13 Digital Media Resources That You Don’t Want To Miss [July 18, 2014]

Friday the 13th

Minteresting Friday is a digital media mashup by Minterest that compiles the finest Blogging, Internet Marketing, Social Media, Tech, and Web 2.0 resources that you don’t want to miss.

My Picks – #Freelance

Blogging – #Tips

  • The Biggest Myth In Blogging: Why Content Is Not King @ Blog Tyrant
  • Here’s a Simple Strategy To Seduce Readers And Win Clients @ Copyblogger

Internet Marketing – #Content #SEO

  • 17 Insanely Actionable List Building Strategies @ Backlinko
  • 7 Marketing Lessons Learned From Acquiring A Startup @ Quick Sprout

Social Media – #SMM #Tips

  • Build Your Personal Brand & Why I Have Never Had To Look For A Job @ Quick Sprout
  • The Complete Guide to Building Your Personal Brand @ LinkedIn

Tech – #News #Startup

  • My Startup Failed, And This Is What It Feels Like… @ Medium
  • Google Is About To Take Over Your Whole Life @ Fast Company

Web 2.0 – #Design #Tools

  • The Ultimate Guide To Font Pairing @ Canva
  • 6 Awesome Apps and Services Integrated With Todoist @ Todoist

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15 Blogs You Should Really Read If You Are A Freelance Writer


I love reading blogs that offers tips for freelancers (especially freelance writers). Primarily because these blogs publish awesome content on productivity, writing tips, and marketing tips too. So many interesting blog posts are there on these blogs, which might interest you as a writer or even as a marketer.

Do you want to become a better writer? Then start reading a lot. I mean a lot.

15 (+ Bonus 5) Must-Read Blogs For Freelance Writers

In this post, I have decided to feature some of the blogs that I care to read any time. These blogs lets ideas to flow. Infact, there is never a dull moment when you read any of them.

I’ve also included some blog posts from each blog, so that you can get started. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a newbie or an experienced writer. They have immense value.
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13 Digital Media Resources That You Don’t Want To Miss [July 4, 2014]


Minteresting Friday is a digital media mashup by Minterest that compiles the finest Blogging, Internet Marketing, Social Media, Tech, and Web 2.0 resources that you don’t want to miss.

My Picks – #Inspiration #Lifehacks

  • Do Your Own Thing: The Battle of Internal vs External Motivation @ 99U
  • Thirty Things I’ve Learned @ Medium
  • 22 Powerful Productivity Hacks For Small Businesses @ SurePayroll

Blogging – #Tips

  • How To Be In The Top 5% Of Bloggers: New Research Results @ Copyblogger
  • Five Awesome Benefits Of Blogging for Business @ Canva

Internet Marketing – #Affiliate #Marketing

Social Media – #SMM #Tips

  • Maximize Your Social Media Strategy in Just 4 Steps @ Moz
  • How to Calculate the ROI of Your Social Media Campaigns @ Quick Sprout

Tech – #Google #Tips

  • Everything You Need to Know About Google’s I/O Keynote @ Wired
  • 10 Realistic Ways To Keep Your Overflowing Inbox Under Control @Zapier

Web 2.0 – #Webmaster #UX

  • Why Trying To Get 95+ Google PageSpeed Score Will Drive You Mad @ WPMU
  • How To Speed Up Your WordPress Website @ Smashing Magazine

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Web Hosting Deals — July 4th

If you have been following my blog, you would probably know that I rarely post web hosting reviews, coupons or deals. But today, I’m taking a different approach, a change in perspective, actually. Instead of publishing usual web hosting reviews or coupons, I have decided to create a web hosting deals page to feature some of the best web hosting deals out there.

I’m featuring only web hosting companies, that are offering at least 50% OFF (or 40% if they rarely offer deals). For instance, the normal renewal rate of iPage Hosting is over $100, but they run promotions 365 days a year. So you get at least 50% discount, for the first billing term (which can be 12 months or even 36 months).

On the flipside, other web hosting companies like HostGator.com, InMotionHosting.com etc. run promotions only during special events like Black Friday, New Year, etc. Otherwise, you’ll have to buy their hosting plans either at full price or maybe at a small discount of say, 20%. [Read more...]

Over 30 "Cherry-picked" Web 2.0 Sites To Drive Traffic To Your Blog

Social Media websites can drive insanely great traffic to your blog if you have a good social media marketing strategy. But it can drive fair amount of traffic if you just submit blog posts regularly to your social media profiles.


Social media traffic is as important as organic traffic from search engines as we can’t rely on Google alone. They continue to push algorithmic updates like Panda, Penguin and who knows the next could be Giraffe.

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Need A Free Google Apps Alternative? Use Gmail As Your Email Hub!

Google Apps

If you’re a blogger, freelancer or an Internet entrepreneur then you need your own custom email address, right? Because sooner or later you’ll feel embarrassed to show your @gmail.com, @yahoo.com, @hotmail.com, or @aol.com email address to the public. So the usual option is to sign up for a domain name and a web hosting plan and then use an email client like Outlook Express to access email. But that sucks!

And then Microsoft introduced Windows Live Custom Domains back in 2005 and later in 2006 Google introduced Gmail For Your Domain (now known as Google Apps). A free Google Apps account was the perfect solution since we got a Gmail like experience for our custom email accounts. And I was super excited when I was able to host my email in the Google cloud.

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Over 60 Web 2.0 Sites To Get Instant Backlinks To Your Blog

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I previously wrote a blog post where I featured over 30 web 2.0 sites to drive traffic to your blog. It focused on traffic generation using social media and web 2.0 sites. So today I’m going to focus on link building using web 2.0 sites. As you probably know, if content is King then links are Queen. Link building post penguin is all about quality so the traditional link building methods like article submission, directory submission, press releases, RSS submission, etc. rarely works today.

Read: 25 Content Discovery Tools To Find Great Social Media Content

So I’m featuring over 50 quality websites where you can list your blog/website. These websites may not drive huge traffic to your blog but they increase the backlinks to your blog in several ways. Most of these websites allow you to enter your URL as a bio link and it means you get a backlink in less than 5 minutes (Tip: Use your Facebook/Twitter/Google+ account to sign up). And you can multiply the number of backlinks from these websites by becoming an active user. For example, when you create your YouTube profile you can add a link to your website from your profile page and also from your uploaded videos. Likewise, you can join community-driven websites like Digital Point, Microsoft Community, Yahoo Answers, etc. and can link to your website from profile pages and also from discussions by adding your link in a relevant topic.

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Forget Archives. Instead Create A “New? Start Here!” Page On Your Blog

Your blog probably have an “Archive” page like this one where you show all your pages, categories, tags, monthly archives, authors, etc.

Dubious Man

But wait, do you really need an archive page or an HTML sitemap page? Of course, you need an XML Sitemap for your blog like this one but it’s for search engines and not for users.

Unless you’re a real big brand, your visitors don’t care about your Site Search, or even your category or tag cloud. People are too lazy to search your blog to find interesting content.

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