State of the Genesis Theme Framework

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In 2013, the Genesis Theme Framework has clearly become the dominant wordpress theme framework out in the marketplace.  Even more so than the previous leader which was Thesis theme.

​What makes this framework so attractive?  Probably the huge Genesis community that has sprung up.  This has led to the creation of some great tutorials, new Genesis child theme development, and more.

To get a better idea about the state of the Genesis community, Chris Strom of Marketplicity did an awesome survey of Genesis developers.​  He got over 115 responses to his survey and he asked a lot of interesting questions.

​Love this question because it shows how big the Genesis child theme market is.  If you're a web designer, you can make some decent money developing good child themes as you can see from this infographic below.

As you can see, the state of the Genesis community is going strong in 2013.  If you're looking for one Wordpress theme framework to develop for, then this is it.

9 Rules To Creating a Successful Website

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Do you want to build a successful website? It’s hard to guarantee that any website you create will take off. But if you follow these quick and simple rules below, then perhaps you can become the next Pat Flynn and create a profitable website for your business. Below, I’ve listed 9 rules that you should follow together with a brief explanation.

1. Always use a .com domain. .com’s are the most brandable TLDs and the easiest to remember. If you’re in a pinch, you could use .net or .org for a niche site, but try to avoid any other TLD. Brad Kelley wrote a good article on how to choose a good domain name.

2. Make sure your website loads quickly. Google is now placing a big emphasis on websites loading quickly. It will help you in the search results as well as create a better user experience for your users. If you use WordPress, read this article by Shane Melaugh on speeding up your WordPress site.

3. Pick a reliable web hosting company. There’s nothing worse then a website that goes up and down at a moment’s notice. Hostgator or Bluehost are always popular choices for shared hosting. For higher end web hosting look at LiquidWeb.

4. Build an email list from the start. Your email list can never be taken away from you, so build one from the very beginning. Choose an autoresponder and add some way of collecting emails to your blog. Hybrid Connect is a very good WordPress plugin for this.

5. Pick a social media site to focus on. It could be Facebook, Google Plus, Twitter or Pinterest. But pick one and use it to promote all the content on your website. This article on Social Media Examiner has 26 social marketing tips you should follow.

6. Pick a nice looking wordpress theme. Most successful websites have a nice looking theme. With wordpress, there are many different choices to pick from. Look at sites like ThemeForest to find some good looking themes. Here is a list of Top Themeforest themes to help you get started.

7. Try to use as many traffic sources as possible. If you focus on one particular traffic source, then it could dry up the next day. (*cough Google*) So try to cultivate as many possible traffic sources as possible. Kim Roach’s 23 Steps to 100,000 Visitors will show you how to do this.

8. Have a consistent publishing schedule. Whether it’s daily, 3 times a week or once a week, pick a schedule and stick with it. Your readers will come to expect it.

9. Post top list articles to your site. Top List articles are super popular articles that will likely get shared if you do a great job writing them. They are super effective, so why not use them often?

If you follow these 9 tips, you will be well on your way to creating a successful blog. Any comments? Please let me know.

What Type Of Freelance Writing Jobs Are Available?

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Freelance writing jobs are everywhere on the internet. No matter what your skill level or experience, you are bound to find suitable freelance work. This article will go over some of the various types of freelance writing work that you may find.

Web Content Writers

Websites need to be continually adding fresh, new content, and many of them outsource a lot of these tasks to freelance writers. The beauty of being a web content writer is that there are an enormous number of niches to write for, so finding something that interests you should not be hard.

Copywriter

These type of freelance writing jobs are usually reserved for the more skilled writers. Being a copywriters generally involves writing high converting sales pages for clients. There is a high demand for skilled copywriters, so they are able to demand a much higher level of pay. Read this post on CopyBlogger to learn how to become a more productive writer.

Translator

If you are fluent in more than one language, then you can find plenty of work as a translator. Because this is not a job that everyone can do, there is always work available for good translators.

Ghost Writer

This involves allowing someone else to take full credit for your writing. If you prefer to stay anonymous, then this could be perfect for you. Many posts from popular blogs are written by ghost writers.

Press Release Writer

This particular freelance writing job does not require knowledge of the particular subject you are writing about, but it does require a solid understanding of how to write in press release format. There is a specific structure and style that a press release must be written in for it to gain wider distribution and be considered newsworthy.

Product description/catalog writer

Although this isn’t the most exciting type of freelance work, product descriptions are generally quite short and sharp, so you’ll never be stuck trying to write 2000 words about a product.

Now that you are familiar with the different freelance writing jobs available, you are now ready to get yourself hired as a freelance writer. So where do you start? How about joining some of the many freelance sites out there, like ODesk, eLance, VWorker and Freelancer.com. While I can’t tell you which one to join, I would recommend you take a look at Freelancesitereviews.com to get a better idea of which site is best.