Welcoming a visitor to your website is a lot like meeting someone new for the first time. You start with some cursory introdcutions, shift awkwardly from foot to foot, delve into some surface level stuff, like what you do and where you come from, and if you hit it off, you might start talking about your latest favourite books and the best restaurants in your neighbourhood and before you know it, you’re exchanging numbers and meeting up for croissants and coffee. Or nachos and ciders.
Just like meeting someone new, your website is all about making a good first impression. You want people to stick around (click around haha) and get to know you. To make this happen, you don’t need a fancy, expensive website, you just need an effective one. Sometimes people get stuck on creating the perfect site, and it causes the kind of creative quicksand we can fall into with writer’s block. Whether your site is one page or one hundred, if you follow the steps below, you’ll be well on your way to having an effective author website.
It’s probably not a surprise to you to hear that spam is a reality of life online. If you’re using social media, running a website, or blogging, you’ve probably run into spammers. The bad news is that spammers are getting trickier all the time. The good news is that there are ways to avoid them.
This is the first installment in a four-part series of posts designed to help you fight back against spammers and protect yourself online!
Do you know how to write SEO friendly blog posts? Until recently, I didn’t (and even now, I’m still learning). Lately I’ve been doing lots of research about SEO, and if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that:
SEO is a really powerful way to attract more visitors to your blog.
Even better, SEO doesn’t have to be complicated! It’s something that any blogger can incorporate into their posts to make sure they’re continually increasing the number of people who visit their site.
When I first started blogging, one of the things that eluded me was RSS. It seemed like it should be easy to understand — after all, I saw it on almost every blog I read — but for some reason I couldn’t wrap my head around it.
I understand RSS now (er, I think I understand RSS now), but I still don’t use it to follow blogs myself. I do offer it as an option for following my blog because there are lots of people who DO use it, and if they’d like to follow my blog using RSS, I’m more than happy to hook them up!
It seems like there are other people out there who are mired in RSS confusion as well, so I thought I’d share what I’ve learned.