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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.

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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.

Freelance Writing Jobs Resources

 

What’s in it for you?

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November 7, 2013

5 Guidelines For Sponsored Reviews

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5 guidelines for sponsored reviews

For many bloggers, earning money blogging about what they love seems like both the ultimate goal and a pipe dream. However, it is possible to earn perks or a small income from occasionally writing sponsored reviews about products and services on your blog.
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October 30, 2013

Twitter making tweets more ‘visual’ with overhaul

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Twitter making tweets more ‘visual’ with overhaul (via AFP)

Twitter said Tuesday it overhauled its user display to make the messaging service “more visual,” as it ramps up competition against photo-sharing services like Instagram. “So many of the great moments you share on Twitter are made even better with photos…


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October 3, 2013

The Places to Find Free Premium WordPress Themes

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As bloggers get more experienced with WordPress, many figure out that just because a theme is free, it doesn’t mean that it’s not full of its own problems and issues. Many free WordPress themes offer no support for any plug-in or programming errors, and your website may start sharing hidden links or contents buried deep within the theme without your knowledge.

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The Google Hummingbird Update and What It Means to Bloggers

hummingbirdThe Hummingbird update is a new Google algorithm update that was announced September 26 and, surprise surprise, it has marketers talking. Whenever Google makes a change it’s important for small businesses to understand what it means and how it will affect rankings. Panda and Penguin algorithm updates are the most popular and the most frequent, but this Hummingbird update seems to be the first of its kind. There is no Moz weather report to tell us when its coming and there are not countless articles telling us how to recover. For all intensive purposes, this is a scramble. read more

October 2, 2013

Personalized Curated Social Mobile Project Seeks Crowd Funding via Indiegogo

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Personalized Curated Social Mobile Project Seeks Crowd Funding via Indiegogo (via SBWire)

Developers appeal to investors to recognize the need for a curated, peer-to-peer social search engine, which will enhance the experience of the mobile platform. London, UK — (SBWIRE) — 10/01/2013 — Project manager, Zohe Mustafa, has initiated a crowd…


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September 26, 2013

Blogger vs WordPress: Which is Better For You?

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With WordPress being the most popular CMS in the world (with over 72 million websites built on it as of March 2012, according to Yoast.com), old school blogging platform Blogger (which is now owned by Google), is still struggling to remain a competitor. During the battle of Blogger vs WordPress, there are several factors that come into play when deciding which platform is better for your blog.

Free Versions

Both Blogger and WordPress offer free and paid versions of their platform. The free versions have advertisements and other limitations, such as no FTP upload capability and the inability to upload themes and layouts. the FTC disclosure regulations, along with WordPress’ own Terms of Service, also prevent free WordPress.com bloggers to post any content that they are receiving any type of compensation for. The free versions of Blogger and WordPress have similar functionality, but there are more free WordPress themes available in their online gallery. WordPress also gives users more storage than Blogger (1gb versus 3gb), according to this chart by WebHostingGeeks.com:

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