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Improving Blog User Experience with Plug-ins

A number of different technologies can enhance your blog. Plug-ins, widgets, and gadgets all make new features, integrations, and enhancements easy to package and distribute. These technologies are evolving [more…]

Corporate Blogging Resources

Having additional resources available is always helpful. Anyone creating a blog for the first time can your all the ideas, insight, and tools they can get their hands on. Here is a list of handy resources [more…]

Corporate Blogging For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Make the most of your corporate blog by choosing the correct blogging platform, incorporating SEO best practices in your corporate blog content, using plug-ins to increase the value of a visitor’s experience [more…]

Setting Your Professional Blogging Objectives

The first step in your professional blog plan is to define your goals and objectives, just as you would with any business endeavor. In the simplest terms, here are some questions you need to consider: [more…]

Getting to Know the Common Types of Blog Content

For your professional blog, you can use multiple types of blog content, although you probably want to limit yourself to one or two. The type of content you choose isn't the same thing as the subject matter [more…]

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…]

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