Hello Happy Site Owners! Welcome to the BlogAid Tips Tuesday Podcast for Sept 8, 2015 and I’m your host MaAnna.
– a super Blab for Better Visibility show with Denise Wakeman
– the power of networking on Blab
– a super Small Business Owner Interview with host Sheila Hensley
– the kickoff of the new WordPress Wednesday Blab show
– the upcoming kickoff of Season 2 of GeekSpeak Guides with Susan Finch
– an upcoming Blab with David Kutcher on what you need to know before you hire a designer
– a plugin fix to stabilize WordPress 4.3
– responsive image support coming to the core of WordPress 4.4
– what’s in the recent release of Genesis 2.2
– 13 ways to get more opt-ins with loads of screenshot examples
– the most annoying thing on the web that the new Chrome release will kill off
– types of pop ups that Google will start penalizing in November
– the results of a new study released on the life cycle of a blog post
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Video Making Crazy Person
I think I’ve done more on camera videos in the past two weeks than I’ve done all year. Here are just a few.
I hope you were able to catch this Blab live with the amazing +Denise Wakeman because it was a lot of fun and super informative. Denise gave us a ton of ideas. In fact, if you put into practice all the tips and advice she gave in just the first :20 minutes of this Blab, it will improve your visibility in a noticeable way. It’s that good.
What I love about Blab is having folks jump on camera with us and ask their questions and comments about whatever topic we were discussing at the moment. And we enjoyed a few big time folks dropping in on the discussion too, so well worth checking out.
We actually went over our scheduled time, just because the info was so super. So, I’ve split the replay into 2 parts and have uploaded them to YouTube. You’ll find the embeds on my original post for easy reference.
I’ve already got more shows with special guests lined up, and I’ll be telling you about one in a moment.
The Power of Blab Networking
One of the reasons I’m hooked on Blab is because of all the super people I get to network with, and more importantly, have relaxed conversations with. It’s like being invited to the best party on the planet for mingling. Here’s a good example of that.
This is a post written by Warren Whitlock, who knew Denise and dropped in on our Blab yesterday. He made several sweet comments during the Blab and then turned out a post on it immediately. How fast do you think that got my attention? So, now I know Warren.
And I know a lot more folks now too because of nice folks like Denise and +Ileane Smith, who I think lives on Blab now, and several other super folks, introducing me to who they know.
Like I said, Blab is the best place to mingle and meet folks online in a more natural way, just as you would at a gathering in real life.
I was delighted to be invited by host +Sheila Hensley to be a guest on her Small Business Owner Interview series. We had a no nonsense chat about site ownership and the importance of educating yourself up front so you don’t pay dearly for it later. Well worth a watch.
Tomorrow I kick off the WordPress Wednesday Blab show. It’s at noon ET / 9am PT. Every week you’ll get to hear the hot news on WordPress and site success. I’ll be running it like a talk radio call-in show and inviting folks in to ask questions and give their $0.02 on the discussion.
You can subscribe to the BlogAid Blab Channel and/or to each show individually. You’ll be emailed a link for the replay when you do that too.
Plus, you can follow me on Twitter and get notifications any time I start a show.
Cohost +Susan Finch and I are delighted to start Season 2 of the GeekSpeak Guide series this coming Monday.
We kick off with a practical show that will help you get back in touch with your site. We have all kinds of tips and downloads for you that will make it super easy to collect the info you need as a responsible site owner.
We’re going to be referencing this info in later shows, so you’ll definitely want to download those spreadsheets and checklist and fill them out right quick. Even if you’re pressed for time, like most all of us are, you’d be amazed how much of them you can get done in 10 minutes. And by the end of the week you’ll have all that critically important info at your fingertips.
So, be sure to Circle GeekSpeak Guides on G+. You can also find us on YouTube.
Blab is live 9/15 at 2pm ET
Confluent Forms design firm owner, +David Kutcher joins me for a lively chat on what you need to know before you hire a designer/development firm. David and I are well known for our disagreements on the best way to do things, but we’re both on the same side of the fence about quality, integrity, and serving our client’s best interest.
That’s all the news from around here.
Let’s jump into this week’s tips from around the ‘net.
Not Upgrading Yet, Still
I’ve started tests on potential breaks from the WordPress 4.3 upgrade. I’m still holding off upgrading on any production sites, especially my member sites. Look for blog posts and/or emails with my findings.
My Webmaster Level 5 members will get the details on all my tests. If you’re a designer or VA, or site caretaker, the Webmaster Training has four libraries of video tutorials to help you learn how to properly secure a site and improve performance. And you get bonus info, like all the details on the tests I run. A lot of this info I don’t even make available to the general public. The subscription is lifetime, and you know how much things change!!
