Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Basic SEO Tips And Tricks For Bloggers

Okay, before you go thinking about SEO too much, just remember that there’s a lot of old advice out there that doesn’t work anymore in 2014. You could waste millions of hours on dumb ideas. So don’t.
Just write. Keep writing.
That said, it’s important to know what people are searching for. You might be using a particular phrase over and over, when most people search for a slightly different phrase. That would be truly annoying.

Basic SEO For Your Domain Name

You also will want to get a domain early on so that any backlinks go to your domain and not yourname.wordpress.com. And when you buy that domain for your writer platform blog or niche topic, it’s worth thinking about SEO first. Also keep in mind the overall topic of your blog and any books you’re planning on writing within that niche.
As a writer, basic SEO is just a small piece of your overall marketing strategy, but understanding SEO is important for choosing domain names. Once you’ve read this post you’ll see why.

Finding Keywords For Search Engine Optimization

Your first and most useful beginner keyword tool is to simply type things into Google and see what it suggests. This is what people really search for (and sometimes the results can be a shock). These are the words that need to appear in your blog somewhere. For the big obvious search terms, you might want to incorporate the words into your domain name, your tagline or a short “about” section in your sidebar. This way it will show up in all of the pages of your blog.
Now, to rank for a particular keyword, that keyword generally has to actually be in your blog, or someone else needs to be linking to you with those words in the anchor text or SEO title of their post. The quickest way to get those keywords linked to you then, is to do it yourself.

If you have a tennis blog, the first things you see in the search when you type tennis (and wait to see what Google suggests will follow) is “tennis warehouse” “tennis rankings” “tennis results” “tennis court lyrics” “tennis elbow”. If your blog is about Tennis, it’s not so difficult to think about a post about tennis elbow. But WHAT about tennis elbow do people search for? Type in “tennis elbow” and wait to see what Google suggests. The results include tennis elbow exercises, for one. That’s a good place to start. Note that some people would call this a keyphrase, but most people call it a keyword, despite there being multiple words.

It’s worth checking even further to find the long tail keywords. You see, as a beginner blogger you’re not likely to get to Google’s page 1 for “tennis” anytime soon, or even “tennis elbow” at a guess. But you might get to page 1 for “tennis elbow exercises therapy” if you write a great post about it.

Note, there are lots of advanced keyword analysis techniques out there that involve checking the competition for those keywords. There are also tricks such as using LSI keywords (Latent Semantic Indexing Keywords), which you’ll automatically do if you’re a writer with a good thesaurus in your brain. You’ll get to all that later, but for now just stick to the basics.

Write Posts For Your Keywords

For each keyword you find that is relevant to your blog, write a post specifically that uses the keyword so that you have your on-page SEO sorted. For this, you have to think a little like a robot. Not for your writing, but just for a minute or so before you start. You see, for best results we need the words “Tennis Elbow Exercises” to appear together a few times. Writing “I love the new exercises for my tennis elbow” is not as effective as “My physio showed me a bunch of new tennis elbow exercises that are working really well” when you are targeting “tennis elbow exercises”. Strangely, because this is a robot we’re talking about, you can add punctuation in between the words and it won’t affect things (last I heard, anyway). For instance, “I hate my tennis elbow. Exercises every day are a complete drag” will still be useful. There is some intelligence behind the robot behaviour though, so don’t force things and get unnatural about it. Natural language and placement is key these days.
You also need your keyword to appear in certain places in your post, such as:
  • In the title of the post (and the slug).
  • In a heading or two (H1 and H2 tags).
  • In anchor text to a relevant website.
  • A least once in the actual body of text (don’t overdo it).
  • In image titles and alt image tags.
Note that the slug (the bit of your post URL after your domain) should be keyword-rich rather than some generated link that makes no sense. It should also be brief and to the point.
It’s for this reason that you also want your blog’s domain name to have some relation to your primary keywords. If your domain contains “tennis” that’s a start. If your domain is “Tennis Elbow” you could soon be big in the world of tennis elbow rankings. If your upcoming book is about tennis elbow too, you’re onto a winning idea. Now you get it? Check out NameCheap to get your domain sorted.

