Oct 192012
 

What it is

WordPress is a free open source blogging software that has become one of the most popular and prominent content management services on the web. In WordPress.org’s own words: “The core software is built by hundreds of community volunteers, and when you’re ready for more there are thousands of plugins and themes available to transform your site into almost anything you can imagine. Over 25 million people have chosen WordPress to power the place on the web they call “home” – we’d love you to join the family.”

Features

WordPress has many great features, not the least of which is an easy to use blogging platform that can be customized in many different ways. You can edit, format, and publish blog posts with WordPress. You can customize your blog by adding new widgets or new themes. There are thousands of themes available for WordPress that can be easily found by searching and installing directly through WordPress or searching with and outside search engine. If you already have a WordPress blog, you can also easily move it to GDI. With GDI, regular customers may use up to 10 GB of space for the sum of all their plugins. Premium customers have 100 GB of space available for the sum of all their plugins.

How to take advantage of it

Log in to your Members Area and navigate to Plugins. Here you can activate your blog or create new ones. Once your blog is live take advantage of it by customizing it every way you can. Add plugins, manage widgets and play with themes. Once your blog looks the way you would like, utilize WordPress to its fullest by adding and scheduling posts, posting video and sharing photos. The possibilities with WordPress are endless! To get up to speed right away, watch our WordPress tutorial video above.

Jun 062012
 

Blogs can be a great tool to share your opportunity, update your team, and help to educate prospects. Anyone can blog, but there are a few best practices to keep in mind for your blog.

*Remember, GDI gives you multiple ways to take advantage of blogging with SiteBuilder blogs, WordPress and hosting.

Post Often

Blogging gives you the chance to update content in a way that’s simple and doesn’t require you changing your whole website. Because of the ease of use, visitors expect blog posts to be updated on the regular and offer new content. Creating a posting schedule and sticking to it will keep visitors engaged and also show new visitors your dedication to your site and opportunity.

Post Your Own Content

Blogs provide a great platform to share videos and images created by others, but your unique content is what will keep visitors coming back. Take advantage of the “stage” your blog provides to share your own experiences and advice for affiliate marketing. Visitors will appreciate the unique content and come back for more.

Switch Up Your Posts

When you start blogging you need to be conscious of what people are and are not willing to read. Many people are put off by long blog posts and big blocks of text, so much so that they may leave your site. To avoid this, make sure your posts are short and to the point. You can also switch up your types of posts. This can mean breaking your posts in to list format, adding bullets or even posting a video blog every so often. Get creative!

Share, Share, Share!

Your blog is only as powerful as the people viewing it, so get it out there! Share your new posts on social networks, email friends and ask others to share. Don’t be afraid to ask visitors to share a post if they like it. The more shares, the more popular your blog and the bigger your network can grow.

Do you blog? What’s your #1 blogging tip?

Mar 052012
 

Commenting and Guest Posts to Build SEO

Google now takes into account social interactions when it comes to searches and page rank. These social interactions can be anything from tweets to comments on a blog. This is good news for anyone hoping to increase their search engine optimization (SEO). Simply being active on social media sites and blogs can help you be found with a simple search. Take advantage of two easy ways to do this with blogging and websites.

Comment on Other Blogs

Commenting on other blogs has always helped to spread your site and name around in hopes someone will click your comment. Now with Google encouraging social sharing when it comes to search results, your comments also help to bump you and your site up in search results.

To reap this benefit, comment on blogs and sites often and try to comment on many different sites, but be sure to be relevant and really try to engage in conversation. Spam-like comments and link blasts are usually filtered or removed by blog owners, so be sure to stay on topic. After you comment, share on Twitter that you’ve commented to drive people back to it and increase hits and SEO for yourself.

Guest Posts

Guest posts are simply when you share a post on a blog or site that is not your own. They increase SEO by sharing you, your site and your contributions over multiple sites. They also create backlinks. Be sure to post under your name and list your website to ensure these posts will help your SEO. How do you get chance to get post? Take advantage of those comments you leave on blogs, if you follow a blog often and interact in the comments they may be open to you sharing a post on their site. You can also set up a guest post system within your team to help everyone benefit from the increase SEO.