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How to Start Your Own Podcast (Step by Step)

No matter your age or technical skill set, you can easily start your own podcast by following the step by step process outlined in this article.

Here is an outline of everything that we will cover:

  • What is podcasting & how podcasts work?
  • Things you need to setup your podcast
  • Choosing the best web hosting and domain name
  • Setting up a media hosting service
  • Choosing the proper podcasting equipment
  • Recording your first podcast
  • Publishing your podcast with WordPress
  • Uploading your media files to Blubrry
  • Setting up Smart Podcast Player Plugin
  • Adding your first podcast in WordPress
  • Previewing your podcast with iTunes
  • Submitting your podcast to iTunes
  • Podcasting resources to help you grow

Ready? Let’s get started.

What is Podcasting & How Podcasts Work?

A podcast is an episodic series of audio files which users can subscribe to download and listen.

In order for your podcast to work, you need to have an audio file and an RSS Feed that users can subscribe to stay updated and download new episodes when they come out.

Because WordPress comes with a built-in RSS feed system for blogs, many podcasters choose to use WordPress as their podcast website platform.

You can connect your podcast website with podcasting apps like iTunes to make it easier for millions of users to listen and subscribe. We will cover this later in the article.

Now that you know what is a podcast and how it works, let’s take a look at how to setup a podcast.

Things You Need to Setup Your Podcast

For a professional podcasting setup, there are few things that you will need to get started.

The first thing is a website or blog where people can find more about you and your podcast.

The second thing is the equipment to record your podcast.

Lastly, you need to have the right tools to publish your podcast on the internet, so you can get maximum subscribers and reach.

We will walk you through the whole process step-by-step.

Step 1. Website Setup: WordPress Hosting and Domain Name

The most important step in building a website is to choose the right platform. Thankfully you’re here, so you won’t be making any rookie mistakes.

We recommend using WordPress.org also known as self-hosted WordPress for setting up your podcasting website.

WordPress is free to use, you can install plugins, customize your site design, and most importantly make money from your site without any restrictions

There’s no catch. It’s free because you have to do the setup and host it yourself.

In other words, you need a domain name and web hosting.

A domain name is your website’s address on the internet. This is what people type to get to your website. For example google.com or dreamsspark.com.

Web hosting is your website’s house on the internet. This is where all your files and images are stored. Every website needs web hosting.

The typical cost of web hosting is $7.99 per month and a domain name usually cost around $14.99 per year.

This is a lot for someone just starting out. Thankfully, Bluehost has agreed to offer our users a free domain name and over 60% off on web hosting.

In real numbers, this means you can start your podcasting website for $2.95 per month.

We recommend using Bluehost because they are one of the official WordPress recommended hosting providers, and one of the largest web hosting service in the world.

After signing up with Bluehost, please refer to our step by step guide on how to start a WordPress blog. You will be up and running in no time.

Step 2. Setting up a Media Hosting Service

The next thing you will need is a good media hosting service. Your podcasts are large audio files.

Serving these large files from your web host will consume a lot of server resources. This will make your website slow and often unresponsive.

For best user experience, we recommend that you use a podcast specific media hosting platform like Blubrry.

Most smart podcasters use a separate podcast hosting service to serve their podcast files. It is the smartest and most efficient way to run a podcast.

Here are few reasons why we recommend Blubrry:

  • Blubrry is optimized for podcasting using WordPress. They offer a powerful plugin called Blubrry PowerPress which makes it easy to manage your podcast from WordPress site.
  • It comes with the large user community consisting many successful podcasters behind it. If you need help, then join the forums to learn from others who are podcasting for a long time.
  • Blubrry comes with great tools like ID3 tagging, iTunes optimization, automatic media artwork management, etc.
  • They have a top-tier content delivery network which makes your content delivery faster and more reliable.

Step 3. Choosing Proper Podcasting Equipment

As your podcast grows, you will learn about new tools that you can use to produce higher quality podcasts. However, as a beginner, the most important tool that you need is a good microphone.

Please do not use your computer’s built-in microphone to record your podcast. Your users will instantly notice the terrible sound quality.

There are 3 popular mic choices among podcasters.

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Samson C01U (USB) – Entry level Microphone

Rode Podcaster (USB) – Best USB mic.

Heil PR-40 (XLR connection, not USB) – This is what the Pro’s use. You will need to buy an audio mixer as well.

Other equipment that you probably want to purchase: mic arm, shock mount, and a pop filter. We purchased the Rode Podcaster kit that came with a Mic Arm and shock mount.

You would also need a decent headphone. We’re using Sony MDR7506.

Once you have the right podcasting equipment, you will be ready for the next step: recording your podcast.

Step 4. Recording Your First Podcast

To record your podcast, you will need an audio recording software. This software will help you record and edit your audio files.

The best podcast recording software which is used by most podcasters is Audacity. It is a free, cross-platform, and open source software capable of recording studio-quality professional podcasts.

After installing Audacity, you need to open it up and create a new project from the File menu.

To record your voice, simply click on the record button.

Now feel free to record your podcast. Don’t worry about awkward pauses, breaks, coughing, or any glitches you might make while narrating.

You can edit the recording as many times as you want.

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You can also import music files from File » Import and set them as background music.

Audacity is a very powerful tool, and it is not possible for us to even cover its basic features in this article. However, TeamAudacity has an extensive Wiki with detailed tutorials specifically written for new podcasters.

