Tips Tuesday – Make Cool Buttons and Take Care with Pop Ups

BlogAid Tips TuesdayHello Happy Site Owners! This week I’ve got updates on a new plugins resource, several plugin updates, including one to make great 3D buttons and news you’ll want to know about using link shortener services, also what you need to know about using pop up optin boxes. Plus, info on the new Google+ API that you’ll soon be seeing used everywhere, updates on AuthorRank news, and finally a couple of super video marketing tips. Listen to the podcast.

Featured Tips

I know a lot of you use EverNote. Over the weekend they announced a security breach. So, go read it and follow the instructions to reset your password right away as well as how to detach it from other apps.

Also, if you didn’t get to hear it yesterday, I posted a wonderful podcast with Denise Wakeman about the trends in digital publishing and how you can easily jump on this train before it leaves the station. Now is the time to expand the reach of your blog and get your content into multiple mediums. Denise has super tips for how to easily do that. And, you want to catch the info about a multi week event she is hosting that starts tomorrow, March 6th, too. You’ll find that near the end of the interview or click the link in the show notes for details. And be sure to look in the comments for another gift Denise left for us. I started reading it right away.

Also, if you’re listening to this on the podcast, be sure to visit to see the show notes for all the links mentioned.

WordPress News

Thankfully this week there isn’t much to report. Work continues on the 3.6 update as well as the new Twenty Thirteen theme. I’ll have updates for you when they get to something that is worth knowing on a user level. Right now, it’s all pretty much still developer and designer issues.

WordPress Plugins

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’ve been wanting to do this for a long time. Under the Resources tab on BlogAid you’ll find a link to a new WordPress Plugins page. It lists all of the plugins I use and recommend to my clients. I’ve got a good start on it and will be expanding it as I review and test more plugins, which is the only way they get listed on that wall. I value the trust you put in me so I’m crazy picky about what I recommend to you. The same holds true of the items on the main Resources page where I’ve got links for the software, apps, and services I use and recommend. So, go check those out any time you need something for your site or business.

Recently Updated
The WordPress SEO plugin and the MaxButtons plugins were recently updated. I’ve got a post on that for you later this week with the details that you’ll definitely want to know about.

The Yet Another Related Posts Plugin was recently updated for a minor bug fix. This kind of plugin is a great way to keep folks on your site longer by interesting them in more of your content.

Plugins to Check Out
I was happy to see this post from Regina Smola on her WP Security Lock blog about 3 Reasons Not to Use Free URL Shorteners. In it she followed up on how the Easy Redirect Script plugin has been working for her this past month. I’ve been thinking about getting it and with this post, plus seeing how often Pat Flynn uses custom short links, I’m convinced it’s a good idea. Be sure to look in the comments of the post for a question I asked Regina about smart domain ideas to combine this tactic with.

And, Regina has accepted my invitation to come on the podcast where we can talk more about this and other site security tips because security is becoming a top priority with all of your online presences and platforms. So, look for that interview in the next few weeks.

SEO Tips

Your G+ account is about to tie into everything. Google has released a new API for sign in that developers can use on just about anything. This is all the more reason to start taking your G+ profile seriously as a major player in the game, besides what it can do for your SEO and AuthorRank.

Neal Schaffer has a post on Windmill Networking asking Google Plus for Business: Does It Matter If Your Friends Use It or Not? If you’re not convinced yet why you need to be active on G+ yet, this post will give you every reason you need. I’m convinced that AuthorRank is the way to go with your SEO efforts at this point and making the most of G+ is a key component.

I’m so convinced that I did a month’s worth of research and got myself and BlogAid properly positioned to take advantage of it. Then I put all of that info into the SEO and AuthorRank Video Course so you could easily do it too, plus square out all of your site SEO while you’re at it.

Marketing Tips

I know all of the stats show that pop ups work to get more newsletter subscribers, it’s just that I’m not a big fan of them, especially the ones that pop up immediately after page load. But, it’s hard to argue with any tactic that is known to work. I found this post by Chris Lema very helpful. It’s titled If you’re going to use a popup, at least don’t do this! He has a great tip for a tool that will help you decide when to show the pop up that will make it okay for your audience. Be sure to read through the comments too.


This should put some rumors to rest for you about MailChimp’s policy toward using affiliate marketing links your emails. If you’re using spammy links to spammy stuff, you’ll have an issue. But, if you’re on the up-and-up, you’ll be okay.

Multi-Media Tips

Here’s an excellent post by Amy Porterfield on Social Media Examiner about How to Generate Leads with Video Marketing. She doesn’t miss anything, and with this much variety, there is bound to be a few new ones you can use.

If you’ve been following Tips Tuesday for a while, you know that the guys at ReelSEO are my favorite folks to follow for YouTube tips. Well, they just posted a super case study showing how Using Video SEO To Steal Clicks, Localize Results and Increase Conversion Rate. I’ve been pouring over it to see how I can use some of these techniques to improve my YouTube channel. I’m focusing hard on it for the month of March and I’ll keep you posted on how it’s going.

Wrap Up

That’s a wrap for this week’s Tips Tuesday podcast. You can find this podcast on iTunes, as well as Stitcher, and the Blackberry Podcast. You can also subscribe directly to the RSS via email in the sidebar of the site. Visit for more tips, tutorials, and free resources to make your site better.

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Google Plus Comments


  1. says

    Thank you so much for your time, dedication, and resources, MaAnna. A lot of this information goes over my head, but I do what I can to extract the information that is relevant to my situation. In today’s tips, I extracted the bit about the free url shortener (a no no) and the new api for google plus. Thank you!

  2. says

    I’m definitely using my Google Plus to help out with my SEO efforts. I do have a question with url shorteners, point 2 and 3 of Regina’s blog post is true but if URL shorteners are really blocked by a lot of ISP’s then why does google has its own URL shortener? Or maybe I’m just confused.

    • says

      That’s a good question, Zion. Might want to pop over to Regina’s blog and ask her in the comments. I’ll be sure to put it on my list of things to ask her during my interview with her in a couple of weeks too.