fbpx
What is Photoshop Action, and How It Works

What is Photoshop Action, and How It Works

What is A Photoshop Action?

Photoshop actions are made up of a series of predefined steps that help you to expedite a design task in Photoshop. It comes in the form of .ATN file format and they can usually be applied with just a few simple clicks without having to manually apply each event.

This sequence of steps can then be reused at any time, which allows you to recreate the end result without having to go through each individual step every time. Hence, this enables you to easily apply stunning effects to your photos without wasting a lot of time.

How to Install Photoshop Actions?

Photoshop actions usually come in the form of a ZIP file format which you need to extract the content. You will find the Photoshop Action .ATN file(s) contained inside there.

There are multiple ways to go about installing folder. Once you are in the Actions folder, copy paste the .ATN file there. (or you can drag and drop the .ATN file )

Method 1:

Browse to your Photoshop folder, look for the Presets folder and then the Actions folder in the subfolders. See below:

Method 2:

In Photoshop, go to the Window menu and open the Actions panel. Click the fly-out menu on the upper right corner of the Actions panel and select Load Actions … Now navigate to the Action(s) file you want to load, select it and click Load.

Now that we have downloaded and installed them, we can now move on to actually using them.

How to Use Photoshop Actions?

Once installed, you can open any image in Photoshop and run the selected action. All you have to do is select the action you want to use, and click the play selection icon to get the desired result.

Before you start to use the action, you have to find and open a photo that you want to create the effect on. Besides that, there are some pointers that you need to take note in order to achieve a successful result. Below is a video shows you exactly how to go about using a Moonstone Photoshop action.

How to Create a Moonstone effect using Photoshop Action

The following video tutorial covers how to set up your Photoshop file as well as in-depth effect customization techniques.

Step 1:  Brush over your photo in a new layer “Brush”, created by the action.

Step 2: Play the Action by clicking on the “Play” button below the Actions Panel.

Step 3: Customize the look of your photo and effects using the Layers Panel.

Step 4: Save or Export your finished photo.

 

Examples of Moonstone Photoshop Plugin

DONE, that’s it!  It is that simple. Now practice till you master this technique!

If you have any questions or clarifications, feel free to comment below this page. Stay tuned for the next Photoshop action tutorial. Alternatively, if you find my series of Photoshop Action tutorials interesting, please join my list so that you will be instantly notified once my new tutorial post is up on my blog.

Hidden Content

How Long Tail Platinum Solves My Frustration And Gets Me Amazing Results Quickly

How Long Tail Platinum Solves My Frustration And Gets Me Amazing Results Quickly

The success of online sale, regardless is an online or offline product service depends greatly on how to reach out to your targeted audience. The success of a sale usually comes from the initial steps of the keyword search process. Whether you get the sale will depends whether you can target the right keywords. And that is crucial indeed. Which brings us to the topic of which keyword research tool out there on the market is trustworthy, and that we can depend largely on to achieve the ideal results that we are looking for. Hence, I will be reviewing Long Tail Pro to you today.

Please kindly note that some of these links below are affiliate links and I will earn a commission with no additional cost to you. I only recommend tools I have used and believe are genuinely beneficial, not because of the small commissions I earn if you decide to purchase them. Most importantly, I would never ask you to buy something that you cannot afford or that you are not yet ready to adopt.

 

What is Long Tail Platinum (LTP)?

Long Tail Platinum (LTP) is one of the best SEO tools around on the market today. Essentially,the software is residing on the cloud, hence finding and sorting functions are fast and convenient. Long Tail Pro is the desktop version but now, the software has been migrated to the cloud version. Thus, the branding has been changed to differentiate that. To get an idea of how Long Tail Platinum works, check out this short overview video below.

 

Key features of LTP

Use Long Tail Platinum To Find Profitable Keywords

  • Discover new keywords using unique average Keyword Competitiveness (KC) feature in numbers
  • Use Rank Value to find out the profitability of keywords
  • Utilize detailed metrics to dig out the competition
  • Filter, sort and export results quickly
  • Analyse top 10 searches with in-depth domain and page level metrics
  • Bonus for Annual plans
  • LTP University and BootCamp training videos

Keyword Competitiveness with a Single Number

How to Find Low Competition Keywords in Long Tail Platinum (Demo)

Case Study: How I do Keyword Research in LTP

All right. I am going to demo an example to you of how I do my keyword research in Long Tail Platinum. This by no means is going to be exhaustive, but to give you a good idea of how well the software works, and hopefully you can decide to invest for your online business.

LTP Interface

Upon logging into LTP, this user-friendly interface is displayed. What I like about LTP’s software interface is it’s simplicity and  intuitiveness. Almost all features comes with “i” or “?” circular icons that explains the function of each of the features. For that, I will elaborate on the help later as I show you the core functions.

“Get a Demo” button shows you how to do low competition keywords. View the Demo video here.

LTP shows 2 tabs on the blue bar (2/3 on the top right side): Keyword Research and Rank Tracker. You can click on each of these 2 tabs. The Rank Tracker interface is displayed below:

Rank Tracker basically allows you to track your URL, keywords, search type (Google, Yahoo or Bing!) and search engines from different countries over time. Click “Save Keyword” button once you have input all information. This feature helps you to track results over time and allow you to make better informed decisions to the type of keywords you are targeting.

Next, coming back to the Keyword Research tab. Let’s go over each of the main features here. Depending on the plan type you have subscribed, the yellow bar displays the plan and the keyword limits that you have signed up for. The higher the plan, the more keywords you can research. This number will reset once a full month has passed. Thus, it is a good idea to maximise your usage once you are on a full month subscription, as the unused numbers will NOT be carried over to the next month. Beware!
 

Save Projects and Add a Domain

On the left, you see Projects. It provides the top-level organization by grouping different sets of keywords you will want to research. This is the 1st step I will do when starting a new keyword research. I would enter a name for the project. In this case, it can a general label for the keywords that you want to search. For instance, if I want to research on SEO tools, I would enter that into “New Project Name” input field box shown on the left.

If you have already accumulated a number of projects, you can sort them by Name or Date. That facilitates a faster search. Thereafter, click “Add Project”. Below is a list of keyword projects that have been saved. At the top of list is a default item titled “Favorites”. That is a shortlist of saved keywords that I would like to reference from or to evaluate further. You can do that easily by clicking the grey stars in the Keyword Results section.

You can either edit the name of the project or delete it by clicking on the orange and red buttons shown respectively on the right of the interface.

Coming next is the search engine and language, and Add a Domain functions. Search engine shows a drop down list of all search engines that we can change according to our needs. Same goes for Language options.

