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Video From WordPress Shares New Features for WordPress 4.2.1

Hello everyone. It has been a long time since I last posted. I do hope all of you are well.

I wanted to share  a video from the WordPress folks about a powerful update for your blog. This new update looks like it will make blogging even easier.

Take care and enjoy

Watch video and see all the other new features of WordPress

Are You a Blogger Thinking About Writing a Book? Try Using WordPress.com

Are you a blogger thinking about writing a book but so busy blogging that you don’t seem to have time?

Or are you a baby boomer who finally has a few nano seconds and want to start on that novel but need to get organized?

Well, I am challenging you to “Blog Your Book”

I am posting a few articles in the next couple of days for resources to get you started. But let me know if you decide to start because I am going to join you and we can make it a BOOMER BOOK BLOG CHALLENGE.

The first resource is from WordPress.com’s support interface. It is, of course, comprehensive. And if you do not have a wordpress.com blog would be a good idea to start one to play with. My opinion is, however, is to shut it off from the search engines. But I am going to try this right along with you to see how it works. Ok, so lets get started by clicking the instructions below.

Blog Your Book using WordPress.com

Do You Already Know All There is to Know About WordPress and Blogging? Can A Baby Boomer Explore and Learn More?

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Just when you though you had arrived in your blogging then you find that there is something more you need to know about WordPress and you get pulled back in. Well the fact of the matter is that we really never ever know all there is to know about blogging. At least that is my opinion.

That’s why I am going to sit in on some of this upcoming Web Camp by Armand Moran.

Now this training is not for the faint of heart. You must be willing to sit, get up, and sit again because it is for many hours over 3 days. That is why, although the training is free, if you want copies of the recordings that is where the price kicks in. Also, if you really like the training you can continue the learning by joining the monthly membership site.

But if your calender can be freed up for a couple of days and you have some great coffee, green tea or camomile you can hangout and refresh some points and learn other points. Also, if you are snowed in that will be the ultimate opportunity. So, think about coming to class again and Learn Boomer Learn.

Just click on the link below and find out more information.

FREE WordPress Blog Training

Black Friday Blogging Posts-Are You Shopping Online? Check out the Blogs

A lot of folks are staying home and shopping online today, Black Friday. So, since I have not put a post on this blog in a minute thought I would share some blog posts that you can use to start your online shopping.

If you have more to add let me know. I will be checking for your comments while I watch the TV marathons or add more stuff to my Ebay Store.

How To Set Up a Blog on WordPress Video Worth Viewing

I am listening to and viewing an excellent video tutorial on setting up your WordPress.org blog. The author has done a very good job.

 

How to Add a Subscribe Box to Your WordPress.org Blog Using Feedburner

If you don’t already have a subscription option on your blog it is real easy to do it using Feedburner.

Why Have a Subscription option on your blog?

The cool thing about placing a subscription option on your blog is that everyone who enters their email address will automatically get notified in their emails.  This is real easy to do with Feedburner.

First you need to sign in with Feedburner. You will need a google account. A gmail email will work.

When in Feedburner visit the Tab that says Publicize.

 

Click on the ACTIVATE button at the bottom of the page.

Choose the option for TYPEPAD  and COPY the HTML CODE

PASTE the code into a TEXT WIDGET and place into the SIDEBAR OF YOUR BLOG

As soon as you do this please let me know the url so I can go and  put in my email to add to the many that will subscribe to your site.

 

 

Are You Using ‘ADMIN’ as Your User Name? If Yes “Danger, Danger Will Robinson”

 

Changing Your User Name Can Help Protect Your Blog

If you are still using ‘admin’ as your user name in your blog login then imagine that robot from the TV series Lost in Space warning you of danger. Now your name may not be Will Robinson (The young boy in the series) but imagine that you hear that robot calling your name. I did the other day when I signed into my blog.

I knew that there was a danger in not changing that user name but I got lazy. I have sat through webinars, telesminars and ever read that using ADMIN as your user name could make you a target for hackers! It is so true and I have been hacked more than once.  So I resolved to change my user name and I survived the task.

