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Spring Favorites: Refresh Your Blog

Spring Favorites: Refresh Your Blog

To attract an audience and keep it we bloggers need to do more than publishing fresh content. We also need to repair and replace what`s broken, refresh our theme and breath new life into our content. And what better time is there than spring to do this?

Grammarly Lite Rocks!

Grammarly claims to be: The World’s Best Grammar Checker and I think that may be a valid claim. I have tested several grammar checkers previously and you can read about them here 5 free Grammar Checkers for Bloggers and Writers. 

Plagiarism, Attribution, Citation, Quotation

Search engines make information readily accessible and convenient to copy and paste but be aware that plagiarism is defined as the act of either intentionally  or unintentionally publishing or passing off work that was written or created by someone else as your own work. Any time you use any material from an original source and … Continue reading

Better Blogging: Learn from the experts

Learn from the experts is excellent advice and when it comes to famous writers their advice abounds. I have compiled a small collection of such advice that’s most useful to me. Please free to read the quotes and share any additional expert advice you find useful in comments at the end of the post.

Weekend Blogging Reads and Resources

I know it’s not Friday when I usually publish this weekly feature but I can do more reading so why wait? Happy reading! Five Things You Should Not Do On Your Home Page - Most people immediately press X button on their browsers after seeing cluttered home pages. If you want to avoid it, here are … Continue reading

Weekend Blogging Reads and Resources

8 Blogging For Business Tips You Still Mess Up – You might know a lot about blogging. But there’s also a few things you don’t know. Information that, if used correctly, can help you better your current strategy or even build a new killer one from scratch.

Weekend Blogging Reads and Resources

12 Types of Blog Posts You Need to Stop Writing – Remember, it only takes one bad post to make someone unsubscribe (or never subscribe in the first place). Do You Know These Time Saving Blogging Tips? When Darren Rowse asked these 14 leading bloggers about their routines he also asked if they had any … Continue reading

Weekend Blogging Reads and Resources

How to Create Consistently Great Content for the Long Haul – Developing better creative habits is one of the most valuable things you can do as a content creator. Legendary Choreographer Twyla Tharp’s practical book The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life, is a ground-breaking guide to becoming a calmer, better balanced, … 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

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.

Spelling and Grammar Count

If your title is effective and your introduction is engaging you are off to a good start. But keep in mind that when spelling is atrocious and grammar is ignored meaning gets lost. Readers today have little time and patience. When it comes to reading long, poorly constructed posts that wander all around the point … Continue reading

4 Ways to Refresh Your Blog

These days bloggers need to do more than publishing fresh content frequently to attract an audience and keep it.  We need to constantly repair and refresh our blogs.   When was the last time you did a complete blog over-haul? Have you ever done one?  These four  steps will help you refresh your blog by breathing … Continue reading

A Freelance Writing Business

A 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 … 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

8 Tips for Effective Blogging

It’s true that the best blogs are frequently updated. Publishing fresh content frequently helps a blogger to retain the readers/subscribers they have and to attract new readers/subscribers too.

Blogging and Cycling: It’s like a Drug

By Guest author Jean of  Cycle Write Blog I am certain those who hate writing full articles and hate bicycling,  don’t  get it.  How can there be a symbiotic relationship between blogging and cycling where one feeds the other like an IV tube?  Well, I never knew either, until I returned to cycling and then … Continue reading

Hand and Wrist Exercises for Bloggers

Next to the feet our hands are among the most hard used parts of the body, so it’s not surprising that many bloggers take mobile hands and wrists for granted — until they hurt.  Many of us rely heavily on computers to help us perform our work – for some, dedicated computer work is necessary, … Continue reading

Your Personality and Writer’s Voice

Each of us has a unique personality; each of us has a unique writer’s voice. Writer’s voice is the way your writing style sounds to your readers. Are you an introvert (reserved) or extrovert (outgoing)? Finding out your personality type can provide insights into your writing style, its strengths and its weaknesses. If you are … Continue reading

Blogging through the Seasons

Do you blog under the North Star or the Southern Cross? Do you blog close to the equator? Or are you blogging far from it? How many seasons do you experience? What characterizes those seasons? How does your blog’s  appearance and content reflect what the seasons symbolize, and how your offline life changes with the … Continue reading

6 Traits of Successful Bloggers

There may be many bloggers in the blogosphere  but when it comes to bloggers every one  is unique. We all come from different backgrounds and have different interests. We all have experiences that set us apart from one another. Let your individuality be shown in your content.  Write with confidence and conviction about what you … Continue reading

Top 5 Informative Writing Tips for Bloggers

Blog articles, short reports, reviews, tutorials, newsletters, are all examples of informative writing. Informative writing delivers a brief education on a topic by explaining how to do something, describing a process, a timeline or a sequence of events. Powerful informative writing skilfully hits the target by conveying essential facts and data in as few words … Continue reading

Better Blogging: Powerful, Persuasive Writing

Better bloggers learn how to become powerful and persuasive writers. Personal power is based on passion, confidence, and competence.  All writing is about clarity.  Powerful writing resonates with competence, vision, and service. Powerful writing  persuades readers to read and respond.  Developing power writing skills may take some time, but it will benefit your blog, business, and … Continue reading

F-Bomb Free Blogging

Swearing does not shock me – it just turns me off. I don’t feel the same way about those who occasionally swear when the word fits the situation. And, I don’t feel the same way when I am reading a book or watching a movie and a character being true to their character swears.  Provided … Continue reading

Blogging: Comment Baiting

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. This can be achieved by using a question in the title and/or question(s) at the end of the posts as well. You can also make reference to being interested … Continue reading

Internet Access Blockouts Costly and Futile

Blocking internet access has been a common government tactic used to censor information and opinion flow.  Several countries come to mind but China, Iran, and Saudi Arabia are believed to extend greater censorship over the net than any other countries in the world. What the most recent blockout in Egypt demonstrates is that internet censorship … Continue reading

Bloggers: Are You Still Multitasking?

