Wednesday, 26 April 2017

5 Power writing tips to Make People and Google Love Your content



Many would agree with me when I say:
It takes more than just good writing to be a successful blogger. Apparently, a blogger should know how to write for people and at the same time Google.
I am for the notion that Good writers are bred and not born.

Now, some may disagree with my opinion but we should at least come to a compromise.

Can we?

Let's assume William Shakespeare came back from the dead.
And all of a sudden he starts writing books with the old style of writing whilst using words that have perhaps gone extinct.

Imagine for a second how hard the media & critics would go down on Shakespeare for producing a mediocre book that somehow isn’t for the modern age readers.

What I’m I trying to say?

As a blogger, the audience you write for, how you write and the way you go about it will determine its approval among readers.

Hello it’s 2017:

We write to be understood. Not to display our literary prowess and end of reading our work all alone.

You wouldn’t want that, would you?

So to give your writing more oomph to increase the chance of putting a message across. Continue reading the points listed to help spice up the way you write and make people love your work.

 Cut down on redundant words. Cut it down!

You know that girl you try to avoid every time she calls. The one who sound like a broken record, starting up another conversion before it ends, and goes about the whole time making a full blown story out of nothing.

She doesn’t just get it.

Humans tend to block out messaging we find redundant.  It goes beyond repetitive – in fact, repetition is regarded as a highly effective persuasion tactic.

Redundancy is saying more than what is required without introducing anything new or compelling.

For example: An average Nigerian would say “Hell Fire” you say Hell or Fire. But you don’t use both. It’s like saying murderers are killers – it’s already implied. 

The picture above shows you how to avoid redundancy.
Finally, make use of online English apps that will help you produce a perfect English work.

Apps like Grammarly will help you avoid using redundant words. It also gives you an alternative for paragraphs or sentences which appear surplus.

Keep sentences short & concise

It’s one thing to write for print and another for devices. 

This is because when we read on a screen it becomes harder to track words chunk of words with our eyes. It is important to use short text creating a navigable pattern for readers to digest visually.

For example:

Tecno is a Chinese company known for their business approach of targeting the growing market in Africa and East- Asia in 2017 Tecno & Samsung had a 50% share of smartphone users In Africa.

Can be changed to, Tecno is a Chinese company known for their business approach of targeting the growing market in Africa and East- Asia. In 2017 Tecno & Samsung had a 50% share of smartphone users.
Yellow leaf hammock (yellowleafhammocks.com) shows a great example.  The company employ the use of short words and after two paragraphs you will know what yellowleafhammocks in all about. 

As a general rule for concise writing. Try keeping your sentences to around 20-30 words.

Use Transitional words and Phrases

Yoast – A WordPress plugin that helps users optimize articles for users and search engines include Transitional words as a metric to for a good readability score.

Afterall, transitional words help you sound more fluent and less robotic. It creates a system where readers go with the flow and rhythm and make them feel less rushed.

So here are some examples:

Words which lead to an example: as shown by, to illustrate, for example.

Words which show series of event: First/second/third/ lastly, finally.
Use the copy above to help you use transitional words within a content.

Try to use transitional words in your article as I’ve sneakily incorporated them in this post.

Reduce the Use of That

When “that” appears a little too much, it literally strangles the brilliance out of your work. 

For example.  It’s the same man that we saw yesterday on the network news” you can say it’s the same man we saw yesterday on the network news.

An old trick I use most often is to read through a copy and purge unnecessary use of “that”

Cut out Long words.
Writing is not a spelling bee, where you blow off the spectators by spelling words that may have Latin, Greek or French origination.
Trust me, readers get bored of the longer version of words. 
If a short word best describes a word then forget how professional you may sound. Go for it.
For example. Instead of superfluous, use surplus
Forbearing for tolerant etc.

The Moz about page is a perfect example how short should be used.
However, if a longer word is a perfect fit for a sentence don’t sacrifice using it instead of the short one.
Tip: Short words are often effective for infographics.


Conclusion
When it comes to SEO, optimizing your post does as much as taking your page up the SERPS. However, good writing keeps it there.

When you put all that I’ve mentioned to work for you, you’ll get love from your readers which means few people would bounce off your page and the better your chance of getting in front of the SERPS.

I’d love to hear from you.

What are your favorite tips to make a perfect copy? Given your experience what has given you the best results?
You’ll find the comment box handy. Let me know what you think?
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About the Author: 
Moses Dzarmah is a blogger and Founder of He Lives to write, when not writing, he's listening to Hip Hop.


Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Most Popular Solar Powered Gadgets



The variety of solar power gadgets has recently been growing and changing. New technologies arrive every year offering more and more ways to utilize solar energy. Now it can be also used for enjoyment. Solar powered gadgets are not going anywhere soon, so why not try one or more of them for yourself at https://jiji.ng/solar-energy-products .You will be using a renewable energy source that is environmentally friendly and free of charge.  What can be better?

Thursday, 30 March 2017

An MMM SWOT ANALYSIS By Tobi Omolabi

SWOT means Strength, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats in MMM community

STRENGTH:

1. There is security in the donation members make since the money does not go to a central account
2. All category of people in the society can access it irrespective of gender and status.
3. The system belongs to the people not to an individual.
4. Donations are made based on the personal will of the participants. The system does not enforce any limit either minimum or maximum that participants can donate.

