24 Ways to Increase Traffic to a Technical Blog

Making money from blogs in an inexact science. What works one blogs fails on another. I’ve launched over 200 websites since 1998 (mostly ecommerce) and about 30 blogs (mostly technical). If your blog has a technical slant, for example, it’s target audience is technical writers, analysts, architects, or others micro niche areas, then use some of these techniques to increase your traffic.

How To Double Your Writing Speed in MS Word

What to know how to type faster and get those documents out the door quicker? How To Write Documents Faster & Save Your Fingers From Exhaustion Most people don’t know what the AutoCorrect feature in Word really does. Most people think it’s there to correct the odd typo and clean up your document AFTER you […]

Use ‘Inverted Pyramids’ To Blog Every Day

Image by jonathansin via Flickr Do you want to update your blog every day? Chris Brogan provides this framework for writing a blog post (almost) every day. He adds that while it’s not easy, once you develop the right habits, they stick with you. I’m writing quite regularly now, but it took me several years […]

Turn Google Docs into a Distraction Free Writing Tool

Looking for a writing tool that automatically hides your desktop so you can concentrate on your writing? Anil Atluri on Digital Inspiration has this great tutorial on how to make Google Docs your perfect free writing tool. Turn Google Docs into a Writing Tool Follow these steps: 1: Create a new document in Google Docs […]

How To Mind Your Grammar On The Web

Ben Parr (Mashable) asks: “Say your project manager comes to you with his proposal that will be going out to investors, business partners, and potential clients. Then you find that your manager has used “4” instead of “four”, “r” instead of “are”, and abbreviations such as lol, atm, and idk. How would you react? “

How much do freelance writers charge for writing posts?

How much do freelance writers charge for writing posts? Now that our little site is doing well, freelance writers are approaching us and offering their services. I thought I’d offer this to give you all an idea of the rates per post and per article we’re being quoted. By the way, the writer you sent this was very professional, had a great portfolio and recommendations from satisfied clients.

10 Steps For High Impact Proposals

This guide is designed to help you write a Request For Proposals (RFP) in clear English. Its objective is to help you write and format an RFP that your target audience can understand in one reading. Use Plain language techniques to help you win business, accelerate your tender process, and encourage staff to contribute to […]

What’s the right Style Guide for a new Tech Pubs Dept?

Amanda asks, “I’m setting up a Tech Pubs Dept for a Financial Services company. What is the best style guide to encourage the staff to use?” First off, the main benefit of adopting a style guide is that it puts guidelines in place to ensure consistency across all documents that go out the door. Sounds […]

8 Web Writing Tips

Writing for the Web requires new a different approach to the writing process. Before you start writing web content, try to understand the basics of information architecture and how navigation systems work. On the web, write in small digestible chucks, which fit into the information hierarchy. To create your hierarchy, outline the website as you […]

What exactly do technical writers do?

Technical writers write technical documents that explain complex issues in simple, plain English. Technical writers – also know as Technical Authors or Information Designers – write material that supports software and hardware systems. They design, write and produce material that is delivered in print, soft-copy or as Online Help, such as that found in the […]