If you think juggling phone calls, e-mail, instant messages and computer work makes you more effective or productive then several studies say you are wrong.  Their results point in the opposite direction and highlight the fact that the more heavily you multitask the less effective and productive you become. It seems the more multitasking we … Continue reading

How a Dream Blogging Job Found Me

By Guest Author, Cynthia of  Wine, Woman and Travel Like most of you reading this, I have been a huge fan of One Cool Site from the day I found it, it has been an essential resource for taking my blogging to a more professional level. But oddly, I didn’t find this article about dream … Continue reading

5 Ways To Avoid The Ill Effects Of Blogging

By Guest Author Ishan Sharma Blogging With Success Blogging is a disease. A highly dangerous disease. How? It can make you fat, it can weaken your eyes, it can make you sick. OK, I am over reacting but blogging is harmful!

A Dozen Free Ebooks for Bloggers

For writers who are taking up blogging there’s a lot to learn. For those who don’t  possess strong writing skills there’s a larger learning curve. As I’m getting more and more questions from those who are new to blogging,  and especially from business bloggers who are just getting started,  in this post I’m sharing links … Continue reading

Mastering Blog Metrics, Content Creation and Retaining Readers

bicycleBy Guest Author, Jean Chong

I’m just like many other blog readers: I’m fickle –I read other people’s blogs whenever the fancy strikes me. Now that I have less personal time, I’m even more picky in choosing blog posts that I click open to read. I’m even more mindful on the subjects that I want to write for blog posts. However, I want to ensure that I am still able to captivate a few passing readers to pause, read my pithy words and browse my photos. Continue reading

Duplicate Content in the SERPs Sucks!

The theme of this post is: don’t create multiple pages, subdomains, or domains with substantially duplicate content. Almost every day when I visit new blogs on the internet I spot duplicated content. The most common instances I witness are bloggers, who set up free blogs on WordPress.com, whereon blogger initiated advertising and duplicate content are … Continue reading

Blogging and Community Building

New blogs are being created every day by bloggers who assume “build it and they will come” and likewise assume “post it and they will come“.  I’m sorry to say that isn’t the case. There are no shortcuts when it comes to creating a blog centered community by means of creating a flow of organic … Continue reading

To procrastinate or not? That’s the question

At this time of the year when I’m recovering from all the summer visitors and the upside down lifestyle changes the summer brings I find myself looking forward to getting back to normal and struggling to recall what normal was like. Although I was able to publish two posts each week this summer, I fell … Continue reading

Blogging: Attracting More Readers

Without doubt content is the key to bringing traffic to your site. The more fresh,  useful and interesting content your site has the more successful it will be.  Content that sparks lively discussion is key to creating regular readers who become subscribers.  Social networking is a means to reach a larger audience and let them … Continue reading

Bloggers: Publish your book, ebook, or your blog

Bloggers are communicators and as the saying goes:  “Everyone has a book in them”.  So it’s not surprising that bloggers may want to publish their blogs,  an ebook, or even a book. For those bloggers who are exploring free and/or low cost methods of printing their blog posts, or creating ebooks, or publishing a book … Continue reading

Controversy and Blog Comments

Comments are very powerful and can be benefit your blog. Regardless of your niche or your intent when publishing a post sometimes discussions can give rise to unexpected controversy and it’s important to keep a safe environment for discussion on your blog. But we would be foolish not to take note that there are bloggers … Continue reading

Promoting Your Writing or Poetry Blog

The blogosphere is full or talented poets and writers in every genera. Never never a day goes by here at WordPress.com or in the blogopshere at large that I don’t discover another 5 star writing or poetry blog. Social media and social networks are radically changing the way we attract readers to our blogs.  In … Continue reading

Passionate Blogging: Extraordinary Content

Well, I was thinking as a new blogger that I didn’t want to write a Mom and Pop blog where I’m posting family pictures or blogging about my personal life and all the things that are going on or not going on in my life. I wanted to be able to contribute something that was useful, something of content, something that was interesting and thought provoking to gain readership. And I think every new blogger is confronted with the question “well, what should I blog about?” Continue reading

Guest Posting Policy

Last November I discussed guest blogging opportunities, arrangements and concerns with my readers. Now I have completed my Guest Posting Policy for my blog and I have the welcome mat out for guest bloggers. As all policies on this blog are living documents I welcome reader suggestions for improvement.

5 Google Webmasters Video Tutorials

These 5 videos introduce how Google discovers, crawls, indexes your site’s pages, and how Google displays them in search results. It also touches lightly upon challenges webmasters and search engines face, such as duplicate content and the effective indexing of Flash and AJAX content. Lastly, it also talks about the benefits of offerings Webmaster Central … Continue reading

Basic Netiquette for Beginner Bloggers

If you are courteous off-line then behaving the same way online is not problematic, because online courtesy is primarily a matter of common sense,  and thinking twice before you post. There are some extras  that are specific to online communication but they are easily learned.  If you are new to blogging you may not be … Continue reading

What’s Your Paid Blogging Dream Job?

Every week I meet more bloggers online who are looking for paid blogging jobs. Sometimes we talk about the kind of blogging job we would love to have. Well, perhaps beginning here Where Can I Find Paid Blogging Jobs? and here Top 10 Places to Find Paid Blogging Jobs will provide what you are looking for.