Embed YouTube Videos Into A WordPress Website – Video Tutorial
Follow step by step as I embed a YouTube video into a wordpress post. YouTube makes it very easy to do, you just need to know where to find the embed code to add into your post.
Always Add Text About The YouTube Video
Be sure to always put text on your posts along with your YouTube videos on your WordPress post to allow Google and other search engines to properly index your post’s content. The more information you give to the search engine bots, the better chance you’ll have of your page showing up on the search engines for keywords that are related to your post.
Customizing The Menu On WordPress and Adding Dropdown Options
Customizing your WordPress site Menu can make a big difference on whether or not your visitors enjoyed their experience or not. A site with poor navigation is more likely to have a low visitor return rate, than one that is easy to navigate with a good menu bar. I am often asked how the menu can be changed and made better. This tutorial video will show you where you can go in the admin page to make changes to the menu and includes a couple of neat tricks that could be useful for you.
Steps To Customizing Your WordPress Menu and Adding a Dropdown
Login to your admin page and go to your dashboard
In the left menu bar in your dashboard, go to the “Appearance” button
Click on the “Menu” button
NAME the Menu you are creating (see “A” in the image below)
Click on the “Create Menu” button (see “B” in the image below)
The main menu section to the left will now activate for you to work on your menu. There are a lot of options you have now to customize your menu.
Be sure to select your new menu as the “Primary Navigation”
Using Your Categories and Pages To Be Menu Options
The Pages and Categories section can now be added to menu bar from here. Be sure that anything you want to be in your menu is showing in your menu box. The YouTube video above shows the various options you have to customize your menu. You don’t need to add all your pages to the menu, or if your menu bar is too full, you can make a dropdown of similar menu items.
Bonus Tip: Using Custom Menu Buttons To Drive Traffic To Make You Money
Here is a lesser known tip on using menu buttons to drive traffic to affiliate partners. You can actually make a menu button that will take your visitors to an affiliate vendor. If your visitor purchases a product from the vendor you sent them to, you’ll make a commission. This technique needs to be done properly though, for instance, be sure to name the menu item exactly what it is and do not try to trick your visitor. Like using a button that says something like, “Buy (product) here”.
Custom Menu Creation On WordPress & Dropdown Tutorial
How to Change the Header Banner Picture On WordPress Twenty-Ten and Twenty-Eleven Theme
The wordpress default/standard themes have gotten so much better over the years. In the past, you were almost forced to go look for a replacement theme the moment you installed wordpress. Now, the theme that comes with wordpress has some customizations that are flexible enough for a beginner to tolerate after some simple tweaks and customizations.
One of the first things you’ll probably want to change to make it look a little more personal is the header picture.
Here is what you will need to do to change the header image on WordPress:
Login to your dashboard
Go the the “Appearance” Tab on the left menu
Select “Header” and you will go to the page to make the header changes
If you already have a picture that is ready to upload, click on the “Browse” button and locate the picture image file you would like to upload from your computer and click on the “Upload” button, OR you can simply select one of the default images provided by WordPress. You can also select an image in your media library if you wish.
If you’ve decided to upload your own image and you now see the editing screen, you can select the image area you would to see cropped. Keep in mind that the “taller” you make the image, the taller your header will be, which is not always recommended. Hit the “Crop and Publish” button when you’re happy with the selection you’ve made and it will now become your new header image.
A few things to think about when selecting a new header image
The header image should reflect something about your blog
Keep in mind that a “Picture is worth a thousand words” and when its the header of a website, it could be worth a whole lot more to your blog revenue
The taller the image, the more the content of the page gets pushed “below the fold” or below the visitors view. (that’s not a good thing)
Use good, in focus, and clear pictures for headers
Keep it as professional looking as possible
NEVER use copyrighted pictures. If you are not sure, don’t chance it.
Graphic designers can be hired for as little as $5 to make a cool header for you at fiverr.com if you can’t make one yourself or have a picture that you are able to edit.
If you don’t like it, you can always change it
And that is how you can change the header image on your WordPress Twenty-Ten and Twenty-Eleven Theme Blog
How To Stop Google And Other Search Engines From Indexing And Showing Your WordPress Site
Want to test a site out to see if things look good, but don’t want Google to index and show it in the search results? Watch this video tutorial on how to tell the Google “Bots” that you do not want them to crawl your site.
Why would you NOT want Google to show your site in the search listings?
There are actually a lot of reasons why I make sites that I do not want Google to index and list. Here are a couple of reasons why you might think about not letting Google, Yahoo, Bing and the other search engines expose your sites:
If you plan to build a private site for yourself or perhaps for a business that you don’t want the public to access, start with telling Google and the other search engines not to come to the site, then it is always best to also password protect the site so search engine spiders can’t go any further and accidentally allow your site to show on the listings.
You are building a new site for someone and you copy or clone the old site’s content to a test site to give the client a “Real” idea of what it will look like in the end. You Do Not want Google to Index the test site.
You may want to test a new look for your current site and you duplicate your site multiple times in locations where you can do comparisons. All the test sites locations should not be listed on Google.
If you are using wordpress and want to test plugins, you definitely should have a test location to copy your site and test the plugins. (plugins have broken many wordpress sites and should be used with caution)
If you are doing special pay per-click-campaigns with pages that have some duplicate content as your primary “organic” site, it would be best not to index those pay-per-click sites (as long as those are ONLY pay per click site locations and you don’t need them to be found organically)
In the rare occasion that you put up a “dummy” site on a subdomain specifically to create wordpress or website building tutorials, you may not the outside world accidentally finding your dummy site.