The high CPU usage after upgrading to WordPress 4.3 I’ve been mentioning for the past couple of weeks is not widespread, but if it hits your site, you could get into a lot of resource overage issues with your host.
Thanks to the nice folks at ManageWP there is now a nice plugin fix for it that will automatically turn itself off once you upgrade to 4.3.1 when it comes out, because it has this fix built in.
Thank you so much again to my fave fix-it guy +Makis Mourelatos for keep me posted on this issue.
And while we’re waiting for that 4.3 patch, here’s a look at what’s coming down the pike. WordPress has been developing new features as plugins for a while now. That’s great because they get to test and tweak them pretty heavily before including them in the core code.
One of those feature plugins that’s been in the works for quite some time includes a new tag that most browsers finally support for responsive image sizes. This will allow sites to reference multiple image sizes and the device on which they are viewed to select the most appropriate one.
And you can get the latest update on their progress with it, plus hints that it may be coming to the 4.4 core code here.
The long-awaited release of Genesis 2.2 is finally out.
- Allow child themes to enable accessibility features for web users with disabilities.
- Improvements to the Schema.org microdata Genesis outputs.
- Compatibility with WordPress’s generated Title Tag output.
- Compatibility with WordPress’s new Site Icon feature.
- Allow entry meta to be turned off on a per post type level.
- Many other improvements and bug fixes.
You can see the full Changelog here.
I’ll be checking in with my fave designer +Cyndi Papia for more details on how many, if not all of these features, will require updates to your child theme code so that you can take advantage of them.
And, I’ve added this to my list of tests to see the exact details on the SEO schema improvements because they don’t really tell us anything about them in the changelog. I’ll keep you posted. Again, my Webmaster Level 5 members will be the first to get this info.
How many optins do you have on each page of your site? Did you know that you could have it on there 10 times and you’ll be lucky if folks notice it once or twice at the most?
The nice folks over on the Content Marketing Institute blog have a stellar post that will give you a ton of ideas on different optins you can add to your site, including style ideas and such too. They have screenshots for each one. So definitely worth having a look.
Google is working on a Chrome beta version called Canary where they are testing a feature that’s going to impact conversion on a lot of sites. They plan to kill autoplay on videos entirely on tabs that you have opened in the background.
The CNN article says that videos on a tab you currently have open can still autoplay, if they are set to do that. But, if you have a lot of browser tabs open, none of them can suddenly start playing a video, or any other sound, as far as I can tell, if they are in the background. So, that would also include mp3 playlist players and such, I think.
Now, where I think this is going to hit conversion and revenue are on the sites that have video ads. I have to tell you, I’m very put off when I land on a site with those things. Too often I’ve seen the same 3 ads playing the same 3 videos a split second off each other. It’s like listening to a song in a stadium. Even if I turn them off, sometimes a new ad will start playing 90 seconds later.
If I have that tab open, then that will still happen. But, if I have other tabs open, and the site with video in the background, this browser feature should keep them from autoplaying. I’m hoping they’ll expand this feature so there is zero volume on autoplay anything at some point. I don’t mind the moving visual, just turn off the sound.
The article didn’t say when Google planned to release the new browser version.
In +Yoast’s most recent Weekly SEO Recap he gave us a heads up about a new Google penalty that will affect the sites of a few of my Tips Tuesday listeners.
If you have:
- A mobile-friendly site
- an app for your site
- have a pop up or redirect that invites folks to get the app before you show them the rest of your content
then as of Nov 1, 2015 Google’s going to pop your site with a penalty.
Keep in mind that this affects search for mobile users only. In other words, if someone searches from their cell phone, and clicks on a search result that meets all of the conditions I just stated, that site will be penalized.
Searches from desktop will not be affected.
Joost goes on to say that this penalty also does not extend to cookie warnings or other pop ups. So no need to worry about those.
You can see the official announcement on the Google Webmaster Central Blog.
According to the post, the popular belief was that the lifespan of a blog post was only a month. I’m not sure where that number came from. But what this study found is that the lifespan of a post is actually 24 times longer than that. In other words, it’s good for 2 years.
Now, I think that’s true for evergreen content. But for tech type blogs, like BlogAid, that cover topics that change so frequently, I have my doubts. I can’t imagine many of my 2 year old posts being all that useful anymore.
And, they studied posts that were originally published between 2010 and 2012.
You’ll want to go read the details for yourself, especially the timeframes for the 3 phases of a blog post’s life that they call shout, echo, and reverberate.
That’s a wrap for this week’s Tips Tuesday.
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