Comment Exchange: Is it good or bad for your blog?

When I first discovered blog comment exchanges in 2013, I was thrilled! I was a newbie in the blogging industry and having a couple of comments come through seemed to make my blog look good. As a new content marketer back then, I tried to do the same for our company’s website to help improve our website’s searchability, but was then called out by my boss for doing so. Apparently, instead of helping us gain traction, despite receiving comments from people all over Asia and the U.S., it was causing our website far more harm than good, S.E.O.-wise, and I eventually understood […]

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On plagiarism: Are you the same tomato?

As a professional writer, I take plagiarism personally.  I take pride in every work I publish, whether online or offline, whether it’s well-received or ignored completely, because I’ve put my time and my heart in every single one. There are many ways to plagiarise online without seemingly having done so, and it’s easy to make excuses and keep a straight face while at it that confrontations become useless; but really, if you look within yourself, what does that make you?   If you want to grow in your skill, learn to care. Care for your readers and for what they […]

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Working from Home: How I make worklife easier

One of the biggest misconception about people who work from home is that our work is so much lighter compared to regular employees who go to work in offices. Sure, we don’t have to take on the hideous traffic and can stay in our jammies all day, but working from home doesn’t mean that we lead stress-free work lives. First of all, we would not have the jobs we have without a set of skills to offer. And where skills are required, output is expected. Just like any employee, we have standards to comply to, deadlines to meet, and in my […]

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Going back to full time online work

I gave up my good-paying online job in April of 2015. I can’t begin to explain the emotional stress I was going through then. What I can tell you right now is that I was fighting hard to focus on my priorities and chose to attend to my children, most particularly to my youngest son, who was exhibiting some delays in his development. My decision turned out to be a bad financial call despite our move to go tiny living. I guess it’s because the kids are growing up and the expenses are also higher. I couldn’t stick to only […]

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