The other day in one of my Facebook Groups, someone shared a Mac keyboard tip. It was something I knew, never really had given much thought about and considered it simple/common knowledge. Do you know how many people commented on this post, saying, “thank you for sharing, I did not know”? 150 people!! That really got me thinking. There are so many things, especially as solopreneurs, that many of us struggle with, spend hours trying to figure out, but we never share it. We think, well, I’m not an expert, or everybody knows this, or it’s too simple to share. Guess what, that simple Facebook post proves you are probably wrong about that 🙂 So, in the spirit of sharing, I have three WordPress tips I’ve learned over this past month:
How To Make A Highlighted Text Box
Changing The Footer On A Genesis Theme
A Few Tips on Using Yoast SEO
How to make a highlight texted box
Ok this one took a little while for me to find the exact right code, that made it a little prettier. This is what I used to add the snippet of a testimonial to my Work With Me Page. Here are the steps:
Go to your text tab. This is an inline code, meaning that you just add it within your page or post, not the css editor.
Add the following code to the place in the page you want your text box to show up at.
<p style=”padding: 2px 6px 4px 6px; color: #555555; background-color: #66cccc; border: #dddddd 2px solid;”><span style=”color: #808080;”><em><a style=”color: #808080;” href=”http://bloomhustlegrow.com/testimonials/” target=”_blank”>“Mariah was able to help me clarify my business goals and identify my priorities to get my business growing.” -Van (Craftivity Events)</a></em></span></p>
Green=All the colors you can change about the box and text…must use hex colors
Red=Totally optional but I wanted to make the box link to my full testimonial site
Blue=YOUR TEXT HERE. Type it exactly how you want it to appear.
Changing The Footer (Genesis)
Download this plugin Genesis Simple Edits. Activate plug-in. You should find the page you need to use to edit the footer now under Genesis, Simple Edits.
Go to the bottom of the page to the Footer Output, check the box next to “Modify Entire Footer Text”
Enter in the below code, but sub out the highlighted parts with your information.
Red=The link to the page you want the text to open
Blue= Text that will show in the footer
I’ve been using Yoast for a while now, but they just changed their set-up which really threw me for a loop. I took Feuza’s (Get Found With Fuse) Get A Green Light On Yoast webinar a few weeks ago and she really had some great information. If you want to dive deeper into SEO, I think her class would be a great place to start, based on the webinar I attended. Anything** is advice directly from Feuza’s webinar
So a few things:
- You can still change the meta descriptor you just have to hoover to the right to get the pencil icon or just click in the box descriptor area. I actually did figure this out prior to the webinar, but it was frustrating at first. And I was glad it wasn’t just me that had trouble 🙂
- Sometimes it says that you don’t have something even though you do, like the keyword being in the title or in the alt tags. If you have it, you have it, despite what Yoast says. It’s just a glitch.**
- Do make sure you are adding your keyword to your pictures alt title, and any other key identifying words. Don’t use the same alt title for each image on the page.
- It’s more important to have not red than to have to get green. Green is best but don’t post with red (though some pages that is not possible to do)**
- Don’t forget you can add in your Facebook or Twitter specific graphic, prior to posting.
I’ve also recently created a blog checklist to make sure I’m staying consistent in my social media sharing and SEO when posting blog posts. Grab your own copy!
I hope that someone, somewhere found this post helpful 🙂
Can you think of something you shared recently that you considered simple, but was surprised with the response?