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An Open Letter to Potential Bloggers

Letter ImageDear Potential Blogger,

First off, congratulations on your likely decision to start up a blog. If you go through with it, you’ll embark on a mission that is both deeply personal and extremely public, a chance to speak your mind and give voice to your thoughts on this, the most public sphere, the Internet.

However, I’m not going to lie to you. Starting a blog, maintaining it and growing it is not easy. Blogging has been around for over ten years and it’s a very crowded sphere. There are currently more bloggers than ever and audience size has not kept pace with the growth in the number of bloggers. The result, tougher than ever competition for readers and subscribers.

To make matters worse, the blog you want to do has probably already been done and better by someone else. That person (or company) is established in the niche, has a built in audience and the trust that comes with its longevity. Breaking into your market will be difficult, if not impossible.

The odds are definitely against you and the numbers make that very clear. Within a year of starting a blog, some 90% of bloggers have given up, leaving their blogs idle. Even most successful bloggers have more misses than hits, meaning they’ve walked ay from from more blogs than they’ve maintained.

So, there’s no guarantee of success, much less fame and fortune. In fact, nothing you can do will make your chance at success above 50%. As a new blogger with no reputation, you have an uphill battle regardless of how good you are and how well you do everything.

Still, there are things you can do to make your chances better. So, before you start thinking about your site name or what platform you’re going to use, here are a few things I think every blogger should be able to do and do reasonably well in order to succeed. Read More

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How to Get Your Blog Post Shared

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It is a scenario that every blogger knows well: you have come up with a great topic for a post. Gathering the appropriate data, you begin to craft a brilliant article based around it. You rewrite and then edit it, finding the perfect photos to accompany it. This is a labor of love, done with every detail sculpted to the letter with the kind of pride you can only get from working for your own site.

Publishing your masterpiece, you sit and wait for the views, comments and social media shares to begin flooding in. After all, we have been taught over and over again that high quality is the main requisite for making both popular and even viral content. The results should speak for themselves. Read More

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8 Blogging Tips for Business Owners

What's in the bag? Business of Software 2010

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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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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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Blog Like a Pro: 7 Tips to Outshine Competition

Congratulations, you’ve started a blog. So has everyone else in the neighborhood as well as their dogs. While you can’t lay claim to being the first blogger, you can build a blog that’s better than any other in your writing realm.

Here are seven ways to outshine your competition in any blogging niche:

1. Great Bloggers Have Authority

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That’s right. If you plan to outshine the competition, you must have a well-rounded understanding of your blog’s subject matter. Want to start a food blog? Learn how to effectively use ingredients and create new recipes rather than regurgitating overly-circulated online recipes.

If you aren’t an expert on a particular post topic, find experts in the field and interview them. This brings an authoritative voice to the blog and provides value for readers. Read More

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Valuable WordPress Themes for Online Portfolios

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Choosing the WordPress theme might be difficult. Everybody has a genial idea to look for hot topics, but a page that looks exactly like Facebook or Twitter will not only be ridiculous, but it also show bad taste and lack of originality. This is why it is important to come with a brilliant idea, and to have a great, original, unique and pleasant theme.

It is important to establish the purpose of your blog before choosing a theme. For online portfolios, you should have an elaborated plan, and you will also need to be patient, as those blogs need some time before gaining the expected recognition.

Even if you think about a programmer, it will cost you some money. Whether you want to choose a predefined theme, or you want a new theme created especially for your blog, you must know that there are advantages and disadvantages for each one of those methods. Read More

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How to Create Quality, Attractive Blog Content

If you’ve been beating your head against the wall trying to lower your bounce rate for your blog without any guidance or direction, don’t start to feel like you’re the only one.  Most people that are struggling to keep their readers engaged, give up and move away from blogging. However, to truly figure out how to keep the attention of your readers, you must learn how to make your content “sing”; so to speak. Until you learn this, your fight for attention will be never ending. Read More

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Get Paid to Facebook: Why Social Media Jobs are All the Rage

English: Graph of social media activities

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Social media has made its impact on the world, and this includes Corporate America. Today, many companies are realizing just how important it is to have a social media presence, which means that social media jobs are on the rise.

Social media managers, community managers, social specialists—these are all a few of the titles that people are being given at the office. They spend their day perusing social media sites, posting status updates, sharing pictures and commenting and liking posts. What separates these people from those who already do this at work? These people are getting paid for it. Read More

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The Secret To A Hugely Successful Website – People

When you build a website or write an article for that website, or even change the colour of the backgrounds it’s important to remember who you are doing it for – in other words the people. Sure you’ve heard it all before: ‘write for people not Google’ right? Well hear me out because that’s not really what I’m talking about here. You see the problem with writing ‘for people’ is that often those people are rather dehumanized by the whole process. It’s a step up if you’re writing to entertain and not just to please an algorithm or a ‘robot’ – but don’t you think ‘people’ is really a rather broad term? The question I want you to really ask yourself is what people?

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Tips for Building High Quality Backlinks

With the arrival of Google’s search algorithm update known as Penguin, there was a panic among small businesses and bloggers that their SEO work may fail them, sending them plunging down the results page and into online obscurity. The damage to their profits could be tremendous.

Building high quality backlinks  naturally isn’t a secretive process. It’s something anyone can do if you commit to the right strategy and the hard work it requires. Here are a few tips for building high quality backlinks that will last: Read More

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