Hello Happy Site Owners! For those in the world who celebrate it, I hope you had a fine Thanksgiving holiday. A big THANK YOU to all of my online buddies who shared links to the BlogAid Cyber Monday Special!! And, a big HOWDY to all those who signed up! I’m looking forward to helping you create a successful site for 2012.
Are you ready for WordPress 3.3? It’s coming soon. I’m already making new vid tuts. Shhhh, don’t tell anyone else. This is just for my Tips Tuesday buddies. You can get a sneak peak of the one that will be in tomorrow’s post here. Oh, okay, go ahead and share it with your friends so they can become Tips Tuesday buddies too.
Many new clients either come to me stressed, frustrated, or in a panic over a situation with their site. And, many times it ends up being a simple fix that takes just a few minutes to solve. So, I can completely relate to and agree with the advice in this post on Small Biz Trends about How Small Heroic Acts of Kindness Will Grow Your Business.
Plugins to Check Out
Web Designer Depot has 10 Awesome Social Sharing Plugins for WordPress for you to check out.
The Blogs and Articles site has a nice list of 15 Essential WordPress Plugins to Make Your Website Work Better.
I’m watching this very closely and you should too because it is at the heart of why open source software and apps have become so ubiquitous, such as WordPress and 99% of the plugins used on it. Video User Manuals Accuses WPMU DEV of Copyright Infringement in Open Letter.
Major announcement by my favorite premium theme framework. StudioPress themes are adapting responsive design. That means that the site design scales smaller or bigger to be viewable on any screen size, including mobile devices. There are several plugins that allow site owners to make a mobile version of their site, but few affordable framework designers have done so until now. With the proliferation of mobile devices being the preferred method of web surfers, this is exceptionally good news.
But, StudioPress is not the only responsive theme source. Here’s a list from Jean Galea on WPMayor with poll results on Favorite WordPress Responsive Theme Frameworks.
Freshness counts in more than food and this might change the way you blog, again. Google’s latest algorithm change makes blogging and content recyling more important than ever. This post on Search Engine Land states that the Google Search Algorithm Change For Freshness to Impact 35% of Searches. And we thought the Panda change was big, but only affected 12% of searches. For more on all of the Google algorithm changes, see this other post on Search Engine Land.
This guest post is by one of my fav folks, Carolyn Howard-Johnson. It’s Book Blogging Booboos: A Baker’s Dozen.
And, since I know you’ll want to hear more from Carolyn, check out this podcast I did with her just a few weeks ago during the release of the 2nd Edition of The Frugal Book Promoter.
I do this all the time and it really works. Read this post from Tom Ewer on WPMU.org for 1 Simple Step to Keeping Visitors on Your Blog.
Need a little help understanding on-page SEO? This SEOMoz post on 4 Graphics to Help Illustrate On-Page Optimization should help.
If you use an SEO plugin or have a premium theme with built-in SEO then you’ve probably seen the option to enter Title Tags. Here’s a nice post on Trada for Title Tags – the Ins, the Outs, the Hows, the Whys.
What is considered duplicate content? It’s not just the same content on separate sites. It’s also the way Google can double index the content on your site. Here’s an excellent post Dr. Pete on SEOMoz titled Duplicate content in a Post Panda World with all the skinny on the topic you can handle. You might want to bookmark this one as a go-to reference because you’ll need it as you continue to learn about SEO.
Social Media Tips
I’ve been seeing this tool mentioned in posts everywhere. If you use Twitter, you’ll want to check out Kristi Hines’ Buffer Review – My Favorite Time Saving Twitter Tool.
Here’s yet another post on why folks are leaving Klout. Glad I never signed up for it. Pam the Marketing Nut tells Why I Deleted My Klout Profile.
http://www.pammarketingnut.com/2011/11/why-i-deleted-my-klout-profile/ (And Pam’s not really a nut. She’s crazy like a fox when it comes to online marketing.)
The business applications for this are outstanding. Think of having your next mastermind group as a G+ Hangout – sharing your screen and files. Check out this post from the super folks at ReelSEO on Video with Google Plus Pages for Business.
Sold on Hangouts now? Here’s a nice post from Social Media Examiner on How to Hold Your Own Google Hangout and Why You Should.