Hello Happy Site Owners! Welcome to the BlogAid Tips Tuesday Podcast for November 3, 2015 and I’m your host MaAnna.
– a site audit client interview that will help you avoid expensive mistakes
– Yoast social share feature test results
– WordPress Open Q&A Blab
– how to turn your skills into a 7-figure income
– a non-geek peek into WordPress 4.4
– updates to the Simple Share Buttons Adder plugin
– new features in the Simple Live Press plugin
– why even Yoast doesn’t always go after the green dot
– opinions on YouTube Red
– why I’m rethinking my YouTube strategy
– insights on Google Play for podcasters
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This past week I was slammed to the wall with getting a bunch of tests finished up, plus keeping up with all the changes rolling out to Blab and WordPress, and social media.
I’ve also been doing a bunch of tests y’all haven’t heard about yet because I’m working back channels with the creators to hopefully get some things fixed. What I’m working on is not a security thing, but it’s the same way white hat hackers work. They let plugin devs or platforms know about an issue privately, and then only go public once there is a fix. That helps keep hackers and other folks who would want to take advantage of it at bay too.
And, I’ve got a couple of posts brewing that are going to make some folks drop their jaws. My Webmaster Training folks already know about the issues and they are taking steps to get their client sites ahead of the news too.
I’ll have more for you on all that in the coming weeks.
Udemy Top Instructor
I got a notice from Udemy that sure put a smile on my face.
Student feedback there resulted in them recognizing me as a top instructor!
My sincere thanks to everyone who has left reviews and completed their surveys. It really means a lot to me personally and to my success on Udemy and with my business. And yes, it certainly encourages me to make more courses.
You can see all of my video courses on the BlogAid Videos page. Scroll down to see the Udemy ones too.
I wasn’t always a geek. But there is a common thread to all I’ve done. And +Marc Isaacson did a pretty masterful job of bringing that to light in this Blab interview.
And I interviewed one of my awesome site audit clients this past week too. Lifestyle blogger Michelle Guajardo shares her site audit experience and why paying for reputable help up front could have saved her about $1,000, a year of time, and a whole lot of peace of mind.
I know she’ll agree with me that we can sum up a lot of her past experience with the cliché, if you think hiring a pro is expensive, wait until you hire an amateur.
Yoast Social Share Feature Test – MaAnna Minute Video
There are some super social sharing features in the Yoast SEO plugin. He snuck those in a few updates ago and I’ve just now been able to make room in my schedule to test them out. You can specify the title, description, and image you want to post on platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. Those things also come into play when folks share your posts on those platforms too. And it always picks up your SEO meta description.
My tests involved how the post is picked up on social media if you don’t fill all those things out too, and which image is picked up.
I made a quick MaAnna Minute video for you, and have the written test summary on the post. My Webmaster Training folks got the full test results, plus the code that’s involved too.
Another test I ran last week was on the performance hit for embedded Blabs. That includes scheduled, live streaming, and replays. You can see the results in a quick MaAnna Minute video.
WordPress Open Q&A – WPblab Ep. 7
11/4 at 1pm ET / 10am PT Subscribe to this show
Learn about what’s coming down the pike for WordPress and bring your questions, plus share your expertise. It takes a village.
This Week in Blab Nov 6 2015
10/30 at 7 pm ET / 4 pm PT Subscribe to this show
Join me for all the Blab news of the week, plus how-to and tips, hear how others are using Blab. All Blab newbies welcome to jump in and ask questions too.
Blab Like a Pro Facebook Group
If you’re in my Blab Like a Pro course on Udemy then please do join the private Facebook Group. You’ll find the link in the Bonus Lecture at the end.
Udemy limits me on how often I can make announcements to you from within the course, and Blab just changes too much for that. You can get up-to-the-minute info on the Facebook Group. Plus, it’s a great way to meet other Blab hosts and support one another and ask questions.
Speaking of Udemy and Blabs, I caught a super duper Blab with host +Tim Cooper and his special guest Sarah Cordiner about how she went from broke to 7-figures by teaching what she knew.
