It may seem impossible to take a vacation when you run your own blog, but you can. Even bloggers need vacations. It just takes a bit of prep work. Here are my suggestions for how to keep your blog running while you are on vacation. Write enough posts and schedule them Pretty obvious. Write enough posts before you go to equal the same amount of posts you would do if you were at home. Then, schedule them to be posted while you are gone. How to set up scheduled post in WordPress I actually use this feature for every blog post I write. I like my posts to go live early, but I don’t like to wake up early. First, write your post and get it 100% ready to go, but don’t publish your post. Under … [Read more...]
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This tutorial is going to show you how to set up an email address for your blog using your own domain name and then how to sync that email address with *Microsoft Outlook 2013. (Aviable in Microsoft Office 2013.) There are many benefits for having an email address at your domain. 2 of the reasons I decided to stop using my Gmail email address for my blog and use an email at my domain are: To help with my blog brand. I want people to easily recognize me and my blog. Sending my readers emails from me at my blog helps achieve this goal. To increase my Google Authorship. Google provides you with an alternative way of verifying authorship if you don't have an email address at your domain, … [Read more...]
My baby brother graduates from High School today. I can’t believe it. He’s always been my little buddy and now he’s graduating and heading out into the real world. I’m proud of him though. He’s been a great student (4.0) and will graduate in the top 5% of his class. One of his High School achievements was a blog he started. He organized a Newspaper Club for his school and instead of setting up a printed newspaper, they started a self-hosted WordPress blog: The Titan Tribune. Stephen has always had a knack for writing and I can see more blogs in his future. :) Or maybe I'll hire him to help me around this blog. (Do you love his graduation announcement? I do. I might be biased, … [Read more...]
Are your Google Analytics numbers skewed? Are you tracking yourself, making it hard to see “the real” activity on your blog? This problem is especially frustrating when you have a new blog and your own page visits have a big impact on the overall statistics. Well, look no further because the solution is in this post! We will step through how to find your IP address and filter it from your Google Analytics results. If you haven't done so yet, install Google Analytics on your blog before following this tutorial. Find your IP address. First you need to find your public IP address. To do this simply navigate to Google.com or Bing.com (I am sure there are other places you could do this … [Read more...]