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1st Quality Content’s 10 Best Blog Posts of 2014

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Of all the posts that we published on 1st Quality Content blog in 2014, there were some that attracted readers’ eyeballs the most and stood out quite well. Therefore, we thought it would be a good idea to serve you with the 10 best of all these popular blog posts.

In case you missed out on any of them, here’s your chance to give them a thorough read once again.

Best of 2014

#1. 5 Tips to Optimize an E-Commerce Website for Trust

E-Commerce store owners are always endeavoring to earn the trust of online shoppers for increased sales. Apart from a professional design, easy navigation and a faster download time, there are multiple other important things that should be taken care of to raise the trustworthiness of an e-commerce store. But do you know what they are?

Read about five proven tips (backed by valuable statistics) that you can use to optimize your online or e-commerce store for trust, attract more customers and make more sales.

#2. 10 Tips to Hire a Professional Freelance Writer

Hiring one or more freelance writers makes the process of business content creation easy and affordable. What makes it difficult, however, is the fact that you could easily end up hiring the wrong people if you aren’t ready with some practical tips and recommendations. Working with a freelance writer who isn’t a good fit for your content needs could do a lot of harm to your brand, apart from a waste of money.

Here are the key steps for hiring a professional freelance writer so that you can get the most bang for your bucks and expand the presence of your business or organization through content.

#3. 51 Idioms to Improve Your Business Writing Skills

Many people believe that idioms are mere colloquial expressions. That’s not true. Idioms have been used in different types/styles of writing – formal, slang, poetic, Shakespearean, Biblical. Today, you’ll notice their use in business writing as well. As a matter fact, you can use English idioms as a powerful tool to improve your business writing skills.

This list of 51 idioms is specifically aimed at helping you learn some of the most useful and interesting business idioms. Take a look at their meanings and check out the examples given so that you can start using them in your day-to-day business communications for more impact.

#4. A Neat Little Guide to Social Media Marketing

A latest report published by Buffer App reveals that around 93% of marketers use social media for online marketing. There are numerous benefits of using social media platforms of your choice. Social media is a powerful tool to give your brand a unique positioning. It can quickly increase the amount of inbound traffic to your company website or blog. Most importantly, it allows you to take your customer experience to the next level by gathering valuable insights and feedbacks on an ongoing basis.

But do you know how to get started with social media marketing? Understand what social media marketing refers to, why your business needs it urgently, how to plan an effective social media strategy and what tools you can use to get the most out of your efforts.

#5. How to Write Content That’s Easy to Understand

You’ve heard so much about creating content that serves a specific purpose for your customers or prospects, haven’t you? While quality should always be your utmost concern, it’s also crucial to make sure that each piece of content that you share with your audience is easy to understand. Find out how you can create content that functions as your desired communication/marketing tool so that you can fulfill your business goals easily.

#6. Essential Tips to Evaluate a Content Writer’s Resume

Online businesses are always in need of skilled content writers for creating a wide range of marketing content. But as soon as they advertise content writing positions, thousands of applications begin to pour in. It’s not always easy to shortlist applicants on the basis of their resumes unless you’re truly an expert in separating the wheat from the chaff.

Find out how you can evaluate a content writer’s resume so that you can avoid wasting time and identify the bona fide candidates for the advertised content writing jobs in your company. Plus, get some additional tips to make the hiring of professional content writers easier.

#7. How to Write Effectively to Music

Music, in various forms, has the capacity to bring out the best in us. It works quite well even when it comes to writing. There are a lot of writers who write with their headphones on, listening to music. Find out how you can find the best recipe for writing music to increase productivity when you need it. Plus, check out some handpicked music/song tracks to create your own playlist.

#8. 10 Steps to Start a WordPress Blog

Having a self-hosted blog on WordPress (for sharing useful content with readers on a consistent basis) is the best thing you can do, if you plan to showcase your talent to the world or take your business to the next level. WordPress happens to be the most preferred platform for serious bloggers globally for a number of goof reasons – solid support, a wide range of themes, thousands of plugins and SEO friendliness. There are many more.

Many people think it requires an expert or a professional web developer to set up a WordPress blog. To prove it wrong, this blog post offers you 10 easy steps that you can follow to have a WordPress blog alive and kicking within less than a day while saving dollars.

#9. 31 Reasons to Use Content Marketing for Business Growth

Look or listen anywhere, content marketing is one thing that will instantly attract your attention. It’s an extremely powerful marketing technique that’s driven by high quality content, offered to prospects or customers for free. If you plan to grow your business and turn it into a brand people will love associating with, content marketing is the surefire way to go.

Here are 31 solid reasons as to why you should embrace content marketing now, if you haven’t already, and start investing in the same to create value for the long term and keep growing.

#10. How to Satisfy Your Readers’ Hunger, One Blog Post at a Time!

You can look at blog post writing from different angles. But the one approach that fits it the best is this – ‘Writing a blog post is like cooking up a dish.’ Readers, no matter which niche you talk about, are hungry to feed on information that offers solutions to their day-to-day problems. Use this interesting formula to create blog posts that will not only satisfy your readers but will also keep them returning for more, over and over again.

If you had to choose a favorite from this list, which one would it be? Please let us know in comments below.

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