6 Lifesavers for Bloggers

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Man typing on laptop

Being a freelancer blogger is no easy task; after all, it’s pretty stressful not knowing when a project will end, figuring out where your next client is coming from, or making sure that you’re completing blogs in the right amount of time to lead to a lucrative hourly rate. Luckily, there’s a plethora of other professionals at the ready who can make your blogging career a little easier. Get them on your side, and on your payroll, to maximize your earnings.

There are new freelance opportunities popping up everywhere, and The Guardian is reporting on some of them, but did you know that freelance bloggers are the perfect match for other freelancers? “Freelancing” is an industry in itself, and blogging is just a small part of it. You can’t be expected to also be an expert accountant, attorney or HR specialist, so make sure you have these lifesavers at your fingertips:

1. AP/AR

Tracking your accounts payable and accounts receivable is crucial to keeping your bottom line intact. For the tech savvy blogger, there are many software options, but you might prefer relying on a bookkeeping specialist. Check out Business News Daily for tips on the best software for your needs, or find a local freelancer with a solid portfolio to take care of line items for you. However, AP/AR isn’t complete with itemizing your deductions. [Read more…]

28 Essential WordPress Plugins for 2015

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essential wordpress plugins for 2015
WordPress plugins are always the talk of the blogging town. While there are countless plugins available, there are always those that are not really useful. Then there are those which are cool, but may not add much value to your blog. Of course, there are the plugins which any blogger would want to install simply because they contribute in one way or another – SEO, user experience, and social sharing, among other things. [Read more…]

5 Dead Simple Tips That Will Bring You Tons of Traffic from Twitter

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Editor’s note: This post was written by Tim Soulo, who calls himself an MMA marketer (which stands for “Mixed Marketing Arts”) and his focus is tactics and strategies that bring you either money or clients. Make sure to visit his personal blog at: BloggerJet.

Get tons of traffic from Twitter

How come Twitter is so simple and yet every social media expert on the planet tries to make it look so complicated?

Twitter marketing is not a rocket science, and obviously you don’t need a PhD to run your Twitter account, right?

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However, many bloggers seem to misunderstand how Twitter works and as they try to milk it for traffic they end up doing totally ineffective things: change their profile picture 3 times, order a custom twitter profile design, and rewrite their twitter bio twice a week. But all of that doesn’t help. [Read more…]

How to Get Your Email Ignored by Influencers

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Everyone wants to become an influencer in his niche. We all know that can be a difficult feat, but the next best thing is to have a direct connection to an influencer. There are many ways to achieve this – via Twitter, Facebook, or direct email.

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The issue here is that being an influencer inherently means that they are very busy people. They get countless tweets, DMs, PMs, emails, and what have you. What chances do you have of an influencer actually opening your email, much less reading it, no matter how cool or important your message may be?

If you don’t put some thought and effort into your email, then expect no reply at all. If you want your email ignored by influencers… [Read more…]

5 Ways You Can Speed Up Your Website

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Did you know that, according to research, 83% of users expect websites to load in 3 seconds or less, but the median load time of the top 500 eCommerce websites is 10 seconds?

It’s no wonder that the Internet is full of trolls, comment spam, and generally unhappy people: everyone’s disgruntled from waiting for websites to load.

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Faster websites make more money, have happier users, and boast higher conversion rates than slower ones. You can see all the research in the infographic below: [Read more…]

Blogging and Time Management: Who Has Time to Blog?

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You do have time to blog if you play your cards right. Blogging is one of those things that sounds easier than it is. If you’re starry eyed from the idea of monetizing your blog and enjoying passive income, or making millions like one of the rare YouTube sensations, it’s time for a reality check.

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Yes, you can make a decent living as a blogger but it takes a lot of time, skill, and commitment. However, the “time” part is what a lot of people struggle with. [Read more…]

5 Reasons Why Blogging Is a Great Way to Build a Personal Brand

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Editor’s note: This post was written by Pratik Dholakiya, co-founder & VP of Marketing of E2M and OnlyDesign. He’s passionate about fitness, start-ups, entrepreneurship & all things digital marketing. You can find him on twitter @DholakiyaPratik to discuss on any of these topics.

We are witnessing a new era in branding: the emergence of personal branding as a means of marketing one’s business. You’ve got CEOs of companies trying to establish personal credibility that rubs off on their company’s brand; there are digital marketing managers out there who are trying to come across as authority figures in their niche to market various products and services, and then there are business owners who sometimes have more visibility than their brands, courtesy of personal branding.

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A big reason why people want to build a personal brand is that it is seen as yet another way of boosting visibility of a business, albeit in an indirect manner. It is also seen as a great way of adding to the ‘credibility juice’ that surrounds a particular brand. The saying ‘You are known by the company you keep’ explains the use of personal branding best.

By increasing personal credibility, you are essentially trying to enhance the trustworthiness of your brand by association. And it is working. Forbes has a nice article that serves as a guide to building your personal brand. It talks about the importance of building a personal brand and how you can go about creating an effective one.

One of the better ways of marketing yourself is publishing content on your own blog or on somebody else’s blog/website . It’s a tactic that is devoid of any complication. All you need to do is create useful content and find a home for it. [Read more…]

15 of the Silliest Mistakes Email Marketers Make

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Editor’s note: This post was written by Rohan, who creates digital master plans at E2M Solutions for companies seeking advanced search marketing services. He also works on mobile UX improvement for startups and sui generis brands at OnlyDesign.org. Hit him up on Google+ for a chat on any of these areas.

Email marketing is probably the most ubiquitous form of marketing there is today. With ExactTarget’s Channel Preference Survey of 2012 showing that 91% of internet users check their emails every single day, this statement is proven in real numbers. After all, checking our emails as soon as we wake up – often even before we’re out of bed – is an act that most of us are guilty of.

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The same survey showed that 66% of consumers have made a purchase as a result of an email campaign that they’ve received. Other studies show that 74% of all users prefer to receive communications from brands via email over any other form of communication.

So if email is widely used and if customers look forward to brand communication via email, have all brands mastered the art of email marketing? Not really.

There are some very elementary mistakes that most brands make, thus messing up a perfectly good marketing opportunity. Let’s take a look. [Read more…]

The First 5 Things You Need to Hear Before You Start Blogging

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Editor’s note: This post was written by Danny, a blogger for Instant Checkmate, one of the world’s largest people search engines. He is passionate about writing and is currently a student at the University of San Diego studying English and Business Administration. Find him on Twitter or  Google +.

Not too long ago I started blogging for Instant Checkmate. I thought it would be pretty easy. I thought to myself, “I am a good writer; I did well in all my English classes at school; I often teach people how to write; I am passionate about writing. What could possibly be difficult?”

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Well, unfortunately for me blogging is not an English class. Writing is an important part of the deal, but there are so many factors that go into blogging that the average person has no idea about. The amount of surprise I faced in the first week alone was enough to make me think I had no chance in this field.  [Read more…]

Is Your Password Really Protecting You?

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Editor’s note: This post was written by Danny, a blogger for Instant Checkmate, one of the world’s largest people search engines. He is passionate about writing and is currently a student at the University of San Diego studying English and Business Administration. Find him on Twitter or  Google +.

Take a second to think about what your password is protecting. If someone knows that simple word they can hack your email, your social media accounts, your blog, your bank account, and much more. Your password protects your conversations, your money, your secrets, and who knows what else!

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Do you think your website is too small, or your account doesn’t have enough information to be worthwhile for hackers? Many think this way, and that is exactly when one falls victim to hackers. Even simple Spotify accounts fell victim to hackers recently, putting large amounts of payment information at risk. [Read more…]