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Monetizing Your Blog

The main ways to make money on a blog are through advertising (including affiliate marketing ads and pay-per-post opportunities), product sales, and professional services like writing and consulting: [more…]

Blog Development Checklist

From thinking of a name and finding a webhost to writing your first blog post, you've got a few things to do before your blog is up and running. Use this checklist to keep track of the important tasks [more…]

Creating an Editorial Mission for Your Blog

An important element in any blog plan is the editorial mission. Here are some statements for you to fill in to get you started thinking about the editorial mission for your blog: [more…]

Professional Blogging For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Maybe you have an idea for a blog but aren't sure where to start to make it a reality. Perhaps you already have a blog but are looking for ways to expand your audience and make money from it. Improve your [more…]

FarmVille and Other Facebook Games

Perhaps you’re the sort who enjoys playing games? Whether you like action, making your own creation, or trying your hand at games of chance, you can find a place to play on Facebook. Follow the quick links [more…]

Add Emoticons to Facebook Status Updates

Emoticons (or Smileys) have been used since the 19th century to punctuate the written word with graphics simulated by characters. On Facebook, users who put emoticons in their status updates add a little [more…]

Use Tools with Twitter

You can use tools to expand your Twitter prowess and deliver more than pithy phrases in your tweets. As you become engrossed in the Twitterverse, you’ll no doubt need some tools to help you navigate, organize [more…]

Use Twitter Shorthand

Because of the 140-character limit for tweets, people often abbreviate common words and phrases on Twitter. The following table has abbreviations, or Twitter shorthand, that you see often. You will most [more…]

Search Twitter User Directories

Sometimes Twitter search isn’t enough. Visit the Twitter user directories in this table and search there to find and follow Tweeps — that’s people on Twitter — who have hobbies and activities similar to [more…]

Facebook and Twitter For Seniors For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Hanging around on Facebook and Twitter is more than talking to friends and posting pictures. Facebook has great games and applications to pass the time, promote your business, and just have fun. In this [more…]

What Do You Need to Install WordPress?

Installing WordPress is a multi-step process that involves setting up your MySQl database, uploading the WordPress installation files and finally running the install script. By the time you’re finally [more…]

How to Create a Category on Your WordPress Blog

In WordPress, a category is what you determine to be the main topic of a blog post. Through the use of categories, you can file your blog posts into topics, by subject. To improve your readers’ experiences [more…]

How to Change Your WordPress Blog’s Background

To make your WordPress blog reflect your personality, you might want to control the colors your blog uses. The Twenty Ten WordPress theme is packaged with an option that allows you to change the background [more…]

How to Add a WordPress Blog to Your Web Site

A lot of people use their blog as the first page of their Web site, but your blog may not be the first thing you want site visitors to see. If you want your WordPress blog on your site but don’t want to [more…]

How to Create Sidebar Templates for Your WordPress Blog

You can create separate sidebar templates for different pages of your site by using a simple includestatement. When you write an includestatement, you’re simply telling WordPress that you want it to include [more…]

How to Align Images in Your WordPress.Org Blog

Adding images to your WordPress blog is pretty easy with the WordPress image uploader. And after you load them, WordPress lets you align them so they look just the way you want them to look. [more…]

How to Pull In Specific Content on Your WordPress Blog

WordPress makes it possible to pull in very specific types of content on your Web site through the <query_posts> template tag. If you have a category called WordPress, and you want to display the last [more…]

Preparing Your Web Server to Handle a WordPress Multisite

If you have determined that you need to maintain multiple blogs you have to enable the WordPress Multisite features and then prepare your Web server to handle the WordPress Multisite. You must make a decision [more…]

How to Activate a WordPress.com Theme

Choose a theme for your WordPress.com blog, and then activate it. The WordPress.com theme (also called design or template) that you select affects the visual layout and appearance of your blog. [more…]

How to Add a Widget to Your WordPress.com Blog

WordPress widgets are very helpful tools built into the WordPress.com application. Widgets allow you to easily arrange the display of content in your blog sidebar, so you can arrange and display the content [more…]

How to Insert Video Files into Your WordPress.com Blog Posts

Whether you're producing your own videos for publication or want to embed other people's videos that you find interesting, placing a video file in a blog post has never been easier with WordPress. [more…]

How to Use WordPress Templates

WordPress offers four main templates to create your own theme. You can also edit the template tags in the theme you're currently using. Those four main templates are Header, Main Index, Sidebar, and Footer [more…]

How to Install WordPress.org

Some Web hosts now offer a one-click installation process for WordPress.org. If your host doesn't, you can do a manual install of WordPress on your Web server. Download the latest version of the [more…]

How to Arrange the WordPress Dashboard

You have the ability to arrange the order of the modules in your Dashboard to suit your tastes. WordPress places a great deal of emphasis on user experience and a big part of that effort results in your [more…]

How to Enable the WordPress Network Feature

The Network feature in WordPress allows you, the site owner, to add and maintain multiple blogs within one installation of WordPress. With the network features enabled, users of your network can run their [more…]

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