July 31, 2015

WordPress Users: Submit Your Blog To Apple News Now

 

Apple recently released the news that with its next update to iOS 9 this fall (September), and it will include a new app completely streamlined and and made for iOS with a customizable news feed. This is a boon to WordPress users because your content can be submitted ahead of time for inclusion. Like right now.

Publishers interested in signing up can visit www.icloud.com/newspublisher with additional publishing tools available later this year. iOS 9 will be available this fall as a free software update for iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch® 5th generation, iPad 2 and later, iPad mini™ and later. Features are subject to change. Some features may not be available in all regions or all languages.

One thing I would suggest is that you have your image/logo ready to submit. Also, they will ask for your name, business name (if you’re an individual adding a blog, your personal name), blog name and address, contact information, language and audience choice. I chose “general” since my topics include more than just genealogy. If I’m accepted I would think I could change that to a specific audience if needed.

In the Apple Press Info they also intimated that at some point the app can be monetized by publishers.


 

I first read about this via WordPress Hacks (an excellent site, I must say) and you can read Kyle Eslick’s article about Apple News app here. Thanks Kyle!

8 iPhone Apps You Didn’t Know You Needed

How many times have you said, “I wish there was an app for that”? Here are 8 of the most useful ones on my iPhone. Please leave your suggestions to add to this list.

Roboform

I don’t think I could function properly if I didn’t have Roboform as my app for remembering logins. I know there are others, but to me, Roboform is still #1. While it’s great at remembering logins, it’s also extremely handy for filling in forms, and making purchases online with your stored banking details. Yes, you can password protect Roboform app.

Pinterest

I actually have *two Pinterest accounts, one for personal fun things, and the other as a business account to share blog posts and sites I like for business like WordPress, Cafepress, Amazon, etc.

*Find me on Pinterest iPentimento Emporium (business) and Carol Wilkerson

WordBrain

After a few hours of composing and researching, I need a break now and then. So, I open the WordBrain app and have a little word fun. It’s not as easy as you assume!

StoryCorps

Truthfully, you never know when someone is going to bust out with a story about themselves or their friends. Created by David Isay, this app allows us all to tell the human story. It can be planned, or impromptu but always a great way to preserve memories for posterity.

Marksta

I use this app to add a watermark to my photos on my iPhone to point friends and clients to my blog, or just to say “it’s mine”. Marksta allows you to watermark your photography, adding text or a logo directly from your iPhone or iPad.”

PastMapWA

This one is location specific, but if you live in Washington State, this app is your ticket to historical adventure in the Evergreen state.

Gas Buddy

Trying to save some dollars while on the road? Try using GasBuddy to see the most recent gas prices in the next town. Or, your town.

Find Me Rest Stops ($.99)

This one is crucial for any traveler on the road. This app tracks your location and gives you several results for available rest areas. Make sure you check out some of the other apps they’ve created too.

 

 

How To Change Your Feed Title and Description

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It took me a whole day to find how to do it, but I finally found the way to change my RSS feed title/description to the way I wanted it to read. When I was just beginning to optimize and publicize this blog, I mistakenly thought it would only be going out to subscribers who read it in readers and not realizing that a feed can be used by email subscription services like MailChimp as well.

When I did a test send for my new MailChimp campaign for iPentimento I was dissatisfied with the Feed Title and did a little “poking around” in FeedBurner and clicked on the tab Optimize, scrolled down on the left side of the page to Title/Description burner and as you can see in the image I was able make my desired changes.

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As I said, I am now using MailChimp for subscribers for this blog and it’s sister Pentimento. (Pentimento isn’t a genealogy blog, just my personal one for ideas, opinions and insights.)

Thank You iPentimento Subscribers

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Just a quick post to say thank you to all my subscribers. Each and every one of you are so appreciated!

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Take a look at one of the pictures of my grandmother Minnie Caroline Smith Yates that I obtained recently. Yes, you’re right, I am named after her (and my aunt Jeane Moline Davis).

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