Alice Elliott

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Alice Elliott is a Digital Marketer whose award winning Fairy Blog Mother blog provides simply explained, jargon-free, highly visual WordPress training for beginner and post-beginner bloggers, specialising in the older blogger. Her e-courses consist of before-and-after screen-shots that make no assumption of prior knowledge, constructively beginning at Blogging Level 0 to ensure a good foundational training. She is well known for her ability to “explain things really simply”, relating her teaching to each learner according to their lifestyle and ability. Having the chance to network with bloggers around my own age is a breath of fresh air. Now I don’t have to worry whether they understand what I’m going on about, nor will I feel like an old fogie for saying the wrong thing! Also, since I focus on teaching bloggers of a more mature age how to blog, which requires a more patient, step-by-step approach, here is a safe and secure environment to showcase tasters of what I offer, readily accepted by the perfect target market for my style of e-courses.
Post-40 Bloggers - No comment
Comment boxes on the end of blogs made for lively debate at a recent Post-40 Bloggers Editors' lunch as we don't all agree on the subject. And whilst Alice's (our Blogging & Technology Editor) premise and infographic pro-comments is interesting, its well-known arguments are often countered as I did a few years ago...
Post-40 Bloggers - Woman typing on laptop
A guest post by Christa Maxwell for you to enjoy… There’s one marketing strategy that small businesses often forget about. It doesn’t cost a fortune, and it doesn’t demand too much effort for maintenance. Moreover, it is the best home based business opportunity for small commercial enterprises. What is it? Blogging. To say the...
Blog building blocks
If you go into Google and type in “How to create a blog”, you’ll be confronted with a huge amount of tutorials in all sorts of guises all claiming to show you how. Some of them will be OK, some will be totally awful, but I bet the majority of them won’t...
Computer, SEO and Google analytics
There is so much complicated palaver on how to optimise a blog post. In reality, there are some simple procedures that can be put in place that will make a big difference, and these really don’t need to be done by a fancy, expensive SEO agency. Of course if you...
Search, surf, find optimisation
I’ve been busy again on my Beginner Bloggers blog, creating a series of posts about the Settings area. This is somewhere that all bloggers really ought to visit on their blog. There is always something that you could optimise to make your blog perform better. I’ve mostly focused on WordPress.com blogs, but there is an...
Combination lock
The last thing we want is a blog that isn’t safe. And yet so many bloggers are unwittingly leaving their blogs unprotected, because they don’t update them regularly. When did you last update your blog? WordPress is regularly updated for a reason And that’s because there is so much happening in the...
Male florist small business
A small business, especially a start-up one, should have a blog rather than a website. Let us explain why.
P40B - squirrel eating
I’m afraid putting pictures into your blog isn’t as easy as putting them into your social media status updates. This is because Facebook and the others have powerful applications whirring behind the scenes that instantly make your picture web-ready. But your blog doesn’t do this, so it’s up to you...
Fearful male blogger
When I first started blogging I didn't know anything about it. In hindsight this was a blessing. My ignorance didn't get me caught up in what I should and shouldn't be doing but, instead, I did what I loved to do - write. As I became more knowledgeable and experienced, that...
Chain links
Whenever posts are published, they are allocated their own webpages. Therefore these webpages need to have a web-address or URL given to them, so they can be accessed independently. These are called permalinks. The default option usually looks like this: http://mysite.com/?p=123 Unfortunately, if you have a WordPress.com blog, you are stuck with what WordPress gives...
Grammar magnifying glass
Rules can be broken and I do it often (and make mistakes), but habitual sloppy grammar and careless spelling – unless deliberate – detracts from a superior read. It interrupts the reader’s thought process. We hate it in our paid magazines or newspapers - a reader has paid with their...
Tax forms
This week we were scandalised to learn that from the beginning of next year, anybody from the EU states buying digital products will have to pay VAT. But not just UK VAT, EU VAT, which will have to comply with the country of the purchaser. If I sell digital products to a EU citizen,...