If you’ve been around blog ambitions for a while you know that I love, use, and recommend WordPress for blogging. While I know that it isn’t the platform for everyone, I’m bias and think WordPress is the best. I get it though, sometimes blogging on WordPress can be overwhelming and complicated for bloggers. There are a lot of bloggers that would rather focus on their content and audience than worry about some of the hassles that come with owning their own WordPress site (like maintaining and updating WordPress, getting hacked, which plugins to use, horrible customer service, complicated c-panels, etc). If you'd rather not worry about your WordPress site, there's a new option in the market … [Read more...]
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When you're just starting out online, $99-129 can be a big investment for a quality theme. However, you know that looking good online is important. You also know that having a reliable theme will help you focus on your blog instead of worrying about your theme. Today I have the solution for you. Here are 5 free Genesis child themes that work great for bloggers. You only need to purchase the Framework for $59.95 (the child theme doesn't work without the framework). With one of these five free child themes you'll get all the perks of Genesis with out the higher ticket price. Why Genesis? Read this post, and this one, and this one, and this one to see why I love and use Genesis. Obviously, … [Read more...]
Welcome to the first WordPress explained blog post. WordPress is a powerful tool to publish content online. There are so many awesome features, I want to help you understand and utilize all of them. Today we’re talking about categories and tags and how to really use them to your (and your readers) benefit! What is the difference between categories and tags? Once you understand how categories and tags work, you'll better understand the differences between the two and when you should use a category or a tag. Both are used for organizing and structuring your blog. Categories are your blog's main topics What is a category? A category in WordPress acts as a filing system for your blog. Each … [Read more...]
Spam referrals have really started to spike in Google Analytics recently. It may look exciting because a site appears to be sending you a lot of traffic. The truth is though, it's just spam referrals or bots hitting your Google Analytics. A lot of bloggers have emailed me recently asking why they are getting blog traffic from very inappropriate sites. You're not. They just use bots to ping your site and get you to click on their URL and visit their site. It's a dirty trick and I really hope that Google cracks down on their security soon. HINT HINT Google. Personally, the spam referrals were driving me crazy! They were a big chunk of my referral traffic, depending on the spam was … [Read more...]
You've heard that Genesis themes are the best. You've read a few post like mine, "Why I love Genesis". Some of you already own Genesis. But you still might be wondering, "I heard it was the best, but I don’t know why" "I have Genesis, but I don't know if I'm using it to the fullest." "I don't know what makes it better than other themes" For the last post in my WordPress theme series, I asked some of my favorite Genesis gurus to give us the low down on their favorite Genesis features for bloggers like you. Let's see what you can do with Genesis: I love the category, tag, and custom post type archive settings page. You can add a custom headline and introductory text to … [Read more...]
Welcome to the third post in the WordPress theme series. If you're just joining us, you can catch up by reading why your theme needs to be sexy and smart. Also read everything you need to know about widget areas. If you want a sexy and smart theme for your lifestyle, food, craft, DIY, decor, or fashion blog check out these themes. This list is exclusive to Genesis Child themes. All require the Genesis Framework. I do receive a kickback, at no extra cost to you, if you purchase through some of the links below. I only recommend Genesis themes because I truly believe they are the sexiest/smartest theme out there. Some of them can be purchased as a bundle (Framework + Child Theme) at … [Read more...]
Widget areas really do put the "Wow" factor in WordPress, especially when you're using a Genesis theme (and many other premium WordPress themes). Together, they take your blog from a basic content/sidebar design to a dynamic blog design. In yesterday's post I talked to you about why you need to have a theme that is Sexy and Smart. Widget areas help you achieve that sexy design without doing any coding (unless you want to). Pin it for later! All links in this post to StudioPress.com are my referral links. Thanks for supporting blogambitions.com by purchasing through these links. What is a WordPress Widget? Widget areas are structures within your theme that allow you to easily add … [Read more...]
Let's be honest. Both are desirable characteristics. This is a picture of me trying to be a sexy nerd for Halloween the month I met my husband. It clearly worked to lure him in ;) and I'm positive that having a sexy and smart theme will work for your blog too. This week I am doing a whole series on WordPress themes. Kicking it off today by making sure your theme is not only fabulous looking but also properly coded. I'm even giving you the chance to win a sexy/smart theme. You'll have to read down to the bottom of the post to find out more about the giveaway. Here's the agenda for the WordPress theme series: Is Your WordPress Theme Sexy and Smart? The importance of a quality … [Read more...]