How to Overcome Stress in the Workplace

Dealing With Stress At WorkplaceWe encounter stress on a daily basis especially in our workplace. Sometimes it is part of our daily lives but it does not have to be. It is important to learn how to deal with stress and how to overcome it.

If we just let stress rule our lives, it can cause serious damage to our health and to our overall well-being. We must learn ways to overcome it before it overcomes us.
Some people deal with stress in different ways. Some people prefer to go to the park and be one with nature. Some people prefer to exercise and go to the gym to let go off some steam.

Some people would do some yoga while some people would simply sing about it. One of the simplest ways that I have learned on how to deal with stress and its effects is through writing.
With regards to writing, here are some useful tips that can help anyone overcome stress:

1. Write about your Feelings

People sometimes have forgotten how important it is to express your feelings and emotions. One of the best ways to do it is to write about those feelings and emotions that burdens you.

It give us some relief when we write down the feelings that we are have locked up inside. We must learn to express them in a good way. Writing about it, is the start to letting go of any negative feelings that you may have inside.

2. Share What You Wrote to Others

I know that this may seem crazy to others but it is important to share to other people what you have written for as long as you are comfortable with it. When you discuss what you have written to another person, they can help you identify why you felt that way and that person can give you some new perspective and advice on how to deal with it.

It is also a relief to have someone to talk to about what you are feeling especially in your workplace. Sometimes all you need is to have someone to talk to.

3. Blog about It

One way to unburden yourself and deal with stress is to blog about the experiences that you have encountered that brought you some stress. Blogging is like having a diary that you can use to write about your daily experiences whether that may be good or bad. You can use an alias to protect your name and to remain anonymous; this can give you the freedom to write about what you feel without the fear that people may judge you differently.

Blogging your feelings especially about your workplace can also help someone in need or who is in the same situation as you are. You may not know it but you may be helping someone in need when you blog about your experiences.
Those are some useful tips that anyone can use to overcome stress especially through writing. I have found out how relaxing it is to be able to write about your feelings and be able to share it to the world.

Sometimes when you know that other people have the same problems as you do, it helps you feel better and it can even provide a way for you to find some solutions to your problems. It is important to remember that we should not let stress overwhelmed us, we must overcome it.
About the Author:

Jean Sykes is one of the uk essay writers that tries to help ordinary people live better lives. She also takes part in charitable causes that provides relief and support to those who are struck by calamities.

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7 Hacks to Write Faster

Note: This is a guest post from Nicole.

If you want to make money as a writer, it pays to not only write well, but fast. This is especially true if you are just starting out and working your way up from low paying, flat rate gigs.

To make these gigs worthwhile, you need to be able to write efficiently — otherwise you’ll be living the stereotypical writer’s life, subsisting on a dismal hourly rate.

You can learn to write faster with daily practice, and by taking advantage of these 7 hacks I’ve learned along the way.

And hey, you’ll benefit from writing quickly even when you start raking in the big bucks, having paid your dues and transformed yourself into a true wordsmith.

Ready? Let’s get hacking!

Hack #1: Pre-write

You’ll save time by simply having a plan. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy – a rough outline, some point form notes, and a general direction for the thrust of your piece.

If you’re right-brained, you may prefer a mind map drawn with paper or pencil – or download a free template online.

Hack #2: Limit Your Research

In modern times we have a glorious, free tool we can use to investigate, learn and fact check. It’s called the internet and it’s there to help writers write faster (as well as other things).

A key point: get familiar with reliable sources of information you can go to when it’s crunch time. Then spend no longer than ten minutes grabbing pithy quotes, interesting stats and a fact or two you didn’t know before from a credible online publication. Then go to town.

Hack #3: Just Do It

Remember when you had to write a paper on deadline for a high school/college/university class – and that looming deadline was mental agony? You couldn’t enjoy your weekend knowing it was unavoidable, but you procrastinated anyway.

