Blogging

Return On News: Penguins, Pandas, and Pirates, Oh My!

It has been quite a while since we’ve published a curated list of posts in our Return On News series. Since it has been a hot week or two for news items, I thought I’d pull one together today to help catch you up on all the latest developments. If you haven’t seen Return On…

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When Blog Titles Go Bad: 9 Ways To Botch It

I absolutely love crafting and sharing blog posts. The power of the written word to inspire and engage is simply unmatched by nearly anything (aside from my other passion, musical performance). To get it right, you need to pick good blog titles that will drive clicks and views. As alluded to in a previous post,…

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How to Craft an Engaging List-Based Blog Post

There is a wide range of approaches to authoring blog post content. One of the most popular formats is the list post. Not only does a list post offer a ready made structure to start brainstorming list items, but it is also highly likely to earn social shares. In fact, according to recently published analysis, list…

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Writer’s Block? 7 Ways To Get Past It.

It never fails – if you are a blogger, you will inevitably find yourself with writer’s block at some point. And it always happens when you want to hammer something out quickly. Maybe you find yourself short on time, overwhelmed with work, or simply unmotivated. Whatever the reason, the show must go on! You have…

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How Content Curation Can Inform Content Marketing

It seems content curation has been a very hot topic of late, so we turned our attention to it a week ago. That particular post was focused on how to manage content curation itself. This week, I want to continue the thought process and analyze how content curation can inform our own content creation. Content…

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How to Source Royalty Free Images for Websites

Bloggers and webmasters are typically aware of the fact that images make their content perform better. Most savvy bloggers will tell you that they spend a great deal of time tracking down photos, graphs, and other images for this very purpose. The safest way to incorporate images into your content is to use either 1)…

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Does Google Author Status Matter Without SERP Photos?

The search engine optimization community has been up in arms over the past couple of weeks about the removal of Google Author photos from the search engine results pages (SERPs). For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Google Author photos and how they’ve appeared in the past, here is a sample: As you…

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7 Reasons It’s Getting Harder to Pick Blog Topics

Every blogger faces it sooner or later – a big fat wall that slows or prevents the build out of great posts. In most cases, it isn’t the actual process of writing that is the problem. It is just getting harder and harder to find blog topics that will help you stand out. If you…

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WordPress Plugins: Alternative Commenting Systems

If you run a growing website that is served up from a WordPress content management system, you have surely felt the pervasive pain of moderating spam comments. While WordPress does come with a built in commenting system, it leaves a lot to be desired for higher traffic websites that may be targeted with a lot…

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