Essential tools and what are they for Men’s Sheds. For most of these tools you will need a Gmail account. There are a number of tools that you can use for your online Men’s Shed. Here are a few of them:-
- Are you looking for articles to write about and you have searched all over the place. Stop doing that and go to Google Alerts, Google will then send you articles on the topic you are searching for. This is one of the essential tools you can use.
- If you use WordPress, like we do, it will give you statistics on your site. We know how many visitors we have had each day, just by logging into our back office. There is a better piece of software, that will show you more accurate information and it is called Google Analytics. This is another great essential tools for your Web-mastering, resource package. It tells you how many visited you and where they came from, what pages they went to and how long they stayed for. so do I know how much traffic we get everyday, you better believe it.
- The next great one of the essential tools is Google Docs. This is a really get piece of software for doing all your documents on. You can even share documents among other shed members. Watch the video and you will see what it is all about!
Well have you seen that video before, lost my indent number, so I will carry on in point form.
- YouTube, yes you got it, another Google company, and you can see heaps of videos on Men’s Sheds on it. Again if you use WordPress and want to put a you tube presentation into one of of your pages, it is very easy to do. Find the video you want to use, left click on share, down the bottom of the screen. When you click on this you get more options, let click on Embed and select the Iframe that you see there. when you have it selected, then right click and look for copy, left click on that. When you have done this then you go back to the page to where you want to paste the IFrame, you will need to click on the HTML tab on the right top corner and then go to the bottom of the page, left click where you want to place the video. Then just right-click again to select paste. Once you are done, just go up to the right hand corner or your edit page and click Visual, other wise you will be screaming where have all my edit tools one. That is it, when you are done and published it, then you will see if you got it right.
- The next great one of the essential tools is, Google Places. This is where you can log in and create a Google Map of where your Men’s Shed is located at. Okay video time again, tells you all about Google Places.
- So what is next on those really great essential tools, this will be a very popular one, Picasa Web Albums, where you put all your pictures online and either open to the public or store them for private viewing, you can download the software to your computer.
- What else would you like to know about essential tools, I know! Google Webmaster Tools, you need to register with this site, if you are expecting to get any traffic to your Men’s Shed domain. Serious, do you think you can just build a website and people will discover you. They will eventually, well maybe! Don’t leave it to chance. not sure any more, but a few years ago, Google only listed 24 million entries into their search engine, I expect this has changed now. But there are over 2 billion entries out their and building all the time. As quick as you can click your fingers then that is how quick these entries come into existence. So if you think you don’t need to register with Google, well good luck with that one.
Anyway this is just some of the many online resources you can use. I am Bill Ray from the Elermore Vale Men’s shed and when you see the author Bounties, that is my handle for writing articles in our pages and posts. Here is a picture of me, getting a bit long in the tooth, but wanting to pass on my knowledge to all the Men’s Sheds before I pass away!
Well that is about it from me, hang on should I tell you about all the great essential tools in WordPress! No that better be another resource package some time, one free quick tip! Yoast SEO, check it out in your new plugins search, down load it, and find it in your pages and posts editor, you wont be sorry. If you love his plugins, toss him a donation, I did, I consider him to be a pure genius! I started using this, SEO package on my personal website ( Wordpress ) and more time than not, I get award-winning articles all the time.
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