9 Tips to Promote Your Website (Infographic)

So you built a WordPress website. Great! Now, what’s the next step?

Many website newbies seem to think that once their website is up and running, people will automatically find it without you having to do anything else. Like, “If you build it, they will come.”

The reality is, building a website is just the beginning. You now need to market your website to drive traffic.

But no need to worry! As scary as this might sound, there are so many ways to achieve this, and once you get a hang of it, the work will get easier.

Here is a great infographic listing these 9 tips for your WordPress website or blog.  (See the 9 tips listed in text below the graphic)

The 9 Most Powerful Blog Promotion Tactics From Top Marketing Experts [Infographic]
Infograhic courtesy of: ReferralCandy

Although it talks about blogs,  many of these methods work even if you don’t use the blogging feature on your WordPress site (although I think you should be blogging or using the blog as your newsletter). Enjoy!

9 Most Powerful Blog Promotion Tips:

1) Your Blog’s Gotta Rock: Be helpful, be unique

2) Make Sure it’s Searchable: Do proper keyword research

3) We’re All Visual Creatures: Use images effectively

4) Relationship Matters: Build relationship and engage people

5) Know Your Target Audience: Understand your audience and match your content to their needs

6) Get Personal by Email: Connect at a deeper level with emails

7) Perform Targeted Distribution: Deliver relevant content to those who are interested

8) Maximize the Potential of Social Media: Strategically use social media for the best results

9) Make It Happen!: Ask yourself, “What’s the ONE thing I can do today?”

So which of these is your favorite WordPress promotion technique?  Put your comments below

WordPress Security Updates and Keeping Your Website Secure

Just yesterday, WordPress 3.9.2 was released. This was so called a “security release” to address some security issues with the previous versions.

This particular release includes 5 changes to make WordPress sites more secure, and if you want all the technical details you can read it  here from WordPress.org.

WordPress folks constantly pay close attention to possible problems with WordPress and come out with new security and maintenance releases to fix them. So, it’s very important for us users to keep our WordPress sites up to date as these new releases become available. (For more information read this blog post on automatic updates)

Website security is no longer an option. When you have a business to run, a hacked website is the last thing you want to deal with… So it’s a good idea to make your website as secure as possible to avoid any unpleasant surprises.

Since this is a topic that seems to be on everybody’s mind these days, I’ll be hosting a webinar for my Website Creation Workshop Club next week on one of the most popular WordPress security plugins, Wordfence Security.

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On this webinar, our expert Mark Krusch will be demonstrating how to install and set up the Wordfence plugin. If this is something that interests you, sign up for the WCW Club here and learn with me next week.

(Or, if you are not yet familiar with WordPress and don’t have a website yet,   join me with the  Website Creation Workshop.)

 

 

 

 

Success Story from a Coach for Teachers

Today, I would like to feature my Website Creation Workshop students, Kitty Boitnott, a coach who works with teacher leaders, teachers in distress and teachers in transition to a new career.

Kitty first took my course in 2013 and implemented all the things she learned when she created her first site by herself. And she didn’t just stop at one website!  Here is her new site that she recently created called “TimeOut4Teacher”:

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This is what Kitty had to say about Website Creation Workshop:

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During my Website Creation Workshop, I not only teach WordPress “how-to’s” but also teach online marketing techniques, and I’m so happy to see Kitty’s sites are reflecting that!

See  other examples of Websites for Coaches built by Students of the Website Creation Workshop

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If you are ready to get your website built in WordPress,
go here for more information about the program: www.WebsiteCreationWorkshop.com/register

How to Reduce Spam Comments in WordPress

nospam-200If you have a WordPress blog, you’ll sooner or later start seeing random, unrelated comments posted on your site.  That is called “comment spam,” which can be very annoying! These spammy comments can take up space, “taint” your blog with unprofessional language, confuse your blog readers, and could even include links to undesirable sites.

Fortunately, there are WordPress plugins that can reduce comment spam for you so that you won’t need to spend time manually deleting them.  Just install one or more of these plugins and activate them, and kiss those spammers goodby!

Top 7 WordPress Plugins to Help Combat Spam Comments:

Anti-spam Bee
(http://wordpress.org/plugins/antispam-bee/)
antispam-bee Our favorite. It’s been working very well for us. You’ll see the plug-in page on wordpress.org is written in German, but the plugin interface is in English and easy to set up.


Akismet
(https://wordpress.org/plugins/akismet/)
akismet Akismet comes bundled with WordPress; you just need to get an API key from Akismet.com to use it. Fee-based for business use.


Anti-spam
(http://wordpress.org/plugins/anti-spam/)
anti-spam Another popular, well-rated anti-spam plugin.


