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The 24 Best Online Writing Tools and Apps

Webbiquity

The upshot of all this is that content marketing success relies on great writing. Here are two dozen tools to assist with everything from improving grammar and avoiding cliches to writing better headlines and more readable text. 1) Wordle. Writing a novel, research paper, script or any long-form text involves more than hammering away at the keys. 11) Slick Write. Kitten!

Trying GroupHigh for Blogger Outreach Campaigns

Biznology

I am hereby making the jump from humans to robots for all my blogger research. In And what was I comparing all of these social CRMs, influencer-identification services, and blogger databases to? I was comparing them to the cost of hiring a team of people to do all of the work by hand. For military bloggers, I need lists that are both American and also pro-military and pro-soldier.

The state of earned media blogger outreach

Biznology

I’ve been doing earned media blogger outreach as a profession since 2006 and a lot has changed. To be frank, there are a lot of bloggers with their hands out looking for pay to play these days that it can feel a little daunting. Blogger outreach isn’t remotely sales or marketing, either, because the entire analog of blogger outreach is the PR pitch not the cold call.

The bloggers are the victims of bad blogger outreach

Biznology

I just wrote an article , Blogger outreach is earned media PR, isn’t it? wherein I suggested that some bloggers are kinda jerks because they lead any blogger outreach with “here’s my advertising packet.” Bloggers, in fact, are the victims and we digital and PR agencies are the perps. If you’re in your mid- to late-30s — or even 40s, gah!

12 Lessons I’ve Learned from Writing 1,000 Blog Posts

Webbiquity

In Taekwondo, students are taught they must perform each kick at least 1,000 times before they can safely say they have learned the kick perfectly. I’m not sure I craft “perfect” blog posts even after writing 1,000 of them—but I’ve certainly learned a few things. Similarly, writing high-quality blog content on a consistent basis requires writing on a regular schedule.

7 Social Media Mistakes Bloggers Should Avoid

Writing on the Web

We’ve been writing about the CAST system for effective blog content: C ontent (compelling). Here are Paul’s 7 Social Media Mistakes Bloggers Should Avoid. A Note from Patsi: This week’s guest post is about social media  and it’s really important. Because if you want to engage your business blog readers and grow your reader base, you need to use social media. ssets (free).

Four (of the) Worst Practices for Pitching Bloggers

Webbiquity

Brands that are successful at pitching their news and stories to bloggers increase their online presence, gain credibility, and score those coveted “earned” backlinks that Google values as a factor in search rankings. Best practices in blogger outreach , social PR, guest blogging and related topics have been covered here previously. It’s also challenging to do well.

8 ways blog writing is unique

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They may be great writers, but they are not great bloggers. Here are eight ways that blog writing differs from how you might write in school or at work. 1) Headlines matter. A lot. Busy readers like lists. 2) Write upside down. In school, we are taught to write linearly. call that writing upside down. Write like you speak. Here’s why. Accurate.

Do you have to be a great writer to be a great blogger?

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If you’re not confident in your writing skills, can you still be a great blogger? Good writing matters. Let’s take a look at a few tricks of the trade to help you sharpen your writing skills. ” That’s common feedback I receive about my books and blog posts.  If you can’t write, you can still talk, right? Write upside down. In school and at work, we are taught to write linearly — a beginning, a middle and an end. Don’t just write, re-write. By Mark Schaefer. Let’s be honest. Timely.

Authorship and the Invisible Blogger: Are you writing yourself out of success?

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” In the post, Tom laments that the more he guest posts and syndicates his writing, the less relevant he may become. The web cares about CONTENT, not necessarily authors, and Tom postulates that in our frenzy to write and distibrute content, we may be creating more and more work only to become less and less visible. Is the age of the independent blogger over?

Behind the scenes: How to write a business book

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How I write books The main idea — The most challenging part is coming up with an idea that is truly different and exciting to my readers. That’s a good thing. I was letting the research write the book, not my pre-conceived outline of what I thought should be in the book! That way, by the time I get there, I have all the pieces in place to begin to write. What I.

Bloggers Block? How to Get Your Creative Writing Mojo Back

Writing on the Web

Ever get stuck with blogger’s block? Fingers just lay there on the keyboard like wet noodles… How can you get your creative writing going again? Writer’s and blogger’s block is a completely natural event experienced by writers , usually as a side-effect of writing for a deadline. Writing Exercises. Can’t get a spark of creativity going?

The state of the blogger outreach union ten years on

Biznology

I stared my first blogger outreach agency back in 2006. Ten years on, the state of the union of blogger outreach is good for brands and agencies but great for the bloggers and online influencers. Tell anyone that you’re a blogger or a podcaster and you’ll know what I mean. Blogger Outreach is Hard. Blogging Isn’t Cool. Blogging is Hard. Groan.

Do you have to be a great writer to be a great blogger?

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If you’re not confident in your writing skills, can you still be a great blogger? Good writing matters. ” That’s common feedback I receive about my books and blog posts.  If you can’t write, you can still talk, right? Write upside down. In school and at work, we are taught to write linearly — a beginning, a middle and an end.

