Blogging

  • 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," […]
  • 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 […]