February 19, 2014

Try These Powerful Steps to Grow Your Blog by 500% by the End of 2014

There aren’t many guarantees in life but what I can say is that one of the most tried and proven approaches to successful personal life and business is one of tenacity and persistence to deliver results, regardless of the odds. Let’s face it, blogging is a crowded game today with hundreds of millions of voices trying desperately to make their mark. However, one thing you’ll realize is that in every saturated market, every economic depression, there are still many who discover some “secret” and find solutions to the challenges. But there’s no secret, the successful stories reveal a common nature and this is one made of persistence, patience, repetition and an unrelenting tenacity.

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February 13, 2014

4 Must Have Reading Apps for News Junkies

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Remember back when we used to read the morning paper over breakfast? Well, that practice is quickly dying out, as print publications are replaced with app subscriptions. Mobile reading apps can adjust on the fly to breaking news developments, giving users a constant stream of up-to-date information. While we want to get the latest scoop on world news, national events, and industry developments, it’s also easy for us to suffer from information overload. So mobile users have a need for apps that can filter the useful data from the rest of the noise. Take a look at these four reading apps that fit the bill for news addicts. read more

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February 12, 2014

7 Habits of Incredibly Successful Bloggers – Pierce Through the Noise

We are obsessed with success and admire successful people. We spend most of our dreaming hours dwelling on and envisioning our own victories. We wear ourselves out with the mountain task of getting traffic, acquiring fame and making the sales but for the most part we erred in our ways and thinking. The road to success is not a complicated one but is attainable for anyone willing to sweat and stick to a well laid plan.

What’s this plan you ask? The plan is based on Thomas Edison’s quote:

“Genius: one percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration.”

Mr. Edison’s statement is very accurate since often when we analyze the greatest writers’, inventors and business people’s history and stories, most were not born geniuses or passionate but worked extremely hard and focused most, if not all, their energies on very specific things until they became better than everyone else and achieved greatness. Let’s apply this to blogging! Let’s anaylze what it really takes to be an Incredibly Successful Blogger. You’ll be surprised how easy it is.

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February 10, 2014

Fighting Plagiarism – The Real Challenge

Generally, it seems pretty clear what plagiarism is: when a writer uses work created by someone else without acknowledgment or attribution. In other words, plagiarism is when an author claims someone else’s work as his or her own. Although these guidelines seem quite clear, the problem of plagiarism runs rampant. Important to note, here, is that the problem can occur in two different ways. First, an author can knowingly plagiarize a work for their own gain. In another way, though, plagiarism can be accidental, where an author simply doesn’t know how to properly cite source material or attach attribution.
plagiarismDespite the potential for an honest mistake, however, all plagiarism can lead to serious consequences. According to a study referenced in the New York Times, “40 percent of 14,000 undergraduates admitted to copying a few sentences in written assignments.” The numbers don’t change much for graduate school students—30 to 33%—or writers outside of academia. Although plagiarism occurs most often in writing, it can occur in photography, filmmaking, advertising, or any other creative media. To hone the focus, however, and group many of these plagiarism cases under the same banner, the biggest challenge in fighting plagiarism is handling it in the digital age. read more

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February 6, 2014

Longer Blog Posts Doesn’t Necessarily Mean Better

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.

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Source: CommonSEOQuestions.com

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

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February 5, 2014

Personal Branding: it’s all in the name

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What’s in a name?

The old adage is as true today as it ever was. A name is just a word, unless it is leveraged correctly. When you look across the business landscape, there are dozens of examples of business people who have leveraged their name to add value to their brand and their offerings.

For example, Donald Trump has taken his name and placed it atop dozens of buildings across the world. In fact, his name has become so valuable that he now licenses it out to other business people in order for them to add value to their brand. It is a terribly kept secret that the Donald doesn’t even own minority stakes in many of the buildings that bear his moniker. read more

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February 4, 2014

Webydo Website Builder for Design Pros

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Website design is a lucrative and challenging career. While not everyone may be into the intricacies of designing websites, there is a certain level of satisfaction that one achieves when seeing his creations displayed for the whole world to see – not to mention the fact that clients are willing to pay for excellent work. However, you cannot ignore the fact that the website design process can run into many stumbling blocks, especially when it comes to coding.

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The good news is that with the resources available to web design enthusiasts and professionals these days, there is a way to build websites that stand out in looks and features without having to spend so much time on learning how to code. read more

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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

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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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Kill Your Blog – Yes, You Read That Right!

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!

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

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