RottenNeighbor featured in Google’s Top 5 Trends

RottenNeighbor climbed into the top 5 Google Hot Trends today and caused a huge surge of traffic on the site. Since its launch, has averaged several hundred thousand hits per day and been featured in over 200 media outlets courtesy of the Associated Press. Read more

RottenNeighbor featured on the AP Newswire

AP Newswire featured RottenNeighbor today as a “website seemingly tailor-made for such suburban woes.” The article covered some of the most popular posts on the site, discussed changing neighborhood trends demonstrated on RottenNeighbor, and touched on the possibility of a reality show based on the site. The story was picked up by more than 200 media outlets including To read more on this story, click here. Read more

Copywriting Q&A: How to Use Blogging to Build Your Copywriting Business

One of the biggest challenges any copywriter will face is finding a steady stream of clients. And while active prospecting can’t be beat, there are also a few other tactics you can use for attracting interest and nurturing potential clients. Read on…
Today’s question is from Heidi P., who asks, “Is there anything I can do to get more attention for my portfolio site? I know it’s important to have one, but I feel like I’m not getting a lot of eyes on it.”
One great way to attract more targeted traffic to your site is to, essentially, become your own content marketer. That is, put together a content plan to attract your ideal clients to your site.
First, you need to have a good idea of who your ideal client is. Are you looking to work with small businesses, solopreneurs, design studios, or large businesses? And are you looking to work with clients, or are you trying to attract full-time job interviews?
Once you know who your client is, you need to start thinking about the kind of content that would be useful for them.
For example, if you’re trying to attract small businesses in need of copywriting and marketing help, you don’t want to write about how to track your copywriting invoices. That would certainly be useful to other copywriters and would attract other copywriters to your site to read it, but it wouldn’t get any clicks from your target audience.
You need to come up with plenty of topics that would be useful for your target audience and that allow you to display your copywriting expertise—without giving people the impression that they can just do the copywriting work themselves.
For example, a post about “How to Write Great Subject Lines for Small Businesses” would probably be very useful for small businesses (and other copywriters, for that matter), but if they think they can write great subject lines on their own, they’re not going to think they need you.
Instead of “how to” posts, consider topics that identify problems or important things that businesses may be overlooking. Things like “5 Reasons Your Email Open Rates Are So Low” or “Why Every Solopreneur Needs an Incredible ‘About Me’ Page” are informative and useful for your target audience, but also let you display your expertise without giving any of your “tricks of the trade” away.
Come up with a list of at least 20 content ideas and then get writing. You want to be posting to your blog consistently—at least once every other week, though once a week is much better—so you’ll want to have a good backlog of posts at the ready.
Now, of course, just because you’re putting these blog posts on your site doesn’t mean anyone is going to find them. Create a business page for yourself, and post the posts on both your business page and your personal profile. Post them on Twitter, and post them on LinkedIn. You may also want to look into posting them on sites like,,, and others. The goal is to get your post out there as much as possible. can also be a great way to get your content out there and discovered. Medium asks that the content be unique, though, so you’ll want to make some changes to your blog posts before you post them up there.
And, at the end of every blog post, be sure to include a call to action. Something as simple as, “Interested in talking about your own copywriting project? Get in touch with me today for a free consultation call” will do just fine.
The more quality posts you create and the more places you put them on the net, the more chances you have of someone finding them, visiting your site, and getting in touch with them.
Your turn! Do you post content to your portfolio site? How often do you post? Let us know in the comments below!


Beautiful Social Media Icons To Use In Your Website

In this age of social media, getting your readers engaged can go a long way in driving traffic to your website. For this reason, you need to consider adding social media icons to your website.
It is very important to have buttons that will allow your readers to share what they are reading from your blog or website. Social icons will give you an idea of what is attractive or appealing to your readers.
Fortunately, these things can be easily downloaded and installed on your website. However, you need to make sure that the buttons you are using on your website come from reputable and safe sources. Here are some websites where you can get the best social media buttons with the highest quality and from clean, malware-free repositories:

Handycons is a set of free, hand drawn social media icon set consisting of 12 icons. The pack contains icons for, Digg, Mixx, DesignBump, StumbleUpon, Reddit, Technorati, Twitter, Developer Zone, Design Float, RSS Feed, & Email.
Long Shadow Icons

This set contains all 30 social icons. It was designed by Maksym Khomenko, a designer from Lviv, Ukraine.
PSD Flat Social Icons

This set contains 16 flat social icons in PSD format. It is based on the new trend of long shadows that pops from the background.
Circle Icons

Each icon in this set comes in both dark and colored versions. It includes the most popular social media buttons used on websites.
Simple Flat Icons

Although they were originally designed for the iPhone 5, these social media buttons can be easily resized and used for other mobile devices or the web. They were designed with full shape layers.
Stamp Social Media Icons

This is a set of 40 icons from Lokas Software. It contains the most popular social media buttons such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and others.
Square Shadow Icons

This is a set of 10 social media icons designed by Hakan Ertan
Wooden Social Media Icons

This icon set consists of 36 social media buttons that you can use for your website. They were designed by Design Bolts.
Cute Social Media Icons

This set contains 40 icons designed by uiconstock.
Volumetric Social Media Icons

This set contains 40 social icons designed by
Classic Social Media Icons

This set has 40 classic social media buttons from Brainleaf.
Flat 3D Social Media Icons

This set carries 32 icons from Lokas Software.
Flower Social Media Icons

This set contains 28 social media buttons from Lunar Templates. It contains some of the most popular social icons used on websites.
Hex Social Media Icons

This set has 32 icons, all created by Lokas Software.
Leaf Social Media Icons

Created by Jerry Low, this set contains most of the commonly used social media buttons.
Nail Polish Social Media Icons

This set contains 40 social icons by uiconstock. It consists of the most commonly used social media buttons.
Download Social Media Icons Now!
As soon as you find the best icons, use them in your website immediately. That way, you can connect your website to social media channels and gain more followers.
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IE6 Must Die?

Yesterday, the folks over at Mashable posted a new blog entry entitled "IE6 Must Die for the Web to Move On." Since then, the post has been retweeted over 3200 times, received over 2700 diggs and quickly moved up the list on Twitter's Trending Topics. The article seems to have "poked the bear" because it seems almost everyone on Twitter wants IE6 to die. Twitter users have even started adding an "IE6 must die" ribbon to their avatars to express support.Read more

Rotten Neighbor listed on Top 10 Trends

Traffic on the site boomed once again as listed it in their Top 10 Trends of the Internet.

Since Pixeldust launched last October, it has seen over 10 million page views and also been featured on Good Morning America, Yahoo, CNN, MSN and Google.

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Today Show features Rotten Neighbor was featured on the Today Show this morning and traffic on the site soared! Watch the full story here.

Since Pixeldust launched last October, it has seen over 10 million page views and also been featured on Good Morning America, Yahoo, CNN, MSN and Google.

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Rotten Neighbor on front page of and #1 on Google Trends was featured on Top Ten stories on today for the entire day. The site traffic increased to over two million page views and brought Rotten Neighbor all the way to #1 on Google trends . See the full story on CNN here.

Since Pixeldust launched last October, it has seen over 10 million page views and also been featured on Good Morning America, the Today Show, Yahoo, CNN, MSN and Google.

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