The Anti-Blog Post to Writing Better Blog Posts.

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Bloggers in factory-mode. The answer may be James Altucher , who’s a notorious investor, entrepreneur and blogger.  I don’t always like his work, heck, I often don’t even understand it.  He’s irreverent and vulnerable, a human fly on my peripheral vision. But there’s something magical about the way he writes. I can’t read your blog. After a while, I burrrrned out. Right?

Bloggers: Brush Up on Your Writing Skills

Writing on the Web

Business bloggers: just how good are your writing skills? Most bloggers and those who run small businesses that publish blogs are not natural-born writers, or even trained writers. It’s not often they’ve studied English or creative writing. So how can you brush up on your writing skills in order to maintain a professional blog and website for your company?

Five ways to be a more confident blogger

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What do I write about? How can you overcome this trepidation and become a more confident blogger? Being an effective blogger means having the courage to be imperfect. Re-frame the assignment. A lot of people get spooked about the word “blogger” like it is a special designation you need to earn or something. Tell YOUR story, don’t write a script.

The evolution of a blogger

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Srinivas Rao writes about  the things you should have learned in school, but never did  and his the host-co founder of  BlogcastFM. By  Srinivas  Rao, Contributing {grow} Columnist. While it’s tempting to see ourselves as marketers, what we’re really doing is creating art. Through our digital footprints we’re attempting to create our personal masterpieces and leave a mark on humanity.

6 Easy Blog Posts You Can Write to Attract Readers

Writing on the Web

Here are six types of blog posts you can write easily and quickly. Photo essays – Blogging doesn’t have to be all about writing. Write a sequel to an old post – Did you tell a funny story in a blog post? Consider writing a follow-up post in order to give a conclusion to the story or question. Write a post series – Many bloggers utilize this tactic.

Unusual writing advice from a person who shouldn’t give writing advice

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constantly strive to create a more compelling writing style. If we humans want to compete, we must establish an entrancing voice that bonds people to our writing. Over the last few years, I have amassed myriad techniques that improve my writing ability, primarily because English is my second language and I need to hustle triple hard. Not just for show. Pressure deluxe. Zzzzz.

Simplify Your Blog Writing: Shortcuts to Publishing a Leadership Blog

Writing on the Web

Shortcuts to Publishing a Leadership Blog" width="300" height="199" title="Simplify Your Blog Writing: Shortcuts to Publishing a Leadership Blog" /> How’s your blog writing going? In a blog post last week I shared that the two most common statements I hear about blogging are: “I don’t have enough time to blog.”. “I don’t know what to write about.”. hope so.

How to Turn Anyone Into a Blogger

Hubspot

Brainstorming topic ideas, writing, editing, proofreading, publishing, promoting -- it’s a lot to ask from a handful of writers who have a plate full of client work to do. Whether you know it or not, every person that works for you is a potential blogger. Even people who want to write might be so swamped they don't dare to take on a new project that will take up their precious time.

Blogger’s Block: Writing Tips to Get “Unstuck”

Writing on the Web

What do you do when you’re stuck and can’t write on your blog? Here are some blog writing tips. Start writing about where I’m at, what’s going on here, and then tie it in with something useful and relevant to readers. That’s one blog writing tip that usually bails me out. One of my clients tells me he doesn’t write that much anymore.

Creative Work, Blogging, Writing and Resistance

Writing on the Web

Everyone encounters resistance when it comes to blogging, writing, and creative work. It doesn’t matter if you’re a scientist, blogger, CEO or rock star. Write about it. Write. About Blogs Content Marketing On Writing Better Online Marketing Writing for the Web blog writing business blogging content marketing with blogs creative work resistance

Lifehack: How to write a book and actually finish the job

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Writing a book is really hard work. Although a book has a linear flow, trying to write a book from start to finish is inefficient. You have to learn to write non-linearly. If you are writing linearly, that means everything would come to a stop until you do the interview, which is a big waste of time. As you will soon see, this is the key to effective non-linear writing.

Voice from the trenches: Midway through writing a book

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By Mark Schaefer. I’ve been immersed in an exciting new project and it has literally taken up so much of my … well, my entire BEING, I suppose … that I thought I would give you a progress report. I’m writing a new book. I’ve been a prolific writer, publishing five books in five years (plus two updated editions, so really seven in five years!). It can lead to a speaking career, the opportunity to write a book, or a chance to run for political office. The impact of writing a book. There is no work I do that is more difficult than writing a book.

12 Tips for Writing With Unforgettable Personality

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writing personality is just as real, unique, and nuanced as your personality in everyday life -- expect you only release it when you create content. Want to let yourself shine through in your writing? Check out these 12 methods for writing with unforgettable personality. 12 Methods for Writing With Unforgettable Personality. 1) Embrace your (writing) personality.

