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Today, I thought would answer an email from a reader. Marios wants to know how to add your latest blog post to your email signature.
Now you might be wondering, why I am answering his email on my blog?
Well, the truth is that I figured if he needed help with it, so might other people.
Before I answer Marios question, let me tell you about something I want to test out on my blog.
If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you might be thinking, why am I publishing a new post on Monday?
As you know, I currently publish new posts every Tuesday and Friday’s like clockwork.
Answering Questions On Monday
I wanted to get this question answered as quickly as possible. Since I already have my editorial calendar filled through October.
The easiest thing I could do was answer this question on Monday 🙂
If I start answering questions on regular basis, I may just answer them on Monday’s instead of changing my blogging schedule.
By now you know my whole story of building up this blog into a full-time income so I can walk away from my WordPress freelancing gig. If you still don’t know my story, you can read how I got started with WordPress.
I personally know how challenging it can be to start a blog. I struggled with WordPress when I first started using it.
Now I feel pretty comfortable with it. I’ve managed to create a WordPress freelance business around my skills and knowledge.
So I figured, why not let you pick my virtual brain with your beginner blogging questions. My goal is to make the techie side of blogging easy for you.
Since my first blog, I’ve started several blogs. Yes, I’ve failed in the past before.
Sometimes, I find myself forgetting the issues that beginners face. That’s why I’ve decided to let you pick my brain and ask me your questions.
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I can’t promise to have answers all the questions.
However, I can do some research on my iMac and hopefully help you get pointed in the right direction 🙂
Below you’ll find the rules about the types of questions that I’ll answer. Yes, unfortunately, I have to have rules so I don’t get bombarded with tons of off the topic questions.
Now don’t expect miracles or secret formulas to help you grow your blog.
Growing a blog is new to me. That’s why I share my blog progress reports with you.
It keeps me accountable for my daily choices and my hope is that by sharing what I am doing to grow my blog, I can help you grow yours.
Answering Emails On My Blog
I’ve decided that I am going to start answering my loyal readers questions. I’ve even set up an email where you can send your questions, it is questions [a[at]usan velez [d[dot]om.
I don’t know if I’ll do this every month, I guess it just depends on how much participation I get from you.
Since I’ve just decided to start this, I thought I would answer the very first email that I received regarding blogging.
I Can’t Promise
As I mentioned, I have been working with WordPress for over 8 years now. However, there is so much that I still don’t know.
So if I can’t answer your question, you can bet that I will do my best to help you find a resource you can turn to.
Try to keep your questions to the basics. My goal is to help people start their WordPress blog.
Don’t send me questions about advanced stuff like starting an e-commerce site, theme specific issues, plugin specific issues, PHP or design issues…those won’t be featured.
In fact, they’ll just get ignored and trashed.
I’ll only be answering the questions that will help people get started with WordPress.
Like I said my goal is to make the techie side of blogging easy. This way you can start, grow and monetize your blog to create the lifestyle you desire.
I know, someone will send me a question that will stump me.
Trust me I won’t be afraid to admit that I don’t know the answer. I am not a know-it-all and I’ll be the first to admit it.
Rules for Your Questions
I know that someone is going to send me some advanced WordPress questions. I can tell you right now, those questions won’t be answered.
As I mentioned I already told you the types of questions I am NOT looking for. Let me instead tell you what I am looking for.
- Questions that can help new bloggers
- Basic WordPress how to questions
- Just getting started and confused questions
- Questions that you’ve struggled with in the past when you got started
- Maybe you’re struggling with something right now, let me see if I can help you out
- Basic blogging questions to help you move forward
As I start to get questions, I’ll tweak these rules.
Remember, your question will only get featured if I think it can help my readers.
What You Get In Return
In return for taking the time to participate and putting yourself out there to ask a question. I thought I would feature you on the post.
I’ll also be sure to add a link to your blog, in case anyone wants to visit your blog.
This is my way of saying thanks for participating and picking my brain.
We’ll See How This Goes
I can’t promise that I’ll continue doing this. I’m going to give this a test run and see how things go.
If I get the right type of questions and people are actually submitting questions, then I’ll continue.
However, since I own the blog, I get full right to stop answering questions if I choose to.
My goal is to help you get through some of the basic techie questions that you may have.
