WordPress 102: Wrapping Up- Leave Your Blog, Below

Welcome to “WordPress 102.” This is an intermediate level blog series that is helpful to WordPress users.

We cover topics such as:

  • Guest-blogging
  • Adding users to your blog
  • Where to get free photos
  • Responding to negative comments
  • And more!

Please feel free to leave your questions and comments below (or more privately here). I look forward to talking with you!


As we end this blogging series there are two questions I would like to ask you:questions

  1. What did you learn (how will you apply it)?
  2. What questions or comments do you still have?

Please leave the answers, below, along with a link to your blog or a recent post.

 

 

I look forward to chatting with you!

 

 

Previously: How Should we Respond to Negative Comments?

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WordPress 102: How Should we Respond to Negative Comments?

Welcome to “WordPress 102.” This is an intermediate level blog series that is helpful to WordPress users.

We cover topics such as:

  • Guest-blogging
  • Adding users to your blog
  • Where to get free photos
  • Responding to negative comments
  • And more!

Please feel free to leave your questions and comments below (or more privately here). I look forward to talking with you!


All of my blogging  years have consisted of dealing with negative comments. Whether it be YouTube or Facebook, someone always has something negative and irrelevant to say. Sometimes they didn’t like the content and other times they didn’t like the way I spoke.

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Looking around, I notice that many other bloggers (or people even remotely public) deal with this on a much larger scale. But how are we to respond to it?

View More!: How Should We Respond to Negative Comments?

Do you have a question for me? Whether sad, silly, or serious leave your questions here.

Questions? Ask Fairen

 

Previously: Where to Get Awesome Photos for Your Blog FREE

Next Time: Wrapping Up- Leave Your Blog, Below

WordPress 102: Where to Get Awesome Photos for Your Blog FREE

Welcome to “WordPress 102.” This is an intermediate level blog series that is helpful to WordPress users.

We cover topics such as:

  • Guest-blogging
  • Adding users to your blog
  • Where to get free photos
  • Responding to negative comments
  • And more!

Please feel free to leave your questions and comments below (or more privately here). I look forward to talking with you!


 

Hi, Friends! I’m re-sharing this older post that I wrote in May in hopes that it helps other bloggers. Enjoy!

Today’s post will be simple, short, and sweet. Today, I will be sharing some websites with quality pictures that you can use for free. All of these resources allow you to use the pictures for free and attribution is not required.


Pixabay
: This is my favorite so far! Pixabay has a vast amount of pictures for you to search and use. The quality is great on these pictures- check some of them out below!

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New Old Stock: These photos are free of known copyrights and are to be used for personal use as well as non-commercially. This site is known to recapture history. Read the rights and usage, here. Check out the photos, below!

UnsplashUnsplash provides free photos for you to do whatever you want with them! The pictures are often quite large so you may have to edit/shrink/re-size them. Here are a few samples:

Go Here for More!: Where to Get Awesome Free Photos to Use for Your Blog!

 

Do you have a question for me? Whether sad, silly, or serious leave your questions here.

Questions? Ask Fairen

Previously: 6 Things to Look for in Order to Determine if a Comment is a Spam Comment

Next Time: How Should we Respond to Negative Comments?

WordPress 102: 6 Things to Look for in Order to Determine if a Comment is a Spam Comment

Welcome to “WordPress 102.” This is an intermediate level blog series that is helpful to WordPress users.

We cover topics such as:

  • Guest-blogging
  • Adding users to your blog
  • Where to get free photos
  • Responding to negative comments
  • And more!

Please feel free to leave your questions and comments below (or more privately here). I look forward to talking with you!


As you may or may not know, I am a fanatic when it comes to comments and responding to them. Although this post is almost two years old, I thought it relevant considering we still receive spam comments. So here are some techniques that I use to separate the spammers from the real.

1. Check the website and username linked to the comment:

This is perhaps one of the most influential deciding factors for approving/un-approving comments. I find that most of the time, a spammer’s website leads to

Source: 6 Things to Look for in Order to Determine if a Comment is a Spam Comment

Do you have a question for me? Whether sad, silly, or serious leave your questions here.

Questions? Ask Fairen

 

Previously: What is Guest Blogging? And Why it Benefits Both Parties

Next Time:Where to Get Awesome Photos for Your Blog FREE

WordPress 102: What is Guest Blogging? And Why it Benefits Both Parties

Welcome to “WordPress 102.” This is an intermediate level blog series that is helpful to WordPress users.

We cover topics such as:

  • Guest-blogging
  • Adding users to your blog
  • Where to get free photos
  • Responding to negative comments
  • And more!

