Hello Happy Site Owners! Some super updates this week, like a new Retina-ready Gravatar, a new WordPress for iOS app and a webinar from ProBlogger. Plus, Joost de Valk (Yoast) has some big plans up his sleeve for new plugins, including a Video SEO plugin. And, if you want to break into videos, be sure to see the More Tips section for an easy way to do it (and a great way to get double the exposure).
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Get ready for a sharper you. Gravatar has announced that it is updating its entire structure to accomodate Retina-ready images. This means larger, sharper images that will look great on devices that support it. See the Gravatar Retina Ready post on WP Hub for more. And see this post from me about why you need a Gravatar account, along with a few others, so you will have a consistent look everywhere online. Note: You’ll want to upload a higher resolution image of yourself to take full advantage of the new Gravatar offering.
The WordPress for iOS app has been completely redesigned. I’m delighted because it allows me to make quick tweaks to posts and reply to comments on the go. Have you tried it yet?
Some of the links below are to the plugin developer’s page, but you can find most if not all of these plugins in the WordPress plugins repository.
BackWPup is a free backup plugin that does a good job of getting more than just your database. For more backup options, including my top 3 picks, get thos free report How to Backup Your WordPress Site.
Want to put a forum on your site? SimplePress is my fave.
Plugins to Check Out
Dave Clements has a super duper write up and tutorial on The Events Calendar plugin on his Do it with WordPress blog.
Darren Rowse of ProBlogger is presenting a webinar on how to get more readers for your blog. Be sure to check the world dates near the bottom to see if you can attend live. It will be recorded too.
This post by Jess Ostroff on Convince and convert will give you ideas. 5 Brands Successfully Using Education to Engage.
The next Penguin update will be jarring and jolting – Matt Cutts. The comments on this post are more telling than the post itself.
Joost de Valk has redesigned his Yoast website on the Genesis platform. Go have a look. And while you’re there, get a peek at what’s coming, including a new Video SEO plugin. I’m very excited about that!
Want to know more about Google AdWords and advertising? Attend these free webinars from Google.
Anatomy of a Successful Landing Page by Amy Nokinsky on One Extra Pixel has some super tips from the big guys that will certainly give you ideas for a landing page that converts.
Create A Video for Your Business The Easy Way – Use PowerPoint! by Don Campbell on his Expand2Web blog is a great way to start a presence on YouTube. Plus, you can use that same presentation on SlideShare.