Real Talk: 5 Honest Reasons Your Blog is Unsuccessful
Blogging can start to feel like one of The Twelve Labors of Hercules. The average blogger wears so many different hats that it can start to feel like the seemingly simple act of keeping your blog up and running should have been one of The Twelve Labors of Hercules. Unfortunately, pouring your heart into the design and layout of your beautifully crafted site, carefully curating content like a newspaper magnate in the 1920's, and even slaying the many heads of the vicious social media Hydra, isn't enough to make the money flow and the profit margins grow. Whether your sales are low, or your traffic is lacking, it's easy to play the blame game and think that blogging's a bust. The Truth, however, may just be a little more simple and not nearly as sweet. Even if you are trying your hardest and think that everything's great, your blog might just be less of a Hero and More of a Money Myth in it's current state. Real Talk: 5 Honest Reasons Your Blog is Unsuccessful Your readers are your friends, talk to them like you would talk to anyone else you care about in your life. Your content is not valuable. Readers are searching for an industry professional’s point of view. If you're only recycling the same information that they can get on any other blog, they have no reason to visit your site. Make sure your articles are written in plain English with a clear guiding voice throughout. Your readers are your friends, talk to them like you would talk to anyone else you care about in your life. Provide helpful information on topics relevant to your niche that will keep your readers coming back for more. Ask yourself, if you weren't going to make a commission off of this product, would you still take the time to recommend it to your readers? You are recommending bad products. Do your due diligence before recommending a product on your blog. Ask yourself, if you weren't going to make a commission off of this product, would you still take the time to recommend it to your readers? If the answer is no, then don't recommend it now. If the program that you’re affiliated with provides poor customer service, has a bad reputation, or fails to work as promised, your customers will be just as angry with you as they are with the company, and you will lose readership. You absolutely need any photos you include to be high quality and well branded. Your photos are terrible. Photos are usually the first part of an article that you see. If you're a food blogger, it is a necessity to have appetizing photos to draw your readers in. If you are a decor blogger it is essential to have beautiful photos for your readers to explore. Some industries such as news or advice can get away with not having a lot of images, but you absolutely need any photos you include to be high quality and well branded, so if you can't do it yourself, do it with stock photography. Sometimes a facelift is all that’s needed to revitalize an old site and get readers interested again. Your website is dated. Websites have evolved so much over the last 10 years. What was modern in 2008 *Cough, Cough, Facebook* (much like that joke) probably looks dated and old in 2019. If your site's style is scaring away your readership, it’s probably time to Backup your files and put on a pretty new template. Sometimes a facelift is all that’s needed to revitalize an old site and get readers interested again. It can be hard for users to take advice from someone who won’t even pay the 12.99 per year for a domain name. Your URL is complicated. There is nothing I hate worse than going to a .blogspot or a .wordpress.com blog that is trying to tell me how to live a higher quality of life. Would you go to a dentist with bad teeth? How about a hairdresser with frayed ends? Even if blogging is only your hobby, it can be hard for users to take advice from someone who won’t even pay the 12.99 per year for a domain name. Choose a domain name that reflects your website's topic and your niche. The less complicated your name is, the more likely you will be found, shared, and taken seriously on the web.