We will recommend you to go through these tutorials. It will take you some time to become familiar with the software, but it’s totally worth your time and effort.

Once you have recorded your podcast, you need to export it.

Most podcasters export their audio files in the MP3 format because it creates smaller file sizes with good quality.

You also need to be smart about naming your podcast files. Remember podcasts are episodic series, so it would be best to use a naming practice that uses episode or serial number in the file name.

Some suggestions would be WPB001.mp3 or WPBep001.mp3.

Save the final version of your podcast file to a separate folder on your computer.

Step 5. Publishing Your Podcast with WordPress

After you have created a few episodes, and you are satisfied with their quality, it’s time to learn how to publish your podcast with WordPress.

You will need to login to the admin area of your WordPress site.

The first thing you need to do is install and activate the Blubrry PowerPress Podcasting plugin.

Upon activation, you will see a PowerPress menu item in WordPress admin menu. Clicking on it will take you to plugin’s settings page.

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If you are using Blubrry to host your podcasting files, then you need to click on the button to configure Blubrry statistics and hosting services.

Clicking on the button will bring up a popup where you need to enter your Blubrry hosting account email and password.

Next, you will need to fill out rest of the information on the settings page. Provide a title for your podcast and fill out iTunes fields.

These iTunes fields for description, category, subtitle, artwork, etc will be used in your podcast’s RSS feed, and iTunes will use them to place your podcast in their directory (more on this later).

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Don’t forget to click on the ‘Save Changes’ button to store your settings.

Your WordPress site is now ready to publish your podcast.

Step 6. Upload Media Files to Blubrry

Before you publish your podcast with WordPress, you first need to upload the podcast file to your media hosting service, Blubrry.

You need to login to your Blubrry hosting account and then click on Podcaster dashboard.

Next, you need to click on ‘Upload New Media Files’ link under podcast hosting section.

This will bring you to another page where you need to click on the Upload New Media button and start uploading your podcast files.

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After you have uploaded your podcast media files, you will be able to use them on your WordPress site.

Step 7. Setting Up Smart Podcast Player

Most podcasters use WordPress plugins to display a podcast player on their website. This player allows users to listen to a podcast directly from your website.

The problem with most WordPress podcast player plugins is terrible user experience for your subscribers and listeners.

Patt Flynn, one of the well-known podcaster, realized the problem and decided to solve it by creating a solution for his website. That’s how Smart Podcast Player came to life.

Smart Podcast Player adds a beautifully built podcast player which allows users to play, share, and download podcast episodes from the player itself.

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It is mobile-ready out of the box which means your podcast player looks and works great on all devices.

It is a paid WordPress plugin and pricing starts from $8 per month. This price entitles you to premium support and access to tutorials and videos.

First, you will need to install and activate the Smart Podcast Player plugin.

Upon activation, you need to visit Settings » Smart Podcast Player page and enter your license key.

You can get this license key from your account on Smart Podcast Player website.

Next, you need to click on the ‘Player Defaults’ tab to setup plugin settings.

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You will need to provide your podcast feed URL. Since you are using PowerPress, your podcast feed URL will be like this:

http://example.com/feed/podcast/

Don’t forget to replace example.com with your own domain name.

Next, you need to provide your iTunes subscription link. Since you haven’t submitted your podcast to iTunes yet, you will need to come back here and fill this when your podcast is available on iTunes.

After that, you need to enter your show name and artist name.

Smart Podcast Player comes with beautiful design options and allows you to match your podcast player with your WordPress theme. Under player design settings, you can choose theme and color for your podcast player.

Don’t forget to click on the save changes button to store your settings.

Now that Smart Podcast Player is ready, you need to disable the podcast player that comes with PowerPress.

Since you are using Smart Podcast Player, you don’t need PowerPress to add a media player to your posts.

You can do this by visiting PowerPress » Settings page and scroll down to the ‘Blog posts and pages’ section. Click on ‘Disable’ under ‘Display Media & Links’ option.

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Don’t forget to click on the save changes button to store your settings.

Step 8. Adding Your First Podcast in WordPress

Everything is now in order, and you are ready to add your first podcast in WordPress.

To publish your first podcast, you need to go to Posts » Add New page.

It is highly recommended that you create a separate category for your podcast episodes. This will allow you to keep your podcast episodes separate from rest of your content. You will also be able to easily publicize your podcast feed later on.

After that, you need scroll down to the bottom of the page, and there you will see ‘Podcast Episode’ box.

Blubrry hosting users need to click on the folder icon and select the file they uploaded to Blubrry media.

Other users need to paste their media file URL in here. Click the Verify button to make sure that you have posted the correct URL.

Now you need to scroll back up to the post editor section. Give your blog post a suitable title and add a description of this podcast episode in the visual editor.

You will notice two buttons in the visual editor labeled SPP and STP. These buttons are added by Smart Podcast Player plugin.

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The SPP button allows you to add the full Smart Podcast Player which contains all your podcast episodes. Users can play them one by one.

However, since you are creating a blog post for a specific podcast episode, you need to click on the STP or Smart Track Player button.

Select ‘Play a specific episode of your podcast’ and then provide the URL of the Media file you want to be played.

You can get the URL of the media file from ‘Podcast Episode’ meta box where you just added the episode.

 

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After adding the media file URL, click on the build shortcode button.

You will see a shortcode appear in the post editor area.

