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How to Become a Web Content Writer

Every web site that you go to has had to have a web content writer create the many pages of information that you are reading through. For these sites to stay at the top of the search engine results pages, the sites will need fresh and new web content on a continuous basis. This is why the field of being a web content writer has become one of the fastest growing careers. Everyday there are new web sites popping up on the Internet in need of content. To capitalize on this need is it is a good idea to become a web content writer.

Step One

Learn as much as you can about the freelance writing industry and about web content. To become a web content writer, you need to know about keywords, search engine optimization and how to write for the Internet. These are all pieces of information that you can pick up by searching the Internet or by reading a couple ebooks on the subject. There is a lot to know about how to write web content to help you and the web site that you write for to make money.

Step Two

Rework your resume to focus on your writing skills if you want to become a web content writer. You will want to showcase any specialized knowledge that you may have that a web site owner may want to include on their site. This is a fairly easy and quick step to become a web content writer. Once you have a resume that focuses on writing, you can begin to apply to web content writer positions.

Step Three

Sign up and apply to a couple of web content companies. This is a great way to get started as a web content writer. The company does all of the work of finding clients that need to have web content written and then they give you the assignments. Many of these companies even have editors on hand to clean up your web content and give you pointers on how to better your writing. This is the lower end of the pay scale when it comes to being a web content writer. However, it is a good place to start.

Step Four

Find and apply to private clients to build your web content career. Private clients pay much better then web content companies. You can find listings for private clients that are looking for web content on bidding sites and Craig’s list. You can also choose to query web sites as a web content writer. Many sites that are in need of new web content do not advertise their need. Once you have queried a few sites, you are going to start seeing orders for web content just rolling in.

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Key Concepts of a Strong Web Site

In web-o-sphere it has been reported in the Library of Alexandria that there are about 2 billion web pages available for people to view. It is reported that there are also about 6 billion people in the world. If we do that math then we can see that every site should receive around 3 visitors. If we consider the amount of people who actually have access to the internet you might find that just about everyone on the web has a page. Thus, you are going to have to draw lots of visitors in order to earn more than your share. That requires a strong web page.

The key concepts involved in building a strong web presence are page design, the content of the page, e-commerce and how you market your site. Each of these has a component in gaining more visitors. To ignore anyone of them is likely to result in fewer visitors. For example, you might spend a lot of time in marketing but if your design isn’t done well, you have little content or you can’t accept online payments, the visitors won’t return. Thus, putting all of these components together so they work in tandem with each other will help ensure you are getting both visitors and sales.

Page Design: It shouldn’t take more than a few seconds to load your page. Even though graphics, lots of pictures, and bouncy little things are neat to look at, it does slow down your webpage. If a customer has to wait sometime to load your page they will probably just move on.

The second component to this is that everything should be designed so that it is easy to find. For example, if you are selling products have a search button, categories, or names easily available on the first page. No one should have to go more than 2 pages deep to get to something they want to read.

Content: Simply listing your product works for large companies but doesn’t work that well for small businesses. You should consider adding content such as articles and informational guides so people can make informed decisions. The second benefit of this is that search engines will visit your page more often and index the information more often which draws more visitors.

E-Commerce: The majority of people don’t like to send checks. Thus e-commerce allows them to purchase products or services from your site by entering in a credit card or debit card. Electronic money is the most common form of money in the U.S. You should allow for other methods of payments such as mailing checks and money orders for those who still do not trust the internet.

Marketing Your Business: There are many forms of marketing available, but only some will work well with your business. The basics of marketing include increasing your links, ranking higher in the search engines, getting listed on searchable indexes, off-line methods and offering online banners. If you don’t know how to do this type of marketing you may consider hiring someone for you.

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Website Visitor, We’re Watching You

I have noticed that since the “Snowden” story broke, there have been many articles and posts on the subject of spying.

I had responded with a comment on one of the Snowden stories after reading how foolish we must now look after accusing China of spying on the USA.

