Business Blogging 101 – 3 Mistakes To Avoid When Building Your Business Blog

Business blogging is undisputed as a terrific way to build your corporate brand, your employer brand and personal brand on-line, increase your website traffic and get found in the search engines when people are searching for the products and services that you offer.

However what are some of key mistakes you need to avoid if you want to build a credible business blog? I’m not talking about the mistakes usually referred to such as not posting regularly to your business blog or not engaging in the blogosphere by commenting and linking to other peoples business blogs.

Here are the three mistakes I see business bloggers make:

1. Not branding your business blog – by branding I recommend you look at the following three areas (a) Ensuring that the name of your business blog connects to your business and the services you offer (b) Making sure that the design of your business blog follows through from your corporate identity. There are many low cost and no cost blogging tools available which one of the reasons why business blogging has become so popular. That is fantastic – but please do not scrimp on investing in the design of your business blog to reflect your corporate identity and also making it easy to navigate for the readers of your business blog. (c) Creating content that meets the needs of your target market and niche – consider your blog as a way to represent your unique expertise in your field.

2. Not connecting your business blog to your corporate website – if you have a corporate website make sure that you have a link from your website to your business blog. I do recommend that this link is not just a hyperlink to your blog which is authored on a separate platform. To ensure that you benefit from traffic to your business blog, I recommend that you use a blogging platform such as WordPress.org where you can host your business blog alongside your website.

3. Not adding an about page – you might not realize it but your about page on your business blog or website is the second most likely page that people will click through to. It is important to have details about you and the team authoring your business blog as people want to check out who you are – they are genuinely interested in the authors of your business blog and they are also interested in assessing your professional credibility in the areas you are writing about.

Why not assess your business blog against these common business blogging mistakes and then establish a plan to enhance your business blog so that truly does build your brand?

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Niche Blogs 101

In this internet era, creating profitable niche blogs offer a new way to earn money online. The one main reason why niche blogging can be a viable option for any income hopefuls is its simplicity in creation. Such sites are easy to create, and suitable for anyone regardless of his or her online marketing or web design skills.

Building niche blogs does offer some benefits. If you have a low or even zero budget, you can still build your site! Simply use a free content management system like WordPress and Blogger and you can get started with your very first website within minutes. There are many ready templates to choose from. Within an hour, you could have a professional looking website at zero dollar investment to you. Plus, there are no webhosting and domain costs.

If you are just starting out, you may have some questions why marketers use blogs and not static sites. These websites are interactive and allows open communication with their visitors. People like to visit a site and say something. Blogs allow that to happen. At the same time, they are often updated and visitors and search engines love fresh content!

The reason why niche blogs fare better than general topic blogs lies in relatively lower competition. Rather than vying with big companies with tons of advertising dollars to spend, it will be more advantageous for you to work on the narrower sub-topics where there is lesser competition.

As a start, you may wish to write your own blog posts. But as you build more, it is ideal that you hire others to write the content for you. But needless to say, you do not to be well versed in the topic in order to verify that the content is of quality and not some rehashed crap.

In order to uncover underserved niches, you can make use of the free and paid tools online to conduct your keyword research. At the same time, promoting your site is convenient and there are also tons of free services and tools to help you. So, with close to nothing out of your pocket, building niche blogs to sell products can be a really profitable business. If you are unsure how to promote your site, read up more on what people are saying in the forums.

At this point in time, niche blogging can offer a great opportunity for anyone hoping to create a second income stream on a part-time or full-time basis. Tools and software are readily available to help you start. With time and familiarization, there are just endless numbers of markets that you can create niche blogs for.

Read the below resource and see how a powerful tool is helping others build profitable niche blogs in minutes.

Freelance Productivity: How to Tame the Whirlwind

The life of a freelancer can be a constant swirl of busyness. Projects and tasks and urgent needs are all vying for your attention. Freelancing is a whirlwind. Freelance productivity is the solution.

freelance productivity

You’re not alone. We all deal with this vortex wrestling for our attention. The less-than-cheerful news is that the whirlwind never goes away. But the good news is you can tame it. You can figure out how to be more productive within the whirlwind and not allow it to consume your life.

Here’s how to do it:

  • 1. Create a freelance productivity system for your life and work.
  • 2. Make and pursue goals.

The reality is the whirlwind is all about the tyranny of the urgent. It overwhelms you with minor tasks and you never get anything important accomplished.

