Since blogging became popular on the internet over a decade ago, there’s been no end to blogging platforms to help us get our message across to our readers. In recent years though, there’s been a clear favorite and that’s been WordPress. It’s not hard to see why it’s been the favorite for so long, after all it’s incredibly easy to use and extremely flexible thanks to the myriad of plugins available. While WordPress offers everyone a way to blog, it’s not perfect and it hasn’t really changed much either. It’s offered the same set of features for years now. Familiarity is great, but when it starts to kill your buzz you know it’s time for a change. Read More
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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
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
We’ve all heard tales of gallant and courageous acts in the name of love, but the humble word is just as powerful. It can entice, sway and lure us to take the plunge. In today’s media-obsessed society, the written word remains a most potent form of persuasion. Express yourself well and the digital world is your oyster.
Mutually happy relationships matter more than ever. In business, they’ve taken on a new level of importance. Since the 1960s, marketing has revolved around the concept of the Four Ps: product, price, place, and promotion. This quickly became the unchallenged model for marketing. But business globalisation meant new approaches were necessary. Suddenly, retention and relationship and economics were elevated up to and above the product or service itself.
The world of commerce now resembles a jousting match for the fair customer’s hand. Expect the most fiery and foolhardy of your competitors to attempt to strike you down at the first opportunity; in turn, you can opt to be just as combative. Or, you can leave these tiresome battles to the mere mortals beneath, lay down your sword and use your mighty pen to charm your way, often permanently, into your readers’ hearts. Read More
After well over half a year since the previous 3.X release, two weeks ago WordPress 3.6, named “Oscar”, was released and the blogging world, it seemed, barely took notice.
Sure, there was the standard griping about having to update X number of blogs and clamoring to learn about the new features, but it can’t be said that those new features set the world on fire in any major way (good or bad). Sure, they were welcome additions, but most of the features aren’t particularly useful to any established blogger who is the sole author of their site.
Still, bloggers should be taking notice of WordPress 3.6, there are several additions to it that represent not just a pivot point for WordPress, but for blogging in general. If the release feels like WordPress isn’t moving forward, it’s likely just because it’s changing direction and soon, whether you like it or not, it’s likely that you’ll be going along with it.
In short, WordPress 3.6 may not drastically change how you blog today, but it may have big implications for your site down the road, implications you can start preparing for now. Read More
For many bloggers, the desire to become a professional is driven out of a desire to work for oneself. to be in command of one’s own life and be self-employed.
On the surface, it sounds like the dream job. The commute is just a hop across the hall, you can set your own hours, work when you please and do something that you’re passionate about for a living. What could be better?
Well, as someone who has been living that reality for the past five years or so, I can safely say that working for myself is the best job that I’ve had and that all of those things are true.
However, it’s also a job that has trade offs. While the commute and flexibility are both great, there are definitely things about it that aren’t so great. In addition to the pitfalls that you should definitely strive to avoid, there are a few things about it that, quite frankly, stink and there isn’t much that you can do about it.
With that in mind, here are five reasons why working for yourself can be great, but it certainly isn’t perfect. Read More
It’s that time of year: School’s out, workers are leaving for vacation in droves and, in the United States, it’s a holiday weekend.
If you don’t have a site that’s specifically targeted toward summer activities, it’s almost certainly the slow season.
For me and my sites, it’s pretty routine for traffic to drop between 25 and 33 percent during these months and, though the drop off is less than in previous years, it’s definitely noticeable this one as well.
So what’s a blogger to do?
The truth is that, while you can’t avoid the slowdowns that come with the seasons, you can make the best of them and use this relatively slow time to both improve your site and even grow it.
In short, if you treat the slower months not as a obstacle, but an opportunity, you can do a great deal of good that can have both you and your site ready for when things ramp up as the weather begins to cool off.
So what can you do with a temporary slowdown? Here are five suggestions to get you started. Read More
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
Many businesses are rapidly expanding due to the use of social marketing. This is the fastest and the easiest way of improving your business growth and sales. All you have to do is research on your specific audience needs and their locations to come up with effective chat tools. The type of your enterprise and social audience determines the kind of tools that you need to use. Even with effective chat tools, you must share information that is useful and valuable. Here are some tools you can use to grow your target audience. 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