Hello Happy Site Owners! Welcome to the BlogAid Tips Tuesday Podcast for September 1, 2015 and I’m your host MaAnna.
– New WordPress Wednesday Blab Show
– Blab Beginner Hosting Tips Video
– Perks of early adoption that could make your career
– 50% off DIY SEO course coupons
– New live group classes I’m launching and Early Bird list
– News on WordPress 4.3 update and patches coming out
– LeadPages ripping off an Elegant Themes plugin and why it matters to you
– Facebook finally cracking down on freebooting videos
– why you need to be an expert to get anywhere with content marketing, and how to do that
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Holy Wow Y’all!!!! There is so much going on around here to invite you to it’s crazy. So let’s get going.
First up, I want to tell you about a new weekly show I’ve launched on Blab. It’s called WordPress Wednesday and we’ll be discussing all the things it takes to have a success site these days including:
- and more
The first show launches 9/9/15 at noon ET / 9am PT.
This will be a super place for you to jump into the discussion and ask questions or put in your $0.02 about the topic for that week.
If you want to learn how to host your own Blab show, I’ve got a MaAnna Minute video for you with all the tips I’ve picked up so far. So, be sure to check that out even if you just want to know more about how these things run on Blab.
Live Video is HOT!!!!
Learning Blab and getting everything ready for shooting more live video took over my life this past week.
That included giving a couple of walls a fresh coat of paint. Thankfully I had half a can of paint that was super close to the original color on the walls and I scrubbed it in with that roller, let me tell you!
Plus, I spent a lot of time tweaking with my iPhone and new lav mic recording setup for Udemy lectures.
And I had to make a good blackout curtain for one of my windows, which ended up being a $4 spring rod from Ace Hardware and a brown shower curtain from Goodwill.
I already had a c920 webcam and a decent mic for doing HOAs, thankfully. And then a good mic for these podcasts. And good lighting from back when I was taking a lot of pics for my wood carvings.
I’m doing all I can to make use of all the gear and stuff I’ve got to launch this new endeavor. Budgets can get out of hand quickly with these things.
But here’s the thing. Nobody cares if you or your surroundings look perfect. What they care about is good info and not having distractions from it in the form of bad light, noisy audio, or a crazy background. I think reality TV and YouTube have really prepped us for keeping things more real.
And that’s why I’m liking Blab so much. It’s just us talking to each other. And it’s stupid simple to use, just like Twitter. And they are committed to keeping it that way.
Shiny New Syndrome
Now, before you think I’m jumping off the shiny new syndrome cliff, let me remind you that I dropped HOAs after they got so insanely complex and I didn’t jump on board with Ello, Instagram, Periscope, or Meerkat. None of those were a good fit for what I do.
But Blab is a perfect fit for me.
Early Adoption Perks
A lot of folks have made their careers by being early adopters on some of these social platforms. The amazing Queen of Facebook, +Mari Smith comes to mind first for me. And I watched several folks become rock stars on G+.
These new video platforms are making some folks big fast.
Blab has revitalized Twitter for me. I had 177 folks in my informal Blabs this weekend alone. And some of those were big folks that I’ve engaged with for years on other platforms, but had never spoken with directly like +Mark Traphagen and the uber helpful Ms. +Ileane Smith
In these early days, super big folks like +Michael Stelzner of Social Media Examiner are on there too. He’s been dropping in on a bunch of shows lately and in one hosted by Mark Traphagen, I was able to instantly follow a whole slew of my G+ peeps on Blab, which is one of the other nice integrations.
This shiny new phase will end in a few months and I hope to make the most of it while it lasts for more networking opportunities.
Even if you don’t plan to host a show, getting to chat live with so many of these folks could be a huge bonus for you and your biz. So, do consider getting involved with video streaming on at least one of the platforms.
I hope you’ll share whether you’ve gotten on the video or streaming video wagon yet, or if you plan to soon, and how you’re using it to drive engagement and more traffic to your site.
As y’all know, I had a big launch party last week for my new Udemy course. There are still a few half price coupons left. And when they’re gone, they’re gone.
Courses on Udemy are lifetime subscriptions. So, you can take advantage of this deal now and watch the videos later.
And if you have taken the course, please do leave a review for me there. I appreciate it so much and it means the world to my success on Udemy, and to BlogAid for that matter. And to those who have already left reviews (all 5 star!) thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
New Class Launching Soon
BlogAid News subscribers were the first to hear about this. Are you on the list yet?
