Many Failures, Many Opportunities

Posted December 8th, 2013 by Val and filed in Uncategorized
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Fallen BikeI have failed at many things in my life. I failed to be better than a B student in high school, although I’m quite sure now I could have done better. I failed to graduate college because I was a spoiled little girl who lacked discipline and focus. I have failed at several websites and blogs.

The one thing all failures have in common is that they are opportunities in disguise.

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Putting Up a LinkedIn Profile

Posted November 3rd, 2013 by Val and filed in Uncategorized
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LinkedIn(リンクトイン)_028I have been told that having a LinkedIn profile is a very effective form of passive marketing. Up to now I haven’t followed through with taking this step, but I decided to take the plunge today.

One thing that has been holding me back from completing my LinkedIn profile is the fact that I have a full-time day job. I wasn’t sure how to go about marketing myself as a writer without talking about the fact that I write on the side of a day job. I don’t want to list my day job because that is not the industry that I want to stay in.

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Free Web Writing Courses

Posted March 7th, 2012 by Val and filed in Free Stuff, Getting Started, Make Money Writing, Uncategorized
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Web writing courses can help new writers learn the skills needed to produce successful web content. Like any trade, writing is a skill that constantly improves with practice. The less experience you have, the more courses and other forms of practice will improve your writing. But even if you are an experienced web writer, web writing courses may help sharpen skills that are shaky.

Here are a few sites that offer free web writing courses:

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What Copywriters Should Know About Copyrights

Posted February 15th, 2012 by Val and filed in Copywriting, Guest Post, Uncategorized, Web Writing
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By John Forde

This guest post is written by John Forde, creator of the Copywriter’s Roundtable. Sign up for his excellent free newsletter at http://copywritersroundtable.com

It’s embarrassing the number of I’ve times had to explain: “copywriting” and “copyrights” have next to nothing to do with each other.

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My Favorite Quotes on Writing

Posted February 4th, 2012 by Val and filed in Personal, Uncategorized
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There are probably an unlimited number of quotes on writing and writers. Reading quotations on writing often inspires me to write when I’m feeling like writing is an extremely difficult thing to do with my time. While writing can be a solitary, lonely activity, reading quotes on writing reminds me that there are plenty of other people who have felt what I’m feeling, both during creative times and times when words are elusive.

Here are a few of my favorites writing quotes:

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Finding Your Unique Writing Voice

Posted January 26th, 2012 by Val and filed in Personal, Uncategorized, Web Writing
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What is your unique writing voice?

New writers may answer that question by saying that they don’t have one. But you do, you know.

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Why I Don’t Believe in “SEO Copywriting”

Posted January 25th, 2012 by Val and filed in Copywriting, Guest Post, SEO, Uncategorized
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By Robert W. Bly

 

“SEO (Search Engine Optimization) copywriting” requires that the copywriter concern himself with strategic placement of key words, tags, and the like within his Web copy to optimize search engine rankings of the pages he writes.

The problem is that to create really powerful copy, you have to have a single core audience in mind … and concentrate all your effort on writing to that one audience.

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