How to Write Blog Posts Quickly

Posted July 17th, 2013 by Val and filed in Blogging
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digging my new SwatchThe ability to write blog posts quickly can be an ace up your sleeve if your goal is to blog daily. Although some blog posts can take an hour or more to write, the ability to write quickly can save the day if you’re trying to come up with a consistent posting schedule.

I read some great suggestions about this from Michelle Schaefer’s blog. Check out this article called “Six Strategies for 15 Minute Blog Posts.”

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Should I Abandon My Blog?

Posted July 13th, 2013 by Val and filed in Blogging
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Tapping a Pencil

It happens to every blogger sooner or later, the gut-wrenching question:

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My Top 10 Favorite Blogs on Writing

Posted July 6th, 2013 by Val and filed in Blogging

There are quite a few quality blogs on writing, but the more I explore the blogosphere, the more a certain group of writing blogs really stand out for me.This post describes my top 10 personal favorite blogs on writing

I chose the following blogs as my top 10 because they are written in a readable, conversational, relaxed style, and they are the blogs where I am most likely to learn something new about blogging or writing for pay.

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Happy July! Time for the Ultimate Blog Challenge

Posted July 2nd, 2013 by Val and filed in Blogging, Getting Started
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UBC-bannerbox200If you have never participated in the Ultimate Blog Challenge, there is no time like the present to get started. The Ultimate Blog Challenge (UBC) comes around once a quarter, and is a great opportunity to get your blog on track, whether you are someone who has never gotten started blogging at all or you’re a veteran blogger who has gotten sidetracked. There are several reasons why I am such a fan of the Ultimate Blog Challenge.

The Habit of Blogging

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3 Ways to Get Paid to Blog

Posted May 29th, 2013 by Val and filed in Blogging, Make Money Writing
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Monopoly Money

Getting paid to blog is probably the dream of everyone who starts a blog. Many bloggers fall by the wayside, because blogging requires commitment and discipline.

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Why You Should Add Images to Your Blog

Posted October 14th, 2012 by Val and filed in Blogging, Getting Started
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Adding images to blog posts can add attract the attention of potential readers, and it can add interest and provide clarity. I confess I haven’t taken the time to add many images up to now, because I believe quality content is the most important part of a blog post. I have also avoided images because selecting the right image can be time-consuming.

But I also realize that blogs that have images are more appealing to blog readers. When a reader arrives at your blog, they tend to focus on the image first, and if it captures their attention, they stick around to read the text. Images can also be used to add on-page SEO.

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October Ultimate Blog Challenge

Posted October 1st, 2012 by Val and filed in Blogging, Productivity

It’s October, and it’s time to get started again on the Ultimate Blog Challenge. If you blog and have never participated, I suggest you give it a try.

The Ultimate Blog Challenge is offered every quarter – in January, April, July and October.

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The Cost of Successfully Writing for the Web

Being successful at any career has a cost, and successfully writing for the web is no exception. For example, if you had a goal of becoming a brain surgeon, you would have to commit to several years of schooling at a price of both time and money. A lot of time and a lot of money. You would either invest personal funds or take loans. You would study night and day. You would do without sleep cramming for exams and training.

When dreaming of becoming a writer, many people expect things to just fall into place without a similar cost.

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4 Habits of Successful Bloggers

Posted September 13th, 2012 by Val and filed in Blogging
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What are some habits of successful bloggers? There is a difference between a blogger who haphazardly throws up a post here or there and a blogger who brings in thousands of visitors on a daily basis. Bloggers who are successful and effective have certain habits in common.

In order to figure this out, I have been studying some of the most successful blogs and paying attention to those who are making it work. Although different bloggers have different tips, there is a certain mindset in common among successful bloggers.

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Use Long Tail Keywords in Online SEO

Posted September 4th, 2012 by Val and filed in Blogging, Getting Started, SEO

Long tail keywords are a necessary part of any strategy for online SEO. If you are using SEO to draw traffic to your blog, you begin by choosing a keyword and create a blog post around each keyword.

The problem is the most obvious keywords are typically the most competitive. Everyone else is trying to rank for them too.

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