The following are resources and tips I either created, researched and/or personally used (and can therefore vouch for). Hope you find them useful and feel free to contact me if you have any questions. If any are outdated or not good, let me know :). Cheers!
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IF YOU’RE NEW TO BLOGGING:
- WordPress and the Genesis Framework are the best tools for your site, period.
- I’ve used numerous hosting providers over the years and they’ve all disappointed me. Siteground is the only one I now recommend.
- How to Start A Blog (A Step-by-Step Guide)
- Blog Platform Comparison Chart: The author of this site does a great job at objectively comparing ALL other platforms to help those starting out decide which is best for their needs.
- Wondering about hosting? It sure can be confusing.. Here’s a web hosting guide that I hope can help answer any questions you may have.
1. Blogging Tips
Check out my easy guides for some important and nifty reminders and how-tos
- FTC Guidelines Decoded: The Complete Influencer’s Guide
- Top 7 Ways To Be A Great Commenter
- A Comprehensive List of Blogging DOs and DON’Ts
- Is WordPress For You?
2. Super Easy Search Engine Optimization Tips For Bloggers
- Why SEO is NOT Killing Your Blog
- Optimize Your Post for Search Engines – With just three key things to keep in mind, it’s easier than you’d expect!
- How to Link To Stuff The Right Way
FREE(!) post images, graphics, and icons!
- BESTEST guide out there (I used it when I made the switch from Blogger and it made the process SO smooth): The Easiest Way to Transfer from Blogger to WordPress (and keep your readers, links and rankings!)
- It’s long, it’s thorough, and it’s super helpful. Having said that, if you need help with your move, I can also assist you.
- Genesis Framework: StudioPress, the company that designed both this framework and a ton of other leading child themes for it, INCLUDING the one adorning by awesome blog, helped make my DIY move to Genesis an incredibly easy one.
- Everything StudioPress makes is so intuitive and well-built, and its support team is one of the best I’ve come across–they’re super resourceful and patient. Definitely give them a try–and please do it through my links ;).
- This PDF (1.4MB) shows you how to get started with the Genesis Framework
- And here’s why you NEED Genesis
NEED HELP DESIGNING YOUR SITE?
Get a custom design for your blog or website: Hire me and I’ll make YOU AWESOME online. (Mention my blog and get 10% off. Plus, bloggers get a special introductory price.)
CONNECT WITH LIKE-MINDED BLOGGERS
Is social media bogging you down? If you know that content and blogging are where it’s at and refuse to play the pointless social media game, you’re more than invited to join my new exclusive Facebook group for fellow bloggers, Blogging for Success.
*Yes, the irony of hosting a semi-anti-social-media group on Facebook is not lost in me.
TOOLS FOR AFTER YOU SET UP YOUR WORDPRESS BLOG/SITE
- Just keep the WordPress commenting system. All others present more challenges than they’re worth.
- And use this notification plugin to let commenters know when I/someone else has replied to their comments on my blog. (Otherwise commenters never find out!)
- Set up “Follow by email” in WordPress
- Display your Popular Posts
- Set up Google Analytics on WP >> This plugin makes it so easy!
Don’t forget: Contact me if you have any questions!