March 8, 2013

How to Handle the 11 Most Common Scenarios in Guest Blogging

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If you’ve ever tried guest blogging then you know that it’s not always as easy as some people want you to believe it is.

For instance, there’s an awful lot of articles online talking about the importance of guest blogging and the benefits it can bring, which is all fine.

However, there’s lot less info on how to actually deal with guest blogging on the networking side (how to handle the common scenarios you can encounter when contacting people and sending your articles).

Basically, the idea of guest blogging itself is quite simple. You find a blog, send an article, and get published, but the practice shows that things often get a bit more complicated. Here’s how to deal with this.

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The stages of guest blogging

Finding quality and relevant blogs where you can guest post is something you can surely do on your own, so I’m not going to talk about it here. What I am going to focus on is what happens after you decide to target a given blog.

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March 6, 2013

Twitter iOS Update Does Away With Several Video Uploading Services

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Twitter iOS update and VideoTwitter iOS version 5.4 was released on Wednesday and as expected it did away with many popular third party video uploading services.

No longer available to Twitter iOS app users are Mobypicture, Vodpod and Posterous.

The Posterous removal shouldn’t come as a surprise to users as Twitter prepares to close the doors on the company it acquired in 2012.

Not all video services have been shuddered, Telly (formerly Twitvid) remains on the service, as does the popular platform option YFrog.

Twitter has been actively pushing its users away from third party video apps, although YouTube and Vimeo still remain as big players in the Tweet space.  read more

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March 5, 2013

Spotify’s Newest Competitor Is YouTube

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YouTube MusicYouTube is rumored to be preparing a new music streaming network that would rival industry leader Spotify.

According to Fortune the video sharing website wants to provide free songs mixed with advertisements or the option to hear song without ads for a monthly fee. Spotify currently offers ad free listening for $4.99 via Desktop and $9.99 via mobile devices.

To add value to the service Google is expected to add a digital locker at Google Play for Android. By adding the extra option the company can round out its music services for different types of users, thus creating an online experience that provides more benefits to customers.  read more

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March 3, 2013

How to Do a Kickass New Year Blog Review

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Caution. This post is kind of long…

The New Year is already here (for a while, actually), so it’s probably a good moment to do a review of some kind and take a look at how well your blog was performing during the last 12 months.

Now, apart from some fairly common things (like taking a look at your traffic stats, for example) there’s also a range of other actions that may not be all that obvious at first, yet they can still provide some great insights into your blog’s current condition.

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First of all, why do you even need to do some review, instead of just blogging normally?

Well, okay, you’ve got me, I don’t intend to sound like a smartass and tell you that you absolutely have to review everything you do. You don’t. You can continue blogging in 2013 like nothing ever happened and you’ll probably be just about fine.

However, if you do perform a review, you can plan your next actions to capitalize on the strengths of your blog and to fix the weak spots in its armor. In other words, you can make everything more connected to the reality you’re in and the position your blog has in the niche.

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