The Easy Way I Changed My ADMIN to Another User Name

I REPLACED MYSELF. I was listed as the ADMINISTRATOR for my blog with an ADMIN user name. I signed in ,with what I hoped would be the last time, with that oh so obvious ADMIN. Then I tried to delete myself as a user. DUH, it would not delete me because I was signed in. Ha Ha. So I had ADD A NEW USER then sign out and sign back in as the new user. Then, and only then, could I delete that unwise user with ADMIN as the handle.

Ok, here are the steps:

1. Sign in with your existing user name and password

2.  Create a new user with the same role ADMINISTRATOR.

NOTE: I had to use a different email address because each user has to have different email address

3. Log out of your blog

4. Log in again but this time as the new user.

5. Delete the old “admin” user and assign all posts created by that user to your new user. The system will ask you what you want to do with the posts and links owned by the “admin” user. When asked what to do with the posts and links owned by the “admin” user, select the “Attribute all posts and links to” option, choose the new user from the drop down list, and click “Confirm Deletion”.

Once the user is removed, you have the option to change the new user’s email address if a different one was used to create it. Oh, and be sure that when you choose that new user name that you do not use your name. That is just toooo easy for the energetic hacker.

Let me know when you change that user name!

 

Did You Ever Want To Send a Message to Someone on Pinterest?

I really never thought about sending someone a message on Pinterest. I always figured that if I made a comment on their boards they would see anything I had  to say. Yet, as I think about it there may be times that you want your message to be private.
I mean you don’t want the whole Pinterest world to see your suggestion to  another Pinner that they should use a better picture or that you thought their description needed improvement. Nor do you want everyone to see your attempt to negotiate a better price for those earrings they are selling on Etsy or Ebay.

Well, I saw this post on a great blog called Networkingtips4u on Creating Messages on Pinterest.

Remember your blogging 101 and leave a comment on the site.

How to Get Dynamic Traffic to Your Blog-Part 3

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series How To Get Dynamic Traffic To Your Blog

This is the 3rd post in a series by Guest Blogger Ron Whitaker

Well, friends, we’ve reached the end…the end of my little series, that is.

In Part 1, I discussed the importance of keyword research before writing and publishing a blog post.

In Part 2, I provided some best practices on where to include those keywords in your blog posts.

Now, in Part 3, I’ll provide some tips that I’ve learned over the past few months about how to drive traffic to your website once you’ve completed the above steps.

But first, a question?

Were you popular in high school?

Were you the popular cheerleader or jock who everyone wanted to hang out with? You know, the one who got invited to every party and activity?

If you were, I envy you!

Granted, I had friends, but definitely didn’t fall within the cool crowd.

But that was then…and we’re in a new age: the Internet age! And the good news is, the game’s changed!

Whoo-hoo!

So today, I’m going to show everyone who reads this post how they can be cool and popular online.

Is it easy?

No. It WILL take work, but it’s doable! And the rewards can be fantastic!

What does being popular have to do with driving traffic to my blog?

Good question.

Let’s delve into that topic with another question:

Thinking back to those popular kids in high school, how did you know they were popular?

Maybe they were nice?

Maybe they dressed in the coolest, hippest fashion of the time?

Maybe they knew all the words to the latest popular songs?

What exactly did they do or say that clued you in that they were popular?

Perhaps the famous quote by John Kuebler will provide a hint: Show me your friends and I will show you your future.

The playwright Euripides also provides a clue: Every man is like the company he is wont to keep.

Thinking back to the question above—how did you know they were popular?—the obvious answer to tell that those kids were popular was by the quantity of friends they surrounded themselves with.

So, there it is in a nutshell. They had friends. And lots of them!

But what does that have to do with driving traffic to your website?

How to be popular on the Internet

Well, if you want to get traffic to your website, you’ve got to be popular on the web!

How?

Just like in high school, you knew the popular kids were popular by the number of friends they had, the same principle applies to the Internet!

