanb1
If there’s a downside to having an adoring public, it’s that they demand constant attention. Pro bloggers know this is actually a good thing. Nothing frustrates readers more than a blogger who ignores their insightful commentary. When someone cares enough about what you’ve written to post a comment, it’s your duty to answer. Free yourself from the keyboard and get the app for your blogging platform (WordPress, Blogger, etc.). Then you can always answer comments and questions quickly, wherever you go. Read More
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.
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You may have noticed that the SEO game has become a lot more difficult lately… Mostly due to the recent algorithm updates like the Penguin and, like always, due to the ever-growing competition for valuable keywords.
However, some things remain unchanged. For instance, you still need to find a way to let Google know which keywords you’re targeting.
The fact is that Google can figure this out on their own, kind of (through links, and social media interaction), but introducing some good on-page SEO can make things a lot quicker.
You have to be careful, though. Google now openly admits that they discourage all forms of active link building, and probably any other type of active SEO work as well.
So how to overcome this and not get in trouble? Read More
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Choosing the WordPress theme might be difficult. Everybody has a genial idea to look for hot topics, but a page that looks exactly like Facebook or Twitter will not only be ridiculous, but it also show bad taste and lack of originality. This is why it is important to come with a brilliant idea, and to have a great, original, unique and pleasant theme.
It is important to establish the purpose of your blog before choosing a theme. For online portfolios, you should have an elaborated plan, and you will also need to be patient, as those blogs need some time before gaining the expected recognition.
Even if you think about a programmer, it will cost you some money. Whether you want to choose a predefined theme, or you want a new theme created especially for your blog, you must know that there are advantages and disadvantages for each one of those methods. Read More