August 16, 2013
How did your writing career first get started?
I got started when I left a job I was terribly unhappy at. I was working myself to death, and had no respect or recognition for my efforts. I had no real goal in mind when leaving, other than I wanted to be happy again. I just wanted to live life and not feel beaten down by “the man” all the time! I started writing for a small Android gaming site for fun, and people liked my work. I was doing it for free (which anyone who is serious about blogging or writing should do), and really learning how things worked. From there, I saw that Android Authority was looking for writers. I sent my “elevator pitch” to those who are now my bosses, and the rest is really history at this point. read more
Tags: blog writing tips, blogging tips, Nate Swanner, writing, writing tips
July 12, 2013
Guest blogging can be a great way to grow your credibility and online presence (as well as giving links back to your website). Many potential clients and new acquaintances have connected with me through social media or my website after seeing a guest post I’ve written. Besides connecting with readers that have read posts, it is also worthwhile to build strong relationships with the blog owners themselves.
By knowing several different bloggers that are in your industry, you can open yourself up to a variety of different possibilities– possible content for your own blog, sponsorship, partnerships, and more.
Finding Guest Posts
In order to find industry-specific guest posts, there are a string of search phrases you can use to find blogs. These include:
- write for us + [industry keyword]
- guest blogging + [industry keyword]
- guest bloggers + [industry keyword]
- contribute + [industry keyword]
- guest post + [industry keyword]
These searches and related variations will help you find several different blogs that you can pitch to.
Tags: Blogging, guest blogging, guest posts, pitch, writing
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 14, 2010
I spent a couple of years working at FOX News where I had the opportunity to hone my headline copywriting skills.
My boss at the time would plead with us to read Reader’s Digest, claiming they had mastered the art of “catchy” headlines.
The way we digest our media has changed, but the tried and true methods of creating a powerful headline have not. Effective elements include… read more
Tags: Blogging, effective copywriting, headlines, how to write headlines, numbers, writing
July 15, 2009
Marshall Kirkpatrick, of ReadWriteWeb fame, has a personal blog as well. Yesterday he posted his new writing routine, and I just love the simpleness of it.
1. Find story idea
2. Reach out to sources for info
3. Research online using various magic research tools, while I wait for sources to get back to me
4. Stop and think
5. Talk to sources, maybe research some more based on what they say
Kirkpatrick needs to spend no more than two hours doing that, but you can steal it for your own writing. It would also depend on what kind of story you’re working on.
How do you find, research and write your blog posts?
Tags: Marshall Kirkpatrick, ReadWriteWeb, writing
June 5, 2009
Over at Copyblogger Brian had an interesting comment thread about, well, blog commenting. In it I offered the sage advice that a comment can become excellent content for your own blog.
To prove my point, I wanted to expand on the idea here! read more
Tags: Blogging, content, writing
June 3, 2009
Do you want to know how to set up, plan, write and promote a business blog, plus create an audience that loves you, with content that keeps people coming back for more?
Well you are in luck! I have written an information-packed 7 day blogging course for my friends at Simplweb, the Joomla turnkey site people, and best of all it is free. read more
Tags: Blogging, business, Marketing, traffic, writing
May 25, 2009
As mentioned in the last article in Nothing to Blog About, not every idea is worth publishing. Not every blog post is publishable. Not every blog post should see the light of the public eye. And sometimes that type of blog post is stopping us from producing blog content.
I can’t tell you the many hours I’ve spent struggling over a blog post, determined it had value and needed to be published. I’d beat at it, thrash it, rip and tear it apart, only to decide it wasn’t ready, nor was I, to have this ever be published.
Has this happened to you? A blog post you want to publish sits in your drafts or stares at you from your blog screen screaming, “NO! NOT YET!”
Are you listening? read more
Tags: blog content, blog ideas, blog writing, blogging guide, blogging tips, Nothing to Blog About, publish, writing, writing guide, writing tips
May 21, 2009
If people judged me by the number of ideas I generated in single day on the subject of WordPress and blogging, I’d be the Einstein of the blogosphere. If they took a peek into the all the various files, folders, virtual and physical, I have to store all of those ideas, they’d pack me up and send me to the mental institution.
I come up with ideas for things to blog about constantly, rarely running out of ideas. The problem is that few of these see the light of day, or I get so caught up in the ideas, I can’t get past the idea to the Publish button.
As part of this series called Nothing to Blog About, we’re talking about how to stir up your mental pot when the bloggy brain bogs down and content cannot be found. From among the various options suggested already, I’d like to resurrect the traditional idea file. read more
Tags: blog content, blog ideas, blog writing, blogging tips, featured, how to blog, idea lists, ideas, Nothing to Blog About, post content, writing, writing tips
May 20, 2009
In the last article in this new series called Nothing to Blog About, I asked you to go back to your roots, in a sense, to start over and find that “lovin’ feeling” you’ve lost about your blog subject matter to re-energize your creative blogging spirit.
What happens if you can’t find it? What happens if you’ve really lost that lovin’ feeling? read more
Tags: blog content, blog writing, blog writing tips, bloggers block, featured, how to blog, how to write blog posts, Nothing to Blog About, original content, tips, writers block, writing