This Week in the Blogosphere - Contests, Free Flights, Sticky Content, WordPress

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It was another busy week in the blogosphere. Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments!

7 Golden Rules: Blogging in English for Non-Native Speakers (via ProBlogger)

Every year, English books are published by authors who have learned English as a second or third language, sometimes late in life. (I myself have managed to have one such book published)—just to prove to you that any fool can do it.)

 

Japan considers giving 10,000 flights to social media users to promote tourism (via The Next Web)

The proposal would give 10,000 free round trip tickets to social media users to help promote the country as a safe and exciting holiday destination and create buzz online.

Selected travellers would enjoy free flights, though they would need cover all other costs including accommodation and food. All travellers would be obligated to document their trip using Facebook, Twitter, a blog or other social networks.

 

Content Strategy: 7 Tips to Make Your Blog Stickier (via Mashable)

Want people to keep coming back to your blog? Create some anticipation with post series. Instead of writing a comprehensive, 3,000-word post on the “ultimate guide to whatever,” split it out into bite-sized chunks and release it slowly. This not only gives you the chance to dive deeper into your points, but it also creates the opportunity to get readers to “tune in” regularly.

 

Blogging Is Free and Easy at WordPress.com (via ComputerWorld)

When you've got something to tell the world, get out there and write it. Today, it's easier to do than ever before to let your voice be heard. Social networks engage us in conversations with people we already know, but public blogging services like WordPress.com (free, with optional for-pay extras) let us carve out a niche for ourselves where others can benefit from our knowledge and perspective--even if we've never spoken to them before.

 

Next Crackdown on Bloggers: Sweepstakes & Contests (via Social Media Explorer)

No doubt most of you are aware that the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) regulates advertising and marketing practices here in the U.S. They’re the governmental group who has brought us the CAN-SPAM act (email marketing), COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act) and, more recently, their Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising, which helped to bring about a more open and transparent level of disclosure by bloggers about their relationships with brands, organizations and events.

Have a happy weekend!

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