digital tools

3 Tools Digital Media Companies Use to Create Compelling Content and Maximize Web Traffic

June 10, 2016

At the digital media company where I work, we’ve dubbed this “the year of science.” We’ve long relied on intuition and experience to create content that will engage readers and drive clicks to The Penny Hoarder. And while that has worked well, growing the site to 20 million readers a month, this year we’re putting […]

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A Trick for Keeping Your Email Inbox Empty

April 29, 2013

Quick course update: Become a Twitter Power User begins again May 13. Join us if you want to learn how to use this social network to make life-changing connections! And now for today’s tip… Too many of us suffer from email overload. Because the flooding of my inbox significantly affects my work flow — and […]

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The Art of Unsubcribing

December 14, 2011

Does anyone else wake up in the morning to a flood of emails? They’re not spam exactly; Gmail isolates those for me. But many of my early-morning emails are unwanted, “updates” from groups or social media networks or retailers. For a while, I simply deleted them. I wanted them out of my inbox, so I […]

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Strategies for dealing with forever-overwhelming email

July 6, 2011

Does anyone else constantly feel stressed by an always-overflowing inbox? I can deal with my bedroom looking like a bomb went off, with clothes strewn across the floor. I can deal with dirty dishes and papers cluttering my desk. But if my digital life is not in complete and perfect order, I can’t think straight. […]

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Game-Changing Digital Tool: Scrivener

June 20, 2011

Whenever I discover what I call a game-changer, I tell you about it. Hootsuite was a game-changer for my Twitter strategy. Google Reader was a game-changer for keeping up with the more than 200 blogs I read regularly. Your Life as Story was a game-changer for how to tell my tale of backpacking solo through […]

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6 Digital Tools That Keep Me Sane

June 1, 2011

Because I have my hands in so many buckets, a few of you have asked how I manage it all. The truth is, I’m trying to cut back, working to choose priorities and stick with them. I also make conscious lifestyle choices, like living mostly TV-free; that goes a long way. But like all of […]

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Your opinion counts: Kindle or Nook?

April 5, 2011

After lugging around a 700-page hard cover book for the last month, I’m starting to come around to the idea of buying an e-reader. Plus, if this is the future of publishing, and I’m working to become an author, I should understand how readers will experience my books, right? Which means I’m facing the same […]

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What to do when an idea strikes and you can’t write?

September 16, 2010

While I was running this week, I came up with an awesome idea for an ebook. I typed furiously as soon as I got home, trying to get the idea in all of its pieces onto my computer before it escaped from my brain. Now I’m eager to work on this project, to flesh it […]

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