WEAKNESSES

1. Since it does not not operating offline, participants cannot check their account without internet connection.
2. Movement of downlines of new guiders is not automatic and some guiders are reluctant in moving the downlines of new guiders.
3. If a participant is on moratorium, he cannot be matched for the help he has requested but the system will matched such participants if he has offered to provide help. Since such a member is on moratorium, the system would have spared such participant from matching until such account has been verified.
4. There is no central physical structure or corporate offices that members can easily go for complains

STRENGTH:

1. There is security in the donation members make since the money does not go to a central account
2. All category of people in the society can access it irrespective of gender and status.
3. The system belongs to the people not to an individual.
4. Donations are made based on the personal will of the participants. The system does not enforce any limit either minimum or maximum that participants can donate.

WEAKNESSES

1. Since it does not not operating offline, participants cannot check their account without internet connection.
2. Movement of downlines of new guiders is not automatic and some guiders are reluctant in moving the downlines of new guiders.
3. If a participant is on moratorium, he cannot be matched for the help he has requested but the system will matched such participants if he has offered to provide help. Since such a member is on moratorium, the system would have spared such participant from matching until such account has been verified.
4. There is no central physical structure or corporate offices that members can easily go for complains

Friday, 24 March 2017

A SWOT Analysis Presented by Okoye Obinna.

A SWOT Analysis Presented by Okoye Obinna.

LIFE INSPIRATION

Learn to ignore and overlook many things if you truly want happiness in life  because the easiest way to a miserable life is to think that everybody is talking about you.

Never allow anyone to steal your joy from you.

Friday, 3 March 2017

Recession: Buhari’s government should ignore IMF – NLC

                            
The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has advised the Federal Government not to heed any suggestion by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on how to get Nigeria out of recession.At the National Delegate Conference of the National Union of Civil Engineering Construction, Furniture and Wood Workers (NUCECFFWW), NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, urged government to design policies that would bring back industries, create jobs, revive electricity and revalue the currency.

Nigeria: Govt Directs Oil Companies to Relocate Headquarters to Niger-Delta

Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has directed the International Oil Companies operating in the Niger-Delta region to relocate their headquarters to their States of operation to mitigate tension in host communities. Osinbajo, gave the directive at a Town Hall meeting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital on Thursday during continuation visit to the region to dialogue with stakeholders.

Makarfi, Sheriff cave in to Jonathan’s peace plan

The two factions of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, said yesterday that they would submit to the peace process conceived by former President Goodluck Jonathan to restore unity to the party. Factional Chairman of the party, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, and the deputy national chairman aligned to the Ali Modu Sheriff faction, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, in separate interviews with News agent, affirmed readiness to key into what PDP insiders have termed the political solution being framed by the former president. Jonathan’s peace plan also gained traction after it was also endorsed by the PDP Reconciliation Committee at the end of its meeting, yesterday.

truth of the matter is that corruption in Nigeria is systemic – Osinbajo

While the Acting President insisted that corruption had permeated the fabrics of the society, including the judiciary, the CJN asked the executive arm of government to prove that corruption exists in the judiciary. Similarly, Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, PACAC, Prof. Itse Sagay, fingered the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, and the Nigerian Customs Service, NCS, as cesspools of corruption, even as the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, said the fight against corruption should not revolve around one person. The quartet spoke at the opening ceremony of a two-day event, entitled National Dialogue on Corruption, organized by the Office of the Vice President in collaboration with PACAC, held at the Old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Thursday, 2 March 2017

APC summons govs over Buhari’s health, convention

The all Progressives Congress, APC, has summoned its 23 state governors for a crucial meeting today to discuss the state of the nation as well as its forthcoming non-elective national convention slated for April 29. Vanguard gathered that the urgent meeting is meant to discuss growing concerns about the health of President Muhammadu Buhari as well as issues surrounding the party’s national convention.

APC Governors hold crucial meeting over Buhari’s health

The National Work­ing Committee of the ruling All Pro­gressives Congress (APC) will 
today meet with the 24 state Governors under the umbrella of the Progres­sive Governors forum to deliberate on the continued absence of the President, Muhammadu Buhari, and the lingering internal crisis rocking the party ahead of the planned non-elective national convention in April.

Amina Mohammed sworn-in as UN Deputy Secretary General

A former Minister of Environment, Mrs Amina Mohammed has been sworn-in as the Deputy Secretary of the United Nations.The UN Secretary-General António Guterres administered the oath of office to Mohammed.The Deputy UN Chief, after her swearing-in, immediately swung into action by declaring open the 2017 Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Segment on Operational Activities for Development. Her speech at the ECOSOC event was her first official engagement, followed by a brief press encounter with the UN Correspondents.

Court Of Appeal Affirms Sheriff As PDP National Chairman

The Court of Appeal sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on Friday affirmed a former Governor of Borno State, Ali Sheriff, as the authentic Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

President Buhari’s Doctors Also Treating Crohn’s Disease, An Intestinal Malady.

Source familiar with President Muhammadu Buhari’s medical treatment in London has revealed to news that, apart from a lingering prostrate flare-up and other chronic conditions, the Nigerian leader has also recently been battling with a persistent “internal organ” problem, a fact this website reported on Sunday.

Thousands flee Boko Haram attacks around Nigeria’s Chibok – IOM

Some 7,000 people have fled from villages around the northeast Nigerian town of Chibok because of Boko Haram attacks, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Wednesday. The IOM said an estimated 4,449 people or 740 households have fled to Chibok itself since February 25, “seeking safety following attacks or threats of attacks in some neighbouring villages”.