This is How to Write a Newsletter for Your Blog that Gets Opened
After all your hard work and dedication to your budding blogging career, someone has finally picked up what you've been puttin' down and settled in to sign up for your newsletter. Huzzah Friend, someone finally cares about your blog besides you. Huzzah Friend, someone finally cares about your blog besides you. Nothing is more fulfilling than knowing that not only does another Actual Human being enjoy your posts enough to read them at the moment they found them but, that they liked what they read enough to want to read more in the future. Unfortunately, what most bloggers and small business owners don't realize is that even though you feel like you've just been handed the keys to the kingdom with that fancy new email address someone just gave you, without the proper understanding of how to avert the dreaded spam filter, your key won't be opening any doors for you and your blog any time soon. The sad truth is that even when using professional newsletter generating tools from legitimate companies, a large portion of your hard-fought list will never even see your email. This is How to Write a Newsletter for Your Blog that Gets Opened If You use salesmen like phrasing in your email the All Knowing Keepers of the Inbox will banish your newsletter. Careful With Content: Be super careful when writing your Newsletter. Spam filters work by reading the content of incoming emails and tossing the ones that have phrases that match certain patterns. If You use salesmen like phrasing in your email the All-Knowing Keepers of the Inbox will banish your newsletter to the darkest corners of the spam folder, never to be seen again. Creative Tip: Try removing words like "special offer," "buy now" or "Sale." Other topics to avoid mentioning include large sums of money, free cash, and most importantly the Prince of Nigeria. True Story, malformed html in your newsletter is often seen as a possible indication of a hidden attack. Watch Your Formatting: Another HUGE problem that sends tons of bloggers right into the cold, dark grasp of the spam filters is the use of improper formatting. True Story, malformed HTML in your newsletter is often seen as a possible indication of a hidden attack within the code, and will often be filtered out or stopped by the email client before even entering the inbox. Because most of the malformed code comes from places like converted Microsoft Word documents or other files that have gone through a converter to HTML display, try using professional email services instead of converting your own documents, as they have a number of pre-built templates that are both standards compliant and world's easier to use. Creative Tip: Some of the most popular email services are Constant Contact and ConvertKit, but because we love doing things on the cheap, we still manage our entire 5 Site Empire through Mail Chimp. ♥ The trick is to keep your content interesting enough that your readers will be willing to follow it back to your site. Be Exciting, Not Excited: Alright, Truth time, while it may be tempting to do things in your Newsletters like write your new and amazing subject line in all caps, add in a ton of exclamation points after a sentence, or use super bright colors with a cool font, these are all super quick ways to earn your Newsletter a one way ticket to spam land. The trick is to keep your content interesting enough that your readers will be willing to follow it back to your site to read more, while avoiding pitfalls that, if sent by someone else to you, would make you immediately reach for the hand sanitizer and run for the virus protector. Creative Tip: Though your newsletter isn't in all bold, it's anything but basic. Use Pretty Templates to Jazz up its look, or better yet, pair it down with a simple heart to heart format for a full proof inbox hero. Spam filters will whip your little letter right off into oblivion if they suspect you of being an advertisement. Friends Don't Send Friends a Ton of Links: Here's the sitch peeps, keep your link happy self under control when trying to get your Newsletter to its goal. Spam filters, (especially Gmail) will whip your little letter right off into oblivion if they suspect you of being an advertisement, and what do most advertisements provide in their newsletters? A ton of links. Keep your linking to no more than 1 or 2 at the very most if you want to keep your email in their inbox. Creative Tip: If you want to be able to easily link them to multiple products or services, add what you want to offer to a single custom page, and then link to that to keep your link count low and your view count high. Since the filters don't see any difference between your shady deeds and theirs, your lonely little email will be left at the losers table once more. Picture Perfect: One of the most common ways that people try to get around these spam filters is by using one large image, rather than formatted HTML. Alright, so the logic is sound, after all, the spam filter can't scan your text if there isn't any... but, my friend, the problem with that devious thought process is that we bloggers aren't the only ones to try that strategy. Many spammers, scammers and other ne'er do wells try the same tactic pretty regularly and since the filters don't see any difference between your shady deeds and theirs, your lonely little email will be left at the losers table once more. Creative Tip: There’s nothing wrong with using smaller images, and in fact, a newsletter with no images is bound to get far less interaction than one with them, but be careful to balance. If someone is too dim to like your stuff, let them go. Simply Marvelous: I don't care what blackhat tricks you think you know or what bad information has been given to you by another blog, by now, you should know that you always need to put your unsubscribe link in your email. It's Excessive, it's annoying, it's unfair that not everyone does it, but if someone is too dim to like your stuff, let them go. You don't need them anyway. If they flag you as spam, it can cause you issues with other readers who are genuinely interested in what you have to say. Creative Tip: We understand the temptation to try to keep your readers in by leaving your unsubscribe link out, but losing a few subscribers who weren’t going to read anyway is a drop in the bucket compared to the legal repercussions you could be facing for not including it. If you’re not giving your subscribers a reason to open your emails, there’s 0 chance of them wasting their time. Opulent Offerings: Your newsletter is one of the biggest traffic drivers you have for your site, and one of the biggest drivers for newsletter signups is a solid, high-value optin. If your optin isn’t on point, or, even worse, non-existent, then your readers aren’t going to have any reason to fill their already too full inboxes with yet another time-draining newsletter. If you’re not giving your subscribers a reason to open your emails, there’s 0 chance of them wasting their time by going to see your actual content. Make sure that whatever your offering, it gives your readers some reason not only to open your beautifully branded emails, but to also follow your links back to your stylish site. Creative Tip: Up your optin game with a multi-email experience, spreading that welcome out across multiple days with a mini-course. In one quick burst, you’ll have shown them that you can offer valuable content, gotten them in the habit of reading your emails, and offered up a memorable intro that is sure to keep them coming back for more.
