A Few Blogging Tips

I have a few posts I”mw working on..and by working on I mean they are in my head and not in the computer yet! But I wanted to share a few blogging tips that I have found over the last few years blogging.

  • Set up  a Time – Blogging takes time and don’t ever expect to write a post after a long day. Have a set time of the week to write. I don’t always do this and  I sometimes will write one out of the blue but if you write a post every day or a few times a week. This is a good idea to make it part of your routine. This has worked well for me in the past.
  • WordPress. I know there are a lot of blogging services out there WordPress, Blogger or Typepad. But I think WordPress gives you way more control over your blog in looks and feels. I have used Blogger and TypePad. But, for me WordPress is great for the beginner or advanced blogger. WordPress let’s you get in start exploring and you can expand as you get more comfortable. No other blog platform does this as well as WordPress. This blog is a WordPress Blog.
  • Firefox Browser – One thing I don’t think many people know is you an resize your pictures better in Firefox. By this I mean you can grab the corner of the picture and drag it to the size you need. You don’t have to rely on the built in “thumbnail, small, medium, large” buttons. Its easy and WordPress will tell you the size as you drag the picture. This has really come in handy when you need a picture sized just right to fit in the layout you want.
  • Plug-In’s – WordPress has ton’s of really great plug in’s. They add additional functionality to your blog. I say get in and explore some great ones and use them. But don’t go overboard on the plug in’s. They will slow your blog down and you could loose readers. Who wants to wait for a blog to load so you can read it? Here are some of my favorite plug in’s
    • All in one SEO – simple to use SEO, especially if you don’t know a lot about SEO
    • Disqus Commeting Plug In – Lets people use Facebook, TWitter  to log in and leave a comment
    • DandyID – lets you show where people can find you on the web
    • Dean’s Permalink Migration – Ok this one is a little geeky, but if you want to change the permalinks to your site. Maybe you did like I did and didn’t set it up right or you want to change it. This plug in lets you create 403 links and redirects people to the new page.
    • Google Analytics for WordPress – If you have Google Analytics, this is the easiest way to put it on your blog. No, getting the code, then finding where to put it. Just paste in your GA number and you’re done.

These are a few tips for blogging. If you have any let me know. Especially if you have plug in’s you use and love. There are thousands of them!

Tim is the founder of Element33. A social media agency specializing in education, management and strategy for small businesses. He comes from a traditional marketing agency but has embraced all things digital. He considers himself a marketing nerd and believes that all marketing is tied together. This means no matter what silo you are in, social, email, seach, etc, changes in one will affect the other!

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