Even Bloggers Need Business Cards

by Lisa Silket | 2/18/2014 12:23:00 PM in | 0 comments

It's true, almost every type of promotion seems to be online these days, so it only makes sense to promote your online blog, well, online. Don't end your reach there though, business cards are still an effective advertising method, even for your online blog.

Leave your business card on gas station pumps, on the bulletin board at grocery stores, even on the table at a restaurant. Most people will at least take a moment to visit your website - simply out of pure curiosity!

This is just one of the many Business Branding steps you need to take to get your name/site/ store 'out there'. So, if you think this is a great idea - check this out: Pike Graphics is giving away 1,000 business cards! You can enter here

Blogging Myths

by Live, Laugh, Blog | 8/21/2012 11:01:00 AM in | 0 comments

Hundreds of thousands of blogs are started each year. Everyone has their own reasons for blogging, but the one common link between them all is the desire to inform their readers. Whether it's a mother blogging about her family or a company blogging about its products, the main reason for blogging is to get the information out there for others to see. 

The following video is interesting because it addresses some of the myths out there about blogs and their value on the Web and in real-life. If you have reservations about starting a blog, or need a little motivation to get going, watch this video. You'll come away with a whole new outlook.

Know How to Use Categories and Tags

by Live, Laugh, Blog | 8/18/2012 08:25:00 AM in | 0 comments

When you write a blog post, you want as many people to see it as possible and for them to be able to find it easily. Let's say you wrote a post on pellet guns, for example. It's a great post with lots of beneficial information, but no one is going to find it easily on your blog, or on the Web, unless you categorize it correctly. This is where categories and tags come into play.


Categories help readers find certain subject matter on your blog. They are broad, general subjects that many posts go into. Using the pellet gun example, you might categorize this post under "Guns." Other posts related to guns would also be listed in this category no matter what type of gun you are writing about. When someone comes to your blog and wants to know more about guns, they can search in the "gun" category and find every single post you've written and labeled "Guns."


Tags are a more specific way for bloggers to categorize their posts. Tags are specific words related directly to the subject matter of the post. If someone only wants to know about pellet guns and searches for that specific phrase, they will only see posts specifically tagged with "pellet guns." Tagging a blog post also helps with search engine optimization to bring in more traffic to your blog. When someone searches for the term "pellet guns" on the web, your post will show up somewhere in the results.

Not all blogging platforms are created equal. Some do not include the use of categories and some have both categories and tags. Many bloggers use both interchageably, but there is a difference between the two. Michael Martine explains it best in a post he wrote a few years ago.

"Categories only live in one place, but tags can repeat themselves and live in many places at once. Categories are like big buckets to divide the information itself, but tags are ways of labeling and identifying characteristics about the information."

Through the use of categories and tags, you can make searching and reading easier for your visitors and help yourself gain more traffic. Use them consistently, and include a tag cloud in your sidebar, for a professional looking blog that people will return to time and time again.

LinkReferral Gets You Noticed

by Live, Laugh, Blog | 8/17/2012 08:06:00 PM in | 0 comments

Unless you're a casual blogger blogging for the heck of it, or as a diary or journal of sorts to keep family updated, you want as much traffic as possible. More traffic means more backlinks, which in turn means a higher ranking in Google, which in turn means more traffic. It's a vicious cycle, but that's the way the game is played. 

When you first start out, it's tough getting your blog out there for the world to see. You encourage your friends and family to follow you and share your blog with others, but after that, what do you do? There are a million blogging forums and communities on the Web. Joining one or more to promote your blog is a good idea. 

One such site called LinkReferral allows you to register your blog to be included in their listing. Once there, it can be seen by thousands of other LinkReferral users. It's a great way to get your name out there and gain a following on your blog. 

LinkReferral works like this:
  1. Register for an account and enter your blog information.
  2. Begin visiting other blogs. In order to move your blog up in the listing, you must visit 30 other blogs a day. LinkReferral keeps track. 
  3. Review 5 blogs a day to move even further up in the list. 
  4. Post once daily in the forum.
  5. Favorite one blog a day you find interesting. 
All of these actions will move your blog up in the listing for more exposure. Doing this on a daily basis brings in a lot of traffic, even if your blog is brand new. Be sure to have content on your blog that is interesting and/or beneficial so your visitors follow you and return again. 

Avoid Copyright Infringement At All Costs

by Live, Laugh, Blog | 8/14/2012 01:22:00 PM in | 0 comments

Photo courtesy of MikeBlogs via flickr
So you've written an awesome post and now you need a really great photo to finish it off. You fire up Google Images, type in your keyword and hundreds of pictures come up related to your search. You choose the perfect picture, save it to your computer and upload it to your blog. You publish the post and done!

A few weeks or maybe it's months later, you get a notification that the photo you used belongs to someone else and they order you to take it down. You've unknowingly used a photo copyrighted by someone else and they aren't happy about it. If you're lucky, you'll be asked to take it down and that will be the end of it. If you're not so lucky, the owner will sue you and you'll have to go through a court battle and probably pay for using the photo.

Copyright infringement is raging out of control on the Internet these days. It's difficult to tell which photos are copyrighted and which aren't, but that's no excuse in the eyes of the law. In an effort to stop copyright problems, Google announced last week that they will begin punishing sites who blatantly use copyrighted material. What this means is, if you are notified repeatedly to remove copyrighted material from your site, Google will punish you by lowering your rank in their index, or even worse, remove your site from their index altogether.

When looking for images for your posts, use sites like Creative Commons because they specialize in photos that do not contain copyright. Be sure to read the rules for using the photos because the owner may require that you give credit to him when you post the photo. If you don't know if a photo is copyrighted, it's best to pass it over and find one that you're certain is free to use. When it comes to using someone else's work, it's better safe than sorry.

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