Blogging and Content Writing

10 Reasons to Stay Home & Write This Valentine’s Day

by ProWritingAid Feb 13, 2017

10 Reasons to Stay Home & Write This Valentine’s Day

Expectations are high. Chocolates and flowers. Jewelry and trinkets. Will this be the year?

It’s Valentine’s Day.

Or as Bridget Jones says:

“Oh God. Valentine's Day tomorrow. Why? Why? Why is the entire world geared to make people not involved in romance feel stupid when everyone knows romance does not work anyway. Look at the royal family. Look at Mum and Dad.” ― Helen Fielding, Bridget Jones's Diary

Here are a few reasons why you should stay home and write this Valentine’s Day.

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The Worst Blogging Advice We’ve Ever Heard

by Kathy Edens Jan 30, 2017

The Worst Blogging Advice We’ve Ever Heard

I Googled “blogging advice” and found 16,400,000 results in 0.49 seconds. Wow. That’s a lot to take in. Perhaps the better way to start is to talk about what not to do.

Here’s a compilation of the worst blogging advice we’ve ever heard.

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Copywriting Skills You Need to Conquer

by Kathy Edens Jan 16, 2017

Copywriting Skills You Need to Conquer

Whether you’re just starting out in copywriting or are a seasoned pro, the tips in this article will help you ramp up your skills set and become more attractive to clients looking for content.

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Editors Answer: What Editing Issues Fast Track Writing Submissions To The Reject Pile?

by Susan Maccarelli Jan 16, 2017

Editors Answer: What Editing Issues Fast Track Writing Submissions To The Reject Pile?

No one likes to get a writing rejection from an editor. Whether you move on and forget the experience in five minutes or dwell on it for 5 weeks, it would be nice to know WHY an editor decided not to use your article.

When we asked editors what makes them send a writing submission straight to the reject pile without passing GO, they shared these key reasons.

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Why Guest Blogging Should be Part of Your Strategy

by ProWritingAid Jan 04, 2017

Why Guest Blogging Should be Part of Your Strategy

If you’re a blogger or a content creator, there’s one sure-fire way to give your name and your content further reach. That’s through guest blogging on similar or complementary blogs.

You may think I have a hard enough time writing all the posts I need for my blog, but guest blogging is one of the best strategies for growing your own blog’s readership.

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How to Juggle Styles and Write for Different Audiences

by Kelly Smith Dec 12, 2016

How to Juggle Styles and Write for Different Audiences

Writing for a living can often mean that you have to take jobs outside of your natural writing style. While in-depth reports on current affairs might be your forte, you could feel stumped if you find yourself writing for a ‘click-bait’ style site that wants you to focus on pop culture. If you’re used to writing conversational-type pieces, creating an instructional eBook may feel a bit awkward for you. While each writer has a preferred style and a voice, you need to be able to code-switch to meet the needs of your audience.

Before you begin writing, you need to know who you’re going to be writing for. Do a bit of demographic research, and identify a goal. Are you trying to inform stay-at-home moms? Are you trying to sell something to young-adult men? Defining your target audience and a goal or intent will help you decide on the voice that you need to tap into to address them appropriately.

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Get Paid to Write: 9 Sites Looking for Submissions Now

by Mary Walton Dec 05, 2016

Get Paid to Write: 9 Sites Looking for Submissions Now

It feels as though getting started as a writer is impossible. With so many people asking for your services for free, how will you ever make a living with your skills? Thanks to the internet, there is a way. There's plenty of people out there who need writers and are willing to pay. Here's nine sites where you can find them and start making some cash.

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Humor Sells – How to Add it into Your Blog

by Zoe Anderson Nov 28, 2016

Humor Sells – How to Add it into Your Blog

It's said that laughter is the best medicine. It's also an important and useful tool for building an audience for your blog. Writing with humor will improve your writing and is more likely to attract readers.

There's a fine line between being funny and being offensive. The first will make people more likely to share your blog with their friends and visit your site again in the future, while the second will upset your audience and drive them away. Know the audience you are writing for, and know what lines should not be crossed.

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2017 Content Marketing Trends You Need to Know

by Kathy Edens Nov 21, 2016

2017 Content Marketing Trends You Need to Know

The good news for copywriters is that content is still king. The bad news is that only the really good stuff will sell.

In the past, the low barrier to entry for copywriters created a glut of writers hanging out their shingles. Companies are now beginning to realize, however, that all content is not created equal. Their audience is tired of the hype and the fluff. Readers expect value in exchange for their time spent reading your content. If they don’t find value, they’ll turn elsewhere.

We’ve pulled together a few predictions on trends that will rule content in 2017. Like most predictions, take what you need and discard the rest.

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Writing for a British Audience

by Heather Baker Nov 16, 2016

Writing for a British Audience

As someone who lives and runs a business in the UK and has travelled extensively in the US, I can tell you from first-hand experience that there’s a world of difference between the way Americans and Britons do things.

And I’m not just talking about the fact that we drive on the ‘wrong’ side of the road (though, you know, obviously remember that if you decide to visit).

There’s the whole ‘s’ versus ‘z’ argument, the fact that we prefer spelling colour with a ‘u’ and grey with an ‘e’. And of course, let’s not forget about our penchant for the imperial system.

Grammar and measurements aside though, when it comes to marketing across the pond the differences are both vast and nuanced. We’re all speaking English, but that doesn’t mean it’s the same language.

