Hello Happy Site Owners! Welcome to the BlogAid Tips Tuesday Podcast for Sept 29, 2015 and I’m your host MaAnna.
– new Blab Like a Pro course goes live
– Site Success Q&A Blab on Wednesday
– Google Drive vs. Dropbox from GeekSpeak Guides
– Social Warfare plugin performance test and review
– new Blab Tips section and why you need it even if you’re not on Blab
– easy way to stop breaking iframe code when embedding videos
– huge news from Twitter on their button redesign
– whether to show post share counts or not
– 7 things that make viewers distrust a website
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Woowee it’s been a fun week. And I’ll tell you all about it in a moment.
Blab Like a Pro Course is Live !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
But first, I am delighted that my new Blab Like a Pro Course just went live last night on Udemy.
And to celebrate, I’m giving away a limited number of 75% off discount coupons.
That means you can get a $47 course for just $12.
Udemy courses are lifetime, but this discount expires in 2 weeks or when they run out, whichever comes first..
BlogAid News subscribers were the first to know about it, and they got first dibs on deep discount. So don’t hesitate.
Are you on the list?
First, I want to remind you of the upcoming Blog on Purpose course that starts Oct. 7. Self-taught bloggers, if you’re tired of spinning your wheels, this is the course for you.
You’ll get better SEO and conversion in just 6 weeks.
And I’m making the first course available for only $30 so you can get a taste before you commit to a longer course.
We’ll cover 13 SEO elements in that first class alone! You’ll never see your blog the same way again, promise.
We had a super #WPWed Blab last Wednesday on SEO and got great questions from viewers too. I want to send a big shout out to +Terry Johnson for helping catch and reply to comments as they were quickly running by. It takes a village to run a Blab.
And I want to give a huge shout out to my buddy +Stephan Hovnanian for jumping into the hot seat totally cold. He was just passing by on his way to being a guest on another Blab and wanted to say hey. He ended up staying for just about the whole show.
Plus, I noticed that the majority of viewers showed up just as the show was coming up to an hour, which is when it was supposed to end. We all stuck around for another half hour answering more great questions.
They convinced me to move the show an hour later. So, the new start time is 1pm ET / 10am PT. Thanks so much for that +Ileane Smith
Tomorrow it’s a Q&A Blab for WPWed, so bring your WordPress, SEO, security, performance, and blogging questions and we’ll help get you answers. This is a free pick my brain session, folks. And, I get to hear more about what you’re struggling with and that helps me create more content so you can get the info you need most.
You can also visit the BlogAid Blab page and see what other shows I’ve got on tap, plus see Blab replays.
If you think Dropbox is a good idea, think again. And watch this super show with me and GeekSpeak Guides co-host +Susan Finch on why Drive rules and amazing ways you can use it to be more productive.
Y’all may remember last summer I did an exhaustive test on the top 12 social sharing plugins. The Simple Share Buttons Adder plugin was the clear winner.
Well, this year I pitted it head to head with the +Social Warfare plugin. And I was surprised at the results. For all the power-packed things it can do, the Social Warfare plugin has no bigger performance footprint than the free plugin that does less.
So, definitely worth paying for to me. Jump on over to the post and see the test results for yourself.
My Webmaster Level 5 members get to see all of the raw data from those tests too. You know why? Because in Level 3 they learned how to run the same performance tests for themselves and how to read all of that data. So, they know exactly what it all means and how to check for the same on their client’s sites.
They also know all about the security too. That’s in Levels 1 and 2. So, if you’re in charge of setting up sites, securing them, and making them perform well, you need this course.
I’ve decided to add a Blab section to Tips Tuesday whenever there is news on it simply because I’m seeing it as an amazing content generation platform, and one that many of you are going to need to integrate into your site and content calendar.
Folks, I’ve already got more pro speaking gig and site work offers directly from Blab than you can imagine. So, give Blab some serious consideration. Even if you don’t do a show yourself, attending them is good for business too.
If you’re a designer or webmaster, you’ll likely be called on to help clients with it in some way. It’s catching on like fire.
Here are this week’s Blab tips.
If you’re on Blab, or have YouTube videos that you want to embed in your site, and you’re having trouble getting the iframe code to work, the problem is your text editor.
Here’s the quick and dirty setup on the one I use, which is TinyMCE Advanced. In the Advanced options, you’ll see a setting to stop removing the paragraph and break tags. That also makes iframe code stop breaking too.
And just one last news tip on Blab. They bought out PodClear. So, for those of you who were using PodClear to record your interview podcasts as an alternative to Skype, you may have to switch over to Zoom or another service.
I know a lot of folks have been moving their podcasts to Blab, but that’s not a good fit for everyone. Like me. I’m not interviewing anyone for this podcast, so it makes sense to keep it audio only.
But even for interviews, lots of folks rather keep them audio only and schedule at their convenience, including matching up with the guest’s schedule. They also like editing the audio files too.
But, I’m also seeing a lot of folks use the audio version of the Blab as way to start a podcast too. And I think that has a lot to do with this acquisition.
Expect a ton of plugin updates very soon on anything that includes a Twitter button.
Not only is the look of the button changing, but they are dropping direct support for share counts. Now, this is not to say that there is no way to get the share count. It’s to say that it will be a hack job to get it now. So, we’ll see what the plugin devs come up with.
Showing Share Counts or Not
This move by Twitter may be indicative of things to come with all share counts. Until I installed the Social Warfare plugin this summer, I had advised not showing counts due to the performance hit most plugins bring with that.
I’ve enjoyed seeing the counts, but I can do without them too.
It’s pretty much impossible for me to prove that showing the count actually contributes to more shares. There have been studies about it, but I see just as much evidence to the contrary.
Does that Jedi mind trick work on you? Are you more likely to share something when it appears that a lot of other folks are sharing it too? Do you think the content is going to be stellar because of a high share count?
Let us know in the comments here or wherever you see this on social media.
The nice folks over at MarketingProfs have a super summary of a recently commissioned report on the seven things that lead to website distrust.
You really need to read the whole post, but I’m going to highlight a few here.
One of the distrust factors is slow load. It’s not just annoying, and it’s not just a ranking factor. It can actually make visitors distrust you. The first impression they get of you is that either something’s wrong with your site, or there’s nothing on it worth waiting for.
Think about that a moment.
The popular rule of thumb is that you have 7 seconds to grab a viewer’s attention. Well, if your site takes longer than that to even load, how much to do you think they’re going to stick around just to see anything.
Rated even higher on the distrust scale is a site that goes down often. That came in at 88%.
And even higher still is a site with a lot of typos and similar mistakes. That came in at a whopping 91%.
The post has lots of screenshots with more graphs you’ll want to see too, like the type of sites folks expect to be slow and will wait on. Number one are government services sites. That had a 79% patience rating.
But when it came to less critical info sites, the patience rating dropped to 10% or below.
And there bunches of graphs showing how intolerant folks were of poor security too.
The bottom line, performance and security matter, big time.
And I want you to take note that nowhere in the survey did anyone say they didn’t trust a site because it was ugly.
What’s the first priority of newbie site owners? Yep, the theme’s paint job.
After a couple of years, if you survive, you might get interested in learning about the things that actually make you money on a site. And folks who are at that point are my clients. They’re past that freebie mindset stuff and ready for the meat and potatoes of successful site ownership.
That’s a wrap for this week’s Tips Tuesday.
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