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I know a lot of you want design your own visuals for your website or social media. If you listen to many website gurus, you may think you need Photoshop to create fantastic images for your content site. Not true! There’s no reason to spend almost $700 on software that will take you months to learn when there are free photo editing tools online that take no skills what so ever. You don’t need to hire a designer to create memes, website images and infographics to make your content go viral, either. Here is everything you need in one list. Free Photo […]

10 Free Design Tools to Create Amazing Website Visuals Your ...

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Taking photos is a major part of writing my DIY and how-to articles for clients. I decided to share some of my favorites. In just 24 hours this article on removing stripped screws has gotten 1.7 thousand likes and 750 shares! People really have problems with stripped screws! Yes, I took that photo. I’m quite proud of it. I’ve been a gamer since Atari, so I love this photo I took for the article How to keep your video game accessories organized. The light in the photo is just stunning, if I do say so myself. People loved my article on […]

Some DIY and How-to Photos I’m Proud of

People are always asking how often they should post on different social media platforms. While many think they have the magic formula, there is only one rule you need to remember for Facebook: One or two is enough. How Facebook Compares to Twitter On Twitter you can get away with posting several times per hour and reap a lot of likes and follows. This is because Twitter shows a post when a person posts it. If your follower isn’t looking at their feed when you post, they may miss it unless they go directly to your page. (Note: I did […]

Post Less on Facebook for Better Results

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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

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Search engines love when you use more than just text in your website content. Plus, media makes your content much more appealing to visitors, which is even more important. You don’t want people to come to your posts, see nothing but boring text and click away! Think creating multimedia content takes too much time? Don’t worry. There are plenty of websites out there that help you make your own GIFs, maps, charts, memes and more for free, in just a few minutes. There are also plenty of sites that let you use their multimedia content on your site. Here are 15 of […]

15 Free Ways to Get Multimedia Content for Blog Posts ...

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It looks like Elance is closing its doors and evolving into something else.   I know many of my readers use Elance as a way to find freelancers or as a way to find freelance work, so I thought I’d share this email I just received: Hi Alina, I’m writing to share that we will soon wind down the Elance platform and invite you to join the community on Upwork. As we shared earlier this year, the decision to focus on a single platform was difficult but ultimately proved to be the best way to give freelancers access to the greatest […]

Elance is Closing Its Doors

Should you have someone ghostwrite content for your site? Here are some pros and cons from my point-of-view as a freelance writer. Pros of Hiring a Ghostwriter You can spend your time doing something else for your business Your blog’s content will always be professional and error-free A ghostwriter can come up with topics or angles you may not think of Cons of Hiring a Ghostwriter You must spend time searching for the perfect ghostwriter You must take the time to explain to the ghostwriter what you want You may select a ghostwriter with poor writing skills Should I Get […]

Pros and Cons of Hiring a Ghostwriter

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The other day I was reading Jeff Bullas’ article on the newest SEO trends for 2016 and one thing stood out above all the rest: voice search. I use Google voice search on my mobile phone constantly. I bet you’ve never considered optimizing specifically for voice search. Google and other search engines look for different things when doing voice searches as opposed to a typed search. This can mean some big things for your website. What Voice Searches Look For in Content Remember in English class when you learned the five Ws? If English class was a long time ago […]

Big SEO Change for 2016? Voice Search

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Here is a  list of my top 10 articles on creating website content that rocks. 22 Ways to Create Fresh Content for Your Site How Do You Create High-Quality Content? Take My 30 Day Content Challenge You’re Thinking Too Much About Keywords The Saga of Bogus SEO and Optimization Tactics How to Edit Your Site Copy: Commas, Quotation Marks and Semicolons New SEO Tips That Will Give Your Site Google Mojo Are You a Sex and the City Writer or a Dragnet Blogger? Spring Clean Your Website and Make it Shine Don’t Create Generic Content Here are some bonus videos […]

