Choosing a theme for your blog is kind of a big deal. Like we mentioned in our post, How to install a theme in WordPress, the way your blog looks is the first impression readers have. Some of you will see a theme and instantly know that it’s the one for your blog. Love at first sight. For others though, you’ll look and compare and look again. There are a lot of themes to choose from, so I totally understand your dilemma. If you get to know me, you’ll quickly find out that I am horrible at making decisions. As is Devin. I remember when we registered for our wedding, we sat in front of towel section for what seemed like forever trying to decide on what color of towels we should get. I knew … [Read more...]
If you build it, they will come. (Okay, you'll also have to share it, like it, pin it, tweet it… and then they’ll come, but you gotta BUILD it first).
Showcase your content with a good-looking, high converting site. Check out these tutorial to help you build the blog of your dreams.
Whenever I hear the word spam I think of the food spam. Devin actually likes canned Spam. I am going to be honest and say that I have never tried it, nor have I even seen it in person. I just know that most people I know think it is disgusting. I’m sure that as Devin is reading this, he has decided to fix this and we will be having Spam for dinner tonight. I’ll let you know what I think. I already know what I think about comment spam. It is bad. And, tasting it isn't going to change my mind. What is comment spam? Spammers use blogs to try and cheat the search engine system. Links with keywords improve a website’s search rank and so spammers attack blogs by leaving links to their … [Read more...]
We all know that there is more to a book than the cover. Now that you’ve got your cover set up, you need some intriguing pages. Today we are going to talk about different types of pages your WordPress blog can have and how to create each type of page. Blog The blog page is also referred to as as a blog roll, news feed, blog feed, and posts. This page displays your blog posts in reverse chronological order, by default. We have a separate tutorial for writing a blog post. By default, the blog roll is the home page. You can change this by going to your WordPress dashboard – Settings – Reading. Static Pages Static pages are usually timeless content that provide useful information to your … [Read more...]
This post is going to discuss how to write, format, and optimize a blog post. The tutorial is directly for WordPress users, but can be applied to any blogging platform. Here's the break down (the first two are for WordPress newbies, so if you're already familiar with WordPress skip to number three). How to add a new WordPress post Adjusting screen options Write a first-rate title Have captivating content What to do before you publish your blog Publishing your blog post Add a new WordPress post Once you are logged in to your WordPress dashboard, navigate to Posts – Add New. This brings you to the screen commonly known as the post editor or edit post screen. Before writing … [Read more...]
Today is an exciting day. If you’ve been following along with our 19 steps to start a blog the right way, you are almost done! Today we are going to teach how to create an XML Sitemap in preparation for submitting your websites to search engines. What is an XML Sitemap? An XML Sitemap is a page on your blog that lists every page on your website. Having this sitemap makes it easier for Google and other search engines to crawl (find) pages on your blog. You could create your own sitemap following Google’s instructions, or use an online, sitemap generator. I have found that it is easier to use a plug-in. As bloggers, we add pages (posts) on a very regular basis and trying to keep a sitemap … [Read more...]