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September 6, 2013

How Much Should You Charge For Sponsored Blog Posts?

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Because of the increase emphasis on the value of content when it comes to your search engine marketing strategy, bloggers are getting more and more requests for sponsored posts. This puts bloggers who, up until recently, have been writing content out of their own passion and interests, in the position of figuring out how much they should charge for sponsored blog posts.

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June 20, 2013

Is Blogging the New Short Story?

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Edgar Allan Poe famously wrote about the short story in his essay, The Philosophy of Composition. He highlighted the importance of one idea and the ability to consume the text in one sitting.

What with modern time’s insistence that everything is immediate and the pressure to absorb information at lightning speed, the parallels between Poe’s thoughts in the 1900s and the blogging of today is remarkably clear.

Each of Poe’s commandments imposed upon the short story can be used to explore it with regard to the technological future of this type of writing, as I am going to explain: read more

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May 10, 2013

5 Blogging Meetups to Come in Summer 2013

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In a world that is chock full of bloggers on every topic and in every niche imaginable, staying ahead of the curve is crucial if you want to be one of the more successful web workers among them. There are a number of things that you can do in order to stay ahead of the pack, but none is as useful as attending any one of the many blogging meetups and conferences that take place around the world every year.

Improve your skills, learn from your peers, and grow your contact list, all in the name of more success, with any one of these five blogging meetups to come in the summer of 2013: read more

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February 18, 2013

4 Female Blogging Meetups in 2013

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Being a woman in the male-dominated business world does have its disadvantages, but a growing movement towards equality in all things is helping ladies in every professional niche to be both better and better-paid at what they do, and one of the fields most notable for this growth is blogging. Women are coming to dominate the blogosphere as visitors realize that they’re unique wit and wisdom offer a fantastic take on nearly any topic, making that sector one of the fastest growing for female entrepreneurs.

Meet women in your niche for the purpose of both friendship and professional development by checking out any of these four female blogging meetups for 2013: read more

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February 10, 2013

Blogger’s Guide to Creative Commons: In Pictures

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Bloggers are inevitably obsessed with the topic of creative commons, and if they aren’t yet, they will be soon. Why? Well, if you have ever seen the cost of subscriptions for stock photo sights, you wouldn’t have to ask that question. They are expensive, often offer nothing special and in general don’t cut it for most casual bloggers that don’t want to spend cash on what is essentially a place for their thoughts.

Using public domain or CC licensed content is the perfect way around that. You can use photos and videos as you like, not worrying about the cost or being sued for copyright. Which is ever bloggers wost nightmare, thanks to the many horror stories we are subjected to on the web. read more

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December 9, 2012

How to Revive Expired Content

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Most bloggers don’t like the idea of their content expiring, especially if they publish a lot of it on a consistent basis. The thing is that the more you publish, the less time you have to review your past articles. And sorry to be the one to break this to you, but your content won’t stay evergreen till the end of time.

Well okay, if you publish articles on learning the Latin language then you’re safe, but for any other niche, things change quite fast. And if you’re in web technology, blogging, or making money then your content is like a bottle of freshly squeezed carrot juice in the fridge … so to speak.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that good, quality content has a short lifespan.

Essentially, content is like food. The better it is, the sooner you have to eat it. read more

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November 20, 2012

Seven Ways To Kill Your Blog

Registering a domain name and turning it into a profitable blog takes time. It takes patience, hard work and quite a few clever decisions. Some people would even argue that at times it takes a little bit of luck. The one thing that’s for certain is that it’s not easy.

Though most people know how difficult it is to create a profitable blog, many are surprised to learn how easy it is to kill one. Getting noticed might take a long time but losing the lions share of your readers can be achieved surprisingly quickly.

If you’ve been enjoying a certain amount of blogging success of late, here are seven mistakes that you should avoid making at all costs. read more

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October 8, 2012

How To Write Comments

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Commenting is often an important part of being visible on the internet. Doesn’t matter if you’re trying to build a popular blog or a profitable online business, you still need to find a way to get people back to your site or blog.

There are many techniques to do that, some work better for bloggers, and some for online business owners. Even though the goals are different, commenting can boost your popularity and expertise in general if you do it often enough.

However, only because you’re doing something often doesn’t make you good at it. And when it comes to commenting, there’s one important thing everyone should focus on … that is not looking like a spammer.

This may sound obvious to you. I mean, you’re probably not a spammer and you only submit comments when you actually have something to say, so you might think that this post doesn’t concern you. However, are you 100% sure? read more

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March 30, 2012

Fundamentals of Starting A Blog

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Blogs are so popular nowadays that practically everyone has a blog – be it for personal use or for the promotion of their business. Blogs are an effective way of putting your ideas across on the internet, talk about things that interest you, or market a product or service.

Starting a blog is easy and does not require a lot of hand-holding. Here are some tips and steps on how to create a blog. read more

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February 13, 2012

Before You Lash Out At Someone On Your Blog, Read This

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Regardless of how fair and neutral you are about anything, there is always going to be someone who doesn’t like you, for any number of reasons. In the Internet era, blogs and social media have become virtual soap boxes for people to vent their frustration on. Just from being around people who blog, and from my own experiences, I’ve learned a few lessons that I want to share with you. read more

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