Hello Happy Site Owners! How are you doing on your 2012 goals? I’m unexpectedly ahead on a couple of them. One big goal for BlogAid this year is to offer webinars. I hadn’t planned on doing that until June due to the learning and research curve. But, thanks to Dana Lynn Smith (aka The Savvy Book Marketer), I’ll be offering them sooner than expected. Thank you, Dana, for such a wonderful webinar on doing webinars. Your Resources list alone was worth the price of admission.
Did you see yesterday’s post on the Sexy Bookmarks plugin? There are a lot more videos on the way to show you how to configure WordPress plugins for max results. Some will be on YouTube and the rest will be bonus videos on the BlogAid Training site, including the free videos section. But they’re only available via subscription.
I love this remark by Sydni Craig-Hart, “Nothing in your business will change unless you start changing the way you think about your business.” Read the rest of her sage advice in her recent post How to Change Your Bad Marketing Habits for Good.
Polldaddy is made by Automattic (owners of WordPress.com) and is one of the best ways to add polls to your site.
Fast and Secure Contact Formwas recently updated but all of the bugs are still not fixed. It can interfere with your ability to schedule a post and/or create a link if you are using the TinyMCE Advanced text editor. Did you know that BlogAid has a Short Course of videos on all the settings for this plugin and Contact Form 7?
Plugins to Check Out
Want to customize the black admin bar that runs across the top of your site when you’re logged in? The folks at WPMU.org highlight 12 WordPress Admin Bar Plugins to Increase Your Options and Control.
I don’t believe this. On Social Media Today, Sally Falko reports, “In his keynote speech Robert Kyncl, vice president, global head of content for YouTube, predicts that in a few years video will be 90% of all the traffic online.” This speech was delivered at the recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. I think Mr Kyncl’s position skews his opinion a bit and that there will always remain a love for the written word, even online. However, that remark should help convince you that video ought to be a part of your marketing mix. I already have several WordPress video tutorials on YouTube now and plan to add a ton more this year. Plus, Santa brought me a webcam and I hope to add more in-person videos and video Skype interviews too. How about you? Is video already in your marketing mix or do you plan to add it this year?
Do you day dream on your day job of becoming a professional blogger someday? You’ll enjoy this post by Stanford on Pushing Social on How to Publish Daily When You Have a 9-5 Job.
Stanford Smith is getting to be one of my fave bloggers on Pushing Social. In this post he tells you One Reason Why Your Blog isn’t Making Money.
Are you guilty of any of these? 7 Little Blog Mistakes that Drive Your Readers Nuts. Be careful about the one on permalinks. Depending on how you’re changing them you might need to do a little redirecting. See the short video tutorial on Permalink Structure in the Videos to Get You Started section.
Sydni Craig-Hart is fast becoming one of my favorite bloggers. Here’s another good post from her Smart Simple Marketing blog on How to Find Your Marketing Power Zone. This is essential advice right now with so many gurus talking about the next big band wagon you need to hop on that will actually take you out of your power zone.
This works for MailChimp too! 50 Aweber List Building Ideas for Bloggers.
Here’s a thoroughly updated post on The 2012 Guide to Google Webmaster Tools – Analytics Integration, +1 Metrics, and More. And who else could write such a super post other than one of my fave bloggers, Kristi Hines. If you are not following her on Kikolani and doing what she suggests, you’re leaving money on the table.
Social Media Tips
Mari Smith is the Queen of Facebook. She got that way by knowing a little something about building community. In his post, How Mari Smith Uses Graphics to Build Lasting Relationships with Readers, John C. Parker tells you how and why Mari is good at what she does in his review of her latest book The New Relationship Marketing: How to Build a Large, Loyal, Profitable networking Using the Social Web.
Can Social Media Actually Make You Money? The authors of a new book on this topic certainly think it can. Read the review on Social Media Examiner.