I take my research seriously.

I visit dozens of sites to answer any one of my questions, and I don’t stop until I find exactly what I’m looking for. The links below will bring you to top-notch sites I believe to be universally helpful. Dig in! And check back often, because I add new links constantly.

Remember: each link is just one available resource. Use them as springboards for further exploration.

Who should I follow for blog tips/advice?

thenectarcollective.com

blogtyrant.com

thewonderforest.com

(These are my favorite bloggers.)

 

Why is my site so F-ing slow? (still wrestling with this one)

copyblogger.com/make-wordpress-faster/ (They explain how to read Pingdom. THANK YOU, Copyblogger.)

 

What the heck do I blog about?

startbloggingonline.com/101-blog-post-ideas-that-make-your-blog-hot/ (seriously awesome list)

bloginbetween.org/blog/101blogpostideas 

 

What the heck is a “theme”?

yoast.com/wordpress-theme-anatomy/ (comprehensive infographic)

 

What the heck is a “child theme”?

themeshaper.com/2009/04/17/wordpress-child-theme-basics/

cyberchimps.com/guide/child-theme-example/

 

What is the difference between a “child theme” and a “parent theme”?

premium.org/manuals/what-are-parent-and-child-themes/

thethemefoundry.com/blog/wordpress-child-theme/

 

What do HTML and CSS mean, and why should I care?

You should care because you’re self-hosting your blog, right? Right?! The more familiar you are with HTML and CSS, the less hair you’ll lose while blogging.

codeavengers.com/ (impeccably smooth and robust tutorial that shows you exactly what HTML and CSS mean AND how to use them on your own blog)

 

What is SEO?

moz.com/beginners-guide-to-seo (10 chapters of what it is, why it matters, how to use it, etc.)

 

Where can I find free images for my posts?

startbloggingonline.com/find-free-blogging-images/

inc.com/20-sites-with-free-images-for-your-blog-or-social-media-posts.html (explains how to avoid jail time for accidental picture-stealing, too)

 

How can I create my own images for FREE?

freevector.com/news/free-design-programs/ (I spent 5 mins. creating a profile on this site JUST so I could leave a comment telling them how much I love this post)

blog.bufferapp.com/tools-create-images-for-social-media

canva.com – I use this + Microsoft Paint to create my images. I LOVE Canva!

 

What’s a landing page, and why do I need one?

blog.wishpond.com/post/85728832826/what-is-a-landing-page

 

What’s an eBook, and how do I make one?

boostblogtraffic.com/ebook-mistakes/?hvid=m8g3o

blogtyrant.com/make-ebook

 

 

 

Do you have a question that isn’t listed here? Let me know in the comments. I’ll add it to my list along with your answer.

There’s nothing a solid internet prowl can’t procure. Love it. And you.

 

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