Category Archives: Blogging

Articles about setting up and running a blog as well to monetize your blogs.

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How To Use Featured Image In WordPress

Writing blogs is not just about what you are writing about.  There is some planning involved in-order to make your blog not just informative but pleasing to your reader. When organizing your posts, I’m sure you are thinking about items like:

  • Content
  • Audience
  • Images
  • Advertising
  • Related Topics
  • Etc

metaBut one item to think about is the Featured Image.  If you don’t spend some time thinking about this, your blog may not look as sleek or clean as it could be.  Usually the theme that you are using has already set how it displays the featured image however you may have to take it a set further.

Hopefully you use a program like Photoshop or Fireworks or another image-type software.  Make a template that fits what you are looking to do.  For example, if a box for your featured image works, set up a .psd file and do the following steps:

  1. Set the canvas to dimensions of 250px x 250px (or whatever size your prefer).
  2. Copy and paste the image that you would like to use for the featured image.
  3. Create a rectangle over the image and make the color a color that goes with your theme.
  4. Change the fill of that rectangle to 80%.
  5.  Add some text above the rectangle using a font that goes with your theme.
    1. Be creative here, think of this space as like a short headline to attract readers to your article.
  6. Save the image to your gallery in WordPress.
  7. Edit your post and use the new image as your featured image.
  8. Redo steps 2-7 for all your articles.
  9. Save the .psd for future use on your future articles.
  10. DONE !!

Now your home page to your WordPress blog will have featured images that are all uniform, making it cleaner and visually nicer.

If you have any questions regarding how to do this, please comment below.  If you have your own tips on how you use featured images, I would love to hear them.

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Create A WordPress Gallery

Overview

If a picture is worth a thousand words, would 10 pictures be worth ten-thousand words? Creating a WordPress gallery is very simple to do.   But before you start your first gallery, you need to upload images to your Media Library.

Step 1 – Place Your Cursor To Where You Want The Gallery In Your Post

You can put a gallery anywhere you would like on a post or a page.  Put your cursor at the area in the post/page that you would like the gallery.  Best if you have the cursor on a new line so that the gallery is not next to a block of text.

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Step 2 – Click the “Add Media”

After you placed the cursor at the spot that you want the gallery, click the “Add Media” button just above the tool bar for the post/page.

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Step 3 – Add/Select Images For Your Gallery

At this point you can upload images to your gallery or you can select existing images.  TIP:  You can add images and upload images to your gallery at the same time by switching back and forth between the Upload Files and Media Library tabs.

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Step 4 – Create Gallery

When you are done selecting or uploading the images, click “Create Gallery” from the left menu bar.  Then clicking the blue “Create a new gallery” button in the lower right-hand corner of the screen.

 

Step 5 – Edit Your Creation

Now you can edit the images that you selected.  You can RE-ARRANGE, REVERSE, ADD DESCRIPTIONS or REMOVE/ADD images.  If you are using the Jet Pack plugin, you can change how the gallery is displayed.  When you are done, simply click the blue “Insert gallery” button in the lower right-hand corner of the screen.

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Step 6 – View/Save/Continue

After the gallery is inserted, you can continue writing, publish, save or edit the gallery.  To edit the gallery, just click your mouse anywhere over the gallery in edit mode and the two boxes will appear in the upper left-hand corner of the screen.

The pencil shape will bring you back into the gallery edit whereas the “x” will delete the gallery from your post/page.

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Your gallery is complete.

Happy Writing,

Jim

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The Do’s and Do Not’s of Blogging

Below are a list of Do’s and Dont’s in the blogging world.  It’s only guide of things to do and not do while you are expanding your blog.

43 Do’s of Blogging

  1. Do create a blog that is meaningful to you
  2. Do set yourself some goals and objectives for your blog
  3. Do ‘write’ something every day (note that I didn’t say ‘publish’)
  4. Do as much as you can to get in your readers shoes and understand who they are
  5. Do use surveys and polls to help you understand your reader
  6. Do create content that meets your readers’ needs, answers their questions, and solves their problems
  7. Do write in an engaging voice
  8. Do start an email newsletter
  9. Do pay attention to the design of your blog – first impressions count!
  10. Do communicate clearly what your blog is about into your design
  11. Do spend time ‘off’ your blog engaging in the places where your potential readers gather
  12. Do go to the effort of registering your own domain
  13. Do create visual content
  14. Do model the kind of community that you want your blog to have
  15. Do install analytics and track the results of what you do
  16. Do find some blogging buddies who you can bounce ideas off and have mutual support with
  17. Do make sure you have ‘real life’ friends too – they’ll ground you
  18. Do become hyper-aware of problems (yours and other people’s), and obsessed with solving them
  19. Do create something to sell from your blog
  20. Do think beyond what you’ll write today – develop an editorial calendar
  21. Do set aside time to learn the skills you lack
  22. Do set aside time to brainstorm topics to write about
  23. Do read other people’s blogs – you’ll learn a lot from them
  24. Do share your opinion – it is what often differentiates you
  25. Do share stories – your own and other people’s
  26. Do back up your blog!
  27. Do blog with passion
  28. Do look for ‘win/win/win’ relationships with brands where you, the brand and your reader benefit
  29. Do show your personality – be yourself
  30. Do pay attention to what is energising you and do more of it
  31. Do pay attention to what is energising your readers and do more of it
  32. Do spend time refining and perfecting post headlines
  33. Do think about what ‘action’ you’re calling readers to take in your content
  34. Do make peace with the fact that there will always be more that you can do
  35. Do learn how to prioritise and focus upon activities that take you closer to your goals
  36. Do pay attention to your archives – update and promote them regularly
  37. Do push through bloggers block
  38. Do spend time analysing what types of content are being ‘shared’ in your niche – publish this kind of content semi-regularly
  39. Do use social proof
  40. Do take breaks from blogging – weekends and vacations are important!
  41. Do ask your readers a lot of questions and listen to what they say
  42. Do treat your blog as a business today… if you want it to be one tomorrow
  43. Do create content that Informs, Inspires and Interacts

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Launch A Self-Hosted Blog Using WordPress In 15 Minutes

There are a few free platforms out there for the novice blogger to use, but for the serious writer/blogger, utilizing a self-hosted blog is the way to go. It is affordable and easy to do. Some think that setting up a self-hosted WordPress blog is difficult. Nothing could be further from the truth. After this short article, you will be on your way to publishing your first blog.

 

NO TECHNICAL EXPERIENCE NECESSARY

Just follow these simple steps:

Pre-steps:

Gather some necessary information:

  • a domain name (ie: www.myblogsite.com) info on creating a domain name
  • an idea for your blog
  • payment method

OK, now that we have that ready, it’s time to get started…Wordpress Logo Continue reading