“When urgency and importance clash, urgency wins every time.” -Franklin Covey

In order to survive, you need strength to stand against the whirlwind and not allow yourself to be blown to and fro whichever way the daily wind is blowing.

Why Be More Productive & Make Goals

Before we get to the how, let’s talk about the why.

Hopefully, many of you are eager for the how and you fully understand the why. You’re desperate to corral your tasks and regain control of your life.

But there’s value in considering the why. Yes, you want to be more productive and accomplish more and be less stressed. But there’s a deeper purpose.

The purpose of freelance productivity is not to make you busier. This isn’t about merely cranking up your efficiency so you churn through even more minor and meaningless tasks in a day.

The purpose of freelance productivity is to create margin in your life for what really matters to you.

Stop and think about that for a moment:

  • What really matters to you?
  • What do you want to accomplish?
  • How much money do you need?
  • How much do you need to work?
  • How would you invest extra time and/or money?

You shouldn’t create goals and develop a productivity system simply to get more work done. You should do it to regain control of your life and ensure that you can pursue the things that give you purpose.

Maybe that is your freelance job. Maybe your work truly matters to you and gives you fulfillment. That’s great.

But maybe the work you’re doing now isn’t exactly the work you always want to be doing. Maybe you need to make changes to your business. Maybe you have a side project you want to pursue. Maybe work is just necessary, but it powers other pursuits that give you that sense of accomplishment.

Let your business be the fuel that powers what you want to do in your life. However it works for you, think about the why. Use that as the motivation to make some changes and tame the whirlwind once and for all.

Freelance Productivity System

Some freelancers manage their tasks out of their email inbox. The result is that your inbox rules your day. The latest email is the latest priority and you have no sense of scope or strategy. It’s an inefficient way to run your business. It’s also a great way to forget things.

You need a system. Not an email inbox.

Works for You

But the first thing to understand about productivity systems is that there’s no universal system. The only right system is the one that works for you. And what works for you might not work for a fellow freelancer.

So while it might be helpful to compare notes and see what works for others, the only real solution is to figure out what works for you. You’ve got to try systems and change systems and tweak your approach until you find what works for you. And that may change as you change.

A good freelance productivity system is an evolving process.

Getting Things Done

One common and well-known approach to productivity systems is detailed in the book Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen. This has been a popular approach in recent years, and for good reason.

The whole idea is to get things out of your brain and into a system. So instead of using your brain to keep track of all your tasks and projects and commitments, you have a system that does it for you. This frees up your brain to actually focus on work, to be creative, to think deeply. It enables you to do better work.

The basic assumption of the system is that you’re dumb.

Seriously: Our subconscious is dumb when it comes to thinking about the things we should be doing. What happens when you hear that new email ding? No matter what you’re working on, no matter the deadline, you suddenly have an innate desire to check your email.

The whole purpose of the system is to keep track of what you need to do, what you should do, or what you should consider, and then convert those things into tangible actions.

The ultimate result is that your subconscious mind can stop trying to track all these tasks, which makes you more productive and less stressed.

The core of the Getting Things Done system is that you create and maintain a series of lists:

  • 1. Next actions – Tasks you need to accomplish.
  • 2. Projects – A larger action that requires multiple tasks to complete.
  • 3. Waiting – An item that needs action, but you’re waiting on someone else (like you’re waiting for a client to provide copy before the project can move forward).
  • 4. Someday – Things you need to do someday, but they’re not urgent.

Then you supplement your lists with tools:

  • 1. Lists – Something to track and organize your lists of actions, projects, etc.
  • 2. Calendar – Where you actually spell out when you’re going to do what actions (this gives order and structure to your day and keeps you from lurching from task to task in a constant state of distraction).
  • 3. Reminders – Things you need to come back to, but don’t need to deal with today (so stop trying to remember them and let your system remind you about them).
  • 4. Resources – Things you need to refer to, whether it’s how-to articles or client content.

There’s an entire world of tools out there to help you accomplish all this. From apps to services to resources you can buy. Maybe you use Trello for lists, iCal for calendar and reminders, and Evernote for resources. Maybe you use something else entirely. The point is to find the tools that work best for you.

