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5 tips for having a successful WordPress blog

So, you have finally decided to start blogging. Yayyyyy! You are excited and pumped. The endless possibilities lie ahead. But…so does a quagmire of problems. You wonder instantly, where will I start? You do not know of anything at this stage, but that’s not a point worth scratching your head over. Everyone who went on to make hugely successful blogs, also did not have any idea, they started from scratch. The bloggers at website designing Dubai firm were at loggerheads when they started out. They had to learn all the basics from trial and error. But that is what we are here for, so you don’t have to go through the same process all over again.

1. Perfect the basics

First things are always a first. Straight away, you need to choose a blogging platform that suits you. There are many out there but Google’s Blogger and Auttomatic’s WordPress remain the most popular yet. Blogger offers up a simple outlook to its site which is easy to use, plus it integrates directly with your Google account and AdSense account. Then move on to select a proper domain name, to get rid of the wordpress.com or blogger.com handles at the end of your site. Keep it unique, but try to make it appropriate for your blogging platform. These services themselves sell their domains so you do not need any third-party assistance. You also have hosting options as well, especially for WordPress, where you can buy a domain and pay regular fee for its usage.

2. Design your blog using a simple theme

In today’s world of technology, design matters to a great extent. Especially when you are dealing with the software side, the visuals can either attract or distract your potential followers. Make sure that you stay simple, since you want the focus to be on your words. Keep the colour scheme light with pastels and dark bold colours, just like every website design company do. Google has a whole repository of its modern Material Design library on their website, which includes colour palettes, design tutorials and info on integrating them into a responsive website.

3. Select the best plugins for your blog

Plugins are the absolute necessary after-market parts for your website blog. They give you the extra utility you would need. Using small social plugins like those for Facebook, Twitter and Instagram immediately gives the users the ability to share your content on social media. This enables even greater reachability to your audience. If you are onto selling stuff on your website, then use appropriate plugins which enable you to monetize things on your website. You can find a ton of exciting looking and extremely useful plugins either from WordPress or from the open source GitHub platform.

4. Select the best plugins for your blog

Plugins are the absolute necessary after-market parts for your website blog. They give you the extra utility you would need. Using small social plugins like those for Facebook, Twitter and Instagram immediately give the users the ability to share your content on social media. This enables even greater reachability to your audience. If you are onto selling stuff on your website, then use appropriate plugins which enable you to monetize things on your website. You can find a ton of exciting looking and extremely useful plugins either from WordPress or from the open source GitHub platform.

5. Make sure your site loads fast

Site speed depends on many factors. But if you have a reliable hosting solution the only things that would improve your load times are fully in your control. Consider using a caching plugin to serve static content to your visitors and be conscious about the size of the images your upload. Fortunately, plugins like ShortPixel can do a great job with optimizing and compressing your images without any loss in quality.

6. Managing subscribers and comments

Slowly but surely you are getting into the groove. You are starting to have a following and they are increasing by the day. Make sure to have a subscribe plugin on your main page so you can regularly get in touch with people through email newsletters. The next time a reader will visit your website is most likely through your newsletter they subscribed to. Managing comments is the other essential. Initially, you would want to answer and acknowledge as many comments as you possibly can. Gone are the days of being a passive observer, you need to be active to show your readers your human side. Plus, any feedback they have can be addressed immediately.

Keep sticking to these essential tips and tricks, and you will find that your blog will soar to new heights. Just make sure to keep your head high and work consistently, since blogging takes quite some time to develop an audience.

Junaid Ali Qureshi is a digital marketing specialist who has helped several businesses gain traffic, outperform the competition and generate profitable leads. His current ventures include Elephantation, eLabelz, Smart Leads.ae, Progos Tech and eCig.

 

 

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10 reasons why you should consider using WordPress for your website

WordPress was launched in the year 2003 as a content management system (CMS) and became the most widely used and favourite website of bloggers around the world. Though it was originally just a site for bloggers, it has now become a big, universal platform for building websites, especially for doing business online.

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After you decide the name of your company, get it registered, and are done with all the details except for deciding the platform for your business website, here are the reasons that will assure you that WordPress is the best option for your official business website:

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The Top Marketing Automation Software of 2018

Email Marketing Automation SoftwareTo say that the job of a digital marketer is not an easy one would be an understatement. If we’re going to make a list of careers that require one to be a jack-of-all-trades, digital marketing would be at the top of that list. The tasks of a digital marketer are manifold and are as varied as can be.

That’s why for digital marketers, the advent of marketing automation software is something akin to a miracle. If not for the invention and proliferation of these programs that help them send thousands of emails to generate leads, manage thousands of contacts, or analyze how their websites are doing on so many levels, countless digital marketers would have pursued other careers by now.

For 2018, these are the top marketing automation tools that help make their jobs—and lives—easier.

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8 Important Tips to Run a Kick-Ass Outreach Campaign

reach out campaignManual outreach is one of the best ways to build quality editorial links that stick and help improve your relationship with the fellow bloggers in your niche.

Outreaching is not easy though, in fact, it’s so hard that people like to avoid the headaches of finding prospects, building relationships (by interacting with real people) and instead hire an SEO agency or go with private blog networks. Continue reading 8 Important Tips to Run a Kick-Ass Outreach Campaign

WordPress analytics for plugin developers

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This post is mainly for WordPress developers. So if you already have a plugin on WP.org or are planning to publish one, you might just find this useful. In this post I will tell you about my new service that helps developers to track and analyze their plugins published in the WordPress repository – without having to change any code!

A bit about me: My main occupation is to develop JavaScript components. Also, I maintain a few WordPress sites and have developed a ​ WordPress Tables plugin. After publishing it in the WP repository the concept of ​ WP DevMetrics ​ was born.

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ShortPixel: How to exclude images and folders from optimization

Buried deep into our plugin advanced settings, lies a special feature: Exclude patterns. As you can guess, it allows our users to specify which files or folders are omitted from the optimization.

Using this feature is not as intuitive as we wanted to be, that’s why we wrote this article. Read further to find a few examples of how to use this feature.

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How to Speed Up Your WordPress Website with a 5-Step Checklist

Do you enjoy waiting for a website to load? Neither do your visitors.

“Gosh, it’s great how this page took 6 seconds to load!” –Nobody

Speed optimization is one of the most overlooked aspects of building & maintaining a website. And it affects everything: If your website is slow, you’ll get lower search engine rankings, it will be harder for you to convert visitors to customers, your existing customers will have lower satisfaction rates, and there’s a slight chance that you’ll get shot because you have a slow website.

Thus, having a faster website is (obviously) better for you and everyone who spends their precious time in your website. And in this article, I’m going to show you how to speed up your WordPress website. (Article by Barış Ünver from Optimocha.)

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10 SEO Tips for WordPress Beginners & New Site Owners

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WordPress SEO is an important topic, but it’s often difficult for beginners to navigate. Most small business owners are passionate and excel at the services they provide. They’re not SEO experts, and they just don’t have the time to focus on a comprehensive SEO strategy.

That’s why I’ve compiled this list of 10 SEO tips & strategies for WordPress beginners. This article is perfect for:

Small business owners managing their website themselves
Anyone brand new to SEO
Entry-level marketers just starting out

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