Website Tips


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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 […]

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


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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


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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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Ah, hell is not reserved for the afterlife if you are a site owner that’s displeased Google. Hell lies right in your website analytics. One day you’re swimming along with plenty of site visitors pouring in from Google searches and the next day poof they’re gone. I’ve seen this happen time and time again to businesses, especially after the Panda algorithm change. They lose a major amount of traffic and lose their sales. Google doesn’t send everyone to the deepest circle of hell, though. There are six circles reserved for people who displease the Google bots. The seven circles of […]

The Six Circles of Google Hell and How to Pull Your Site from the Fiery Depths


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There is one, surefire way to boost the quality of your site’s content, enabling you to draw in more visitors and sale more product. Delegate it. Yup, that’s right, I’m telling you to let someone else handle your content creation. Why Delegate Content Production? There are two reasons why you should hand the reigns of content production over to someone else. One, you don’t have time to run a business and: Keep up with SEO trends Research topics that will interest your customers Write articles and blog posts Search for visual content to go with the posts Upload the posts […]

Make Your Site Content Better Instantly


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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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Recently, Search Engine Land released its Periodic Table Of SEO Success Factors. This table consists of 37 factors that you need to create the ultimate SEO cocktail in 2015. Here’s a look at the table, then I’ll jump into each element and what it means. Breaking Down the Elements of Fantastic SEO Here the 37 elements of great SEO. I’m going to break each one down and tell you why they matter to your site. SEO Elements in Content To start off with, you always want to use great content. I’m a content specialist. Trust me on this one. Here are […]

Get Your SEO on Point with 37 Must-Have Ingredients




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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 read anything about content marketing lately, you’ve probably seen it: article after article proclaiming that the new SEO tactic is filling your site with content that your readers will love. They are 100% right, but what is high-quality content? You probably think you’ve been posting quality content all along. It may not be stellar, but you think that it does the job, right? The problem is you need to be more than adequate to secure a spot in search engine results. Even more important than SEO, you want people to share your articles and blog posts. You don’t […]

How Do You Create High-Quality 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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Hi and welcome to this What to Read this Week. I want you to be a business superstar. You can’t be a superstar without a little help from your friends. So, here are some great reads on getting your pagerank back, scoring a rocking landing page, writing headlines that melt people’s faces and more. Make Your Landing Pages Rock The best way to sell your product is to make your landing page rock. One guide on landing pages that I think you’ll find interesting is Hacker’s Guide to Awesome Landing Page with Singup Form. Here is a quote from the guide […]

Get Your Pagerank Back, Score a Rocking Landing Page and more this Week: What to Read this Week, April 20-26


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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 for Spring



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Every Monday I let you take a peek at what I’m reading. Here’s another installment of What to Read this Week. This week I’m loving me some free stuff and I’m sharing some great articles on increasing your site traffic, using video and some reasons to rethink ads. Free Stock Photos Okay, so you really don’t read stock photos, but I thought I would share with you some freebies that were offered this past week. Hubspot is giving away 750 free stock photos that are perfect for blog posts and websites. All you need to do is fill out their form. Why […]

What to Read this Week: March 16-22, Free Stuff, Increasing your Site Traffic and More


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  Here’s another installment of What to Read this Week. Every Monday I let you take a peek at what I’m reading. This week there is some really great stuff for you guys looking to brush up on marketing. Pinterest Marketing Tips First up, Danny over at Firepole wants to know: Does Your Pinterest Marketing Need a More Personal Touch? The article centers around Pinterest’s new feature called Pinterest messaging and how using it can give your Pinterest account a much more personalized feel. Here is my favorite quote from the article: Your end sales goal is to expose your expertise to new […]

What to Read this Week: March 9-15 Marketing Tips from the Pros


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I hate wearing constricting clothing. I hate it so much that when I’m wearing a tight pair of slacks or a jacket that restricts my arm movements it’s all I think about. I can’t get any work done because so much of my mental energy is going towards my angst. I’m not crazy. Studies have shown that multitasking limits productivity. Douglas Merrill over at Forbes wrote a great blog about multitasking and productivity, if you haven’t already read about it. Isn’t fussing mentally about something while you’re trying to work multitasking? I’m going somewhere with this, I promise. I’d like […]

Why Hiring Professionals Prevents Distractions



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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


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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


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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



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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


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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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  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




If you are concerned about Google’s algorithms and how they penalize sites, then I’ve found a great article I think you’ll be interested in. I just read Douglas Idugboe’s article “How Google Panda And Penguin Are Affecting The Web.” It is chock full of goodness if you are building your own website or writing SEO articles for other’s sites.

Google Panda and Penguin Tips




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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 ElegantThemes.com.

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


Edit Your Site Copy Creating good copy is important to a writer like myself. It should be important to business owners, too. Copy full of errors looks unprofessional and can really turn off potential customers. You don’t want to be lumped in with the scam sites! Emails, blogs, and chat rooms encourage speed over accuracy, lulling business owners into the feeling that close is good enough.  If you plan on being successful, though, almost isn’t good enough. Here are some tips to help you get closer to perfection. When to Use Commas One of the most common problems even more skilled […]

How to Edit Your Site Copy: Commas, Quotation Marks and Semicolons