Blogging

  • 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, […]
  • 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 […]