This is How To Protect Your Blog From Hackers (A Must Read)
Hackers don’t care about your feelings. Beat the buggy blog blues by adding some serious safegaurds. They don’t care about how long you’ve worked on your latest post. They don’t care about how many hours you’ve put into your marketing and social media, and they certainly don’t care that you think of your blog as a very personal extension of you. Unfortunately, there are a variety of reasons why someone might want to hack into your blog, some involve money, some may be your rivals, some are even just because they can, but one truth holds firm, regardless of the hackers motivation, if they succeed, you will be left with a huge pile of un-fixable pieces or a hefty ransom to pay. This is How To Protect Your Blog From Hackers The Name of the Game- In our current age of internet privacy breeches and network security flaws, one of the most dangerous and prevalent problems on the net is the Socially Engineered Malware Attack. Once a hacker has gained access to your site, they force your site to display requests for your trusting readers to install software. Once downloaded, the software will then destroy data, steal personal information, or lock up your readers' computers and hold them for ransom. If a hacker takes a fancy to your lovely little slice of the net, they're already halfway to hurting you in a hurry if they know your username. If you wouldn't make your Password "Password" then don't leave your Username as Admin. Change Your Username to Something more Specific and Change it RTFN. Creative Tip: Hackers will read your blog to find things you talk about often so don’t make it a relative's name, pet’s name, your favorite food or the city you live in. Strong and Long - Not only is a tough to guess username important, but a difficult password is equally imperative. One of the most popular ways to Hack into a WordPress Blog is called a Brute Force attack, during which, a computer tries to guess the password repeatedly by using different word and letter combinations related to your site. The longer and more complex your password is, the better chance you stand of avoiding attacks, and the less risk you and your customers are in. If you need to store your password, write it down and keep it in your desk. Never store your password on your computer, and definitely don't store it anywhere online or on your phone. Creative Tip: If you're having trouble remembering your password, try making a story out of it. Use four of five words that form a cohesive narrative for added security and ease of memorability. For a little password humor with your lesson check out this fun comic from one of our favorite sites, XKCD. Wordfence - They say the best defense is a good offense and Wordfence is the single best offensive line that Your WordPress site could Draft. Vigilantly allowing you to detect malicious software that could be installed on your site by a hacker who is looking to gain additional access to the more highly secure areas of your blog, it can also be setup to run scheduled scans of your site and theme to ensure that they are functioning as expected and haven't been altered by someone without your knowledge. With features like the ability to blacklist known problematic IP addresses, and the option to limit access to the admin section of your blog, Wordfence is definitely our pick for a simple solution to a prevalent problem. Creative Tip: There is an amazing lite version of this incredible plugin available for free if you are a small blogger or organization. Just search "Wordfence" in the WordPress plugin directory for more details. ♥ Back that Thang Up: Backing up your site is essential to the success of your blog and your sanity. The amount of man hours you can lose if someone decides to break into your site and delete all of your posts is absolutely staggering and completely avoidable. There's no excuse for not having a backup in 2019, so make like your outgoing friend in the club and back, back it up. Creative Tip: Don't set up your back up through a WordPress Plugin. Back it up through your host WITH THE DATABASE INCLUDED so that in the terrifying event that your site is disabled, you can still restore all of your hard-fought Data. Gotta Keep 'em Updated: So here's the thing, as a blog owner, The Kardashians aren't the only thing you should be keeping up with. During a SQL injection, hackers override database information on your site by exploiting Wordpress vulnerabilities caused by plugins, themes, or WP editions that have not been properly updated. The team that makes WordPress is amazingly diligent in keeping up with the latest in security flaws, and patching any issues in super short order, but all of the patches in the world won’t do your site an ounce of good if they are sitting in the install queue waiting for your permission to help you. Creative Tip: Upgrade your site at night after pulling down a copy so that if something goes wrong, you can fix it before a ton of your readers find the flaw.