That’s all, you can now publish and preview your blog post and you will see your podcast episode live with a beautiful player.

Congratulations, your WordPress podcasting site is ready to go live.

Step 9. Previewing Your Podcast with iTunes

Now that you have set up your podcast website with WordPress, it is time to submit it to iTunes and getting more subscribers.

Before submitting it to iTunes, you might want to check how your podcast will look in iTunes. To do this, launch iTunes and go to File » Subscribe to Podcast and enter your feed URL. Your feed URL will look like:

http://www.example.com/feed/podcast

Don’t forget to replace example.com with your own domain name.

Once you enter the URL in iTunes, it will fetch the feed and display it. As you can see in the screenshot below, it fetched the artwork, description, subtitle, etc.

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If everything looks good, this means you are ready to submit your podcast to iTunes.

Step 10. Submitting your Podcast to iTunes

To submit your podcast to iTunes, you need to download and install the latest version of iTunes on your computer. Next, Launch the iTunes and click on the iTunes Store button on the top right corner of the screen.

iTunes will now access iTunes Store. Click on the Podcasts menu, and then scroll a little to find the Podcasts Quick Links section. There you will see a link to Submit a podcast.

This will open the Podcast submit process. You will need an Apple ID to submit your podcast to iTunes directory. If you are not already signed in, iTunes will prompt you to log in.

The first thing you will need is your podcast feed URL. Your podcast feed URL will be like this:

http://example.com/feed/podcast

Don’t forget to replace example.com with your own domain name.

Since you are using PowerPress, your feed will already include tags required by iTunes Store for podcasts.

Upon submission, your podcast feed will be submitted to iTunes review queue. After approval by iTunes review staff, it will be added to iTunes directory, and you will be notified via email.

Podcasting Resources to Help You Grow

Congratulations on starting your podcast with WordPress. If you want to make your Podcast successful, then we recommend you join:

We hope this article helped you start a podcast with WordPress.

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The most effective method to Get Google AdSense Approved in 2017

Energy when associates with cash makes artful culminations, such case appears to be impeccable when connected with blogging premium. AdSense which is without a doubt the best relevant promoting systems has changed its arrangements in 2017. Consequently, getting AdSense affirmed was a simple procedure till yet; all you have to do was making another AdSense account, your record is checked on, AdSense acknowledges the application, lastly you can include notices your site and begins profiting. Be that as it may, now, the cheddar cake like undertaking has turned into somewhat mind boggling. Along these lines today in this article, in the blog we will demonstrate to you industry standards to get Google AdSense Approved in 2017 with basic strides.

The strategy changes for getting endorsed AdSense account in 2017 now incorporates the accompanying strides;

Changes in Google AdSense arrangements in 2017

  1. Getting a site good with AdSense. (AdSense on its site has a rundown of perfect sites).
  2. Filling the information exchange frame for Google AdSense.
  3. Rounding out the application and sending it for audit
  4. Getting the AdSense code and adding it to the blog. (Please find instructions below)
  5. Subsequent to including the code, clear promotions will begin flying up on your blog.

Standing up of understanding, a normal application on Google AdSense at any rate takes 48 hours to get prepared. Blogging masters calls it the most essential stride in your definitive point of profiting on the web; be that as it may, once it is affirmed your blog is prepared to be on the rundown of cash making machine, in basic words your internet blogging ATM has now turned out to be useful. Presently, the more substantial substance according to Google SEO strategies you embed, the more cash it will discharge.

The entire procedure of profile finishing till Google AdSense endorsement is as per the following;

The entire Work Process

Google AdSense Account Approval Process 2017

  • Go to the AdSense site (AdSense.com). Say all essential data like Name, blog URL, address, financial balance subtle elements and passwords. It’s more secure to give your present Address refreshed range code as the Google installments now and then are conveyed through checks as well.
  • Once your profile is totally refreshed, login to the Google AdSense account, make your AdSense code and place those AdSense code to your sidebars. Keep in mind, Google AdSense will put advertisements on your blog once you refresh the sidebars with those codes.
  • Google has an approach to put significant promotions according to Blog class. In this way, the showing up promotions will be like that of your substance ben put noise the blog. For instance, in the event that you have a sustenance blog, the most pertinent promotions that will show up will be of eateries, flavors and any bundled nourishment items.
  • Clear promotions will be appeared for 48 hours to seven days to get endorsement. In the mean time google AdSense organization will screen your blog and checking on your application. When you get an endorsement on your email, legitimate promotions will be begin flying up.
  • Once your record has been endorsed, a last affirmation email will be sent by Google AdSense on your email address.
  • Once your AdSense winning compasses $10, AdSense will mail you a PIN to your address.
  • Presently all the boisterous work is over; it’s a great opportunity to roll your sleeves; Login to your AdSense account and enter your stick that you have gotten in your email.
  • Congrats! So the hold up is at last over; right now is an ideal opportunity to pen down your considerations and begin adding meat to your ATM. Once your record comes to $100, you can get your installments pulled back trough wire or direct bank exchange.

Getting Google AdSense is not as troublesome as it sounds. All you need is somewhat diligent work, enthusiasm and energy of not surrendering. Taking after AdSense strategies are an unquestionable requirement here to get endorsement and being more brilliant (refreshing full data) will dependably encourage you! On a closure note, We wish you an incredible 2017 and a rich AdSense account. Cheerful Blogging!