A Few Tips for Picking Tools:

  • Just start: Don’t wait for your system to be perfect. Refine it as you go, but just go!
  • Be all in: Don’t try to use multiple tools for the same thing as you’re figuring it out. Pick one and stick to it. Redundant organizational systems don’t organize anything.
  • Pay attention: Especially as you’re starting out, you need to keep your various tools open and refer to them often. Out of sight, out of mind—so keep those tools in view until it becomes a habit.
  • Supercharge it: Tools are interconnected these days. There are WordPress plugins that interface with calendars, Trello, Evernote and more. You can also use services like IFTTT and Zapier to keep everything connected.
  • Learn from others: Everybody has their own system for productivity, and a lot of the tools overlap, even if each unique system isn’t the same. Search for tips and creative applications from others online. Ask around. If something isn’t working the way you want, ask how other folks make it work.

Process Your Inbox

Getting Things Done works by creating a system to handle everything that comes in. So you need to actually process everything that comes through—emails, phone calls, support requests, etc.—and make sure it has a place to go where you’ll eventually follow up with it.

So get things out of your head and into a system. You’ll be more focused and more productive.

Make Some Goals

While it’s helpful to have a productivity system, it won’t end the whirlwind. It will only help you deal with it. There really is no end to the whirlwind—sorry, that’s life.

But knowing that, you should make time for big picture strategy in the midst of the whirlwind. You have a whole system to help you stay productive despite the whirlwind, so use that system to make long-term goals.

As you’re making goals, be sure they’re SMART goals—Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-Bound. You want to be clear about what you’re trying to accomplish.

Another smart way to approach goals: The more you have, the fewer you’ll be able to achieve with excellence. If you aim for two to three goals, you can probably achieve them. But if you aim for any more, you’re going to hit even fewer of them. And if you aim for a lot of goals, you’ll probably hit none of them.

Make goals for your upcoming week, as well as more long-term goals like the coming month, quarter, and year. You don’t need to be crazy organized and planned out with it, but you need to have some sort of plan.

If you walk into your office on Monday morning without a plan, the whirlwind will gobble you up. You have to plan for it and block out the time to make this stuff happen. And that’s especially true for your long-term goals. Make them part of your freelance productivity system.

Action, Not Knowledge

The freelance life is a constant whirlwind. The sooner you accept that and are prepared to adjust accordingly, the better off you’ll be.

Ultimately, the solution doesn’t require any special knowledge or insight. It just requires the right behavior. You have to be disciplined enough to create and implement a system, and then stick with it consistently.

Your business is the sum total of your habits, both good and bad. For some of us, that can be a little scary. But it just means we need to force ourselves to form better habits. That’s how you can achieve freelance productivity.

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This post is based on a session from the recent Freelance Summit by Nathan Ingram.

Learn more about freelance productivity, systems, and goals in the Freelance Summit. It’s an 11-hour webinar series with Nathan Ingram that covers great content like this plus more on process, profit and productivity.

For even more on freelance productivity, check out some of our other blog posts:

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WP Engine Recommends WP101 as a Top WordPress Education Site

We are proud to announce that WP Engine has named WP101 as a Recommended Solution for WordPress Education.

It’s no secret that we’re big fans of WP Engine. In fact, we’ve been a customer since March of 2012, back when there were just a couple thousand of us. Today, WP Engine powers hundreds of thousands of WordPress sites for more than 80,000 customers around the world!

As part of their award-winning customer experience, they filter through thousands of WordPress plugins and solutions, and then recommend the best of the best within the WP Engine Solution Center.

So, we’re incredibly honored that WP Engine has selected WP101 as a recommended WordPress education solution for WP Engine customers.

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WordPress Plugin Roundup – March 2018

In this post, we recap the newest cool and useful (oh, and free!) WordPress plugins added to the WordPress Plugin Directory.

Recent Changes to the Plugin Directory

  • The WordPress Plugin Directory has changed the warning for “old” plugins to show a version-based warning rather than a time-based warning.
  • Instead of showing a warning like “this plugin hasn’t been updated in 1 year,” now the directory will show something like “this plugin hasn’t been tested with the latest 2 revisions of WordPress.”
  • This warning only keys off information in the readme.txt file, though, so if a developer didn’t update that entry (which is common), the warning will appear.
  • As always, just because a plugin hasn’t been updated in a while, that doesn’t mean it is broken or will break your site. But it is a factor that should be taken into account when installing a new plugin.