Then it was ten times harder to start once you couldn’t put it off a second longer. Don’t do that. It makes the writing process slow and arduous when you create so much angst around just starting.

Set a time to begin your project and dive in. Believe what the pros tell you: first drafts are frequently crap. Accept that, and keep your fingers typing or your pen moving across the paper.

Hack #4: Write Like You Speak

Gone are the days when you had to be formal and stuffy to be a trusted authority on a topic. Here are the days when people want their information fast, easily digestible and delivered in a friendly, conversational manner.

Try to imitate a text book from the last century and you’ll slow down your mental process and lose your audience. Think friendly and approachable and you’ll avoid blocking your word flow with needless posing – in other words, just be yourself.

Hack #5: Use Plain Language

Every business out there has its special jargon for those in the know (and governments may be the worst at this kind of incomprehensible phrasing – ever get a letter from a federal agency and have no idea what you’re supposed to do with it? Then you know what I mean).

Cut to the point and you’ll not only write faster, your message will be clearer. Remove extra words, cliches, and industry-specific mumbo jumbo.

Believe me, your audience will thank you for it. And you’ll cut down your writing and revising time substantially.

Hack #6: Don’t Stop ‘Til You’re Done

Once you’re in the flow, no getting up from your writing until you’ve polished off your conclusion (unless, of course, you’re writing a 500 page thesis – then you’re allowed to call your Mom on Sunday).

Seriously, once you get writing, persist and enjoy the flow. Think of it like running a race. You don’t shave seconds off your time by meandering down a side street.

You put all your effort and energy in just crossing the finish line. In other words, don’t fret about spelling, grammar and all that jazz right now. Just finish.

Hack #7: Revise Later — Waayyyyy Later

OK, you’ve done it. You’ve finished your piece and you’ve completed it in record time. Hurray! Congratulate yourself on your efficiency and for earning a not-too-bad wage for your trouble.

Now save your work and do something fun. Eat a sandwich, have a beer, call your spouse, walk the dog, take a nap, mind the baby — whatever non-writing stuff you also want to fill your day with.

Tomorrow is a new day, and unless you’re down to the wire on a deadline, you’ll do a better job of revising your work – and do it more quickly — if you take a day or two away from it.

Come back to it later with fresh eyes and … giddy up! You’ll enjoy the clarity distance offers. You’ll get your proofreading done quickly, and can send that piece off to its boss lickety-split.

Nicole Breit is a freelance writer and editor based in Vancouver, Canada. She blogs about marketing, online reputation management and small business issues. 

How My New Blog Earned A Page Rank of 3 In One Month

I know Google Page Rank is no longer a true barometer of how your blog is “performing” in the blogosphere. Google have said themselves that we should not use Page Rank to measure our blog’s performance.

Very true.

There is nothing else I can use to check metrics aside from hits and pageviews.

Nonetheless, I look at Page Rank as a way to check how my SEO efforts are affecting my blog technically.

In just one short month, I was able raise my blog’s Page Rank from PR0 to PR3 (Check | Verify). Usually, it would take a couple of months to reach that level but I did it in one month after registering the domain and building the blog from the ground up.

This only shows you don’t need to resort to blackhat SEO or buy expensive SEO tools to rank your blog higher.

Domain/Blog Age: 36 days
Alexa Rank: 600K+ (from 3M+)
RSS Subscriber: 45
Blogging Frequency: Once a Week

Here are the components of my blog:

1. Running on the WordPress platform

2. Using clean and responsive template based on Twitter Bootstrap

3. Utilizing the following SEO related plugins
– 404 Redirection
– Akismet
– All in One SEO Pack
– Better WordPress Minify
– Disqus Comment System
– FeedBurner FeedSmith
– Google XML Sitemaps
– WP
– WP Super Cache

4. Increased paragraph spacing and font height for improved readability

5. Implemented Rich Snippets

6. Content – Content, content, content.

If you think Page Rank has some values you could use and want me to help you rank higher, let me know.