Add a Domain computes a keyword competition range of numbers that your website can work with. This is based on metrics obtained from Majestic SEO (Domain Flow, Trust Flow, Citation Flow, Number of referred domains) that form the bottom line of your domain name’s strength. I will explain these technical terms later.


 

Keyword Research

After the project is made, we are going to input seed keywords that we want to research on. Then you can organise them into keyword lists.

Long Tail Platinum can discover up to 800 keyword variations per seed keyword! Further, it performs 8 times faster than Market Samurai.

Basically, LTP draws the keyword data from the Google Keyword Planner.

By using LTP, you can efficiently research, filter, and form strategic decisions about hundreds of keywords using these integrated SEO metrics not found in the Google Keyword Planner.

There are 2 ways of inputting keywords: Google AdWords Suggestions OR Manual Keyword Entry. The former draws related keywords from Google’s AdWords Keyword Planner tool. Whereas the latter one only checks on the exact keywords that you input.

To get quick help within LTP interface, hover your mouse cursor over one of these circular icons, and you will see a tool-tip that explains what that function is.

You can find seed keywords (keyword ideas) from many sources such as niche magazines or Amazon and eBay sites. For example, if I am looking at targeting the SEO tools niche, I will enter these words into the Seed Keywords input box, one word per line. Then, simply click on “Retrieve AdWords Suggestions” to get results.

Right below are filters that you can set to show results more precisely. For instance, you can enter keyword limit for each seed keyword, monthly searches, etc. to get more precise results.

While adding seed keywords, you can see that ether are a set of pre-filter selections. This allows you to customise the columns/data you want to see for all of the keywords in the set. For most searches, I typically include suggested bid, advertiser competition, and set a minimum local search volume.

The pre-filter settings will depend largely on your industry. If you are performing long tail keyword research in a new niche, leave the pre-filters blank to start.

Alternatively, if you already found a set of keywords for your particular niche that you want to verify more SEO data in LTP, then you can click on the Manual Keyword Entry tab. You just need to cut and paste the text from elsewhere. It can accept up to 2000 keywords at a time. Next, retrieve data simply by clicking “Retrieve Keyword Data”.

Either way, Long Tail Pro will compute accordingly local search volume, ad bids, keyword competition and a number of other metrics based on your inputs. Listed below is the “Keyword Results” table that shows all the keywords generated by your seed keyword list, and with metrics and filtering options:

You can quickly filter and analyse all the keyword results using exclude and/or include metric found at the top of the keyword search results.

Here is a list of summarised metrics found in the keyword results section:


Keywords – No explanation required.

Star icon – Add keywords to your favorites

Volume – Locate keyword search volume in specific countries.

Bid – How much you would pay for the term in AdWords, and this indicates buyer intent.

Competition Are there many people bidding on the keyword in Google AdWords? Another indicator of buying intent.

Words – Helps you identify potential seed keywords and long tail variations Number of words in the search term.

Average Keyword Competition KC (1-100) – A proprietary metric that uses actual SEO data to determine how easy, or hard it is to rank for a given keyword.

 

Keyword Filtering

Using a tool like LTP can be extremely useful and rewarding in terms of time and efficiency. However, the data presentation can be overwhelming sometimes. You may face the same problem as I; having analysis paralysis. Hence, knowing how to sort important data from the unimportant becomes crucial.

By using the filtering capability in the keyword results, I am able to find solid keyword targets very fast, even with lot of data sets. For each of the result columns, you can easily sort the data in ascending and descending order by just clicking on the title labels. For instance, clicking on the “Average KC” header title will sort the data to display the keyword competitiveness metric to display in ascending order, and in descending order the 2nd time. Basically, you can toggle the data according to your needs. (see the red rectangular outline boxes)

In addition, I can sort, include and exclude keywords by utilising these 8 different metrics – Keywords, Keyword Competitiveness (KC), Volume, Bid Amount Competition, Word Count,  Rank Value and Favorites  through the filter drop downs in the keyword table (see the red right-pointing arrows)
 

An example:

If I only want to target keywords with at least 100 monthly searches and a keyword competitiveness score less than 40:

You can also select of the keywords that you want to save or research further by ticking on the checkbox next to the keywords, and apply using the bulk actions list. (shown above) You can move the keywords by setting them a rank value, moving or copying them to another Project or delete all the keywords altogether.

Also, you can access further actions buttons found on the right table, with green, blue and red buttons. Green – update keyword competitiveness data, Blue – get 20 AdWords suggestions for that particular keyword, and red – remove keyword.

Last not the least, you can save potential keywords separately from this keyword list by clicking on the star icon to save to the default Favorites project list.

When you have narrowed down the keyword set, you need to take another another important step to identify good keyword targets – keyword competition analysis.
 

Data Analysis

My next step is search on keyword competition and analyse further on each of the potential keywords. Long Tail Platinum displays the top ten results ranking for that keyword along with other very useful SEO data. For instance I clicked on “cost effective seo”. And this will bring me into another table:

Besides extracting data straight from the Majestic SEO link index, Long Tail Platinum calculates additional metrics based on it’s own patented algorithm. Here are a summarised list of the metrics:

1. Keyword Competitiveness – metric from 0-100 which measures the competitiveness of a page based on the search term.

2. Domain Competitiveness – number from 0-100 that displays the competitiveness of a domain is for that keyword. This calculation would consist of measuring the Trust Flow, Citation Flow and other backlink data points.

3. Trust Flow – number from 0-100 measuring the quality of the links pointing to a URL.

4. Citation Flow – number from 0-100 calculating how authoritative a site is according to the links pointing to it.

5. Domain Trust Flow – Trust flow for the website as a whole.

6. Domain Citation Flow – Citation flow for the website as a whole.

7. External Backlinks The number of links pointing to a page.

8. Page Referring Domains – The number of unique domains referring to a page.

9. Root Referring Domains – The number of unique domains connecting to a root domain.

10. Internal Links – The number of links on the page that links to other URLs on the domain.

11. Indexed Pages – The number of URLs on the domain, which represents a good indicator of overall content size.

12. Site Age – How long the site has been in existence.
 

A comparison example:

This is based on the keyword “cost effective seo“, which has low KC scores for the top 10 searches, relatively low external backlinks and page reference domains. And this is a good SEO keyword to rank.

Compared to the “cost effective seo” keyword term, “seo tracking software” will be harder to rank, as there are more external backlinks and higher keyword competition for the top 10 results.

With this data, it allow me to quickly and exactly assess the level of competition I am up against. In turn, this can save me a lot of wasted time and money compared to using other free tools and methods.

If you compare the kind of data you will be getting with, it will not be possible with Google Keyword Planner (GKP) and other payable software.

Being able to utilise these pieces of information can help you to achieve precise decisions on what keywords can perform and rank well for.  Surely, you will save precious time, and get a good and clear direction for your content strategies.

