Alina Bradford

About Alina Bradford

I've been a DIY, lifestyle, tech and health writer for almost two decades. Dang, that makes me sound old...Anywhoo, feel free to follow me on Twitter. I'm @alinabradford. Real original handle, huh?

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Pixabay You’ve been uploading new videos and keeping a close eye on the view counter. You keep refreshing the pages, but the view counter for your videos just aren’t going up. The only person who seems to be increasing the view count is you, and that’s only because you keep refreshing the page to check the view count. Ha! This is a disastrously common scenario for many vloggers out there. The fact is, vlogs are a dime a dozen – or maybe even a dime a hundred these days – and, while it remains an exciting medium, you really need […]

Don’t Make Your Vlog a Slog: Why You’re Not Getting Views

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A vlog essentially means a virtual log, and is fast becoming a new way of blogging. (Okay, it’s not that new, but it’s becoming mainstream.) You essentially record yourself and post it onto the internet, which people watch. There are dozens of virtual logs out there, and essentially comes in the form of something sat facing the camera and talking about things that are pertinent to them. If you fancied starting one, then good for you! There are certain things you need to make it a success. These tips can help you get started. You may have already thought about […]

Fancy Starting a Vlog?   Recently updated !

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If you run a business, your aim will always be to make money. Even if you’ve turned a passion into a career or you’re doing something you love on a daily basis, when it boils down to it, the success of your company will depend on the numbers on your balance sheets. In order to turn over a profit, you’ll need to promote your business. Whether you’re trying to generate an income from a blog or you’re preparing to take the world of business by storm with a new venture, there are lots of ways you can make people aware […]

From Branding To Blogging: The Best Ways To Promote Your Business

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Image Freelancers often have a bad reputation when it comes to professionalism – through no fault of their own. And, while I don’t believe it to be true, it’s something you have to fight against constantly. Whether you are pitching for a slot on an online magazine or trying to attract the attention of a local marketing agency, you’re up against a lot of resistance. There are, however, some simple solutions to the reputation problems you might have as a self-employed writer, designer or creator of any description. I’m going to go through a few of the major issues with […]

Perfect Your Professionalism as a Freelancer   Recently updated !

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We have all had the scenario where we’ve hit the snooze button one too many times on a Monday morning. The thought of having to head out to work again can take its toll. We all have bills to pay, though. So it is easy to see why more and more people are choosing to start their own businesses or start working freelance. When your time is your own, and you only have to answer to yourself, it can make ‘heading out’ to work much more bearable. image But doesn’t it take a lot of money to get your own business […]

The Real Truth About the Cost of Starting a Blog   Recently updated !

Hey, I’m glad you’re reading this! After almost 20 years of creating content for businesses big and small, I’ve learned tips and tricks to grabbing a reader’s attention. In social media, grabbing attention is essential to getting followers, likes, clicks and conversions. It means everything, especially if you are a small business. So, I am going to share some of the quickest and easiest ways to peak readers’ interest with you. Best of all? These are proven techniques that get results. I hope you find the following information useful. Have questions?  Send me a tweet. I’m @alinabradford over there. Anywho, enjoy this […]

The Ultimate Social Media Toolkit: Templates, Cheats and Tips that Will Get Your Brand Noticed   Recently updated !

Your style of writing is important. It is what will make people follow your blogs and search for your guest posts. When you’re deciding what your brand’s voice will be, there is one thing you need to be clear on: Are you a Sex and the City writer or a Dragnet writer? Confused? Let me explain. The Sex and the City Writer Lovers of the iconic HBO series Sex and the City swooned at the thought of being Carrie, the main character. Carrie Bradshaw would sit at her laptop in her fantastic rent-controlled New York apartment, sip coffee or Cosmopolitans […]

Are You a Sex and the City Writer or a Dragnet Blogger?   Recently updated !

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Here is your step-by-step guide to writing blog posts faster and better than ever before. I’ve been in the game of content marketing for, well, a bunch of years. One thing that I’ve learned well is how to write a blog post and write it quickly. Hey, when you’re getting paid by the post, you learn how to be fast! So, I thought I’d share with my readers my tips for going from an idea to a published post in less than 60 minutes. Got those timers ready? Get ready. Get set. Go! Figure Out Your Topic Don’t know what to […]

Easy Steps to Writing a Blog Post in Just Minutes   Recently updated !

