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Love Facebook? Beware Facebook Addiction Is Similar to Cocaine Addiction

by Staff Writers | The Web Writer Spotlight: May 26, 2017


Facebook has become so prevalent in modern society today that addiction to the world's largest social network is a pandemic that academics say affects our brain in a similar way to taking cocaine. Fortunately, research suggests it is much easier to quit Facebook addiction.

Medium Introduces Audio Stories of Its Best Content for Paid Subscribers

by Staff Writers | The Web Writer Spotlight: May 24, 2017


Medium is making available audio recordings of its top stories to subscribers. This foray into audio content, a realm adjacent to podcasts, opens interesting possibilities for future content goals on the online publishing platform.

10 Books Every Aspiring Entrepreneur Should Read in Today's Digital Age

by David K. William | The Web Writer Spotlight: May 22, 2017

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If you have your heart set on starting (and growing) a successful business or company online, reading is one of the best investments you can make to ensure that. These business and entrepreneurial books offer great advice and inspiration for building a successful business in today’s digital age.

Google Adds Smart Replies to Gmail for Quickly Dashing-off Email Responses

by George Mathews | The Web Writer Spotlight: May 18, 2017


Google has updated its flagship email service and added a new feature called Smart Reply in Gmail. Now you can easily dash off three- or four-word computer-generated email responses from the Gmail app.

Facebook Rolls Out New Feature for Group Admins to Screen Potential Members

by Alexis Davis | The Web Writer Spotlight: May 15, 2017


In keeping with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s promise to improve Facebook Group admin tools, Facebook has rolled out a new screening process for new Group members. Now, users who want to join a new Group will answer three questions to determine if they are right for that group.

15 Editing and Proofreading Tools to Polish and Shine Your Content

by Gloria Kopp | The Web Writer Spotlight: May 11, 2017

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The editing and proofreading process is an integral part of any kind of writing. These handy editing and proofreading tools for web content writers will ensure your content is polished and professional so that both search engines and your readers are satisfied.

Now Is a Good Time to Post Articles on LinkedIn, Publishers are Seeing a Nice Uptick in Referral Traffic

by David K. William | The Web Writer Spotlight: May 8, 2017


Is LinkedIn a part of your content marketing strategy? Now is a good time to post your articles and blog posts on LinkedIn. Digital content publishers, marketers are enjoying a big spike in traffic to their website from LinkedIn.

YouTube Is Rolling Out a New Website Design, Invites Users to Give Feedback

by Staff Writers | The Web Writer Spotlight: May 5, 2017


YouTube this week opened up a preview of its new website design to get user's feedback. The new website design highlights your favorite videos and creators, while making YouTube easier and more fun to use.

How to Write a Viral Blog Post: A Quick Guide to Attract Maximum Eyeballs for Your Content

by Kamil Riaz Kara | The Web Writer Spotlight: May 3, 2017


If you wish to increase the chances of your blog posts going viral, and garner maximum attention from your target audience and readers, these ideas can certainly help you get there.

4 “Magic Words” That’ll Make You More Persuasive

by Alexis Davis | The Web Writer Spotlight: May 1, 2017


Wouldn’t it be great if you could be more persuasive? Well, to get your requests granted, all you need to do is remember to use these magic words: "but you are free."

Have You Seen The New Huffington Post? It Has Rebranded as HuffPost

by George Mathews | The Web Writer Spotlight: Apr 26, 2017


Barely a year after Arianna Huffington exited as editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, the site has rebranded. The Huffington Post is now HuffPost. And Ms. Huffington "loves" the new name and brand change.

10 Things Content Marketers, Publishers Can Learn from Yahoo’s Demise

by David K. William | The Web Writer Spotlight: Apr 24, 2017


Yahoo last week announced it expects to complete its sale to Verizon for $4.8 billion this June, marking the end of its history as an independent firm. While Yahoo was one of Silicon Valley’s most riveting success stories in its heyday, now it stands as a warning to others.

HubSpot and Shakr Launch to Help You Create Vertical Instagram Videos

by Staff Writers | The Web Writer Spotlight: Apr 20, 2017


HubSpot and video creation platform Shakr this week announced the launch of, a tool for easily and quickly creating compelling video content tailored for Instagram’s vertical format.

