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I have recently come back to WA and to my blog after a period of time spent setting up my coach training school with a business partner. That is still building and needs subst

Gather all of your assets, videos, images, etc., before you write. When you look for these during the writing process, it's too easy to go off on tangents, and the writing goes on the back burner.
Best Regards,
Jim

Great advice. Thanks Jim!

You are right -it's the going off at tangents, the distractions - all which seem to be valuable but of course, getting all that sorted would help!

Thanks again!

It used to take me a long time to write my blog posts too, but I've gotten quicker over time.

One thing that helped me was brainstorm ideas while doing other things like driving, showering, etc.

I usually start out by outlining the sub-headings for my blog post and then just fill them all in with the actual content. It seems to be much quicker than starting to write from a blank slate.

And one last thing is, if you have a type of post that you do regularly, then it can be way easier to get those posts finished. I was doing a monthly trends report for my niche that followed the same basic pattern each time.

Great practical tips here! The ideas aren't the issue! I have hundreds of ideas (almost too many!). Implementation is definitely the issue for me. I like the idea of planning the post from the sub-headings perspective first. That should give greater clarity and make the writing easier.

Thanks so much!

Sarah

The "focus" is powerful of mind state that moves you to the goal. Just stay focus on the task and do following to the method. For me, Focus on my mind makes me more focus on a task.
Look what your though run from one to one.
Look emotion expression, stay and disappear.
Funny feature of the nature.

Yeah my issue is definitely one of focus! And I am not sure that I am able to just decide to focus - because that in itself is a thought that then distracts. My mind is running away - perhaps because I want it to be perfect or because I am not sure on which direction to go in my writing of the post or because I get confused.

But I did like the idea of working on one thing at any one time to help get into that space!

Thanks for your help!

Sarah

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What tips for being time efficient when writing blogs?

What tips for being time efficient when writing blogs?

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I have recently come back to WA and to my blog after a period of time spent setting up my coach training school with a business partner. That is still building and needs subst

Gather all of your assets, videos, images, etc., before you write. When you look for these during the writing process, it's too easy to go off on tangents, and the writing goes on the back burner.
Best Regards,
Jim

Great advice. Thanks Jim!

You are right -it's the going off at tangents, the distractions - all which seem to be valuable but of course, getting all that sorted would help!

Thanks again!

It used to take me a long time to write my blog posts too, but I've gotten quicker over time.

One thing that helped me was brainstorm ideas while doing other things like driving, showering, etc.

I usually start out by outlining the sub-headings for my blog post and then just fill them all in with the actual content. It seems to be much quicker than starting to write from a blank slate.

And one last thing is, if you have a type of post that you do regularly, then it can be way easier to get those posts finished. I was doing a monthly trends report for my niche that followed the same basic pattern each time.

Great practical tips here! The ideas aren't the issue! I have hundreds of ideas (almost too many!). Implementation is definitely the issue for me. I like the idea of planning the post from the sub-headings perspective first. That should give greater clarity and make the writing easier.

Thanks so much!

Sarah

The "focus" is powerful of mind state that moves you to the goal. Just stay focus on the task and do following to the method. For me, Focus on my mind makes me more focus on a task.
Look what your though run from one to one.
Look emotion expression, stay and disappear.
Funny feature of the nature.

Yeah my issue is definitely one of focus! And I am not sure that I am able to just decide to focus - because that in itself is a thought that then distracts. My mind is running away - perhaps because I want it to be perfect or because I am not sure on which direction to go in my writing of the post or because I get confused.

But I did like the idea of working on one thing at any one time to help get into that space!

Thanks for your help!

Sarah

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Ok so I am

Do they offer you an option to download a file and upload to your domain? That can be easier.

Hi Peter - yes there is that option but once again there were no instructions on how to do that! I have to say feeling a bit letdown about my first experience with putting in a support ticket. But there you go!

Any ideas on where I upload this file to and how??

You can use an ftp client like file zilla which is easy to use. The login details for each of your sites is easy to find.
In site manager click on the Details button and you will see the following:


Domain Name: yoursite.com
Administration Page: disregard this.
FTP Username: your site user name
FTP Password: your site password

You don;t need to worry about the port number. Once you are connected in filezilla, Leave the location where it is on your site in the right hand column. On the right hand side find the file you have downloaded from the search engine admin pages and right click over it and upload.
That should be it.
Hope this makes sense, only just starting my first coffee. ;-)

Haha! I will give that a go!! Thanks! :)

Had a bit of trouble with this too - kept rejecting the file! Marion Black sent me some useful information to help but before I got around to doing it Daniel (Daniel01) got in touch and got me a solution. All sorted. FlexOffers did the verification manually for me!! YAY! Anyway just wanted to say thanks for your help!

