Online Resources for Social Media,
Writing, and more!
As a web content writer and professional blogger, I actively seek online resources to increase my knowledge and skill set. The world wide web is ever-changing and constantly evolving. It is important for me to understand the developments of search engine and social media practices, adapting my writing to the current trends for content creation.
To become a better content creator, I have sought to increase my comprehension of marketing, public relations, SEO, technology, and business. I also review online resources on writing to hone my craft.
[Note: I clearly communicate to my clients that I am not a marketing professional – I am a writer. I recommend clients who are in need of message and branding to hire a marketing pro to define their brand.]
As a content writer, I request the client’s branding message and incorporate it within content, utilizing SEO keywords. My goal is to provide written content that will effectively communicate on behalf of my clients – using the correct lexicon and vocabulary to promote their business. I also need to understand the different platforms (websites, social media sites) and adapt the content accordingly. With the constant change of business and technology applications on the internet, I utilize online resources to try to stay ahead of the curve.
So Much Information, So Little Time
There is a deluge of information available online – most relevant and some downright sketchy. Through trial-and-error, I have developed an ongoing list of reputable online resources from social media and marketing, to writing and creativity. At first, I was signing up for every blog and e-news release. Within a few months, my inbox was congested and practically impossible to navigate. I also signed up for many Google Alerts. Ditto with the same results. Now, I limit myself to 5 daily inbox messages and 10 weekly contacts via email. I have decided to go through my list and seek out the latest blogs and press releases. My inbox is manageable and I feel like I have more control over the information I actively seek.
Another great way to stay up-to-date on the latest technology, practices, and news is to read the promoted ‘shares’ of your contacts and connections. The one bit of morsel I have taken away from social media is that people like information and do not care for the sales pitch. I try to share on my social media sites an interesting article, adding a brief comment and link. I only share information I have read and that I believe has value to my audience.
Please note that the following list does not display the complete website address. To prevent any possibility of having a large amount of outbound links from my blog (definitely NOT good for SEO), I have identified the primary domain name. As with most internet URLs, many of these sites begin with http://www. There are a few that begin with just http://. I suggest you use a search engine (Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc.) and type in/copy & paste what I have displayed. The search engine will then find the complete URL address for you. For reference: On my personal list, I maintain the complete URLs and hyperlinks so I can quickly access them online from my database.
I am also on the hunt for any additional online resources available. If you are aware of any other interesting resources, please feel free to share them with me!