Monday, June 22, 2015

The Top Five: Best Writing-Related Articles from June 15-19

5. "Pump Up the Search Power of Your Blog" on She Owns It (Martina Iring)

Link: http://bit.ly/1H5IuTo

You're writing excellent content, doing everything you can to promote it to your readers ... but what if you're just not getting much interest? How do you know you're really doing everything possible to get your words out there? Here's a list of practical things you can do on your blog (that won't take up much of your time!) to make your blog more likely to appear in search results.

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4. "To Work Better, Work Less" on The Atlantic (Cody C. Delistraty)

Link: http://theatln.tc/1pgG4q6

Some of you have probably heard of that new book, The 4-Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss. (Disclaimer: I haven't read the book.) But it seems to me that the point of the work, at least according to the title, is that it's better to work smarter, not harder (or more). Check out that intriguing premise with this fascinating, in-depth article from The Atlantic online.

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3. "How to Start a Fashion Blog and Get Paid" on Passive Residual Income Ideas (Chris)

Link: http://bit.ly/1MVtkyh

It's relatively common, these days, to work a full-time job and then also work some kind of part-time gig, whether freelancing or blogging or something else entirely, on the side. Maybe you just got married and you need some extra income. Maybe you're testing out the freelancing world. Maybe you've always wanted to go back to school and pick up another degree or certification, and this side job can help you do that. Whatever your goal is, fashion blogging is a completely legitimate way to make some extra money. Here's how!

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2. "5 Tips for Optimizing Your Blog for Mobile" on JeffBullas.com (Rosie Barry-Scott)

Link: http://bit.ly/1mjG1Kt

Ever tried to check out a website on your phone and discovered that there's no way to conveniently view the site from a mobile device? You've got to find a computer to see the full site so you can navigate easily. Don't wonder whether your blog or website is a headache to navigate on a mobile device. Here's a checklist of elements to update so anyone can find you on any device, any time.

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1. "The Giant List of Blogging Mistakes I've Made" on A Girl, Obsessed (Mandy)

Link: http://bit.ly/1K2OooI

You've read all the articles about what to do correctly when you're blogging, to ensure your success. Check out this quick-read article on what a long-time blogger has done wrong, and the mistakes she's made, in her time in the profession. Often, you can learn more from others' mistakes than from reading all the "how to achieve success!" articles in the world.

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BONUS: "The Strange Rise of the Writer's Space" on The New Yorker (Evan Hughes)

Link: http://nyr.kr/1JG5rLN

If I asked you to describe to me your current writing space, what would you tell me? A window ledge in your downtown Manhattan apartment? A cozy finished basement nook in a farmhouse? A sunny afternoon on a sailboat? What if I asked you to define your ideal writing space? What would it look like? And what's the deal with the "rise of the writer's space"? Read this insightful article to learn more!


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And that's the lineup for last week. Let me know what you liked, or not ... and, for kicks, what your ideal writing space looks like!

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