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A pictorial look back at some major freelance writing themes covered on this blog over the past 12 months.
From the page: Bloggers – including me -redesigned their sites to be mobile friendly, a nod to the fact that more people read the news on their phones. Besides keeping up with the times, simple design changes can boost followers and traffic.
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The key to Pinterest is compelling visuals. Try these 4 tips to make your Pinterest images more shareable--no graphic design wizardry required!
"You certainly don’t have to be a graphic design wizard or an award-winning photographer to create these sorts of shareable visuals. Instead, try these simple tricks and see how your audience responds."
With the explosive growth and popularity of Pinterest, don't discount it as just "some other" social media site. Integrate pictures of your blog into your Pinterest profile. This is another way for your blog to be discovered and yet another link for the search engines to grab onto.
Social content curation is an important building block of your inbound marketing strategy.
This is an update to The Content Curation Guide for SEO http://www.seomoz.org/blog/content-curation-guide-for-seo that also digs deeper into the social media aspect of content curation. Highly recommended.
Thinking about being a freelance writer? Steph Green, who has achromatopsia, tells us about her career as a disabled freelance writer, & gives us her tips
An inspiring but practical article that outlines the challenges and opportunities freelance writing holds for disabled people. See more at: http://disabilityhorizons.com/2013/02/the-benefits-and-perils-of-working-as-a-disabled-freelance-writer/#sthash.tnbNjVb0.dpuf
A social media content curator's job can be streamlined with the right combination of tools to aggregate content, organize it, easily share it, and then measure impact.
There are many free social media curation tools available. Reviewing how they operate and testing their use will reveal the right combination for you.
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This tutorial goes over some of the basic expectations and concepts of a persuasive essay and will give the students the chance to work on their plan for their essay. (Just graded last Wed HW and not very many of you did it!
Comprehensive and concise tutoial in video and slide show format.
"While they probably couldn’t imagine it at the time, many of the world’s literary masters have offered up useful tips for writing blogs. Strip away all the technical aspects of blog ownership. Check out what these famous authors can teach you about running a blog."
Combine Steve Aedy's Writing Tips of Famous Authors with Leo Babuata's Learn from the Greats: 7 Writing Habits of Amazing Writers and you will have a winning combination. http://writetodone.com/2008/09/04/learn-from-the-greats-7-writing-habits-of-amazing-writers/
This is great advice--and I love how the author adds the "What this means for you"
Everything you blog doesn't have to be content you create. This is a great way to curate content.
There are only very few online writers who actually does what they say. You can actually see the love and passion for writing in their articles. And they use professional approach to write and express something.
Readers today have little time and patience. All good writing is focused on clarity. Improper use of language leads to miscommunication and can also convey the wrong concept. The better you are at language use, the easier your writing is to read and the less chance there is of misunderstandings occurring.
There are many ways that you can encourage your readers to comment. The way you structure your posts can have the effect of drawing out comments. Ask questions amy enegage sreaders but don't over so it. Learn how to be a skilled at comment baiting. http://wp.me/paTVO-34B
"In this exercise, we’re going to create a content project form.
The goal of a content project form is to collect all the information you need to complete an article or article series in one place. In theory, you may have one project sheet for every article, a page-by-page to do list."
Lorelle created a template of a content project form with 16 fields (PDF) to download and print if. http://lorelle.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/content-project-sheet.pdf If doesn't suit then you can create your own.
"For the last couple of weeks I have been using a content curation service called Scoop.it to generate lots of referral traffic"
One of the most powerful tools that I've been using for the past 3-4 months is Scoop.it. I can curate content that is relevant to a specific segment of my network within 3-5 minutes with an insightful assessment of the article within 3-5 minutes vs. 45-60 minutes for a typical original content blog article of 300-500 words.
Mixing your curated content along with your original content can establish you as a leader in your niche, an expert in your subject area, a thought-leader, and a "go-to" person among your network.
It also can drive an extraordinary number of leads toward you.
What are you waiting for? If you would like a demonstration of how scoop.it works with a social media site like LinkedIn, shoot me a note to set up a complimentary assessment of how you're using content marketing with your network.
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I learned from this article that there is a 'suggest' tool within Scoop.It where you can suggest your content to other users and a search tool to find the popular Scoop.it users who are good to suggest to.
To be a successful thought leader today, it's important that you curate the appropriate content.
View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/three-anti-social-skills-to-improve-your-writing-nadia-kalman
Educator Nadia Kalman suggests a few “anti-social skills,” like eavesdropping and muttering to yourself, that can help you write an effective dialogue for your next story.
One of the largest hosts of third-party speech is the site WordPress.com. With over 38 million sites all over the world, the site has empowered users to speak their minds and comment on each other's creative content.
