Monday, August 20, 2012

Are you looking for a freelance writer?

Alyssa Ast can offer her clients a wide range of skills to promote their websites and online content-- including SEO, SEM and social marketing. Although Alyssa specializes in online content, she is not limited to it and also has experience with print. Contact Alyssa for a free quote today!
Alyssa Ast utilizes her SEO and SEM knowledge to attract traffic to online content. With increased online traffic, income potential and searchability increases in the client's favor. Alyssa has a firm grasp of keyword density to maximize traffic potential. 

A few of the SEO services Alyssa offers are:
  • Article and Website Search Engine Optimization
  • Article and Website Search Engine Marketing
  • Improving and Updating Keywords/phrases
  • Keyword Density
Writing Services 
Alyssa has experience with numerous forms of web content including: blogging, ghostwriting, copy writing, rewrites, research projects and much more! Alyssa works closely with clients and editors to ensure the assignment guidelines and project details are fully accomplished. She strives to keep customer satisfaction her top priority. 

A few of the writing services Alyssa can offer her clients are:
  • Ghostwriting
  • Copy Writing
  • Blogging
  • Research Projects
  • Newsletters
  • Press Releases
  • SEO/SEM Content
  • Journalism
  • Web Content
  • Print Content
  • Rewrites
  • Reviews
  • Guest Posts
Other Services Offered
  • Social Marketing
  • Proofreading
  • Press packages
  • Press release distribution 

If you're looking for a reliable and experienced freelance writer, contact Alyssa today to discuss your options.

Monday, August 6, 2012

The Benefits of Quality Content for Your Website

Many website owners underestimate the crucial role website content has when it comes to a website's search engine results page ranking, traffic and overall credibility of a website. Whether you're using SEO or organic strategies, your website's content is key to your site's very success and purpose. Low quality content can cause your website to actually hurt your business's potential.

Why Do I Need Quality Content?
Not only is quality content essential for a high SERP ranking following the release of Google Panda, but it also provides your website and business with a level of credibility. If your website has low quality content, despite the amount of content you have, your website is going to look unprofessional and lack credibility. Your website won't be properly serving its purpose.

Quality content is also need to rank high on a search engine. Even if you're not using SEO to index your website on a search engine, quality content is still needed for the organic approach. This is due to the new Google Panda requirements, which enforce the demand for quality content over the quantity of content a website displays. Plus, no one is going to share a low quality website with others.

There's no way to have a successful website without quality content. It's needed to index your website and to show that your site is creditable and professional.

Do you need help developing your website's content, contact Alyssa to day to discuss freshening up your website!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Why Do I Need a Searchable Website?

The Success of Your Business Depends Your Website

Your business simply can't survive without a quality website that's easily searchable and correctly indexed on a search engine. With a quality website, you'll beat your competition and increase your business's potential success by reaching a global market. Many people feel a website isn't necessary, but this isn't the case. The world is now mobile, and everyone can now be found online, not matter their business niche. With the ease of access to the Internet via mobile devices, people now turn to the Internet numerous times per day to find a business that can help fulfill their needs. Therefore, a searchable website is critical to your business's success.

Benefits of a Searchable Website
The big Yellowpages book that's delivered to your door is now a thing of the past. Who wants to spend forever flipping through a phone book to find a business when you can simply type a few words into the Internet to find what you're looking for. This is where your website becomes critical, especially when running a B2C business. Your customers are turning to the Internet to find the company they are looking for. Your website will provide them with the information they need, plus detailed content about your business and the services/products your business offers.

Many feel that they don't really need a website if they have a B2B business, but this isn't the case either. Investors and other individuals that are vital to your company's success will be searching for companies to fulfill their needs. Again, here's where your website comes into play. Not to mention, Googling a business or person prior to making a business deal is now a common practice. If they can't find any information online, they are likely to turn away to another company. But, if you have a quality and professional website, you'll make a greater impression by providing all of the information needed about your business.

