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. Read More
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
Whether or not you’re a fan of her shows, there’s a reason why Shonda Rhimes is one of the most respected producers and writers in Hollywood. Consider the following:
Grey’s Anatomy is on its 11th season on TV, with its overall rank in viewership not going lower than 34
Scandal won the 2014 Peabody Award for Area of Excellence in television
Both of the shows above, along with How to Get Away with Murder, comprises ABC’s Thursday prime-time programming, referred to as “Thank God It’s Thursday”
So what is it about her shows that has demanded the respect of not only the network she’s in – who has given her the platform to produce some of the most compelling shows on TV – but also of the viewers – who seem unable to flip the switch once her shows roll in? Some of the lessons imparted here applies to all walks of life, especially for bloggers who have had trouble meeting their online goals.
Indeed, “good design is good business.” But what does it mean to have a “good” design? It all goes back to how your website or blog comes off when viewed on a desktop computer, tablet, or smartphone, which is imperative in encouraging users to visit and stay on your site. You must ensure that your blog design follows the best practices in user experience and SEO.
For newbie bloggers, learning how to make it look good is just as important as learning how to make a website. Fortunately for WordPress users, a good design is make possible with just a few clicks of a button – no coding necessary! This is because a blog design using the WordPress CMS is determined by the theme you choose.
For “good design” that observe the best practices in both UX and SEO, look no further than these SEO-friendly WordPress themes below!
Note: You may be wondering the exclusion of Thesis and Genesis theme from the list. While both are ideal for use if you want a clean, responsive, and fast-loading blog, both work more as frameworks in a sense that both come with additional features on top on what you already have on your WordPress blog. While ultimately not being themes in the strictest sense, both still come as highly recommended.
Google has recently launched the Inbox app for invite only. Upon requesting for an invite, I have received a notification allowing me access to the beta version of Google Inbox on my desktop and smartphone. Here’s what they mentioned on the e-mail:
Your email inbox should help you live and work better, but instead it often buries the important stuff and creates more stress than it relieves. So the Gmail team built a clean, organized, and helpful inbox to work for you.
From here, one can easily assume that the Google Inbox is the logical replacement to its current mailing system, GMail. Still, considering that the app is still on beta mode, nothing’s set on stone for this evolutionary e-mail app from Google. For those who are still waiting for their access after requesting for an invite, below are some of the most important questions raised by this app that you also ought to know.
It seems like almost everyone who goes on vacation writes a blog to document the trip. A blog is a great way for to document your trip, but most of us don’t tend to get a big following.
Aside from family and friends who read the blog mainly to make sure you’re doing all right on your trip, most travel blogs are only updated for a week or two for the duration of the trip and then forgotten.
So what’s the key to making your travel blog stand out? Consider the following expert tips and advice.
When you’re looking to push past an audience that consists of little more than your family and friends, it’s best to learn from the folks who have been there before. Thankfully, successful travel bloggers are often willing to share some of their secrets and let aspiring writers in on how they manage to set themselves apart. Read More
What’s in a domain name, you might ask? While registering for a domain in sites like this one here is a breeze, choosing of your domain name is the difficult part.
If you already have an established brand, then you’ll probably want to use it as your domain name to maintain consistency with your branding. However, if you’re just starting out and wish to build your online brand as fast as possible, then you need to understand what role search engine optimization (SEO) plays with the domain name you decide to use.
Following the best SEO practices enables you to make the most out of your blog and rank for your chosen keyword. By ranking on the first page of Google search results, you increase your chances of getting found by your target audience.
But before SEO can change the way you approach building your blog and creating content, you need to apply it on the domain name you plan on using. Below are factors that you need to consider for domain name to maximize performance of your blog.
When building a blog, it is important to take time to choose the best and most appropriate blog platform for your needs. If you do a quick search on the different types of platforms, you’ll see that WordPress is highly regarded by blog owners due to a variety of reasons.
However, if you want to make an informed decision to the type of platform to use for your blog and not because of what is believed to the best, then read on.
Design skills are something that bloggers need to acquire sooner or later. Once bloggers understand that publishing high-quality posts is just part of the big picture of online marketing, then they’d naturally want to acquaint themselves with the other aspects of their blog to maximize its performance, thus helping bloggers meet their goals faster.
When talking about design, however, we’re not referring to lots of graphics and Flash on the blog, both of which bog down load time. Due to the development on how users consume data online, design is now all about usability: each design element should serve a purpose in the context of your goals and objectives (increase traffic, sales, etc.).
More importantly, developing an attractive and fast-loading design that presents content in a clear and understandable manner won’t require bloggers to learn coding, especially if they’re using WordPress to power your blog. As a blogger, this will make the learning curve easier for you to teach you how to properly design your blog!
Below are parts of a web design that you should focus on using their respective WordPress design plugins for download.