Nielsen reports that there are more than 181 blogs out in the blogosphere. Overall, 6.7 million people blog from a platform and 12 million use social networks to blog. With such a dense blogging climate, you’re likely thinking, “How can I make my blog stand out?” From fine-tuning your writing to using images in every post, starting with these tools can certainly help. And best of all, you can access all of these tools on-the-go. So unchain yourself from your desk and get to blogging. [Read more…]
I know what you’re thinking.
This topic has been beaten to death. Why are we still talking about it?
Reality check: How many Twitter followers does your blog/brand have?
It’s safe to say that the core concepts of gaining and retaining Twitter followers haven’t changed drastically, but there are some adjustments we need to make – not to mention going back to the basics and reminding ourselves. It’s easy to become
lazy complacent and not make a genuine effort anymore.
So, how to get more Twitter followers?
Here are a few things you can do. [Read more…]
What do bloggers and Halloween have in common except for writing posts related to the season to get some eyeballs?
Well, quite a lot, actually. In fact, there are what I call “Halloween lessons for bloggers”, which can bring your blog significant benefits.
Do you want to learn a thing or two? Read on. [Read more…]
Blogging involves many tasks – from conceptualization to creation to promotion – but at the center of it all, I believe, is writing.
It is true that you don’t have to be the best writer in the world to be a good blogger. You don’t have to be a badge-carrying member of the Grammar Police. It does pay to work on your writing skills, though, and when it comes to that, it’s best to listen to the some of the most recognized writers.
If you need a bit of inspiration or you want to pick up an insight or two, read these writing quotes for bloggers. You’ll walk away a better equipped writer. [Read more…]
There has never been as much opportunity for entrepreneurs as there is today. Wherever you are in the world, with the right idea, proper execution, and the willingness to do what it takes, you have the chance to make it big.
Sure, the competition is tough, but that can be a driving force as well as a source of inspiration. For budding entrepreneurs and existing entrepreneurs alike, openness to learning from the best in the business is one of the essential characteristics to success. [Read more…]
I have a confession.
Sometimes I miss the good old days when you blogged mainly about what you wanted to write about without Google, SEO, SMM, content marketing, etc. hanging over your head like Damocles’ sword.
But then again, if you want to stay on top of your blogging game and rely on it for a living, you do have to think about those factors in addition to the most important thing of all: writing content that readers will find useful.
So, let’s say you’ve got the topic down pat. You know what gets the attention of readers, but have you thought about other factors that can help you become a better blogger? [Read more…]
Computer viruses have existed for as long as we can remember. Well, almost.
The first computer virus (externally released) is thought to be ‘Elk Cloner’. It is attributed to Rich Skrenta. It infected Apple DOS 3.3 computers and was spread via floppy disc – in those early days, the floppy disc was the main method of spreading viruses. That was back in 1982.
Funnily enough, Skrenta created the Elk Cloner as a simple prank when he was 15 years old. Elk Cloner embedded itself in a computer’s memory when an infected disc was used. It then spread to other discs that were used later on. [Read more…]
Reaching out to fellow bloggers, making connections, and building a network are some of the most important activities that a blogger have to focus on. That is, if you want to expand your reach and monetize your blog at some point.
These activities can be done online, of course, but offline events can also bring you excellent results. Additionally, if you’re working as a social media manager or strategist (or some similar role) for a client, holding real-life events may be a necessary component to your overall strategy.
If this is the case, how can you optimize the impact of your events? [Read more…]
“Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.”
― Albert Einstein
We’re still alive, aren’t we? We continue to look for new clients and work with existing clients.
Shouldn’t we then apply Einstein’s words to our professional lives? Shouldn’t we find ways to continue growing professionally?
The reason I’m writing about this topic is that I have always been a firm believer in keeping up with new ideas and trends in my line of work. This is particularly important for online writers as the landscape of freelance writing, blogging, and content marketing is in a constant state of flux. If you stand still by not expanding your knowledge, you’ll find yourself being left behind. [Read more…]
You want to blog, but you’ve never written anything for public consumption before – unless you count that essay in high school, which you were required to read in front of the class. But, you really want to blog, become good at it, and perhaps even work for network or expand your career to being an online content marketer, or a social media specialist.
Don’t worry. Everyone has to start somewhere. Even if you don’t consider your writing skills up to par, there are things you can do to take that first step.
Here are the best writing tips for beginning bloggers that will point you in the right direction. [Read more…]