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How to Create a Password Protected Page on Blogger

When I first started my teaching blog in 2012, Blogger was the choice of the majority of TeachersPayTeachers sellers. After some years however, many make the move to Wordpress because of its functionality. Although Blogger remains limited in many respects, research on the internet will find workarounds for most things. I am happy with Blogger and have no plans to change any time soon!

Computer with text "How to Create a Password Protected Page"

When I started to think seriously about growing and utilizing my email list, I decided to offer free teaching resources to my readers.  The idea behind this is to offer a free download, stored in a VIP section or library, which can only be accessed in exchange for one’s email address.  This strategy works really well in providing value to your readers and growing your list.

Why do I need an email list for my business?


Having a valuable email list is crucial because it's the best way to build a relationship with potential customers in an intimate way.  The one thing that you have with an email list is control.  With social media anything can happen to your account - policies can change, accounts can be shut down etc.  However with an email list - you own it and you can do anything you want with it!  You can keep your subscribers up-to-date with special events/sales/product launches/discounts etc.  You can offer email courses - providing valuable content for free, which eventually leads readers to your special offer and hopefully, those all-important sales!  Subscribe to a few email lists of your favorite sellers and see how creative they are with their content!

This leads me to today’s tutorial – how to password protect a page on your blog. Although the page is ‘published’, the password is required to unlock the content. The password can be shared with your newsletter subscribers and they can visit regularly to access new content.

Just follow the steps below to create a password protected page and spread the word to your customers to sign up to your library!

Follow these steps to create a password created page:


1. Go to your blogger dashboard and click on the PAGES section on the left hand side.

           
2. Create a NEW PAGE

3. Click on the HTML tab on your page






4.  Copy the following code and paste it (at the top of the page)

<SCRIPT LANGUAGE="JavaScript">

var password = 'free'

password=prompt('This is password protected page, please enter password to continue.','');

if (password != 'free') {

location.href='http://www.error_page_url.com';

} </SCRIPT>

5. MOST IMPORTANT:
  • Change free to your own password 
  • Change "http://www.error_page_url.com" to the URL for redirection if the wrong password is entered. This can be your home page url or another static page

6. SAVE and PUBLISH your page

7. VIEW your page – you should see this:


7 simple steps and you have a password protected page!  Now get started on building a VIP Library with awesome content that your readers/potential customers can't help but subscribe to!

To make this tutorial even simpler, if you don't have time right now, just click on the download button below and save in PDF format for a later date!

Click here to download your PDF Tutorial

Social Media Scheduling Tools Snapshot

Are you looking for a social media management tool to save you time?

Social Media Platform with text "The Best Scheduling Tools to Automate Your Content"

We know that having the right presence on social media is key to the growth and success of your business. For many, a management tool has become an essential part of any social media strategy.
Whether you work alone or as part of a team, managing your social media presence requires a tool that will not only schedule ahead, but analyze network engagement too.
Below is a snapshot of what is available. Whichever platform you eventually decide to go with, there are 3 key elements you should be aware of:
  • engagement 
  • scheduling 
  • reporting


Hootsuite 


With Hootsuite’s Auto Scheduling you can maintain a 24/7 presence on social media. Once you have a content schedule, it’s easy to add new posts to fill the gaps. For instance, you can use the Hootlet extension to schedule posts as you surf the net. Or you can upload your content in bulk via a CSV file.  However you choose to add your content, you can always see your schedule at a glance either in a list or a calendar with daily, weekly or monthly views.

Sendible


Sendible lets you schedule your content either individually or in bulk. Everything is stored in the interactive calendar, so if anything needs adjusting you can drag-and-drop the content accordingly. Once you discover your best-performing content, you can recycle it with repeating schedules.
Sendible also takes care of content curation. The content recommendation engine analyzes posts already shared on social media and suggests the best content most likely to generate high follower engagement.

TweetDeck


TweetDeck allows users to tweet messages immediately or schedule them for later delivery. If you manage multiple accounts through TweetDeck, you have the option to schedule Tweets for each of them.  You can make changes to a scheduled Tweet before it’s published, and you can also add images and GIFs to your message.

Sproutsocial


Sprout Social allows you to schedule, queue and publish messages to each social network from their web app, browser extension, and mobile apps. Sprout’s ViralPost tool determines the best times to post your messages so you can maximize engagement. The user-based publishing permissions let you set up team members to draft and submit messages, and then have team leaders or managers approve them. Using the shared content calendar you can view and manage social posts across multiple profiles, networks, and campaigns.

AgoraPulse


AgoraPulse is a social media scheduling tool to rival Hootsuite. AgoraPulse started as an app for Facebook, and quickly moved into a tool where you can monitor your social media in one place. You can manage, schedule and post your content to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, G+ and Instagram.
AgoraPulse lets you schedule your content in advance with a pre-selected date and time. Or you can program your posts to run once every hour/day/week/month. You can also take advantage of the queue function to share your evergreen content again and again.

MavSocial


With MavSocial, content is scheduled through campaigns. You can create campaigns across one or many networks and view your schedule in the calendar. From there you can drag-and-drop content to change the publishing dates and times if needed.  You can reschedule your content by creating cyclical campaigns. For example, you could have campaigns for blog posts, quotes, promotions, and events. Either add your content once and let it repeat cyclically or create variations by modifying it.

CoSchedule


CoSchedule is an all-in-one marketing calendar for your blogging and social media needs. It’s a drag and drop calendar, which makes it easy to adjust things when you need to push back deadlines or change your strategy. It allows you to automate when and how your blog and social media posts will be published.

Tailwind (Affiliate)


Tailwind is packed with powerful features and shortcuts to help you schedule pins and posts each day.
Tailwind’s Smart Queue helps you pin and post at the best times, so your audience gets content when they’re looking for it. To start with, Tailwind recommends the best time when it knows people are active. But over time it evaluates the optimal time based on your history and audience engagement.
You can populate your schedule days or weeks in advance, by adding content in bulk from your desktop or mobile device. Tailwind also tracks your best performing content so you can reuse it again.

MeetEdgar


Everything you publish with Edgar is stored in an organized library and arranged into categories, like “Quotes,” “Blog Posts,” or “Cat Puns.” To save even more time, you can add content in bulk or connect him to an RSS feed. Create a schedule that tells Edgar when to publish from each category. That way, he always knows what types of status updates to post at which times, sharing the right variety of content automatically. When Edgar makes his way through all the new content in a category, he’ll simply start recycling older updates. Your library is organized into categories, and your schedule is built around the types of things you want to post. When he’s published everything from a category, Edgar re-shares older updates that people might have missed the first time around.

eClincher


The Unified Social Inbox from eClincher collects all your social media messages and notifications in one place, so you can respond, thank, follow, or engage with your audience.  As soon as you log into eClincher, you’ll see how many pending notifications you have. Once you’ve answered a message, it disappears from your list so you can focus on the remaining messages.  If you prefer to monitor your social media activities in real-time, then use the Live Social Feeds. Inside you can see each of your connected social media profiles, pages, and groups. From there you can like, comment, and reply, in one place rather than visiting each native platform.

If you are on a limited budget or have chosen to focus on one social media platform only, you may find the following tutorial helpful:  Facebook Scheduling Tip

Just click the download button to learn how to schedule posts on Facebook and a second handy little tip about content curation that you may not be aware of.

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