How To Change Your WordPress Comments Wording

Quite a few people have asked for help recently on changing the default setup of WordPress that says “no comments” under a post (or above a post on this site).

Well, it’s easy! If you open index.php (and single.php if you have one) in your particular theme (wp-content/themes/your_theme), there will be a line similar to this:

Wordpress Comments Code

There may be some differences depending on what your theme likes to do with the wording. There are three “states” the comments can be in:

1. No Comments. Here this is displayed with the words Comments (0)
2. One comment. Here this is displayed with the words Comments (1)
3. More than one comment. Here it is Comments (%) where the % will be the number of comments over 1.

You can change these sections to whatever you like, just remember to make a copy of the file you are changing first as a backup. For example:

Updated WordPress Comments Code

Simple hey?

All I’ve done is change:

1. Comments (0) to → We love comments, want to make one?
2. Comments (1) to → 1 comment left. Want to make another?
3. Comments (%) to → % Comments left. Want to make another?

Any questions please give me shout.

Am I A Blog Consultant?

Just a quick update to everyone as I’m breaking my own rules by not blogging often enough. I’ve completed several projects (links to come soon on a client/testimonial page) and have LOT still to do. A couple of website integrations, current blog updates and some essential maintenance has certainly kept me out of trouble.

It left me thinking – I am a blog consultant? Or blog technical support? Or (a possibly unique) mix of both? I’m not sure it matters, though positioning wise it would probably make sense to define myself at some point.

If you’ve emailed me, please be a little patient I will get to as soon as I can. Every client is my most important client, no matter how big or small you have my full attention. If it means it takes a little longer to get to you, then I apologise 🙂 .

Until then, happy blogging!

Soft Launch Hits Hard

Just a quick update to say that as my blog technical support service isn’t that old I am gradually building up my client base. However after a personal endorsement by Blog Mastermind Mentor and internet entrepreneur Yaro Starak I am now fully booked with work until at least the end of February.

That isn’t to say I won’t be delighted to help you – please use my contact form with as much info as possible, and when you need things completed by. Most jobs are on a first-come first-serve basis, and of course I will start your job when I say I will 🙂

Become A Blogger Launches

Become A Blogger has launched with a series of free videos on how to become a blogger. Devised by Yaro Starak, the entrepreneur from Australia who currently teaches people how to make a full time income from blogging part time through his Blog Mastermind mentoring program. Plus once you’ve watched these you can download his great free report Blog Profits Blueprint to put you on the path to becoming a full or part time professional blogger.

Become A Blogger logo

So what videos are there?
Video 1 – Why You Should Use WordPress
Video 2 – How To Get Your Own Domain Name
Video 3 – How To Get A Web Host Video
Video 4 – How To Install WordPress With One Click
Video 5 – How To Upload Files To Your Webhost Using FTP
Video 6 – Choosing A WordPress Theme For Your New Blog
Video 7 – How To Install And Use WordPress Plugins
Video 8 – How To Create Your First Blog Post And Blog Page
Video 9 – What RSS Is And Why You Need It
Video 10 – How To Use Feedburner For Supercharging Your RSS Capabilities

Whilst some of the technical parts are explained in the videos, one of the main points Yaro mentions is to outsource the technical aspect of blogging if that is not your strong point. Ahem, let me know if this is you 🙂 . In fact he says:

“In the long run it’s definitely a smarter tactic, something I wish I did myself from day one, but instead I decided to struggle with technology myself and thus slow my progress down considerably.”
Source: Entrepreneurs-journey.com

Blog Tech Guy is designed just for that, so you can concentrate on making money from your blog!

How To Become A Better Blog Writer

If you want to become a better blog writer, firstly you need to spend more time on writing and less on maintenance. That’s where Blog Tech Guy comes in, outsource the technical problems to us and give yourself more time.

Once you can concentrate on writing, you need to be reading Brian Clark’s Copyblogger. If you don’t know where to start, try following these steps:

– Read his excellent 10 step copywriting tutorial.

– Writing headlines is a very important skill, so learn how to write magnetic headlines.

-You should always write for readers first, and search engines second. Here’s how to do the search engine part.

– If you want to learn more, there are some excellent copywriting books you can buy.

Pen and paper

I’ll leave you with his top 10 tips for becoming a better writer:

  1. Write.
  2. Write more.
  3. Write even more.
  4. Write even more than that.
  5. Write when you don’t want to.
  6. Write when you do.
  7. Write when you have something to say.
  8. Write when you don’t.
  9. Write every day.
  10. Keep writing.

