Tips Tuesday – Recommended Plugins, Test for Mobile, Security Plugins Vulnerable

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Hello Happy Site Owners! Welcome to the BlogAid Tips Tuesday Podcast for March 24, 2015 and I’m your host MaAnna.

Tips this week include:

  • new Webmaster Training videos
  • the launch of the new Site Success Interview Series
  • what’s in the WordPress 4.2 Beta 1 release
  • testing WordPress for mobile
  • a great recommended plugins list
  • whether to replace Akismet with Antispam Bee
  • security plugins becoming a security risk
  • the best place to find security news
  • and how to get the best image optimization

So let’s dive in. Listen to the podcast.

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Denise Wakeman on the BlogAid Successful Site Interview Series

Denise Wakeman on the BlogAid Site Success Interview Series

I’m delighted to welcome visibility expert Denise Wakeman and her adventuresome spirit to the inaugural podcast of the Successful Site Interview Series where I’ll be chatting with my clients and online entrepreneurs about what it takes to run a successful site. Listen now

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Tips Tuesday – Site Review Webinar, Plugin Auto Updates, Site Maintenance Packages

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Hello Happy Site Owners!

This week’s tips include:

  • free site review webinar with special guest
  • Webmaster Training member webinar
  • what’s up with me and host provider recommendations
  • HTML5 tags coming to widgets in WordPress 4.2
  • the hoohaa over the recent WordPress SEO plugin update
  • clarification guidelines on all plugin auto updates
  • what’s recently been updated in a few popular plugins that shows a trend
  • new site maintenance packages from my favorite fix-it guy
  • why you should give your best content away for free
  • a new place to get super free images for your site
  • 2 new additions to Google Webmaster Tools

So let’s dive in. Listen to the podcast.

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Tips Tuesday – Slow Load Heatmap, Site Review Webinar, NoFollow Links on Themes

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Hello Happy Site Owners! Tips this week include:

  • new interview podcasts
  • free site review webinar
  • re-launch of the carving site
  • New head of StudioPress,
  • Privilege Escalation vulnerabilities
  • round up of all changes to Google Webmaster Tools in the last month
  • why designers need to put nofollow links on their client’s sites
  • page level assessment of the new Mobile Friendly algorithm
  • 7 ways to make your website project fail
  • and a Chrome extension for a heatmap of your slow load elements

So let’s dive in. Listen to the podcast.

BlogAid Happenings

Lots of happy news around here this week.

Going Full Time

This Saturday will be the one year anniversary of leaving my day job as an electronics engineer for nearly 30 years and going full time with BlogAid. It’s great to be living my dream! I do a job I love every day and get to help other folks do the same. And, I’m very blessed to work with so many people who put good into the world. And that just warms my heart.

New Family Member

The big news around here is that there has been an addition to the family. I’ve adopted a schnauzer and tickled pink to have puppy paws in the place again.

I spent a lot of years working two full time jobs and then this last year building the rest of the foundation for BlogAid and had put a lot of my joyful life things on hold to get it done. That’s the way it is being an entrepreneur of a startup.

So, I’m very happy to start getting my life back and be off the road and in a position to have a doggie again.

Heartwood Art Re-Launch

And on that note, I’m delighted to announce the relaunch of my wood carving site, Heartwood Art! And a HUGE THANK YOU to +Cyndia Papia for doing the big tasks of integrating a static HTML site and a Blogger blog and getting all under one WordPress roof.

We thought we would be making an interim theme for now and do a more detailed design later, but a few more tweaks here and there on the draft led to this being the theme. I’m thrilled with it. This was all Cyndi. I told her what I wanted to do with the site, gave her some images, and made just a few comments on the first draft. Everything else is her doing.

When I first announced I’d be turning this project over to her entirely and just staying out of her way, y’all thought I was crazy. Go have a look at the site and see just how smart that decision was.

Besides getting caught up on the blogs of my latest project, I’ll be tweaking the content on it over the next few months and learning more about generating passive income through ads and sponsors too. As I create new and bigger graphics for my carvings and get more sponsors, we’ll be rearranging it a bit.

New Interview Podcasts

In other big news here, I’ve sent the invitations out for client interviews. These will be in addition to Tips Tuesday and will give you the inside scoop on what it’s like to run big, successful sites over the years, or what it’s like to go through a full site revamp and training to take things up a notch.