Trolls Dominate Online Discussions, Future of the Internet Not Great (Research)

by David K. William | The Web Writer Spotlight: Apr 17, 2017


Internet trolls used to be largely harmless online troublemakers. Now they dominate online discussions on Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook, comment section of sites and dozens of other online venues. The result of this dominance is that the future of the internet doesn’t look so bright.

The Best Plants for Improving Your Home Office Air Quality [Infographic]

by Taylor Poppmeier | The Web Writer Spotlight: Apr 14, 2017


Whether you utilize your home office to run a personal business, to take conference calls or to get the bills paid, creating a fresh, functional workspace will help improve your focus, boost creativity and can even benefit your health. And some plants are better for detoxifying the air in your home.

How Publishers are Using Facebook Instant Articles to Grow Their Businesses

by Alexis Davis | The Web Writer Spotlight: Apr 12, 2017


In February 2016, Facebook announced that Instant Articles (IA) were being opened up to all publishers. A year later, publishers are still using Instant Articles to grow their businesses, and continue to show goodwill to the Facebook-native publishing platform. But, enthusiasm has cooled off a bit.

YouTube Limits Creators from Monetizing Videos Until They Reach 10,000 Views

by Staff Writers | The Web Writer Spotlight: Apr 10, 2017


YouTube last week announced a drastic change to its partner program. Effective Thursday 6th, 2017, YouTube video creators will not be allowed to turn on monetization until they hit 10,000 views on their channel.

The Science of Sleep: How to Get a Perfect Night’s Sleep [Infographic]

by Marcus Clarke | The Web Writer Spotlight: Apr 7, 2017


Scientists have been concerned with sleep research for many years, and offer some useful advice for improving your sleep quality.

5 Ways to Make Writing a Lot More Fun

by Joan Selby | The Web Writer Spotlight: Apr 5, 2017


Even if you love writing to bits, it can get boring and you may get stressed out sometimes. You need to find new, creative ways to push your boundaries and evolve as a writer. These writing games for adults can help you do just that in a fun and constructive way.

Medium Debuts Membership Subscription Program, Now Accepting Paid Contributors

by Staff Writers | The Web Writer Spotlight: Apr 3, 2017


Medium recently launched a paid membership subscription program, which the company said marks a time of transformation not just for the experience around reading and writing, but also the economic model that determines which stories are told, clicked on and compensated.

Bored of Mindfulness Meditation? Mindlessness Is Good for You Too (Watch)

by George Mathews | The Web Writer Spotlight: Mar 31, 2017


Deep focus and mindfulness meditation are often cited as ingredients for peak performance, creativity and overall well-being. But, did you know periods of mindlessness are also needed to perform at your peak?

Congress Has Overturned Online Privacy Regulations. What Does This Mean for You?

by Staff Writers | The Web Writer Spotlight: Mar 29, 2017


Both houses of Congress have voted to stop Obama-era online privacy regulations from kicking in. What does this mean for you?

Twitter Is Considering Adding a Paid Membership Option

by Staff Writers | The Web Writer Spotlight: Mar 27, 2017


After 11 years of free service, Twitter is considering adding a paid membership option to its services for businesses and power users.

The Power of Mindset: How to Cultivate the Right Mindset for All-round Success

by George Mathews | The Web Writer Spotlight: Mar 25, 2017


Are limiting thoughts hindering your happiness and success? Many people are held back by limiting thoughts about who they are and all that they could be. But, you can break the chain holding you back and reach your full potential by adopting a new mindset.

10 Things You Can Do to Attract (More) Success into Your Life

by David K. William | The Web Writer Spotlight: Mar 22, 2017


Many of us today are not where we want to be in life. If you are at a point in your life where you feel it’s about time you got ahead, then there are a few key things you can do to attract (more) success and safeguard your happiness in life and business.

Gmail Now Lets Desktop Users Stream Video Attachments Right within It

by Staff Writers | The Web Writer Spotlight: Mar 20, 2017

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Earlier this month Google doubled the size of files you can receive in Gmail to 50 MB. Now that you can receive bigger files with Gmail, the search giant has announced it is also rolling out an update to its email service that will allow you to watch video attachments right within Gmail.