What Do You Want Me To Write About?

I’d love to hear from you. One of the items in my To-Do List this year is to continue to write here in Productivity Bits.

I currently have 400+ RSS subscribers. I feel that is enough number for me to get encouraged to continue writing quality content.

I have decided not to accept guest posts anymore for some reasons. And because of that, I need more ideas.

In the comment below, please suggest topics that you might want to read here. Or suggest any concepts in productivity and GTD you want me to explore – tools, systems, etc.

Let’s make this blog a reader-driven blog.

Thank you in advance.

Outsourcing Blog: The Good and The Bad

The past year 2011 has been good to me in general. There are a lot of good things to remember from last year.

I experimented with few things on this blog – I outsourced the blog to guest writers. With that, the blog’s Alexa Ranking and number of RSS subscribers have increased dramatically.

But I am not happy with that improvement. Here’s why:

1. Losing my personal voice

My main goal when I started this blog was to be able to voice out my take on productivity topics that I am interested in. My own voice quickly faded away once the guest posts started to come in.

2. Losing blog’s focus

This is an obvious consequence of outsourcing this blog. Different authors tend to have different views of common topics. Not only different authors have different ways of thinking but they also have different motives in writing.

3. Losing quality readership

I may have increased my blog exposure by frequent publication of blog posts but I have lost quality readership in return. Outsourcing your blog also means that the articles that you published are just spun posts from other blogs, which leads to:

4. Losing blog identity

Once your blog started to sound like other blogs on your topic domain, you are losing your blog identity. And readers don’t like that.

So, is outsourcing blog a good or bad thing? Blogging, or just plainly web presence in general, is not about search ranking and improving numbers.

What you’d expect from this 2012?

1. Less frequent posting
2. More quality articles (I hope)
3. No guest authors allowed (except on special case. e.g., book authors)
4. Zero outsourced article
5. Simple blog outline (subject to my taste)
6. Eliminate advertisement (the only one to retain would be the ad in my header because of the 1 year contract, which might get extended if needed)
7. Although I will be eliminating ads going forward, old ones will remain due to the overhead it requires to remove them.
8. More changes as I see fit.

What do you think of these changes?


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10 Ways To Make Your Blog More SE Friendly

Guest Post

As a blogger, you might find you’re not getting the traffic you were expecting out of some great articles you’ve written.

And if your main referral is not search engines, you will probably want to look into optimizing your website better and making your content more search-engine friendly.

I’ve started several blogs throughout the years and I’d like to share some of the tips I use to make Google love me more. Here are my top 10:

1. Get on Webmaster Tools

This is one of Google’s tools that’s often overlooked but quite useful and easy to install. Simply generate a sitemap for your blog (using the Google XML sitemaps plugin), add & confirm your site in Webmaster Tools.

You will then have a access to a variety of useful stats, such as search engine impressions and CTR for your site, you will be able to see missing pages, malware notifications, incoming links and how well your site performs in terms of loading speed.

Check the WMT account regularly so you can solve whatever issues may arise.

2. Get your meta tags in order

Meta tags are pretty important for every page since it tells Google what your page is about. Meta title and meta description are two things every page on your blog needs.

The WordPress SEO or All-in-One SEO plugins do that and a bit more, just pick your favourite. When you’re writing your meta tags, make sure you use some keywords you think people would use to find your blog.

For a bit of inspiration, go to Google’s free Keyword Tool.

3. Interlink

This is probably one of the easiest things to do, that comes natural to many of us but we often overlook.

To increase page views per user, as well as to get older posts back in the spotlight, link in your recent writings to older, relevant posts.

Search engines love this and you should too – just look at how well Wikipedia is doing with their numerous inside links on each and every page.

4. Write for the readers

I’m advocating making your blog more search engine friendly, not writing for search engines. But here’s a tip you can use to get more search engine traffic with your content.

