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Welcome Wednesday – Weekly Meme

Wednesday’s are all about connecting and sharing around here.  Which is one of the reasons I started “How To Wednesday”.  The blogging community is a great way to meet new people and connect with like minded individuals.

I’ve stumbled upon a great weekly meme called “Welcome Wednesday” hosted by Take it From Me .  The whole point of this meme is to simply connect.

 

  
If you are looking to increase your followers and meet new people join in on the fun it’s simple.

Five simple steps.

1. Follow the hosts via Google Friend Connect, Google+, LinkyFollowersFacebook or Twitter, as well as the Spotlighted Blog of the Week!
2. Link up your blog name and URL with the Linky. (You only need to add your info once for it will be seen on all the blog hops)
3. Grab the Welcome Wednesday button and include it in a post about the event on your blog.
4. Go to as many blogs on the MckLinky as you want and Follow them. Be sure to tell them you are from Welcome Wednesday!
5. Be sure to Follow back any followers you have gained from our Welcome Wednesday event!

Leave a comment for me when you link up here so I can follow you back!

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{How To Wednesday} Must Have WordPress Plug Ins

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This is post #2 in my “How to Blog for Business” series.  You can view Part 1 at this link “How to create a WordPress Blog” .

 

Here is the Change Admin User Name Plug In.

Your turn what plug ins are your faves?  Leave a comment, I would love to hear!

Don’t forget to join the How To Wednesday Link Up!  Share your “How To”!

 

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How to Wednesday: How to blog for business #1

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I am so excited today is not only the start of my How To Wednesday linky, but it is also the start of a Blogging For Business series entitled “How to Blog for Business” that I am eager to share.

As many of you know I am a small business coach/consultant and one of my passions is helping moms become successful business owners.

The biggest thing holding most people back from launching their business and/or blog is that they don’t know how. In this series I am going to share the start up basics you should have in place to get your business/blog off it’s feet.

Some “how to’s” will be include steps and some will include videos.

For some of you, some of the information may seem pretty basic in the beginning but, I hope you will have some take aways from it.

Okay, enough of the introduction stuff, let’s get to the business at hand.

I could get into the “do you need a blog?” question but I won’t. All I am going to say so that we can cut to the chase is, that no matter what business you are trying to build via the internet you MUST have a blog!


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In another post some other time I will get into why I feel so strongly about that. But now that we have that established let’s get to the basics.

Since we are on the topic of “starting a blog” let me address something that in my opinion is key.  There are many people who begin blogs (mommy blogs inparticular) using the Blogger platform, because it is easy to understand and get’s them up an running quickly.

I urge you to create your blog on a self hosted WordPress platform from the very beginning. It will save you from the trouble of having to switch later and so many other headaches that I will talk about at another time.

This post will walk the beginner through the first steps of setting up a blog. If you already have a blog established this may simply be boring. If you have a blogger blog and need help switching to WordPress and you do not want to do it yourself or need a helping hand I suggest visiting AIB.

The first steps to blogging for business are as such:

Step 1

Create a domain name – Do a search to be sure noone else owns the .com, .net., .org, etc. version of your name. This will be a hassle later. I use Go Daddy, they are dependable and I like them.

Also be sure you do not choose a name that is too long, hard to spell or has hyphens in it.

Step 2

Choose a hosting service – I love Host Gator! There are many other hosting services out there, some reliable – some not. But I love Host Gator, did I mention that I love Host Gator?

Step 3

Point your name servers – This my ladies is a simple task, however if enough of you get stuck here and let me know I will do a video to show you how. Just ask.

Step 4

Set up hosting service account – this is simple as well, if you go with Host Gator they will walk you through what to do. You will add your domain, set up your email addresses & install WordPress to your domain here.

A note about email accounts and security:  I urge you to establish your email account through your hosting service. Gmail is wonderful however, you do not want your business to depend on this free email account.  Google accounts such as blogger and Gmail can be disabled and/or compromised. If this happens to you your business will suffer.

Okay, you have a lot to do this week.  Go ahead and get started. Next week we will talk about the WordPress basics and necessary plug ins for a successful business.

I hope this was helpful.

Be sure to join in on the How to Wednesday Linky!

Okay, that is enough for today, you have some homework to do!

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Blog Mixer Linky – My Link

Denise at Yearn to Learn has started a mixer linky, so I decided to join in on the fun.

I am a new teaching blogger I must say I am having so much fun discovering all the teaching blogs I find.  Everyone has so much too share whether old or new.  Choosing just 4 blogs will be tough!

Here is my two cents!

 New Kid On the Block

Blogger From the Same Grade Level

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Blogger from a different grade level

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Join the party!

 
 

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