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How to write on the web without a blog

Blogging started off technical back in the dark ages, than it got easier and simpler. Now it seems it to be reverting back to being technical again.  And this is not helping beginner bloggers who don’t have the necessary skills (or even inclination) to do something about it. In fact, it is probably stopping a […]

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How your blog can give a great first impression to new readers

Did you know you’ve only got about 3 seconds for your blog to make a great first impression to a new reader?  And some blogging gurus will say you’ve even got less than that! There are other factors that will make a reader stay, like design, colour, etc, but it is the psychology of thinking like […]

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Revealed: The most approved method for guest blogging

Have you ever read another blog and noticed that they contain guest blogs? And have you looked at the quality of the guest posts and thought “I can do better than that!”? Well, why don’t you? Guest blogging is a great way of expanding the reach of your writing to a much larger audience.  You piggy-back […]

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How seriously should you treat your blog stats?

Oooh, this is dangerous statement! Are you part of the vanguard that probably check their blog stats every five minutes? Or are you placed at the other end of the scale because you don’t even know where to look?! Or would you much rather place yourself somewhere in between? But before I give you a very […]

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How LinkedIn can help your business blog

Do you have a business blog? Or do you blog about business? Any respectable business entrepreneur will have a LinkedIn profile. It usually consists of their online CV and other promotional features. But did you know that adding your business blog onto LinkedIn can help boost its ratings and gain you more suitable readers interested in your industry or […]

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How to make your blog’s images look good

We all know that imagery has far more impact on your readers than words. Even if what you write is the most wonderful stuff imaginable, it can only be enhanced if your blog’s images look good. And since some people have mentioned that pictures can say a 1000 words, how they are presented and appear […]

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5 actions to help give those blog hackers short shrift

We all know about hackers. They are a bane of a blogger’s life. A long time ago, a hacker managed to get into one of my blogs and completely destroy it. It was horrible. There was nothing I could do except scrap everything and start again. So security of your blog is paramount if you don’t […]

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If your blog isn’t mobile-friendly, watch out!

Can you read your blog properly on your smartphone? What do you see when you look at it? Do your posts show as linked headlines, or is the whole blog squeezed into the tiny space your screen offers? If it’s the former, your blog is using a mobile-friendly theme. If it’s the latter, you’re going to […]

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3 simple SEO tricks you can use right now

SEO (search engine optimisation) is a complicated subject, but there are some small things you could be doing in your blog posts that could make a difference to how the search engines view and then index you. Sometimes it’s the little things that can make a big difference. They may even be obvious if you’re […]

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Why checking your spelling and grammar is important

This is a very controversial subject. I know I shall probably be stepping on a lot of people’s toes. But I don’t care. I’ve always maintained that good spelling and grammar is essential in communication tactics, and blogging is certainly part of that activity! Now I’m not going to give you a lesson in how […]

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Why your blog’s headline is so important

Did you know that there are actually two headlines in a blog post? I will explain why a bit later… Meanwhile, before I confuse you too much, I want concentrate on the most obvious one we all know, recognise and love. Yes, that’s right, the one we type into the headline field at the top […]

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Will your micro business be a digital mess in 2015?

If you sell digital products, and you haven’t heard about #VATMOSS (or #VATMESS as some are calling it), then you are either so incredibly busy you haven’t had time to come up for air, or you’ve been holidaying somewhere in deepest, darkest Africa. If the answer is that you haven’t, it’s definitely time you caught up! […]

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How to create and what to put on your blog’s homepage

You all know that a blog contains posts. That’s what it’s mainly for. And magically they appear on your blog’s first page in all their glory! But, what if you wanted to treat your blog as a website, and have a front page that was different from the post listings page? (This will only be […]

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How to like and be liked on your blog

We all like to be liked. It’s in our human psyche to feel wanted and accepted. And this has no exception when it comes to blogging. We all thrive on appreciation; whether what we have written has been read and whether any of these readers approve, agree, understand or have been satisfied by the message […]

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How to follow and be followed via your blog’s sidebar

I love these WordPress.com widgets that enable you to follow and be followed, and suggest that every sidebar should have them installed. And this is important, because being sociable, friendly and forthcoming, not to mention being nosey, aware and complimentary, is what makes as blog thrive! So today I’m going to talk about how you can invite readers to subscribe […]

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How to place your personality into your blog’s sidebar

I’m sure you’ve been told before that it’s a good idea to put a link to your About page on your sidebar, along with an avatar (online portrait) to accompany it. This is because readers and visitors like to know who the person is behind all that blogging. It’s nice to see an author’s face, […]

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How to schedule your blog posts, plus a bit more

Now we’re in the holiday season, we mustn’t neglect our blog posts. I know it’s difficult keeping up with your blogging if the kids are constantly under your feet, or need to be closely supervised to make sure they don’t burn the house down, or poison Granny’s tea when your back is turned. Well, the […]

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Does your blog’s sidebar have a blogroll yet?

Before we investigate what a blogroll is (and no, it’s got nothing to do with toilets), here’s a quick video summary of the workshop I gave at BritMums Live! 2014 for those who missed it (and in it I mention a blogroll in it as well): What is a blogroll? Basically it is a list […]

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