Wednesday, February 28, 2018

25 Free Places to Share Your Blog Posts


Producing blog content regularly is not enough to get your blog views.  You need to spend at least 60% of your time marketing your blog posts and any other books or interests you might have on the go.  If you're not sure where to start here is my list of the best places to post after you've published a blog post.

Social Media

Most people use social media these days so reaching out to as many sites as you can will boost your presence online.

1. Facebook
2. Twitter
3. Pinterest
4. Google+
5. Instagram
6. LinkedIn
7. Triberr
8. StumbleUpon

9. Blog Engage
10. Reddit

Search Engines

Search engines are probably one of the first places to start.  Google being the primary target.

11. Google Blog Search Ping
12. Pingomatic
13. Bing
14. Social Book Marker
15. SubmitX
16. SoMuch
17. Entireweb

Social Bookmarking Sites

Reach out to bookmarking sites and get more views to your blog.

18. Digg
19. DoSplash
20. Kingged
21. Inbound
22. Bizsugar
23. Delicious

Article Directories

Create new articles in your field and generate more traffic.

24. Ezine Articles
25. Medium


Monday, February 26, 2018

5 Amazing Reasons Why You Should Carry a Notebook

These are my 5 top reasons why a writer should have a notebook with them at all times.


1. Record thoughts for new stories and topics

Ideas can spring to mind at the strangest times during a typical day.  When you sleep at night, or going for the weekly shop, your brain is constantly on alert and thinking about the next writing project.  Not writing down those thoughts can be fatal, but by carrying around a notebook you can scrible down your random thoughts to develop later.

2. To write down interesting invents that happen during the day

If you're a fictional writer, you can draw on simple events that might happen during the day.  Such as a child'e reaction to a birthday present, an accident by the side of the road or your washing machine breaking down.  After these events have occured write down something that will help you remember the event later on.

3. Make notes about people you see in every day life

Writing character descriptions is extremely useful for anyone writing fiction.  People watching is one way of doing this.  Sitting down in a restaurant or cafe and watching the world go by.  Make notes about the people that stand-out to you the most.  How they're dressed, hold themselves etc.

4. Write down inspirational quotes

Quotes can be used in a variety of different ways.  They can be to a highlight a point you might be making, or just for inspiration.

5. To document helpful information

Notebooks can be used in so many different ways:
  • Writing down new resources you've come across
  • For setting personal goals
  • Promoting your books or website
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Friday, February 23, 2018

Curious Facts About Writing


Did you know that when you write you use all four lobes of the brain?  Writing may not be everyones strong point, but these facts may help you change the way you look at writing forever:

1. Here's a weird fact, an ambigram is a word that can be viewed or deciphered from different directions, perspectives and orientation.

2. A crutch word is used to give the speaker more time to think or reiterate a statement.  They usually don't add any real meaning to a statement.  A perfect example of this is "actually".

3. Our etymological capabilities are so good that new words are created every two hours.

4. 'I' is the most frequently used word.

5. Another strange fact is the 'ghost word'.  These are words that are published in the dictionary but rarely used.

6. The longest word in the English language is 'pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis'.  Medically known as silicosis, referring to a lung disease.

7. A sentence containing every letter of the alphabet is a pangram.  Eg. The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.

8. 'I am' is the simplest sentence in the English language.

9. A regular ball point pen can give you a straight five mile line.  The humble pencil can go seven times further at thirty five miles.

10. The fastest typist ever recorded was Barbara Blackburn who typed 150 wpm for 50 minutes.

11. Novelist and playwright Agatha Christie had dysgraphia, a learning disability that affected her written expression.  It certainly never stopped her selling 2 billion books worldwide.

12. 'Writer's Block' or 'colygraphia', the inability to bring about fresh ideas.

13. Mogigraphia a disorder caused by cramps and muscle spasms in the hands and forearm, usually when writing (performing fine motor tasks).

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Are We All Guilty of Misusing Words?


The English language is by far one of the hardest languages to master, due to the fact that it is a mish mash of languages that have been sewn in to the very fabric of what we know today as English.

Whether it be American English spelling or British, it can be really confusing.  As a writer it can be really difficult to express what you need in a blog post.  So having a thesaurus or dictionary is always a must.



