It’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!
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
Those who are fond of WordPress can look forward to an amazing offer. ThemeFuse has launched its own website scheme. With this new scheme, customers who purchase a hosting plan for a period of one year get the opportunity to use a domain name for free. The ThemeFuse team will finish the set up, and you will receive your login details within a few minutes by mail. Read More
Web presence management provider Conductor, in partnership with research firm Ascend2, releases an SEO research study “Inside Enterprise SEO: SEO Survey Benchmarks for Large Companies.” The survey consists of valuable data for marketers about how SEO has performed for clients in terms of meeting their business goals.
One of the most interesting statistics uncovered by the study is the perceived importance of increasing website traffic by marketing, sales, and business professionals:
According to the survey, increasing website traffic is the second most important objective, behind increasing lead generation.
Well, I’m here to tell you that website traffic should never be an exclusive objective of your SEO strategy.
How was Thanksgiving weekend? I hope you all went through Black Friday intact and that you’ll have a blast on Cyber Monday.
Here are the job board highlights to help you get more gigs for holiday shopping.
PlaceIt is looking for someone to blog (in English) with a background in web design and/or user experience. You also need to have great writing skills and be able to the research yourself. You should also be able to edit your own work. They will provide the general topic area and you would write within those general constraints.
Editor’s note: This post was written by Cari Bennette, blogger, editing expert at Jet Writers and experienced writer. Her main interests are reading, writing on the Web and assisting blogging newbies.
Incredible apps are revolutionizing the way we write. From dictation devices that transcribe and upload your notes to advanced organizational apps to virtual writer’s meditation centers, writers and bloggers of today have the world at their fingertips.
Check out these 15 best apps for bloggers and writers. Read More
If you aren’t taking advantage of Twitter to find guest blogging opportunities, you’re missing out. Twitter is a great way to find and make connections with publishing influencers in all kinds of industries.
Recognize the Power of Social Search
Twitter offers its users more chances to connect with people they don’t personally know or share mutual friends with, making it a great platform for locating new guest blogging opportunities. Twitter also offers highly effective, yet simple, search features that can help you connect with the right people.
Additionally, a social search tool like Topsy allows you to search for terms like “guest bloggers,” “looking for writers,” “write for us,” “guest post” and other variations. The results show you who has recently tweeted about seeking guest bloggers, or sites that have recently hosted guest posts and presumably would be open to the idea of hosting more.
From there, you can tweet back at them or contact them via their website. Take some time to get to know their site before you reach out. Consider whether or not you would be a good fit, and get a feel for the style of the other posts. Read More