Cleaning up LeadPages images to create landing pages faster!

When I first started using LeadPages, it took a little time to figure out how things worked and what image sizes I needed to be using in their templates. One area I wasn’t concerned with was how to delete LeadPages images.

As a result, I would upload an image using the recommended sizes and see how it looked.

If it looked good, I kept working on the landing page.

Unfortunately, if it didn’t, I would continue to add images to a LeadPages template until it looked just right.

What ended up happening was I ended up creating multiple instances of my LeadPages images. No big deal, right?

As you can see, it did turn out to be an issue because it made it difficult to know which image I needed to choose to use in my LeadPages template.

LeadPages images

The problem

If you are like most users, you would expect to be able to delete LeadPages images when you are editing your LeadPages template. That isn’t the case here.

Today I’m going to show you how to delete LeadPages images so that you don’t make the same mistakes I did and end up with lots of images at different resolutions.

This way when you are building your landing pages using LeadPages, you can quickly build them because you won’t have to spend time trying out images to get the right one.

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5 Ways to add social media buttons to your blog for easier sharing

There are hundreds of ways to add social media buttons to your blog or website.

Since I just went through a blog redesign, I wanted to share with you my process for choosing the best social media buttons to add to your blog or website.

By adding social media buttons to your website, this makes it easier for readers to share your content across Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and so on.

When you make it easy for readers to share your content on their social media channels, this can help out your site a lot.

As a result, this can lead to higher engagement, more interactions, and more pageviews on your website.

A word about plugins

A lot of people who build their own blog think that adding plugins to quickly solve a problem is the right thing to do.

While you can quickly build your blog, you need to be sure you really need to use a plugin instead of having someone code the feature into your site.

When you add a lot of plugins to your site, not only can this significantly slow down the load times, but you can affect your SEO ranking as well.

When you add social media buttons to your site, be sure you don’t overwhelm your readers.

Before adding any social media buttons, be sure you look at your social interactions in Google Analytics. This way you can determine which social networks you should include.

Let’s take a look at five types of social media buttons you can add to your blog or website to help make it easier for readers to share your content.

5 Ways to add social media buttons to your blog or website

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Social Media tips for your WordPress blog

If you have a WordPress blog, it’s essential that you are plugged into social media. Just putting some social media icons on your blog isn’t enough, though. You actually need to follow some tips in order to provide your readers with the best experience possible.

Social media tips for WordPress blogs

Social media tips for your WordPress blog

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5 ways to add Vine videos to a blog post

Embed Vine videos

No doubt, Vine is an extremely powerful tool to help you create great content for your social media channels. But what about using Vine videos in your blog posts?

Once you’ve created your Vine masterpiece, you’re not just limited to sharing it with the Vine community. In fact, you can take it a step further and include Vine videos on your blog.

Note: This should work on WordPress (self-hosted and WordPress.com sites), Blogger, Tumblr, even on a Facebook landing page.

5 ways to add Vine videos to a blog post

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3 Ways to Remove the Post Info Function in Studiopress Genesis

If you would like to remove “Post Info” section located at the bottom of your WordPress blog post in your Studiopress Genesis child theme, here are 3 ways you can remove the post info function.

Note: You do not need to add each of these to your code. You just need to select which option you want to use in your Genesis Child Theme and add the appropriate code to your functions.php file. 

Option 1: Remove the post info function completely.
This will remove the post info section completely from your blog.

/** Remove the post info function */
remove_action( 'genesis_before_post_content', 'genesis_post_info' );

 

  • Open functions.php
  • Copy and paste the above code into functions.php (at the bottom)
  • Save your document and reload your site

Option 2: Change the position of the post info function.
This will remove the post info section from your blog. The second set of code will add it back in – this time, at the end of your blog post.

/** Remove the post info function */
remove_action( 'genesis_before_post_content', 'genesis_post_info' );

 

/** Adding the post info function */
add_action( 'genesis_after_post_content', 'genesis_post_info' );

 

  • Open functions.php
  • Copy and paste the code labeled “Remove the post info function” into functions.php (at the bottom) – this will remove the code.
  • Copy and paste the code labeled “Adding the post info function” into functions.php (at the bottom) – this will add it back in at the bottom of your post.
  • Save your document and reload your site

Option 3: Customize the post info function
If you would like to customize the text in the post info function, add the following code and then make your edits. 

