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5 Blogging Resources for Inspiration

If you have ever had to stare day after day at the same website and constantly produce new content for a living, you will know how hard it can sometimes be. There are the distractions. There are the deadlines. There are the technical hurdles to overcome. Plus, if you want to earn any money – you need to master an additional set of skills: traffic driving and sales. So what keeps us going day after day? For many it is the pure love of the work. For others it is a commitment to succeed.

If you are like most bloggers though, there comes a moment when you need a little extra help. A slight push forward – if you will. So what is one to do at those moments? That’s where this list comes in. Here are 5 resources that can inspire you, motivate you and simply give you a positive attitude to get going on a great new project.

Motivational and Inspirational Quotes Collection

This is a website consisting of sayings from famous historical figures. The site is partitioned into various categories including: Leadership, Motivational, Inspirational, Success, Life, Imagination, Follow Your Dreams and Building a Good Character.

The quotes include a vast array of important historical personalities such as Thomas Jefferson, Albert Einstein, William Shakespeare, Confucius, Babe Ruth, Henry Ford plus a much larger cast of great men and women.This site is a great help to the average blogger because it reminds us of the greatness that we all possess – and offers words to stir your passion and to move you to action.

10 Sure-Fire Headline Formulas That Work

Every blog post starts with a headline. Hopefully all of your blog posts will start with an exceptional and attention-grabbing headline. Brian Clark helps bloggers reach beyond the typical headline formulas to create much more gripping titles. If you are struggling to find suitable content for your next post, it is sometimes as easy as looking to this list of 10 headline formulas and filling in the blanks.

Weblog Usability: The Top Ten Design Mistakes

Jakob Nielsen has been called ”the king of usability” by Internet Magazine. Here is his list of ten items to pay attention to on your blog. Beyond just stating the obvious, Mr. Nielsen has distilled years of practical experience in creating great blogs and blog content into a simple-to-follow list of guidelines. After examining your own blog through this lens of usability, it is likely that you can significantly improve both your end user experience and the stickiness of your blog.

WordPress Free Themes Directory

Whether or not you are using WordPress as your blog publishing platform, you should definitely check out this free themes page. The reason is that the sheer number and quality of these themes creates and ”idea avalanche” in your head. Be it the way that data is architected, or the use of color, or the creative juxtaposition of fonts – there is inspiration to be had in almost every design approach. One should specifically research the ‘Most Popular’ themes in the upper right quadrant of the page.

These themes have struck a nerve with their design sensibilities, functionality and professionalism. If you are using WordPress as your content management system, you can easily try out different themes to arrive at a fresh new look for your site.

Shoemoney

If you are interested in making money online, then you need to check out this resource. Jeremy Shoemaker grew up in Moline, Illinois, the son of a teacher and a factory worker. After working at Sears selling appliances he was fortunate enough to transition into the world of computers and the Internet in 1995. From that moment forward this man’s brain has been working full time at creating money making opportunities online.

The best part is – he will share everything he knows with you if you just look over the website. These are not generic tips that anyone could conjure up, these are high quality insider’s secrets that take years of trial and error to formulate. If you are running your blog to make money – even a little extra money – you owe it to yourself to at least spend a few minutes gaining some tips relevant to your business on the Shoemoney website.

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Derek Vaughan

Derek Vaughan is a web hosting industry veteran, marketing consultant and writer. Mr. Vaughan has architected the marketing growth of several prominent web hosting success stories leading to acquisition including Affinity Internet, Inc., Aplus.Net and HostMySite.com and currently works together with a UK company which sells dedicated servers - 34SP.com. Prior to his entry into the web hosting industry, Mr. Vaughan was responsible for online marketing at The Walt Disney Company where he marketed ecommerce for the ESPN.com and NASCAR.com brands. Mr. Vaughan received his M.B.A. from Vanderbilt University and currently serves on the HostingCon Advisory Board.
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  1. Jakob Nielsen has got a lot to offer for those who are involved in content creation as well as website usability. I've used his suggestions and taken a lot of benefits.

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