Showing posts with label Online Writing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Online Writing. Show all posts

Monday, 4 March 2019

Loud and Strong Writing Using Apple’s Dictation Software

Last week, before my computer had a total meltdown and spent nearly 2 weeks getting fixed, I started using Dictation so that I could read my handwritten articles out loud and the computer could type them for me.

This was great for two reasons.

Firstly, it eliminated my need to type them myself which is good because I don’t like typing. It’s such a boring job.

Secondly, it was much faster to speak my articles than to type them and Apple’s Dictation software is pretty accurate.

The only downside (which is probably a good thing really) was that I realised how badly written they were when I had to read them out loud.

I've read many times that reading your work out loud is the best way to look for grammatical errors and clumsy sentences. There's even one copywriter who says he reads his sales pages out loud a minimum of nine times because he wants readers to focus on the sales message and not be tripped up by sentences that are hard to read.

And this morning I read an article about Warren Buffett that said when he writes his annual letter to the Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders, he writes it as though it is a personal letter to his two sisters, who are shareholders, and he pretends that they've been away for a year so he is explaining to them what has happened to their investment during that time.

He says that doing this makes his letter understandable and interesting to all his shareholders no matter what business level they are at.

And this is probably good advice for all writing, and that is, to write as though you're actually talking to someone you know. That way it makes you write more understandably and clearly.

This is where I think Dictation will help because “speaking” my articles out loud makes me see the mistakes in my writing instantly.

Sadly, I had to delete over a dozen blog posts I'd written, once I saw how bad they were when I read them out loud for Dictation.

But on the other hand, it's probably better all round that I didn't publish them.

And so I'm still going to continue using Dictation.

For all our sakes.


Friday, 6 April 2018

What is SEO/Search Engine Optimisation?

If you have a blog or website, you need to understand how to use SEO and how it can help you.

Simply put, SEO is how search engines like Google find out what a webpage is about.

They use algorithms to look up keywords and keyphrases on a page as well as related keywords and phrases to fully understand the content.

And it then matches it up with search terms that people are looking for.

So for instance, if someone is searching for "what is SEO" or "how to use SEO" I've used both these terms in the heading and the first sentence as well as this sentence.

I've also used related terms like Google, algorithms and keywords.

So it should be really easy for search engines to know what this page is about.

And that's all there basically is to it.

But you might be wondering, so what? How can SEO help you?

Well, there are 3 ways that I know of:

  • It can get you more traffic to your website or blog.
  • It can increase your income from PPC ads because they will be better matched to your content
  • It can get you more backlinks if other blog owners are finding and linking to your content.

And backlinks from the high-traffic sites are gold because you can get far more traffic to your site from visitors to other sites seeing your link.

So if you want to do SEO right, find out what people are searching for and specifically what keywords and phrases they're using and include them in your content.

And the easiest way to do that is by using keyword research software.

One my favourites is Serpstat because it's easy to use and you can use it's free.

I can quickly find dozens of keywords and which other websites are competing for the exact same phrases as well as how many searches each word gets.

I can also do keyword analysis of my own websites.

Visit Serpstat and join for free.

Friday, 22 December 2017

More To Writing Than Just Writing

I once knew someone who loved to drive trucks.

All his life he'd dreamed of being a truck driver. And once he got his truck license and started driving trucks for a living, he then decided he wanted to buy is own truck and run his own haulage company.

The problem was though, that he had no idea how to run a business. He only knew how to drive a truck.

So his business failed pretty quickly, but not before he got into heaps of debt trying to keep it afloat.

And I mustn't have learned from his mistake.

Because when I first decided to work as a writer, I naively thought that all I had to do was write.

It was a natural assumption that writers do nothing but sit down and write.



There's a lot more to being a writer than just knowing how to write.

There's writing books, copywriting, website content writing, understanding HTML, knowing how to use WordPress, understanding some coding basics, self-publishing, SEO... and the list goes on.

Is it all easy to do? Yes.

Does it take a lot of time? Lots.

That's why I believe that it's really important to treat your writing as a business if you want to earn money from it.

And it starts with time and knowledge in several different areas.

Afterall, how can you earn money from the books you write if you don't know how to self-publish them?

And how can you earn money from a blog/website, if all you know is how to write content but not how to monetise it?

