Category Archive: blog

Oct 05

How To Add Your Instagram Photos To Your Website

Increase engagement between you and your Instagram followers by displaying your Instagram content directly on your site.
You can customize your Instagram feeds to look exactly the way you want, so that they blend seamlessly into your site and pop out at your visitors.

Use the Instagram Feed plugin

It is simple to set up.

You can display photos from multiple Instagram accounts in the same feed or in separate feeds.

It is Completely responsive and mobile ready – layout looks great on any screen size and in any container width.

Remember that any future photos that you post to Instagram will automatically appear on your website.

 

Install and activate the Instagram Feed plugin.

Go to your Dashboard and find Instagram Feed click on it to get started.

Log into your Instagram account by clicking on the Log in and get my Access Token and User ID button

The Access Token and User ID fields will be filled in automatically in the white box. Copy and paste these fields into the box below and click save changes.

You can use the second tab (2.Customize) to personalize your Instagram widget.

Go to tab 3  (3.Display Your Feed)  to get the shortcode to display in your page, post or widget. [instagaram-feed]

Enjoy your photos!

Oct 05

How To Add Twitter Feed To Your Website

Adding a Twitter Fee to you website allows your readers to see your latest Tweets and get the chance to follow you.

Go to your Twitter account (www.twitter.com) and log in

Click your profile picture top right side

Select Settings

On left side click on Widgets.

Click on Create new

Here you can configure what your widget will look like, the default settings usually are OK

Click Create Widget to generate the code. Copy this code.

In WordPress Dashboard go to Appearance – Widgets

Drag a text widget over to your widget area.

Add a title and in the text area paste the code you just copied. Click save.

Your Twitter Feed should now be live on your website.

Oct 05

What are Share Buttons

Share Buttons are plugins that let your blog readers share your content.

Sharing buttons help you to increase your audience by engaging with people who are not on your site, as well as distribute content across multiple social networks and platforms helping to drive traffic to your site.

The one I use is SumoMe WordPress Plugin. After you install the plugin there are very easy to follow instructions to customize where you want to place the plugin.

The best place to put your share buttons is at the bottom of your content.  This way you will be keeping the page tidy

and the user can share straight after they have read your content.

Oct 03

How to Build An Online Store On Your Website

You can build your own store using the WooCommerce free plugin.

WooCommerce is a free eCommerce plugin that allows you to sell anything, easily. Built to integrate seamlessly with WordPress, WooCommerce is the world’s favorite eCommerce solution that gives store owners complete control.

With WooCommerce, you can sell both physical and digital goods in all shapes and sizes, offer product variations, multiple configurations, and instant downloads to shoppers, and even sell affiliate goods from online marketplaces.

Offer free shipping, flat rate shipping, or make real-time calculations. Limit your shipments to specific countries, or open your store up to the world. Shipping is highly configurable, and WooCommerce even supports drop shipping.

WooCommerce comes bundled with the ability to accept major credit cards, PayPal, BACS (bank transfers), and cash on delivery. Need additional options? More than 140 region-specific gateways integrate with WooCommerce, including popular choices like Stripe, Authorize.Net, and Amazon Payments.

Too Install:

Navigate to Plugins in WordPress dashboard

Click add New

In search box type in WooCommerce

Install now.and activate. It comes with a handy how to guide that will guide you through the set-up

 

Oct 02

How To Add A Buy Now Button

You can add a Buy Now Button to your website to accept payment for your product or book

PayPal is a popular choice for online payments and it is safe and secure to use.

Set up your account and log in to PayPal.

Choose Merchant Services Tab

Click on Create Buy Now Button

The rest is very straight forward . just follow the instructions

Click yes to encrypt your button as you do not want peepers to see your download page or other information.

Use default settings for Shipping and tax options.

Click the More Options button

Under the heading Customize Your Buyers Experience insert the url for the page that contains the download of your product or book.

Use the default settings for next section except for tick no shipping address (unless you plan on sending out a physical book then you would need their address but for a digital download an address is not needed.)

Click Create Button Now

You will be given some html code which you need to copy and then paste in your website where you want your Buy Now Button to go.

Click Done and your payment button is ready to use.

Oct 02

How To Add Audio To Your Website

How to add audio to your website:

Adding audio to a page or post is as simple as adding an image.

Place cursor where you want the audio to be , click add media. Select the music file you want to upload from your computer.

Add a title and description (this helps with SEO rankings)

Select Embed Media Player

Click insert into Post.

To create an audio file you can use the Sound Recorder that comes with Windows to capture the audio stream and save it as a WAV . It also allows you to edit the file. This is what it sounds like:

Audacity is a free audio software. Audacity is an open source, cross-platform audio editor and recorder. Audacity can record and play sounds and import and export WAV, AIFF, MP3, and OGG files.

Oct 02

Adding sliders

Homepage sliders can give a professional look to you website.

Sliders are usually found at the top of the homepage, and they come in various sizes. They use a slideshow style format.

One important point to remember is that your images are the correct size  for the slider so they are not blurry.

