The Three Characteristics of Compelling Content

If you had to choose between a dying community that’s on life support or a thriving community filled with members who generously share their knowledge and time with other members, which community would you want to lead?   You’d choose the second option. You may have even tried to build a community and found yourself frustrated when after all of your hard work, […]

Ideas Are Everywhere You Just Have To Capture Them

When it comes to creating compelling content, don’t think you have to spend hours brainstorming ideas or researching topics. There are plenty of easy ways to figure out what topics will be the most useful for your community. Use these suggestions to jumpstart your creativity and inspire your next content piece.  Surveys Surveys and suggestion forms are great tools because they allow your community to […]

How To Make An Epic Blog Post With Crowdsourced Content

Crowd sourcing a blog post is a good way to interact with your community and gather valuable feedback from them. It makes you look like a thought leader and it shows your community that you care about their needs.   Kelly McCausey of  Love People + Make Money used crowd sourcing to create her post, Beat Pricing Stress With These Smart Solopreneurs. The post continues […]

How Storytelling Helps You Go “The Extra Mile”

Stories turn ordinary content into compelling content. They make it easier for your readers and listeners to relate to your content. They also help your content become more shareable. That’s why every time you’re done creating a piece of content, pause and ask yourself, “What story could I tell?”  Share your story.  Sometimes, the story might be from your own […]

WordPress Plugins We Can’t Live Without

The ability to use plugins is one of my absolute favorite things about WordPress. If you run your blog or website on the self-hosted WordPress platform, you’re probably familiar with plugins. In case you’re unfamiliar, WordPress plugins are pieces of software that can be used to expand the functionality of your site. They often accomplish one […]

Creating Content Upgrades With PLR

Many online business owners that use PLR, edit it and publish it on their blogs. They spend a few days promoting it then they let that post die a quiet death and they move on. The problem is that while the post may be informative for the reader, it doesn’t invite them to go deeper. […]

Building a Blog: How to Configure Discussion Settings

The “Discussion Tab” is fourth on the list under “Settings.”   This is where you customize how you want people to interact with you. (This is an important section) 1.  Uncheck “Allow link notifications from other blogs (trackbacks and pingbacks” ) If you have this checked it allows too much spam. 2.  Select “Automatically close comments […]

Building a Blog: How to Configure Reading Settings

As we go down the “Settings” list, the “Reading Tab” is next. The “Reading Tab”  determines what gets displayed. 1.  It asks whether you want your blog to show a fixed, static page (like an “ordinary” website) or your latest posts.  Google prefers “Your latest posts” … but if you’re running a service-based business and your blog is […]

Building a Blog: How to Configure Writing Settings

The “Writing Tab” is the next one we will work on.  Not much on this page that needs adjusted,  we will move down to the “Update Services” section. This tells you which services the blog is “pinging” (notifying) every time you make a post. Your screen probably looks like this. This indicates that only one news […]

Building a Blog: How to Configure General Settings

With your theme installed you are ready to begin configuring your blog to look and work the way you want it to.  This post is the first of several that will deal with configuring your blog settings. 1.  The first thing you’ll do is go to your “Settings” tab, in the left hand menu.  The […]

Building A Blog: Installing A Theme

Now that you have selected the theme you want to use, installing it is easy. Log in to your dashboard by typing   Pay special attention to the left margin.   Click the “Appearance” tab and you’ll see a dropdown menu. Click “Themes.”     You’ll see the current Theme your blog is using […]

Building a Blog: Selecting A Theme

Once you have WordPress installed, selecting a theme is the next step.  WordPress installation includes a few free themes and there are many other free themes available.   You can also purchase themes for added features.    Some free themes are great!  Some paid themes have issues.  Depending on your blog and the content you […]

Building A Blog: Finding A Host Site

Are you looking to build a website? In our previous post we discussed purchasing a domain name.  The domain name is the unique address of your website or often known as the URL.   The next step is to find a hosting site.  The hosting site is the physical space on the internet where your web […]

Building A Blog: Buying A Domain Name

You have decided to create a blog and are wondering where to start.  Setting a blog up is fairly easy.  The first thing you will need to do is decide on a name for your blog. The domain name for this blog is    A domain name is considered an address on the internet.   The […]

Want WordPress? Choose Your Host Carefully

It is becoming increasingly popular to build entire websites with WordPress. ‘But WordPress is for blogs!’ Yes, WordPress is a popular blogging platform but it is also a feature rich content management system with capabilities that can grow with the right scrip plugins and that is what makes it a popular web tool of choice. […]