Posts Tagged ‘blogging’
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
Blogging is an intimate writing medium. That’s what distinguishes it from many other types of writing. Whether your blog offers a slice-of-life look at the day-to-day happenings in your personal world or discusses your company’s products, policies, and promotions, blogging is an up-close-and-personal way to do it. As a highly interactive medium (and we hope your blog does allow comments), blogging is, in a very real sense, a two-way conversation between you and your readers. And while you may do most of the talking via your (hopefully copious) blog posts, engaging with those who are interested enough to visit and read your musings day after day can help make you more authentic—and more successful—as a blogger.
But, let’s start from the beginning. Here are a few ways you can become a more authentic blogger and connect with your audience in a way that helps you grow a loyal and dedicated readership: Read More
Have you just started to create a presence on the World Wide Web? Or have you been online for some time, but are currently trying to increase your site’s page rank and organic traffic? Designing and building an eye-catching website is the easy part; getting potential clients and customers to find you and your business, while essential, can be much more challenging. One issue may be that you do show up on search engines, but below some of your competitors. This can hurt your business tremendously, so staying on top of this type of data is vital.
BrandYourself.com takes the guesswork out of determining how your site ranks and how easy it is to find online. It uses a simplified set of analytics tools to help you determine your online prominence and traffic. BrandYourself’s tools help you tweak your business as necessary to boost its online prominence without having to first wade through excessively complex analytics data. Read More
Except for a precious few, everybody is prone to writer’s block. It’s when your fingers and heart are ready to blow everyone away with another one of your riveting blog posts but your mind is unfortunately without ideas. This is usually on of the first signs of blogging burnout, which is that feeling that you’re tired of this whole blogging thing. For people who blog as a hobby, this is not a major issue. However, for people who blog for a living, this is a problem that needs to be addressed immediately.
One of the most effective ways to get out of this gloomy dilemma is to let your mind wander or to direct your attention to something else. One of the easiest ways to do this is by reading. Let’s discuss how reading can be one of your greatest weapons against losing your blogging mojo.
It’s safe to say that most of us have seen Marvel’s The Avengers. The movie has entertained millions around the world and has broken almost every box office record that matters. We can all agree that the heroes were not the only stars of this cinema juggernaut — Loki, the God of Mischief, stole every single scene he was in.
Aside from not hurling insults at giant green rage monsters, there are other lessons that Loki can teach us. You, heroic blogger reading this post, can learn a few things about blogging from the Prince of Evil. Let’s start with feeding your ego.
Find an audience.
While Loki Laufeyson is known to be a master of tricks and schemes behind the scenes, we saw in the movie how he enjoys being in the spotlight. As explained by the Invincible Iron Man, Loki wants an audience, and that’s what you should want too.
You’ve established your business. After much financial expenditure and backbreaking hard work, you are keen to get it up and running and generating some takings! If you think your business will succeed without an appropriate marketing strategy then you will face disappointment. It is worth investing in copywriting services. The word about your new business needs spreading in an informed articulate way.
Higher Rankings in Search Results
Copywriters will look at your website and try to determine what the relevant keywords may be that are associated with your product or service; this is for the purpose of making the site optimised for viewing on the internet. They think about the situations that people would be in to find your site a solution to their problem or query so that when potential clients type in these keywords into a search engine, your site will rank higher in the search results. This is accomplished by typing in the keywords to the metadata that is in the html source code of your website. Read More
When I graduated college, I thought that having a Masters degree would be great, it would open up all sorts of doors for me and I would be rushing up the corporate ladder before I knew it. It turns out that the ‘real world’ had different ideas for me. I cannot tell you how many times I heard “wow this resume is really impressive” only to be told that I did not have the experience required. Instead of constantly hearing “no” on every job I applied for, I decided to create my own job and you can as well. Read More
I have a hard-core problem managing my time. More so, I have trouble distributing time equally between projects. I take interest in a lot of things but the attention I distribute to each project becomes more and more diluted the more I take on. Especially at this time of the year when there have been up-and-coming festivals and events where there have been several projects that I have been involved with that could potentially be fortuitous. I am an artist, so I have dedicated time to producing paintings and subsequently selling those; I am an (amateur) web-designer so some of my time has been immersed in manipulating source-code to get a desired visual output, oh and of course, I am a SEO copywriter. On the face of it I look prolific and busy. That is always my intention. But as I get engrossed in one task, the margin of time to fulfil other tasks magically evaporates. It’s amazing! Read More
Writers block: This happens more frequently than I am remotely comfortable with. The time when you find SEO copywriting the easiest is when you first start your career in this field. Your whole life up until that point is full of stories, events, insights; things that you feel have enough value to be of public interest. A lot like the embryonic stages of a relationship. Everyone has lots to share and catch up on in the honeymoon period but when that period expires, you move into the comfort zone whereby little communication is expended or even needed. With SEO copywriting, communication is always needed. It is the only fundamental rule of SEO copywriting! What can you do to keep your experiential outlook refreshed, and in turn, publishing kick-ass content? Read More
When I first started blogging way back in 2005, I had a lot of great people giving me wonderful advice. There are many people to whom I am deeply indebted for their guidance, help and criticism. Without them, I doubt I’d have been able to do a quarter of the things that I have.
However, there were also a few people who gave me what would turn out to be terrible advice. Advice that, if I had listened to it, might have prevented me from as much as getting started, much less, make blogging a major part of my career.
So what were those nearly-disastrous pieces of advice? Well, there’s too many to count but a few have stood out over the years for just how wrong they turned out to be.
Best of all, they’re also pieces of advice just about any other blogger should work to avoid, especially if they know the truth. Read More