Getting Ranked For Words That Describe Your Blog

There is a slight hitch when you want to get ranked for something you are, rather than something you’re likely to write about. For instance, if you were a blogger wanting to get into the results for “tennis blogs”. Robots want to see the words “tennis blogs” on the blog or they want to see someone linking to your blog from a post about “Tennis blogs”.

People seem to be searching for “tennis blogs on Tumblr”, so why not write a list of your favourite tennis blogs on Tumblr? Obviously, make note of your own blog in the list! This approach is useful for a lot of reasons:
  • You get to use those keywords.
  • You get to show off your favourite bloggers and make some alliances.
  • Those bloggers might share your post.
  • Those bloggers might write their own list with you in it (which gets those keywords coming back to you too).
  • You get seen as an authority or interesting blog to read on a given topic.
  • More bloggers might share the subsequent posts.
  • List posts by nature are likely to be popular.

Don’t Blog Alone

You might be writing your blog all by yourself, but the blogger world is bigger than you. Consider the point above for a second and you’ll soon see why this is one of the best SEO tips for bloggers: you need friends and allies for SEO purposes. It’s more than that though. You need conversation and peers to keep you going. If you think you’re alone you might stop blogging altogether. And besides, learning what other people know and chatting to people who share the same interests as you is fun.
Make sure you respond to your own reader comments, as multiple comments show search engines that your content is generating conversation. It also builds relationships with those commenters, so that’s win-win.
It’s easy to get trapped into thinking about backlinks and social media when you’re considering SEO for blogging. But don’t focus on it. Just get out there and make some blogger friends. If one of your blogger friends happens to have a following already, consider writing a guest post for them. You might be surprised by how many new visitors your blog receives after a guest post!
When you’re winding down from a day of blogging, hit the forums, visit your favourite Facebook groups, browse some relevant hashtags on Twitter, check your RSS feed and make a few comments on other people’s blogs. You’ll eventually make some good friends and the rest will fall into place naturally. When real people like your content, more real people will find out about it.


Linking Within Your Blog

Another SEO tip to keep in mind as a beginner blogger is that you should always link to your own posts. If you have nothing relevant to link to, write it later and then update the post with links to your new content.
Think about it from a reader perspective. They may browse your blog by tag or category for a while, but they will almost never browse by date. How are they going to find all the other great content you’ve written? Well, you have to tell people it’s there and link to it. Also, from an SEO point of view, this tells the robots which posts are related to each other. And if you choose your anchor text correctly, it will tell the robots what the post is about.
For instance, if you’re linking to your post titled “The Tennis Elbow Exercises My Physio Recommends” you might link to it from another article using a sentence like “By the way, here are the tennis elbow exercises that my physio recommends”. But you wouldn’t link to it using the anchor words “my physio recommends”, but rather the words “Tennis Elbow Exercises” because then the robots following the link know what it’s actually about. The reader probably won’t care which words are used to link as the whole sentence tells them what to expect. The better you can merge the two goals of linking the better your blog will become. Do it with every post and you’ll appreciate the benefits in the long term.

Improve Your Load Time

If your page takes ages to load, your SEO will suffer. So, if you’re self-hosting your blog, make sure the host is a good one! We use SiteGround for our forum and recommend them, so check them out.

Try A Plugin

Self-hosted blogs can try plugins like the ones by Yoast to help out with SEO-related tweaks. This is fantastic if you have no idea what you’re doing, and even better if you do.

