Create Polls on WordPress.com

Using the poll button (highlighted below) from the upload toolbar WordPress.com can quickly and easily embed online polls powered by polldaddy

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Embedding Video in Posts

Lets face it a screen full of text, no matter how interesting and creative, does not attract most people while surfing the web but a good picture or even a video can catch someones eye and get them reading.

As you can see from the example posts on this blog I would recommend at least one image on each post.

Here I am showing how an embedded video can make a post more interesting. The video below is direct from wordpress.com and is about there iphone client which allows you to blog directly from the ever popular Apple Iphone. This blog was embedded by uding the supplied code of  wpvideo Bh7FJ4Qg between sqaure brackets (e.g [wpvid????])

Or if you prefer you can embed a video from Youtube, Google Video or Daily Motion using the upload Video icon or using the text format suggested below:

Embed Video

Embed Video

An example Youtube video about blogging:

Or if you prefer you could pay for the Video upgrade and upload your own videos. You can also upload you videos to Youtube (or any of the other supported sites) adn embed in the usual way.

Welcome to OutTraining’s Blog

The OutTraining Blog is an example of a wordpress.com blog. This is the is the first post of the blog which is often used to set the scene, explain what the purpose of the blog is and what the reader can expect to find here.

It is recommended that Categories and Tags are used from the first post.

Categories

Categories are usually used to group posts together into related sections although they can be used however each blogger see’s fit and if preferred not at all. In this example categories will be setup for the main areas of interest (e.g. Training, Blogging, Social Media). Posts, if required, can be posted to multiple categories but it is often recommended that only one category is used:

Categories

Categories

Tags

Tags are usually used to add a more granular description to the post adding words that are related specifically to that post. so in the case of this post they could be wordpress, blogging and tutorial:

tags

tags

Tags can make more sense over time as they seen over a group of posts a ‘tag cloud’ is often used in the sidebar as a representation of the blog in tag form. Tags are being used lots of areas to allow seay earching of photos, documents as well as blogs and micro blogs (e.g. Twitter).

Not only will tags and categories become part of the navigation and arhitecture of your blog but it will help people find your posts and blog in search engines like Google. Using cateogories and post titles in your web pages will also help you being found.