Please feel free to leave your questions and comments below (or more privately here). I look forward to talking with you!


 

How do I increase the traffic to my blog? How do I get more readers?

These are some of the most common questions that I’ve gotten over the years. One answer to these questions are guest blogging.

shellyToday, I’m going to break down exactly what guest blogging is and  why it helps both the guest and the blog owner.

So, let’s say your name is…Shelly (don’t judge) and your blog is shelly.wordpress.com. You (Shelly) blog mostly about writing.

You stumble across Bill’s blog Bill.wordpress.com and he is an author whobill
writes about his personal struggles/writing journey/interesting finds.

You like Bill’s work and would like to write a piece for his blog so you contact him with a message like this:

Hi! My name is Shelly from shelly.wordpress.com. I love your random work so let me write a post for you!

Bill says yes, you type and send your post in, and he publishes it.

Congratulations, you have participated in guest blogging.


In all seriousness, it really is this simple.

My personal definition of Guest blogging is:

Guest Blogging is when you write (and publish) at least one article for a blog other than your own.

 

shellyWhat Does Guest Blogging Do For You:

  • Potential Increase in Readers:  Most likely, most of Bill’s audience have no idea you exist so, if done correctly, guest blogging offers a possibility of getting more readers to your blog simply because they know (and like) that you exist. In other words, if Bill trusts you, I am more likely to trust you, as well. This most effective IF your blog is included somewhere in or around the article so that others can find you.
  • You Have Enhanced Your Relationship With That Blogger (a.k.a Bill): You are no longer just another one of Bill’s subscribers. He knows your name and is exposed to your writing. More than likely, you have exchanged emails and that possesses great potential of having yet another flourishing blog relationship.


What Does Guest Blogging Do for the Blog Owner (Bill):

 

  • Potential Increase in Readers: Here’s the thing, a lot of bloggers who become guest bloggers will tell their audience about the article that they wrote for you. In doing this, they have handed you more traffic because most of Shelly’s audience probably did not billhave a clue that you exist, either, so now that they know (and like) that you exist, you have an increased likelihood of having more readers!
  • Diversified Content: One of the ways that I figured out what my readers like to read is by bringing on different types of writers and seeing which topics and styles they responded best to. Guest Blogging is a fairly simple way to see where your audience is and what they want to read.
  • You Get a Break: Great news! You don’t have to worry about writing so many articles so quickly.
  • You Have Enhanced Your Relationship With That Blogger (aka Shelly): You are no longer just another one of Shelly’s subscribers or readers that don’t interact. She knows your name and is not only exposed to your writing but likes it and your blog. More than likely, you have exchanged emails and that possesses great potential of having yet another flourishing relationship.

Sound simple? It is. Go ahead, contact a blogger and ask to write an article for them!

If you’re still a little hesitant, here are some things to check off your list first:questions

  1. Will the desired blogger recognize you (i.e. Have you interacted on their blog or social media?)
  2. Do you bring a valuable or entertaining message to their audience?
  3. Do you have an idea of what you want to write about?
  4. Have you read that bloggers policy on guest writers?

 

No matter if you are Shelly or Bill, guest blogging is a great tool for increasing blog traffic or for interacting and meeting other bloggers!

Do you have a question for me? Whether sad, silly, or serious leave your questions here.

Questions? Ask Fairen

 

 

Previously: How to Schedule Your Blog Posts

Next Time: 6 Things to Look for in Order to Determine if a Comment is a Spam Comment

Questions? Ask Fairen

How to Remove Administrators From WordPress Blogs #AskFairen

Happy Friday!

Today, I’m excited to be starting a series called “Ask Fairen.” In it, you ask me questions (here)and I answer them here on the blog!

Doesn’t matter if it’s silly, sad, or serious. 🙂

However, please note, that I can choose to answer or not answer the questions and comments presented upon discretion.

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Today, we begin with Anonymous who recently asked:

Hi Fairen,

How do you remove an administrator?

Hi!

First of all thank you for your participation on the blog!

Removing an Administrator to your WordPress blog or website is the same procedure you would use to remove any other user. Here is a step-by-step guide:

Go to your dashboard (yourblogname.com/dashboard).

1. Scroll down until you see “Users” on the left hand side and click it.

Find "Users" on the left side2. Select the Administrator that you’d like to remove.

removeadmin33. Then, go to the dropdown box near the top of the page that says “bulk actions” and select “remove”

4. Select”Remove” then press”Apply.”

removeadmin45. On the new page, press “Confirm Removal”

remove users from site- confirm removal6. And you’re done! When that person comes back to do an “adminstrative task” on your site, they will be shown this screen.

