September 25, 2014
Outreach, relationship and community building are vital parts of growing any audience, online or off, for profit or hobby. To evoke any response from visitors to your site or consumers you have to be able to serve, prove trustworthiness and provide value at all stages of a lasting relationship. That is why collaboration is so powerful and social networks, for the most part, have been so successful because their functions rely on what drives human beings to action; building relationships. A majority of the most successful blogs and businesses in the current new media age have one thing in common and that’s a focus on serving their community while embracing and collaborating with peers to increase the value of their content within their niche. An approach focused solely on self gain won’t last for the long run since relationships are not built by taking but giving.
Tags: blogging tips, blogging tools
September 5, 2014
You do have time to blog if you play your cards right. Blogging is one of those things that sounds easier than it is. If you’re starry eyed from the idea of monetizing your blog and enjoying passive income, or making millions like one of the rare YouTube sensations, it’s time for a reality check.
Yes, you can make a decent living as a blogger but it takes a lot of time, skill, and commitment. However, the “time” part is what a lot of people struggle with. read more
Tags: blogging tips, time management
August 11, 2014
Anyone can be a blogger, right? All you need is to have an idea – or tons of them, some clue as to the technology (what platform to use, for example), and some social media/content marketing skills. If you only have ideas, it’s still possible to blog. There is certainly no lack of tutorials and guides for beginning bloggers, and if you want to take things further, there are more advanced guides as well.
But what if you really want to make a splash and play with the big boys and girls? What is it that you need to do? read more
Tags: blogging tips, Education
July 31, 2014
Editor’s note: This post was written by Danny, a blogger for Instant Checkmate, one of the world’s largest people search engines. He is passionate about writing and is currently a student at the University of San Diego studying English and Business Administration. Find him on Twitter or Google +.
Not too long ago I started blogging for Instant Checkmate. I thought it would be pretty easy. I thought to myself, “I am a good writer; I did well in all my English classes at school; I often teach people how to write; I am passionate about writing. What could possibly be difficult?”
Well, unfortunately for me blogging is not an English class. Writing is an important part of the deal, but there are so many factors that go into blogging that the average person has no idea about. The amount of surprise I faced in the first week alone was enough to make me think I had no chance in this field. read more
Tags: beginner bloggers, blogging tips
June 19, 2014
Brainstorming the right domain name for your business idea, product, service or blog requires a lot of imagination, strategy, originality, research and good linguistic design practices. Purchasing your domain name is quite similar to buying a piece of real estate as it truly is an investment that can help you make millions from your idea and create the sticky effect every marketer is aiming for.
Essentially, it’s not a decision that should be quick and impulsive. Do your research, take the time to think about the name and the factors discussed below. Whois.domaintools.com is a very useful website that provides information on whether a domain is available for registration or not or you could check the registry through any web hosting provider. read more
Tags: blogging tips, domain names
June 17, 2014
Habits are formed, whether good or bad; and the sensible person will accept what bad habits he has formed. More so, he will go one step further and do something to rectify the situation.
When it comes to publishing online, bad habits are not uncommon. The question is whether or not you, the writer, have realized that you have some of those bad habits and if you are willing to get rid of them.
Here are some bad online publishing habits for you to peruse and get rid of (if you have them). read more
Tags: blogging tips, online publishing
May 29, 2014
Too much work? Is there such a thing for a freelance blogger/online writer? I think that, if anything, we always want/need more work. I think, though, that we may have the tendency to just want more work whenever the opportunity presents itself even if our plate is already full.
This is probably due to the fact that the freelance writing life has a high degree of uncertainty. There are good months, but there are lean months. And what we want is to build up a nest egg for when those lean months come. One of the most obvious ways to do that is take on as much work as you can when it’s there; and that’s when the “too much work” scenario comes up. read more
Tags: blogging tips, outsourcing, Productivity, writing tips
May 22, 2014
In the crazy rush to get fresh new content out to potential readers, many bloggers often find themselves in a very stressful position. Creating unique, hard hitting content is not easy work and depending on the niche you’re targeting, a “shot-gun blast” kind of approach may be killing both you and your blog’s potential.
Broad niches and categories like online money making ideas, web design, blogging tools or social media marketing are heavy subjects. It’s difficult to be competitive when there’s just so much information already available for consumption. There’s a good chance that whatever you decide to write, has already been covered really well by a major blogger. So how do you stand out from the crowd? And how do you keep true to yourself as a writer and stay on point in niches that seem to be saturated? read more
Tags: blog post topics, blogging tips
April 8, 2014
What can you learn from the best travel bloggers? Quite a bit, regardless of what kind of blogger you are, from foodie to relationship disher-upper, or even if you haven’t quite started a blog (yet). Travel bloggers provide a unique perspective, which can be challenging, considering there are over 1.3 million blogs dedicated to travel alone; only a few of them are monetized and garner enough followers to put them at the top of the class. The Huffington Post recently named the top travel bloggers around the world who blog in English, and came up with an impressive list of candidates for the top spot. read more
Tags: blogging tips, travel bloggers
February 6, 2014
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.
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
Tags: blogging tips, word count, writing tips