Blogging is more than writing in your own voice and writing about your favourite topics or niches. It is also about building your brand signals especially if you want to spread your Internet presence and make it a full-time career. Increasing your brand signals will need you to do some of the following.
1. Create a Social Media Account
The positive effects of social media cannot be enough for any blog or website. Social media is more than casual conversation; it allows users to use their channels as relays for company or brand websites. When you have a social media website and your followers share your information, your account and your blog gains fame.
A famous art blog gains reputation because of their topics discussing different forms of art. Your brand is your topic, and if you gain authority on your topic, you gain a good branding signal for your readers.
3. Author Profile
Author profiles, especially those made in your personal blog as an introduction, will help readers recognize your authority about the topic at hand. So share your real-world expertise on the subject and the reasons why you’re willing to impart information you know for free in your website.
Some bloggers often wonder how well known bloggers get their knack at writing humorous lines and their style of writing that amuses many visitors. The answer to this is that these bloggers write using their own voice. Writing through your own style takes time to develop.
1. Write as you Would
Most people write as in the way they speak. Pick up a topic and write about it. Once you do, read it and ask yourself if you understood the topic. Then, right after, discuss to yourself what kind of writer wrote the article. Try to align your personality with what you wrote and this is how you exactly write.
2. There is a Compromise
It is inevitable that not everyone will be impressed by your style of writing. Some people might find it boring, others annoying. A compromise to reach a larger audience is to include a certain bit of appeal to other audiences. For example, the young crowd loves your style of writing, but to reach a more senior audience, including items that relate to their generation and using their form of language is one way to connect to them.
3. A Topic with Natural Affinity
Pick up a topic to write about that you feel you have a deep connection to yourself. Try reading blogs about traveling, food, business, finance and even the bizarre and weird. By finding the topic most closest to your heart, you’ll find it easier to write and your own style of writing will flow freely, which can easily interest your audience.
The Financial Ombudsman reported that it received over 266,000 PPI complaints in the first two quarters of 2013, signifying a 26% increase in the total number of UK PPI claims. Chief Ombudsman Natalie Ceeney said that she is disappointed that banks are still “dragging their feet” despite heavy media and industry criticism.
The increase in PPI complaints signifies that banks are still rejecting legitimate claims. The Financial Conduct Authority recently revealed the results of its investigation and found that many financial companies’ PPI claim centres are still mishandling claims. The FCA said that the claim centres did not pay attention to details concerning exclusions, the actual insurance cover and customer circumstances during the purchase of the insurance.
PPI was meant to repay loans, mortgages and credit cards in the event of a consumer’s financial difficulty. Because of its exclusions, PPI cost customers an average of £3000. Consumers looking for accurate refund estimates should consult with a mortgage PPI calculator or PPI claims company for help.
The Financial Conduct Authority reports that 12 out of 18 financial companies might be fined for inefficient PPI claims management. In the past, Lloyds Banking Group was fined £4.3 million for delaying 140,000 consumer refunds.
In the event you find difficulty in making PPI claims, working with a PPI claims management company such as PPI Calculator UK to help you get started.
In Internet marketing, the only way to succeed is to upsize and having upgrades to your blog is essential in ensuring your competitive edge in the industry. Many businesses consider their blog vital to their advertising and marketing strategies.
1. Keep it Personal
A blog written by a prominent person in the company, such as the business proprietor or senior research and development head could make the blog personal while retaining technicality and reliability. Visitors want to read about the latest projects a business has and what is a better way to attract audiences but to give them a sneak peek on your new ideas?
2. Keep it Real
A blog should always make mention of their sources such as the people they worked with and post images and media regarding the accomplishment they achieved. Keeping it real and believable attracts visitors and makes your posts and content more reliable, increasing the quality of your blog.
3. Include Specifics
If your blog topics border on tutorials and explanations, do not be afraid to go into technical specifics. However, for jargons and complicated processes, it would be wise to include a link that would help people unfamiliar with terms to understand the specific word. Including specifics and having help links for your readers makes your blog more immersive and understandable for a wider audience.
4. Make it Short
A blog does not have to be long. It just has to be short, informative and concise. A few sprinkles of entertaining details and personal language would also be helpful. People do not like reading a long block of text, not unless they are doing a research or study.
If you have rental property, it is important that you know your responsibilities to your tenants as a landlord. In the United Kingdom, here are the legal rights and responsibilities of a landlord.
1. Safety and Repair
As a landlord, it is your responsibility to address all the issues your tenants might have with your house. Everything, including the pipe, gaslines, insulation and other details your tenants might highlight is your responsibility to improve. You will also need to address their calls for help or aid regarding your property at any time of the day.
