December 6, 2013
It’s a pretty common fact that many writers and bloggers listen to music while they are imposing their latest and greatest novels, short story, or blog post (it also helps conquer writer’s block). A 1993 study in literary journal nature stated that when the participants listened to a Mozart sonata, they scored higher on standardized tests of reasoning ability then participants to sat in silence. This allowed experts to reason that listening to music while completing a task that takes up abstract for spatial reasoning can positively influence work production.
Even though Psychology Today states that these results made of being completely conclusive, the daily habits of writers around the world (as well as other creative people, like artists and designers) swear that music helps them create their best work.
Music serves as ambient noise for many writers as they are working. A study published in the Journal of Consumer Research in December 2012 states, “Results from five experiments demonstrate that a moderate (70 dB) versus low (50 dB) level of ambient noise enhances performance on creative tasks and increases the buying likelihood of innovative products.”
The best music to write by
The best music to write blog posts by most likely depends on each individual blogger. However, many writers have recommended classical music, as its lack of lyrics can help relax the mind and open it up to a higher level of thinking.
The type of music to listen to also depends on the listener’s mood. If someone needs to get more motivated, then listening to music with a faster tempo can help. Conversely, if somebody is feeling anxious or stress, listening to slower alternative musicians like Alabama Shakes can be a great way to feel creative while also calming the nerves.
Other ambient noise alternatives
if listening to music isn’t your first choice, there are other ambient noise alternatives that can still get you the creative benefits mentioned in the December 2012 study. Simply Noise has a free white noise generator that can help you concentrate and also came out with Simply Rain, a looping rainstorm which makes great ambient noise.
Additionally, free app and website Coffitivity offers free coffee shop background noise and offers three choices: morning murmur, lunchtime lounge, and university undertones.
Of course, if you prefer real life ambient noise, try writing blog posts at your local library or coffee shop. Both usually offer free Wi-Fi and are worth the costs of a drink or snack (if you go the coffee shop route).
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Tags: ambient noise, creativity, increase credibility, music
December 5, 2013
Freelance Writing Jobs is one of the oldest, most trusted community for freelance writers. Founded by Deb Ng, who worked long and hard to build the community, the site was eventually taken into the fold of Splashpress Media, the same network Blog Herald belongs to. So yeah, FWJ is family, and as it goes with family, we’d like to share something special the FWJ crew has been working on: the FWJ Resources Area.
What’s in it for you?
Tags: freelance writing, Freelance Writing Jobs, resources
December 4, 2013
A paid search advertising campaign, sometimes called PPC (short for pay-per-click, which is the term that means an advertiser only pays on a per click basis, when a person clicks on their ad), are used by webmasters and marketers to push traffic to their websites and e-commerce sites. For many, the traffic they receive translates into massive amounts of sales or traffic, which not only brings more sales, but can allow the website to grow their online influence.
When it comes to blogging, more traffic from PPC campaigns have a lot of benefits, including:
- Charge higher rates to website advertisers
- Grow number of returning readers/users
- Drive sign-ups for newsletters or giveaways
- Promote important posts that highlight a new company service or event
- Grow engagement through more social shares and comments, as more traffic usually equals more audience engagement.
For the majority of blogs, PPC ads aren’t used to drive product sales. Because of this, it can be hard to justify the cost. While Google AdWords occasionally sends out credits and coupon codes for beginning PPC advertisers, starting a blog PPC campaign requires know-how, patience, and initial cost.
If you don’t know how to build, launch, and maintain a PPC campaign, it is worthwhile to either pay someone to do it for you or to learn the entire process yourself. Google offers an AdWords certification program, as does Bing. In Google’s case, even though there is a cost to become certified, you can view the majority of the course materials for free. This can help you begin to craft a PPC campaign.
It’s important to note that even though search engines are the main place for PPC campaigns, Twitter and Facebook also offer advertising (and Pinterest is also beginning to roll it out). This is a good solution if you want to target a specific demographic, based on their interests or profile details, like age or location. Facebook occasionally also offers promo codes for new advertisers as well.
In order to make sure any PPC campaign is worth its cost, be sure to track its traffic. Use UTM tags to verify when traffic is coming from PPC ads in Google Analytics and make sure it can be tracked all the way to a company’s other external pages that are outside of the blog, such as products or contact us. When you have analytical proof of your results, your PPC campaigns are much more likely to become invaluable.
