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Here are the slides from my talk at WordCamp Boston yesterday. Thank you to everyone who came to my talk, I hope you enjoyed it and found at least one tip that is useful to you. ...

Here are the slides from my talk at WordCamp Boston yesterday. Thank you to everyone who came to my talk, I hope you enjoyed it and found at least one tip that is useful to you.

For those of you who weren’t there, I hope these slides contain enough details to help you out as well. Some of the points covered broader topics for discussion, but some contain enough details on the slides that you should be able to find a plugin, widget, or configuration setting to help you execute the tip.

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    WordCamp 2011 - Tom's Top Ten Tips for Blogging with WordPress WordCamp 2011 - Tom's Top Ten Tips for Blogging with WordPress Presentation Transcript

    • Tom’s Top Ten Tips for Blogging with WordPress
      @tomcatalini
      www.TomCatalini.com
      #wcbos
    • Talk Overview
      Ten tips, a few minutes on each
      Interactive discussion, ideas from the crowd
      Q&A, blog talk
      Tom's Top Ten Blogging Tips for WordPress
    • 1. Titles & SEO
      6. Track your stats
      2. Images grab attention
      7. Organize
      8. Invite subscribers
      3. Write “bloggy”
      9. Show off the good stuff!
      4. Make posts shareable
      10. Post ideas & scheduling
      5. Auto Tweet Posts too!
      Tom's Top Ten Blogging Tips for WordPress
    • Tip #1 – Permalinks for SEO
      Configure this before you start blogging
      Tom's Top Ten Blogging Tips for WordPress
    • Tip #1 – Example
      Tom's Top Ten Blogging Tips for WordPress
    • Tip #2 – Finding and using images
      Tom's Top Ten Blogging Tips for WordPress
    • Flickr & Creative Commons
      Tom's Top Ten Blogging Tips for WordPress
    • Tom's Top Ten Blogging Tips for WordPress
    • Tom's Top Ten Blogging Tips for WordPress
    • Flickr URL
      Attribution
      Link to photo
      Tom's Top Ten Blogging Tips for WordPress
    • Adjust size
      Give it some space
      Tom's Top Ten Blogging Tips for WordPress
    • Tip # 3 – Writing Style
      Don’t bury the lead
      Use a conversational tone
      Be brief
      Break things up visually
      Vary sentence length
      Loosen up the grammar grip
      http://www.tomcatalini.com/website-101-how-to-write-in-that-bloggy-style/
      Tom's Top Ten Blogging Tips for WordPress
    • Tip #4 – Make posts shareable
      Some good plugins:
      Google +1
      TweetMemeRetweet Button
      Sociable
      WP Facebook Like
      • Bottom of every post
      • Turn off for pages
      • Normal to large size
      • Include in RSS feed
      Tom's Top Ten Blogging Tips for WordPress
    • Tip #5 – Auto-tweet your posts
      WP to Twitter plugin
      Tons of configuration options
      I keep it simple, post title and url
      Need to authorize for Twitter, bit.ly
      Tom's Top Ten Blogging Tips for WordPress
    • Tip #6 – Track Your Stats
      Tom's Top Ten Blogging Tips for WordPress
      Google Analytics: www.google.com/analytics
      WordPress plugin: Google Analytics for WordPress
    • Tom's Top Ten Blogging Tips for WordPress
      WordPress Stats: www.wordpress.com
      WordPress plugin: WordPress.com Stats
    • Tip #7 – Organize! (at least a little)
      When readers get to your site, what are they supposed to do?
      Make it easy and obvious for them to browse around
      Use categories when you post
      Build menus from categories
      Tom's Top Ten Blogging Tips for WordPress
    • Category-based menus, an example
      Tom's Top Ten Blogging Tips for WordPress
    • Categories
      Tom's Top Ten Blogging Tips for WordPress
    • Menus
      Tom's Top Ten Blogging Tips for WordPress
      • Create a menu
      • Add categories
      • Drag & Drop to arrange
      • Can be Hierarchical
    • Tip #8 – Invite subscribers
      Make your blog posts available via RSS and email
      Google’s Feedburner
      Serves up your blog’s feed, but gives you more control / stats
      What Would Seth Godin Do?
      Plugin invites new visitors to subscribe
      Tom's Top Ten Blogging Tips for WordPress
    • Feedburner Services & Stats
      Tom's Top Ten Blogging Tips for WordPress
    • Tom's Top Ten Blogging Tips for WordPress
      Setup in Feedburner
      Then configure WP to redirect via theme or plugin
    • Tom's Top Ten Blogging Tips for WordPress
      Inserted by plugin: What Would Seth Godin Do?
    • Tip #9 – Show off the good stuff
      Tom's Top Ten Blogging Tips for WordPress
      PostRank Widget
      Social Proof
      More navigation options
    • Tom's Top Ten Blogging Tips for WordPress
    • Tip #10 – Post Ideas & Scheduling
      Ideas can come from anywhere and at any time – carry a notepad!
      Build a habit of writing - the more you write, the easier it gets
      Get used to editing your own work – from notepad to typed, use the Preview function, review after a post goes live
      Tom's Top Ten Blogging Tips for WordPress
    • Drafts & Scheduling
      Tom's Top Ten Blogging Tips for WordPress
    • Drafts & Scheduling
      Tom's Top Ten Blogging Tips for WordPress
    • That’s 10!
      Q&A / blog talk
      Tom's Top Ten Blogging Tips for WordPress