5 FREE WordPress Video Plugins

free wordpress video plugin

Usually, the first thing that comes to mind for bloggers is to write text-based posts, with relevant visual aids. It has been established, however, that video content can considerably increase your readership and exposure.

wordpress video plugins

You can always provide a link to a video, say on YouTube, but a much better way is to embed videos in your posts. One reason is that you make it easier for your readers to access the information – they simply have to click play. Another reason is you increase the time on page.

You don’t need a lot of technical know-how to embed videos in your posts. There are a lot of plugins that will make your life easier. In this post, let’s look at some of the best FREE WordPress video plugins. [Read more…]

The Death of the Password: Is It Inevitable?

death of the password

death of the password

Talk about the “death of the password” has been going round for quite some time now. With technology advancing at such a rapid pace, and with passwords presenting numerous security issues, it is not surprising that alternatives to manually entering passwords are becoming popular.

People tend to use the same passwords across multiple accounts, not to mention choosing passwords that are easy to guess. Then there’s the issue of not updating or changing passwords regularly.

As such, log-in tech such as USB keys, fingerprint detectors, eye scanners, and facial recognition software is starting to get more mainstream attention. [Read more…]

Design Trends 2015

design trends 2015

design trends 2015

The world of design, whether online or offline, is always in a state of flux. It has to be said, however, that there are certain principles that remain constant, perhaps only being tweaked or incorporated into modern design trends.

In the past year, we have seen a lot of design trends that impress. Many of these trends are new, although we still see how great design does not do away with time tested ideas. [Read more…]

Which Is Better for Professional Use, LinkedIn or Facebook?

LinkedIn vs Facebook Professionals

LinkedIn vs Facebook Professionals

In 2014, the top social networks were, in terms of number of month actual users, in order:

  • Facebook
  • Google Plus (surprise, surprise!)
  • Twitter
  • Instagram
  • LinkedIn
  • Pinterest
  • Vine
  • Snapchat

Not surprisingly, each platform has a specific target demographic, which is basically divided into two major sectors: professional use and personal use.

When it comes to profession and/or business purposes, the main contenders are Facebook and LinkedIn. The question about which platform serves a business best remains unanswered. [Read more…]

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

essential wordpress plugins 2015

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

tons of traffic from twitter

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

email influencers

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.

email influencers

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

speed up your website

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.

speed up your website

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?

time to blog

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…]