Hello Happy Site Owners and welcome to a new year! It’s time to get your blog on and make this year your best ever. And I’ve got just the tips this week to help you do it. Also want to report that bunches of nice folks got their Site Evaluation and Review over the holiday break and boy, are they happy about it! Out of them all, I only found one that wasn’t open to hacker attack. And, I helped several folks cut their database storage in half! That serves two purposes, it makes your site run faster and it cuts down on the space you need to back your site up.
If you missed the extended hours last week, no worries. You can still get your site reviewed, and still for $25. Visit the Services page for details.
One of the reasons that I enjoy Sydni Craig-Hart’s blog, Smart Simple Marketing, is because she often includes a specific outline, plan, or worksheet to actually accomplish what she is advising you to do. True to form, you’ll find a plan you can work in her post on How to Market Your Business Consistently to Grow Your Income.
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Would you like to have special sidebars on certain pages? Me too. I’m checking out the Custom Sidebars plugin and will let you know how well it works. It allows you to customize a sidebar from within the post/page editor.
Get this plugins to Show Business Hours in your sidebar.
It’s time to update the copyright notice on your site. If you want to add a little code to automate it, check out this how-to on WPMods to Update Copyright Automatically on WordPress.
Jake Rocheleau looks into his crystal ball to tell you the WordPress Design Trends in 2012. I think #1 will be #1. The rest, I don’t know. What do you think?
This is just too ironic not to share. In his Op-Ed on CrazyEgg titled Does Web Design Matter, Joseph Putnam lists about ten or so reasons folks gave for not liking a website. The ironic part is, the site this post appears on has most of those design elements.
Telling stories is a lost art. Bloggers are bringing it back, and it’s paying them dividends. Check out this post by Judy Dunn on Best Blogging Tips Online for the Most Powerful vut Underused Blogging Strategy is Sticky Storytelling.
ProBlogger, Darren Rowse answers the question When Should You Launch Your New Blog – Complete or On The Go?
This will help get you and your blog started off right in the new year. Three Productvity Tips for Your Blog.
Ready to bring video into your marketing mix? Then you’ll definitely want to catch this interview on Easy Online Video Tips with James Webmore who created the Video Traffic Academy course.
Be sure to read the last paragragh in this post by Jeff Goins on why it’s true of life and your business too on why Writers Can’t Edit Their Own Wrok (and no, that’s not a typo on my part).
Wonderful post by Stanford Smith on Pushing Social about the Surprising Truth About Blogging Every Day.
Nice post by Sinead on Red Fly Marketing on The Easy Way to Use Google Analytics to Improve Your Website and Conversion. It deals a lot with In-Page analytics, which is something I’ve been wanting to delve into more. This really helped me understand it.
Super post from Kristi Hines on 12 Great Ways to Use Your Business Blog’s RSS Feed. One of my goals this year is to read every post she publishes. Be sure to subscribe to her main site, Kikolani and catch her weekly tips post, Fetching Friday, as well as her monthly post with links to all that she has published that month called Writing Around the Web.
Are you using the rel author code on your site so that Google picks up your avatar in search results? I’ve seen mixed results reported like the ones in this post by Matt McGee on Small Business Search Marketing titled Adding a New Site to Google’s Relauthor Markup Faster Than Expected.
There are a lot of theories out there about the best way to build backlinks. This post from Marcus Sheridan is more along the lines of how I do it. How to Build Links to Your Site Without Selling Your Soul to the Devil.
Social Media Tips
If you use NetworkedBlogs to post to Facebook, folks probably aren’t seeing it anymore. Thanks to Teresa at Social Butterfly Solutions for this nice post. Facebook doesn’t Like NetworkedBlogs.
Webinars and online workshops are something I’m developing for BlogAid, so I found this post by Daphne Bousquet on Event Stragey Solutions very helpful. It’s the Top 5 Benefits of Social Media for Seminar Marketing.
Are you using Pintrest yet? I’m seeing more and more posts on it. Here’s one from ProBlogger, Darren Rowse about How He Overlooked a 1000 Visitor a Day Source of Traffic and What He Did to Grow it to 3000 Visits a Day.
Jay Baer has some nice InfoGraphics to show you 9 Surprising New Facts About Social Media in America. It also confirms to me why I don’t bother with Twitter.