27 06 11

A simple step to proof reading your own copy is to read from the end to the beginning. This small step will help your eye catch misspelled and misused words that reading beginning to end would not.

A short while back I posted an article to demonstrate how the eye is accustomed to word patterns. The letter x replaced the letter e in several words.

Example: Thx lxttxr x rxplacxd thx lxttxr x in sxvxral words.

If you are speed reading the words are familiar enough to skip over.

Proof reading is at its base a matter of speed reading. You are seeking misspelled words, grammar errors, not checking for accuracy at this point. Or not always. Some authors will combine the tasks into one proof reading task. Mistakes are missed when this happens, not intentionally. Well, here are a few words that get missed.

Form = from
For = four
read = read 🙂 had to do that.
bear = bare

You get the idea. Don’t you?

To ensure you do not miss these common mistakes, read from the end of the paragraph to the beginning. Hence this paragraph would read:

read would paragraph this Hence . beginning the to paragraph the of end the from read ,mistakes common these miss not do you ensure To

Get it? Use to hate it when I first began practicing proof reading my articles, homework, and yes, even my journal. After a time you get faster and more accustomed. Do not get to fast, again accustomed becomes missing those errors mentioned earlier.

Hope this helps for now. Become your own proof reader. Actually very simple indeed.

Thank you and look forward to meeting again.

11 06 09

As a writer, you need to acquire a readership, whether you write articles, advertising, fiction, and/or nonfiction. You’ve probably heard that you need a website to help promote your writing and start building that readership.

It’s true. The Web is a fabulous means to build a writing biz. You can connect with like minded individuals, you can present opinions, you can experiment with your writing (beyond what our predecessors could ever imagine), you can interact with your readers… you can have fun.

The thing nobody tells you about this process is that once you’ve got the website up, you have to generate traffic to start this incredible web adventure.

That can be an interesting task.

In fact, lately this “web traffic” situation seems to be on more minds than mine. I get e-mails (nearly) daily promising me that (for a hefty price) some company or another will get one of my sites “to the top of the major search engines.”

Yeah. Right.

There are effective ways to get your website listed in the major search engines. There are also some not effective ways as well.

This article outlines one ineffective way to get web traffic.

I’ve coached a few writers, so-called professional communicators, this past month who were discouraged because although their websites were rising through the Google ranks and were receiving a good amount of organic traffic, they weren’t making any book sales.

I had a hunch I knew what was going on.

When a well-written book doesn’t sell, it’s usually for a number of reasons, the most probable being that there isn’t a large enough market for the topic, the price point is too high (or too low), or the web page doesn’t properly sell the title.

One look at the site confirmed my suspicions. In all the instances brought to my attention, the problem was with the website. Every single writer was more concerned about web site optimization rather than properly describing and selling their book.

It’s one thing to make your website favorable to search engines, in fact Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is an important part of building a website, but it’s quite another to engage in clumsy tactics to make your site climb up the ranks.

Disclaimer: I’m not, nor do I pretend to be an SEO expert. The following is pure opinion based on my web adventures.

What each of these people did was, as they built their website text, they inserted copious numbers of “keywords” to the point that they were literally “keyword packing.”

Keyword Packing occurs when you take a particular keyword and pack that keyword into a keyword sentence as many times as possible so that when the search engines spider your site they’ll see your keyword and assume that keyword accurately represents your “keyword” website and will appear when someone inserts that keyword into the engine. (Note: this sentence is packed with a keyword.

Betcha you’ll never guess which one it is.) 🙂

As you can see, keyword packing makes for some very awkward writing. Combine keyword packing with keyword placement on menus, subheads, and titles and you’ve got one, big keyword, mess.

Here’s the problem. When you receive good search engine rankings, you will receive traffic. Problem is when you do receive that traffic, you’ll quickly discover it evaporates once your visitors experience your awkward writing style.

It takes a writer with the skill of a master to elegantly weave keywords into a website while maintaining flow and sales effectiveness.

Very difficult.

So, suppose you’re not an SEO expert (like me). What can you do to get website traffic without sacrificing content?

