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April 2, 2014

Upgrade Your Design With The New Colossal Bundle From Inky Deals: Giveaway!

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 3, 2014

How to Build a WordPress Theme

Have you always wanted to build a WordPress theme that suits your preferences, meets your needs, and satisfies your design standards? Of course, you’ll need to have a bit of tech know-how. You can always go for builders that generate the code for you in the background so that you only have to work with a visual editor, but it always helps to grasp the basics of HTML and CSS – at the very least.
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Assuming you have all that down pat, how do you build a custom WordPress theme? Furthermore, what do you do once you’ve built it? read more

January 28, 2014

Dutch ISPs can stop blocking the Pirate Bay

Dutch ISPs can stop blocking the Pirate Bay (via The Inquirer)

A COURT IN THE HAGUE has ruled that local Internet Service Providers (ISPs) can stop trying to block The Pirate Bay because blocks are overbearing and do not work. A ruling from the court, released as a PDF, sees justice side with two ISPs that have…


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January 13, 2014

Google Releases Compute Engine to the Public

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Few names are as recognizable and highly regarded in the tech industry today as Google. When thinking of the latest and greatest trends in the industry, people often jump right to this tech giant. One of the areas that has been noticeably lacking in the vast portfolio of Google’s offerings are services related to cloud networking. Google has seen vast successes in areas like search, mobile, web apps, and a wide array of other consumer and enterprise offerings. This track record of success kept tech analysts on edge as they anticipated the release of Google Compute Engine, which remained in beta testing for a lengthy period of time. The recent announcement by Google executives that Google Compute Engine is out of beta sparked a flurry of interest from the public and media alike as it seems Google has released a major contender to become a top cloud application web hosting service in the coming months. read more

January 9, 2014

Yahoo finally encrypts its email servers

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Yahoo finally encrypts its email servers (via The Inquirer)

INTERNET PORTAL Yahoo has made good on its promise to encrypt its popular webmail service. The company had received a lot of criticism for not invoking https encryption on its webmail service a decade after most rival services did. From today, the Yahoo…


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December 26, 2013

Are You Using Instagram Embed Enough on Your Blog?

After Instagram announced that they were allowing embeds of Instagram posts on websites via their blog, many bloggers have taken advantage and have started using embed codes instead of copy and pasting Instagram images or taking a screenshot of an image to re-post it to their page.

Even though you can still only post images via an app on a mobile device, Instagram has become a huge social media platform that brands and bloggers should be utilizing. Many ways to do this include interacting via the community through Instagram photo challenges, contests, custom hashtags, and artistic photos that showcase the blog or company’s values and products.

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After you sign up for an account (if you don’t have one already), here are some of the reasons why you should be embedding more Instagram posts on your blog: read more

December 24, 2013

How Do You Handle Blogging While Out of Town?

How Do You Handle Blogging While Out of Town?

Maintaining a well-oiled blog can be a difficult process that can be hard to do when you are out of town for a conference, vacation, or other engagement. However, with a little bit of planning, it can be easy to make sure your blog stays updated while you aren’t at home.

Have the Right Resources

In order to be a good blogger while you are away, you also need to be a good one while you are at home. Be sure to take advantage of a free writer’s resource area website that offers tips on effective blogging that gets your point across while also being time efficient. These tips are helpful no matter where you are blogging from.

Use a Freelancer

If you’re going to be away for a long period of time, it may be helpful to use a freelancer to fill in the content gaps when you aren’t able to. Hire a capable freelancer from a site like oDesk or FlexJobs that has a background that is related to your blog’s main topics. It’s best to hire someone before you leave so you have time to learn their writing style and they will be able to learn the type of content and formatting you like.

Schedule Ahead of Time

If you can fit it into your schedule, start stockpiling blog posts that can be scheduled out while you are away from your office. These can be evergreen topics which are timeless and contain useful information that anyone can use, even in the future. Some ideas might be best practices, trends in the last year, or tutorials that will still be timely in the time you are gone.

Write About Your Travels

Another option is to write about your travels and what you are doing out of the office, if it’s possible. For instance, if you are going to a conference or event that is related to your blog, it would be great to do a round-up post with what you have learned, photos, and key takeaways that you will be able to put into practice with your blog or work once you get back to your home base.

 

No matter which option you decide to take (which could be a combination of all of the above, depending on what time allows and the amount of content you need for your site), making sure your blog stays active while you are away can help keep your traffic engaged and showcases your dedication.

 

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December 11, 2013

How to Increase Blog Comments

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Having an active and engaged blog community is at the top of every blogger’s wish list. While the goal is clearly outlined, the way to get there sometimes isn’t. Although not guaranteed, there are some ways that you can get more comments onto your blog.

Paid Traffic

Sometimes getting a high level of engagement does take a financial commitment. In this case, having paid campaigns to get more traffic to your website will certainly increase your chances of more engagement, especially when they come from social media. Do some research on paid social media campaigns on Facebook and Twitter and also through the major search engines like Google, Bing, and Yahoo!. Facebook and Google also occasionally send out coupons to new account users, so be sure to research that before signing up for a new account. read more

December 10, 2013

4 Things to Look for in a Blog Theme

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Blogging is as intrinsic to my life as taking a shower, eating, and drinking coffee. Of course, I have to come clean and admit that it is part of my job, so I can’t really avoid blogging on a daily basis, but I also have to say that there is something differently enjoyable when I have time to play with my personal blog. It does not get updated as often as I would like, but I do make it a point to change things up once a year if possible.

And when it comes to “changing things up”, the blog theme is always a factor that I consider. Any blogger would agree, I think, although the frequency of changing themes (and/or blog design) will definitely vary from one blogger to another.

How do you go about choosing a blog theme if you do not have something particular in mind? read more

December 5, 2013

Freelance Writing Jobs Launches Resources Section

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Freelance Writing Jobs is one of the oldest, most trusted community for freelance writers. Founded by Deb Ng, who worked long and hard to build the community, the site was eventually taken into the fold of Splashpress Media, the same network Blog Herald belongs to. So yeah, FWJ is family, and as it goes with family, we’d like to share something special the FWJ crew has been working on: the FWJ Resources Area, a collection of freelance writing resources.

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