I operate a forum in Washington State, and I had made the comment that I have had well over two dozen hits on my site from the same location out of Beijing and had been banning the IP addresses to prevent them from scanning my site. When I would ban an address, another would pop up from the same location within seconds to take its place, which leads me to believe that they’re not from a citizen simply interested in my site (no one from China has joined).

That fact didn’t seem to bother anyone, what DID bother some was that as a forum administrator, I could click on an IP address and locate the person/people looking at my site, i.e., country, state, and city.

Rest assured, I do not have access to anyone’s physical address, and I am not trying to gather any kind of personal information about you. Though there are software programs out there that would allow me to gain that ability, I do not care to use them. We don’t know each other, and chances are, we won’t be barbecuing together this summer, so why would I?

On the other hand, I cannot say the same for all site operators. For the most part, if you’re a member of a site such as Facebook, Twitter, and so forth, you’ve already put much more personal information out there than we can gather by simply visiting our site(s).

I know everyone’s heard this time and time again, but I feel almost obligated to say it once more: There is absolutely NO anonymity on the Internet. When you visit any website, blog, forum, etc., either as a member or a guest, as administrators, we know that you are there. We know what page you are visiting, what topic you are looking at and, ultimately, we have at the very least, a general idea of where you are physically located.

To the people who don’t like the idea that you can and are being tracked whenever you use the Internet, there are programs that you can buy or even download free that can be used to hide or reroute your IP address. The only other option that I know of is to log off, cancel your Internet subscription and never log on again.

Website Visitor, We’re Watching You

I have noticed that since the “Snowden” story broke, there have been many articles and posts on the subject of spying.

I had responded with a comment on one of the Snowden stories after reading how foolish we must now look after accusing China of spying on the USA.

I operate a forum in Washington State, and I had made the comment that I have had well over two dozen hits on my site from the same location out of Beijing and had been banning the IP addresses to prevent them from scanning my site. When I would ban an address, another would pop up from the same location within seconds to take its place, which leads me to believe that they’re not from a citizen simply interested in my site (no one from China has joined).

That fact didn’t seem to bother anyone, what DID bother some was that as a forum administrator, I could click on an IP address and locate the person/people looking at my site, i.e., country, state, and city.

Rest assured, I do not have access to anyone’s physical address, and I am not trying to gather any kind of personal information about you. Though there are software programs out there that would allow me to gain that ability, I do not care to use them. We don’t know each other, and chances are, we won’t be barbecuing together this summer, so why would I?

On the other hand, I cannot say the same for all site operators. For the most part, if you’re a member of a site such as Facebook, Twitter, and so forth, you’ve already put much more personal information out there than we can gather by simply visiting our site(s).

I know everyone’s heard this time and time again, but I feel almost obligated to say it once more: There is absolutely NO anonymity on the Internet. When you visit any website, blog, forum, etc., either as a member or a guest, as administrators, we know that you are there. We know what page you are visiting, what topic you are looking at and, ultimately, we have at the very least, a general idea of where you are physically located.

To the people who don’t like the idea that you can and are being tracked whenever you use the Internet, there are programs that you can buy or even download free that can be used to hide or reroute your IP address. The only other option that I know of is to log off, cancel your Internet subscription and never log on again.

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How to Use Google’s Picasa Web Album

Picasa is Google’s version of your own personal online photo album. I fear it hasn’t received as much recognition as other sites despite its ease to use, storage space, and look and feel. There are a few basics that will help any novice begin their own Web Album using Picasa.

Signing Up

If you already own a Gmail or Google account then you are one step ahead. Picasa is linked to Google’s other features, such as Gmail. All you need to do is pay a visit to http://picasaweb.google.com and enter your Google Account user name and password in the sign-up box. If you don’t have a Google account then again you just need to visit http://picasaweb.google.com and create one.

