Start Blogging! How to Post with WordPress

Your First Post

We’re going to make it easy for you to make your first WordPress post. We’ll do this by walking you through the exact steps you need to get some text up on your blog. We’re assuming that someone has already installed and configured a WordPress blog for you.  You will also need to know your username and password specific to your WordPress account.

Step 1: Login

Suppose your website is located at www.lovetoblog.com (wish i had grabbed that domain name). To log in to your WordPress account, you would go to a browser and enter the following address (url).

www.lovetoblog.com/wp-admin Continue reading

To Blog or Not To Blog: 8 Reasons Why There’s Really No Question

Have you wanted to have a blog, but you didn’t want to deal with the expense and hassle of working with a web designer? You may be surprised to discover how cheaply and how easily you can set up a blog yourself, and how big the audience for blogs is becoming. Here are 8 points that may convince you it’s time to start blogging. Continue reading

How to Put Multiple Blogs on HostGator

Why More Than One Blog?

Suppose you are in an MLM that produces nutrition related products. You’ll probably want to market the business opportunity and the health benefits with separate blogs. Otherwise, your marketing message will be confusing. Here’s how to set up your HostGator account for multiple blogs or multiple websites.

If you are following Steve Anderson’s WordPress training videos on Renegade Professional, you’ll want to perform the steps we outline below before you install WordPress. His training videos are excellent, but to keep things simple he doesn’t talk about multiple blogs.

Adding a Domain on HostGator

What we’re going to cover is how to set up separate subdirectories for each additional blog or website you’d like to have. We’ll also associate the domain names with the subdirerctories. Continue reading

Sidebars That Increase Readership

Have you ever seen a blog with a distracting or even annoying sidebar? How about those sidebars containing long lists of tags in curiously big fonts? Or perhaps you’ve seen animated sidebar dancers with hoola-hoops selling mortgages? Puhleez. We’ve all learned how to ignore that jumpiness on the side.  But if your readers ignore it, your sidebar is a missed opportunity.

Generally, blog designers don’t pay enough attention to what’s in the sidebars. And guess what? It matters. Well chosen sidebar content can increase readership, increase stickiness and increase responses to promotionals.

These points are addressed in depth in a recent article by Clayton Makepeace. The article discusses the do’s and don’t’s of sidebars. Though the context of the discussion is the magalog, the points apply equally well to blogs and websites.   Incidently, according to Wikipedia, ‘A magalog is a promotional copy of a magazine, usually in a 12-page catalog format.’ Magalog = magazine + catalog.

To summarize briefly, there are two kinds of readers: casual scanners, and straight-through readers. The readers will read through most of the article from beginning to end. However, the casual scanners will flip through the article, sometimes in no particular order, looking for something that catches their attention. The scanners are more likely to find something that interests them if the sidebar guides them to it.  In other words, “great sidebars turn scanners into readers.”

For 21 smart kinds of sidebar content, you’ll have to read the article, which is here. You’ll be amazed at the number of good ideas you’ll get for your sidebars.

By the way, you can see a beautiful example of a well designed sidebar on Clayton’s website, www.makepeacetotalpackage.com.