September 17, 2013
There we go again with the “P” word. Whether you’re a blogger, a social media expert, or a professional copywriter, productivity always seems to come up. I suppose the same can be said of any person who holds a job. At the end of the day, we are measured by how much we produce and the quality of what we produce.
As a full-time blogger, the chances are that you do not have to answer to a boss in the traditional sense. However, there are your readers to consider. There is the revenue. There is that personal sense of having gotten things done.
And we come back to where we started: productivity. read more
September 16, 2013
You’ve planned a party for local bloggers and you’re not sure how to make it successful. The good news is that it’s easier than you think. After all, bloggers are people too.
People who love to party, whether they’re bloggers or not, tend to share common interests at parties. Here are five tips that will make your bloggers’ party a hit. read more
September 13, 2013
It’s so easy to get drowned in the convenience of living online. While we always hear about the “dangers” of neglecting “real” life because of online activities, it still is easy to fall into the trap of not going outside and interacting virtually most of the time.
For bloggers and other online professionals, the case may even be worse. Marketing, analysing stats, commenting, looking for exposure, updating – the list of online activities goes on and on. But have you ever thought about going out in the real world and taking engaging in some offline activities – not only to enjoy yourself but also to benefit your blog? read more
September 12, 2013
Many people start blogs because they are passionate about a topic and want to tell people about it. However, in order for a blog to be successful, we must go beyond writing about what interests us and focusing on the little things that make a big impact on SEO. Some tasks, like allowing for email subscription and verifying your blog’s URL with the major search engines, only take a few minutes but can create a huge difference in traffic, engagement, and overall growth.
August 30, 2013
Google+ is one of the newest social media networks that has grown into millions of members. It allows you to integrate with Google services, which give you the ability to promote your content and other links, as well as to gain visibility with other Google products. Many bloggers do not realize the importance that Google+ may have been promoting their content. Google plus is no longer an optional network that people can decide to participate in when it comes to social media promotion.
August 27, 2013
I’m a pretty serious blogger. I currently run 20 websites, many of which receive hundreds of thousands of pageviews. A few years back I was running my fledgling business out of my living room and everything was just fine.
One day I realized I was spending a lot of time moving around files from my home business computer to my server. As gigabits flew from one location to another and I streamed Netflix to my big screen TV I realized my productivity was taking a hit.
If you are like me and you have a wife or husband and maybe a few kids at home you understand how a connected culture can slow your productivity. One kid is watching hilarious YouTube videos, another is watching a Vudu movie and your spouse is watching Netflix. In the meantime you are attempting to use your 20Mbps connection with very little success because multiple smartphones, TVs, tablets, and other devices are hogging a portion of your available bandwidth. read more
August 23, 2013
Tumblr, recently bought by Yahoo, is one of the most popular micro-blogging platforms. The NBA has one, celebrities have them, and most importantly, your target audience more than likely has them. But would your blog and business specifically benefit from a Tumblr?
Do you share different forms of media?
If you are already regularly sharing different types of media, like photos, videos, and audio, then Tumblr would be an easy transition. You can set up auto-posting of your blog’s RSS feed and can post several different types of media, quickly and easily:
August 20, 2013
Business have long adopted technology to stay competitive, and make themselves more efficient and cost-effective. Today new technology is developing and being absorbed at a faster rate than ever.
Since it has reached into our homes via PC, tablet, and Mac, and into our pockets through our smartphones, companies have to keep pace to keep consumers engaged. Studies show that people will generally not stay on a web page if takes longer than seven seconds to load.
Failing to invest in the technology to keep a business up to speed literally translates to lost revenue. Because of this, there is a need for faster Internet connections, bandwidth, and smart design to stay competitive.
For many years that has meant spending money on servers, paying for maintenance, and the headache of keeping up to date with the latest innovations. Fortunately, the development of cloud technology and hosting solutions have taken the pressure off companies who lack the time, resources, and desire to manage their complex and ever-growing IT infrastructure. read more
August 16, 2013
There are several reasons to blog, but notoriety is usually one of them. Regular blogging can increase your online presence and make you better known within your industry. However, your content isn’t the only thing that will make you better known. A well-written blogger bio (that usually appears on the sidebar or at the end of your post) can be your ticket to further engaging with your readers. If they find out that they both like your writing and you have a clever bio, they are more likely to connect with you through Twitter, Google+ or your website.
August 14, 2013
Pinterest is one of the coolest new social media networks to come along in a long time. For the creative types, it can bring an endless source of inspiration and motivation, especially because it is so visually appealing.
However, even though its focus is on images, when it comes to the written word, Pinterest can be a great source for blog post ideas, especially when you have writer’s block. By maintaining an active Pinterest presence, you can help keep your creative juices flowing without having to resort to writing exercises or another round-up post made of links or images.