Tips Tuesday and How to Keep Your Accounts Safe

Tips TuesdayYou already know how much I preach about keeping your WordPress installation safe. Well, today I want to share a couple of good posts I found about keeping all of your online accounts secure by Amit Agarwal on his Digital Inspirations blog. And while you’re there, read how to protect email from Facebook apps.

I really hated seeing this post from Adam Helweh on Social Media Explorer. I hated it because it’s true. It’s titled The Terrible Tale of the Technology Tyrants & Tips to Avoid Them. Don’t go into website ownership blindly. In fact, don’t buy anything until you read my free ebook, What Every Site Owner Should Know.

In all the hoohaa online earlier this month with the release of WordPress 3.2 and folks scrabbling to get a G+ invitation, Google quietly released a new service on July 4th. Stephanie Buck reports on Mashable that Google Wants You to Solve Problems For Money.  The site is called Prizes.org and “allows users to create contests where they post questions or tasks. The user can then award a cash prize to the best answer received.”

YouTube has a new look and they are calling it the Cosmic Panda layout. Here’s a nice post from ReelSEO’s new staff writer Greg Jarboe titled YouTube Cosmic Panda Lets You See Around Corners and Over Walls.

Tech Tips

Ben Parr’s post on Mashable says that Google Analytics & Webmaster Tools Now Track the Impact of Tweets, Likes & +1s. It will certainly help you manage your social media ROI better.

While we’re on the subject, here’s a post on the dark side of social media’s impact on SEO from Niall Harbison on Simply Zesty about Why Attributing a Link is No Longer Good Enough from the cut and paste media.

PageRank is not all it’s cracked up to be. The Google Webmaster Central Blog even reports that there are much more important metrics to track. And Barry Schwartz reports on SEO Roundtable that Google states PageRank Is No Longer The Be-All & End-All Of Ranking.

Brankica of Live Your Love has been all over my radar lately. And this post has me wondering if it’s a great idea, or just too sneaky. She tells you how to Turn Commenters Into Newsletter Subscribers With 30 Seconds of Work. Let me (and her) know what you think. And, say something nice about her new header logo. I’m liking it!

Kevin Muldoon has a super post on WPMods about ways to speed up your WordPress website. Besides all the great tips, he’s tested bunches of caching plugins, listed near the end. I was leaning toward W3 Total Cache for BlogAid, but rethinking that after reading this post. What do you use?

Blog Tips

A good title for your post could make all the difference in getting traffic to your site. Here’s a nice list from Hubspot of 10 Helpful Title Tips from Top-Viewed Blog Posts that will help you create a better headline.

Is article marketing dead? The short answer is no, and George Aspland has a nice post on Search Engine Land for A Step-by-Step Guide to Effective Online Article Marketing in the post-Panda age.

Videos are hot for marketing and video book trailers can really boost an author’s site. Dana Lynn Smith has a nice article on The Savvy Book Marketer with the Top 5 Tips to Use Book Trailers to Drive Sales and she has a guest post on BookBuzzr with tips on how to Promote Your Books with Video.

Social Media Tips

The Google Plus Guide from Mashable is being updated regularly, so check in often for new tips.

Niall Harbison reports on Simply Zesty about How to Use Google+ on the iPhone Right Now.

Looking to add an app to your Facebook page? Andrea Vahl has made a post on her Top 10 Facebook Apps for Building Custom Pages Tabs that you’ll definitely want to check out.

And, the nice folks at HyperArts have a post you’ll want to read about the 5 Common Mistakes of Facebook Fan-Gated Reveal Tabs.

LinkedIn has updated their New User Starter Guide. And you’ll find more resources in the left-hand sidebar links.

I really enjoyed reading this personal case study post by Pam Moore on what it taught her about how your business can get social media right through exceptional cutomer service.

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