Posts tagged with ‘Blogging’

  • Princess Jones to Guest Co-Host the All Indie Writers Podcast

    By Jennifer Mattern on November 10, 2014
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    Just a quick announcement: Princess Jones will be my first guest co-host on the All Indie Writers Podcast, co-hosting the third episode scheduled for Thursday, November 20th. As mentioned in the first episode (listen below if you missed it), I'll bring on occasional guest co-hosts for casual, frank discussions rather than taking the traditional route of bringing on interview subjects. […]
  • Quick Tip: Use Google Webmaster Tools for Your Writer Website or Blog

    By Jennifer Mattern on September 16, 2014
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    Readers and colleagues often come to me with questions about problems they're having with their websites or blogs. In some cases, such as sudden search engine ranking issues or site indexing problems, one of the first things I tend to ask them is to check Google Webmaster Tools. That's when I sometimes get the mind-blowing responses of "What's that?" or "I […]
  • Writing Challenges Update (and August’s Challenge Details)

    By Jennifer Mattern on August 2, 2014
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    Let's jump right in with this month's writing challenge. We're doing a 30 in 30 days type of challenge, focused on short-form writing. You can choose the type of writing you want to do for this challenge, depending on your goals. My recommendations are to focus on: Blogging (ideal for pro bloggers, nonfiction writers, or anyone using blogging as a […]
  • Quick Tip: Use a Blog Editorial Calendar

    By Jennifer Mattern on June 17, 2014
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    Whether you manage one blog or many, content planning can become overwhelming at times. A simple tool to help with your content strategy is a blog editorial calendar. My old editorial calendars focused on monthly topics, but I didn't go much further than that. They were meant to be rough guides to help me focus my blog posts around important […]
  • Freelance Blogging Pay Rates: Exposing Some Myths

    By Jennifer Mattern on June 2, 2014
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    This post was originally published on June 20, 2009. But I wanted to share it again today (and update it a bit) as the issue of blogging pay rates is hotter than ever as more and more freelance bloggers come onto the scene. As some background, this was originally written in response to Kevin Muldoon's post, Bloggers Need to be […]
  • 5 Reasons Not to Write Blog Posts Directly in WordPress

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 24, 2014
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    All of my blogs are run in WordPress, and that’s been my blogging platform of choice since switching to it in 2006. WordPress offers fairly extensive writing and editing tools right within your site’s admin area. Over the years, I’ve written many of my blog posts directly in WordPress using these tools. That was probably a mistake. In my last […]
  • Can You Build a Kick-Ass Blog in 3 Months?

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 25, 2014
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    In the discussions around my recent series on WordPress for writers, I mentioned that I might take on a blogging challenge to demonstrate how successful blogs get started. It's happening. In April, I'll kick off a three-month blogging challenge which will be documented here at All Indie Writers. Background in Blog Launches I've launched more than my fair share of […]
  • Discover the 6 Essential Variables to the “Blogging Better” Formula

    By Alicia Rades on February 21, 2014
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    When you graduated high school, you jumped for joy not because you were glad you made it, but because you thought you’d never have to learn another mathematical equation again. The Pythagorean Theorem? Forget about it! But there’s one formula you can’t pass up as a blogger: C(D+E+F)A+B Confused? Let’s break it down and look at each variable. A: A […]
  • Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Content Theft (and What You Can do About It)

    By Jennifer Mattern on February 17, 2014
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    Today Kathryn Aragon was kind enough to host a guest post from me about content theft. In it, I explain: Why freelance writers and bloggers shouldn't ignore it (and why you're crazy if you think those "free backlinks" are a good thing); How you can track down information about even the most anonymous content thieves; What you can do to […]
  • How to Write a Blog Business Plan

    By Jennifer Mattern on February 12, 2014
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    When I first went into business for myself (full-time PR firm, part-time business writing and blogging), I had a pretty standard formal business plan. Later, and I expanded my Web publishing efforts, I started using a much simpler model -- one page versions that help me map out my plans and ideas on a project by project basis. I've even […]