Comments are very powerful and can be benefit your blog. Regardless of your niche or your intent when publishing a post sometimes discussions can give rise to unexpected controversy and it’s important to keep a safe environment for discussion on your blog. Knowing how to deal effectively with spammers, annoying subscribers, negative comments and trolls comes with the territory of becoming a better blogger. Continue reading
A hyperlink (or link) is a word, group of words, or image that you can click on to navigate to another web page. The HTML <a> tag defines a hyperlink. The most important attribute of the <a> element is the href attribute, which indicates the link’s destination. Continue reading
There are free ways to make graphic badges and banners for promoting your website, business or event. If you are planning to create an award badge, a website badge or an event badge you can make your own and get the code for your friends so they can display it on their blogs too. Continue reading
This is a mini Photoshop tutorial that contains a larger lesson: when you paint yourself into a corner, you can sometimes paint your way out of it. That’s good to know if you’re an illustrator who sometimes makes poor color choices. via Mark Armstrong Illustration | Because Nothing Succeeds Like Humor And Good Illustration.
How to Create Consistently Great Content for the Long Haul – Developing better creative habits is one of the most valuable things you can do as a content creator. Legendary Choreographer Twyla Tharp’s practical book The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life, is a ground-breaking guide to becoming a calmer, better balanced, more productive creative professional. Continue reading
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WordPress.com tutorial site gets an update! The New WordPress.com tutorial site provides an update of the 2010 step by step tutorial for new WordPress.com bloggers. It also includes stand-alone sections get you up to speed even faster. It’s sure to be a helpful aid for those who are entering our community, so be sure to bookmark it and pass it on to your new WordPress.com blogger friends. (Psssttt! there’s also a link to it on the bottom of your Admin page.)
Everyone seems to be blogging these days and getting attention, let alone, building a readership is becoming more and more challenging. During 2012 I received several requests for a how to post on writing an engaging blog post. My long answer to the question is found in Writing a Blog Post. My short answer is: write for your readers. Know who your audience is and what they want to know, then give them what they want. Continue reading
Making content available to a growing community of readers is of paramount importance to bloggers. That’s why every blog should have a structure and navigation that’s intuitive and easy for readers to use. Though we aim to provide value in all our posts not all posts can be displayed on the front page of a blog. And the more we publish the deeper our valuable content recedes into the blog where readers may not find it. What to do?
Those who are in blogging for years know that readers often get tired of one and the same content type. Even if you write brilliant articles, this doesn’t provide all-time success and recognition. Audience loves experiment, first of all experiments in article format. How many post types can you actually enumerate? Product reviews, tips, how-to’s, lists… is that all you know? Then this article is definitely for you! Have a look at proven article types which really work to engage blog audience and diversify content. Continue reading
Moving my blog from WordPress.com to a self-hosted site using WordPress.org software was far easier than I ever imagined. The process is not nearly as terrifying, complex, or time consuming as some would lead you to believe if you are prepared. Continue reading
While no email account or blog can every be 100% secure it makes sense to prevent what you can by preparing for the worst. How secure is your WordPress blog? Staff has measures in place to protect password guessing or “brute force” attacks but what are your habits? It’s critical recognize that most hack attacks succeed only because the blogger in question did not prioritize security.
UPDATE: To add another layer of home security WordPress has implemented two step authentication a second step to the log-in process that no one but you can access.