WordPress is arguably the best CMS out there. The customization options available in the platform allow you to create professional business sites to compelling online portfolios. Not to mention, the wealth of plugins that you can download from within the dashboard lets you supercharge your website or blog to attract more traffic and convert visitors into subscribers or customers.
You probably already know all this and more, so it’s something that we shouldn’t discuss in depth anymore.
However, what you probably don’t know are simple WordPress hacks and tweaks that can make you a more efficient blogger.
As a blogger myself, I know how valuable time is. If there’s something that I can do to speed up my writing process on WordPress or make the page load faster, I will do it.
The suggestions you will find in this post will not only help you do both but also make your WordPress blog much leaner and more organized. The tweaks and hacks also show you how powerful WordPress is in itself, without having to download more plugins.
When writing posts, I had a bad habit of using my mouse to format the text from the editor. I relied too much on my mouse to bold, italicize, or underline text, as well as change the heading levels. While it’s not a big deal, I can only imagine the time I can save if all the functions I need to do when writing my posts can be done through the keyboard.
However, by becoming familiar with hotkeys, a keyboard is all I needed to format my content and perform certain tasks from the editor page. There are also hotkeys for managing the comment section of your blog so you can easily organize comments using your keyboard.
Use full-screen editors
When writing, it is difficult to keep your focus on when you see menus and options on the side of your text editor. While this may seem innocuous to some who are already used to writing on a regular WordPress window, some may prefer a more Zen environment if they want to type their post directly onto WordPress.
With WordPress’ full-screen editor feature, you can enjoy a distraction-free screen so you can focus on writing content that matters. By clicking on the full-screen icon at the top right part of the editor, the screen will go white as you put your cursor on the text editor.
Edit text editor dashboard
By default, your text editor screen is divided into two columns. The left column is where you can input your text and type out your post. The right column shows if you’re ready to publish the post, which category to place them in, the tags you want to enter along with the post, and the featured images that will be associated with it, among many others.
If that doesn’t seem overbearing enough to you, the options will increase if you installed plugins, which could be added on the text editor screen. While you can use the distraction-free mode to zone these elements out when typing, I’m sure you want a more streamlined look for your text editor and keep things less cluttered.
You can do this by clicking on the Screen Options tab on the top right portion of the text editor page, just beside the Help tab.
Upon clicking it, a drop-down menu will appear on top of the screen. It lists down the options and features that you can show or remove from the text editor. Choose which ones you feel are the most important and will help you become more productive when writing posts.
Again, the options will depend on the plugins you have downloaded and installed.
Comments are a great indicator of a blog’s engagement with its target audience. The more comments there are, the most vibrant the community probably is about your blog posts.
However, some people do not wish to interact with its audience, at least for now. The reason is to publish content to establish authority in their respective niches simply. According to Jamie Spencer of Site Beginner, This is common among business sites that simply want to share ideas without having to manage the potential reaction to their posts.
If you are in the same boat as these business bloggers, you can turn off the blog’s comment section by clicking on Settings > Discussion on the left sidebar menu. Uncheck the “Allow people to comment on new posts.”
Once you have disabled commenting on your posts, you can still override this command on individual posts by clicking the checkbox “Allow comments” under the Discussion section of the posts where you want to engage with your readers.
Use shortcodes to showcase media files
Normally, if you want to show a video on your blog post, you upload the video to Youtube and paste the URL in your post. For images, you probably are using a plugin to showcase them in a specific format correctly.
However, WordPress now offers shortcodes for these files so you can focus on writing content and showcasing your work without having to worry about coding.
For example, if you want to feature an audio file in your post, all you need to do is type:
[a u d i o = ” f i l e n a m e . m p 4 ” ] (without spaces).
If you want to show multiple images in gallery format, you can type:
[ g a l l e r y i d s = ” 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 ” ] (again, without the spaces. Also, the number represent the image id, not the filename).
For more information on how to utilize shortcodes correctly on your blog, read this post.
Regarding hosting video content on WordPress, you have to make sure that you follow the steps indicated in this post so you can show the video on all browsers without any hitch.