/** Customize post info function in genesis */
function post_info_filter($post_info) {
if (!is_page()) {
$post_info = ' EDIT THIS TEXT ';
return $post_info;
}}
add_filter( 'genesis_post_info', 'post_info_filter' );

Make sure you edit the text that says EDIT THIS TEXT

$post_info = ' EDIT THIS TEXT ';

 

  • Open functions.php
  • Copy and paste the code labeled “Customize post info function in genesis” into functions.php (at the bottom) – this will let you keep the post info function and customize the section.
  • Save your document and reload your site

 

Bonus: Using conditional tags with post info data
If you want to add conditional tags so that the post info is displayed on certain pages, add the following code.

/** Display post info data based on conditional tags */

function post_info_filter($post_info) {
if (is_home()) {
$post_info = ' EDIT THIS TEXT ';
return $post_info;
}
elseif(is_single()){
$post_info = ' EDIT THIS TEXT ';
return $post_info;
}
else {
}
}
add_filter( 'genesis_post_info', 'post_info_filter' );
  • Open functions.php
  • Copy and paste the code labeled “Display post info data based on conditional tags” into functions.php (at the bottom).
  • Edit the text that says “EDIT THIS TEXT” – there are two instances.
  • Save your document and reload your site

How to embed tweetchat in WordPress

For those of you looking to leverage the social networ Twitter, to engage with your followers, one of my favorite tools to use for this is Tweetchat.

If you’re unfamiliar with Tweetchat, what this tool does is it allows you to hold a chat on a specific Twitter hashtag. There’s no need to refresh your screen or sift through multiple hashtags. You simply enter a hashtag and it Tweetchat creates a room where you can tweet and chat with your followers.

Tweetchat features

Here are a few features of Tweetchat

  • Put blinders on to everything else going on on Twitter and focus on one hashtag
  • Feature certain accounts so that they stand out
  • Converse in real-time
  • Have fun!

How I use Tweetchat

Personally, I’m a big fan of Tweetchat. I use it during conferences by broadcasting it to LCD and plasma screens that I have setup. This way, attendees can follow what is being talked about on Twitter while they’re walking around. If they want to participate, all they simply need to do is visit Tweetchat and sign-in to their Twitter account and they can easily add to the conversation from their mobile devices such as their smartphone or tablet and it will show up on Tweetchat.

Another way that I like to use Tweetchat is to embed it into my website. This way someone can easily join the conversation from my website. The great thing about Tweetchat is that if you want to, you can embed tweetchat into your WordPress blog,

Embedding tweetchat into your WordPress blog takes just a few minutes. Here’s how to do it.

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How to create a successful multi-author blog for your business

Wordpress multi-author blog

One of the biggest challenges that most businesses face is how to keep readers interested and coming back for more. In the typical business setup, it is very linear. One person does one job, another person does another and so on. While this may work for certain jobs, eventually, your business begins to get stale and workers begin to get tired of the same tasks over and over.

Rather than find more “work” to keep them busy, why not put them to use by having them share something interesting about your business – what does your business do, are there any tips you can share with your customers through your employees, such as how they can connect with you through your social media channels. How about even have them provide insight into certain products or services that you may offer.

Not only will this make work more fun, but your business can also benefit tremendously from the added exposure. I know what you’re thinking thoughI don’t want my employees wasting time writing, I want them doing their jobs!

In a sense, they are. They’re also helping you open the door to people that may know your business, but don’t know your full line of products. Take a look at successful sites like EngadgetMashable and 9to5Mac who have seen success with having a multi-author blog. Not only do they produce content at a high-rate, they’re also able to get their jobs done and have fun doing it! Not to mention, the more quality content you product, the more it helps spread the word. Pretty soon, you’ll become the go-to place for your product or service.

So once you’ve made the decision to begin blogging, be sure to follow these 5 tips on how to setup a multi-author blog for your business. Continue reading How to create a successful multi-author blog for your business