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3 Tips For Successful Blogging

There are a variety of ways that blogs can help your website, from offering the perfect way to add fresh content to your website to get in Google’s good books, the addition of a blog to your website is all positive!

However, it is important to note that adding a blog to your website is not enough on its own, you actually have to use it! You don’t need to go crazy, a blog a week should be fine and is enough to ensure that visitors to your website know that your website is regularly updated.

To help you along the way, we have identified 3 steps to help make your blog successful.

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Step 1: Put Aside Some Time

This may be the hardest part. We understand that your time is precious and you may want to do other things with your spare time (if you have any!).

Don’t forget though that blogging is a form of marketing that can keep on giving. You don’t need to dedicate 1 day a week to writing a blog, anywhere from 30 mins to an hour should be enough to write a quality blog.

Step 2: Choosing The Right Subjects

Whilst this may seem tricky, many effective blogs are written about fairly basic subjects. For example, if you are a plumber, do you know of any ways your customers could save a bit of money during the expensive winter heating months? If so, why not write a blog about it?

Do you have a new product or service you would like to promote? Have you seen a recent story in the press that you would like to tie in? Anything from 300 to 500 words will be absolutely fine and you will be amazed how quickly this can come together once you start typing away.

Pick a catchy title ‘5 ways to save money this summer’ for example and start typing!

Top Tip – If the creative juices are flowing and you have 2 or 3 good ideas, keep a note and put them aside for another day.

Step 3: Leave it to us!

If you find steps 1 and 2 a little bit too time-consuming, why not leave it to us!? We love creating fresh and interesting content for our clients and would be more than happy to create something special for you!

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Further Information

If you’d like to speak to us regarding how we can help you to use web design to grow your company, give us a call on 01883 372488 or contact us via Facebook and we’ll be happy to talk you through your options.

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By | April 10th, 2019|Blogging|Comments Off on 3 Tips For Successful Blogging

WordPress 101: An Intro to Your Dashboard

You’ve got shiny new WordPress site, but how do you use it?

With such a huge variety of themes, visual options and add-ons, it’s no surprise that WordPress is nowWP Logo the most popular platform for building blogs and websites. It’s stylish, straightforward and simple to use. Over the next few blogs, we’re going to show you just how easy using WordPress really is. From finding your way around your dashboard, to editing images – and everything in between – we can help you take charge of editing and updating your own site.

Welcome to your Dashboard

When you log in to your WordPress account, you’ll be greeted by a screen similar to the below:

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This is your dashboard!

From here, you can improve, update, edit and view everything to do with your website. You can even change the layout of your dashboard, to make things you use frequently easier to find and access.

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In the top right of the screen, you’ll see “Howdy, (username)” – pretty useful to make sure you’re logged into the right site, with the right account. Just below this, you’ll see a link marked “Screen Options” (highlighted by the red arrow). This will allow you to Wordpress 3amend which boxes appear in your dashboard. By checking, or unchecking any of the boxes, you’ll be able to amend those that appear on the main screen of your dashboard – leaving room for those you find most useful.

You can also change the order of the boxes that appear in your dashboard, by dragging and dropping them. If there’s something you use all the time, and need it at the top, just hold your cursor on the title bar, click, hold and move it to where you want it.

To the left of your screen, you’ll see a list menu. This is your navigation menu. From here, you can do everything. Writing blogs, moderate comments, adding new webpages, etc. All things we’ll go into over the next few blogs. At the bottom of this list, you’ll see an option titled “Collapse Menu”. Clicking this will reduce your navigation menu down, allowing your main page to take up more room on your screen (particularly useful if you’re editing images). To reinstate it, simply click the right-pointing arrow.

In the next blog, we’ll cover creating posts & pages, as well as adding images to your image library. If there are any things you have queries on, or would like to know more about, please contact us and we’ll put that in the blog as well.

Intro to your blog, from WordPress.tv:

Further Information

Footprint Web Design have been at the forefront of web design and development for nearly 20 years. If you are looking for a website that truly represents your business, or advice on how to make your site stand out, then contact us today on 01883 372 488, or via email at info@footprint.co.uk.

 

By | February 27th, 2014|Bespoke website design, Wordpress, Wordpress Websites|Comments Off on WordPress 101: An Intro to Your Dashboard
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