There is yet very important metric that I need to address – that is the KC score.

 

Keyword Competition (KC) Score

It has been discussed for those internet marketers who are using LTP frequently that the KC score is the most useful and relevant metric to measure for searching profitable keywords to rank. Measured by a score of 0 to 100, and combined by all the SEO keyword data collected from the top 10 search results, it gives a real insight and specific assessment of level of ranking needed for each keyword.

Old way of calculating the competition score (where Moz metrics, like Domain and Page Authority were used):

KW Competition = Page Authority (PA) +/- Page Title Factor +/- Keywords in Domain Factor +/- Domain Length

PA = (Several Factors including: Domain Authority, Site Age, Page Links, Juice Page Links, Social Signals, and More)

Generally, Trust Flow and Citation flow can replace Page Authority and Domain Authority metrics.

LTP utilizes a much more extensive backlink index which makes its metrics more accurate. Here is a guide that LTP recommends on interpreting the KC scores:

According to LTP, try to select keywords that have KC scores of 40 and below for main keywords, while getting KC scores of 30 for secondary keywords.

When considering a wider content strategy, search volume and competition levels are some of the factors to focus on at when dealing with keyword research.

All in all, I observe that the KC metric is reliable and a good guiding point to start with regards to the type of keywords to target and avoid.

General criteria when choosing a winning keyword for your content should be:

  1. Relevant keywords that solve problems
  2. High enough search volume (2000 to 10000 local monthly searches)
  3. Low competition enough to rank (KC scores of 35 and below)
  4. High advertiser competition (money to be earned in the niche)

Even if the KC score is very useful for us to rely on and get exact results for various niches, we should not put “all eggs in one basket”! It should be not be the only metric used for making decisions on your business.

There’s another even more important factor to consider when it comes to choosing the right keywords. And that is:

Search intent.

Actually if you spare a second to think about keyword research, locating them with commercial Intent is actually more relevant and targeted.

As shown from the illustration, for each stage of the buying processes, different keywords have to be used to attract the targeted audience to respond. For instance, during the awareness stage of a product or service, informational keywords such as “How To”, “3 Great Tips” or “Ultimate Guide to” are used only to make the branding known and informed.

At the buying stage of the buying funnel, keyword modifiers like “Best”, “Buy” or “Reviews” with buying intent should be more relevant in attracting people.

This SEO keyword tool can also reveal to you the number of keywords in the list according to the filter that you define. The concept is basic. However, it works wonders when it comes to applying it to finding the best keywords. Literally, you can dig up lots of search intent keyword sets if you explore the tool thoroughly.

 

Data Export

Upon finishing my keyword analysis and data filtering, I can export it into CSV (Comma Separated Value for Microsoft Excel file format) for further action. You can do this by clicking on the top right corner of the keyword table.

Support and Help

If you have signed up as an annual user of LTP, you will receive these valuable video training tips at your disposal. You can then start learning how to use LTP immediately. I must admit I have learned a lot about using LTP and keyword research.

Besides, within LTP interface, you can activate help from support (shown above at bottom right corner of the browser window) by leaving a message at any time you encounter any issues of using the software or other enquiries.

How I benefited from LTP

  • Save me lots of time researching relevant and the right keywords
  • Help reduce my frustration about not getting results -> no traffic
  • Gives me great insights and offer help on how to do keyword research correctly and efficiently with proven methods of success – testimonials from owner Spencer Haws and team
  • Utilise useful infographics for quick reference on searching keywords
  • Equip self with updated tips and tricks from the training videos and webinars

 

Major pain points before using LTP

  • Been researching keywords and investing on number of KW tools since 2008
  • Others that I have used but either not getting desired organic traffic and site ranking, or they are too slow in usage when displaying data within the app
  • Examples of SEO keyword software I have used over the years:
    • Google Keyword Planner (GKP) – no longer using as limited data since big G wanted to hide some important data, thus no longer accurate for KW research. Also, very tedious in verifying each of the keywords with the competition.
    • Market Samurai (way-too-slow performance, too many variables to note and lots of useless updates) I really ran of patience waiting for the desktop program to list out those golden nugget keywords!! Not to mention those irritated and frequent updates every time I opened it!
    • Micro Niche Finder (way-too-slow performance and lots of useless updates) Another desktop type of tool. The performance of this software deteriorated over time and it often crashed for no reason!
    • Keyword Canine (average performance and not enough keywords)
    • Jaaxy (fast perf but not enough keywords, lacked competition analysis feature)
    • Keyword Elite (obsolete tool and not useful at all)
    • KeywordSpy (lots of data and variables to research until too confused, expensive monthly subscriptions)

 

Example of benefit from using LTP

  • Signed up LTP Annual as saved me tons of time, and get immediate accurate results during KW research. Can do multiple classes of KW for different niches within a day or less. Previously, have to wait and calculate each competition for each keyword within software, eg. Market Samurai and Micro Niche Finder. Terribly tedious and slow process. The wait for the refresh of data is killing my interest and making more bored. I do not really enjoy KW research especially if it takes a long time to get results. Plus, I am targeting the wrong keywords.
  • LTP is able to display results on search volume, competition and search intent all in one place. Very convenient at 1st glance.
  • LTP shows results fast, and I am impressed with the speed at which the search results are revealed. By testing $1 trial for 7 days, it convinced me that this is the tool I want to use for my KW research. My experience with this software gives me confidence and sort of rekindled my interest back again in researching keywords for my targeted niches. I told myself: why no try again using a different tool and see if it works this time.
  • I would rather be investing on time than on money. So, investing in LTP is no brainer for me. I realize all along that proper KW research and strategies are the keys to successful online business and traffic generation. To see increases in leads and revenue for my business, only time will tell. Ultimately, this should lead to reduced costs and time in getting my work completed within the required deadline. I am convinced that LTP can help me deliver the results I am looking for, judging from the testimonials and results I found at the end of this article review titled “More In-Depth Reviews”.
  • one of the best keyword research tools on the market. It enables you to quickly find low competition keywords you can actually rank for, in any niche.

 

Pricing Plans

Pricing and Plans of Long Tail Platinum

LTP offers monthly and annual subscription plans. To try out the features, you can join for 7 days unlimited usage for $1 here. Monthly subscription is great if you just want to use on a short time basis. Whereas, if you are in for a long haul or that you need the tool on a daily basis, then yearly subscription will be a great saving option in the long run.

Final Thoughts

So, what’s the verdict? To buy (invest) or NOT to buy (invest)? Well, if you have invested on other paid SEO tools and they serve your needs, by all means continue doing so. On the other hand, if you are cash strapped, then Google Keyword Planner (GKP) may serve your needs well for the time being.