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Infographic: 13 Grammar Mistakes Beautiful People Don't Make

by Rachael Lui Oct 07, 2016

Infographic: 13 Grammar Mistakes Beautiful People Don't Make

With social media and messaging apps being used daily, grammar and writing skills have taken a back seat.

These errors are transferring into resumes, emails, articles and anything you could possibly imagine. However,considering that what you write is a direct reflection on you, you do not want to come across as lazy, unintelligent or even worse, unattractive.

The question is: How can you avoid making grammar mistakes that you don’t know you’re making in the first place?

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3 Crucial Social Media Tricks Most Writers Ignore

by John Cabrera Aug 17, 2016

3 Crucial Social Media Tricks Most Writers Ignore

Web-based promotion has become just as important for writers as producing content. You can write the most suspenseful novel, the most scathing political blog, or the most comprehensive report, but unless you find a way to get it out there, your words will go unread. Social media makes up an estimated 30% of web traffic and offers a huge array of promotional opportunities. Most writers, however, don’t even scratch the surface. There are so many factors that increase the visibility of SEO-oriented content and it’s important to master the basics.

Here are 3 crucial tricks to drive up web traffic and increase your audience.

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Why Every Confident but Struggling Writer Needs a Blog

by Jaron Swab May 29, 2016

Why Every Confident but Struggling Writer Needs a Blog

Considering how easy it is to start blogging, no aspiring writer should be without one. Below, I have listed the four key reasons why you need to set up your own blog asap, and then I have thrown in four important tips that will actually help you get started.

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Ten Top Tools for Bloggers – Save Time, Stay Organized, and Create Content that Rocks

by Julie Ellis Jan 25, 2016

Ten Top Tools for Bloggers – Save Time, Stay Organized, and Create Content that Rocks Bloggers have deadlines. And within those deadlines, they have to come up with great topic ideas, click-worthy titles, engaging content, and eye-catching media. And they often have to conduct research before they ever sit down to write a post. Add to that the absolute expectation for perfect grammar and composition, and you understand that a blogger’s life is hard. To ease that life as much as possible, here are 10 tools for greater productivity at a faster rate.Topic Idea Generators

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How your personal blog can generate income through the ProWritingAid affiliate program

by ProWritingAid Nov 28, 2015

How your personal blog can generate income through the ProWritingAid affiliate program This post is “Affiliates 101”. Many of our users are already part of our affiliate program. They're earning passive income by promoting us on their websites and social media. Our top affiliates earned over $1000 in 2015. However, there are a lot of you out there who have great websites and blogs but haven’t linked up the program yet. This post is for you. Here is what you need to know. What is an affiliate program?

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Our Blunders, Your Gain. What the team at Our Write Side wish they had known about blogging before they began.

by Our Write Side Oct 15, 2015

Our Blunders, Your Gain. What the team at Our Write Side wish they had known about blogging before they began. When we heard that three of our favourite writing bloggers – Stephanie Ayers, Wendy Strain and A.L. Mabry – were joining forces and starting up a new writing website called OurWriteSide.com, we were excited! We reached out and asked them if they would share what they have learned during their years in the blogosphere that might help bloggers who are just starting out. Here is what they had to say.

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Why and How Writers Should Protect Themselves Online

by Caroline Black Oct 15, 2015

Why and How Writers Should Protect Themselves Online Unless you are one of those rare technophobic writers staunchly refusing to give up their typewriter, you and technology are necessarily brought together by the very nature of your work. You write on a computer, save your work on a hard drive and market it online, with the world of social media offering exciting opportunities to promote yourself and your writing. Yet there are inherent dangers that come with the internet. Hackers and other cybercriminals can take advantage of users who are not sufficiently tech savvy. Here’s what you need to know.

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5 Tricks for Writing Fast Without Losing Quality

by Janice Kersh Oct 15, 2015

5 Tricks for Writing Fast Without Losing Quality Ever see another writer crank out a great essay or compelling post in record time while you're there slaving over your desk for hours with only a few sentences to show for it? The secret to fast writing is preparation. It’s like training for a sport. When you see a sprinter break a record, you're only there for the few seconds of glory, but the runner has spent years in preparation for that moment. The same is true with fast writing. You can write fast too, but you’ll have to be disciplined and do the preparation necessary to finish quality work in record time.

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How ProWritingAid Helped Me Turn Professional Wrestling into Professional Work

by Travis Taylor @writertaylor Sep 25, 2015

How ProWritingAid Helped Me Turn Professional Wrestling into Professional Work I first used ProWritingAid after being hired by Bleacher Report to cover professional wrestling and, more specifically, the WWE. As a sports-centered website with over 20 million monthly viewers, the pressure was high. A minimum of three articles per week was required with the potential of live coverage of events and interviews with the superstars.

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Build Your Brand. 5 Reasons Every Writer Needs an Online Media Kit

by Chris Well Sep 25, 2015

Build Your Brand. 5 Reasons Every Writer Needs an Online Media Kit You’re a writer. If you expect your writing to be a business—whether you’re a blogger or novelist, educator or journalist, or any other kind of writer—you need information on your website that explains what you offer. The best way to present this information is in an online media kit, which explains to anyone (not just members of the press) your business as a writer. It’s an important factor in staking your position, building your business, and expanding your audience.

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