Posts tagged with ‘blogs’

  • 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 […]
  • Quick Tip: Back up or Clone Your WordPress Site with the Duplicator Plugin

    By Jennifer Mattern on August 26, 2014
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    No matter what kind of website you run, frequent backups are a necessity. With WordPress sites and blogs that's especially true because of the frequent core, theme, and plugin updates you have to perform. Having a fresh backup means you can revert all, or a part, of your site if something goes wrong during the update process (or if you're […]
  • WordPress for Writers: Tips, Tricks, Plugins, and Hacks – Part 1

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 6, 2014
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    From working on my own WordPress issues to seeing a minor WordPress rant from John Soares, from talking WordPress security with Lori Widmer and Cathy Miller to recommending an SEO plugin on the forums to Alicia Rades, WordPress has been the talk of the day. And it's clear that writers are all over this blog / do-just-about-anything-you-want platform. That's a […]
  • Make Money Blogging: 20 Blog Revenue Streams

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 27, 2013
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    The post below was originally published on my small business blog after a friend asked me some basic questions about how he could begin to make money blogging. I've since shared it here as a way to help freelance writers build an additional revenue stream (originally on October 16, 2008). And I've now updated it for All Freelance Writing readers with […]
  • Why Google Chrome is my Favorite Multi-Blog Management Tool

    By Jennifer Mattern on October 24, 2012
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    It's no secret that I manage multiple blogs. Currently I have 50 active WordPress installations -- large blogs, small blogs, author sites, business sites, and several in various pre-launch phases. Every work day I have to manage these blogs, including the ones that haven't launched yet. What does this include? Approving comments that are in moderation queues Deleting spam comments […]
  • Bloggers Beware: WriterBay.com Uses Guest Posts as Link Spam

    By Jennifer Mattern on September 26, 2012
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    Update: I received an email from David from Writerbay.com this morning. While we still disagree as to the spam nature of these kinds of contests, I do want to update you about a positive development. The primary concern with the contest was the target list of bloggers that was published for participants. I was informed (and then verified) that the list […]
  • 3 Places to Get Great WordPress Themes

    By Jennifer Mattern on June 8, 2011
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    There's no question about it. Blogging can be great for your freelance writing business. Your blog can attract clients. You can use it to create a "living" portfolio of your writing. Your blog can highlight your niche expertise. And blogging can connect you to colleagues and prospects you want in your professional network. It can also bring in direct income […]
  • When it Makes Sense to Have Multiple Blogs

    By Jennifer Mattern on May 10, 2011
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    In addition to being a freelance writer for clients I'm also a professional blogger and Web developer in my own right, running several different types of websites over the years including dozens of different blogs. That experience lets me appreciate the value having multiple blogs can bring through exposure, new contract work if you're looking for it, and product sales. […]
  • How Your RSS Feed Can Save Your Blog

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 19, 2011
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    You may remember that we recently lost several weeks' worth of content here at All Freelance Writing. There was apparently a problem with database backups that began after our recent server move that caused the database backups to be incomplete and impossible to restore. While this wasn't an ideal way to discover that issue, fortunately we had another way to […]
  • 5 Tips for Managing Your Blog When You Go Away

    By Jennifer Mattern on October 15, 2010
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    Whether you need a long weekend to unwind or you're planning an extended vacation or business trip, sometimes life calls for a little blog vacation. This is when either you walk away from blog management completely for a while or when you alter / decrease the time you spend on your blog while you're away. But when you need time […]