WordPress is my preferred blogging platform. The flexibility WordPress gives me is second to none, but I love it mostly because of the plug-ins. Plug-ins are essential to your blog and can make your blog run effectively and smoothly on its own with minimum work or effort on your part. Well heeled plug-ins can be a Godsend to your site and give you an advantage other sites that don’t have plug-ins.
Here are my picks for 10 + 1 Must Have Plug-Ins for your WordPress Blog:
Askimet: Askimet is a free WordPress plug-in that helps block spam comments and trackbacks before they appear in your comment cue. It does a pretty good job at filtering spam comments and I use this plug-in on all of the blogs that I manage and run. You can see the comments still in the spam folder, and once a week, I go through them because sometimes there may be a valid comment that was marked as spam.
Creating an income with your blog is now something that most bloggers can achieve with a little hard work and determination. Gone are the days where only a certain few bloggers could make money—it has become a platform that has created additional sources of income for the millions of people who blog professionally or for fun. Making money with your blog isn’t hard, but it does take a knowledge and a little time.
Here are 5 ways to make money on your blog:
1. Ad networks: The most obvious way to make money on your blog is to use an ad network for your site. This could be an ad network such as Google Ads which isn’t exclusive and allows anyone with a site to use the service. An ad network gives you a code (the code produces a visual ad) for you to put in select spaces on your blog, and money is earned by impressions (or page views) for the ads, or clicks for the ads. If you have a nice amount of traffic, you can make a pretty good income using ad networks, but if you are a new blog with a small audience, it may take time for you to rake in the dough. Using more than one ad of different sizes can also increase your cash. But be careful. Too many ads can cause your site to load slowly and may turn some people off.
Show Me the Blog and A Branded You teamed up to bring a comprehensive and interactive personal branding and networking tips workshop at UMSL called Showcasing the Branded You: Personal Branding and Networking for Professional Success. The purpose of the event was to help people who are looking for employment opportunities or small business owners help brand themselves to be able to complete in their genre or niche.
The room was full of both old and new faces as well all bonded together over an afternoon of information and tips. This is the first ever co-event that Show Me the Blog and A Branded You have done together, but hopefully will not be the last.
Here are a few photos from the event:
Written by: Nick Gilham, A Branded You
Danyelle asked me to write a guest blog post describing my experience at last year’s Show Me the Blog conference. I met her about a year ago at a Social Media Club – St. Louis event and was instantly drawn to her enthusiasm and persistent attitude. When she told me that she was organizing a conference, I knew it would be successful and wanted to be there to support her efforts.
What I didn’t know when I bought my ticket is all of the information I would learn and the great people I would meet over the course of the day. The assembled speakers and panelists were an amazingly diverse group of people representing industry professionals and hobbyists (and all levels in between) and gathered from all over the country. This wasn’t a St. Louis conference, it was a conference that drew attendees and speakers from throughout the midwest and south.
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