CDA 230 limits the liability of a number of Internet services that host user-generated content. I answer a lot of support forum questions almost every day and I always have the links that follow handy. Tags: wordpress.com, abuse, complaints, DMCA, freedom of speech, harassment.
Descriptive writing calls for acute attention to detail, as well as creativity and intense use of imagination. It is one way that a writer can practice adding detail to their writing without fear o...
Unless you have a really vivid imagination, you'll find it difficult to write much about a subject you know little about. Tthe trick is to paint a word picture about something you know something about. Make the description as precise and detailed as possible while keeping the word count to a minimum.
Big data-driven marketing and all things Google, from PageRank to Panda's 2-year mark to G+ authority, dominate this week's latest & greatest online news.
From the page: "Content marketers discuss increasing big data, mobile and social influences on the industry, while the social media community studies user demographics among networks and building Google+ authority."
Curation Content is a Content Marketing tactic that SEOs should learn and use. This guide will tell them all they need to know about Content Curation: what it is, how to do it, and why to do it for the highest benefit of their campaigns.
Everything you every wanted to know about SEO and the five content curation types, aggregation and curation tools, and how to use them to attract readers and to generate sharing in social networks.
This is an excellent resource. If you've never considered SEO tactics like these then now would be a good time to start learning.
Without the feed reader, my blogging life would be seriously hard work. Feed, commonly misidentified as RSS, is the proper name for the contextual version of your site as distributed through various feed types such as RSS, Atom, XML, etc.
Excellent instructions for setting up a Google Reader account and adding sites related to your blogging topics.
The Anatomy of a Good Content Curator Part of being a Social Media Manager is culling the infinite sources of the web for the latest news, information, and resources relevant to your industry or target market.
A good content curator is first and foremost a skilled researcher."You need to be curious in order to be a researcher. You need two things: creativity and curiosity. Curiosity is what drives you to figure out what isn't known and why it needs to be known. " http://curiosity.discovery.com/question/curiosity-important-for-research
Content curation is the antidote for information overload. This is a 19 minute a day curation plan in a 14 page PDF file, 5 Bonus Tips and Additional Resources.
My name is Ally Greer. I’m a marketer with expertise in content marketing and curation. You’ve probably never heard of me.
With over 500 million users on Twitter, 175 million on LinkedIn, and over a billion on Facebook, you probably haven’t heard of most people on the Internet. The bad news is that this also means most of those people probably haven’t heard of you either.
Listen up! " The benefit that topic-centric curation provides to you is that your name is now attached to all of the most relevant content on your topic of expertise... " Curation can help you get found.
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Keys to the internet castle, curation of content that unlock peoples desire to share.
"Structuring a reader and search engine friendly site with intuitive navigation is critical to retaining readers. If your site navigation isn’t intuitive then all the hard work you do to promote your content is for nothing, as visitors these days scan content quickly, and they won’t return if they can’t immediately locate what they want. ..."
76% of consumers say the most important factor in a website’s design is “the website makes it easy for me to find what I want”.Intuitive web design means that when a visitor clicks into a site they know exactly what to do to locate content of interest to them. Minimal clicking to take where visitors where they want to go is the objective.
Follow Me: http://twitter.com/appscreencast Quick tutorial on how to setup push email with your gmail account on your iPhone & other iOS devices.
As of Jan. 30, 2013, only Google Apps for Business, Education, and Government customers can set up new devices with Google Sync.
It’s a question almost as old as Facebook itself: Once people have “Liked” your Page, how do you keep them engaged? One way is by using the righ
A common myth is that if you’re good at what you do, your work will speak for itself. That's true only if is if someone is listening. It's imperative that you are singing music your target audience wants to hear and that you sing loud enough to be heard over all the other "noise". Content is king but don't overlook using images, videos, questions, calls to action and longer updates to increase engagement.
Online content curation is a hot trend as business owners and professionals realize that content is vital to add value to their customers and prospects. The trend was already evident in 2011 but 2012 saw an outright explosion of the phenomenon.
These are very valuable tips for bloggers and journalists. The technology of the web and the rise of the social media networks provides sources of content that were not previously available.
Everyone seems to be blogging these days and getting attention, let alone, building a readership is becoming more and more challenging."
When it comes to writing engaging posts my advice is: write for your readers. Know who your audience is and what they want to know, then give them what they want.
The crush of the holiday season is upon us and if your life is anything like mine you are challenged to create the time to blog in. There are the concerts and pageants and parties to attend. There...
Not enough time to do a comprehensive post?
Make a brief list of guest authors, most frequent commenters, and/or fellow bloggers who have backlinked to your posts and acknowledge them with some link love.