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WordPress Posts And Pages Differences

WordPress Posts and Pages

WordPress posts and pages look alike right? 

And as a newbie, you are wondering whether to use wordpress posts or pages to publish your  blog post I guess.

In short,

  • WordPress pages are static. Meaning contents on pages rarely needs to  be changed.
  • Whereas WordPress posts are dynamic.. This means contents on post pages can be changed or updated a number of times to suit the trend of the content.

I know this doesn’t answer the question of whether to use posts or pages to publish your contents but I will be explaining all in a bit. 

Plus I will tell you which one of them has worked for me on my other niche blog.

In this blog post, you will learn

  • What wordpress pages and posts pages are
  • The differences between pages and posts pages
  • Advantages and disadvantages of WordPress  pages
  • Advantages and disadvantages of wordpress posts
  • If wordpress pages or posts are better for SEO
  • How to create pages
  • How to create a post
  • How to display posts in pages using the Gutenberg editor 

Enjoy.

What is a Page in WordPress 

A wordpress page displays static and timeless content.

 A page in wordpress is said to be timeless because the contents in that page does not expire nor does it need constant updates to conform itself with current trends.

An example of a wordpress page that is timeless and static is the about page. Your about page, you will agree with me, hardly needs major updates constantly. 

The most common pages you will see on most websites are the about pages, contact pages, privacy policy, disclaimers, resource pages etc.

How to create a page in wordpress 

  1. Login to your wordpress backend 
  2. In the menu on your left, click on pages>>add new
  3. Enter the title for your page
  4. Write a slug(keyword rich url) for your page
  5. Hit publish
Wordpress posts and pages

Just as you can create sub categories in wordpress, you can as well create sub or child pages in wordpress. 

Read: When to use categories and tags in WordPress

For instance, if you have a blender  affiliate  site where you write about brand name blenders, you can create a parent page as Best blenders reviews. 

The page should have about 1500 words reviewing various brand blenders.

 Then afterwards, you can create child pages for best blenders reviews with each page specifically for a brand. So here we have a parent page as

Best Philips blenders – Where you will have a detailed post on all the different blender brands.

 The child pages will be the specific Philips Blender module types.

 Each of the child pages should link back to the parent page. 

To create a child page for a parent page you have already created, here is what you should do.

  1. Create a new page post 
  2. Click on the setting icon
  3. In the document settings, scroll down and click on page attributes
  4. Click on the (no parent page) drop down arrow and select the parent page you want your page to be the child.

What is a post in WordPress 

Posts in wordpress are pages that are dynamic and time based. WordPress contents published with Posts are subject to frequent updates. 

As the trends for contents in posts changes, so do you have to update it with the current trend.

Unlike pages, posts are shown in reverse chronological order due to its timely feature.

So, instead of seeing posts dates in normal chronological order like 1, 2, 3,etc., your posts will be shown dates in reverse order like 3, 2, and 1. With 3 being the recently published post .

As time goes on , content you published using the post feature in wordpress may go old if it doesn’t see frequent updates. Contents 

that do not get frequent updates gets automatically archived in wordpress. 

Most wordpress bloggers are likely to use posts to publish their contents as opposed to using pages.

Wordpress posts and pages

How to create a post in WordPress 

  1. Login to wordpress 
  2. Select  on post>>add new
  3. Write your post title in the add title  block 
  4. Click on the plus button and select the paragraph block
  5. Start writing

Read: How To Write A Blog Post Fast

If you want to display blog posts on a page in wordpress with Gutenberg , here is what you should do

  1. Select the page you want to display your posts
  2. Click on the plus button to pull up the search bar
  3. Search for latest post
  4. Click on the latest posts block

You will have to customise the latest posts block to make it appealing. To do that, 

  • Click on the settings icon
  • Select block
  • Scroll through the settings to make the necessary settings

If you don’t want to use the Gutenberg editor, you can use page builders like Elementor pro, Beaver builder, Divi builder, etc. to customize the page, to display your blog posts.

Advantages of using Posts to publish your contents 

  • They are timely 
  • Easily shareable
  • Can be categorized and tagged
  • Can have comments 
  • Shows authors

Disadvantages 

  • Needs to be updated frequently 

Advantages of wordpress pages

  • Pages are timeless. This means they do not expire nor do they get archived
  • Pages rarely need updates
  • Pages can have sub or child pages

Disadvantages of pages

  • Pages can’t be categorized or tagged
  • Pages does not display authors
  • It does not display dates and time of publishing 

When to use posts and pages

Think of it this way. 

Whenever you are creating contents that will be evergreen and will rarely need updates, then you should publish using pages.  

If you are creating contents that may change over time, you should consider publishing using posts.

Using pages to publish your posts should follow a clean and clear structure. This way of structuring your site using pages is known as silo.  

If that is not done well, some important posts may be buried deep in the blog as you can’t categorize page posts, and it may take loads of digging by your visitors to find the contents they are looking for.

As a new blogger, it will be very wise of you to publish your posts using posts. 

I promise you,  you wouldn’t want to get your hands dirty with Silo (is one hell of a confusing  mess). You can read more about website silo here.

My advice?

Stick to  posts and use WordPress  categories and tags to organize your posts. 

Read: Here is how to get motivated to write everyday

Wordpress posts and pages

 Wordpress post vs pages SEO

The real question here is are wordpress posts or pages better for SEO?

WordPress posts and pages are all good for SEO. 

But posts have a better chance of being better optimized due to its time based factor. 

Why?

Search engines prefer ranking posts that are current and conforms with new trends. 

Thus, the date, author and time that comes with a wordpress post when published or updated makes it suitable for SEO.

On the other hand, Pages are suitable for evergreen posts. Think of something such as a basic chocolate cake recipe post. A post like that will hardly need changes. 

In my opinion Chocolate cakes recipe still remains the same. Safe for a few modern twists added to it.

Conclusion

I am glad you have been able to read to this end.

To recap, here is a summary of the key differences between WordPress posts and pages

Key differences between WordPress posts and pages

  • Posts are shown in reverse chronological order. Pages are not
  • Pages do not display date time and authors. Posts do
  • Posts are time based. Pages are not
  • Pages do not get outdated. Posts get out of date
  • Posts need constant updates. Pages do not need to be updated regularly 
  • Pages can not be categorized or tagged. Posts can be categorized and have tags.
  • Posts are dynamic. Pages are static
  • Pages can have sub pages. Posts do not have sub posts
  • Pages can be switched from default templates to  have their own customized templates.

WordPress posts and pages all play great roles in SEO.

 But, what you should know is that Google and for that matter, any other search engine  does not give 2 cents whether you publish your content using pages or posts. 

All search engines require is writing blog posts with a sprinkle of keywords to help search engines show its users what they are searching for.

Do good SEO and your post will rank irrespective of using Posts or pages to publish your post.

I hope this post has been able to help you understand the difference between wordpress posts and pages.

If you still have questions about posts and pages, Leave your questions in the comments section.

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How To Start An Anonymous Blog The Right Way

How To Start An Anonymous Blog

You are probably wondering how to start an anonymous blog  because let’s face it , not everybody wants their name out for the whole world to see.

How to start an anonymous blog

 It is totally understandable that you think it is impossible to start an anonymous blog. 

To tell you the truth,  you can either choose to go all out with your identity when you start a blog or not.

 You will be surprised to know that some bloggers you think reveal their lives on their blogs may actually be making up stuff.

In fact, a search for anonymous bloggers on Google shows almost no blogs but you and I know there are actually dozens of them out there.

 Only three blogs popped up as truly anonymous blogs after an extensive search in Google. The truth here is, they just don’t tell you they are anonymous. 

 There are several forums out there where people actually share their stories about blogging anonymously.

