Create a Business Blog, Website or Both?

skyscraperThe new age of marketing has dawned, and it’s a fact that people need to feel a personal connection to your business before they are willing to get on board with your product or service. That’s why creating a frequently updated blog rather than a static website is the way to go. Continue reading

Blogging Improvement: Leveling Up

665 - Pie Chart Art - Seamless PatternThe 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 presence online and to reach more potential customers, business partners and employees through relationship building. In the future most businesses will have both a website and a blog and the two will most likely be on the same site. Continue reading

Weekend Blogging Reads and Resources

weekend readingI had a productive and satisfying week and hope you did too. I kept to my schedule. I completed my month end contracted work 2 days in advance of the deadline. I used that time to clean up my computer files on all 3 computers preparatory to the big computer switch over, which was scheduled and cancelled once again. Being on call for the 3 computer switch over is nerve wracking because it means they must be ready to be carted off at a moment’s notice. Continue reading

Weekend Blogging Reads and Resources

books stackedAnother week is  almost gone and I’m wondering where it went.  Here’s my weekly offering for you readers.

Blog Log #2: The One Thing I Wish Someone Had Told Me When I Started Blogging – When you first start out blogging, you’re hungry. You’re excited. You have a million ideas. But nobody talks about how you’ll feel five years in.  … Blogging for fame and fortune usually leads to burnout. Blogging as a creative outlet or to support a business usually has longevity. Do what you do because you love it but also have a goal. Continue reading

Weekend Blogging Reads and Resources

We live in an information age that’s best described as the age of digital overwhelm. We all have lives to live and very few make an income from blogging. It’s not surprising that content curation in the form of digital digests, online magazines and curated content blog posts are is becoming a popular way for hobby bloggers to filter noise and share relevant material with online friends. Continue reading

More Traffic and Backlinks for Your Blog: Pinterest

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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. Continue reading

Content farming fertilized by Facebook

Facebook has a page spam definition:  anything intended “to confuse, mislead, surprise, or defraud users.”  But does it go far enough?

What is spam and what is misleading?  Why doesn’t Facebook  consider filling your account with images you’ve stolen from other sites so you can spam links to an otherwise empty blog and sneak in affiliate links to be misleading? Click in and read this informative article revealing how content farming is fertilized by Facebook. Continue reading

Google Image Search Redesign Raises Ire

angerRoughly a week ago Google began rolling out their new Image Search.  That roll-out is live now worldwide but not everyone is happy with the streamlined Google image  search result. Webmasters are not pleased that searchers can get the high resolution image in search results, rather than having to click through to the source to see that high resolution image. Continue reading

Aggregation and Collaboration Tools for Bloggers

Collaboration ToolsGot a small business blog,  personal blog or a blog in any other niche?

If you aren’t using aggregation, curation and collaboration for content creation purposes then  you are behind the times.

This article focuses on introducing bloggers to some tools to make aggregation, curation and collaboration part of your plan to become a successful blogger create a successful blog.

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Stick to SEO Basics and Avoid SEO Mistakes

seoSEO (search engine optimization) is  important  for two reasons, both of which are critical to your blog’s success.  Search engines can be the largest source of organic (unpaid) traffic to your blog. The visitors search engines deliver are targeted readers already interested in your  content who are are more likely to return an/or subscribe. That’s why it makes sense for bloggers to learn basic SEO elements and focus on making  Google their blog’s best friend. Continue reading

Mark Only Spam as Spam

email spamSpam! There is no single accepted definition, but I think most bloggers will agree, spam is unwanted commercially motivated electronic communication (not limited to email), that’s a likely a source of malware.

I think most bloggers will also agree on what isn’t spam. No commenter should be shut out of discussion on your blog because you disagreed with their point of view and inappropriately marked their comment as spam. Continue reading

More Traffic and Backlinks for Your Blog: YouTube

youtubeYoutube 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. Continue reading

Gapingvoid: I’m Not Delusional, I’m An Entrepreneur

Happy weekend, readers. I thought you might enjoy this.

