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5 Things To Do Before Publishing a Blog Post

Whether you’re a new or experienced blogger (problogger!), you’ll find these five things to do before publishing a blog post helpful. These tips are from freelance writer and blogger Susan Johnston, of The Urban Muse — one of my most regular guest bloggers.

Before her tips, a quip:

“Put down everything that comes into your head and then you’re a writer. But an author is one who can judge his own stuff’s worth, without pity, and destroy most of it.” – Colette

This writing advice doesn’t just apply to works of fiction, short stories, or print articles for magazines, it applies to blogging, too! Cull your writing, fellow scribes…for that is what your editors and readers need. Click on The Huffington Post Complete Guide to Blogging for more tips – it’s one of my favorite books on blogging – and read on for Johnston’s five things to do before publishing a blog post…Read More »5 Things To Do Before Publishing a Blog Post

5 Over-Used Words and Phrases for Writers to Avoid

Want to improve your writing? Avoid these five over-used words and phrases! These writing tips are from a successful writer who isn’t just my regular guest blogger – she’s a recent Top 10 Blogs for Writers winner. I’ve learned a lot from freelancer Susan Johnston – such as how to increase my blog readership, earn more money writing, and write great conclusions.

“Too often, writers rely on clichés or tired, over-used words instead of coming up with an original way to stay what they mean,” says Johnston. “Sure, most readers understand these phrases with little or no explanation, so it’s an easy way to get a point across. Sometimes it’s acceptable to use these words or phrases if the alternative would be too long-winded (or if you’re satirizing something). But too many worn-out words can sound stale and unoriginal. It’s a lazy shortcut, really.”

Here, she shares several over-used words and phrases for writers to avoid. For more ways to improve your writing, click on How to Avoid English Teachers’ Pet Peeves: Improve Your Writing by Eliminating Common Errors by Cheryl Miller Thurston. And, read on for Johnston’s writing tips…Read More »5 Over-Used Words and Phrases for Writers to Avoid

Increase Your Blog Readership – 5 Ways to Get More Web Traffic

Getting more web traffic is the first step to making money blogging! These five tips for increasing your blog readership are from freelance writer and blogger Susan Johnston, who has a strong blog following.

Before her tips, a quip from a professional blogger:

“Making money from blogging requires you to do only two things: drive a lot of traffic, then maximize the income from that traffic,” says blogger and “dot com mogul” John Chow.

Ah, but doing those two things is harder than it looks! Monetizing a blog isn’t easy, but there are several proven ways to generate traffic and raise your blog’s readership, which covers Chow’s first step. To learn more from professional bloggers, read ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income by Darren Rowse and Chris Garrett — or visit ProBlogger. And, here are five tips for increasing your readership….Read More »Increase Your Blog Readership – 5 Ways to Get More Web Traffic