New Course – VaultPress

In last week's post I shared six essential plugins that every food blogger should install on their blog. The first (and most important) plugin from that list is called VaultPress. VaultPress is an important plugin because it automatically creates daily backups of your entire blog. If you're lucky, you'll never have to use it. If you're like me, you'll use it a couple times every year, and each time you use it you'll be incredibly thankful that you took the time to set it up.

We cover working with VaultPress in the WordPress Deep Dive course, but in this new course we cover all the different aspects of VaultPress, including setting up FTP and performing an example site restore after our blog goes down.

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New Course – Giveaways

Giveaways are an incredible way to grow your social media following, attract new readers, and even do market research.

In this course, we cover the basics of getting up and running with a giveaway, customizing your giveaway with pictures and additional entry options, promoting your giveaway, and closing your giveaway once it has ended.

Ready to jump in? Head over to the Giveaways course page.

Want to learn more? Check out the video below to learn about what we'll cover in the course.

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New Course – URL Shorteners

The growth of microblogging sites like Twitter have pushed URL shorteners into the mainstream. Owl.y, Goo.gl and Bit.ly are examples of sites that offer URL shortening services.

In this course we use Bit.ly to create a basic short URL, track the stats for that URL, and then create our very own custom branded short URL.

As we say in this course, short is good!

Ready to jump in? Head over to the URL Shorteners course page.

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New Course – Google Alerts

The list of responsibilities you have as a food blogger can seem endless. You're the photographer, the food stylist, the author, the recipe developer, the dish washer, the IT person, the social media manager, and the marketer. Did I miss anything? I'm sure I did.

One thing you don't have to do on your own is public relations. You can use Google Alerts to help.

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