How to Use WordPress For Standard Websites

WordPress-Setting-Up-tipsBuilding WordPress Websites

Although WordPress was actually built as a blogging platform, it is also a great starting point on which to build a website. The whole functionality is already in place and you can customise the look and feel to quite a large extent. Once you install WordPress it is all there waiting for you and you don’t have to build pages or code HTML (if you don’t want to).

There are a large number of themes available, both free and paid for, in fact thousands of them so that you can pick one that matches with your website theme and you can subsequently customise it further to suit your needs. The theme effectively sits on the WordPress platform and determines what it looks like in terms of design. One example of this is a website I set up about Cranberry Juice – I found a great theme but it referenced strawberries so I just changed it about a bit.

So the point is that WordPress websites are a great way to build a simple (or pretty complex) website. You can just click a button and you already have most of your website waiting for you, you pretty much just have to add your content. You can have as many pages to the site as you wish, you can have a blog type page that you can use for current news and information and you can have users leave comments on the site. Basically you can just build it like a normal website but without having to build it from scratch.

The other useful thing about WordPress websites is that you can get hold of plug-ins to add functionality to the site – so you can get an SEO plugin to have sure that your site is optimised for SEO, you can get a YouTube plugin to show video, and there is pretty much a plugin for anything you can think of. You can optimise your site for earnings by adding Google adsense ads as well as adding Amazon links and products.
Cheap Websites Using WordPress

So, if you are looking to earn some extra money from setting up some websites, then setting up WordPress sites in my mind is one of the quickest ways to do this (and one of the simplest). I currently own approximately 15 WordPress websites – some public information sites and some product optimised, that are currently (along with HubPages) earning me in excess of $150 a month with a target of $500 a month by the end of this year. If you get the right hosting then you can also have a lot of sites for very little in terms of cost.

One way to make more money is to keep your costs as low as possible and the way that I am doing this is to keep all of my WordPress hosting in one place and at one cost – so I can have as much unlimited WordPress hosting as I like for one monthly fee.

I did start off with individual WordPress hosting when I first started out, but at $3.95 a month I realised this could get expensive if I wanted to expand the number of websites I had. So I eventually found unlimited WordPress hosting at Bluehost.com. If you buy a Plus plan at $6.95 a month then you can host as many as you like under that plan. 

Check out Bluehost.com for more info on their packages.

 

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How Long Will It Take For Search Engines To Find Your New Blog?

Blogging Basics

Many people starting out make common but false assumptions about the internet. It is important to understand how certain parts of it work to understand how readers find their way to your blog.

Firstly, the internet is a constantly changing environment with millions of additions, alterations and deletions everyday. It changes so rapidly that no one knows exactly what it contains at any given time.

Search engines aim to direct internet users to appropriate content, ranking the many possible websites that are potentially of benefit. Search engines compete to provide the most useful results and the most up to date information. Despite this, if you publish a new blog today you will not be able to find it on google. It won’t be there tomorrow either, or next week, and if you can’t find it, your readers can’t either. So why does this happen?

Search Engines Need To Find Your Blog

6 Tips to Successful Social Media Management

wqThese tips are based on my own experiences and I would love to hear from you too.   Please feel free to comment and share your ideas!

1.   Make the right connections

It is no use just adding a whole pile of spammers who are going to clutter your walls and inboxes with garbage.  They waste time and space and do not give you a very professional look.  You need to be seen to be engaging with the right people and rubbing shoulders with the leaders in your industry.  Above all you need to be speaking to the right people, the people who are actually looking for what you are offering.

It is much better to have fewer friends and followers who are in your field than thousands of spammers.

How do you find them?

Twitter search

Google search for people on facebook, youtube, and linkedin

Follow the leader.  Check out the conversations he or she is having and follow them.  Long tail follow them.

Set a Google alert for the leaders in your field and keep an eye on what they are up to and who they are talking to.  Take a genuine interest and engage with the people they are engaging with.

Locate blogs and forums in your niche

Follow the key players in an organization, not just the organization itself. Continue reading

Blog Ping Optimizer – How to Not Get Banned!

Blog Ping Optimizer for WordPress

When it comes to a fresh install of WordPress, there’s a list of essential plugins that you need to use.

One that’s firmly on my list – and used every time – is a Blog Ping Optimizer.

