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Sunday, May 4, 2014

Using Guest Bloggers


Owners of a successful blog that has a large following may sometimes have the need to use guest bloggers. An example of when this practice may be a good idea is when the owner of a popular blog will be unavailable to post new blog entries for an extended period of time. In this case the lack of blog updates may cause the blog to lose traffic so it would be prudent for the blog owner to make arrangements for a guest blogger or a series of guest bloggers to post new items during his absence. The blogger may also wish to announce the intention to use guest bloggers during this period of time to ensure loyal blog visitors are aware of the situation and that it is only temporary. This article will discuss aspects of using guest bloggers such as advertising for guest bloggers, selecting guest bloggers and compensating guest bloggers.

Using Guest Bloggers


Advertising for Guest Bloggers

There are a number of locations where a blog owner can advertise for guest bloggers. Job boards specifically for bloggers or freelance writers are an excellent option for finding guest bloggers. Job boards for bloggers are frequently visited by experienced bloggers who are looking for new opportunities to blog for compensation. These bloggers may have specific experience with the subject matter of the blog or may simply be adept at creating interesting blogs on a variety of subjects. Job boards for freelance writers are another great option. These writers may not necessarily have experience blogging but they may have other writing experience that is useful. Blog owners should consider posting a detailed messaged specifying the type of work required and duration of the project and asking for clips from the writers which can be used to verify the writer’s skill level.

Blog owners may also wish to advertise for guest bloggers on message boards related to the subject of the blog. Visitors of this blog may not necessarily have writing experience but will likely be quite knowledgeable about the subject of the blog and therefore be capable of producing interesting and insightful blogs.

Selecting Guest Bloggers

Selecting a guest blogger should be done carefully to ensure the guest blogger is reliable and capable of producing articulate, informative and interesting blog posts. Blog owners who advertise for a guest blogger on job boards for bloggers and freelance writers should ask for clips demonstrating the writer’s ability to write blogs which are interesting and informative. When advertising on a message board for a guest blogger, the blog owner might want to consider using the applicant’s previous posts to evaluate his writing ability and knowledge of the subject matter. He should also consider the type of response the applicant’s message board postings typically elicit. This is important because it is a good indication of the type of response the blogs will elicit. Blog owners should also ask the applicants for references and should contact these references to obtain information about the bloggers work ethic and ability to complete projects.



Compensating Guest Bloggers

Blog owners should also carefully consider how they intend to compensate guest bloggers. This can be done in the form of financial compensation or through allowing the guest blogger to post a brief biography with a link to his personal website or blog at the conclusion of the blog post. The latter form of compensation is essentially free advertisement space for the guest blogger. The blog owner may also wish to compensate the guest blogger with a combination of money and free advertising space. Regardless of the method of compensation chosen the blog owner should discuss this with the guest blogger before work commences and should enter a written contract with the guest blogger which explicitly states the terms of the compensation to avoid disputes.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Tips for Keeping Your Blog Up to Date



Tips for Keeping Your Blog Up to Date

Keeping a blog up to date is one of the most important aspects of blogging. This is so important because regular blog visitors expect new postings on a regular basis. Not all visitors expect to see a new post as often as once a day but most blog readers expect the content on the blog to be updated on a regular basis. In most cases visitors expect new content on at least a weekly basis. However, depending on the subject matter the visitors may expect updates on a basis which is either more frequent. Similarly visitors may not be interested in receiving this type of information more than a few times a year. Blog owners should be aware of the frequency of which readers expect new posts and should make an effort to oblige the readers with updates this often. This article will discuss methods for keeping a blog up to date including scheduling a regular time to post blogs, using publishing tools wisely and hiring guest bloggers when necessary.

Finding Time to Post Daily

One way to help to ensure a blog remains up to date is to schedule time to post blogs on a daily basis. This is especially important when blog readers expect new posts on a daily basis or at least several times per week. Bloggers who allot a specific block of time each day to researching, writing and publishing blogs are more likely to have a blog which is up to date than bloggers who plan on accomplishing tasks when they find time to do so. There may still be days in which the blogger is unable to publish a new post on the blog but these days will be less frequent than if the blogger does not have a block of time strictly dedicated to keeping the blog up to date.

On days in which the blog is unable to devote time to blogging, the blogger may wish to at least publish a short message explaining why it was not possible to post a new blog entry. This will let readers know you are aware of their desire to read more information but are simply unable to publish a new blog post. As long as this does not become a regular occurrence, blog visitors are not likely to stop viewing a blog simply because the blogger skips a day or two.

Taking Advantage of Publishing Tools

Some blog publishing tools enable bloggers to write blog posts ahead of time and specify when each post should be published. This is an excellent feature for bloggers who want to publish new posts daily but are unable to dedicate time each day to writing blog posts. This way the blogger can dedicate a block of time each week to write blog posts and have the posts published throughout the week. This is often an easier method for many bloggers because they are able to be more efficient this way.

