Blogging

  • Quick Tip for Bloggers: Use Notepad ++

    By Jennifer Mattern on September 1, 2015
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    I was contacted several days ago by a fellow freelance writer and blogger. He was having problems on his WordPress site where his theme was no longer compatible with the WordPress core. It caused elements of his site to disappear. Another colleague pointed him in my direction, and thankfully I was able to find a patch. The problem? The patch was […]
  • Quick Tip: Write Blog Posts Faster with Formatting Shortcuts

    By Jennifer Mattern on August 25, 2015
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    WordPress 4.3 was recently released, and if you haven't upgraded yet you should. It has a great new feature for writers, helping you write blog posts faster while spending less time formatting your content. When we talked about using Scrivener for blogging, I shared a free Markdown cheat sheet with you. Markdown lets you use simple formatting shortcuts as you […]
  • Quick Tip: Stop Manually Inserting Ads Into Blog Posts

    By Jennifer Mattern on August 11, 2015
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    If you run a blog as an income stream, chances are that you've at least tried to earn some advertising revenue. But managing ads on your blog can involve a big time investment. Fortunately you don't have to manually insert ad code in every blog post. Occasionally this makes sense, like when you want to insert an affiliate ad that's relevant only […]
  • Quick Tip: Keep Blog Post Ideas Coming by Writing a Series

    By Jennifer Mattern on July 7, 2015
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    Recently we looked at eight blog post ideas you can fall back on if you suddenly aren't sure what to write about on your blog. Today I have another tip along those lines -- something you can do on a regular basis to make idea generation a bit easier. This week's quick tip for bloggers is to write post series […]
  • 7 Ways to Speed Up Your Website (Infographic)

    By Jennifer Mattern on June 20, 2015
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    Whether you're a freelance writer with a professional site, an author with a site to promote your books, or a blogger, website speed and stability matters. So for this week's "short share" feature, let's look at some tips for speeding up your WordPress websites. This infographic comes from MadLemmings.com. Courtesy of: Mad Lemmings How many of these tips have you […]
  • 8 Blog Post Ideas to Fall Back On

    By Jennifer Mattern on June 17, 2015
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    Do you ever get blogger's block - feeling like you've already blogged about everything in your niche and you can't come up with new blog post ideas? I do. I'd bet most bloggers do from time to time. No matter how much you've written, you probably haven't really tapped your niche, even if it's a narrow one. So when these […]
  • 3 Ways to Torpedo Your Blogger Outreach Efforts (Infographic)

    By Jennifer Mattern on June 13, 2015
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    Earlier this week, I went off on Elance / Upwork for their BS blogger outreach efforts that targeted me and several other colleagues (I've heard from at least six others now who were a part of this supposed "handful" of targeted blogs). In that post, I shared a simple infographic highlighting the three big mistakes Upwork made, in the hopes […]
  • Ways Bloggers Can Minimize the Impact of Being on Skeazy Pitch Lists (Podcast)

    By Jennifer Mattern on June 12, 2015
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      The latest episode of the All Indie Writers Podcast is now live. As promised in my last post's comments, it includes an extension of the Elance / Upwork fiasco with their lame blogger relations attempt. Then I move on to offer a few tips to bloggers who are tired of finding themselves on these lists. Also in this episode: […]
  • 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," […]