 According to them, they create make-believe stories about themselves on their blogs just to make people feel it is their real-life stories and achievements they are sharing with them. 

Well, some of them share bits and snippets of their true life stories, others do not and they are quite successful staying anonymous.

If these people are successful at blogging anonymously why can’t you? 

In today’s blog post you will learn how to start an anonymous blog. 

Here is what you are going to learn 

  1. What an anonymous blog is 
  2. Reasons why you should start an anonymous blog or not
  3. How to protect an anonymous blog.
  4.  How do anonymous blogs make money? 
  5. How to promote anonymous blogs. 
  6. How to start a free anonymous blog. 
  7. Pro and cons for blogging anonymously. 
  8. Successful anonymous blogs

Let’s get started

What is an anonymous blog

An anonymous blog is a Blog where the author conceals his or her identity from the public.

Bloggers who conceal their identity normally do so with a pseudonym.

 Some of these bloggers who blog anonymously take stringent measures to protect their identity from being exposed by the internet police.

Reasons why you should start an anonymous blog.

How to start an anonymous blog

There are several reasons why you will want to start an anonymous blog and some of them are listed below.

Desire for privacy: 

Most anonymous bloggers want to have a grip on their privacy. If you are not fond of being in public’s eye, then starting an anonymous blog is the right thing to do.

Fear of being judged:

 If you have the fear of being judged by close friends and family and being criticised by them, then you are probably better off starting a blog anonymously than facing their ridicule and scrutiny.

For whistle blowing:

 Of course,  I don’t mean the referee’s whistle to end a game.

If you have sensitive  information which you will want to share without you being identified as the source then starting an anonymous blog is your safest bet.

Personal blogging:

You only want to write about things that are personal to you. In this case, you only make your blog accessible only by you and no one else.

To do that, you will have make your site accessible logging in only.

You are new in the blogging world: 

It is very normal to not want to expose your identity when you start blogging. You can decide to expose your identity when you feel confident enough to do so.

Why you should not start an anonymous 

You shouldn’t start an anonymous blog if you

  1. Afraid of being found out and the backlash that comes with it because that day will surely come.
  2. Intend to do harmful things with your blog contents. Example spreading lies
  3. Don’t have much to write on the topic you have chosen. If there is not much to say, then write your thoughts in a diary instead. 
  4. Giving out false information.

If you want to start an anonymous blog for any of these reasons, then have a legal army lined up as a backup plan plus prepare for public backlash if you are found out.

Now that you know the reasons why you should or not start an anonymous blog, let’s talk about what you have to do in order to stay anonymous when you decide to start blogging.

How to start a blog in 10 easy steps

How to stay protected when blogging Anonymously.

Here is a list of steps to take which can help you stay protected on the internet when you decide to start a blog anonymously.

  • Create a pseudonym
  • Create a new email account
  • Use a VPN
  • Browse incognito
  • Purchase sitelock or whois Privacy

All the protective steps listed above is explained in detail below.

Create a pseudonym

In a world of blogging you need not to be afraid of using a pseudonym.

The pseudonym you create should have nothing to do with your real identity. 

For instance if everybody knows you love playing fortnite game and ukulele, you need not make your pseudonym as “fortnite and Ukulele” .

Anybody who knows you may quickly associate your “anonymous” blog with you.

You rather have to create a pseudonym which has nothing to do with your identity or personality.

Your pseudonym should stand out. It could be a funny name or a real fake name. 

Create a new email account

Create a new email account which is not linked to any other account.

For example, you can decide to use gmail as your personal email account and for your anonymous blog, your email address will be with hotmail. 

Better still, you can use email accounts provided by your hosting provider as your blog’s email address.

That way, people can only contact you through your blog’s email address.

Use a VPN

This option is for those who intend to blog anonymously on touchy subjects.

VPNS help you to surf the internet safely without your IP address being tracked.

This helps you immensely from being identified via IP tracing.

Use incognito mode: 

Using incognito mode to some extent can also help shield your IP address from being traceable.

You can always use the incognito mode in your browser to work on your blog.

But, you should know that this way of blogging anonymously does not 100% guarantee your safety.

Purchase sitelock or whois privacy.

A sitelock or whois purchase masks your details from the internet. Usually, when you purchase domains and hosting you will have to fill in detailed information about you. 

In order to prevent the information you filled being found on the internet by a simple search, you can purchase a sitelock or whois privacy subscription from your domain name provider.

Blog anonymous for free on blogging platforms:

When you decide to start an anonymous blog on a self hosted site, chances are, your identity being busted may be High. 

So, instead of starting an anonymous blog on a self-hosted site, you can blog anonymously on  free blogging sites such as wordpress.com.

That way,  you’ll be using a subdomain from WordPress. Eg. Mylonelylife.wordpress.com

Thus, all enquiries to trace your identity through your blog will lead to wordpress.com as they are the ones who technically own your domain and blog and not you.

Don’t link any blogging tool  Account to your personal email account. 

You may be tempted to signup for your blog  by linking to your personal email account. 

When signing up with blogging tools such as Google Analytics  and Google search console, make sure to signup using your anonymous blog email address.

Don’t use images which you are in

This is pretty obvious. Why would you show your face when you want to stay anonymous? You can cover your face in photos if you want to tease your readers with a glimpse of your features. 

Make sure you don’t use images which have your locations enabled on it.

How to promote anonymous blogs

To promote your anonymous blog, here is what you can do

Create social media pages

You can create social media accounts for your blog and promote it there. Make sure you don’t link any of the accounts to your personal pages.

One thing! Don’t ever like and follow your anonymous blog social media accounts using our personal account.

 Ever wondered why Facebook and the like suggest people for you to follow? They study your activities on their platform and use that to tailor a unique activity and suggestions for you. 

They will then suggest the same thing to people who follow you because if you are interested then your followers too will be interested. 

So definitely avoid stalking your anonymous social media accounts with your personal account to avoid it from being suggested to friends and family. 

Create and grow your email list

Encourage your blog visitors to subscribe to your blog to receive weekly or monthly updates exclusively  from you.

To grow your email list, you can offer an incentive to entice them to signup and subscribe to your blog. 

Guest Posting.  

You can reach out to other blogs similar to yours to write a post for their blog. This strategy helps you expand your blog’s reach.

Pinterest

People think Pinterest is a social Media platform. But truly speaking Pinterest is an image driving search engine platform which you can use to hugely increase your blog visitors.

 To promote your post via Pinterest you need to create a Pinterest account and register as a business on the platform.

You then create graphics that depicts what people will read when they click on the graphic image. 

This way of promoting your blog has been proven to work for most bloggers.

 To create your Pinterest graphics you can use a tool like canva free version or Photoshop to make compelling graphic posters which you will use to promote your blog posts.

Here is a wonderful course you can take on Pinterest to help you skyrocket your blog traffic.

Leverage Social sharing plugins

Another way to promote your blog post is by using social sharing plugins on your site.

Social sharing plugins enable social media buttons on your blog. 

This will motivate your visitors to share your posts to platforms they want to share.

The most important plugins to install on a new blog

Do SEO

SEO means search engine optimization. What you have to do is to optimise your post using certain keywords that are relevant to your post. 

The keywords are words that people typically used to search for information related to your post on the internet.

Using this strategy can massively drive traffic to your blog via search engines like Google. 

Beginner Friendly SEO Guide

How do anonymous blogs make money

Anonymous bloggers make money the same way regular bloggers make money.

 Anonymous blogs make money from displaying ads on their site,selling digital products, affiliate marketing, sponsored posts,etc.

The only downside to an anonymous blog when it comes to monetizing is the payment option. 

You have to expose your identity and information through the payment option you will choose.

