Tips Tuesday and Google Webmaster Academy News

Tips TuesdayHello Happy Site Owners! I’m keeping Tips Tuesday short for the summer because I know you’re off having some fun in the sun. But you know I still have the best of the best for you to see including a sneak peek at the new TwentyTwelve theme, plus some prime examples of why I LOVE the open source community. Enjoy!

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Are you following the posts on Google WebMaster Academy? If not, why not? These are tips directly from the horse’s mouth.

WordPress

This looks good! A Sneak Peek at the WordPress Twenty Twelve Theme from Sarah Gooding at WPMU.org. Will be a super clean basis for theme developers, so look for a lot of new free themes late this year.

I’m not much of a gimmick chaser and like to keep things simple, which is why I’m 100% in agreement with this post from Kristi Hines on Why I Chose the Plain Jane WordPress Comment System Over Others.

WordPress Plugins

Show Your Love for the Top 100 WordPress Plugin Developers. the nice folks at How to Make My Blog put together this list along with links so you can send a quick thank you note to the super duper folks who work for free making the plugins you rely on most. Big BlogAid hug to the open spurce community. You folks rock!!!!

Plugins to Check Out
I really like Dave Clement’s site, Do it With WordPress. While commenting on one of his posts, I saw a couple of neat checkboxes for subscribing to comments and his newsletter. So I wrote and asked him what plugins he used. Here’s his answer:

“For subscribing to comments, I use a plugin called Subscribe to Comments and for the newsletter bit, I did a little write-up here:
http://www.doitwithwp.com/add-option-for-commenters-to-subscribe-to-your-newsletter/

Many folks think that NextGen is the top plugin for managing image galleries. Looks like Fixedly Media Gallery may be giving it a run for its money. Check out all it can do.

SEO Tips

From the Google Webmaster Blog, SEO Essentials for Startups in Under 10 Minutes.

Marketing Tips

Super post by Marko Saric on What To Do (And Not To Do) When Monetizing Your Blog on his How to Make My Blog site.

More Tips

If you have a website in the U.K. you’ll want to read this post about the new Cookie Law from The Simple Blog Company.

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