51 Blogging And Publishing Platforms To Showcase Your Awesomeness

Creativity

I first started creating web pages on Yahoo GeoCities, Tripod, etc. back in early 2000s. It was fun. Later, I tried blogging platforms like Blogger.com and WordPress.org and also started creating HTML web pages without any coding skills (thanks to Microsoft FrontPage). And that’s how I started web development.

Now with the advent of web 2.0 people want more. People no longer like static HTML web pages with dull designs. They want rich features with a great user experience. That’s how blogging platforms became massively popular.

I get a lot of emails (because of this Make Money Writing blog post) from my readers asking for a platform to share their articles or work online. And I used to recommend a blog — a WordPress blog to be more specific. But then I realized that a blog may not be relevant for everyone as things changes from one person to another.

If you’re a technology enthusiast then starting a blog makes sense. But if you’re a writer and want to contribute articles randomly, then publishing on Medium.com makes better sense — yeah,  you don’t have to be a tech-savvy person for that! [Read more…]

37 Content Discovery Tools To Find Great Social Media Content

Content Ideas

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If you’re a newbie blogger then it may be difficult to come up with a new topic each day (especially when you want to blog daily). As you probably know blogging is all about quality content and you really don’t have to blog everyday just to keep your blog active. When you publish a post you have to make sure that there’s something unique in your content and you’re adding some value to your posts.

Read: Why 365 Blog Posts (Or Less) Is All You Need To Become A Super-Blogger

And if you’re active on social media then it’s almost impossible to share only your own content all the time. Even if you can, you shouldn’t be doing that because your audience must be interested in other content related to your niche.

Be A Content Curator

If you want to become a good blogger then you have to become a good content curator. Like FastCompany has mentioned Content Curators are the new superheroes of the web. They say:

Curation is the act of individuals with a passion for a content area to find, contextualize, and organize information. Curators provide a consistent update regarding what’s interesting, happening, and cool in their focus.

The good thing is… when you read, curate, and share more industry specific content you’ll get topic ideas naturally and you’ll know exactly what your audience want.

Read: Over 101 Social Media Tools (Free & Premium) You’ll Ever Need

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Over 101 Content Marketing Tools (Free & Premium) You’ll Ever Need

Content Marketing

If you’re a blogger or an Internet marketer, you would probably know that there are hundreds of thousands of marketing tools online that makes Internet Marketing much easier. A good percentage of the content that resides in my Evernote are actually “tools” — for almost anything.

Read: Why Evernote Is My (And Probably Your) Perfect Blogging Companion

And that’s how I recently came up with a list of 101 Productivity Tools and 101 Social Media Tools (with over 30 Image Tools). Today I’m going to focus on Content Marketing — just content marketing — and want to feature some of the best content marketing tools to streamline your marketing efforts. [Read more…]

The 101 Best WordPress Plugins — For Anything & Everything

WordPress

You may already know that WordPress is the darling of bloggers, and that it is the most popular Content Management System (CMS). WordPress powers more than 17% of the web and its users produce about 41.7 million new posts and 60.5 million new comments each month. Amazing, huh?

If you are completely new to WordPress, and is serious about blogging, then you would have heard of WordPress Plugins and must be wondering what a ‘Plugin’ is!

A Plugin is nothing but a tool (or an extension) that allows you to enhance your WordPress blog. It makes your blog more functional, useful, and powerful. Be it managing your Comments, Traffic Stats, SEO, Social Sharing, Security — ‘the Plugins’ does it all.

WordPress is an Open Source project. So you can either choose a plugin from among thousands of already existing ones, or you can create your own plugins to suit your specific needs. Almost all the plugins that we need already exists, so you don’t have to think about creating a new one.

Because, there’s actually a WordPress Plugin for almost anything! [Read more…]

7 Blogging Years. 7 Blogging Lessons. 7 Blogging Tips.

Blog

Yes, that’s right! It’s the 7th Blogoversary of Minterest. I started Minterest (minterest.com) as a personal finance blog back in 2006 and later in August 2007 I started blogging about “Money, Internet, Investing” (yes, that was the first tagline of Minterest and now as you can see it’s — tech. marketing. mashups.).

To be honest it was “Just another WordPress site” literally and I was simply rehashing topics that were of “My interest“. But there is one thing… I was learning. I loved WordPress and that experience from Blogger.com to WordPress.org was awesome.

Read: WordPress vs. Blogger.com

I started creating blogs on Blogger.com back in 2004 and was treating it like a simple publishing tool. I guess the reason why it didn’t impress or motivate me much was its inability to customize things the way I wanted.

And when I tried WordPress I started loving almost all of its aspects and started liking coding as well. Yes, I’m a software engineer by education but it was not the coding that inspired me – it’s the magic in “technology“. Thanks to Microsoft.

Coming back…  I’m going to feature here 7 blogging lessons and tips that I have… learned, realized, or experienced in one way or the other over the past several years.

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Write Today; Monetize Tomorrow! [Blogging Tips]

Blogging Tips

A recent blog post by Jim Connolly inspired me to write this blog post. In that blog post he mentioned about a best selling Kickstarter book written by the awesomest Seth Godin. When people said it took Seth 3 hours to write that book Seth said it took him around 8 years.

Yes!

That’s how long it took him, writing blog posts almost every day, to build a big enough community to reach his Kickstarter target in 3 hours.

You know what? It applies to blogging as well. [Read more…]

Bye-bye Windows Live Writer, Hello WordPress Editor! After 7 Years…

I’m a huge fan of Windows Live Writer and it  has been my favorite blog publishing tool since 2007. In fact, all my blog posts over the past 7 years on this blog were written using Windows Live Writer except this one. This is the first ever blog post of mine written by using ONLY default WordPress Visual/Text Editor.

Windows Live Writer vs. WordPress Editor

The user interface of Windows Live Writer is the primary reason I (and probably everyone else) loved it. Why? Because it’s literally a What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) editor. When we add our WordPress (or Blogger.com) account to Live Writer it will analyze our blog’s content and will then download the blog theme (including the stylesheet) so that we can write as if we’re writing using the front-end of the blog.
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15 Blogs You Should Really Read If You Are A Freelance Writer

Write

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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