Hello happy site owners! It’s the last Tuesday in June, which means this year is almost half over. Can you believe it? Are you where you want to be with your site at this point? I’m not, mainly because the plans I had laid out for the quarter were interrupted by some unexpected opportunities. Sometimes you have to pull your head up from your plan book and notice what’s going on around you and hop on it. So, I’m delighted that things didn’t work out just as I planned. In some ways, it worked out better!
Go backup your site! There are 4800 Aussies who wished they had. I would love to report that most hosts aren’t as irresponsible as this one, and that most do have off-site backups and multiple redundancies. But they just don’t.
Nor do hosts take your site security as seriously as they should, which means it’s up to you. Here’s a quick site security quiz to see how yours measures up.
If nothing else, go get the WP-DB Backup plugin for WordPress. It’s easy to install and quick to run a backup of your database onto your computer.
BlogAid’s video tutorials on YouTube bring tons of traffic to the site. But, that little logo is a bit distracting when I, or others, embed the video on another site. YouTube has recently allowed you to remove the logo, and the nice guys at Reel SEO have a wonderful how-to on it.
I bet you’ve seen a few websites with sliding images at the top of the page. They are called jQuery Sliders because the code for them is in a language called jQuery. If you’re considering one for your site, the folks at jQuery4U have 30 image sliders for you to peruse that are sure to inspire.
Do you have a bunch of posts on a topic that would make a good e-book, but you just don’t have the time to put it together? Then check out this new plugin that helps you create ebooks from posts and pages. I’m itching to try it. If you have, let me know what you think.
Here’s a post from someone who just put a blip on my radar. And, from the look of his site, I almost passed it up. But, when I read Skellie’s professional profile, I discovered that he works for the parent company of several sites I frequent.
Here’s what he says about how to kick start a new blog with already high search traffic. Now, this is a good way to start your search, but keep in mind that Google keeps a history on you and will deliver results that it thinks you’ll find most interesting, instead of just the top results by the numbers. So, what he found in his Google search would be different than what I would find.
There’s a nice series going on ProBlogger about email marketing, which is not only alive and kicking, it’s hotter than ever. Start with the Email Marketing one and then see the post on email autoresponders. Then be sure to check out the one on email landing pages.
Social Media Tips
Ready to update your Facebook banner? I know I need to! Well, here are some good Facebook banner tools that may just help get the process rolling.
HyperArts says bye-bye to Facebook FBML tutorials because it’s time for everyone to fully embrace the future and iFrames. While they do admit that everything about iFrames is more technically involved, they also provide a bevy of nice video tutorials to help you make the change.
See you online!