If you are into crypto you can find advertisers who are willing to pay you  through cryptocurrency. This enables you to keep your identity intact.

The best way to monetize an anonymous blogging website is by producing your own products.

  That way,  you are the one handling the payments and everything that is associated with handling money.

Can you be a successful anonymous blogger?

Yes you can be a successful anonymous blogger. Provided the information you bring out is of interest to the public.

To be a successful anonymous blogger you have to be consistent in what you publish on your blog and consistently promote your blog till your voice is heard.

Use the various promotion methods that I have outlined in this post to help you to promote your blog and become successful blogging anonymously.

How to start a free anonymous blog

There are many free blogging platforms which you can use to blog anonymously. 

However, you should know that if you decide to blog anonymously on free platforms,  your content will not be yours, although you wrote it.  

Your content can be taken down as and when the site you are using to blog for free feels like it.

Here are some free blogging platforms which you can use to start an anonymous blog free. 

  1. WordPress.com
  2. Blogger.com
  3. Tumblr.com
  4. Instagram 
  5. Facebook 
  6. Medium 
  7. Quora
  8. Strikingly.com
  9. Write.as
  10. Notepin.co
  11. Vent
  12. Lyfster

All you need is to register an account with them and you are all ready to start blogging anonymously on them.

Pros for  Blogging Anonymously

Freedom to write whatever you want

When you blog the anonymous way, you can write your heart out without feeling insecurity of people judging you and the way you write.

Protection of your identity 

To help protect your identity from being exposed. Not only do you get to protect your identity, you also get to protect the identity of your friends and family from the public. 

Cons of Blogging Anonymously 

More Attention on you and your content

It is in human nature to be curious about vague identities. People can go to the ends of the world just to find out the identity of veiled personalities especially when your content peeks their interest.

Legal Problems

If you intend to blog about things that expose companies and people, be ready to face legal issues from time to time.

Fewer monetization methods

Although there are countless ways to monetize your blog, blogging anonymously may limit your monetization efforts. 

How? 

Most advertising agencies such as Google Adsense require you to sign up with your personal information. This may not help you to cover up your identity entirely on the internet.

Conclusion

On the whole, blogging anonymously is not as bad as you may believe it to be. The choice is always yours as to how you portray yourself on the internet.

I hope this blog post has been helpful to you.

The ball is now in your court.

Do you prefer blogging anonymously or publicly?

Let me know your thoughts in the comments section.

Don’t forget to share this post to help others who want to start an anonymous blog.


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WordPress Categories And Tags(All you need to know)

wordpress categories and tags

WordPress Categories and tags always confuse newbie bloggers when they start writing blog posts.

Let me explain these two to you in simple terms

WordPress categories help you to group a broad range of posts that are related together in one net. Whereas WordPress tags are used to group posts that are only specifically related to each other in one place.

There is always the confusion of either adding posts to categories or tags only or adding posts to both WordPress categories and tags.

Here is the deal, these two are good for SEO, and at the same time bad for SEO, if used wrongly.

In this blog post, you will learn how to create categories and tags for your blog. You will also learn why you should or shouldn’t create several tags and categories for your blog posts.

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wordpress categories and tags

What are WordPress Categories 

WordPress categories help you to group or organize your blog posts to make navigation of your site easy.

 The point here is, categories make searching for content on your blog easier for your visitors.

 A lifestyle blog typically has post content about travel, family, self-care, etc. All these topics need to be grouped in specific categories so they don’t mix up.

Categories also help search engine crawlers find it easy to crawl and index your blog post seamlessly. 

Again, creating categories for your blog posts helps give your site an SEO structure which makes your whole website structure optimized.

But there’s the catch

Adding your posts to several categories does nothing but create duplicates of your posts which you wouldn’t want to do. 

Only add a post to a category if it’s relevant to the category.

A cakes recipe post has no business being added to a rice category. 

Do you catch my drift? 

Good.

Relevance is what is needed with WordPress categories.

How to create categories in wordpress 

Creating a category is not as difficult as you think it may be.

What you have to bear in mind when creating your categories is to name your categories with keywords you want to rank for.

Using a food blog as an example, you can create categories for keto recipes, chocolate cake recipes, Italian pasta recipes, etc. Instead of generic names such as cake, keto, pasta, etc.

But you can use these generic names as your category names if you intend to make them parent categories for child categories.

In that case, you can have the parent category as cakes; and under this parent category, you will have child categories such as chocolate cake recipes, sponge cakes recipes, strawberry cake recipes, etc.

Here is how to create a category in WordPress

To create categories in WordPress,

  1. Login to your WordPress dashboard 
  2. From the menu hover on posts
  3. Select categories from the posts menu
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  1. Enter the title and slug for the category 
  2. Click on add new category

NB: The slug will be the URL for your category. You can leave it empty or enter one for your category.

Example: category title: cakes   slug: best-cake-recipes

The category titled cakes is the parent category. To create a child category for your category, follow these steps

  1. Select posts from the menu
  2. Click on categories 
  3. Give your category title
  4. Enter the slug for your category
  5. Select the parent category the child category falls under like below
how to create child categories in wordpress

NB: You can write descriptions for your categories but it is not entirely important. Some themes may show the category description others too may not. 

Should you decide to write a description, make sure to include keywords in your descriptions.

How to add a post to a category in WordPress 

  1. Select the post you want to add to a category from your dashboard
  2. Click on the settings icon at the top right of your post 
how to add posts in wordpress categories and tags
  1. Select document
  2. Scroll down to the categories box
how to add posts in wordpress categories and tags
  1. Select the category you want to add your post

NB: Make sure to deselect the uncategorized box any time you publish a post.

Can WordPress Pages have categories? 

WordPress pages currently can not be added to categories. Categories in WordPress work for posts only and not pages. 

But, there are some plugins that you can install and use to categorize your WordPress pages.

So how can you actually create and use WordPress Categories the right way?

Here are 7 part guidelines for creating and using WordPress categories the right way.

  1. Do not create several empty categories. 
  2. Use simple .keywords to name your categories.
  3. Make the slug of for your category keyword rich.
  4. Your category title does not necessarily need to be the same as your slug.
  5. Link posts to relevant categories.
  6. Don’t add the same post to the parent category and child category. It creates several duplicates of the same post.
  7. Always remember to uncheck the uncategorized box when adding a post to a category.

Why are wordpress categories important?

You need to create and use categories; because it helps you to organize your blog posts and makes the overall site navigation experience for your blog visitors worth their time.

That’s not all

Categories do a great job of increasing the dwell time of your visitors. 

How is that possible? 

Well, that is because other posts in that category may catch the eye of your visitor. 

I personally love binge reading posts in categories on other blogs and I can say most blog visitors do the same.

Does using categories create duplicate pages?

The simple answer to this question is YES. Categories create duplicate pages of your post.

Your duplicate post in your category might do well on search engines to the neglect of the original post.

If you don’t want that to happen, there is a way to not make the duplicate posts not appear on search engines.

In fact, there are two popular ways to do that. That is by adding a canonical rule to a post or no-index your categories.

What is a canonical rule?

A canonical rule simply means adding a line to a post to tell search engines which post is original.

When you tell search engines which one of the same posts is the original one, search engine crawlers will ignore the duplicate page and rank the original post.

If you use Yoast or any other SEO plugin you can set your canonical rule for a post easily.

For more on canonical rules, read this post by ahrefs.

To set a canonical rule for your post here is what you should do using Yoast.

  1. Select the post you want to set the canonical rule.
  2. Scroll down to where the Yoast box is.
  3. Click on advanced
  4. Enter the url of the post in box under box under Canonical
how to set canonical rues using yoast

How to No-index categories

To no-index simply means you do not want search engines to make some parts of your blog to appear on search engines.

