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Writer Rant: I’m Judging Your Vocabulary Right Now

Welcome to Writer Rants–where every Friday a writer just lets loose on whatever the heck is bugging her this week. Enjoy. Long before words were my living I had plenty to spare. Frankly, my family and friends are thrilled that for the last few years I have had an outlet for all those words, rather than just nattering on all the

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Influential Content Marketing on LinkedIn

I joined LinkedIn when it was still a burgeoning networking in 2003 at the request of Abby Maier who was then the leader of the Counsel of Small Enterprises’ Arts Network in Cleveland, Ohio. The arts network was in its first year and Abby was working to initiate more ways for artists to work together for benefits and networking. I

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Why You Should Add White Papers to Your Skill Set

Posted on by Lara S
If you have written on the web for any length of time, you’ve seen the work that is offered to you change. Gone are articles where strict keyword density counts were the biggest requirement. These days, you need to bring engaging style and stronger information to the table than ever before. B2B Content Is on the Rise Since the 1990s,

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The Blueprint for Viral Content

Remember the days when the only types of viral content were diseases? Those days are long gone. “Viral” is unquestionably the biggest buzzword around these days, and everyone wants a piece of the viral pie. From video directors to freelance article writers, everyone wants to create that one piece of content that takes a life of its own, that spreads

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Outlines, Proofreading, and Other Silly Myths about Writing

Posted on by Lynn H
I am a rebel, an outlaw, a renegade with no regard for the law. I disdain rules and regulations and fight any authority that thinks it can tell me what to do. I am a freelance writer. I revolt against all those silly grammar school rules that help me write clear, concise copy. No more, I say. No more outlines,

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Writer Spotlight: Ian B

Meet writer Ian B from Ames, IA! Q. If you had a catchphrase, what would it be? A. Live in the moment and the future will handle itself. Q. What is your day job super power? A. The “on” switch (hyper focus for short bursts) Q. Best advice you’ve ever received? A. Stop and take a deep breath… Q. Favorite hat? A. My Ebbets Flannel Nothing Major baseball

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Should I Hire More Than One Writer?

It’s hard to find a good writer these days. Don’t misunderstand me — there are plenty of talented and reliable writers out there. But it’s tough to find that one person that totally gets what you’re looking for, that can read between the lines, that knows the answers to your questions before you even ask them. That easy communication is

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Niche Gardening Topics: Gothic Gardens

One of the most interesting aspects of becoming a professional blogger is the ability to dive deeply into niche subjects. As a writer, you’ll learn take a very narrow subject and dig up detailed information that a passionate collection of people are searching for avidly. An example of a narrow subject is the niche gardening topic of gothic gardens. I

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Addvocate: A Program That Makes Employees Brand Advocates on Social Media

Posted on by Lynn H
Imagine the incredible reach your company could have if all your employees used social media to strengthen its reputation and brand. Several high-profile enterprises are already transforming their employees into brand advocates in a new trend known as employee advocacy programs. One such employee advocacy program, Addvocate, helps your employees create and share ...

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I Can Haz Grammar? – An LOL Cat’s Guide to Grammar for the Technical Copywriter, Blogger or Other Content Creator

Do you ever get a little confused about when to use have and has? Does your speech pattern sometimes resemble Yoda’s? Do you really, really, really like cheeseburgers and can’t quite put together a sentence that properly phrases your love for this food? If so, you may have spent a bit too much time looking at cat photographs online. This can

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Save Money, Build Sales

Competition is fierce for everyone. Business owners need to one-up the competition in the advertising arena in order to keep current customers and reach new customers. You can spend a huge amount of money on advertising campaigns, to include flyers, direct mail, newspaper inserts, and magazine ads. You can also take a more grass-roots approach to advertising. ...

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SEO: Commas and Punctuation in Keyword Phrases

While some SEO content providers have made the switch to using common sense when asking for SEO-specific content, others should spend more time considering how they choose keyword phrases. Pawn shop Dallas, new roof Birmingham, Thai vacation cheap are example of keywords that do not add value to your content. If anything, they distract the reader and make him or ...

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