Uploading Photos using the Picasa Software

One you have created an account you can download the Picasa Software, which will make uploading photos fast and simple. When you open the Picasa Software on your computer it will automatically search and locate any new pictures which have been added to your computer and add them to the software as a new album. You can easily see all albums you have on the left hand side of Picasa software program. To add an album to your Web Album all you need to do is click on the album you would like to upload and at the bottom of Picasa you will see a button titled Web Album. If you click this it will prompt you for details regarding the album such as title, date, etc. You will also be prompted to create a new album or to add to an already existing album. Once you have filled in all relevant details it will begin the uploading process. The convenient part of this is that you are able to upload multiple albums at a time which makes it fast to use.

Uploading Photos using the Picasa Web Browser

Once you sign into your Picasa online account you need to locate the upload photos button on the right hand side, and click it. A window will appear prompting you to upload to an already existing album or to create a new album to upload to. You can then upload up to five photos at a time, but be aware that the first time you will need to install the ActiveX. This is a bit slower, but helpful if you only want to upload a small number of photos.

Organizing Photos in your Web Album

Once you have uploaded all photos into your album you can rearrange them to suit your needs. In order to do this click the organize button at the top of the page. You can then click and drag individual photos into the desired order. Another option is to sort all photos by date or name by using the Sort Photos option in the menu.

Adding Captions

You can also add captions to your photos so you remember at a later date when the picture was taken, where it is, or who is in it. To do this all you need to do is click on the picture and type in the caption on the Add Caption option. You can do this in your online Web Album as well as in the Picasa software on your computer.

Storage

Picasa Web Albums allows you to use 1GB of free storage when you sign up. If you use all of this storage space up with your photos you do have the option of purchasing additional storage space. There are multiple options and prices to suit your needs.

So there you have it, a quick users guide to Picasa Web Albums. There are many other options and functions of Picasa but for the beginner this will keep it user friendly. I am a fan of Picasa for many reasons, but my top reasons are its easy layout and it’s simplicity to use. If you haven’t taken a look I encourage you to do so.

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Have a Product or a Website and Don’t Know How to Market Them?

Any industry would definitely require good marketing skills. Without proper marketing, you definitely cannot gain in the industry you are in. Similarly, Internet marketing has got its own marketing tools, which shall be discussed in the coming paragraphs. Let me brief you about few marketing tools.

Internet marketing generates more ROI (Return on Investment) when compared to traditional marketing as it is possible to target the right audience. If you wish for success through Internet marketing, it is definitely essential that you understand the secrets behind it like communicating what you want easily and in a simple way, proper keywords, domain names, etc.

First and foremost Internet marketing tool is the domain name. It is definitely critical to choose the right domain name. For example, http://www.hospitals.com will clearly tell you that the website is related to hospitals and is also easy to spell and remember. Choosing the apt keyword for the domain is yet another vital point to be taken care of. Similarly, you can also choose jazzy names for your domain name, provided it is easily remembered and simple.

Secondly, you can rely on articles for marketing your product or website. Write keyword rich articles and submit them to various article directories along with a link back to your website. Worrying that you do not have the requisite skills to write an article? Hire a freelance writer, give them the keywords and they would do the job for you. Article writing is considered to be one of the major Internet marketing tools.

Thirdly, keywords play a vital role in Internet marketing. Do you know what keywords are? These are the words, which a person types in search engines to find out what they are looking for. Picking up the right keywords is very important. If you accidentally choose wrong keywords, I am sure you will never be able to do Internet marketing and as well get ROI from your website or product. You can use keyword tracker tools like www.wordtracker.com, www.goodkeywords.com, etc.

Next in line are forums, blogs and RSS Feeds. Find out forums that deals with the products or website that you have. Post replies to queries along with a link to your product or website without violating the rules of the forums as few forums do not allow marketing. WordPress is a great content management tool, which can be used to build content rich website and is a good blogging tool. Blogs are considered to be one of the most effective Internet marketing tool.

