What are the advantages and disadvantages of writing guest blog articles for businesses?


Hi everyone

You may have noticed that I haven’t been posting quite as many blog posts on this blog lately. That is for two main reasons:

1) I also write regular blog posts for http://www.beatredundancyblues.wordpress.com and http://www.beatredundancyblues.co.uk and a News and Inspiration page for http://www.beatredundancyblues.com

2) I have recently written a guest blog article for Sage One and I am currently writing one for Pay Justice.

So what are the advantages of writing guest blog articles for businesses?

1) It’s a challenge, having to come up with new and fresh content that will fit in with the content of their previous blog articles and be suitable for their customers.

2) Your creative muscles are stretched.

3) Your writing skills are improved.

4) It boosts your profile as a writer.

5) Increased SEO for your sites, if the businesses put links to your sites at the end of your articles.

6) The articles show off your expertise in a given subject or range of topics. This is fantastic if you are a non-fiction writer as it enhances your credibility.

What are the disadvantages?

1) It can be very time consuming and mean spending less time on your own writing projects.

2) Not only do you need to do research for the article content but you also need to do research about the company whom the blog article is for. You need to find out what the company’s mission is, what they are about, what their point of view is and what previous blog article content has been published. Again, this can be very time consuming.

3) Often there will be no payment for guest blog articles.

4) You may receive a very vague brief or no brief at all, as to what to write about. This means you will need to use your research of the company, as previously described and your imagination, to come up with a blog article idea and create some great content from it.

5) When you write the blog article content, you need to ensure that there is no conflict of interest with your own online profile, business, or blog content.

6) You need to target the article to the said company’s target market, not your own. Although you may find there are some overlaps.

I hope you find this information useful for your own writing ventures and to assess whether or not, blog article writing for businesses, is right for you.

Until next time, write soon.

Sandra

Double Recognition – Two Liebster Awards


Hi Everyone

I have been thrilled to receive a number of awards over the last couple of months, including these two Liebster Awards . I have already been given a pink Liebster Award and now I have a blue one and a white one to add to my collection. Although I have noticed that the white Liebster award is not the same as my previous pink award or the blue one because it states Liebster Blog and then a heart to symbolise love. So I guess with the third award I am getting some serious blog loving.

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I won my second Liebster Award March 15th 2013

The Blue Liebster Award is from Rohan rohan7things.wordpress.com

Liebster Blog Heart

I received this Liebster Blog (Love) award from mikesfilmtalk.com on March 26th 2013.

Thanks to Rohan and Mike for these two beautiful blog awards. I am very grateful for each and every award that I receive and I feel honoured that people have taken the time to read my blog and are enjoying the content.

As there appears to be some discrepancies between the rules for theses awards I am going to use the rules that I used for my first pink Liebster Award on the 10th of November 2012 quirkybooks.wordpress.com/2012/11/10/the-liebster-award-thanks-and-nominations for both of these awards.

For this award I need to:

  • Answer 11 questions from the nominator. As Rohan hasn’t asked me any questions, I will answer the ones from Mike.
  • Nominate 11 other people to receive this award (It is meant to be for people who have less than 200 followers but I don’t mind who you nominate. It’s the thought that counts.)
  • Create 11 questions for the new nominees to answer
  • Place the blog award on my blog
  • Link back to the people who nominated me for this award
  • Inform my nominees of their award from me

My 11 questions to answer are:

  1. Are you a cat or dog person, and why? Although I like cats, I am a dog person. My best friend when I was young was my cocker spaniel called Purdy. Nowadays my guineapigs are the love of my life. They are so cute, loveable and gorgeous. (Smaller poos to clean up too.)
  2. If you were stranded on a desert island, which three celebrities would you choose to be with you? Kylie Minogue, Fred Savage (If you remember him from The Wonder Years) and Bruno Mars.
  3. What’s your favourite film of all time? I have 3, You got Served, Grease, Dirty Dancing. All dance and music films. You Got Served is hip hop and has a great story line.
  4. Is there anything that you collect, and if so what? Erasers. (Some may like to call them rubbers but to avoid confusion with condoms, I like to use the word eraser.) I tend to buy them from the places that I visit and any I find that are unusual. I also collect eeyore things , from Winnie the Pooh. If you click on the link you will see a short video of eeyore:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMDAY8H5yIw
  5. What is the strangest or most inventive thing you’ve ever dressed up as for a fancy dress partyI haven’t been to a fancy dress party as such but I have hired a witches costume and been in the audience of a Deal or No Deal Halloween special. I wore the costume on the train to go to the studios on my own from Exeter to Bristol.  A couple commented that I was brave to do that.
  6. Are you a Windows or Mac user? I am definitely a Mac user. Although I do use Windows for Mac.
  7. What is your favourite place to go? To go on holiday I like Disneyland Paris or London. I love being busy and going to fun places. I especially like going to theme parks, zoos and aquariums.
  8. If you could keep any animal in the world as a pet, what would you choose and why? My 4 beautiful guineapigs. They are the best thing ever.
  9. What is your proudest moment, like, ever? I have a lot. My latest one is being singled out for an official Special Recognition Award for my http://www.beatredundancyblues.com website prior to its launch. It is signed by Womens Development Unlimited and Devon County Council. (There is no apostrophe in their spelling of womens)
  10. Do you have any weird nicknames? No. My strangest one when I was at secondary school was “Sange”.
  11. If you could be anyone for a day (dead or alive, real person or a character, animated or real) , who would you choose and what would you do? If I had a previous life, I always used to think I was a tortoise, don’t ask me why, I have no idea. It may be because I had one for a pet. I guess I wouldn’t mind being a bird, so I could try out flying for the day but I would need to have a different mind because I don’t like heights and would spend all day on the ground. I like my mind so think I will stick to being me.

