Go back to old popular posts and create custom graphics for them. And make them square so you can share on Instagram. It’ll revive an old post, and introduce new readers to some of your work they might have missed.
Are 5 or more of them the same or pointing to the same link or page? If so, you’re doing the internet’s version of “Mommy. Mommy. Momma. MOM. MOOOOM! Ma. Mother. Madre.” It’s annoying in real life and it’s annoying on the web. Diversify your content. Don’t spam your timeline with the same link 10 times in a row. No one will click it.
It’s like yelling your phone number in a room. The first time you yell, people will write it down. The 2nd time, the people who missed it the first time will say “oh yea!” If they hear it the 5th time in 2 minutes, they will block it out.
Try to space out link drops of the same content by a couple of hours on Twitter.
Make your site load faster by adding a caching plugin
Every time your Wordpress site is loaded or refreshed, it pings every single thing on that page (all plugins, codes, images etc). If you’d like to make your site load up to twice as fast, add a plugin like W3 Total Cache or WP Super Cache. What they do is take a picture of your site regularly (like once every 15 minutes).
And instead of pinging everything every time someone loads your page, it shows them that picture. Therefore, loading it much faster.
The drawback to this is that changes you make to your site’s sidebars or headers might be delayed in showing up. But if you empty your cache, they’ll show up immediately.
I’ve been blogging for a long time and I’ve written over 700 posts and have about 170 sitting in my drafts folder. That’s a lot of typing and letters. If something was to happen and my site crashed and I lost all of these, I would basically quit writing. I’d just take up the craft of rocking back and forth on my living room floor in a catatonic space for the rest of my life.
How I guarantee that it won’t happen is by making sure I backup my blog. And if you blog, you need to do the same. Just like it’s important to back up your computer’s contents, you should have your online writing safeguarded. Because stuff happens.
Here’s an easy step by step on how to back up your website if you use Blogger or Wordpress.
Instagram can SELL your pictures without compensating you. Even beyond the ads within Instagram, your pictures can be sold to companies for their use in whatever commercials and ads they feel like it.
Who should be most concerned here? Everyone, obviously, but the folks who stand out to me are photographers, celebrities and even bloggers.
Photographers make a living off the images they capture. If Instagram starts selling their pictures, they’re losing money by the droves. Instagram is basically making itself the new iStock Photo and those whose careers depend on being compensated for their images will be taken advantage of.
And then celebrities. Their images are worth more than the rest of ours because as public figures, they get compensated for just being them. If a celebrity’s picture is taken while they’re rocking a name brand or are in a certain store, can that brand or store then pay Instagram to use that celeb’s image for their ads? Probably.
For bloggers, I can see this coming to bite us in the yansh too. All those brands who always want to pay us in “exposure” will have a field day here. If we post pictures of us using their products, they might be willing to pay Instagram for them instead of us. We will be saltier than the Pacific.
When you update your blog, upload the featured image on the post to Instagram, and include your blog link in the caption. But also make sure you give the picture some context so people will care about it enough to actually go to your blog.
You need to track the traffic of any site you run so you can know how many people are on it everyday. You cannot use the amount of comments or reblogs you get to gauge how many eyes are seeing your content. It’s not a good way because most people don’t leave comments.
Google Analytics is awesome and free. So go to Google.com/analytics while signed into a Gmail account and grab the code and start tracking your traffic.
If your blog’s background is black (or another dark color) with white text, it doesn’t make people want to stay and read. It creates a visual cave experience and can feel uncomfortable to readers.
Seriously. Reading light text on dark background for an extended period of time isn’t ideal, and when people remove their eyes from your site, it’ll leave them with a visual shadow a for couple of seconds.
White background with dark text is ALWAYS ideal. It might seem too simple but sometimes, simplicity is key.
Instead of using a plugin that automatically tweets old blogposts of yours out, tweet your old posts manually
Anything automated comes off as such and people know it. It probably doesn’t get as many clicks as a tweet you send out yourself would get. Take the one minute out of your day and do that. Will make a world of difference and get you more traffic because it’s more authentic.
Hello! I want to download and use the "Page Links To" WP plugin, but I'm having all sorts of trouble getting started. The downloading and uploading to WP I'm just lost. I just want to get a tab that will lead to recipes, another for fit-tips etc, if you can tell me another way than the plugin let me know! Thank you!
You don’t need a plugin for that. You can use Wordpress’ native menus feature to create a navigation bar that’s organized the way you need it to be. In your dashboard, under Appearance, go to Menus. That’s where you add the pages/categories you want to appear on the nav bar.
Don’t use a plugin for that. You’ll slow your site down.
If you use the username "admin" to log into your Wordpress dashboard, change it RIGHT NOW.
It’s the default username and hackers know this. It makes it that much easier for them to access your site by brute force if they don’t have to guess this. It’s a huge security hole so close it by changing it to anything else.
For example, I have a plugin that tracks login attempts on my site. In the past THREE days, there’ve been 1,600 attempts to log into my site using the “admin” username. All have failed, of course. Yes, 1,600 wasn’t a typo. It’s not a game.
Hi Luvvie! Quick question. I'm currently unemployed and recently started blogging (Lifestyle) again. I'm in the process of making business cards. I wanted to put a QR code on the back linking my LinkedIn account in hopes of gaining more job opportunities. Good idea or no? Thanks!
I think it’s a really good idea. Make sure your LinkedIn page is updated though, and try to get recommendations from people you’ve worked with in the past. It’ll really help you as your “more people” proof that you’re awesome at what you do.
Just read your short post about inquiring about traffic, thanks for that. An article I submitted for a blog was just featured on their site, is there a tactful way to inquire about traffic in THIS situation?
It depends on what you’re inquiring about traffic for. Is it just to be nosy? Or are you an advertiser who needs the metrics to determine whether you’re what they want for a campaign?
As a guest blogger, you can certainly inquire, on some “Hey. I wanted to know how many people my post reached today.” Asking for their total traffic might feel like you’re being nosey. Make it related to what YOU wrote for them.
How fast or slow your site loads is a factor in how high it ranks in Google
Google takes your site’s load time into consideration when their robots decide what shows up on page 1 of search results. It figures that if visitors have to wait for a longer than usual time to see content, they’ll click off as opposed to wait.
And since it wants to show the most relevant and user-friendly results, sites with higher load times tend to rank lower.
I'm presenting on Blogging for Nonprofits at the Social Media For Nonprofits Chicago Conference
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I’ll be presenting about how nonprofits can develop a blogging content strategy which will help them reach their donors and clearly communicate their message. I’ll be joined by LinkedIn’s McKinzie Kandle, See3’s CEO Michael Hoffman, Community Workshop’s Demetrio Maguigad, and more.
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Sometimes, you might want to ban someone from commenting on your blog if they’re being continuously disrespectful or internet trolls. To do it (if you’re on Wordpress), sign into your dashboard —-> Settings —-> Discussion. Scroll to the portion that says “Blacklist” and paste the commenter’s IP address in there.
SEO is the process of making your website more search engine friendly. SEO is the difference between your site showing up on page 1 of Google or page 10 for whatever you write about. That’s as simple as it can be stated. If you have more specific question about it, ask me.