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Online Visibility – The Good and the Bad

August 9, 2017

I’ve been writing online content for years, and now and then I’ll stumble across something of mine that I don’t even recognize, until the byline catches my eye. And while I’ve had comments and even a few emails here and there from random internet strangers offering their feedback or thanks (or asking to hire me,…

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Social Media vs. Search Engine Marketing – The Showdown

July 31, 2017

I met with a new potential client recently, and her main concern related to social media. First things first – she needed Facebook and Instagram and what was that other one? Pinterest, and was it ChatSnap? Something like that. Whatever you call it, she needed it, because all businesses need to be on social media,…

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What the Heck is a Content Writer?

July 26, 2017

Content writing is a great catch-all term when someone asks me what I do, but sometimes I’m met with blank stares and I have to elaborate: “I write content for online companies and other small businesses – website copy, blog posts, that kind of stuff.” The truth is, content writing isn’t limited to articles and…

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Blogging for the Sake of Blogging

July 11, 2017

The rules of business blogging are pretty straightforward. Share valuable content. Be consistent. Write to your audience. I have a schedule for my blogging clients, and I do a lot of research to come up with interesting topics and relevant details so I can write something worth reading, week after week. But it bears asking,…

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The Content Marketplace is the Worst Place to Find a Writer

June 12, 2017

My brother sent me a text last week asking if I’d heard of Elance and whether I’d ever sign up as a writer there. I have absolutely heard of Elance, and Guru, and Scripted, and Freelanced, and Upwork, and many of the other content marketplace websites out there. But here’s why I avoid them like…

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5 Signs It’s Time to Hire a Blog Writer

June 5, 2017

Do you have a blog for your business? High five if you do, but here’s another question – are you making a point of blogging relevant content on a schedule? That’s the thing about blogging. It’s one of those long-game things that can take time to pay off. But pay off it will, in the…

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What Happens When You Hire a Freelance Writer for Your Small Biz

May 30, 2017

You’re drowning in marketing to-dos and articles you’ve tagged about the value of business blogging, and you’re ready to rope in someone to deal with all of that. Awesome! Bringing a writer on board is a smart move – it’s something every small business could really use – but what happens when you finally pull…

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The Thing About Blogging and SEO

May 23, 2017

SEO, or search engine optimization, is a tricky little devil because the target is always moving. Google doesn’t help with its algorithm shake-ups, but good news. If you’ve been blogging for your business – and I hope you have been – then you’re doing so much more than just connecting with your target market. Here’s…

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How Important is a Blog to a Small Business?

May 22, 2017

Apparently, there’s some debate out there as to the true value and relevance of a business blog in this crazy social media marketing world. That’s a waste of breath. No amount of social media marketing can do what a really great blog does. If you’re really wondering how important a blog is to a small business, let’s…

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