But a word of caution here is that if you would choose to value time over money (just like me), then it is a no brainer that you should invest on LTP as soon as your financials allow you to do so! I used to be think the same – penny wise, pound foolish of doing business. So if you value business productivity and the big time saving you can get from LTP, then you should invest your money on LTP.

Further, if you want to discover untapped keyword opportunities fast and find out keyword competition of your niches correctly with grouped keyword sets, I strongly urge you to seriously consider LTP for a trial test at least. Grab your 7 days $1 Trial Long Tail Platinum here.

To summarise the benefits of LTP:

  1. Find low competition keywords and high volume niches FAST -> Saves Your Time
  2. Analyse CORRECTLY SEO metrics to find out keyword competition -> All In One Table and Page
  3. Unearth keywords with buying intent FAST -> Saves Your Time
  4. Widen your process of keyword research in different ways -> Better Insights and Ideas

To conclude, I strongly recommend it for online marketers who have the main objectives of monetising their online businesses.

 


More In-Depth Reviews

http://www.robbierichards.com/review/long-tail-pro/
http://copytactics.com/cost-effective-seo-ranking

How to Expedite Your Content Marketing with the Best Editorial Calendar

How to Expedite Your Content Marketing with the Best Editorial Calendar

While planning and writing your content marketing, do you faced with the issues of keeping track of when and how your content marketing is posted. I admit I do. It is a pain to monitor and track how many articles I have written in a month and to check when I last posted on each of my social media platforms. This has been my ongoing problems until I discover an editorial calendar which personally I find it the best so far. Thus, I would like to share and talk about CoSchedule in this review today.

What is CoSchedule?

CoSchedule is a premium WordPress editorial calendar that enables small business owners to schedule all blog posts, social media posts and team tasks all from inside WordPress dashboard and web app.

This useful content calendar and social media tool is great for managing content on a site that involves a team of individuals to sync up information in a productive and organized manner.

Please kindly note that some of these links below are affiliate links and I will earn a commission with no additional cost to you. I only recommend tools I have used and believe are genuinely beneficial, not because of the small commissions I earn if you decide to purchase them. Most importantly, I would never ask you to buy something that you cannot afford or that you are not yet ready to adopt.

When you are first starting to put content on your WordPress blog, you can easily manage with just one person. However, as time goes by with the event of creation of more articles and managing multiple social media accounts, it can be a real nightmare, and increasingly difficult for you to manage content and workflows. This is where CoSchedule comes in handy and helps you to manage content scheduling and planning easily in one single place.

The team collaboration feature within CoSchedule allows multiple users to access a single marketing calendar to plan for future blog posts well together and consistently. Thus, this leads to better management of content and efficient work collaboration among teams.

CoSchedule works ideally by having drafted content in WordPress. It is perfect and convenient to have your content all drafted, reviewed and ready to be published in WordPress. To a certain extent, some users have discovered that Google Docs handles better in drafting content.

 

How CoSchedule Works

Social Media Calendar

CoSchedule gives you a visual marketing calendar similarly to that of Google calendar, hence the usability is very familiar. The greatest time-saving feature lies in CoSchedule is having the capability to share on all social media content calendar not just your original content, but also curated ones as well. The platforms namely are Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn and Google+. Whether you log in separately as a web app or within WordPress, you will get the same user interface. You can plan and organize all content in this calendar within WordPress dashboard by using drag and drop functionality.

One need not have to log in multiple accounts to use or track one posts on articles and social media. Everything is visible within a glance in this editorial calendar and that is very convenient. Besides, you do not have to remember all the passwords other than setting up the connection the first time.

You can set your own color labels or use the presets ones to co-ordinate and sectionalize your posts in CoSchedule. The standard colors are defined as such:

  • Posts – colored
  • Gray – Published
  • Yellow – Draft
  • White – Scheduled

To make a new post from the calendar, simply click “+” sign on the top right hand corner to select a category and start writing a post.

When a post has been published, it displayed a number in the bottom right corner of their icon in the calendar view. That is the sum number of social media shares, comments, and likes. And this can give you a great tip as to what content is popular and shared. With this piece of helpful data, you can better plan for your social media promotion.

You can set a schedule posts based on time and date. You can leave it at defaults, schedule to publish them at any time you want, or you can follow the suggested best time given by CoSchedule. Like most social media marketing tools, CoSchedule helps you to spread out the publishing of the postings evenly to ensure a constant flood of traffic. These simple rules will help a lot of users who are not inclined towards social media to get more benefits from posting consistently without having to worry too much.

 

Collaboration and Workflow

Tasks Assignment

This content calendar also gives you the flexibility of assigning tasks to each contributor to create and schedule on your blog.

On the right side of CoSchedule, each task for each post is displayed in the calendar view. In turn, you will be able to track the state of progress of each of the tasks that needs to be completed. Next, you can assign which team member to the task by sending email reminders. Hence, you can use this useful checklist each time you log on to monitor and track your content publication. In addition, you can easily make a template for these tasks and duplicate the process so that no posting is missed out.

 

Marketing Calendar

Further, you can also comment in the post editor tab on the calendar view, that enable collaboration and interaction among team members where the tasks, social media and scheduling can be arranged.

With this commenting feature, it enables teams on different projects to collaborate and communicate closely and in a timely manner, thereby the ability to meet the required deadlines. Any member in the team can create content in Evernote, Google Docs, WordPress or even CoSchedule’s own editor. And he can upload and publish them at once into CoSchedule’s marketing calendar for immediate sharing. Users can drag and drop, amend publishing dates, and add new projects easily with minimum clicks. CoSchedule will be to accommodate your deadlines automatically for you.

 

Headline Analyzer

The ability to craft head-turning headlines for blog posts, social media posts and email subject lines are important in driving lots of traffic to your website.  Hence, knowing how to engage your audience with crowd-pulling headlines will attract more readers get them to re-share the popular articles.

CoSchedule comes with a fantastic utility called the headline analyzer. It is capable of analyzing and rating the strength of your headlines before the publication is posted. A mark is calculated using variables like common or uncommon words of the headline, the emotion elements, and how strong the effect on people’s feelings or thoughts.  Also, you can seek out the ideal character and word count for Google search results, email subject lines and preview how the actual headline performs before it is finalized.

 

ReQueue

This feature enables you to reschedule popular content or messages at the best time to attract more shares and get more traffic. Simply set the sending frequency, message sending limits, and custom your social profiles.

 

Social Profiles

Under Social Profiles, you can and should chain up all your favorite social media accounts once and for all, so that they can stay connected as you start posting in CoSchedule. Make sure that you link up with the right social media accounts, as sometimes some users have multiple Facebook or Twitter accounts. And that can get confusing if you end up linking to the wrong account, only to discover why your posted content does not tally.

