Hello Happy Site Owners! Seems like a lot of folks have been doing spring cleaning on their sites and BlogAid is no exception. I’ve been revamping my packages and creating a new display table for them. To celebrate, I’m offering a new package that you just won’t believe. It’s the Prelude premium theme customized by a pro, the full video tutorial library, and a one-on-one day class! Everything you need to be successful online, all for one price. Look for the Get Started Right package on the updated WordPress Training page.
The nice folks at Web Design are running a Spring Cleaning for your site series. In this post, Kristen Wright talks about Making Sharable Content a Priority. It’s super good advice.
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The first Release Candidate of WordPress 3.4 has been out for over a week now. I expect at least one more candidate before the real thing becomes available to all. Is your site ready for the upgrade? Or, just need to know that your site is secure and you’ve got the right plugins? Get the 20-point Site Inspection and Tune Up for $25. It only takes a few minutes and we’ll look at everything together. That’s some cheap peace of mind.
The links below may be to the plugin developer’s page, but you can find most if not all of these plugins in the WordPress plugins repository.
CloudFlare interfaces with your site and the CloudFlare platform. I’ve seen several of the big guys putting their sites in the cloud to gain page load speed. I haven’t tried this for BlogAid yet, have you?
Plugins to Check Out
Do you run events? Might want to check out the Events Calendar plugin. You manage the calendar via custom post types and it even has a widget for your sidebar. Comes in a free and pro version.
Good post on Higher Visibility with 5 Tips on How to Vary your Anchor Text. This is very important since the Penguin update.
Everybody knows that posts with lists are popular. You know, The Top 10 Of This Thing type posts. On Pushing Social, Stanford tells you how to Get Better Results with Your List Posts.
Then go read his post on Essential Tools for the Savvy Blogger. I use a lot of these and found a couple more that I ought to be using. How about you?
This is a huge change for local search. See the post on Search Engine Journal, Google Places is Over, Company Makes Google+ the Center of Gravity for Local Search.
Nice post from Kristi Hines on KissMetrics for folks just getting started with SEO. It is exactly what it says, A Simple Step by Step Guide to SEO.
Ready to go a few SEO steps deeper? 6 SEO Tips for Bloggers You Can Use Today from Eugene Opera at New Internet Order.
Then this post from Eugene is so rich in info and links to more resources that it’s like one-stop SEO shopping heaven. WordPress SEO Hacks: A Cheat Sheet for Getting More Traffic.
Since the Penguin update, do you worry about linking to spammy sites? It concerned me a bit since Tips Tuesday is a content curation post with a lot of outbound links. Glad to see this video from Matt Cutts to not worry if a few of those links suddenly become attached to spammy sites. http://www.seroundtable.com/google-bad-links-15183.html
Did you know that YouTube has its own keyword research tool? Yeah, cool, huh? You’ll even more super YouTube SEO tips in this post from VidiSEO on YouTube Video Keyword Research.
How do you stand apart from your competition? BlogAid follows this advice from John Jantsch on Duct Tape Marketing – 5 Ways to Create More Value.
Do you have an email list? I found this post interesting, especially since it was written by a geek. They tend to be reluctant marketers. You Should Probably Send More Email Than You Do.
On Smart Simple Marketing, Sydni Craig-Hart has an excellent post on How to Create a Solutions Based Business.