With the 10-year anniversary of the first release of WordPress coming up on May 25 of this year, a lot of attention is already being paid to the reigning champion of the blogging platforms and both how it changed the Internet and how the Internet changed around it.
On one hand, it’s amazing to look at how an upstart fork of b2/cafelog, one that was created simply because Textpattern wasn’t being updated, came to be such a dominant force on the Web and launch a company, Automattic, that now employs some 150 people worldwide.
On the other hand, it’s easy to look at WordPress as a besieged king. An application and a service created in a world of desktops and blogs now living in a world of mobile devices and social media.
It’s obvious that WordPress has helped to shape the Web we’re in today. It’s used by millions of blogs large and small, including many of the most popular sites on the Web. However, the question remains, will WordPress and the WordPress platform be as important in the next ten years as it has been the previous?
It’s tough to say, but I agree with Matt Mullenweg that there are a lot of reasons to be optimistic.
Good morning, everyone! How much were you looking forward to Friday this week? Well, it’s here now, so you can rejoice all you want! Here are the highlights from this week’s Job Board, which I hope will give you even more reason to enjoy your day.
Have a good weekend!
Can you speak and write in English and Spanish? Put those skills to good use, and apply for this freelance position. You’ll be writing content for B2B trade magazines.
Blogging has proven to be a successful channel for increasing engagement between brands and customers. But not every company is as sexy as MTV and can blog about celebrity spotting and free concert tickets. What about those of us with a business blog focused on potted plants or network servers? Can these “boring” brands possibly create an intriguing blog?
The answer is, yes.
In fact, niche companies can have an easier time blogging than bigger brands since they have a niche audience. These simple steps can help even “boring” brands create a compelling blog. Read More
At first glance, it may seem that the boom of image-based sites like Instagram and Pinterest doesn’t have that big of an impact on writers. After all, you’re a wordsmith, not a graphic designer, so the above-mentioned apps and websites don’t really belong in your department, right? Wrong.
Just because you communicate more with words rather than pictures, doesn’t mean you can’t leverage the power of images to market your content, gain exposure, and reel in more clients. As you’ll find out in this article, there are a number of online tools out there that will enable you to join in on all the Pinterest, Instagram, and Timeline fun—even if you’re not a skilled designer or artist. Read More
Good morning, everyone! How did February go for you? I don’t know if it’s just me, but there seemed to have been a lack of jobs in the past month. Let’s hope March brings us more.
Here are the highlights from this week’s Job Board.
Got 20 hours a week to write articles based on current trends and breaking news? You don’t even have to get out of bed to do this. Just make sure you are able to follow company writing guidelines.
You know having a blog is essential for your business. But your boss? Maybe not so much. Perhaps she’s focused instead on getting those big easy wins, or maybe she’s so old school she thinks blogging is nothing more than a way to give away precious company knowledge for free. Whatever her hesitations, it’s time to shake up that mentality, and the best way to do that is by knowing your stuff. I recommend starting first with a good guide to business blogging, finding a few key statistics, and developing a vacuum-tight pitch strategy. Here’s how to do just that. Read More
Good morning! I hope you’re all enjoying a nice Friday. Here are the highlights from our Job Board this week.
PSFK.com, where you can find the most innovative and creative things online, is looking for a contributing blogger. They need writers who can provide content first thing in the morning (EST), and you can be based anywhere as long as you meet this.
When I was first studying design, there wasn’t much of a Web to use. So, I received most of my education and professional experience in that field learning print design.
In my closet I have several binders filled with things I made both professionally, personally and for school. This includes, flyers, brochures, buttons, newsletters, newspapers, booklets and more. However, as I was trying to pick up Web design, I brought a lot of what I learned in print design to the Web.
A lot of it was right, but a lot of it was very wrong and the Web, founded largely by people like me who grew up in the print design world, is just now waking up to some of those mistakes.
The truth is people don’t use the Web like they do a newspaper or a magazine. For an example, consider how far your nose is from your screen right now. Then, open up a book, hold it comfortably and take the same measurement, you’ll likely see a big difference.
So, if you want to create a good blog layout, you have to stop thinking like a print designer and break some of the rules you may have come to know and love, even without realizing it.
Here are five examples of rules that no blog design should break. Read More
Affiliate marketing is an often underrated but highly profitable means of selling laden with multiple benefits. Affiliate marketing not only is a brilliant source of earning additional income via advertising but it is also a valuable tool to increase an affiliate marketer’s goodwill and standing.
If you’re keen on becoming an affiliate marketer or indeed have already initiated an affiliate selling campaign, the following guide will manifest the finest ways of achieving success in the field and staying ahead of the competition. Read More
Content is King, we all know that. How many times have you heard the phrase “quality content”? Do you even know what “quality content” means? This article will explain what “quality” content is and a few ways to help you create it!
Before we start consider these points:
- Substance – Fill your content with juicy information. Awesome links and great tips.
- Actionable value – Using the above, you can provide value to the reader. They walk away from reading your content, knowing much more than they did when they started. They can go and do something better than they did before, thanks to your advice.
- Layout – Do not underestimate the value of a quick bit of formatting. Keep paragraphs short, add bullet points and numbered lists and add images where appropriate. Content with lots of white spaces like this, are much easier to read that blocks of text. Read More