Hello Happy Site Owners! Welcome to the BlogAid Tips Tuesday Podcast for Sept. 22, 2015 and I’m your host MaAnna.
Tips this week include:
– Blog on Purpose 1st Class Special
– new Blab course coming
– WPWed Blab on SEO
– getting a grip on your graphic assets
– the HTTP/2 protocol update
– what’s coming with PHP7 and WordPress
– new Contact Form 7 spam protection
– Twitter image bug fixed in Yoast SEO
– top 10 alternatives to Jetpack
– making money with content marketing and no following
– how to get the attention of influencers
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It’s been another busy week but I have made a little time to enjoy the fall-like weather and be out with my little dog Zak. Hope you have too. And for my Aussie listeners, welcome to spring.
Several folks have already signed up for the Blog on Purpose class that starts on Oct. 7. They’ll be getting better SEO and conversion in just 6 weeks.
I’ve actually worked with all of these folks before and they don’t need any more convincing about the amazing value and wealth of info I bring.
But, for all the folks who haven’t experienced one of my classes, I’ve made a way for you to get a taste.
Get Class 1 of BoP for just $30!
We start the course with a bang and we’ll be covering 13 SEO elements that day. You’ll get to attend the live class and then have access to the replay for a week.
If you want to continue, and I’m pretty sure you will, you’ll get that $30 investment discounted from the course price and then receive all the other course perks, like a 1-on-1 session with me and entrance to the private Facebook group.
The 1st Class Offer is at the very end of the Blog on Purpose page.
New Blab Like a Pro Course
I’ve become a Blab addict for real!!! And I know a lot of you want to jump into the fun too. So, I’ve created a new video course and it’s being approved on Udemy right now. I should have it finished in a week or so.
And BlogAid News subscribers will be the first to hear about the launch and get in on special discount pricing.
Join me tomorrow at noon ET / 9am PT for the WordPress Wednesday Blab show. This week we’ll be talking SEO.
Subscribe to the BlogAid Blab Channel so you’ll always get notifications when I do a show.
In the meantime, you might want to read my post released on Sunday. This is something I see all the time in site audits. Folks use the Page Analysis tool on the Yoast SEO plugin, and don’t bother to configure the rest of it.
That actually does more harm than good on your site. So go read that post if that’s you.
Episode 2 of the Geekspeak Guides show aired on Monday. My cohost +Susan Finch laid it on the line about why you need to get ahold on your graphic assets. Plus, she shared safe ways to share and store them too.
These things cost a lot of money and have your branding tied up in them. So, you definitely want to watch the short, and power-packed show that will save you big headaches later.
That’s all the news from around here.
Let’s jump into this week’s tips from around the ‘net.
The new HTTP/2 protocol has been finalized and released. This is the first major update in 16 years. And most browsers already support it. This is supposed to bring us a faster internet experience. We’ll see.
The WordPress devs checked into it to see if they need to make changes to the core to be in compliance. Luckily, everything is already good. So, this is one of those things you can put off your worry list if you happen to hear about it.
The improved performance upgrade you will need to be concerned about is the jump to PHP7.
You may recall that the recent WP 4.3 update was to cut off support for PHP4 and it caused a lot of plugins to break or require upgrades. Well we’re going to go through that again with this next jump when it hits.
There will be a definite speed and performance improvement, so I’m told.
PHP is the core coding language of WordPress, themes, and plugins. So, anything that speeds up that code is going to have an impact on the whole thing.
I’ll keep you posted as the rollout on this starts drawing closer.
Last week the long awaited 4.3.1 patch was released. It was mainly a security patch, and a version was also released for 4.2, just in case folks had not updated yet.
This also fixed that runaway CPU bug too.
Finally Updating Sites
This past week I’ve been updating mine and my client’s sites to 4.3, all except the membership sites. Still testing on those.
All has gone well so far. For any plugins still on the potential break list, all of my clients decided they could either do without the plugin and to have it deleted, or to update and take their chances.
So, don’t be afraid to ask your clients about moving ahead with updates. They may be more okay than you think with letting go of old plugins.
Here’s a link to that broken plugins list post I made a while back, if you need it.
Contact Form 7 Adds reCAPTCHA Feature
The popular contact form plugin introduced a reCAPTCHA module in the latest update. I haven’t tried it yet. I’m using the built-in math quiz feature right now. My viewers like it way better and I like not having another CAPTCHA plugin. Looks like they’ve built-in that function now.
What kind of spam protection are you using on your contact form?
Yoast SEO Twitter Fix
The latest update fixes a bug that was actually caused by the Twitter API. It invalidated the image metatag. So that should be working again for you now.
Are you a Jetpack hater? I certainly am and during site audits, I always advise my clients to check how many modules they have turned on and to find better ways to do whatever they’re using this plugin for.
Out of the upteen modules, usually 8-10 are turned on, and only 1-2 are in use. What an over-bloated mess that is.
For the more popular ones, Tom Ewer has a nice post on the WPMU Dev blog with super alternatives for you to use instead.
Content Marketing Tips
If you haven’t been blogging long, or you’re just getting into your groove with it, you probably don’t have much of a following yet. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t make money yet.
My buddy and Udemy mentor, +Rob Cubbon has an excellent post that shows you how you can make money with no following, and how to build one.
This post itself is a super example of what he’s teaching folks how to do. If you’re serious about learning to do content marketing, study what he did in that post.
+Eric Enge is one of my fave folks and a damned good SEO person that constantly gives us usable intel and case studies that matter.
He’s interviewed in this post on the SEO Copywriting blog, where he tells how to gain the attention of influencers.
He’s an influencer and I got his attention by doing exactly what he mentioned in the post, and with exactly the same attitude and approach. I wasn’t trying to get his attention, just like he wasn’t trying to get the attention of the person he mentioned in the post. I was just chatting with him in comments on one of his posts. And it went on from there.
And for all the nice folks that send me emails every week trying to get your stuff on this podcast, I especially want you to read this interview, because what works for Eric works the same for me.
The only stuff that gets into this weekly roundup is from folks and sites I trust and info I’ve vetted.
I do appreciate all the vendors who reach out to me to test their services, though, because you know that’s the only way to get a review from me. I’ve got to get my hands in it first.
For all the folks listening to this podcast, that’s the standard I continue to uphold because I know that’s why you trust me. I prize that trust most of all.
That’s a wrap for this week’s Tips Tuesday.
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