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How to automate WordPress blogging tasks?

Using WordPress as a tool for your business, no matter what size, helps you to reach out to customers in a different way. Blogs generally employ a more casual style than other forms of writing, but you still want to ensure you infuse creativity and poise into your writing. WordPress blogging automation features allow you to maintain your blog, but also to focus time on writing tasks. Learn how to use plugins to your advantage by focusing on the most important areas for automation.

Schedule Posts to Appear Automatically

After you craft a post, perhaps you aren’t ready to publish it yet. Maybe you wrote captivating content for a new product coming onto the market soon, but you don’t want it to come up until next week. Instead of having to constantly remind yourself to send the blog out, you can use a tool such as Auto Post Scheduler to post them at a time that works for you. Ensuring that your posts are published at the right time is the first step to building content that people want to read and can trust to be updated.

Schedule Facebook Posts for Varied Intervals

Blogging involves a number of components, and writing the material for the posts is just one of them. You also want to ensure that your Facebook posts are synced with your blog posts. For example, when you publish a blog highlighting an upcoming event, the Facebook page should let interested parties know they can now check out more details of the event on the Facebook page. WP Facebook Auto Publish will allow updates to go to your company’s Facebook page. This page can help the blog to drive traffic and vice versa.

Captivate the Audience with Images

Once you have the bricks laid down, you can start to build upward. Not only do you want to use words to attract the attention of the audience, but you also want to provide images that provide them with a visual of what you are talking about. Yet struggling to resize the images perfectly can take attention away from other important company tasks. Install Imsanity or Bulk Resize Media to ensure that all of your photos are the right size for the blog without all of that hassle.

Check for Grammar and Spelling

You’ve worked on the bigger picture elements such as Facebook, images and content, but now, you need to focus attention on the smaller pieces that contribute to the overall image. Proofread Bot is a crucial WordPress plugin for any blogger. Without proper grammar and spelling, readers are not going to trust your content. They are going to look for blogs with reputable and reliable information, and the stronger the writing skills you have to showcase are, the more likely you will be to present yourself as a strong source of information.

Tips for Automating WordPress Plugins

These are just a few examples of some of the plugins that you want to explore in your blogging ventures. Depending upon the goals of your business and the areas where you struggle, you may have different plugins you’d like to use, and these tips can help you to choose the right ones. Select plugins that address areas of weaknesses or areas of crucial importance in your business. On top of that, be sure to read the plugin reviews, and check out how old they are. Older plugins, for example, might not be compatible with certain browsers or programs.

Starting with the bigger picture and moving down to the smaller elements can really show you how to automate a plugin on your blog.

Please feel free to share your experience with WordPress blogging automation in the comments area below.

Why ethics are important in blogging?

Ethics govern various domains of life, and they stem from equally diverse sources. People learn their ethics from their religious backgrounds and from their parents; others develop these moral values from their school environments or their friends. As a result, ethics spill into the work environment. Ethics are important in all different fields, including blogging.

Establishing a Voice

Ethics should be infused into your blog from the very first post because doing so helps you to establish your voice. Letting people know who you are and what you stand for will help to craft a target audience. People will see a high ethical standard on your blog, and they will want to read more. In fact, you may want to include a note in a separate area of the blog that lets individuals know you are dedicated to the field of ethics, and you can lay out the different ethics that you follow.

Sounding Credible

No matter what the topic of your blog is, you want to sound as though you are an authority on the matter. When you start to infuse gossip and rumors, or other untrue information into your blog, you take away from that sense. Instead of seeing your blog as a source of information, people are going to view it as a rag. They will look at it the same way that they do gossip magazines, and they will not turn to your blog when they want to read relevant and intriguing information about the topic.

Avoiding Offensive Statements

When you start to use hateful language or to promote unethical practices in your blog, you open the door to truly offending people. While you cannot always know exactly what is going to affect different people, as a blogger, you need to have a fairly strong sense of what is considered offensive in the world of readers. When you offend people, a pretty good chance exists that they are not going to be coming back to your blog. They are going to seek out a source of information that is more aligned with their own beliefs and values.

Offering Inappropriate Advice

People turn to blogs for all different types of reasons. Some of these individuals simply want to be entertained, and others want to learn how to tackle a particular issue in life, how to produce a new dish for dinner or how to plan an elaborate vacation with the family. If you offer unethical advice, or you do not have the best interests of your readers in-mind, then people are going to fail in their attempts to succeed. Once they cannot trust your blog has a reputable source of advice, they are going to search out information of a higher quality.

Competing with Other Businesses

You want to maintain a high ethical standard for personal reasons. Going against values, morals and ethics is not a wise idea because you are, essentially, harming the soul of your business. However, from a business standpoint, you should also think about how an unethical blog can draw customers away from you. The ability to compete with other businesses is what keeps you afloat, especially in a world where new marketing campaigns are rolled out at a rapid rate. A blog that has unethical values in it is unlikely to be able to keep up with the competition.

Clearly, using proper ethics in blogging is extremely important to the success of your business. When you do not know how to infuse a high sense of morals into your blogging, readers are going to start to head to other blogs that align with their values.

Tell us how ethics helped you with your blogging career in the comments area below.

How blogging can improve your memory and brain power?

Following certain instructions or steps to reach a certain goal without a spirit is boring and somehow frustrating. That’s why it is better to learn an interesting hobby that will lead eventually to the required goals.

For example, you can play an interesting sport like basketball and you will watch your body transforms into an athletic shape. You can play brain teasing games on your mobile to break the highest score, and you will notice great improvement in your intelligence level. When it comes to improving memory and overall brain power, blogging is the hobby you need to master. Let me show you why!

