Saturday, January 27, 2007

Bad vs. badly, according to Grammar Girl

When should you say "I feel badly" instead of "I feel bad"?

Learn the answer at the Grammar Girl blog.

Too busy to read her post? You can listen to her podcast.


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Thursday, January 25, 2007

What to do if your website content is stolen

Stephan Spencer has some practical suggestions for responding to website copycats in his article, "Stop, Thief! How to Protect Your Site from Copyright Infringement."

His practical suggestions include using Copyscape to locate website content copiers and using WayBack Machine to prove who put the content online first.

In addition, he suggests steps to follow in contacting copyright infringers or responding less directly.

I hope I never have to use Spencer's info. But I'm glad I know about his article.


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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Cut adverbs for stronger writing

Looking for a way to strengthen your writing?

Reducing your use of adverbs can help. That's the point of "Am I afraid of adverbs?" a blog post by Roy Peter Clark at Poynteronline.

Clark's analysis of the adverbs in two paragraphs convinced me they were superfluous.


Wednesday, January 03, 2007

How to create a powerful home page

Nick Usborne stresses four assets your website home page needs:

  1. Use your principal homepage headline to communicate your site's underlying value proposition
  2. Use some short introductory text to clarify and expand on your headline
  3. Help visitors find what they are looking for
  4. Make your first-time visitors feel comfortable and confident

I think I do a decent job with these four points on my the ghostwriting home page of my Investment Writing website. What do you think of my text?
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Jeff Lerman of Coldspring Design did a great job designing my right-hand navbar for easy navigation.