July 8, 2013
We’ve long known that having a giant image at the top of a blog post will help the post perform and find an audience. People are visual, and that’s only become more of the norm as time has gone on. Many sites have redesigned their pages to highlight more, and larger, pictures.
But one thing that’s changed in recent years is how we find and share articles. Social media — and all of its various platforms — now requires writers and editors to have in mind how and where the blog posts will be seen as they construct the content. That’s not just for the headline and copy, though; the images, too, need to be relevant and shareable for people to be drawn to them. read more
Tags: Blogging, Photos
July 4, 2013
Many writers get into blog writing because they want to have their work published online. However, if you have started blogging for a living, you will quickly learn that the benefits of not having your name published on something can far outweigh the name recognition you’ll get on a piece of content written under your name. Here’s one of many tips for freelance writers: consider being a ghostwriter.
Writing content that isn’t going to be published under your name (and is instead published under someone else’s name) is called ghostwriting. Published authors have been using ghostwriters for years on their books, and now the market for digital ghostwriters is stronger than ever. Higher rates, more work, and better guidelines are all things you can look forward to as a ghostwriter.
Tags: Blogging, blogging income, freelance, ghostwriter, ghostwriting
June 28, 2013
No one can refute that there is an overwhelming amount of content online today, with thousands and thousands being added every hour. However, only a few of these are relevant and worthy enough to get noticed and actually accrue traffic, so it is important to make any blog posts you publish extremely pointed and focused.
Publishing content that covers several different topics at once isn’t going to engage and keep your readers’ interest. This is why it is important to have a one-track mind when it comes to blog post topic brainstorming. Single topic posts can go more in-depth and provide more information. They are also better for ranking on more specific longtail keywords from an SEO perspective.
Tags: blog post topics, blog titles, Blogging, brainstorming
June 27, 2013
Unless you’re a superstar blogger who’s got it made, the chances are that you don’t – or can’t – rely on your own blog to bring home the bacon. That’s the stark reality, which we all have to face. Blogging is all fun and games until you make it your sole source of income, and suddenly, you realize that it might not be a good idea to do that.
That being said, there is no reason not to dream about becoming so big a blogger that you can stop worrying about other revenue streams. In the meantime, however, you might want to ensure – as much as possible – that you have financial stability in the mid- to long-term. Here are some ideas to get you going. read more
Tags: Blogging, business, Revenue Streams
June 20, 2013
Blogging is a practice that can draw from a series of different ways to get your companies name out there. By learning from other channels the best ways to connect with your customers, you can translate these lessons into blog posts and strategy.
Public relations is one of these areas where there is a lot of information and strategy that can be translated into blogging. From events to creating buzz about your company’s action, public relations capitalizes on telling your target audience what you want them to know. Successful blogging can do the same by aiming to educate and provide information to your customers, without seeming overly pushy.
Tags: Blogging, Contests, controversial content, event marketing, Public Relations, webinars
May 27, 2013
Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night with a start. There’s a cold sweat running down my forehead and my eyes are wide with panic. My girlfriend turns over and switches on the light to ask what’s wrong, but I can’t tell her. It’s too horrible…
What is this thought that haunts me and keeps me up at night? It’s the idea that someday I may not be able to make a living online anymore the way I have been for the last five years. You see it doesn’t make sense when you think about it: we can earn money online because we put ads on our websites and bring in lots of visitors, but then how are those advertisers making money? Often they make money by putting ads on their sites, or by selling products on their sites that people hardly ever click. The money goes round and round, but when is anything actually bought? read more
Tags: Blogging, SEO Bubble, tips
May 20, 2013
Even the best, most popular blogs in the world can get stale from time to time. Sooner or later, you’re going to get that nagging feeling that you’ve run out of things to write about. The next time you’re stuck for a blog subject, try one of these to get the creative juices flowing. read more
Tags: blog creativity, blog post ideas, Bloggers, Blogging, story ideas
April 22, 2013
Blogging as a platform has been around for nearly two decades and its popularity has only increased.
The team at web printing company Moo has compiled a list of some of the biggest blogging names and services on the planet.
Starting in 1994 when Justin Hall began blogging on links.net, the team quickly pushes forward to modern day heroes in micro-blogging, including Evan Williams and his launch of the Blogger.com network in 1999.
In 2003, gossip blogging becomes big with the launch of gossip network Gawker and Jason Calacanis’s Weblog network. By 2007, more than 70 million blogs are being indexed by Technorati and that growth has continued.
By 2009, Tumblr alone was hosting 11 million blogs, a number that has increased at a rapid rate over the last four years. read more
Tags: Blogging, Blogging Infographic, Blogging Popularity, Rise of Blogging
April 8, 2013
There are plenty of writers who have been studying for years and love the activity. It is definitely something that promotes a sense of intellectual stimulation and growth. But what about writing great headlines and web articles that grab even more attention?
I want to share a resource part of Depositphotos that will catch bloggers by surprise. If you have been a part of Depositphotos then it is already evident what type of resources they can offer. It is a very powerful eCommerce shop, and I have always enjoyed their useful features. Even just a basic search for writing photos can provide a starting point. You want to add graphics and tidbits into your articles that readers can tie into the content itself.
Web Copy and Graphics
The Depositphotos library of stock photography is enormous and growing every day. There are a lot of freelance photographers who are more than happy to contribute and sell their pieces on the Internet. It provides an exceptional means of quick money, plus they get paid to do what they love most. If you have never seen the photographs in Depositphotos it is definitely worth a peek.
Some of their categories will be intermixed if you do not specify a type of search. There are both icons, vectors, graphics, and stock photos all mixed into one search engine! It goes without saying that their products catalog is expansive, but just how useful can this be to writers on the web? It depends how many articles you are writing. And how many of these articles will benefit from using a piece of stock photography.
Tags: Blogging, depositphotos, graphics, stock photos, writing
January 29, 2013
Lately, there’s been a lot of emphasis on how high-quality blog content is not only more engaging for readers, but it also ranks better in search engines. However, making an impact in the blogging world is about more than just writing posts people want to read. That’s important, but there’s another very important element to consider: design.
Perhaps you’re fortunate enough to have some design expertise under your belt and don’t mind using those skills on your blog. If that situation doesn’t apply, you’ll soon see why it’s such a good idea to hire a designer.
Make Your Blog’s Template Your Own
Think of a template as an expression of your blog’s brand. Although it’s possible to purchase premium templates, wouldn’t you rather have one that’s all your own? A designer can be a great resource and create one that immediately gives readers clues about what to expect when coming to the blog for the first time.
Templates are also useful if you participate in themed blogging, where the majority of your content relates to a niche topic. Take 12 Keys’ blog, shown above, for example. As a recovery center, their blog reflects the bright and cheerful colors of their logo and their relaxing beachside location. Think about recruiting a designer to help you make small alterations to a template to reflect seasonal changes, as well. read more
Tags: Blog Design, Blogging, branding, Social Media