Login to Google Analytics (hopefully you’ve installed it already) and check the keywords that bring in only a couple of visits. Look over those keywords and see which ones you’re not covering.

Based on them, you can get some really nice post ideas for your blog and thus answering your readers’ inquiries.

5. Expand your posts

Most readers will avoid big chunks of content with no separation in between or without visual stimuli.

Visitors and search engine like diversity so try to add relevant videos or images to your posts as often as you can.

This will make your post easier to read and more relevant, since it has more types of content that delve on the issue.

6. Use anchor texts

You might not get a lot of benefit from linking to your old posts with the anchor text “click here”.

Whenever possible, even when writing on other blogs try to use anchor texts relevant to your blog, such as “my beauty secrets” instead of “here”.

It makes your blog look more relevant in the eyes of search engines and bumps it up a notch when looking for that particular anchor text.

7. Analyze & optimize

Since some of my articles are not evergreen, I realize they will not always be relevant to those finding them. Whenever I have some spare time on my hands, I go in my Analytics blog profile and check “Top Exit pages” to see the pages with the highest bounce rate.

Then think about how to improve the content, restructure it or update it with relevant information. This will decrease bounce rate and make your visitors stick around more.

8. Encourage sharing

Make your blog more social by including a plugin with share buttons to most social media sites, such as ShareThis.

This will drive more traffic to your website, encouraging visitors to share your content on social networks, and will also improve your backlink profile.

9. Get more backlinks

It’s easier said than done, but it’s not impossible. More links to your site gives more authority to your homepage and articles, so your blog is likely to rank higher in search engine result pages for various keywords.

Add links to your blog on your social media profiles, guest post or to online communities, without overdoing it.

10. Promote your content

I used to have some posts I would spend my day creating, then end up with a few visits and no comments. So I decided not to let them go to waste and promote them a bit on some sites I was active on.

So if a post is not getting the merits it deserves, try to submit the link to various, BUT relevant social sites such as Digg, Reddit, StumbleUpon or Delicious.

It will increase your exposure and bring in some new visitors. This will also bring in some fresh links to push your post a little more.

Something essential I haven’t covered? Use the form below to share with us your tips on making your blog more search engine friendly!

Bogdan is a marketer for Nobelcom, one of the premier source for phone cards online. Find out more about him by following Bogdan on Twitter.

Content Marketing Focuses on Value Not Length

Guest Post

Content length is a big question mark that nags almost all bloggers every now and then. This question is generally asked about all types of content.

The essence of content marketing is to attract targeted audience by providing valuable information.

I think people usually do not care about the length of the article – all they care is what they get out of it.

The example of short, concise and to the point content is that of some very good ad where the marketer conveys the whole story within seconds.

Such brilliance has given advertisements an entertainment value that is almost at par with that of movies and sitcoms.

Same is the case with articles or blog posts. You should always create high value content with the mind set of talking to your readers rather than some Google bot.

Of course, I am not saying that the length of the content does not matter at all.

There are some topics which are so vast that you just cannot encapsulate them in, say 400 or so words.

For such topics, you should not shy away from writing miles and miles if you have to.

In order to deliver one salient point you will need to explain it in its full length.

Now again, don’t take me wrong, but respect the time of your audience and make the boring content interesting and difficult content easy to digest.

To make your marketing content truly exceptional, try the following techniques.

Well Written Content

First of all, remember that no one is going to read your content or share it if it sucks.

Create an attention grabbing title that would drag people to click on it.

That is not all! You have to make sure that your content meets high standards of quality.

After all, you don’t need people to get disappointed by poorly written content and navigate away from your page and to ever revisit to your site.

So put forth all your efforts and create a well-written content.

Targeted Content

What will be the benefit of your well-written content if it is not appropriate for your targeted audience?

Your ultimate aim is to make your targeted audience attracted towards your products or services.

In order to do so, you have to brainstorm and adopt their personas and understand their wants, needs, problems and thoughts.

