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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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5 Solutions For Backing Up Your Blog

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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

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Successful Blog Writing For Your Business

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There is not enough time to discuss all the different ways that businesses can use SEO services and various SEO tools. We could spend days talking about the best way to build communities around your business, creating keywords, keyword research, etc.

There are many building blocks in the SEO process and one of the ways to obtain successful SEO is to know how to use the building blocks. Blogging is a great method of SEO that helps with creating backlinks, helps strengthen your community, and allows businesses to connect through their customers.

This blog is going to help you with successful blogging for your business. Read More

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How To Ruin Your Blog In 5 Simple Steps

mistakesYour blog should be an extension of your business and a showcase for your personal thoughts, experience and knowledge. Whether you’re a freelancer, an SME or a huge corporation, you’ve got something to say and you will almost certainly have an audience for whatever is going on in that brain and dying to find its way onto your blog.

The key to having a successful blog is to have a plan. Just throwing up content every now and then isn’t going to find you the audience you want, and visitors to your blog certainly won’t return if you don’t give them a good enough reason to. The first way to ensure that they do come back is to make it easy for them to do so. Take a long, hard look at the design and layout of your blog, and be honest with yourself. Would you stick around if it belonged to somebody else? Also, consider how easy it is to find once people are on your site. Display the most recent posts in a sidebar and have “Blog” listed proudly within your navigation. Read More

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Convincing Your Boss to Budget for a Blog

workYou know having a blog is essential for your business. But your boss? Maybe not so much. Perhaps she’s focused instead on getting those big easy wins, or maybe she’s so old school she thinks blogging is nothing more than a way to give away precious company knowledge for free. Whatever her hesitations, it’s time to shake up that mentality, and the best way to do that is by knowing your stuff. I recommend starting first with a good guide to business blogging, finding a few key statistics, and developing a vacuum-tight pitch strategy. Here’s how to do just that. Read More

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Here’s My Blog… So Read it Maybe?

karol 1Sorry for doing this (using such a headline), but I just couldn’t resist the temptation. Anyway, this post is about the reasons … the reasons why anyone would want to read your blog.

You might think that this is a topic that’s been thoroughly covered across the internet already, right? I’m sure you’re familiar with the term “quality content.” But is it really enough to get someone to read your blog? Isn’t an even more important factor missing in this blog-popularity picture?

For instance, there are a lot of mediocre recording artists who still manage to attract massive followings of people just because of their _______ … yea, no one really knows why, and that’s the point. In my honest opinion, producing this mysterious quality content is not good enough to make your blog popular / attractive to the average member of your audience.

What is the reason for this? Well, probably more than a dozen of those, but I’m no psychologist so I can only point out two: Read More

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8 Blogging Tips for Business Owners

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The internet has turned the world in to one giant, interconnected beast. This web delivers information to humanity at a rate never before reached in all of human history. Because of this, every business should have some kind of presence on the World Wide Web. This can be a web page, a Facebook page, or even presence on a site like Tumblr or WordPress. Regardless of the route a company takes, there will be blog posts. These posts are pieces of prose that must be both informative and entertaining. This is the face of the business many will see so posting should be handled with care. The following are eight simple rules for writing a blog post. Read More

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5 Ways Pro Bloggers Leverage Mobile Devices

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

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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

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What’s Stopping You From Being A ‘Great’ Blogger – Part 3

If you consider your blog as a business, then you might understand the point being made here in a better way. If you don’t, consider it to be a one and then think whether a business would really get a kick-start without any valuable investment in and for it or not? A simple answer to this question is NO. That’s because any tangible quality item in this world is not free, and so is any digital item that you purchase and use online.

Any blog needs some good investment – in it and for it. Just like a business invests in its offices, transportation, employment, advertising etc., a blog also needs to invest money at various important events, for several different items. Read More

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What’s Stopping You From Being A ‘Great’ Blogger – Part 2

How many times have you seen the same blog design, in the same niche, writing about the same topics? The number to be assumed could be high. That’s because even though there are millions of designs available over the web, webmasters often prefer to copy the templates used by ‘good’ blogs, and hence make a messed up photocopy of that good blog.

If not the design, there are several elements on the sites that are copied by many, from many. These elements are numerous, but the most important is the copying of the shades (colors) from other blogs. Thousands of webmasters often don’t take any pain of thinking about the colors that will be used on a blog. Sometimes, a plain red logo, and the whole site black with white background is the main idea of the so-called ‘website-development’. Read More

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