The Complete Guide To Quickly And Organically Growing Your Blog Readership
One of the toughest tasks that any blogger will face as they grow their online presence is building a strong readership. You can have the jazziest blog posts in the world, but if no one is reading it regularly, Your Blog will stagnate and die. While we prefer to use Pinterest as our favorite mode of expanding our tribe, there are a number of ways that you can build up reader loyalty and recurring traffic through small actions and tricks that consistently keep fans coming back for more. The Complete Guide To Quickly And Organically Growing Your Blog Readership Going Post-al - Here's the thing doll face, so many blogs only post once a week and wonder why they don't have more views, but think for a moment about everything that happens in a week. It's super unlikely that your readers will even know that you update regularly if your posting schedule is so infrequent, let alone remember to check back once you finally deign to grace them with a post. Aim for twice a week or more to keep your content fresh and stop your fans from fulfilling their reading needs elsewhere. Creative Tip- Every Niche is different so check out how often your competitor posts to get a better idea of the kind of schedule you need to be maintaining. The S Word - Uh oh! Time to talk about the three letter S word that makes everyone all sweaty and nervous, SEO. While Most People freak out over the mere thought of having to optimize their content for search engines, the truth is that most of the things you can do to help keep your blog on the top of the charts are both simple and innate. Rename every photo you upload to your blog, use keywords in both your titles and posts, and most importantly download Yoast and let them do all of the heavy lifting. Creative Tip- Long gone are the days when getting to the top of google was as easy as front loading your content with key words and setting it free unto the wilds of the net. Today's content needs to be written with the user in mind. Get Toned up - Let's get this one out of the way right now. As a company, we collectively might just be the worst spellers in the world. Our grammar is simply meh. Our Information is basic but informative. Our pictures are lovely, but purchased, and our site's are about the same topics that everyone else so laboriously exhausts. So, you might ask, why do we excel and thrive, while everyone else just barely survives? Our real secret sauce is in Our vibrantly conversational writing tone. Unless you're diagnosing diseases or describing disasters, there's no need for super serious sounding sentences with dictionary level details, just tell 'em what you want to say in a fun and interesting way. Creative Tip- Keep a thesaurus at the ready while writing to increase your vocab in a hurry without having to search and worry. The Social Edition - We've said it before, and we'll say it again, no matter how you feel about it, it's 2019 and your presence on social media is going to be one of the single biggest influences on how quickly your readership grows. Where SEO was once king, and just showing up to the game in terms of social media was enough to take home the gold medal, the way that our potential readers find their favorite new blogs and sites has changed dramatically in the last few years. Just having accounts for your blog doesn't automatically mean your social media presence is where it needs to be. Your accounts need high quality, non-spammy, valuable content, presented in a lovely and curated way. If your potential readers feel as though your social media feeds aren't worth their time, they definitely won't be giving your site a visit, and the sad but sobering truth is that they are far more likely to make first contact with your profiles than they are with your index page. Creative Tip: Social media management is nothing if not time-consuming, and when you're trying to answer emails, produce content, and keep your site's aesthetic up to par, time is the one resource that is going to be stressed the most. When the going gets tough, even the toughest turn to automation to fix their time crunch woes. The Gated Community - While they are one of your biggest potential sources of new readership, your social media interactions aren't the only online connections you need to be concerned with. Your best source of new fans is going to be the community of like-minded people who already exist somewhere out there on the net. Rather than focusing on winning over an audience who isn't already invested in your niche, focusing on those who are already interested in your topic and are actively searching for information, will lead to deeper, longer lasting relationships, that will provide a far better return on your time investment. Search for other blogs within your niche, and