Blogging

  • Some Early Thoughts on WordPress 3.9

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 17, 2014
    3
    0
    If you run a blog or website on WordPress, you probably know that they rolled out the next major update. WordPress 3.9 was released on April 16th. I take my time with upgrades. I have a little over 50 WordPress installations that need to be upgraded. I start with the smallest sites with the fewest plugins -- usually projects in-development. […]
  • 3 Month Blogging Challenge: The Pre-launch

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 16, 2014
    14
    0
    It's time for another update on my prep work for my three month blogging challenge. In my last update I shared some background info on what I called the pre-pre-launch phase. That involved registering the new domain (which I'll finally share today), setting up the base WordPress installation, and taking care of design customizations. Normally those are things I can […]
  • How to Add Custom Tweetable Quotes to Your Blog Posts (Without a Plugin)

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 14, 2014
    8
    0
    Have you ever seen custom quotes in a blog post with a "tweet this" link? It's cool, right? Instead of focusing your Twitter links on your blog post title, you can have several tweets with unique content for each of your posts. And by highlighting your best quotes, you increase your chance that readers will share your posts. Here's an […]
  • 3 Things to do Before Upgrading WordPress Plugins

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 4, 2014
    0
    0
    I wish I knew why, but over the last month and a half or so I've noticed far more WordPress plugin updates than usual being pushed through. Perhaps developers are getting ready for the WordPress 3.9 core update. Whatever the reason, more plugin updates equals more risk for your website or blog. Plenty can go wrong when you update a […]
  • 3 Month Blogging Challenge: The Pre-pre-launch

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 31, 2014
    0
    0
    Last week I announced that I was taking on a blogging challenge to create a successful blog in three months. Those three months begin on the day of the blog's launch. Right now I'm in what I would call the pre-pre-launch phase, where I'm taking care of basic design, development, and strategy before pre-launch marketing can officially begin (at which […]
  • Weekend Reading: Guest Blogging

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 30, 2014
    3
    0
    Guest posting has been a hot topic lately around the writing, blogging, SEO, and marketing communities. That's a result of Google's Matt Cutts making the proclamation that guest posting (for SEO) was dead, and him more recently mentioning that Google had penalized MyBlogGuest. That site, owned by Ann Smarty, connects guest bloggers to host blog owners.  While I don't know […]
  • Can You Build a Kick-Ass Blog in 3 Months?

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 25, 2014
    18
    2
    In the discussions around my recent series on WordPress for writers, I mentioned that I might take on a blogging challenge to demonstrate how successful blogs get started. It's happening. In April, I'll kick off a three-month blogging challenge which will be documented here at All Indie Writers. Background in Blog Launches I've launched more than my fair share of […]
  • 5 More Freelance Blogging Markets Paying $100 or More per Post

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 23, 2014
    9
    2
    Recently I shared some examples of blogs that pay $100 or more per post as an introduction to the new blogging markets section in my writer's market database. As promised, I've been working hard to bring you bigger and better markets where you can pitch your freelance writing services. To give you a better idea of what you'll find in […]
  • Websites and Blogs Paying $100+ per Article

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 17, 2014
    2
    1
    There are a few changes coming to the All Indie Writers writer's market directory this week. And to kick things off I'd like to share a few freelance blogging markets and other online markets that pay freelance writers $100 or more per article. But first, the updates: Changes to the Writer's Market Directory Keep an eye on the writer's markets […]
  • Pick Your Perfect Blog Post Schedule

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 13, 2014
    15
    1
    Your blog's content strategy is about more than the type of content you plan to write. It also includes your blog post schedule -- when you post, and how often you post. Should you post daily? Just on weekdays? Once per week? Monthly? There's no right answer to cover all blogs. You have to find the right post frequency and schedule […]