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Celebrate Your Blogging Journey

Celebrate Your Blogging Journey

Revisiting why you blog and monitoring your progress frequently is important. Examining your Archives and stats helps you see where you’ve been and where you’ve yet to go. Celebrating small successes along the way helps you stay on course and makes you eager to forge ahead.

Guest blogging for SEO gets the boot

Guest blogging for links and pay is big money business – illegitimate business.  Matt Cutts heads Google’s spam team and gives those using guest blogging for SEO purposes a boot in the butt. He approved 423 comments in response and the majority are from whiny protesters and nit-pickers who didn’t like his reality check.

Zero to Hero: The Inside Track

Helping people is part of my personality type. Both blogging and answering support questions have helped me to become more open and expressive. I have never been in a blogging challenge before and this is my Zero to Hero inside story part 2.

Blog Challenges for Blog Improvement

In case you have missed it WordPress.com Staff are running a 30 day blog challenge titled Zero to Hero: 30 Days to a Better Blog. The challenge has entered day 4  today. Anyone can join in.  It matters not if the blog is brand new or one you have been publishing in and want to improve.  … Continue reading

7 Common Sense Social Networking Tips

7 Common Sense Social Networking Tips

There are positives to social networking but there are negatives too. Always exercise common sense when it comes to which social media sites you are active on and what you post. Not connecting cautiously and posting appropriately can ruin your reputation, so if you want to be a successful blogger think before you act. 

Better Blogging by the Numbers

Want to find blogging tips, tools and tutorials in this blog fast? This index of links  to blogging tips articles in list post format that itemize ways to build a better blog, become a better blogger and promote effectively may help you find what you need quickly.

WordPress.com Email lists, Newsletters and Privacy

The two primary reasons bloggers offer email newsletters are to promote their posts and/or products/services. But keeping a newsletter going is no easy feat because subscribers suffering from digital overwhelm as we all are, may be tempted to unsubscribe.

Create List Posts with the Display Posts Shortcode

In Use the Display Posts Shortcode to Effectively Feature Content I introduced two ideas.  The first idea was using the display posts shortcode on static pages to create index pages. The second idea was creating list posts as another way of featuring older content especially pillar posts AKA evergreen content. In this post I’m sharing some examples of … Continue reading

Use the Display Posts Shortcode to Effectively Feature Content

Bloggers reveal their expertise around specific topics by publishing original content articles that offer clear value to readers. However, as blog posts are displayed in reverse chronological order when new articles are published the earlier ones migrate off front page of the blog and that means drawing attention to them is a challenge.

Think twice about social media campaigns

Humans have always created social networks and these networks have always been means of marketing products and services. Person to person either face to face or across miles by messenger services, mail and/or by phone and computer people network by all available means and they share their product and services experiences and preferences with their … Continue reading

Feed Reader Switcharoo Time

The Google Reader RSS news-aggregator service shuts down on 1 July, 2013.  Save all your Google Reader subscriptions now. According to Google, you won’t be able to to this after Reader shuts down, so do it now while you still can!

Auto posting to social media sites or not?

By joining social networks we agree to be notified of new posts published by a select group of “friends”. It’s a common routine. Publish a post on your blog and use an aggregation app like Publicize, Hootsuite, TweetDeck, or Buffer to have the title and link automatically posted to multiple networks, including G+ Facebook pages, … Continue reading

Make a Free Award, Event or Website Badge

There are free ways to make graphic badges and banners for promoting your website, business or event. If you are planning to create an award badge, a website badge or an event badge you can make your own and get the code for your friends so they can display it on their blogs too.

Blogging Improvement: Leveling Up

The Internet provides powerful networking opportunities that allow bloggers to effectively target their audience. Hobbyists and professionals are long time members of the blogosphere who are skilled at networking. Small business people and big name brands are now taking advantage of  blogging software and social networks like Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin to assert their business … Continue reading

Weekend Blogging Reads and Resources

I hope you Readers find value these selections. As for me, I’m exhausted and I will be taking a bit of a break this weekend. My friends will be arriving tonight to visit on this last weekend of spring break. When I’m not with them I’ll be responding to your comments here and on my … Continue reading

Blogging, Bean Counting and Social Networking

In Late February WordPress.com Staff implemented brilliant little change at the bottom of our posts. They introduced nesting of the gravatars of “like” button clickers behind a link that we bloggers can click to see them all. I am happy the big blocks of gravatars which are not representative of actual page view stats are … Continue reading

Weekend Blogging Reads and Resources

I had a good work week and hope you readers did too. Most things went as planned and only a couple of things went off the rails. I was able to get things back on track in short order and that gave me a sense of accomplishment.

WordPress.com Multilingual Blogs

If you are bilingual or multilingual and want to publish your free hosted WordPress.com in two or more languages but do not want to rely on machine translation that can be done.  You can have two or more blogs in different languages and interlink them via custom menus.  There’s also a workaround for publishing posts … Continue reading

More Traffic and Backlinks for Your Blog: Pinterest

Pinterest is two year old  photo sharing social network connecting people all over the world based on shared tastes and interests. Pinterest just hit 11.7 million unique monthly U.S. visitors, crossing the 10 million mark faster than any other standalone site in history.

