Do the New FTC Guidelines Affect You?

On December 1, 2009, the new FTC guidelines concerning product endorsements and testimonials goes into effect. For bloggers and social media users, it means that if you are promoting a product, you have to make it clear if you are receiving any financial gain (or "material connections") for said promotion. As I understand it, this includes if a advertiser pays you writing … [Read more...]

5 Bad Reasons to Quit Blogging

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Bloggers tend to face challenges in the path to becoming a successful blogger which may make them think they should give up. Here are some of those common roadblocks in the blogging path, and a few suggestions on how to get past them. 1. Your blog lost or has never gained PageRank PageRank is not a determining factor in whether or not your blog is valuable. PageRank is … [Read more...]

Fetching Friday – 90 Links in the Biggest Weekly Resources Mashup

This post is part of a weekly series, Fetching Friday, featuring the biggest resources mashup to date at kikolani.com. The Resources Mashup Here are some of the best articles I have stumbledupon this week. Blogging Have you gotten off track with your readers? 13 ways to encourage blog comments Is blogging an addiction? Keyword hijacking - what is it and … [Read more...]

Blogging During the Holidays

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For most of my readers, the holiday season is about to go into full swing, starting tomorrow with Thanksgiving. Tis the season of four day weekends, or even full weeks off of full time jobs, depending on what you do for a living. For me, I am not traveling, and I have a bit more time off than my husband does. So I want to take some of my extra time and really work on … [Read more...]

Fetching Friday – Resources Mashup, Week in Review & Poker Face

This post is part of a weekly series, Fetching Friday, featuring the resources mashup, Poker Face (like you've never heard it before), and the week in review at kikolani.com. The Resources Mashup Here are some of the best articles I have stumbledupon this week. Blogging 28 WordPress plugins that contributed to the growth of Blogussion How to write blog content … [Read more...]

Free WordPress Themes – With a Catch

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Yesterday, I was browsing the web for some new WordPress themes, and I found a site that had a lot of great premium like themes for free. I was quite impressed with them, ran a demo of a few of the themes, downloaded some, and added them to a new site that I am working on. After installing the theme, I went to adding my content and doing my usual customization. Everything … [Read more...]

Fetching Friday – Resources Mashup, PageRank Updates & Funny Tennis

This post is part of a weekly series, Fetching Friday, featuring the resources mashup, PageRank updates, funny tennis, and the week in review at kikolani.com. The Resources Mashup Here are some of the best articles I have stumbledupon this week. Blogging An important question to ask before hitting publish on your next post WordPress 2.9 upcoming features 5 … [Read more...]

Branching Out and Gaining Focus with New Blogs

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When I created Kikolani, over a year and a half ago, it began as a site for poetry and articles on personal discoveries. As time progressed, the site moved more towards its current theme of blogging and social media. So the question became, what do I do with my personal, creative side? The answer was simple in theory, but a bit more complex in execution - to start new … [Read more...]