These days people prefer to shorten words or, make new ones up when they're tapping away on their mobile phones.  But have we really lost the art of knowing how to write a decent sentence?

In the list below you can see some of the words that people misuse everyday.
  1. Irony
  2. Ultimate
  3. Travesty
  4. Conversate
  5. Peruse
  6. Bemused
  7. Compelled
  8. Nauseous
  9. Redundant
  10. Enormity
  11. Adverse 
  12. Appraise
  13. Criteria
  14. Data
  15. Depreciate
  16. Dichotomy
  17. Disinterested
  18. Enervate
  19. Fortuitous
  20. Flounder
  21. Fulsome
  22. Ironic
  23. Intern
  24. Literally
  25. Luxuriant
  26. Mitigate
  27. Proscribe
  28. Protagonist
  29. Refute
  30. Simplistic
The list goes on and on.  When it comes to the English language there is nothing set in stone when it comes to the rules of grammar and use of words.  So everything is left to interpretation.

Monday, February 19, 2018

My Continuing Experience Publishing with Amazon


Back in 2016 I published a blog post about publishing on Amazon, titled "The Problem Self Publishing on Amazon".  Things have moved along since then, and I want to let you know what I've learned.

To any first time author it's a huge task publishing your book.  You step into the unknown, without any warning about consequences through the actions you take to publishing your book.

This mine field can be crossed if you take these simple tips into consideration.

1. Research self-publishing. Look into every aspect of it before you take the plunge, that will give you greater insight when you start publishing your eBooks and print books.

2. Make sure your interior and cover are formatted to the standard expected.  Each publisher will have it's own rules on what is needed for an eBook or print book.

3. Explore your creative side.  Over time I've discovered what an image can really do for a book cover.  I'm in the process of republishing my books on Amazon with updated information and covers.  Always try and make your book cover stand out from the crowd.  Even if you are on a shoe string budget, it can be done.

4. A great way to get sales on your book is to use "Kindle Free Download" and "Kindle Countdown Deal".  By giving your eBook away at a reduced price or for free each month, your book will slowly start to move up in the best seller ranking.  You can read more about Amazon Elevating your books in Amazon here.

I'd love to hear your comments about publishing in the comments below.


Friday, February 16, 2018

What You Need to Know About Parts of a Word


Definition of Root Words

The root is the foundation on which other words are built.  The core meaning of every word is carried within the root.  A root word can also be a whole word such as self, you can attach new parts to form new words like selfless and selfish.

However most words aren't always formed from root words because they come from other languages, and their meanings may not be as they seem at first glance.



Example

Convocation:  The root is "voc" from the Latin "to call" or "voice".
Convocation is an act of calling together, or assembly.
You can also get provocative, vociferous and vocal from the same root.

More Examples

Set 1: Manufacture, factory, benefactor.
Set 2: Biography, autobiograhy, biology, anitbiotic.

Each of these two sets of words has a common root word.

Set 1, the root word is "fac" which simply means to make or do.
Set 2, the root word is "bio-" which means life.

Greek and Latin Influence on Root Words

The English language is a mish mash of numerous languages that have come together over the centuries.  The two main languages being Greek and Latin.  These two languages have had the greatest affect overall, so being able to figure out what words mean as we come across them definitely helps.

Take a look at more root words extracted from Greek and Latin.

Root word  Meaning Origin  English word 
 anthropo- human Greek anthropology, anthropomorphic 
 astra star Greek astronomy, astrology
 audi hear Latin audible, audio, audience
 cap, capt to take, seize  Latin capable, capture
 chron time Greek chronicle, chronology
 cred to believe Latin credit, incredible
 dict say, speak Latin diction, dictator, predict
 dorm sleep Latin dormant, dormitory
 duc to lead Latin educate, abduct
 flect bend Latin reflect
 ject throw Latin eject
 photo light Greek photon, photographer
 port carry Latin export, transport
 mono single Greek monologue
 mut change Latin commute, mutation
 sperm seed Greek angiosperm
 terr earth Latin terrain
 vac empty Latin evacuate, vacate
 val strong/well Latin valor, valid
 ver truth Latin verdict, verify
 vert to turn Latin divert, convert
 vol wish/will Latin volunteer

Suffixes and Prefixes

What is a Suffix?

