10 Blogs to Help You Become and Thrive as a Freelancer

What does it take to make the leap to small business ownership? How can you thrive as a freelancer? Whether your gig as a solo entrepreneur is full or part-time, you need to learn to sell and you need to develop a new mindset and way of working than you do when you're sitting in a cubicle.  So, where do you start?  I say start with people who are already doing it and doing it well. ...more

Paula, these are such wonderful resources - thanks! I look forward to going through them. ...more

It's National Grammar Day: Behold the Grammar Blogs

I found a grammatical error on one of my blogs. I meant to type roam as in "roam where you want to." I typed rome. The good news is that I noticed it five hours after I had uploaded the post. I was cringing. Grammar just gives me fits. I’ve been tripped up and knocked over by grammar. It has become so bad I paid cash money for the AP Style Manual. My only consolation is that most of the money is going to the publisher and not the AP. ...more

Spell check got me into trouble once.

I typed a letter to an attorney with the word "fallacy" ...more

“I Don’t Do SEO”

I remember reading with great interest an interview with Leo Babauta of Zen Habits, posted a couple of months ago on ProBlogger, where he basically says to not bother with SEO and that instead we should strive to create useful content that people would want to bookmark on social media and link to....more

Writing Web Copy That Works

I'm not a great writer.I am, however, a very good online writer.There's a difference: my writing will most likely never make you weep. But my writing will entertain you, inform you, offer you interesting ideas and solutions, and make you stay for a while rather than quickly click away....more

Choosing a Blogging Niche

I tend to approach blogging from a "passion" angle and not so much the "money" angle. I don't think I'm alone, either. I know there are women out there who want to have their voices heard and the income (if any) is secondary to that goal. (Don't get me wrong, it's a great perk, but it wasn't what made me start blogging.) My feeling is if you write about your passion, you've found your niche. Choosing your niche based on its potential profitability rather than your passion will lead to burn out and dissatisfaction. ...more

a way to connect with family across the world. I love the feeling I get when I post to ...more

Basic Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Tactics

I attended Blog World & New Media Expo in September. Since then I have been recapping everything I learned there at Blogging Basics 101. Today I want to share what I learned about basic SEO from one session. This post will be cross-posted at Blogging Basics 101 on Monday. BWE Presentation Name: Ten Things You Need to Know About SEOPresenter: Dave Taylor ...more

Thanks for all the information. I will be kept busy exploring all the links. SEO, something ...more

How Did You Find Your Voice?

Find you niche.  Find your voice. Both seem to be two of the most important things to do when it comes to writing or to blogging.  I don’t know that I am doing a good job at either, and I need help. ...more

I guess in a way I'm wanting it to be both.  I'm finding it difficult to be completely ...more

Kneel to the Grammar Fascists, Puny Mortal

There are two types of people in this world: people who notice typo's, and people who make them. ...more

I love that you started out the article with a mistake..very clever!


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How to Build Blog Traffic - Search Engines and SEO

This article is a part of a series of posts on How to Build Blog Traffic (see Intro). One of the key ways that people find your site is through a search engine such as Google, Yahoo, or MSN. Placing highly on Search Engine Results Pages (SERPs) when someone is doing a search will almost guarantee lots of traffic of new visitors to your site. In fact, search engine results placement is so important for the business models of thousands of web-based companies that an entire industry of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) professionals exists to advise people on how to score better in the search returns. ...more
I always learn something new when I read tips about SEO.  This time around, it was about the ...more

"No One Can Write Without an Editor"

Last week, I listened in on a conference call by a 'blog expert' advising a group of traditional food writers about the in's and out's of blogging. When the phones opened up for questions, a twenty-year veteran food writer from a major East Coast market asked, "How do you trust these bloggers? They don't have editors. No one can write without an editor." You decide. Do these food bloggers need an editor? ...more

Good subject. I see this going in two opposite directions. If you are passionate about food and ...more