Twelve Blog Post Writing Tips From 2012 I made a concerted effort to write more and better blog posts last year. Here are a dozen things I learned and/or put into practice that helped me do so. If one of your 2013 resolutions is to blog more, perhaps you'll find a few of these tips useful. Single topic post. Think of each post as a building block that you might use as a reference in some other post. The more your post focuses on a single point (or a closely related set of points) the more reusable/citable it will be, both by others and your future writings. Introducing “Softies,” Our Most Colorful And Playful Icon Set Yet After the recent release of our flat icons, we decided to focus our next creation on something more colorful, playful and detailed. This icon set, appropriately titled “Softies,” includes 44 beautiful and fun icons. The soft and bright style of these icons is sure to add some color to your website, and we’ve made them pixel perfect at 64px, 128px, and 256px. The package includes PNG images of all three sizes, as well as the original PSD files for each icon so that designers can easily modify them to suite their project’s needs. Did I mention that they are completely free? These icons are not only price-free, they are also restriction-free.
The Morning After The Morning After Although it drives millions of weblogs all over the world, WordPress is a powerful publishing platform that is increasingly being used to power online magazines and other news-driven Web sites; sites that fall outside the domain of ‘blogs’. Contrary to popular belief, WordPress isn’t just a ‘blogging application’. It can be (and is being) used for a whole lot more. The Morning After is a magazine-style theme for WordPress created by Arun Kale. The theme was created based on a brief survey on the WordPress forums about what people would want to see in a unique magazine-style theme. Social Media Infographics - Visual Representation I have found these social media infographic images most informative in explaining the social interactions, marketing history and opportunities: CMO's Guide to the Social Landscape History of Marketing Social Media Bubbles Social Media Subscribers Long History into Social Media
10 Ways To Add Value To Your Service And Build Customer Loyalty Many businesses fail because of the lack of value they give to their customers. I have wrote a quick handy guide on how to increase value to your website service / product, and build loyalty with existing customers and new ones. Adding value to your service allows you to raise the product price, so you earn more money, or keep the price the same, but conversion rates and customer satisfaction with the product will be higher. WordPress v Joomla: The Infographic Back in July and August last year, we published a series of articles by Mark Atkinson comparing WordPress and Joomla as content management systems. Each of five posts focused on specific aspects of functionality in direct comparison of the two CMS giants. That series culminated in Mark’s grand finale: WordPress v Joomla: The Winner The entire series generated a great deal of discussion, with general agreement with Mark’s conclusion that each CMS is a great choice with particular strengths that will appeal to users with differing needs, capabilities and situations. Mark and his team at Red Giant have since considered how this large stream of information could be presented in a way that is easy to absorb and digest, regardless of experience with either WordPress or Joomla.
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