4 Easy Steps To Clean Your WordPress Blog

Spring is upon us, and what better way to kick it off with a little Spring-cleaning. Yes, that means cleaning your WordPress blog too! Just a little sprucing up to make sure your blog functions well all throughout the year.

Here are some easy steps to clean your WordPress blog:

  1. Unload your unused widgets – Don’t overstuff your sidebar or widget area, especially if you don’t really need those additional widgets. Look at your sidebar at the perspective of a first-time visitor and see which widgets are essential and which ones will you least likely click. Then remove widgets that don’t serve clear navigational or visual purpose.
  2. Declutter your social sharing buttons – Social sharing buttons are great to help readers spread your content across multiple social media sites. But displaying every single sharing button can also be visually distracting. Instead, think about your buttons’ lineup. And consider which ones you will really need and the social media platforms you want to take advantage of. If you’re a personal blogger, do you need to be that active in LinkedIn? Also, of you write long posts, will it suit well in Tumblr? Try to limit it to the top three or four places where your content is most likely to be shared.
  3. Finish off old drafts – Do you have a lot of unfinished drafts or notes? Well, it’s about time to make them public. Complete those unfinished drafts you’ve forgotten about, or even combine materials from several drafts into one post.
  4. Sort out your tags – In your dashboard, look at the tags column of all your posts and see if all your posts have tags. Meanwhile, if any posts have more than 15 tags, then remove some of the tags. Also, if you see posts that have similar topics but are tagged differently, then edit them to have consistency. This can help readers find related content quickly.

Now, all you have to do is enjoy your cleaner and clutter-free blog! Do have your own spring-cleaning process? Tell me about it and share it on the comments below!

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Strive To Be Of Value

Success has different meanings for different people. It can be quantified into earning millions of dollars while others see it as being a company’s top-performing employee. Everyone wants to be successful, but very few think about being of value.

Don’t just settle being successful; remember to be of value as well. It’s like what Albert Einstein said, “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” When you become of value, you earn that sense of purpose. It gives you a direction on what else you want for your life. Rather than simply aiming for a target, aim to be the type of person who will inspire others.

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25 Things Entrepreneurs Wished They’d Known Before Founding Their First Startup

It’s hard putting up a business. Being an entrepreneur has more challenges than a regular employee, but it can pave way to a lot of beautiful opportunities. We all started as a beginner at some point. But it sure would be helpful to receive advice from other successful entrepreneurs.

In this SlideShare presentation, you’ll learn about what these 25 entrepreneurs wished they knew before founding their first startup. Just a few advices to help you have a successful business.

Do you have some tips or advice you want to share? Leave them at the comments section below.

Always Provide Value

Image from Pinterest

Image from Pinterest

The very thing we must always provide our followers and customers is value. It may come in different forms, like a product or a type of service. But above everything else, we must always offer value.

What exactly is value? The image above said, Value is “something that people want or need. It could be a product or a service. It could be a solution to their problems or something that brings them joy or both.” Often times, I get asked what does it mean to provide value. Well, the explanation above says it all.

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Too Many Facebook Hashtags Can Hurt Your Brand

Hashtags are great for marketing and promoting content, but sometimes we can get overboard with using several hashtags. This has to stop, especially putting so many hashtags on your brand’s Facebook Page.

According to a new report from Socialbakers, “the more hashtags a brand uses in a Facebook post, the less engagement it receives.”

Also, when they sampled 200,000 brand posts on Facebook last February 2014, the brands that used one of two hashtags in a post got an average of 593 interactions. Meanwhile, those brands that used three to five hashtags only had 416 interactions.

To get a clearer picture of how this practice can affect a brand’s engagement on Facebook, here’s a chart created by Statista.

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Are You Willing To Make It Happen?

Image from Brandon Steiner

Image from Brandon Steiner

How much you want something greatly affects your success. You must want it so bad that you are willing to do everything you can to get it.

Similar to the quote above, Brandon Steiner said, “The biggest factor in your success is your willingness to make it happen.” How much are you willing to work on your goals? You need to be in it 100% of the way or none at all.

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WordPress Most Popular Security Plugins

Online security is something you can’t take lightly, especially on your website. You want to avoid hackers from taking over your website as well as your content backed up. WordPress users can rely on security plugins to keep data safe every single time.

Below is an infographic showing the various WordPress security plugins you can download and install to keep your website safe and working well. You’ll also see the descriptions of each plugin as well as the user ratings. So take time to read through it and choose which one will fit well with your needs.

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Which Step Have You Reached Today?

Are you closer to your goal now than you are yesterday? What have you achieved today that will take you even closer to what you want?

These are just some of the questions you need to ask yourself every day in order to keep you motivated. You can’t let one day pass without achieving anything. There must be one task in your checklist you have done. Make every single day count. This way you will be closer to your goals.

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6 Pinterest Tips To Help Boost Website Traffic

Social media marketing is one of the fastest ways to gain more website traffic. Spreading your content through various platforms helps reach more people in the different mediums they prefer. One of these social media sites is Pinterest.

Before you even gain website traffic, you need to have followers on Pinterest. Babble.com has compiled several tips from bloggers on how they gain more Pinterest followers. Here are some of the top six tips.

  1. Publicize Your Pinterest Profile – How can you expect them to visit your Pinterest page if it is not viewable? So include links of your Pinterest profile on your website, email signature, or even when you close a blog post. This can help get a better chance for repins and add traffic from Pinterest.
  2. Schedule Pins – This can help increase following. Also, your followers would see regular pins throughout the day. You can do this manually or use a tool for pin scheduling like Ahalogy.
  3. Use A Descriptive File Name – The descriptive name will automatically be the name the pin will be given. So make sure you think this through. A descriptive name can make your follower repin your images and even visit your website.
  4. Check Links – This is very important because you don’t want to be known as a spammer. Make sure the repin links go to the right source. Check your sources and as much as possible, pin from the original blog.
  5. Have “Pinnable” Images – This means your images or graphics must be visually appealing and must be clickable. Having a clickable image means it has information that would make a user want to click on it. In turn, this will help drive more traffic to your site.
  6. Join Collaborative Boards – Collaborating is always a great way to get more exposure. You can find a group of bloggers and work with them to make a board successful. If you see a collaborative board you are interested in joining, contact the owner of the board and find out how your can join.

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Got more Pinterest tips you want to share? Let me know at the comments section below.

The Best Advertising Is Done By Satisfied Customers

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Image from Pinterest

The result will always show if you’ve done a great work. Just like how satisfied customers will verify a great product or a service is.

Philip Kotler said, “The best advertising is done by satisfied customers.” If you are looking for great advertisement for your product or brand, no need to look further. See how your customers are doing. See if they are satisfied with what you offer. If they’re not then go and improve things.

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