Hello Happy Site Owners! Spring is right around the corner and you know what that means. Time for a little spring cleaning and you can get an early jump on it right now. I’m running extended hours this week on my 20-point site evaluation and review special. Get the quick (and inexpensive) help you need clearing out the cobwebs that keep your site from running in top form.
Pam Moore has got the bead on bringing you back to why you blog in her post titled What has Your Blog Done for Me Lately?
The Share Buttons plugin has been around for some time and it still works great.
FoxyPress is a custom plugin made to integrate FoxyCart e-commerce functionality into your WordPress website.
Slick Social Share Buttons allows you to add Facebook, Twitter, Google +1, Digg, Google Buzz, Linkedin, and Stumbledupon social media buttons in a floating or slide out tab. It now also includes Pinterest.
Plugins to Check Out
Google Places is designed specifically for Business owners to help optimize their business listing on Google Search, Places, and Earth.
Do you run events often? You’ll want to check out the Events and Booking premium plugin from the folks at WPMU.org. It’s tauted as a dandy.
I totally agree with Brian Krogsgard’s post on WP Candy that You Just Don’t Need a Magazine Theme. Most folks just can’t take advantage of all these themes offer, including an extra level of complication.
This is an excellent case study by ProBlogger, Darren Rowse on his recent 12 Days of Christmas promotion. You know what I took from it? Not only is it a helpful post on how to have a successful promotion, it’s also a super year-long planning guide. Just think, if you could offer something every month and then at the end of the year run this kind of special, that would be a super year. This case study tells almost everything you need to know about what sort of products and packages worked well too.
Know Thyself is good for life. Know Thy Audience is good for blogging. See this post by Stanford on Pushing Social on Qick and Easy Tips for Learning More About Your Readers.
Social Media Tips
This is helpful, really helpful. Nice of the folks at Silicon Beach Training to offer a free template to help you Pimp Your Facebook Timeline Cover Photo.
I really appreciated this post by Jeremiah Owyang on his Web Strategist blog that Google has a Perception Problem. but, I also know the flip side of what SEO guru folks are saying about SERP (Search Engine Result Pages) and the impact G+ is having on what shows up for you. A lot of folks are finding BlogAid via Google, but my paying clients still mostly come via word-of-mouth, LinkedIn, and Facebook, in that order. How about you? Has G+ done anything for you lately?
The point of having a business website is ultimately to increase sales for your products/services. Here’s a super post by Mike Huber on Vertical Measures telling you Don’t Launch Your New Site Before Using These 4 Website Strategies. The steps are in exactly the right order for success and it’s amazing to me how many new site owners skip all of them and start with choosing a theme design, which is nowhere on this list. And, that is as it should be too. Theme choice should be last on your to-do list.
Tablets sales are on the rise and more folks are using them to surf the web. here’s a nice post on WPTuts from both the perspective of the designer and the blogger titled WordPress and Tablets – Optimising Now and Lookind to the Future.
And here’s another good post on the complexities designers face with responsive design. If you want this feature in your next site, it’s a good idea for you to read this and get familiar with what to expect.