Here is how to no-index your categories using Yoast.

  1. Click on the Yoast button in your wordpress menu
  2. Select search appearance
  3. Click on taxonomies
  4. From the categories box, toggle the no button on
  5. Scroll down to save changes
how to no index wordpress categories and tags using yoast

Setting a canonical rule for your posts or no-indexing prevents them from competing with your original posts.

How to delete categories in wordpress 

  1. Go to categories 
  2. Select the category you want to delete
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the category page and click on delete

Or

Simply click on delete under category title from the categories table.

Remember to redirect your category to a post to prevent it from showing a 404 or error page when visitors use the category URL to visit your blog.

What are tags in WordPress

Tags in WordPress are used to focus on specific topics that are found in categories. Tags are useful when they are used strategically together with categories.

For instance, instead of creating a subcategory or a child category for the cakes category, you will create a tag instead.

For example, when writing a  post on how to prepare sponge cakes and add it to your cakes category, you create a tag titled sponge cakes. This way, anytime you write a blog post under sponge cakes, you will add it to the sponge cakes tag.

Very important: Do not create tags that will compete with your categories. 

The names for your and slugs for your categories should be different from that of your tags. 

To explain further, when you create a category titled cakes, do not create a tag with the same title or slug as that of the category.

What do tags do on WordPress? 

WordPress tags help group-specific blog posts that are related together.

For example, all sponge cakes recipes should be added to the tag sponge cakes.

Here is how to create tags in WordPress

  1. Click on posts in WordPress 
  2. Select tag
  3. Enter a title for your tag
  4. Write a slug for your tag
  5. Give your tag a description (if you want to)
  6. Click on Add new tag

How to add tags in WordPress to a post

To add a tag to a post follow these steps

  1. Select the post you want to add to a tag from your dashboard
  2. Click on the settings icon at the top right of your post 
  3. Select document
  4. Scroll down to the tag box
  5. Select or enter the title of the tag you want to add to your post

Most newbie bloggers think that tags are like hashtags for social media, which in some way could be true. 

Unlike social media hashtags that you can add more than 20, in WordPress, doing so adds more load to your page.

Why is that so?

Any time you create a tag, it creates a new page on your site which in this case becomes a duplicate of your post.

Let me explain to you further.

If you write a post on let’s say how to start a blog. 

Then you proceed to add this post to the following tags 

blogging, blogging for money, make money online, work from home, etc

All these tags which you have placed this one post in will create new post pages under each tag. 

Imagine if you add  20 tags to this post, how many post pages are you going to have? 

Is it not 21 post pages of the same post, all on your site?

Although Google says it doesn’t penalize duplicate posts, there have been some SEO experiments that show that duplicate pages do have an effect on page rankings.

Other than having duplicate post pages it increases your site resources which could eventually slow down your site.

Let me emphasize that, 

Word press tags are not social media hashtags. Desist from adding 20 or more tags to your post.

Tags in WordPress can be effective when used wisely.  Wisely as in using it to group products or posts that are closely related.

If you decide to use tags, make sure the URL or slug of the tags you create are keyword rich and it is something people search for on search engines.

I will advise that you add a post to one  or two tags instead of adding that same post to different several tags. 

What is the difference between categories and tags on WordPress? 

A category is a group that features a broad range of topics whereas tags feature posts that are more specific and super related.

Example

Category    

Cakes-  where all cake-related posts will be added

Eg. Sponge cake recipes,  chocolate cake, strawberry cake etc

Tag

Chocolate cake- where only recipes for chocolate cakes will be added

Eg. Chocolate rum cake, sour cream chocolate cake, chocolate bundt cake, etc.

Should I use tags in WordPress? 

You can use tags in WordPress but it is generally beneficial for e-commerce sites. Other than that as a normal blogger, you don’t really have to use tags in WordPress.

Do WordPress tags help in SEO

WordPress tags help in SEO to some extent. They do help when used wisely..

But honestly, WordPress tags don’t do much to help in SEO. Google has stated that tags look like search engines for them so they normally ignore tags when it comes to site crawling and indexing.

How many tags Should I use in WordPress?

You shouldn’t add more than 2  tags to a post in WordPress in my personal opinion. 

WordPress tags should be only added to a post if only it is relevant to the post.

 Don’t add irrelevant tags to a post just because you think it will give you more exposure just as social media does.

You can as well no-index tags. Just follow the tutorial above on how to no-index categories.

Should I use Categories or tags in WordPress?

Categories are better than tags when it comes to SEO.

But they all perform different functions.  

You can choose to use both categories and tags. 

Or 

you can ignore tags and create categories instead.

But overall categories should be much used as opposed to tags

What is most important is putting out a quality post that is search engine optimized as well as helps your reader.

How to add categories and tags together to a post

  1. Select the post
  2. On the left side of your post page click on the settings icon
  3. Scroll down and click on category or tags
  4. Click on  the  checkbox beside the category and tag you want your post to be associated 

How to add categories or tags to homepage menu

For the purpose of illustration, I will be using my theme as a guide. But I’m pretty sure is the same for most themes.

  1. Go to appearance in your wordpress admin menu
  2. Click on customize
how to link categories and tags in wordpress to your homepage
  1. Select menus settings
  2. Click on create menu
  3. Give your menu a title and click on next
how to link categories and tags  in wordpress to your homepage
  1. Click on add items
  2. Click on categories or tags
  3. Select the categories or tag pages you want on your homepage
how to link categories in wordpress to your homepage
  1. Select the primary or secondary menu box to indicate where you want the menu to appear.
  2. Hit publish

NB: Some themes offer double menus on the homepage. One becomes the primary menu and the other is the secondary menu. 

For instance, when you visit the homepage of this blog, you will see a menu in my header and one after the blog logo.

The menu in the header is my primary menu whereas the one after the blog logo is the secondary menu.

You can choose to have two menus or not.

I hope this blog post on wordpress categories and tags has been helpful.

To recap, here is what to keep in mind when it comes to WordPress categories and tags

  1. Categories groups a broad range of topics together
  2. Tag groups specific or related  topics
  3. Use keyword-rich texts as the URL for both tags and categories
  4. Don’t use the same keywords and slugs for your categories and tags
  5. Set canonical rules or no-index tags and categories to prevent them from competing with your original post.
  6. Don’t add a post to more than one category
  7. Add posts to relevant categories and tags
  8. Avoid the excessive use of tags
  9. Categories are better than tags

Now your turn. What benefits of WordPress and tags do you know and recommend? 

I would love to know your thoughts in the comments section.

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13 Creative Ways To Get Blog Post Ideas Fast

Blog post ideas shouldn’t be hard to get; considering the number tools and sites available for bloggers to help generate unique blog ideas.

But, most newbie bloggers sometimes suffer from acute writer’s block; which when not dealt with severely, could really impact your writing system. 

There is nothing cringe worthy than starting a blog  and being all bubbly about it in the first month or for some a week; and realize you are out of topics to write on.

Other newbie bloggers too, may have their blog setup but absolutely have no idea on what to write about.

If you are a newbie and you don’t take care, you will lose motivation for writing quickly and probably get depressed about it.

That is why I have taken it upon myself to help you generate dozens of blog post ideas you can certainly write on.

In this blog post, I will share with you 13 ways you can use to generate blog post topics for your blog in a few minutes.

How do I find blog post topics?

You can find blog post topics in several places. Some of which I am going to list below.

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#1 Facebook Groups

Facebook groups are full of blog post ideas. Not kidding here.

 People join Facebook to help them find solutions to their problems.

It is only logical that questions people ask in Facebook groups are likely the same ones being asked by 1000s of others on Google.

