Tag Archives: WordPress.com Tips

Tag Clutter

I’ve been going through my website’s tags and after adding more content that I had written for classes but never posted. Somehow I ended up with 159 tags! This wouldn’t be bad except that many have only one or two posts attached to them, some had zero. So, I narrowed it down to 107 tags so far. I could definitely narrow them down more, but it’s a lot better.

Have you remembered to clean up your blog site categories and tags lately?

1. Go through all of your tags and see which ones can be consolidated, deleted, or changed to categories.
2. Go through some of your posts and make sure that your posts all have a fair number of tags and categories (at least one of each but no more than 8 or 9 total).
3. Also see my previous posts about this topic: Keywords & Categories & Tags Oh My!

I’ve added tons of posts to my Business category and Time Management tag and I’ve even added more posts to my newer tag:

College (which is a compilation of things that I wrote and learned during college but never got to shine up to make them a decent blog post. There is definitely more where that came from!)

This is very important for your visitors to get around your website and for SEO as well.

Now it’s time for me to go and make sure my sweetheart knows he’s special! ;) Happy Valentine’s Day!

Add That Nifty ReTweet Button on a WordPress.com Blog Post

WordPress.com offers you your own free space to keep your small business blog until it is time for you to have your own self-hosted WordPress site setup. I’d like to share some tips on making this work for you, even if you aren’t the most tech savvy blogger out there.

Sometimes to add a little “POP!”, you have to learn a CSS trick or two.

  1. Make sure you are in the “HTML” view of your post. (See ScreenShot)
  2. Remember you must be in the HTML view to add this code or else it will not work!

    This is the code to edit and add into every single post that you want to be retweetable:

    <div style="float: right; margin-right: 20px;"><a href="http://api.tweetmeme.com/share?url=URLsource=TWITTERID" target="_new"><img src="http://api.tweetmeme.com/imagebutton.gif?url=URL" alt="Tweet: POST TITLE" width="51" height="61" /></a></div>
    • Where is says URL: make sure you put in the full address of your post, not just the address of your homepage. When people tweet about a specific post, you want to make sure you help them look credible and send their interested friends or coworkers to the right place! Do not add any extra spaces or characters to the code, this could cause it to not function properly or at all.
    • Where it says TWITTERID: you can type in your own twitter username there. The ID you type in there will show us as who you are “RT”ing.
    • For all alt tags, all you need to type in place of POST TITLE is the title of your post. When visitors hover over your retweet image, they will see: Tweet: My Newest Blog Post.
    • You can past these at the top or bottom or in the middle of any post. It’s best to wait till you are finished and ready to publish the post before dealing with adding this button. (Trust me.) :)
    • You can make this image show up on the right side or left side of your post by changing the “float”. As you can see, I usually make my buttons float right, but it’s a personal preference. If you want it to “float” left, simply change the code: <div style=”float: right …to… <div style=”float: left …etc.

    If you’d like to add a little something extra to track your clicks, you can even setup an account on bit.ly and add the API in this code to track your blogpost being tweeted with a URL shortener.

    <div style="float: right; margin-right: 20px;"><a href="http://api.tweetmeme.com/share?url=URL&service=bit.ly&service_api=YOUR-API-CODE-FOUND-IN-YOUR-BIT.LY-ACCOUNT-SETTINGS&source=TWITTERID" target="_new"> <img src="http://api.tweetmeme.com/imagebutton.gif?url=URL" alt="POST TITLE" width="51" height="61" /></a></div>

    This code probably works with many other url shorteners with APIs. If you have another type and test this, please stop by and let us know if it worked!

    If it looks confusing, don’t worry, this is why there are plugins for self-hosted WordPress to automatically write this code for you. However, while your blog is still new, it’s ok to add this code to your favorite posts to make sure they are easily sharable.

  3. Tweet: Add That Nifty ReTweet Button on a WordPress.com Blog Post

    Voila! You’ll get your fancy retweet button! ->

Getting Started with WordPress

This question/comment was from Dennis at insurance.webege.com:

Hi there! I wonder if you could please assist me? I’m new to the internet and have just set up my personal new web site, but I don’t know how to do the rest of the design and and all that stuff. I discovered that WordPress is good for this and you can simply get theme’s. I actually like your theme and was inquiring if you could let me know where you got your theme, or if it is a custom one? Do also maybe know of any other places to get nice themes? Thank you for the help!

Hello Dennis! I actually wrote this theme, and I also use a bunch of different plugins to add the “bells and whistles” like the navigation bar etc.

As far as using WordPress for your new site, I recommend you go to WordPress.com and sign up for a free blog hosted there. Only because you say you’re a beginner, and you should make sure you are comfortable with the dashboard and blogging platform.

Installing self-hosted WordPress sites require knowledge of web development tools like PHP, CSS, and MySQL database setup. If you are comfortable with these languages, you can purchase some great blog themes at Berries and Cream Blog Designs, I know the coders and theme builders there and their code is clean and they comment well so that it’s easier to edit a bit if you like to tweak your own layouts etc.

Good Luck! Sincerely, Amber