Hello Happy Site Owners! The weather is changing into a new season. Finding the cool mornings absolutely invigorating! I’ve also been inspired recently by Tom Ewer’s story of what it took to become a successful freelancer and solopreneur. See more in the Featured section. In the news, you’ve probably already heard about the meltdown at GoDaddy. Hope your site was not caught in the fray.
In this week’s post you’ll find updates from WordPress, whether it’s time to stop chasing SEO, a super post on setting up a full comment system, how to display PDFs on your site, as well as a rotating testimonial plugin, plus some great YouTube tips. Enjoy!
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I first found Tom Ewer on the WPMU.org site and have shared many of his posts in Tips Tuesday. He finally got enough freelance writing work to begin doing it full time while continuing to pursue his dream of creating successful passive income sites. He’s detailed his journey on his Leaving Work Behind site.
It’s a wonderful, real-world read of the highs and lows, expectations and disappointments, and the shear tenacity it takes to become a successful entrepreneur. The best part is, he wrote it while it was all fresh. We’ve all read or heard stories from gurus who made it big. But they gained a foothold with their audience before their niche was saturated. Tom’s story is about making this happen now. Here’s Part 1 and here’s Part 2. I hope you find it as inspiring as I did.
WordPress has been updated to version 3.2.4. There were some minor bug fixes, which means there is little to no threat it will break anything. But, there are some new security hardening additions. So, backup and upgrade now.
Top 10 WordPress Security Myths by Anders Vinther of The WordPress Security Checklist is a must read. See how many myths you believe. Want to have a set of qualified eyes check your site? The Website Evaluation and Review is some seriously cheap peace of mind.
Things to consider before you jump in to a responsive design from Giovanni Calabro on Content Marketing Institute. Is Responsive Design Right for Your Content? Here are a few more things to consider from me.
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.
If you use the WordPress SEO plugin by Yoast, you’ve probably noticed that it has been updated several times in the past few weeks. You’ve probably also noticed that if you don’t allow it to track stats, it bugs the beegeebees out of you until you do. I’m sure Joost has a good reason for this, at least I hope he does. It’s too much of a stellar plugin to trade in due to harassment.
Plugins to Check Out
Denise Wakeman of The Blog Squad has a super duper post on setting up a complete comment system for your blog titled Managing Comments – Four Plugins for Encouraging and Rewarding Your Readers. Now, don’t let four plugins for this scare you off. They work well together and have different functions with no overlap.
Ever wanted to display a PDF on your site? Well, you can. There are two plugins that will display the actual media. One is Embedly which requires the URL of the media ( meaning it must be stored in a place where it can be retrieved, such as on your site). The other is Google Docs Embedder and the file is displayed using the Google Docs Viewer.
Excellent post on Website Magazine by Pete Prestipino on whether it’s time to Give Up the SEO Dream. This is not just another post on SEO being dead or dying. It’s about how the web has evolved beyond that and how you can ride the wave of change.
Sydni Craig-Hart goes old school with the Top 3 Most-Important Business Marketing Ideas To Know. And they still work, magnificently.
Jay Baer has some interesting points in his post on Convince and Convert titled dot coma – Are Domain Names Even Relevant Now? He cites all of the places the domain doesn’t even show up now in online marketing. True. But it is still a big part of branding in SERPs and when folks reach the site, don’t you think?
The nice folks over at YouTube Creator have been breaking out the big YouTube Creator Playbook into bite sized chunks. In this post they tell us Three Tips to Help Potential Viewers Find Your Channel.