3 Best Blogging Solutions Ever for Frazzled Bloggers

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No time to blog? I feel your pain. You know that your blog is a prime  marketing tool, but blogging takes too much time. You’re too busy to bother. Your blog’s neglected, and guilt weighs you down.

Relax. You can have all the benefits of blogging, without the hassles.

If you’ve got five minutes you can blog. Blogging’s much easier than it used to be. These days, you blog by: writing your blog posts as simple notes in Evernote, or by creating a paragraph or two right in your browser, or even by sending a quick email message.

I blog for a stable of clients. And I often do it on my iPad or phone when I’m out of the office. You’ll love these three solutions I’ve discovered. They’re perfect when you’re frazzled. (Or even if you’re not. :-))

1. Postach.io: super-fast blogging in Evernote – just write a note

If you use Evernote, you’ll love Postach.io. You can blog right within Evernote: it’s easy. Just tag an Evernote note as “published”, and you’re done – the note is instantly published to your Postach.io blog.

You can create notes on just about any device with Evernote, so you can blog anywhere. Last week, I wrote three blog posts while waiting in a queue at the bank.

I’ve been using Evernote since 2009, and with each month that passes, my stash of notes becomes more valuable to me. I flick through some notes, come up with an idea, and blog the idea, right in Evernote.

Recently, Postach.io won the Evernote Devcup 2013 Gold Award:

The Canadian team of Shawn Adrian and Gavin Vickery was working on documentation for a product they had built, Quote Robot, when, Adrian says, they became frustrated with the existing tools for publishing.

So they decided to write their own.

Since they were doing their documentation in Evernote, as so many people do, they thought the best thing they could have was a tool that took that writing and quickly and easily published it, with zero intermediate steps between Evernote and the Web.

Postach.io is huge fun to use, and FAST.

2. Try Barley if WordPress is frustrating  – you can blog in your Web browser

I adore WordPress. I’ve been using it since 2004, when a WordPress blog was far from easy for non-techy people, and it’s worth it.

BUT… sometimes WordPress can be frustrating.

Recently, I’ve encouraged clients who’re frazzled by blogging to investigate Barley, because the kind Barley people will import your WordPress content into Barley for you.

Barley creates beautiful websites and blogs, right in your Web browser. It has a mile of keyboard shortcuts, so you can blog as quickly as you can think. Clients love it, because just as with Postach.io, Barley lets them blog anytime, anywhere.

3. Typepad: speedy and reliable – blog via email

One of my oldest blogs is on Typepad. I bless it when other blogs are giving me trouble, because Typepad handles EVERYTHING. I just focus on the content.

The defunct blogging service Posterous had a simple system of blogging via email. Write a blog post in your email client, hit Send, and your post was published. With categories, and tags. Typepad does the same thing: write an email message, and you’ve blogged.

After nine years of Typepad blogging, I can confidently say that if you’re a frazzled blogger, Typepad will un-frazzle you.

In conclusion, if you’re a frazzled blogger, try one of these blogging services – you can blog, even if you’re convinced that you don’t have time.
, and on Twitter: @angee

Social Media Smarty: 5 Sizzling Tips To Ace Google+ Today

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You’ve heard about Google+ and you’re wondering what it can do for you.

If it’s just another social network, why bother? You’re tweeting, and you have Facebook pages. Why commit to yet another network which you need to monitor, and on which you need to develop content?

One word: Google. Another few words: identity, relevance, and search engine results.

In his book, Google chief Eric Schmidt said:

“Within search results, information tied to verified online profiles will be ranked higher than content without such verification, which will result in most users naturally clicking on the top (verified) results. The true cost of remaining anonymous, then, might be irrelevance.”

No one outside Google knows just how Google+ affects SEO, but you can assume that it does.

Charles Arthur in The Guardian, decided that:

Google+ isn’t a social network. It’s The Matrix.

Read his article, and you may well agree.

