I’m so glad to find the some of my friends are starting to use WordPress to blog or build their business websites.
Bill Belew, a famous blogger in Silicon Valley, aka the traffic professor, has been encouraging people to write and blog about what they really like and he say, “Keep blogging and the people will come to your site”, not in only a few months, but up to 5 or 6 months.
However, it seems to generate good traffic, you need to at least write one or two articles a day.
The second important thing for a good blogger is to have high quality articles. You need to create some “timeless contents”, meaning the contents will remain valuable even as the time goes by.
Next is that you need to provide “timely contents”, which Google would like as “Fresh stuff’. Blogs are usually updated more often by the Google indexer/spider just because usually blog contents are fresh. And WordPress has a great system to notify Google and other Web crawlers to index your new contents. For further reading, you may want to check this article on SearchEnglishWatch.com by Ray “Catfish” Comstock:
4 Types of Timely Content for Google’s “Fresh” Update
where the author said the bloggers need to create “keyword focused content on a continual basis”. The four asset types to create a steady stream of keyword rich content he recommends are 1)Press Releases 2)Marketing Automation Content 3)Social Media 4)User-Generated Content (CGC). For the last one, it is an important part of Web2.0. No! Web2.0 is not old and it is working the best! Facebook is the best example! Twitter is also in this category. As I see it, not everyone can write so many articles as Bill Belew (and he has been running blogs on 9 different topics!). If you are the one with creative ideas but cannot write much, you should work with some copywriters or ghost writers to create blogs with lots of fresh continuous contents. When the bloggers success in doing this, they can sure monetize their rich content websites.
For bloggers who really want to make money from their WordPress websites, they also need to install a few must-have WordPress plugins, such as “WordPress SEO by Yoast”, “Better WP Security”, “Online Backup for WordPress”, and some good plugins or themes that let you easily place your Google Adsense, and traffic monitoring code ( Sitemeters or Google Analytics )
It is a great package for your own website with your own domain.
Actually, this is you will get for $60 a year ( or $96 for two years! or $7 for month by month):
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Version 3.3.2 addressed some security issues and fixed 12 bugs. For more information, see the release notes.
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WordPress for Dummies is a highly recommended book for WordPress beginners. Wouldn’t be nice if you can download and start reading it right away?
Yes, you can. Here’s a few options you have:
For WordPress users, beginners or advanced, they love the easy installation of WordPress, which may be completed from the hosting control panel, such as cPanel offered by Arvixe.
I had been enjoying the great web application installation services from Fantastico until I found Softaculous also available from the ControlPanel.
With Arvixe Hosting service, you can find both Softaculous and Fantastico are listed side by side in the “Software/Services” section:
Both Fantastico and Softaculous are great in offering quick installation of popular software (web application) with simple steps (Fantastico makes the installation into 3 steps while Softaculous requires only one, thus few clicks.): blog, cms, shopping carts (online stores), ERP, and educational Software. Both of them create the needed database and install the software automatically for you. However, it seems that with 200 auto installation scripts (premium license that Arvixe bought), Softaculous, the new comer, is winning more users. According to a Cpanel user forum poll, over 85% of users prefer Softaculous over Fantastico.
One of their users said
Softaculous is good forWHMCS and Magento users as well as hosting provider becasue both scripts are present in Softaculous and easy to install as compared to manual installation.
The e-commerce web applications from Fantastico only include three: “CubeCart, OS Commerce, and Zencart” while with the premium Softaculous that Arvixe hosting offer, you have 13 choices, including the above three and OpenCart, PrestaShop, phpShop, Magento, WHMCS, CubeCart, AccountLab Plus, PHP Point Of Sale, TheHostingTool, TomatoCart. (Even the free version of Softaculous has 10 more scripts than the paid version of Fantastico, which has only 50 scripts.)
For WordPress users, the installation of WordPress offered by Softaculous are so up to date: see our WordPress news on WordPress 3.1.3. It makes Fantastico’s WordPress installation a bit outdated. One good thing about Softaculous WordPress Installation is that it offers you different language versions of WordPress, which is not found with Fantastico.
It seems that it takes a lot more efforts for Fantastico to catch up with Softaculous. Otherwise, Fantastico may lose more and more market to Softaculous.
I was frustrated a few times when the installation is missing for some popular Web application by the Fantastico auto installer. Way to go, Softaculous!
If you can’t wait to see the WordPress3.2 Full Screen “Distraction-free Writing” mode, the above video just shows you that for your curiosity. We also show you the most ignored but useful features of “Kitchen Sink” and spell checking language options, which has been available for quite some time, even in previous WordPress versions. It is useful for people who want color text or change some text to heading 1 to heading 5, etc.
One of the most useful WordPress features is being able to use widgets or add custom widgets to enrich the site contents and facilitate navigation.
Using WordPress Widgets (2) will show you more on how to use widgets for better interface of your site.
I may say that not all WordPress users run their sites for money, but in order to cover the cost for the self-hosted WordPress sites and the time they invest, advertising is a great way to help them to keep the balance and grow their sites. No money no talk is the truth unless you are talking about Jesus. We, as the owner of WP89.com, would also like you to buy from our sponsoring advertisers so we can cover our cost to roll out more free tutorials and tips for everyone.
This article here only briefly cover a few ways to make money with WordPress as there are lots of books covering this topic only. The following should help you to get started
Usually, most people may think of Google Adsense ads on the their sites and blogs as their first choice.
Actually, some people can make big money with their blogs with affiliate programs. Most of these programs are pay per action, meaning if the visitor from your site links enroll or pay for the advertised services or products, you will get the commission.
You may sign up a hosting affiliate here: http://wp89.com/arvixe .( Please remember to click “Affiliate Program” link at the left bottom when you get there. Also remember that you cannot get any commission if you use your own affiliate link to buy things. That is general rule for all affiliate programs. If you want to get your own hosting account now, you get use our link to open your own hosting account first and then make money from the sites you build with your hosting account.)
A great book for WordPress beginners, on both WordPress.com and self-hosted WordPress. Readers gave 4.4 of 5 stars. It truly deserves the rating. By Janet Majure, this 288-page full color WordPress book can work as well as video tutorials if not better. It is easy to follow and can get any beginner up to speed with their new sites using WordPress.
This book’s clear directions and visual approach helps you to quickly get started in WordPress and then take full advantage of all its features. Janet Majure, an experienced and popular WordPress user, demonstrates key points with examples from her blogs.
The blogosphere beckons! Teach Yourself VISUALLY WordPress Brimming with clear instructions and exciting ideas for building a successful blog on WordPress.
I agree with HT’s comment: “This book was a valuable companion to me as I wandered into the WordPress world with no experience at all. Like many people, I find it easier to work through a new program on-screen and not by reading about it. However, this book provided “screen shots” and entertaining graphics that led me through every challenge in setting up a WordPress blog. It gives detailed information in an easy to understand and to implement form. It made learning WordPress a fun and easy process. “
The default URL settings for WordPress pages or posts are not quite user friendly or SEO friendly. http://wp89.com/learn/setting-permalinks-seo makes more sense than http://wp89.com/learn/?p=230 ( where I can never figure out what 230 refers to.). Search engines can also make more sense out of the URL with key words too.
Here’s the video tutorial showing you how to setup more meaningful URL for your WordPress pages or posts.