Another important Internet marketing tool is the email magazines (ezines) or newsletters. This is considered to be the backbone of Internet marketing. I strongly recommend that you pay attention to this particular tool and never neglect or ignore it. Regularly update your past and present customers about the latest happening about your product or website. You may even ask them to refer you to some of their friends or relative who would be interested in your product or website. This may lead you to future customers.

You can also use auto responders as one of the major Internet marketing tool. I hope you all know what an auto responder is. It is a message, which is sent out to all the emails that you receive. Generally, auto responders would look very similar to “I’m away on a vacation and will not be able to check emails. I’ll respond to you once I’m back home.” Instead you can create auto responders that emphasis about your product or website. Creating an auto responder is simple as well as economical as you do not require any additional fee or money.

You may also use Overture, Google AdSense, Pay-per-click advertising as a means of marketing over the Internet.

Use the above-given tools and start marketing your website or product or online.

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How to Use Web Surfing for Workplace Success

With the Internet instantly available on your work computer, it can be very hard to resist the call of cyberspace. The Internet can be addictive. However, you can channel your workplace Internet surfing in a direction that can help your career. Like many things in your career, the keys to successful workplace web surfing are prioritization, time management, focus and compliance. When you prioritize your web surfing appropriately, manage the times you surf and the amount of time you surf, focus your web surfing, and comply with company policies, your Internet addiction can actually be transformed into a career asset.

First, web surfing has a place in your overall list of priorities. That place should be at the bottom of your daily priority list. Instead of web surfing at the start of your workday, you should put off any workplace web surfing until other priorities are handled. Typically, the best times for web surfing are at lunchtime, at the end of the day, and during controlled break times. It’s important that you do and be seen doing your most important work tasks during the prime work times of the day. No one wants to find you web surfing when an important work deliverable is due or an important work task is still undone.

Second, time management is vital when it comes to workplace web surfing. You simply cannot let the time you spend surfing eat up a large portion of your working day. Web surfing has to be time boxed with a specific start and end time. The length of your surfing sessions should be short and measurable in minutes. Surfing for 5 to 10 minutes is a controlled measured time box. Web surfing for an hour or two is an inexcusable waste of company time and resources.

Third, since you are web surfing on company time and computing resources, your web surfing should be focused on sites that will help you professionally and your company in the long term. For example, if you are a software quality assurance professional, it would make sense for your web surfing to hit websites that have a strong focus on quality assurance and software testing. You’ll be learning industry best practices, new techniques, and new technologies that are directly relevant to your performance in the workplace. You can use Internet forums to ask questions that are directly related to workplace issues. You can find out about new products that would make you more productive in your job. When you learn of new work approaches, you can speak intelligently about them with your peers and supervisors. Your web surfing will be a win-win for you and your employer. Ultimately, this kind of focused professional web surfing can make you a more valuable asset in the workplace.

Fourth and finally, if you surf the web at work, you need to make sure that you comply with all company policies. If you lose your focus on professional web surfing and violate company web use policies, you can diminish your workplace credibility and harm your professional reputation. If you are seen surfing inappropriately, you may be tagged as a slacker. If you are seen surfing job search sites, you will be thought of as an unhappy job seeker with questionable loyalty. It goes without saying that if you visit pornographic or other offensive websites, you can get in real trouble and will probably lose your job. At the very least, you may offend co-workers, alienate bosses, and expose your work computer to viruses and other security threats. It’s best to limit yourself to professional websites and possibly a very mainstream news media site. You should also know that network administrators can monitor your web use, track the time you spend, see the sites that you visit, and develop reports for management.

Ultimately, if you are disciplined enough to prioritize your workplace web surfing, manage your web time, focus on professional sites, and comply with company policies, you should be able to convert your web addiction to a workplace strength.

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3 Tips to Writing Web Articles

Do you have something to say?