 

Integrations

With these configurations, CoSchedule provides you the flexibility to connect common but powerful tools that can extend the usability of the plugin. Under its Integration section, you can find some of the following: (Tip: some tools can be found via the “?” circled icon at the top right hand corner)

Mobile App

Manage, edit, and schedule all your social messages on the fly with the CoSchedule Mobile App. Simply send the application link to your mobile device via text or email.

Headline Analyzer

Score your overall headline quality and rate its ability to result in social shares, increased traffic, and SEO value. You can either enable or disable it.

WordPress

Automatically creates and updates your marketing calendar template in CoSchedule once a blog post or social media post is made in WordPress.

Chrome Extension

Having this extension provides you extra convenience without leaving your Chrome browser software while sharing any content.

Evernote and Google Docs

By integrating these popular tools into CoSchedule, you just need to drag and drop your projects from external sources straight into your social media calendar.

Google Calendar

Synching Google Calendar with your content marketing plans helps to share with those using Google Calendar.

Google Analytics

Using custom tags, CoSchedule enables you to understand how your content is performing.  Spot the location and number of times your content has been shared across online. Discover where the targeted audience is found and assess what kind of content is doing well.

Bit.ly

Link up your Bit.ly account into CoSchedule for quick short links.

Buffer

Connect your Buffer account into CoSchedule.

 

Analytics

The analytics section basically enables users to check and track progress and results of their most popular content and then compare their performance. They are divided into 3 sections namely Top Content, Social Engagement and Team Performance. The Top Content lists posted content that are well received by respective social media platforms, and one can distinctively see which social media platform that article has performed well. In addition, one can filter the results by content types, owners and time created. Further, one can easily re-share the most engaging content.

Next, the Social Engagement Report displays your engagement rate. The higher the number, the better the score is. You can filter the results by month, search a specific report and export the results for comparison and safe-keeping. This report serves to let you understand your engagement on social media, spot trends and understand what your audience likes, and thus can act accordingly to improve your engagement rate.

Here, you will see the Overall Engagement for all social media platforms that are linked and populated with messages over time via a graph chart. This can be visually very helpful and insightful at first glance. The Network Performance displays the likes, comments and shares of each of the social media platforms. The Account Performance shows a line graph that makes up the engagement of shares, comments and likes side by side for each account. This presentation is meant to be more visual and from a different perspective from the network performance. Lastly, you can check on the top messages displayed at the bottom of the page that are exactly posted in each of the social media platforms. One can click on the individual tab bars to view better the content.

The Team Performance Report shows tracking for your team’s productivity to improve your processes. Here, you get to know who is doing, and what to keep projects on track. There is an overall rate that contrasts how much your team has improved over time in tasks completion. Next, 2 graphical charts with due vs completed, and overdue tasks serve to give an idea of progression over time and dates. Lastly, a breakdown of how each team member has performed in great details, are listed in a summarized profile. Again, these data prove extremely useful for further analysis and action need to be taken.

 

Calendar Settings

In CoSchedule, you can access the menu navigation found on the left side. (orange vertical flyout) Under Settings, you can define content types such as article, video or webinar. And these categories can be added to your project when you start scheduling your posts.

 

PROS of CoSchedule

  • A time-saving marketing calendar that allows you to plan the entire year in a single place. It allows one to focus on creating content instead of marketing them. The Chrome browser extension also proves helpful for users at times when the need to curate content instead of just creating one’s own content.
  • Friendly drag and drop functionality and calendar theme
  • The ability to upload documents, track current projects, define tasks for oneself and collaborate with your team members as well as monitor social media data analytics. The tips and “best time” for posting based on followers’ behaviors with the social media campaigns have greatly reduced the guess work on determining the right time to post.
  • Nifty headline analyzer feature that integrates well within the app. It is fun and wonderful to be able to try out different variations of a headline as one creates the content. Other social media marketing and content marketing tools do not come in-built with a headline analyzer to help you choose the best headline for your post.
  • Enable users to stay organized and on track while managing a multi-category blog and the social sharing for each post.
  • Easy collaboration effort within content marketing team. Tight integrations with other apps like Buffer enable users to focus on writing write posts and put images in Google Docs, and then upload it to WordPress.
  • Provides a bird’s eye view of your content calendar. Automate predefined tasks to the calendar and having an overview of the number of scheduled social media posts one has for specific articles.
  • Social sharing is a time-consuming activity that internet marketers experience all the time. CoSchedule solves this problem of sharing your blog content by scheduling the social media posts in advance even before they are published. Social sharing is not limited to the latest posts. You can use ReQueue to re-promote past posts on social media from CoSchedule to further boost their social shares. And that is a handy feature to have.
  • Sharing one’s posts is made easy by not having to open a new window from one’s browser. Simply open the post from CoSchedule and scroll down to the bottom of the page to be able to share the posts instantly.
  • Some users have great experience with CoSchedule support team. They are courteous and prompt every time the users interact with them. They are very quick to respond and they seem to feedback quickly.

 

CONS of CoSchedule

  • When there are many different text and image helpers set up in the same social campaign, they will become cumbersome from scrolling.
  • Not being able to insert a text helper at the cursor point of an entry. It will only display at the end of a post.
  • Sometimes, scheduling a blog post from CoSchedule may fail as some users experienced having to schedule it directly from WordPress to work. For instance,  a user made a post and scheduled it to go out after a couple hours. Only to discover later that it is stated as “draft” in WordPress while it is set as “schedule” in CoSchedule.
  • Cannot send messages to Linkedin Groups whereas Hubspot can achieve that.
  • Lacks integration with Hootsuite (integrates with Buffer) – the commenting feature is not useful enough. It will be better if it can allow us to @mention people, and collaborate more within the article planning panel.
  • If you are currently already using a standalone social media management tool like ViralTag or TailWind like I do, then you may find CoSchedule’s social media features redundant and duplication.
  • The only good thing that CoSchedule has an edge over these platforms is being able to manage content creation and promote all in a single place. Besides that, social media management tools can offer more functionality that can assist you to build-up a better following with other extra features much more effectively.

 

Pricing

Pricing for CoSchedule is as follows:

Compare plan features here

 

Final Thoughts

I found that the social media features in CoSchedule have got great user experience and are very suitable for content marketers. I have tried comparing with social media management tools that I am currently using, but they do not come close to compete.

The clean, visual drag and drop appeal and easy to use features make CoSchedule almost the best marketing calendar tool to use and track for posting articles and social media content.

Another worthy mention is the team collaboration built-in to CoSchedule, which makes it relatively easy for teams to sync, and communicate all the posting content within one single environment. Hence, the tendency is such that once the team finds such a productive tool to publish, they may not truly find a better substitute.

