WordPress.com Video Tutorial Collection

I love WordPress

I love WordPress

My introduction to the open source community and WordPress software became a love affair that’s ongoing. Eight years ago I received an invitation to become a WordPress.com blogger.  I accepted and discovered WordPress software and the community are the perfect fit for me. Continue reading

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Firefox 30 is a minor update in terms of functionality that has been added or changed in the browser.   Click Mozilla link or use the Get Firefox link to be redirected directly to the page where the latest official version of Firefox can be downloaded.

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No Metadata Required for Good SEO

head spinningWordPress.com is a multiuser blogging platform. Our blogs share a common architecture and we bloggers cannot access metadata. This is no barrier to site discover-ability, indexing or search engine optimization. However, when answering support forum questions posed by bloggers with metadata madness sharing our reality with them can cause a head spin. Continue reading

Responsive Web Design: The Gold Standard

tabletsConsidered to be a fad when introduced, Tablets are quickly replacing PCs and Tablet sales are likely to surpass PCs by 2015. Worldwide PC shipments are down 11 percent.  So, as Peter Cashmore predicted, 2013 is the year  responsive design has taken off and soared. Continue reading

12 Time Management Tips for Top Blogging Performance

blogging tipsScheduling enough time for creating original content, promoting it, answering comments, reading and leaving comments on other blogs is not an easy feat. Few bloggers I know are able to blog full time. They have active offline lives to live so they want to make the best possible use of  the time they spend online.

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Plagiarism, Attribution, Citation, Quotation

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copyright

Search engines make information readily accessible and convenient to copy and paste but be aware that plagiarism is defined as the act of either intentionally  or unintentionally publishing or passing off work that was written or created by someone else as your own work. Any time you use any material from an original source and do not give proper credit, you have committed plagiarism and violated copyright laws.  Continue reading

Google’s Penguin Update Impacts

penguinThe latest release of Google’s Penguin Update, an updated algorithm is live. This new release of Penguin is estimated to impact roughly 2.3% of English queries conducted through Google’s search engine. This is the fourth update of the Penguin algorithm which targets black hat web spam and is far  more powerful than earlier Penguin updates.
Penguin 1 on April 24, 2012
Penguin 2 on May 24, 2012
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Auto posting to social media sites or not?

peopleBy joining social networks we agree to be notified of new posts published by a select group of “friends”. It’s a common routine. Publish a post on your blog and use an aggregation app like Publicize, Hootsuite, TweetDeck, or Buffer to have the title and link automatically posted to multiple networks, including G+ Facebook pages, Facebook Profile, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumbler, etc. Continue reading

WordPress.com: Heading Tags from h1 – h6

Heading tags are an important part of any HTML document and blogs are HTML documents.  Search engine spiders read HTML and understand the relevance of heading tags, so when heading tags are used appropriately search engines give more weight to text that is inside a heading tag. That’s why it’s important for WordPress.com bloggers to learn what HTML heading tags are and how to use them properly. Continue reading

Blogging: Yoga Style

yogaA working definition for intention is: “to have in mind a purpose or plan, to direct the mind, to aim.” Before my yoga classes I accept the invitation to set an intention for practice, away from worldly distractions and toward my goal of concentrating and remaining in the now moment.  An intention is a short powerful statement that affirms you have set a goal and intend to achieve it and I’ve been applying that to my blogging as well as to my yoga. Continue reading

Quick Blog Post Tagging Tips

google magnifying glassYou probably know that targeted readers use search engines to do keyword searches to locate information of topical interest to them. But did you know that successful blogs draw between 30 – 60 % of their incoming targeted readers from search engine referrals?

Aha! Now that I have your attention allow me to quickly share some blog post tagging tips that will increase targeted traffic to your blog posts.

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Aggregation and Collaboration Tools for Bloggers

Collaboration ToolsGot a small business blog,  personal blog or a blog in any other niche?

If you aren’t using aggregation, curation and collaboration for content creation purposes then  you are behind the times.

This article focuses on introducing bloggers to some tools to make aggregation, curation and collaboration part of your plan to become a successful blogger create a successful blog.

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Gapingvoid: I’m Not Delusional, I’m An Entrepreneur

Happy weekend, readers. I thought you might enjoy this.