In just a few weeks I’ll be launching a new group class. It’s so new that at the time I recorded this podcast on Monday evening I still didn’t even have a web page for it.
But what I do have is an Early Bird email list and the folks on it will get
- advance notice of when the course goes live
- deep discounts
- first dibs on the limited slots (and they will be super limited this time)
When this launches, I’ll tell the folks on that list first. Then BlogAid News subscribers will be the next to know, and then Tips Tuesday listeners, but those discounts won’t be as deep, and the slots may have already filled up before then. So, no guarantees about getting in on this without being on that special Early Bird List
All I can say about the class right now is that it’s about content marketing and SEO that works and it’s the advanced stuff.
That’s all the news from around here.
Let’s jump into tips this week from around the ‘net.
You may recall me reporting last week that the WP 4.3 update is causing some sites to overload the host CPU to the point it crashes. There is a fix for it, but requires diving into the core WP code right now. It has also been reported to the WP devs and we’re expecting it to be patched in ver 4.3.1, but we don’t know when that will be released.
I’m still going to hold off updating sites to 4.3 until at least after this patch comes out.
I want to give a big shout out to +Makis Mourelatos for the heads up on this.
Membership Plugins Affected
I had my plate overflowing last week, so was unable to set up a test site for WishList Member and MemberPress to help troubleshoot the password notification issue that I mentioned last week. It’s at the top of my to do list for this week.
If you run a membership site, please do let us know what you’re seeing on this topic.
This is not good. Looks like LeadPages took the email optin plugin from Elegant Themes, rebranded it, and called it their own creation.
WordPress, and just about everything associated with it, operates under the GPL license. It’s open source code, meaning that other developers can grab it and do what’s called a fork of it. They add their own coding to make something different or better without having to start from total scratch. That’s what makes the WordPress dev community so great.
And that dev community called foul on this blatant rip off by LeadPages. It was heard by the folks at Automattic, who own WordPress, and I heard they took the plugin out of the repository. I’ve also heard rumors that LeadPages took it down for other reasons. So, not sure which it was, but it’s not there anymore.
It’s sad, really. I have several clients using LeadPages with delight. And I’ve thought highly of them too. I guess they thought no one would notice what they did.
So, now this company will be on my shady list until the redeem themselves. An apology to Elegant Themes and the dev community would be a nice start. We’ll see what they do.
And FYI, this is my opinion about what happened. Chris Lema, who’s a big dude in the WordPress community, recently reminded folks in a dev group thread that the GPL license does not require any change in the code to be considered forked. IMO, that may be the letter of the law, but not the spirit. That discussion is still ongoing with folks on both sides of the fence.
Here’s the opinion that carries the heaviest weight with me. The plugin has been removed from the repository, and way too many devs are calling foul because they didn’t think there was a substantial enough difference made from the original. WordPress has released a post related to this whole topic if you want to read more.
How does this affect all of us, and why am I telling you about it? Because plugins are a huge part of our site success. We rely on them, and the developers, to keep things up to date and safe. And we can’t stand any plugin company that tries to pull the wool over our eyes. Shareaholic comes to mind. So does Disqus. And folks are dropping both of those plugins like hot potatoes once they find out about their shady practices.
I’m not saying to dump LeadPages. I’m saying that I’m going to keep a closer eye on them now.
Facebook is finally cracking down on video freebooting.
It’s about damn time. Folks getting their videos ripped off by radio stations and others making a fortune off of them is out of hand on FB. Of course, they say this will benefit us. You know there is some financial gain to FB in it somewhere, even if that’s just prepping for their own ad network.
I’ve already started watermarking all of my tutorial videos that I upload to anywhere. It’s going to take FB some time to start really policing this new policy, but I’m glad it’s in place.
Content Marketing Tips
I almost put this tip under SEO because that’s what the Here’s Why with Mark & Eric videos usually cover. +Mark Traphagen and +Eric Enge are the top dogs over at +Stone Temple Consulting and my top picks for all SEO news and advice.
In this video they tell us why you need to be an expert to be a top content producer, and they explain what that means and a lot of what goes into readers and Google considering you an expert.
If you’re not already subscribed to their series, I highly recommend it. Each one is super informative and you’ll pick up all kinds of tips that you can implement.
And, becoming an authority on topic is what my new class is going to be about too. So do get in on that Early Bird List
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