Hello Happy Site Owners! Welcome to the BlogAid Tips Tuesday Podcast for August 25, 2015 and I’m your host MaAnna
UPDATE: 8/26 WishList Member just released a post about more issues they found with WP 4.3 compatibility. Read it here.
– discount coupons for the new DIY SEO course
– WordPress 4.3 causing high CPU load
– how to disable new User registration notification
– how the new WordPress password feature affects WishList Member and other membership plugins
– an invitation to let me know exactly what you need help with and how
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I’m celebrating big time. My first course has been launched on Udemy. It’s mostly the same SEO course I have on my private membership site, but now it will get a LOT more eyeballs.
Over the weekend I sent out 100% discount coupons to folks already in the private SEO course because all of the videos have been updated, including 13 for the Yoast SEO plugin alone. Since I know they’ll be watching them all again anyway, I asked them to do it on Udemy and help me get a jump start on students enrolled.
I also sent the same coupons to my VIP site management clients. Thanks so very much to +Stephanie Calahan for being my very first student. She is one of the most supportive and positive folks I know and it thrills me that she was the first to enroll.
And I sent BlogAid News subscribers 2 sets of 75% discount coupons. The first set sold out in a matter of hours, so I released another set yesterday. That will be the end of them.
And today, I’m releasing a bigger set of 50% discount coupons to my Tips Tuesday listeners. These are slated to be good through August 31st, but I’m betting they’ll all go before tomorrow.
This course has 23 lectures and 2 hours of videos on everything you need to know to lay a solid SEO foundation on your site.
It normally sells for $47 on my private site but the discount coupon brings it down to just $23 on Udemy. And subscriptions on Udemy are lifetime, so you’ll be able to access this course every time it updates too. And you know Google is always moving the cheese.
Now, you know I rarely offer discounts. I’m doing it because it’s a win-win for us. You need the course, and I need a good start on Udemy. The reviews there mean more to my success than the sales at this point.
So, I hope you’ll take the time to leave an honest review. It means the world to the success of BlogAid and will help give me more time to create all the great free info I deliver, plus more low-cost courses.
More Videos On the Way
Now that the bulk of the Udemy course has been launched, I’ll be making a few overview lectures for it. You won’t find those in my private member site. They just take up time, in my opinion. But hey, that’s what Udemy prefers.
These will all be on-camera, talking head type things. I’m still tweaking my production setup with that and I’ll probably have a post on it once I get it all settled.
I’m going to start updating all of the videos in the WordPress Starter library this week.
And I’ve got a whole list of MaAnna Minute videos with super tips to do as well.
So, look for a bunch of releases everywhere as I turn into a video making machine for the next few months.
New Group SEO Class Coming Soon
And, if all that’s not enough, I’m also putting together a new group SEO class for folks who have laid the SEO foundation on their site and want to take it up a notch. These classes will have a limit on registration. I want to keep them small because everyone is going to get individual attention, just like I do in my 1-on-1 training sessions. But, doing them in small groups makes them more affordable for everyone.
So, look for announcements on that coming probably next month.
BlogAid News subscribers will always be the first to know and get first dibs on class slots. Well, in this case they may be second to know because I’ll make it available to the DIY SEO subscribers first.
I hope you saw my post yesterday. It’s not a rant so much as it is a warning. I’m just ticked off this month more than most at what my site audit clients have had to go through in time, money, and frustration to clean up the mess made of their sites from following so much bad hosting and plugin advice from gurus who don’t vet what they recommend.
And yes, I’ve had conversations with a few of those folks giving the bad advice too.
The very worst advice comes from non-techie groups and I lay into that pretty hard in this post. So, if you’re in one of those groups, and especially if you’re one of my site audit clients who has suffered from the bad advice that’s rife in them, then I hope this post gives your difference of opinion some more weight.
I know exactly how hard it is to get folks to listen in those groups. Folks there tend to believe who they know instead of who knows what they’re talking about.
And, if you’re site is full of stuff from listening to non-techie gurus or other folks in these groups who stand behind the “I’ve never had any trouble with it” opinion, be sure you read that post and see if any of your site stuff is listed there.
That’s all the news from around here.
Let’s jump into this week’s tips from around the ‘net.
There’s a bug in WordPress 4.3 that is causing such an extreme load on host server’s CPUs so much that they are crashing. A fix has already been found by some nice code devs and turned into the WordPress folks, so a patch should be released very soon.
Thanks so much to my fave fix-it guy in the world, +Makis Mourelatos for the heads up on this.
And that new stronger password feature in WordPress 4.3 is causing a few headaches too. We’re all delighted for the enforcement of creating strong passwords. But not so many of us are happy about the new User notification.
You may recall in my New in WordPress 4.3 video I made mention of this potentially having a negative impact on membership sites. Well it has, and I’ll talk about that more in a moment.
But, what this post I’m talking about now addresses is manually creating new Users and disabling sending a notification to them. There used to be a checkbox to turn off that option. It’s gone. So, some devs have come up with a way around it. The fix isn’t perfect, though. And a few other devs have come up with plugins that may work the same. Seems it’s an all on or off thing, and that’s what is not perfect about it. Maybe the WP devs will put that option back in for us.
And before you go and update WordPress, even with the new patch, be sure to check your plugins again with the list of ones that will likely break after you update.
Plus, you can see the replay of my recent plugins webinar at the end of that post too.
Me and most of my clients use WishList Member as our membership plugin. The devs there released a post with how the new password feature will affect membership sites and the steps they’ve already taken to fix it.
They also state that if you’re on version 2.7 or lower, you’ll have an issue. So, if you haven’t paid your renewal dues for upgrades and support, you’ll want to do that. There are a lot of other super nice new features awaiting you too.
The devs over on The BizSysMan site have been busy coming up with fixes for this issue on other membership plugins, namely OptimizeMember and DAP. So, if you’re using those, you’ll definitely want to see this post.
Help Me Help You
If you’re a regular Tips Tuesday listener, you may remember a few weeks ago that I asked folks to contact me to let me know what you need help with the most.
I only got one reply and it was for something so niche that I don’t think many of you would benefit from it.
So, I’m going to ask again this week.
What is it that you would like to see me cover more of in these tips?
And what would you like me make more tutorials, classes, or webinars on that would help you the most?
I’m serious about wanting to know so I can help more of you with what you’re struggling with or don’t feel confident about with your site.
So, do drop me a line. and let me know.
That’s a wrap for this week’s Tips Tuesday.
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