Archive for April, 2016

Top 10 Article Writing Services, Rated and Reviewed

by Laura College on 04/29/2016

When you order articles or other individual pieces of content from an article writing service, you expect professional-level results. However, as in any service industry, your mileage may vary depending on the quality of the service you choose.

We know how difficult it can be to evaluate article writing services on your own. To help you narrow down your options, we’ve reviewed some of the most popular choices and ranked them based on customer feedback, industry reputation, and other factors. This way, you don’t have to spend as much time on your own research.

Note: This group of companies is focused specifically on article writing services. If you’re in need of a more comprehensive content assistance, see our rankings and reviews of content writing services.

Rank Company Domain Authority Alexa Rank Facebook Followers Twitter Followers # Linking Domains Klout Score Overall Rating
1 Media Shower 45 319,825 5300 165,000 250 66
2 UpWork 80 469 307380 111,000 31969 81
3 Article Bunny 36 16,000,000 509 220 54 42
4 Writer Access 48 70,490 5996 3,400 18028 58
5 Textbroker 48 43,154 2424 1,420 2880 44
6 Constant Content 53 126,151 1207 2,600 3727 54
7 Zerys 42 179,158 2381 1,630 9368 46
8 SEO Article Writing Pros 20 7,500,000 421 130 37 18
9 iWriter 44 22,917 0 90 1598 16
10 Articlez 23 1,230,000 0 1 5074 0

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Places I Look to Find New Writing Ideas

by James Cochrane on 04/28/2016

I don’t believe in writer’s block. This is a bold statement, but I hold true to that belief. There’s always an idea in your head, sometimes you just have to find it. Here are several methods I use to generate ideas.

Ideas for writing articles can be found anywhere.

There are many different branches of the internet.

Internet

Let’s start with the obvious one. The internet contains a vast number of resources that help generate ideas. The key is to target websites that have the highest chance of inspiring you. The following are some websites that I frequent: (more…)

Expert Interview Series: Natascha Thomson on the Rules for B2B Social Media Marketing

by Susan Jennings on 04/27/2016

Natascha Thomson, CEO and consultant at MarketingXLerator has worked in Silicon Valley for more than 15 years, starting with an internship at HP during the dot-com boom. Today, she consults with small and large clients including SAP, Polycom, SLAP Company, LookingGlass and HR Strategies; is the co-author of 42 Rules for B2B Social Media Marketing; and an adjunct instructor in Advanced Social Media at UCSC Silicon Valley.

We recently checked in with Natascha to learn more about best practices for using social media for B2B marketing. Here’s what she had to say: (more…)

Thought Leader Series: A Recipe for Writing Success? Always Focus on Your Strengths

by Jacob Lumby on 04/26/2016


Do you think chemistry and financial planning have anything in common? At first glance, you might overlook the similarities. But in my personal story, they are inseparable.

The Road Less Traveled

My undergraduate degree focus was on chemistry and biology. The hard sciences are a fascinating topic, and exploring the natural world led me to desire more knowledge in all facets of life. To quench this newfound thirst for knowledge, I began reading high-quality literature by the truckload. I had a long reading list, covering history, medicine, theology, self-help, business, and much more.

A wide variety of books.

Can I get paid to read?

The difficulty became learning how to focus on the topics that mattered the most to me. Reading a little bit of everything is fun, and obviously informative, but you can’t make a living by sitting on the couch with a book in hand. As I entered my senior year, I began feeling pressure from friends and family to “find my passion” and pursue a career.

Luckily, I had recently stumbled on to a couple of finance books related to investing and financial planning. Although I had very few financial assets at the time, the subject matter sparked my interest and wouldn’t let go. During my senior year, I frequently brought my laptop to class and read finance forums during my seminar level chemistry classes. (more…)

Apple Music Taps into the Power of a Tumbling Taylor Swift

by Fiona Merullo on 04/25/2016

Apple Music’s recent ad “Taylor vs. Treadmill” features Taylor Swift working out while jamming to Drake and Future’s song “Jumpman.” Unfortunately for Taylor, Apple Music is “distractingly good” and she gets so involved in her rapping that she faceplants off the treadmill. This 1-minute video had over ten million of its views come in the first four days. Swift’s Instagram post with the video has over 155k comments and 1.5 million likes.

