Hello Happy Site Owners!
Tips this week include:
– WordPress 4.5 rolling out
– upcoming Blab on what’s new in WordPress 4.5
– 6 new SEO Tutorials rolling out
– how I’m using Facebook Live and you can too
– why to jump on the livestreaming bandwagon sooner rather than later
– why the REST API got bumped to WP 4.7 and what’s coming with it
– some truth in reporting on WordPress security threats
– a fave plugin developer calling it quits
– the plugin behind the Panama Papers Hack that might be on your site
– why you have to keep all of your sites up to date
– a list of favorite contact form plugins
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This past week I’ve been a video tutorial making maniac and having a ball with all the livestreaming opportunities out there.
I’ve updated bunches of the Yoast SEO plugin tutorials in the DIY SEO course on the Site Success Courses member site. I’ll be rolling those out to the Webmaster Training site this week, and to the Udemy course.
But, if you’re in the Udemy course, please contact me immediately, as I will also be changing that course this week to only the Yoast SEO plugin. I’ll get you in for free to the course on my member site, and that’s where you want to be because I’m expanding it there to cover more advanced SEO topics as well.
I’ve got all the tutorials of the on-page snippet editor to update first, and I’ll be rolling those in all week as I create them.
Live Streaming is the Bomb
I am thrilled to have Facebook Live back on my phone. I got really hooked on that in the little bit of time that I had it.
And now that it’s back, I’m creating a super workflow for how to use it, and how to repurpose that content. That will be the next course in the Video Marketing library.
My goal is to have that ready by end of month because YouTube Connect is going to release by the middle of May and I’m going to be all over that big time.
Right now, you can get my Blab Like a Pro course and then upgrade to the new courses as I add them. And you know that I’m going to have some awesome deals for folks who are already members. And I do mean awesome. More on that in a few weeks.
Make Money Live Streaming
If you need a reason to get busy with live streaming, here it is. Money. I make hundreds of dollars every time I go on Blab. My inbox blows up right after a show with folks wanting to hire me. And now half of my emails coming in later start with, “I saw your Blab on…”
Live streaming is authentic, transparent, and one of the most powerful ways I can connect and engage directly with my audience.
I have all kinds of tips series and promos I can do with it too. And that’s part of the workflow I’m creating is how to repurpose these videos so I get the most bang for the buck.
Now is the time to get on these platforms like Blab, Periscope, Snapchat, and more, and get your gear and flow and everything squared away so you can make a cookie cutter system for yourself too, much like you already have for creating and promoting your blog posts.
Wed 4/13 at 1pm ET / 10am PT
Come chat with us about all the new features in 4.5 and the other big changes that are coming to WordPress in the near future. Plus, we’ll cover any break reports we hear from upgrading.
That’s all the news from around here. Let’s jump into this week’s tips.
Version 4.5 is slated to release today, April 12.
Watch my quick MaAnna Minute video for all the new features and for why I won’t be the first person updating.
And then let’s chat about it on Wednesday in the upcoming WPBlab
For those who are curious, the other half of the WP REST API is slated to go into the core in version 4.7. They had originally hoped to make it into this upcoming 4.5 release, but they are about a month away from having it ready.
Some plugin developers are not waiting and are already making their own end points. I ran into one with the PayPal bulk pay in the AffiliateWP plugin. Thank goodness PayPal already knew about it, but it required my account to go through a review and it was frozen for about 4 days.
That had more to do with PayPal’s new security features, but just know that unexpected things can crop up as plugin devs make these changes and we have to change things on our end too.
The current version of WordPress now boasts a whopping 40 million downloads and is estimated to power 26% of all websites.
Now, those numbers can be a little misleading. The 40 million downloads don’t include sites on WordPress.com. It’s only the number of self-hosted sites that either updated to the latest version of WP.org software or installed new sites from a fresh download.
But, the 26% stat does include folks using the self-hosted version and those on WP.com.
So, next time you hear about some WordPress vulnerability affecting 100,000 sites, keep in mind what a small fraction of 40 million that really is. You may want to read my post on WordPress security reporting to get a reality check on all of the sensational headlines that we see pop up now and then and realize just how secure WordPress really is.
The wonderful developer behind such plugins as AntiSpam Bee as well as Cachify, Statify, wpSEO and Optimus, is calling it quits due to health reasons. He’s looking for someone to take these plugins over, so don’t worry about having to replace them right away.
But, if the past is any indication, it’s likely that the plugins will not retain their reliability and stay on the up and up with another developer. Several great plugins got taken up or purchased by agencies that either ruined them, or started putting sketchy coding or marketing practices into them.
So, I took AntiSpam Bee off my preferred plugins list and would love to hear from you what anti comment spam plugin you like.
I had also tested WP Zero Spam, but it fills up your database with all of the blocked spammers. That’s not good. I’m open to suggestions about what you like and why.
I also want to send a shout out to my client Barney Davey for the heads up on this news. It takes a village, so if y’all hear of things, don’t assume I’ve seen it yet and drop me a note. I really do appreciate it.
Here’s another example of why you must keep your plugins up to date, and why you don’t want to use themes that come with built in plugins.
The Rev Slider plugin had a very serious vulnerability that was found last year. The huge issue with it was that several themes built it into their code and site owners never got the update notification on the admin side. So, they never knew they had a problem unless they followed someone like me who was reporting on it.
So, if you have a slider on your site, be sure you know what’s providing it, and be sure it’s up to date.
Update All of Your Sites
Old plugins account for 80% of hacked sites.
Abandoned sites account for the majority of why old plugins are on your account.
Be sure that you are maintaining all of your sites, not just your main one.
Better yet, delete any sites that you are not currently using. That includes deleting the database too.
If you are running multiple sites under one cPanel account, all of your sites are at higher risk. The days are over when you can get away with that. If you only secure your main site and ignore the rest, it’s like locking the front door but leaving all of the windows open.
If you intend to keep all of those sites, then move to a Reseller hosting account and then migrate each one to its own cPanel.
A2 Hosting (aff link) has a very affordable Reseller package. I downsized to it a month ago and all of my sites are humming along just fine there.
Contact Form Plugins
Ever since Contact Form 7 started showing that validation error message, even on forms that were working fine, it’s made a lot of folks want to switch to something else.
In our private Facebook group, I asked my Level 5 Webmasters what they’re using. Here’s the list:
- Gravity Forms
- Ninja Forms
- Jot Form
- Formidable Forms
What are you using? And are you happy with the customization features, including ease of use? Please do leave a comment wherever you see this post and let us know.
We’ll be talking about this and other plugins in the WPBlab tomorrow too.
That’s a wrap for this week’s Tips Tuesday.
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