Man typing on keyboard

Image courtesy of suphakit73 / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Here’s the secret: search engines like Google recognize how “popular” your website is by the number of links from other websites that point to your website.

Show me a website that ranks high for a particular keyword in Google, and I can pretty much guarantee that that site has a fairly high number of links, also known as backlinks, pointing back to it from other websites from around the virtual world.

Great! I wanna be popular on the web and get links pointing back to my website. How do I do it?

There are many ways.

I’m going to focus on two in this post:

  • Guest blog posting
  • Blog commenting

Guest Blog Posting

So, what’s guest blog posting?

Well, it’s what I’m doing here! I don’t own Blogging for Boomers, Rosie does!

Though my website lies elsewhere in the virtual world, Rosie was kind enough to invite me to come on over here and do a series of guest posts.

What does guest blog posting do?

Several things.

Guest posting allows you to build relationships around the web. (Hint: make friends! The more you have, the more popular you become!)

Also, when you guest post on another blog, it allows you to create a link or two back to your own website.

How do you find blogs for guest posting?

As an example, say you have a budding blog centered around the topic of vintage auto restoration.

Head over to Google and perform a search like the following:

Auto restoration “write for us.”

What does this search operator do?

Boomer woman at laptop

Image courtesy of stockimages / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

It returns websites centered around auto restoration and that allow guest bloggers to post on their blogs (hence “write for us”).

Here are some other searches you can use to find blogs that allow guest bloggers on their sites. We’re still using our example of auto restoration as your business. You can replace “auto restoration” with keywords that are related to your own blog.

  • Auto restoration “guest post”
  • Auto restoration “guest blogger”
  • Auto restoration “submit an article”
  • Auto restoration “submit a blog post”

Those ought to get you started!

And here’s a hint, when you provide a blog post for another site, make sure it’s your best stuff! Show the world what you know about your topic! Sock it to ‘em!

You’ll make new friends along the way (becoming popular!), you’ll build credibility with a new audience, and you’ll get a sweet link (or two) back to your own blog.

Blog Commenting

What’s blog commenting?

Actually, I feel another story coming on!

Once upon a time there was a new website owner/blogger who wanted to start making friends around the webosphere.

He started commenting on blogs that were related to his own website, and who had audiences he was trying to reach as well.

One day he left a comment on a blog about blogging for boomers. Someone named Rosie noticed, replied to his comment, and invited him to post a blog series on her website.

The end.

And it all started with commenting on a blog!

Commenting on blogs simply means finding those blogs that are centered around topics similar to yours and then visiting them and posting comments at the end of posts.

It’s that simple, but I have a STRONG word of caution.

The first rule of commenting is when guest commenting make sure you enter “quality” comments.

Do NOT, under any circumstance, simply write “Nice post. Thanks.”

Just don’t go there!

When commenting, make sure your comments are heartfelt and really provide VALUE to the comments section. Provide a comment that offers a new point of view, or affirms through your experiences how you relate to the points that were made by the author.

In other words, provide quality comments.

You never know what might happen. You just may receive an invitation to guest post on that blog.

I did!

How To Get Dynamic Traffic to Your Blog Where to Put Keywords in Your Blog Posts-Part 2

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series How To Get Dynamic Traffic To Your Blog

Greetings, boomer bloggers. This is Ron Whitaker, Guest Blogger, with part 2 of your series on keywords.

If you remember, last week I discussed the basics of keyword research.

Here’s a quick review:

If you remember my example from last week, I said that if you and I were having a discussion about my trip to Flagstaff, Arizona, throughout our discussion, you’d definitely hear me mention words like Flagstaff, Arizona, Northern Arizona, and Northern Arizona University.

I wouldn’t mention or discuss Paris, Eiffel Tower, or the Berlin Wall. Those words simply have nothing to do with Flagstaff!

Easy enough, yeah?

OK. So if you’re writing a brilliant blog post, where do you actually put the keywords or key phrases so that the search engines can find them and determine what your blog post is about so that it can be ranked well for that keyword or key phrase?

Well, that’s the point of today’s lesson. Let’s get started!