Anti-spam by CleanTalk
(http://wordpress.org/plugins/cleantalk-spam-protect/)
anti-spam-cleantalk Fee-based after a trial period. Seems to have good tech support.


WP-SpamShield Anti-Spam
(http://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-spamshield/)
wp-spamshield Includes spam-blocking contact form feature, and protection from user registration spam as well.


Stop Spam Comments
(http://wordpress.org/plugins/stop-spam-comments/)
stop-spam-commentsSuper simple plugin that does not require any setups.


Conditional CAPTCHA
(http://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-conditional-captcha/)
conditional-captchaUsing CAPTCHA (the system that asks you to enter machine-unreadable characters before you submit comments to ensure you are a human) is one of the most effective ways to block spam comments, but that could be annoying to some commentators, too. This plugin allows you to show the CAPTCHA screen only when certain conditions are not met.


Just like with any plugins, each of these has its own unique functions. See which one would work the best for you.

Give em a try and leave your comments below…

 

5 Great Theme Companies with Beautiful WordPress Designs

One of the hardest things in building a WordPress site is picking a theme!  You can spend hours trolling the internet finding the perfect theme.

Although there are many free WordPress themes available from WordPress.org’s Theme Directory, my recommendation is to go with a premium (paid) theme from a reputable WordPress theme company.

Why? …..Well, here are some things you should consider before jumping at any free themes:

  • Not many free theme designers provide technical support  or active user forums.
  • As WordPress improves, it’s very important for the themes to stay compatible with it so that you can take advantage of the latest tools and technology that WordPress offers. However, free themes tend to be not maintained as well as the premium themes. (for obvious reasons… they are not getting paid)
  • And using a theme that’s not up to the latest technology that changes every day means it just might be vulnerable to hackers and malware.

Considering the above, here are five theme companies  I recommend to my Website Creation Workshop students:

StudioPress

studio-press-themesUsing Genesis framework, StudioPress themes are very versatile, and hence, many professional web designers use their themes as the base to create custom themes. (This blog site is running on a StudioPress theme called “Prose.”)
Find them here: http://www.thebestthemes.com/studiopress/



iThemes

ithemes themesiThemes themes run on a framework called Builder, which lets you customize the layout by “drag and drop” each design blocks. A great way to customize to exactly how you want it! You can find them here: http://www.thebestthemes.com/ithemes



Elegant Themes

elegant themesKnown for the simplicity, functionality, and beautiful design, Elegant Themes provides many easy-to-use, yet gorgeous looking themes. You can find them here: http://www.thebestthemes.com/elegantthemes



Woo Themes

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Woothemes is best known for their WooCommerce plugin for creating ecommerce WordPress sites.  They have an open and clean look and an easy way to browse for their themes. You can find them here: http://www.thebestthemes.com/woothemes



Ink Themes

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And Finally there is InkThemes.  They are  a company that gives you a great looking theme, without a lot of customization needed.  This company is great for the newbie who does not know WordPress well, as in no time at all, you can get your site looking great! . You can find them here: http://www.thebestthemes.com/inkthemes

Do you have any favorite WordPress themes? Please share in the comment box below!

 

Declare Your Independence Day!

“No More King” they said as they declared their independence from the King of England 238 years ago. Back then the people of the United States wanted to be free from someone else telling them what to do.  They wanted to be in control of their destiny!

Watch this short fun video below from School House Rock. (Yeah that show from the ’70s)

And in celebration of July 4th today, I have opened back up my Website Creation Summer Camp for registrations.  If you’d like to join us this summer and declare your independence from others when it comes to building a website, just go to:
http://www.WebsiteCreationSummerCamp.com/register

Happy July 4th!

Camp Fire Stories, Movie Nights, Arts & Crafts & More…

Remember how much fun summer camp was when you were a kid?

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You played games all day in the sun…

You made arts and crafts with new friends…

You listened to stories around the campfire every night…

You fully enjoyed yourself because you LIVED! Well we’re bringing that fun back to Summer, but this time its for the GROWN-UPS! [Read more...]

Summer 2014 Website Creation Camp is Coming!

Woo Hoo!  The Website Creation Summer Camp 2014 is coming!

I will be doing an easy 6 week training program teaching you how to create your websites with WordPress in the Website Creation Summer Camp 2014!

Here are some of the details:

What?Website Creation Workshop Quick Summer Program: A 6 Week Online training series

The Website Creation Workshop Quick Summer Program is an Online program that takes you through the process of creating your own website without a webmaster. Using the WordPress software you will learn how to create a blog or a website that is easy to update, great for the search engines, and does NOT require webmaster skills. You learn hands on by having your own practice site  “student project” WordPress Website Installed for you. [Read more...]