To get loads of blog post ideas from Facebook groups, you need to join ones that are in your niche.

When you join these niche groups, you can study the key terms that people use to ask questions in the group.

For instance, I am a member of several blogging groups. Most of these blogging groups are geared towards helping blogging newbies.

Most newbies normally use keywords terms such as ‘help’ ‘what is’ ‘confused’, ‘how do I’ etc. to seek for information.

This is what I do with these keyword search terms in the groups.

I search in the groups using these keywords terms to search for what beginner bloggers are struggling with.

For this Facebook group blog post generator trick, we will be using Boss Girl Bloggers group for Bloggers.

Within the group search bar, I searched for the following search terms; ‘help’ ‘confused’ ‘how do I’.

These search terms are the most popular question formats used by newbie bloggers.

From these searches, I got the following blog post topics

  • Why landing pages are important
  • Create Beautiful landing pages with x tool
  • How To configure the wordpress dashboard from scratch
  • Convert Pinterest views into clicks with this simple trick
  • What is DA in SEO and why it is important
  • X ways to Get backlinks for your site

By using this trick, you will be able to come up with dozens of blog post ideas which will definitely brighten your day up.

#2 Google related searches

Google related search is also a great way for coming up with blog post ideas.

Most times, bloggers often forget how much of a Gold mine this Google feature is.

The related searches section can generate for you thousands of blog post ideas which will help you not run out of blog topics to write about.

I personally, always use this Google feature to generate topics for my other niche blog.

Google related  searches for blog post ideas
Google Related searches

If a topic is featured in the related searches section, then it means people are searching for it. Therefore, you should write on it.

#3 People Also Ask section on Google

If you are a constant reader of my blog posts, you will notice evidently my secret crush for this section by Google.

Not only will you be able to get ideas for a blog post through this section; you will also get to find other questions which you can use to develop subheadings for your blog post.

This makes writing way easier and makes your thoughts flow as you write under each subheading.

Google is such a powerful and resourceful search engine such that it makes searching for answers easy. 

It also adds value to the answer you will get by adding other questions people are asking in relation to the question you asked.

Google SERPs page highlighted people also ask section
Google people also ask section

When in search of good blog post ideas, don’t skip the people also ask section on Google.

RELATED: HOW TO WRITE A BLOG POST FAST

#4 Answer The Public 

Another gold mine for generating good blog post ideas. It is a free keyword tool which generates all questions which has been asked in relation to your blog post  idea

It will give you questions that have been asked under how, where, what, who, when, etc.question formats that fall under your blog post idea.

I decided to play around this keyword research tool and it really didn’t disappoint.

Answer the public displaying blog post ideas
Answer the Public blog post generator

It gave me all the questions everybody’s mom asked to what the last person asked in relation to the keyword term.

Answer the Public also provided queries that included prepositions for that same keyword.

With this tool at your disposal, you can come up with  blog post ideas for every niche.

Unless the query you are making has never ever been asked on any search engine before, then you wouldn’t get an answer from the public.

But I doubt if a question on your mind has never been asked by anybody on the internet.

#5 Search Console

Search console has a queries section which shows you keywords people search for to land on your page.

The queries are plenty enough for you to choose from. If you are new to blogging, you will be tempted to ignore the search console.

Afterall, the gurus say it’s only used for submitting your site and checking errors and nothing more.

The truth is, search console does more than just submitting your site and checking for errors.

Every keyword people are using to land on a blog is accurately provided on the search console and not by any other third party app.

To verify and see if what I’m saying here is true, login to your Search console account.

  • Click on the hamburger icon on your top left.
  • Click on performance 

Scroll to the bottom of the performance page

You will see the queries people make to either give you impressions or clicks.

Use the impressions from the keywords to help you know the search volume for the keyword queries.

You can either use the queries info you have at your disposal to either update the posts pages they land on or write a new blog post around that search query  and link to the old one.

Search console is such an underused keyword tool that makes me cringe.

Related: How To submit your site to Google using Search Console

#6 Google Analytics

Similar to the Search console way of generating blog post ideas, Google analytics can also help you generate topics for your blog.

By now, I know  you are rolling your eyes at how I am obsessed with anything Google.

Not that I’m accusing you of being a hater. 

But let’s face it; they have good products to make online work move more smoothly.

That’s why, I love recommending their products.

You can use topics that are generating you the most  traffic from various platforms to create more blog posts around that topic.

To do this, you can check the posts generating the most traffic from organic searches, social platforms such as Facebook and Pinterest to write more posts around that topic.

Here is how to use Google analytics to check popular blog posts on your site.

Login to GA

  • Click on acquisition
  • Select all traffic>>overview
  • Click on the traffic sources and review your most popular blog posts.
  • Change the date range to the last 3 months

This method can give you the inspiration to generate more blog post ideas.

#7 keyword Research Tools

Keyword research tools are also one of the best ways to generate millions of  blog post ideas.

There are a variety of keyword research tools on the internet which you can use to get your next good blog post idea.

If you want to use a paid keyword research tool, I recommend Ahrefs. Ahrefs is a powerful keywords research tool that can generate several content ideas for you to write on.

On the other hand, there are several keyword tools which are free and are at your disposal to use at any time.

When using a keyword tool as a way to get a content idea, make sure to take note of the keyword difficulty, search volume and sites which are ranking high for that idea.

A keyword tool like Ubersuggest provides free limited daily searches for you.

It has a filter section which you can use to filter out the chaff from the good ones.

You can filter the search volume, and the keyword difficulty you prefer to work with.

I usually filter the monthly search volume for a keyword with 500 being the lowest search volume and 10,000 being the highest for any keyword I decide to use.

You can also do the same, less or more as I do. It all depends on you.

For the keyword difficulty  (KD) you can make it range from 1-15 or however you want it.

Using these filter tricks can help you narrow down the overwhelming keyword ideas that may be thrown at you with these keyword tools.

#8 Pinterest 

I bet there is no one who loves pinterest like I do. If there were to be a Pinterest militant group I swear my name will appear as the commander.

Pinterest is such a whole blog post ideas mood which is absolutely worth checking out.

One thing you should know is that pinterest is not a social media platform.

It is a search engine such as Google but this time it uses visuals as a way for searching for ideas.

Let’s just say Pinterest is where you create a poster for your blog and upload it there.

This way, you can promote your latest blog post without paying a dime.

Not only can you promote your blog posts, but you can also promote your businesses.

When used properly, Pinterest can be a traffic mane for your blog or businesses.

Lauren Duclos is the pinterest queen and her course is fire. I will let her handle all things Pinterest for you.

How generate blog post ideas from Pinterest

To get content ideas from Pinterest is as easy as ABC. Just type what your blog is about in the search bar.

For instance,  if your blog is a lifestyle  blog, just type in lifestyle and loads of topics will be shown to you.

The topics are beautifully color coded which makes the content ideas all the more interesting.

These keywords can further open other keyword doors that are further niched down when you click on them

Here is an example to follow

We will be using Lifestyle as the keyword to search on Pinterest. 

You can see that lifestyle topics range from luxury, minimalism, rich photography etc.

I selected minimalism, making the keyword now minimalism lifestyle.

Minimalism lifestyle also generated several keywords which included simple living, inspiration, Japanese, tips etc.

Pinterest search page blog post ideas
Pinterest Keyword search

I again selected simple living which also showed keywords such as interior design, less is more, home etc.

You see, one keyword has generated loads of ideas for a lifestyle blog which you can write about.

If you find Pinterest too difficult to understand, Lauren Duclos of Boss Girl Bloggers has a wonderful yet cheap course for Pinterest which makes the platform easy to understand. 