Most everyone does. Perhaps that is why there are free blog sites like WordPress and Blogger. Whatever the case there are some things you can do to get read on the web.

* Use bullets and numbers (I seem to gravitate toward bullets).

* Keep paragraphs short and active.

* Properly SEO your content while keeping social networking in mind.

Let’s take a closer look at each of these above points.

#1: Bullets and numbers are you friends on the web.

Why?

Easy. It makes your content easy to scan. After the initial scan of your content a person will take more time to read what you have written if the scanning process went well.

TIP: While I write my articles in MS Word I make sure not to let the application create its fancy bullets when writing for the web. Not all web applications understand the code, which leads to sloppy copy. One way to avoid this problem is to write your article in Word to use the spelling and grammar options it provides, but then transfer your data to Note Pad to strip the unnecessary codes that Word adds to your article before posting it to the web.

#2: Quickly say what you mean in an engaging style.

Notice the tip above? While containing quite valuable information it is difficult for the mind to take in when compared with the beginning of this article.

This is especially true on the web.

Providing short rich actively moving pros will hold a readers attention much longer than the longer more drawn out structures of the past. Come to think of it, this has always been true for writings in books and magazines too; the difference is very few were teaching such principals.

#3: My SEO social network

Explaining how SEO still plays a roll in the world of social networking is an article unto itself, if not even an Ebook. You’ve likely already heard what I have room to write in the remaining space here.

Build your articles off long tail keyword phrases.

Not to mention all the other advantages, it makes writing your content much easier to do. For example, I started this article with a keyword idea of “writing web work.” Doing just a little bit of research I quickly realized that “writing web articles” was a much better target and proceed to formulate my article.

In many cases the title of my article is the long tail keyword I am going for. In cases like this it was catchier to add the words “3 tips to.” Starting an article with a number is a very good idea in its own right for several reasons.

* Numbered titles catch readers eyes due to their non-wordiness.

* The potential reader knows what to look for.

* Once scanned they can focus down on exactly the part that fits for them.

Overall, I would conclude that writing for the web is easier than professional writing since readers of the web are more forgiving of technicalities preferring instead to absorb the content of what is being said. However, presenting your information in a web friendly manner will most assuredly be of great benefit to everyone.

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Increasing Web Traffic Through Search Engine Optimization

Creating a website that is search engine friendly is the key to attracting a large number of visitors to your site. Of course, the website design and content will keep the visitors engaged and wanting to come back! Most people use search engines such as Google, Yahoo!, MSN, etc. to locate desired information on the internet. The higher your website is ranked, the easier it will be for people to find. The easier your website is to find, the more likely people will want to visit your site.

Fortunately, you don’t have to leave your search engine ranking completely up to chance. Instead, by following the tips outlined in this article – you’ll be on your way to a more search engine friendly website and increased traffic as a result! This process is called Search Engine Optimization (SEO).

Search engines use “spiders” which visit websites and follow links to other pages listed within those sites. The information received by the “spider” becomes part of the search engine index. Once a web page has been added to the index, the search engine will rank it and record in it the database. The website then becomes searchable by people using the search engine.

In order to search for a particular good or service, people type in keywords or phrases that are relevant to the information they are looking for. Therefore, one of the major ways to increase your search engine ranking is by carefully selecting the words and phrases that are used in your website content. There are many internet sites that allow you to search for the most frequently searched keywords and phrases. You can use this information to tailor the words that you use in your posts. The more popular the phrases used in your site content, the higher the ranking will be.

Additionally, the ideal length for your posts should be at lease 250 words. Search engine “spiders” look at the length of content to determine if a page is producing quality content. Posting with frequency, whether it is once per day, week, or month, is also an indication of a site worth visiting, thus increasing the ranking.

Finally, linking to other quality web pages is another way to increase your search engine ranking. Exchanging links with other web pages will benefit you by increasing the search engine ranking and popularity of your site.