And that's just the beginning.

Every business, not just a writing and publishing business, needs you to know how to do more than just one thing.

So take the time to learn it all or you'll never know how to work as a writer.

It's taken me years to get to where I am because the internet and the ways to make money as a writer have been evolving and changing all the time.

And I've had to keep learning and changing with it.

So if you already have a website or blog but don't know how to earn money from it, or you're just not making enough money, try to find more ways.

One of the things I did was join VigLink as an affiliate marketer.

VigLink is affiliated to thousands of companies and you can take advantage of this by signing up for just one free account and accessing them all.

Viglink makes it easy to earn money by automatically transforming already existing content and links on your blog or website into revenue-generating hyperlinks. And that's just one of the ways they make it easy to earn money writing online.

It doesn't get much simpler than that.

Take a look now at

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Earn Money Writing Short Articles

It's great to be able to earn money as a writer.

I've been doing it for the last 20 years.

But what if you can't (or don't want to) write books?

What if you just want to write short articles?

Is it possible to earn money this way?

The answer is a definite yes.

Short articles can be website content, blog posts or emails.

And it's possible to use all three of these to earn money from your writing even if you don't have a book of your own to sell.

You simply find other products to promote as an affiliate.

And done correctly, it can be extremely lucrative.

Just look at what Rosalind Gardner has achieved.

She's known as THE biggest Super Affiliate because she earned half a million dollars a year from her affiliate sales.

She also wrote The Super Affiliate Handbook ( to show others how she did it.

The "secret" though, is like I said before; it needs to be done correctly.

Most people think they'll get rich by putting up a few banners on their site, but it's much more than that.

And it starts with the content on your web pages needing to lead your readers to want to buy the products you're promoting.

But how do you find out more about how to earn money as an affiliate marketer?

You can start with a free affiliate forum like

Or there's an ebook that I bought that was really useful (I read it several times and took copious notes), and it only cost a couple of dollars, called the Affiliate Trump Card.

Or try Rosalind Gardner's Super Affiliate Handbook

Or try all of these.

And start making money writing short articles.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

How to Write Viral Content Every Time

If you run an online business, you'll know that there are things that can hurt your business and things that can kill it.

You'll also know that getting visitors is the lifeblood of any website because without visitors there is no business.

That's why lack of visitors is the number one killer of any online business.

Working online is a numbers game.

Only a certain percentage of visitors to your site will buy from you.

So the more visitors you get, the bigger the percentage will be.

So if only 1% of visitors are buying from you and you want to make 100 sales a day, then you need to attract 10,000 daily visitors.

But how can you do that?

The answer is by using SEO.

Search Engine Optimisation.

But you need to do it correctly.

SEO means finding the most searched-for keywords and using them on your website to attract targeted visitors in droves.

And the emphasis is on TARGETED.

You need to use SEO to attract those people who are already searching for a site like yours.
And you don't have to be good at it.

You just need to find the correct keywords.

And there is a website that can help you and it's called SEOPressor.

It has software that can not only help you choose the best keywords but it teaches you how to use them for maximum effect. It's a plugin that works silently as you write and it also has a smart linking tool and can link your content across your whole blog.

It's a plugin for WordPress so you simply install it and let it work for you.

And for a limited time you can grab a free copy of their special edition ebook on how to make your content go viral in 2 minutes.

While you're on their webpage you can scroll down and read their 10 steps to writing ultra targeted SEO content for your website or blog.

Go the the website now, download your free ebook and check out the 10 step system which works as you write to make sure that your articles and blog posts get more targeted traffic and rank in the search engines faster and more accurately.

This is a smart tool that does all the work for you while you get on with your writing.

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

I Don't Want to Be A Web Designer. I Want to Write

SBI!As you probably already know, I've recently spent quite a bit of time redesigning my websites to make them "mobile responsive."

I did this because of the latest Google update when they threatened to stop including non-responsive mobile sites in mobile search results.

This meant that if my sites weren't mobile responsive (meaning they don't respond automatically to fit the screen size they're being viewed on) they wouldn't be included in search results for people searching online using their mobile phones.

So I grudgingly spent a few weeks changing the designs of my websites so that they can be viewed correctly on mobile phones and tablets as well as desktops.

But damn it! I'm sick of designing websites.