My 11 questions are:

  1. Do you prefer black or white and why?
  2. What do you like most about rain?
  3. If you could publish any one book that you are currently writing, which one would it be and why?
  4. If you weren’t a writer, what other job would you be doing and why?
  5. Do you prefer poetry or prose?
  6. What is your greatest writing moment to date and why?
  7. What is your favourite genre to read and why?
  8. What is you favourite animated film?
  9. Do you prefer How to or self-help books and why?
  10. How would you like people to remember you?
  11. What are your three most positive words.

 I nominate the following bloggers for the blue Liebster Award:

  1. inspireyourbusiness.wordpress.com
  2. acflory.wordpress.com
  3. julesgemstonepages.wordpress.com
  4. photographyofnia.com
  5. renardmoreau.wordpress.com
  6. maryamshahbazmian.wordpress.com
  7. hilalachmar.wordpress.com
  8. luggnaggsland.wordpress.com
  9. mjwrightnz.wordpress.com
  10. dailylifeimpressions.wordpress.com
  11. babyjill7.wordpress.com

I nominate the following bloggers for the white Liebster Blog (Heart) award:

  1. oasien.wordpress.com
  2. landoffun.wordpress.com
  3. ladylovelyblogger.wordpress.com
  4. bbanublog.wordpress.com
  5. suewestwood.wordpress.com
  6. diedreblake.wordpress.com
  7. darlenecraviotto.com
  8. womenmakingstrides.com
  9. simplymejustbe.wordpress.com
  10. caseyroach.blogspot.co.uk
  11. followmyfreedom.wordpress.com

Some of you may have over 200 followers but like I said, it’s the thought that counts.

Happy Easter to all of my fellow bloggers. Thanks for your support.

Have a fantastic Easter weekend.

Write soon

Sandra

 

Best Moment Award


Hi Everyone

I have been awarded the Best Moment Award for my About me page on this blog.

I want to thank http://www.momentmatters.com for this honour that you have bestowed upon me.

I will post my acceptance speech below and pass on this beautiful award to some others. So many wonderful blogs choose from. I will post the rules below and make my nominations.

Best Moment Award, web awards, blogging awards, winners, nominations

Awarding the people who live in the moment,
The noble who write and capture the best in life,
The bold who reminded us what really mattered –
Savoring the experience of quality time.

RULES:

Winners re-post this completely with their acceptance speech. This could be written or video recorded.

Winners have the privilege of awarding the next awardees! The re-post should include a NEW set of people/blogs worthy of the award; and winners notify them the great news.

RESOURCES:

  • What makes a good acceptance speech?
    • Gratitude. Thank the people who helped you along the way
    • Humor. Keep us entertained and smiling
    • Inspiration. Make your story touch our lives
  • Get an idea from the great acceptance speeches, compiled in MomentMatters.com/Speech
  • Display the award’s badge on your blog/website, downloadable in MomentMatters.com/Award

ACCEPTANCE SPEECH

I accept this award with gratitude and heartfelt appreciation.

For any person who takes the time to look at my blog, I am truly grateful.

For every person that likes my blog, I am thankful.

When a person leaves a comment on my blog, I am inspired to continue blogging.

For each person who interacts with me, I am elated.

For any person who Follows me, my face lights up with pleasure.

For every blogger who shares their knowledge, wisdom and thoughtfulness, I am blessed to be in your company.

Every moment in life is precious, so make sure you do everything you can to cherish and enjoy it.

THE WINNERS OF THE BEST MOMENT AWARD ARE:

  1. kattermonran.com
  2. lesleycarter.wordpress.com
  3. inspire1life.com
  4. landoffun.wordpress.com
  5. utesmile.wordpress.com – Your 2nd
  6. carolynhughesthehurthealer.com
  7. mikesfilmtalk.com
  8. suewestwood.wordpress.com
  9. galuri85.wordpress.com
  10. darlenecraviotto.com
  11. margekatherine.com
  12. subhanzein.wordpress.com
  13. thetruthwarrior.wordpress.com
  14. jenowenby.wordpress.com
  15. ofmessesandmirrors.wordpress.com

Don’t forget to celebrate with your followers! Tweet your success with hashtag #MomentMatters. Congratulations, winners!