There are multiple ways to generate some website traffic including writing articles, article distribution sites, creating videos, visiting forums, blogs, zines, Google Adwords, and much more. I’ll discuss these more in upcoming issues of Writing Etc.

You’ve got options, many of them not costing one red cent, to generate web traffic. Approach SEO carefully, never sacrificing content for keywords.

Remember, a site receiving a few relevant, smart, interesting, and engaged visitors is far more powerful than a bunch of people who visit and leave thinking you’ve got an awkward, repetitive, unnatural writing style.

My two (very opinionated and probably antiquated) cents.

Got a comment? Head on over to my blog. 🙂

Beth Ann Erickson is the “Queen Bee” of Filbert Publishing. She’s also the author of numerous titles including “101 No Cost and Low Cost Secrets To Turbo Charge Your Freelance Income.” Pick up your copy today at http://filbertpublishing.com/101.html She’s also a busy copywriter, speaker, and publisher of Writing Etc., the free e-mag for writers.

18 07 08

Are you tired of searching for work at home employment?  Tired of being disappointed?  Ready to believe the worst about anyone who claims they have the answer or the best source

Cannot say as I blame you.  Do not keep searching, that is what I get paid the big dollars for.  chuckling….

Here is another source for ideas, training and more information, these women offer free information and yes paid incentives to stick around and use them.  So what, we all have to make a living.  Get out there and make a name for youself!  Say it:  I am!

67 Freelance Niche Writing Markets You May Have Never Considered | Freelance Parent.

Back later with another resource, stay in touch.  Share your insights with me, if it is not blatant sales ads, I will be happy to share here.

8 07 08

I started this blog all over again for the umpteenth time, rewriting, tossing out (delete key, yeah!), second guessing myself and forgetting what the primary purpose is here! To inform you the reader, and what if you do not like what I write, what if? Well, I forgot one thing very important, “What Ifs” will make you crazy!

The greatest inventors, writers and (you fill in the blank) never got anywhere with what ifs. They did and did until they got it right.

My question to you is this, are you really that interested in operating a business from home? Yes or No! That simple. No “Yeah buts,” or what other justifications you can come up with. For either answer. I swear as a society we are programed to explain every answer, motive and action to death. All that talk and no action. I am just as guilty, trust that. I will think a thing to death, then tell the world until they roll their eyes at me and turn a deaf ear. “I’m gonna!” When? Never!

Well, that is until today. So, who is with me so far? Anyone here, “Can you here me NOW!” 🙂

What is the first step to beginning a business from home? Brainstorm, free style write all your wants! You heard me, don’t roll your eyes and moan. Just Do It! When you finish that, go back and ask how important each item is, then number them accordingly. Pick the top 10 reasons why you want to work from home, that is the purpose here.

Next step, freestyle write your list of interests, what is in your heart of hearts to do. If you could make millions from this, what would it be? Out of this list pick the top five, then narrow it down to one. This is your first research project. How many others are doing this same thing? Who is in the top ten of the search engine lists? Look at each site, get to know your competition. Is there something they are missing that you can do or can you offer more than they are? Learn! Keep a file on each one of your top five million dollar ideas! Pick one to start with, once that is up and running, then go to the next and so on and so forth.

Every thing I have read collected dust, do not do what I did and let fear stand in your way. You can what if yourself to the streets. Poor, tired and well, you know the rest! I understand the difficulty in getting motivated, searching for something, or someone that will be in your corner. There are thousands out there that will work with you, guide you and coach you. I do not know about you, but I cannot go it alone. The one thing they all tell you is to find the one thing you really enjoy doing, not want to do, but really enjoy doing. Mine? Coaching, living, educating, creating and reading. These are my top five, they all led me to write, so here I am.

Enough about me, how about you? Feel free to send me an email in regards to you personally, let me know if there is some way I may be of help in figuring out your list? Getting the resources to get started is easy, the first thing before you spend a dime is to know where you are going. My host offers a business opportunity, terrific pricing and free scripts, excellent staff to help and train you. To find out what the latest offer is go here! This is where I began! Tried a couple different website businesses and look at me now! 🙂 These are the best of the best, at least to me.