I want to write.

If I was just starting out and knew nothing of web page design or how to run an online business, I'd use an all-in-one web design, hosting and online business building service to simplify everything and get up and running quickly so that I could get back to writing.

But I do know a bit about web page design and I'm stubborn enough to do it all myself.

So if you're in a similar position and there are non-writing-related things you need to do, now would be a great time to do them so that you can get back to doing what you and I love to do.


Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Do You Have to Write Books to Make Money From Writing

So the question is, if you want to make money from your writing, do you have to write books?

And the simple answer is, no.

Naturally, being able to write and publish your own books is really helpful, but there are many people all over the world making money from their writing and they've never written a book in their life and they don't intend to.

For example, journalists make their living from writing, but they're not book authors.

Likewise, there are many other ways to earn money as a writer without writing a book.

I used to work exclusively as a freelance writer when I first started writing. I wrote articles and short stories for magazines and also for clients.

Mostly my clients wanted me to write online articles or to proof read and edit books that they'd written. And that was fine with me

Until one day, it occurred to me that if they could afford to pay me for what I did to help them, how much money were they earning from my work?

That's when I began to look for ways to earn money from my own writing. But I still wasn't ready to write a book.

I searched around online and found the wonderful world of affiliate marketing and began to earn money from writing articles to promote other people's products and posting on social media, etc.

It was only a matter of time though, before I started writing my own ebooks.

But I still do affiliate marketing because it's still a great way to earn money from writing.

And like I've always said, writing is numbers game because the more you write, the more money you can earn.

And writing marketing articles is faster than writing a book.

So if you want to make money from writing, you don't have to write any books because affiliate marketing is just one of the many ways you can earn money as a writer.

And it all creates a really amazing passive income.


Monday, 12 January 2015

Only Write Articles That Make Money

Writing articles that inform and/or entertain is great. But making money is better.

I know that there are the 'die-hards' out there who believe that writing is an inspiring gift, yada, yada, yada, but I have bills to pay. So my articles need to be profitable. Each one has to earn it's keep.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

How to Write a Great Online Article

If you want people to read the articles that you publish online, then you need to do 3 things.

You need to hook them in, keep them reading and spur them into action.

But how do you do this?

Well, although there is no exact science, there are certain things you can do.

And here are the 4 main ingredients of a great online article:

1. A Headline That Gets Attention.
Your headline is important. It's no good writing a great article with a mediocre heading. You'll get far more readers with a great heading and a mediocre article. Headings matter. Make sure yours has a great hook.

2. An Intriguing Introduction.
Your article's introduction must provide the answer to why someone should read your article. Take a look at the opening sentence of this article as an example. It gets straight to the 'why?'.

3. Keep Them Reading.
Once someone starts reading, give them a reason to keep going. Write as you speak (WAYS) to keep them interested. Tell a story. Use numbers, bullets and subheadings. All of these can help.

4. Tell Them What to Do.
Conclude your article with a 'call to action.' Tell the reader what they should do next. Preferably, tell them to buy your book and read it for more information.

And that's all you need.
  • A great hook
  • A reason why they should read
  • Stories and lists to keep them interested
  • A call to action
Put them altogether and you'll have a great article.

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

The Parrots Secrets Way to Make Money Online

image courtesy of stuart miles
There's a website online that has made millions of dollars in the last few years.

It's a website about parrots (can you believe what a simple subject that is?)

The owner is a young guy who lives in India (although he pretends he is called Nathalie and he's from the US) and his website is bringing in over $400 thousand a year.

It's not even an incredibly well designed website. It's just lots of pages of information about parrots.

So how is the owner making so much money?

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Knowing How to Write HTML Code Helped Me.

image courtesy of Stuart Miles
Years ago I took a course in web page design which, naturally, involved learning and understanding how to write HTML code.

HTML is the basic element of any web page, even blog pages.

Now I'm moving on even further and learning how to create fluid web pages, which means they adapt to the size of screen that's being used. So someone viewing my website on a mobile device will see it differently than someone viewing it on a desktop computer ( a work in progress so it doesn't work that way yet).

And it all started with knowing the basics of HTML code and how to write it, which is the cornerstone of working online with your own website or blog. I even wrote my own course on how to do it to help others.

But why is it so important?