Blogging

  • Quick Tip: White Label WordPress for Client Installations

    By Jennifer Mattern on May 26, 2015
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    Freelance writers often take on complementary services. For example, a web content writer might handle social media marketing for the content they write. Freelance bloggers might be asked to step in and assist a client even before they have a blog set up. If you're able to quickly set up WordPress for your clients, charging them for the service might make a […]
  • Don’t Fall Victim to These 5 Blogging Myths [Podcast]

    By Jennifer Mattern on May 14, 2015
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    In this week's episode of the All Indie Writers Podcast, I highlight five common blogging myths and misunderstandings new bloggers should look out for. Blogging myths featured in this episode include: You have to post every day, or nearly every day. Every post should be "epic" content, over 2000 words, etc. There's some big difference between "blog posts" and "articles," […]
  • Quick Tip: Add Inline Tweets to Your WordPress Posts

    By Jennifer Mattern on May 12, 2015
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    Have you seen bloggers feature tweetable quotes in their posts? If they're using one of the more popular plugins, they probably look like pull quotes. Unfortunately there isn't much variation in design, and blogs using this feature have all started having their tweetable quotes look alike. That's why I previously showed you how you can add your own tweetable quotes, without a […]
  • Quick Tip: Add Static Content to Your Blog’s Homepage

    By Jennifer Mattern on May 5, 2015
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    Last week I suggested adding your latest blog content to your writer website's homepage. That might make this week's quick tip sound a little strange. But this one is for bloggers: Consider adding static content to your blog's homepage. In last week's post we were looking at freelance writer websites and author websites, where the blog is an add-on and […]
  • The Best and Worst Times to Post on Social Networks

    By Jennifer Mattern on May 2, 2015
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    For this week's short share we have an interesting one on timing your social media updates from SocialCaffeine.com. What do you think? Obviously the actual best times to post on social networks won't be the same for everyone because of community and niche differences. But how close does your experience come to these recommended times? I've done the most testing […]
  • Quick Tip: Put Your Blog On Your Homepage

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 28, 2015
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    Do you have a blog attached to your freelance writer website or author site? If so, that's a great move because fresh content can help you improve your search engine rankings. But are you really getting the biggest bang for your blogging time? Not if you aren't sharing your blog posts on your homepage. I've talked before about my test […]
  • Want to Write Faster Blog Posts? Here’s How [Infographic]

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 25, 2015
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    For this week's "short share" we have an infographic from J6 Design called "8 Secrets to Writing Faster Blog Posts." Overall, I think there are some great tips here, from creating self-imposed deadlines to avoiding the dreaded "edit while you write" syndrome. by j6design. What do you think? Do these ideas help you write blog posts faster? Are there any other tips […]
  • Quick Tip: Stay On Top Of Your WordPress Updates

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 22, 2015
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    WordPress released a new update this week. It's version 4.1.2, which is an important security release. Make sure you update your sites promptly if you don't have automatic updates enabled. A security issue affecting numerous plugins was also identified, so don't be surprised if you see a lot of plugin update notifications come through this week. Make sure you run […]
  • Quick Tip: Protect Your Personal Information When Registering a Domain Name

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 14, 2015
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    Spam sucks. So does physical junk mail. And I get a crap-ton of it on a regular basis (that's the official measurement scale for junk mail, really). Here's why I get so much more garbage than my family and friends: I registered a domain name. Actually, I've registered hundreds of them over the years, but all it takes is one to let […]
  • How to Make Your WordPress Site Mobile-Friendly Fast

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 5, 2015
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    On April 21st, just a couple of weeks away, Google is scheduled to roll out a new search algorithm update. This update focuses on mobile searches, and Google will start using mobile-friendliness as a ranking factor. What does this mean? If you get traffic from smartphones (it apparently doesn't apply to tablet searches), and if your WordPress site isn't mobile-friendly, […]