1. YotuWP : Embed YouTube Playlist, YouTube Channel, Video Gallery, YouTube Gallery

By yotuwp

Plugin Description: The YotuWP plugin is a modern responsive YouTube video gallery. Easy embed videos from YouTube playlist, channel and videos IDs to your WordPress website.

Nathan’s Notes:

  • Create nice video galleries from YouTube playlists, channel videos, or individual videos.
  • Once you create a YouTube API in the Google Developer console, just generate a shortcode and you’re done!
  • Lots of options make this plugin a powerful tool for displaying video content.

2. Awesome Weather Widget

By Hal Gatewood

Plugin Description: The Awesome Weather Widget plugin allows you to easily add super clean (and awesome) weather widgets to your site.

Nathan’s Notes:

  • A very easy to add weather widget that looks great out of the box.
  • Uses OpenWeather for an ad-free experience, which is nice.
  • Does require a (free) API Key from OpenWeather in order to work.
  • Lots of styling options including background color or image, extended forecast, etc.
  • Can be added as a widget or as a shortcode (parameters here in the Awesome Weather Widget docs.
  • Awesome Weather Widget Pro version available with additional features.

3. IdeaPush

By Martin Gibson

Plugin Description: With the IdeaPush plugin, you can add an awesome feature/idea request system to WordPress. Use IdeaPush to generate new ideas or get feedback from actual users and customers or use it as a support triage system or use it for something else!

Nathan’s Notes:

  • A powerful plugin for crowdsourcing ideas for collaboration and voting.
  • From the developer of the Custom Admin Interface plugin we reviewed last summer.
  • Nice interface for users voting and commenting.
  • Just create a board on the plugin’s settings page and drop the shortcode on a page to get started.

4. Some Excellent Plugins from LittleBizzy

We’ve featured a few of LittleBizzy’s plugins on the Plugin Roundup and on other webinars. The most notable is his Force HTTPS (SSL Redirect & Fix Insecure Content) which not only forces SSL but fixes mixed content dynamically. Here are a few other good ones you should know about …

Nathan’s Notes:

5. CakePress Scroll to top

By CakePress

Plugin Description: The CakePress Scroll to Top plugin is the most comprehensive scroll-to-top plugin in the universe. Provides an intuitive button on each page so that, with one click, your readers will be back to the top of the page.

Nathan’s Notes:

  • So who wouldn’t want to try “the most comprehensive scroll-to-top plugin in the universe”? Turns out, they’re actually pretty close.
  • Just about any setting can be tweaked in the customizer with live preview.
  • Pretty impressive if your theme doesn’t have a scroll to top button… or even to replace it if it does.

6. Shortcodes Finder

By Scribit

Plugin Description: The Shortcodes finder plugin helps you to find every shortcode present in your WordPress website content.

Nathan’s Notes:

  • Scans your website to find the shortcodes that are currently registered and on what page/post they appear.
  • View results by shortcode or by content.
  • The Test Shortcode tab also shows you every shortcode that has been defined on your site.
  • Very helpful to find shortcodes you may want to replace or remove. However, the plugin only finds active shortcodes, not those left in content from a deactivated or removed plugin.

7. Forbid Pwned Passwords

By Michael Veenstra

Plugin Description: With Forbid Pwned Passwords plugin, your site’s users will receive errors if they attempt to set their password to one found in a known breach, forcing them to choose a new one.

Nathan’s Notes:

  • Uses the “Have I Been Pwned” API to check the email and password combinations when a WordPress account is created to insure the combination has not been compromised.
  • Have I Been Pwned keeps a searchable database of data exploits here: https://haveibeenpwned.com/
  • Very helpful to guard against attacks based on exploited usernames and passwords.

10. Plugin Notes Plus Best Plugin Description of the Month

By Jamie Bergen

Plugin Description: Have you ever returned to a site that you built a while back and asked, “Dude, why did I install this plugin?” The Plugin Notes plugin provides an extra column on the Plugins page that enables you to add, edit, or delete notes about the plugins you have installed on a particular site. These notes are intended to provide documentation regarding why a particular plugin was installed and how or where it’s being used.

Nathan’s Notes:

  • This is a really clever and useful plugin.
  • Notes can be styled as note, info, link, warning, key, or checkmark – each with its own characteristics.
  • Multiple notes can be saved for a single plugin.

11. Clean WP Admin Theme This Month’s Good Idea or Bad Idea Plugin #2:

By VegaCorp

Plugin Description: You can install the plugin and it works automatically. With the Clean WP Admin Theme plugin, the WP Admin will look much better and cleaner.