The bottom line is that CoSchedule can save you precious time and get you more productive in managing and scheduling your work flows. You can save time by doing other productive tasks. This applies truly for people who had just started out their online business and want to get the job done as quickly as possible.

Nonetheless, CoSchedule may not be for everyone. This is especially true for experienced marketers who had developed their own systems of creating and promoting content differently.

 


More in-depth Reviews

https://wpcurve.com/trello-vs-coschedule-editorial-calendar/
http://www.wpwarfare.com/coschedule-review/
https://christopherjanb.com/blog/coschedule-review
https://www.mikegingerich.com/blog/coschedule-plugin-wordpress/
https://www.g2crowd.com/products/coschedule/reviews

5 Instant Benefits of Using SocialNow WordPress Theme from MyThemeShop

5 Instant Benefits of Using SocialNow WordPress Theme from MyThemeShop

I have been exploring quite a few premium WordPress themes for a while. If you are just like me, searching for a reliable and usable one all this while, then you should look at the this particular theme that I will be reviewing. It is called SocialNow WordPress theme from MyThemeshop. It is a Multi-Purpose WordPress Theme, which can be adapted for any niche.

Please kindly note that some of these links below are affiliate links and I will earn a commission with no additional cost to you. I only recommend tools I have used and believe are genuinely beneficial, not because of the small commissions I earn if you decide to purchase them. Most importantly, I would never ask you to buy something that you cannot afford or that you are not yet ready to adopt.

Before I dive into the features, let’s explore 5 instant benefits that I gained from installing and using SocialNow.

1. Quick and easy theme installation

This is a prerequisite for most common WordPress themes nowadays that are on sale on the market. MyThemeShop provides all necessary instructions and documentation for you to download and activate the theme immediately by simply downloading the zip file.  Then in your left-hand menu, choose Appearance > Themes to select the zip file you have downloaded and install. It’s that simple. To get the whole look and feel of the demo site that you have seen, you can check out the One Click Import, to import the demo images, content and layout into the theme you have just activated. Voila, you can immediately start replacing all the images or content from there.

 

2. Save time getting a website within days instead of weeks

I can’t stress this enough. If you are running an online business, you can’t afford to “waste” too much of your precious time doing the stuff yourself all the time. You need have to either outsource or automate your work process. And this is one of those automation process that you have to necessarily adopt. Of course, if your have the expertise to use a free WordPress theme to customize the look and feel yourself, by all means do so. However, if you are looking to cut short the time spent on beautifying your site and get on with more important content on your site, then it apparently clear that you should be investing on a premium theme that allows you to get a professional site up and running in no time, perhaps in a few working days rather than a few weeks. Typically, it’s a penny wise, pound foolish mentality that you have to consider.

 

3. Ready, up-to-date and common functionalities built-in

This theme contains almost all the common features and requirements of a business website. In the past, it used to be that one has to get separate components or features to incorporate into a traditional WordPress website. Now, with the advancements and improvements of WordPress sites, now it offers you with more integrated and built-in features with all-in-one. And that saves us a lot of time in hunting down all the features one by one. Hence, that spells more conevenience and easy integration for all modules built-ins as well.

 

4. 6 great Pre-defined layouts for you to choose

SocialNow theme comes with Pre-defined (i.e. Pre-built and ready to be used) layouts. Of course, once you have the template in place, you can easily change images, text or content as you wish. You just need to leave the layout unchanged. Of course, you are adventurous, you can tweak the code to alter the layout exactly to your needs and tastes. But to start with Pre-defined layouts is again a huge time saver! To preview how these Pre-defined layouts, check out HERE.

 

5. Great direct 24/7 support if you need help

MyThemeShop offers great and fantastic support. A lot of user testimonials had testified that their support team gave great support. Hence, this justifies and forms an important factor in investing on a premium WordPress theme. Without this, we are definitely going to face lots of issues that cannot be resolved within ourselves. Sometimes, even though there are adequate documentation and self-help FAQs, nothing beats better than a direct support email to the support team. And it’s important that the support team are able to get back to our problems really quickly.

 

One Click Demo Import Video (4:30)

 

User Testimonials

Being a WordPress developer, I know how it is to use plugins for every feature like Social Sharing Buttons, Reviews, Related Posts, Widgets, Optin Forms. MyThemeShop has become a one stop solution for all these features built inside a single theme.

Every MyThemeShop theme has all these features inbuilt, that means you need not install many plugins that will increase the speed of execution of each page. Speed websites are always rewarded by search rankings. Thus, MyThemeShop themes are the best alternatives to theme frameworks.

I would recommend MyThemeShop to all my readers of blog Zoorvy and WordPress users.

Saivarunk

 

More User Testimonials

 

SocialNow Theme Features

Here are the trendy 6 pre-defined layouts bundled with SocialNow Theme:

Default: The default layout allows you to build any website you can imagine. It is a multipurpose layout intended for those people who want to be in control. The user-friendly options allow for easy customization and quick results.

Viral: Want to build a viral content site? The viral layout will fuel your social sharing to millions. Strategically placed social icons appeal to visitors to emotively share your content.

Fashion: Stylishly designed layout allows you to showcase your fashion content with the glamour it deserves. You don’t have to worry anymore since you will make a bold statement with SocialNow fashion layout.

Health: This layout carefully presents your health content with the accuracy it needs. People will want to trust your content since it is presented in a very easy to read format.

Shop: Want to set up shop that converts visitors to loyal customers? The shop layout removes all clutter common most WooCommerce themes. The minimalistic approach makes it easier for customers to pick what they need.

News: Irrespective of what niche you are pursuing, the SocialNow news layout is bound to earn you the authority you crave. The elegant and stylish fonts ensure your headlines, and the content is immaculately presented.
SocialNow will make you a success since visitors are ushered to a fantastic choice of color scheme, elegant typography, trendy social sharing, blended with perfectly placed ads.

MyThemeShop had managed to bring together all rich features that make a website grow into a household brand. All these useful elements work seamlessly redefining what a good website should look like.

Here is the list of best features in SocialNow:
• 6 Pre-defined Beautiful Layouts With One-Click Importer
• 11 Powerful Widgets
• Fluid Responsive
• Author Box
• Related Posts
• Social Sharing Integrated
• Unlimited Color Options
• Unlimited Backgrounds
• All Google Fonts Included
• Search Engine Optimized
• Translation Ready
• RTL Support
• One Click Update
• 4 Pagination Types
• Child Theme Support
• Schema Integrated
• Clean Commented Code
• Lightning Fast
• 24×7 Priority Support
• Video Tutorials
• WPML Ready
• WooCommerce Compatible

Based on my testing of this theme and analysis of the features, I would strongly recommend SocialNow WordPress theme if your are looking for a reliable and custom WordPress theme to build up your website quickly and professionally.

