Jetpack’s Picks: Five Resources for December

At the beginning of each month, we’ll round up five of our favorites links around the internet to help you better run your business or blog in the month ahead.

Get ready for a focused December with the help of these five useful resources.

Website Design Trends for 2017

Websites are crucial to any business, and are often the first thing clients or customers see. Website Magazine offers a few examples of the features you can expect from updated websites in 2017.

“Designers – and the brands that employ them – cannot have their head in the mud when it comes to the trends impacting user expectations and how visible their sites will be on the increasingly sophisticated search engine result pages. Rather, you should be productive and advocate for better design.”

10 Simple Editing Hacks for DIY Bloggers

Producing quality content is key, even if you are a one-person army. Jeff Bullas gives us ten hacks for proofing our own content before hitting publish.

“The last thing you want to do is publish a blog post that has errors or doesn’t read well. Remember, your content is representative of your business!”

The Tools That 5 Highly Productive Entrepreneurs Use

When you’re running your own startup, it can be tough to stay organized and on track. Entrepreneur’s Han-Gwon Lung shares exactly what you’ll need to keep up with other productive entrepreneurs.

“When I graduated from college, I had no work experience. And that didn’t sit too well with the real life that followed. I repeatedly messed up at work or fell behind schedule because I lacked good productivity habits. Before long, I realized I needed help. So I turned to productivity apps for answers.”

4 Helpful Tools for Organizing Your Social Media Calendar

Looking to streamline your social media content strategy? Hubspot’s Sophia Bernazzani rounds up four tools to make social media pros’ lives a little easier.

“What do cross-country road trips, wedding speeches, and social media marketing have in common? You could wing all three, but it’s probably better to have a plan for what direction you’re heading — especially when it comes to your social media content strategy.”

33 Personal Blogs of Startup Marketers We Love

The personal blogs of marketers you admire offer glimpses into their lives — and why they’re so successful. Alfred Lua from Buffer compiled a list of the best blogs to draw inspiration from.

“I like to think that reading the blog of a marketer I admire is like having a coffee with them and getting a chance to learn all about their approach to marketing.”

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Jetpack’s Picks: Five Resources for November

At the beginning of each month, we’ll round up five of our favorite links around the internet to help you better run your business or blog in the month ahead.

Get ready for a productive November with the help of these five useful resources.

How to Get More Done By Batching Your Blog Tasks

We all want to save more time when it comes to blogging, right? Emily from My Adaptable Career offers up tips to batch your tasks and get more done.

“Batching your work reduces task switching. Instead of flitting from one small task to the next, you focus on a single type of work for several hours.”

5 Psychology-Based Design Tips to Improve Engagement on Your Website

Want to improve engagement on your website? Neil Patel says you need to pay attention to your site’s design. We agree!

“Your brand’s message isn’t limited to the word choices that you make. The environment under which you present your message is equally (perhaps even more) important.”

Longer Tweets Are Here: All You Need to Know About Twitter’s 140 Character Update

If you’ve ever wished for the ability to have a couple more characters in your tweets, your wish is Twitter’s command! Longer tweets are here, and Buffer’s Ash Read breaks down what it all means.

“Now, @names in replies, media attachments (like photos, GIFs, videos, and polls) and quoted Tweets will no longer be counted against the valuable 140 characters that make up a tweet.”

How Much Money Does It Take to Start an Online Business?

Starting an online business is an exciting endeavor. However, it also costs money. Pat Flynn from Smart Passive Income shares exactly what you’ll need to consider financially if you’re looking to take the leap.

“There’s a common misconception about what it really costs to get started. Most people, including me at one point, think that it requires loads of money. I understand how that can be discouraging.”

“How to Turn Your Business Blog Readers Into Paying Customers”

It’s the dream, right? Turning your blog into a business and turning your blog readers into customers. Alicia Rades explains how to do just that in this ProBlogger post.

“More traffic doesn’t necessarily mean more customers. You have to be able to leverage your blog content in a way that convinces readers to trust you and buy from you.”

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Jetpack’s Picks: Five Resources for October

At the beginning of each month, we’ll round up five of our favorite links around the Internet to help you better run your business or blog in the month ahead.

Get ready for a spectacular October with the help of these five useful resources.

The Benefits of Jetpack For Your WooCommerce Store

We’re obviously a little biased, but we love this post from Nicole Kohler about why and how you should use Jetpack if you have a WooCommerce store.

“In combination with WooCommerce, Jetpack can bring store owners easily-integrated attack protection, downtime alerts, content sharing, and a slew of other features designed to make your life easier. It’s the equivalent of strapping a rocket to your store — but a lightweight one.”

11 Simple Design Tips to Enhance Your Social Media Images

It’s no secret that compelling visuals are extremely important when it comes to blogging and social media. Brian Peters offers up eleven simple design tips for non-designers over on the Buffer blog.

“Humans are, by nature, very visual beings. In the brain itself, there are hundreds of millions of neurons devoted to visual processing, nearly 30 percent of the entire cortex, as compared with 8 percent for touch and just 3 percent for hearing.”

All in One: Tools and Apps to be a Blogger Who Can Write, Edit, Proofread, and Create Images

As a blogger, you have a lot on your plate. Andrew Howe shares a list of tools on the Kikolani blog to help you blog with ease.

“Unless you have a big staff team who works for your blog, it’s you who needs to be ‘all in one’ and do all tasks on a high level. If you’re wondering how to do it without burning out, the answer is pretty simple: use tools and apps that can help to save time and efforts while being a blogger.”

These Grants Can Help You Finally Get Your Small Business Off The Ground

Looking for grant funding for your small business? Look no further than this useful post from Carson Kohler for The Penny Hoarder.

“Small business grants are to small businesses as scholarships are to colleges. If you’re looking to start a business — or fund an existing one — a grant could be a great financial solution.”

How to Become a Better Storyteller in 30 Days

At its very core, blogging is all about storytelling. This Onboardly posts offers up a month-long guide to become a better storyteller in 30 days.

“Storytelling is at the core of marketing, design and product management within a startup. It’s been referred to as the ‘killer app’ and the ‘biggest business skill to have in the next five years.'”

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