Nathan’s Notes:

  • If you don’t like the dark admin interface WordPress provides, this plugin gives you a clean white interface instead.
  • Change the accent color in Settings > General.

12. Htaccess File Editor Good Idea or Bad Idea Plugin #2:

By ThemeEgg

Plugin Description: Simple editor htaccess file without using FTP client. The Htaccess File Editor plugin should be used only by experienced users!

Nathan’s Notes:

  • Provides a UI to edit the htaccess file from within WordPress.
  • As the plugin description says… advanced users only.

Watch the Webinar: WordPress Plugin Roundup – March 2018

This post is based on the WordPress Plugin Roundup – March 2018 webinar by Nathan Ingram. In this webinar, Nathan demonstrates how to use each of these plugins so you can get a better idea of how they work. Check out the entire series of monthly WordPress Plugin Roundup posts here & register for the next Plugin Roundup webinar here.

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TIG Welding 101

It is like a rising superstar in this day in which we live. The art of TIG welding has been around for some time but is becoming an ever popular application for welding.

It is drawing upon the curious side of someone already interested in the field of welding.

TIG welding is a very unique form of welding. When you begin to use the left and right hand simultaneously in any process there is more stress involved to the welder and this technique requires more agility than does the more common practices of welding.

When you embark upon a career in TIG welding there are normally pre-requisites that have already been achieved by the time you arrive in the TIG domain.

Stick welding is normally a foundation before a welder steps into the world of TIG. Rarely does the TIG process stand alone. There are places that you find the MIG and TIG process alone but those areas do not entail the vast majority.

Some places you may see just the TIG would be the Aero-Space Industry, lightweight bicycles, hospital equipment, dairy production, etc. For the most part, the TIG process will find you in the Petro-Chemical Industry, Chemical Refining, and the Fossil Fuel Industry.

Power plants, refineries, chemical plants and the likes is actually the place that the biggest money is made as well as the pipeline; which used to be downhill stick only and reserved for the welder with the big head and the rig truck he worshipped as a god.

Things have come a long was needless to say.

The welder in general used to have an upper-hand in his craft but not so any more. Most people in these industries look at the welder in general as a cry baby and whiner who is always looking for the ideal conditions in which to perform his operation.

But! The TIG welder is someone that is still in high demand and carries some prestige connected to his ability to be ambidextrous.

The TIG hand can weld stick, MIG, TIG usually whether it is carbon or alloy metals.

The further the welder can move into the realm of the exotic, the more in demand he becomes. The more certifications he can obtain, the more in need he will find himself (or herself).

The bad part about the area of TIG welding that we are talking about at this stage is the different environments that go with this type of welding.

The already mentioned places that usually call for this type of welding are not the most pleasant places to work. These type of environments eventually take a toll upon the body of the individual.

It is not easy to sustain good optimal health in fume and particulate saturated environments. Toxins and poisons are present. Elevated structures with scaffolding enclosed by fire retardant blanket. Noise levels that can and most of the time due require hearing protection.

Come to think about it, the bike factory is becoming more appealing all the the time. LOL!

Actually, a good TIG hand that is respected in his trade can call the shots. He sizes up the fit on pipe and if it isn’t correct he shoots it down, because once he starts welding on it he has taken the responsibility in saying I can make it happen.

A good TIG welder can make a bad fitter look good. Or take a bad fit and turn the fabricators heartburn into Rolaids to the rescue.

An older man that has become well versed in his trade is widely respected by his peers when he becomes known as the TIG daddy, the man, the khaki daddy, etc. There are up and coming young men that are always following in the footsteps of the well accomplished mentor TIG welder.

TIG comes with a few essential items that must be recognized. Clean clothes every morning with starched shirts and a nice skull cap. A bandanna in the back pocket. A bandanna around the neck like a businessman would wear a tie to the office. Fairly new looking gloves that are not your run of the mill leather. TIG welding requires sensitivity in the fingertips and hands.

Most of the time a good TIG hand has cash in his wallet and is on top of his game. The problem we see with that in our economy is that he has to travel a bit more than he would like to keep that going.

