Hello Happy Site Owners! This is the BlogAid Tips Tuesday Podcast for April 23rd, 2013 and I’m your host, MaAnna. This week’s tips include special offers and new webinars I announced at my presentation for WordCamp Nashville 2013 this past weekend, news on the imminent release of WordPress 3.6, an explanation on authorship by one of the top SEO gurus, a setting on YouTube that is just nuts, a super duper guide on getting started with podcasting and beyond, how to make the most of the SlideShare platform, and what’s up with Blogger. So let’s dive in. Listen to the podcast.
I was delighted to help kick off WordPress Nashville 2013 with the first presentation and it was a packed room, and they were large rooms. I believe my presentation had the second highest attendance and the one right after it was the largest. Both of these were in the beginner’s track. And that tells me that there are still plenty of folks who know they need to get a solid foundation to be successful on their site.
And I can tell you that there are plenty of folks contacting me to do just that. I’m already booking into May and June at this point, and launching sites left and right of folks who got started back in February and March. So, if you want to have your new site ready to go by this summer, contact me right away, because there are a few prerequisites and I’m getting booked up two months in advance.
The live video of the WordCamp presentation will eventually be uploaded to WordPress.tv, but in the meantime, I created a recorded version of my own instead of just putting up the slide show because I did about half of it on a live site. You’ll find that recording, plus announcements of new webinars, and a video tutorial that is normally only available on the membership site at blogaid.net/wcn2013
You can also find the new webinars on the new Events page. Upcoming are the Anatomy of a Great Post and Page and this is not the fluff stuff. This is from your SEO at the top to your call to action at the bottom. And there’s another webinar for an open Q&A to help you get your Google Accounts squared away so you can get busy on G+.
In WordPress news, the release of version 3.6 is just around the corner. It will come out on April 29th. The first Release Candidate came out on the 17th. That’s the one I showed during my WordCamp presentation. Plus it was running the MP6 plugin, which will give you a sneak peek at the look of the new interface. So, go watch the recording and you’ll see it there too.
Release Candidate 2 is scheduled for April 24th which is tomorrow. That’s close enough to the final for me to start making videos. And I’m going to remaking all of the ones in the WordPress library. Even though the content is still good for most, they’re starting to look a little dated, especially with the cosmetic changes that were made to the user interface. And, I’ve got new info to share too. So, be looking for announcements as I release each one. And, yes, I’ll be starting with those in the $1 library first.
Mark Traphagen is one of the top SEO guys I follow. And he’s up in the stratosphere with what he knows about it, and mainly deals with big, enterprise level businesses. But in this post, titled What Is the Difference Between Google Authorship and Author Rank? He comes down to earth to give the rest of us mere mortals and soloprenuers a solid definition and helpful links.
Nice post from Maria at Coles and Colomy titled Design That Works: What Does it Mean? And it’s well worth the read to ensure that the design you place on your site all the way down to your business cards needs to be focused directly to your target audience. And, there’s a handy Persona Worksheet that you can download to help you identify who, and where, your clients are.
Carol Dodsley, the GPlus How2girl, thinks this is nuts. Did you know that when you subscribe to a YouTube Channel, you don’t automatically get notifications that the owner has uploaded a new video. See? She said it was nuts and I agree. Fortunately, she also made a quick video to show us how to turn notifications on and where we want to receive them, via email and/or in our G+ feed. Thanks, Carol, very helpful.
Chris Duker has outdone himself. He has written The Definitive Guide to Setting Up and Marketing a Podcast to Help Grow Your Blog and you’ll find it on ProBlogger. This is not an ebook with an optin. It’s just one long post. And if you want to run a successful podcast, this is a super place to start that journey. Sure would have saved me a lot of time back when I started.
And here’s another one to keep you busy for a while. It’s from Michael Stelzner on Social Media Examiner titled SlideShare: How to Market Your Business with This Growing Platform. I had learning PowerPoint on the back burner for a couple of years and then doing webinars and now live presentations finally made me bring it to the forefront. Now, I’m no graphic artist, but it can be a lot of fun once you know a few tricks. So, find some tutorials and get busy playing and see what you can create. Better yet, go to SlideShare and watch a few. Maybe it will get your creative juices flowing and inspire you to get started.
Here’s one more example of Google favoring its own brand. Now there’s a way to bring G+ comments to Blogger. Keep in mind that Blogger is owned by Google and it now has a way to mix in regular comments along with those made on G+. I’m pretty sure a bunch of content marketers are going to revive their old Blogger sites, or even start new ones, just to see how much this helps their visibility. So watch for future posts on that.
That’s a wrap for this week’s Tips Tuesday podcast. You can find this podcast on iTunes, as well as Stitcher, and the Blackberry Podcast. http://www.blackberry.com/podcasts You can also subscribe directly to the RSS via email. Visit BlogAid.net for more tips, tutorials, and free resources to make your site better.
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