Hello Happy Site Owners!
Tips this week include:
– BlogAid is expanding and hiring
– what’s new in WordPress 4.5 MaAnna Minute video
– upcoming Blab on What’s New in WP, Hosting, and Themes
– new SEO tutorials rolling out
– how WordPress stores your uploaded images
– a new pingback type notification you don’t want to use
– help with getting your email off your hosting and why you need to do this soon
– 7 questions you need to ask about starting and running your blog
BlogAid is Expanding
Today I’m interviewing an executive secretary to help with my emails and to restructure some of my processes. On average, I field 40-60 emails a day. Sometimes it surges to 80 a day and it can take up 5 hours of my day.
Many of them are for ongoing projects. Some are new business. But, a bunch are also from previous site audit and training clients wanting a free “pick my brain” question answered. When 10-20 of those come in a day, I’m losing my shirt in non-billable hours.
So, I’m trying to find ways to take care of my clients without taking such a financial loss every month doing it.
And that’s where the executive secretary comes in – to help sort through all of the requests I get a day and keep me focused on project management and ensuring that I have a better balance of client work and getting my own business work done, like making video tutorials for my two member sites and all of the new testing of WordPress changes and plugins and performance and security that I need to do to stay on top of this industry and keep you informed.
So, expect some changes in the way things are done around here in the coming weeks as we work through these growing pains and adapt to a new system that will allow me to expand and offer you even more help.
Hiring Webmasters and Designers
I’m also up to my eyeballs in site audit requests and client work and I’ve been expanding my team to help with those. Several of them have been hired right out of my Webmaster Training courses.
Right now I’m looking for more folks to help with Genesis design as well as site audits.
I made a quick MaAnna Minute video tour for you of all the new features in WordPress 4.5 plus what may break after you update. I expect the new version will be rolling out any day now so go watch that video, and remember to backup, backup, backup before you update.
Come chat live about what’s coming up and going on with all things WordPress and your site.
New SEO Tutorial Videos Rolling Out
I’ve also been super busy updating the video tutorials in the SEO Course http://training.blogaid.net I started with the Yoast SEO plugin videos, and then I’ll be expanding the entire course for more advanced video tips.
Udemy Students Contact Me
If you’re in one of my Udemy courses, please contact me immediately and be sure to tell me which course you’re in. I’m making drastic changes to those courses and the only way to get the full course now is to jump over to my private membership for free.
That’s all the news from around here. Let’s jump into this week’s tips.
Every time you upload an image to WordPress, the data is stored in two places. The image file itself goes into the wp-content > uploads folder. But the information about it, including where it’s being embeded goes into the database.
This is just one reason why a database only backup doesn’t work. It’s also why there can be a lot of broken links left over when you only delete them from the file folder.
See this nice post from the folks over at WPBeginner for more on how WordPress stores your images.
I stand amazed at how the folks at WPMU Dev glossed over the security issues with using any of the internal WordPress notification systems for when another WordPress site links to your site.
That’s done through the trackback and pingback system, and now via webmentions.
Folks, I’ve been telling you for going on 3 years now to turn off XML-RPC and that’s what these things use.
There are 3 places to do that and one of them is to turn off trackbacks and pingbacks. You’ll find 2 checkboxes at the top of the Settings > Discussion for that. The other 2 places involve getting into the code of your .htaccess and wp-config files.
Get Your Email Off Your Hosting
Last year I wrote a post about all the reasons why you need to get your email off your hosting but I didn’t harp on it a lot because I didn’t have anyone on my team to help with it. I do now.
Email going through your host has become a serious security issue now too.
Even CloudFlare has started flagging more of your DNS records that expose your IP address at your host. I’ll have a video tutorial out soon for you about how to hide those on CloudFlare.
But, the MX record for your email going through your host has always given hackers a clue how to get back to your site, and you can’t afford that security breach any longer.
I moved my whole back office to Google Apps for this reason.
The nice folks at WPBeginner have a great tutorial about setting up your domain related email on GApps too.
Now, that tutorial only covers setting up new email, not moving any existing emails you may have stored in the mailbox on your host. It just depends on how you have that set up. And that’s why you may need help with it. Contact me if you do.
Site Success Tips
I’m glad the folks over at Blogging Pro revisited a post they wrote last year. And I hope everyone inspired to make money online will read it, no matter where you are in your site ownership journey because it really makes you think through the big questions.
Get questions? I’m here to help.
That’s a wrap for this week’s Tips Tuesday.
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