A syllable or group of syllables added after a root which can often change the meaning of the word.

Example

Cheerful - Cheerfully

By adding "ly" to the adjective'cheerful' it changes it to the adverb 'cheerfully'.

Here are some well-known suffixes.

Suffix  Meaning  Origin  Example 
 -able (-ible) expressing ability Latin capable, manageable 
 -ac pertaining to Greek cardiac, maniac
 -ary (-ery) connected with Latin dictionary, surgery
 -dom state, rank, condition Latin freedom, wisdom
 -en cause to be, become Old English  darken, weaken
 -ful full of, marked by Anglo Saxon  hopeful, colorful
 -ish tending to Anglo Saxon foolish, stylish
 -ly characteristic of Anglo Saxon friendly, quickly
 -ment action/instance Latin punishment, development
 -tion (-ion, -sion, -ation, -ition)  the action or state of Latin action, friction


What is a Prefix?

One or more syllables added before the root.

Example

Perfect - Imperfect

By adding the prefix "im" which means not, before the word 'perfect' it changes the meaning to produce a negative feeling.

Various prefixes in the English language come from not only Greek and Latin but also Anglo-Saxon languages.

Here are some commonly used prefixes.

Prefix  Meaning  Origin  Examples 
 ab- away from  Latin abduction, abnormal 
 ad- to, toward Latin adjoin
 ante- before Latin anteroom, antechamber 
 anti- opposed to  Greek antisocial, anticlimax
 bi- two Latin bisect, bimonthly
 ex- (e-, ec-, ef-)  forth, from, out  Latin extend, emigrate
 dis- not, apart Latin disqualify, disagree
 in- (il-, im-, ir) not Latin inhuman, illegal, impossible, irresponsible 
 inter- between Latin intermediate
 mis- wrongly Anglo Saxon  mislead, misunderstand
 pre- before Latin pretest, precede
 re- again/back Latin review, rewrite
 sub- beneath Latin subway, submarine

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Elevating Your Books for Easy Search on Amazon


If you're new to self-publishing you may not know that Amazon, just like Google, is no more than a search engine for online buying.

Just like Google there are no shortcuts to getting your book to rank high on Amazon.  People love searching for shortcuts, that most of the time don't actually work, so they end up losing out instead of gaining from their shortcut.

Lots of people spend hours looking up keywords in order to rank high on Google.  You can look at Amazon in the same way with your books.  The difference is that you're up against one billion ebook titles and three million print books on Amazon.  These numbers will have grown by the time this article has been finished, but you get the idea.

The easier it is to find your book the more often it will appear in searches, and the more books you'll sell.

How to Achieve a Higher Ranking With Your Book on Amazon

If you were writing a blog post and wanted it to rank higher on Google, SEO experts would tell you to utilise tags and keywords.  The same can be said about Google, the biggest difference is that Google doesn't have categories.

Two main components to ranking on Amazon are keywords and categories.  Your visibility, exposure and sales on Amazon will be pretty lacklustre if these factors aren't taken into consideration.

The Importance of Keywords and Searches

When you've finished writing your book have you taken into consideration the keywords to use in your book's title, subtitle or description?  These may not be the first things you think about, but are really important when it comes to selling your book.

With Amazon you're allowed to use seven different keywords or strings of keywords.  When you start uploading your book this is why you need to know which keywords to use to optimise your search on Amazon.

Which Keywords Should I Use?

The same applies on Google.  Type in your chosen subject and Google provides suggestions.  Let's say you're looking for a book about "wildlife", Amazon will come up with what is probably their bestsellers, first, and then other high ranking books on the same topic.

You're allowed seven keywords on your Amazon listing, you can use these words within your title and description.

Quick Note:  You should include your primary keyword every 100 words in your description.

How to Gain More Traction with Your Books

You can advertise your book in various ways on the internet for free, here are few ways I'm using myself to get Amazon's attention:

Social media

Use your social media, websites such as Pinterest, Facebook, Google+ and Twitter to get the word out about your books.  Test the waters and see what works for you.

