Archive for the ‘General’ Category
“Gamification is the process of using game thinking and mechanics to engage audiences and solve problems” – Gabe Zicherman
People have an innate desire to play games, whether it’s a hardcore gamer playing Xbox through the night, a family gathering around a board game on a Sunday afternoon, or a stag party off for a weekend of hedonism in Las Vegas. Given the choice, and whether we realise it or not, we would probably choose playing games over most other activities. Gamification is a concept that has many applications in the business world, but particularly across digital media. It’s about applying game mechanics to non-gaming situations. Game mechanics. Big word. You’re probably telling yourself: “I’m no big shot game developer.” Well, you don’t have to be. You simply need to understand how the process works, and its impact on users. Read More
So you call yourself a blogger. Odds are you’ve discovered that the road to readers and advertisers is paved with good intentions. However, even those of us with the best intentions can make some dumb blogging mistakes.
Presumably you understand that crappy writing and bad grammar won’t get you far in the blogging world. We also assume you understand the value of proofreading everything before it goes live and utilizing behind-the-scenes tools such as tags and SEO. Beyond knowing the difference between their, there and they’re, and not slacking on the SEO there’s a few other ways to elevate your blog above the rest of the chatter.
Here’s our list of some common blog traps, as well as tips on how to mistake-proof your career as a pro blogger. Read More
If you’re like me you put your heart and soul into your blog and the last thing you want to see is a blank page when you load your domain. Unfortunately servers can fail and sometimes even your backup can leave something to be determined.
Thankfully there are some very simple solutions that can help you backup your website with very little technical knowledge and very little cost. From online backup services to simple USB drives here are five solutions for backing up your blog.
1. Choose A Backup Service
If you currently run your blog on WordPress as a self-hosted solution you can choose from various different backup services. The most popular of those services is VaultPress, a constant backup platform that is operated to WordPress creator Automattic. These services require only a simple plugin to activate and often provide one-click restore functions and constant blog monitoring.
VaultPress isn’t the only solution, there is also BackupBuddy, BlogVault and various others. Read More
Emergencies, by their very nature, are irritating and unexpected. While there are worse emergencies (than cash flow issues) that a blogger can face, there is no denying that cash problems can be more than a pain in the butt. For anyone who works online as a freelance blogger/writer, finances are an even more uncertain factor. There are great months, but there are lean months.
The best advice I can give any blogger is to make it a habit to stash money whenever it comes in. Big or small, you need to make sure that you always set aside some cash for a rainy day. Over time, your stash can reach a sizable amount that will serve as a buffer against most emergencies.
However, sometimes, life really just delivers a blow or two, and you might still find yourself needing emergency cash. What do you do then? Take advantage of your online prowess, and find emergency cash sources! Read More
Niche blogging is one of the best ways to make your mark online. There are so many blogs out there that it really is difficult to stand out – I guess I’m preaching to the choir here – but if you are a fitness enthusiast, and you really want to get out there and make yourself known, it’s a good time to dive into the waters.
Fitness blogging has exploded in recent times, also because the awareness of the topic has increased in general. Additionally, health and fitness gurus know that they have a huge market, and they have taken advantage of the easy access that blogging has provided them. If you’re looking at entering the fitness blogging niche, or you simply want to read the best fitness bloggers out there, here is a list where you won’t go wrong.
Take note – this does not mean you don’t have to go to a fitness center anymore. In fact, many of these bloggers won’t advise against that. It’s more like these bloggers get to the core of things and empower the average person to get serious about their health.
Blogging has gone way beyond merely being a creative outlet for the average person. That’s not to say that blogging cannot serve that purpose, but there are various ways to enjoy writing on your blog and making money out of it at the same time. The stark truth, however, is not every blogger will become rich out of the activity. You might not even earn enough from it to sustain your lifestyle!
The good news is that if you are good at it, you just might make enough and still have some time and resources for other money-making activities. There are many other income ideas which you can dwell on if you want to continue being your own person – blogging, writing, fishing, traveling, or whatever floats your boat – without having to take on a day job. Here are three relatively easy alternative income ideas for bloggers. Read More
You may have read it and even have heard it from many self-proclaimed SEO experts, that keyword density is vital and tremendously important to a successful article and overall website. In fact, many SEO companies that use both ethical and unethical search engine optimization strategies always aim for an article with quality keyword density.
Search engines know when writers are constantly thinking about a keyword when writing an article. However, some people question whether keyword density is really important at all. Read More
When 2013 was just kicking off, pundits and aficionados were dubbing it as ‘year of the mobile’. As much as we like to get snarky with the headline catching proclamations, they might actually have been onto something. Taking a look at the numbers between 2010 and 2013, we indeed see that mobile devices’ share of global internet traffic has jumped from 2% to 14%. Research is indicating also that this trend is only gaining steam. Whether in Southeast Asia, sub-Saharan Africa or Scandinavia, there is now an unprecedented amount of smartphone and tablet owners along with unprecedented accessibility to Wi-Fi and 3G networks. Read More
On Monday, after several days of rumor and anticipation, word came down that Yahoo! was purchasing Tumblr for the tidy sum of $1.1 billion.
But While Tumblr investors were certainly happy for their payday and the service itself was in desperate need of cash to keep operating, Tumblr users greeted the announcement with significantly less enthusiasm.
But amidst the criticism and anti-Yahoo! jokes was a possible warning sign for Tumblr, namely reports that WordPress.com, the hosted service based on WordPress and operated by Automattic, had seen a skyrocketing level of Tumblr posts being imported to them.
But is WordPress, in particular WordPress.com, really the right choice for angry Tumblr users? The answer isn’t clear. Because, even if it is the best possible alternative, there are still many reasons why Tumblr users won’t be happy on WordPress and may find it a bad fit.
But to decide if it’s really the go-to destination for Tumblr users, we have to look at why it may be a good fit and, more importantly, why it may not. Read More
Working from home has many benefits, some of which include avoiding traffic, saving money on transportation, having control over the work environment, and not having to dress up decently (if you don’t wish to). However, it is important that, when you enter the world of telecommuting, you are aware of what you’re dealing with.
Consider these eight common mistakes that could derail your success if you ignore them. Read More