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The Top Ten Blog Posts of 2011

What a year for 2011! Here on the Elance blog, we want to help you become the best contractor or client as possible by providing relevant tips for your success and sharing examples of how others have had great results. Now it’s time to take a look back and see which stories that you, the Elance community, found to be the most compelling.

Without further ado, onto the most popular blog posts of 2011:

8 Tips To Win More Jobs on Elance
We’ve shared articles on how to build better business relationships online and how to make every proposal count, but the most popular article of the year was our how-to for winning more work. So before you go off submitting another proposal, make sure to read these 8 tips on how to win more jobs.

More Graphic Design Trends For 2011

Whether you’re a Photoshop guru or an Illustrator newbie, we compiled the trends to look at in 2011. Were we accurate in our predictions? As a designer working on Elance, looking for new ways to lock in potential jobs is important, and analyzing current trends is one way to anticipate what your customers are going to want.

Your Tips for Entrepreneurs and "The 4-Hour Workweek"
With the spirit of entrepreneurship important as ever in today's economy, we asked you—the Elance community—the following question: What is the best tip you can give to someone starting their own business? Here are your great tips!

Turbine: The Company Built With Elance
In a two-part Q&A, we spoke with Matthew Stibbe, Founder of online office management software Turbine, about a number of things: his journey starting Turbine and entrepreneurial past, the reach of his Elance usage, how he sees Elance playing a role in the future of startups, and his top tips for managing online workers.

WordPress 101: What It Is and Why You Need It
WordPress is consistently a Top 5 skill on Elance but do you really know what it is and why it's in such high demand? In this guest article, Jon Mills shares a two-part introduction on the basics of WordPress—everything from hosting, installation, to themes and plugins.

Build A Virtual Office With Regus and Elance
To help companies and workers take advantage of this new way to work, Elance and Regus have partnered together to give Elance users a great promotion. Simply visit the Elance offers page here, and you’ll receive a FREE six (6) months of Regus businessworld Gold Membership ($300 value). Check out the article for all the details!

10 Online Resources for Graphic and Web Designers

We put together a list of ten exciting resources for all of our creatives worldwide—so whether you’re looking for some Photoshop tips and tutorials, fresh new fonts or themes, or simply a jolt of inspiration, you’re bound to find what you’re looking for on one of these sites.

Use the Pyramid Approach to Build Web Traffic
How do you drive traffic to your website? Of course one way is to turn to a search engine optimization specialist on Elance, but did you know that there are simple steps that you can take right now on your own? Our guest writer Mike Mindel discusses his easy-to-follow "pyramid approach" to getting more web traffic to your site.

10 Key Online Hires For Your Startup

Today, there is a new way to build a business—you can launch a startup without renting an office and without hiring employees. Now you can build a virtual team. Whether it is IT, marketing or creative services you need, top talent is ready to work for you only when you need them. Here are 10 essential jobs you can outsource online from the start.

SEO Strategies for Entrepreneurs

If you run your own company, you probably know that strategic search engine optimization can make all the difference between a flourishing and failed business. Our guest contributor Andrew Masanto gives us some insights into the significance of SEO for companies and why it should be a top priority.

What were your favorite articles of 2011? What do you want to see in 2012? Leave us a comment on our Facebook page here. Dying to share your tips and experiences with your fellow Elancers as a guest contributor? Contact us at editor@elance.com with your article ideas!


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