Update Your Blog With Quality Content

Write for readers and write often. For starters, have a decent blog design for your blog. If you use WordPress, check out Themeforest for professionally designed themes. Also make sure that your navigation is sensible, and that you use great images in your posts.
Getting found in search results is all about the content, so keep writing quality content on a regular basis. These days, 300 words is considered an absolute minimum, but many SEO experts vouch for 1500-3000 words as an ideal blog post length. Also, you should proofread your post. Readers and robots alike consider decent spelling to be a quality indicator.
Whenever you publish a blog post, you’re essentially telling search engines that your website as a whole is still current. If every post is of a decent length and features a decent article, you’re already well above a lot of the blogs out there. Plus, you’re giving your fans something new and interesting to read. And you write for them, don’t you?

7 SEO Tips And Tricks That Will Get You Ranked In 2015

There is no better spot than number one. Second place, in life or within Google, doesn’t cut it. You need to ensure that you are aiming for the spot of top dog in 2015. SEO has been the way to do this for years. There is no sign of that changing anytime soon. But, now it’s time to get your eyes on the prize. Number one and higher rankings are the way forward in the coming year. Of course, every business, marketer and digital expert all have their eyes on the lucrative prize. But, there are some savvy ways that you can ensure SEO success. Whether you are new to the game or a world hardened marketer, there are some excellent tips and tricks that you can use. This is imperative when honing your new SEO strategy for 2015.

Entrepreneurs, bloggers and marketing gurus all want to know two fundamental things:
  • How can I achieve more traffic?
  • How can I make sure that I don’t get attacked by Google’s animals? Namely, Penguin, Panda and Hummingbird?

SEO Tips And Tricks

Avoiding penalisation and securing the top spot within Google doesn’t have to be a difficult task. On the contrary, there are some savvy ways to reign supreme within Google. You can ensure maximum success. But, do be prepared to put in the legwork. This will take time and success cannot be attained overnight.
Let’s take a look at seven SEO tips and tricks that will guarantee rankings in 2015.

1. It’s Time to Hit More Traffic and Focus on the Local

In life, no one wants more traffic, aside from the SEO whizz. So, now it’s time to make sure that you are focussing on attaining more traffic to your site. Your website needs to be optimised for success. This means that you need to include your location on your site. Hit directories. Use citations. These are all fundamental ways of growing your business and making sure that you are getting on board with local SEO. Local SEO is one of the best ways of making your rank higher. What is more, it’s going to be a key way to ensure higher rankings going into 2015.

2. Optimise Your Site With Mobile in Mind

Mobile optimisation is not just user-friendly, it is Google friendly too. So, if you want to make sure that you are ranking higher than before, you need to devise a strategy with mobile in mind. Apps and responsive design are vital to your success. Google has stated that it loves responsive design as it feels that it has the customer in mind. Google has a number of mobile-friendly tests that you can take to ensure that your site is hitting all of the right notes. If your site is not as responsive as it should, or it does not pass the Google mobile-friendly test with top marks, it’s time to devise a new site. Yes, this can be expensive. But, it’s a keen way of ensuring success in 2015. Do bear in mind that mobile traffic is paving the way to a brighter future.

3. Don’t Forget About Bing and Yahoo (Yes, Really)

Okay, so coveting the top spot on Google is the ultimate dream. But, you need to think outside of the Google box. With this in mind, consider the other search engines. Yes, there are others. Bing and Yahoo are used widely by a lot of people. Yahoo is going to be the default search engine within Firefox. What is more, the Google deal with Safari is drawing to an end in 2015. While Google is a great place to start thinking about rankings, you need to make sure that you are thinking about the other search engines too. These options are becoming more commonplace with internet users, so don’t alienate a potential customer or viewer base by solely focussing on Google.

4. Take a Look at ROI Metrics

Keywords are vital. But don’t forget to take a look at your ROI metrics. In the coming year, this is essential that you do this. You need to ensure that you are looking at metrics, so that you can see what is working for you and what is not. This means that you can look more closely at conversions and viewership. Then, you can ascertain whether this has seen a definite return on investment. You can then hone and adopt new keywords to ensure that you are targeting the right people.

