Archive for January, 2011

5 Tips To Make Blogging Easy

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

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This is a great article that I got in a PLR ( Private Label Rights ) package and I thought I would share it here today.

Many bloggers find it difficult to blog regularly.

On the other hand, other bloggers find it easy to blog everyday.

As you are aware, for your blogging to be effective, you will need to add fresh content to your blog on a regular basis. This article presents five tips that you can use to make blogging easy.

1. Write your blog content in advance and save it so that it’s ready to be posted everyday.

When you have time to write, try to write enough blog content that will be enough for several days or for the whole week. You can write and save your blog posts on your blog, and all you have to do is to publish the posts everyday.

This means that on those days when you do not have the time to write, you can still post fresh content on your blog using the blog posts you would have saved.

2. Blog about a wide range of things that relate to your niche .

Think about any information relating to your niche which your website visitors will be interested in seeing on your blog. Identify the sub-niches in your niche and write about those as well. You should never run out of ideas on what to blog about.

3. Invite your blog visitors to leave some comments relating to your posts and your niche.

This is an easy way of getting unique content on your website. The more interaction you allow on your blog, the more content you will have on your blog.

4. Research and look for the key questions and issues that people in your niche are interested in, and provide information that addresses those questions on your blog.

Look in the relevant forums for the hot topics that people are asking about and provide answers to these questions on your blog. This will make your blog useful to your visitors because it will have information which your visitors are looking for. This gives you a wide range of topics that you can blog about.

5. Use PLR content, customize it and make it unique and break it into blog posts.

It is essential that you make the PLR content very unique to avoid being penalized for duplicate content. Using PLR content as a starting point for your blog posts means that
you will be able to create blog content easily and quickly.

Use these five tips outlined above to make blogging easy.
The more you blog, the more traffic you drive to your website .

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I have spell-check, why do I need a human editor?

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

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This article by by Mark Nichol for my favorite writing tips ezine, , says it all. I am using this great document
with permission from the webmaster.

The Problem with Grammar Check

A couple of years ago, a visitor to this site posted a comment asking
for help. In a Word document, this person had written the sentence

“The nouns and verbs are the main content words in this poem and without emphasis
on them, this poem has little to no meaning.”

Word’s grammar check admonished the writer to insert a semicolon in place of the comma following them.


Errant nonsense, and puzzling advice, at that. One respondent erroneously agreed with Bill Gates, while two people associated with this site validated the original writer’s reluctance to follow Word’s word. But they didn’t explain why the grammar check had recommended this faulty course of action. I didn’t understand it, either, but then I looked a little closer.

As another poster remarked, a human editor trumps a computer-generated one.
Computers may be able to defeat humans at chess, but I doubt they’ll ever beat people
at editing.

Why? They can compute, but they can’t think.

Here’s where Word went wrong:

Read the rest of this article HERE

The moral of the story? Word’s grammar check, like its spell-check function, can be helpful, but it can also misinterpret your intent as a writer. As the sage says, “Trust, but verify.”

I love the tips I get from this ezine, file all issues and often refer to the ones in my files.

I have noticed in doing my own editing assignments that Word spell and grammar check
and even my Thunderbird email spell checker DO, indeed, occasionally mis-read the intent
of the written document. I am learning when to go by the softwares’ suggestions
and when to go with my “gut” as a former straight A English and Spelling student.

Remember, I am a Virtual Assistant who LOVES to do editing, proofreading
and transcription assignments along with research, blog posts, article submissions
and social media maintenance!

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Back it up, make a copy & back it up again!

Sunday, January 2nd, 2011

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I am a stickler for backing up after two huge computer crashes and a domain company going out of business and BOOM! all of their customers’ files being ALL GONE with NO warning.

I always rename a page on my site that I am updating as “name2.html” – always – BUT, last night, being careless and in a hurry to update my rates page, I neglected to do so and …

what happened next was a near disaster!

ONE teeny tiny error messed up the entire page AND since I had recently cleared my web cache as well, I had no previous instance of the page to copy and start over. I do USUALLY remember to update the files on my laptop, which I use pretty much exclusively for my Twitter tweeting, Facebook commenting and my Facebook Fan Page , BUT, as luck would have it, I had not updated my laptop as I had not used it except to do client work for the past week!

Thank goodness I did make a CD backup the last time I updated the site and added the new Social Media Assistance Package or I have no idea how I would ever have fixed things on that messed up page.

So, please, take a lesson from MY mess up and make sure you:

Name any page you are updating, for example, rates.html – to rates2.html and keep checking that one as you work before making it a permanent change to rates.html

Copy your web site pages, blog posts, etc. to a CD and if possible have them also backed up to another computer or spare room on your domain

Double check that your backups are correct before you do anything permanent that can not be undone or fixed.

Enjoy your wonderful web site and/or blog!

Happy 2011 to all of us! May this be our most successful and wonderful year yet of many more to come that just get better and better!

Remember, I am a Virtual Assistant who LOVES to do editing, proofreading
and transcription assignments along with research, blog posts, article submissions
and social media maintenance!

Why not Schedule a Project now?

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Over the past 17+ years, Jan Tallent has spent countless hours providing writers and webmasters with free friendly tips on how to correct spelling and grammar errors in their written material.

From the feedback received she decided that since proofreading and editing help was so desperately needed, she should build a business around something she enjoys doing, while at the same time providing a valuable service to business owners and writers.

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