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Or (New instructions start on #3)

        1. Go to your dashboard (yourblogname.com/dashboard).
        2. Scroll down unto you see “Users” on the left hand side and click it.
        3. Hover over the Administrator that you’d like to remove.
        4. Right under their name you will see “Remove” pop up. Click it.removeadmin3
        5. On the new page, press “Confirm Removal”
        6. And you’re done!

So, do you have a question for me? Whether sad, silly, or serious leave your questions here.

Questions? Ask Fairen

 

Related Posts: How to ADD Writers to Your Blog and Adding Authors to Your Blog and How Does it Work?

WordPress 102: How to Schedule Your Blog Posts

Welcome to “WordPress 102.” This is an intermediate level blog series that is helpful to WordPress users.

We cover topics such as:

  • Guest-blogging
  • Adding users to your blog
  • Where to get free photos
  • Responding to negative comments
  • And more!

Please feel free to leave your questions and comments below (or more privately here). I look forward to talking with you!


Keeping a blog schedule can be incredibly difficult and it’s even harder to publish every single post “on time.”

So, today, I’m going to share a little trick I learned a long time ago to help with this labor of love!

 

It’s called the “Scheduling” Feature.

Scheduling your post is an amazing way to be consistent with your writing without having to do it in real time.

Did you get a burst of inspiration one day to crank out 10 posts? Great! now you have content to last you until your next burst.😉

So, this is how I utilize the scheduling feature using WordPress.

      1. Go to your dashboard (your url.com/dashboard)
      2. Click on a post you’d like to schedule
      3. On the top right corner, you will see an option stating “Publish Immediately”
      4. Click “Edit”

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      1. Adjust the date and time you want the post to be published on
      2. Then click “Ok”

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      1. Then Click the blue button that says “schedule”

That’s it! It’s that simple.

Do you use the scheduling feature? Has it helped you in any way

Source: Have Too Many Posts and Not Enough Time to Publish Them All? Here’s How to Schedule Your Posts

If you have questions about this or blogging in general? Let me know here or in the comments!

I look forward to talking with you. 🙂

Previously: How to Add Additional Writers to Your Blog

Next Time: What is Guest Blogging? And Why it Benefits Both Parties

WordPress 102: How to Add Additional Writers to Your Blog

Welcome to “WordPress 102.” This is an intermediate level blog series that is helpful to WordPress users.

We cover topics such as:

  • Guest-blogging
  • Adding users to your blog
  • Where to get free photos
  • Responding to negative comments
  • And more!

Please feel free to leave your questions and comments below (or more privately here). I look forward to talking with you!

 


Last week, we spoke on the benefits of adding multiple writers to your blog and how you customize their access.

Today, we will talk about how to actually complete this task.

Remember, the “User” feature allows your guests/editors to do some of the following:

  • Write, edit, tag, categorize, submit/publish their post as if it were their own blog.
  • Receive adequate credit for their post instead of having my name be the linkuntitled
  • Be directly alerted when receiving comments, likes and links to reply to instead of checking back on the post in vain.

And the different users are as follows:

 

User Roles Guide
User Can’s  Cannot’s
Administrator Everything

-Receives alerts for comments and likes on their posts

Editor See/Change/Delete any post, tags, categories and links.

-Receives alerts for comments and likes on their posts

 Alter the actual blog/website by theme, menus (I believe are included), adding/deleting users, or altering site themes.
Author   -Write, edit, publish and delete their own posts

-Upload pictures

-Receives alerts for comments and likes on their posts

-See the blog’s comments, stats and title of posts/scheduled posts but cannot edit them unless it is on their own post.

 -Access pages on the blog

-Edit/Delete posts made by other users

Contributor  -Receives alerts for comments and likes on their posts

-See the blog’s comments, stats and title of posts/scheduled posts but cannot edit them.

 -Upload pictures

-Publish their posts

-Access pages on the blog

-Edit/Delete posts made by other users

-Edit blog settings

How to Access the “User” Feature

  1. Go to the dashboard of your website/blog.  (for me, it’s thoughtfulmindsunited.com/dashboard)
  2. Click “Users” on the left side bar. (Under “Appearance”)
  3. Click “Invite New”
  4. Insert the desired person’s email. (You can enter multiple email addresses as long as a comma is after each one)
  5. Choose the desired role from the dropdown
  6. Insert the text you’d like sent to their email

Example

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Changing Roles

You can easily change the role of a writer. Here is how to do it!