5. An Integrated Social Media Approach: Make Social Media Your Focus

Social media is so much more than merely sharing content. Of course, we should never forget the importance of content. But, you need to make social media your focus in 2015 if you want to get ranked. According to Jacob Maslow, social media is a positive marketing channel. But it can also be used as a customer service focal point. You need to engage with your brand and talk to your clients and viewers. Without this, you are just another faceless business. It’s time to get personal. Focus on the main social media sites. Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Don’t sign up to every social media site under the sun and spam relentlessly. A loyal customer base is vital. But, you can also generate more revenue from doing this.

6. Earn Your Links

Earning links is now going to be the best way of ensuring that much-coveted number one spot. Inbound links are essential. You need to ensure that you are earning your links. This should be done on high authority sites. Do ensure that you are not spamming or using too many links all over the place. This is not the way to achieve success. What’s more, you may incur a Google penalty in the process.

7. Keywords, Keywords, Keywords!

Keywords are still a mainstay for SEO experts. But, you need to ensure that you are researching your keywords in a more robust way. You need to understand traffic patterns, buying habits and purchase patterns. This helps you target people in a more robust way. What is more, you can guarantee more success from using this kind of in-depth keyword research.

Blogging Tips And Tricks You Can Implement Today

It can be hard to get a new blog up and running. Anyone can make a blog, but separating yourself and becoming unique is the hard part. However, if you'd like to discover how to make your blog rise above the rest, keep on reading. The tips in this article will help you take your blog to the next level.


Don't stuff your blog posts with keywords and don't overload your blog with Adsense ads, plug-ins or large images. Doing so will only get you flagged by a search engine, and it will erase all of the hard work that you are trying to do. Write naturally, and make sure that your blog posts are easy to read.

When you set up your blog, it may be wise to buy a domain name instead of utilizing a free site. Acquiring a domain name is inexpensive and will ensure a professional appearance. This will allow users to find you more easily, and it will also help when it comes to search engine optimization.

Make sure that your blog is unique. Readers flock to content that they can't find anywhere else. Visitors will also be drawn to rare material. Write about unique experiences or hobbies. Provide specifics of how widgets are made. You need to give readers a reason to visit your blog if they are searching for information.

Always strive to be real. Don't pretend to know everything. Honesty, transparency, and openness are critical qualities to convey. This must be done consistently. This will help your blog to stand out as one that it individual in nature and easy to read. Don't waste time being a perfectionist. View this as a work in progress. It is not the end of the world if you make a mistake, and post something that is incorrect. Ultimately, people will want to read your content because of the unique spin you put on it.

Lists make great blog content. Whether you're blogging about romance novels; the ingredients required to make a recipe; or how to repair a refrigerator; a list is very important. By incorporating lists into your blog, you allow readers to quickly find relevant information.

Include navigation buttons on your blog, so that your readers can reach you through social media. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and many others social networking sites are highly advantageous to your success and author recognition. You can easily reach more readers and followers with these web portals.

While trying to build a blog following, stay patient. It takes time for online viewers to come across your blog. Also, it will take time to build up the content base that readers expect from a quality blog. The longer you stick to blogging, the more content you'll accumulate, and the more readers will be interested in it.

It will make your blog have integrity if you stick to a schedule that is regular. Your readers have plenty of blog-reading options, and they may as well take advantage of a different one if you post inconsistently. Holidays are one exception, but you should be consistently posting to your blog.

Once you have established a well-written and unique blog, you can sit back and wait as the visitor count increases. Use these tips to bring in more readers than you ever thought possible.
 
Blogging on a subject that you love can be fun and even lucrative. You have just found a helpful resource that you will be able to use to improve an existing blog, or starting a new one that reflects your own interests. The following article will offer ideas on things you need to learn about if you are going to be blogging in this day and age.

A good way to get more traffic to your blog is by making comments on other's blogs. Keep a folder in Google Reader for your competition and check it daily. Comment on those blogs whenever you have something interesting to say about the topic.