Wrapping it up
WordPress is powerful enough by itself to not only allow you to create different types of websites but also is flexible enough for you to modify its default settings without typing a single line of code. The features mentioned above are underrated and rarely talked about, but it should be noted that, despite their relative anonymity, these are hacks that you should use to help you create better content in less time.
Why Doing this Works Better than Asking for Business Referrals
After I released my flagship eBook – How to Retire to a Life of Island Hopping through Smart Blogging – I noticed something neat. My sales increased 12 fold the day I published a guest post for a highly successful blogger.
Seeing this spike clued me in to the quickest, easiest way to increase business: help people for free. Being generous improves skills, increases exposure and expands your business. Greater traffic and profits follow generous bloggers because helping people for free helps you be skilled and see, two qualities in every prospering blogger who reaps sweet blogging profits.
A large set of bloggers goes in another direction. Some ask for business referrals from trusted blogging buddies to drum up business. Feel free to take this route but know referral fishing is an ineffective way to drive profits because of two clear reasons:
- referral-seeking seems to be time-wasting
- referral-seeking rarely inspires trusted bloggers to take clear, business-building action, for you
I know 20 plus web developers. A few trusted blogging web developer buddies have reached out to me, seeking referrals. Two issues arise:
- the referral seeker has no idea if I know bloggers needing web development; non-targeted campaign
- I already know 20 plus developers, trusted buddies all, so I could never choose one to refer to someone if 20 seem qualified
Top Bloggers Become Ruthlessly Effective with their Time
Versus seeking referral business by asking blogging buddies if they know someone requiring your service, spend 20 minutes to write and publish a quality guest post for a blogger in your business niche. Instead of pitching 1 human, show off your web development skills for free, via a guest post, for 1,000 people. Do you see what I mean? Leverage. Do not ask for business. Serve for business. Although time needs pass and generosity needs inclusion in blogging business-building, helping for free is the quickest, simplest way to increase blogging business because you reach large, targeted audiences of clients with your attention and energy versus asking 1 person for business in non-targeted, ineffective fashion.
12 Times Daily Sales
I recall the day vividly, 5 years ago. I created and launched Blogging From Paradise. Before writing 100 plus eBooks, I wrote one. I did drive some sales through my blog but guest posting woke me up; why not leverage my presence and grow business by helping people for free, via different platforms? Eye-opener for me. Instead of asking, I gave. How easy? Giving freely is the easiest way to get freely. I observed a 12 times daily sales eBook increase for good reason that day: helping people generously through sites other than your blog is a simple way to grow your blogging business.
The simplest, direct, effective way to grow your business is to help people for free. Asking for referrals leads to a client or customer here and there, but full time bloggers are not in the “here and there” business as far as growing your venture. Pro bloggers drive steady profits through their blog by being generous on their blog and on other platforms.
Be helpful for free. Publish posts. Submit guest posts. Run a podcast. Broadcast live on Facebook. Help people for free to help people for pay. Versus untargeted referral-seeking, this is the effective way to grow your blogging business from a generous, genuine energy.
Why Does It Take Time to Be a Successful Blogger?
Successful bloggers implore you: it takes time to succeed.
I advise following your fun, helping people generously, trusting the process and seeing the blogging journey through. I mention in my eBook how time saving tips make your journey easier. But in the same regard, this journey takes time. Impatient bloggers weed themselves out. Generous, patient, persistent bloggers succeed. Sometimes, successful bloggers realize not the time element and how it works, and never explain in detail why it takes time to succeed. Why do you need to be patient? Why does it take time to succeed? I uncovered 3 reasons why it takes time to be a successful blogger.
1: It Takes Time to Practice a Skill So You Become Really Good At It
Today, I can write 10 to 20 blog posts daily if I so desired. I could easily create 20 videos daily.
10 years ago, I could write 1 blog post weekly and feared doing videos, to where, I never recorded videos as a newbie blogger.
Generous practice plus time made me prolific. Nobody gains skills in 1 day. Humans gain skills practicing 1 craft daily for months, then years. I love basketball. A handful of NBA players disclose how terrible they played after picking up a ball for the first time, 5 or 10 years, prior. Patient, persistent practice and time polished their skills to the point they became successful enough to go pro. Blogging is no different. Successful bloggers practice daily for years before being skilled enough to become a pro.
