4 Ways to Format Your Blog Posts So They’re Easier to Read

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Back in the early days of online writing and web development (1995), formatting possibilities were very limited for most web content.  You had to be proficient in HTML (hyper text markup language) in order to change the font size of your written content which was beyond the technical abilities of many internet users.

There were only a few changes you could make to subheads and most text and online fonts were limited to Arial and Verdana.  However, now with all the Web 2.0 changes, many blog posts and online content is now being formatted with the beauty and legibility of layout print magazines. Web developers have developed these features into their blog themes so that the average blog owner doesn’t have to learn HTML and can take advantage of more advanced formatting possibilities.  Of course, their (the blog owners)  objective is to get blog readers to read their content, share their blog posts and/or act on the call to action.

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What do Google Contextual Ads Look Like?

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If you have been on the internet for any length of time, you have often seen Google contexual ads, but probably did not not know their official name, as you were likely online to search for information that interested you.  In the figure above,  I have posted one of my articles, written for a content sharing website, and have highlighted  the google adsense contextual ad unit or google ad unit as they  are often referred to.  Notice that the highlighted ad unit has ads related to the article that was written and usually are comprised of text only.

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What Are Adsense Revenue Sharing Websites?

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Adsense revenue sharing sites are websites that allow writers to submit articles on whatever topic they want to write about,   (such as Hubpages, Squidoo and Xomba).

The articles you have written are posted on the content sharing website  and the way a writer makes money is by sharing google adsense revenue with the website owner.  Each website has it’s own sign up policy (usually free), editorial and posting guidelines that as a writer you will have to adhere to in order to join, post articles and earn money.

They also vary in what type of revenue sharing program they have; some just provide google adsense earnings and others include additional sources of revenue such as Amazon, Chitika and Kontera earnings.  The way you (the writer) will make money depends not on how many views your article gets, but on how many people click on the contextual ads or picture or graphic ads displayed next to your article.  Obviously, the more traffic you get to your article or post,  the more potential clicks you may get and therefore, the more you will potentially earn.

Content sharing websites are a popular  business model, so much so, that there are many content sharing websites coming online on the web, some reputable and others not so much–you will want to be aware of these less than reputable  websites and avoid them altogether.

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3 Pitfalls to Avoid When Reviewing Adsense Writing or Content Sites

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So, you’ve read a blog post or found a website that convinced you that you can make money submitting articles online and you know that you can make a great part time income on adsense content sharing sites like Hubpages or Squidoo. That’s a great first step, but before you get ready to set up your account and start writing and submitting your articles, you should take a look at the following points so that you can avoid the three mistakes most newbie or beginning article writers make.

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Earn Money Writing for Adsense Revenue Writing Sites

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Online websites and blogs have become so popular that there is a constant demand for good writers to write well written content for businesses of all types and for busy website owners.  However, with the variety of websites available there are also a vast variety of content writing opportunities,  low paying gigs  and flat out scams.  For some writers, writing might become a full time career whereas for others these writing opportunities offer a chance to build a steady stream of passive income on a part-time basis.

Many internet searchers might have heard of writing opportunities available on websites like Textbroker or Freelancer.  These websites  pay you (the writer)  a flat fee for an article written according to their stated topic and deadline and  will usually pay around $2.00 to $5.00 for a 300-500 word article. (Note: 500 words is the approximate word count of this article which is about a full page on your typical word processing page.)

There is usually an application process, and after you have been approved, you have access to a job board of several article writing projects that you select, where you are then required to write the article according to stated guidelines, submit the article and wait for approval.  Upon approval, you are then credited for the job done and at certain times set up by the company (usually  bi-weekly or once a month) you are then paid via a Paypal account.  These types of writing opportunities are usually attractive to writers who want to earn money as quickly as possible.

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5 Quick Tips to Generate Article or Blog Post Ideas

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It’s a busy afternoon and you are sitting in front of your computer desktop or laptop, and are just stumped because you can’t think of anything to write for your next article or blog post.

You know what your niche is and you have studied your relevant keywords but you can’t seem to come up with a good article idea. You have a bad case of what is known in the business as writer’s block.  There is a way around this if you are willing to do a little research and follow a pre-planning trick that I learned,  an idea that will definitely boost your article writing.

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4 Ways to Revise Your Article and Make It Pop!

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You have completed your article and reviewed it, but it either doesn’t reach the minimum word count that you were striving for or you just don’t like the flow of your article.
What can you do at this point to improve your article?  I suggest that you think, A.R.R.R. .   No, I am not suggesting that you pretend to be a pirate, but rather to recall the acronym A.R.R.R. which (your English teacher probably mentioned this formula in your high school English Composition class) stands for the “revision” stage of writing, specifically–Adding, Arranging, Removing or Replacing.
After writing your article, you are ready to revise what you have written. This step doesn’t apply to every article you write, but just to those that don’t seem to flow well when you read them. In this case, you might want to remove whole sections, rewrite entire paragraphs, and add in information which you’ve realized the reader will need to know to understand the points you have made in your article.

Article Marketing – 5 Tips to Creating a Great Article

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Article marketing is a great tool for creating back links to your website, and its popularity as a marketing tool has varied depending on how Google and other search engines are indexing online articles.  In spite of this varying popularity and Google’s many changes, article marketing is still a solid technique that can provide you with consistent traffic for your website whether you are selling a product or service.

But many small business marketers shy away from article marketing because they claim they don’t know how to write or assume that article marketing is too time consuming.  Although some of these criticisms have some truth in them, there are solutions available that can help you to address these issues.

The following tips should give you a head start on how to create a great article that will drive traffic to your website.

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Approach Your Article Marketing Campaign with the Right Mindset

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Many small businesses hear the buzz surrounding article marketing and how effective it is at creating back links and they get thoroughly excited at the prospect of gaining more potential clients or customers with this strategy.

In their excitement, they write or hire a content writer to write and submit a few articles, and are quickly dismayed because their website isn’t bringing the traffic they expected in two weeks!

Considering the fact that there are a lot of factors that make article marketing successful such as keyword choices, topics you choose to write about, length of articles, additional article directory submissions and back link building strategies, most small businesses owners err in having the wrong mindset or expectations when they begin their article marketing campaign.

While there may be businesses that will bring in huge amounts of traffic to their websites overnight or in a short period of time, just because of the type of business they are in ( debt and bankruptcy websites are a good example , or home based businesses offering  SEO and link building articles) most small businesses or solo professionals need to approach their article marketing campaign with the view or long term commitment of  an athlete running a marathon rather than a sprint.

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What is Seo Copywriting?

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What is seo copywriting?    According to Wikipedia, SEO or search engine optimization is “the process of improving the visibility of a website or a web page in a search engine’s “natural” or un-paid (“organic” or “algorithmic”) search results. In general, the earlier (or higher ranked on the search results page), and more frequently a site appears in the search results list, the more visitors it will receive from the search engine’s users.” 

Seo copywriting seeks to combine the traditional writing skills of hardcopy or print media copywriting with SEO techniques that help your website or web pages to rank high in popular search engines. There are various effective and ethical strategies a professional seo copywriter knows in order to accomplish these objectives and as a small business owner you need to be aware of them.  But why does it matter?

Let me start with a story…Once upon a time, back in the old internet days (1995) a bunch of web savvy seo optimizers seeking to have their websites  rank higher than everybody else’s website started to engage in  “black hat” practices such as excessive keyword stuffing, meta tag optimizing, link stuffing  and duplicating content among other things, that made the average internet users internet experience very unpleasant.  The big search engine giants at the time, Yahoo, Lycos and others, did not like these practices and started penalizing websites for these bad habits.

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