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How to Make Your WordPress Site Mobile-Friendly Fast

On April 21st, just a couple of weeks away, Google is scheduled to roll out a new search algorithm update. This update focuses on mobile searches, and Google will start using mobile-friendliness as a ranking factor. What does this mean? If you get traffic from smartphones (it apparently doesn’t apply to tablet searches), and if your WordPress site isn’t mobile-friendly, you could take a significant … read more

Quick Tip: Create Custom WordPress Sidebars for Categories or Pages

Many bloggers set up a single sidebar and then include that sidebar on every page of their blogs. But what happens if you have categories that would benefit from different sidebar content, or pages on your blog where you’d like a custom sidebar? Maybe you want to place hand-picked affiliate ads, or you want to promote different books on different sections of your blog. Whatever … read more

Weekend Reading: Pinterest for Writers

While it might sound strange, one of the best social networks for writers might also be the most visually oriented. Yes, I’m talking about Pinterest. Even though Pinterest doesn’t revolve around your writing itself, it offers a lot of opportunities bloggers and authors, in particular, shouldn’t pass up. So in this week’s “weekend reading” roundup, let’s take a look at a few resources that can help you … read more

The Bloom Email Opt-In Plugin: Pros and Cons

I’ve been a customer of Elegant Themes for years, using their themes on several of my smaller sites and blogs. I loved their recent social media plugin, Monarch, which I use on my small business blog. And I was rather excited about their launch this week of Bloom, their new email opt-in plugin. While I was excited to test it out on a few of … read more

Get More Out of Your Blog by Repurposing Blog Content

Recently you might have noticed that I’ve been adding audio versions to some All Freelance Writing blog posts. One example is “Gamification: Make Freelance Writing More Fun.” Not only can new visitors read the original post, but they can choose to listen if that’s what they prefer. And now they have another option: a condensed version in a SlideShare presentation. Why would you want to … read more

Weekend Reading: Writing Effective Calls to Action

Last weekend we took a look at resources to help you write email marketing copy. This week let’s stick to the overall copywriting theme but narrow down our focus to calls to action. Here are three resources that can help you when designing or writing effective calls to action for your blog, freelance writing projects, or other marketing copy. Enjoy! The 7 Qualities of an Eye-Catching … read more

Quick Tip: Talk Your Way to Faster Blogging

Do you suffer from the common blogging problem of never feeling like you have enough time to write? Do you type slower than you’d like? Do you wish there was a secret to faster blogging? There isn’t just one thing. But here’s something that might help: Let your computer (or phone or tablet) do your “writing” for you. How? Give voice-to-text apps a try. Let me … read more

3 Ways to Build Flexibility Into Your Blog’s Editorial Calendar

This isn’t the post I planned to publish today. This month’s blog editorial plan just began, and already I’m off-track. As mentioned over the weekend, I’ve been dealing with the aftermath of a minor plumbing disaster. And my husband and I have had contractors in and out of our house for the better part of two days. Sometimes things come up and we have to … read more

Bad Pitching and Bitching: Should Journalists Expose Bad PR Pitches?

This post was originally published on NakedPR.com (my now-retired blog featuring commentary on PR and social media issues). While I’m considering reviving my Naked PR brand this year, I’m considering taking it in a slightly different direction — back to its roots. In the meantime, I’m moving most of the original content to other sites I own, saving only a few key posts from the … read more

The Easy Editorial Calendar Template for Bloggers

It’s no secret that I usually have a lot going on as a writer. I run quite a few blogs of my own. I take on freelance writing projects for clients. I write nonfiction e-books. And I’m working on much more fiction this year as well. As a result, one of the biggest questions I get from colleagues in my network is “how do you … read more