Researching, learning & teaching others

Your brain can learn and adapt at any age, this ability is known as neuroplasticity. Accordingly, in order to improve your brain power and memory, you need to train it continuously by learning. When you learn attentively, you teach your brain to always move the information from short-term memory to long-term memory, this process requires attention.

Your brain normally takes eight seconds to completely save a piece of information to your memory. When you focus on the topic you are researching without distractions or multi-tasking, you train your brain to commit to one task at a time to make it easier to improve your memory.

To write a good blog post, you need to research and learn more about the topic you are writing about. While blogging, you teach your readers what you have learnt. You process the information you have received and the knowledge you have acquired then produce them in your own voice, this has a great effect on improving your memory.

Organizing topics & Multi-tasking

Can you see the above subtitle? Good, it is part of this article’s structure. Normally while blogging, you need to organize your thoughts in a list or few subtitles to create the outline of the article. Teaching yourself to organize topics and thoughts will help your memory greatly.

Your brain saves Information pieces in your memory in related clusters. By organizing and structuring similar concepts and pieces of information you will be able to recall them easily without huge effort.

Let’s visualize this by imagining this scenario. If you need to grab your coffee from Starbucks and find two waiting lines. One line looks like an organized queue and the other looks like a group of children, each child is fighting to get the candy first. Which one will you choose to get your coffee faster?

Multi-tasking and trying to absorb lots of information from different sources at the same time might look amazing, but they don’t! You might be able to recall the unorganized information from the short memory but the next morning you might not remember anything. Teach yourself to stop multi-tasking, organize your thoughts then focus on the task you are doing.

Connecting with your readers and sharing ideas

Surrounding yourself with a group of people who share the same values and interests has a great effect on your mental health. As a blogger you create your own group of fans and readers who love what you write and share their thoughts with you. Also, bloggers usually join online blogging communities and discuss ideas with other bloggers on social media.

If you blog to help people feel better and make them have a great life, this will make you feel good about yourself and eventually will enhance your mental health.

Stay mentally active through creativity

I have written an article about building your blog like a big muscle, it works for your brain too. You need to stay mentally active to build a strong brain like a strong muscle. You need to challenge it with problems that you need to solve and feed it with new information. This is what you normally do when you blog.

While blogging you help your brain to stay active and form new path ways and links between concepts and pieces of information to create new ideas, this is called creativity.  And it will help improving your mental health.

So, every activity you do when you blog helps your brain and memory. You simply follow your passion and get the benefits silently without too much efforts or boring instructions.

Let me know if blogging helped your brain and memory, share your experience in the comments area below.

How intelligence helps your blogging creativity?

In a previous article, I have clarified that creativity is the process of connecting existing concepts and ideas to come up with a new idea. So what is intelligence?

In its simplest definition, intelligence is your ability to learn, understand and apply what you have learnt to solve certain problems. For example, as a blogger you need to create articles to solve your readers’ problems and help them have a better life. Let’s go deeper!

Intelligence vs. Creativity

“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people.” Steve Jobs

So, as the legend Steve Jobs – Apple’s co-founder and former CEO – says. Creativity is connecting things, and you don’t need more intelligence or higher IQ to be more creative. 

Creativity is a function in your brain that you just need to turn on, and intelligence is an ability or a skill that you can use to make your creativity valuable by applying it to solve problems. They are not replacing each other’s, they are completing each other’s.

Do you need to be an intelligent blogger?

Let me first clarify something. What makes you unique as a blogger is creativity. If you can maintain the creativity state and control it, you are a better blogger. So when intelligence is important?

If you need to use the creative ideas that you have come up with, you need to find out how you can apply them to solve problems. Here comes intelligence. If you can formulate, filter and produce simple and unique solutions to a certain problem using your own idea, then you are a creative intelligent blogger. If you are not creative, you might be intelligent. But in this situation you will have to use other people ideas to solve certain problems.

You will be smart, but not unique if weren’t using your creativity. And as a blogger you need to be unique. Again, creativity exists in every brain, so you are creative by nature.

How to increase intelligence?

Studies have proved that intelligence has genetic components. But whatever your intelligence level is, you can enhance it as long as you don’t have brain damage. If you are reading this article this far, then you don’t have issues with your brain. And definitely you can increase your intelligence level.

Your brain is as any other organ in your body, it needs healthy nutrition, suitable environment and protection from diseases to function properly. So, to become more intelligent you need to do what you have to do, in order to prepare your brain for the new level.

Today, I will list 2 tips only that can help you become a more intelligent blogger:

1 – Learn:

Take time to analyze your previous achievements or even mistakes. Think about consequences of every action, how you can get better results based on previous success stories. And write down all the results to create a plan that you can follow in your future problem solving situations. Remember, intelligence is your ability to use the knowledge you have in order to solve problems.

2 – Practice:

Too expected? I know. But it is how god created us, when you were a baby you ate, walked and talked after practicing. Our bodies, brains and souls reach better levels of anything only by practicing. Although it is boring, but it is a gift. Because everyone can practice and if you can practice you can be more intelligent. So how to practice and teach your brain to be more intelligent?

Play games. How simple is that!

Go online and challenge your brain with puzzles, brain teasing, problem solving and brainstorming games. Online games simulate every intelligence practice you may need, just try them and you will notice the difference.

If you are an intelligent blogger, you have the ability to learn and understand this article and the knowledge you get from other sources, apply what you have learnt into blogging to solve problems.

What are your preferred games that require intelligence? Do you know more tips to help other bloggers? Share your thoughts in the comments area below.