March 5, 2014
Writer’s block occurs when you just can’t seem to figure out what to write regarding the topic you’ve been tasked with. All inspiration and expertise seem to have vanished and suddenly you feel as though you’re not so qualified to have a view or express yourself about the field you’ve been working in, though you’ve mastered it for the last few years. You hit a limit where thought, ideas, action and writing are concerned.
We’ve all been there at some point and it is a phenomenon which can easily lead you to panic, driving you deeper into an inert state. read more
March 3, 2014
When Google condemns something publicly, or makes a sweeping statement like “guest blogging is dead,” anybody who’s got an interest in Internet culture tends to sit up and pay attention. Google’s decisions and changes throughout the years have been driving forces in the blogging world, so you can imagine that the purported death of guest blogging has both professional and casual bloggers alike bracing for sweeping changes.
So What’s the Story? read more
February 26, 2014
There is no grand success without failure along the way and a wise person once said, “if you’ve never failed then you’re not trying hard enough.” Failure and disappointment are unfortunately important experiences in life which open the doorways to even greater accomplishments and enlightenment in whatever we pursue. In fact, the most attractive and enchanting stories of victory we will ever discover will always be accompanied by the antagonists’ fight to overcome obstacles bigger than they are. Its all part of life.
Most bloggers never experience any great successes with their writing, its sad but true. However, its not because blogging as a practice is defunct, or that there’s some magic formula for success but its that many lack the mindset, drive, vision and attention to detail required by an industry which is driven by quality. Many bloggers hit roadblocks and simply quit before their time, some within as little as 3 months which points to a very dysfunctional approach and mindset towards the practice. read more
February 24, 2014
What is it that makes readers want to subscribe, comment, share and read your articles or buy your product or service? What are the qualities of your site which keep them coming back for more? If you’ve never asked yourself this question then there’s no better time than now and if you haven’t received much engagement on your blog just yet then document the reasons you think that’s so and study the bloggers who’ve achieved it.
Essentially, its the blogs which consistently provide unique experiences for their readers or provide some information in a way they can’t find elsewhere or are just attached to the writing style. Building a community where readers want to engage depends significantly on the value you provide whether its through great content, awesome videos, insightful tutorials or your fun voice. However, the road to discovering the perfect mix of everything can be long and full of trials and errors. So how can you up the game a bit and increase the odds in your favor?
Let’s discuss a few things you can try or will inspire you to do something new. read more
February 19, 2014
There aren’t many guarantees in life but what I can say is that one of the most tried and proven approaches to successful personal life and business is one of tenacity and persistence to deliver results, regardless of the odds. Let’s face it, blogging is a crowded game today with hundreds of millions of voices trying desperately to make their mark. However, one thing you’ll realize is that in every saturated market, every economic depression, there are still many who discover some “secret” and find solutions to the challenges. But there’s no secret, the successful stories reveal a common nature and this is one made of persistence, patience, repetition and an unrelenting tenacity.
February 12, 2014
We are obsessed with success and admire successful people. We spend most of our dreaming hours dwelling on and envisioning our own victories. We wear ourselves out with the mountain task of getting traffic, acquiring fame and making the sales but for the most part we erred in our ways and thinking. The road to success is not a complicated one but is attainable for anyone willing to sweat and stick to a well laid plan.
What’s this plan you ask? The plan is based on Thomas Edison’s quote:
“Genius: one percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration.”
Mr. Edison’s statement is very accurate since often when we analyze the greatest writers’, inventors and business people’s history and stories, most were not born geniuses or passionate but worked extremely hard and focused most, if not all, their energies on very specific things until they became better than everyone else and achieved greatness. Let’s apply this to blogging! Let’s anaylze what it really takes to be an Incredibly Successful Blogger. You’ll be surprised how easy it is.
January 17, 2014
Because visuals can make or break a blog post, it is crucial that you choose the right images for each post. The photos’ subject, colors, size, and placement can positively impact your post’s success.
The most important part of any image is logistical over visual. Only choose images that you have the rights to use. For larger blogs, it may be worthwhile to invest in a stock photo site membership, like Shutterstock or iStockPhoto. If you’d rather go with royalty-free or creative commons photos, be sure you are using the right attribution and that you can use them. For example, some creative commons photos only let you use images for non-commercial use. If you use the image for a business blog, which counts as a commercial property, so you technically can’t use non-commercial creative commons images. read more
Editor’s Note: This post was written by Aaron George, an entrepreneur focused on changing the legal industry. His startup called LawKick makes it easier than ever to find affordable, qualified legal help for free.
People blog for different reasons. Some just do it for fun. Some use it as a marketing tool for other products and services. Some do it full-time and make a living by serving up ad impressions. No matter what your reason is, it’s a good idea to be aware of the key legal considerations of operating a blog.
Depending on your blog strategy and your reason for blogging in the first place, there are different legal obligations you must meet.
Photo credit: Anonymous Collective via Flickr
For the casual blogger just writing for the thrill of self-expression, you won’t have more than a few minor legal concerns to think about. But if blogging is your primary source of income, there are more serious legal issues that come into play, and you should definitely address them before it’s too late.
This post highlights three of the most common legal mistakes made by bloggers, along with some tips on what you can do to avoid them. read more
January 15, 2014
It’s hard to decide which paid WordPress plugins to actually invest in, especially since there are so many choices all over the internet. However, after scouring a list of “Best WordPress Plugins” blog posts, I narrowed down the selection a few that were recommended multiple times or had great online reviews. read more
When it comes to the evolving SEO industry, we’ve all talked about what we wish will change, what changed in 2013 that will spill over into 2014, and what will become more important, but there is one big question that still needs to be asked: What are your predictions for the changes we’ll see in 2014?
Top SEO Changes We Will Likely See in 2014
Because Google is expected to make quite a few changes this upcoming year, it’s a good idea to make some realistic predictions so that you’re prepared. Below are some of the changes we will likely see in 2014: