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Why Your Blog Doesn't Stand a Chance in Hell of Succeeding (and What To Do About It)

Why Your Blog Doesn't Stand a Chance in Hell of Succeeding (and What To Do About It) | Online Writing | Scoop.it
Struggling to grow your blog? Maybe you don't truly understand your readers. Here's how to discover exactly what makes them tick.
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Awesome article about getting in touch with your readers' greatest fears, and greatest desires. 

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100+ Websites That Pay Writers

100+ Websites That Pay Writers | Online Writing | Scoop.it
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An excellent resource on finding blogs that will pay for posts. $50 and up! I am not kidding .. check it out! 

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How to Instantly Revive Old Blog Content

How to Instantly Revive Old Blog Content | Online Writing | Scoop.it
Blog post at Rebekah Radice : One of the greatest challenges for bloggers is content creation. The second greatest challenge is what happens after that content is created[..]

Via Sue Neal, Lisa Buben
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These are terrific ideas for reusing your old content. From making Pinterest-targeted image to creating a slideshare on the ideas of your article. There really is no need to run out ideas! 

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A New “Breed” of Bloggers Make a Social Marketing Impact

A New “Breed” of Bloggers Make a Social Marketing Impact | Online Writing | Scoop.it

We all know the marketing power Mom Bloggers have in promoting brands and influencing consumers.

 

However, flying under the marketing radar are Pet Bloggers who are just now making an impact with marketers whose major focus should be the health and welfare of our pets. 


Via Brian Yanish - MarketingHits.com
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For any of us who write about our pets online, it is nice to know that people are looking for online writers who know about pets, and make informed recommendations. 

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Online it ALL Matters: 4 Foolproof Tips for Writing Effective Meta ...

Online it ALL Matters: 4 Foolproof Tips for Writing Effective Meta ... | Online Writing | Scoop.it
Watch your character length: Writing a meta description that's too long is one of the tops ways to make your site look amateur and sloppy in search engine results. Why? Google truncates – or cuts you off – after 156 characters ...
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When I first started blogging, I had no idea of the need for meta-descriptors, and failed to put descriptions on most of my first blog posts. What a waste that was -- this is very important, for any page you are writing on the internet. 

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the Charming: 8 Tips to a Lovely Blog Design

the Charming: 8 Tips to a Lovely Blog Design | Online Writing | Scoop.it
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LOVE this advice on blog design .... you know those blogs that just look SO good that you are a little bit jealous ... well, this is how they do it ... some professional tips. Now, just to find the time! 

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Laura Brown's comment, March 2, 2013 3:44 PM
The blog which made me the most jealous was the site for a real magazine, Chatelaine. I loved that blog design. I envied it and tried to bring some of it to my own blogs. Then... they changed it. It isn't hugely different but some of the best things I liked are gone. I was so surprised.
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Your Blog: Hub of the Great Content Marketing Wheel | Small Biz Trends

Your Blog: Hub of the Great Content Marketing Wheel | Small Biz Trends | Online Writing | Scoop.it

We all hear the benefits of blogging touted throughout the blogosphere. Heck, if you haven’t heard any of the so-called benefits, Jeff Bullas has written up 10 of them, any one of which is enough to convince me.

 

Today, however, I want to focus on one very specific benefit (not on Bullas’ list): A blog serves as the hub of your content marketing wheel.

 

As the hub of your wheel, all other content marketing efforts radiate out from the blog and shoot back into the blog....


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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, February 27, 2013 10:34 PM

I like this analogy and blog positioning. 

Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, February 27, 2013 10:45 PM

Agree with Jeff. Love the analogy and the conclusion. I use Scoop.it as my hub because the feedback loops are faster. In my case, extending the analogy a little painfully, one wheel fires with Scoop.it in the hub and some of those "firings" are transferred over to the blog.

Blog time is more expensive than curation so I make content EARN its way into our blog, but I like the analogy even as I am extending it painfully.  

 

Jeff Domansky's comment, February 28, 2013 1:33 AM
Totally agree with you Marty on time factor and it's getting tougher all the time. Scoop it has a very quick feedback loop as you say.
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Why Most Writing Tips Are Useless (and How to Really Up Your Game)

Why Most Writing Tips Are Useless (and How to Really Up Your Game) | Online Writing | Scoop.it
Jon Morrow explains how we need to use different skill sets, which he calls "hats," when we write a blog post. We start with the architect, with an outline and move through different hats, ending with the artisan, who perfects the words to the best possible artistic effect.  Want to improve your writing skills? These 6 Writing Hats will totally transform the way you think about your craft.
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Jon Morrow explains how we need to use different skill sets, which he calls "hats," when we write a blog post. We start with the architect, with an outline and move through different hats, ending with the artisan, who perfects the words to the best possible artistic effect.  

