Blogging

  • Is Your WordPress Database Too Large? Thin Out Revisions

    By Jennifer Mattern on September 9, 2014
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    A great feature of WordPress is its ability to save different versions of your posts as you go -- such as when you hit the "save draft" or "preview" buttons. These saved versions are called "revisions," and they give you restore points if anything goes wrong. Awesome, right? Well, it can be. But WordPress revisions have to be saved to […]
  • Quick Tip: Mute Twitter Accounts to Cut Back on Social Media Noise

    By Jennifer Mattern on September 3, 2014
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    Do you wish you could spend more time using social media to connect with colleagues, clients, or readers? Do you ever feel like trying is almost a waste of time because of all the noise? If so, here's a simple solution for you on Twitter. Use the "Mute" feature. Why Mute Twitter Accounts? Twitter gives you a few different options […]
  • Quick Tip: Back up or Clone Your WordPress Site with the Duplicator Plugin

    By Jennifer Mattern on August 26, 2014
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    No matter what kind of website you run, frequent backups are a necessity. With WordPress sites and blogs that's especially true because of the frequent core, theme, and plugin updates you have to perform. Having a fresh backup means you can revert all, or a part, of your site if something goes wrong during the update process (or if you're […]
  • Bloggers: Get More Twitter Mentions and Followers with This Quick Tip

    By Jennifer Mattern on August 12, 2014
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    Whether you're a professional blogger or you simply have a blog attached to your freelance writer or author website, chances are good you have social media sharing buttons attached to each post. And if not, you should. They're simple tools that allow your readers to easily spread the word about your posts. Yet I see bloggers make a common mistake […]
  • Writing Challenges Update (and August’s Challenge Details)

    By Jennifer Mattern on August 2, 2014
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    Let's jump right in with this month's writing challenge. We're doing a 30 in 30 days type of challenge, focused on short-form writing. You can choose the type of writing you want to do for this challenge, depending on your goals. My recommendations are to focus on: Blogging (ideal for pro bloggers, nonfiction writers, or anyone using blogging as a […]
  • Quick Tip: Speed Up Your WordPress Blog by Identifying Slow Plugins

    By Jennifer Mattern on July 22, 2014
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    I constantly run speed tests on my websites and blogs. I tweak settings, monitor changes after updates, and look for ways to keep making improvements. There is always room for improvement, and I find that my biggest speed issues tend to surface after running updates. If you're having speed issues with your WordPress blog, chances are good the problem stems from your […]
  • Quick Tip: Promote Your Writing With a Monthly Marketing Calendar

    By Jennifer Mattern on July 8, 2014
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    Here's a quick tip about how you can more effectively promote your writing every month, whether that means marketing your freelance writing services, your books, or your blogs. Use a monthly marketing calendar. What's the Point of a Monthly Marketing Calendar? A monthly marketing calendar gives you an easy way to keep all of your marketing information on one handy […]
  • 41 Types of Content to Promote Your Business

    By Jennifer Mattern on June 18, 2014
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    For this week's new resource, let's turn our attention to promoting your writing business. Whether that means promoting your freelance writing services, marketing a book, or growing your blog, there are numerous ways you can turn to other types of writing to promote your work. To point you in the right direction, here are 41 types of content and copywriting you can […]
  • Quick Tip: Use a Blog Editorial Calendar

    By Jennifer Mattern on June 17, 2014
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    Whether you manage one blog or many, content planning can become overwhelming at times. A simple tool to help with your content strategy is a blog editorial calendar. My old editorial calendars focused on monthly topics, but I didn't go much further than that. They were meant to be rough guides to help me focus my blog posts around important […]
  • Quick Tip: Protect Your WordPress Login Page From Brute Force Attacks

    By Jennifer Mattern on June 10, 2014
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    If you're a WordPress blogger, chances are that you're aware of the massive brute force attempts targeting WordPress sites lately. If you're not sure what these are, basically it's when someone attempts to hack your site by guessing your username and password. But they usually do this with bots that let them automate the process, and your site can be […]