The most effective method to Easily Add Google Adsense in Your Blogger Blog

We as of late demonstrated to you how Infolinks ends up being the best contrasting option to AdSense, however the question continue as before shows improvement over AdSense? It is a straight forward, NO. AdSense is practically phenomenal in promoting however BuySellAds has given it intense time, yet at the same time AdSense involves the bigger partake in publicizing market. A few people still think that its hard to add Google AdSense to your blogger webpage and begin profiting. Today in this article, we will demonstrate to you best practices to effortlessly include Google AdSense in your Blogger blog.

What is Google AdSense:

Google AdSense gives a bother free approach to win cash online by basically showing commercials of various sizes on your sites. It gives chance to site proprietors to put distinctive picture, video, content based and rich media energized promotions on their sites. These advertisements take a shot at client’s advantage which implies they are focused by your gathering of people and substance.

Google AdSense deal with all the facilitating part, you don’t need to stress over facilitating your promotions or searching for potential sponsors. Google keeps up a sound association with the publicists and continues serving your site with quality lucrative advertisements.

Google AdSense is a CPC (Paid per click program) which implies that you will be paid each time a client taps on the advertisements. Notwithstanding, it additionally gives paid per impression relies on the group of onlookers your blog is getting.

What are Advantages of Google AdSense?

  • Snappy Approval: AdSense is a promoting organization that tends to bolster new distributers this is the motivation behind why they rapidly favors your applications regardless of the possibility that you have less movement. Be that as it may, your site ought to comprise of astounding substance to get a green flag.
  • High Payouts: Since, AdSense is greatest publicizing organization. Subsequently, it additionally has some high potential promoters who pay pleasant cash to the Publishers that have focused on gathering of people from USA, Europe and so on.
  • Strong Reporting: It gives you second-to-second revealing so you can without much of a stretch track the execution of your advertisements. It even gives insights about the client’s area who tapped on one of your promotions and significantly more.
  • This for FREE: You get this much and a ton of other valuable elements for a cost of FREE. Indeed, it is permitting you to acquire a lot of cash without spending a solitary penny.

How to Get Started With Google AdSense?

The main thing you have to do is to agree to accept a Google AdSense account. You can utilize your Gmail address for information exchange prepare, in the event that you don’t have a Gmail account then enroll first.

In the wake of presenting your application, it will take around 24 hours to know whether you are endorsed to place commercials on your site or you need to enhance your site before you can be the piece of AdSense Publishers. On the off chance that your application is affirmed, then you can sign into AdSense record to get the Ad Code which you will put on your site.

When you are signed into you AdSense, tap on “My Ads” tab and afterward press “New Ad Unit” catch.

This will take you to “Create Ad unit wizard” where you can customize your ad size, color, ad type and etc.

Name of AD Unit: You can name the AD unit with the goal that you can without much of a stretch track its execution. For instance, in the event that you will utilize this promotion unit in your sidebar then you can name it as “SIDEBAR AD” or and so on.

Choosing AD Size: AdSense offers extensive variety of Ad sizes with the goal that you can choose the one which fits your necessities and also your web composition’s. The prescribed promotion sizes incorporates 300×250,728×90 or and so forth why, in light of the fact that these advertisements will probably give you high procuring openings. As such, you can state that these advertisements are of higher potential to give you all the more winning on every promotion click.

Choosing AD Type: AdSense offers various types of advertisement sort like picture promotions, content advertisements and rich media promotions. You can pick the sort as indicated by your site. Nonetheless, it is prescribed to pick “content and rich media advertisements”

Styling Ads: You can alter the style of your content based promotions by coordinating the shading to your site’s shading plan, since it is constantly considered as best practice to get a lift in gaining.

When you are finished with modifying your advertisement unit, essentially squeeze “Spare and get code”. Another window will fly out giving you the code of the advertisement you just made. Presently duplicate the promotion code as we will require it in the following stride.

The most effective method to Get Google AdSense Approved in 2017

Including Google AdSense in WordPress

Presently it relies on upon you whether you might want to demonstrate the promotion in your sidebar or substance. In any case, a great many people suggest demonstrating advertisements in the sidebar as it doesn’t interfere with your clients while they are perusing your substance.

Essentially go to Blogger >> Layout >> Add a Gadget >> Add HTML/JavaScript >> glue the Google AdSense promotion code in the HTML content territory which you duplicated before and once done press “Save”.

That is all, you have effectively included Google AdSense your blogger webpage. For better arrangement you can put your promotions between your substance or you can do a few trials also. On the off chance that you are as of now utilizing AdSense, then do impart your experience to them. On the off chance that you like our article, them impart it to your companions on Facebook, Twitter or Google+.

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A guide to adding products in woocommerce

Here we will give an overview of how to add products in WooCommerce.

But first, let’s define the four different types of products you can set up in WooCommerce: simple, variable, grouped, and external/affiliate product.

Simple Products

Simple products have one SKU, are shipped, and have no variations/options. For example, a book.

Variable Products

Variable products can have multiple variations/options, each of which may have a different SKU or price. For example, a piece of clothing that is available in a variety of colors and sizes.

Grouped Products

Grouped products are related products that can be purchased individually. Note that, grouped products can only consist of simple products. For example, an iPhone could be a grouped product as there are 8GB, 16GB, etc. variations of that same product parent.

External/Affiliate Products

External or affiliate products are ones that you list/display on your website but they are sold elsewhere.