The benefit of that is that he will always have a job because of his skills. You see the TIG welder is selling his skill. He doesn’t produce a product so to speak. His arsenal of tools contain his favorite hood or two, small hand tools that are used to accent his skill. Sharp tungsten stored in his tool bag or bucket. Files, die grinders, small wrenches, flapper wheels, emory cloth, filler rod, a coffee thermos (very important), extra gloves and lenses if needed, and possibly some small fit up wedges or flat head screwdrivers.

In our next article we will look at the actual components of his equipment for a further breakdown in lesson TIG 102. Until then, thanks for your time and take care!

Small Business – Improve Your Image, Improve Your Sales – Part 2 Website 101

Small business owners are faced with a dilemma, they know they need a website to attract more business, but they don’t know where to begin. Use this article as a checklist to get help in creating an effective website presence. Note: Over the years we have created a short list of hosting providers that offer the best value to small business owners. We encourage you to visit our website for recommendations on each step of the process.

The first purchase is getting your company domain name. Be sure to purchase the domain name with your company credit card in your own name. Unfortunately too often webmasters will register a domain name in their name and if a relationship with a client goes bad, the client cannot access their domain. So be sure to purchase the domain. In some cases, you can actually get your domain name registration free as part of your hosting package. We recommend hosting services that are less than $ 100/year pre-paid.

Where do you find domain names? It is easy to locate if a domain name is available by conducting a search online. at any hosting service. Look for your company name availability first. For example one of our clients was HB Equipment Company. We looked and the name HB Equipment was already taken, so we chose HBEquipmentCo as the domain name.

As equally important as your domain name is the ability to show your email address as part of your domain as well. So we recommend that you create a couple email addresses – info@yourdomain.com and yourlastname@yourdomain.com This lends credibility ias an organization instead of using a free email account.

Your hosting service is very important because it is the foundation for your website. Starting in mid 2008, we recommend that all small business owners request that their websites are created as blogs. Why? It’s easy… Blogs are very search engine friendly and they are easily updated by the company owner. Once the blog has been created, it is easy for the company owner or administrative assistant to update pages or add new pictures or links. We recommend WordPress blogs because they come in a variety of themes and being open source, they are free. Creating a blog site can be done easily within a few hours, depending upon the complexity of the website content and number of pages.

We recommend the following pages to be included in a typical small business website:

Welcome – a quick overview of your business mission, goals, product and service offerings

Products / Services – a listing of company products and services If there are many, separate these into two pages

Company Brochures – include a capability statement as well as a company flyer for website visitors to download

About Us – a quick overview of your business credentials

Contact Us – use a form to collect feedback and questions from website visitors

Other nice items to consider on your company website that will make it stand out:

– Company logo

– Audio introduction

– Photos of work sites or products

– Photo of the owner

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Get Adobe Elements Software Tips With Step By Step Tutorials

Adobe Photoshop Elements doesn’t just have one single interface and is capable of launching the program in several different modes. There a selection of different modes on Elements for different requirements like organizing photos, the full edit mode, the quick fix, and you can even produce your own photo album books.

Should you have the Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 version you may have seen some interesting features including email, burning to CD or DVD, and the uncluttered interface makes everything so more simplified, especially if you need to move images round the screen.

Quick Fix Guide Mode: The quick mode enables you to make very basic alterations to your images as you can alter the following; Lighting, colour, sharpen, and you also have the options to do a smart fix. Elements also gives you an auto fix button which can be found on the right hand side. Another way to access the adjustments buttons is through the Enhance menu.

Auto fixing is perfect for complete elements newbies if you’re looking for a quick photo fix. Check out these six great editing tools and features.

1) Just hit the “Reset Button” on the after picture, if your editing changes are not going to plan. 2) To view the before and after photos you will find a drop down button which says “View” in the lower left hand corner, . 3) The tool box is located on the left hand side of the view screen. 4) You are able to zoom in from your photo here and a zoom button is located in the lower left hand corner. 5) On the right hand side of the screen you will find the time saving auto tab buttons. 6) The quick mode feature allows the option of using sliders, which you will find very useful.

The full edit mode provides the necessary tools to change any of your photo images. The majority of the tools and commands are to be found in the palettes.

The palettes are used for managing your layers and applying effects to your images. By default the layers and effects palette are displayed automatically. If you wish you can also open more by choosing from the windows menu, which can be found at the top. Another really cool feature for the palettes is they float, so you can have them where you like. Once you have brought your image up, you’ll find below the main image window your images that you have opened.

