Hello Happy Site Owners! More good news on WordPress plugins updates for you this week and some SEO tips that are a must read. Did you see the WP Tables plugin review on BlogAid yesterday? It will save you some money and a headache. There are plenty more reviews and videos on the way, plus new WordPress video tutorials on tap too.
Be sure to follow BlogAid on your favorite social media site so you can stay right on top of what you need to know. Just click the links in the sidebar or in the author resource box at the bottom of the post.
The purpose of a business website is to either sell directly or support what you sell. This is a super post on KissMetrics to Help Your Website Sell More: 11 Overlooked Page Elements That Drive Online Sales. These tips work great for landing pages too.
Memphis BBQ goes great with a side of plugins. Well, at least BBQ made the WordPress guys happy while they were refreshing the plugin directory.
The links below are to the plugin developer’s page, but you can find most if not all of these plugins in the WordPress plugins repository.
Plug up WordPress SEO by Yoast was just updated. This is one of my top fave plugins. It just beats the pants off everything else when configured and used properly.
Stanford on Pushing Social is one of my fave bloggers. He’s got a new series of posts you’ll want to check out on How to Grow a Spectacular Blog Even if You Have a Day Job.
The money is in the list – that’s the rule of thumb these days. Here’s a nice guest post by Christine Brady on Kikolani about Why Bloggers Need to Build a Subscriber List.
How to Plan Your Blog Posts a Year in Advance is a nice post by Laura Roeder on Content Marketing Institute that will get your creative juices flowing for a long time.
With the new Penguin updates in place, you can no longer afford to let folks to get away with scraping your content. A Beginners Guide to Preventing Blog Content Scraping in WordPress on WP Beginner will give you several good ideas for stopping current scraping and prevent it in the future.
So glad I never participated in sketchy backlink schemes or gimmicks. And, that I always give proper attribution to the authors and sites displayed in the Tips Tuesday posts. This Penguin thing is about to get hairy. Read In the Wake of Penguin Could You Be Sued for Linking to Others on Search Engine Land.
Here goes Google un-leveling the playing field again in favor of its own products. First it was showing preference in search results to anything that had been +1’d. Now it’s a preference for any site that favors a special feature for Chrome users. Basically, it makes more pages load instantly on sites that are set to trigger The Instant Page feature in Chrome, but only if users have it turned on. It measures the speed load time on the user’s end. This is whack. Your site’s ranking could now be determined by what browser the viewer is using and whether they have a feature turned on. Really, Google?!?
Here’s the link for how to trigger pre-rendering. It’s sort of in beta, and looks like they are trying to see if they can distinguish it from the way Firefox speeds up load times. And now that Chrome Has Overtaken Internet Explorer as the Web’s Most Used Browser they have a real case for it.
Now you can see your offsite conversations on social media via the new Google Analytics Backlink Report. Note that they are lumping backlinks and social triggers together.
Scott Langdon has a super nice post on Higher Visibility about the Best Practices for Creating the Perfect Call to Action. The top ten tips he cites really do work.
Do you have videos on YouTube? Perhaps you’d like to connect them to your G+ account and vice versa. This post from Video Leads Online will help. How YouTube and Google Plus Connect. Notice the section near the bottom indicating this is not as seamless as it ought to be. It’s Google, what else is new?
I read this, re-read it, then started checking around to see if it’s a common hack. I’m all about prevention, but wonder if this is almost to the point of overkill. I’ll let you decide. 8 Google Analytics Features. Skip down to part about creating a test profile first. Then read this on protecting your Google Analytics with Filters.