Archive for the ‘Blogging Tools’ Category
WordPress is the undisputed king of blogging platforms, with the latest version, WordPress 4.1 having been downloaded 23,195,115 times (and counting every second).
The platform has grown so much so that it’s not just about blogging anymore. It is, in fact, a content management system that can do so many things – things that can be useful but also can be nothing but bloat.
It’s thus understandable that bloggers, freelance writers, and journalists have been looking at a “post-WordPress world” where a blogging platform is just that: a venue to write without all the distractions and complications.
Enter Typed.com, from Realmac, the makers of Typed, a Markdown editor and minimal writing app for Mac. If you’ve ever used this app, then you’re probably already hooked on the idea of a blogging platform as an extension. Read More
Editor’s note: This post was written by Cari Bennette, blogger, editing expert at Jet Writers and experienced writer. Her main interests are reading, writing on the Web and assisting blogging newbies.
Incredible apps are revolutionizing the way we write. From dictation devices that transcribe and upload your notes to advanced organizational apps to virtual writer’s meditation centers, writers and bloggers of today have the world at their fingertips.
Check out these 15 best apps for bloggers and writers. Read More
What’s in a domain name, you might ask? While registering for a domain in sites like this one here is a breeze, choosing of your domain name is the difficult part.
If you already have an established brand, then you’ll probably want to use it as your domain name to maintain consistency with your branding. However, if you’re just starting out and wish to build your online brand as fast as possible, then you need to understand what role search engine optimization (SEO) plays with the domain name you decide to use.
Following the best SEO practices enables you to make the most out of your blog and rank for your chosen keyword. By ranking on the first page of Google search results, you increase your chances of getting found by your target audience.
(If you have yet to choose a dedicated keyword to optimize for your blog, read How to Do Keyword Research: A Beginner’s Guide and learn how do conduct a keyword research the right way!)
But before SEO can change the way you approach building your blog and creating content, you need to apply it on the domain name you plan on using. Below are factors that you need to consider for domain name to maximize performance of your blog.
Editor’s note: This post was written by Steve Aedy, ghost blogger and writer for FreshEssays, a community of experts that provide advice on writing and editing. He enjoys blogging, non-fiction writing and good reading. Reach him on Google+.
As the blogging community has grown, so have the number of online tools available to writers. Content writers work in an increasingly competitive field where quality content is expected under tight deadlines. As new trends in writing and blogging develop overnight, it’s important to improve your own writing and be tech-savvy.
Advanced editing apps, time-management tools, free image databases, pro tips on blogging and writer’s communities can make significant contributions to the quality of your content. While many of these resources are free, some will charge a small fee. Depending on how much work you’re doing as a writer or how much you plan on doing, a small investment in some of these programs may be worth it. Check out these resources for improving your content. Read More
In August 2011, 72.2 million Americans connected to social networking sites or blogs on their mobile device, which is 37 percent higher than in the past year, states a study by comScore. For bloggers, a smartphone is not just a way to update on-the-go. It’s also a great way to connect with readers. If most of your audience is using a mobile phone to read your blog, then it’s a good idea for you to use the same device to upload content.
Although this might seem more difficult, mobile blogging tools are helping make this easier every day. Here are some of those tools so you don’t have to go at it alone. Read More
Editor’s Note: This post was written by Tim Soulo, who calls himself a blogging experimenter and conversion junkie. In case you’d like to read more of his awesome articles, consider visiting his personal blog at BloggerJet.
When you have a business online and you are relying on social media to get information to your audience, it seems like there’s not enough hours in the day. But never fear, because there are tons of amazing tools that can help with that!
With the right tools, you can accomplish lots of stuff in no time: monitoring your niche, automating tweets, posting at best times of the day, authenticating via social networks, displaying selected tweets on your blog, etc. Read More
I don’t know how much you rely on Google Drive, but it is pretty much the easiest and most convenient way of sharing documents between team members. And even if you work alone, there are times when Google Docs is more convenient to use – say, when you’re on the road and you want to make sure you have a copy of a document or post safe in the cloud.
When it’s time to post that article to your WordPress blog, then it’s a simple matter of copying and pasting the content, right?
But what if there’s an even easier way of doing that? Read More
Conversion rate is a very important metric you need to be analyzing and aiming to improve when building and marketing yourself, content and services through your blog. It is a measure of how effective your content is in getting readers to interact with you and your services, or whatever else it is that you want them to do. Whether it’s a share, email subscribe, purchase or comments. The targets are all up to you. The metric is calculated by dividing the total number of conversions by the number of visitors to your site or specific page.
Your entire blog’s purpose, reason for being and level of success can be summed up in this single metric. Bearing in mind that your targets and goals are entirely up to you. Another site’s key performance indicators may not be yours. Only you can measure your success. Read More
Editor’s Note: This post was written by Camille McClane, a writer, researcher, and editor, who frequently blogs about about web hosting and social media. Her favorite subject to focus on is emerging technology trends and its overall effect within business expansion and health relations.
Social media is now the optimum marketing platform for businesses large and small; companies already thriving and those that are just starting out. Take it a step farther to social media applications available for smartphones and your business has found it’s way into the very hands of its future fans and clients. Businesses using smartphone applications like Instagram, Flickr, Vine, and more for blogging and updating about what they’re up to, are breaking down the barriers of social media marketing and keeping up with current trends.
Image Courtesy of Arimalik Ibrahim at Flickr.com
Just a week ago, Flickr 3.0 was introduced to the photo-sharing social media public. Yahoo’s new smartphone app has officially entered the ring of smartphone apps that literally everyone has some connection to. Flickr 3.0 is a complete redesign for iOS and Android, allowing Flickr users to browse, share, edit, and store photos easily on their smartphones. While Flickr 3.0 is similar to Instagram, which application is better and why? You’ll find all the answers here. Read More
Thinking of launching a WordPress blog/site? Or maybe you’ve grown tired of your existing blog after learning that you’ve been doing it all wrong? It’s not too late to start or restart. Blogging and internet marketing in general to achieve real results is getting more challenging by the day but at the same time there are definite methods and routes to take to achieve success.
In this fast paced blogging race there’s no time to reinvent the wheel and learn everything on your own from scratch but there exists a vast pool of resources made available from those who have traveled the long hard journey and persevered. Trying to find the perfect marketing model, best WordPress themes and tried and proven SEO techniques can be daunting. So I’ve decided to share some of my experiences developing websites and building blogs to make your journey more seamless and rewarding. Read More