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Living with anxiety is tough. Sure, we all get anxious from time to time, but some people suffer from panic and feelings of stress and worry on a much more frequent and intense scale. I have suffered with anxiety my entire career as a freelance writer. It’s caused me to turn down jobs, avoid meetings and more. If you are struggling with anxiety and it is getting in the way of your freelancing business, there are ways you can manage it and live a healthy and happy life. Whether you have an anxiety issue or think you might, or are […]

Fight the Fear: Read This Guide to Eliminate Anxiety

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Sometimes I take look at people’s tweets and I just shake my head. Then, I want to take out my red marker an edit that sucker. With just a few simple changes you can take your tweets from oh-my-gosh-bad to attention grabbing superstars. To teach you how, I am going to show you some tweets that went wrong. Then I’m going to give you a taste of proper tweeting tactics. Don’t worry all of the names have been censored to protect the guilty tweet offenders. Let’s get started. Proper Hashtag Usage Some people just love to go crazy with the […]

How to Fix Your Broken Tweets

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Credit When it comes to designing a bathroom, many homeowners keep things simple and go with a neutral color scheme and simple decorations. As this is a very practical room, you’ll find that lots of people put an emphasis on the utility and usability of their bathroom. But that doesn’t mean you should sacrifice style. In fact, bathrooms can be both very stylish and practical spaces if you focus on adding small decorative features rather than going overboard. To help you figure out how to decorate and design your bathroom, here are some small details that can really make a […]

Small Bathroom Details That Can Make A Big Difference

I make around $7,000 or more a month. I work at home and I make my own hours. Not bad, eh? A lot of freelance writers I know don’t think this is possible. They grab $3 articles from auction sites like oDesk and Upwork, then work their fingers to the bone to bang out enough of these little stinkers to keep their power on. Now, I admit, I’m lazy. Belting out article after article, eight hours per day, seven days a week just seems like too much work. I like to work smarter, not harder, so I end up writing […]

How to Make $7,000 Per Month, Be Lazy and Never Leave Home

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Wikimedia Image As a writer, how many times have you fallen into a spiral of despair at a mistake in a social media update? Grammar mistakes are rife online. One thing’s for sure; it never takes long for someone to spot the error and ridicule the culprit. So few people know the difference between their, there and they’re! Aggg! Many of us are under the belief that the internet has done terrible things for the English language. It’s never been possible for so many people to publish unchecked work before. And, even us writers sometimes fall under the spell of not proofreading […]

Don’t Get Caught In The Web: Use It To Climb Higher!

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We all have some regrets, don’t we? We wished we spent more time with the children when they were younger, or we wished we started exercising before it got to the point where fighting the fat became a full-scale war, and we always need to fix up almost all of the rooms in the house! But things stand in the way, and it’s not just an excuse anymore. It’s a fact of life that we never can find the time to make little improvements on our lifestyles the way people used to. There are so many difficulties that can crop […]

Living Life To The Max With Minimal Time

The prospect of redecorating a home is often a daunting task; especially when you live in an old property which seems worn through to its very core. I know, my home is almost 100 years old. However, even the most outdated and worn interior can be redesigned to perfection. The key is to tackle the project step-by-step and room-by-room. Your home can shine again, but it requires patience and an understanding that you might need to completely overhaul some of the old, damaging aspects of your house. Picture Source The key to an interior design which lights you up inside […]

Interior Design: Make Your Home Shine

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So you want your site to rise in pagerank. You want visitors to truly love your articles and blogs posts. You want them to share everything you post. You want to build a following that boosts your business. Well, don’t just sit there. Let’s get started! Day 1 Today is all about building the foundation. Start by brain dumping every post idea you can think of into a notebook. There are no stupid ideas, but make sure you stay on topic. If your site is about bathroom products don’t write down post ideas that revolve around gardening, for example. Need […]

Take My 30 Day Content Challenge

Credit Blogging, despite what some people might tell you, is actually a relatively challenging business to get into. This is particularly the case if you want to make money from it, or build some kind of a reputation. However, the whole process can be made significantly easier simply by focusing on a few main ideas. As long as you bear the following in mind, you will find your blog reaching new levels of success. Let’s have a look and see what those might be. Frequent Updates Arguably, the most important quality of a successful blog is that it is updated as frequently as […]