15 Tutorials for Creating Amazing Website Content

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If you’ve posted content on the web, you’ve probably had your articles stolen and posted on another site. Often, the thief will claim that he wrote the brilliant article you paid for or wrote. The gall of these people! I’ve had it happen to me so many times I can’t count them all. Time to fight back, everybody! There are some ways that you can thwart content thieves and even get their sites shut down. The No Copy Code The No Copy Code keeps people from being able to copy and paste your articles or blogs. Simply copy and paste this code […]

The Big Jerks! How to Deal with Content Theft

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So you want your site to rise in page rank. 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. […]

Take My 30 Day Content Challenge

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Hey, happy Monday! Welcome to another installment of What to Read this Week. This week, I’m going to focus on articles that will help small businesses. Free List Building Mega Book Last week I told you about a massive article that linked to over 100 articles on list building. Well, this week, I’ve found you a massive guide on the subject. The Definitive Guide to List Building is incredible and covers just about everything you can think of on the subject. The best part is you can download it for free to read on your Kindle or tablet. That’s what I […]

Small Business Tips: What to Read this Week, April 13-19

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One of the age-old tips for publicizing a blog is forum linking. You’ve probably even seen me give that advice on this blog. For those of you that don’t know what forum linking’s all about, here is what blogs usually say on the subject: Go to forums that are about your blog’s topic and answer questions that you find there. If one of your blog posts can answer someone’s question, link to it in your reply. This not only brings you traffic, it also makes you an expert on the topic. I haven’t done this type of marketing in a long while, so I […]

Will Posting Links in Forums Get You Traffic?

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Welcome to this installment of What to Read this Week! I hope you had a great Easter weekend. My kids are too old for egg hunting this year (*sad mama*) so we just stuffed ourselves with candy, ham, rolls, mashed potatoes and Netflix. Let’s jump into these great reads! List Building Supreme I probably don’t need to tell you how important list building is, but to get a great email list you need a good strategy. There’s no lack of strategies out there. Jenna Dalton rounded them all up into a super post: The Ultimate List-Builder’s Resource Guide: 111 Links to […]

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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 […]

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Hey, welcome to this week’s installment of What to Read. Spring has sprung and there is no better time to refresh your website or blog with new content. (You really should be refreshing your content regularly, by the way.) If you haven’t posted in a while, or you just need some great ideas, check out these articles. Blooming Blast of Blog Post Ideas Need a great idea for a blog post? Russ Henneberry has 212 content ideas for you! Check out this post The Ultimate List of Blog Post Ideas. The best part is the infographic, which I have printed out and […]

What to Read this Week: March 23-29 Fresh Content Ideas ...

Every Monday, I will share with you some of the best marketing, content and business articles on the web. Here’s what I’m loving this week: 5 Pointless Marketing Metrics You Can Stop Tracking Today I think a lot of people have gone overboard with tracking, so I love seeing articles like this one by Rachel Sprung. Email opens, Facebook likes, ad impressions, blog comments and the like don’t really tell you if you are succeeding at your marketing goals. Top 15 FREE Internet Marketing Tools To Boost Your Online Business Nothing is better than free, especially when you are trying […]

What to Read this Week: March 2-8, 2015

Just like your home, your website needs a good scouring every now and then, too. As spring slowly inches its way into the present, clear out your site’s cobwebs, dust off your content and polish your visuals. Tidy Up Your Cobwebs Over time, your site collects cobwebs that need to be periodically cleared out. Take the time to clean these little buggers out, and your site will rank better. Old code is something that can accumulate and make your site slower. Joe Foley has a great tutorial for cleaning up old code: 10 Quick Ways to Clean Up and Optimize […]

Spring Clean Your Website and Make it Shine

Are you giving your visitors bad customer service by posting fluff to your site? Let me tell you a little story. The other day I was on Facebook and I saw a post by a popular women’s magazine. I liked the title and preview linked in the post, so I clicked and read the article. IT. WAS. BAD. The article was supposed to be about laundry secrets you just must learn ASAP. The article, though, gave washed up (no pun intended), old advice that anyone within their target audience would already know. I was curious to see what others thought […]