If you have any doubts or queries about investing or using premium WordPress themes, feel free to email me.

How To Start A WordPress Blog On Siteground

How To Start A WordPress Blog On Siteground

Today’s topic is actually related to the theme of this site; that is when one is managing infographics and photos online, one has to associate with how to build a business website in order to put everything properly in one place. Hence, besides sharing tips and secrets of creating photos and infographics, I feel the urge to educate you on how to start a WordPress blog.

THIS POST MAY CONTAIN AFFILIATE LINKS. PLEASE READ MY DISCLOSURE FOR MORE INFO.

I understood many of you are looking for cheap web hosting for a start. This is especially true when you are first starting out learning to make a website, and you do not want to invest too much into the business yet. Believe me, I had gone through this route before, and I am not different from you. But one thing I want to assure you is that the time saving and lesser headaches that you are going to have when it comes to selecting a right web host for your own website is well worth it in the long run. This will be especially true when your traffic to your website starts to grow exponentially.

Click here to start a blog on WordPress, and follow the tutorial below to setup right.

Let’s come back to get you started on making a website on WordPress. If you are looking for an affordable (note: not cheap!) solution to your web hosting needs, I would strongly advocate choosing SiteGround. This is a fantastic web host, especially if you are looking to a site using WordPress. I personally have had a wonderful experience hosting (this site is hosted with SiteGround) with them.

Since working from home, I am able to plan for myself my work schedule and have more time to do things that I love instead of following other’s people instructions at work. It was a great lifestyle change. Best of all, my health has improved and I don’t fall sick so often due to insufficient rest and sleep.

Any person can make money with a blog, and I believe it is worth while to invest for blog hosting. In the long run, you will be able to make some money back from these investments.

SiteGround is one of the top web hosting companies  since March 2004. You can begin setting up your blog with SiteGround for as low as US$3.95 a month. (special promo – 60% OFF the regular $9.95/mo.) For a start, I strongly recommend signing up for the Startup Plan through SiteGround. It is affordable and you can save some money by signing up for at least 12 months. The good thing is that there are no contract binding, and you can ask for pro-rated refund anytime.

Well, you maybe thinking you can get web hosting with other service providers for a lot cheaper in costs. But I can tell you getting the cheapest web host is not going to help you in the long run. The biggest problem with cheap web hosts is that too many accounts are sharing on a single host server, and that leads to slower performance and speed. If your WordPress site starts to generate lots of traffic, that will affect your bandwidth performance, and ultimately cost you sales and profits. In addition, you may not have the time to switch to a new web host if you are not happy with your current one. So this is a factor which you may need to bear in mind, when selecting a reliable and safe web host and it’s plans. Further, do not use Blogger web sites as these are deemed by companies as unprofessional. Hence, having own hosted blogs using WordPress is the best way to go.

Here are the Steps to Setup a WordPress blog on SiteGround

1. Choose Your WordPress Hosting Plan

You can click here to buy a domain name and create a blog, and then follow the steps listed below.

Firstly, you will have to come up with a domain name for your website. This domain name can be your company or own name, that best represents your personal branding online. It can be challenging for certain people, and it is advisable to spend some time to consider carefully what you really want for your domain name. The best approach will be to write down at least 5 to 10 domain names for your website. Then consider the pros and cons of each, cross out those that do not like it or do not have potential or appeal to your audience that you are targeting. Eventually decide on the best domain name that you are most comfortable with.

You can get your domain registered directly with SiteGround when signing up your WordPress web hosting. It is more efficient  and speedy this way. You can get a FREE domain for the 1st year when you get at least 12 months of SiteGround hosting. By doing so, you can save up some great amount of money. You get a lower monthly price when you buy a minimum 12 months of hosting, hence the FREE domain feature is a good bonus to have for a start. Once you have decided to obtain the FREE domain, continue next step to purchase your hosting plan and registered your FREE domain at the same time. It will be a great time saver.

Currently, SiteGround offers 3 plans and you can sign for any of them based on your budget and needs.

Here is a suggested guideline for selecting the WordPress Web Hosting:

  • The StartUp plan is perfect for people with one website that are starting now
  • The GrowBig plan is a great value for money offer, including the option for multiple websites and the SuperCacher that greatly improves a WordPress and Joomla website speed
  • The GoGeek plan is perfect for people with e-commerce and larger sites, or more geeky development needs like staging and GIT integration

Whichever plan you choose, it will come with these awesome WordPress tools:

  • 1-Click Installer – Launch your website with a click.
  • SuperCacher – 3 levels of caching for an ultra-fast site.
  • Autoupdates – Always have the latest WP version.
  • WordPress Staging – Easily test and deploy changes.*
  • WP-CLI Enhanced – Command line management option on all plans.
  • Git Pre-installed – Interface for Git repo creation.*

*Only for GoGeek or higher plans

If you want to know more about the features of each of the web hosting plan, click on  either “All Essential Features” text link  or “Jump To Plan Details” text link that is below the orange “Get Started” button.

Once you decided the plan, proceed to next step by clicking on the “Get Started” button.

2. Choose Your Domain Name

In Step 2, all you need to do is to select “Register a New Domain” or “I already have a Domain”. In your case if you are registering a new domain, just check on “Register a New Domain”. If you are transferring an existing domain from other web host, then you need to “I already have a Domain” option instead.

The next important thing is to register your domain name that you have decided. Input that into the text field between the www. and .com entries. You can also change the .com to others if it happens that your domain name is already taken or registered by others. Clicking the down arrow next to the .com gives you an array of choices such as .net, .org and etc., which you can choose.

Note that all plans include FREE domain registration for the 1st year of web hosting. This free domain registration is going to be included in the SiteGround hosting service. Hence, by default it is ticked as shown in the image above. Next, click on “Proceed” button.

3. Review and Complete Your Web Hosting Plan

At Step 3, this is where you need to confirm and finalize your web host plan details. Specifically, select the plan that you would like to use, namely the Startup, GrowBig and GoGeek plans. To start create website online, I strongly advise that you go for the Startup plan first. You can easily change plans later in the course if your needs change or grow. All you need to do is to inform the tech support to advise the change in plan, or you can easily upgrade to a higher plan right inside your hosting plan account via the CPanel.

Let’s talk about the costs of blogging. To setup a WordPress blog on SiteGround is relatively easy. For a start, you can select the Startup plan for only US$3.95 per month for 12 months. You have a choice of selecting either 12, 24 or 36 months. There is also a 1 month Trial, but you have to pay additional fee of US$14.95 on top of 1 monthly US$3.95. I do not recommend signing up for 1 month trial as the cost is higher and the time is too short to assess how the hosting service performs.