Hiring Guest Bloggers

Bloggers may also want to consider hiring guest bloggers to assist them in keeping a blog up to date. This can be a worthwhile method for bloggers who are not only having difficulty keeping their blog up to date but are also interested in providing readers with a little variety. However, blog owners who opt for this message of keeping their blog up to date should carefully consider how the dedicated blog readers will react to this change. This is important because some readers may not be interested in reading blogs written by a guest blogger. Therefore the use of a guest blogger can actually be more detrimental to the blog than not updating the blog regularly. Bloggers can gauge reader reaction to the use of guest bloggers in a couple of different ways. The simplest and most straight forward method is to poll the readers about the use of guest bloggers. This can be done by asking readers to comment on the issue and tabulating the comments received. Another method to gauge reader reaction is to introduce a guest blogger and compare the traffic the guest blogger receives to the traffic the blog owner receives.

Blogging on a Social Network


Blogging on a Social Network

Blogging is becoming increasingly popular and social networks are also becoming more and more popular as well. Social networks include popular websites such as MySpace.com where users can create personal websites and interact with other users. These websites may include a wide range of components including text, images, audio, video and blogs. Here system users can voice their opinions, provided updates on their life, offer insight into current events or accomplish a number of other goals. However, bloggers who utilize a social network to maintain their blog should consider a few different factors. This article will discuss some of these factors including whether to make the blogs available to the public or keep the private, considering the audience of the blog and dealing with harassment through the blog.

Making Blogs Private or Public

Most social networks enable users to make their website either private or public. Private websites are only available to the user and other users he specifically approves to view his website while public websites are available to all users of the system. These same capabilities also apply to the blogs which are maintained on a social network. For this reason bloggers must determine whether or not they wish to make their blog posts available to the entire social network or to only a fraction of this network.

This decision will be largely based on a matter of personal preference. Social networks can be quite extensive and some bloggers may be apprehensive about their blog being available to such a large audience while other bloggers may have no apprehensions about the size of the potential audience. Bloggers should carefully consider this option before staring a blog but always have the option to change these settings after the blog has been established if they change their mind about the choice they originally made.

Considering the Blog Audience

Bloggers who utilize a social network to maintain a blog should also carefully consider the potential audience for the blog. Most social networks include a broad cross section of the general public. Therefore bloggers should be aware of this audience when posting a blog and should consider how the blog entries will be interpreted by blog audience members. While it will never be possible to avoid offending all potential audience members some bloggers may wish to consider at least attempting to ensure the blog entries they post are appropriate for all members of the social network. If this is not possible the blogger may consider making the blog private. 

Dealing with Harassment through the Blog

Another aspect bloggers who use a social network to publish their blog should be aware of includes the potential for harassment from other members through the blog. This can be in the form of offensive comments posted in response to blog entries. Depending on the degree of the harassment the blogger may choose to ignore these comments or take stronger actions. Bloggers should review the policies of the social network and solicit their assistance in dealing with harassment from other users. In most cases dealing with the problem may be as simple as blocking the user from making comments on the blog but in some cases it may be necessary to contact the social network administrators in an attempt to get the user banned from the system. In this situation the administrators will review the situation and make a judgment regarding whether or not the user has violated the terms of service.

Monday, January 27, 2014

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Blogging can be a pain in the butt when it comes to management. Hosting your own blog has its perks — flexibility and customization — but it could prove troublesome if you don’t have much technical knowledge. Plus, self-hosting a blog requires renting server space. What if you don’t want to deal with any of that?
For a while, if you wanted to blog for free you were stuck between WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr, and a few other alternatives that weren’t so good. Nowadays, you have an ocean of free blogging platforms that will serve you well depending on what you want to do.
No complicated online setups. No plugin management. No hosting costs. If you’re looking for a fast, easy, and free way to get started blogging, check out these platforms.

Roon

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Roon is a beautiful and simplistic blogging platform that looks and feels very clean. There’s absolutely no setup necessary (except signing up for a free account) and you can be writing your first post within one minute, literally. Yet, despite its simplicity and ease of use, there are some powerful features that are just as easy.
  • Roon blogs use a responsive design.
  • Maintain multiple blogs under one account.
  • Write posts in Markdown or Rich Text modes.
  • Export your blog data in Markdown format with one click.
  • Extend functionality with premium addons.
  • iOS and Mac apps are available for writing new posts.
One downside is that Roon does not support theming so all blogs will essentially look the same. You can change the accent colors but Roon prides itself on its minimalism, which is great for the most part. Just not when it comes to theming.
Nancy took us through a review of Roon last year.

Postach.io

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Postach.io is a unique blogging platform in that it uses your Evernote space to create your blog posts and pages. Want to write a new post? Just write up a new note in the Postach.io notebook in your Evernote account and mark it as Published. Once your account syncs, it’s done! Editing and deleting is just as easy.
The real benefit is that Postach.io will always be as powerful and flexible as Evernote. There are plenty of apps that you can use to write notes in Evernote, which means you can use those same exact tools to write Postach.io posts. If you already use Evernote, Postach.io can be integrated in less than a minute.
Posts can be formatted in Rich Text if your Evernote app supports it (the most flexible would be to use the web version of Evernote) or you can format your posts directly with HTML or Markdown. As for comments, Postach.io utilizes the Disqus commenting system, which you can enable in your Postach.io settings.

