26Jan/12

FREE Themes for WordPress

When you are first starting out with WordPress its easy to get something that is beautiful as well as functional for your web site appearance.  So many talented people create themes on a daily basis and still others will try them and then report back to the developers, any bugs that useage of the theme may reveal.

The synergy of many people creating and utilizing themes through WordPress makes the possibilities endless. Whether you are writing a personal blog, selling books or opening an online store, WordPress is for you.  Even big corporate companies are implementing blogging as a viable means to communicate and build relationship with their customers – and WordPress is there to make that happen.

19Jan/12

3 Tips to Make Your Post a Slam-Dunk

The competition for someone’s attention is fierce in our busy world today. Knowing who your readers are is the first step to narrowing down and refining your thoughts so that they speak directly to your target audience.

 

First … A catchy headline is super important. If you aren’t sure how to write a headline, there are many videos on YouTube that can give you ideas. (see one such video after this post)

Second … Keep in mind that people are looking for information FAST. The tendency is to write more words than what are really required. (Trust me, I know this one personally.) Bullet points are handy, but resist the temptation when making bullet points to be so brief in your descriptions that you cause confusion.

18Jan/12

FREE Stuff That Makes Snappy Sites and Happy Visitors

A site that contains a lot of text, statistics and boring information won’t catch the attention of your busy visitors who are seeking value in the blink of an eye.

 

Just as the snap of fingers catches attention, so do sites that invite the visitor to interact, be enterained and build relationship. Your website is a tool – and an extension of you.

Whether a novice or a person who has enjoyed an online presence for years, it’s time to upgrade your approach if you haven’t already. The tools I’m going to share are just a small handful of tools that are available for free and which are easy to get started with.

18Jan/12

Planning Your Website

Planning your website is much like creating your business plan.

Make sure that they both match the business that you desire to have and LIVE. There’s a temptation to feel pressured into creating a website AND a business that reflects what other people think you are supposed to have, and not what resonates with you.

So much information is avaible to you at the drop of a hat, or a Google search that it’s extremely easy to become overwhelmed with information overload.  Here’s what I recommend when you find those massive treasures of information …

18Jan/12

The Basics of WordPress

Monday evening, January 23rd, I will be presenting an intimate workshop for Author U (niversity) here in Denver, to introduce attendees to just what WordPress is and what it can do for them.

Already we are almost sold out of the seats (this is a Members Only event)! These smart authors are on top of the newest trends when it comes to utilizing the power of the Internet to build their book business.

Quickly falling to the way-side are the physical author signings that have been a both blessing and curse for the busy author.  Now authors can ‘meet’ thousands of potential readers through events called Blog Book Tours as well as build relationship through their blogging.