What Is a Blog Ping Optimizer?

When you write something on your blog and publish it, nobody knows ….. well, that’s not good is it! So, along came ping lists and ping services. Built into WordPress is a function that pings every time you publish a new post. A ping is simply that it goes off and tells somebody, it tells a pinging service, that will then broadcast to the world “Hey guys – this blog’s just published something!” Continue reading

Free Instant Squeeze Pages For Opt In Marketing

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A squeeze page is an essential page for an internet marketer, they provide the means to capture a potential subscribers email and first name, this is called an opt in and opt in marketing should always be backed up with a double opt in to protect against spam, this is to send the subscribers useful offers or tutorials by email with their permission of course.

This method is far more better for people if they have the option of the double opt in to confirm that they have signed up for the email communications from the site, cutting down on spam for you as the e mailer is what makes the internet cleaner, but I would check your email filters to back up your spam protection as they do get through, the pesky fools with their vi*gra!!.

A squeeze page can be quite simple to create as you don’t want a long drawn out page, these can be very simple to create, all you need to do is provide a short introduction, make sure the page is meta tagged for your chosen keywords and add your sign up form code to the page. Continue reading

How to Split-test Your Blog to Maximize Conversion

split-test-blogImages, buttons, colors of anchor text, navigational structure – a blog is comprised of an array of design elements. Each of these elements has to play a significant role in orientating users on the blog for maximum conversion. Unless you have a non-profit website or blog, you will certainly want to discover whether the various elements of your website are well optimized to boost the revenue. That’s exactly where the significance of split-testing comes in. You can plan to run a split-test for your blog to design a better blog and ensure how effective each of its design elements is, in terms of compelling users to stay for a longer period, increasing their interaction, allowing them to sign-up for a newsletter and enabling them to make purchases.

Initially, most of the design work is a result of guesswork. Split-testing is the ideal way to find out whether the individual design elements of the site are really effective. Web designers should plan the split test soon after the launch of the website. The rate of conversion on a website can be immediately enhanced if the testing is done appropriately, taking each of the design elements into consideration.

Let us have a look at some of the most significant elements of a webpage that blog designers can choose to split-test for maximizing the rate of conversion. Continue reading

5 Key SEO Tips to Enhance Your Blog Design

blogpost-seoIn order to build a potential online presence, blog designs should be created abiding by the key SEO guidelines. Blogs, which are not search engine friendly, will not achieve long-term success. In order to beat out the competition for ranking higher, web designers should always apply tips to make websites grab the attention of search engines.

If you are struggling to enhance your blog design for SEO, given below are some of the most useful tips you can consider.

#1. Externalize Scripts
While coding websites in JavaScript or CSS, designers should always remember to externalize the scripts. If scripts are included in the HTML document, it will cause the website to load slowly for the simple reason that search engines will have a hard time crawling the same.

The best idea is to place the scripts at the bottom of the page. This will help search engines easily crawl the website and load it faster. Continue reading

Three Points to Online Dominance

online_dominanceHow would you like to dominate the search engine results in your industry or niche? The key to success for your business is getting to page one on Google for the main keywords in your industry. The main keywords are the search terms that potential clients type into Google Search in order to find the product or service you are selling. This is easier said than done though and many Internet marketers spend top dollar to rank well in Google and other search engines. This article discusses three points that are the key to dominating search results. Your marketing arsenal is incomplete without these three strategies.

These three strategies are methods of writing ads such that they appear in three distinct areas of search engine results; local business results, natural search results and sponsored results. All three are important in order to obtain maximum exposure. Continue reading

5 Step checklist to start a blog

Money-Through-BloggingBlogging has its good, bad and ugly. It is only when you start a blog the right way and follow a well-planned strategy that you can expect to leave the competition behind and make your blogging efforts bear fruit.

Most of the beginners find the options quite overwhelming while planning to get started with a blog. Don’t worry. Given below is a five-step plan that you can use to create a perfect checklist to success

Know the Purpose

If you take blogging really seriously, you will never want to start a blog which is devoid of any purpose.

Through your blog, you may want to –

  • Entertain people
  • Establish your expertise
  • Build an online community
  • Generate leads or enquiries
  • Create awareness about a brand or product
  • Make money online

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