Everybody Hates Spam

Thursday, November 20th, 2014
6 Things You Should Be Doing On the Back End to Boost Your Posts

Spam is the evil thing that creeps into your inbox unwanted. You all know what I’m talking about. Well, Wordfence, has released version 5.3.2 with a new feature called referring blocking. If you’re already using the Wordfence plugin be sure to update to take advantage of this and if you’re not yet using it then go pick it up.

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6 Things You Should Be Doing On the Back End to Boost Your Posts

Creating content takes time and effort so you want to get as many eyes on your hard work as possible. Creating a content marketing plan is important. On the flip side, evaluating your content marketing metrics can help you to increase conversions. ProBlogger lays out in plain terms the 5 things that you should be tracking to boost your bottom line.

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6 Things You Should Be Doing On the Back End to Boost Your Posts

Crafting great content takes time. As bloggers, we spend a lot of time researching, writing, preparing images and giving of ourselves to the posts we create for our readers. So, it would make sense to want to do well in the search engines given the time and effort we put into each post. The question is do we know how to or take the time to make it so? The folks over at Blogging Pro share the super strength behind giving your posts the kick they need to reach higher rankings with 6 easy to implement tasks for each post.

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17 Bloggers Tell Us Their Best WordPress Plugin Investments

The WordPress community is an amazing, vibrant, and talented pool. Every year, there are some fantastic WordPress plugins being released. Many of them I’m secretly envious of because – well, as a plugin developer, I wish I had built them. But envy aside, I’m also thrilled to see and support other developers especially those whom I respect both as great programming minds and marketers. Because of the number of plugins released each year, I can’t always keep track of it. That’s why I prompted a few friends who so graciously rose to the occasion to answer my question. Thank you! Here’s the question I asked: What’s the best plugin you bought this year and would pay for again? I learned about some wonderful plugins through them and hope you do too…

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20 Ways Entrepreneurs Manage It All With The Phone Camera

Friday, October 24th, 2014
20 Ways Entrepreneurs Use Their Phone Camera to Manage Information

I’m lost without my phone. It’s not because of the constant connectivity, or social media – those are simply nice side benefits. The real reason is because it helps me remember so much stuff. Much of that, is captured using the phone’s camera. So what can you use your phone camera for? Try these: 1. Save Business Cards I like getting business cards because often, the information on them is not on people’s websites. Like their direct phone number, and mailing address. What’s not so fun is what to do with them after. Too often, I come home from an event with stacks of cards that stay on my desk. Eventually, they irk me enough that I simply throw them away – bad idea. Until the camera. There are many apps you can get now that will grab data from those cards and enter them into your contact list. 2. Scan Text Borrow books from the library? Save those golden nuggets, by using an app to scan the text. This can then be exported into another application. 3. Deposit Checks Many banks and financial institutions allow you to do this through their app now. I still get some affiliate payments in

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Friend Requests from Acquaintances – A Facebook Dilemma Solved

Thursday, September 25th, 2014
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Here’s the harsh truth. I’m super picky who I ‘friend’ on Facebook. This is mostly because I don’t use my Facebook profile for business. My posts are often quite personal. Not as in bare my deepest pains and airing of dirty laundry, just more everyday stuff but still, rarely business. I have a page for that, am involved with several groups and am looking to creating more groups in the near future too. Definitely not anti-social. It’s really a reflection of how I live. By nature, it takes time for me to make friends. In my mind, friends are people who don’t mind my quirkiness and won’t judge me for being their polar opposite. When business acquaintances, people you just met, and those you don’t know well, sends a friend request, there’s no way to tell if they’d be offended by that or take it in stride. To accept or not to accept? That’s the question for the modern day. Thankfully, Facebook does have a way for you to take care of that problem. Put them on the Restricted list. When you add someone to the restricted list, they can only see your public posts and/or pictures or when you tag them. For a

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20 Truly Free Stock Photography Resources

Thursday, September 18th, 2014
20 Free Stock Photography Resources

Paying for stock photography can eventually suck up all your hard earned money. What is one to do as the Internet gets more visual? Don’t get me wrong, I believe we should purchase quality photos as often we can afford or budget for, in particular when we want a higher quality image to go with the post. However, you can supplement with free stock photography for non-pillar posts. Truly Free Stock Photography Before we start with the list, a quick note about what is truly free. Personally, I consider truly free as in CC0 license. Free for commercial and personal use. To be clear, what this usually means is, you can put these images on a for profit blog or website. You can’t however, take these photos, put them in a collection and sell them as a package or even put the image in the product where the image is the main focus. In other words, if your product doesn’t function without the images, it’s probably not legit to use it that way. The sites listed contain mostly free stock photography. Regardless, please make sure you read their terms before using as most sites have their own terms and licenses. Also, read

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How 5 Top Websites Capture Leads On Their Blogs

Friday, September 5th, 2014
How 5 Top Websites Capture Leads

To build our list, most of us know we need to put an opt-in box on the very top of the sidebar, or above the fold. But have you ever wondered if that enough? To find out, let’s see what some top websites and blogs are doing to get that opt-in. LeadPages Since they are all about getting leads, let’s start there. There is a lot of content on the LeadPages website. Clicking on Podcasts, you will find the expected things. The podcast synopsis, listen and download buttons. There’s an invitation to subscribe at the top as you’d expect. This is also repeated on the blog except it’s the second item, below a webinar promo. This is a little interesting because usually, we are discouraged to offer two opt-ins. When you click to download the episode, you are asked to sign up. This is uses their LeadLinks (TM) feature. In fact, the whole post on each episode heavily utilizes LeadLinks(TM). The feature image is a call to action that leads to an opt-in when clicked. Handouts and downloadable reports are great. This is also an opportunity to build that list. Ask them to opt-in again when they are listening. The

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Who To Pitch And Who To Ditch On HARO

Sunday, August 31st, 2014
6 Things You Should Be Doing On the Back End to Boost Your Posts

Have you heard of HARO? It stands for Help A Reporter Out. Basically, journalists, writers, book authors, and a lot of bloggers use it to find experts to interview, feature, or to quote. For a bootstrapping entrepreneur, there are some golden opportunities there. Most people I know who have successful ‘transactions’ often report spike in traffic and depending on the media outlet, it can really catapult your business. The problem is, as you can imagine from my brief intro, there’s a mixed bunch in HARO. Not all of them are big media journalists and if you get interviewed by a book author, you may not see results for months to come, perhaps even a year down the road. For the smaller publications, you’re also simply taking a shot in the dark. I really like how Ken McGaffin laid out the personas of HARO for us. It definitely helps save time and figure out what to focus on when trying to gain some online PR.

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Lift Your ROI For That Upcoming Conference

Saturday, August 30th, 2014
6 Things You Should Be Doing On the Back End to Boost Your Posts

So! You’ve been told that attending conferences are a fantastic way to build your business. Conference organizers won’t hesitate to shout about all the great connections, the successful JV’s and that one break that exploded someone’s business. Is it true? Having attended several myself, I’ll very cautiously say… they could be. A conference will absolutely not help you that much if you aren’t prepared to do a little bit of work before and after. It won’t help you, if you aren’t clear why you’re going, except the idea of mingling with the cool kids. Sorry, but that is a poor reason to go. I’d know that one because I made the same mistake. More than once. A conference is not a vacation! It’s an investment. Because it is an investment and you’re spending a good chunk of money for travel, hotel, and food, you would be wise to try to increase your returns. That doesn’t mean you can’t let your hair down, have fun, socialize, get to know others better. YES! By all means do all that. But… Be sure you get more out of that so that in addition to having fun, you come home with a plan that

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