Bill Gates said it quite eloquently with “Change the boundaries of business.” It took me a long time to figure out what that meant for me, but it allowed me to look inwards and realize that sometimes we do things a particular way because ‘that is the way it has always been’. I decided on something else, I was going to be my own boss – I decided that I was going to work from home. Let’s break down a few reasons why heading to work can actually be less than beneficial. Read More
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There are currently thousands, if not millions, of companies that offer hosting services. This makes it very difficult to find one that offers the most ideal services at the lowest possible price. Before settling for a particular web hosting company, there are a number of factors to look at and compare besides the price to ensure that you settle for a service provider whose service is tailored to your specific needs. This post is a summary of the top 5 factors to look at when choosing the best web hosting company. Read More
Bloggers who use simple web interfaces to publish their content are split into two major factions: the Blogger team and the Tumblr team. They could not be more different in their design, posting style and promotion tactics. If you want to start a blog but don’t know which platform to use, first decide what the focus of your blog will be: Writing? Images? Curating others’ content? Do you want an informative blog and write about restaurants, traveling or technology? Or do you want something a little more creative, focused on images?
You’re probably familiar with the popular photo sharing site, Flickr, which allows users to post and tag photos and share these photos with friends. While you may already use Flickr to manage your personal photos, you might not have realized that the site also offers many exciting options for your business, including features that let you construct slide shows, tell stories, communicate with customers and plan trips. Flickr isn’t just for photos anymore. Read More
The blog headline or title is the first thing that people read and it is what they consider when they are deciding whether or not to click through to the blog post and read the rest of it. Catchy headlines will bring more people to your blog so that you can sell more of your products or services, get your message out to a wider audience or get more traffic so that you can sell advertising.
The headline sums up everything that the blog post is about and should be creative, concise and captivating. A boring, confusing or otherwise poorly written headline can prevent people from clicking on your blog posts and discovering your content. Read More
1. Checks Facebook only once per day.
The average person spends way too much time on Facebook. It is true; Facebook can be a valuable tool for a blogger. It helps bloggers find new readers, and keep the conversation going with their current following. It helps them find other bloggers in their industry.
But, when not used correctly, Facebook can also be an insane time eater. Reading your friends’ every status update, browsing through photos, etc can take up much more time than you should be willing to spend on that one social media platform.
Part of being an effective blogger is using time efficiently. So, to make better use of their time, most effective bloggers will check Facebook only once a day. This allows them to access the necessary updates and spend a little bit of time updating and conversing… but not so much time that they waste an entire day liking their cousin’s photos of their dog.
*Tip to Becoming a Highly Effective Blogger: Don’t view Facebook as a fun way to take a break. As a blogger, Facebook is a marketing platform. Looking at friends’ photos is not going to make you money, or get you traffic. Limit your Facebook time to once per day. While on Facebook, concentrate on activities that will help grow your blog and readership. Read More
It sounds painful, doesn’t it?
And that’s the funny thing about blogging: while most of us do it because we find it fulfilling, we also drive ourselves crazy making common mistakes.
But fear not.
In this post we’ll look at 7 common blogging mistakes and how you can overcome them TODAY.
Ready? Then let’s roll…
Mistake #1. Forgetting the USP
Your Unique Selling Proposition (or Unique Value Proposition) is what separates you from, well, every other blog out there.
For example, let’s say you’ve got a travel blog. You need to develop a strong USP to differentiate. A few ideas would include green travel, solo travel and budget travel for couples. Each of these identify an audience for your content.
A USP should be no longer than one sentence long and describe exactly what your blog is about. If you don’t already have a USP, do this first! Read More
Twitter, like other forms of social media, is a lot of fun – so much so that it can be addictive. Most people can’t go more than a few hours without checking their Twitter profile, and so it was only a matter of time before it was converted into a means of producing business results in an increasingly online-oriented market – which applies to every niche.
As a blogger, you do more than run a website for your personal enjoyment. Such formats are the new form of Internet business, and even when you are dealing with an entertainment genre, you are running a new kind of business venture. Just looking at how bloggers have become such a major part of information sharing should show you how serious it truly is. Read More
Lots of things have changed in link building industry since Google introduced Panda Update and latest Penguin Update. These days’ social media signals have become really important. Google has stopped giving importance to blog networks and lots of web directories seem to be gone from Google index. Ethical link building is doing wonders these days. Focus should be more towards brand promotion and staying away from spam link building techniques. Read More
If you’ve made the transition to working at home, you’ve probably come across some challenges you weren’t expecting. While there are certainly a ton of benefits to working from home, there are a few stumbling blocks that many beginners face. Here are 7 tips that will help you work through the challenges that tend to come up and keep on going down the road to success. Read More