Why You Really Need to Improve Your Home Office Air Quality (And How to Do It)

by Hanan Musafia | The Web Writer Spotlight: Mar 16, 2017


When most people think of pollution they tend to think of the outside air, but the air inside your home can also be polluted. And when air inside your home is polluted, such as air in your home office, it can be a major problem. Poor quality indoor air is an invisible killer.

New Survey Reveals Novelist’s Incomes, Paints Picture of Life as a Working Writer

by Staff Writers | The Web Writer Spotlight: Mar 13, 2017

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In a publishing industry that is becoming increasingly unequal, a recent survey looked into novelist’s earnings and confirmed what many other studies have found: that there is a “huge inequality” in the amount of money made by writers.

The Unpaid Contributor Network Model for Online Publishing Is Dying

by David K. William | The Web Writer Spotlight: Mar 8, 2017


In today’s world where ‘fake news’ is a real problem, demand for credible news and information is greater than ever. This demand is hurting the widespread contributor network model that many online publishers adopted  as a shortcut to cheaply scale their publishing efforts.

Google Retires its AdSense Plugin for WordPress

by Staff Writers | The Web Writer Spotlight: Mar 6, 2017


Google has officially announced it is ending support or access to its AdSense Plugin for WordPress, but has reassured it can better support WordPress publishers through “new innovative features.”

New Tool for More Easily Moving Your Medium Posts to Announced

by Staff Writers | The Web Writer Spotlight: Mar 3, 2017


As requests from users on how to move their content from online publishing platform Medium to a site increases, has introduced a new import tool to help you do just that in a few clicks.

5 Easy Ways to Avoid Health Issues as a Freelance Writer

by Kevin Nelson | The Web Writer Spotlight: Feb 28, 2017


Freelancer writers often struggle to maintain the right work-rest balance, especially when a deadline is near. But, it is important for freelancers to take care of their own health. These tips can help you better take care of yourself and avoid health issues when you work as a freelancer.

Facebook’s New Job Board Ushers in a New Era of Job Recruiting Online

by Staff Writers | The Web Writer Spotlight: Feb 26, 2017


On Feb. 16 Facebook debuted its long-awaited job board, a recruiting feature that leverages social media to connect great jobs with great candidates. The job board is ushering in a new era in online recruiting, especially for people seeking hourly or part-time jobs.

6 Essential Tips to Help You Make Money When Your Blog is Brand New

by Vincent Hill | The Web Writer Spotlight: Feb 23, 2017

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Blogging is one of the most attractive ways to make money online, but there are a few key things you need to keep in mind to succeed with a new blog and make good money out of it.

Facebook User Engagement, Posting Behavior Has Declined, Report Says

by Staff Writers | The Web Writer Spotlight: Feb 20, 2017


Mavrck, a micro-influencer marketing platform, last week published a report that compared how Facebook engagement levels with user-generated posts and brand-generated posts changed over the course of 2016. The study established that average engagement per post decreased, indicating marketers and brands need to adapt their Facebook marketing tactics.

YouTube Will Stop Serving 30-Second Unskippable Video Ads

by Staff Writers | The Web Writer Spotlight: Feb 18, 2017


As competition from rising video sharing platforms like Facebook and Snapchat increases, YouTube announced it will axe its 30-second unskippable video ads to provide a better advertising experience for online users.

Self-made Millionaire: Founder & CEO of The Penny Hoarder Reveals Secrets for His Success

by David K. William | The Web Writer Spotlight: Feb 15, 2017


Like many Millennials in college, Kyle Taylor was struggling with massive student loans and debt when he started Today the site is a fully fledged media company, ranked 32 on Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies. How did Taylor do it, and turn his life around?

Flipboard Introduces ‘Smart Magazines’ for Quick Access to Stories You Care About

by Staff Writers | The Web Writer Spotlight: Feb 13, 2017


Flipboard recently unveiled a newly re-imagined version 4.0 of the news aggregator app that will reportedly focus on people’s passions and empower you to get to the stories that matter most to you.