More Traffic and Backlinks for Your Blog: YouTube

Youtube is the second largest search engine there is and videos are an extremely effective way to build brand awareness, attract traffic to your blog and earn backlinks. To create your promotional videos all you need is a camera (a digital camera with a video option or a webcam0, tripod,  microphone, and lighting.

More Traffic and Backlinks for Your Blog: Squidoo

A content curator  identifies a theme, selects content,  chooses how to add value to it and how to display it on a web page for public viewing and interaction. Squidoo is a free and popular publishing platform and community of content curators that makes it easy for you to create curated “lenses” online.

Gravatars for Global Recognition

Whether you blog under your real name or under a pseudonym you may not be able to register the same username on every site you join.  You can make it easy for others to locate you and your connections by using a specific graphic icon to identify yourself and your branding on all sites across … Continue reading

Facebook Deactivation and Deletion

Facebook account deactivation is not the same as account deletion. In the case of the former, all your private information is still in the database and is still available to third party apps providers and advertisers as well. 

Will You Pay Facebook for Traffic?

Have you noticed a drop in blog traffic from Facebook? How about a change in your news feeds? For many Facebook was always a vehicle to drive traffic to their blogs. It’s become less and less valuable as a traffic driver.

Viral Video Elements

It’s no secret that Jennifer Aniston, who was previously married to Brad Pitt plans to marry again. This time to Justin Theroux. Likewise it’s no secret that “sex sells”.  Aniston’s first Smartwater ad examines just what it takes for an internet video to go viral, but characterizing Aniston’s latest Smartwater video ad displaying on WordPress.com … Continue reading

Feedburner on the Rocks?

On July 26th of this year, Feedburner had made a decision to shut down its Twitter account, an account that it had not posted to in over a year. That same day, they also announced that they were shutting down their AdSense For Feeds blog, a blog that they hadn’t posted anything to since October … Continue reading

Facebook Update

In a stealthy move that’s bound to lead to a backlash,  Facebook surprised its 901 million users with a gift ie. a @facebook.com email address is now displaying by default on their Timelines. Users who don’t like the change can  click the “about” link in their profile and then click the “edit” button next to their … Continue reading

ebooks Rapidly Gaining Popularity

In a February survey by the Pew Research Center, 21% of 3,000 adults revealed said they had read a e-book in the last year, compared to 17% who reported doing so in December.  The Reading Habits Survey, conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project with support from the Bill & Melinda … Continue reading

Social Networks Update

Social media has evolved rapidly and we have seen the emergence of social networks that did not exist months ago. According to comScore in 2011 social networking sites reach 82% of the world’s online user population. Social networks and mobiles have combined to turn people into social media addicts. You’re on Facebook. You’re on Google … Continue reading

6 Easy Ways to Feature Older Content

If you have being blogging regularly then you will have an archive of articles that are no longer on the front page of your WordPress blog.  The WordPress.com Top Posts Widget displays your most popular posts as of the last 48 hours. The Top Rated Widget displays which of your pages, posts, and/or comments have the highest ratings. But … Continue reading

Facebook, Google, Yahoo and India’s Laws

India, the world’s largest democracy is the third country after Brazil and Germany  expecting that Twitter,  Facebook and Google will block objectionable content or Government will take action on it.  Indian regulations oblige Internet companies to remove material that is “grossly harmful” or “ethnically objectionable”.  Some web giants may be allegedly committing the offence punishable … Continue reading

Emerging Social Networks

Have you considered what the next wave of social networks will be like?  Social media ie. technology that enables our connectness is becoming more seamlessly and rapidly integrated into our activities that soon the phrase may disappear.  We are no longer limited to desktop computers; mobile growth is phemonemal. We connect and communicate on the … Continue reading

Facebook Fan Page Reach Decreasing

Facebook News Feed appears on your homepage highlights what’s happening in your social circles on Facebook.  Facebook Mini-Feed appears in each person’s profile and updates a personalized list of news stories throughout the day. For Facebook to be an effective social media tool your posts have to show up in your fans’ News Feeds. New … Continue reading

Mobile risk to Facebook’s growth

What’s the biggest risk facing Facebook? Hint: it may be in the palm of your hand. Half of the social network’s 845 million users now access the site through their cellphones, and that number is surging. Problem is Facebook currently receives virtually no display advertising revenue from small screens. The rapid shift to mobile Internet … Continue reading

StumbleUpon Eliminates Direct Links

Will StumbleUpon  become a graveyard with abandoned user pages like headstones marking what once was a vibrant community and is no more? Many previously active StumbleUpon users  abandoned their accounts due the last set of StumbleUpon changes.  Now users have less flexibility when viewing content through the iframe filter.

Pinterest Pin it! Button for WordPress.com

“After a lot of work and some test trials, I figured out a semi-easy way to insert a pin it! button into my wordpress.com blog. I wrote a post about it that gives step by step directions. Hope this helps my fellow wordpress.com-ers! Follow the steps below to add a Pin It! button to any … Continue reading

The Before, During and After of a Professional Blog

by Guest author Melissa Crossman, who blogs on behalf of American InterContinental University Sometimes, it’s easy to be so focused on graduating that you lose sight of a bigger perspective. Obtaining your degree is one step of many that makes up your career path, but with classes, tests, papers and extracurricular events, looking past the … Continue reading