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July 22, 2013

Why SEO Pros Should Be on Reddit

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There is no discussion necessary when it comes to the entertaining merits of Reddit. The front page of the Internet has a lot of subpages, to be sure, and depending on which page/s you frequent, you will have various experiences. The bottom line is that you can find yourself browsing and reading Reddit for hours on end without realizing it. The epitome of a timesink.

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But, aside from the entertaining value of the site, there are actually a lot of benefits to spending time on Reddit, especially for SEO professionals. It is no secret that search engine optimization, or SEO, has received a lot of flak over the years. While there are legit practices, there are some rotten apples (whether it’s an SEO company or individual) that have tainted the scene.

That is no reason to totally ignore SEO, though. The niche still has its merits and there are SEO pros who are actually good at what they do without having to resort to shady practices. If you’re one of these SEO pros, where do you go to interact with likeminded people? More so, where do you go to exchange ideas with people who are not shady at all?

Believe it or not, the answer is Reddit. read more

July 18, 2013

Telecommuting Made Easy – Learn how to Tackle and Deal with Productivity Drains

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Telecommuting is getting a lot of attention lately. According to the Forrester Research, there are about 34 million Americans who telecommuted in 2009 alone. The report says that this will go up to about 63 million by the time that 2016 rolls in. Telecommuting can significantly improve employee recruitment efforts and other overhead costs. For telecommuters, this mean that they can work at home and save money in many areas, such as car repairs, dining out, travel expenses, clothes, etc.

However, having a telecommute job, whether it is on a part time basis or a full time job, is not without challenges. One of these problems is directly connected with productivity. So if you want to learn how to tackle and deal with productivity drains, here are some of the best ways to make telecommuting easier. read more

July 4, 2013

3 Benefits of Being a Blog Ghostwriter

3 Benefits of Being a Blog Ghostwriter

Many writers get into blog writing because they want to have their work published online. However, if you have started blogging for a living, you will quickly learn that the benefits of not having your name published on something can far outweigh the name recognition you’ll get on a piece of content written under your name. Here’s one of many tips for freelance writers: consider being a ghostwriter.

Writing content that isn’t going to be published under your name (and is instead published under someone else’s name) is called ghostwriting. Published authors have been using ghostwriters for years on their books, and now the market for digital ghostwriters is stronger than ever.  Higher rates, more work, and better guidelines are all things you can look forward to as a ghostwriter.

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June 20, 2013

Is Blogging the New Short Story?

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Edgar Allan Poe famously wrote about the short story in his essay, The Philosophy of Composition. He highlighted the importance of one idea and the ability to consume the text in one sitting.

What with modern time’s insistence that everything is immediate and the pressure to absorb information at lightning speed, the parallels between Poe’s thoughts in the 1900s and the blogging of today is remarkably clear.

Each of Poe’s commandments imposed upon the short story can be used to explore it with regard to the technological future of this type of writing, as I am going to explain: read more

June 17, 2013

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Every blogger knows that there are a lot of blogging platforms to choose from. Some prefer WordPress, others trust their content to Joomla or whatever CMS they like. We’re not here asking you to tell us which open source blogging software is the best, though. Instead, we’d like to make things more interesting, and we would like to give you a chance to win a premium design for your blog, no matter if you’re a fan of WordPress, Joomla, or Drupal! read more

June 11, 2013

12 Unusual and Inspired Ideas for Blog Posts

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I know that I have a lot of days where I do not think I have one good idea left in my brain. I have thought about every relevant blog post under the sun I could possibly ever write. There is no new news that is relevant to my blog niche and I am just in a rut. I know that a successful blog needs to have consistent posts, but I am just flat out of ideas. I know that in order for my blog to remain profitable I need to keep readers interested, but I just do not feel like I have anything interesting left to say.

Well, in order to fight this attack of the borings, I came up with a few blog post ideas to get me back on the right path. While all these ideas may not match your blog’s niche topic or audience, if you think about them long enough I am sure you can twist them to make them fit for your needs. Without further ado, here are 12 unusual and inspired ideas for blog posts for you to consider: read more

June 10, 2013

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June 7, 2013

How Penguin 2.0 Puts Up A Tougher Fight Against Web Spam

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Google’s website states that: Every day, millions of useless spam pages are created. We fight spam through a combination of computer algorithms and manual review. Penguin 2.0 is their latest spam-fighting algorithm update.

The problem with spam websites is that they saturate the internet and show up in search engine rankings. When these devious sites appear higher in search engine rankings, what do you think happens to your site? That’s right – it gets pushed to the bottom of the list. read more

June 6, 2013

Are You Oversharing On Your Business Facebook Page?

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Social media as we know it today is not even 10 years old, and like children that same age, it can be unruly, wild and amazing. But the opportunity to reach thousands and beyond with a single web page or a well-placed post is attractive to small business owners.

If you spend even a week on Facebook, you’ll discover that identifying and connecting with your “fans” takes real effort. Your target audience doesn’t just show up because your page exists. You have to engage them, consistently. You have to share and give a little insight into what your business does and the people behind your brand. The goal is to put out just the right amount of information so you don’t come off cold, distant and too corporate to connect; all while avoiding a deadly dose of TMI – too much information.  read more

May 20, 2013

3 Creative Ideas for Outside-the-Box Blog Posts

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Even the best, most popular blogs in the world can get stale from time to time. Sooner or later, you’re going to get that nagging feeling that you’ve run out of things to write about. The next time you’re stuck for a blog subject, try one of these to get the creative juices flowing. read more