But before the explosion, there are a few productivity tips we use to keep our blog and life on track. You don’t need to do them all – try on one or two on for size and see if they work for you. If you’re feeling more productive, then try a couple more out until you feel like you’ve got this productivity thing on schedule: Read more…
If you’re new to the world of SEO and searchability, there are a few things you can do to make your posts attractive to Google. Follow these handy tips and watch your rankings go up:
Add a few text links to your posts. Adding external (links to another site other than your own) and internal (links that go to other posts on your blog) links is an easy way to add searchability to your posts. By linking to other sites, you’ve added another relevant dimension to your content, while linking to your own articles you’ve written ensure that readers will stay longer on your site.
You may have said to yourself: “GAH! There are so many bloggers already writing about (Insert specialty here). How am I going to compete?” That’s where the niche blogging market comes in. Sure, you may have covered a broad range of subjects in the past, but by becoming a niche blogger, you’re ensuring that the right people are seeing and paying attention to your posts.
- Who is your ideal reader? This is the person you should think about when you’re writing blog posts. Do you know who you’re trying to reach? Are they married, single, have kids, old, young? What do they spend their time and money on? Do they work in the same industry as you or are they just looking for information? These are the things that make up who you’re trying to reach.
But what can you do?
Forget the worry and dive into the deep end! That’s right – embrace those blogging deadlines and duties. They’re not going anywhere, so there’s no reason to put that extra stress on yourself. And the worst thing you can do is say: “Oh well, I’ll get to that post/update tomorrow.” Don’t fool yourself – you know that tomorrow is never coming. It’s time to get to those deadlines before it’s pushed to the bottom of your “To-Do” list.
Procrastination can be a blogger’s worst enemy. Remember that it takes more energy to put it off, so do yourself a favor and get it done today. “But how?” you may ask. Here are five tips to make peace with those deadlines and duties, and feel at one with the universe.
Check Your Variables Names
Seems pretty simple right? But this mistake has happened to myself far too many times to count. Variables are used to connect other files to each other, whether it be HTML or in between programming functions. If your variables are one letter off, nothing will work because they are the glue that holds everything together. An easy way to avoid this confusion is to write them down on a piece of paper and have it in front of you! That way you don’t have to backtrack or guess off the top of your head.
Prize to give away: In your industry of choice, you’ve probably made a few contacts with suppliers and manufacturers. And these guys are always looking for a cost-effective way to get the word out about their business/product. Ask them if they would be interested in supplying a prize in return for mentions on your blog and social media accounts. That way, you get a free grand prize and the company gets low-cost advertising – everyone wins! Make sure that the value of the prize offered is enticing enough to get people to enter.
If you’d like to learn more about these design trends check out this funny interactive website Flat vs Realism. Since Apple switched over to flat design in 2013 the web has been in an uproar about which one is better and which one should pack it’s belongings and leave. In my opinion I think both styles can be very attractive, so why choose? Here are a few of my favourite examples of each!
Go to the gym. Or if you don’t belong to a gym, go for a walk with the dog, run up and down the stairs or go for a jog. Anything to get your heart and endorphins pumping. Those endorphins make you happier, stimulate the brain and will get the ideas flowing. As well, you’ll get away from your blog, computer and workspace. It’ll help if you walk away from your post to get new perspective and will take your mind off the block.
You don’t include your other social media profiles: If you’re active on other social media sites, you should be letting people know where else they can find you. You can add your other social media handles to your profile description.
Improve Your Posture
Many people don’t know that proper posture can directly impact your mood and overall health, unfortunately this is the main downfall of a sedentary job. Don’t worry! There are so many alternatives to help with this conundrum. One of the things that I use is a Yoga Wrap, this contraption works by activating the muscles in your back that weaken through slouching. You can also invest in a standing desk, these are great because they also help strengthen the muscles in your back and keep you moving.
As a business owner, you need to be serious about growing your reach and audience, finding customers to visit your website to buy your product and services. Having an active blog that engages readers and invites comments helps your Google ranking and engages readers – these are both awesome things that help your business get noticed. Adding comments are much more than adding a “like” to a Facebook status – you’re telling that person that you took the time to read what they had say and you took the time to voice your comment.
When you think about it, there is a lot more to packaging than meets the eye. Sure, it’s a great way to market and brand a product (the main focus for designers), but it can also provide:
- physical protection to product contents
- extended shelf life and product freshness
- communication of information such as: directions of use, disposal and safe handling among other things
- security by means of tamper resistance
Let’s just say you write a blog all about gluten-free food, and you have a problem when your kids go to their friends’ houses after school – they feel left out when the sweet treats are pulled out and they can’t partake. Instead of writing: “My kids are often left out of snack time at their friend’s houses,” write an article titled “Top 10 Kid Friendly Snacks For Kids On The Go.” That’s an article that that’s more about the reader and less about you.
People have many different opinions on the matter and it’s interesting to hear opposing arguments. Here are some of the reasons businesses are turning to crowdsourcing for their design needs:
Most of it comes down to time management. Sixty minutes needs to come from somewhere, as we all have the same 24 hours in the day to work with. It all boils down to what you do with yours. You should have your goals written down and have a process in place for achieving for those goals. Here are some tips that will help you get to those goals, if you set aside those 60 minutes to become a kick-ass blogger.