5 Smart Ways To Improve Your Writing Skills

Improve your writingBlogging is all about writing, for the content you create is going to be read by thousands of readers worldwide and no matter what anyone says, even the first few lines of your post can make or break the deal for you. If your writing is weak and full of errors, then you would never be able to build that connection with your readers.

I have seen a number of bloggers who claim to own successful blogs but it’s only when you go through some of their posts that you get to know how limited their writing skills are. Trust me, you do not want to be in that position, so you should make it a point to keep improving your writing skills on a regular basis. Using these simple yet effective tips, you can improve your writing significantly which will help you not just in the near term but for years to come:

1. Get Rid of Grammatical Mistakes

If you plan to become a better writer, then you need to avoid making any grammatical mistakes, for it can ruin your credibility as a writer. When you are not sure if a particular phrase can be used or not, then it’s better to avoid using it altogether, instead of repenting later on when your readers comment about your mistakes.

If you are having trouble getting to terms with grammatical rules, then you need to work on your grammar by going through various websites that give free english lessons. You could even refer to the grammar books which you were assigned in school but you never bothered about them. Remember, don’t forget to proofread your blog posts.

2. Learn Some Idioms

Many a times, it so happens that we aren’t able to recall the right word which we need to use in a particular sentence. Not only does this happen to amateur writers but also to seasoned writers who write for a living.

If you know a few idioms, then they can come in handy at such times and bail you out of trouble. Again internet is the best resource for learning them but you shouldn’t go overboard in trying to learn too many of them, or you’ll most probably forget them when you need to use them somewhere!

3. Know Synonyms for Different Words

You will be in a much better position to write non-repetitive and interesting posts once you know the synonyms for a variety of words which are used on a daily basis. Nearly every word has various variations which you can then use while writing.

This especially comes handy when you’ve used a particular word a couple of times already but need to use it again. If you know the synonym for that word, you can easily replace that word with its synonym, instead of using the same word again and again.

4. Break Down Your Points

Many amateur writers make the mistake of writing long paragraphs which make their writing seem dull and uninteresting. On the other hand, breaking down your points and then elaborating on them one by one will make it easy for the reader to read your post and your writing will appear crisper & much more interesting.

Even if you don’t have a lot of points to discuss, you can break your main point into three-four paragraphs instead of congesting all your  sentences in one single paragraph.

5. Edit Your Post

Last but not the least, you should make it a habit to read what you’ve written. This serves dual purpose – first, you’ll be able to know if you’ve made a mistake somewhere and secondly when you read as a reader, you can assess your post better to see if the flow of ideas is correct and the points make sense. Then you can edit it and fine-tune it to make it more engaging & useful for your readers.

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8 Ways To Effectively Build Your Personal Brand

Personal BrandingPersonal branding has become an extremely important factor with one’s professional success. Personal branding allows you to market yourself to potential employers, business partners and clients by highlighting your strengths while concealing your weaknesses. Similarly, a strong personal brand can have a huge impact on the opportunities one can get. Hence, it’s important that professionals know how to effectively build their own personal brands.

1. Determine exactly what type of brand you want to portray and stick with it

The first step when you’re establishing a solid personal brand is the determination of the type of brand or image you want to portray. Ask yourself some important questions like, how do you want to be seen by potential customers? Or what impression do you want to leave your customers?

2. Write an excellent, telling and descriptive resume – post it online

Writing an excellent resume and positing it online is a surefire way of establishing a solid personal brand. Excellent resumes are telling and descriptive – they highlight the applicant’s skills while at the same time concealing the applicant’s weaknesses.

3. Use real professional pictures as avatars whether it’s on Facebook or on online forums

Another way of building a solid personal brand is by injecting professionalism into your social accounts and online forums. Thus, the best way to inject professionalism is by using real professional pictures on your online accounts.

4. Use the power of social media; build your personal brand with Facebook and Twitter

Social media is the most powerful type of media these days – it beats mainstream television and radio by leaps and bounds. That is why it’s imperative that you utilize social media primarily the social networking site Facebook and the micro-blogging platform Twitter when building a strong personal brand.