take the time to read and interact with them and their readership on an honest level by leaving comments that add genuine value to the conversation to start spreading your name in a more natural way. Creative Tip: Always keep your community interactions honest and polite. Follow the rules of online etiquette, and any rules specific to your niche. While sincere comments can be a huge boon, being labeled as a self-promoting spammer is a quick way to lose any momentum you might have gained. Write Away - While a constant and consistent production schedule for your content is important, there's more to being the best at blogging than just producing more posts than anyone else. If your articles don't instantly provide your readers something for their time, then your readers can and will spend their time elsewhere. Avoid the temptation to save your best stuff for your sellables, and make sure that every piece of content you produce and promote gives your readers a solid takeaway. Creative Tip: Giving away free, high-value digital content as a subscriber incentive with your articles is a great way to show potential regulars that your blog can not only provide them with tangible value but, also convince them that your products might just be worth paying for.
6 Essential Must Do’s for Your First 6 Months of Blogging for Profit
The well-worn path from publishing your first post to life as a full-time blogger is a long and winding road marred with breakdowns, fueled by bad gas station coffee, and musically accompanied by your friends and family incessantly asking you to stop for a break. While it is technically possible to get there without a roadmap, it's always easier to follow the detailed directions of someone who's taken this road before. 6 Essential Must Do’s for your first 6 Months of Blogging for Profit 1. Crank Out Quality Content - A blog without posts is like a car without fuel, it may look nice, but it's not going to take you very far. As soon as you start your blog, you also need to start cranking out quality content that is insanely useful, while adhering to a Very Strict and Rigid schedule. No exceptions. Focusing on putting out a large volume of garbage or, over on the opposite site of crazy town, just one artfully written post a month, isn't going to do anything for your blog. Regular readers crave new and ever more engaging content, and one time viewers need valuable information at the ready if they're ever to be transformed into subscribers. Creative Tip: Pair down Your efforts by bulking up Your actions. Doing similar tasks like writing and photographing in dedicated bulk chunks of time enables you to stay organized and not miss a day of posting when you're not feeling in the groove. 2. Build Your List - This is a PSA to every Blogger, Business person, MLMer, Youtuber, Social Media Influencer, Marketing Maven or Grandma who just accidentally clicked on our site and can't figure out how to leave. If you have built your audience through ANY platform that is not an email list, You can and will lose it all if the algorithm Gods decide it's time to smite you. (See Facebook.) Don't let your hard fought blogging business become just another dusty mummified ancient relic of an internet gone by, build your list, and build it now. Put in multiple ways to sign up on every page and offer completely kick-ass opt-in incentives that not only get your new found reader to give up their digital dets, but get's them excited to keep coming back for more. Creative Tip: Always Giveaway Usable Goods. Just because you can trick someone into giving you their info once, doesn't mean they can't click the unsubscribe button once they realize your goods aren't that great. 3. Get Money Minded - Take the Time to Incorporate a strong monetization strategy from the ground up. If you’re going to be using an affiliate heavy strategy, start writing incredibly long and highly targeted posts that detail how to do something your audience needs help with. Include affiliate links to high dollar items that are incorporated directly into the subject matter. If you're using ads, learn how to optimally place them on the page where they will get a lot of clicks but not annoy your readers (also please don’t solely rely on ads for revenue.) If you're planning on selling courses, start building that course RTFN. Putting off the monetization stage is an easy way for people who think that their blog isn't "ready" to avoid the scary feeling of potentially failing. Your blog can make money, but not if you don't let it. Creative Tip: Find an Accountability Partner who's going to hold you to your blogging promises. You'll never know just what you are capable of doing if you don't get out of your own way long enough to do it. 4. Get your branding Together - I’m not going to take fashion advice from someone who’s