Hello Happy Site Owners! This week’s edition of Tips Tuesday has some of the best posts on blogging I’ve read in a long time, plus bunches of free tools and plugins to make your site duties easier and more productive.
Exactly how do you design a website? There are two big things that caught my eye in this post on WebFadds and they both involve not basing your decisions mostly on fashion. Respect usability pros and design to meet goals.
Here’s a good review of a first look at the new real time Google Analytics from the nice folks at Silicon Beach Training.
I can’t say this enough. Beware of free themes found via a Google search. Here’s a nice post on WPMU.org by Siobhan McKeown about Why You Should Never Search for Free WordPress Themes in Google or Anywhere Else.
You’re gonna like this post. It’s by my buddy Cyndi Papia on her Office-to-Go site with bunches of free software and productivity tools for small business.
Here’s a nice post on WPBeginner for How to Easily Insert Amazon Affiliate Products in Your WordPress Posts.
I’m not sure I agree with this post by Lance Sonka on WPMU.org about the difference in Categories and Tags and How to Avoid Duplicate Content on WordPress. I don’t agree simply because Google has freely admitted that they have depreciated tags so much. For example, using Sports as the Category and then Baseball as the tag.
Here’s good news for Hootsuite users. It now includes LinkedIn company pages and groups.
Best post I’ve seen on this topic in a while – It Takes Time to Build an Audience by Jeff Goins. This applies to writers of all kinds, including authors, bloggers, and online content marketers.
This is the fifth and last post in a very helpful series by Joe Foley on the WPMU.org site about How to Turn Your Website into an Automated Sales Funnel. You’ll also find links there to the previous four posts, which you may want to read in order.
Here’s a nice post from Hubspot by Anum Hussain about what Content Creation Lessons Marketers can Learn from Journalists. However I think #4 should be at the top with stars around it because without knowing that, none of the rest of it matters.
Helpful post by Stanford Smith on Pushing Social titled Great Blogs Always Get This Right and it’s absolutely the truth. It’s going to be a two-part post, so be sure to look for the second one.
Danny Iny has one of the best posts I’ve read in a long time on the realities of online marketing and local sales. It’s his guest post on Problogger titled Make Money Locally and Globally Trough Your Blog. One of the reasons I like this post is because he tells how two experienced business people failed right out of the gate and what they did right thereafter. And, it sounds a whole lot like the story behind BlogAid.
Social Media Tips
Top-notch post from Kristi Hines on the SEM Group site about How to Optimize 7 Popular Social Media Profiles for SEO. It’s just about everything you need to know all rolled up into one neat post. Thanks Kristi, we like easy!