If you thought blogs were dead, think again!
The 2013 State of Inbound Marketing report from HubSpot reveals that nearly 50% of businesses acquire customers from leads generated by their blogs - just behind Facebook and LinkedIn.
Your blog could become the determining factor in a customer's decision to choose you over your competition.
Blogging can help you market your business, establish yourself as a thought leader, get the word out about your causes, and make yourself more attractive to potential employers.
This condensed and comprehensive course will get you up and running using WordPress.com to its full potential in no time.
Business owners, entrepreneurs, marketers, social media strategists, students, job seekers, and casual bloggers will all benefit from taking this course.
Follow author, developer, and new media pioneer, Deltina Hay, as she walks you through the process of setting up and developing your WordPress blog in her typical no-nonsense teaching style.
Using a real-world example from scratch, Deltina shows you hands-on how to:
Don't put that blog off any longer! Take the course today, and be blogging like a pro tomorrow.
In this lesson, we go through the process of getting a WordPress account, starting a blog, and present an overview of the general WordPress dashboard called the "Reader."
In this lesson, we define what a theme is, explore the theme area in WordPress, discuss how to search and choose themes, and explore different theme customization options.
Deltina Hay is a developer, publisher, small business owner, and the author of four books on social media, the mobile web, and search optimization.
Her first book, The Social Media Survival Guide, is used as a text in colleges and universities worldwide. Her latest book, The Bootstrapper’s Guide to the Mobile Web, helps businesses optimize their mobile web presence. And her upcoming book, The Bootstrapper's Guide to the New Search Optimization, focusing on holistic and organic optimization techniques, will be released in 2015 as a web app.
For nearly 30 years, Ms. Hay has done custom programming, database management, web development, search optimization, and social media marketing consulting for businesses of all sizes. Some of her past clients include Real Simple Magazine, American Greetings, Nestle Toll House, Victoria's Secret, and Kraft. Ms. Hay's graduate education includes computer science, applied mathematics, numerical analysis, and psychology.
Ms. Hay’s working knowledge of social media tools and web development concepts make her courses some of the most thorough and accessible in the industry. She focuses on educating businesses on strategies, technologies and tools for creating an optimized presence in the traditional, social, and mobile web.
Ms. Hay developed the graduate-level Social Media Certificate program for Drury University, and contributes to many online sources, including Six Revisions, LinkedIn, Technorati, and SocialMediaBiz.
Ms. Hay is a lifelong learner who loves to share her diverse knowledge and give back to the industries she loves. She is a member of the International Marketing Standards Board and serves as the Board Chair of the Independent Book Publishers Association.