Why Some Businesses Don't Want Your Custom

I’m currently working on a client’s blog. They are pretty sure of what they want the blog for, what they want it to say, and how they want it to look. Great. However I’m having trouble with their web host.

It’s not expensive to get a good web host and it doesn’t cost much to get one with great support, however this particular host isn’t one of these. Everything seems too much trouble, like the client’s needs that are seemingly no concern of theirs. The client has got a pretty basic package, but more than enough for what they need to start out. The host should realise that these type of customers are likely soon enough to want to upgrade to a better deal, with more bandwidth, web space and features.

Taking care of my client now can provide valuable future income that would otherwise cost a considerable amount more to acquire via advertising.

48 hours to respond to a simple online support ticket? Time to advise them to change host before they really get started…..

Online Video Guide

If you’re thinking (and you should be) of using video in your blog, how do you decide which of the many video sharing sites to use?

Life Goggles have produced the Ultimate Guide to Online Video. This consists of the Video Quality Comparison page, Video Comparison Matrix and Free Video Sharing eBook.

They have reviewed 55 of the major video sharing websites (with a brief look at 4 video editing sites) and rated them for quality, and ease of use. What BigBrainBoy called “easily the most useful thing we’ve seen online in a long time“.

So far they’ve looked at (in alphabetical order):
AOL Uncut, Blip, Break, Brightcove, Clesh, Cuts, Dabble, Daily Motion, Dave.tv, DivX Stage 6, eefoof (VuMe), Eyeka, Eyespot, Fliqz, FlixYa, Forscene, Google Video, Gotuit, Grouper, iFilm, JayCut, Jumpcut, Kewego, LiveVideo, Lycos Mix, Metacafe, Mojiti, MotionBox, MyHeavy, MyNumo, MySpaceTV, Ning, OneTrueMedia, Photobucket, Revver, SevenLoad, Soapbox, Spymac, StashSpace, Sumo, Twango, Veoh, Viddler, Vidilife, Vimeo, Vmix, VodPod, Vsocial, Webshots, Yahoo Video, YouAreTV, YouTube, Yurth, Zeec and Ziddio. If you wish to be added to this list, please comment or contact us here.

There are three parts to the guide:

Video Quality Comparison

The video comparison page currently compares the video quality of 51 of the most popular video sharing sites.

Video Comparison Page Screenshot

 

Video Comparison Matrix

The Online Video Comparison Matrix quickly allows you to see what features are offered by each of the 55 video sharing and editing sites and what rating they have given them for various aspects of their service.

Video Comparison Matrix

 

Free Ultimate Guide to Online Video eBook

The various online reviews and ratings have been gathered together into a Free Ultimate Guide to Online Video eBook that is available for all to download. The guide:

  • Quickly looks at the registration process
  • Simply compares their ease of uploading your own content
  • Looks at the quality of the video
  • Rates the services of 50 of the top video sharing websites
  • Is FREE!
Free Ultimate Guide to Online Video eBook

More video sites are currently being added, so check back for the latest version. To be alerted when another version is released please subscribe to their RSS feed or weekly email updates.

Praise for The Ultimate Guide to Online Video

“Easily the most useful thing we’ve seen online in a long time.” – BigBrainBoy

“A well-written how-to.” – Bnox

“An extremely handy comparison.” – Art-For-Hire

“If you want to put your videos online and quality is an issue, you should definitely check it out.” – Download Squad

“While starting a online video company your guide to online video was really The Ultimate Guide” – JayCut

“An interesting comparison.” – Da Vinci Planet

“Good guides/reviews on a number of different video hosting sites…. worth a look.” – EyeSpyFX

“Here’s something real interesting.” – Inside Google

“A nice comparison page.” – WebZappr

What is RSS?

The following is taken from an article I wrote on Life Goggles explaining what is RSS, and answering the question what are web feeds?

With the launch of Internet Explorer 7 (IE7), RSS has finally came to the masses. Tech savvy (and Firefox) users have been using them for years and yet many people have never heard of them. What is RSS and what are web feeds? RSS may stand for Really Simple Syndication, but what does that mean to you? A web feed is for all intents and purposes, the same as an RSS feed. But what are they and how do you use them? And how are they beneficial to your blog?

RSS simply allows a website to automatically publish a basic file of “what’s new”. A user (i.e. you or your audience) can subscribe to this file (called a feed) and be notified of anything new that has been written on that particular website since you last received an update. It’s a quick and easy way of finding what is new on a site without necessarily having to visit the site yourself. Using a feed aggregator (more on these in a second), you can quickly keep up-to-date on the latest updates to many websites all in one place, and your audience can receive updates to your site via another channel.