Gapingvoid’s unique style of visual communication has long been popular among successful and aspiring entrepreneurs. They decorate their offices with prints of gapingvoid art. They wear our t-shirts. They read our blog and newsletter. We admire and appreciate all entrepreneurs – they are the future – and we salute them (and you) with this short look at entrepreneurship told through a series of cartoons.  via Gapingvoid: I’m Not Delusional, I’m An Entrepreneur.

Cloud Computing, Dropbox and Data Backup

dropboxNobody wants to think about it but calamities do happen. Many of the things need the most when disaster strikes are stored on your computer. Experienced computer users know that there are two types of people: those who have already lost data and those who will lose data in the future.   Backups are the only way of getting your computer back to exactly how it was and the place to store your data is in the cloud. Continue reading

The Case for Contact Forms

contact meWithout doubt bloggers are communicators and community builders. Blogs are focused on discussion but are comment boxes the only way for your visitors to make contact with you?  Do you post contact information on your blog? If you do, does it take the form of an email address and/or a phone number? Or do you use a contact form?  Continue reading

Facebook and Your Activity Log

facebook eyeToday Facebook began rolling out a new feature that lets you see a history of everything you’ve searched for on the social network. A list of search queries now appears intermingled with all the Likes, comments, and wall posts that appear inside the Activity Log — a private section of your profile that only you can view. via Facebook now saves all your searches to your private Activity Log Continue reading

With 60 Million Websites, WordPress Rules The Web. So Where’s The Money? – Forbes

A company making less than $30 million powers 17% of the entire web. This story appears in the September 24, 2012 issue of Forbes.

Today WordPress powers one of every 6 websites on the Internet, nearly 60 million in all, with 100,000 more popping up each day. Those run through its cloud-hosted service, which lets anybody create a free website online, attract 330 million visitors who view 3.4 billion pages every month.

via With 60 Million Websites, WordPress Rules The Web. So Where’s The Money? – Forbes.

What Apple and Google are not Telling you About Mobile Device Security (infographic) – Forbes

With 6 billion global mobile subscribers and over 35 billion apps downloaded to those devices, one begins to wonder how secure this situation is for businesses. In fact it’s not.  via What Apple and Google are not Telling you About Mobile Device Security (infographic) – Forbes.

A Freelance Writing Business

dream ladderA freelance writer is a writer who works for an individual or company under contract.  You can become either a full-time freelance writer making a living from your writing or a part-time freelancer supplementing other income. There are a wide variety of freelance writing jobs available such as business writing, copywriting, magazine writing, newsletter and brochure writing, press release writing, technical writing, travel writing, writing marketing copy, and writing for the Web. Continue reading

Create a WordPress.com Website

peopleBlogs are a powerful way for individuals and businesses to attract viewers and turn them into loyal subscribers and/or paying customers.  There is no one correct way to move visitors around your site but good design means easy navigation. Structuring a reader and search engine friendly site is critical to success. Continue reading

Selling You on Facebook – WSJ.com

Some of the most widely used apps on Facebook—the games, quizzes and sharing services that define the social-networking site and give it such appeal—are gathering volumes of personal information.  A Wall Street Journal examination of 100 of the most popular Facebook apps found that some seek the email addresses, current location and sexual preference, among other details, not only of app users but also of their Facebook friends. via Selling You on Facebook – WSJ.com.

 

Do I Need a Domain?

WordPress.com hosts many types of blogs and you can determine if the kind of blog you want to establish is allowed or not allowed very easily.  These are the characteristics of successful bloggers: Purpose, Passion, Productivity, People Skills and Persistence. You don’t need a domain to become a successful blogger but it helps. Blogs on their own domains communicate the message that the blogger is serious about blogging, serious enough to purchase a domain. Continue reading

OMG! My Domain Name Expired

Domains can be purchased from a registrar by individuals or companies. If you own a domain name, you gain independence, more credibility and flexibility that only top level domains can provide.

Overall, it makes your site much more professional-looking, easier to find, makes it easier to move your site in the future should you care to, helps you keep your RSS subscribers if you do move; it’s a powerful branding tool and obscures the fact that you’re not paying for your hosting. — raincoaster

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