In case you can’t see the video, here are the steps to keeping the search engines off your wordpress site:
Log into the dashboard of your site
Click on the “Settings” menu tab
Click on the “Privacy” option
Select the option that says “Ask search engines not to index this site.”
Be sure the click on “Save Changes”
That’s all to it!
Now you know how to stop search engines like Google, Yahoo, and Bing from showing your site on their listings.
I received a question on the best way to add Google Analytics code to a wordpress blog. Although I typically do not like to use too many plugins in WordPress, there are some that are too good to pass up.
Here’s What I Used To Do To Avoid Using A Plugin for Analytics
In the past, I used to add my analytics code directly into my template header or footer code. That has worked well for me for quite a while except for 1 “small”, but very important issue that I kept forgetting about. Whenever I did a template update or changed my template completely, I would forget that I needed to install the Google Analytics code into the new template or update. Sometimes I would lose a few days or weeks of analytics data. This was a huge issue when revenue or traffic started decreasing and when I went in to see if I could figure out why, the data was not there. It left me blind to what was going on and to know if a Google search algorithm like “panda” or “penguin” was the culprit. It happened a couple of times, but not enough to sway me into looking for a plugin just for analytics.
The Problem With WordPress Plugins
A few months ago, one of my WordPress blogs had a vulnerability that allowed a hacker access to ALL my WordPress blogs on my hosting account (there was over a dozen sites I had that got hacked there) possibly because of a plugin vulnerability. Although I am not totally sure it was a plugin that caused the hack, I have had enough issues with other plugins, that I don’t like to use them unless they’ve been proven to be too valuable, like “All In One SEO”. Plugins can break your blog, so BE SURE TO BACKUP YOUR BLOG BEFORE DOING THE NEXT STEPS! Also, install the plugin at your own risk. Some have been known to not be compatible when WordPress updates happen.
First, be sure to login to your Dashboard, then go to the “Plugins” tab on the left menu and select “Add New”
In the Search Box, type in “All In One SEO Pack” and select “Search Plugin”
Select the plugin called “All In One SEO Pack” (by Michael Torbert) by selecting the “Install Now” text link below the plugin title.
Next, click on “Activate Plugin” and it will appear with your other plugins.
You should see a pink box appear in your plugins section at the top of the page. Click on the red text “the admin page” to configure your plugin
Look for the “Google Analytics ID:” field and fill in your google analytics number from your analytics account.
Select “Update Options” at the bottom and you are done! Your analytics is now working.
How to Bold, Underline, Hyperlink, Change Color, or Make Your WordPress Text H1 Header Style In Your WordPress Posts or Pages.
Are you a wordpress beginner looking to change the text in your posts or pages to something that will help catch your reader’s eye? Changing words to bold or underlining sentences is a common practice in writing, especially blogs. If you are using wordpress to make your blogs, here are the tools already in wordpress to do the things you might want to do to enhance the visual parts of your ideas in your text.
First, be sure that you are logged into your blog and go to your post or page you’d like to make the changes in. If you’ve already created the text, then go to your edit screen to do the changes. Once at the editing screen, make sure that you have the “Visual” tab selected.
If you see only one line of icons, be sure to click on the “Kitchen Sink” to show all the wordpress tools.
This is the “Kitchen Sink” Icon that will bring up a lot of tools for your to edit your text and make your job easier.
If you are familiar with most word-processor programs out there like Microsoft Word or something similar, the tools work the same in wordpress as they do in those other programs.
Simply highlight the text you want to change and click the icon that has the changes you would like to make.
To do other changes like editing the font size or things that are not shown in the tools provided by wordpress, you will need to use html coding. On another “tipsbychris” post, I will go over some of the common things people like to do with text that the default wordpress tools do not provide or you.
A Note About Hyper-linking Text
When hyper-linking text in your post, be sure to fill-in both the URL and Title boxes as shown here on the right. The Title box helps tell google and your reader what the link is about or any additional information you want them to know.
WordPress Tutorial – How To Change The Time Zone and Post Time
If your new to using wordpress and noticed that your post time is usually way off from the actual time you did your post, it’s probably because you haven’t setup the time zone setting for the correct location. I have a video tutorial that you can follow that will show you where to change the time zone of your blog to match your location.
But what if it’s your post time that you want to simply edit to show an earlier date and your time zone is already correct? Well, the tutorial video will address both the time zone issue and also show you where to fix/edit a post time.
In case you’d rather not watch my short video, here are some screenshots of the locations you can go to do the changes.
First, to change the time of a post, go to the posts edit page (the screen where you are about to do edits to a post). On the right hand side bar where you normally have your “publish” or “update” button, you will see the place you need to go to change the post time just above.
If you have your blog setup to order your posts by date, all the posts will shift accordingly for you automatically. This is a great way to fix posts that need to be a certain order for readership ease.
To change the time zone of your blog, simply login to your admin dashboard and click on the “Settings” tab on the left menu toward the bottom. If you haven’t installed any plugins, most of the time the settings menu button will be on the bottom of the menu. Next, select “General” and you will then see the area where you can change the time zone location. Don’t panic about trying to find which UTC zone you need to select. You can simply choose a major city that shares the same time zone as you. The list contains an enormous list of big and small cities for which you can choose from in your time zone.
Here’s a screenshot of where you need to go to make the change.
These tips are being made for participants in the scvinternetmarketers meetup group members who are participating in the blog challenge we are having. I hope it helps!
Please add your comments below or let me know if there are any tips you could find useful and I will try to make a video for you.