12 ways that clarity is the heart of SEO

2018-06-14T21:07:31+00:00July 22nd, 2014|

12 Ways that Clarity is the Heart of SEO 1)   Before you ever begin to “SEO” your site, you will need a crystal clear business plan and set of business goals. While search engine optimization can help your site gain visibility and traffic, it can’t create a business for you. 2)   Ensure that your site

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Transformational case study examples: use the magic of “because

2018-06-14T21:07:31+00:00July 15th, 2014|

Transform case studies with the magic of “because” Let’s say that I’m writing for a health and fitness blog with this audience: women who want to start working out but need motivation. I therefore decide to share the following experience: When I was in high school, our gym teacher told us to jog through nearby

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To create more content, should you start working in your sleep?

2018-06-14T21:07:31+00:00July 1st, 2014|

More content . . . better content . . . MORE CONTENT . . . BETTER CONTENT It’s as if Google was the super-sized cousin of the Cookie Monster, devouring more and more content while demanding better tasting copy with each chomp and gobble. Yes. As mentioned in our post about writer’s burnout last week,

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Tips for creating content that Google rewards, without phone anxiety.

2018-06-14T21:07:32+00:00June 3rd, 2014|

Creating content that Google rewards – without (too much) phone anxiety In 2014, Google is rewarding quality original copy – and the reality is that, like it or not, one of the best ways to accomplish this is through one particular type of primary source: the phone interview, the cause of anxiety for many writers.

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Managing your local listing in Google

2018-06-14T21:07:32+00:00May 21st, 2014|

Introduction to Google Local If you provide a service to your local community, then chances are this post is for you. For example, type moving company into Google. What we see in Cleveland will differ greatly from what someone else sees in Miami. This is because Google understands that some queries carry local intent. Queries

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Effectively deal with online complaints with this 1-2-3 approach

2018-06-14T21:07:32+00:00May 8th, 2014|

How to deal effectively with online complaints and criticisms Recently, a woman accused a Starbucks barista of using caramel to create satanic symbols in two cups of coffee that she’d bought: one was a Pentagram symbol and, the other, 666. She posted her complaint to the Starbucks Facebook page and her post was liked and

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Ethics in writing: how to balance personal and journalistic ethics.

2018-06-14T21:07:32+00:00April 22nd, 2014|

Ethics in writing: where is the line in the sand? Isaac, a high school senior, was dying of leukemia. He wished, with all of his heart, to survive long enough to graduate. I learned about Isaac when my newspaper editor called me and said that I needed to be at the football field where his

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Over-confidence is one of deadly sins of writing: tips on managing your ego.

2019-10-14T10:31:09+00:00April 8th, 2014|

Deadly sin of over-confidence: managing your ego Now, I usually don’t brag. I really don’t. But, in this post, I’m going to do so, openly and without shame. Through my entire elementary school career, I was the spelling bee champion. Yes, I was. Without question. I didn’t just win some of the weekly spelling bees.

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Break through writer’s block with these helpful writing techniques.

2018-06-14T21:07:33+00:00March 7th, 2014|

The dreaded writer’s block – and ways to smash through the barriers If you ask 100 people how to define writer’s block and/or what causes the blockage, you’ll get at least 101 answers, ranging from those who don’t believe in the phenomenon to those who have elaborate theories on the subject. When making the case

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Editing and proofreading expert K.D. Sullivan shares tips & experiences

2018-06-14T21:07:33+00:00February 21st, 2014|

The Search Guru chats with K.D. Sullivan, CEO of Untreed Reads Publishing For four years, I edited a full-color print magazine, one that was costly to produce. The tone of the publication was friendly, cheerful, upbeat and neighborly, while the audience consisted largely of conservative women in their 50s. In one issue, we were including

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