Stop Calling it Content

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It’s official. The push for “content” has pervaded society so completely that I had this actual conversation with my 10 year old the other day:

10 Yr Old: “Mom, no-one is visiting my website.” Me: “I visited it just yesterday.” 10 Yr Old: “I think I need to make more content.”

Boom. Throw down the microphone and walk off stage.

There has been a robust conversation surrounding the sheer amount of “content” debris (go read Mark Schaefer’s original Content Shock post), but I think the larger issue has to do with the attitude of Read More…

Proven Ways to Make People Read Your Content

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By Katherine Crayon

You have created the blog of your dreams. You regularly update it with valuable content. Everything is perfect. Except…

Except the readers don’t come.

No comments, only a handful of shares and tweets ó and thatís all. What went wrong? Think you need to perfect your writing skills? Actually, itís not about the way you write. Itís all about the way you promote your content.

The web is flooded with thousands of recommendations on how to attract users to your website.

It’s important. It matters.

The Internet was created to let you share Read More…

3 Tips for Gathering User-Generated Content To Write A Blog Post

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By Dorien Morin-van Dam

Creating content is a tough task, especially since everything you want to write about has already been written about. Itís tough to be original, isnít it? In recent months Iíve seen a surge in articles being written about user-generated content and how to create it. I have also spotted more and more articles written with user-generated content.

There are many social media platforms that lend themselves perfectly for sharing user-generated content; two very well known visual platforms come to mind first. The first one is Pinterest and the second platform is Instagram. Read More…

I Am Not A Blogger

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By Lisa D. Jenkins

I believe in blogging. Just not for me.

Every 7 days I sit down to write a post here. Against almost every bit of social media/blogging advice to the contrary, my own blog – for years aptly titled The Occasional and Erratic Blog – has sat sparse and neglected. But Iím just now understanding why.

Self-employment wasnít so much a carefully considered selection for me as it was a response to circumstances that required immediate action.

My two kids and I had decided to leave everything and start a new life Read More…

How To Finish What You Start

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By Gary Dek

How many times have you started writing a story or article only to stop halfway through and not finish it? If your answer is at least one, then you are like a lot of writers out there who spend their time beginning a piece of work, only to lose motivation and not finish what was started. I know I have at least a dozen half-written posts saved in the ďDraftĒ folder of WordPress.

Creative inspiration is not the problem; staying productive and finishing what you start is. Fortunately, that can be fixed with a few strategies and Read More…

Content: The Fit Matters

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By Lisa D. Jenkins

When I did a last read-through on the post I had for today, I scrapped the whole thing.

I realized the words Iíd written werenít for you. They didnít fit. They were too narrowly niched. They were written for my clients. You are not my clients.

Some of you are my peers, some of you are my competitors and some of you are my role models. We gather here because weíre each building an online business. What I write here needs to serve you and honor your time. It needs to add value Read More…

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