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Tips That Will Get You in Your Writing Zone

The writing zone. We all wish were in that zone every single day, don’t we?

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I suppose this is especially true for people whose main source of income is writing. Whether it’s a blog post, a piece of copy for a client, or an article for marketing purposes – it doesn’t matter. When it comes to making a living out of writing, getting in your writing zone will certainly make life easier. You know, that state of mind wherein words flow naturally, and you feel like you can meet all your writing deadlines without breaking a sweat!

Unfortunately, entering your writing zone is not always easy. Read More

Categories: Blogging Tips

7 Types of Headlines That Will Turn on People’s Attention Like Magic

Editor’s Note: This post was written by Anil Valvi, President of Dynastic Tech, which helps clients to enjoy better visibility in search engines, better online reputation, and better traffic. You can reach him by sending email on [email protected].

When you write a headline, your biggest goal is to make people want to read your content. Every article has a headline, and this is very important no matter your marketing purpose. Without a good headline, your content won’t get read, whether it is a sales page, landing page, blog post, article, or press release. So, you need to pay special attention on your headline. Craft it well so that you can attract maximum attention from your target audience. Here are 7 types of headlines that will turn on people’s attention like magic:

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1. Controversial Question

If you take a look at various news headlines in various media, you’ll notice that controversial headline will always sell well. It sparks great debate among your audience, in which they will take one of the two sides that are being confronted. There are many controversial topics that you can write in your headline. Of course, you have to match it with your niche and target audience. For instance, if you are targeting a weight loss niche, you can write a controversial question about whether dieting can really help them lose weight or not.

2. Funny And Shocking

Headlines that can make people laugh, giggle, and smile will always be amusing and interesting. Just go to YouTube and try to find some videos that are funny and shocking. You’ll see that most of them have over one million views. Why? That’s because they are attracting people’s interest immediately. Funny and shocking headlines can help you to make people pay attention toward your content. Shocking discoveries, information leaks, as well as funny and weird news will keep your audience engaged toward your content.

3. Tutorial Information

In the age of the internet, information is spreading like lightning. Before the internet, people will pay thousands of dollars to learn about something like cooking, computer programming, video creation, design, and so on. They need to go to a local course and attend to the course lessons every week. But, with the advent of the internet, everything changed. You can learn almost anything on the internet, instantly. That’s why tutorial headline can help you to attract people’s attention toward your content. If you can help people learn something quick, people will usually come to you.

4. List And How To

It’s a classic. List and how to are the headlines that are being used all over the internet. It’s simply proven. It’s evergreen, and it’s naturally attractive. Try to write some list and how to headlines today. It will help you to give valuable information to your audience in the easiest-to-digest format. People can scan your content easily, and they can also read it from start from finish without much trouble. Don’t forget to add some great words such as amazing, simple, good, etc in your list and how to headline.

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5. Recent Update

People will always want to keep themselves up to date with everything around them. They want updated news about fashion, technology, politics, governments, celebrities, and so on. The newest updates on something that happen around them will always excite them. That’s why a headline that informs about recent update in your niche will always win your audience’s heart. If you want to make people look at your headline, give them recent update or news about your niche, and you’ll be able to grab their attention very quickly.

6. Testimonial
People like to hear opinion from others. This is especially true when they need to buy a product. They want to hear what others say about the product before they decide to buy it. Testimonial headline is best suited for you when you are trying to sell something to your audience. By putting testimonial in your headline, you’ll make people feel interested toward what you are offering.

7. Reason

People want to hear explanation about why they do something. Yes, most people don’t even know why they are doing something. Why should they follow a strict diet to lose weight? Why do some people feel bad about themselves? Why do they need to eat healthy foods every day? There are many kinds of questions that need explanation. That’s why people will be intrigued when they see a headline such as “7 Reasons Why You Should Abandon Your Diet Program Right Now.”

Those are 7 types of headlines that will turn on people’s attention like magic. If you want to create a headline that will drive maximum traffic to your content, you should write one of those headlines.