One easy slider to use is Soliloquy Lite

To add Slider:

From the Dashboard click Plugins>Add New

In the search box type Soliloquy Lite

Install now and activate – the Soliloquy will appear in your Dashboard  links

Click on the link Add new Soliloquy slider to begin building your slider

Add a title for slider, this will not appear on the slider itself but used by you to distinguish your slider is you choose to install more than one.

Add images to slider – the default dimensions for Soliloquy lite slider is 960 x 300 pixels.

Upload images they will appear at the bottom ready to publish. Click publish which gets your slider ready for your website.

When you click Publish, the shortcode will pop up ie: [soliloquy id=”77″]

Where ever you want the slider to appear (posts, pages, widgets, header etc ) just type in the shortcode.

And your slider is live.

Sep 29

WordPress Questions

How to add audio to your website:

Adding audio to a page or post is as simple as adding an image.

Place cursor where you want the audio to be , click add media. Select the music file you want to upload from your computer.

Add a title and description (this helps with SEO rankings)

Select Embed Media Player

Click insert into Post.

To create an audio file you can use the Sound Recorder that comes with Windows to capture the audio stream and save it as a WAV . It also allows you to edit the file. This is what it sounds like:

Audacity is a free audio software. Audacity is an open source, cross-platform audio editor and recorder. Audacity can record and play sounds and import and export WAV, AIFF, MP3, and OGG files.

Aug 11

3 Awesome Ways to Sell More Books

secretYour goal is to sell more books, so I want to share 3 awesome ways to sell your books by getting people on your email list. Remember an email list is important to building a relationship with your readers so that they want to buy your books and interact with you. If you make these 3 small tweaks, you will start to get more sales from your existing fan base. You can also start to create a fan base using these strategies.

1. Link to your squeeze page

A powerful strategy is to link to your squeeze page inside your book. You can link your squeeze page at the beginning of your book underneath the copyright information on the title page and again at the end of you book after your author bio. From my experience having a link to your squeeze page will turn a portion of your readers into email subscribers.

2. Link to your other books

If you have other published books, link to them at the end of your book. Remember, if your readers like one of your books, they will more than likely enjoy your other books and want to read them. If you only have one book right now, just remember when your second book is published, make sure to add a link to all of your published books in each book.

3. Ask for a review

Reviews help sell your books. One  overlooked source for reviews is your existing readers while they are reading your book. Simply insert a review request at the back of your book. For example: “Thanks for reading this book. If you enjoyed this book or found it useful I would appreciate it if you could post a short review on Amazon (insert link to book on Amazon)

There you have 3 awesome free strategies to sell more books. Leave a comment sharing your success with these free tweaks.

Oct 14

Authors, 7 Reasons Why You Need a WordPress Website

7 Reasons Why You As An Author Need a WordPress Website

As an author you need a Website to develop a fan base and a platform from which to sell your books. I created a short video showing why you need a website.

Onto the 7 reasons why you need a WordPress website.

 

1.Ease of setting up a WordPress site.

The most important reason for creating a WordPress Website is  how easy and simple setting up a WordPress site is. You do not need to know coding such as html or css languages  because WordPress works with text. It was originally developed for easy Blog creation so you only need to use words to create it.  There are many plugins that help  with the software part of design features that enhance your WordPress site.

2. Themes

It is very easy to create a Professional looking Website with the use of Themes. Most of the Themes are customizable, which means you can add your own brand, colors and features that make your site reflect your personality. Some themes are free and some are premium themes that very in price.

3.Free to install

WordPress  is free to install on a large number of hosting sites. You don’t need to pay for the software. It is actually available on the hosting site. You only have to install it. You do have to make sure your hosting company supports WordPress installation. I use HostGator.com as they have great 24/7 support.

4. Short quick learning curve

Creating a WordPress site is easy to install and creating you site is relatively easy. There is lots of help online to help you personalize your site. . I offer a free course for building your WordPress Site. http://asksusanne.com. Also have created a softcover book WordPress Starter Guide For Authors: How To Use WordPress To Build Your Author Website.

5 Easy to add photos, video, music, and audio.

As an author your main goal is to market your book and having the ability to add images of book covers, audio recordings and video trailers and to be able to do this fast and professionally. This you can do with your WordPress blog.

6. Easy to add a shopping cart or add Paypal, Clickbank or another pay service.

WordPress using plugins allows you to sell your book from your website to generate income.

7.Plugins software programs that add functionality to your site.

There are so many Plugins that can supercharge your Website, such as the following:

  • Social Media auto-posting for your blog;
  • Form creation;
  • Photo Galleries; and
  • SEO for search engines
  • Create a Back-up for your site.

Building a Website is a necessity for any writer. When you publish a book, especially if you self- Publish, you need READERS!

The first steps to attracting readers is to build a Website, and start a Blog. There are many other ways to get in front of your readers, but a Website is a good place to start. Most new authors don’t consider that once the book is finished, they are in business.

If you need help or have a question, I would love to help. Just email me at susanne@asksusanne.com

 

 

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