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Regardless whether your blog runs on a private server or in the Cloud, you still have to brace yourself for the possible impact of a crash. Ask yourself this- when was the last time you’ve backup your blog? If your WordPress blog suddenly crashed, how long would it take you to get it up and running again?
You can spare yourself the heartache of losing all of your hard work, if you bank on a data backup strategy that you can do yourself and this is the best insurance there is against the possibility of losing everything. Not every web host would back up your data for you, some would, but the question is, how often?
Any blogger worth his salt either already has his own Youtube channel or is working his way into harnessing the benefits of online video. Though creating short educational videos on YouTube won’t turn anyone into an overnight viral sensation, such tutorial videos can easily help any blog gain traction.
If you’re very spot on with the topic of your blogging niche, you can easily end up with a massive amount of followers since educational videos are useful to just about anyone. In particular, users with short attention spans as online videos provide the perfect platform for users to learn something on the fly.
The pop culture phenom called Instagram was brought for $1 billion by Facebook. I’m not surprised, everyone I know who has an iPhone or Android phone has Instagram on it!
Before applying any technique to impress your blog readers keep in mind that you should also impress search engines. We cannot trick search engines with some sneaky techniques as it may result in the removal of your website from search engines forever. If your visitors like your blog or website then there is a very good likelihood even search engines like it too. It doesn’t take long to create a new blog but it takes lot of time to make it successful. Here are some ways to impress your visitors with new blogging techniques: Read More
Do you know the most discouraging piece of advice for a new freelancer?
Do not look at the online job boards or content mills to find jobs. They contain nothing but ads from trashy, greedy businesses waiting to take advantage of people who do not know any better. Also, be wary of people asking for free samples and do not apply for jobs that offer you a $5 fee, per article.
Well, there is no doubt that most expert advisers and freelance veterans want to protect us. Certainly, we have all heard the horror stories going around, highlighting clients from hell. The exact, same type of client we are being warned against.
While experts may have their hearts in the right place, I do not agree that we should ignore all job boards.
Content mills – yes, job boards – no! Read More
Although blogging never started as a way to earn backlinks, it has quickly become one of the most popular ways to help improve a website’s ranking on a Google SERP. The idea of guest posting in exchange for backlinks has suddenly given bloggers more choices and a bigger chance to really make a living from blogging. For this reason, more and more bloggers are being recruited to work for companies as full-time writers as a part of the SEO department. The biggest problem: Not all bloggers understand SEO.
There are of course many bloggers who would prefer to blog for fun, but for those who want to make it a profession, SEO is an absolute necessity. This often scares bloggers because SEO isn’t something taught in schools and it isn’t something that traditional writers have ever had to consider. Fortunately, understanding SEO as a writer does not have to be difficult, and for many it can actually be fun.
Having a blog is an excellent way to gain experience as a writer, or to promote your business or products. However, everyone has a blog now. So, in such a competitive market, how do you make your blog stand out? Regardless of how valuable and innovative the information is that you have to share with the world, it is never going to be appreciated if your blog is guilty of some of the most common mistakes.
Too Much Text
Unfortunately, one of the first notions you must learn to accept is that people do not like to read, especially on the Internet. What most people do with online articles and blogs is scan. What this means for you is that you do not want to have large blocks of continuous text.
Your ideal blog post will incorporate breaks in the text, subheadings, lists, and pictures. You need anything to break up the monotony of long paragraphs. A well formatted blog post will be much more appreciated by your busy web surfers. If you have pieces of information that you think are very important, it is a wise idea to make them bold, italicized, or hyperlink them in order to grab the scanner’s attention.
Technology has become both friend and foe to journalists. In many ways, it has made life easier for them: it has allowed them to work almost up to a deadline and then electronically send pictures and articles straight to their editors from any place in the world. It has also made it much easier to connect and communicate with sources and to research material for an article.
On the other hand, technology has also been the reason why so many magazines and newspapers have been dying a slow death in recent years. Nowadays, the public can get their news almost as it happens via Internet websites or social media sites. In addition, the advertising dollars that once made print media profitable have dried up and migrated to other outlets. Even the classified advertising dollars that once brought in appreciated revenue have dried up now that sites such as Craigslist offer the same type of service for free. Read More
Blogging is free, right? So why would you need to find ways to save money on a blog?
Sure, there are “free” blogging platforms out there like Blogger or even the WordPress.com version of WordPress. The truth is that most bloggers will tell you that no matter where you start, you’ll most likely end up on the self-hosted version of WordPress (AKA WordPress.org).
Let’s presume that you’ve decided the WordPress.org version of WordPress is the way to go. We’ll leave the pros and cons of this debate for another day but you’ll usually end up wanting to move from Blogger or WordPress.com to WordPress.org. So with that said, there are expenses to consider when you have a WordPress.org blog even though the actual WordPress software is free. Read More
For many people, social networking can be summed up in one word: Facebook. While Facebook is undoubtedly a wildly successful social network, it is not the first such network to appear on the scene, nor will it be the last. Many additional players that have entered the social networks field; however, if any stands a realistic chance of unseating Facebook from the top of the social network food chain, it is Google Plus. Just as many people equate Facebook with social networking, many equate Google with the internet itself. What started out as a modest venture — a search engine — has turned into a multinational behemoth that includes such features as cloud storage, online document editing, an extensive affiliate advertising network — and now, of course, a social network. Read More