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Top 5 Tools Every Blogger Needs

Running a blog can be a pretty challenging prospect. There are a lot of things to think about apart from writing the article itself. There’s the outreach, the functionality of your website, marketing on social media and so on. It takes a lot of time and patience to get the hang of all of this, and it can be really frustrating at first, when all you want is to be able to create the perfect blog post and be done with it.

Fortunately, there are some really powerful blogging tools out there that you can use to help you out with all of this, and today we’re going to be discussing a few of them, and how to utilize them in order to drastically improve the quality of your articles.

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How to Breathe Life into Your Stale Content

Do you remember the first post on your blog to make it big? Probably wasn’t the first one you wrote. That’s pretty standard.

In time, you catch on with your audience and learn the ropes of bringing quality content to them on a regular basis. As more and more content gets added to the stack though, the old ones get buried, lost to the eyes of new visitors to your site.

But, has the old content lost its spark over time? What about the piece which got the first hundred shares on social media?

Here’s the thing.

“You can’t teach an old dog new tricks

but

You sure can get an old blog new clicks!”

How to Breathe Life into Your Stale Content

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How to Fail at Guest Blogging: Please Stop Making These Blogger Mistakes

You would think that guest bloggers have this down by now, but there are still many things they do that drive me up a wall. I have been a guest blogger on many websites and also received guest post pitches from writers. At this point, I can’t help but scratch my head at some of the things bloggers are still getting wrong.

You don’t need to be perfect, but you do need to know the basics. If you don’t, you will likely get your guest post pitch rejected before you even get a chance to showcase your expertise. You will also need to nail your presentation once you have a pitch accepted. Getting accepted to post an article and then not delivering quality is worse than having a crappy guest post pitch.

If you want to be successful at guest blogging, here are four things you need to stop doing immediately.

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Learn How and Why Your Brand Needs a Style Guide [Infographic]

Whether you’re starting a new website or adding to an established one, you can’t place too much importance on quality. A couple of decades ago, website developers could get away with amateurish designs. Today, they face too much competition to ignore the importance of professional design. Considering that nearly 1,180 posts get published on Tumblr every second, your site obviously needs a design that helps it stand out from the crowd.

Making a style guide is one of the most effective ways to ensure high quality on every page. Some people think that style guides only apply to writing. While your style guide should address issues related to spelling, punctuation, and other elements of style, a well-rounded guide will also direct graphic designers. If you make a useful style guide, your website will have a coherent appearance even if several designers work independently on it.

Check out this white paper published by CopyPress to learn more about why you should create a style guide. The white paper also offers plenty of tips that will make it easier for you to make a unique style guide that improves the quality of your site. If you’re serious about developing a great website that attracts visitors, customers, and advertisers, you have to spend some time creating a style guide that makes your site stand out from others. Read more