Branding, Your WordPress Blog’s Name and Address

domain word cloudYour blog/website URL (web address), the site title, and a brief effective tagline operate as branding tools. Unique names and URLs for blogs and websites are highly valued for establishing individual brand identity and are specifically aimed at standing out from the crowd. Continue reading

Relevant Anchor Text Matters

linkAnchor text is the visible, clickable text in a hyperlink. Properly selected anchor text tells search engines and visitors what the page is about before they land on it. The keywords contained in anchor text helps determine search engine ranking. When used wisely relevant anchor text boosts a site’s rankings in search engines.
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Providing Additional Content for Blog Readers

fishing tackle bait signWhen you blog to inform publishing how-to posts and tutorials, and curating content with added high value commentary are part of your blogging strategy. But not all bloggers blog to inform and bloggers in all niches are now doing much more to attract, engage and hold an audience. Continue reading

Better Blogging by the Numbers

Want to find blogging tips, tools and tutorials in this blog fast? This index of links  to blogging tips articles in list post format that itemize ways to build a better blog, become a better blogger and promote effectively may help you find what you need quickly. Continue reading

12 Time Management Tips for Top Blogging Performance

blogging tipsScheduling enough time for creating original content, promoting it, answering comments, reading and leaving comments on other blogs is not an easy feat. Few bloggers I know are able to blog full time. They have active offline lives to live so they want to make the best possible use of  the time they spend online.

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Create a Featured Posts Page with the Display Posts Shortcode

rsz_1featuredpostsbannerList posts are ubiquitous and due to their numbers (no pun intended) they often get a bad rap. I have been disappointed to note that readers are not locating my list posts and I want to feature them on a static page in index form that will auto-update as I publish more. This post explains how I did that on my Featured Posts page by using the display posts shortcode. Continue reading

Create List Posts with the Display Posts Shortcode

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In Use the Display Posts Shortcode to Effectively Feature Content I introduced two ideas.  The first idea was using the display posts shortcode on static pages to create index pages. The second idea was creating list posts as another way of featuring older content especially pillar posts AKA evergreen content.

In this post I’m sharing some examples of my experimentation with the using different variations of the display post shortcode and the results the shortcodes produced.  Continue reading

Use the Display Posts Shortcode to Effectively Feature Content

Bloggers reveal their expertise around specific topics by publishing original content articles that offer clear value to readers. However, as blog posts are displayed in reverse chronological order when new articles are published the earlier ones migrate off front page of the blog and that means drawing attention to them is a challenge. Continue reading

8 Hot WordPress.com Widget Tips

All WordPress.com themes are widget-activated. This is the main link to all the available widgets that WordPress.com provides – Widgets & Sidebars.  Clicking links on that page for individual widgets will get you to specific descriptions and instructions for each one. Continue reading

Keeping your blogging cool

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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

Mark Armstrong Illustration | Because Nothing Succeeds Like Humor And Good Illustration

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.

Weekend Blogging Reads and Resources

peopleHow 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

WordPress.com tutorial site gets an update!

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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.)

10 Guidelines for Writing Engaging Posts

10 stepsEveryone seems to be blogging these days and getting attention, let alone, building a readership is becoming more and more challenging. 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

Custom Menus: Featuring Older Content

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?

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Top 7 Sure Article Types One May Benefit From

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 Your Blog from WordPress.Com to WordPress.Org: Resources and Tips

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

How to Prevent and React to a WordPress Hack Attack

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.

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WordPress Followers, Likes and Stats

Every blogger wants more followers, likes and shares. Attracting readers to your site the first time is only half the battle. Return visitors are important to the success of your blog and that’s why comment baiting and blog centered community building are critical. WordPress.com Staff have made it easy to easy for visitors to follow your blog and to “like” and share your posts. Your followers do not need to be registered with WordPress.com, and there are several different ways that readers can become followers.  But numbers may be be deceiving and you can’t take them with you when you go. Continue reading

WordPress.com: Who Follows Who?

Every blogger wants to attract followers to their blog. Attracting followers requires identifying your target audience, and creating quality content that engages them and encourages them to return to read more. WordPress.com bloggers have always had a strong sense of community and not to be outdone by those other sites that have click and follow buttons WordPress.com Staff have been introducing incremental changes to the former “subscribe” function. The first change occurred when the “subscribe” link on the Admin bar visible to all logged in WordPress.com users changed to “follow”.  Continue reading

Create a WordPress.com Website

peopleBlogs are a powerful way for individuals and businesses to attract viewers and turn them into loyal subscribers and/or paying customers.  There is no one correct way to move visitors around your site but good design means easy navigation. Structuring a reader and search engine friendly site is critical to success. Continue reading