Throwww

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Throwww is interesting because it isn’t like most blogging platforms. Instead of creating an account that manages all of your past blog posts, you write and submit posts that can only be accessed through a link that’s given once posted. That’s it.
This is obviously good for writing one-off blog entries to be shared on social networks like Facebook. However, Throwww does allow you to sign-in using Twitter and post it as a tweet, so Throwww could be useful as a sort of blogging extension to Twitter.
There’s very little functionality to Throww, which is expected since it’s all about blank canvas minimalism. However, posts do support comments which are threaded and scored using an upvote/downvote system that’s reminiscent of Reddit.
All in all, Throwww is great if you don’t need a centralized location for all of your blog entries. If you want to write something here and there whenever you feel like it, you can. It’s simple and fast, perfect for the lazy blogger who just wants to write.

Medium

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Medium is a new free blogging platform made by the same co-founders who made Twitter. It seems a bit strange that they would go and create a new service that pretty much competes directly with their current brainchild, but Medium is different enough from Twitter that it may draw in a different demographic. Whether that’s true or not is still to be seen.
The drive behind Medium is all about grouping blog posts together in order to create context. Instead of authors having a central blogspace, articles are placed into thematic “collections” (which can be open to the public or invite-only) and as readers read certain articles, they’ll automatically be exposed to similar articles from similar collections.
In one sense, this takes away some control from the writer, but it also frees up the writer to write as he or she pleases without feeling the pressure of having to cultivate an audience for “their blog.” Medium handles all of that in the background.
Nancy recently walked us through a review of Medium.

WordPress / Blogger/ Tumblr

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If you’ve done any sort of blogging platform research at all, you will be familiar with these three already. They’re at the top of the “free blogging platform” food chain and they won’t be losing their spots any time soon. Consider these if you want a tried-and-true solution rather than banking on a new service that may or may not survive the years to come.
WordPress is the world’s largest blogging platform and provides the most functionality out of any free hosted service. Blogger, formerly known as Blogspot, is great for newbies but lacks a lot of customization options, which means most users quickly outgrow its feature set. Tumblr has a huge and active community but it isn’t exactly blogging in the traditional sense.
Which should you use?
If you want power and reliability, WordPress is the way to go. There’s a reason why it’s so popular. Plus, its ubiquity means that if you ever run into a problem, there’s a good chance that you’ll be able to find a solution on the web in no time. Be sure to read James’s tips for starting a WordPress blog.
If you want a quick setup and you intend to write long-form posts but don’t care about flexibility, customization, or personalization, then you’ll want to use Blogger. You can get started in mere minutes and you really won’t need to worry about any sort of administration.
Tumblr is something of a micro-blogging platform. You can write long-form posts on it if you want, but most Tumblrs exist simply to post images and GIFs that others can quickly share. If you don’t intend to write long-form very much, Tumblr will serve you well. Adhere to the Tumblr etiquette guidelines to maximize your blogging experience.
Which free blogging platform will you use? Do you know of any others that deserve a mention? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!

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Sunday, January 26, 2014

How To Start a Google AdSense Account and Make Money Blogging

Starting a new account with Google AdSense is one of the easiest ways to start monetizing your blog. While Google AdSense might not make you rich, it's a simple and useful tool. In fact, it's usually the first step bloggers typically take to earn an income from their blogs because it is so easy to get started.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 10-15 minutes to open an account. Additional time to research the options to monetize your blog.

Here's How:

  1. Read the Google AdSense program policies.
    Familiarize yourself with what you can and cannot do as part of the Google AdSense program to ensure you're prepared to start your new account.
  2. Visit the Google AdSense home page.
    Click on the 'Sign Up Now' button in the upper righthand corner of your screen.
  3. Complete the online application.
    You will need to provide your blog's URL and primary language as well as answer some questions related to the rules of the Google AdSense program. You'll also need to provide your payment information to receive the money you generate on your blog from Google.
  4. Access your new account and review the ads available to you.
    Google AdSense provides a wide variety of advertising options to bloggers from text ads to image ads and more. Take some time to research everything that's available to determine what will work best for your blog.
  5. Select your ad design choices.
    Once you've decided which ad opportunities are best for your blog, select them. Google will provide a snippet of HTML code to you after you make your selection.
  6. Insert your Google AdSense HTML code into your blog.
    Copy and paste the HTML code provided by Google into your blog's template. One of the easiest ways for a beginner blogger to do this is by inserting a text widget into his or her blog's template and pasting the code in the widget.
  7. Let Google do the rest.
    It may take a few hours or a few days for Google to start serving ads on your blog. Google will search your blog to determine the predominant subjects of each page. When readers visit your blog, the HTML code you pasted into your blog from Google will activate and relevant ads will be displayed based on each page's content.
  8. Collect your money.
    Remember, Google AdSense typically pays based on click-throughs (the number of times people click on an ad). Therefore, Google AdSense is unlikely to generate a large income for you, but every bit helps!

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