You have a team of volunteers who want to write blog posts, that’s awesome! You can get this team set up relatively quickly so they can get to posting!
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Step 1: Create a blogger permission set
If you ONLY want your volunteer bloggers to be able to blog, and not do anything else in your nation, you can create a permission set that allows them to create and edit pages, but not publish those pages, see people, or do anything else.
To start, navigate to Settings > Defaults > Permission sets.
1. Click on + New permission set.
2. Give your permission set a name.
3. Click Create permission set.
4. Set all permissions you do NOT want these users to have to "No", keeping of course the ability to "Create and edit pages." They will save automatically.
Now, when you add your bloggers to your control panel, you will assign them this permission set.
Step 2: Create a blog page
You can create as many parent pages as you’d like, so just like you can have many calendars, you can have many blogs. If you haven't yet, create a blog page.
To create a new blog, navigate to Websites > [Site Name] > New page.
1. Type the name of your blog. The slug for your blog will auto-populate based on the name you type - the slug can be changed.
2. Select blog as the page type.
3. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and decide whether to include the blog in the top nav or supporter nav of your site.
4. Click Create Page. Typically, you'll want to include the blog in the top navigation.
All posts to this blog will live under Posts & subpages. All users with permission to utilize the blog will navigate to this tab to create their posts. To start a new blog post, users will go to Posts & subpages > New post.
Step 3: Review posts/Important blog tips
There are some important things to keep in mind before blog posts are published:
- Edit the social share prompt/SEO excerpt/image on social media
Within your post go to Settings > Social media to edit these settings. This is what will show up on your social media pages, as well as search engines like Google.
- Make sure the author is correct
Under Settings > Page settings you can view or change the author.
- Put a sentence before the flip and the rest after
When creating content (Blog page > Posts & subpages > Editbutton > Content) , make sure to add a sentence or two of interesting content "Before the flip" so people will click and read more!
- You can schedule your post if you’d like
Once you review the content (Blog page > Posts & subpages > Editbutton > Content) you can either Publishit immediately or Scheduleit.
- Tag your blog posts- People can click on tags to see all posts on that topic
Tags are entered on Blog page > Settings > Page settings.
- Create a top navigation button to a certain topic with a redirect to the blog/tag url
You might find it useful to have one of your frequent blog topics live on its own easy to access page in the top navigation of your website. You can do this using a redirect page.
1. First, if you aren't tagging your blog posts with topics, you can add them on a blog post under Settings > Page settings > Tags.
2. Once you've added them, click Save page. Tags will automatically create a page that displays all the posts related to a specific tag, in the case below its "blog-events."
Now, you can set up this page to live in the top navigation bar of your website. To do so, go to Website > + New Page.
1. Give the page a name, this is what will display in the top navigation.
2. Input the slug.
3. Under "Type of page" select Redirect.
4. Click Create Page.
5. You'll be taken to the Redirect settings page. Under URL to redirect to, input the URL from the page that was housing all the posts tagged for example, "blog-events." Typically this will be something like: https://savethegiraffes-jolynnbraswell.nationbuilder.com/tags/blog_events (my tag blog-events translates to blog_events)
6. Make the status of the page Published so it will display immediately on your site.
7. Make sure the "Include in top nav" box is checked.
8. Click Save redirect. Once you do, you can view your website and you'll see the new button in the top navigation.
- Use blog tags as ways for people to subscribe to email updates
You can create a signup page that allows people to subscribe to topics related to your blog posts. For example, "Events," or "Fundraising." It won't be an automatic notification, but you can easily send email blasts to people who subscribe to these tags.
To do this, first you need to create a signup page by going to Website > + New page > give it a Name/Slug > under "Type of page" select Signup > Create Page.
On the Signup settings tab, under Basics:
1. Under "Allow signups to tag themselves with" select multiple tags (checkboxes).
2. Click Save settings.
Under Checkboxes you'll enter the topics people can subscribe to.
3. Enter a description for the box, i.e. Events.
4. Select the matching tag for this topic.
5. Click Add tag. All of your checkbox options will populate to the left.
Now, when you create a blog post, make sure to tag with with one of the same tags people can subscribe to.
To email all people who have subscribed to this tag, create a new email blast (Communication > select your Broadcaster > New email blast) and on the Recipients tab, select Tag and then select the tag corresponding to the post/subscription topic.
Now you and your team are set up to be pro bloggers! If you want further guidance, check out our website/content HowTo's.