You asked for it…you got it!

Here’s where you’re going to need to place your keywords for best SEO practices.

Drum roll, please!

1. Page Title
2. Body text headers
3. Within links
4. Within the content
5. ALT Tags
6. Meta Description tag
7. File names
8. Domain name

Ta-da! There you have it.

Now, let’s discuss each one.

Page Title

What’s the page title?

If you’re familiar with HTML, the scripting language used to design web pages, the title of a website is found between the <title></title> tags.

And where is the title of the web page found?

Right here:

Title in browser

Take a moment and look at the very top of your browser. In Firefox, my browser of choice, it’ll be at the very top within the blue bar.

THAT’s the title. And it’s a critical place to include your keywords!

Now, do you need to know HTML and modifying the tag for each blog post?

The good news is no! Thankfully.

If you have a self-hosted WordPress blog, there’s a little trick you can use to get your keywords into your title.

Here’s how:

Log in to your WordPress admin page.

Under the Settings menu item along the left side of your screen, select Permalinks.

On the Permalinks Settings page, within the Common Settings section, select Post name.

Permalinks settings

When you choose this option, the next time you create a blog post, the title you enter in the Edit Post screen will become the title of your blog post within browsers.

Edit blog post

Very clever…and helpful! (Thank you, WordPress!)

Body Text Headers

As you’re creating your content, it’s always a good idea to break it up.

How?

With headers.

For example, the headers so far in this blog post are “Where to place keywords revealed,” “Page Title,” and this section, “Body Text Headers.”

Not only is it a nice way of breaking up the text, especially if you’re publishing a long blog post, but it’s also a great place to include your keywords!

How do you include a header?

Here’s where some research into “H” tags will come in handy.

Within links

Here’s another great place to put some keywords: within links!

As you write your blog post, there may be times when you need to link either to another blog post on your own site, or to another site completely.

When including links in your post, go ahead and put a keyword in the link that relates to the post you’re writing, as well as the page you’re linking to.

Within the content

This one’s a no-brainer!

The most obvious place you want to include your keywords is within the content of the blog post itself!

Tip: When planning and writing your blog post, you don’t need to write the keyword in the exact same manner every time.

As an example, as I planned and wrote a post on relieving caregiver stress through journaling, the key phrase I determined I would use was “relieving caregiver stress.”

Along with that, I used a variation: “relieve caregiver stress.” I also used the phrase “caregiver stress” which also provides a good clue to search engines as to the intent and focus of this post.

The takeaway here is that once you’ve determined your keyword or key phrase, come up with some slight variations as well. Don’t worry, search engines like Google are smart enough to figure out what your post is about.

What do you do if you want to post a video?

That’s fun!

First, determine what topic you’re going to cover in your video. And yes, that’ll include determining a keyword you want to focus on.

Second, shoot your video.

Third, once you’ve finished your video and are ready to publish it, go through the video (or have someone else do it) and transcribe it.

Then put the video transcript beneath the video when you publish.

As an example, I wanted to let my potential customers know the focus and purpose of my website. I also determined that I wanted to present it in a fun video.

I decided that the keywords I wanted to concentrate on were what boomers can do with all the “stuff” they’ve ended up with.

So, I created the video, uploaded it to WordPress, then transcribed the video with the content used, which of course included the keywords.

Remember, Google can’t “grab” onto the content within a video. But, it can grab and index the text on a blog post.

Hence, the video transcription below the actual video is a great way to do this!

ALT Tags

What are ALT tags?

In a nutshell, ALT tags are found within <img> tags. The <img> tag is the tag you use to place an image within a blog post or on a static web page.

Mouse over any of the images I’ve used so far in this blog post. Let it sit there a second and you’ll notice text pop up near the mouse pointer.

This is a result of the ALT tag used in the <img> tag.

The good news is, you don’t necessarily need to know how to insert an <img> tag within your blog post.

Here’s what you can do:

The simplest way to insert an image into your blog post is to first place your cursor where you want the image to appear, then click the Add Media button located right above the text box where you write your blog post.

