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Create Online Learning That Works for You

CREATE ONLINE LEARNING THAT WORKS FOR YOU
(6 WEEKS, FOR TRAINERS AND PROFESSIONALS)

This January, we are excited to be offering a short, focused class on how to create really useful online learning, for business and non-profit professionals. We created this course because we saw how daunting it can be for many people to make the leap into online learning, and we wanted to create a supportive environment to help people get started, one where you can learn from a group a peers working through the same challenges, as well as from our experienced teachers. We teach you how to make the technology work for you, and walk you through every step of creating a great class — based on what you really need to teach, and your goals.

You’ll finish class having built a plan and framework for your online course in a supportive workshop environment. This course is online with group chats and collaborations.

Divi Visual Builder Walkthrough

This is a quick Divi Visual Builder walkthrough. The Divi Theme has been around a while, but Divi 3.0 brought the unveiling of the Visual Builder in 2016. It can be resource intensive, so if you have issues with it remember you may have better luck freeing up RAM on your machine. Also you can always edit things from the backend the “old fashioned way”.

Make sure you are logged in with editing rights, then follow the images below…

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Quick Edit Using Divi Visual Builder

Use this Divi tip to create a quick edit using Divi Visual Builder on your own site.

If you want to collect bits of information while you are on the web, you have lot’s of choices to do so, like Evernote. But If you have a Divi website or are using Divi builder you can easily copy and paste or write down a note by creating a bookmark to the page you want to save your notes to.

I have a wordpress page on my Divi site that is not advertised to the public. I created a menu for just administrators, and this hides it well enough for my purposes. If you need more secrecy for your page you could make it a password protected page using WordPress or other methods. But the best part of this is that I can pmake a bookmark to my page once, put it in my browser’s favorites bar and when I click on it it I go straight to my site with DIvi Visual Editor already on. That is I don’t have to click again to turn on the editor.

Steps for making a quick edit using Divi Visual Builder:

  1.  Create a page with Divi Builder content
  2. Paste that page URL in your browser address bar and go to your page
  3. Add this to to the URL:/?et_fb=1
  4. Bookmark the URL with the added part at the end, put it in your favorites bar in your browser, and you will be able to quickly add to a page of notes on your own DIvi powered site.

Example URL:  https://yoursite.com/your-page/?et_fb=1

-> You do need to be logged in to your wordpress admin to have this work with one click, but you are likely to have that happening if you are working on you site already. If you make a private page on your own site you can quickly grab urls, content, etc. from other sites save them for later on your own site. 

 

Basic SEO Using Google Search Console

I’m not an SEO expert, but I know from some experience that everyone can benefit from practicing some basic SEO using Google Search Console.

Basic SEO Using Google Search Console

For years I had a simple site for my services as a web contractor for hire. I did less than the following steps but still got calls from Australia and around the US. The callers were inquiring about my services based on a simple Google search. I’d ask why they called me, and they would often say something like this:

“I Googled the words “WordPress”, “LMS”, or “LearnDash”/”Moodle”/”WPLMS” plus one other term, and your site came up in the top 6.”

Sometimes there was another term added – “Portland”, which narrowed it down for searchers looking for a local contractor. But that wasn’t the case with calls from Australia, Florida, Los Angeles…

Basic SEO Steps

It’s not too hard to get some decent SEO for your site. And if you are new to doing SEO you might feel overwhelmed. So here’s some simple basic SEO steps using Yoast and Google Search Console you can do one step at a time. (I’m assuming you have a WordPress site with an administrator account).

  1. Create a Google Account for your site, or use one you already have.
  2. Add your site to Google Search Console (formerly Google Webmaster Tools)
  3. Install an SEO plugin (Yoast plugin for WordPress, etc.)
  4. Do the basic configuration steps for the plugin. (If you are using the Yoast plugin it will walk you through and prompt you to connect to the Google Search Console, Creating a SiteMap, etc. – so some of the steps here may be already done for you)
  5. Submit Your Sitemap To Search Engines
  6. Go through your site pages and create keywords, check your page titles to those keywords, and do other improvements (the Yoast plugin for WordPress will help you do this and monitor your progress)

Here’s a couple screenshots from the Yoast interface, before and during shots for you to compare. You can always do more than these steps, but just these steps get you started.

Yoast Settings: Before

Basic SEO Using Google Search Console - Yoast SEO Analysis - Before

Yoast Settings: After

Basic SEO Using Google Search Console - Yoast SEO Analysis - after