Hello Happy Site Owners! Welcome to the Tips Tuesday podcast for Nov 6, 2012. Go vote! In this week’s podcast, I big news about something I’m about to release on BlogAid, the new trend in plugin development, a new section on themes, blogging tips about how to make money from your site, and a bundle of multi-media tips focusing on getting the most from YouTube. Listen to the podcast now.
First, in BlogAid News, my site stats tell me that a lot of you are interested in switching from Feedburner for RSS to email over to MailChimp because lots of you have been downloading the Guides for Feedburner Alternatives and the one for MailChimp. So, I’ve spent the last week creating a new 8-part MailChimp Video Course that will take you from setting up your first list, creating all of the right email responders, starting your first campaign, list segmentation, and yes, RSS to email. I just finished uploading it to the Video Tutorials member site and I’ll be making the links public soon. Of course, folks who are already subscribed will see them first. And, I’m revamping the entire library to make room for this MailChimp course and all of the new videos I’ll be making just before WordPress 3.5 is released. So, be sure you’re subscribed to BlogAid News to be the first to know when all of this goes live and for special offers and announcements, like the new MailChimp webinar I’ll be doing soon.
Speaking of WordPress, the latest news on WordPress 3.5 is they’re in bug scrub mode. When I looked at the report, seems like a lot of them are focused around changes to the new media uploader and in the admin area. If you haven’t done so yet, you may want to see the video on my first look at the Beta version and the big changes to the media uploader. The public release for WordPress 3.5 is Dec. 5th, which is just a few weeks away.
And, if you want to get a super review of the core of your site to get it ready for this update, I’ll be running my annual special again during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend for a 20 point Site inspection and tune up. We’ll view your site together and you’ll see everything I’m checking, and I’ll be creating a recommendations sheet as we go that I’ll send you immediately afterward so you can jump on making any changes. Newsletter subscribers will be the first to know when I open the appointment scheduler for this, and they’ll get first dibs on their preferred times.
Some of 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.
I read a very interesting post by Jonathan Wold on WP Mods today. It was an interview with Matt Jones of WP Recycle about Abandoned WordPress Plugins in the WordPress Repository. If you want all the details, read the post, but the gist of it is that there are about 22,000 plugins in the repository and about 1 in 3 has been abandoned by their developer meaning that they are no longer updated or supported in the last couple of years. The folks at WordPress have hidden them from regular search.
Matt’s company has an open call for developers to send the plugins to him and he’ll see about taking over the development. Now, what’s important for you to know about this is that Matt is not just doing this out of the goodness of his heart.
Plugin development is time consuming. What a lot of developers have figured out is that they invested a certain amount of time developing the plugin and the rest of their waking hours supporting it. Nobody can keep doing that for free. What Matt is proposing is to make the revamped plugin for free, and then charge for support and add-ons.
That is a growing trend among developers. They put a lite version of their plugin in the repository, and then offer a premium paid version with more features on their site. The paid version also comes with support.
Plugins to Check Out
Pretty Links makes nice looking links out of affiliate links. There is a free and pro version. The free is Pretty Links Lite.
The Post Tabs plugin allows you to add tabs to any post or page that have more info on them. That’s a pretty cool thing for pages. I’m not sure how those tabs would make it through an RSS feed though for a post, especially if it’s being delivered via email. So, if you use it, test for that.
Last week I added another new section to Tips Tuesday for tips on multi-media for videos and audio. And I’m doing it again this week with a new section on themes. Michael Jackness has a post on WP Hub with more details on a post that originally came out on WordPress.com about a new theme they are making available. It’s called WordPress Music and is For Bands And Performers. I looked over the features and specs and if you’re a musician, you definitely want to check out this theme.
Tom Ewer has a nice post on Leaving Work Behind asking if semi-passive income the new way to quit your day job. I think he’s on to something here. It’s pretty tough to make a true living wage from affiliate marketing alone. Tom has an established freelance writing gig to rely on while he explores passive income opportunities.
You may also want to read Ana Hoffman’s site Traffic Generation Cafe as she has been actively seeking the best ways to make a living from affiliate income too, and like Tom, she gives a detailed monthly income status report. By the way, Ana, sweet new site redesign!
Here’s a tip from Fabienne on her Client Attraction site that took me a while to learn. It’s titled Five key steps to close more sales with prospects. It’s about all the good reasons there are for putting time limits on your first free consultation calls. I have to do this with tech support type inquiries too because honestly, that’s all I would end up doing for the day if I opened the floor for questions. However, I know there are a lot of folks who really do have just one quick question that actually could be answered without us having to dig into the backend of their site. So, I’m looking for ways to answer those questions in a way that helps more people. In the next few weeks look for new features to be added that will let you send in your questions and get them answered on this podcast.
The folks at Small business Trends have a nice post on 5 Ways To Use Marketing Videos On Your Site. In it they have video examples of those 5 ways and it certainly gave me ideas.
If you do screencasting like I do for the video tutorials I make, Camtasia (aff link) is hands down the best software to use. And they run contests once in a while at Learn Camtasia where users can submit tips. Here’s one from Ron Hogue http://ronhogue.com/ on Five-ish Screencasting Tips that he submitted to the contest.
And I found a super site for learning more about video marketing. It’s called Five Minute Video Marketing and the guys who run it, Tyrone and Justin, cover all aspects of video marketing including getting the most out of your YouTube channel as well as video SEO.
You may have heard that Facebook is trying out a new sleek Timeline layout. Well, they’re not the only ones. YouTube is also testing out a cleaner layout that looks a whole like Google+. Duh, wonder where they got that idea. The nice folks at Reel SEO have a sneak peek for you and tips on a little Chrome hack you can do to get the new layout even before YouTube officially rolls it out to everyone. See their YouTube redesign post.
This is good, really good. Jenny Dean, who is the Editor at Business Blog Writers, has a guest post on ProBlogger with 14 Ways to Promote Your Latest YouTube Video. Jenny also runs her own blogs and each of them has a YouTube channel, so she’s walking her talk here. There are several things on this list that I haven’t done yet and I’m going to spend this next week making that happen because I can see that they will work to drive traffic.
That’s a wrap this week’s Tips Tuesday podcast. Did you know you can find this podcast on iTunes, and has been accepted to both Stitcher, and Blackberry Podcast? You can also subscribe directly to the RSS via email in the sidebar of the site. Visit BlogAid.net for more tips, tutorials, and free resources to make your site better.
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