Where your business's website ranks on a search engine is equally as important. A well optimized website will rank higher on a search engine than organic websites. Therefore, you'll beat your competition. Not too mention, many people only view the first results page of a search engine when searching for information. If your website isn't listed on that page, your company won't even be in the running because no one will see it.

With the Internet an everyday tool used, you simply can't afford not to have a great website that's easily searchable.

Need help creating a searchable website? Contact Alyssa today to discuss getting your website to the top to beat your competition!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Creating Website Content that Works!

Is your website's content getting the job done?

Website content serves many purposes and is needed to ensure your website is a valuable tool for, not only your business's success, but for your reader's experience as well. Website content needs to be both engaging and informative, while being easy to navigate and searchable, drawing traffic to your site. If your website's content is lacking in any of these areas, your website's content may not be getting the job done.

Website Content that Works!
To have a website that gets the job done, you must have a website that works. Creating a website that works must contain correctly written and optimized content to draw traffic to your site and keep your readers active.
  • Valuable web content.- Poorly written web content hurts the success of a website. The web content on your site must be valuable and relevant to your website's topic. It must be engaging and informative for your readers, while increasing the function capabilities of your website. Well written web content is the spotlight of your site. It proves you have a creditable website readers can trust, which they will return to and share with others.
  • Searchable website.- Your website must be easily searchable as well. To accomplish this, you must ensure your website's content is correctly optimized with both search engine optimization and search engine marketing. With these two methods combined, your website will beat your competition by ranking as high as possible on a search engine's results page, increasing your website's traffic and success.
Not sure if your website's content is getting the job done? Contact Alyssa today for a free quote to have your website's content developed or rewritten to maximize your site's potential.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Nominate Your Favorite Nurses for the Scrubs & Suits Noteworthy Nurse Award

Scrubs & Suits is pleased to announce the launch of our week-long celebration of National Nurses Week. In addition to featuring some of our own nurse bloggers and focusing on nurses this week in our articles, we’re asking our colleagues to nominate their favorite nurses for the inaugural Scrubs & Suits Noteworthy Nurse Award.

Here at Scrubs & Suits, we know how hard nurses work and how much they do for their patients. We want to honor and thank those nurses who tirelessly support and take care of their patients day after day, year after year. Learn more about the award and how you can nominate your favorite nurse, right here.

Scrubs & Suits Noteworthy Nurse Award FAQ

Q. How many nurses can I nominate?
A. You may nominate as many nurses as you like, provided that you fill out a separate nomination form for each.

Q. Who is eligible to win the award?
A. Every working and retired nurse, from LPNs to BSNs and beyond, is eligible to win. Specifically, we’re looking for nurses who:
  • Show excellence in nursing practices, including meeting each patient’s unique needs to the best of their ability.
  • Demonstrate compassion and concern for individual patients.
  • Serve as a role model for his or her peers, new employees and/or students.
  • Contribute in a positive way to the practice environment.
Q. Why should I nominate my favorite nurse? What can he or she win?
A. All nominated nurses will be thanked and honored in features on the Scrubs & Suits website in the coming weeks, and 13 nominated nurses will win prizes, to include:
  • 1st prize--$100 Visa gift card
  • 2nd prize--$50 Visa gift card
  • 3rd prize--$30 Visa gift Card
  • 10 runners up—Scrubs & Suits swag
Q. When are nominations due?
A. We will accept nominations beginning today, Monday, May 7, until Monday, May 14. 

Q. When will the prize winners be announced?
A. Prize-winners will be announced on Wednesday, May 16.

Q. How do I nominate my favorite nurse(s)?
A. To nominate your favorite nurse(s), please complete the form below. You may nominate as many nurses as you like, provided you fill out an individual form for each.

Q. Can I nominate myself?
A. Absolutely! We're happy to have self-nominated nurses as well as those nominated by family, friends and/or colleagues.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

What can the benefits of SEO do for you?

