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Resources for Better Blogging – Take Two
If you missed the first post on 3 great resources to get started blogging CLICK HERE.
Its a great place to start.
Now that you have your blog up and running you need some Plugins to make your blogging life a bit easier.
Now I have not exhausted the plethora of WordPress Plugins available but I will list the ones I have found most useful.
If you go with a theme from Restored 316 Designs she will also recommend some Plugins to make your site look like the demos.
No matter what theme you use….
Spam stinks and you don’t want it!
Save yourself a ton of headaches and get the Plugin called Akismet, get your code and use it. It will stop a ton of comment Spam. It will save you time in having to delete them from your inbox and from your site…everyday. Instructions are included when you get the Plugin on how to activate it, it is well worth the small fee.
A Great Website/Shop Plugin
Do you want to sell a product? You can use an outside source like Etsy or Big Cartel but if you want to keep it all in house…so to speak, you need an ecommerce plugin that is compatible with your theme and easy to use.
I have found that WooCommerce works well, is straightforward to use and is free. WooCommerce has extensions that have fees but you don’t have to use those. They are conveniences and not necessarily must haves.
WooCommerce also has themes for you to choose from.
Comment Reply Notification
and that is the name of the Plugin that sends an email to a commenter when you reply to their comment on your blog. Otherwise you will have to respond in the email that is sent to you letting you know that you have received a comment. It just cuts out having to do it twice. You can still reply via direct email if there is something you would rather not speak about on your blog but most cases you want to just reply on your site so others can see what you have to say and Comment Reply Notification simplifies the process.
There are some Comment plugins as well but I have not used them. One is called CommentLuv and the other I see around is Disqus, I have used neither and have not found any reason to do so. But do your own research and see if they might be something you want to use.
This is just a few Plugins I found to be helpful. There are so many out there that sometimes you can get lost in the search. Is there any particular Plugin you have found you can’t blog without? If so feel free to share and what it is that you find most helpful about it.
Right now I am researching different ways to monetize my blog..there is so much information out there that it is taking time. I have been considering starting an experiment with testing out different ways and see how they pan out. I have no illusions of striking it rich but it would be great if I could make enough that I can spend more time blogging about painting, cooking and gardening.
What do you think? Is that something you would like to read about? It could totally flop or I could find a path that leads to some great things. Who knows. But if I have to do the research anyways I might as well share.
Of course I would continue to post my painting lessons and other fun stuff.
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