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How to Boost SEO with Long-Tail Keywords in Blog Posts

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How to Boost SEO with Long-Tail Keywords in Blog Posts

Using long-tail keywords in your business’s blog posts is an effective way of boosting search...

Word Choice: Build vs. Billed

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Word Choice: Build vs. Billed

It’s easy to mix up words that sound alike, such as ‘build’ and ‘billed’. To...

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A Quick Guide to Shortened Footnotes in Chicago Referencing

In Chicago footnote referencing, you may be able to shorten citations to prevent repetition in...

5 Fictional Swear Words and Why They Work

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5 Fictional Swear Words and Why They Work

There are times you might need to invent a curse word in creative writing. You...

How to Cite a Patent in Harvard Referencing

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How to Cite a Patent in Harvard Referencing

In academic writing, especially in engineering topics, you may need to reference a patent. This...

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5 Tips to Enhance Your Close Reading Skills

Close reading is an important part of studying literature. Typically, this means reading a short...

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Spelling Tips: Cannot, Can Not or Can’t?

Is the proper way to write ‘can’t’ in full ‘cannot’ (one word) or ‘can not’...

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Word Choice: Heard vs. Herd

The words ‘heard’ and ‘herd’ sound identical and look similar written down. But these words...

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How to Revise and Resubmit a Journal Article

When you submit an article to an academic journal, there are several possible responses. One...

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5 English Words with Origins in African Languages

February is Black History Month in the USA and Canada. To celebrate, we’ve taken a...

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How to Cite a Blog Post in Chicago Author–Date Referencing

Blogs can be great sources, offering simple introductions to complex topics or exploring obscure ideas...

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5 Books by US Presidents for Presidents’ Day

Celebrated in the USA every year on the third Monday in February, Presidents’ Day honours...

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5 Tips on How to Write a Love Poem

With Valentine’s Day upon us, what better way to declare your love than with a...

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Word Choice: Aisle vs. Isle

‘Aisle’ and ‘isle’ sound almost identical. But these words differ completely in meaning (and one...

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Chinese New Year: English Words with Chinese Origins

For Chinese New Year 2021 (the Year of the Ox, no less), we thought we’d...

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How to Cite a Blog Post in Chicago Footnote Referencing

Blogs can be a great source of information when researching an essay. But how do...

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Using Articles (A, An, The) Before Acronyms and Initialisms

Acronyms (e.g. NASA, UNESCO) and initialisms (e.g. FBI, BBC) are common in writing. But when...

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