  1. Go to the dashboard of your website/blog.  (for me, it’s thoughtfulmindsunited.com/dashboard)
  2. Click “Users” on the left side bar. (Under “Appearance”)
  3. Click “All Users”
  4. Select/Check-Mark the User you’d like to edit
  5. Adjust the “Change Role To” drop-down to the desired role
  6. Click the “Change” button

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Have questions about this feature or blogging in general? Leave them here or in the comments!

I look forward to hearing from you. 🙂

Previously: Adding Authors to Your Blog and How Does it Work?

Next Time: How to Schedule Your Blog Posts

 

WordPress 102: Adding Authors to Your Blog and How Does it Work?

Today, I’m going to begin a series called  “WordPress 201” that answers some questions that I had about using WordPress that may not be common knowledge.

This is an intermediate level blog series that is helpful to WordPress users.

We cover topics such as:

  • Guest-blogging
  • Adding users to your blog
  • Where to get free photos
  • Responding to negative comments
  • And more!

Please feel free to leave your questions and comments below (or more privately here). I look forward to talking with you!

So on to today’s topic of adding multiple writers to your blog! Why would you ever want to do add additional users to your blog and how does it work?

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You may know that I run a website called Thoughtful Minds United. TMU is dedicated to bringing folks together to build, connect, and inspire one another.

With this said, it is best suited to have multiple voices or guest bloggers and team members writing on our blog.

I wanted something that allowed my writers to use the TMU platform as if it was their own blog instead of emailing their posts to me all the time and not getting notified whenever a comment arrived.

I wanted something that where guests/team-members could…:

  • Write, edit, tag, categorize, submit/publish their post as if it were their own blog.
  • Receive adequate credit for their post instead of having my name be the linkuntitled
  • Be directly alerted when receiving comments, likes and links to reply to instead of checking back on the post in vain.

What I found was the WordPress “Users” feature that I absolutely love so allow me to introduce you to my little friend. Not only does this feature allow me to do all of the above, it also allows me to customize each users access!

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Now, this feature varies by theme so before you do anything, make sure that your theme allows this (most do from my experience). 

Long story short, the “Users” feature allows your guests, team members, and editors to have different layers of access to your blog.

Here are the basic layers:

Administrator (You): Administrators have access to anything and everything on your blog. They can also change the user of any post. This is the highest level of command in relation to your blog. I recommend that you don’t give this to anyone else because they can literally delete your site if they so choose. 

As an Admin., you can change the role (editor, author, contributor, follower) of any person at any time.

editorEditor: Editors can see, edit, delete, and publish any post on the blog. They also have access to categories, tags, and links. Whenever editors decide to write and publish their own post, they will receive direct notifications whenever someone likes or comments on their post.

However they can not alter your site in any way like adding/deleting users or site themes.

Author: Authors can write, edit, publish and delete their own posts on the typewriterblog. They can also upload pictures and videos.

Whenever authors decide to write and publish their post, they will receive direct notifications whenever someone likes or comments on their post.

They can see the entire blog’s comments, stats and title of posts/scheduled posts but cannot edit them unless it is on their own post.

Contributor: Contributor status is the most “guest blog” friendly off all of these. Contributors can see their own posts but are only allowed to write, edit, and submit their own posts for review. They can not directly publish their own post.

The main difference between an author and a contributor is that contributors can not publish a post on their own. They simply submit it for review and the administrator or editor can edit and publish it from the “Pending” tab in your dashboard.

However, the only pain is that guests cannot add pictures into their own posts. I usually just have them email it to me.

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How the Contributor Side Looks

 

Whenever contributors a post, they will receive direct notifications whenever someone likes or comments on their post. They can see the blog’s comments, stats and title of posts/scheduled posts but cannot edit them.

Follower/Viewer: I feel that this feature is best used if you have a private blog and would like someone else to have access to it without allowing them to your dashboard, stats, etc.

User Roles Guide
User Can’s  Cannot’s
Administrator Everything

-Receives alerts for comments and likes on their posts

Editor See/Change/Delete any post, tags, categories and links.

-Receives alerts for comments and likes on their posts

 -Alter the actual blog/website by theme, menus (I believe are included), adding/deleting users, or altering site themes.
Author   -Write, edit, publish and delete their own posts

-Upload pictures

-Receives alerts for comments and likes on their posts

-See the blog’s comments, stats and title of posts/scheduled posts but cannot edit them unless it is on their own post.

 -Access pages on the blog

-Edit/Delete posts made by other users

Contributor  -Receives alerts for comments and likes on their posts

-See the blog’s comments, stats and title of posts/scheduled posts but cannot edit them.