Once you have identified all their needs, then justify them through your content.

Optimized Content

Every successful blogger or entrepreneur has two goals in mind – SEO and lead generation.

First benefit of content is that there are chances to improve the SEO of the website, so marketers should always make sure that every bit of content such as all of your eBooks, blogs posts and article slides have been optimized with the right set of keywords to improve their search rankings.

The content should also be optimized for lead generation.

Keep Readers In The Loop

While writing any kind of content, do keep your readers in the loop.

Each and every article or post of yours must be built with Aristotle’s theory, complete with a beginning, middle and an end.

Follow this principle for all of your writings in a way that each article is ‘whole’ in itself.

Such writings are very easy to read as they lead the readers by the hand without praising anyone’s ego or giving them the impression of being handfed (especially since not everybody is so keen on being treated like that).

By following all these techniques, you will have no need to worry about the length of the content while making it best.

This guest post is by Susan Smith. Susan is a passionate blogger with expertise in B2B Trade. As an entrepreneur and a businesswoman, she likes to share her extensive knowledge of wholesale industry and frequently writes on manufacturers related topics.

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Tips For Bloggers To Fight Writing Stress

Guest Post

Blog writing is a unique profession in itself. While some bloggers are only interested to educate their audience through their blogs, a good number of bloggers also use it as a source of earning money.

For those who monetize their blogs, still the primary purpose remains the education of audience but optimization of their blogs in important search engines also becomes their priority.

SEO of blog sites is not an easy job and it requires really good content.

The quality of writing can make or break the blog. The pressure of writing excellent content makes writing a very stressful job indeed, which is why so many bloggers complain that content writing is a stressful job.

The fact is that blogging is great fun in itself because you have the complete liberty to play with your words.

But consistently writing on same subjects can sometimes be very stressful.

However, we can fight against our stress to a great extent if we follow three simple tips.

Allot more time to writing!

Never try to produce a lot of content in a short period of time. It is extremely stressful.

Even if you hire a team of content writers, don’t expect them to produce very good quality in a very short time.

By doing this, you force your writers to resort to dishonest ways of meeting deadlines like copying content and sometimes even including fake or made-up information that does not make sense at all.

Both of these can inflict serious damage to your blog website. To avoid finding yourself in such a situation, give your writers ample time to write.

If you are writing content yourself, then be a little gentle with yourself.

You can prepare a rough draft of an article and read it twice or thrice and try to improve it.

When you are not bound by limited time, you feel quite relaxed which ultimately improves your writing.

Take productivity breaks!

No matter what we do, we all need a break from our monotonous routine.

These breaks are even more important for the writers as writing is not a piece of cake.

Sometimes you run short of words and feel that you cannot produce unique content, which is normal for any writer who writes continuously, without enjoying the luxury of a break.

You should make a proper schedule of posting and writing articles on your blog and should add productivity breaks in the schedule every now and then.

It is highly recommended to take a short break after writing every article.

Breaks not only reduce writing stress but also refresh your mind and help you produce good content of high quality.

Productivity breaks also allow you to make better use of your time.

Enjoy writing!

You might have realized by now that blog writing is not easy.

You might not have to be extra genius for writing but it does require hard work and commitment.

It becomes stressful only when you lose interest. I would say that if blog writing is not your passion, you should not go for it.

Persistence and passion are the two most important things that decide your career in blogging and writing becomes stressful if you lack any one of these qualities.

Blogging can be a lot of fun if you enjoy writing.

Blog writers should go for a walk every now and then to the parks and other open areas to breathe deeply. This refreshes their brain and reduces their stress.

This guest post is by Susan Smith. Susan is an online wholesale trade and B2B marketing expert. She writes frequently on the topics related to Drop Shipping, distributors, wholesalers and trade suppliers.

