Blogging

  • Targeting and Pitching Bloggers: With Pro Blogger Darren Rowse

    By Jennifer Mattern on December 17, 2014
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    This post is the second in a two-part series with Darren Rowse of ProBlogger.net. This was originally published on May 6, 2008 on my now-retired public relations blog, NakedPR.com. That blog is being completely dismantled while I re-evaluate plans for the brand, with key content being preserved on other blogs I own. While this post was originally written for a target […]
  • Quick Tips: Prepare Early for a Successful New Year

    By Jennifer Mattern on December 16, 2014
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    The New Year will be here before you know it, and there's no time like the present to prepare for it. Recently I shared three things to do this December to close out the current year. For this week's quick tips, let's expand upon that with some easy things you can do now that will have you ready to hit […]
  • Bloggers vs Journalists: With Pro Blogger, Darren Rowse

    By Jennifer Mattern on December 15, 2014
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    This post is the first in a two-part series with Darren Rowse of ProBlogger.net. This was originally published on May 1, 2008 on my now-retired public relations blog, NakedPR.com. That blog is being completely dismantled while I re-evaluate plans for the brand, with key content being preserved on other blogs I own. While this post was originally written for a […]
  • Free HTML Cheat Sheet for Writers and Bloggers

    By Jennifer Mattern on September 24, 2014
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    For this week's resource for writers, I've updated and re-released an oldie but goodie -- my HTML cheat sheet for freelance writers and bloggers. The cheat sheet used to come with my now-retired e-book, The Web Writer's Guide, which was released back in 2008. The new version will be available for free permanently in the All Indie Writers Resources Collection. This download includes […]
  • Quick Tip: Use Google Webmaster Tools for Your Writer Website or Blog

    By Jennifer Mattern on September 16, 2014
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    Readers and colleagues often come to me with questions about problems they're having with their websites or blogs. In some cases, such as sudden search engine ranking issues or site indexing problems, one of the first things I tend to ask them is to check Google Webmaster Tools. That's when I sometimes get the mind-blowing responses of "What's that?" or "I […]
  • Is Your WordPress Database Too Large? Thin Out Revisions

    By Jennifer Mattern on September 9, 2014
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    A great feature of WordPress is its ability to save different versions of your posts as you go -- such as when you hit the "save draft" or "preview" buttons. These saved versions are called "revisions," and they give you restore points if anything goes wrong. Awesome, right? Well, it can be. But WordPress revisions have to be saved to […]
  • Quick Tip: Mute Twitter Accounts to Cut Back on Social Media Noise

    By Jennifer Mattern on September 3, 2014
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    Do you wish you could spend more time using social media to connect with colleagues, clients, or readers? Do you ever feel like trying is almost a waste of time because of all the noise? If so, here's a simple solution for you on Twitter. Use the "Mute" feature. Why Mute Twitter Accounts? Twitter gives you a few different options […]
  • Quick Tip: Back up or Clone Your WordPress Site with the Duplicator Plugin

    By Jennifer Mattern on August 26, 2014
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    No matter what kind of website you run, frequent backups are a necessity. With WordPress sites and blogs that's especially true because of the frequent core, theme, and plugin updates you have to perform. Having a fresh backup means you can revert all, or a part, of your site if something goes wrong during the update process (or if you're […]
  • Bloggers: Get More Twitter Mentions and Followers with This Quick Tip

    By Jennifer Mattern on August 12, 2014
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    Whether you're a professional blogger or you simply have a blog attached to your freelance writer or author website, chances are good you have social media sharing buttons attached to each post. And if not, you should. They're simple tools that allow your readers to easily spread the word about your posts. Yet I see bloggers make a common mistake […]
  • Writing Challenges Update (and August’s Challenge Details)

    By Jennifer Mattern on August 2, 2014
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    Let's jump right in with this month's writing challenge. We're doing a 30 in 30 days type of challenge, focused on short-form writing. You can choose the type of writing you want to do for this challenge, depending on your goals. My recommendations are to focus on: Blogging (ideal for pro bloggers, nonfiction writers, or anyone using blogging as a […]