Look on your interaction on Google+ as an investment in your future. Google and the other search engines are important to anyone who does business online. You may not want to join yet another social network. However, once you see that your engagement on Google+ has positive effects, you’ll want to continue.

AJ Kohn has an excellent article on Google+ SEO:

In a nutshell Search+ transforms your search results based on the connections, interactions and activity you have on Google+. It is the largest search personalization effort ever attempted by Google.

Let’s look at five smart ways you can ace Google+ today.

1. Use it like a blog: attract a new audience

Mike Elgan’s a Google+ enthusiast who blogs on Google+. A Google+ post is like a blog post. It has its own URL, and you’ll often see articles from Google+ in the search engine results.

While using Google+ as your business’s blog is an option, it has significant drawbacks. When you’re using to blogging with WordPress or on some other service, you’ve developed the environment you want, to attract the audience you want.

Look at blogging short posts on Google+ as a way to attract a new audience, and funnel them where you’d like them to go.

2. Win attention with images: prettiness gets pluses

When you look at your stream in Google+, you’ll see that images get attention. We’ve talked about image marketing on Google+, and said:

Take your own photos. These photos don’t have to be taken with a super-duper digital camera, you can take them with your cell phone. I’ve just taken a couple of snaps with my cell phone which I’ll be using in an image marketing campaign for client.

Carry your phone around with you, and snap away.

Google+ is almost as image-focused as Tumblr. Build an inventory of images for Google+. If you’re using Pinterest, you can repurpose some of those images.

3. Write now, post later with the Chrome Do Share extension

"Do Share" Chrome extension
“Do Share” Chrome extension

When you use the Do Share Extension for Chrome, you can create your Google+ posts whenever you like. Do Share will schedule your posts for you, so that they’re published at times they’ll get the most attention.

If you’re running a promotions campaign, you can set up Do Share with posts at the start of the campaign. You’ll be notified of comments to your published posts in your Inbox, so that you can respond to them.

4. Create and join Communities: meet friends and engage them

Create and join Google+ Communities: your Community posts appear in the search results. Use Google Ripples to see how your content is shared.

5. You’re a curator on Google+: share with commentary

When you create a Google+ post, you can choose a type: text, photos, links, videos and events. However, be wary of posting posting naked links. Add commentary so that you get more pluses and shares.

Look on yourself as a content curator. When you’re posting material other than text, adding commentary helps SEO – you can even use hashtags. Google+ will add a primary hashtag for you. When you add commentary, it means that there’s more text for Google to index.

, and on Twitter: @angee

Writing a Book? Check Out My Blog for Authors

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My Just Write a Book Blog

I’ve received several email messages about my “write a book” blog post. I’m glad you like the tips. :-) If you want more tips on writing and selling books, check out my Just Write a Book Blog.

Over the years, I’ve written many books for major publishers, both fiction and nonfiction, and of course, I ghost books. While ghostwriting is lucrative, it does shorten the time I have to write my own books, so I’ll be cutting down on that this year.

If you’re looking for something specific on the above blog, use the Search function in the top of the sidebar on the right. I tend to write about whatever people have been asking me, or whatever catches my attention.

There’s a free report you might find useful in the sidebar too.

Questions? Just ask. Either Julia or I will respond.

Looking For Content Ideas?

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Want ideas? Visit the Pinterest “Popular” category

 

Just a quickie post today. Clients often ask me “where can I get ideas for content?”

One word: Pinterest. Specifically, the “Popular” category. Alternatively, use the Search box. I defy anyone to browse Pinterest for five minutes, without coming up with a dozen ideas.

Of course, you’ll need to guard against aimless browsing… :-)

If you’re a WordPress user, here’s my secret weapon for content – the Post Ideas plugin. It lives in your Dashboard. You can jot down ideas there, as you come across them. You’ll find that just browsing these ideas, after you’ve created your own little collection, will prevent blogger’s block.