Blogging

  • 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, […]
  • Quick Tip: Create Custom WordPress Sidebars for Categories or Pages

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 24, 2015
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    Many bloggers set up a single sidebar and then include that sidebar on every page of their blogs. But what happens if you have categories that would benefit from different sidebar content, or pages on your blog where you'd like a custom sidebar? Maybe you want to place hand-picked affiliate ads, or you want to promote different books on different […]
  • Weekend Reading: Pinterest for Writers

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 22, 2015
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    While it might sound strange, one of the best social networks for writers might also be the most visually oriented. Yes, I'm talking about Pinterest. Even though Pinterest doesn't revolve around your writing itself, it offers a lot of opportunities bloggers and authors, in particular, shouldn't pass up. So in this week's "weekend reading" roundup, let's take a look at a few […]
  • The Bloom Email Opt-In Plugin: Pros and Cons

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 19, 2015
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    I've been a customer of Elegant Themes for years, using their themes on several of my smaller sites and blogs. I loved their recent social media plugin, Monarch, which I use on my small business blog. And I was rather excited about their launch this week of Bloom, their new email opt-in plugin. While I was excited to test it […]
  • Get More Out of Your Blog by Repurposing Blog Content

    By Jennifer Mattern on February 23, 2015
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    Recently you might have noticed that I've been adding audio versions to some All Indie Writers blog posts. One example is "Gamification: Make Freelance Writing More Fun." Not only can new visitors read the original post, but they can choose to listen if that's what they prefer. And now they have another option: a condensed version in a SlideShare presentation. […]
  • Weekend Reading: Writing Effective Calls to Action

    By Jennifer Mattern on February 20, 2015
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    Last weekend we took a look at resources to help you write email marketing copy. This week let's stick to the overall copywriting theme but narrow down our focus to calls to action. Here are three resources that can help you when designing or writing effective calls to action for your blog, freelance writing projects, or other marketing copy. Enjoy! The […]
  • Quick Tip: Talk Your Way to Faster Blogging

    By Jennifer Mattern on February 3, 2015
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    Do you suffer from the common blogging problem of never feeling like you have enough time to write? Do you type slower than you'd like? Do you wish there was a secret to faster blogging? There isn't just one thing. But here's something that might help: How? Give voice-to-text apps a try. Let me give you an example of how these […]