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How to Design Your Blog Like Painting a Room

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Blogging and painting a room appears like polar opposites in the career department. One requires them to sit all day in front of the computer and create content for their blog in the hopes of making money. The other depends on people moving around a lot and reaching out for places to get the paint on the surface as their form of livelihood.

However, you’d be surprised to know that blogging – designing a blog, in particular – shares common traits with the things licensed painters do.

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Categories: Blogging Sense

Why All Students Should Be Encouraged to Blog

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With each passing year come more dire warnings from university professors who complain about the fact that their incoming students simply do not know how to express themselves with the written word. One possible reason for this learning gap is that students do not put enough emphasis on writing in the classroom. With the move towards collaborative learning and project-based assessments, students are doing a lot less writing than they were a generation ago.

The answer is not simply to pile on more essay assignments, though. While students do need to write more often, writing serves instructional ends – as well as personal ones – when it is authentic. Blogging is a writing style that lives squarely in the twenty-first century, but it is also a medium that goes back centuries, what with the pamphlets that essayists would spread around town in the first centuries after Gutenberg fashioned that printing press. Because we want our students writing as much as possible, we should encourage them to create a blog so that they can feel a sense of ownership in what they create. There are several reasons why blogging will create stronger writers in the classroom. Read More

Categories: Opinion

5 Must-Read Blog Posts About Blogging in 2014

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While blogging has paved way for people to live a sustainable lifestyle by earning money from writing about something they truly feel passionate about, there’s more to blogging than simply making money off it. At the core of every blog are posts that share helpful and compelling information to a specific audience.

Therefore, if you want to take a slice out of the blogging pie, it’s time to learn how to correctly approach blogging in order to create great content that will allow you to increase blog traffic and build a readership. From here, everything is possible, including generating revenue from your blog.

If you wish to start with blogging or already have a blog but are still struggling with building substantial traffic, then reading the best must-read blog posts about blogging that were published this year.

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Categories: Blogging Tips

Master WordPress at TakeControlofWP.com [Giveaway]

WordPress is a popular Content Management System and Web Site Creation tool, used by millions of people around the world, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Ford, CNN, NASA, Pepsi, and many more. From beginning bloggers to the more experienced ones, WordPress is arguably the best platform to use.

If you’re fall under the first group, you will have an exciting (albeit sometimes difficult) time learning the ins and outs of WordPress. But there’s help for that.

TakecontrolofWP

TakeControlofWP.com, a new video tutorial website teaches beginners how to setup, secure, speed-up, and analyze their own business website quickly and easily using WordPress. Read More

Categories: Blogging Resources, Giveaways, WordPress Tutorials

5 Must-Download WordPress Plugins for Lead Generation

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WordPress is one of the most robust and flexible CMSs out there. This is because of the selection of free and paid plugins that you can choose from to achieve your business goals.

One way of using your WordPress-charged site is to increase leads. Thankfully,there are lots of helpful plugins to boost your lead generation process. This is fortunate because, “79% of marketing leads never convert into sales. Lack of lead nurturing is the common cause of this poor performance. (Source: MarketingSherpa).”

Through the many plugins available, you can have more and than one way to reach out to your potential customers and engage with them. Below are the best of the best:

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Categories: WordPress Plugins

BloggingPro Job Board Highlights, December 8, 2014

Job board highlightsIt’s the start of a new week, and I hope you’re all ready to take on the next five days.

Let’s start things off with the job board highlights. Have a great week ahead!

Social Media/Online Publishing/WordPress Blogger

A WordPress/blogging site is looking for a blogger:
-with experience writing about the web, WordPress, social media, and blogging/writing
-who keeps tabs on the latest Internet/social media/blogging/WordPress trends and news
-who is committed and reliable.
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Categories: Jobs

How to Create Pinnable Images for Your Blog Post

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Since being founded in 2012, Pinterest has become a great way for bloggers to drive lots of traffic to their blogs. According to StatCounter, this image sharing social media site refers the second most traffic to websites with 10.38%, trailing Facebook with 67%.

This coincides with the growing power of visual content when used on websites. Among the many facts and figures raised by this infographic created by Digital Marketing Philippines, well-crafted visual content can generate up to 94% more traffic to your site.

Read more: 5 Types Of Content To Help Your Blog Grow On-Site and Off-Site

As a blogger, therefore, you need to take advantage of the benefits of visual content by including it in your blog posts and pinning it on Pinterest!

In this post, I will show you a step-by-step process of creating a simple pinnable image for this post so you can do it on your blog and enjoy increased traffic to your blog!

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Categories: Blogger Tools

Most Popular WordPress SEO and Social Media Plugins

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Great content is the bottom line of getting – and maintaining – traffic to your blog. However, a blogger cannot ignore SEO and social media. These topics have been talked and written about over and over again, but there must be a good reason for that: they are essential to optimizing your blog and expanding your reader base.

If you’re using WordPress, like countless other bloggers and online publishers today, then you’re in luck due to the nature of the platform. Your life is made so much easier by WordPress SEO and social media plugins that developers have released for the public to take advantage of. Read More

Categories: Social Media, WordPress Plugins

Kickass Adds-on and Tools for Non-WordPress Blogs

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Sorry to burst your bubble, but WordPress isn’t the only game in town.

Don’t get me wrong – I would choose WordPress if given the chance to create a blog due to its easy to use features and host of extremely helpful plugins to choose from. In fact, more than 50% power their websites using WordPress, according to Opensource CMS. In other words, there’s a reason why WordPress is the choice of most website owners and not simply because everybody seems to be using it.

On the other hand, WordPress isn’t for everyone as some would use other blogging platforms to run their websites instead. While there’s nothing wrong that WordPress is the choice of many, it’s also great to know that other platforms have stepped up to the plate and provide an alternative service for businesses to create their site.

However, the biggest obstacle non-WordPress blogs have to face is the limited features made available to them. WordPress users have access to thousands of plugins that they can download and install on their site for free, from e-commerce tools to lead generation add-ons. Alternative CMS platforms may not have this luxury, but there are add-ons and tools that non-WordPress users can nonetheless utilize to supercharge their Blogger, Tumblr, SquareSpace, and Weebly blogs, to name a few. Below are some of the best.

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Categories: Blogger Tools

5 WordPress Plugins e-Commerce Sites Must Have

5 WordPress Plugins e-Commerce Sites Must Have

As a retailer, you would want to do whatever possible to grow your sales and develop a customer base. For this very reason, it’s high time that you should build an e-commerce site. This is where lots of buyers make their purchases now, as 41.3% of internet users have bought products or services from online stores in 2013 and will only grow in the future.

The real challenge now, therefore, is creating your e-commerce site. Unlike building a static website, setting up an online shop is much more technical as you will have to deal with your inventory, sales funnel, order pages, and the type of analytic tool to use for monitoring visitor behavior, to name a few.

Thankfully, the process will be made much more easier when you build your e-commerce site using WordPress CMS and the plugins you can download. These allow you the capability to create attractive pages for your products just like the ones on Amazon or www.Engelbert-Strauss.co.uk, manage multiple orders, provide various payment options, and make the buying process seamless for potential customers of your online store.

Below is a list of basic yet essential WordPress plugins e-commerce sites use to set up their products and services up for sale.

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Categories: WordPress Plugins