Day 2: The Basics: Your First Post

We all want a website for different reasons: blogging, content management, display our portfolio, put a professional foot forward, etc. Here is how to create your first post.

Reason

More and more, blogs and new posts are becoming a central way to update your audience and keep your website fresh with content. Fresh content is great for maintaining your crowd’s interest, as well as helpful for SEO purposes.

Recipe

Now, create your first post! It could be about anything.

For bonus points: create 5 different posts, all around one subject. Publish one immediately, and set the other four to be scheduled to go out, one per week.

Congrats! You already have a month of blogging done!:-)

Resource

If you’re wanting to blog, two GREAT resources of articles are THE article on “How to NOT Suck at Blogging” and a series on 31 Days to Building a Better Blog

Questions

What did you write about in your first post?
Did you use other media besides writing? Let me know!

Day 1: The Basics: General Settings and Permalinks in WordPress

“The beginning is always today.”
― Mary Shelley

Getting Started Off Right

This assumes that you have installed your WordPress software on your self-hosted website. You can also use these tutorials on your WordPress.com account, though some of the functions will be a little different.

If you need help installing the WP software on your site, let me know. However, I’ve made some tutorials on how to use a typical “one-click” WordPress install here Check those out first.

Reason

BEFORE we start posting or creating any content, it’s important to go in and get some basic settings arranged so that your website can get started on the good foot!

Recipe

If you only change one thing in your settings, change the Permalink structure. This will make your urls prettier, and helps with SEO in various ways.

Resource

Check out the latest updates on WordPress software straight from the source: the WordPress.org Blog

Questions

What questions do you have about settings?
Is there anything you would change that I didn’t cover? Let me know!

21 Days to WordPress Proficiency: An Introduction

21DaysToWordPress

What is Your Situation?

Do you have a WordPress based website but you feel like you don’t know where to begin? 
21 Days to WordPress Proficiency will take you from the initial install of your site to installing plugins, do basic customizations in HTML and CSS, and, most importantly, allow you to be a self-educating and proficient WordPress user in 21 days.

The Plan

This plan’s main goal is to educate you about the basic WordPress  functions, and provide the resources and get you in the habit of exploring everything the WordPress community has to offer so that you can be proficient with your WordPress website as quickly as possible.
For ever day, there will be a Reason (“why are you learning this?”), a Recipe (“how tos”) and a Resource (“Where to find more information”).It’s a series of 5 minute screen cast videos that walk you through everything you need to know about setting up your site, publishing your first post, and finding themes and plugins.
WordPress is a VERY powerful platform, and there’s a ton you can do with it.
Have fun! That’s the point, isn’t it?
–Nate

**Videos are best viewed on a desktop/laptop device. YouTube videos will be available soon!Photo Creds:
Photo Creds:
Gal at computer from Victor1558.
Official WordPress logo.

How to Increase Your Revenue by 30% (Witout Raising Your Rates)

I just finished a couple of projects for clients. This is always a good feeling. One of my strengths is “Acheiver”, which means I love (a-hem, LOVE) to get things done, checked off my list, wrapped up and put away. Normally, I jump right into the next thing without taking time to celebrate.

This time, however, I decided it would be good to look back at some numbers. Since I track my time and revenue (among other things), I noticed two things:

  1. I was getting faster at completing projects (yes!)
  2. I had made more money than my client agreed to pay me (what?!)

How did #2 happen?!

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Value Added Service on Projects

In the world of freelancing, I’m finding I need to get projects done as quickly as possible, and with the maximum amount of revenue possible. This is of course depending on the client, what they need, and how much they’ll will to pay for the project they need done.

Learning how to price your services is definitely key to survival in this world. In my current experience, there’s a delicate balance between getting paid what you’re worth, and joining all the other freelancers in the world in a “race to the bottom”.

Given the unpredictable world of freelancing, what is a guy to do?

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Finding (and Getting) Freelance Work

Taking the Freelance Plunge

“There’s nothing quite like asking someone to pay you for something you’re not quite sure you can do.” -Me.

One of the most !important and delicate times for a business is the validation phase: do people want to and will they give you money? You’ve built your product, or practiced your elevator pitch just so, and you’ve even made a business card that you can hand out to people.

Nice

I’ve done that too. And I still do. It’s probably one of the best things that you can do in order to form your new identity. You are no longer sitting on the sidelines; you’re getting into the game (albeit with frequent breaks, because you’re winded and maybe not in the best shape yet. At least you didn’t injure yourself yet!).

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