Hello Happy Site Owners! Welcome to the BlogAid Tips Tuesday Podcast for June 9, 2015 and I’m your host MaAnna.
Tips this week include:
– Webmaster Level 5 Webinar
– free site review webinar with SEO and performance check
– a special discount on the next 30 Day Visibility Challenge on blogging
– BackupBuddy issues
– what’s up with moving the WordPress menu to the customizer
– a short, power-packed video to keep your business competitive
– a mindset shift about your content that will have you writing for days
– five things you’re doing wrong with your conversion
– 25 expert tips on monetization
Listen to the podcast
It was a bit of a roller coaster week here at BlogAid. We’ll start with the high notes.
The next quarterly webinar for members of the Webmaster Level 5 training is next week. I’ll be sharing the inside scoop on the BlogAid site revamp, which will be of particular interest to designers.
Plus, members will get to see the results of plugins I’ve been testing and new performance and SEO testing tips.
And, we’ll be discussing the possible creation of a job board because I’ll be expanding the services I offer and I know I’ll get walloped come fall if I don’t qualify more help now.
Website, SEO, and Performance Review Webinar
It’s past time for another free, zero-pitch site review webinar. That will be coming up in a couple of weeks.
BlogAid News subscribers are always the first to know.
And, they’ll get dibs on the limited, open slots for reviews, so be sure you’re subscribed.
This time, I’ll probably only take 2-3 sites and we’ll be doing the regular review plus quick SEO and performance checks.
I’ll be sending that email out on Wednesday, so be sure to subscribe right away
Next 30 Day Visibility Challenge Discount
Y’all have been hearing me sing the praises of how much I’m getting done and how great it feels this past month in +Denise Wakeman’s challenge.
The next challenge is for blogging and I know a lot of you will be interested in that.
Plus, I’ll be presenting during one of them on site security. She does a random drawing every week for folks who complete the challenge. And that week, it will be a security audit from me.
Denise has extended a 20% discount to all my readers, and you want to jump right on this because it ends the 14th. That’s because the challenge starts on the 15th.
All I can tell you about it is, be prepared to get some stuff done and start reaping the rewards!!!
Click this link: 30 Day Challenge
and enter this discount code: maanna20
And FYI, this is not an affiliate link.
BlogAid Site Revamp
+Cyndi Papia and I are making good progress on the theme and content revamp. She’s come up with a whole bunch of killer options and templates for me. And now she’s waiting for me to finish the content revamp so we can nail down all the templates.
I’m sure every designer listening to me or reading this can relate. It’s always the client that drags their butt, right?
I’m making a few changes to what I offer, and we’re working on layouts that present that info in a way that it’s easy for folks to self-select and understand, and so it converts better.
I’d invite you to have a hard look at your own site and ensure that you’re not losing money to the cobbler’s children mindset. I know I am. And that stops now.
This past week I also had a sudden rash of new site audit clients, and boy are they serious about getting it done. So, no clients dragging butts about it here!!!
Like me, they all want to get things spiffied up before they hit their heavy season this fall.
Between those, the site revamp, and Denise Wakeman’s 30 Day Challenge I’ve been in a race to keep up. And it feels so good to get it all done!!
And now, for the low note of the week.
I know a lot of you use BackupBuddy like I do, so I don’t have to tell you how flaky it’s been for the past 6 months. Well, I brought that fact up in a couple of the closed WordPress groups I’m in, along with my irritation at the time and money I’m losing being an involuntary bug tester. That started a firestorm of more users ranting. And that finally drew the attention of an iThemes employee, who didn’t take kindly to it. And that drew the attention of the iThemes CEO himself.
We’re working it out. But it sure put a dent in my happy for the day.
I like BackupBuddy and have relied on it for years for both backup and site migration. Still do for my site, and most of my client’s sites.
But I can’t get it to run anymore on some shared hosting with super low resource ceilings, Bluehost in particular. And, it has always become unstable on sites where the archive file gets over 5GB, especially on slower hosts.
I’ve got a lot more craft blogger clients now and they have tons of images. Even at max optimization, those are big sites to back up. So, I’m looking into more backup options these days.
What do you use? Here’s the criteria I’m looking for.
- How easy is it to restore your site?
- How long does it hold backups and where?
- How much does it cost?
So do share with us what you’ve found that works well.
That’s all the news from around here.
Let’s jump into this week’s tips from around the ‘net.
Why oh why oh why would the WordPress devs want to do this is just beyond me. It’s so unnecessary. Haven’t they got better things to work on?
I coulda, shoulda, woulda written my full sentiments about this proposed change, but Chris Lema beat me to it. His post follows and I couldn’t agree more with his assessment.
This is why we can’t have nice things!
Get Chris’ take on the proposed menu change.
If you’re still trying to figure out what you want your business to be when it grows up, or how to get more traction, this should help.
And I seriously suggest you consider watching this power-packed short video first, because every other tip I mention in this post will inspire you even more than usual.
It’s all about improving the real-world bottom line, and that’s not just money. It’s about you feeling confident that you’re on the right path with all of this, and doing the best you can to make the most of your efforts too. Plus, it’s about reaching as many folks as you can so you can help more of them. At the end of the day, that is why you’re doing all of this, right?
If you struggle to come up with blog posts, then this post by Carlton Hoyt on the Content Marketing Institute blog will give you a much needed mind shift that should have you writing until the cows come home.
This mindset is also what I teach in my private training classes to help folks quickly gain authority and attract attention from both readers and search engines.
And, it’s exactly how I’ve made BlogAid such a powerhouse of good info.
So, go have a read and see how you can do it too.
Conversion. That’s the name of the game. To stay in business, your site has to convert.
CTAs – Calls to Action – are your conversion points.
This nice post from Team +Yoast that covers the 5 things folks do wrong when it comes to CTAs and with mobile.
These are the top things I’m focused on for the BlogAid revamp too. They are that important. So, jump on over to the post and check these 5 things on your site to see where you can make improvements.
If you’re wondering what to make all those CTAs for, First Site Guide has a super post for monetization.
I was absolutely delighted to be included with this group of online rock stars too. You’ll see many familiar names. And there’s a reason for that. They’re good at what they do.
So, jump on over to that post because I have no doubt you’ll find monetization tips that will resonate with you.
That’s a wrap for this week’s Tips Tuesday.
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