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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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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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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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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

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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 […]

Work at Home Woes

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Do you work from home? If so, are you as productive as you could be? If you have an office or a studio at home, here are tips and tricks to help you get more out of your working day. Problems with your workspace When you work at an office, you have a dedicated area. You sit at your desk, switch your computer on, and you’re ready and raring to. If you’re having a meeting, you can pop into a spare room, which is equipped with everything you need. When you’re at home, the setup may be a little different. […]

Are You As Productive As You Could Be At Home?

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There are many great reasons to work at home. You’re on your own schedule, you can wear whatever you want, and any water cooler small talk you make is entirely of your own discretion (and usually involves chatting to yourself…). I love it, myself. Still, it’s not all lazy pajama mornings, leisurely lunches, and mid-afternoon glasses of wine. Every now and again, you’ll encounter a problem that…dare I say it…actually makes you miss the regular old routine! Here’s a few of the more common issues, and how you can overcome them. Source: Can you please be quiet? It can difficult to […]

Common Work At Home Problems

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Image credit Anyone who is freelance or works from home like me will understand how difficult it is to self motivate.  If you are in the creative industry you may find it harder as distractions and procrastination are far easier to indulge in when you aren’t jumping up to rush to the office. I have some handy tips to get you up and at ‘em, so read on. Routine You need to start with the basics.  Routine.  Whilst it is easy to put things off until an hour before deadline you are not doing yourself any favours at all.  You are […]

If You Work From Home You Need To Read This

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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 Visitors Will Love

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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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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 and Articles

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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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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