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March 27, 2015

How an Industry-Specific Writer Can Improve Your Company’s Blogging

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As a business owner, you most likely don’t have time to be writing blogs for your company, even if you would like to. But according to LinkedIn, companies that post blogs 6 to 8 times a month get almost double the leads than companies that post 3 to 5 times a month. Can you afford to be missing out on those leads just because you don’t have the time to personally dedicate to blogging? No!

If you find yourself at this juncture, your best option may be to hire someone to write for your company. However, you can’t just hire anyone—as much as you may like to give your niece studying dentistry a job writing for your auto mechanic shop. No, in order to get the most out of your blogging and content marketing, you need someone who can both write extremely well and who knows about your industry. So what can an industry-specific writer offer your blogging efforts that your niece, or someone like her, can’t? read more

March 25, 2015

4 IFTTT Recipes to Boost Blogging Productivity

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As a blogger, you want to make the most of your time producing the best possible content for your blog. This means increasing your productivity and getting rid of roadblocks along the way that prevent you from doing your job.

Enter IFTTT.

This web-based service lets you create conditional statements referred to as “recipes” using third-party apps. Using recipes help you cut time in doing certain tasks online. For example, there is a recipe that lets you automatically save all your Instagram photos to your Dropbox. This way, you don’t have spend time manually transfering the images to your Dropbox. Using this trigger, IFTTT will do it for you.

Aside from using these indispensable time-saving recipes, there are specific conditional statements that will help you how to blog the right way. Below are four of them.

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March 23, 2015

Habits of Prolific Bloggers

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Blogging can be the easiest thing in the world, but it can also be the most frustrating activity; especially when you run out of steam after the first few months of being on a high.

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Some of you may wonder at how other bloggers seem to continue churning out post after post, seemingly without facing the issue of running out of things to write.

Do you want to be as prolific a blogger as those you admire? It’s not entirely impossible. Form these habits, and you’ll be well on your way to publishing posts constantly without sacrificing the quality of your writing. read more

March 10, 2015

5 Great Ways to Drive More Traffic to Your Blog

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So, you’ve got a blog – which makes you just like every other company with a heartbeat. How do you turn that blog from a content receptacle into a valuable branch of your business? Instead of mindlessly reading articles about why blogging is important, you need something tangible – something you can grab onto and use. How can you maximize the value of your posts?

In essence, it all comes down to your distribution strategy and how effectively you’re able to attract traffic to your posts. read more

February 25, 2015

Make Money With Your Blog…Without Ads?

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For bloggers, ads are a godsend. These help bloggers earn from the diligence and hard work they put in every post they craft and publish.

For users, ads suck. They disrupt the viewing experience and provide little value to the content they visited to read.

As a blogger, you need to reconcile both schools of thought to build a financially sustainable blog without pissing off your readers.

As far as making money with your blog is concerned, we’ve discussed how to monetize your personal blog and how to use contextual ad networks to make money.

But is there such a way to earn from your blog without relying on ads?

A quick look at sites like CopyBlogger and The Daily Dish would show you that it is possible. Both don’t boast ads but generate enough profit to provide their target audiences with business solutions and irresistible content.

If you want to take the ad-less route and keep the cool factor of your blog intact, here’s what you need to do:

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February 21, 2015

The Value of Blogging for IT Specialists

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Certain industries find blogging more advantageous than others; and while blogging isn’t for everyone, it can definitely be valuable for every IT specialist. Take a look at some of the following reasons and you’ll likely agree. read more

February 19, 2015

5 Tips to Make a Video That Will Help Your Blog Stand Out

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These days, there are tons of blogs for almost any topic you can think of. What sets one blog apart from another is how connects with the intended audience.

Did you know that adding video to your blog can make that connection much more effective?

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Consider the fact that in a recent report put out by Video Statistics: The Marketer’s Summary 2014, 93% of marketers use video for online marketing, sales, or communication. They also report that in December 2013, Americans watched 52.4 billion online videos. People are drawn to video, and when done right, video can set your blog apart, increase traffic, boost SEO and create loyal viewers. read more

February 11, 2015

3 Easy Ways to Make Your Website Eco-Friendlier

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Going green is not only beneficial for the environment, but also for your business.

One of the biggest problems business owners encounter is the carbon footprint they leave behind. The more waste they create, the more they’ll have to spend to clean it up.

This applies to you as a website owner as well. The slower your site loads, the more resources you use, the more expensive your overhead will be.

Having an eco-friendly website is not a choice, but a necessity to make your site more efficient. (Tweet this quote!)

The more efficient tools you use to run your website, the faster it loads. As a result, more users with visit your website, which helps in meeting your business goals online.

Here are some ideas to help you build up a cleaner and green website.

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February 10, 2015

Increase Traffic to Your Blog By Creating an Events Calendar

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Why do you blog? Why did you start a blog in the first place?

You might have been an early adapter, with the idea of starting a blog purely for your own pleasure, but have reached the point where you want to make some money out of it. Or maybe you started a blog with monetization in mind from the get go.

Whichever the case may be, one critical element in creating a successful, profitable blog is to have a significant amount of traffic coming to your site every day. Not only that, you want the traffic to constantly grow from month to month.

With the proliferation of blogs today, it may not be that easy to garner as much traffic as you want; and unless you take certain steps to attract visitors – new and recurring – you probably won’t reach your goals.

One way to increase blog traffic is to create an events calendar. read more

February 6, 2015

5 FREE WordPress Video Plugins

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.

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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