Adding the different types of products all take a similar process, however, based on the product you are adding there will be some different product data required. To ensure a seamless process, make sure to set up product categories, tags, shipping classes, and attributes before getting started.

Below we will give an overview of how to add each type of product. But first here are is some product information that you will need/can add regardless of the type of product.

Title: Add the name of the product at the top of the page

Full Description: Add your product description here (you can add a shorter one later)

Product Categories and Tags: Use categories and tags to organize your products depending on how you would like to structure your website.

Product Image: This is the primary image of your product. It will be used for the thumbnail, catalog, and as the first image on your product page.

Product Gallery: Product gallery images will show up as small thumbnails next to your main product image described previously. Product galleries, for example, could be used for alternate views of your product.

Product Short Description: The short description typically appears next to your product image on its page depending on your theme. Use this for a brief overview of your product. Save details for the long description (described above), which typically appear within the product description tab.

Adding Simple Products

Adding simple products can be very straightforward, especially for experienced WordPress users.  A simple product can also be virtual (not shipped) or downloadable (customers are given access to a file after purchase).

General

On the general tab fill out the SKU, regular price, and sale price of your product. It is important to note that prices must be entered without $. Sales prices can be scheduled for a particular day, week, month, etc.

Inventory

If you have products that will sell out, be sure to enable stock management at the product level. If selected, a stock quantity field will appear where you can enter/add your quantity. This number will reduce automatically as orders are placed. Depending on your settings, out of stock items can be hidden on the front-end of your website. On this tab, you can also specify if you would like to allow back orders of out of stock items or if they are to be sold individually.

Shipping

Enter the weight, dimensions, and shipping class (if applicable) of your product here. The weight and dimensions of your product are required when using table rate shipping or shipping extensions that use this information to calculate rates.

Linked Products

Here you can add up-sells and cross-sells to your product, which is a great way to drive extra sales and increase revenue!

Up-sells are displayed on the product details page and encourage visitors to view other products. Think, “You May Also Like…”. An example of an up-sell would be to offer some of your other Aerosmith merchandise to a visitor who is viewing an Aerosmith t-shirt.

Cross-sells are displayed on the cart page and relate to the product(s) that your customer has in their cart. For example, if your customer has an iPhone in their cart, you may also suggest that they also purchase a case.

To add, simply start typing the name of other products you have already added and select. (Tip: you may want to add all of your products first and go back to do up-sells and cross-sells so you have your full inventory to choose from)

Advanced

On the advanced tab, you can set up an optional purchase note to be sent to the customer after purchase, a custom ordering position, or enable/disable customer reviews for the product.

Adding a Variable Product

Adding variable products is very similar to adding simple, but with the selection of variable as the product type, additional tabs are added to your product data section.

General

Enter SKU of your item. Note: you will enter SKUs for variations later on.

Inventory

Here you can set the stock quantity for the product, or leave it blank to use the stock settings on the variable products.

Shipping

Enter the weights and dimensions of the product, or leave it blank to use the stock settings on the variable products.

Linked Products

Same process as simple products. Refer to Linked Products section above.

Attributes

Here is where the differences between simple and variable products begin. In the following example, we will use an attribute we have already setup: size.

Select size from the drop-down menu and click add. Click select all to add all sizes. If you would like to remove any options, click the x next to the term name. Select visible on the product page if you would like customers to choose from these sizes. Then, click used for variations if each size has it’s own SKU/price/weight/etc.

Make sure to click save attributes as these will not be visible on the variations tab until you do so.

A guide to adding products in woocommerce

Variations

On the variations tab, you will add all of the product data for each individual size.

First, click the ‘add variation’ button 4 times if you will be using all 4 sizes. Select the name of your sizes from the drop down menus. Then, fill in the product data for each size. Note: variation price is required or the variation will not show up on the front-end of your website.

If you fill in all the product information for your variations, you will now be able to see them on the front-end of your website on your product page.

Advanced

On the advanced tab, you can set up an optional purchase note to be sent to the customer after purchase, a custom ordering position, or enable/disable customer reviews for the product.

Questions? Contact us today for a free quote at 630-868-5060 or email us here.

Adding a Grouped Product

Grouped products are related products that can be purchased individually. Note that, grouped products can only consist of simple products. For example, an iPhone could be a grouped product as there are 8GB, 16GB, etc. variations of that same product parent.

Group products are setup very similar to a simple product and consist of establishing a parent product and then child products within that group.

Setting Up the Parent Product

To establish the parent product, select a product type of ‘Grouped’ from the drop-down menu. Then fill in product information like description, images, categories, and tags in the same way you would for a simple product.

Now that the parent product is established, you will need to create the child products inside of that group.

To create a child product, create a new product. For the child product you will only be required to fill in the:

  1. Title
  2. Product type = Simple

However, add any necessary product data like descriptions or prices for each child product.

Next, navigate to the linked products tab. Now that a grouped product has been established, a grouping field appears below the Up-Sells and Cross-Sells. Select the parent product from the drop-down menu.

In this example, we setup an iPhone as the grouped (parent) product and the 8GB/16GB as the child products. If setup properly you should see links to each child product on the iPhone product page. Note: an individual product page exists for each child.

Adding an External/Affiliate Product

External or affiliate products are ones that you list/display on your website but they are sold elsewhere.

First, select this product type from the drop-down menu.

Enter SKU, the external URL to the product, the price, and the text you would like on the button that links externally to the product.