Bad Content is Bad Customer Service

The worst part of running a small business is when you run out of ideas. It’s that oh s**t moment. The next idea is what keeps you working, keeps you motivated.  If you run out of ideas, then you feel like you’re in a rut. This scenario especially applies to writing posts for your website’s blog. It’s no secret that posting consistently to a blog gets a site more views. Running out of ideas means no blog posts. Some people who’ve run dry will post any crap to their site. Don’t do that! Posting crap to your site hurts it […]

Here’s How to Not Run Dry on Blog Post Ideas

I was recently critiquing a person’s article, and something struck me. This article had everything going for it…in theory. It was on a great topic that would be interesting to the reader. The problem was, once you started reading, it was clear that the article was generic. It was a general dabbling into the subject and not the in-depth article the title promised. Of course, the average reader would click away from the article right away and never come back to the site. To help you avoid this mistake, I’m going to give you a sure-fire way to determine if […]

Don’t Create Generic Content

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Is your blog content the nerdy kids sitting by itself at the lunch table? Do you want it to be the head cheerleader front-and-center at the pep rally? Everyone wants their site to have amazing content, but actually creating popular content isn’t easy. I should know! I’ve been producing site content for clients for more than 16 years. Along the way, I’ve picked up a few tricks that can make your content sharable and search engine friendly. Up until now I’ve been using all of these tricks for just for clients. Today, I’m going to share them with you. 1. […]

Five Ways to Make Blog Posts More Popular

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Throughout the 16 years that I have created content for businesses, I have heard the same requests from clients over and over: Put these three keywords in the text at least five times. Or These keywords MUST be used twice in the opening paragraph, once in the middle and once at the end of the article. Or This list of 30 keywords must appear at least once in the article. If you have been guilty of saying this to a content creator or have committed these travesties to your own content you need to hang your head in shame. Once […]

You’re Thinking Too Much About Keywords

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  Usually, when you ask someone how their site is doing, they will say, “Oh, it’s doing great! I’m getting (fill in the blank) page views!” That doesn’t really answer your question, does it? But you probably do the same thing when someone asks about your site. Let’s get one thing straight. Large page view numbers doesn’t ensure that you sale a lot of product. It doesn’t guarantee ad clicks. The only thing it really helps is to sale ads to companies. If that isn’t your focus, then you shouldn’t try so hard to increase your page views. You can […]

Page Views Don’t Define Your Site

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Here’s a little something for your site for free. Nothing jazzes up a site more than interesting icons. Here are 384 that you can use for free on your site courtesy of Elegant Themes. Don’t say I never gave you anything. To download them, click on the link at the bottom of this post. Download these beautiful Free Flat Icons designed by

384 Free Flat Icons for Your Site

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Okay, I want to shout it from the rooftops: Most of your SEO and optimization tactics are hugely, utterly wrong! I have talked with many website owners over the years, and it seems like they all have been drinking the same content Kool-Aid. You can’t blame them for believing horrible optimization tactics. They were just hungry for some search engine love. It’s time to end the madness, though. Cutts Says Cut it Out with the Article Directories First, don’t use article directories to build links. Oh, I’ve known so many people that have wandered into this trap…and then Google gave […]

The Saga of Bogus SEO and Optimization Tactics

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I like to mess around with my personal blogs to find the best way to earn. This knowledge benefits my blogs and my customers. Recently, I have been toying with Blogger’s Dynamic Views blog themes. Here’s what I’ve found. Your Blogger Pageviews Skyrocket I switched from using the generic template to the Blogger Dynamic View template. These templates look very professional, so I figured they would be a great way to spruce up my writing blog. My views went up 400%. That is a fantastic jump. There’s just one problem. Your Blogger Earnings Plumet My earnings all but stopped. I ended […]

Dynamic Views? More Like Dismal Earnings