Let’s have a quick look at my other site, Life Goggles (the link will open in a new window). When visiting this site, you can see the large orange RSS icon at the top right of the page. On other websites the location and look of these can vary, some examples are below:

Feed icon RSS icon2 XML icon

That’s all very well, but once you have found a feed, what do you do with it? You need to add this feed to a feed aggregator, a system that collects all your feeds in one place and converts the feed into an easily readable format. There are quite a few ways in which to read these updates.

1. Online
a) Website RSS readers. Some examples are:

Pros: Requires no software installation, available from any computer.
Cons: Need to be online to access.

Google Reader
Screenshot of Google Reader. Source: Google Reader

b) Personalised homepage. There are many varieties of personalised homepages where feeds (as well as other “widgets, such as email inboxes, weather updates, clocks, etc) can be added. These include:

Pros: Can also add other “widgets” besides RSS feeds.
Cons: Need to be online to access.

c) Browser Readers. Users of IE7 and Firefox web browsers will see the feed icon on their toolbars “light up”, or appear when a feed is available for a website. They can then subscribe to these feeds and read them directly in the browser as if they were a webpage.

Pros: Easy to add a feed, work just like bookmarks/favourites, but to a feed rather than a webpage.
Cons: Personal preference, I don’t find the feeds as easy to read to other systems.

2. Desktop
a) Standalone reader software

Pros: Can download and read offline. Typically faster to use.
Cons: Only available on the computer the software is installed on.

b) Integrated into your desktop email

Pros: Simplifies the reading process, just like email. Doesn’t always require separate software installation.
Cons: Only available on the computer the plugin/software is installed on.

Thunderbird
Screenshot of Mozilla Thunderbird. Source: Wikipedia

For those who don’t want to use an online/desktop reader, feeds are often available by email. Over at Life Goggles we use a service by Feedburner that automatically emails out any updates to this website every day, and one by FeedBlitz that sends out emails once a week. You can sign up here to see how each of these services work. You can unsubscribe at any time, so don’t worry about trying them out.

Overall RSS/web feeds are an attempt to allow users easy access to the latest updates on their favourite websites, in one convenient place of your choice. Your method of reading them is down to personal preference, try a few of the free options (there are many more than mentioned here, a web search for ‘RSS reader’ will find plenty of alternatives. If you have any suggestions please let us know) and see which one you prefer. Once you find out, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without them! Feel free to try out the My Blog Expert RSS feed or the Life Goggles RSS feed.

How You Will Make Money Blogging

This site in NOT about making money from your blog, it’s about why blogging will make you money. I believe a business that blogs correctly will make money via sales and referrals and the increase in contact with your customers.

However, if you want to make money directly from your blog, there are a few ways of doing it. Some of these links go back to another site of mine, Life Goggles which provides further details.

  • How To Use Google Adsense

  • Sources Of Advertising Revenues

  • Get Paid To Write Reviews

  • Make Money from your Videos

  • How To Test The Effectivenes Of Your Adverts

  • PageRank and AlexaRank

  • Great Money Making Links

  • The Secret to Top Search Engine Rankings

  • The amount of money you can earn is limited by two factors:

    1 – How much traffic you have.
    2 – How well you can monetize that traffic i.e. how you make money from your readers.

    If you would like further information on this, or how I can help you set up your blog please contact me..

    Why Should I Blog?

    Why should you, or your business, have a blog? There are many reasons listed below, but if you’re a business they all add up to one thing – increased sales:

    It’s a method of communication

    That’s communication to everyone, whether your friends, or your customers. If you’re a business it helps put a personal “face” to the business – you’re not just a corporate website, you’re a person. You may seem more friendly and approachable to others as you’re having a dialogue with them. A blog is a conversation, not a lecture.

    New and unique content for your site

    Visitors like to see something new on your site. So do search engines, and a blog is an easy way of doing this.

    Increase loyalty

    People like to know who they’re dealing with. If they know who you are and have been treated well by you in the past (you respond to their comments and questions), then they may act more loyally towards you than a competitor.

    Increase links and search engine rankings

    Writing valuable content is going to get you linked to from other websites. Search engines will like this and your site will appear higher in the rankings for searches on similar topics.

    Increase the value of your brand

    Whether the brand is your business or you doesn’t matter. You could develop into being seen as a guru in your industry by providing regular, smart insight.

    Your competitors are doing it

    Your competitors are getting all the advantages of blogging above that you are not.

    Increase sales!

    If you would like further information on this, or how I can help you set up your blog please contact me.