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.
Are You Trying to Rank or Help People?
Check the intent behind your blogging actions. What are your drivers? Some bloggers desperately want to rank, to place articles on page 1 of Google, to drive sweet, passive search engine traffic. Good luck with that. Nobody succeeds ranking until you give virtually all of your attention and energy to helping people with your blogging efforts. The rank comes after the generous help and that generous help often spans years of your life because developing page 1 Google skills is no joke. If it were easy, everybody would rank on page 1, right?
But you would be surprised by how many folks struggle blogging because the focus on rank over help dominates their minds. I never fell afflicted to this common limiting belief because I give scant attention to ranking on Google. Most of me could care less. I help people through my guest posts, blog posts, course and eBooks. My intent is to help people not to try to get traffic and money through manipulating things. Be honest about the big difference between the two because making this shift will improve your life tremendously, along with positioning you to experience increasing blogging success.
Focus heavily on people and little on things to discover the secret of blogging success. Bloggers succeed by generously helping human beings for sustained periods of time. Imagine some blogger who appears to be all over their blogging niche. Study this individual. Guaranteed, this bloggers generously helped people for years, hours daily, through multiple methods of helping people. Imagine guest posting, blogging, broadcasting live on Facebook and podcasting. See how the top bloggers always seem to be assisting people from a generous, genuine energy? Be that person. The tops never obsess over ranking because doing so attaches you to outcomes. Attach to outcomes. Feel fear. Attachment is fear. Any time you blog from a vibe of fear, you will struggle, fail and quit eventually. Top bloggers feel fears but release the energies versus panicking and bailing on generously helping readers. Everybody else panics, bails and tries to manipulate things to get traffic and money, failing horribly over the long haul.
Nobody gets ahead trying to manipulate things because money flows through humans mainly, then, through things which act as receiving channels. Imagine if I sell a copy of my blogging course. Generously helping human beings instills trust in the person who bought my course. Money flows from them to me through Selz, and my bank account, from their credit card or bank account. The things – Selz, bank accounts – are receiving channels, facilitating the sending and receiving of money, but generous service and trust put the financial transaction into action.
Stop trying to rank before all else because dealing with things solely – SEO and Google – moves you out of the realm of reality, into thing-ality. Bloggers who succeed keep helping folks generously and keep promoting themselves, realizing the things are just tools humans use to connect with each other, to help each other and to prosper each other. Focus on helping humans, not trying to rank on page 1 of Google, to uncover the secret to successful blogging….and to uncover the secret of ranking on page 1 of Google.
Why Blogging Jealousy Is a Damaging Emotion
I spent today enjoying lunch and a hike through the forest with my wife. But like the past goodness knows how many years, I will work 6-8 hours daily….or more. I put in an hour or so this morning. Now I get to work a bit before 5 PM. People love my travel photos. Folks often tell me how jealous they feel, envying our life. We are so lucky! We are blessed. We are aligned. All that jazz. But the same folks NEVER feel jealous or envious of the fact that I worked 6 hours daily for the past goodness known how many years of my life. I tell folks about my workload sometimes; most look at me like I have 3 heads, people proclaiming themselves lazy and definitely, believing I can have this workload because working long and persistently is not for them.
Before you envy my movie-worthy life, envy my movie-worthy workload. Before you jealously bust my chops about my photos in Fiji and Bali, be just as envious and flat out jealous of the 20,000 hours I have blogged over the past decade of my life. You cannot have the sweet fruit unless you patiently water the seed and allow for it to thrive, during growing season. Likewise, you cannot have blogging success unless you patiently, persistently and generously work, to succeed.
