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Archive for September, 2007

It’s been over a week since I added any new tips, for which I apologise!

I’m working on a new set of videos and tips which will inclde stuff like how to configure your blog, how to add plugins and themes, and how to configure them, as well as which you need to use, as well as some other essential web 2 stuff.

If you want to get staright in to the web 2 stuff to start getting traffic to your site then check out Atomic Blogging by Alvin Phang, who’s a real cool guy (I’ve spoken with him quite a few times over the last month) and he knows his stuff.

I only started this blog at the end of July (24th) and didn’t start posting regularly until August 20th, and yet this month I’ve already had over 600 visits!


2 reasons, first I read Alvin’s Atomic Bloggingย and have used what he shows in the manual, and it works!

Second, I’ve been using some video submissions as well, which you can read about here IMTesting

Adding images and pictures to your blog posts can make them look a lot more interesting, and as they say “a picture is worth a thousand words”, so I’ve done a quick vide on just how to add images in your blog posts.

The video is only 3 minutes long.

Note: You do need to have uploaded the image files in .jpg or .gif format to the /public_html/images/ folder on your webhost first, so check out the previous post about using ftp software to upload files to your host, it’s in the archives.

The standard default WordPress theme is pretty boring.</p>

You can get lots of different themes to use with your blog, many of which come with pretty cool header graphics, but if you want to personalize your blog and make it truly unique, then one of the easiest ways is to add your own header graphic.

So here’s a video showing you how (3 mins 30 secs):

Click here to see the video on How to create a customized header graphic to your blog

Over the next few posts I’ll start going in to the basics setup changes that you should make to the configuration of your WP Blog to optimize it, as well as how to add new themes and plugins, as well as which ones are good and why…

If you&#8217;re wandering why you would want to do this, well, it’s a great way of keeping in touch with your visitors and letting them know when you’ve posted something new to your blog to get them to come back again.

To do this you will need to have an “Autoresponder” service set up.

I use AWeber and I highly recommend them as they are not only very easy to use and have some pretty cool features, but they also have the highest “email delivered” rate in the market (as far as I know).

What does that mean?

Well most ISP’s (internet service providers) have automated spam filters built in to stop spam, but in the process they will often stop email sent from autoresponders.

AWeber work with the different ISP’s to make sure that their emails don’t get caught in these spam filters, so your email actually gets through to the person that wanted it.

Pretty important really.

Here’s the video on how to add the subscription form (under 3 minutes):

First of all you may be wondering why you would want to set up posts to appear on your blog at some point in the future.</p>

Well, it just makes life easier, as you can write a whole weeks worth of stuff and post it all to your blog in one go, but have it published and appear to visitors over the week.

Doesn’t the idea of getting all your blog posts for the week (or month) done in one go sound appealing?

Yup, I like it too.

So here’s the video showing you exactly how to schedule future posts using WordPress (under 2 mins):

Note: you will need WordPress Ver2 or higher to use this feature.

Next we’ll look at adding an newsletter “optin” subscription form to your blog…

One of the many advantages of using a blog is that you won&#8217;t need to upload html web pages whenever you want to add something to your site.

However there will be times when you do want to upload files to your site, such as: –

i. A new header for your blog
ii. A file to offer for download by your visitors
iii. Other images and pictures that you want to publish on your blog

Note: Never add an image to your blog that is copyright protected unless you have explicit written permission, as this is copyright infringement and is illegal.

If there is an image that you want your visitors to see that you don’t have rights to then simply link to where the image is and let people go visit it on the site that does have permission to use it.

Here’s a video on using the “filemanager” feature in your cPanel host to upload files to your site (under 2 mins):

And here’s how to do it using FTP (file transfer protocol) software (under 3 mins):