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4 Ways To Live Blog On WordPress

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Picture this scenario: You are at the hottest conference or event of the year. While most of your readers aren’t able to attend themselves, they have all backed you as their representative of all things cool. You are there on their behalf, ready to gush over every little detail. All you want to do is blog as much about this event as you possibly can, but you aren’t looking forward to hauling your little notebook everywhere you go to transcribe notes.

Luckily, there is a much more effective and techno-friendly version of this process. It is called live blogging, and it is a must for any blogger who is attending a conference, meeting, lecture or other event. Just to keep those reading up to date on what is going on right now.

Live blogging is by far the best-working technique to get known in your niche and build better relationships with industry leaders!

Make it easier to keep up with these four tools for live blogging on WordPress.

1. Live Blogging

This plugin creates a stripped-down, simpler version of the usual WP post screen. From there you can create micro-blogs that let you update quickly and continuously throughout the event. It also auto-updates all reader’s screens so they get up to date information at all times. This all integrates flawlessly into your blog for later viewing.

2. Liveblog

Here, we have an even more basic plugin. It works by creating a single dialogue box where you update. You type in your micro-post, publish and that’s it. It will keep the updates rolling as they auto-refresh. It is very easy to use and install, and just gives you the most basic features.

3. Twitter LiveBlog

Sync your WordPress and Twitter for micro-blogging on both sites. This is a very good plugin, as it allows you to have social media integration along with your published content. Each post appears as its own line with a time stamp, for easier following by readers.

4. WP Live Stream

This widget follows the same format as Twitter to make it look like the social media site. But everything is central to your blog, so all content remains there and only there. It provides URL shortening, archive and clear features, live updates, email streaming and more.

Do you know of any good tools for live blogging on WordPress? Let us know in the comments.

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Michelle is the blogger and editor behind Viral Mom, the free guide for mom building business from home.

The 4 Best WordPress Projects To Outsource

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WordPress (Photo credit: Adriano Gasparri)

Big thanks to WordPress for being the #1 most used and most popular content management system on the web today. Why? Because of two reasons, 1) it’s built in PHP which is by far the most extensible and customizable of all coding languages and 2) it has created a web environment that is recognized by more programmers and designers than any other environment on the web today.

What does this mean exactly? It means you can outsource with effectiveness. Outsourcing can be dangerous, costly, and unproductive. But not when it comes to WordPress. This stable and practical web environment has allowed people to add features to their websites like never before. Here are the 4 best WordPress projects to outsource and get the most out of your investment:

1. Theme Improvements

This would be any UI or functionality you need added to your theme that doesn’t justify the development of a stand-alone WordPress plugin. In this scenario you would package up the files of your theme and send them on to a contractor with specific instructions for what new functionality you need added. Be as specific as you can be with descriptions and screenshots if necessary.

2. Social API Connections

Connecting to popular social sites via APIs and creating unique functionality on your site can be very very difficult. It’s also one of the biggest opportunities available for creating a better user experience and expanding your online business. The right outsourced contractors will be perfect for helping these connections happen for you. Think Facebook Connect for a minute and you’ll get what I’m referring to here.

3. Plugin Innovations

There is nearly a WordPress plugin for everything you can think of. But don’t let that stop you here. Here’s why, because nearly 90% of all plugins either a) don’t work entirely as promised or b) haven’t been updated to be compatible with the most recent version of WordPress. Add this to the fact that you’re always going to want your own “bells and whistles” it’s always a good idea to outsource your WP plugin development.

4. Mobile Capabilities

And finally, mobile. Mobile is tricky to say it kindly. You’ve gotta optimize your website for mobile phones, tablets, different types and models of phones and tablets etc. There’s a ton of work to be done here, and it makes perfect sense to leverage an outsource contractor. Also, don’t forget mobile app development which will require a contractor with a whole different skill-set but will be extremely valuable to you nonetheless.

Unless you’re a coder yourself, you need the help of a programmer to help you create new functionality for your site or blog. Outsourcing is a great idea for many reasons but primarily it has to do with cost. It’s cheaper than hiring someone locally. And because of how universal WordPress has become, you have more options than ever in hand-picking a developer to help you get the job done.

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Affiliate Marketing – Week 2: ‘OK, this is hard’

I chose a “dark” photo which shows some degree of failure – but also hope…this is a perfect description of my second week in affiliate marketing.

