Hate SEO? A 9 Point Plan to Improve Your Visibility Online

Search Engine Optimization are the three words I struggle with as a writer.  I enjoy putting words on paper and bringing them to life on my computer screen.

The idea of writing a blog post around certain words is pretty horrifying to me.  Cramming keywords can be more detrimental than healthy to any website.

Things have changed since the early inception of the internet.  Making your website stand out and be valuable go hand in hand these days.

In this article I'm going to delve into the world of SEO and show you some simple steps to improve your website rankings.

"Old School" SEO (Search Engine Optimization" is Dead

The tricks people used to use to jump to the front of the queue in Google and other search engines are now frowned upon and valuable content is "King".  Which means that pleasing your site users instead of search engines raises your search ranking for the future.

The Anatomy of SEO

All that said lets look at some simple basics of SEO:

Making Your Website Original

How to make your website be valuable enough for page one of Googles results.

1. Give Valuable Content

Incorporate, high quality, productive, invaluable and unique information.  Focus on what your readers want and give it to them.

2. Let Your Writing Flow Naturally

Longer articles rank higher, so use a natural tone and phrasing to your blog posts.  Don't worry about word counting, just relate what you want to say, then stop.  The top third of your webpage will be scanned by search engines so ensure it content rich.

3. Renew Your Site Content Regularly

Add content a little at a time rather than a lot.  Leaving long pauses between posts will mark your website as "stale".

4. Increase Engagement With Media

Making the most of images and video is an effective way to increase engagement to your website.  Break-up articles with engaging images to hold your readers attention.

5. Make Your Site Social Media Friendly

Incorporate social media on your website.  Visitors prefer content shared in their own social media circle.  The greater your following the higher your content will appear in the search results.  Make it accessible to both your followers and visitors to share your content with their followers and friends.

Using Simple Website Design

6. Create Navigational Links

Search engines love navigational links, they form a path for visitors and search engines to follow from page to page.  Make sure you  have at least one link that relates to another blog post.

7. Enhance the User Experience

Make your site navigation natural, create an environment that's easy for people to find the information they're looking for.  Search engines rank engagement and what visitors do while they're on a website.

Using Suitable Keywords

Use keywords strategically and naturally.

8. Focus on Specific Themes

Make clear distinctions about what topics you cover on your website.  Don't make it a random mess of pages, because search engines will ignore most them.  You can use tools such as Google Keyword Planner to brainstorm new keyword ideas and see the competition you'll have.

9. Add a Relevant Keyword in Your Page Title

This will help with your website ranking, just don't over do it.

Embrace SEO (Search Engine Optimization)

The old days of SEO are over, you no longer need technical knowledge or money in your pocket  to get noticed with search engines.

Providing a good quality experience for your visitors is what really counts.

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How to Stay Fresh as a Writer: 10 Ideas to Start Your Originality

Is it possible to be original online anymore?  Have all of the really good ideas gone?  Is it possible to be authentic at a time where access to information is so easy?

The simple answer is, yes of course you can be original!

People start online daily with new ideas, creating articles fresh and unique.  Think of it this way, we're all individuals and unique human beings, we'll always have something to say.

If you feel like your writing is going stale or you have nothing new to contribute, here are 10 Ideas to Start Your Originality:

1. What Makes You Happy?

You're a rare and unique individual, find out what makes you angry, happy or sad.  Use these emotions to drive your research and thoughts.  Follow your heart and your passion, create content that's extraordinary and something that reflects you as a person.

2. Stop Studying Your Rivals Blog

A habit that's easily picked up by most bloggers.  Pouring over your competitors blog can leave you feeling overwhelmed and disheartened, like you can't add anymore on the same subject.

You've done your research, you know what's out there so tune it out, centre in on what you know and write about it.

3. Go With Your Gut Instinct

When you're reading an article, do you ever feel like its not totally truthful? Go with that gut feeling, pursue it and find out if its true or not.  Put your view into a blogpost and establish your point of view.

4. Do a Ton of Writing

The more you write the bigger your writing voice becomes.  You need to make sure you're writing regularly, as much as you can.

Even when you're feeling low, start researching something that catches your eye!

5. Tap into Other Media

If you're getting bored with reading blog posts, go and read a book, watch a movie or listen to the radio.  Tap into other kinds of media for inspiration.

6. Take a Trip

Visit a new culture, take in the sights and sounds.  When you travel you see the world in a different
light.  You'll discover a new angle and fresh approach to your writing.

