July 16, 2014
There comes a time when it seems that you are out of ideas for your blog. Maybe you feel there isn’t anything going on in the world that you haven’t already covered, or you have run out of different ways to address the same content. This can be especially true if you are developing a mini niche site with a specific focus.
Or maybe you’re thinking of starting a blog but aren’t sure if you have enough content ideas to build a full-fledged website out of your existing knowledge. Instead of wasting your time using a free blogging site such as WordPress.com, Tumblr, or Blogger to test the sustainability of managing a blog, you should do some keyword research, develop some general content themes, and plan ahead. This will save you the trouble of converting to a self-hosted site in the future. read more
June 30, 2014
We’re halfway through the year, and a lot of things have happened in the tech, digital, marketing, and social media scenes. The landscape is in a constant state of flux, with brilliant minds from all over the world contributing to its evolution.
One thing that every professional in these niches has to prioritize is professional improvement, and that may include learning on one’s own by reading, networking online or via conferences, among other things. That is why we decided to put together a list of tech, digital, and social media conferences you can still look forward to this year.
While some are pretty near (in terms of date), others are still some months away, so you can plan your trip – choose cheap flights via comparison sites, find an affordable hotel via sites such as Uyora, and of course, plan other touristy stuff you can do when not participating in a session. read more
June 28, 2014
While practically all sites that offer blogging tips tell you not to focus too much on the money, I think it is safe to say that many a starting blogger can’t help but dream of one day being part of that elite group of top earning web sites.
Dreaming is one thing. Execution is another.
While it is true that monetization shouldn’t be the main/sole purpose of an online publication, we cannot deny that it is part of the package. If you agree, and you’re working your bum off to succeed in this business, here are five top earning blogs that will inspire you. The chances are you have heard about them. You may even read them on a regular basis.
Now take a closer look, and see what you can learn from them. read more
April 2, 2014
Being a blogger means knowing – and doing – a bit of everything; from a little of blog design to search engine optimization to content marketing. While you may not be an expert on blog design, or design in general, it pays to know the basics and to use the right tools to help elevate your blog.
That’s where Inky Deals can help you. A deals site targeting designers, Inky Deals also caters to anyone who has the slightest inclination toward design.
If you are looking at purchasing premium resources and tools for whatever project you may be working on, then this site is the place to go: you get some of the best tools at the best prices. read more
February 6, 2014
Editor’s Note: This post was written by Ken Myers, a father, husband, and entrepreneur. He has combined his passion for helping families find in-home care with his experience to build a business. Learn more about him by visiting @KenneyMyers on Twitter.
When it comes to blogging, it seems everyone has a “guaranteed” way to generate more traffic to your site. Some search engine optimization experts will tell you the short and sweet detail oriented posts work best. Others believe than posts with more than 2,000 words attract more readers. In reality, both of these methods are correct – depending on your topic and writing abilities. read more
January 28, 2014
Editor’s Note: This post is written by Buck Flogging, a bestselling author, book narrator, and online entrepreneur. He is the co-founder of the publishing company Archangel Ink, and is the creator of 180DegreeHealth and 180 Radio. That is really him in the photo too by the way. It’s not Photoshopped. Yeah, definitely not Photoshopped. And Buck Flogging is really his name. He is a descendent from the famous sausage-making Flogging family of Milwaukee. You know, Flogging Sausage.
That’s me and Mr. Jingles! Isn’t he meowvelous!
Once upon a time I had a blog. I blogged my little fingers down to nubs over a seven year period. In those seven years I managed to get my global Alexa ranking all the way into the top 90,000. I got 55,000 comments on my blog. I built a big, active forum. I put together a team of over a dozen writers. I managed to get hundreds of incoming links. I became slightly “internet famous” in that time and appeared on dozens of podcasts, summits, conferences, and conventions. By 2013 I was getting roughly 5,000 visitors to my site every single day on average, and my work was generating over $150,000 in annual revenue from all sources.
I’m the last person on earth that you would expect to take a blog out to the woodshed. But at the end of November, 2013, that’s exactly what I did. I totally murdered the thing. Hasta la vista, bloggie.
Don’t worry. It was quick and sudden. Very little suffering. That should please you. No bribe attempts or blubbering. It simply said “Please… please I need to live.” It was the please that caught my memory.
Okay fine, that was a movie line. Damn 80′s. So many movie lines, so little time. read more
January 3, 2014
Just as Yelp helps shoppers and diners choose where to spend cash, blogs help busy people decide the best ways to spend their free time. This is no insignificant contribution. In commercialized world, it can be hard to decipher the “good” from the “well-promoted” (two qualities that are ever more mutually exclusive), and time spent deciding between movies, books, or video games is time spent working, not playing.
Since you’ve spent the last four weeks in hot pursuit of the best holiday gifts for everyone on your list, give yourself a break and check out a list that’s just for you. These excellent book blogs are guaranteed to save you time and get you geared up for the next big read. read more
December 13, 2013
Whether you are a fan of the current White House Administration or not, there is little debate that the White House blog has done a great job when it comes to their online presence and strategy. There are several things the White House blog is doing right that other bloggers can emulate, which will hopefully translate into more traffic and better engagement.
The White House blog has a lot of great written content, but it also ties that in with a variety of media mediums that help illustrate its point. This includes embedding YouTube videos and SoundClouds (like the one below that they did of one of President Obama’s speeches), as well as including a lot of photos.
Screenshot taken 12/12/2013 read more
October 21, 2013
If you currently run a blog, there are a few simple tweaks you can probable make that will increase the return on your daily efforts. Granted, not everyone blogs for the sake of self-promotion or business. But in reality, anyone who can command an audience online should be able to monetize that if they so choose, and email lists are one of the most effective ways of capturing momentum to better realize this goal. When visitors hit your site, they have two options – they can delve deeper, potentially toward a purchase, or they can leave. With email sign-ups, you have a chance to invite these people back, time after time, to check out your content, your products and your business.
Anyone who runs a blog should also run a parallel email newsletter. For the sake of some additional content, it can be possible to build up a mailing list that hangs on your every word, similar to the audience you can command on your blog. An email list puts names and email addresses to your web traffic, so you can constantly engage with them for promotional purposes. Whatever you blog about, this gives you the advantage of on-demand traffic for your content, or for your self-promotion online. read more
September 6, 2013
Because of the increase emphasis on the value of content when it comes to your search engine marketing strategy, bloggers are getting more and more requests for sponsored posts. This puts bloggers who, up until recently, have been writing content out of their own passion and interests, in the position of figuring out how much they should charge for sponsored blog posts.