Best practices for posts

English: The logo of the blogging software Wor...

English: The logo of the blogging software WordPress. Deutsch: WordPress Logo 中文: WordPress Logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

WordPress is an incredibly powerful publishing platform, and is more powerful when you use it to its fullest extent. If you do the following things, as I try to demonstrate here, you will make it easier for others to find your content, including search engines, and you’ll add readability and plausibility to your posts.

 

Turn on Kitchen Sink

 

“To display the second row of icons, select the kitchen sink icon” ~ Visual Editor — Support — WordPress.com – http://goo.gl/WQVS7o

 

Use header styles.

 

English: An image of a webpage containing head...

English: An image of a webpage containing headers, paragraphs and an unordered list. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

“The style drop-down menu allows you to change the formatting of any selected text. This includes various headings and other pre-defined styles built into your theme.” ~ Visual Editor — Support — WordPress.com – http://goo.gl/Ogir5p

 

Cite your sources.

 

http://weblogs.about.com/od/bloggingethics/qt/CopyrightFairUs.htm

 

Embed when possible.

 

http://en.support.wordpress.com/?s=embeds

 

Add images and videos to support your ideas.

 

Windows 7's Desktop Slideshow

Windows 7’s Desktop Slideshow (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

“Dress up your text-based posts and pages with individual images, image galleries, and slideshows.  First, click the “Add Media” button above the Visual Editor:” ~ Add Media — Support — WordPress.com – http://goo.gl/HM9UYK

 

Find a way to add humor and invoke emotions.

 

Plutchik's Wheel of Emotions, Indonesian langu...

Plutchik’s Wheel of Emotions, Indonesian language. Based on File:Plutchik’s Wheel of Emotions.png by User:Ivan Akira (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

“The contrasting and categorisation of emotions describes how emotions are thought to relate to each other. Various recent proposals of such groupings are described in the following sections.” ~ Contrasting and categorization of emotions – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia – http://goo.gl/Kp81d

 

Turn on recommendations in your post sidebar.

 

“WordPress.com has partnered with the folks at Zemanta to make blogging easier and faster by letting you quickly add recommended links, photos, tags, and articles. With just a few clicks your post goes from simple to snazzy.” ~ Zemanta for Recommended Links, Photos, Articles — Support — WordPress.com – http://goo.gl/CXjkVa

 

Ask questions.

 

“inquiry (plural inquiries) The act of inquiring; a seeking of information by asking questions; interrogation; a question or questioning. Search for truth, information, or knowledge; examination of facts or principles; research; investigation; as, physical inquiries.” ~ inquiry – Wiktionary – http://goo.gl/BXqZKc

 

Resist bias.

 

“(countable, uncountable) inclination towards something; predisposition, partiality, prejudice, preference, predilection” ~ bias – Wiktionary – http://goo.gl/qFzlI5

 

Use your content to create your brand as a person and a leader.

 

From left to right, the structures of A-, B- a...

From left to right, the structures of A-, B- and Z-DNA. The structure a DNA molecule depends on its environment. In aqueous enviromnents, including the majority of DNA in a cell, B-DNA is the most common structure. The A-DNA structure is dominates in dehydrated samples and is similar to the double-stranded RNA and DNA/RNA hybrids. Z-DNA is a rarer structure found in DNA bound to certain proteins. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

“A ‘personal brand’ is in many ways synonymous with your reputation. It refers to the way other people see you. Are you a genius? An expert? Are you trustworthy? What do you represent? What do you stand for? What ideas and notions pop up as soon as someone hears your name?” ~ How to Build Your Personal Brand: 10 Steps – wikiHow – http://goo.gl/9ZRegq

 

Turn on the grammar and usage checker

 

“WordPress can check your spelling, grammar, and style using After the Deadline Proofreading technology.” ~ Proofreading — Support — WordPress.com – http://goo.gl/y1R7J

 

Be proud enough of your content to share it.

 

“At the bottom of each post and page you can include sharing buttons for your readers to share your content across a range of social networks/services.” ~ Sharing — Support — WordPress.com – http://goo.gl/0oBF

 

 

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