Writing Around the Web – Social Media, Google Analytics, and Conversions

Writing Around the Web is a monthly series highlighting guest posts I've written on blogging, business, SEO, social media, and other topics! Business 50+ Awesome Posts on Conversions - Catch up on the latest and greatest information in this list of over 50 awesome posts on conversions from 2011. Something for everyone, from blogging to social media, landing pages to squeeze pages, increasing conversions vs. conversion killers, design, and more! How to Successfully Outsource Social … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Position Your Blog Above Copycats

This is a guest post by Gabrielle Conde. So, you’re seeing your post on scraper blogs, and want to know how to avoid them outranking your content in Google? When my daughter watches Dora The Explorer, they stop the thief, Swiper, by simply raising their hands and saying, "Swiper, no swiping." Unfortunately, it's not that easy in real life. It makes sense to want to go after them. After all, it's your hard work put into those posts and this lazy person just copied and pasted. … [Read more...]

A Fresh Start

Today is a wonderful day! For the first time, I made the commute to work from one room of my house to another. I am excited to announce that this Halloween marks the first day that I am no longer a part of the 9 to 5 workforce, but am instead a new member of the proudly self-employed! The Transition The transition from 9 to 5 to self-employed has been a long journey filled with long days spent in front of a computer screen. One day I will have to write about it in length, but in a … [Read more...]

Fetching Friday – Resources Mashup & Blog World Preview

This post is part of a weekly series, Fetching Friday, featuring the best posts of the week in blogging, making money online, SEO, and social media on kikolani.com. The Resources Mashup Here are some of the best articles I have stumbled upon, retweeted on @kikolani, and read in RSS subscriptions this week. Blogging / Writing 11 Tips You Can Use Today to Develop Outstanding Content for Your Blog - How do you create incredible content that attracts hundreds of comments and … [Read more...]

10 Dreadful Mistakes that Kill Your Comments

This is a guest post by Ana Hoffman. What does it really take to build a hustling and bustling blog with a thriving and active community around it? Kristi knows - just look around. PageRank 5, Alexa rank about 15K and constantly dropping (in case you are not familiar with how Alexa rank works, the lower the number, the better), a wealth of comments on every post. It seems like Kristi knows everyone and everyone knows Kristi. Want some of that? Let's talk about her not-so-secret … [Read more...]

Fetching Friday – Resources Mashup & Baby Monkey

This post is part of a weekly series, Fetching Friday, featuring the best posts of the week in blogging, making money online, SEO, and social media on kikolani.com. The Resources Mashup Here are some of the best articles I have stumbled upon, retweeted on @kikolani, and read in RSS subscriptions this week. Blogging / Writing 7 Blog Design Tips from a Content Strategist - For blog design, content issues are particularly important to pay attention to, because, fundamentally, the … [Read more...]

What is Tumblr

This is a guest post by Jill Shearer, creator of SimplyLaunch. It’s part of a blogger’s job to keep abreast of changes in the blogging world and to take advantage of new and improved tools. Anything making your job easier and more effective as a blogger should be a welcome change. Tumblebeasts by The Oatmeal One of those changes could be Tumblr, a microblogging program developed a mere four years ago and which has recently taken over Wordpress.com as the blogger’s favorite … [Read more...]

9 Questions with Sean Platt of Ghostwriter Dad

The following is an interview with Sean Platt of Ghostwriter Dad and previous guest blogger here at Kikolani. Hi Kristi! it's great to be here! Thanks for having me. 1. How do you promote your book in a very competitive marketplace? Promoting a book follows similar principles to building a successful blog – you must produce the highest quality content you can, then promote that content with your best possible self. I refer to this as the "build stuff and talk about it" model, … [Read more...]

Fetching Friday – Resources Mashup & Kitten Dance

This post is part of a weekly series, Fetching Friday, featuring the best posts of the week in blogging, making money online, SEO, and social media on kikolani.com. The Resources Mashup Here are some of the best articles I have stumbled upon, retweeted on @kikolani, and read in RSS subscriptions this week. Blogging / Writing Top 10 Chick Bloggers and Women’s Blogs – Your Votes - From now until October 20 (that’s 10 full days), I’m taking nominations for great chick … [Read more...]

Top Dropbox Plugins For WordPress

This is a guest post by Liors Levin. Dropbox is a unique service that offers self storage as well as synchronization across all your devices for all the files you upload; which can be anything from simple text files to videos and pictures. The system works with a wide range of OS platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux and mobile platforms such as iPhone, iPad, Android and BlackBerry. It’s a great system because it allows people to work together since sharing files is so easy. Why … [Read more...]