Online Video – How to Create Posts for Multiple Blogs Using Microsoft Windows Live Writer 2012 (with video)

Blogging with Windows Live Writer - video tutorialPainless blogging! One reason you might put off blogging or making updates to your site is the technology behind it. Microsoft’s Windows Live Writer is a free, easy, WYSIWYG desktop application you can use to create and publish blog posts and pages whether you use WordPress, Blogger, LiveJournal, or TypePad. It syncs with your sites, and you can create posts and pages online or offline at the park. It’s included in the full download of Windows Essentials.

Are you maintaining multiple sites? No problem! You can access all of them from this one interface.

The timesaving features in this FREE software from Microsoft® are built for people who would rather do it themselves but don’t know how. Here are some of the things you’ll be able to do right from your Windows desktop.

  • Manage multiple blog accounts from one place and publish from your desktop.
  • Insert pictures or simply copy and paste them onto the page.
  • Set default properties once for objects you insert and forget it.
  • Insert videos from your computer or YouTube and other services.
  • Download its own set of plug-ins that make enhancing your posts easy.

Webmasters – You’ll be able to create your client’s blog or Website, direct them to this training, and move on to your next project.

Site Owners – You won’t have to wait or beg anyone to update your site because you’ll be able to easily do this yourself!

Learn How – Online Course Available

I’ve recorded an online course with multiple videos to show you how to use this timesaving software. I broke the information down into bite-sized chunks, and put them all in one place on my membership Website, (short for The Digital Breakthroughs Institute, my company). For only $47.00, you’ll have lifetime access to the video series so you can learn and do refreshers at your convenience.

Sample of What You Will Learn

The video below demos how to create a blog post in Windows Live Writer and insert a video from YouTube. To help you learn how to use everything Windows Live Writer has to offer, check out my video series that breaks everything down into small chunks that make learning easy!


How to AutoPost Your Blog to Other Social Media Accounts for Better Time Management

When I write a new blog post, I don’t want to have to visit all my other social media sites to post it. When I publish a new post, it automatically goes to Facebook (personal and business pages), LinkedIn, Twitter, and Google Plus. Here’s how I autopost (times vary and posting isn’t always immediate so be patient).

Facebook: From your main page, search for the app, Networked Blogs. When it comes up, register your blog and be sure to syndicate it for automatic publishing. Create auto updates to your personal and business pages.

Google Plus. The WordPress plugin, WPGPlus will autopost your new articles to your Google+ profile. After you install the plugin, go into Settings and add your Google Plus email address and password.

LinkedIn: Add the app, Blog Link (or WordPress if that’s your platform). They both link directly to your blog from LinkedIn. To find the app, click More, Other Applications, choose Blog Link or WordPress.

Twitter: If you use WordPress, try a plugin such as Tweetilyto automatically tweet your new posts. After you install the plugin, go into it’s settings and make desired changes (I changed the “Minimum age of post” to zero and the Random Time to 1.)

Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter auto updates: is another option to autopost to Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. When you use a link, you can track stats.

Take a few minutes now to set this up and save time later. If you have other ways to autopost, please leave a comment below.


WordPress Video No Longer Disappears During Edits When Using YouTube's Embed Code

I wrote a recent article and recorded a how-to video (below) on how to use a special plugin when inserting a YouTube video into a blog post. The plugin was necessary because of an unexplained bug when using the Upload/Insert video command in native WordPress. If you used it along with YouTube’s embed code, the video would disappear if you made a change to the blog post later from the Visual tab as opposed to the HTML tab.

With the newest update to WordPress (3.3), here’s what happens.

  • If you use YouTube’s video embed code and insert it into your post using the native WordPress Upload/Insert video command, the video will no longer disappear later if you make a change to the blog post on the Visual tab.
  • Over on YouTube, if you right-click on the YouTube video and click Copy video URL, then use that URL with the native WordPress Upload/Insert command, your video will disappear later if you make a change to the post from the Visual tab. In that case, you’ll need to use the method in my video below.


Avoid Broken Links When You Change the Title of a Blog Post – WordPress

If you change the title of a blog post (after it’s published) by only changing the title block, the link to it will be broken wherever anyone has linked to it. There is an easy way to avoid this in WordPress.

  1. Sign into the back-end of your blog and find the published post you want to change.
  2. Make desired change to the text in the title block. Copy all of this text.
  3. Look just under the title of your post. You’ll see “Permalink: http://yourblogdomain/title-of-your-post/”
  4. Click the Edit button to the right of your blog URL.
  5. Delete the ENTIRE blog title, and paste the new one. If you don’t delete all the text before pasting the new title, this will not work. (If you type the new text instead of copy/paste, do not type the hyphens that WordPress added between each word.
  6. Click OK.

WordPress will redirect the old link to the new one. That’s it.

Check Broken Links Within Your Blog

On another note, you can monitor your blog for broken links using the Broken Link Checker plugin. Once it’s activated, it’ll check your blog on a regular schedule that you set and email you with the results. You’ll be able to view, edit, unlink, or otherwise change the links.



Upgrade Your Blog Image and Functionality

I wrote a recent article for SCORE Association’s blog on the process I went through to convert a free Blogger blog and a free WordPress blog to a self-hosted WordPress blog. And I am so glad I did.

I want my blog to be viral with you linking to it, downloading my blidget (the Widget in the right sidebar that lists recent posts and updates automatically every time I add more), and spreading the word by clicking any of the social icons at the end of each post. And I wanted a more interesting design with better choices.

I can have all these things with a self-hosted WordPress blog. Click here to read the details of what I went through. I hope you’ll pick up a tip or three that will save you some time.

Peggy Duncan, Time Management Expert