The benefits of SEO (search engine optimization) can empower websites or online publications in multiple aspects. Including SEO within your online sites and publications can not only increase traffic to your sites, but increase your profit as well. SEO has become a common necessity in the online world in order for companies and websites to grow rapidly. You may be wondering, what exactly can the benefits of SEO do for me? Well, the answer is simple.

Improves Business Success
Whether you use SEO for a business or company website, even for publications, this simple search tool can quickly boost the success of your site. When used correctly, search engine optimization will improve the professional outlook for your site, bringing in more clients, traffic, and even profit.

Increases Traffic
When hiring an experienced SEO specialist, traffic to your site rapidly increases. When the keywords are placed correctly within a site, the site's rank-ability in search engines sky rockets. This increases the likeliness someone will click on your site! This in return means a larger profit. Plus, sites that have a steady flow of traffic are often paid by advertisers just by having a small space on your site. This again means more money. Your marketing and sales projection increases with search engine optimization, as well as the quality of your site.

Why Do I Need SEO Services?
Now that you know about the benefits of search engine optimization, you may be asking yourself, why should I pay for SEO services? If SEO skills are not utilized properly, the success of a site can suffer. Search engines may actually mistake poorly optimized sites as spam, drastically cutting traffic to that site. For this reason, it's vital you hire an experienced SEO professional.

Not only is it important to hire a SEO professional for traffic and profit purposes, but SEO work can take a lot of time and dedication. Hiring a specialist will not only save you time, but increase your profit in the long run. You can't simply use search engine optimization once in your site, it must be updated constantly. The keywords used are always changing and, therefore, must be updated. This can become a frequent and daunting task. Plus, finding the correct keywords for your site can be a tedious task. So save yourself the hassle and hire a SEO specialist to do the job right!

If you are interested in hiring Alyssa Ast to optimize your online sites, contact Alyssa today for a free quote!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Press Release from Author Lepolia West


Lepolia West Announces Book Release, "Officer, Why Don't You Adopt Him?"

Gary, Indiana- January 30, 2012-- Lepolia (Lee) West has released his book, "Officer, why don't you adopt him?" West's book is based off of his adoption success story, which includes his struggle to become the first bachelor in Indiana to adopt an infant. West's mission to adopt was difficult, as he was a bachelor with a dangerous career, and bachelor's weren't considered to be an eligible adoptive parent.

While serving the Chicago Police Department, an abandoned infant was brought into the local hospital, igniting West's passion to become the boy's father. At the time, West didn't want to be a father, but God instilled the passion in West to be the father the boy needed and deserved.

Although many told West it was an impossible battle, he continued on his journey to adopt the infant. However, West's aspiration to be the boy's father became more difficult because another family wanted the boy too. After an unfortunate turn of events, the shooting death of a Chicago Police investigator, West's journey became easier with the help of the public.

The highly publicized case caught the attention of many publications, including the Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal and Ebony Magazine. After a long and passionate battle, Lepolia West was finally able to adopt the boy, becoming the first bachelor in Illinois to adopt.

West's story caught the attention of Chicago actress Ann Jillian. Jillian informed Hollywood producer Joyce Selznick of West’s story in 1981. Selznick and West reached an agreement to develop a feature film or television series to share West's story. However, Selznick unexpectedly passed away before production commenced.

West’s journey inspired him to help others interested in adoption by sharing his story in the true book, "Officer...why don't you adopt him?"

“I believe, that if men and women would choose to address this social issue of abandoned, abuse and neglected kids, many of the wrongs of this world could be made right again," West said.
“Officer, why don’t you adopt him?” is available for purchase at

Lepolia West


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The WM Network is Looking for You!

We are seeking bloggers for The WM Freelance Writer's Connection and a new site set to launch in February, The WM Better Life Connection, which will include every topic related to living a better life.

Here are some details about blogging for The WM Network:

We cannot offer to pay any of our writers at this time. We do, however, offer a few other benefits.