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Tags: AdWords, blog PPC, Facebook Ads, pinterest ads, PPC, Twitter Ads
Anyone can start a blog. Practically anyone can earn money hiring himself out as a blogger/blog content writer. Earning good money by blogging – whether for yourself or as a blogger for someone else – is a totally different story, though. Blogs – and bloggers – are a dime a dozen, but it takes skill, talent, and a mastery of the topic to stand out.
If you are a pro making a living out of writing, and you want your earnings to go up a notch, I suggest taking a look at these blog niches which will help you increase your worth. Of course, it goes without saying that you actually have to learn and exert effort before you can claim mastery and establish your authority in any niche. You can’t just spend a whole day on Wikipedia, and then go around proclaiming yourself as a guru!
If you are serious about making more money without being a hack, here are top earning blog niches that you might want to dive into. read more
Tags: blog niches, blogging tips
December 2, 2013
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December 1, 2013
Research published in Forbes found that only half of the new businesses that are started each year survive their first five years. Since getting a business off the ground and making it a success takes a lot of hard work, the last thing any business owner wants is for a threat to derail their success. However, the competitive nature of business means there are quite a few threats that can do just that. While there’s no way to completely eliminate those threats, the good news is there are plenty of steps you can take to protect your business from them. read more
Tags: business, Legal
November 29, 2013
Years ago no one took blogging seriously. Blogging was for people who wanted to write about their hobbies or have their own little journal on the internet. Now it’s a requirement to have a blog for your brand or business. If you still don’t have a blog of your own, you are missing out big time!
In this post I’m going to tell you exactly why you need to have a blog and how you can grow your brand and reputation in the process. Before we get started, I’m going to tell you a bit about myself.
I first started making money online in the mid to late 90s, and I didn’t start blogging until 2007. This was a huge mistake to wait this long, but when I did finally start blogging, I saw immediate returns. The first blog I started was the main blog I still run today, which is at ZacJohnson.com. The blog is all about my journey in the world of online marketing and blogging. Since the launch of the blog I’ve been able to refer over $5 million in new business to my site partners, teach others how to make money online and also open up a whole new world of opportunity… such as being a keynote speaker in Australia, appearing on Fox News and ABC News, writing my own book and much more!
Enough about me… now I want to share my secrets on how you can do the same! read more
Tags: blogging tips, branding, online reputation
November 28, 2013
Founded in 2007, Tumblr quickly gained momentum and continues to serve a whole array of purposes. Its user base is huge and varied – from personal bloggers to fandom bloggers to companies geared at marketing. Some people may think that Tumblr is no longer a major player today, but even earlier this year, Tumblr boasted 102 million blogs with 6.6 billion pageviews in March 2013. If that is not relevant, then I don’t know what is!
One of the things Tumblr has got going for itself is the way it presents information. Sure, it still is blogging in a way, but it caters to the generation of short attention spans. With its themes usually highlighting visual aspects more than plain text, the attraction is çertainly there.
And, just like most other blogging platforms, Tumblr’s appearance can be customized to suit your personal preferences. Tumblr Blog Themes are not hard to find – free or otherwise. If you’re looking for something different, here are some of the best premium Tumblr Themes you can find from ThemeForest, one of the leading sources of themes out there. read more
Tags: tumblr, Tumblr themes
November 27, 2013
Every crowd has “that guy” or “that gal” who are often the subject of annoyance, and the blogging community is no exception. Here is just a small lists of don’ts, and we’d love to hear some of your annoyances in the comments below…
Don’t Ask To Exchange Links
If you have a good or decently ranked blog, chances are you’ve received requests to “exchange links,” which is basically a fancy way of saying promote me on your blog, and I’ll promote you back. Link exchanges happen all the time, and is often to help with SEO even though Google has openly commented on such practices. Other times, it’s just to try and get free promotion.
However, it’s an incredibly ineffective approach, and 99 percent of the time, the site that someone wants linked is complete crap. Back in the day, I remember getting requests for sites that had absolutely nothing to do with my own. If someone naturally enjoys your blog, and/or is inspired by something you write, they will link to you. That’s not always the case though, and asking to “exchange links” is a quick way for someone to exchange your email for something more important, like a chain email from their Aunt Betty. read more
Tags: Blogging, blogging tips
November 26, 2013
For bloggers and writers that put their heart and soul into the content they create, it can be soul crushing to find out that your content has been stolen and published somewhere else. However, there are steps you can take to prevent and monitor content theft online. read more
Tags: content theft, copyscape, plagiarism, stolen, thief