5. LinkedIn – a great way to connect with professionals you’ve worked or partnered with

LinkedIn is one of the most popular professional networking sites of today. LinkedIn allows you to network with people within your niche – potential and past employers, investors and creditors among others.

6. Set up your own blog or website – don’t commit the mistake of blogging with free platforms

Setting up your own blog or website is another effective way of building a strong personal brand. Starting a blog or a website won’t cost that much (less than $100 a month). One thing that you should remember is to stay away from free blogging platforms. Free blogging platforms limit your creativity and bind you to play their own rules.

7. Network aggressively; make yourself as accessible as possible

Aggressive networking can also go a long way in helping you establish a solid personal brand. Make yourself as accessible as possible by promoting yourself not just in Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn but also in social bookmarking sites, article directories and in video marketing platforms like YouTube.

8. Learn how to help others by providing things of value such as an eBook or a podcast

Helping others is the greatest way to build a solid personal brand – at least to the person you’ve helped. Always provide something of value such as an eBook or a podcast that can be downloaded from your blog or website. Your personal brand can serve as your ticket and gateway to success but that doesn’t mean that success is entirely dependent on the personal brand you’ve established. There are a lot of things that should also be considered such as the person’s knowledge and skills, the level hard work and patience a person exerts and the opportunities that come by.

This article is written by Kim Willis is a Brisbane SEO consultant and works with online businesses. If you wish to write for us, kindly check this.

5+ Productive Ways You Can Make Use Of Su.pr

Su.prStumbleUpon launched the Su.pr an URL shortening service in early 2009 and it was quite popular with Social Media freaks. Initially they had invitation code and later it was available to all the StumbleUpon users. It is not only a URL shortening tool, but also a perfect productive tool, you’ll know the reasons below. Using Su.pr you can now post your best content on Twitter and Facebook Wall/Pages with one click. Su.pr is an URL shortening service for online publishers, bloggers and StumbleUpon users that allows you to simultaneously syndicate your content to multiple social media websites. Though remember, in order to use Su.pr, you must have a StumbleUpon account.

Once you log in, you’ll get this screen.

Su.pr Box

As the image above shows, you can either:

a) Post immediately

b) Only shorten the URL to use elsewhere (other social media networks, blogs, etc.)

c) Schedule your post for later


Below you can see the uses of Su.pr, which makes it a productive and MUST try tool.

1. Get Short URLs for your Blog Posts

Yes, Su.pr provides short URLs for all your blog posts. Within few seconds they’ll generate a cool URL for your posts. You can then use this short link for sharing on Social Networks or any other resource. For HBB, we made our own short URL – HBB.ME. For example,

Main URL : https://hellboundbloggers.com/2011/09/25/things-bloggers-can-learn-from-action-movies/

Su.pr Short URL : http://su.pr/AD81v3

HBB Short URL : http://hbb.me/133


2. Schedule for later

Suppose if you want to promote your posts (old or new ones), you can schedule them for a desired time period using Su.pr. You can specify the date and time to be precise. They will be automatically posted on the accounts (Twitter and Facebook mostly) associated with Su.pr on that time.

Schedule Su.pr


3. Tweet from multiple accounts

You can add multiple Twitter accounts on Su.pr and with just a click you can tweet in all those accounts without pain. You just need to authorize Su.pr to use your Twitter accounts.

Twitter and Su.pr


4. Update Facebook profile and page

You can also update your status or your Facebook page using Su.pr. Just connect your profile with Su.pr, it will detect the pages you admin and you can move with that.

You just need to authorize Su.pr to use your Facebook profile and respective pages you admin.


5. Get suggested posting time

Su.pr tracks your traffic and suggests when you can post to get maximum traffic. This includes the accounts you connected with, like Twitter, Facebook and StumbleUpon.

Suggest Posting Time


6. Su.pr Short URLs on your own domain

This feature is currently in Beta. It is available only for servers running on PHP 5. If you use WordPress, setting up short URLs on your own domain just got easier. You can check this for more info.