More People Are Returning to Nature for Creative Inspiration and Inner Healing

by Elliot Caleira | The Web Writer Spotlight: Feb 9, 2017


The importance of a return to nature for therapy, inner healing and creative inspiration is not a new idea. Henry David Thoreau wrote about it in his classic book "On Walden Pond," now considered a therapeutic manual.

Words are Loaded: Why The Wall Street Journal Editor Limited Use of ‘Majority Muslim’ Country

by David K. William | The Web Writer Spotlight: Feb 6, 2017


The Wall Street Journal editor-in-chief Gerard Baker recently defended his decision to ban use of the words “majority-Muslim countries” in coverage of President Donald Trump’s immigration travel ban, saying “words are loaded.”

Apple’s New App Store Search Ads Paying Off for Publishers

by Staff Writers | The Web Writer Spotlight: Feb 3, 2017


In October 2016, Apple Inc. launched it’s highly anticipated App Store Search Ads product that started showing ads in the iOS App Store for U.S. users. Publishers and marketers are already reporting excellent results with the search ads in increasing audiences for their mobile apps.

30 Easy Ways to Increase Your Amazon Affiliate Earnings [Infographic]

by Jenny Holt | The Web Writer Spotlight: Feb 1, 2017


Would you like to build a profitable Amazon affiliate business? Check out some effective ways an entrepreneur can increase their Amazon affiliate earnings and make their business more profitable.

Trump May Reverse Net Neutrality Rules, Online Entrepreneurs “Freaking Out.”

by Staff Writers | The Web Writer Spotlight: Jan 30, 2017

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President Donald Trump’s administration has signaled a new policy approach that could completely remake the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and reverse “net neutrality rules” intended to help keep the playing field level for online entrepreneurs and businesses.  

10 Best Apps and Software for Busy Writers

by Sophia Clark | The Web Writer Spotlight: Jan 27, 2017

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Writers can fail or succeed in their craft depending not only on the quality of their writing, but also on the tools the writer uses to produce and distribute their work. Fortunately, writers today have numerous tools available to them that can simplify their work and bring great success.

Google Will Allow Advertisers to Target YouTube Ads Based on People's Search Histories

by Staff Writers | The Web Writer Spotlight: Jan 23, 2017


Google on Friday announced it is developing a new, cloud-based measurement solution that will let advertisers target YouTube ads based on people's search histories. With this new solution, advertisers will have access to more detailed insights from their YouTube campaigns across devices.

Why You Should Be Wary of Publishing on Medium

by David K. William | The Web Writer Spotlight: Jan 20, 2017


It has not been an easy start to the new year at the social publishing platform Medium. The platform recently announced it is restructuring in an effort to build a new business model that better aligns with its original mission. Publishers and writers on Medium should be wary of this.

Facebook Introduces ‘Journalism Project’ to Support Journalism, News Literacy

by Staff Writers | The Web Writer Spotlight: Jan 18, 2017

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Nodding to its role in media, Facebook has introduced what it calls “The Facebook Journalism Project” — a new initiative to support quality journalism and fight the spread of fake news across its site.

7 Essential Tips to Build a Profitable Freelance Writing Career in 2017

by Richard Nolan | The Web Writer Spotlight: Jan 16, 2017


If you have a passion and a talent for writing and are thinking about starting a writing career, freelance writing is a perfect opportunity for you. There are thousands of options to earn money writing, especially at this time in 2017.

Are You Using Micro-Influencers for Your Online Marketing Efforts?

by Shane Barker | The Web Writer Spotlight: Jan 12, 2017


If you’re familiar with influencer marketing, you’ve probably heard of micro-influencers. Micro-influencers do not have millions of followers like their top-tier counterparts, but their impact is significant enough to make a difference in your brand’s performance.

6 Reasons Why You Really Should Have an Active Business Blog

by Audrey Throne | The Web Writer Spotlight: Jan 10, 2017


Blogging is one of the most crucial weapons in every marketer’s arsenal. And having an active blog for your business can help to deploy both straight forward as well as subtle tactics to boost your bottom line.

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