Once other sites start accepting and publishing your writing, chances are you will be getting some traffic to your site. Whether that traffic is huge, small or in between, you want to be sure to turn as many of those visitors into fans as you can, so they don't turn into one visit wonders. There are several ways to prepare your blog to ensure that you turn as many of those visitors as possible into repeat visitors, subscribers, followers etc.

Expecting Traffic From Another Site? 5 Ways To Prepare Your Blog!

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Once other sites start accepting and publishing your writing, chances are you will be getting some traffic to your site.  Whether that traffic is huge, small, or in between, you want to be sure to turn as many of those visitors as you can into fans, so they don’t turn into one visit wonders.  There are several ways to prepare your blog to ensure that you turn as many of those visitors as possible into repeat visitors, subscribers, followers etc. These are good things to think about for your blog ANY time, but especially important if for instance, you know … Read More

Writing For High Profile Publications Q&A With Andrea Jarrell: Modern Love | Washington Post | Washingtonian | Huffington Post | Brain, Child

Writing For High Profile Publications: Q&A With Blogger Andrea Jarrell

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Whether you are just around the corner from submitting to some of the most highly coveted publications like New York Times, Brain, Child Magazine and Washingtonian, or have them on your writing bucket list for someday, you’ll love this Q&A with writer/blogger Andrea Jarrell, who shares the secrets to her writing success. Beyond Your Blog:  Tell us about your former blog and your new blog, launched last summer. Andrea Jarrell: While it may be kind of sacrilegious to say, my two blogs are really sidelines to what I consider my primary writing. If you think of it in terms of movies – … Read More

Saying Thanks - Beyond Your Blog says thanks to everyone who has made us a success in the first 4 months

Saying Thank You

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Saying “Thank you” to your host site is a great idea after your work is featured.  A short email to your editor letting them know your why you enjoyed being featured and thanking them for giving you the opportunity can be a nice way to show your appreciation. This week, I am saying some overdue thank you’s to everyone who has helped make Beyond Your Blog resonate with so many bloggers during its first 4 months. First I have to thank the editors who said YES to podcast interviews before I even had a live site.  Their podcasts are all linked … Read More

16 Sites That Accept Previously Published Writing - Take a look at some of our favorite websites that accept submissions of writing that has already been published on your own site.

16 Sites That Accept Previously Published Writing

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Let’s talk about how to make your existing posts work for you! You’ve published a post on your blog and maybe it did well or maybe you thought it might have done better if only Facebook liked you that day.  In any case, its moment has passed and you’re wondering if it really reached its target audience or its full potential. Guess what?  There are plenty of sites that are more than happy to publish content that you have already published on your personal blog.  I know this because I do it all the time!  While it’s great to find time to … Read More

If you are a blogger and want to promote your writing that has been featured on other websites, follow these 5 easy steps to create a featured writing page. This will make it easy for other bloggers as well as publishers and others looking to work with you, to find you and get a feel for your writing experience and resume.

How To Create A Featured Writing Page In 5 Easy Steps

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Now that you have been featured in a few places, you want to get the word out!   Besides social media promotion and teaser posts, a Featured Writing page is a great way to showcase your writing outside of your blog (and brag a little). This can be a place for your fans to go to read things that may not have been published on your own blog and can also serve as a mini resume for other bloggers, publishers, media outlets etc. that may want to work with you. Don’t have a Featured Writing Page?  Follow these steps to create one! … Read More

Scheduling Time To Submit Your Writing

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I hear it over and over.  “If only I had more time to write things to submit!”. While the typical submission process only takes a few minutes to get through, writing the piece to submit can be much more time-consuming. Here are a few tips to help bloggers create a submission schedule they can stick to! Make A List – Start by making a list of sites you want to submit to.  Keep it somewhere where you can add to it as you learn about new sites you’d like to try.  Consider keeping it electronically so you can go in and … Read More

9 Ways To Piss Off A Contributor: We solicited feedback from many bloggers who are contributing to online magazines and websites, and this is what they said:

9 Ways To Piss Off A Contributor

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Beyond Your Blog recently published an article called 14 Ways To Piss Off An Editor.  In it, we detailed several of the contributor behaviors that irritate editors.  Now, we’re giving bloggers a chance to share some of their pet peeves about websites they are contributing to. We solicited feedback from many bloggers who are contributing to online magazines and websites, and this is what they said: 1.  Mistakes In The Bio Spelling an author’s name wrong, forgetting or putting in incorrect social media links, or, in one case, putting in a bio for the wrong author, are all big disappointments for … Read More

14 Ways To Piss Off An Editor

14 Ways To Piss Off An Editor

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I recently had a snafu with my submission to a website, where I’m sure I pissed off the editor, AND they pissed me off a little too.  On my part, I had a pitch accepted and I submitted the finished post in a timely manner, or so I thought.   I realized a few days later that I had attached the wrong version, a scrappy early draft.  I quickly sent the correct version with my apologies.  When I had not heard back 3 weeks later, I assumed they had scrapped it (deservedly) because of my mistake.  Then, one day, I received their newsletter, and … Read More

What is A Content Mill And 5 Reasons You Might Consider Writing For One

What Is A Content Mill? And 5 Reasons You Might Consider Writing for One

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During Episode 10 of our podcast, we talked about a few options for writers looking to use their writing skills to earn some extra income.  One of the options we discussed was a content mill.  A content mill is a company that acts as a middleman, to connect writers with those looking for content. Search the web for “content mill” and you’re bound to find articles, posts, and comments about how, as a writer, you should avoid them. Common complaints cite low pay, sparse opportunities, and not getting your name in the byline, to name a few. That being said, there are … Read More

Getting Rejections Is A Good Thing!

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If you are submitting your writing to other sites and anthologies for publication, you may be on the receiving end of some rejections.  Listen for a chuckle, and to hear why I think getting rejections is a good thing! RELATED: Rejected!  8 Things To Do With Your Submission If It Gets Turned Down RELATED: Overcoming Rejection Paralysis RELATED: How To Handle Rejection As A Writer (Or How Not To Curl Up In A Fetal Position And Eat Copious Amounts of Chocolate) If you have funny or unbelievable rejections that I can share in a future video (anonymously of course), send them to … Read More