1. Link love--you may link to any and all of your websites and pages from our sites--the one(s) you work on as well as the main WM Network site.

2. A space in our sidebar to do with as you please-- Sell it to an advertiser (and keep the money), use an affiliate marketing system, advertise your own websites or services, etc. (Our other WM writers have found their sidebar spaces fairly lucrative in some cases.) When writing for The WM Network, you have the opportunity to advertise a book you have written in our WMF book store as long as it relates to writing.

3. Publicity and Networking Opportunities--being part of our network not only links you with several other great writers and bloggers, but also places your work and links to other work on a site which promises to have great traffic numbers.

We offer you the opportunity to post your other work on one or both of our WM Network Facebook pages in an admin capacity. Posts are auto-tweeted to our Twitter accounts as well.

Finally, we offer you the opportunity to be a part of a friendly and helpful network of writers. As a group, we've grown significantly since our inception and several of us have seen career growth along the way. Advancement opportunities within The WM Network are possible as well.

Should you be chosen to join the team, we'd need you to post once each week on your specified day, If you're not able to post that day, you can set up the posts in advance for auto-posting.

If there's ever a time that you find yourself unable to post for any reason, we can fill in for you. Just try to let us know in advance whenever possible. We also have a staff group which you would need to join. In this group, we communicate amongst ourselves about the website, projects, concerns, brainstorming, suggestions, questions, etc.

We are asking interested writers to submit an audition post so that we can get an idea of your style and abilities. Your audition post should be between 300 and 600 words and should cover the related topic of your choice. All audition posts may be used as guest posts, and will include a byline with a link back to the site of your choice as well as a short bio. Please specify for which blog(s) your audition post(s) is intended when you submit.

If you're interested, submit a sample post to no later than February 6th, 2012. Let us know if you have questions or concerns. Thank you, and we look forward to hearing back from you.

Angela Atkinson & Alyssa Ast
WM Network Founders

Monday, January 23, 2012

Articles for Sale-- Health and SEM

All articles are written by Alyssa Ast. Articles are search engine optimized and available for full or usage rights.

Pro Anorexia: Compulsive Eating Disorder Movement
Pro-anorexia (Pro-Ana) is a movement that supports the anorexia nervosa disorder as a lifestyle choice. Online support groups offer tips and advice for those with anorexia to promote rapid weight loss. Serious complications, including death, can result from this lifestyle choice.
Word Count: 909
Usage Rights: $25
Full Rights: $50

Risks of Teen Body Piercings and Tattoos
Body piercings and tattoos are the latest rage among teens. Teens feel altering their body image allows them to express their individuality and to be accepted among their peers. However, there are physical and psychological risks involved with underage tattoos and piercings.
Word Count: 644
Usage Rights: $25
Full Rights: $45

Are Children's Vitamins Really Necessary?
Many parents give their child vitamin supplements to ensure their child receives the adequate amount of vitamins they need to grow and develop properly. However, most children don´t need extra vitamins in their diet, and by doing so, the child can be at risk for a vitamin overdose. Certain factors are used to determine whether or not a child needs vitamin supplements.
Word Count: 502
Usage Rights: $20
Full Rights: $40

Natural Remedies for Common Childhood Rashes
Rashes are common occurrences during childhood. Common childhood rashes can often be treated at home using natural remedies. Childhood rashes that may benefit from home remedies include impetigo and eczema.
Word Count: 580
Usage Rights: $25

Bee Pollen Health Benefits
Bee pollen health benefits have been used for hundreds of years among Eastern civilizations. Now more commonly used in the United States, bee pollen is claimed to treat and prevent a variety of conditions. However, this natural supplement must be used with caution because side effects and complications can occur.
Word Count: 344
Usage Rights: $17

A Guide to Careers in Medicine: How to Become a Medical Assistant
Becoming a medical assistant provides a stable career with ample salary potential and only requires a short training period. Medical assistants are in high demand and work in a wide variety of environments.
Word Count: 731
Usage Rights: $27
Unique Rights: $45
Full Rights: $45