Keep in mind there is a world outside of blogging. Not allowing yourself a break now and then can result in burnout and fatigue. Take time out for a walk, visit with friends or just take a five minute break. By getting away, you will be able to come back and produce something great.

When writing a blog post, strive to provide information that will really intrigue your readers. Don't blog about daily chores that everybody does like washing dishes or making beds. Unless you present this common information in an interesting way, people may not really care. Instead, write about something that will attract a lot of interest. Your goal is to have a unique idea that will cause people to come to your blog and stay.

Be authentic and real. Don't appear like a "know-it-all." Let readers know that you are honest and appear to be transparent. Make this your goal. Blogging is known to be the best way for a person to express their individuality. Attempting to ascertain perfection is most often futile; you should devote your energies to improvement instead. If you are incorrect, then you are incorrect. This will help to keep your blog unique and interesting, so that there is not another one just like it on the web.

Keep your blogs as clear and concise as possible. While depth and details are important for certain subjects, posts that are too lengthy or wordy may turn off your readers. Readers who are seeking information through blogs probably aren't expecting Shakespearian treatment of relatively mundane details or topics. Readers want to get essential information from blogs; they are not concerned with fancy extras like long words or poetic descriptions.

Embed pictures into your posts. There is a reason that a picture is worth so many words. This is particularly true about blogging. Images have a lot of power when added to words. Thus, always ensure that images are used as often as possible.

Maintain your blog diligently. This means you are performing all necessary maintenance and changing little things here and there. This will help keep readers from thinking your site is dull and that no one is having any problems accessing the blog.

You have now learned a great deal about blogging. It is normal to feel like you have absorbed a lot. It's worth it to run a blog, although it can be difficult. Reread this article as needed to help you keep your blogging on track for success.
 

68 Ultimate Blogging Tips: Bloggers Checklist 2015

So you're a blogger. You're passionate about telling stories and sharing ideas with the online world, but the question is, are you doing it right? If you're serious about blogging and you want to be recognized for what you do best, here's your ultimate blogging checklist!
I'll teach you everything I've learned about building an effective blog - in my own simplified version!


Remember, you should not only polish your site for the search engines, but for people as well. I'll also include tools and resources that can help you grow your site.
I tried my best to make this as short as possible so hopefully you find every tip useful.
Okay, let's get started!
Want to learn how to start your own blog? click here for an easy step by step guide.

68 Awesome Blogging Tips

General Tips

  • Select a reliable webhost. (click here for web hosting discounts.)
  • Blog about something you’re passionate about.
  • Determine your niche and focus on it.
  • Be consistent. Schedule your blog posts.
  • Read other blogs. Find inspiration to stay motivated.
  • Take time to explore. Learn something new.
  • Include: “About Page”, “Contact Info”, “Privacy Policy”.
  • Backup your blog regularly.

Optimize Your Layout & Site Structure

  • Choose a great theme that best suits your brand/personality.
  • Have a mobile friendly (responsive) site.
  • Use clear and uncluttered navigation.
  • Avoid using flash.
  • Pick a right color palette combination. Search for inspirations.
  • Add a search box.
  • Display related posts at the bottom your blog posts.
  • Add most popular posts on your sidebar.
  • Review how your blog looks like in other browsers. Use Browsershot.
  • Have an optimized custom 404 page.
  • Use Disqus or Commentluv as your commenting system.
  • Add sitemap to your site.
  • Validate your site.

Polish Your Blog Post

  • Write original and useful content.
  • Use Copyscape to review duplicate content.
  • Craft killer headlines. Include main keywords to your post title < h1 >.
  • Keep your paragraphs short. The use of whitespace makes your post easier to read.
  • Use headings and sub-headings (H1, H2, H3).
  • Use lists to break up content and to make your post scannable.
  • Use images and/or videos on your blog! Don’t be boriiiingg.
  • Add 3-4 relevant tags.

