How To Get Noticed In Your Blogging Niche

On December 6th, 2012, wrote:

It is estimated that 300 million websites launched in the U.S. in 2011, and more than 70 million were blogs on WordPress alone. From a global perspective, WordPress currently boasts nearly 60 billion blogs, with an estimated 100,000 being added daily. And that’s just one blogging site. For the blogger looking to infiltrate a niche, build up a following, and eventually monetize an online operation, these numbers can be a little daunting. And yet, it’s important to remember that the vast majority of bloggers are not going to impede your rise to the top. Only a small percentage could be considered competition largely because most do not have the same aspirations as you. For many people, starting a blog doesn’t entail dreams of grandeur – most just want to write on a topic that they are passionate about in order to share with family and friends or connect with like-minded individuals. As a result, they won’t take the steps necessary – Read the full article

2012’s Most Important SEO Factors For Bloggers

On October 23rd, 2012, wrote:

Just started a blog? Or perhaps you have been running one for a while but haven’t got around to thinking what to do with SEO yet. Well, the good news is most modern blogging platforms such as WordPress are pretty SEO friendly right out of the box. Despite this though, there are several things you might want to tweak and consider in order to get the best results. Here’s a run down of the most important SEO factors for bloggers in 2012. Content. That’s right, perhaps you didn’t expect to see this first but the old saying “Content is King” has never been more relevant. SEO is increasingly becoming more about content, the way users engage with your site and less about technical optimization and manual link building. So perhaps this is good news if you already publish interesting content that attracts visitors, or is your blog still limited to company updates? Author Profiles. You will have probably noticed by now that Google is increasingly showing – Read the full article

Using Print Plugins For WordPress

On October 19th, 2012, wrote:

The WordPress platform is one of the most popular options for bloggers, and with good reason. There are a variety of themes available on WordPress that are suited to different types of blogs, from fashion blogs to political opinion. WordPress bloggers even have the option to upload custom built themes. Print plugins add functionality to WordPress blogs by allowing readers to print or save individual entries. Many print plugins are easy to install and they are simple enough for readers to use. However, most plugins only work with WordPress.org blogs rather than WordPress.com blogs. WordPress.com versus WordPress.org WordPress.org allows bloggers to have complete control over the code for their blogs, including the installation of custom plugins. However, WordPress.org requires bloggers to provide their own hosting for their blogs. WordPress.org bloggers are also responsible for maintaining updated versions of the WordPress software. WordPress.com provides a turnkey operation for bloggers, with ready-made themes and hosting provided. WordPress automatically updates the software for – Read the full article

Why AP Style Guide Matters

On December 20th, 2011, wrote:

If you abide by the belief that rules exist for a reason, then maybe you don’t need any explanation of why the AP (Associated Press) Style Guide matters. But for the writer who has ever rolled his eyes while reaching for their guidebook to look up the AP rule, or received an editor’s red pen note to “check AP,” then AP Style can feel more like a rulebook than a guide. First, if you intend to work as a journalist, then this book matters simply because your career matters. End of argument! However, a more detailed explanation shows that this book really exists for the sake of consistency in writing for the public. When everyone – or at least every writer – uses the same grammar, punctuation, abbreviations, numbers, etc., it ensures that messages are communicated in a consistent style. This consistency delivers conciseness, correctness and clarity. In a World Wide Web environment where more people than ever are becoming – Read the full article

The Social Media Revolution

On August 25th, 2009, wrote:

“Right now, your customers are writing about your products on blogs and recutting your commercials on YouTube. They’re defining you on Wikipendia and ganging up on you on social networking sites like Facebook. These are all elements of a social phenomenon- the groundswell- that has created a permanent shift in the way the world works.” This is written on the book jacket of the book Groundswell, a national bestseller. The social media revolutions is upon us. Several experts claim for it to be the biggest shift in business since the industrial revolution. The change in how we communicate with the public, potential and existing customers is evolving at a pace that has not been seen before with adoption of other technologies. Its a social media revolution. It used to take years to build new media platforms, for radio it was 38 years, television 13 years, the internet 4 years, and the iPod 3 years- each respectively to reach 50 million – Read the full article