The course, honestly has done wonders for my one and half month old pinterest account.

#9 Google Autocomplete

There she goes with Google again. But can you blame me? Google is the Boss of unique blog post ideas generator.

Autocomplete  is another way to generate blog post topics for your blog.

I admit this is the easiest way to get ideas for your blog. 

You can type in a keyword in the Google Search bar and Voila! Your new blog post will be staring right into your soul. 

This is what you can do to make the Autocomplete work massively for you.

We will use the keyword ‘blogging’ in this highly confidential experiment.

I will be adding prepositions and question format phrases to the keyword.

The first preposition we will add is ‘is’. So the search format will be ‘is blogging’ and the Google autocomplete will complete the sentence for us.

The next phrase we will add to our keyword is ‘what’. 

We can go on and on with this blog ideas formular till thy kingdom comes.

The point here is, Google autocomplete is full of blog post contents you can snatch and write on.

#10 Hubspot Blog Post Idea Generator

Another unique blog idea generator I love.

Hubspot’s free content generator tool serves great and unique blog ideas which can inspire you to write.

Some of the ideas may not make sense but surely I say to you that, most of the topics generated by this tool totally makes sense.

All you will have to do is to type in a noun and hit the ‘get post ideas’ button.

It will generate a year worth of posts ideas for your blog in no time.

#11 Google Trends

What’s better than finding trending topics and writing on it?

Google Trends has all answers for what is trending in your niche. You can plug in your niche blog topic and it will show you whether the trend for that blog topic is falling or increases.

When you scroll downwards, you will find related topics and queries people are searching for in that niche.

When you see a related topic marked as a breakout, then it means the topic is hot and trending.

I searched for the keyword self care and it showed about 48 topics trending in the related topics and related queries combined.

The topics related to self care were mostly break out topics which means they are good to write on.

One thing I like about Google Trends is that you can do a comparison of topics to see which trends better. This information will help you decide on what to write about.

I decided to play around with 3 keywords under the personal development niche to see which one is trending.

The keywords were self care, self improvement and self confidence. It showed that of the three, self care had the most topics trending.

 

Probably because of the current season.

It had about 9 topics which were breakout topics that are worth writing about.

To compare topics, click on the + space and add the other keywords you want to compare.

You can also use the filter button to change the date range for trending topics.

#12 Stalk Your competitors blog post.

What are your competitors writing about? You should also do the same. 

Study the blog post topics that are gaining your blog competitors thousands of repins on Pinterest and try towing that same way.

However, you should note that it is always great to be inspired by your competitors but it is horrible to steal their work.

#13 Amazon Look inside

I got this idea from Neil Patel.  What you will do is to go to amazon and search for a general niche idea.

For instance, I searched for keto recipes. Then, I clicked on the top results.

If you see a ‘look inside’ graphic on top of the book cover, it means you read a preview of the book.

You don’t necessarily have to read the contents of the book. What we will be focusing on is the table of contents  in the book’s preview.

For example, in the table of contents in this keto recipes book, these were some of the topics which keto blogs can write on.

Some of the topics in the book’s table of contents were

What is keto diet

Keto smoothies

Meatless meals for keto diet

Keto breakfast and dinners

And plenty more to write on.

One thing you should always do is to check your potential to rank for the keyword before you embark on writing a blog post on it.

Oh Lordy,

I hope this was not too much to take in.  I tried making it small but my fingers kept on typing and typing . lol 

You now have an army of ways to develop content ideas. 

Please don’t sit there frustrated with what to write next.

 I hope this post has been helpful enough for you to generate blog post ideas.

Your turn….what other ways do you use to generate blog post ideas? I will love to know.

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The best WordPress Plugins for blogs

This list of the best WordPress plugins for blogs is the only plugins you will need when you start blogging. 

WordPress plugins are software’s that are used on WordPress to make websites easy to build for non-techy people. 

As you gain more knowledge on blogging, that is when you start to add more of the plugins to help you run your blog smoothly.

Just as Android phones have apps, think of the WordPress plugins for blogs as apps that you can install in WordPress to create any type of WordPress site you want.

In this blog post, I will show you the only WordPress plugins you need to have your new site running smoothly. 

 These plugins are probably the best free WordPress plugins available in the entire WordPress plugins library for beginners.

RELATED: WordPress Dashboard Features

Wordpress plugins for blogs  beginner bloggers should install in their blogs.

Why do you need a plugin?

You need a plugin because it takes the coding work away when you are setting up a website. 

Most successful bloggers you see and probably inspired you to start your own blog have no tech background. 

They use plugins to create beautiful websites as well as run their blog. 

Are plugins on WordPress free?

Most of the plugins are free others too are paid. The paid WordPress plugins offer more features than their free basic ones. 

In fact, most of the free plugins I’m about to show you have their paid versions. 

But I have found that the free versions of these plugins always get the job done.

If you want to invest in paid plugins you can go ahead and do it.

Just make sure it is worth what you are paying for.

How many plugins are too many?

The maximum number of plugins to have on your site should be around 10 or 15. 

Plugins perform different functions.

When you install a plugin, you are only adding more scripts and codes to your site, which will eventually slow down your site.

Some work can be done without the use of plugins.

But as a beginner, I know you will be terrified of doing something wrong and messing up your site.  

When you get comfortable with blogging and troubleshooting errors on your site, you may gain confidence in touching your website code.

For now, relax and run your WordPress site with these free but essential WordPress plugins for blogs. 

Do plugins slow down websites

Yes to some extent.

 Plugins that are not well coded are the ones that slow down your site. 

In my experience, plugins that have more than 2 functions and are badly coded, can crash or slow down your site.

Always check the reviews from other users of the plugin before you install it.

You should, however, note that not all plugins slow down sites.

HOW TO INSTALL A PLUGIN IN WORDPRESS

To install a plugin on wordpress, login to your wordpress dashboard. 

From your menu panel click on plugins>>add new.

In the search bar, type in the name of the plugin you want to install. 

Click on install, after it gets installed, click on activate to get the plugin working.

Your installed plugins can either be found in the menu panel or in the settings options. 

Read on how to install a plugin .

Here is a list of WordPress plugins for Blogs you should install

There are basically 6 different types of wordpress plugins categories you will need to run your WordPress blog. They are listed below

  • Security 
  • Backups
  • Image compressions 
  • SEO
  • Social sharing 
  • Caching

These are the essential plugins categories you will need to install to make your WordPress blog easy to customize and work on.

Best free WordPress plugin for security 

Security plugins protect your blog from unnecessary forceful entries by hackers.

Again, plugins you use may be compromised which could inject Malware on your blog.

A security plugin like Wordfence modifies plugins and writes firewall codes to protect your blog.

WORDFENCE Security Plugin

Best WordPress security plugin

If you don’t want low life scum hackers to break and enter your website, then this plugin is a sure-fire way to protect your blog from getting hacked.

Word fence secures your site with fire wall codes which makes it difficult for hackers to hack into your site. 

Their firewall codes are not easy to hack and that is why they are number one when it comes to WordPress security plugins.

The paid version is more robust and offers the maximum security protection for your site on all fronts. 

Wordfence analyzes all plugins daily, to detect if there is a loophole for hackers to enter. 

When it identifies one, it alerts all their users of the potential threat a plugin may pose, they then write a fire wall code to protect users’ websites. 

If you are on the paid version, you get to have the fire wall code implemented on your site immediately.

Free users get to have the code much later on their website.

Setup Wordfence with this tutorial

Best Free WordPress plugin for Backups

Backup plugins make it easy for you to have your blog contents saved somewhere.

The best free WordPress plugin for Backups is updraft plus

UPdraftPlus

Best WordPress plugin for blogs  for backups

This free wordpress plugin backs up your website fairly well.

