This election year, the news cycle has prominently featured two events which have shaped American public discourse about immigration. Those worried about increased immigration, especially immigration from pre-dominantly Muslim regions, point to the November 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris as evidence that lax immigration laws could expose the country to the threat of radical religious terrorism. After all, the thinking goes, there’s no way to really be sure the people we’re letting into the country aren’t affiliated with one of the dozens of rogue terrorist groups that plague large swaths of the Middle East. (more…)
What the 2016 Presidential Candidates Think About Immigration
3 Tips for Getting More Website Visitors to Read Your Blogs
For a business, having a well respected and well read blog can bring online marketing success that you may not have thought possible. Getting traffic coming to your blog can bring more traffic to your website, help build a strong brand following, and solidify your place in your field. However, getting to the point where you have a well respected and well read blog isn’t always easy. So to help you reach this milestone faster, here are three tips for getting more of your website visitors to read your blogs and begin snowballing your blogging efforts. (more…)
5 Tips To Help Your Blog With Financial Cycles
One of the interesting things about making money, in the virtual world especially, is that you don’t necessarily get paid right away for the work that you do. There is a sort of nebulous ‘accounts receivable’ category that you often have to deal with, as you clients can also be waiting for money to come to them.
So because of that, making money online, or with a blog, requires a certain kind of patient approach to different financial cycles. Here are five tips to help you deal with that on a practical level. (more…)
3 Tips for Creating Evergreen Blog Content
When using content as a form of online marketing, one of the biggest challenges is consistently coming up with new pieces of content that will engage and satisfy your audience. While writing about new or emerging topics can be great for keeping your blog relevant, there is a secret weapon for building usefulness and authority to your blog: evergreen content.
Evergreen content is content that won’t be irrelevant to read in a few weeks or months. Because this content is generally informative and provides readers with a solid basis on the topic, it can be a great blog for readers to keep coming back to over and over again, increasing traffic to your blog or website. However, writing evergreen content can be harder than it sounds. To help you with your construction of this type of content, here are three tips for creating great evergreen content. (more…)
Marketing Your Artwork Online And Off
As an artist it can sometimes seem like a difficult task to market yourself and your art, but you simply need to think of your art as a small business. That means marketing it the same way you would market any other small business. You need to be online, but you also need to be marketing offline as well.
Online marketing allows you to reach out to the entire world wide web, while advertising locally may still get you some of your best customers, and can even help you get your art into local businesses where many people will see it as well. Remember, even though billions of people are online, there are still people that aren’t. (more…)
5 Tips and Tricks for Fashion Industry Blogging
The fashion industry is super competitive, and every knows this already. However, not everyone knows that writing about the fashion industry has a similar streak of competition. All of the writers are competing for the same space, but some will rise about the rest. And how do they do this?
Well, for five tips and tricks for fashion industry blogging, look no further than the categories listed below, including getting your professional portfolios cleaned up, getting media passes when possible, not faking your personal situation, having a thick skin, and learning photography along the way with your writing as well. (more…)
3 Tips for Rising Above the Basic Blog Post
We’ve all seen one: a basic blog with paragraphs and paragraphs and bland, boring text and nothing else notable to draw your attention. The topic could be interesting but was poorly executed, you have no idea how or where they got their information, and you’re falling asleep as you scroll down pages and pages of black and white copy. Yikes.
While many bloggers and businesses alike are trapped in this bad version of content marketing, it’s actually easier than you might think to break the basic mold of blogging and create a champion-worthy blog that viewers will delight in reading, sharing and interacting. So to help get you over this hurdle, here are three tips for rising above the basic blog post. (more…)
5 Tips for Better Blogging
These days, everyone has access to the tools that allow them to be a blogger, and many thousands of people work at it, writing new content every day. Some of these people will succeed in their goals, while others will not – so what makes the difference, all other things being equal?
To answer that question, consider the following five tips as examples of action steps you can take to move yourself toward a more successful blogging career, within the categories of social media presentation, scheduling, feedback cycles from readers, practicing with paid writing gigs, and learning to work with other people. (more…)
Headway For WordPress – The Power of Grid Mode
Customizing WordPress themes has always been a chore for newbie to intermediate WordPress users. Headway is a very dynamic WordPress theme that allows you to mimic any website you want to customize to your liking. Meaning, that you can easily draw out exactly how you want your website to look, and then fully customize any page or post without having to modify the functions.php file, or any other template files. There are number of different features with this DIY framework. According to the reviews on tbwhs.com this framework does get a lot of positive feedback from webmasters that have used this framework in the past. We are going to show you exactly how you can use Headway, using “grid mode” to create your WordPress site.
First, once you install this theme you’re going to want to activate it. This theme does come with a number of different premade child themes that you can customize to your liking. But, in this tutorial we are going to show you the ends and outs of Headways “grid mode” editor. (more…)
Guest Blogging vs. the Penguin
Guest blogging has proven to be the best way to build links to your own sites and products. Not familiar with the term? Guest blogging is a great method to increase traffic to their own blogs. It can work one of two different ways. Either you will write a post to appear on another blog, which then compels their readers to visit your blog, or another blogger will post to your site to garner the same results. This method has so far proven immune to the latest Penguin 2.0 update that has sent some blogs reeling.
No More Social Media Cop Outs
Social media sharing used to be a huge contributing factor before the Penguin update. There are different freelance marketplaces where you could pay a nominal fee to get thousands of likes to your profiles. The new algorithm recognized this as spam and the weight of these shares and likes was not as prolific. Here’s where you have to do some real networking. (more…)