Apple Music was wise to partner with Taylor Swift, practically ensuring that their video would be seen by a large audience. “With an artist that’s got 73 million followers on Instagram, that’s bigger than NBC, CBS and Fox and the viewership of primetime combined,” said Apple Music’s Head of Content Larry Jackson. The video was first released on Instagram, before making its way to Facebook, Twitter, and eventually traditional ad spots on television. (more…)

How to Draw Inspiration from Famous Writers

by Michael Sherman on 04/22/2016

As content creators on the internet, we spend a lot of time trying to figure out how to get our points across in a very small, specific amount of words. Most articles are around 500 words. Some may be shorter, some longer, but for the most part, we have a very limited space to spread our message. So how do we, as writers, draw inspiration from famous authors? The format may be different, but the medium is the same. Just as someone who is sketching portraits uses the same art theories and tools as a famous Renaissance painter, so does an internet content writer and a novelist.

There's something special about seeing and even smelling the literary classics in a library.

There’s something special about seeing and even smelling the classics in a library.

Flowery Language and the Classics

Everyone remembers reading tons of books through middle school and high school. These books were usually considered the classics, like Jane Eyre or Great Expectations. The problem for most young readers is the difficult language that is used. The Victorian Era writers, such as the Bronte sisters or Charles Dickens, were notorious for their extremely grandiose language and long sentences. However, the 20th century brought about a great shift in writing when the American writers began to shape the fiction genre. Hemingway is one of the pioneers of short, direct writing that says a lot in a very small space. This is where we, as content creators, should draw our best inspiration. (more…)

Expert Interview Series: Matt Banner on Building a Successful Blog

by Susan Jennings on 04/21/2016

Matt Banner started using Blogger 10 years ago, learning the ins and outs of the blogging industry through trial and error. Since then, he’s helped build and grow more than 5,000 blogs.

The Head Honcho at On Blast Blog recently checked in with us to offer his advice on launching a successful blog.

Here’s what Matt had to say: (more…)

Thought Leader Series: Has Anybody Seen My Muse?

by Karen Wright on 04/20/2016

It’s time to write. I have a blog post due tomorrow, but I don’t have a topic idea. Nevertheless, I sit down at my computer, ready to let the ideas fly and the words flow.

I start a few sentences. They’re awkward, boring, nonsensical. Delete, delete, delete. I try again.

Nothing.

I snack. I watch YouTube. I check Facebook. I sit, staring hopefully at a blank screen.

Nothing.

Sound familiar? If you’re trying to build an online presence by sharing your ideas on a blog, chances are the above scenario has happened to you. But since online content is the currency of the information economy, it’s critical that you find a way to break through your creativity blocks and generate brilliance at will. Here are a few suggestions. (more…)

Hamburger Helper Hits Hard with Hip-Hop Mixtape

by Fiona Merullo on 04/19/2016

On April Fools’ Day, General Mills issued a press release announcing that Lefty, the glove mascot of Hamburger Helper, had released a rap mixtape. The album contained five original tracks, plus two music videos. Even though the lyrics are about Hamburger Helper, the tracks are actually pretty #fire and the mixtape is earning a lot of fans.

Here’s how it hit me: (more…)

3 Sources for Kickstarting Blog Article Ideas

by Lucas Sellyn on 04/18/2016

Writer’s block is a universal problem, whether you’re a freelance writer or a famous author. Planning a month-long post schedule or editorial calendar can seem impossible when you’re struggling just to find new article ideas. This feeling can be even worse when you’re up against a deadline. The next time you find yourself in this position, try turning to the following reliable resources for blog inspiration.

New ideas are all around, you just have to look.

Infographic Inspiration

Sites like Visual.ly offer a wealth of Infographics on virtually any topic. Good Infographics and good blog articles have three things in common:

1. They present a concise idea related to a single topic
2. They support the idea with data and statistics
3. They provide sources for these statistics

By browsing infographics related to an assigned topic you can find compelling article ideas, along with the statistics needed to support them. Using these as a launch pad, expand on the idea with your own thoughts. By visiting the source section of the article, you can find additional resources and statistics to inspire further insights. It’s a fast, fun way to inspire new content. (more…)