Sarah

Pleasure Sarah, glad you got it sorted. HNY

Sarah, I use Virtue also. It's a great theme with a bunch of options. However, the Header and Footer files are not accessible for 'whatever' reason, if you don't create a child theme. You need to either use FTP and access these, which could be a problem if you don't know how. Just ask website support to add the code to it.

John

Hi John, Thank you so much for your answer! I am in touch with Website Support now! Hope they can resolve the issue - glad to hear it's a theme thing and not something I have "broken".

Yes, you are right! I would have some difficulty going the FTP route!

Sarah

Hi John - support have directed me back to FlexOffers (the one whose code I am trying to add) even though I mentioned I believed it to be a theme issue! Getting frustrated now!

John - just wanted to say thanks for your assistance - after much messing around and Support not helping me out, I finally got a solution from FlexOffers via Daniel01 below to have them verify manually! Thank goodness it's sorted now. REally grateful for the help!

Hi Sarah I just spent 2 hours to update 3 websites for Google and Bing webmaster tools. So tell me what theme are you using. Is it one the free one? and do you use all in one seo or Yoast

Hi Sarah I am also working with FlexOffers as affiliate and I had no problems with it so what is your problem?

I use All-in-One SEO but I am trying to verify for Flex Offers Affiliate programme so not Google or Bing Webmaster tool

Is Virtue a free theme or a paid one

p.s. sorry didn't answer your question - theme is Virtue!

A free theme

AS you can see, not so much a problem with FlexOffers -more with something on my site in the background which won't allow me to verify my site!

Ok this might be a bit tricky as I used a paid one and mostly with Yeost so let me go to my trial theme and see what I can do what is your Header? I might have a stupid question here, where you approved for the per say product ?

I can't get my website verified. Trying to paste the html code they gave me . I went to my site, to appearance and then editor. I went to the header.php file but all it actually says is the following:

?php
/*
Empty on purpose.



- Force plugins to stop stating incorrect errors -
<?php wp_head(); ?>
*/

So I put the code in various places (it's supposed to be before <head> but as you can see above mine doesn't say that) and it doesn't work wherever I put it!

Ok let me try with my trial website and I will get back to you shortly

Would I sound really stupid if I said that I don't know what my header is. I just have the menu at the top! Here is my website link inc case that helps!
http://savvysurfer.org/

I wasn't approved for anything yet!!!!

Thanks so much Daniel! Much appreciated - take your time!

I remember to get my first website approved but now how, So I will try for the second one, it might take me a bit of time but working on it . Now keep in mind I am using a paid theme and also Yeost

No problem Sarah I have a website ready for a review of one of their products and I need to get this website approved also. Good timing

Hi Sarah just a quick update I submitted a ticket to Flex Offers so I will get back to you when I get an answer or I might call them back tomorrow morning in Florida to get some help. I will PM you after with a procedure as their explanations do not work for me also

Thank you so much Daniel!! You're being so helpful thank you thank you!

Hi Daniel - I will still be pleased to hear what you have to report but I just wanted to draw your attention to John's (mackiejw) answer below about the Virtue theme! This might be what is creating my issue! It sounds like I might need to get website support to add the code for me. See message below from John!

Sarah

No luck with support - they told me to speak to FlexOffers!!! Grrr!

Hi Sarah I used a paid theme Divi and I put the html. code and it worked fine, in my opinion, support at Flex Offer, with my new theme will guide me how to add it up and I will be back tomorrow with an update. Take care. Cheers Daniel

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How do I deal with an issue with my header.php file?

How do I deal with an issue with my header.php file?

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Ok so I am

Do they offer you an option to download a file and upload to your domain? That can be easier.

Hi Peter - yes there is that option but once again there were no instructions on how to do that! I have to say feeling a bit letdown about my first experience with putting in a support ticket. But there you go!

Any ideas on where I upload this file to and how??