You may have read one of my first two affiliate marketing posts – last week I publicly announced my intent to become a successful affiliate marketer.  As I do this – my plan it to blog my way through it to show and explain to others my methods, successes and failures.

Well – we’re basically at the end of week two and, holy crap…this is hard.  I have really not made much progress yet, for a couple of reasons.

  1. I need to give it some more priority.
    A few hours a week will not be enough.  I need to pencil in 2-3 hours a day.  That will be my method soon – I have started to clear off my plate to give me more time.  Without this kind of commitment – it will not work.
  2. There is a lot learn.
    I’ve also figured out that I have a lot to learn.  One of the three hours will probably need to be research and learning.

So – I have definitely not given up…I’m probably more sure than ever that I want to do this, but it is not as easy as I thought.  This is real work and should not be taken lightly.

More to come soon.

Affiliate Marketing – Day 2

Nothing like changing the game plan  on day two…but that is how I roll.  I want to be an affiliate marketing guy, but I don’t want to learn a whole new system.

After reviewing the BANS plan from yesterday – it looked great.  But it was missing one element I really needed wanted, WordPress.  I love WordPress and I also know from other research that WordPress is a great tool for affiliate marketing.  So, one step forward – two steps back.  But a better long term plan.

I did a bit more research and found phpBayPro (which helps with the eBay) and phpZonPro (which helps with the goods from Amazon).

My game plan here is to leverage both eBay and Amazon via tips, tricks and review articles as my seo-able content.

So far so good.  I’m gonna hit the woodshed and get two sites started.  One for eBay and one for Amazon.  That is my game plan for now – tomorrow we’ll see what Google Analytics can do for us.

Thanks for tuning in.

Current Cost: $150
Current Time: 3.5 hours
Return on Investment: $0

How I started in Affiliate Marketing

I really hope this is the question that someone will ask me a couple years from now – hey Tom, “how did you get started in affiliate marketing?”  Truth is, I have been thinking and wondering about affiliate marketing for a long time.  I just never took the plunge.

Since starting my job at Clickstop, I have been introduced to so much from the SEO/SEM world – but I was only getting the edge information.  I want to learn more – and my best method for learning is doing.

It kind of funny.  I kind of thought I already knew a bunch about SEO and SEM, it was even on my resume.  It read that I was a competent and fluent SEO guy.  I knew my skills were a few years old, but I really thought I understood…if asked, I would tell people something like: “oh, I’m not someone who could manage an SEO campaign – but I can code good SEO”. Come to find out – I didn’t know diddly.  Seriously – I was probably doing more harm than good.

In fact, my friends at work have forgotten more about SEO, SEM and affiliate style marketing than I have even known…but – I’m learning. So I thought I would jump in with both feet and do some experiments at home, on my time, in the basement living room recliner and see what I could come up with.

Build A Niche Site affiliate marketing programI don’t want this to be an exercise where I build everything from the ground up – so I’m taking a shortcut.  I found a program called BANS and I bought it.  ‘Build A Niche Store’ is a prepackaged ‘system’ which currently cost me $50, but I figured it was worth it. Here’s how they hooked me:

Do YOU Want To Make Money Online? – There’s Over 10,000 People Already Using ‘Build A Niche Store’ To “Make Extra Money Online” And There’s NO REASON You Can’t Too :)

How Are Thousands Of People Doing This?

By Using Our Simple Affiliate Website Builder Which Even A 5 Year Old And An 82 Year Old Have Successfully Used…Creating Little Affiliate Sites Which Make Great Money Like This One Below Are Easy To Build :)

Pretty awesome – huh?  If you want to read me, click here…its a link to the “Build A Niche Store” site. Did you click it? No…why.  Come on, click it.  Did you now? Yes?  Sweet – see, I’m an affiliate marketer now, you clicked my link.  :)     {It worked}

But seriously – I want to try an become an affiliate marketer – so I can really learn SEO.  I want to do it here – in public.  This will kind of be a running deal of what I learn, how I learned, how much it cost and how much can you really make.  Hopefully enough to buy a pizza and a beer – oh, and cover that $50.

Current Cost: $50
Current Time: 2.5 hours
Return on Investment: $0

Stay tuned!