How do I Submit My Questions
Easy, I’ve created an email just for these questions. Email me at questions [a[at]usan Velez [d[dot]om.
I’ll only be able to answer one question per month.
If I don’t have any questions for the month, then I’ll just write a regular blog post like I normally do.
Right now, I’ll only be answering one question per month. If I start to get more questions, I may answer more questions throughout the month.
So let’s give this a shot and see if we can help each other grow our blogs so we can accomplish our goals.
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Our First Reader Question Answered
As I mentioned, this email didn’t come from a regular reader.
However, it is the first question that I’ve received about how to accomplish something for our blogs. Since Marios reached out to me, I’ll start with his question.
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So here’s the question that Marios sent to me and my response.
How to Add Your Latest Blog Post to Your Email Signature
Now there are several ways to add your email signature to your blog. When I first researched how to add mine, I noticed that most people were using Wisestamp.
I almost went that route, but I didn’t want to pay a monthly subscription. If you use the free version, they have a branded link in your email. I don’t know this for sure.
So I figured I would find a free method. This is how I added my email signature to my emails. So feel free to use my method or you can follow this method that will show you how to set up an email signature using Wisestamp.
Feel free to use it or you can sign up for Wisestamp here.
I’ve personally never used it before, so I don’t know anything about it.
Here’s how my email signature looks on my Gmail.
Setting Up A Custom Email
If you haven’t set up a custom email, you’ll definitely want to do that. I’ve written a step-by-step tutorial that you can use to create a custom email.
How I Setup My Email Signature In Gmail
As I mentioned above, I’ll be using Gmail for my custom email. I know that a lot of people use the paid Google Business email.
However, I didn’t want an added expense. It’s not that I am cheap, but why pay for an email, when I really don’t get a ton of emails yet?
Sign Into Your Gmail Account
After you’ve created your custom email, log into your Gmail account. Go to settings.
Adding Your Signature
Scroll down on the settings page till you reach the signature. Once you’ve created your custom email, you’ll be able to add it here.
By default, the settings will be set on no signature.
We want to add our signature to our new custom email so choose that.
Adding Your Signature Message
Underneath your custom email, you’ll now have the opportunity to add your custom email message.
You can see, it is a WYSIWYG editor just like your WordPress blog. You can add images or anything else.
I won’t go into detail of what to add, as your custom email will vary from mine.
Of course feel free to copy mine if that’s what you want to do.
How to Add Your Latest Blog Post to Your Email Signature
Okay, so Marios wanted to know how to add your RSS feed to show your latest blog post.
Unfortunately, the method that I use doesn’t add my latest blog post to my email.
For that, I believe you’ll need to use Wisestamp or find another method. I wasn’t too concerned with adding my latest blog post to my email.
This Is What I Did
As you can see, I have a picture of my RSS feed on my email signature. This lets people know that it’s my RSS feed.
I want people to check out my blog.
So instead of worrying about my latest blog post, all I did was find one of my most popular posts on Google Analytics and insert the link to that page.
Of course, you can always send people to a page that you want them to go to.
Just Make Sure
There’s nothing wrong with sending someone to a page that you want them to go to.
However, you just want to make sure that the page you’re sending them to provides some type of value.
The more value you can provide that person, the better chance they’ll subscribe to your email list or they may even bookmark your post and may come back and read it later.
Your Next Step
Go and create your custom email signature. Even if you’re not getting a ton of emails from people yet, eventually, you’ll start getting some emails.
You want to make sure that your email signature is created before you start responding to people.
It makes you look more professional and it will help you get the word out about your blog.
Once you’ve learned how to add your latest blog post to your email signature, be sure to email me your basic question for next month.
Who knows, you might be the next lucky reader that I answer your question on my blog.
Remember, I’ll only pick one question regardless of how many questions I get.
Final Take Away
I wouldn’t worry too much about sending people to your latest blog post through your emails.
Personally, I’d rather send them to a specific post that will help them solve their questions.
If you send them to a post that is packed with valuable information and helps them in some way. You have a much better chance of turning them into a regular reader and joining your community.
Of course, I could be wrong. You can test things out on your own blog and see what you prefer.
Either way, you just want to make sure that you’ve taken the time to create a custom email to respond to your readers.
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Did you set up a custom email signature on your emails? If so are you sending people back to your blog? If not let me know how you’ve set up your email signature for your blog.