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How To Build Your Brand Through Your Blog

Guest Post

Brands have become the most important factor for selling products. Once just a part of the larger business picture, brands now play a leading role and determine the success of a product and the related business.

Brand building however, is not easy. It requires concerted and focused effort and various brand promotion exercises, many of which are expensive propositions. Blogging or starting a blog is one great and inexpensive way to promote a brand.

 How to use blogs for branding

Create an online image through blogs to build your brand

Sign Up with Bluehost now and start blogging to your success!A successful branding strategy has been labeled as a ‘franchise in the mind” by some experts.

That is, the brand has to leave a mark, a clear remembrance, which could be in the form of a jingle, a song, a joke or an ad.

Companies that have created memorable ads may have spent millions on them, but they have also stayed in the minds of consumers.

Brand building is a tough task and starting with a blog may help.

Blogs can be the ideal platform to inform the public about the journey of your products and business, the brand creation exercise and repetitively so.

Since blogs are personalized they help to add a human dimension to a brand-one that they are familiar with.

Conversations for brand building

Blogs help to initiate conversations, and keep them alive. Starting a conversation with a consumer is a good way to promote personal interaction, which may also be visible to others.

This becomes a great way to build trust with other consumers.

This is perhaps why blogs are also called the medium for conversational media marketing.

An internet marketing expert has called blogs conversation stations that amplify business relationships to a personal level.

Word of mouth marketing for brand building

Brand building does not necessarily entail spending thousands of dollars. Perhaps the most effective and inexpensive strategy and medium is word of mouth marketing.

People trust a direct feedback and inputs about a brand from known people much more than they would trust an advertisement.

Blogs enable consumers to talk to business owners and each other as well. A positive feedback gets noticed and word spreads like fire.

Thus one happy consumer will pass on a message to tens of prospective consumers. This becomes the best method for marketing a brand.

Building connections for building brands

Blogs provide businesses with a personal platform to interact with consumers and build connections.

With deeper relationships, the convincing ability increase and it becomes possible to influence the way people think and feel.

Once a connection has been made, it can be sustained through sharing of experiences, using expertise to clear doubts and answer questions, and extending a part of your personality into the interaction.

Since blogging is a simple exchange similar to a conversation, it does not need a degree in journalism to write fancy notes and essays.

All that is needed is honesty and sincerity for an earnest exchange of views and transparency in actions while sharing information that will benefit the readers.

Creating communities for building brands

What can be said in blogs can also be said on social networks like Facebook and Twitter as well.

Social networking sites spread news, information and reviews even faster than blogs.

The other benefit of these sites is that they facilitate extension of the communication over communities and the same message reaches thousands of people across the globe.

Besides these mega networks, communities can also be built through message boards, user groups and by suing platforms like KickApps, Ning and CrowdVine which have been designed specifically for this purpose.

Cost effective ways of brand building

Blogs are real money savers since they hardly cost anything, especially when compared to other brand promotion tools.

Some blogging platforms come free of cost, Blogger, a platform offered by Google, being a typical example.

Of course, blogs have now become very popular and very limited options come free of charge, and the quality of services also depends on the amount spent.

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Customer partnership for brand building

Many media channels have handed over brand management blogs to consumers.

Actually sensible companies have realized that brands are built by people, their perceptions and their opinions which are passed on to others.

By placing such blogs in the hands of the consumers a true brand will emerge from their interactive platform, and a partnership will be beneficial to the business.

The time has now come for all brands to blog their way towards success.

This is a Guest Post by Neil Jones, from eMobileScan. running 18 dedicated ecommerce sites arcoss Europe their aim is to be one of Europe’s leading suppliers of the Motorola MC9090 and Motorola Es400

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Street Smart Blogging For The Office Worker

Post written by Marlon Ribunal.
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In my previous post, I said that blogging is one of the most effective ways, if not the most effective way, of establishing your online identity.

A day after posting that,  a couple of buddies in the office asked me how to build a blog. I explained to them in details how to go through the process.

