October 3, 2013
As bloggers get more experienced with WordPress, many figure out that just because a theme is free, it doesn’t mean that it’s not full of its own problems and issues. Many free WordPress themes offer no support for any plug-in or programming errors, and your website may start sharing hidden links or contents buried deep within the theme without your knowledge.
The Hummingbird update is a new Google algorithm update that was announced September 26 and, surprise surprise, it has marketers talking. Whenever Google makes a change it’s important for small businesses to understand what it means and how it will affect rankings. Panda and Penguin algorithm updates are the most popular and the most frequent, but this Hummingbird update seems to be the first of its kind. There is no Moz weather report to tell us when its coming and there are not countless articles telling us how to recover. For all intensive purposes, this is a scramble. read more
September 26, 2013
With WordPress being the most popular CMS in the world (with over 72 million websites built on it as of March 2012, according to Yoast.com), old school blogging platform Blogger (which is now owned by Google), is still struggling to remain a competitor. During the battle of Blogger vs WordPress, there are several factors that come into play when deciding which platform is better for your blog.
Both Blogger and WordPress offer free and paid versions of their platform. The free versions have advertisements and other limitations, such as no FTP upload capability and the inability to upload themes and layouts. the FTC disclosure regulations, along with WordPress’ own Terms of Service, also prevent free WordPress.com bloggers to post any content that they are receiving any type of compensation for. The free versions of Blogger and WordPress have similar functionality, but there are more free WordPress themes available in their online gallery. WordPress also gives users more storage than Blogger (1gb versus 3gb), according to this chart by WebHostingGeeks.com:
July 12, 2013
Guest blogging can be a great way to grow your credibility and online presence (as well as giving links back to your website). Many potential clients and new acquaintances have connected with me through social media or my website after seeing a guest post I’ve written. Besides connecting with readers that have read posts, it is also worthwhile to build strong relationships with the blog owners themselves.
By knowing several different bloggers that are in your industry, you can open yourself up to a variety of different possibilities– possible content for your own blog, sponsorship, partnerships, and more.
Finding Guest Posts
In order to find industry-specific guest posts, there are a string of search phrases you can use to find blogs. These include:
- write for us + [industry keyword]
- guest blogging + [industry keyword]
- guest bloggers + [industry keyword]
- contribute + [industry keyword]
- guest post + [industry keyword]
These searches and related variations will help you find several different blogs that you can pitch to.
June 17, 2013
Every blogger knows that there are a lot of blogging platforms to choose from. Some prefer WordPress, others trust their content to Joomla or whatever CMS they like. We’re not here asking you to tell us which open source blogging software is the best, though. Instead, we’d like to make things more interesting, and we would like to give you a chance to win a premium design for your blog, no matter if you’re a fan of WordPress, Joomla, or Drupal! read more
June 10, 2013
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May 30, 2013
Can you believe it was ten years ago that web developer Matt Mullenweg introduced WordPress to the world? At that time blogging was a dirty word typically associated with out of work lazy writers. Even guys making seven figures with their WordPress websites were considered out of work slobs. Heck my friends who make less money than me still think I need to get a “real job.”
Fast forward to 2013 and 52% of the top blogs worldwide use WordPress with more than 70 million websites operating thanks to the streamlined web software.
WordPress has not only helped non-programmers launch successful websites, it has also created a sense of community for both users and programmers alike. read more