You can use an ftp client like file zilla which is easy to use. The login details for each of your sites is easy to find.
In site manager click on the Details button and you will see the following:


Domain Name: yoursite.com
Administration Page: disregard this.
FTP Username: your site user name
FTP Password: your site password

You don;t need to worry about the port number. Once you are connected in filezilla, Leave the location where it is on your site in the right hand column. On the right hand side find the file you have downloaded from the search engine admin pages and right click over it and upload.
That should be it.
Hope this makes sense, only just starting my first coffee. ;-)

Haha! I will give that a go!! Thanks! :)

Had a bit of trouble with this too - kept rejecting the file! Marion Black sent me some useful information to help but before I got around to doing it Daniel (Daniel01) got in touch and got me a solution. All sorted. FlexOffers did the verification manually for me!! YAY! Anyway just wanted to say thanks for your help!

Sarah

Pleasure Sarah, glad you got it sorted. HNY

Sarah, I use Virtue also. It's a great theme with a bunch of options. However, the Header and Footer files are not accessible for 'whatever' reason, if you don't create a child theme. You need to either use FTP and access these, which could be a problem if you don't know how. Just ask website support to add the code to it.

John

Hi John, Thank you so much for your answer! I am in touch with Website Support now! Hope they can resolve the issue - glad to hear it's a theme thing and not something I have "broken".

Yes, you are right! I would have some difficulty going the FTP route!

Sarah

Hi John - support have directed me back to FlexOffers (the one whose code I am trying to add) even though I mentioned I believed it to be a theme issue! Getting frustrated now!

John - just wanted to say thanks for your assistance - after much messing around and Support not helping me out, I finally got a solution from FlexOffers via Daniel01 below to have them verify manually! Thank goodness it's sorted now. REally grateful for the help!

Hi Sarah I just spent 2 hours to update 3 websites for Google and Bing webmaster tools. So tell me what theme are you using. Is it one the free one? and do you use all in one seo or Yoast

Hi Sarah I am also working with FlexOffers as affiliate and I had no problems with it so what is your problem?

I use All-in-One SEO but I am trying to verify for Flex Offers Affiliate programme so not Google or Bing Webmaster tool

Is Virtue a free theme or a paid one

p.s. sorry didn't answer your question - theme is Virtue!

A free theme

AS you can see, not so much a problem with FlexOffers -more with something on my site in the background which won't allow me to verify my site!

Ok this might be a bit tricky as I used a paid one and mostly with Yeost so let me go to my trial theme and see what I can do what is your Header? I might have a stupid question here, where you approved for the per say product ?

I can't get my website verified. Trying to paste the html code they gave me . I went to my site, to appearance and then editor. I went to the header.php file but all it actually says is the following:

?php
/*
Empty on purpose.



- Force plugins to stop stating incorrect errors -
<?php wp_head(); ?>
*/

So I put the code in various places (it's supposed to be before <head> but as you can see above mine doesn't say that) and it doesn't work wherever I put it!

Ok let me try with my trial website and I will get back to you shortly

Would I sound really stupid if I said that I don't know what my header is. I just have the menu at the top! Here is my website link inc case that helps!
http://savvysurfer.org/

I wasn't approved for anything yet!!!!

Thanks so much Daniel! Much appreciated - take your time!

I remember to get my first website approved but now how, So I will try for the second one, it might take me a bit of time but working on it . Now keep in mind I am using a paid theme and also Yeost

No problem Sarah I have a website ready for a review of one of their products and I need to get this website approved also. Good timing

Hi Sarah just a quick update I submitted a ticket to Flex Offers so I will get back to you when I get an answer or I might call them back tomorrow morning in Florida to get some help. I will PM you after with a procedure as their explanations do not work for me also

Thank you so much Daniel!! You're being so helpful thank you thank you!

Hi Daniel - I will still be pleased to hear what you have to report but I just wanted to draw your attention to John's (mackiejw) answer below about the Virtue theme! This might be what is creating my issue! It sounds like I might need to get website support to add the code for me. See message below from John!

Sarah

No luck with support - they told me to speak to FlexOffers!!! Grrr!

Hi Sarah I used a paid theme Divi and I put the html. code and it worked fine, in my opinion, support at Flex Offer, with my new theme will guide me how to add it up and I will be back tomorrow with an update. Take care. Cheers Daniel

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Hi,

Here's hoping someone can help with this. I need to add html code to my home page to verify the site is mine (for an affiliate program).

There was very little

I am studying pHP closer.
Yet...I see they have you covered on this.

Looks like you are covered here with Marions tutorial particularly.

Unfortunately not Peter as it's not google! But I think you have seen the second message anyway and commented!

Thanks for bringing that up. I have done mine, but for my future reference, I bookmarked it. Have a spectacular 2016, Sarah.

Glad you were successful. It seems it's a theme issue - I took Loes advice and started a second conversation about the problem so hopefully will get some answers soon!

