It’s a bad time to be a blogger in Russia these days. President Putin has garnered both the admiration and disdain of people from the world over, but his signing a bill that requires Russian bloggers to register with the government media office, Roskomnadzor, is certainly not going to help him stack up brownie points.
Based on a report published by Reporters Without Borders, this bill covers bloggers who have more than 3,000 visits. Basically, bloggers who fall under this bucket will also be covered by laws applicable to professional media and news agencies, which obviously is NOT good for indie bloggers.
Obviously, social media is an important and effective way to promote your blog and/or business. However, it is important to use these resources to your benefit, rather than your detriment. You spend enough time working on your blog to keep it fresh and full of new and useful posts, so you want your promotional efforts to have an impact, without requiring an unreasonable time commitment.
Here are some tips to help you get the most out of social media, while also side-stepping the inherent hazards associated with various platforms: Read More
As you grow and develop as a blogger or writer you will need to continuously focus on how you’re going to drive traffic by providing content readers find interesting. Your ability to spark conversations and get people thinking and talking about you, your brand or commentary is what will help create relationships and build authority. Authority in search engines or in the minds of your readers is not about how much content you can create but how much value you can squeeze into every encounter.
As bloggers, how do we provide value for our users and readers? Your answer will depend on what your goals are and what niches you’re serving, but in our field, engaging conversations have proven to be particularly valuable. This is the reason many marketers who have ventured into the world of forum building have enjoy success beyond what they could ever imagine. Since this form of communication offers a richer, more personal and direct experience for individuals seeking answers to questions and a desire to interact. Read More
Email marketing is still a powerful marketing and blog promotion tool despite the changes in the ways we communicate online. Although we’re seeing where social media is rapidly evolving the medium and effectiveness of conversations, email still has a place in reaching responsive audiences and building relationships. The trick to email marketing, and practically every other form of marketing online, is that we have to start respecting the medium, the process and the people we see as our users, readers and potential clients.
To market your blog successfully you’ll have to get out of the mindset of treating subscribers and readers of your blogs as mere users or statistics and start thinking of every single reader as a valued client with whom you value and are building a relationship. Email marketing is relationship building, not mass marketing like television ads. This attitude flows into all aspects of your blogging business and will reap greater rewards as you invest more in building relationships. It’s just that simple. Yet however simple the concept may be, it still requires patience and a long-term vision since no serious relationship is built overnight. Read More
Who needs more jobs as we start a new month? Here are the week’s job board highlights, which I hope can help you find more jobs to work on.
Have a good weekend!
Sovereign Media, a D.C.-area publishing company is looking for warfare gaming bloggers. Applicants should be versatile writers who can write consistent weekly articles pertaining to the historic and military aspect of console gaming.
It’s rather easy to be annoying – both online and offline. As they say, “haters gonna hate”, and whether you are truly being annoying or people just don’t get you, there will always be those who think you are an annoying person.
When it comes to social media, though, it is hard to deny that there are common characteristics that highlight an annoying person. Whether your answer to the title is yes or no, you might want to take a look at the following questions and figure out if you are an annoying person on social media. You never know – after all, you do not want to be that person, which can only be detrimental.
Lots of people use Flickr to illustrate their blogs – and to its credit, Flickr does have a lot of great images. However, there are quite a few downsides to Flickr. Lots of photos come with royalties or copyrights, and there can be problems with downloading and other headaches. You may spot the perfect photo on Flickr, only to find out you can’t use it because it’s not Creative Commons. Even if it is available for use, you have to link back in order to credit the photographer. Furthermore, the CC (Creative Commons) images on Flickr are used by a ton of other bloggers and sites all over the Internet. If you want your blog to stand out, you need to use unique images.
WordPress is not just for blogging but is a powerful platform for achieving any imaginable goal online. The business of blogging is evolving and if you do not yet have a plan of action for monetizing your blog beyond advertising, now is the time to start thinking outside the box. Start running your blog like a business offering real services and products. The accumulated content on your blog is of greater value than you could imagine and brainstorming a little with content you’ve published so far, you’ll find opportunities to create information products or showcase products in your niche of which you could even benefit from affiliate sales. Here are examples of 15 e-Commerce WordPress templates to get your creative juices flowing. Read More
It doesn’t take an expert to see that Google search no longer has the same reach that it had just a few years ago. Sure, Google still controls more than two-thirds of American search, but it isn’t the only platform by where people connect online. Thanks to social media, your customers may be just as likely to find you on Facebook or some other sites as they are using Google search. Here are five social media strategies (websites) for 2014 that every company should consider.
Facebook – What are you using Facebook for? Hopefully, your business has its own page there, perhaps multiple pages for different and distinct products that you sell. Facebook can no longer be ignored: there are more than 1 billion global users engaged. Use it post new information about your company, to elicit feedback from your customers, and make special promotional pitches. Encourage people to “like” your pages and to reshare your information. Read More
Editor’s Note: This post was written by Camille McClane, a writer, researcher, and editor, who frequently blogs about about web hosting and social media. Her favorite subject to focus on is emerging technology trends and its overall effect within business expansion and health relations.
Social media is now the optimum marketing platform for businesses large and small; companies already thriving and those that are just starting out. Take it a step farther to social media applications available for smartphones and your business has found it’s way into the very hands of its future fans and clients. Businesses using smartphone applications like Instagram, Flickr, Vine, and more for blogging and updating about what they’re up to, are breaking down the barriers of social media marketing and keeping up with current trends.
Image Courtesy of Arimalik Ibrahim at Flickr.com
Just a week ago, Flickr 3.0 was introduced to the photo-sharing social media public. Yahoo’s new smartphone app has officially entered the ring of smartphone apps that literally everyone has some connection to. Flickr 3.0 is a complete redesign for iOS and Android, allowing Flickr users to browse, share, edit, and store photos easily on their smartphones. While Flickr 3.0 is similar to Instagram, which application is better and why? You’ll find all the answers here. Read More