2. Tenancy Deposit Protection
The deposit of your tenants could be placed in four kinds of deposit protection schemes including the Deposit Protection Service, MyDeposits, Capita Tenancy Deposit Protection and Tenancy Deposit Scheme. As you and the tenant have agreed to a monthly payment and deposit amount, the deposit schemes help protect tenants as they could get their money back if they meet your terms, pay the rent and bills on time and do not do any damage to the property.
3. Right to Evict
If a tenant indicates danger to the property or the community, the landlord has the right to evict their tenant or tenants where they see fit. The tenants have a responsibility to pay their due rent before leaving the property.
Email marketers cried foul when Google introduced the new “promotions” and “social” tabs, filtering emails effectively as users see fit. Marketers explained that the “promotions” tab’s separation from the primary inbox makes it unfair for many businesses who heavily depend on internet marketing.
Marketing experts said that the Gmail filtered inboxes play a bad branding game for many companies both based in and out of the Internet. Being featured alongside spam email in the “promotions” tab, users easily dismiss a legitimate company for sending spam mail. Companies and businesses are advised to alert their customer communities and email subscribers.
However, other marketing experts said that the Gmail’s new design, clearly intended for their users’ convenience, allows for better email management. Users can choose to keep emails from their newsletters and websites they are familiar with and the ability to preserve their inbox for needed and important emails.
They also said that the effects of Gmail’s redesign is not yet clear and final.
Many marketers have found ways to land their emails into the user’s “primary” inbox where all emails marked “important” or phone-book-saved-contact-sent-email are located. However, users might still consider this as spam email, detecting the marketing stint.
Any article or blog expressing opinions, disagreement or lacks information is a potential base for a “flame war”. Flame wars are often condoned in many forums with many users and accounts being banned for instigating them. However, a flame war can also be beneficial to a website with a small sacrifice.
A flame war from many users can result to having two sides about your article or about a controversial comment on your website. The two sides could come to trying to prove fact against each other, linking different articles from different websites. Increased web activity, regardless if both sides are negatively interacting each other, can attract search engines and advertisers.
The density of words in your article may be overwhelmed by the comments section and could potentially lead to a search engine penalty. However, the positive side of this is that more users who believe in one side of the flame war will try to look for your website or the specific article webpage to see what the fuss is all about and if they have something to say.
When a positive or negative note ends the flame war, it is best that you do not delete the article and the comments placed therein. You could put in a new article observing the flame war and then writing your side in the ordeal. It means a big deal to the flame war given that you, whose article was the cause of all the fuss, is speaking his or her mind.
Former Lloyds CEO Eric Daniels claims that many of the PPI claims against Lloyds received for the past five years were particularly bogus as most of the customers making a claim did not really purchase a PPI policy. However, the bank was forced to make repayments even on bogus claims because the overwhelming number of claims cannot be thoroughly investigated.
Daniels defends Lloyds’ sales practices by stating that the bank places consumer fairness in highest regard and values the quality training their employees have. He said that customers also knew what PPI was before they purchased it. Daniels also claimed that PPI was a product that resolved a consumer need and was a completely competitive product in its heyday.
Daniels also blames reputable claims companies, such as PPIClaimBackCo.co.uk for making fraudulent and erroneous claims. However, the majority of PPI claims, specifically against Lloyds, were all valid claims according to the Financial Ombudsman Service. Information from the FOS declares that out of the 158,000 PPI claims they receive, at least 6,000 claims were erroneous.
Lloyds contributes the biggest compensation amount for PPI with £5.3 billion, about half of the £13 billion compensation package provided by all UK banks for mis sold PPI. Banks have already given out £8 billion of the compensation package to the claiming public.
You’ve got a property with at least five rooms for rent and have recently started a business. You’ll need to register your properties first before you continue to receive revenue from your properties. Here’s a short guide how UK taxes rental properties.
1. Inform the HMRC
The Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is the branch of the government that you need to pay for taxes. If you do not pay your taxes, you could be charged with a penalty on top of the taxes you are due.
2. What Kind of Income Do I Report?
It is important to report any income from property rental that goes over £2500 yearly. You should the self-assessment tax return form P810. The self-assessment tax should be submitted within the start of the financial year. You could also have it sent three days before the deadline assigned to you.
3. What You Could Claim To Reduce Tax for Residential Properties
You are given the right for allowable expenses if you are spending money on the day to day running of the properties, including a letting agent’s fees, legal fees for lets, accountant’s fees, building and contents insurance, interest on property loans, virtually anything that you could have extra expenses with. However, utilities are put out of the question.