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You Have A WordPress Blog, Right?

So let me ask you, do you write all your posts to your WordPress Blog online? Maybe you write them in Office, using Word and then copy-paste them into the editor?

Well there’s a much easier way. Microsoft Word allows you to write your post and publish it directly to your blog. Maybe not…

I asked my Facebook and Twitter friends and followers and it appears that I’m the only one doing this. Some out of preference, some because they simply aren’t aware of this awesome feature in Word.

In fact, you can connect Word to pretty much all the main blogging platforms and you are good to go.

How Does It Work?

The steps here relate to Office 365, because you’re missing out if you haven’t upgraded. Let’s be honest, Office 365 has been around since 2013. What are you waiting for folks?

  1. Open Microsoft Word.
  2. You have two ways to publish to your blog:
    1. File – New – select the Blog post template for a new post.
    2. File – Share – post to a blog to publish an existing document to your blog.
  3. Assuming you have never used this feature: click on Register Now.
  4. Choose from the drop-down your blog provider. In our case this is a WordPress blog but, this feature supports all the popular providers.
  5. A dialog will open, where you add your blog URL, but keep the PHP file at the end of the URL i.e. http://<Enter your blog URL here>/xmlrpc.php
    1. Add a user name and password that has posting rights on the blog.
    2. Click the Picture options button and select the way you want to handle images on your blog.
  6. You are good to go and if you selected Remember password, then each time you choose the blog template Word will be connected to your blog.
  7. The template will load and you will see the menus in Word change to display File, Blog Post & Insert.
  8. You can setup multiple blogs, (each can be a different provider) from Blog Post – Manage Accounts – New.

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The Warptest POV

Whilst most people prefer to copy-paste this requires the removal of the excess code that gets carried across to from Word to your WordPress blog. Some others prefer to use Google Docs not Microsoft Word.

Overall the impression I got from speaking to various WordPressers is that this is not widely known. Why did I discover this? I was writing a review of Office and found this feature. Why am I only writing this now? As my incredibly smart wife is prone to remind me,

“Just because I know how to do something, doesn’t mean everybody else does. Keep sharing this stuff.”

– Thanks Missus Ross.

For the copy-paste folks out there, this is incredibly easy to setup. Once done, any time you select new blog post from Word templates you’re ready to go. Since Windows Live Writer is no longer supported, this is a great alternative and IMHO a better option.

The blog post menu in Microsoft Word has a publish button with an option to publish to drafts, allowing you to change the formatting (if you want), add images or galleries and add any SEO keywords etc.

Wordpress blog - blog post menu in Word

I give this a strong Warptest recommendation and suggest you try it for yourself. One additional tip: if you are already working in Word you can seamlessly backup every post to OneDrive.

The how-to is above, are you ready to take this for a test drive? You are already paying for Office, you might as well maximize your ROI.

WordPress Blog - Warptested

Last Week I Got A Mail From LinkedIn…

Announcing a new feature and inviting me to try writing posts on LinkedIn in my area of expertise. It was nice to be acknowledged as an “expert” so I clicked on the link in the email and was taken to a page containing a web text editor that looked familiar to anyone who blogs on WordPress, Blogger or just about any other content publishing platform.

LinkedIn organic posting

The toolbar contains the expected formatting functions including embedding media, photos, bulleting and quotes.

Posts can be shared after publishing to Facebook, Twitter or on LinkedIn itself.

How do you know if LinkedIn has rolled out this feature to you? Look on the LinkedIn landing page on the status bar you post from. If you see a greyed out pencil icon on the right of the box then you have this feature.

LinkedIn - create a post here

Truth and Consequences

Last night I discussed this with several people after posting on Facebook and Twitter about the feature.

LinkedIn clearly wants our content and I wonder if this feature has been rolled out to only those who are sharing their own content from outside LinkedIn:

LinkedIn - Viewed Updates

Clearly there are some obvious consequences and intentions around this new feature:

  • LinkedIn wants to drive organic posting onto their platform and ergo off our blogs (unless your blog is not specifically on your niche expertise).
  • The more one posts via LinkedIn, the greater it will increase exposure as an expert in a particular field.
  • Organic post rankings versus shared post rankings will differ. (Hat-tip to the amazing Hillel Fuld for making this point about Google+ during his BizSpark presentation last week).

The Warptest POV

Are LinkedIn really Borging blogs? Are they making resistance futile and should we be abandoning our blogs in favor of posting organically? I don’t believe so.

They are definitely interested in building a strong content curation presence within their own ecosystem but this is an opportunity to redefine your blogging strategy and plan which niche content you post on LinkedIn and which gets shared from your blog.

The other payoff is increased exposure as a professional who is an expert in their field. At the end of the day LinkedIn is about our professional presence so why not attract job offers by using this feature?

I would not be surprised is we see a Klout like ranking system connected to this feature in the future (you read it here first, right?)

I’m working on refining my list of posts and blogging strategy right now, how about you?

Technorati Site

How did I forget to claim my blog on Technorati?

Don’t mind this just testing the claim blog feature on Technorati ( EBRCTKF4U2FR )

Just when you think you have done all that hard work to ensure your blog reaches everywhere it’s meant to…

Technorati Site

I’m not sure how I forgot this but I know how I discovered it, I’d added the awesome Broken Links Checker Plugin to my WordPress installation and presto I see these problem links in the report from my old blog. This is a really good plugin to add 1) if you have moved your blog from another platform and 2) just to keep an eye on all that valuable content you link to.

Back in the day when I was writing to my blog on Blogger I used Windows Live Writer which makes it incredibly easy to tag posts for sites like Technorati. If you only use one Application for posting to your blog and you are on a PC then Live Writer is it. I give it a strong recommend.

Windows Live Writer

With the move to WordPress combined with upgrading to Windows 8 I just never installed Live Writer. I do all my posting either from the WordPress web dashboard or I write the drafts in Word 2013 which has most of the features I need for posting to my blog and in addition saves a backup of my posts to my Skydrive account. Ah well, lesson learnt and thanks Technorati for making the claim blog process so easy and fast.