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Jon Morrow explains how we need to use different skill sets, which he calls "hats," when we write a blog post. We start with the architect, with an outline and move through different hats, ending with the artisan, who perfects the words to the best possible artistic effect.  

Brian S's curator insight, November 12, 9:45 AM

Great content means getting it right, more so now than ever before!

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Finding A Perpetual Source for Fresh Content For Your Blog

Finding A Perpetual Source for Fresh Content For Your Blog | Online Writing | Scoop.it
Resources for aspiring, new and established solopreneurs. ... to Find Your Perfect Niche · 6 Cool Examples of Successful Niche Businesses · Coaching vs. Consulting vs. Training vs. Freelancing: Which One Is Best For You?
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Magazines do it all the time: reuse the same articles over and over again, but just lightly revamped. 

 

How to do it in your blog posts: just keep writing very similar content but change up the details, names and titles. 

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Don’t Fall Into This Trap That Could Destroy Your Blog : @ProBlogger

Don’t Fall Into This Trap That Could Destroy Your Blog : @ProBlogger | Online Writing | Scoop.it
Last week I spent time with a young blogger who was completely stalled with her blog (for the purpose of ...

Via Sherryl Perry, Lisa Buben
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Such wise advice: don't compare your blog to other blogs.  Starting to compare can actually paralyze you! I agree with this, based on my 0wn experience. 

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Rob Schneider's curator insight, September 9, 2013 3:21 AM

My pet peeve with the blogging gurus is that they want you to listen to what they have to say. The result is a million copycat bloggers who don't find an audience because their audience is already taken. The only way you're going to find your own voice will be to listen to it instead of the gurus. This blog touches on that.

Ari Meier's curator insight, September 9, 2013 3:24 PM

Are you a blogger? If so, have you shut down your writing because of comparing your work with other, more well known bloggers? Read this.

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Five Common Writing Mistakes that Bloggers Make and How to Fix Them

Five Common Writing Mistakes that Bloggers Make and How to Fix Them | Online Writing | Scoop.it

Bloggers should take note on call to action, writing style, free writing, jargon, & wordiness for better writing.

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Very good advice for how bloggers can do better at their blogging ... 

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Scoop.it Tips For Authors

Scoop.it Tips For Authors | Online Writing | Scoop.it

"One day I realized I was spending more time thinking about my blog posts than about my WIP (work in progress)." writes author Sara Rosett. But as she shut down her blogs, she still felt she "wanted something a little more interactive, but without the huge time commitment of daily blogging."

 

Sara goes on explaining how Scoop.it turned out to be the perfect solution for this and also highlights interesting tips on how to make the most of Scoop.it.


Via Guillaume Decugis
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Nice tips for using scoop it as an author --- kind of like a mini-blogging platform. 

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The End of Blog Niches as We Know It

The End of Blog Niches as We Know It | Online Writing | Scoop.it
Hi. Today is Wednesday, May 23, 2012. It is a sunny day in California. Today is also the day I have decided to end the personal writing blogosphere as we know it. Sure, it will continue on in the s...
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Niche blogs are the way to go  now, right? Well, this writer begs to differ. I have been searching for something, anything that says general blogging might be okay ... because sometimes niches seem so darn tiring, and this is what I found. Awesome post, with a phenomenal discussion that follows. 

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Laura Brown's comment, March 1, 2013 10:09 PM
I've always thought of myself as a niche blogger. But, not any of the popular niches. I don't know what the fuss is about being a Mother or parent and being in that niche. No one tightly fits any niche, we all have our own individual interests and create a niche based on that.
Sharilee Swaity's comment, March 2, 2013 11:15 AM
Laura, I like that ... a niche based on you. Like the OP pointed out, the niches we often see are based on marketers wishes to sell their product. I like your perspective on niche.
Laura Brown's comment, March 2, 2013 3:42 PM
Thank you. I create my niche blogs around an interest or hobby, like the urban exploration or text art. Each interest brings in it's own aspects of other things. If you really get involved in a hobby it does take over or find it's way into your life and you bring yourself into it too. I was annoyed reading the article being anti-niche blogging because it comes from someone who seems to take a very narrow minded view about what a niche and a blog itself is in the first place.