7. Ignore the Pessimists

Do you think your new novel is to "out there"?  Or your writing style is "far-out"?

Believe in yourself, and know that what you're writing has value.  Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

8. Just Spit it Out!

Stop overthinking and just write!

You need to stop pontificating and write as many of your thoughts as possible.  Don't think just do it!

9. Write What You Know

Use your life experience and put it down on paper.  Unique elements, such as knowledge you've gained no one else can duplicate.

10. Focus Inward

A powerful tool in finding your writing voice and developing it is to compete with yourself.  Make each article you write better than the last.

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What Sort of Writer are You?

The field of  writing is a vast one, with many paths to choose from.  What usually springs to mind are the writers behind the newspaper articles you read daily, or the political speeches you hear on TV from politicians.  There are many types of writing, and many people employed as writers in different job types.  See below:

Article Writers

Specific themes and topics, or news items are done by non-fiction writers.  These article writers can often be found as staff writers or freelance writers.  They're all able to write crisp, concise articles.These articles are written on and off the internet, many make a good living in the magazine industry.

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Academic Writers

Scientific journals, university magazines are all written by academic writers.  Many are primarily article/book writers, that don't write for money.  It's usually considered an honor to be published in many of these publications.  Most of these writers do it to further their academic career.

Business Writers

Usually found working for commercial business magazines of high end readers.  The demands are more stringent, emphasising language and relevant business knowledge.  The writers reflect their cutting edge audience of professionals.  Business writing can be done by both freelance and staff writers, but definitely no amateurs.  Well paid both on and off line.


Trends are their staple, rather than news.  Columnists can be found in newsletters, newspapers and magazines.  Syndicated columns can found in hundreds of newspapers.  Writing articles weekly for the same column, staff journalists can be found in larger newspapers and magazines, usually with an established name to provide regular columns for their readers.


Some of the best paid writers in the business.  A good copywriter can make a lot of money writing text to sell a product.  A copywriter had the ability to evoke an interest and enthusiasm for a particular product.

Freelance writers

Those writers who do not make their living in one particular job.  As the title suggests, it gives freedom to the writer and enables them to take on whatever work suits them.  Making their job diverse and allowing them to work when they want.  Although this affects their income a lot, most writers prefer this route to staff writing.


Most people read what a journalist has produced in a newspaper.  Normally a degree is required in journalism for the writer.  The biggest rule is to keep all deadlines.

Nonfiction book writers

This group of writers include technical, academic and those with even more fervour and devotion than writing skills.  Their common skill is the ability to read information and turn it into readable text that will satisfy the reader.

Online writers

Many freelance writers write for websites and e-zines.  Usually with no previous writing background and have jobs during the day, these writers can be quite low paid.  The market online is diverse and bottomless leaving a lot of scope for creativity and diversity with their writing.

4 Free Alternatives to Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office is the most popular program on the market at the moment.  Prising yourself away and using a different program can be difficult when you've used it for so many years.

Recently I decided to go cold turkey try an alternative to Microsoft Office.  This was due to the amount of money Microsoft charge for the privilege of a monthly subscription or one off payment for a product key.

Discover below the equivalent word processing program beyond Word:

Google Docs

Google Docs

Google docs offers a variety of templates from cv's, reports to letters.  If you have a small business it even has a great substitute for Excel, allowing you to do spreadsheets to.  Like Office online you can open, edit and create files from your browser.  It also supports PDF files which is a bonus!

Office Online

Office Online

Office online is a free version of Microsoft Office.  It supports Word, Excel, Power Point and One Note files.  Again you can create and edit files from your browser.  It also handles PDF files.

Apache Open Office

Apache Open Office

A well know software with tools for word processing, presentation, spreadsheet and graphics.  You can save documents in the open documents feature, also read Microsoft Word documents, as well as being able to save your work in Microsoft Office format.

Libre Office

Libre Office

This software was developed by the Document Foundation, it offers the same six applications as Apache Open Office.  In the standard package you get PDF import, presentation minimiser and wiki publisher.


How Healthy is Your Blog?

When you start blogging you start to realise just how important regularly testing your blog is.

Once you start testing your website to see how well it performs your attention is drawn to focus on its optimal capability.  You can put this into practice to any aspect, including functionality, browser capability and usability.

Here are 6 Good Reasons Why You Should Test Your Website:
  1. Boost confidence in your company or brand.
  2. A website that performs better than your competitors.
  3. Increase search engine rankings with a superior performing website.
  4. Recurrent website visitors.
  5. Growth in enquiries, sales and interactions with your company with a fully working website.
  6. Peach of mind.
Testing Basics

Here are a list of the services available for checking your website for errors and improving your web page.


