March 26, 2015

The Best WordPress Plugins for SEO, Social And CRO in 2015

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In spite of WordPress getting some flak in recent times, one can’t deny that the platform is still huge. With more than 74 million web sites using WordPress, it’s only to be expected that developers continue to focus on making plugins for the platform.

This is both good and bad. On the one hand, there is an array of choices that can help make life easier for WordPress users. On the other hand, the plethora of plugins can easily confuse users, especially if you’re new to the game.

That’s why it’s awesome that those who have some knowledge of existing WordPress plugins create resources to share with those who can make use of them. Today, we’re sharing something created by Jamie Spencer: an infographic highlighting the best WordPress plugins for SEO, social, and CRO in 2015. read more

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March 25, 2015

4 IFTTT Recipes to Boost Blogging Productivity

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As a blogger, you want to make the most of your time producing the best possible content for your blog. This means increasing your productivity and getting rid of roadblocks along the way that prevent you from doing your job.

Enter IFTTT.

This web-based service lets you create conditional statements referred to as “recipes” using third-party apps. Using recipes help you cut time in doing certain tasks online. For example, there is a recipe that lets you automatically save all your Instagram photos to your Dropbox. This way, you don’t have spend time manually transfering the images to your Dropbox. Using this trigger, IFTTT will do it for you.

Aside from using these indispensable time-saving recipes, there are specific conditional statements that will help you how to blog the right way. Below are four of them.

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March 23, 2015

Habits of Prolific Bloggers

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Blogging can be the easiest thing in the world, but it can also be the most frustrating activity; especially when you run out of steam after the first few months of being on a high.

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Some of you may wonder at how other bloggers seem to continue churning out post after post, seemingly without facing the issue of running out of things to write.

Do you want to be as prolific a blogger as those you admire? It’s not entirely impossible. Form these habits, and you’ll be well on your way to publishing posts constantly without sacrificing the quality of your writing. read more

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March 20, 2015

Blogging in the Middle East: How Hazardous is it?

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Over the past several months is seems we have been hit with several horror stories coming out of the Middle East related to blogging. As more of the region has gained access to the internet, this has led to an influx of new people using this capability to express their opinions online in the form of a blog. Unfortunately, this has also led to more publicity for these people, and introduces them to people who disagree with their opinion. This has resulted in violent acts against these bloggers, sometimes even death. With the major news outlets picking up these stories, it can come across as the Middle East being very dangerous for bloggers. So we are here to try and answer the question, just how hazardous is it? read more

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March 19, 2015

How to Become a Digital Nomad

A long, long time ago, in most countries on this planet, people were expected to go to school, get a job, and keep that job till retirement.

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Well, in some cases that still applies, but for many, the idea of holding a job for life and staying in one place forever may be akin to hell.

With all the technological developments in the past decade, it is now possible for one to work and roam the world. The concept of a “digital nomad” is now a very real one. In fact, many people who have desk jobs dream of being a digital nomad. read more

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March 18, 2015

Make Your Lead Generation ‘Bloom’ with this Email Opt-in Plugin

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Bloom is an email opt-in plugin developed by Elegant Themes, makers of premium WordPress themes. The team behind this plugin has been working hard to create a tool that aims to supercharge your lead capturing efforts and make your email campaigns much more effective.

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March 17, 2015

What the Future of Social Media Looks Like

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Editor’s note: This post was written by Christopher Latter, co-founder of Trendii. He’s a digital marketer and entrepreneur. The majority of his experience is based in SEO and social media, and he also performs a range of other digital marketing techniques. He is a keen writer and enjoys bringing all his experiences together in an interesting way. He’s currently helping to launch a new social network as part of a new start-up incubator program called Start Tank, run by PayPal & Braintree. You can find him on LinkedIn.

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Note from the author: This article is largely speculation. The author cannot in fact see the future, much to his regret.

Thinking about what the future of social media might be is a funny thing. By its very nature, it’s a fast-moving magpie of an industry, jumping onto the next idea that comes along. Sure, I can make some speculations, but say ten years from now, anyone looking back at this article will probably find it laughably quaint, in-between fending off the invading alien legions. Like all those old science-fiction films where they thought we’d be living on moon bases by 1999. Oh, 70s sci-fi, you had such high hopes for us. read more

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March 16, 2015

How to Write Seasonal Posts to Stand Out

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Editor’s note: This post was written by Haley Osborne, a freelance writer, blogger and contributing author at Essay Tigers. As a writing expert, she provides tips on content creation, business and academic writing. You can follow her on Facebook or Twitter.

Spring has come and it brought new holiday season starting from milder holidays like International Women’s day and proceeding to the great Easter hype. It is important for bloggers to get their content strategy ready as holiday season means it gets harder to compete for traffic and public attention.

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Plenty of sites offer holiday related topics, latest trends and lists with DIY ideas. You can easily succumb to mass instinct and get lost in the piles of similar pre-holiday articles. And it is exactly what you want to avoid. Here are several ideas for you to write best holiday content and keep your blog afloat. read more

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The Experience of Experiential Marketing: How Does It Work?

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Experiential marketing refers to the strategy allowing brands to create memorable and emotional experiences for their target audience. The purpose of the experiences is to increase engagement and loyalty of said audience to the brand, which should affect their purchasing habits.

The concept was developed by  James H. and B. Joseph Pine II in their book The Experience Economy. Both say that creating memorable events helps elevate brands from their competitors.

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March 13, 2015

On the Gigaom Shutdown: Speculation and Reactions

On the first day of this work week, the tech community was met with the sad news that the highly respected site Gigaom has shut down due to its inability to pay its creditors. In short, it has gone bankrupt.

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The official statement released:

A brief note on our company

Gigaom recently became unable to pay its creditors in full at this time. As a result, the company is working with its creditors that have rights to all of the company’s assets as their collateral. All operations have ceased. We do not know at this time what the lenders intend to do with the assets or if there will be any future operations using those assets. The company does not currently intend to file bankruptcy. We would like to take a moment and thank our readers and our community for supporting us all along.

— Gigaom management

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