Be sure to fill in all other product information outlined in previous examples like description, tags, categories, images, up-sells/cross-sells, etc.

There you have it! You’ve successfully added your products in WooCommerce. We typically recommend adding some products like this manually to familiarize our clients with settings in WooCommerce. After getting to know the functionality,  you can consider adding your products with a CSV, especially if you have a lot of products. Stay tuned for our future post where will we explain how to do product CSV imports.

 

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The most effective method to Start a Blog in 10 Minutes or Less

Need to begin a blog? You’ve gone to the perfect place.

Many new bloggers simply get overwhelmed with how to correctly set up their blog. Follow the steps below and you will be up and running in 10 minutes or less!

How would I begin?

Just follow these steps in order.

Step 1

Go purchase your domain name from goddady.com (using this link).

(If you already have a domain name purchased, just skip to step 2)

Step 2

Go sign up for a hosting package at HostGator.com (using this link). When the HostGator homepage loads click the button labeled “View Webhosting Plans” as seen below.

The most effective method to Start a Blog in 10 Minutes or Less

Next, you can select a hosting package. If you are just starting out the Hatchling package should be fine. You can save more money by signing up for a longer term.

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Now if you have already purchased your domain name you can enter it like seen below…

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Step 3

Start blogging your passion!

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What is Negative SEO?

As a blogger, anyone needs excessively get achievement in their field and needs to end up noticeably prevalent. For this ubiquity, it is essential that your site additionally is prominent. So you have to keep up your site from programmers and some other initiate.

A hacked site can truly impact your SEO endeavors. You can’t expect an essential execution from a site. These days Negative SEO has transformed into a particularly customary issue. Software engineers are endeavoring particular systems to inject malignant codes to destinations, that makes passionate minimization the polluted site situating. Various site administrators have faulted by this systems starting late, so don’t be the next loss and make sense of how to Avoid Negative SEO campaigns.

What is Negative SEO?

Negative SEO basically alludes the utilization of the dark cap and exploitative methods rehearsed to neutralize the contender’s rankings in web indexes. There could be different sorts of techniques can be utilized by programmers to contaminate your site and decrease your site SERP.

  • Hacking your site
  • Making bunches of spammy connections to your site
  • Making a duplicate of your substance and disperse over the Internet
  • Guiding your web page joins toward different porn or malignant sites.
  • Making your site connect with porn or Viagra like catchphrases.
  • Run fake social profiles to demolish your site notoriety on the web.
  • Evacuate the best and valuable backlinks of your site.

Is Negative SEO a Real Threat?

Yes, undoubtedly about that. Negative SEO is genuine, and various sites have needed to manage this issue. Avoiding it is substantially less demanding than settling it.

In the event that you lead a look on Fiverr for “contrary SEO,” you will discover more than 15,000 individuals willing to take every necessary step for just $5.

Additionally, dark cap discussions are brimming with stories from individuals who have to prevail with this method.

Step by step instructions to Prevent Negative SEO Attacks

1. Set up Google Webmaster Tools Email Alerts

Google can send you to email cautious when:

  • Your site is being assaulted by malware
  • Your pages are not ordered
  • You have server availability issues
  • You get a manual punishment from Google

On the off-chance that you haven’t as of now, interface your site to Google Webmaster Tools.

Sign into your record and snap “Website admin Tools Preferences.”

Instructions to Prevent Negative SEO Attacks

1. Set up Google Webmaster Tools Email Alerts

Google can send you to email cautious when:

  1. Your site is being assaulted by malware
  2. Your pages are not filed
  3. You have server availability issues
  4. You get a manual punishment from Google

If you haven’t already, connect your website to Google Webmaster Tools.
Log in to your account and click “Webmaster Tools Preferences.”
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Enable email warnings and get alarms for a wide range of issues. Click “Save”

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This is quite recently the initial step. Presently, how about we move to the vital one, checking your backlinks profile.

2. Monitor Your Backlinks Profile

This is the most imperative move to make to keep spammers from succeeding. Regularly, they will perform negative SEO on your site by building low-quality connections or sidetracks. It is imperatively critical to know when somebody is making connections or sidetracks to your site.

You can utilize instruments like Ahrefs or Open Site Explorer, every now and then, to physically check on the off chance that somebody is building connections to your site, however, the one I prescribe you utilize is MonitorBacklinks.com. It’s one of the best and least demanding apparatuses that can send you email cautions when your site picks up or loses vital backlinks.

Rather than having to physically check your backlinks each morning, Monitor Backlinks sends all that you have to know to your inbox. Here’s the way you can utilize it:

When you have made your account, it will oblige you to include your domain and interface it to your Google Analytics account.

3. Secure Your Best Backlinks

All the time, spammers will attempt to expel your best backlinks. They, as a rule, contact the site proprietor of the connection, utilizing your name, and they ask for the website admin to expel your backlink.

To keep this from happening, you can do two things:

  1. When you speak with website admins, dependably utilize an email address from your domain, rather than utilizing Gmail or Yahoo. Thusly, you will demonstrate that you work for the site and that it’s not another person putting on a show to be you. Your email ought to resemble this: yourname@yourdomain.com.
  2. Monitor your best backlinks. For this, you can utilize Monitor Backlinks once more. Go to your rundown of backlinks and sort them by Page Rank or social movement.