Tips on Writing a Great Blog Post:Give it a Rest

Writing on the Web

It’s the rainy season here in Mexico – a great time to do a lot of reading, writing and recovery – at least, that’s what I told myself when I scheduled my shoulder surgery. But I’m having trouble with my blog writing.  And now I’m stuck. I’ve got  Blogger’s Block.  (Yes, even  experienced bloggers  can get stuck from time to time.). It’s why you’re writing the blog post.

Why it pays to be a patient blogger

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But that is not necessarily an ideal quality to have as a beginning blogger! Uber blogger Chris Brogan famously said that it took him three years to attract his first 100 blog subscribers. Help others, Support other new bloggers. Just keep writing. I have a “healthy impatience.” ” Most successful business people do. And most of them were mine : ).

7 Tools for Finding & Connecting With Influential Bloggers

Hubspot

Bloggers are trusted voices who can bring in customers and help you build your community. Reaching out to potential blogger is a more intricate process nowadays than it was even five years ago. Great bloggers are constantly getting pitched by marketers, making it all the more important for you to stand out from the crowd if you want them to pay attention. Here''s an example.).

Business Blog Writing: Must You Write It Yourself?

Writing on the Web

Do you do all your own blog writing? If you’re a lawyer, financial adviser, doctor or consultant, should you write your own blog ? Or can you outsource it to writers and guest bloggers ? They expect to read what you write to get familiar with you before they call or consider hiring you. This means you will need one or two hours each time you write a fresh post.

11 Actionable Writing Tips [+Examples]

Writtent

To keep ahead in the blogging rat race, you need to be constantly improving your writing. Here are 11 actionable writing tips to help you do just that. 1. When you’re a blogger, statistics are your best friend. Write in Solitude. The space in which you write has more to do with the quality of your output than you think. Write at an 8th Grade Level.

Blogger outreach is earned media PR, isn’t it?

Biznology

My definition of blogger outreach has always been about acquiring earned media coverage from bloggers and online influencers. My My definition–and my assumption–has always been that blogger outreach is public relations and not paid media. I may well be mistaken. That’s all well and good but it is not blogger outreach. ” (Wikipedia). Right?

The Ultimate List of Websites Every Blogger Should Bookmark

Hubspot

All bloggers have a number of websites that they visit every single day. What are some of the best websites that all bloggers should add to their bookmark bar? 22 Websites Every Blogger Should Bookmark. For Writing. 7) Style Guide. Keyword research comes in handy when you're brainstorming, writing, editing, and creating headlines for your blog posts. Safari.

11 Inspired nudges to help you write your book

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Ever thought about writing a book? Everyone is writing a book, and that either makes you feel left out or jazzed up. If you have a bucket list, writing a book may be one of your yet-to-achieve items. My first business book has been out a few weeks,  Writing with Verve on the Blogging Journey. The Bloggers have keen opinions and are usually remarkable teachers.

Blogger Outreach: Pet Bloggers are the New “it” Girl

WindMill Networking

As many of you already know I am uber passionate about blogger outreach as a marketing tactic because of the roots in authenticity. The latest vertical of influencers that MANY TYPES OF BRANDS are partnering with and seeing fantastic engagement rates is the pet blogger. So, behold, the rise of the pet blogger! I’m Not […]. This monthly Blogger Outreach column is contributed by Kristen Matthews. constant thirst for creativity has driven her in to this profession because it's full of writing and new ideas. Blogger OutreachAuthor information.

Brands and Bloggers: Keep Your Sponsored Content Legal

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Marketers, bloggers, brands and other content publishers are legally required to mention if they have a relationship that could bias the opinions they share. Brands, bloggers, and influencers, you’re on notice: the FTC expects disclosure. Smart brands tell bloggers and influencers that they expect them to disclose in accordance with the law. Add “[Client]” to your tweet.

Social Media for Busy Business Bloggers

Writing on the Web

About Blogs Attracting Clients Content Marketing Online Marketing Social Media Stuff blog marketing blog traffic content marketing with blogs Writing for the WebWith the onslaught of social media in the last 10 years, the ever constant question is, what can it do for my business and my business blog? It’s the numbers. If you want customers, you need to go where they are online.

What I Learned About Blogger Outreach from Surveying 4,000 Bloggers

WindMill Networking

I recently published the results of a survey in which I reached out to 4,000 bloggers and gathered their perspective on their role in influencer marketing. This monthly Blogger Outreach column is contributed by Kristen Matthews. constant thirst for creativity has driven her in to this profession because it's full of writing and new ideas. What I Learned About Blogger Outreach from Surveying 4,000 Bloggers by Kristen Matthews - Maximize Social Business. Blogger OutreachAuthor information. Kristen Matthews. Kristen on Google+.

How to Easily Write Better Emails [Infographic]

Hubspot

For example, as a blogger who manages contributors, sets up interviews, and coordinates across teams, I send a lot of emails to people who''ve never met me. So, given the chance to learn how to write better emails, wouldn''t you take it? Email has become the primary way most of us communicate in the business world -- so much so that it often replaces face-to-face interactions.