WordPress Made Easy: Introducing StudioPress Sites

This page contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive (at no cost to you) compensation for your purchase. Introducing StudioPress Sites WordPress made easy without sacrificing power or flexibility. It’s perfect for bloggers, as well as those selling physical products, digital downloads, and membership programs. Email me for more information at wptechcafe@gmail.com about StudioPress Sites or to discuss other resources for your blogging journey.

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My Top Three Podcasts Guaranteed to Inspire New Bloggers

Podcasts are one of my favorite blog resources. Whether I hear action-packed tips or inspirational interviews, I always finish listening with a smile on my face. I’m sharing my top three podcasts that will inspire both new and experienced bloggers alike. ProBlogger Podcast I’ve read and followed Darren Rowse’s ProBlogger blog since I started blogging. When he decided to launch a podcast, I knew I was in for a treat. While you can jump in and start listening to his latest post, I recommend you travel back to the first episode and listen to 31 Days to a Better Blog Challenge. Each episode provides a short assignment / challenge that causes you to consider tasks and topics in a new

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What You Need to Know to Start a New Blog

This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive compensation for your purchase. If you search for the phrase “Start a Blog”, you’ll find hundreds of pages which proclaim you can start your blog in less than 20 minutes. While the process to click through a few screens, enter your payment information, and then click the WordPress install button may only take a few minutes, any new blogger starting in 2016 knows that launching a blog for any reason except as a hobby requires research, thought, and planning. This page will guide you through the few minutes it will take to choose a hosting plan, register your domain, create an

Love Your Headlines with These Free Tools

Intriguing Headlines Do you scan the headlines, your Facebook feed, or even the section headings in your Bible before choosing what to read? So do your blog visitors. You’ll discover that the blogs you stay on the longest have the most intriguing headlines. In a world full of noise, how do you get people to actually read what you write? It takes more than good content or great design. The most important part of writing an article is the headline. ~ Jeff Goins A Headline Tool and Word Lists from CoSchedule I discovered CoSchedule’s Headline Analyzer during a course from Debi Stangeland. This tool both delights and frustrates me. Before you begin using the tool, I recommend that you download and save (in

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Create Shareable Tweets with This Remarkably Easy Plugin

The most common question I hear from new bloggers is, “How do I get more traffic to my blog?” You’re writing great content with an important message to share. What are ways you can maximize your efforts and cause more people to visit your site? I’ll frequently share simple tools and techniques to increase your blog traffic. Better Click to Tweet plugin creates tweetable content How often does a beautifully phrased sentence strike you while reading an article or devotional on someone’s blog? You immediately think of someone who needs to hear those same words. The Better Click to Tweet plugin developed by Ben Meredith allows you to easily create tweetable content for your readers. The plugin adds a blue

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Before & After: His Girls Gather

Join me on a Lenten Journey with my friend Britta Lafont and the Meet Me in the Middle Project. The Meet Me in the Middle Project is a visual Lenten observation of the Gospel that began in 2015 on brittlafont.com. Our hope is to curate (collect and organize) BEFORE and AFTER pictures, with the goal of celebrating the work that happens between the pictures, and connect our observations with our understanding of the Christian life. You can read more about the intention behind the project here. Today’s Before & After story is a God-ordained invitation to join a small group of Christian bloggers who live in communities in North Texas and Louisiana. The group organizers planned a getaway and work day to encourage us on our blogging journey. I

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Before & After: Join Me at the Well

Join me on a Lenten Journey with my friend Britta Lafont and the Meet Me in the Middle Project. The Meet Me in the Middle Project is a visual Lenten observation of the Gospel that began in 2015 on brittlafont.com. Our hope is to curate (collect and organize) BEFORE and AFTER pictures, with the goal of celebrating the work that happens between the pictures, and connect our observations with our understanding of the Christian life. You can read more about the intention behind the project here. The beginnings of this Before & After story were caused by my last minute decision to attend a blogging conference just a few miles from my home. Even though the event was close enough to commute, I packed a suitcase hoping to be

Before & After: Renew, Refresh

Join me on a Lenten Journey with my friend Britta Lafont and the Meet Me in the Middle Project. The Meet Me in the Middle Project is a visual Lenten observation of the Gospel that began in 2015 on brittlafont.com. Our hope is to curate (collect and organize) BEFORE and AFTER pictures, with the goal of celebrating the work that happens between the pictures, and connect our observations with our understanding of the Christian life. You can read more about the intention behind the project here. This week’s highlight is from my new friend Beverly Dillow. I met her at the Declare Conference this past summer. She won a new theme from the great folks at PrettyDarnCute.com and reached out to me to help her customize her site to

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Before & After: New Website, New Friend

Join me on a Lenten Journey with my friend Britta Lafont and the Meet Me in the Middle Project. The Meet Me in the Middle Project is a visual Lenten observation of the Gospel that began in 2015 on brittlafont.com. Our hope is to curate (collect and organize) BEFORE and AFTER pictures, with the goal of celebrating the work that happens between the pictures, and connect our observations with our understanding of the Christian life. You can read more about the intention behind the project here. I’ll be sharing images of website and graphic design projects. The unseen middle between the Before & After pics is the relationship with which I am blessed during the time in between. As I seek to listen and understand the heart behind the