The best-laid plans of mice and men can go awry...As you know, I spend most of my time here pushing out content through my blog posts and three podcasts. And rich, valuable content that addresses your needs is often the result of my involvement in the WordPress community and the people I connect … [Read more...] about Reaching Out to the WordPress Community to Help Me Get to WordCampUS
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I always love to go to WordCamps. But WordCamp Seattle has a special place in my heart as a past-organizer, part of the team, or simply because of the people and my involvement with the Seattle WordPress community over the years. Even though I live 3.5 hours away now, I'm still a Seattle WordPress … [Read more...] about What Was Your Favorite Part of WordCamp Seattle 2017?
Did you once think that monetizing your blog meant slapping up spammy ads?Have you ever wondered how smart bloggers and site owners sell without turning off their readers?Are you interested in earning money from your blog by only promoting things that are really useful and can help your … [Read more...] about How to Monetize Your WordPress Blog. An In-Depth Guide.
As another way to monetize you blog, you may have considered writing sponsored posts.There are two options when it comes to sponsored posts:You publish a post on your blog that someone else has written about their product or service. You create a post about someone else's … [Read more...] about Should You Consider Sponsored Posts for Your Blog?
1. SPAM If you are finding that a lot of SPAM comments are making their way onto your blog, don't be too rash and suddenly close all comments. First look at options, including plugins like Akismet and others. And remember, yes, a lot will be dropped into your SPAM folder, but don't worry about … [Read more...] about 10 Random WordPress Blogging Tips
In the middle of Season 3, we are doing something of a pivot around our podcasts. We are adding a third one in November, and making some slight changes that you may notice is our current show. We talked about it all on a recent post but listen to this short podcast to learn what you can expect with … [Read more...] about Things Are Changing Up a Bit on the Podcast
It's always interesting to look at your older posts. Sometimes I am in a cleaning up mode, other times it's some updating or repurposing. But when I came across this one, I just had to open it and see if what I said here was still valid.Yes, it hasn't changed.Originally, I used to have a … [Read more...] about These Things I Believe: A Blogger’s Creed
There are some really good contact form plugins on the market for WordPress. I have used Gravity Forms for years, and of course I'm a big fan. But other form plugins out there bring a lot to the table such as WPForms and many others.Whatever you are using, take advantage of its features to … [Read more...] about Listen More, Sell More – Take Advantage of Your Contact Form Plugin
We have all been there before. We sit down at the keyboard, poised to crank out another post. We wait for that perfect idea. Maybe another cup of coffee will help. We wait some more, staring at the blank screen, willing the words to come. We type a bunch of garbage, hoping that if we get the lame, … [Read more...] about 7 Things to Do When Blogging Is Seriously Hard
If you are moving into the online retail space, you obviously consider social and what it can bring to the table. When you think of Twitter specifically, certain things come to mind. But it's best to be prepared before diving in.In a podcast I asked Dustin Stout, Digital Media Consultant that … [Read more...] about What Does Twitter Have to Offer to Online Retailers?
In any industry, you will find the good, the bad and the ugly. But so many people put all affiliate marketing into "not good" bucket. They figure since they don't have affiliate links in their content, nobody else should. Well, I tend to disagree.There has always been a good number of … [Read more...] about Get Off Your Anti-Affiliate High Horse
Choosing a WordPress theme for your online store can seem like an overwhelming task. With thousands of them out there, it's easy to get lost in the maze of choices and options.It can also be time consuming. In fact, in the past, people have hired me to help them to find a theme, whether it was … [Read more...] about 14 Quick Tips When Choosing a WordPress Theme for Your Online Store