These tips are essential to increasing the ranking of your website and attracting quality traffic. They are simple to implement and do not require large amounts of time. The rewards that come from making your website search engine friendly are well worth the effort!

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Why Your Website is Not Making Money

If you are into online business for a few months and your site is still not making money or their income is too low, you should consider one of three possible problems. It is very likely that your problem is with one of them.

No traffic or non-direct

If your site attracts visitors, or is not correct, how can sell everything you buy? Try to get the right people to your site and will certainly increase your income!

If you have difficulties in attracting visitors to your site, you should try one (or more) of the following methods: Pay-per-click advertising, writing articles and social media. If you have a budget, you can try the method of pay-per-click advertising, if they do not go with the latter two. Review of good articles and submit them to relevant sites and some interesting comments on blogs, forums and social media. Once the increase in traffic to reinvest their profits in PPC advertising.

If the land of the traffic on a separate page on which they are concerned, not to actually buy what is landing. You must ensure that the user is interested in the countries relevant to them on your site.

Site Design Topics

If you are attracting visitors, but the problem may be that there is a problem with the design of your website. It can all be difficult from a few professional appearance for navigation. Try to find and analyze Web sites and improve the design professional.

As a way to use templates ready for that cheap enough to buy and ensure a professional look to your website.

No follow

If you have a good traffic to your site, have the correct objective and professional web qualitative research, the problem of missing follow-up with visitors.

They want this problem by using an auto responder software that leave your visitors to an e-mail to solve get in touch with special offers and interesting things about your company and what you sell. Make sure your visitors emails / newsletters to inform them of their offerings and an outstanding product that I tried, and that is absolutely fascinating. Monitoring means that the people on the agreements, know otherwise lost.

Ultimately, sending targeted traffic to your website attractive, professional, including content beneficial to them and continue with good business ideas and information – there is no way to make many sales and so much money! Good luck!

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3 Websites to Help You Control Your Budget

For unorganized persons like myself, the Internet is a great asset, because it allows us to access our schedules, contacts, correspondences, and nearly everything else form any computer with a connection. However, when putting together my monthly, yearly, and weekly budgets, I’ve only found a few websites that can help me stay organized and make sure I’m not hemmorhaging money. Here are three great websites that can help you control and monitor your family’s budget.

Ican Budget Manager – This simple websitesets up a paper budget for your monthly spending, and it pretty much does exactly what it says it does–great for those of us who prefer a paper and pencil to a keyboard, but still want to use a computer to start the budget organization process. You can use the planner to begin saving for a big trip or other expense, and see where your money’s going. It’s free, it’s simple, and it works, great for anyone who doesn’t want much more than a budget planner.


Foxway –
 This website has quite a few tools that you can use on your budget, from a planner to calculators to money saving tips and even hints on where to get coupons. It’s not the prettiest website in the world–in fact, it looks like they fired their web designer somewhere around 1998–but the tools are certainly useful, especially some of the worksheets. It’s a great knowledge base, and first time budget planners should definitely give it a visit.

Mint.com –Nearly every bank and loan organization provides some sort of online service for their customers these days. However, while it’s certainly very convenient to have access to all 5 of my credit cards, both of my bank accounts, and my loan information, remembering to log into all of those websites to check the state of my finances isn’t exactly simple. That’s where Mint.com steps in. Through a quick setup process, you’ll give Mint.com your banking passwords (don’t worry, it’s secure), as well as information for credit cards, home loans, auto loans, and pretty much anything else that you can think of. Mint then accesses all of your accounts and gives you a rundown of where each stand, as well as tracking your purchases in different areas. Mint will email you if you go over budget for a certain category, and the website is nearly always accurate in determining where certain charges go (i.e. gas stations go under the automotive budget, etc). There’s even support for your iPhone, so you can check the state of your budgets and finances on the go. Best of all, it’s free. Highly recommended.

Do you know of any websites that help with budget control? Post in the comments section below.