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WordPress Wizard 2.0 – A Complete Review

Have you ever considered the idea of being able to make money online? Chances are if you have, you have probably thought about the idea of making money with a blog. Many people do make money with blogs, and good money too. The problem is, is if you are new to Internet marketing and blogging, you do not stand a chance at earning an income from your blog. This is because there are professional marketers out there who understand what it takes and are way ahead of you. So, while you are trying to catch up with them, they are eating up all of your potential traffic and sales. This is where WordPress Wizard 2.0 can help you.

To be able to make money online with your blog, it is essential that you are equipped with all the knowledge you need from the basics to the more advanced education. WordPress Wizard 2.0 has all this for you. It contains more than 50 training video tutorials on how to blog using WordPress. It’s exactly what newbies to blogging need to get started and get profiting with their blogs.

You are taught everything from setting up your own WordPress blog, monetizing it to earn money from it, to driving targeted massive traffic to it. You are giving access to 6 modules which include:

* Internet Marketing Basics – This includes video tutorials on how to register your own domain name with places such as GoDaddy, how to change DNS names, how to get hosting, how to install and use FireZilla FTP program and how to use cPanel.

* WordPress Basics – You will be giving access to video tutorials on installing WordPress, installing themes and plug ins and more.

* Advanced Tutorials on WordPress – Learn how to upgrade WordPress, use Windows live writer, create back ups, edit CSS style sheets and how to use RSS.

* Make Money Online with Blogs – This tutorial is all about making money with AdSense, monetizing your blog with affiliate products through ClickBank and how to publish free articles to drive traffic to your blog.

* Link Building and SEO tutorial – You will learn all about SEO and ways to build links.

* Email Marketing and RSS – You will learn how to build a list using your blog and marketing your products through email marketing using Aweber.

Not only will you have access to these training tutorials, but you will also be giving special bonuses such as The Keyword Warrior, Forum Warrior, Blog Warrior, Forum Warrior and Directory Warrior. These are important tools that every successful Internet Marketer needs to help them make money online with their blogs.

WordPress Wizard 2.0 is a great program for people getting started in the Internet marketing and blogging world. It will get you up and running fast with your WordPress blog and get you into profit mode right along side all the other successful marketers.

WordPress Video Tutorial – Do it Right the First Time

If you are reading this article then you’ve probably taken a look at WordPress and you’re a tad confused on just how to use it and you could really use a solid WordPress video tutorial. Maybe you’ve tried to install it and not had much luck. Or you’ve got it installed but are overwhelmed with the number of options available. But mostly you are probably afraid that you’re not taking advantage of the features that are right for you and you are horribly frustrated that you don’t have a single source to go to for answers.

Well when it comes down to it, every question you could conceivably have regarding anything about WordPress is available free on the internet. The only problem is you’d have to search through hundreds of links to find all the info you want and there is no guarantee that what you find is current or accurate.

Learning how to use WordPress can be a bit like learning how to swim. You can jump into a pool that’s over your head and just let Mother Nature take her course, meaning you either drown or figure out how to dog paddle, or you can go to the YMCA and get lessons which will not only teach you how to swim correctly but avoid the sheer panic of the natural method. Which one would you be comfortable with?

Let’s just say for a moment that you don’t want to pay the YMCA and you’ll take your chances in the pool and leave it up to Mother Nature. Well if that’s the way you feel, go visit YouTube.com and search for WordPress. You’ll be overwhelmed with the number of WordPress videos.

Then start watching a few. Are they professionally produced, well organized, is the narrator knowledgeable, can you even understand the narrator, and most importantly…did you learn anything. Maybe now you’re beginning to realize the difference between teaching and telling. Teaching is a professional skill set. Simply telling someone how to do something is not.

If you really need a demonstration, look up the free video tutorials. For starters they typically aren’t entirely free as they want you to buy something from them, usually WordPress themes. But play a couple of modules. Then ask the tell tale question, “Would you want your kid being taught by this guy?” Nine time out of ten it will be some guy just winging it because he’s done it a hundred times. He’ll speak too fast and he will not be fully organized. If your kid couldn’t learn from him, how can you?

Acquiring a professional WordPress video tutorial will make your website efforts so much easier. The really good tutorials, the ones with professional teachers, are not free but they aren’t expensive either. If you value your time, if you hate having to go back and fix mistakes, if you have a low frustration threshold then you most definitely should consider a solid WordPress video tutorial.