Success In Blogging Is Tough, but Attainable

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My best friend and I are constantly in the process of redecorating our homes. I understand that some people don’t constantly live in a flux of new furnishings and paint colors like us, though. Choosing to redecorate your home is an exciting time, and one that can reflect your personality in so many ways. Not only will you be showing how flair and style in how you choose to do up your house, but how you go about it can be interpreted by others, too. Whether you’re employing somebody to do the work for you, both in design and execution, […]

D.E.R – The Three Stages of Redecoration

When you’re searching online for ways to style your home, there are very few articles that relate to your home looking good on the outside. When we think of home styling we often just think about the rooms in our home and living areas. But we need to start remembering to treat the outside of our home, and our yard or garden, as an important part of the home. It should be treated like a room in the home too. So if you feel like you have been neglecting that extra room for a while, then here are some ideas […]

How To Make The Outside Of Your Home Look Just As Good As The Inside

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Apparently, Kermit was wrong because it is easy being green. At least, it is these days, and there’s lots of ways to make your home a haven of renewable energy savings.  Picture Source Windows You can keep your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer by upgrading the windows. If you live in an older home, you might still be using single glazing, and that’s a mistake. You want to upgrade to double or triple glazing in your home. While it might be a little expensive to make this change, some local councils do offer benefits for this […]

It IS Easy Being Green

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Picture Credit There are so many resources online for how to be frugal nowadays that it can be hard to know where to start. It’s all a bit overwhelming; everywhere you turn there are money-saving tips and things that you can do around your home to reduce household costs. But just how many of these do you take on board? Surely if we were to adopt every single one of them then we’d all be very rich people, but it just doesn’t seem to be the way. Some things won’t suit our lifestyle, some are unrealistic and others are just […]

Frugal Savvy is Money Happy…Plus it’s Good for the Environment

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Image Source Are you thinking about starting to work from home? If that’s the case, you do need to set up the right environment. It’s important that you have a place where you can be productive throughout the day. Otherwise, you are going to find it difficult to make a profit, no matter what job you’re completing or what business you’re running. There are various things you’ll need in your home office if you want it to be the perfect place for working from home. Adjustable Desk My first recommendation is that you invest in an adjustable desk. With an adjustable […]

Design The Ultimate Office In Your Home

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You may remember my office makeover from quite awhile back. Since then, things have gotten worn and I just needed a change. I found a couple rolls of really pretty wrapping paper at Hobby Lobby and thought, “Why not?” First, I cut pieces that would cover my two desks. The tops were worn and stained and I didn’t feel like painting them. I sprayed the desks down with spray adhesive and smoothed the wrapping paper down. You’re probably thinking, “But that won’t be durable!” I’ve found that if you do this with a thick paper with a glossy finish, spills wipe […]

Make a Quick Change to Your Home Office with Wrapping Paper

Some chemicals and compounds we thought were harmless way back when can actually cause a range of serious health issues. While this has led to tighter regulations in food and household product standards, there are many harmful chemicals that are still found around the home. Here are a few you need to keep an eye on… Pesticides While this one may seem like a no-brainer, be sure to be responsible with pesticide use. Commonly sprayed on lawns and around the house to get rid of infestations, they can often seep into the groundwater supply or simply be absorbed through breathing and pores […]

Have A Healthy Home: Cutting Out Dangerous Chemicals

Flickr We’re pushing our way through 2017, and most of us are wondering where the first couple of months have gone. You made lots of resolutions eight weeks ago, but you probably haven’t put them into practice. Still, that doesn’t mean you have to give up and wait another ten months to repeat the process. You can still turn this year around and improve your life in many different ways. Just for fun, I wrote this post to offer some suggestions and advice. Regardless of your situation, there should be something for everyone on this page. At the end of […]

Give Yourself A Fresh Start – 6 Ideas To Improve Your Life

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Working from the comfort of your own home is relaxing, soothing and much less stress than commuting to an office—or is it? If you’re on your work-at-home honeymoon period then you are probably over the moon about your new career choice. You can wake up, get a fresh cup of coffee, procrastinate for a bit and then start your work instead of stressing over your car not starting or public transportation being on strike. Whatever the reasons for you working at home, there are a few troublesome things about being independent that you just can’t ignore. I know I went […]

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