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This Week’s Articles of Interest September 18, 2009

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It’s been a busy week at GS Business Resources, but I’ve still come across some excellent information on the internet that I want to share. Take a look:

Anatomy of a Successful Small Business Blog is a great article on how small businesses can benefit from a blog and lots of tips to help you find topics and craft the post. I’ve bookmarked this to refer back to often.

What is the difference between WordPress.org and WordPress.com? Watch “Julia Child” in this hysterical video to learn more! And then read the rest of the post for more details.

FYI – I have a more positive view of WordPress.com than in the video and post. It was a great way for me to get a blog/website for my business going without having the expense (however minimal) and worry of hosting when I started last spring. I am moving over to WordPress.org because I want to take the next step and have more flexibility on my site. I know this is not the best way to go for every business, but for some it can be a great option.

I keep trying to tell clients and potential clients about the things they could begin doing online to connect with their current and potential customers. Often I feel like I’m talking to myself, so I think I’ll begin refering them to Chris Brogan’s excellent post. By the way, how many of these are you doing today? Which one could you add?

Redoing your website? As I mentioned, I’m in the process of moving my site and blog from WordPress.com to WordPress.org and while most of it will remain the same, these are some great questions from Seth GodinĀ  for me to keep in mind as I redo and update.

That’s my list for this week. What articles/blog posts have you found that you took note of? Please share them in the comments!

Blog Move Update September 16, 2009

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Yes, the blog is still moving! I’ve actually exported the posts to the new site, but I’m still trying to sort out the theme and until that is done, I’m keeping this site going.

Why is nothing ever as simple as it seems?

Partly, because I create problems for myself! So here’s a tip for today – if you have a domain and have been using an email address associated with that domain name, do NOT use it when giving your information to your new host.

You guessed it – I had my new host send all the login information to the email address that goes with the domain I was moving. Since the hosting was in transition, the email bounced. I felt really stupid about it, but I finally got my email going again and so far have sorted most things out. But, I still need some login information to load the theme I want.

So there’s your tip for the day! I’m off to make this work…..

WordPress Tip – Publish At Later Time June 29, 2009

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If you use WordPress, you probably already know how to set up your posts to publish at a later time. It really is very easy, but it took a couple of tries for me to get it right. So, for anyone new to using WordPress, here is how to set up a later publish time.

When you are on the Add New Post screen, in the top of the right-hand column is the Publish box. It looks like this:

Publish Section

Publish Section

See where it says Publish immediately Edit? Click the Edit button, then you can set the date and time you want the post to publish.

Edit Publish Time

Edit Publish Time

When you are finished, and have the date and time set, then you click the Schedule button in the lower right of the Publish box.

Screenshot WP Tip Publish Later #3

Sounds simple, right?

Well, it is! I missed the step about clicking the Schedule button, and my posts were just sitting in my list. Once I figured out this last step, my posts have appeared right on schedule.

So, for anyone new to WordPress who hasn’t tried to use this, or for anyone having trouble scheduling posting times, I hope this helps.

Good luck!!