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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!

humandramatic flowercity river

 

 

 

 

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: 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

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