In order for me to not keep on repeating the whole thing every time somebody asks, I decided to write about the overview process of building a blog.

First and foremost, you must check your company policy. Approach a human resource representative and check with him or her if there is any possible conflict that might arise.

Generally, companies are ok with employees having a blog not related to their job. To avoid any complications, you must do your blogging stuff outside of your company’s time.

Respect their resources and preserve their trust by abiding by the rules.

Domain Name and Hosting Account

Sign Up with Bluehost now and start blogging to your success!If the reason why you are blogging is to establish an online identity, then you must register your unique domain name and sign up for a self-hosted account for your blog site.

You must own the site as it will be identified with you – the blog is you, you are the blog.

There is nothing wrong with the third-party free blogging platforms such as and Blogger. One factor you need to consider is the professional look of your blog.

The domain name has a lot to do with this. is a lot better than or

It’s up to you whether you want to use your name as your domain name or something else that describes what you want to write about.

If the reason why you are blogging is to establish an online identity, then you must register your unique domain name and sign up for a self-hosted account for your blog site.

You must own the site as it will be identified with you – the blog is you, you are the blog.

You want to have a complete control over your content and your blog site in general. What happens if you host you blog with or Blogger is that you do not have an absolute right to your content.

If they decide to delete and purge your site for just any reason, they have the rights to do that. is being hosted by (affiliate link) which I highly recommend. Let me know if you need help how to setup with them.

One domain name registration with Bluehost is free as long as you have a hosting account with them.

For less than $70.00 per year, you can have both the domain name and hosting up and running pretty quickly (with no setup fee).

Download and Install WordPress

WordPress is a premium free blogging platform that is truly rich in features. Now in its current version 3.0, the software is a robust system that is flexible and scalable.

It provides everything you need to build your professional blog. You can basically install the software in five minutes and have your blog run out of the box.

Check your hosting company about how to install the WordPress software in their server. If you host your WordPress on Bluehost, they have a software that can automatically install WordPress in only few clicks.

You just have to provide the parameters that the system requires. Just follow the instruction as you go step-by-step on the installation process. Download the WordPress software from

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Must-Have Plugins For Your WordPress Blog

You need components (called “plugins”) to extend the capability of your WordPress blog.

I recommend the following plugins that will take care most of the hard work behind the scene.

Let me point out, though, that these are not the only ones you need as you extend your blog with other features.

  • WP Greet Box – If you want to greet your new visitors with a customize message depending on the referring website, this is the plugin that you must have. This add some personal touch to your blog.
  • WordPress Database Backup – Probably the single most important plugin you need. I mean, you must install this plugin in day one. This plugin creates a backup of the database behind your blog. All your content is saved in that database, and, basically you need to backup your asset. Your content is the most important asset in your blog (aside from yourself, of course), so you have to take precautionary steps to preserve them.
  • All-In-One-SEO – This plugin will take care of the baseline of your Search Engine Optimization (SEO) strategy. You don’t have to know everything about SEO for now. Your number one concern should be building great content that address specific needs.  It is enough for now to say that this plugin takes care of the basic SEO so you can focus on delivering great content for your readers.
  • Subscribe To Comments – This plugin allows commenters to opt in to receive email notification for the subsequent comments. Some readers would want to be notified when new comments are added in a post they already commented on. This also encourages interaction among your readers.
  • WPtouch iPhone Theme – This is a cool option that you might consider installing. This plugin transforms your blog site into a theme that looks cool in the iPhone.
  • Contact Form 7 – Your readers must have a way to contact you. Since your purpose is to establish an online identity, then this plugin is a must if you want your readers (or potential employers) to be able to contact you.

Recommended Book On Becoming A Professional Blogger

Become A Six-Figure BloggerProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income. This book contains most of the things you need to know to build, maintain, and market your blog. The valuable tips and tricks you learn from this book will certainly make you a better blogger if you implement them efficiently.