 -Upload pictures

-Publish their posts

-Access pages on the blog

-Edit/Delete posts made by other users

-Edit blog settings

Next Time: How to Add Additional Writers to Your Blog

 

Next time, we will discuss how to actually complete this task so if you have questions about this feature or blogging in general, leave them here or in the comments!

I look forward to hearing from you. 🙂

Guest Post: Two Years, Seven (Plus) Blogs, and Voice

Blogging can be hard. You know that by now. Here is what blogger Felicia of Thoughtful Minds United has learned over two years and seven (plus) blogs, including how she found her writing voice.

Source: Guest Post: Two Years, Seven (Plus) Blogs, and Voice

“It is nice to have Felicia of Thoughts Mind United over for a guest post today. She is a talented blogger and has crafted a wonderful post here about her blogging journey. I hope you enjoy the read!

Take it away, Felicia (curtain goes up on Parfait stage):

Two Years, Seven (Plus) Blogs, and A Voice

Blogging can be hard. You know that by now.

It can be a confusing, isolating, and embarrassing activity seeing as some people are quick to write you off when you tell them exactly what you do.

Two Years

I have had the opportunity to meet many different bloggers in over two years, and this place has taught me a lot about people. Likewise, I have been given the opportunity to explore someone else’s head and feelings and what I find amazes me.

It is amazing how much people will post to total strangers worldwide but will not tell one single person face to face.

It amazes me how some will show more support in the blog world than “in real life” but what also amazes me is the lack of support within this very realm.

Let me explain.

Guest Post by Felicia of TMU

Please explain! Blogging tips with Felicia of Thoughtful Minds Unlimited. Photo via Poetic Parfait.

I have seen some pretty awesome bloggers with almost no views; I mean people who have been doing it for years. Yet, they have not been founded.

I have seen people cry out for help with a return of none. And while I believe that part of the blame is on the blogger for not reaching out to others so that we know that they exist, I think the other half is that there is something in us that does not want to make the extra effort.

Most of us blog with WordPress, which makes our experience unique. You see, WordPress has a built-in community and all we have to do is run with it. So why have very few of us rallied together to support the next blogger?

Why is it that we are so insistent upon just posting our own problems but not figuring how our experience and our trials can help the next person who can barely function because they are so broken?

It’s not that I am any better, it took almost two years for me to figure this out.

Seven Blogs

I would create blog after blog only to get a handful of likes and maybe a few comments. I left WordPress for Blogger and Weebly but found that road harder so I came back to WordPress. I had Writer’s World, Spotlight, Food Made Simply, Connect and Post, and several other blogs. Even Thoughtful Minds United was another unfocused and self-serving blog for me.

Yet, it was revealed to me try and form a community out of everyday people; a community where some are experts and others are not. A community with a purpose and a mission.

Blogger Felicia on finding your writing voice

Felicia offers blogging tips on finding your voice. Photo by Jem Yoshioka (CC-BY-SA 2.0) via Flickr.

A Voice

No, I am not trying to be overly humble but am simply trying to say, take time out of your day to show the amount of support that you want shown to yourself. Share your experience, not just on your blog but in someone else’s comment section because it will often come back to you.

No, you may not become a blogging millionaire but you will uncover some great friendships, great conversations, and the awesome feeling of getting to help someone else.

So, if you are unsure on just how to do this, here are some ways to meet other bloggers:

  • You can go to WordPress.com (and make sure you are logged in) and begin looking up posts by tag (on the left side).
  • You can go on your favorite blogger’s blog and view their most recent commenter’s blog.
  • You can make a “promote yourself” blog post or mingle within someone else’s

If you want to find ways to support other bloggers, here is a start:

  • Answer a question that’s asked on another person’s blog post
  • Find a way to acknowledge a blogger- by re-blog, linking them in a post, etc…
  • Offer to review a book of theirs
  • Comment on their post

There are many more ways to show support to our fellow bloggers, but these are just a few. How are you going to start showing support to your fellow blogger? Use your experience, your blog, and your voice.

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My name is Felicia and I am the founder and current administrator  Thoughtful Minds United. I have been blogging for over two  years using platforms such as Weebly, Dreamweaver, WordPress, and beyond. With that  being said, I have made countless mistakes but have also learned many lessons along the  way that I will share with you in order to make your success journey a little bit easier. You can find us on Twitter, as well!

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I hope you learned valuable blogging tips from Felicia here in this guest post! Enjoy your day, my friends ♥”