I’m delighted that visibility expert +Denise Wakeman will be my first guest. She’s been at this online marketing thing for years and she has a unique perspective from trying just about every visibility technique known.

I’m excited to hear what she has to say on the value of trying new things and evaluating the ROI with regard to her site and what it takes to keep up with all of that.

Free Site Review Webinar

I do believe it’s time to do another zero-pitch, free site review webinar. It will be coming up very soon.

BlogAid News subscribers will be the first to know the date and get first dibs on submitting their site for the limited slots. So, be sure to get on that list if you haven’t done so already.

And, we’ll have a special guest this time. Social media coach +Carrie-Anne Foster will be joining us. She had her site reviewed in one of these webinars and has since gotten a site audit. You’ll get the scoop on what we found on the difference in looking at the front side compared to the backside and what it really takes to run a successful site.

Webmaster Webinar

The next Webmaster Level 5 member webinar will be the 22nd. We’re doing this one on a Saturday afternoon to give folks who can’t attend on Thursday a chance to be there live, instead of watching the replay. That way they get to ask questions too.

We’ll be covering my latest security tests and performance tweaks, plus how to get sites ready for the new Mobile Friendly ranking factor.

That’s all the news from around here.
Let’s jump into this week’s tips from around the ‘net.

WordPress News

4.2 Enhancements Deadline is March 10th

Today is the deadline for adding things to the upcoming release of WordPress 4.2. The first beta should roll out on Wednesday and from then on they will be focused entirely on bug fixes until the public release sometime in April. I’ll keep you posted on details of what all is coming in this release as it gets closer.

Theme News

Brian Gardner Moves to Rainmaker

When you think of StudioPress, the first name that comes to mind is the creator of Genesis, Brian Gardner. Well, he’s going to be moving full time over into the Rainmaker platform, which is their unique version of managed WordPress hosting.

Lauren Mancke will be taking his place. She’s not new to StudioPress. They brought her in a year ago as the creative director. Her themes are lovely and I was hoping that would translate into more variety on StudioPress, but it didn’t. Maybe it will now. We’ll see.

Listen or watch this HOA of Carrie Dils’ interview with Lauren and get the skinny.

Security Tips

Xen security issue prompts Amazon, Rackspace cloud reboots

Thanks to my fave fix-it guy +Makis for this heads up on a cloud vulnerability that will affect those who host on Amazon EC2, Rackspace, and any service using Linode. As safe as the cloud is, it’s not going to escape this new rash of security issues. The hackers are now going after broad stroke, foundational stuff.

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Privilege Escalation

Lately I’ve been seeing more plugins with a privilege escalation vulnerability. This not something new and not something that affects just plugins or just WordPress. Even Windows has a problem with it. But, for websites, it means a hacker can gain control of the root account of a whole server with it. That affects every site on a server.

I’ve also seen attacks on sites that look similar to this, but the entry point can’t be identified. So, I don’t have anything definitive for you at this time on it, but can tell you that I’m only seeing it on shared hosting so far.

SEO Tips

March 2015 Google Webmaster Report

+Barry Schwartz has released his monthly report on changes at GWT and it’s pretty active this time. He covers all of the major announcements like mobile-friendly ranking and the ecommerce update. And he’s found a few surprises too, like Google proactively reaching out to help site owners recover from a hack. No kidding. Thanks to Barry for making it easy on us to get all that news in one place.

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Google: Definitely Put A Nofollow On Web Design By Links

All of the designers on my team stopped putting a “designed by” type link on their client’s sites years ago, mainly because they think it’s tacky to use the site as a billboard.

But, there’s a very real SEO reason too. Google has made it official that if such a link is on a site, it needs to be made nofollow.

Now for folks who design themes to be sold en masse, they do want to have a link. And it’s usually dofollow. And that’s usually in the core coding and not something end users can change easily. So, you may want to have a look at the very bottom of pages on your site and see what links are there and make them nofollow.

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The Google Mobile Algorithm Is Real-Time & On The Page Level

April 21st will be here before you know it. That’s when the new Mobile Friendly ranking factor goes into effect at Google. But don’t fret if all of your site pages don’t meet the criteria. The ranking will be on a page by page basis instead of site wide. You can read more about it in this post on SEO Roundtable.

7 Ways to Make Your Website Project Fail

I want to thank designer +Paula Gregorowicz for writing this post.

