Re-sparking the challenge

When I first started out blogging, I had no idea what I was doing. None at all. It was a couple of weeks short of my sixteenth birthday and during the Easter holiday period at school. Prior to setting up my blog, I’d edited a video games magazine site which I ran with some friends, which had taught me how to hack my way with WordPress and how to hack myself a readership. With this new blog, I was trying to merge those two key lessons with the hope I’d hack my way somewhere.

And hack my way somewhere I did. I don’t know if 2009 just had fewer “blogging tips” sites or I just didn’t find any, but I had very little in the way of guidance. My main inspiration was trying to copy-cat other bloggers who had achieved success of their own, and that started to get me somewhere. I released a free WordPress theme (which was somewhat of a novelty at the time) and started trying to identify “influencing” sites where I could guest post.

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Facebook Marketing 101

Establishing a Facebook presence for your blog should be one of the cornerstones of your social marketing strategy. It’s likely virtually all of your readers will maintain an active Facebook presence, and being able to reach them on a site they’re going to check multiple times a day is invaluable.

Bloggers often treat Facebook in the same way as Twitter: “maintaining a presence” involves setting up a plugin to auto-post your new blog posts for you and occasionally manually posting news. If you make one manual post and publish three new blog posts every week, then you’ve got yourself four new Facebook posts every week. That’s plenty, surely?

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How To Customize Your WordPress Theme

Customizing your WordPress theme – whether it’s free or premium – is often a daunting prospect, and often the changes you want to make which should be straightforward quickly become very complicated.

How To Customize Your WordPress Theme

Thankfully, making simple changes — like changing the font, background or site colors — is a simple process and if you’re careful, you can even ensure the bits you do customize are protected from theme updates.

In this post I’m going to show you how to get started customizing your WordPress theme. These are the very basics, so if you’re after something more complicated check out WPShout.

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