Google is cracking down on mobile-unfriendly sites.
The search engine sent a warning on Google Webmasters Tools to site owners who have mobile ranking issues. This new algorithm has hit the news as early as November but will take shape in the coming weeks and months.
The age of mobile has arrived and it’s only growing stronger. According to this free guide from Smart Insights, mobile devices have outgrown desktop computers in Internet usage in 2014.
These reasons should empower you to set up a mobile-friendly version of your blog.
If you have a WordPress blog that still needs to be optimized for mobile viewing, use the plugins listed below.
Everyone thinks blogging is easy, until they try to do it and the results are dismal. That’s hopefully why you’ve hired a permanent blogger, whether as a freelancer or a permanent employee, but are they getting the support they need? They might not be used to your platform, the analytics you prefer, or the technology surrounding them in general. Bloggers, just like everyone else on your IT team, need both initial training and ongoing training in order to perform their best.
However, it’s easy to leave this on the back burner until it dries out and goes stale. Is your company blog really so important that the person in charge of it needs special training? Of course, especially considering the shocking business blog statistics Yahoo! recently released. Since companies with blogs have 97 percent more links and studies show users are 81 percent more likely to trust a business with a (good) blog, you can’t consider this a fun side project. Read More
When most blogs get abandoned and fail, you clearly need to stack the odds in your favor as a blogger. There are a lot of things you should be doing when creating a blog, but don’t forget about the things you shouldn’t be doing, too. Some seemingly innocent things can kill a blog faster that Kim Kardashian can break the internet. Speaking of the internet, that’s killer number one: If you don’t have reliable, fast internet, you’re probably not going to blog as much as you should. Read More
Good morning, BloggingPro readers!
I hope you all had a great weekend and that you’re ready to send in applications for new jobs. Here are the BloggingPro job board highlights. Good luck!
Starcasm is a rapidly growing pop culture blog currently averaging over six million page views per month. They are looking to expand our staff with additional full-time freelance writers to cover celebrity and pop culture news stories and non-time-sensitive informational posts of interest.
Applicant should be able to come up with story ideas and write about them succinctly and with a positive vibe. A degree in Journalism, English, or another field with a writing emphasis is preferred, but not required. Possessing some photo editing skills is a plus, as is a joyful appreciation of reality television programming and celebrity foibles.
The vast majority of blogs get abandoned, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Assuming you’re a blogger (or blogger to be) that’s ambitious and committed to blogging, you need the right tools and technology to keep up with your reader’s demands. However, start by remembering that it’s very common to get little or no action on your blog for weeks or even months. Keep an eye on your analytics, tweak your voice as necessary, and welcome comments by ending with open-ended questions. Read More
Social proof in online marketing helps shape the public’s opinion about your product or service. These include but not limited to:
- Social media shares
- Endorsements from industry experts
- Ratings and reviews
- Press releases
A strong social proof for your blog encourages visitors to form a positive opinion about it.
Having lots of social media shares, positive customer reviews, and celebrity endorsements will compel first-time visitors to believe that your blog is an authority within its niche.
Visitors will then return to your blog to read your latest posts, subscribe to your mailing list, buy your products or services, and others!
If you want to enjoy these benefits from your blog, then you need to leverage your social proof to increase the authority of your blog.
To generate more social proof to your blog, below are things that you can do.
Editor’s note: This post was written by Ricardo Ortizcazarin, who started Cazarin Interactive from his basement in 1998. In the following 16 years, his company has grown to a full-fledged Digital Marketing Agency, helping clients from every industry build and leverage their online presence. Ricardo takes a results-based approach to every project, designing marketing campaigns from the ground-up to meet his client’s real-world objectives and goals.
Studies show that Internet users spend roughly 25 percent of their time online using social media.
That’s a lot of Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn time, right? Well, 80 percent of marketers are promoting their content on social media sites to try to capture all of this traffic, but many are finding that their efforts are being wasted. Here’s how to break through the noise and be heard. Read More
If you have dreams of becoming a successful freelance blogger (successful financially), there are a few things you need to know. First, it’s very unlikely that you’ll earn a lucrative salary if you accept a permanent, full-time blogging position. Those are very few and far between to begin with, but bloggers also need to focus on defining what their “hourly rate” is without actually accepting an hourly rate. Bloggers should determine a per word rate, or a flat rate per project based on an average word count, and then determine what “hourly rate” that adds up to. Read More
A mark of an engaging blog post is the number of insightful comments made on it.
While this may not be a high priority to most, bloggers nonetheless must need to make a concerted effort to drive more comments into their blog posts. This way, they can cultivate their relationship with these commenters by replying back to them and building off something from there, among other benefits.
If you want to receive more comments from your blog posts to enjoy the advantages of having lots of engaged readers, then here are tips that you should follow.
Good morning, everyone. We’ve got some interesting jobs for you in this week’s edition of the job board highlights.
We hope you get a gig or two this week. Good luck!
Healthy Hearing is looking for a freelance writer to join the Healthy Hearing Editorial team. This position is responsible for gathering information online, writing articles about hearing loss, hearing aids and related topics, entering copy into their administrative portal and maintaining best practices for SEO as set forth by Healthy Hearing.