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Author: Anne Varvel

Anne Varvel is a professional content writer, freelance writer, business blogger, and author. You can keep up with her work at annevarvel.com. Her latest book is Start Your Content Writer’s Career: A Freelance Writer’s Guide to Fast Money.
Working at Home? 5 Essentials for a Great Day

Working at Home? 5 Essentials for a Great Day

Working from home is the dream of 9-to-5ers who hustle back and forth to the office on busy highways every day. Lounging in your PJs until noon and leisurely sipping on coffee seems like a dream when you are in bumper-to-bumper traffic or trapped in a stuffy conference room. However, now that you have been working from home for a while, the dream has worn off. Working at home is a grind that comes with its own challenges. It can…

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8 Things to Do Before You Start a New Business

8 Things to Do Before You Start a New Business

Give Your Startup the Best Chance for Success Did you know that there are more 30 million small businesses in the United States? Running a small business gives you the chance to steer your ship. It is infinitely challenging and even more rewarding. Unfortunately, the statistics for startups are rather bleak. Approximately half of startups will close their doors within 5 years. Should this stop you from pursuing your dreams? Absolutely not! Your new startup will have a much better…

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Are Popup Ads and Notifications Dying Out in 2021?

Are Popup Ads and Notifications Dying Out in 2021?

Does your website use popups for ads, notifications, contact list building or other essentials? An announced update to Google’s algorithms could hit you hard in 2021. If you are having trouble keeping up with Google’s updates, you are in good company. In 2018, Google made an average of 9 updates per day to its algorithms. While many of these are small updates that may fly under the radar, core updates can directly impact your website’s placement on search engine results…

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4 Things to Know Before You Hire a Freelance Writer

4 Things to Know Before You Hire a Freelance Writer

According to Payscale, the annual income for a freelance writer ranges between $24,000 and $115,000. Whether you need a ghostwriter for your next novel, a blogger for your business website or something else, you understandably want to keep your overhead to a minimum. At the same time, quality (usually) matters. Poor grammar, typos and generally “bad” English will reflect poorly on your business. How can you find a freelance writer who will produce quality content at a fair rate? 1….

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Give Your Website an Edge with Schema Markup

Give Your Website an Edge with Schema Markup

If you are not taking advantage of schema markup, rest assured that you are in good company. However, schema markup can dramatically improve your website’s visibility on search engine results pages, or SERPs. Because many websites have not yet been updated with schema markup, your business website could be a step ahead of many of your competitors’ websites. More than that, it may be easier to implement than you might initially assume. Understanding Schema Markup Before we dig into how…

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The 8 Meta Tags That Drive Website Traffic

The 8 Meta Tags That Drive Website Traffic

Your online presence impacts everything from your brand image to lead generation and your bottom line. Your business cannot afford to fall behind the pack, so you must take full advantage of every opportunity to improve online visibility. The concept of meta tags is certainly not new to business owners, marketers and bloggers. But did you know that there are eight important meta tags? These each play a role in your website’s ability to drive targeted traffic to your website….

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Focus on These 4 SEO Factors to Boost Rankings

Focus on These 4 SEO Factors to Boost Rankings

The internet is a crowded place, and the congestion is growing by the day. As of January 2020, there were approximately 1.3 billion websites. While only about 15% of these websites are actively being used, more than a half-million new websites are created daily. Does your business derive a chunk of its leads and sales through your website? Do you run a blog? Regardless of the type of website that you run, one thing is certain. You need targeted traffic…

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7 Essential Steps for Success When You Work at Home

7 Essential Steps for Success When You Work at Home

As of June 2020, more than four out of 10 Americans worked from home full-time. While some businesses have brought their employees back into a traditional work environment, many working parents must continue to operate out of the house to monitor their children’s virtual learning experience.  Whether you are new to the work-at-home game or you are now struggling because your work space is being crowded with crayons and arithmetic equations, one thing is clear. You need to find a way to…

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Easy Ways to Boost Productivity Through Your Diet

Easy Ways to Boost Productivity Through Your Diet

So much has been said about boosting productivity. Make a to-do list. Tackle the toughest items first. Tackle the toughest items last. Use the Pomodoro Technique. All of these and the various other well-known methods work to a degree. However, when the brain fog sets in and the words aren’t coming out right, my mind turns to money. After all, the money isn’t coming in if my fingers aren’t moving. Then, my mind turns to food. Maybe I need more…

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