A few of my subscribers asked me the other week how I make my images for my blog posts. Well, here is a quick tutorial video on exactly how to do it. I do a very large amount of my editing in PowerPoint. There are many other programs you can use that are freely available online such as Gimp or Paint.Net.
Finding sites that pay you to write for them can be tricky. With the arrival of Fiver etc getting paid real value for your work is becoming more and more difficult. Top freelance writers do fine, but what about the other groups of people? The people maybe just starting out – or the part-timers. Every blogger or writer is always looking for extra ways to increase their income. Whether it be from advertising on their blog, affiliate promotions or maybe freelance work.
Do you ever sit at your computer and struggle to come up with any ideas of what to write? Well, you are not alone, this is a very common thing among writers and bloggers alike. Whether you are a part-time blogger like me or writing is your full time profession you will at some stage or even regular stages hit writers block.
Corbett Barr is quoted in saying “When you don’t know what to write about, it’s a huge red flag”
As a blogger I am always on the lookout for any tools that will help me along the way. This post will outline four great video tools for blogging. The four below I have personally used and can therefore recommend. I do not use them all on this blog, but I do use them for some of my other online video projects.
Video marketing is huge and with YouTube stamping its authority as the second largest search engine it’s no wonder why bloggers have been taking to video for some time now. If these video tools for blogging are not yet in your arsenal then maybe this post may make you change your mind somewhat. Whether it is animations or screen capture you are looking for, these tools should point you in the right direction.
This post will introduce you to 5 great tools for creating infographics. I am a big fan of infographics, but only recently have started to use them on the blog. Visual communication is one of the most effective ways to often get a point across – and an infographic is no different. There are many different types of infographic, from social media statistics, lists, tutorials – basically you name it there may well be an infographic for it. Infographics are usually the product of a company, used to detail some figures and statistics but now you can easily create your own with these great options below.
How to go viral is a question that a lot of bloggers often ask. Having an image, a video or a blog post go viral can literally explode your visitor count in a very short space of time. But what exactly is it?
Going viral is when content such as the like mentioned above gets shares, likes, comments, tweets or whatever social interaction and lots of them – quickly.
Anyone who has a Facebook account will know what I mean. How many of you get a picture, symbol or a popular phrase come up on your timeline every so often?
There should be rules of blogging. Recently I have been getting a little frustrated with the blogging world. So, I have decided to draft up some rules which should be followed. This is the John Banks Blog Unwritten Rules of Blogging.
These are my rules that in my opinion would improve the blogging industry, and everyone’s blogs! So, take note. Because you do not want to caught out not following these….
WordPress themes typically include powerful multimedia features. One of the things that you want to keep in mind if you’re a blogger is that you don’t have to go overboard with using these features. In fact, if you concentrate on using them in ways that truly add to the value of your content, you may see some tremendous benefits. Here are some effective strategies.
Learning how to use Twitter effectively is an important skill when it comes to your social media presence online. Unfortunately, people think that by blasting out tweets all day long with their affiliate links on them is going to be a successful campaign. Think again. Twitter as we all know is the haven for little micro snippets of your day, its allows you to share your thoughts and links with the rest of your following in 140 characters or less.
Let’s not forget, among the blogging, business and social media industry it is primarily a marketing tool. Used by bloggers and business minds alike to try and engage with their followers.
Except they don’t.
Do you know the importance of time management? Well, a lot of people I know – myself included go hammer and tongs into various projects and end up all over the place because of a distinct lack of time management and organisational discipline.
What this does is two things.
Number one: You end up starting a project but because it’s not planned and no S.M.A.R.T goals have been set usually after a week or two the project starts to diminish and things start to slip. This will usually end up in the “Must re-visit later” file. Sound familiar?
So, you have written your post and you are dead excited about what you have had to say. Finally you have got off your chest what you have been crying out for ages – feels great. But then what?
What do you do after you hit that tiny blue publish button?
Still, even in this social media frenzy where 50% of Americans between the ages of 18-34 check their Facebook page before having their breakfast – people hit publish then do nothing!
So, here we are in 2013 and already the busiest week at the gym is over and no doubt some people’s resolutions have already been quashed! What do you have in store for 2013?
This will be what everyone will be asking themselves this time of year, everyone tries to do things differently, tries to aim a bit higher. Whether it be lose weight, eat better, quit smoking or even improve their careers most people would have set some new goals.