Make An Interesting Blog Content

  • Avoid jargons.
  • Provide freebies. I love free stuff myself. Who doesn’t anyway?!
  • Use infographics.
  • Offer some interaction: surveys, polls, contest.
  • Use CTA (Call To Action) words.
  • Add an e-signature.
  • Proofread. Use spellchecker.
  • Review the quality of your content. Ask yourself: "Does it make sense? Does it add value to my readers?"

SEO implementation – Optimize for search engines.

  • Set your preferred domain. It’s either www or non www. You can’t have both.
  • Shorten your post URL – long URLs aren’t good for SEO.
  • Make your content URLs search-friendly. Use: twelveskip.com/blogging-tip instead of twelveskip.com/12345
  • Keyword-optimized your post, but don’t overdo.
  • Use ALT tags to images.
  • Use short, descriptive and unique meta title (max 65 characters) & meta description (max 155 characters) for each page.
  • Include related internal links on your content.
  • Claim your Google Authorship.
  • Install Google Analytics to track your visitors, most-used keywords, pages, etc. Use Google’s Webmaster tools and get useful tips to optimize your site.
  • Check broken links.
  • Review your link count in each page. Should be less than 100. Use Submit Express.
  • Speed up your site. Load times should be less than 2 seconds. Analyze your site speed using Google’s PageSpeed Insights.
  • Avoid exchange link programs.

Promote your blog. Share & Spread!

  • Let people follow you. Integrate your social media accounts to your site.
  • Share your articles to social media networks right after posting. Use #hashtags when applicable.
  • Find the best times to post to social media. Track and experiment.
  • Include social media “sharing buttons”. Let your readers spread the word for you!
  • Include a “PINterest” button to your images.
  • Put an RSS Feed to allow your readers to subscribe to your blog. I recommend FeedBurner.
  • Put an email newsletter form to your site. I recommend Aweber.
  • Check your competitors and see how they promote their blog.

Interact. Grow your network. Gather Ideas.

  • Respond to your readers. Answer comments and emails.
  • Create your Gravatar account. This will get your photo/avatar with your comments to show up online.
  • Participate in a conversation on Twitter using this hashtag
  • Join in LinkedIn Groups, Facebook Groups, Google+ Groups that are related to your site. Share insights and useful stuff.
  • Or you create your own group on social media sites and invite people to participate.
  • Take time to read your favorite/competitors’ blogs and interact.
  • Share useful and relevant posts from other blogs. People will love you for that!
  • Guest blog to quality sites.
  • Join forum sites related to your niche, and/or install a forum on your site.

12 WordPress Tricks & Tips To Make Your Blogging Life Easier

WordPress is an amazing content management system. It is attractive and user friendly, and makes it possible for people of all skill levels to create and edit content. But, if you’re using WordPress on a daily basis, it’s important to make the interface and the editor as easy to use as possible. Here are 12 WordPress tricks you might not know that will definitely make your blogging life easier. I use this every day while blogging, and every time I discover another trick I kick myself for not looking it up sooner.