Jealousy and Damage
Most bloggers never realize the intense jealousy that damages their blogging campaign. Why does jealousy hurt you and your blog? Delusion, that’s why. Take my Fiji or New Zealand or Costa Rica pictures. Most people who see the pictures envy my life because most folks CHOOSE to work a 9-5 job and CHOOSE not to travel. In the same breath, after expressing intense jealousy at me living a cool life of travel, I advise the person to begin blogging, to engineer a similar life for self and family. In an instant, most bloggers complain about having no time, no time, and no drive to design such a life of fun and freedom. Why? Being jealous of bloggers immediately places you in a “they have it, but I cannot have it,” type victim, non-empowered, weakling energy. If you believe only I can live this life, and envy me, and you foolishly believe you cannot life this life, you make endless excuses to cling to your belief system. Said excuses guarantee your unhappiness and comfort.
If you envy my life of travel, envy the 6 to 10 hours or more I have worked every single day of my life over the years. Do you envy working 8 hours every Saturday and Sunday? Are you SOOOO jealous that I will work 6-7 or more hours today, after being out of the house for about 6 hours, hustling into the evening? Nope. I did not think so. Few human beings envy someone who works generously, diligently and persistently because most people hate doing the very thing that sets them free. Why? Doing the thing that sets you free forces you outside of your comfort zone, to face deep, pulsating fears. Facing these fears seems highly unpleasant. Nobody enjoys facing fears, but you need to face fears in order to grow, to succeed, and to live a life of movie-worthy levels, you being the object of blogger envy.
Stop being jealous. Get to work, admire industrious bloggers who live their dreams, and you too will live your dreams.
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How to Ride out Traffic Swings
Traffic swings occur for every single blogger who ever blogged.
Literally, nobody is immune from seeing traffic stats swing high, low, back, medium and all over, in between. How do you ride out these swings? Blog for the love of blogging and see traffic as an extra, a bonus, or some add on to your blogging campaign. Make the blogging work, the reward. See all else as extra, or a bonus, and you become totally chill in response to inevitable traffic swings. Way too many bloggers become obsessed with traffic stats. Even more make the foolish mistake of obsessing over traffic stats on a daily basis. Guys; this is nuts. How can you focus on daily traffic swings when you know all good, lasting things take time, energy and a willingness to have a vision? Relax. Slow down. Calm down. Trust in yourself. Trust in the blogging process. Good things take time and generous service.
Imagine if Jeff Bezos panicked over day to day traffic and sales numbers on founding Amazon over 2 decades ago? Imagine how doing so would have crippled his campaign? Everybody experiences swings – usually, wild swings – as a newbie entrepreneur and blogger because no growth is perfectly linear. Over time, with generous effort and a blanket trusting in the blogging process, you traffic increases month over month. But day to day analysis is a silly way to assess how you are doing. How in the heck can you honestly make a blanket assessment of your blog over a 24 hour period? It’s only 24 hours! We measure success in thousands and tens of thousands of hours…..not 24 hours. Come back down to earth. Get your head out of the clouds. Nothing of meaning, of lasting value, unfolds in 24 hours. Please be gentle with yourself and be even more gentle with your silly mind because the mind wants fast results but your heart knows; successful blogging is a long term gig.
Check Stats Infrequently
Do you have an absolute blast checking stats? If so, check stats monthly. Allow momentum to gain by generously helping people daily, over a monthly period. Observe your traffic stats to iron out any kinks and to not be swayed by the day to day fluctuations leveling most bloggers, creating a roller coaster wave of emotions in mind. I barely check metrics because if I love what I do, trust in the process and trust myself, the more generous service I put into blogging, the more blogging generously serves me. Simple equation here. Why in the heck would I assess my success based on 24 hour increments? Blogging success hinges on thousands of hours of generous service, not 24 hour blogs of work, right?
Pump your breaks guys. Get uber busy helping your readers by creating as much quality content as humanly possible. Be generous. Focus heavily on giving, not getting, to allow your daily stat checking obsession to dissolve just a wee bit. Blogging become uncomfortable here and there but does get easier and easier the more often you give freely of your time and talents. The challenge is not to panic when you resist checking stats for a few weeks as most folks go bonkers mad, ready to explode, once they try to detach from frequent stat checking.
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