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August 18, 2014

Is WordPress Dead?

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Editor’s note: This post was written by Anna, a freelance writer and researcher from the Olympia, WA area who loves to obsess about weird topics and then write about them. When she isn’t writing, she is outside on her bike and contemplating her eventual trip to graduate school.

The fast answer is no: WordPress is very much still alive and kicking.

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However, just like any great leader, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and there are plenty of options giving WP a run for their money. For example, anyone who’s watched CNBC’s Restaurant Startup has probably noticed a strong push for Wix. Clearly, this competitor is dishing out big bucks to be touted on TV as the easiest free way to create a website.

However, don’t fret, hardcore WP lovers. While it’s still arguably the most popular of all blogging platforms, it’s waning. There’s still time for it to recover, but not if the brains behind it don’t tackle some of the biggest drawbacks. Even users who declare their devotion to WP have to admit there are some big bumps on the road to using it.

Here are some of the biggest cons, along with a smattering of favorite pros. read more

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May 2, 2014

15 Functional e-Commerce WordPress Blogging Themes to Start Raking in the Sales

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WordPress is not just for blogging but is a powerful platform for achieving any imaginable goal online. The business of blogging is evolving and if you do not yet have a plan of action for monetizing your blog beyond advertising, now is the time to start thinking outside the box. Start running your blog like a business offering real services and products. The accumulated content on your blog is of greater value than you could imagine and brainstorming a little with content you’ve published so far, you’ll find opportunities to create information products or showcase products in your niche of which you could even benefit from affiliate sales. e-Commerce WordPress Theme Here are examples of 15 e-Commerce WordPress templates to get your creative juices flowing. read more

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April 30, 2014

The Ultimate Resource Guide for New WordPress Bloggers in 2014

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Thinking of launching a WordPress blog/site? Or maybe you’ve grown tired of your existing blog after learning that you’ve been doing it all wrong? It’s not too late to start or restart. Blogging and internet marketing in general to achieve real results is getting more challenging by the day but at the same time there are definite methods and routes to take to achieve success.

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In this fast paced blogging race there’s no time to reinvent the wheel and learn everything on your own from scratch but there exists a vast pool of resources made available from those who have traveled the long hard journey and persevered. Trying to find the perfect marketing model, best WordPress themes and tried and proven SEO techniques can be daunting. So I’ve decided to share some of my experiences developing websites and building blogs to make your journey more seamless and rewarding. read more

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October 31, 2013

5 Plugins to Keep Your WordPress Blog Secure

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Because WordPress is the most popular CMS platforms on the Internet today, many hackers have consolidated their efforts toward only hacking or spamming WordPress websites. As a result, millions of WordPress blogs and websites are hacked each day, leading to lost work, irreparable damage to search engine ranks, and putting visitors and users in danger of having their own information hacked as well.

Below are five plug-ins that can be used to increase WordPress security for your blog. If you also want to check out anti-spam plugin, check out the post: Top 5 WordPress Plugins to Kill Spam

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October 23, 2013

Is Bad SEO Undermining Your Great Content?

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We all know SEO is important, especially for blogs because they get new content regularly. However, if you haven’t educated yourself enough on SEO, then simple mistakes may have a will long-lasting impact on your blog, even though you may have great content.

Even though you may consider yourself in the writing industry, if your content is being published online, then you also need to become an SEO expert. Otherwise, you risk undermining your content and not getting the exposure that you deserve.

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Meta tags that are too long are one of the most common problems that I see during my website Internet marketing audits that are completed for clients. If your meta tags are too long, then they will get cut off in Google (and other search engines ), leading to incomplete information for both the search engines and your potential readers. Title meta tags must be under 65 characters (including spaces) and description meta tags must be under 160 characters. Most SEO experts (like Moz) agree that 155 characters is a good maximum to shoot for.

When redoing meta tags, be sure to include more top keywords and a good description of what that specific page is about. In addition, for WordPress blogs, you can use a SEO plugin that will automatically optimize these meta tags (as well as complete basic SEO) for you.

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October 11, 2013

How to Easily Create a WordPress-Powered Sales Page

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WordPress powers millions of blogs, and is used in a wide variety of situations. Thanks to its flexibility, many companies use it in place of a traditionally designed website, and with the many themes and plugins available, you can do some pretty cool stuff with multimedia. If you’ve been on the interwebs for any length of time, you’re familiar with the sales page. Usually it starts out with bold, bright text, and is followed by pages of why you need to buy XYZ product or service.

For the average blogger, if you’re trying to sell your own product or service, having a dedicated sales page may be a bit overkill. In fact, there are many sales pages that are just whipped up on a new page. However, if you’d like a bit more control with something, there is an easy way to create a WordPress-powered sales page. As with any self-hosted blog, you’ll need to pay for hosting, but the theme mentioned in this post is free. Created by Syamsul Alam, it installs just like any other theme. First, you’ll need to go here, and click the download link at the very top. I’ve inspected the code, and nothing appeared to be out of the ordinary. read more

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3 Ways to Overcome Your Frustrations With WordPress

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Although there are a number of different platforms available to use to set up your blog, a majority of the blogs on the Internet use WordPress. There’s good reason, too: It’s simple to use with big buttons and an intuitive process. And you can add all kinds of plugins and gadgets to make your site even more attractive and memorable.

Still, there are inevitable hurdles we all run into during crunch time. How many of us haven’t wanted to throw our computers out the window on certain occasions when WordPress was acting up? The good news is that thanks to a little online training you can become an expert in all things WordPress implementation and troubleshooting. Here are some of the ways you can save yourself time and frustration: read more

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October 9, 2013

Writing SEO Friendly Blog Articles For WordPress

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Google’s oft-quoted advice for getting your blog articles ranked is that you should write rich, high-quality, and valuable content. That’s great advice and, without good content everything else you do to improve your SERP position is largely a wasted effort. However, there are many things you can do in addition to creating high-quality content that will give your articles a boost. We’re going to look at 10 basic SEO techniques that every blogger, writer, and editor should be aware of when they are creating content for the web. read more

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October 3, 2013

The Places to Find Free Premium WordPress Themes

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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.

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August 23, 2013

Rockin’ WordPress with Ryan Sullivan, Founder of WP Site Care

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Before you founded WP Site Care, a premium WordPress support company, you offered consulting to small businesses, and were even the VP of Marketing for a home care company. What intrigued you so much about WordPress, and diving into it full-time?

I learned about WordPress when I was exploring options for our company’s website almost 5 years ago. It was still really immature but I loved how it put control in our hands when we wanted to launch new stuff. We didn’t have to wait on web developers, or edit 1,000 lines of code, etc., for the majority of the stuff we wanted to do and I loved that. We could come up with an idea and move ahead, which is how marketing on the web should be. read more

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