Gapingvoid’s unique style of visual communication has long been popular among successful and aspiring entrepreneurs. They decorate their offices with prints of gapingvoid art. They wear our t-shirts. They read our blog and newsletter. We admire and appreciate all entrepreneurs – they are the future – and we salute them (and you) with this short look at entrepreneurship told through a series of cartoons.  via Gapingvoid: I’m Not Delusional, I’m An Entrepreneur.

Facebook’s New Graph Search and You

facebook eyeIt’s no surprise that Facebook, which is arguably  among the largest data mines based on voluntary content submission there is online has announced a BETA social search feature ie Graph Search as it’s  making a lot of noise.  Facebook members can search for other users and filter the results based on  interests, education, age, location  and much more.  If you make it into the BETA program you may be surprised or even shocked at what you find when you use Facebook  Graph Search. Continue reading

More Traffic and Backlinks for Your Blog: Squidoo

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A content curator  identifies a theme, selects content,  chooses how to add value to it and how to display it on a web page for public viewing and interaction.

Squidoo is a free and popular publishing platform and community of content curators that makes it easy for you to create curated “lenses” online. Continue reading

More Traffic and Backlinks for Your Blog: Scoop.it

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The amount of information bloggers receive as it happens on any given day is so much and so rapidly delivered that it’s intellectually impossible to keep pace. Content curation is a time management and content creation strategy that could be your best hope for overcoming the challenge. Continue reading

More Traffic and Backlinks for Your Blog: Paper.li

paperliResearching, creating content, publishing and blog promotion are time consuming activities. Relationship building is critical to blogging success but where will the time required come from?

Mastering content curation and presenting the best digital content on a specific topic online, will not only increase traffic to your blog and backlinks to your content; it will also result in more time to create unique content. Continue reading

Cloud Computing, Dropbox and Data Backup

dropboxNobody wants to think about it but calamities do happen. Many of the things need the most when disaster strikes are stored on your computer. Experienced computer users know that there are two types of people: those who have already lost data and those who will lose data in the future.   Backups are the only way of getting your computer back to exactly how it was and the place to store your data is in the cloud. Continue reading

Viral Video Elements

jennifersmartwaterIt’s no secret that Jennifer Aniston, who was previously married to Brad Pitt plans to marry again. This time to Justin Theroux. Likewise it’s no secret that “sex sells”.  Aniston’s first Smartwater ad examines just what it takes for an internet video to go viral, but characterizing Aniston’s latest Smartwater video ad displaying on WordPress.com blogs as pornography is crazy. Continue reading

Top 5 Site Title Tag Tips

title tag Are you blogging and thinking ‘build it and they will come’? If you are, then put on your thinking cap and think again. We all want our blogs to receive search engine attention so they attract incoming targeted readers. It’s site title tags that tell search engines and their users you have the welcome mat out. Continue reading

Spelling and Grammar Count

grammarIf your title is effective and your introduction is engaging you are off to a good start. But keep in mind that when spelling is atrocious and grammar is ignored meaning gets lost. Readers today have little time and patience. When it comes to reading long, poorly constructed posts that wander all around the point without making it – forget it! They have already clicked out. Continue reading

Reposting content from other sites

In one ear we hear that to increase reach cross-posting a blog post or update on a number of other sites and social media platforms will lead to success. In the other we hear cross-posting too many automated links will class us as spammers. In this post you can view Matt Cutts of Google in a video where he answers a cross-posting question. Continue reading

Twitter Customizing Who-to-Follow

twitter bird iconIn contrast with Web companies such Google Inc and Facebook Inc whose business models rely heavily on collecting user data, Twitter will officially support “Do Not Track”. Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari browsers include a “Do Not Track” option that sends a line of code to websites indicating the user does not want to be tracked.  Google will implement a “Do Not Track” feature in its Chrome browser later this year. Continue reading

Revisiting Keywords and Tags

google magnifying glass Search engines detect and use keywords when indexing your posts and each tag has a unique descriptive keyword term – permalink. Theoretically assigning relevent Tags/Categories to posts helps potential readers locate relevant content in search results, and increases the odds your content will be found by new readers. Continue reading