Write a Blog Post About Your Book

Let your readers know that your an author and have your own books.  Don't be frightened to blow your own trumpet.  Otherwise no one will know about your work.

Special Offers

Use Amazon's free eBook promotion and Kindle Countdown deals.  I use the free eBook promotion on all of my Amazon books and have noticed how quickly my book gets pushed up the search engine on Amazon.

If you're on the lookout for a book on Search Engine Optimisation, be sure to check out SEO for Growth: The Ultimate Guide for Marketers, Web Designers and Entrepreneurs.


Tell me about your experiences with Amazon publishing in the comments below.

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Friday, February 09, 2018

9 Awesome and Unexpected Gifts for Writers


If you're struggling to find that perfect gift for a writer in your life, look no further.

In this article you'll find ideas for bookends, journals and pens, jewellery, software and much more!

1. Bookends

Need something cool and unique to prop up all of those books?

Industrial Steampunk Book Ends



Creative Co-Op Metal Arrow Bookend Set



Halova Adjustable Metal Book Ends




2. The Storymatic




Storymatic includes 540 cards that kick starts the imagination.  Pull out cards from each category and let the storytelling begin.  Fabulous for writing groups and writers experiencing writer's block.

3. Author Jewellery



I love this handmade charm bracelet with Love/Slider Letters/Book Charm across it.  What's more it's real leather.

4. Alice in Wonderland Writing Gloves



A truly unusual gift find, American-made.  Super soft 100% cotton knit fabric with white and black text.  The makers Storiarts also offer gloves and scarves in:

The Raven Edgar Allen Poe
Anne of Green Gables
Peter Pan
Sense and Sensibility

5. Dragon Naturally Speaking Software

Speech-to-text software, easy on the fingers.  Speak and the words appear immediately on the page.  Many well known writers have already started using this kind of software.

6. Literary T-Shirts

These t-shirts will fit all ages men, women and children.  All are 100% cotton.





7. 100 Books Bucket List


A list of the 100 most beautiful novels ever written, easily scratched off as you read them.  A great gift for any book worm who thinks they've read them all.

8. Crazy-Horse Wax Leather Journal



Handmade dark brown wax crazy-horse journal.  This unique journal is made by applying special wax to the surface of the leather.  Giving it an antique look as it ages.

9. Audible Subscription




Why not buy them an Audible subscription, so they can listen to their favourite books on any device.

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Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Quick Guide to Boost Your Pinterest Traffic


Pinterest can exponentially boost your website traffic!  This is all done by using simple images and visuals to catch your audiences attention.

You can read more about creating images with these blog posts:

>[Blog Images] How to Choose the Best Fonts for Your Business

>[Blog Images] How to Make Words Look Good

>[Blog Images] Pairing Your Fonts Like a Pro

>[Blog Images] Create Pictures with Fresh Fonts

>How to Use PicMonkey to Create Amazing Images for Your Blog

People are looking for interesting Pins throughout the year, especially holiday time.  In 2016, according to Pinterest 20% more holiday-related Pins were saved to Pinterest boards than in 2015.  Which shows people are looking all of the time for ideas relating to Christmas, Easter and many other holidays for inspiration for holiday ideas.

You don't have to be the arty type to post Pins.  I know I'm definitely not a natural when it comes to image creation.  People are looking for Pins that stand out, and everyone's taste is always going to be different.  You should look at Pinterest just like any other social media platform as free advertising.

It's an opportunity to get creative and build your brand online.  You should take advantage of Pinterest and be posting as many Pins as you can throughout the year, and showing people what you can do.

It doesn't matter what time or season, you should be posting now!

Start Recycling Old Blog Posts

No matter how old your blog post is, if the information is relevant, Pin it!

You can breathe new life into old blog posts by creating new images.  My colour scheme can be a bit mixed at times but I never let that stop me when it comes to posting Pins.

Here's a quick run down of holidays and events:

October

Peak time: Black Friday, Halloween, Thanksgiving.

Trending: Christmas, New Year's

November

Peak time: Black Friday, Thanksgiving, Christmas.

Trending: New Year's, Valentines, Super Bowl.

December

Peak Time: Christmas, New Year's.

Trending: Valentines, Super Bowl, Mardi Gras.

