Archive for March, 2013
With so many options, finding an online article writing service is like navigating a mine field — you never know when a decision may blow up in your face. Some article writing services are awesome and deliver content exactly as promised. Others … aren’t so awesome.
To help sort the options, we’ve rounded up, rated, and reviewed 10 of the most popular online content production companies. From pricing to customer reviews, this guide offers everything you need to know when deciding on a service, all in a quick snapshot.
“Excellence is not a singular act, but a habit.
You are what you repeatedly do.”
- Shaquille O’Neal, or Aristotle (origin unclear)
The Power of Habit is a life-changing book.
This is because our habits determine the quality of our lives. Over time, it is not the big events, but the thousands of small daily habits that determine our destiny, our success, and our happiness in life.
Getting control of our habits — cultivating good habits to replace the bad — means changing the course of our life. But getting control of habits, as we all know, is much easier said than done. The Power of Habit gives you a formula for changing your life, one habit at a time. (more…)
Art Division may sound like a particularly creative regiment of the US military, but no, it’s actually a thriving team of UK-based techies and marketers with one overall goal: help businesses manage their online marketing better than their competition. We recently spoke with Nelly Berova, director and owner of Art Division. Specializing in online marketing, SEO, web design and development, Nelly and her team go wild for everything on the web. But… will she go wild for these somewhat offbeat questions? Read on and find out. (more…)
As you may know, Media Shower is in the content creation business. Occasionally we like to check in on the competition—ya know, just to see if anyone else is using pictures of sausage in their comprehensive guides to freelance writing rates. Turns out they’re not—weird. But what some of them are doing is offering really low rates for really low quality content. That slightly ruffles our feathers.
This feather in particular was disturbed significantly.
But instead of going on some bitter, snarky rant about it, we decided instead to sample one of these services for ourselves. We settled on one particular low-cost provider, who we’ll call LoCo from here on out. LoCo bills itself as “your article writing service for unique and exclusively written content created to your specifications.” Apparently their “fixed rates make cost planning for projects of all sizes simple,” so we signed up for an account and hired them to write a 200-word summary for the classic novel “Of Mice and Men”. (more…)
Ah, spring cleaning. There’s something about the smell of Lysol cutting through the remnants of winter’s last gasp that just makes you feel alive! But hey, late March isn’t just a good time to clean up your house, it’s also the ideal season for reviewing your website. Is it still in top shape for your visitors? From looking for broken links (the equivalent of dust bunnies) to checking your sitemap, here are the top items to include on your spring website cleaning checklist.
Brush the dirt off your website to improve the experiences of your customers.
1. Check META tags.
While META tags won’t generally improve your search engine rankings, they are extremely important for improving search engine click-through rates. Think of these as the descriptions online users will read when encountering your website as a search engine result. Title tags should be structured with keywords that accurately describe what visitors can find within your website. Description tags for each website page should be snippets of copy that sum up what can be found on each page. A description tag should also be used for your website’s homepage that sums up the overall purpose of your entire website. (more…)
The Media Shower blog is only a couple of months old, yet we’re already seeing daily attempts by bad grammar-using robots to weasel their way into our comments section. Thing is, they’re funny as heck. How can you spot spam comments? They’re usually the ones that seem like they’re written by Balki from “Perfect Strangers.”
Um, thanks, Tyncindisdima. (more…)