• ai,  writing

    How You Can Leverage AI Tools to Write Faster

    In the last blog post, we spoke about delusions on AI tools replacing writers. Of course, I’m going to stick to my stance that writers cannot be replaced, but we did end the blog on a more positive note. AI tools, for better or worse, are here to stay. So, what can we do about them? In the case of new technology everywhere, there’s a general consensus that you either get with the program or risk falling behind. Luckily for us, at this point, it’s not about falling behind, but rather…well, allowing your work to fall behind. SEO’s very cutthroat, if I do say so myself. What worked about a…

  • ai,  writing

    On the Rise (and Fall) of AI Writing Tools

    It’s been about a year-ish since AI driven content took the world by storm. More specifically AI writing tools. I was actually in an interview with the CEO of a tech company, the day after ChatGPT-4 was announced. Up until that point, I had been extremely excited by the idea of AI writing tools. Unfortunately, some employers decided to believe that AI writing tools were a replacement for copywriters and not a useful writing aid for them.  Seriously.  Let’s go back to the interview I was in. I was pretty confident that I would get the job. My experience was perfectly aligned with the position. I had the perfect references,…

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    miscellaneous

    Lit Mag Acceptance Incoming: I Got Published!

    Before we move on to the rest of this blog, I just want to say: I got an acceptance from a lit magazine! Okay, now back up. For those of you who’ve been wondering, I’ve been missing for a couple of months. And it’s because University has been quite gruesome. Not because of my studies, even though my courses have gotten harder. But because of the time it takes me to travel between southern and northern Istanbul every other day every week. And I’ve got work; eight hours of it, five days a week too. And so, as much as I made an entire excel sheet telling myself that I…

  • graphic depicting glasses, a mug and a keyboard
    seo

    SEO Courses and Resources for Writers and Marketers

    Are you interested in taking SEO courses but don’t know where to get started? Don’t worry – that’s how most of us start out! In my very first blog post about SEO, I briefly addressed some of its key components, and how each of these are super important for the ranking of your website or blog. Recently, I had the amazing opportunity to intern at one of Turkey’s top SEO agencies. And yes, I spent the summer interning even though I’m working full-time because remote is the way forward and I could show up after working hours. I know, I have weird interests. But it’s actually because I’ve been tracking…

  • a meeting room desk with all the titles and plans
    seo

    Here’s A List of Free SEO Tools for Beginners

    There’s no doubt that the best way to attract an audience to your blog or website is by ranking on Google and other search engines. But how do you do that? How do you optimize your blog posts and web pages so that they rank on Google?  Well, there are a number of free SEO tools available online that can definitely help. However, with so many free SEO tools out there, it can be difficult to find what you’re looking for. To make things easier for you, especially if you’re just beginning to delve into the SEO game, I’ve created a list of the best free SEO tools for beginners…

  • an apple laptop on someone's lap depicting a carefree work environment
    freelancing

    Freelancing 101: How to Get Freelance Jobs

    Real talk: I think it’s really weird that in 2022, with the financial crisis looming over our heads, people still don’t seriously consider freelancing. Freelance jobs provide the easiest source of income today.  Yet, for some reason, everyone’s under the impression that finding freelance gigs is really hard. That’s not true. Of course, maintaining an income entirely on freelance jobs can be hard and requires careful planning. But to say that finding freelance jobs is difficult; well, that’s simply not true. Browse through any freelancing site, Facebook group and even job listing sites like LinkedIn, and you’ll find hundreds, if not thousands, of freelance gigs across various industries. The issue…

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    seo

    The Absolute Beginner’s Guide to SEO

    SEO. You’ve probably heard it thrown around quite often. It’s actually a bit of a buzzword for ranking content these days. Everyone talks about it. From bloggers to self-titled “SEO gurus,” if you’re into content creation, you know that SEO and SEO tools are the way to go. And there’s no doubt about it. The right SEO practices guarantee that your website will be ranked on Google and other search engines. But how do you do that? How do you optimize your blog posts and web pages for search engines? What is SEO? SEO is like magic. The very first thing to do is to understand what SEO truly is.…

  • two scissors placed next to each other
    writing

    Writing 101: Copywriting vs Content Writing

    Have you wondered what the difference between copywriting and content writing is? Of course, both consist of the word “writing” in them. Sure, you have to form sentences and follow grammar rules to create a piece of written content. However, that’s the only similarity between these two phrases. Copywriting vs content writing is an interesting notion in digital marketing. You’ve probably seen hundreds of articles with these words, taking about the “writing process“. The truth is, if you’re interested in digital marketing or any kind of marketing really, you must understand the difference between these two mediums. So, copywriting vs content writing- what is it? To understand the differences between…

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    writing

    Writing 101: Everything You Need to Know to Get Started

    I’ve been writing since I was four years old. Or younger, I don’t remember exactly. But what I do remember is that even in my earliest memories, there would always be a purple spiral notebook in my hand. I don’t know what drew me to writing.  It was just something that I did. A popular story I’ve known is that I couldn’t really express myself and writing was my refuge. Unlike other childhood pastimes, like drawing and trying to magic my younger siblings out of existence, this is the only “hobby” that has stuck. Well, writing and reading are the only hobbies that have stuck. Yet, I find myself writing…

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    freelancing

    Managing Your Schedule: Tips for Freelancers Everywhere

    One of the biggest benefits of freelancing is the fact that you get to set your own schedule. You can choose to work the standard 9 to 5 or work only when you have a project. Managing your schedule should be your number one priority. If you don’t do that, you’ll notice several problems arise, including double booking, and this may not only affect your productivity but also create issues with project delivery dates. Therefore, it’s super important that you develop a schedule to ensure that your productivity is on point. I’ve already talked about the importance of a morning routine for freelancers.  So, in this blog post, I’ll give…