Posted in Fashion & Jewelry

Top 6 Beauty Essentials for Monsoon

One of my written blogs on the topic of Beauty & Fashion for Stylehoops.com. Hope it is helpful.

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Monsoon! A season that automatically implies a romantic atmosphere, lush greenery, cool wind, heavy rains, the smell of earth and piping hot tea and pakoras, also reminds many of humidity, dampness and a skin that is prone to get sweaty, oily or that triggers acne frequently.

pic1Honestly, rainy days are not much different from summer, as the humidity levels are high and perspiration is a big problem. However, if you want to balance out these skincare cons with practical tips this monsoon, then all you need to include are a few essentials that will help you achieve a refreshing and hydrated feel throughout the drizzling months.

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  1. Sunscreen – Do not frown on seeing the word ‘sunscreen’ or ‘sunblock’ as an essential part of your monsoon skincare regime. Unlike summers, you are not directly exposed to the harsh sunlight during the rains. However, the rays coming through the cloudy sky are…

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Posted in Content writing / SEO

4 Basic Tips to Write a Great Headline for Twitter

First impression is the last impression. The saying holds true for headlines too. A catchy and mind blowing headline is a sure fire way of attracting readers to your blog, article or news item. In this age and time when there are numerous websites and countless articles and blogs, drawing readers to your website and luring them to read is not only very important but also quite difficult. Be it Facebook, Twitter or any other social media site, where you post content links to gain significant traffic to your site, writing an attractive headline is imperative to say the least.

Twitter is now a great social medium to promote and share your content to people from all across the globe. According to statistics, the number of Twitter users is now over 105 million, with Twitter witnessing a growth of more than 1300% last year. Writing an influencing headline in Twitter is hence paramount. Unlike other social media sites, Twitter does not disclose the contents of the text in totality but only offers 140 characters through which you can spread your message when the link is clicked. Twitter has thus brought back the importance of writing an influencing headline like none others.

There is a ton of information online which will guide you on how to write headlines on Twitter and what words to use to lure readers. Some of these are really useful and can help you considerably in your pursuit to generate more free traffic and leads to your website. Below given are 4 important tips that will help you get started with writing strong headlines on Twitter.

1) Using Lists and Numbers

Readers love to click on links that give them a list or number of ways to do things. Lists and numbers not only draw readers but are also easily scannable and readable. For example: “25 Things to Do Before Going to Bed” or “10 Ways to Improve SEO for Your Blog” or “10 Worst Errors That Bloggers Make” are sure to spike interest among readers.

2) ‘How To’ Articles or Headlines that Let out Secret/s

Statistics have time and again shown that headlines using ‘how to’ or articles that let out secrets of the trade, make people click on the link a lot more than normal headlines. For example: “How to Plan a Stress free Holiday” or “5 Secrets to Make Good Money Online” are headlines that spark interest and curiosity among readers to know what is written.

3) Headlines that are Easily Searchable

Headlines should be SEO friendly so that they can be easily searched online. Since headlines are the face of the article, keywords should also be appropriately fitted within it. For example: Titles like “Homemade Ice Cream Recipes” or “Make a Customizable Google Map” are headlines that not only express usefulness but are also easily searchable in search engine sites.

4) Headlines that Share Knowledge 

With growing fears and problems, people are always on the lookout for ways to deal with them.  Headlines that offer suggestions or share knowledge to deal with problems are quite useful for readers. Readers are more interested in gaining information on overcoming their problems and obstacles and hence would go about clicking the link and reading the article. For example: “Get Rid of Depression by Actively Avoiding 10 Things” or “Know How to Upgrade to a Professional Blog”, are headlines that not only share knowledge but also express usefulness of the article.

Learning different ways to write a good headline will help you immensely in improving the traffic of your site and blog. Remember, all these things do not cost money, but only a little patience, effort and practise on your part. So why leave them behind? Use them and see the difference.

Posted in Content writing / SEO

My List of 26 Trusted Freelance Job Sites Online

 

A lot of people are into freelance work these days. Be it content writing, programming, website designing and development, logo creation, etc. a number of freelancers and freelance job sites are flourishing online. In the quest to work from home and earn good money from online resource, housewives, students, retirees and even people who are bored of a 9-to-5 job find online freelancing quite lucrative.

However, just as millions of people from all around the world are working online, there are also thousands of websites that claim to offer freelance work to people wanting to work on a full-time, part-time or freelance basis. Trusting these sites blindly, without much research on them can although leave you with a bad headache. To save you from all that trouble and also for the benefit of readers, I have listed 25 reliable websites that offer freelance work. As a beginner or a pro freelancer, you can definitely sign up with a couple of these sites to find work as a freelancer. However, before working with any of the clients you meet on these websites it is also advisable to know about their work background and reputation.

Below given are freelance sites for content writers, data entry operators, website designers/developers, programmers and graphic artists. Some of these sites also offer freelance work for marketing professionals, virtual assistants and people in engineering and multimedia fields.

1)      www.elance.com

2)      www.freelancer.com

3)      www.oDesk.com

4)      www.guru.com

5)      http://jobs.problogger.net/

6)      www.craiglist.com

7)      www.ifreelance.com

8)      www.peopleperhour.com

9)      www.gofreelance.com

10)   www.demandstudios.com

11)   www.project4hire.com

12)   http://fiverr.com

13)   http://allfreelancework.com

14)   http://www.online-writing-jobs.com/

15)   www.freelancewritinggigs.com

16)   https://talent.hubstaff.com/ (Fairly new site, applicable for freelancers/agencies, No registration cost involved)

17)   www.journalismjobs.com  (Great for people in journalism)

Programmers, web designers and logo/banner creators can also look into these dedicated websites:

18)   http://www.rent-acoder.com/

19)   www.getacoder.com

20)   http://99designs.com

21)   www.scriptlance.com

22)   www.logomyway.com

23)   www.programmermeetdesigner.com

24)   www.projectspring.com

25)   www.eprojects.co.in

26)   http://www.ejobs4pros.com/

The above list has been compiled after referring several sites and comments from freelancers. Hope you find my list useful.

Also, please feel free to add on to this list, provided, the site you are referring to is trustworthy.