Monday, March 16, 2015

The Top Five: Best Writing-Related Articles from March 9-13

5. "100 Questions For the Young Creative" on Medium.com

Link: http://bit.ly/1KzeTmM

Asking questions doesn't only apply to young people. This list is worth working through for any creative person, professional or intending to be. Do you really know your strengths? Can you describe your contributions to an industry? Or define your niche? Take time to think about it.

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4. "Social Media Overload Causing Anxiety for Many Teens" on Komo News (Kara Kostanich)

Link: http://bit.ly/1BFmviL

Here's another article I don't think necessarily applies just to teens or young people. Think about it honestly: Could you put down your iPhone or smart phone or tablet and walk away from it for an hour? Two hours? The length of a work day? Twenty-four hours? A week? How many of you just broke out in hives at the thought? What can you do to combat that hold on you?

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3. "Make Your Blog a Local Destination & Win At Local Search" on Search Engine Land (Greg Gifford)

Link: http://selnd.com/1zSRqT5

Every blogger is concerned with SEO (search engine optimization). How do you manage to reel in readers via the new "local search" option that has cropped up recently? This thorough article is packed with expert wisdom and tips on how to do just that.

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2. "Making Money From Your Travel Blog" on BeOnTheRoad.com (Sankara Subramanian)

Link: http://bit.ly/1DoTZmq

Travel blogging is becoming more popular. What if you wanted to "go pro" and make money with your travel blog, though? How do you monetize that kind of subject matter? Here's a detailed breakdown that will get you thinking about your brand and how to use it to reach out and build your target audience.

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1. "Your 16-Point Content Publishing Checklist" on Convince and Convert (Arnie Kuenn)

Link: http://bit.ly/17Tci54

Stop! Don't hit "Publish" just yet on any of your content. You want to make sure what you're putting out there for all the world to see is as effective as possible, right? Then work your way through this checklist, which takes into consideration every aspect of content creation from titles to formatting and beyond.

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And that's the lineup for last week. Let me know what worked for you, what didn't work for you, what you want to see more of, what you hated, and what you're doing to celebrate St. Patrick's day!

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