Everything that needs backing up will be backed up for you which includes Your posts, pages, comments etc.

What you have to do is to assign a time you want the plugin to backup your site for you. It could be daily, weekly or monthly. It all depends on how  you want it.

Personally, I backup my site weekly since I add content every week. You don’t know when calamity is going to strike for the website you have worked on.

 It’s best you have a backup for your site in case you lose your site for unknown reasons.

You can choose to have your backup sent to your Google drive account, Dropbox, Gmail, etc.

Updraft setup tutorial

Best Free WordPress Plugins For Image Compression

Image compression is key to making your wordpress blog site loading faster.

It is quite tempting to have beautiful and high resolution images on your blog but remember your blog visitors need to have all of these high resolution loaded on their device.

Living in a country like where I am from, internet data are so expensive and it’s the rich who can afford WiFi. 

Those of us who can’t afford it have to rely on buying data  in pieces of Internet bundles daily or weekly.

So imagine having struggled to buy an internet bundle just to have it all go away in one poof because of a high resolution image that loaded while visiting a blog. Sad right?

That is why you need to compress your images, that way not much of your blog visitor who has little internet resources will be depleted.

Again it makes your images load faster.

The best image compression plugin is Short Pixel.

Short Pixel

Short pixel is an image compressor that compresses your images to a smaller size with minimal loss of image quality.  

You will need an image compressor because having images which are heavy and with high resolutions is likely to slow down your site.

Short Pixel image compression plugin has a free version and a paid version

With the free version of Short Pixel, you get to have free 100 image compressions a month. 

Whereas with the paid version, you buy credits points which you can use to compress an unlimited number of images provided it doesn’t deplete all your credits.

Best Free WordPress plugin For SEO 

SEO plugins are essential  to help you optimize your blog to appear on a search engine results page.

However you should note that having an SEO plugin in place and having green lights is not enough.

SEO plugins help you to make keyword tags and meta tags which will make it easier for crawlers to understand what your website and blog posts are about.

The best free SEO plugin for WordPress is Rankmath

Rankmath SEO Plugin

RANKMATH FREE SEO PLUGIN
RANKMATH IMAGE

Rankmath is an SEO plugin similar to Yoast. 

The catch here with this plugin is, It has all the functionalities that Yoast provides in their premium version for free.

 This plugin lets you add more than one keyword which you are optimising your posts for. 

It also suggests keywords you can target in relation to your main keyword.

Rankmath has an inbuilt redirection code that lets you redirect your posts easily without needing to install another plugin for redirecting your posts.

The plugin has a deep content analysis setup that analyses your content all for free.

It also has the schema, popularly known as rich snippet integrated.

You can import your settings from other seo plugins with their one click import option should you decide to change SEO Settings. 

Here is how to setup Rankmath properly

WordPress Plugin for contact form

Contact forms are important to have on your site. It makes it easier for your blog visitors to contact you.

A contact form is not an ordinary page you can setup. As a newbie blogger, you will need a contact form plugin to build your contact page. 

The best and easiest free contact form builder  plugin is the WP Forms Lite.

WP FORMS LITE

free contact form builder for wordpress
WP forms lite image

This is a drag and drop forms builder that makes it easy to add contact forms to your website. 

You can build beautiful contact forms, feedback forms and subscription forms all in this one powerful and easy drag and drop forms builder.

As with most wordpress plugins, the WP form builder has a paid and non paid version. 

The paid version gives you access to all the types of forms to build for your website with full customization options whilst the free version, which is the lite, gives you access to create different contact forms with limited customizations.

I have created a contact  form and a suggestions form( which by the way I would love to hear your suggestions)  from the free version and I still have the options to create more.

Follow this tutorial to build your own contact form

Best WordPress Plugins for social share

Social share plugins allows your visitors to share your content easily. Having social sharing icons clearly seen and accessible on your site can increase your blog traffic.

Why?

Because people will be sharing to their social media accounts where they have friends and followers who will also want to read what has been shared by their friends.

The most essential social sharing icons you need to display are Facebook and Pinterest and luckily enough these two are provided for free on social sharing plugins.

Below is the social sharing plugin I use and absolutely adore.

Grow By Mediavine

free wordpress  plugins for blogs

This plugin is so far the best social media share plugin I have ever used. 

Its so simple to use and easy to customise. 

The free version has the important social media platforms like facebook, pinterest, twitter, etc. buttons to display on your blog.

The social share buttons works on all devices plus; you get to see your share counts.

Best Free WordPress plugin for caching 

Caching plugins helps speed up your site by serving the lighter HTML version of your site. 

What is caching

Caching is the storing of copies of files of websites content somewhere on the internet so that it can accessed quickly by website visitors.

Whenever a user visits your site, caching plugins serve them with the light weight version of your site.

It is important that you install a caching plugin to speed up your site load time for your blog visitors

WP OPTIMIZE 

free caching plugin for blogs

WP Optimize is a free caching plugin that can help you speed up your blog.

It allows you to clean your database and gives you the option to compress your images.

You can cache your pages to make them load faster for your blog visitors using this plugin.

It also has extensive optimization features which you can use to improve your site speed impressively.

Here is a full tutorial to help you setup this plugin.

Other free Plugins you can install

Insert headers and Footers

Wordpress plugin for blogs

Insert headers and footers are a life-saving plugin for bloggers who are tech handicapped.

 This plugin is used for adding codes to the head and body sections of a website.

The head and body sections of your blog are normally located in your theme editor.

 Most bloggers don’t want to touch their theme codes as theme updates could wipe away the codes, added manually to the theme. 

In this case, the insert headers and footers keep all your codes in one place. 

You can add Google Analytics tracking codes, Google search console codes, Pinterest codes, and any other code that needs to be either added in the head or body section using this plugin.

Read tutorial for how to use it here

Ultimate Addons For Gutenberg 

Gutenberg WordPress plugin
Ultimate Addons For Gutenberg

This plugin is from the creators of the popular WordPress theme, Astra. Nope, this plugin is not for only Astra users. It works with all themes.

The Gutenberg WordPress editor has various functions for creating beautiful pages and building websites.

 Ultimate Addons for Gutenberg adds more advanced functionalities to the already robust Gutenberg editor.

You can add a block for post carousel, table of contents, call to action buttons, social shares, sections, and a host of other blocks that makes it easy to customize your posts and pages.

Elementor Page Builder

Best free wordpress plugin for building landing pages
Elementor Page Builder

I love Elementor. It’s the best page builder hands down. You can use is free page builder plugin to create beautiful landing pages for your home page.

There are are several videos on YouTube you can follow to create a landing page for your site.

There is also a pro version that is mind blowing and has lots of wonderful customisation features for your pages.

Follow this video tutorial to create a beautiful page with Elementor

Whelp!

These are the most essential wordpress plugins for blogs I believe you should have and use on your new site.

Installing them will help you massively in building your site.

I hope this post has been helpful for you.

Remember: Rome was not built in a day. Take it one day at a time with wordpress and you will definitely come to love it.

Let me know what you think in the comments section.

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Motivation For writing: How to write 1000 words a day(12 Tricks That works)

 Motivation For writing

Finding a way to get motivation for writing 1000 words a day as a new blogger or writer can be so daunting, especially if you just started blogging.

Maybe you have heard that long post forms are what you should aim at if you intend to rank on Google search and other search engines.

I admit this is true because the average post that ranks on Google is more than 1000 words.

My biggest struggle when it came to writing blog posts was finding a way to stay motivated to write long posts that are in-depth and contain loads of information.

I can confidently say that the length of my blog posts have hugely improved when I followed the strategies I am about to share with you. 