One thing to note is that the advertised discount applies to any of the initial periods chosen during the sign up process. Once this period is over and when the account is renewed, you MAY not get that special price anymore. In other words, you may have to pay the regular pricing, eg. US$14.95/mth instead of US$7.95 for the GrowBig plan. Therefore, it is good to consider carefully how long you want to sign up for the hosting plan. For me, I would and have gotten the 36 months, as I do not have to be consciously reminded to pay up every year for hosting. I have paid for 3 years, and I can “forget” about it until the time it comes for me to renew again.

For the extra services, leave the defaults as they are for domain registration. As for SSL certificate, it is now a standard feature built-in provided by all web hosting providers as they are a pre-requisite for legitimate business websites. Hence, it is not listed under the extra services anymore. You may also want to pay for Domain Privacy Protection, which is only $1 per month. This is so that your contact information stays safe. Check on the total price that you are going to pay, read and check on Terms of Service clause (it is not selected by default), and click on “Pay Now” button. Next, you will be directed to input your payment details in the next page. You are done! All you do now is wait for the confirmation order email in your inbox.

4. Install WordPress on SiteGround

Well, this is an important step which I believe most of you will be most interested in. Actually, setting up a WordPress blog on SiteGround is as easy and fast as signing up for SiteGround web hosting.

  1. Once you obtain your login details given by SiteGround via email, login accordingly. Remember to record down your SiteGround’s login details in a separate place and for safe keeping in case you forgets the password.
  2. Click on “My Accounts” tab on the top.
  3. Click on “Go to cPanel” button under your account type.
  4. On the right, locate a sub-section titled “Autoinstallers”, select the WordPress icon.
  5. Under WordPress section, click on the blue “Install” tab OR the text link “Install Now”.
  6. In this page, fill up the following:
  • Software Setup
  • Leave “Choose Protocol” as https://, as your site needs to be secure and safe. This is especially true if you are running an ecommerce site in the past. But now, Google has made this a compulsory rule for all websites.
  • Choose your Domain to have WordPress installed. If this is your 1st site and 1st time installing WordPress on SiteGround, your newly domain name will be automatically selected. If not, click on the drop down list (arrow pointing downwards on the right) to select which domain you would like to install WordPress.
  • In Directory – you would only need to enter this if you are installing to a different folder instead of the root directory.
  • Site Settings
  • Leave Site Name  as it is OR rename it as you see it fit to your business name or branding.
  • Give an interesting Site Description if you can think of one. If not, you can edit it later.
  • Admin Account*
  • Enter a Username that you like or familiar with, but easy to remember. You should choose something secure. Don’t use “Admin” as your username. Instead, create a username that is a combination of different letters, numbers, and anything else you can use.
  • Enter your new password. This is specifically for WordPress login for your domain. Save these 2 piece of info separately in Notepad or other location in case you forget one day.
  • *Note that this is different from the SiteGround’s login and password.

Leave the rest as it is, and then just click on the “Install” button.

Voila, you now have a WordPress blog LIVE! You just need to spice things up by working on the design and writing high quality relevant content for your niche market. Enjoy!

If for any reason, after having gone through these steps and you are still lost or in doubt, email me and see if I can help you out. That’s why I wrote this tutorial in the 1st place.

Further helpful tips to help you using WordPress:

Login to your WordPress account

As mentioned earlier, keep your WordPress login details separate from your SiteGround login details. Do NOT get confused with both sets of account logins. Record safely so that you can retrieve them correctly at the right time. A better suggestion will be to use Roboform or any other password software to help record down ALL your passwords under 1 master account. That way, you won’t get stressed out over how many passwords you need to remember in order to login correctly each time.

Create your Posts & Pages

To add relevant and good-quality content, you can add new posts by clicking on WordPress left-hand side menu titled “Posts”. If you need to add a page, you can also assess the left menu to click on “Pages”. The difference between the two is that normally, Posts are for creating your blog content, whereas Pages are used for the pages of the site, such as “About Us”, “Contact Us”, “Terms of Use” and “Shop” pages. By organising content this way, it makes categorizing of content easy to edit and manage. However, there are no hard and fast rules. It is up to you to plan and manage your content.

Change your Appearance of your Site through WordPress Themes

You could just use the default theme given by WordPress. However, you will encounter a lot of limitations in configuring to the way you want in terms of the look and feel of the site. Hence, it may be worth an investment to use premium WordPress themes to give you more control and flexibility, and more varied options to tweak to your hearts’ content. For this site, I am using the Divi theme from Elegant Themes. I like the drag and drop builder and many other features that I can tweak to suit my changing needs over time. Other WordPress themes which you can explore are Themify, MyThemeShop and Themeforest.

Promote your site

To send newsletters or emails to new readers, you may have to use email marketing software. Usually, most of these services come in the form of monthly or yearly subscriptions. It has been found that Email Marketing is the best way to promote one’s products and services in the long run, as it can provide a constant stream of recurring income and profits. Hence, I recommend ConvertKit. It combines simple, elegant sending with the automation and tagging features that you actually need as a professional blogger. One of the famous blogger, Pat Flynn once commented on using ConvertKit:“My favorite part of ConvertKit? Automation rules. Other providers have them but they’re either limited or too overwhelming. ConvertKit makes it simple with a “if this / then that” sequence.”

Jumpstart your learning via further online courses

Now that you have a basic WordPress blog setup, this is just the beginning of your online business. To further expedite the learning process and understanding your niche market, one needs to upgrade by learning further. I would recommend an online course for bloggers, Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing by Michelle Schroeder-Gardner. She earns over $50,000 a month through affiliate marketing and she shares her exact strategy and tips in this very informative online course. If you are a blogger (even if you’re a new blogger!), then you NEED this course.

Do you already have a website? Do you use SiteGround for blogging? Share your blogging problems and mistakes here. Hope you have enjoyed this tutorial on How to start a WordPress blog on SiteGround. Any feedback will be greatly appreciated!

Disclosure

Information presented on Peachmorph is intended for informational and educational purposes only and is not meant to be taken as business advice. The views expressed on this website are personal opinions only and should not be construed as expert advice for your given situation. While all attempts are made to present accurate information, it may not be appropriate for your specific circumstances and information may become outdated over time. I am not a business expert and you should seek out a professional before making any business decisions.  Please make sure to do your own due dilligence and seek a trusted business professional before making any financial decisions of your own.

Neither Peachmorph nor its members make any representations as to the validity, accuracy, completeness, or suitability of any claims made here. Neither Peachmorph nor its members assume any liability with regard to business results based on the use of the information provided here. Furthermore, advertisers, commenters, and linked sites are solely responsible for their views and content – which do not necessarily represent the views of Peachmorph or its members.