Categories: Blogging Tips

Best Positions for Social Share Icons & Other Elements on Your Blog

There are no absolute rules for where and how you design your blog and where you choose to place your content elements whether they are call to action buttons, subscription boxes or comment boxes. The general rule of thumb is that wherever you choose to place your content it needs to make sense for you, your message and what readers are expecting from your site; sticking to what is proven to work best.

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Most bloggers will have different experiences based on their audience’s profile and the type of content they’re producing. Regardless of that fact there are certain guidelines on how to place social share buttons and other elements designed to get some feedback from readers. Its very important to put yourself in the mind of your readers and customers, request feedback and approach your blog’s design strategically versus in a random manner. Read More

Categories: Blog Design

Use Music Blogs to Promote Your Music

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Your band rocks. Everyone gets along, and the music really clicks when you jam together. Your drummers no longer spontaneously combust at practice. You’ve recorded a few tracks to promote the band. Maybe you’ve even uploaded your best audio files to a slick music site. So why is no one listening? Why is your band still languishing on the open seas of musical obscurity? Read More

Categories: General

BloggingPro Job Board Highlights (March 10-14)

Job board highlightsHow did your week go? Are you beating any serious deadlines today? Good luck!

Here are the job board highlights to end your week.

Content Creators and Bloggers Needed to Help Seed Community

Gaia Interactive (www.gaiaonline.com), an online game and avatar community with one of the largest forums in the world is looking for content creators and bloggers to help facilitate community engagement through creating quality content and sharing their work to their social networks. Any content goes, but the more followers you pull into the community, the more they’ll pay you.
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Categories: Jobs

Over 160,000 WordPress Sites Used as Zombies in DDoS Attacks

Are you running WordPress like us? Do you make it a point to update to the latest version as soon as it’s out? If not, then maybe you should.

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In a recent massive attack, more than 160,000 WordPress sites have been taken advantage of and used to launch “a large HTTP-based (layer 7) distributed flood attack against a target”. And, these were legit WordPress sites that were abused for the attack. So you could actually have been one of them! Read More

Categories: News

Snowden at SXSW: Encryption is “defense against the dark arts in the digital realm”

Snowden at SXSW: Encryption is ‘defense against the dark arts in the digital realm’ (via PBS News Hour)

Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden spoke at the 2014 South by Southwest Interactive Festival Monday about what the tech community can do to address digital privacy and security concerns. Snowden addressed festival attendees via videoconference from…


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Categories: News

Top 5 Questions to Ask When Hiring a Developer to Build Your Blog

A professionally designed and developed website is always best when launching your blog with the hope of captivating an audience and seriously making your mark in the blogosphere. A beautiful, user-friendly design can contribute significantly to the success or failure of your site as more readers are now keen and hungry for good quality design and content. If your blog lacks standard functional elements such as a seamless reading experience, facilitating easy communication and basic up-time you’ll quickly find your blogging efforts doomed.

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Hiring a professional developer may not always be the best option as I’m sure many are strapped for cash and doing it yourself may be the only option. Regardless, I recommend seriously considering hiring a pro with the experience and vision to walk you through and take care of the hard work. Read More

Categories: Blog Design

BloggingPro Job Board Highlights (March 3-7)

Job board highlightsHappy Friday, folks! Here are the job board highlights from this week’s listings. Good luck, and have a great weekend!

Personal Finance Writer

Alternative Media is looking for a talented personal finance writer who can write insightful and entertaining pieces about things like health insurance, budgeting, saving money, etc. This role would involve creating brand new articles, as well as rewriting / updating some of our existing articles.
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Categories: Jobs

Plugin Review: Pippity Popup

Let me get this straight from the get go: I am not a big fan of popups on web sites. I think they’re intrusive, especially if you can’t get rid of them without subscribing or responding to whatever call to action is presented.

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You’ll understand then, that when the idea of using a popup plugin for BloggingPro (and other Splashpress Media sites) were brought up, I was less than enthusiastic. Then again, I recognize the fact that many other big web sites are using popups – not to mention my belief in trying something at least once and seeing how it goes. Read More

Categories: WordPress Plugins

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