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Add tags to the backlinks you esteem the most so you can confirm if any of them get expelled.
Select your backlink and snap “alter.”
Include your tags, so you can later channel and discover these backlinks effectively.

4. Secure Your Website from Malware and Hackers

Security is critical. The exact opposite thing you need is spam on your site without you notwithstanding thinking about it. There are a few things you can do to secure your site:

  • On the off chance that you are utilizing WordPress, introduce the Google Authenticator Plugin and make a 2-stage check watchword. Each time you sign into your WordPress site, you will be required to include a code produced by Google Authenticator on your cell phone (accessible on iOS and Android).

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  • Make a solid secret word with numbers and extraordinary characters.
  • Make backups of your documents and database all the time.
  • In the event that your site gives clients a chance to transfer records, converse with your facilitating organization and ask them how you can introduce antivirus to anticipate malware.

5. Check for Duplicate Content

A standout amongst the most widely recognized methods spammers utilize is content duplication. They duplicate your site substance and post it wherever they can. In the event that the majority of your substance is copied, there’s a major probability that your site will be punished and lose rankings.

You can check if your site has copy pages on the web utilizing Copyscape.com. Essentially include your site or the body of the article you need to confirm, and it will demonstrate you if your substance is being distributed elsewhere, without your consent.

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6. Screen Your Social Media Mentions

Once in a while, spammers will make fake records via web-based networking media utilizing your organization or site name. Attempt to evacuate these profiles by revealing them as spam before they begin adherents.

To discover who is utilizing your image name, you can utilize devices like Mention.net.

When somebody says your name on any web-based social networking or site, you will be educated, and you can choose whether you ought to make a move.

Make a record and snap “Make ready.” Name your caution, and add the catchphrases you need to be alarmed about. You can utilize different dialects, as well. Click “Next Step.”

What is Negative SEO

Select the sources you want Mention.net to look for, and add the domains you want to be ignored. Click “Create my alert,” and you will receive alerts every time your keyword (company name) is mentioned on social media, blogs, forums, and news.

7. Try not to be a Victim of Your Own SEO Strategies

Ensure you are not harming your site rankings by utilizing procedures that are not adequate to Google. These are a portion of the things you ought not to do:

  • Try not to connection to punished sites.
  • Try not to purchase joins from blog arranges, and don’t purchase interfaces at all for SEO.
  • Try not to distribute countless quality visitor posts.
  • Try not to assemble excessively numerous backlinks to your site utilizing “cash catchphrases.” At minimum 60% of your grapple writings ought to utilize your site name.
  • Try not to offer connections on your site without utilizing the “no take after” characteristic.

8. Don’t Make Enemies Online

There is no reason to create enemies. Don’t ever argue with clients because you never know who you are dealing with. There are three types of spammers and reasons why they spam:

  • For fun
  • For revenge
  • To outrank competition in search engines

I think this blog is useful for you. And furthermore straightforward you to get achievement and keep your site from negative SEO influences

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What Is Metadata And Why Is It Important?

“What is Metadata?” It is the most general question that many of us have today. Though people refer it as “metadata” or else “meta data”, both are considered as same terms as per Google search engine. So, let us know what exactly is the metadata, its importance and how does it affect you.

Metadata:

In generals terms, it is defined as Metadata gives the information about the data that is present in a website or a blog what is metadata and why is it importantpost.

Here, the word Meta has a Greek root, which means ‘beyond’ and ‘after’ also extended to ‘about’. ‘About’ is the meaning or definition which is related to blog post or web page and this is the meaning considered in the above definition.

The more accurate definition for the metadata would be, Metadata is the information which you present to the search engine and that is not visible to visitors of the blog or a website i.e., humans can’t view metadata unless they view the source code of the web page.

Why is it Necessary?

To describe the various elements of a blog post or else a blog page, webmasters use this Metadata. With this, search engine algorithm will create the content relevance of that page with the search terms used by visitors in that particular search engine for finding the data or else information.

Metadata in Head and Body Sections of Source Code:

If you observe the source code of a web page it will be in HTML. You can see the source code by righting clicking on anywhere of the webpage and navigating through ‘View Page Source’ from the menu you have seen after the right click. It is the browser that automatically converts the source code into a web page or a blog page.

Metadata in ‘Head’ Section

The source code of a web page contains ‘Head’ section at the top. It tells the browser that it shouldn’t be visible to humans. However, it is visible for spiders of the search engine which crawl your blog or website and uses the Metadata that is present in the Head part for calculating the relevance to any of the search terms used by people.

Metadata in ‘Body’ Section

Below the head section, you can find ‘Body’ section which is visible to the people. But, humans can’t see some Metadata in the body section too which is used for SEO purpose and is visible only for search engines.

The importance of Metadata:

Metadata can be of many forms and a huge portion of it is generated by using the software by the web hosting service. It is better not to change them rather you can change the below-mentioned elements.

Mainly there are four important forms of Metadata or Meta tags which are essential for your SEO and which can affect your search engine rankings. Though some of them are common, some may not be familiar to you. It is necessary that you need to check the content of these Meta tags and make sure that they match with your focused keyword or the blog post that you looking to rank in the search engine. The four Meta Tags and their importance is as shown below.

Page Meta Title Tag

This tag appears in the ‘Head’ section of the source code for the web page or a blog page/post. In this tag, you must use the main or principle phrase or else a keyword as it is the major and the first one the Google indexing, as well as ranking algorithms, will look for.

