5 SEO Tips for Your Next Blog Post

blog writing seo tipsSearch engine optimization is always important, even when you generate traffic in other ways. There are many SEO tips that can help rank your page organically and the better you do this, the more long-term regular traffic your website will continue to get.

So, how do you apply good SEO into your writing? It’s really not as complicated as you might think. Actually, the best basic SEO strategies can really be summed up in these five simple techniques…

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4 Tips to Write a Great Blog Post

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It would be wonderful if we could sit down and create an entire blog post at full speed, the words flowing as fast as we can type them. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work that way.

Creating a great blog post is within your ability though, and here we’ll look at a few tips to help you write an engaging post every time.

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Grammar Rules to Master Yoda Speak

star wars moviesIt’s been 38 years since the first Star Wars movie came out and the franchise is still going strong. So strong, in fact, that last weekend, Star Wars: The Force Awakens shattered box office records.

But, what is it that makes the films so great? The team over at Grammarly started thinking about this, and since they’re a bunch of language lovers and word nerds, they are naturally fascinated and charmed by the grammar of the great Jedi master, Yoda. So, they looked into a few Yodified quotes and the basic elements behind them and came up with a few rules to master Yoda speak.

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Improve Your Google My Business Listing Rank

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If you are the owner of a local business – or someone marketing on their behalf – then it is almost essential that you have a listing on Google My Business. These listings appear at the top of Google’s search results, making them a prime location when trying to get new customers. Your listing will be seen before the user sees the normal search results, making it more likely that they will visit your business’s website, or even the store directly.

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A Look at Google’s Penguin 4.0 Update & the Expected Release Date

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Google announced earlier this year that they had been working on the Penguin 4.0 search algorithm update. This would change the way search results are ranked, affecting a lot of SEO practices.

Previously we had been expecting the update to be released by the end of 2015. Google had also stated they expected to release it in that time frame. For a lot of webmasters, this was great news as Penguin 3.0 had affected their rankings in a big way.

Now, after being questioned by a number of people, Google has confirmed that the Penguin 4.0 update will not be happening this year. With that being said, considering how much time and work has been put into it, the algorithm update is likely to drop pretty early in 2016.

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Halloween Quiz: Which Literary Monster Are You?

which literary monster are youJust in time for Halloween…

For all the literary nerds out there who grew up reading about Frankenstein’s monster, Dracula, Grendel, werewolves and every creepy creature in between, here’s a spooky little quiz for you.

Which literary monster best represents you? The team over at Grammarly have put together a few questions for you to find out which literary bad guy – or misunderstood miscreant – you’re most like!

I got the Werewolf! Who did you get?

Though the werewolf is a mythological creature who has appeared in tales for hundreds, if not thousands of years, you are most closely matched with the thirteenth century version from the epic poem “Guillaume de Palerne.” Here, the werewolf is a terrifying prince-turned-monster created by the sorcery of his own stepmother. But the werewolf’s loyalties remain with his family—he protects his cousin and his cousin’s beloved as they hide from persecution in a forest. Ultimately, the wolf-man takes revenge on his stepmother and breaks the curse.

New Photography eBook: Landscapes, Cityscapes & Photography Tricks

landscape photography ebookI recently had the opportunity and pleasure to work on a great new photography eBook as an assistant producer. The eBook is Landscapes, Cityscapes & Photography Tricks by Richard Schneider, a talented photographer and the man behind PictureCorrect.com, where I also contribute articles to regularly.

Landscapes, Cityscapes & Photography Tricks is an in-depth guide covering all aspects of landscape and cityscape photography. You’ll learn how to master challenging lighting conditions, which camera settings to use, how to take more compelling pictures and how to edit them to perfection in post-processing.

Schneider also offers a ton of incredible photography tricks to capture amazing long exposures, including light painting, star trails, timelapse and panoramas.

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Are Women Better Writers Than Men?

women better writersWhile I’m about to go off on a long, seemingly pointless tangent, please bear with it and keep reading, as I promise, hand to heart, that what I am about to say, as flowery and unnecessarily descriptive as it may be, will make sense… eventually.

As a young female writer who has dreamed of being a novelist since childhood, when I would sit down at my white, antique desk with the worn silver knobs and telling dents that had been handed down to my mother from my great-grandmother, I have always been filled with a love of words. The way they dance across a page to capture the imaginations of the readers, the way they…

Okay, I can’t go on. Are you still with me?

That was excruciating. Here’s the point:

When it comes to developing plot and characters, women writers have been said to have a tendency to write long, drawn-out, excessively detailed descriptions that explain too much.

In short, women writers take forever to get to the point.

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What’s the Beef with Raw Milk?

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On November 23, all across this great land of Canada, people gathered in many of the provinces’ major cities to rally for and celebrate Food Freedom Day. The rallies took place on the fifth anniversary of the 2006 raid on dairy farmer and raw milk activist, Michael Schmidt’s Glencolton Farms.

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Biography of Gary Snyder

gary snyder authorAs one of the most famous American poets, Gary Snyder has been linked to the Beat Movement, the Black Mountain Poets and the San Francisco Renaissance. As a lover of nature and Zen Buddhism, Snyder focuses his works around those themes, and dedicates much of his life to environmental activism.

Gary Sherman Snyder was born on May 8, 1930 in San Francisco, California. He grew up on small farms in Washington state and Oregon. At an early age, Snyder became obsessed with nature and angered by the destruction of the Pacific Northwestern forests.

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