Category: blog

Dec 16

new wordpress Elvin is here

WordPress.org came out with a new update to their software: WordPress 3.5.  Each time a major release comes out, they dedicate it to a Jazz musician.  This one is dedicated to the drummer Elvin Jones.  Here is a short video from WordPress.org  with highlights of the new version:

Some of the new features in WordPress 3.5 are:

  • New Media Manager
  • New Theme – Twenty Twelve
  • Admin Enhancements
  • Retina Ready
  • Accessibility for devices
  • Color picker

Here are the steps I go through to Update WordPress:

Before I do ANYTHING, I wait a few days for the dust to settle and see if a newer version has come out.  i.e. 3.5.1

1) First, I backup my WordPress Website with a Backup Plugin

2) Second, I update my plugins before I update to the latest WordPress

3) Third,  I update the WordPress Software from inside the admin dashboard.

4) Fourth,  I check to see if any plugins can be updated if they are compatible with the latest version of WordPress. If so I update those.
Generally this can take a few days while the plugin programmers update their plugins.

5) Fifth,  I click around my site in the admin to check out the new features, and then I click around on the outside of my site to make sure everything looks ok.

It’s also very  important to have a hosting company that understands how to handle WordPress.
I have found that HostGator (my affiliate link) to be the best at this!  They know a lot about WordPress, and can explain things to you in simple English on the phone. All my sites are hosted by Hostgator and the help is exceptional especially at 3:00 am when things go wrong.

Nov 22

You are a Writer So Claim the Title

I was over at KM Weiland’s website Wordplay Helping Writers become Authors
and found this interesting image. Love the idea of being true to yourself.

Share your thoughts in the comment box below

Nov 19

15 WordPress User Errors That Can Make You Look Silly

Just found a great info-graphic on copyblogger

The title says it all.

If you need help with any of these problems call me. I will be glad to help.
15 WordPress User Errors That Make You Look Silly [Infographic]

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Nov 12

Persectuion of Mildred Dunlap

Just read this book-The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap and was quickly involved with the lives of Mildred and Edra.
Wonderfully written story about  hatred and prejudice with all its unintended and devastating consequences, and how love and friendship bring strength and healing.
A bonus is that all ALL PROFITS GO TO ANIMAL RESCUE: Ventura County, CA
Buy it now at Amazon.com
persecution of mildred dunlap

Nov 05

Increase Blog Exposure With WP Greet Box

Just came across this free  plugin for your wordpress website, that can help you increase your blog exposure and build loyal readership. Also has the ability to detect the visitor’s search keywords from major search engines and automatically display related posts under or above the greeting message.
WP Greet Box –
This plugin will greet your web visitors with a welcome message
that is tailored to how they visited your site. If they got there via Digg, it will
prompt them to Digg your post. If they found it through a Twitter link they will
be prompted to retweet and follow you on Twitter. This is a great way to get
people to interact with your blog.
To install just go to Plugins in your dashboard and click on add new 

 

 

 

 
Next type in name of plugin  WP Greet Box WordPress Plugin and click on search plugins

 

 

 

 
You will  see a plugins page click on install now

 

 

 

 

next you will be shown the plugin page,scroll down until you find the WP Greet Box plugin and click on activate. And that is it. Done.

this is a screenshot showing a different greeting message to your visitor depending on which site they are coming from.
If you don’t have the time to install this plugin yourself, I can do it for you.

Nov 01

Why Your Book Needs a WordPress Site

To be effective a site needs to be stable and reliable and it needs to give you the options to meet the unique needs of your audience.
Too many writers getting started on the web don’t realize what their options are and end up choosing an “easy” and “cheap” solution that turns out to be neither. They end up paying too much and not getting the kind of hard-working website they need.
I recommend the WordPress platform for writers’ websites, especially for writers who want to take charge of their own site to update their content.

Here are four  reasons that WordPress is the best platform for a writer’s website:

1. It is Free

When you get a WordPress site, all the underlying code to run the site is available for free on the web. If you want to take the time to learn how to install and run it, you can do that.

If you prefer to have someone else do it for you, I can help you.

2. Easy to brand your site

With WordPress, changes to one page can apply across the board. And you can change the entire design in a few minutes adding your own colors and images.

3.It is uniquely Yours

Choose from literally thousands of WordPress designs and then customize the colors, layout, images, and fonts to present yourself in a way that best engages your reader.

4. It is search engine friendly

Ninety-five percent of web searchers never turn past the first page of search engine results. If you want to put your site before web searchers who are looking for you, you want to be as high in the search rankings as possible.
Google loves WordPress sites, because of the way they organize information. Aside from that, it’s easy to give the search engine programs signals about your site’s topic without ever dipping into the programing, so you can tweak it in moments without running the risk of breaking the site. Their are plugin for that.

Inexpensive, Unique, Customizable

WordPress recently logged more than 50 million sites using it. It’s the most commonly adopted platform on the web. It offers stability, reliability and almost unlimited options at a price any site owner can afford. If you’re planning your website, start with WordPress. You will be amazed at how good your book looks.

If you want to learn more about how to use wordpress there are videos here..my wordpress video course.


And if you have any wordpress questions,just ask me.I will be happy to talk to you.