1. Edit your post admin page. On the page that lists your posts you can edit what elements of each post you see. Just click ‘Screen Options’ at the top of the page and check the items you want to see. This used to really bother me when there were too many elements showing because every element was very long and narrow and so unattractive, then I discovered this and was so much happier with the way my page looks. I guess it’s a designer problem that all ugly things bother me.
2. Edit your post editor page. In the same way that you can edit your post admit page, by clicking ‘Screen Options’ at the top of the page, you can edit what modules you see on each individual post editor page. You can edit which modules you see on the page, like ‘Format’s and ‘Categories’. Clean up your page by getting rid of the elements that you never change, you can always go back and toggle them on if you need them for a specific post. You can also change the page from two columns to one, so the area where you type will extend across the whole page. I like this because it’s A LOT easier to see what you’re writing. If you want the page to be even simpler you can click the full screen button in the top right corner of the editor window.
3. Post Format. Some themes offer an option to change the format of your posts. Options like ‘Standard’, ‘Aside’, and ‘Link’, display your content in different ways. This is a great way to change up the look of your posts depending of what kind of content it is you’re sharing. I don’t change post format’s often but I have worked on sites where we styled different formats differently to give each kind of page a different look.
4. Control excerpt length. If you want to change how much of a post will display on your homepage rather than just sticking to the default setting, there is a button that does this easily. It inserts a ‘Read more’ tag and then pushes the text after that to the next link, so readers will only see the text before the tag. This is useful if you have a catchy first sentence and you want to limit the execrate readers see to just that sentence.
5. Using post shortcuts. Most people are familiar with the shortcuts that you can use in places like Microsoft word, like Command+Z for undo, Command+Y for redo, and so on. But, did you know that some of these shortcuts also work in WordPress when you are writing a post. Some of these shortcuts only work when you are using the Visual editor, and some work in both Visual and Text(HTML). Here is a list of all the shortcuts you can use. Or you can just look in your editor window in the Visual Editor and click on the question mark for a full link of shortcuts. I find that these save so much time in the long run.
6. Link to existing content. If you want to link to existing content on your site, you don’t need to copy the URL like you would with an external link. Just highlight the text you want to link, press ‘link’ and then click ‘link to existing content’. This presents you with a list of all the posts and pages that are published on your site and you can choose to link to any of them. This is especially helpful because you don’t have to leave your page to open a new one and find the URL to the page you want.
7. Save unused widgets. If you have a widget you want to take out of your sidebar, but might want it later and don’t want to have to format it all over again, you can save it. At the bottom of the widgets list is a box titled ‘Inactive Widgets’ and you just have to drag a widget there to save it without displaying it on your site. And, just toggle ‘Available Widgets’ closed so you don’t have to scroll all the way down to get to it. This is super helpful if you have content that you want to temporarily take away without losing the settings.
8. Edit your default category. Having a post listed as ‘uncategorised’ is a bad idea, because readers don’t know what they’re reading or where it fits in your site. But, sometimes it’s easy to forget to choose a category. If you go to Settings >Writing, you can change your default category to something else, so even if you forget your post will be in a category. This is helpful for me because I have a category called ‘Archives’ that simply lists all of my past posts, so I made this my default category to save me from having to choose it every time.
9. Avoid formatting errors. If you are pasting text into the WordPress editor from somewhere like Microsoft Word, where the text has already been formatted, you might noticed that the text keeps some of those formats like line breaks and spacing. This can be annoying, especially if you need to go through and delete it all. Instead you can just click the ‘Paste as Text’ button which looks like a clipboard with a T on it. This pastes the text into the window on its own with no formatting at all.
10. Add media easily. Did you know that with the new version of WordPress you can add images without even clicking on the Add Media button. Instead, you can just drag and drop them directly into the editor window and they will appear there. I find this super helpful when I just need to add one image to specific point in the text.
11. Make your post sticky If you’re part of any Facebook groups, you’ll likely notice that most of them have a pinned post with rules or an introduction that is always at the top of the page. This is because the admin has pinned the post to make sure it is always at the top. You can do the same thing with your posts on your blog if you need to keep an important post at the top of your blog. All you have to do is click Edit Visibility in the Publish window on the right of your screen, and checkmark ‘Stick this post to the front page’. I love this option if you have a blog announcement or important post that you want to make sure all your readers see.
12. Embed media in your posts. Sites like Youtube have made it very easy for you to embed their content in places like WordPress, by just copying the embed code they have under each video. However, now it’s even easier. All you have to do is paste the link to the content into the editor window on its own line, and WordPress will automatically embed the video or image into your post. There are 28 sites in total that this Auto Embed features works with, including YouTube, Twitter, Instagram and Vimeo. You can look here for a full list of sites that this works with.
Using these tricks and tips will definitely speed up your workflow and take away some of the small frustrations of the WordPress system.