Y’all know I don’t go for that pie-in-the-sky fluff stuff. I’ve listened to this Blab twice already. And I’ll be listening to it at least twice more. And I’ve already got an action item list going and will be putting as much of it into place as fast as I can this coming week.
Sarah is not at all fluffy. She’s the real deal. And if you already know a little bit about teaching, promotion, and conversion, you’ll come away from listening to this interview with an action item list too.
That’s all the news from around here.
Let’s dive into this week’s tips from around the ‘net.
WordPress 4.4 release is only a month away. There are big changes coming and you’ll want to get ahead of the curve. There may not be a lot of things for you to do just yet, but there certainly are things you want to know about ahead of time. So, jump on over to my post and get the non-geek explanation of what’s going on.
Simple Share Buttons Adder Custom Images Fixed
Y’all may remember that the Simple Share Buttons Adder plugin was my 2014 top pick for speed and performance among the free share button plugins.
I saw a recent update from the devs that the 6.1.1 version fixed a bug if you were using custom images. And we can all thank +Mary Iannotti for that. She’s the one who found the bug and worked with the devs.
And FYI, that plugin has changed a lot since I made a vid tut on it. I’ve got a new one on my to do list. I’ll keep you posted on when it’s out. They’ve added a new interface and bunch of upgrades.
Simple Live Press Plugin Has New Features
Y’all may also remember my video tour of the Simple Live Press plugin that auto publishes your Blab replays.
Hani rolled out the new 1.1 version with a bunch of new features, including:
- single page live embeds that auto update to your most recent show or scheduled Blab
- buttons in the post editor to insert Blab replays anywhere on the page
- and a few bug and feature improvements that make everything look better.
Even Yoast doesn’t always aim for green dots. Remember that post I wrote about Why Green Dot SEO Fails?
Well, even team Yoast doesn’t try to get a green dot on every post. Read or watch his vlog to discover why.
This won’t happen. But Jeff Chandler is right. It should. Y’all have heard me preach for over a year now about turning XML-RPC all the way off due to big security issues. On the WPTavern blog, Jeff makes the case for getting rid of it altogether. Like I said, it won’t happen, but something has to change.
For now, make sure you turn it off, and it takes doing that in 3 places. I do it for my site audit clients all the time.
Well, I’m not sure I agree with all of Andy Smith’s reasoning behind the statement he’s making with this post on the Reel SEO blog about the direction YouTube is going with Red.
Read the post for yourself, and then read the comments, because they are just as telling about how folks are on both sides of the fence with this as content producers and as consumers.
Are you going to be buying into Red to get rid of ads?
Do you make money from ads on YouTube in one way or another?
Let us know in the comments.
On Social Media Examiner, Michael Stelzner interviewed Owen Hemsath, who is a big-time YouTube marketing dude.
That interview, coupled with a recent G+ conversation about why some folks are choosing not to post their Blabs to YouTube made me sit down and rethink my YouTube strategy.
Owen made mention that it shouldn’t be a repository for every video you’ve made. And the folks on G+ agreed. Sometimes different channels are required to keep things focused.
So, now I’m starting to think of YouTube as another blog, with categories. And it’s starting to make more sense about how I can use it much better.
I’m still finishing up +Ileane Smith’s YouTube course and I think I’ll actually retake some of it with this new awareness in mind. I’ll keep you posted on how it goes.
Google is getting into the podcast business with the upcoming release of Google Play. I believe they are definitely going to try to give iTunes a run for their money.
I want to send a big shout out and thanks to +Ana Hoffman for the heads up on this news.
The platform hasn’t launched yet, but you can go ahead and get your podcast feed listed. Right now it’s only for the U.S. and will only have a native Android app available.
If you host your podcast on Libsyn, then you’ll want to read this post on their special feed for Google Play.
+Ileane Smith has a quick video with her insights on the impact of Google Play. I found it most helpful, and full of things I never even considered. Well worth watching to get her take on it. Ileane’s been at this a while and has a super perspective on it.
That’s a wrap for this week’s Tips Tuesday.
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