Hello Happy Site Owners! This is the BlogAid Tips Tuesday Podcast for August 20, 2013 and I’m your host, MaAnna. This week’s tips include a new online WordPress Meetup site, a post written in plain English to help you understand the microdata revolution and semantic markup, a checklist to see what you might be doing wrong on your blog, five super ideas to help you tell better stories with your posts, and if you think images get more views on Facebook, just wait to see what they do for you on G+, and for dessert, Google finally integrates your YouTube subscriptions on your G+ stream. So let’s dive in. Listen to the podcast.
Last night my local WordPress Meetup Chapter here in Nashville held a two hour Help Desk where folks could come in and get their questions answered for free. I was delighted to be asked to co-host the group support station with +Pamela Coyle. Basically, we took the folks just starting out and then all-comers that overflowed from the other stations. It was great.
Many cities have super WordPress Meetups and I invite you to go to Meetup.com and see if there is one near you and attend. But some folks have no access to them. Plus, wouldn’t it be great to attend one with folks in other cities once in a while too? Well, now you can. There’s a new site called MeetWP and they host two Meetups per month. One is during the day and another in the evening. I just joined their G+ Community too. So, go check them out and get connected.
Some of the links below are to the plugin developer’s page, but you can find most if not all of these plugins in the WordPress plugins repository.
You’ve heard me talk about semantic markup before and you’re going to hear me talk about it more as time goes on. It makes a difference to how Google indexes your site. And for all you Genesis theme users, I’ve suggested you hold tight until easier ways become available for you to take advantage of this. Well, the wait is almost over.
Tomorrow I’ll be publishing a post that will be a must read for you to get a grip on what’s happening with microdata. There’s a huge change going on in SEO and your site is involved, like it or not. It’s a big post, but it’s in plain English. And, it will prepare you to make an educated decision on the options I have coming later this week.
I’m going to be reviewing plugins to help you create your own markup. Doesn’t matter whether or not you have a theme that supports them natively. You’re going to have to go beyond that. So, go read that introductory post so you’ll be ready for the reviews.
Genesis 2.0 has a little bug in the byline. See my video on how to fix it. +Nathan Rice who works at CopyBlogger where they create Genesis, says that a fix will be out shortly.
And, he takes issue with what I pointed out as a security problem in the video. Well, as one person said in our running comments on the G+ post for this, we’re both right and wrong. Okay, I can agree to that. You go decide for yourself. Plus, if you have a multi-author blog, you’ll want to see the extra fix that someone was kind enough to post in the comments there too.
Lots of bloggers struggle with creating content and then getting it seen. If this is you, see this super post on the Content Marketing Institute Blog titled Optimizing Website Content: How to Fix What You’re Doing Wrong. Go down this checklist and see how it matches up with how you are spending your time.
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Five ideas to help you tell better stories. That’s the title of a post from one of my fave bloggers and all around good guy, Chris Lema. He gives you a peek into his writing process with examples that are sure to inspire.
If you think images get more views, Likes, and shares on Facebook, wait until you see what happens to them in this post by +Dustin Stout titled This Changes Everything: Social Signals, Your Website, and Google+. You won’t post your blog links on G+ the same again. And be sure you find this post on G+ too and read the comments because they are just as good as the post.
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. You can also subscribe directly to the blog posts to get them via email. Visit BlogAid.net for more tips, tutorials, and free resources to make your site better.
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