Oct 30

The Treasure of My Heart


The Treasure of My Heart
by Linda Lindor
website:http://treasureofmyheart.lynnlangtry.com
The land was Costa Rica; a place of memories…

The deep green silhouette of two giant mountains lay against the peaceful sky of late afternoon. The sunken valley cradles tales of many adventures and memories. The place is encamped by a range of mountains that lead to the pacific, but to follow her trail the traveler is indeed challenged by her never ending peaks.

Not far to the east, there is a volcano. Some say that they have seen both the Pacific and the Atlantic oceans from her heights; a sight to behold only on a bright, cloudless day. This giant forms a picturesque backdrop for the great valley.

Into the hills, one is drawn by the melody of a cascade whose song is thunderous in rainy winter months, and yet gentle and soothing in the dry summer heat. Then, the once lush green carpet turns to gold.

Along the stream runs a path that leads from a small bathing pool created by a dam of logs, to a rough cabin hidden in the woods. The sounds of children daily harmonize with the river’s tune especially in the heart of the summer vacations.

The sounds were of joy, a happy song. They were the voices and laughter of three delightful youths…

This story contains a secret code. Can you find it? You will need to look for clues as you read along…think about the coin…

This is such a delightful story encompassing 16 century Spain and modern Costa Rica. I got completely caught up in Annabella’s life …her fear of the unknown New World.Costa Rica and then her love for Anthony. And then being transformed back to the present by the young children finding  Annabella’s diary and trying to solve the secret code.

All the images in this book where hand painted by Linda and they add a beautiful,sensual dimension to the story.

Linda Lindor (aka Lynn Langtry)

Author Bio

Linda Lindor  is a writer, adventurer, Opera Singer, artist, photographer, swimmer, and cat lover. She used to be a  School Music Teacher, and created a music CD featuring her band playing her original Tone Music.Treasure of My Heart is Lynn’s first book. Lynn lives in Surrey British Columbia.
Follow her on Twitter: @lybertypearl

Treasure of My Heart is now published in softcover and digital with Amazon and Xlibris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sep 04

Online Marketing Tools for Authors

 One of the first goals of an author is to develop their author platform as a way of growing their audience and generating more sales for their books. The good news is that there are now many digital publishing tools for authors, that can aid in book promotion, as well as book sales.

Your Author Blog or Book Blog is the hub of your online world. It is where you share your message, list book signings and conferences that you will be attending, and much more! You can also create written or multimedia blog posts and post links as to where people can order your books. It is easier today, than ever, to set up a WordPress blog yourself, or I can help you to set this up. . Your blog can be your official online hub or headquarters.

In addition to traditional, mainstream social media sites, there are social media sites that showcase authors, as well as their books. Sites such as Goodreads, Shelfari and Library Thing are just a few examples. These sites also provide authors access to potential book buyers.There are many digital publishing tools that you can use to promote your book. The ones listed above will provide you with a foundation and allow you to gain exposure as you share your book and your message with the world!

If you need help or support creating your author blog you can contact me.

 

Aug 30

How To Attract Search Engines and Readers

Book authors

You  may be relieved when your books are published. But the next stage  – marketing the book – awaits you.

And by now many authors realize that, for purposes of connecting with prospective readers, they need to be active on social media sites and have their own “home base” book author website.

here is an important piece of information about YOUR book author website:

While your book may be finished, your website should never be “finished.”

Why?    2 Reasons

1. SEO – Search Engine Optimization

You want your website to attract the search engines so that your site has a good possibility of coming up in people’s search results.

Search engines are picky – . they search for fresh content

For example, if your site is three years old and there have been no blog posts, new pages added, or new content, the search engines probably believe that your site is not an active one. And search results do NOT like to include inactive sites.

How do you tell the search engines that your site is indeed alive? You add fresh content as often as possible to demonstrate that all is well.

2.  Attracting readers – those people who appreciate what you write.

Fresh content appeals to the search engines and also appeals to your prospective readers. Particularly as you are a writer (you did write a book, right?), having a blog on your website offers the opportunity to showcase your writing and continually add fresh content.

What you blog about should preferably be somehow connected to your book(s).( In my free report  I share blog ideas) The consistency of your blog post topics is important for readers who have expectations as well as search engines, which also have expectations.

Search engines strive to return the most accurate results when a person searches on a word or expression. When you write your blog posts, share interesting information with your readers while staying on the “spine” of what you write about. It is a good idea to remember that the on-the-spine content you continually provide your prospective readers will also please the search engines.

The last word is to blog often, be consistent..

Share your thoughts on SEO…..

 

Aug 14

What Type of Audience Reads Your Books?

Do Readers Of Different Genres Have Specific Craft Preferences?

Writing with the eventual reader in mind may give better results.

those who write in specific genres or combo genres (e.g., supernatural romance, supernatural thriller), and for whom maximizing sales is a priority, maybe give a thought to the most likely type of person to seek out your books in the first place, and what that person’s preferences might be. I’m not trying to suggest you totally engineer your prose to match some kind of external template, just that appealing to a commercial audience is always a balancing act between pleasing the audience and pleasing yourself.

I thought i would share with you this blog post from Indie Author. .April  is making some good points  on making sure you know who your target market is and maybe give a thought to the most likely type of person who seeks out your books in the first place, and what that person’s reading style might be.

Her blog is Indie Author  Check it out and leave a comment letting me know what you think
To your success

susanne