wearing gauchos with Birkenstocks and your readers aren’t going to take life advice from someone who can’t even get their blog's theme together. Can you make it with an ugly blog? Yes. Is it going to be much harder? Obviously. Before you ever even start to put yourself out there as an authority on your topic, you need to look, sound, and act like you know what the hell you're talking about by getting your blog template, logo, web assets, and social media feeds All. The. Way. Together. to create a professional and cohesive look. Creative Tip: If you can't make it, buy it. Places like Etsy, Creative Market, and Blu Chic make affordable feminine blog themes, which means that even if you don't have a huge budget to blow on your business, there's no excuse for your blog looking unprofessional and tacky. 5. Get Your Social Media Going and Growing - You can't just ignore social media because it sucks, make and adhere to a set social media schedule for posting, commenting, reposting, and replying. Buy or Design beautiful posting templates for each platform you intend to participate in and coordinate your feed's color scheme with your brand. Build your audience without being cheesy, spammy, or any other calorie ridden social faux pas by engaging with followers as you would want them to engage with you, genuinely, frequently, and without an agenda. Creative Tip: Keep track of what filters you are using for each platform so that your feed actually looks unified rather than like you snapped a bunch of pictures at random and then picked them out of a bin to post. 6. Know Better So You Can Do Better - As any good business woman knows, the learning doesn't stop when your business starts. Even Marketing demigods like Neil Patel and Gary Vaynerchuk consistently immerse themselves in the newest and most up-to-date information, and sweetie, if it's good enough for Neil P. and Gary V., then rest assured it's good enough for you and it's good enough for me. Strive to thoroughly and relentlessly continue to educate yourself about Business and Blogging through quality sources. To paraphrase an old saying, a wise man knows that he knows nothing. Bad information will kill your brand new blogging baby and, unless you want the obituary to read "Time of Death: That time you took major business advice from the Rando on Quora," It’s time to stop reading the Cliff Notes version of blogging for dummies and start truly educating yourself like the big boys. Creative Tip: Audio Books are by far the best source of career information for busy professionals with too much sh*t to do. Listen to them in the car, listen to them at the bar, listen to them in the house, listen to them with your spouse...
These are the Essential Free WordPress Plugins Every New Blogger Should be Using
As the simplest solution to the larger problem of how to create and manage a website with no programming experience, more than any other blogging platform, WordPress dominates the space like a mother lion on the prowl. When WordPress stops working, however, or needs a customization beyond the bounds of a normal blog, both budding bloggers and proven professionals turn to the pre-packaged problem solving of plugins. Offering an all in one solution to getting the functionality you need from WordPress while still being able to bury your head in the sand and not learn php, plugins provide the blogosphere with a host of site saving options without the time-sink of custom dev. These are the Essential Free WordPress Plugins Every New Blogger Should be Using Click to Tweet – We’ve been using click to tweet for the last few years to increase social shares for our posts. The plugin lets us quickly create tweetable blurbs embedded within our articles so that we can highlight our favorite passages and make them easily shareable for our readers. While we don’t use the plugin anymore due to Twitter’s dwindling popularity, its a great plugin if you’re in a Twitter heavy Niche. Akismet – Coming Pre-installed on most standard WordPress installations, for as long as we’ve been making sites on WordPress, we’ve been using Akismet to keep spammers at bay. Free of charge for smaller bloggers and businesses, this plugin provides quick and easy protection from spam, and is completely automated, meaning that we don’t have to take time out of our busy days for the tedious task of filtering out nonsense comments on our blogs. Yoast SEO – Yoast is the quickest, and easiest way to set up a system for SEO on WordPress based blogs. It automates a lot of the more tedious parts of SEO and offers a somewhat set it and forget it option for most of our metadata needs. CommentLuv – The quick and easy way to draw in commenters from other blogs while adding extra links to your pages, we’ve used CommentLuv for years on nearly every site we’ve produced. Automatically pulling