What if you could put a form, promotional button, or banner anywhere on your blog by typing in a short code like this ‘moremoney’?
This is exactly what shortcodes were made for. By now you’ve probably seen people put graphic call-to-actions at the end of ther posts. Before I learned about shortcodes I actually inserted a linked image on each post. I remember spending one weekend adding a promotional banner to 60 blog posts. A week later I realized that I made a typo and had to go back and change all of them! That sucked.
Thank god there is a better way.
How to Use Shortcodes
Shortcodes signal wordpress to go find a piece of computer code and substitute the shordcode for the retrieved code. This code can create a opt-in form, display a banner, or create a link. The best part is that you can quickly change out the code content shown by a shortcode by revising it in one place. Good stuff.
Below is a PDF that will show you how to use shortcodes on your blog.
Here are a couple of ways you can use shortcodes right away:
- Create an opt-in form with a juicy offer. End every post with the shortcode
- Use a shortcode to put an offer in your blog’s sidebar