Use Your Affiliate Links and Pin Products

Pinterest allows you to post affiliate links directly.  Many people use Pinterest to help them find things such as clothing, make up etc., to see what's trending.  This could be a much needed extra income for anyone looking to make a bit of extra cash.  You could try creating your board of relevant products for techies, foodies etc.

The possibilities are endless.  Get creative and start pinning today, and share your pinning stories in the comments below.  Happy Pinning:)

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Monday, February 05, 2018

Direct and Indirect Objects, What Are They?


So What are Direct and Indirect Objects?

The noun or pronoun, by definition that gives meaning to the subject and the verb in a sentence.  Direct and indirect objects used in a sentence.



A Direct Object

Nounds, Pronouns, clauses and phrases are direct objects.  Transitive verbs will follow a direct object.  Use this simple formula to identify the direct object: subject + verb + + who? or what? = DIRECT OBJECT.  Here is an example of direct objects used in sentences:

Example: Mark and Alice ate cereal for breakfast.

Subject = Mark and Alice
Verb = ate
Who? or What? = Mark and Alice ate cereal
Direct object is cereal.

Complicating Subject Complements With Direct Objects

A direct object can easily be mistaken for a subject complement.  A subject complement is a clause or phrase that follows a linking verb, by definition.  For instance is, are or was, and complements, or completes the subject of a sentence by describing or renaming it.  It should be noted that only action verbs can have direct objects.  Thus if the verb is a linking one, the word that answers the question "what" or "who" is a subject complement.  Here is an example:

Example: The Judge accidentally locked his keys in the car.

Judge = Subject
Locked = Action verb
What did the Judge lock? Answer = his keys the direct object.

If You Need a Direct Object Always Use the Direct Form of the Pronoun

Don't use subjective pronouns as direct objects.  Object pronouns are: me, us, you, him, her, it, them and whom.

Example: After I gave my daughter Lydia a lollipop, she always kisses me with her sticky mouth.

Subject = She
Action verb = Kisses
Direct object = Me

An Indirect Object

Nouns or pronouns are the indirect objects that identify to whom or for whom the action verb is performed, and also who is receiving the direct object.  Seldom seen are indirect objects.  You always need both an indirect and direct object in a sentence.  An indirect object will predate the direct object and is identified by who or what received the direct object.  For example:

Example: James sent his aunt a postcard from Florida.
Subject = Samuel
Verb = Sent
Ask the question "sent what"? Answer = A postcard is the direct object.  To determine the indirect object, ask who received the direct object. Answer = His aunt is the indirect object.

Friday, February 02, 2018

Link Building: How and Why You Should Do It


Building a website and waiting for readers to come to you doesn't work, you need to use SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) strategies to get any kind of ranking on search pages.

Link building is a very simple way any website owner or blogger can use to improve their SEO.

What is Link Building?

It's a term used for the process of getting other websites to link to a page from your own blog in order to get higher ranking on search engines.  Big search engines such as Google and Bing value quality or quantity.  You're better off with a few trustworthy links than lots of spammy ones.  This is where you need to produce high quality relevant information for authoritative sites to link to your blog.

The Value of Links to Your Website

Google will give your website more respect when it knows your content has been linked to an already high ranked website in your field.

It always comes back to value.  If you're linked to a website that has thousands of unique views every month that's going to cause a buzz, and search engines such as Google stand-up and take notice.

Why You Need to Build Relationships

People who manage website content on high ranking websites are always taking note as to where their traffic is coming from.  Original content is always sought after and relevant, you may get asked to have your blog post reposted, and that's how you get a high quality link to your website.

This doesn't happen overnight, but rather taking time and patience to build up relationships with influencer's in your own field, that share your vision.

Simple Tips to Get Started
  • Make a list of 10-20 influencers in your field
  • Go to relevant forums and introduce yourself
  • Make comments on social media, such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn
  • Include experts in your blog post lists
  • Ask for permission to repost all or part of a influential article on your site
  • Invite bloggers to write a guest post on your site


Make sure that all of your hyperlinks are relevant and give your website real meaning.

Always Aim to Write High Quality Content

Make your blog content extraordinary, making sure your website is running 99.9% all of the time.  Traffic won't come unless your blog content inspires and resonates with your audience.

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