I Hate Pop-Ups! What Do You Think?

A subject that touches all internet users.  What are your thoughts about pop-ups that appear on blogs and websites asking for your email address?

Pop-ups are used regularly on blogs
and websites to attract readers to sign up for newsletters or receive free downloads.  With companies such as Mailchimp and Hellobar offering a plugin for free, it can be really tempting for any website owner or blogger (myself included) to go down that route.

Love 'em or hate 'em they're here to stay.

What do you think of pop-ups asking for your email address to receive free content, or other extras?  Do you take up the offer and sign up?  Or do you feel like leaving a website?  Do they help your subscription rate?

I want to know your thoughts on pop-ups good and bad.  If you love them or hate them, or if you use them on your own website.  I want to hear all of your comments!


14 Popular Kindle Publishing Resources

The most popular and largest online retailer Amazon.com definitely can't be ignored, particularly if you're a writer.

Printed books have been over taken by eBook sales on Amazon in 2011.  With self publishing advancing steadily, Amazon is clearly a publishing company to watch in the coming years.

There are so many fabulous resources out there to help and assist you to publish more effectively and gain access to the ever-widening Kindle readership.

Discover below a list of popular resources to get you started self publishing on Kindle:


1. How to Publish a Book! Publish on Amazon Kindle with Kindle Direct, Publishing & Build Your Business Now!
Discover how to go from an eBook in Word to selling it in the Amazon store.  Learn WHAT to do and WHAT not to do! This book will show you how to publish your book Kindle in less than an hour.

2. How to Publish a Book that Doesn't Suck and Will Actually Sell - 10 Secrets to Self Publishing Your Way to a Damn Good Living

Learn how to turn your self publishing efforts into a reliable source of income.  Find out how you can get published, get noticed and get paid.

3. Publish on Amazon: How to Publish on Amazon, Publish a CreateSpace Book, Publish a Print on Demand Book, a Printed Book

Find out where to start, find a publisher and discover many more tips and tricks you need to know about to publish on Kindle.

4. How I Sold 30,000 eBooks on Amazon's Kindle - An - Easy - to - Follow Self Publishing Guidebook 2016 Edition

Martin Crosbie has sold tens of thousands of copies of his own self published books putting him in Amazon's top ten bestseller list.  Discover how you can do it to.

5. KBoards

A blog and forum dedicated to all things Kindle.  With features such as resources for writers, a Writer's Cafe Community, promotional Book Bazaar and directory of editing and art services for authors.

6. Kindlepreneur

Dave Chesson, best-selling, author knows it isn't just about writing but also about marketing.  Read his blog full of tips and tricks as well as loads of recommended resources.


 7. Kindle Launch Plan: Publish and Market an Amazon Bestseller

A step-by-step guide to writing, publishing, editing and marketing your Kindle eBook.  With strategies from author Nick Loper who earned $1,400 in his first month on Amazon.

8. Become a Winner in the World of Kindle Publishing 

This course will provide you with the "secrets from the trenches" other authors keep to themselves.  The seminar that is not conventional but a little out of the box.

9. Publishing Prodigy: Outsource and Self Publish Kindle eBooks 

If your biggest fear is not having an income if you stopped working .... if this resonates with you and you have limited time and no experience with writing or self-publishing, then this course is for you.

Amazon Tools

10. Kindle Text Book Creator

A tool for creating interactive educational texts.  Take learning to the next level by simply importing your PDF into the Kindle Textbook Creator and supplement with video, audio and pop-up images.

11. Kindle Scout

Get your book noticed by Amazon and published through Kindle Press.  Simply submit your book, collect nominations from your biggest fan during a 30-day campaign.  If your books is selected Kindle Press will publish it.  You'll receive a five year renewable term, $1,500 advance, 50 per cent eBook royalty rate and get featured in Amazon marketing.  Participation is free.

12. Kindle Previewer

See how your eBook displays across all Kindle devices and apps, for any orientation or font size.

13. KindleGen

With KindleGen you can convert your eBook file into a compatible format for all Kindle devices and apps, best of all its free.

14. CreateSpace

Self-publishing really is easy.  Simply upload your book and CreateSpace will take care of the rest, including formatting, manufacturing and even shipping hard copies.  All hard copies are printed as they're ordered.  This means you don't need to pay up front for a set number of books.  For each book sold, you earn royalties, leaving Amazon and CreateSpace to keep their cut for the overhead.

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