My blog posts are now averagely between 1500 minimum and 2500 words maximum.

I’m not going to say my proven ways to get motivation for writing a blog post will 100% help you. 

But, it will definitely take away some of the equations out of the blog post writing complexities.

In this blog post, I will be sharing with you 12 ways to help you get motivated for writing over a 1000 word blog post without feeling overwhelmed a day.

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How To get motivation for writing

#1 Stop procrastinating and start writing

Your first mission to get motivation for writing is to Stop Procrastinating and start writing.

I get it.

When you start a blog, the common thing that may stop you from writing may be anxiety that will lead you to procrastinate.

And it’s normal.

You will be thinking about the ‘what ifs’ and the’ what nots’. 

While these thoughts are urging you to procrastinate, you should remember you are just wasting away investments you have made into your website.

My first ever guest blog post almost got ruined because I was scared people were not going to read it or worse still, the admin of that blog will not publish it so I kept on Procrastinating on writing the post.

I just got over my writing anxiety and wrote it anyway. 

And you know what?

 It never got published.

I know in my heart that I outdid myself for that post.

But that rejection has not stopped me from writing. 

The moral of the story here is to stop with the negativity and start writing 

#2 Create a writing space

Personally, sitting at a desk helps me very much to write. This is why I believe creating a writing space can motivate you to write.

An aura of seriousness surrounds me when I sit at my desk to write.

It sometimes makes me forget about my environment honestly. 

#3 Skip the introductions and start writing

How many times have you sat down to write only for your blog post introduction to pull you back? 

A lot of times right? When I started blogging, introductions alone always got me wanting to hurl my tablet to the wall.

Forgetting that the introduction is a small portion of the whole blog post

I agree that the introduction is the glue that gets a blog visitor to stick but if you have what the visitor wants they will stick either way. 

When you are done writing the body of your blog post draft that is when you come back to craft a short introduction for your blog post.

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#4 Outline 5 subheadings for your blog post

Outlining subheadings for your blog post is one of the best ways to get you motivated to start writing. 

Not only will subheadings get you to write 1000 words but also it gets your readers engaged in whatever topic you are writing about.

Again, having subheadings helps your thoughts to flow effortlessly.

Why 5 subheadings? You may be asking. 

Under the 5 subheadings, you can target to write at least 200 words under each subtopic.

This way, by the time you are done writing the main content of your blog post, you will have a 1000 word blog post draft.

So how do you find these 5 subtopics for your blog post

That’s way easier than you may think. 

When you get a blog post idea, you just search for it on Google and see the questions people ask concerning your blog post.

You can find these questions in the ‘people also ask’ section in the Google Search engine results page (SERPS).

Again, you can go down to the bottom of the SERPS.

There, you will see the ‘searches related to your topic’.

Also, you can use any of these free keyword research tools to research your keywords and other searches related to your keyword.

This method has so far been a proven way for me and many other bloggers to outline subheadings for blog posts and also to structure your post.

RELATED POST: 29 FREE KEYWORDS RESEARCH TOOLS

#5 Set Aside time to write 

I have found that when I set aside time to write, I get more writing done than writing randomly.

You can set for yourself an hour every 3 or 5hours to write under every subtopic you have written down.

You can also follow the Pomodoro technique where you can write for 25 minutes and when the 25minutes is up, you either do research for 10 minutes or stretch yourself.

Repeat this process until the one hour you set for yourself is up. 

It’s easy to forget yourself when you take a 10 minutes break. 

Make sure to set alarms for your 25 minutes writings and your 10-minute breaks.

The egg timer is a great writing tracker app you can use to track the time you spend writing.

Honestly, the Pomodoro method has not worked for me but it could work for you. 

Who knows, you could have more words than you targeted by the time the hour mark is up.

#6 Take A break

Another way to get motivation for writing is to take a break

It is very important to take a break when you feel tired or stressed out.

Take it from a writerholic. 

You will be surprised to know what taking breaks can do for your brain.

 I have found that when I continue to write while feeling stressed out or tired, I only write nonsensible things which I have to go back to after taking a break only to delete them and re-write.

This is a lesson I have learned the hard way and you should also learn from.

Go do an exercise, drink coffee or take a nap if it’s possible to get re-energized to continue writing 

#7 Use writing tools to make writing easier

Writing tools like Grammarly, Google docs, Hemmingway are great tools to help you write better.

Spell check suggestions, punctuation, word usage corrections provided by writing tools help greatly to take the stress out of needing to go through your posts to correct every mistake you may have made.

There are other writer app and writing Tracker apps that you can use. Find one that works well for you and follow it.

#8 Eliminate all distractions

This tip is obvious, right? But I have included it anyway.

What are the distractions I’m talking about?

TV shows and social media platforms.

 I can’t say enough how these two things are big distractions.

Take a look at this scenario.

 You get a notification from Facebook and you decide to just check what the notification is about while writing only to return from Facebook to your writing after an hour or more. 

Or 

You get a notification from Netflix about a new episode for a series you are currently watching, and the truth here is, you have been yearning to know what will happen in the next episode.

Your next instinct is to stop writing to watch that episode right? 

Don’t feel guilty.

We’ve all been there.

That’s why it is important to eliminate all writing distractions. 

You can put your notifications on silent or better still don’t work on the same device, which gives you your notifications.

Again, you should set a limit to the number of shows you watch per day.

With these distractions out of the way, you can be sure to write productively.

#9 There is no such thing as the perfect blog post

Get this straight.

There is no such thing as the perfect blog post. You write what you know or what you have researched.

Heck, I don’t know if this blog post is helpful or not.

The truth is, you are always free to make mistakes.

There is always going to be time for you to update your blog post as time goes on with more information you gather and correct your mistakes.

People are more concerned with what your content can solve than wanting perfection.

Don’t stress yourself there.

Write about what you can write or take a break.

Read whatever you have written and correct errors as you do so.

 If you feel 1000 words is too much for you to do in a day, cut it to 800 words.

As time goes on, you will go past the 800 words a day without realizing it.

Always remember that quality should trump quantity.

#10 Award yourself

Everybody deserves an award. Whether it’s an accomplishment or a failure, and that includes you.

Award yourself with stickers. Get yourself smiley, neutral and frowning stickers.

Get cardboard and pin it to a wall. Any time you complete a writing target for the day, award yourself with a smiley face.

If you almost finished, award with a neutral face sticker.

Award with a frowny face whenever you are unable to write half of your target.

#11 Remember your ‘why’ for starting a blog

Any time I remember why I started this blog, I get motivated to write more content.

My about me section will tell you my reason for starting a blog like this.

It gives me the urge to write more and more content to help newbie bloggers.

That is why I believe remembering why you started your blog is enough to nudge you to write content.

You can write down your reasons for starting a blog on a sticky paper and stick it to your computer screen to serve as a reminder.

#12 Absolutely don’t Force yourself if you don’t feel like writing

There are some days you will 100% not feel like writing and that’s totally fine. 

We all have our off days anyway.

Although, I admit sometimes forcing myself gets me to write more than I thought I could write.

Believe me, forced writing can be felt by your readers as there is no passion behind your words.

But please don’t make it a habit of always not feeling motivated to write.

It will take away your interest in blogging fast.

CONCLUSION……

Writing a 1000 word blog post can be daunting.

But, after setting myself up with these writing strategies, I can write blog posts efficiently.

I know it’s not easy as I have put it.

What I do know is, as you start to write regularly, your speed for writing will increase abundantly.

A wise person once said ‘ the only dreams that are impossible are the ones not pursued’

Don’t give up on writing blog posts.

I hope this post has been helpful enough in motivating your self to start writing.

It’s now your turn. What motivates you to write a day? I would love to know

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