Add Media within Add New Post

If you haven’t already, upload your image(s).

Select the one you want to insert into your post.

Notice at the right something similar to the following:

Editing image in WordPress

At the top is a thumbnail of the image. But it’s the section below that we’re interested in.

Two entries specifically—Title and Alt Text—are our new BFFs!

Simply enter a phrase—with your keywords, if it works—into each of these text boxes and WordPress will do the rest for you!

Meta Description Tag

Have you ever read those little descriptions below the title of a Google search result? Perhaps an image would better illustrate (pun intended!). Check out the chunks of text in red below.

Google SERPs

Those chunks of text come from the Meta Description tag.

If you manually entered it into your blog post, it would look something like this:

<meta name=”description” content=”This is an example of a meta description. This will often show up in search results.”>

Don’t worry, there’s a MUCH easier way to enter the text you want to be included in the meta description of your post. Please see The Best SEO Plugin Ever section at the end of this post.

For now, just know that putting your keywords in this section is a boon for you and those searching on your keywords.

File Names

What file name makes more sense as far as search engine optimization goes?

1) http://www.domainname.com/blog/?p=3234

or

2) http://www.domainname.com/blog/10-steps-to-easy-keyword-research/

Without question, option #2!

Why?

Simply put, it’s got your keyword in it?

So, how do you get your keywords into the name of the file?

Again, thanks to WordPress, it’s a snap!

Remember this image from the Page Title section above?

Edit blog post

Notice the second arrow pointing to the Permalink line. The cool thing is that whatever you enter in your title not only will be entered as the title of your post, and therefore appear at the top of your browser, but it will also become the filename of the blog post itself.

So, if I’m writing a blog post titled “How to write a blog post” based on the image above, the file and URL of the blog post will look something like this:

http://www.domainname.com/blog/how-to-write-a-blog-post

How nifty is that?

Don’t forget, you’ll need to go into the Permalinks section of your WordPress admin and set Common Settings to Post name. See the Page Title section above.

Domain Name

Not sure what a domain name is?

The following are domain names:

www.microsoft.com
www.marthastewart.com
www.oprah.com
www.usa.gov

Sometimes it can be challenging to get your keywords into your domain name. As an example, look at eBay.

Granted, eBay is now a brand, but before it came onto the scene, I doubt many people were searching for the word eBay.

If possible though, your domain name can be a fantastic place to include a keyword.

The Best SEO Plugin Ever

OK. If keeping track of all the above seems a bit overwhelming, well, it is!

But, there’s some smart guys over at Yoast who’ve created this amazing plugin for WordPress. It’s called WordPress SEO, and I HIGHLY recommend you install it in your WordPress admin and use it!

It makes all this keyword stuff so much easier!

Once installed, the Yoast plugin will appear below the text box where you enter and write your blog posts.

Here’s what it looks like:

WordPress SEO by Yoast plugin interface

You’ll notice four tabs at the top of the WordPress SEO by Yoast section: General, Page Analysis, Advanced, and Social.

For this blog post, I’m just going to concentrate on the General tab.

When I first enter the Add New screen to write a blog post, the first thing I do is scroll down to the Yoast plugin section and enter my keyword into the text box next to Focus Keyword. Notice here a sample from my own blog. The keyword I was focusing on was “sandwich generation.”

From there, it’s pretty much downhill!

The Snippet Preview shows what your search result will look like in Google.

One of my favorite features appears below the Focus Keyword text box. Once you enter your keyword, Yoast will show you how many times your keyword was found within the Article Heading, Page Title, Page URL, Content, and Meta Description.

How awesome is that!

You now know exactly where the keyword has been placed and how many times it was found.

Remember above in the Meta Description section I referred you to this section? Here’s why:
Notice at the bottom of the Yoast plugin the Meta Description entry? All you have to do here is enter your description—using your keyword?and bam! It’s all done for you. Yoast will enter it automatically into your blog post.

Well, that is it for this week’s blog post and where to place your keywords for best search engine results.

Next week we’ll discuss how to be popular!