Features abound in the WordPress.com dashboard. When you first got started at WordPress.com, you likely identified a handful of tools that you used every time you posted and then ignored the rest.
But after you’ve been blogging for awhile, you might discover some parts of the dashboard you’ve ignored have just the features you need! Here are three awesome features in Posts → Add New that you might have overlooked:
Do you have a post or page lingering in draft stage that you aren’t quite sure about publishing?
Maybe you’ve been sitting on the hilarious story of what happened to you at senior prom, but you’re just not sure if it’s too embarrassing to post. Or maybe you interviewed a blogger you admire, but you want to be sure they’re happy with what you’ve written before you publish it.
In these cases, you can use the Request Feedback feature to email your draft to a trusted friend or family member for their second opinion, or to anyone who might want to look over the post before it goes live. They don’t even need to have a WordPress.com account.
To do this, find the Writing Helper module below the editor on the Add New Post screen:
If you don’t see the Writing Helper, you might need to enable it in your Screen Options. You’ll see your Screen Options tab in the upper-right corner of your Add New Post screen:
Just make sure “Writing Helper” is checked:
Click on the Request Feedback side of the Writing Helper:
When your mom replies with her feedback, you’ll receive a notification email, and the feedback itself will appear right there in the “Request Feedback” module. Any feedback you gather is neatly displayed there below your post, so you can make those changes (or ignore them).
When you publish your post, everyone you requested feedback from will get an email so they can check it out!
Copy a Post/Page
Copy a Post is Request Feedback’s next-door neighbor in the Writing Helper. Say you have a certain format that you always use for your book reviews — maybe you use some HTML in the Text Editor to make the font for the title and author green and extra large. Or maybe you use the same group of 10 specific tags with every book review, and you don’t want to enter them every time.
Copy a Post to the rescue!
When you click Copy a Post, you’ll get a list of all of your posts. You can also search for a particular post by title.
Find the post you want to copy and click “Copy.” That exact post will be copied into your new post editor, with all of its categories and tags. You can just edit it from there, preserving any formatting or other time-consuming text you’d already entered and want to reuse.
With all the time you’ve saved, you can write another post!
You might already add a location to your Facebook posts or tweets, but did you know you can do the same thing for your WordPress.com posts?
Geotagging helps build your traffic and allows people searching for information about a specific location to better find your posts on that topic.
To use geotagging, find the “Location” module on your Add New Post screen (again, if you don’t see it anywhere, you might need to enable it in Screen Options). Click “Turn on Location Tagging” and enter the location you want to use.
Geotagging is different from regular tags, because geotags don’t show up on your blog. But although you can’t see the geotags, Google and other search engines can. This is an extra prompt to Google to index those posts according to their location, so that if you write a series of posts about Morocco, people searching for Morocco are more likely to find them.
Plus, very soon you’ll be able to search posts by location in the WordPress.com Reader.
There are a number of fun new toys in your dashboard — if you haven’t tried these out, give ‘em a whirl!
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Aug 5th at 8:23 pm
The “copy a post” works wonders for me each week I work on our church blog. Thanks!!!
Aug 5th at 9:17 pm
Great information! Yes, I could have used the *Request Feedback* feature in the past. I’ve noticed the *location* feature before but have yet to use it. Perhaps I will while traveling outside the USA. The *copy post* feature may be useful as well.
I know a blogger who publishes older posts for a second time. I haven’t looked into that yet. Perhaps it is just a matter of re-scheduling a previously published post? Then would it be considered a duplicate and effect SEO?
Aug 5th at 11:06 pm
Very useful & awesome features! Geo tagging is great because I can now attract traffic from India as well cause the blog is aimed at them being an Indian matrimonial blog. Perhaps it might get me more followers. Simply great !!
Aug 5th at 11:33 pm
I had NO idea about the feedback thing. As a writer, that will be a very, very handy tool.
Aug 6th at 12:35 am
I’m glad you explained geo tagging, because I was afraid to use it. I thought it’d be easier for someone to hack me.
Aug 6th at 12:51 am
I love copy a post. I saves time.
Aug 6th at 1:30 am
Might be a dumb question but if you went back and geotagged all your posts would that be beneficial, or does Google only “count” going back so far?
Aug 6th at 1:36 am
Wow! I didn’t know the location settings can be so powerful! I shall give it a try and find my fellow Singaporeans in the blogosphere!
Aug 6th at 2:01 am
Thanks for this. It’ll make copying my posts a lot easier. Thanks again.
Aug 6th at 2:41 am
Never notice these features. I will try out the geotagging function!
Aug 6th at 3:41 am
Thanks to Team WordPress for this great info and for developing this awesome platform. I will explore these features soon.
Aug 6th at 5:16 am
Wow. I never knew that Geotagging is just what i need. Thanks for the introduction
Aug 6th at 8:18 am
Everyone should also learn the proofreading tool After The Deadline; I love it.
Aug 6th at 9:41 am
I wonder if you can help. Love the ‘request feedback’ idea. However, I don’t see the module, and when I look in Screen Options, ‘ Writing Helper’ is not there. Something I’m missing?
Aug 6th at 1:34 pm
I do use the copy feature as I participate in several ongoing type of regular post opportunities and it saves having to select Categories and tags each time.
Aug 6th at 2:48 pm
Why does Request Feedback not appear in my Writing Helper?
Aug 6th at 3:23 pm
I started using a couple of weeks ago – I’d never noticed it before – thanks for explaining what it actually does. Can you “Geotag” older posts?
Aug 6th at 3:26 pm
Oops – I missed writing “Geotagging” there – I sound like a newly-addicted druggie!
Aug 6th at 4:02 pm
The was really helpful, thank you!
Aug 6th at 6:09 pm
I have also noticed on the geotagging that it always prompts my physical location, but I usually want to put in the location of the picture. Trouble is I can’t verify which location positively went in. Could there be a way for us to at least verify the location in the post editor, and still, not trying to be a pain, wouldn’t mind an answer to my question about going back and geotagging all posts. Thanks!
Aug 6th at 6:37 pm
Thank you for posting this; I’ve just started here and it’s very interesting to know about these things!
Aug 6th at 7:50 pm
Very interesting tips. Thank you! I had seen all these options when writing new posts but wasn’t quite sure what to do with them. This explanation has been very useful.
Aug 6th at 8:26 pm
I had no idea there was a request feedback function – will come in useful – thanks J
Aug 7th at 12:26 am
Ok, thanks, Elizabeth, had visions of redoing 3000 posts and didn’t find it very encouraging
Aug 7th at 3:20 am
This is pretty awesome, I especially like the copy post feature. Writing Helper also helps to manage it, before we all just used good ol copy and paste
Aug 7th at 3:47 am
Most frustrating for me is not having anywhere for plug-ins on my dashboard.
Aug 7th at 1:19 pm
Great possibilities now pointed out! But I just tried the ‘Copy a Post” with my most recent post, which was in French, to get it published a second time immediately, but this time translated into English… Didn’t work. I am told the text is translated, but it is still the original French that shows again and again, however I try. Anything i may be doing wrong???
Aug 7th at 6:03 pm
We tried going back to see what location is there after posting but the box is blank. And the drop down menu only offers our local location and Google search. Not sure what might be wrong but we don’t feel like it’s working.
Aug 8th at 6:33 pm
Thanks, Elizabeth, you’ve been great!
Aug 13th at 1:52 pm
Good info. I’m going to start using the geotagging as well.