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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.
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Matt Mullenweg has mastered the art of virtual conversation. The founder of Automattic the company behind WordPress shares his advice.
Good virtual meetings are the result of focus.
"Text-based chatting platforms like Gchat can be convenient, but words alone can distort messages. "Yeah, thanks" often becomes "That's fine, now buzz off." Since you don't have an audible tone of voice when chatting online, it's important to be extra sensitive and complimentary when giving feedback. Says Mullenweg: "If you're too short or curt, people generally assume the worst."
When it comes to the legal aspects of running your business you may not know where to begin. What laws pertain specifically to independent contractors? And what kinds of legal issues could you face in the course of your work?
There are plenty of resources to help you find the answers (and services) you seek. Here are a few that every freelancer should check out.
Using others' content to create your own great blog posts is an effective technique. Here are some content curation ideas to get you started.
21 creative ways to come up with new content for your blog that is resourceful for your audience and great for building relationships.
Writers sometimes experience a shortage of writing ideas, chaotic floods of ideas or no ideas at all that hinder them from completing writing projects.
These 8 brainstorming strategies can help you generate or organize new topic ideas, approaches and revive your stalled projects.
Post-Valentines day is a come down for everyone. There are no more cards, roses, teddy bears, or special treats to be expected. So, why not brighten up your readers’ day when they need it the most ...
Put your audience first. Be authentic, be topical, be visual and add value to your webiste.
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
The cardinal rule of improv comedy: Keep a riff lively with Yes and. . . . The phrase fosters funnier creative exchanges through positive...
Will and Kevin Hines of the Upright Citizens Brigade theater share ways to break out "yes, and"--along with other tools of the improv trade--in business settings.
It's easy to build a blog, but hard to build a successful blog with significant traffic. Over the years, we've grown this blog to hundreds of thousands of visitors each month and helped lots of other blogs, too.
- “This post is intended to be useful to all forms of bloggers - independent folks, those seeking to monetize, and marketing professionals working an in-house blog from tiny startups to huge companies. Not all of the tactics will work for everyone, but at least some of these should be applicable and useful.”
Creative commons laws can be complex and difficult to understand, however. Even experts and lawyers are not always certain of the application of copyright law.
But these comics might help you to at least get the basics.
"Good business coaches know that uncomfortable conversations are the harbinger of professional growth; the greater the squirm factor, the larger the developmental opportunity. ..."
The Stockdale Paradox pairs optimistic determination with the courage to proactively search out and face difficult facts.
What if you were a wizard that could bend the entire world to your will? Chores would do themselves, bills would pay on time, and your appliances would obey your every thought.
Automate a lot of your life so you don't have to trudge through the boring stuff.
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.
New tips and tricks need tobe learnt
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.