Blogging 101 and Writing 101 Are Back!

Just in case what we do in class isn’t enough, here are some options for additional practice and improvement direct from the crew at WordPress. Even better…it’s free.

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You’ve just started your shiny new blog and you’d like some help as you get up to speed on WordPress.com. Or, maybe you’d like some inspiration to write every day. On September 15th, we kick off two free Blogging U. courses: Blogging 101 and Writing 101. They might be just what you need to whip your blog into shape and/or establish your writing habit.

Blogging 101

Each day for 30 days, Blogging 101 offers a bite-sized blogging “assignment*,” geared to helping you customize the look of your blog, start a blogging habit, and find some new blogging friends. Here’s how it works:

  • Assignments fall into three broad categories — publishing posts, customizing your blog, and engaging with the community. Assignments are designed to build on one another.
  • We’ll post a new assignment at The Daily Post each weekday at 12AM GMT (8PM EDT). (Time zone math: 12AM GMT…

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All About SEO on WordPress.com

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We get a lot of questions about SEO here on WordPress.com, and no wonder — you work hard on your site and want to get the word out! SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. SEO recommendations are intended to help your site rank higher and more accurately in search engines, like Google. Say you write a blog about sailboats. When someone Googles “sailboats,” how many pages of results do they have to scroll through before they see a link to your blog? The goal behind having good SEO is to increase your website’s SERP (Search Engine Results Page) ranking.

many sailboats On the busy internet, it can be tough to make your “sailboat” stand out from all the others.

Ideally, you want your link to be on the first page of results. The best ways to accomplish this are:

  • consistently publish useful, original posts about sailboats; and
  • promote your blog in intelligent ways to people…

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New Themes: Circa and Quadra

WordPress is constantly updating and creating new responsive themes. The following post by Caroline Moore introduces us to Circa and Quadra.

New Themes: Circa and Quadra.

How to easily Create a WordPress-Powered Sales Page

How to Easily Create a WordPress-Powered Sales Page (via The Blog Herald)

WordPress powers millions of blogs, and is used in a wide variety of situations. Thanks to its flexibility, many companies use it in place of a traditionally designed website, and with the many themes and plugins available, you can do some pretty cool…

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Cracking the Code

If you have a WordPress or any other blog site there will probably come a time when you will need to use some HTML code to make your site function more like a basic website.  You don’t have master code or even be particularly code savvy.  You will need to spend a little time deciding exactly what you want to do and be able to visualize the page. Continue reading