Hi Sarah, here is a tutorial by Marion Black. I also looked in my files for a tutorial by Tim's Products that worked for me. It was a different method. Harry Saster also put one out. If you can't get it to work you can find their tutorials on their profile page or PM them. Marty

Hi Marty! Thanks! I will try the other two. Marion's is great but I can't use it as it isn't google I am trying to verify! But thanks!
Sarah

Great help from all three but all Google related so I can't use it (for now!) but wanted to say thanks as I will hang onto these for future reference! Thanks!

Try to add it lower, just before the closing tab

Hi Loes,

Thanks - so you mean just before the last */ Or before <?php wp_head(); ?> or.....??

Also another question - once you are verified - do you leave that code in there or remove it?

No before the </head

that's the problem - that isn't there!

Hi Loes thanks for your help with this! I have taken a screen shot - yes I am in header.php but that is what I meant in my question - it looks like there is some kind of error because the only thing that is in there is what I have written above. See the screen shot!

Are you in the Theme Header (header.php)
There must be something like this
</head>
just before the <body>

p.s. I have put the code in more or less eveywhere in that area and it won't verify my website on the affiliate programme site - I have tried a number of things so I am assuming there is some error!

Never seen this, there is not much in your header.
I don't know how to go further here.
Please send out another question to get attention again.
Perhaps Tommy Dillard can help, he is quite good

Yeah looks like there is some kind of error in that case! Like you said, not much in there! Thanks for your help. Sarah

Just an update - have a couple of others helping on the second question I asked. It seems it might be linked to the theme. I opened a support ticket whose answer I was not very happy with - they told me to get in touch with FlexOffers (whose code I am trying to input) - I can see that they will in turn say it's a theme issue so get in touch with your hosting company and I will bounce round for ages. Going to be a bit of an issue if I have this problem everytime I have to verify site! Won't be making any money soon if that Is the case!

So in the worst case you have to switch theme

Yes I guess! Liked my theme up till now. Hopefully I'll find another solution before that's necessary. Was a little but down in the dumps with trying to find a solution when I write that last message to you!! Feeling more optimistic that I'll find a way forward now I've taken a little breather from it!

Sarah :)

I feel sorry for you if you have to change theme, I did once, but afterwards I was very pleased with the change, although I had a lot of work to adjust headlines and other things

I would rather not!! Could I change theme temporarily, put in the code, verify my website and then just change back - or would there be any consequences to doing that (ie could I break my site! - Obviously I would back up first!) - would that even work?

I guess when Google is scrolling your site, you have to do that over and over again, in that case I think your solution is in uploading it via FTP, MarionBlack knows everything about that, she has also trainings about uploading using FTP

Ok I will take a look. but just to clarify it is not google I am trying to verify - I can manage that easily with the All in One SEO - its for an affiliate programme I am trying to join and they want to verify my site.

In that case a switch of theme could do the job:) I would ask around for this one, If this verification is a one-time event

Thanks Loes!! Really appreciate your help!

I wanted to know do I go back and delete it or just leave it there?

Leave it there

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Trying to verify my website by adding code to my website.?

Trying to verify my website by adding code to my website.?

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Hi,

Here's hoping someone can help with this. I need to add html code to my home page to verify the site is mine (for an affiliate program).

There was very little

I am studying pHP closer.
Yet...I see they have you covered on this.

Looks like you are covered here with Marions tutorial particularly.

Unfortunately not Peter as it's not google! But I think you have seen the second message anyway and commented!

Thanks for bringing that up. I have done mine, but for my future reference, I bookmarked it. Have a spectacular 2016, Sarah.

Glad you were successful. It seems it's a theme issue - I took Loes advice and started a second conversation about the problem so hopefully will get some answers soon!

Hi Sarah, here is a tutorial by Marion Black. I also looked in my files for a tutorial by Tim's Products that worked for me. It was a different method. Harry Saster also put one out. If you can't get it to work you can find their tutorials on their profile page or PM them. Marty

Hi Marty! Thanks! I will try the other two. Marion's is great but I can't use it as it isn't google I am trying to verify! But thanks!
Sarah

Great help from all three but all Google related so I can't use it (for now!) but wanted to say thanks as I will hang onto these for future reference! Thanks!

Try to add it lower, just before the closing tab

Hi Loes,

Thanks - so you mean just before the last */ Or before <?php wp_head(); ?> or.....??

Also another question - once you are verified - do you leave that code in there or remove it?

No before the </head

that's the problem - that isn't there!