I’m going to list just a few here:

  • Assume your designer can read your mind.
  • Drag your feet when it comes to providing the content/copy for the site.
  • Ask for endless revisions.

There are 4 more and you’ll want to go read the post for the rest. I know she meant this tongue in cheek, but they are so typical and true. Read that post and don’t be that client.

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YoastCon: 5 year anniversary conference

In May, the Yoast company turns 5 years old and they are celebrating with YoastCon. It’s in the Netherlands and features bunches of great speakers discussing website optimization. Be sure to see the site for more info, including ticket prices and speaker list.

Performance Tips

HTTP/2 not coming to cPanel

You may recall me reporting in a recent Tips Tuesday about the new http/2 protocol coming to browsers soon  and making web pages load faster.

According to +Denver Prophit https://plus.google.com/+DenverProphitJr/posts it may be supported by most browsers, but won’t be coming to servers with cPanel. He spoke with the techs at LiquidWeb who say it’s unsafe. And with all of the patches that have been coming out for softwares on Linux servers, I’m betting they don’t want to add to their problems right now.

Bottom line – it’s more imperative than ever that you get your site clean and lean and loading fast as it sits. A site audit will show you where the drags are and how to improve them.

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Heatmap of Slow Load Elements

Hey, you want to try something fun? There’s a new Chrome extension called Perfmap and it color codes what’s loading slowly on your site. The times are how long it took for the visitor to see each element.

Now, since this is an extension, you may want to run it and remove it. It won’t take the place of a site audit, but I suggest that you give it a try because it’s super easy to read and will give you a super quick way to get a page load grip on your site.

Wrap Up

That’s a wrap for this week’s Tips Tuesday. Thanks for subscribing on iTunes, and for giving this show a rating and review. I really appreciate it. And do drop by and say hey over on my Google+ page too. That’s where I hang out. Be sure to visit BlogAid.net for more tips and resources and I’ll see you online.

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Tips Tuesday – Rash of Hack Attacks, Sales Funnel Clarity, Mobile-Friendly Ranking

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Hello Happy Site Owners!  Tips this week include:

  • re-launch of a hacked site
  • what’s behind sites acting goofy and rash of attacks
  • 5 things to check on your site right now
  • new visual editor in the WordPress App and why not to use it
  • a clearer view of term splitting coming in WordPress 4.2
  • site and internet tech trends over the last year
  • demystifying the sales and purchase funnels
  • converting on every page of your site
  • mobile friendly officially becomes a ranking factor
  • how to test your site for mobile and performance

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Tips Tuesday – Uptime Monitoring, Faster Page Loads

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Hello Happy Site Owners! Welcome to the BlogAid Tips Tuesday Podcast for Feb 23 2015 and I’m your host MaAnna.

Tips this week include:

- faster page loads coming to your browser soon
– what’s coming in WordPress 4.2 that will affect categories, tags, and plugins
– a super perk in a super uptime monitoring service
– whether you should try to build backlinks or not
– how to get a jump on the Twitter/G+ integration
– and a whole basket of freelancing mistakes that are costing you big

So let’s dive in. Listen to the podcast.

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Tips Tuesday – WooCommerce and Pinterest Changes, Site Build Stories

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Hello Happy Site Owners! Tips this week include what goes into a hacked site rebuild and how to avoid it, what you have to do before you set up a membership site so it will be successful, why you don’t want to turn your website build over to an IT person, new performance tester videos, big changes coming to Woocommerce, a reality check that will help you get perspective on what it means when 100,000 sites get hit with something, big changes coming to Pinterest that affect the bottom line, why you need to give it all away on your site, a chat with Snip.ly over inserting ads into the link shortener service, what rel=canonical is and how to use it, a robots.txt example from Yoast that I take great exception to and why, proof in the NY Times that I wasn’t just making up that story about hackers spitting money out of ATMs and how to protect yourself, and enough great HOAs to keep you watching for days. So let’s dive in. Listen to the podcast.

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Tips Tuesday – 300% Site Improvement, Current SEO Practices, Hobby Blogs

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Hello Happy Site Owners! Tips this week include a 300% improvement in site performance, G+ posting going big for crafters and artisans, protecting your home wifi router from hacks, writing irresistible headlines, the new age of SEO and mindset changes you need to bust and move to keep pace, and the difference in running a hobby blog vs a business site. So let’s dive in. Listen to the podcast.

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