In the Google search engine results pages (SERPS) of Google for any search term, you can see the title for any listing that is copied from Title tag. Google will take the fixed width of title from the title tag. If it exceeds the limit, the title will be displayed with ‘….’ in place of the last word of the title. So, it is necessary that the page title should be of fixed width as per the search engine.

If you are unable to provide the Title tag, Google will take the snippet of the content or text from the web page which may or may not be reader friendly.

Description Meta Tag

The description Meta tag should have the main theme of the content of your blog post or page with the phrase or keyword according to your theme. This content is displayed just below the Title in the Google SERPs. Same as the title tag, if you don’t provide the description tag, Google will take first few words that are relevant to the search term.

Metadata in Body

Many people are unaware of this Metadata in body which is nothing but ‘Alt’ attribute. They generally think that Metadata appears only in the Head section. This ‘Alt’ attribute is used in the HTML source code for audio, video or for image files.

Robots Meta Tag

It enables you to control how each page of your website of the blog is indexed in your search engines. If you have any restrictions or if you don’t want to include a page in the index of your Google search engine, then you need to place the Meta tag with meta name as ‘robots’ and content to ‘noindex’ in the Head section of the source code.

If you don’t have any restrictions, it is not necessary to use this attribute and Google will visit every page of your website. Though, Google will prefer you for including the robots.txt in the root directory of your website.

Keywords Meta Tag

Google will not use this keyword Metadata. It even doesn’t affect your rankings. So, you don’t have to consider this or else if you feel it is necessary, you can include six main keywords. Though they don’t improve rankings, they are helpful for blogs that are being searched for specific keywords.
These are the four Meta tags that have an important role in the Google SERPs. As metadata is directed to Google search engine, it is very particular in carrying out your instructions and applying it on such data. So, make sure that your instructions are clear so that it directs to the important areas of your website.

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How to Improve Keywords Ranking in Google?

SEO is the word that values more than a diamond in blogging livelihood. SEO book filled with lots of mysteries and Keywords are one of them. Improving keywords progressively for search engines is perhaps the most important aim for every blogger. But do you know how to enrich your keywords ranking in search engines for more positive results?

I am sure many of you still don’t know how to get rid of this properly. While the SEO changing his layout for a couple of years we sharply need to pay attention the SERP’s for maintaining your keywords position.

So, today through this post I am going to share some of my tips to improve your keywords ranking in Google for maximum results. But, before kick-starting this guide I would recommend you to check your current keywords ranking so that it would assist you to follow the progress after reading my guides.

1# Optimize your blog post title

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Your post headline is one of the best weapons from your arsenal for gaining exposure on search results. A well formatted and eye-catching title with surely drive quality traffic from search engines. And don’t forget to insert keywords into post title, the ones you want to rank for.

Always use expressive and actionable keywords for your post headlines. Some of the most used keywords like “Updated”, “Step by step guide”, “Surefire techniques”, etc not only uplift your ranking but also increases your click through rate as a result more income.

2# Add keywords to post and media

After optimizing you post headline, it’s very important to optimize your content’s inside section. I would advise you to insert the keywords in a fashionable manner that not look like swollen. And don’t forget to main the keyword density and which should not be more than 2-3%. Putting a variety of related keywords into the post that has same search importance would be exceptional practice. After recent updates, search engines have become observant for finding a stuffed content. Plus, making the post more search engine friendly always put your core keyword inside the first 100 words and do the same thing in conclusion too. So keep in these tactics and deliver unique contents.

#3 Internal linking

This is one of the best tactics to engage visitors to your site. Interlinking your related posts such great way to light up your old posts and it is the smartest method for receiving backlinks from your own site.

But remember don’t to this like an automatic machine, otherwise, you will be penalized. Maintain a slow and stable peace for this thing. Also, use relevant anchor texts for interlinking and balanced the ratio of new and old posts so that all of your post gets the same value.

#4 Guest blogging

Some of us believe that guest blogging is dead long time ago and doesn’t help anymore. But it’s quite wrong I should say. Guest posting for SEO is dead you can say but for promoting your contents it isn’t. You can write more and more guest posts on related niche blogs for highlighting your quality posts. And doing this on a trustworthy site can astonishingly increase your traffic count.

#5 Blog commenting

The trick used eras after eras for getting the quality visitor from high-quality sites. Using blog commenting you can interact with fellow bloggers and build a powerful blogging circle which is best for this job. Remember blogging can be critical for lots of bloggers but when friends help on that it becomes easier to accomplish. So having a strong blogging friend circle is very important.

There are lots of Keywordluv and Commentluv blogs available where you can leave your voice after reading their posts. Keep in mind that doesn’t comment on spammy blogs or disrespectful niches. Find the blogs which related to your niches then leave an expressive comment and in the end place your newly written post link. This way you can get more and more eyeballs on your fresh post which is best any blogger.

#6 Repurpose your content

While casing your posts asks yourself, is it really necessary repeat the same thing over again n again? Do you like to wear the same dress every day? The answer is probably NO! Remember Donald Duck, yes it’s the only species that looked good with the same material daily. But it comes to your blog posts then there is no chance for this mistake.

Try juice up your contents with new ingredients like adding walkthrough and tutorials videos to your posts and converting your documents into .pdf version and share them in sites like SlideShare will help you extraordinarily. So don’t dress up your posts with the same thing every time, always try to add something new like mentioned above and see the positive result flowing in your site.