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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The Food Blogger Pro Affiliate Program

We're beyond excited to let you know that the Food Blogger Pro affiliate program has officially launched! Before I explain more about the program I wanted to say a big thanks to the team that helped make sure that every pixel was in place and every line of code written perfectly.

These were really incredible people to work with and we couldn't have done it without them.

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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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Introducing The Community Forum

Today we're excited to introduce you to a new branch of Food Blogger Pro.

The Community Forum!

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Before talking details, I wanted to share why I feel like this is such an important part of Food Blogger Pro.

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Member Survey and the FBP Forum

Good news from Food Blogger Pro! We're almost ready to launch the FBP forum.

Before we launch the forum, we want to get to know you a little bit better and give you an opportunity to get to know other members, so we put together a simple get-to-know-you survey.

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Course Updates – March

What's the one thing that's constant with technology? Change. 🙂

Below are the Food Blogger Pro videos that have recently been updated.

CourseAkismet

Akismet is a comment spam prevention plugin from Wordpress.com (reminder: Wordpress.com is the for-profit branch of Wordpress).

Update: When signing up for Akismet you now need to use a Wordpress.com username to login. Wordpress.com is starting to require this for many of their products and plugins. We added a note to this video to notify viewers that the sign up process will first ask them for their Wordpress.com username before asking for additional information. Even if you use a self-hosted Wordpress.org blog you'll still need to create a Wordpress.com username.

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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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Tips for using Food Blogger Pro

Food Blogger Pro is officially two weeks old!

Over the past 14 days, videos on Food Blogger Pro have been played over 4,000 times by 175 different members in 26 different countries. Pretty cool.

In order to celebrate our two week birthday we put together some simple tips to help you maximize your Food Blogger Pro membership.

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Welcome to Food Blogger Pro

Hello there. Welcome to Food Blogger Pro!

Over the past three months Lindsay and I have planned, outlined, recorded, edited, uploaded and embedded over 250 videos covering the most important things a food blogger needs to know to start and grow a food blog. Needless to say, we're really excited to finally share these videos with you. If you're brand new to blogging, we hope these videos help you to feel confident with getting your blog setup and running. If you've been blogging for a while, we hope these videos offer some insight that will help boost your blog to the next level.

Here's a video explaining the sign up process for members that purchased an early bird membership.

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