Introduction to Search Engine Marketing Professional Organization
Search engine marketing professional organization (SEMPO) refers to the use of the combined methods of search engine optimization (SEO) and search engine marketing (SEM). When these methods are combined, the potential success of a business increases as traffic is driven to websites be relevant sources.
Word Count: 456
Usage Rights: $25
Unique Rights: $30
Full Rights: $45

Monday, January 16, 2012

Marketing for Healthcare Professionals

Marketing yourself or your business is an essential component for any business's success--even for healthcare professionals. Marketing for healthcare professionals will build careers, connections and a business or practice. If you're new to marketing, here's some information to get you started:

Do you need a social media fan page?
Social networking sites are well known for their abilities to connect with people on a platonic level, but now, social networking sites are creating a professional atmosphere. Nowadays, you can't thrive without social media interaction of some type.

The benefits of advertising
You may be wondering if advertising your services or business is an ethical approach in the healthcare industry. Yes, it's perfectly acceptable to use advertisements to establish a successful business or practice when conducted tastefully. There are many benefits of advertising, no matter what your background is in the healthcare field.

Importance of search engine optimization in the medical field
The main goal of a website in the medical field is to provide a trusted site with valuable information to your targeted audience, as well as market yourself or your business/practice as a creditable and professional. However, your goal will fail if your website isn't receiving proper traffic.

Networking tips for healthcare professionals
Networking, whether online or face-to-face, offers numerous benefits, including the possible advancement of your career. Even within the healthcare industry, the saying, "it's not what you know, but who you know" is relevant to a certain extent, especially when seeking a job.

Creating social media goals for 2012
We know it's important to set personal goals each year, but it's also important to set goals for your social media efforts as well. Now that 2012 is underway, it's time you put some thought into what you want to accomplish this year with your social media efforts. By setting goals for yourself in this area, you can develop a plan of action to obtain your goals and move your social media efforts to the next level.

5 easy marketing tips for healthcare professionals
Developing a marketing plan can be stressful and time consuming, but it doesn't have to be. There are five easy marketing tips for healthcare professionals that only require a small budget and a short amount of time. Plus, they are stress-free as well!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Are Your META Descriptions Getting the Job Done?

by Alyssa Ast

META descriptions serve a vital importance, not just for enticing readers to chose your web page over others, but for search engine optimization as well. META descriptions serve many purposes.

To the reader, a META description provides readers with a short summary about the web page they might choose to view. When a phrase is typed into a search engine, it's the bit of information that appears below the anchor link to a website. For site owners, the META is used to entice readers, and it indexes your website on search engines.

It must be correctly optimized for ideal SERP ranking, yet engaging to encourage readers to pick your site over others in order for the META to serve it's ideal purpose.

Are your META descriptions getting the job done? Contact Alyssa today to help you out with beefing up your META descriptions.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Creating Goals for Your Website

by Alyssa Ast

We all know creating goals for yourself is important, but few understand that creating goals for your website is equally as important to further the success of your site. With the start of the new year, it's the perfect time to create goals for your website.

Creating Goals for Your Website
There are many areas you can create goals for your website to help it grow and become successful throughout the year.

  • Future-- Think about the future. Where do you want to see your website by the end of the year? What do you hope to accomplish? Set a path in place to get your website to that point by the end of the year.
  • Traffic-- How's your website's traffic doing? Set a goal for yourself to boost your website's traffic. Evaluate where the site's traffic is at now, and where you would like the monthly traffic to be by the end of they year. Then, create a path to achieve the goal.
  • Website Ranking-- Your website's search engine ranking is constantly changing. If it's not ranking very well right now, set a goal to give your site's ranking a boost, and create a plan to maintain that ranking.
There are many other area's you can create goals too. For example, advertising, selling your site and so much more.

What goals have you set for your website this year?