Powerhouse Posting Process @ AZ WordPress Meetup

As soon as we have the presentation video available I’ll post that here as well! Stay tuned!

Resources I Suggest You Check Out

Simon Sinek’s Start with Why TED Talk – This is a great TED Talk by Simon Sinek about why starting with why you do what you do inspires others and impacts your ability to lead others.

Google Trends – Great free tool to check out what your audience is searching for and to get ideas of trending topics to cover… you can even compare terms to see which keywords you should be using.

Avatars, Ecosystems & Watering Holes – A great post from Pamela Slim about creating your own audience avatars, understanding what they like and who they are, as well as scoping out where you can connect with them online and offline.

Custom “Most Popular Day and Hour” Google Analytics Report – Use this tutorial to create a custom report in Google Analytics that will show you exactly what day and time your website gets the most visitors.

Editorial Calendar Plugin – This is a great free Editorial Calendar Plugin that helps you see and create upcoming draft posts in a calendar view, allowing you to manage your blog editorial calendar right inside of the WordPress Admin area!

Editorial Calendar Inside of Asana – Thanks Carol for this link! – If you use Asana (a project and task management tool) TutsPlus has written up a great tutorial on how you use Asana to manage that workflow.

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Online Community Building for Non-Profits

Earlier this month, I gave a two hour presentation at Gangplank Chandler in regards to online community building for non-profits, here’s the slideshow presentation from that talk.

Here are the infographic links that I used within the presentation:

Multichannel Giving

Evolution of the Online Donor

Social Giving

Also some requested links:

Crowdrise – A website dedicated to helping non-profits raise project-specific funding

If you’d like to talk more about Online Community Building for your Non-Profit, feel free to contact me and I’d be happy to discuss!

WordPress for Small Business

I was selected by the lovely Susan Baier who has been leading the Chandler division of Laid Off Camp to speak at their first Small Business Workshop at Gangplank last Saturday.

I gave a 45 min. presentation on WordPress for Small Business, a basic overview and tips on getting started. Slides are available below:

Here are the resources I suggested within the slide deck and during the presentation:

Support on WordPress.com – This is a great resource for beginners that are using WordPress.com, it really has a lot of great detail on how-tos, getting started, and other items that are great for learning the basics and getting familiar.

Support on WordPress.org – This is a great forum where you can get help with your WordPress.org self-hosted setup, customization and other questions.

WordPress.org Codex – Looking for documentation on how to get started with WordPress.org self-hosted installations? This is the definitive resource created and maintained by the WordPress.org community.

Arizona WordPress Meetup Group – This is a great group of WordPress folks (many who help setup and support WordCamp) that meet around Phoenix and Tuscon. It’s a great place to find support, ask questions from people also using WordPress, and get more information on WordPress.

Gangplank Hacknight – Gangplank Chandler has a hacknight every Wednesday night that is place to come in and dedicate some time to learning and setting up your new WordPress website. There are generally people there who can help out if you get stuck, have a question, or just want to bounce ideas off of.

WP101.com – If you’re looking for some training videos on the basics that we covered in class, WP101 has a great set of tutorials available for a mere $20 for a lifetime subscribe (meaning if WordPress changes, they get you out new vide0s)! Each tutorial is professionally done and pretty extensive for the basics, plus you can watch it over and over and over…

Easy WordPress Guide – This resource was suggested by Christie Simmons of Launch MiE as a great way to learn WordPress through a guided process.

Another Great WordCamp PHX!

Made Better Studio speaks at WordCampSuper thrilled at the success of presenting the WordPress 101 class at WordCamp PHX this past weekend.

I met a lot of great people getting started with WordPress, and loved their enthusiasm for the getting in and getting their creative juices flowing with this great tool. It was wonderful to hear all the different ways people are using WordPress, from business websites to personal blogs.

During this 8 hour workshop we really got participants feet wet with all kinds of knowledge, from how to get started, choosing the right WordPress setup, to more advanced detail of themes and plugins. While most of the presentation was demo-based, I did have a small slide deck with information on hosting types, a hosting/domain/files metaphor I like to use and places that these beginners can become more affiliated with the WordPress community, get help, and share knowledge. You can check it out the slide deck below. As the video from that class becomes available I’ll update this post to let you know. :)

Here are the resources I suggested within the slide deck and during class:

Support on WordPress.com – This is a great resource for beginners that are using WordPress.com, it really has a lot of great detail on how-tos, getting started, and other items that are great for learning the basics and getting familiar.

Support on WordPress.org – This is a great forum where you can get help with your WordPress.org self-hosted setup, customization and other questions.

WordPress.org Codex – Looking for documentation on how to get started with WordPress.org self-hosted installations? This is the definitive resource created and maintained by the WordPress.org community.

Arizona WordPress Meetup Group – This is a great group of WordPress folks (many who help setup and support WordCamp) that meet around Phoenix and Tuscon. It’s a great place to find support, ask questions from people also using WordPress, and get more information on WordPress.

Gangplank Hacknight – Gangplank Chandler has a hacknight every Wednesday night that is place to come in and dedicate some time to learning and setting up your new WordPress website. There are generally people there who can help out if you get stuck, have a question, or just want to bounce ideas off of.

WP101.com – If you’re looking for some training videos on the basics that we covered in class, WP101 has a great set of tutorials available for a mere $20 for a lifetime subscribe (meaning if WordPress changes, they get you out new vide0s)! Each tutorial is professionally done and pretty extensive for the basics, plus you can watch it over and over and over…

Loved all the great feedback I got from the presentation attendees. If you have any suggestion on ways I can make my presentation of the 101 material better, please contact me or leave a comment below. :)

Using WordPress to get the Work You Want

Looking forward to speaking at LaidOffCamp SW PHX today! I have my slides all ready and very excited to see all of you there. Below are the slides as well as some additional information on how to get started with WordPress.

Building and maintaining a website used to be something only geeks and techies could do. But that has changed in the last few years with the development of WordPress.

Maybe you’ve heard of WordPress. It’s been around since 2003, and today it powers over 25 million blogs and websites around the world.

Yours could be next!

WordPress takes care of most of the technical details for your online presence. No other tool does that! Because WordPress does the heavy lifting, you are free to focus on what you do best—writing great information to share with the world.

Your brilliance + WordPress = an awesome online presence

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