For each of my nominees, I have carefully selected a page of theirs for the Best Moment Award.
Write soon
Sandra

How To Put A Blog Award On Your WordPress Blog


Hi Everyone

I have recently been asked for the third time, how to put a blog award on a WordPress Blog, so rather than email you individually I have decided to put the instructions in a post. I hope you can understand them and follow them. I have a Mac and have tried to make the instructions applicable to a PC aswell.

I have written these instructions as if the person were trying to put the One Lovely Blog award on their blog but if it’s another award then you just use another award instead and give it the appropriate title.

I have broken the process down into two stages. There may be quicker a way of doing it but I am no tech genius so if you have a quicker way then please share it. Let me know how you get on and what you found difficult to understand.

Stage One:

In WordPress, under Posts, click Add New, to create a new blog post. Give the Blog post a relevant title and click on the Draft save button.

Go to the post in which you were nominated for the award. To do this you can either open a new window or click on the comments symbol in the top right of your dashboard then click on the post link and go to it. Scroll down the post until you come to the image of the award. The simplest way to make the award visible on your post is to highlight the award and hold CTRL and click on C to copy the image, then go back to your blog post and hold down the CTRL button again and click V to paste it directly into your post. Alternatively, highlight the award usually by right clicking on it and save it somewhere such as your media library, my documents or downloads folder, remember to give it an identifiable name, such as One Lovely Blog Award and the format should be jpeg.

If you haven’t been able to copy and paste it directly into your blog post then you will need to upload the image from where you saved it. Click on the Add Media button under your Post Title, find the image you want from the folder you put it in and highlight it, then click the upload button.

Stage Two:

Left click on the image in the top left corner and click on the little picture icon that says Edit Image. A new box will appear. You can change the size of the image. If you need the image to fit in with your sidebar width, you may have to play around with the sizes in the Advanced Settings screen by clicking on the Advanced Settings tab. In the normal Edit Image mode you can choose to change the alignment of the award. You can give it a title – One Lovely Blog Award and it’s best to type this in Alternative Text too, to enhance your SEO. You can write a caption in the caption box such as “I Won” if you want to.

Very Important – In the Link URL section, click the Link to Image option and this will come up with a long code, highlight the code and hold CTRL and click on C to copy it. Then click on Update to save the settings.

Click Save Draft to ensure you have saved the image into the post.

Go to Appearance in your Dashboard and click on Widgets. On the right hand side you will see a list of Widget Areas and to the left you will have a list of Available Widgets. Go to the Image Widget and click on Add. This will bring up two boxes, one is asking you for information about the Widget. Here you can input the following:

Widget Title = One Lovely Blog Award

Image URL is usually the URL address that you would re-direct people to if they clicked on the image. You may want to do this if you have another site that you would like your followers to visit.

Alternative Text: This is for SEO, I would just type One Lovely Blog Award the Image Title is usually the same and I don’t necessarily use that aswell.

The Caption is what else you want to say, such as “I Won”.

You can change the Image Alignment and the size. To be honest, sometimes I find it easier to make the adjustments in this screen rather than in the previous one.

Very Important – Put your cursor in the box under Link URL and hold CTRL and V to paste in that code that you copied from the previous screen.

Finally, decide what Widget Area you want the award to be in and click on the arrows to choose its position. Then click Save Widget. If you don’t save it, you will have to repeat this process again.

If your Widget Area Positions are full then you will either need to let the image over-ride something else or choose to have a page for your awards.

Ensure you click on the Read Blog option from the drop down menu under your name in the top right of your dashboard, to see if you have successfully put your award where you wanted it to go. You may have to go back and change the size if it is not in alignment with the other widgets displayed in that area of your page.

As you probably know, it’s polite to follow all the blog rules and to do a blog post regarding your award. This will encourage more traffic to your site and increase your followers.

I hope this is helpful?

Write soon

Sandra

 

Special Opportunity to get more Traffic to your Blog


Hi Everyone

I just had to share this post with you. Wendy from http://searchingforthehappiness.wordpress.com came up with a fantastic idea to put links to our blog sites, on her own site and she encourages us to visit other blogs and support each other. 

Since I did this, I have to say that my followers have increased in numbers and I can only assume it is because of her kindness. Thank you so much Wendy. I will put a link to your site on my Friends page and say I admire how you help and inspire others to be the best they can be and live a wonderful life.

Special Opportunity to get more Traffic to your Blog.

For those of you who have nominated me recently for awards, I haven’t forgotten you and I am so grateful for the awards. I will thank you in a future post and make my nominations.

Write soon

Sandra