2: It Takes Time to Gain Big Exposure
Gaining big exposure for success takes time. Every creative act expands your presence a little bit more but those little bits add up over time. New bloggers blind themselves to this concept, believing 1 day and 1 blog post gives them successful exposure enough to make money and gain clout. Nope. Time reveals persistently generous bloggers because getting massive exposure requires months to years of generous, patient, persistent service.
No human can begin blogging at 8 AM as a new blogger and land a Forbes appearance by 12 noon. Nobody knows you. You have no exposure. Humans require time to create and connect in enough spots to gain success promoting exposure. Relax. You are on the way. But allow for time and generosity to leverage your presence. Time is required to be seen in many places.
3: It Takes Time to Uncover and Feel and Release Fears
Do you want to know why I wrote this post? I uncovered this reason a few moments ago. I noticed one income stream yield lesser amounts over the 2 days prior and felt a tiny but palpable surge of fear. Aha! I got you. Feeling fear, I released it and proceeded. I blogged for 10 years. I still feel tiny fears if an income stream yields less money, day to day, based on my expectations. But I needed to face this fear to make more money. New bloggers generally have deep fears concerning money, success and freedom. It takes time to feel and release fears concerning making more than $1 a day until you vibe at the $100, $1000 or $10,000 monthly – or more – level of blogging income.
Time unearths fears for feeling and releasing, to reach the next level of blogging success.
Time is a great blogging ally.
All you need flows to you over time.
Generously create, connect, follow your fun and nudge into fears.
Success is yours.
What Does Your Blogging Network Look Like?
I do nothing on my own.
Everything is a team effort.
As I teach in my blogger networking eBook, the way to increased, ever-expanding blogging success is to look for, grow and tap into a huge, loyal network of blogging friends through the power of generosity. Be generous. Help people. Shout out fellow bloggers. Release expectations. Get super connected. Most of us understand this is how to succeed online; be generous and get connected because 100 is better than 1. 100 friend efforts are far better than your effort alone.
One basic problem arises for most new or struggling bloggers: overcoming the deep fear of networking. For odd reasons, humans cling to pulsating fears concerning reaching out to other human beings. Bloggers fear being rejected, failing, being criticized or giving up credit for their blogging success. Honor that fear. See how far you get on your own steam. Not only that, the agony of micro-managing makes you sick, broke and quite dumb, if you are honest with yourself. How silly of you! Why do everything on your own today? Why not comment genuinely on a few blogs, retweet a few blogger blog posts and mention a few bloggers on your blog? Begin networking. Build a network. Succeed online.
What’s It Look Like?
Be honest, my blogging sweet robbins. What does your network look like? Is it even there? Do you even have a network? Many bloggers publish a post, share it to Twitter and Facebook and sit there, dumbfounded. Do you honestly believe your network just materializes out of thin air? Nope. But if you buy my eBook, follow my 13 steps and build your blogger buddy network by being generous, you can land on famous blogs, earn coin and drive traffic to your blog, too. Everything hinges on your honesty. Admit having only 1, 3 or zero blogging buddies. Truths set you free to network generously and successfully.
How to Grow Your Network
Simple. Be generous. Begin now. Publish a thoughtful, personalized comment below. Be seen. I cannot read all comments but the thousands of people who read blogging tips tend to read comments. Somebody eventually reads your blog comment if you comment genuinely and generously every day on Blogging Tips after reading posts. Someone clicks your link because they love your comment and want to meet you. One visit to your blog later, you may have a blogging buddy, or even a client or customer. Or maybe you have a loyal reader. This is networking 101; be generous, engage people and you build your network.
But do not stop after commenting on Blogging Tips. Branch out. Go wide. Read and comment genuinely on other blogs in your niche. Make more friends. Life gets easier and easier if you have more blogging friends in your corner because these folks inspire you to keep going, plus your friends amplify your presence exponentially.
Be generous and genuine. Reach out to more bloggers every day. Networking is a bit uncomfortable sometimes if you look for immediate returns but gliding through these temporary feelings helps you tap into something special with your blog. Connected bloggers have no issues growing their blogging business because 100 is better than 1. Remember that they next time you try to go lone wolf with your blogging campaign.
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