the commenters latest blog post, giving them an incentive to comment and you a higher likelihood that they will leave a comment, we love using it for our new blogs that need a quick comment surge in a well-read, but not highly engaged niche. WordPress Editorial Calendar – Scheduling can be a rough game for bloggers, and while paper might work when you’re small, when you have multiple blogs running at once, a posted post-it of posts just isn’t going to do the trick. Enabling us to Post on the regular while keeping track of the progress of our upcoming articles, editorial calendar has been the organizational boon we needed, ever since we first began. WP to Twitter – A few years back we decided to look into automation tools to cut down on the amount of time that we were spending pushing new posts out to social media. For Twitter, we found WP to Twitter, a simple to use, super lightweight plugin that automatically pushes all of our latest posts titles and excerpts, and since then we’ve made sure that it was installed on every site we worked on. It’s a great way to fill up your feed without having to Actually visit Twitter. Pinterest Automatic – We’ve had this handy automatic Pinterest pusher for a couple of years now, and we don’t know what we’d do without it. Automatically posting all the images out of a post to Pinterest when it publishes, this plugin is a huge timesaver and one of our favorite ways to stay active on social media. Heartbeat Control – As content management systems go, we’re pretty big fans of WordPress, but if there was one tiny issue we would take with it, it’s that it sometimes freezes solid and eats 4 hours worth of work. Sick of slow load times and out of nowhere crashes, we decided that it might be time to cut back on some of the more resource intensive functions of WordPress, namely, the Heartbeat. This slick little plugin lets us turn the heartbeat process on or off at will, ironically enough keeping our WordPress from dying right in the middle of writing an article. WooCommerce – While on the hunt for a solution to a store building issue in WordPress we came across a young WooCommerce only a couple of years out from its initial release. While we ended up going with a different solution to that particular problem, we were impressed enough to watch it grow into the staple of WordPress blogs that it is today, and even include it on a few of our other sites. Google XML Sitemaps - Providing more SEO goodness to enjoy in the form of a sitemap created to Google standards, this search engine supercharger allows spiders to more easily traverse your blog, adding a little boost to your Google search ranking without any added effort. Wordfence - If you have a blog, you need Wordfence. With the ability to scan files to determine if they have already been infected, and allowing us to limit login attempts while blacklisting problematic IPs, free of charge, this plugin gives us enterprise level security on an entry level budget.
The Definitive Guide to Blog Post Inspiration for Fashion Bloggers
Every. Body. Gets. a. Unicorn. With a low barrier to entry and a high burnout rate, Fashion blogging is one of the most popular niches to get into for new bloggers. Whether you’re looking for a simple springboard to dive into your next stylish post, or you're in need of a fashionable backlog of ideas to help you keep the block at bay, a little list of writing inspo could be just the thing you need to take your blog from mythical mindset to must read right now. Unfortunately, because it is so popular, the competition to put out ever-more-trendy posts that speak to your audience, leave them feeling more in the know than before they appeared at your beautifully staged door, and presumably hand out free unicorns like Oprah gives away cars, is becoming increasingly more intense. (Every. Body. Gets. a. Unicorn.) The Definitive Guide to Blog Post Inspiration for Fashion Bloggers Never Look a Gift Unicorn in the Maintenance Expenses. 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The Definitive Guide to Blog Post Inspiration for Travel Bloggers
A lack of creativity has guided you to a bland and uninspired place. With a literal world of experiences and unfamiliar sights to explore, the excursion fueled life of a travel blogger is filled with the wondrous undertaking of seeing the world while digitally documenting the infinite splendor of their far-flung, adventurous days. Though the constant treks and surreal expeditions may belie that the next adventurous outing is always just around the bend, when the lustrous grandeur of the unknown has begun to lose its wonder, you may find that much like the paper towns on an old map, a lack of creativity during your overabundance of awe has guided you to a bland and uninspired place. 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