January 25, 2014
So you have been on and off at it, writing for yourself and even looking into various resources for writers. You are interested but you don’t take the plunge for whatever reason. You are somewhere in between, not knowing whether to forget about writing altogether or take it to the next level.
Here are 5 signs that will tell you that you should be taking your writing seriously. read more
Tags: create blog, serious writing, signs of serious writing, writing
January 21, 2014
Like every good blogger, there are days where you just can’t get enough words on the page. However, there are some techniques that can make your blog posts longer with it seeming like a lot more work. Writing about interesting topics, outlining your posts, and including images are all ways that can help make posts longer. read more
Tags: blog tips, brainstorming, length, writing
January 17, 2014
Because visuals can make or break a blog post, it is crucial that you choose the right images for each post. The photos’ subject, colors, size, and placement can positively impact your post’s success.
The most important part of any image is logistical over visual. Only choose images that you have the rights to use. For larger blogs, it may be worthwhile to invest in a stock photo site membership, like Shutterstock or iStockPhoto. If you’d rather go with royalty-free or creative commons photos, be sure you are using the right attribution and that you can use them. For example, some creative commons photos only let you use images for non-commercial use. If you use the image for a business blog, which counts as a commercial property, so you technically can’t use non-commercial creative commons images. read more
Tags: creative commons, images
Editor’s Note: This post was written by Aaron George, an entrepreneur focused on changing the legal industry. His startup called LawKick makes it easier than ever to find affordable, qualified legal help for free.
People blog for different reasons. Some just do it for fun. Some use it as a marketing tool for other products and services. Some do it full-time and make a living by serving up ad impressions. No matter what your reason is, it’s a good idea to be aware of the key legal considerations of operating a blog.
Depending on your blog strategy and your reason for blogging in the first place, there are different legal obligations you must meet.
Photo credit: Anonymous Collective via Flickr
For the casual blogger just writing for the thrill of self-expression, you won’t have more than a few minor legal concerns to think about. But if blogging is your primary source of income, there are more serious legal issues that come into play, and you should definitely address them before it’s too late.
This post highlights three of the most common legal mistakes made by bloggers, along with some tips on what you can do to avoid them. read more
Tags: blogging mistakes, copyright, Legal
January 15, 2014
It’s hard to decide which paid WordPress plugins to actually invest in, especially since there are so many choices all over the internet. However, after scouring a list of “Best WordPress Plugins” blog posts, I narrowed down the selection a few that were recommended multiple times or had great online reviews. read more
Tags: commentluv, fanciest author box, gravity forms, premium wordpress plugins, wordpress plugins
When it comes to the evolving SEO industry, we’ve all talked about what we wish will change, what changed in 2013 that will spill over into 2014, and what will become more important, but there is one big question that still needs to be asked: What are your predictions for the changes we’ll see in 2014?
Top SEO Changes We Will Likely See in 2014
Because Google is expected to make quite a few changes this upcoming year, it’s a good idea to make some realistic predictions so that you’re prepared. Below are some of the changes we will likely see in 2014:
Tags: SEO Changes, SEO in 2014
January 14, 2014
We have covered places to find free and legal images in the past, but with a new year comes even more reliable sources for finding free image sources for your blog. As with any creative work, even though it may be free to use, be sure to use correct attribution and make sure that you are crediting the author in all ways necessary. Not doing so may lead to legal issues, as some images are free as long as bloggers follow the proper guidelines. read more
Tags: creative commons, find images, find photos, image sources
January 13, 2014
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
Tags: Google, Google Compute Engine
January 9, 2014
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…
Tags: email, Security, Yahoo
January 8, 2014
Blog commenting can be a great way to get to know your fellow bloggers on other blogs, while also building a community within your own blog.
However, spam comments have reached a critical mass, often taking up the majority of the time of bloggers who just want to be able to filter out the great, original comments from the fake ones.
Besides installing a plugin to fight spam, there are a few other things you can be on the lookout for that will help you determine whether or not a comment is spam or is genuine. read more
Tags: blog commenting, Comments, Spam