How Blogging Increases SEO and Authority

I started my first blog a little more than a year ago. At the time, I had no idea what search engine optimization was or that blogging could help you improve your subject matter authority. Fast forward to the present day, and I’ve published over 140 blog posts between the two blogs I run. Blogging is one of the best ways to improve a website’s SEO and authority. more “How Blogging Increases SEO and Authority”

Why You Need an Editor for Your Next Manuscript

One of the hardest parts of being a writer is editing. You’ve usually spent a number of years writing a novel, or some other type of manuscript, only to have to go back and examine it chapter by chapter. Typically, that examination is biased and many mistakes are missed. That isn’t because you don’t want to find all the mistakes–every author wants their manuscript to be as perfect as possible–but rather, you become blind to the errors because you’ve spent so much time with the manuscript.

This is where a professional editor comes in. You can think of an editor as a pre-reader, someone acting on behalf of the eventual reader that points out confusing parts and developmental mistakes. Hiring a real editor isn’t for the faint of heart though. The feedback received will be frank. If your ego isn’t out of the equation, it can be hard to swallow the feedback. more “Why You Need an Editor for Your Next Manuscript”

How to Start with Social Media Copywriting

The prevalence of social media in our lives continues to skyrocket. Constantly we use it to keep up on friends, family, job connections, and celebrities. This makes it one of the best marketing platforms for reaching out to your audience and prospects. Social media copywriting, therefore, is an important skill to have. The skills necessary to succeed though will vary depending on the platform. Here are some tips to help get you started on each.  more “How to Start with Social Media Copywriting”

Novel Writing: How to Start, Move Forward, and Finish

Novel writing is hard. I myself have started two novels but finished neither of them. I was in middle school and high school at the time.  Maybe I wasn’t ready. Regardless, novel take lots of time. They are long. Yet, they are one of the most rewarding types of writing (and not just when you finish).

One of the students I currently tutor is working on a fantasy novel. He’s been working on it for nearly three months and is about eight chapters into it. His goal is to become the youngest person ever to publish a New York Times Bestseller.

How’s that for a goal from a 13-year-old?

Currently, the record is held by Christopher Paolini who made the bestseller list with Eragon at age 18. I believe my student will do it. It’s been such a pleasure working with him and he’s making great strides in the development of his story and writing abilities. I wanted to share some of the tips and tricks I’ve learned from writing my own novels as well as helping others write theirs.  more “Novel Writing: How to Start, Move Forward, and Finish”

How to be a Copywriter with No Experience

I feel like the answer to this question is in the question itself. Get experience! Probably the most often repeated advice to writers is to simply write. Practice it long and often. This will help you gain the ability to think clearly and condense your thoughts on paper or word processing programs. Being able to write well in the general sense will provide a solid foundation upon which to build your copywriting skills. Now, that the general writing advice it out of the way, let’s  focus on being a copywriter. Since it’s a clear form of writing that strives to get the reader to complete an action, the practice required to become a copywriter needs to be more focused than just general writing. more “How to be a Copywriter with No Experience”

How Much Will it Cost to do SEO?

Finding a firm to do search engine optimization for you can be difficult. There are many individuals willing to sell you SEO for cheaper than dirt. On the flip side, there are agencies that charge what amounts to your first born in order to optimize your website. This post will examine how much you can expect to spend in order to make your website top notch.

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