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content marketing for small businesses
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Three principles to get started with content marketing for small businesses

I see it often on TV. Home improvement companies are advertising on local TV stations. I’m sure it is still effective because they keep doing it. Also, I see car dealerships advertise on TV. Their advertisements seem more like overdramatized hype. There is one used car dealer who comes up with some of the corniest stuff I’ve ever seen. At least he’s memorable. We all know that purchasing is changing rapidly, especially as millennials become a big part of the market. Millennials just don’t buy the same way. Check out this infographic for more info. To illustrate this point, a

john locke lockedown design & seo
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Q&A with John Locke of Lockedown Design & SEO

Like so many of us, John Locke did not begin his career in the website industry. He got his start working in a bakery where he was a manager. He breaks down the story on an episode of WP-Tonic in 2016. Later, John worked for a factory bakery. For years John has been taking care of clients in the Sacramento, California area where he has racked up some top recognitions, including being named one of the top web designers in Sacramento. He has also gathered recognition for his work in SEO. He has served as a Speaker and Co-Organizer for

World of WordPress
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

World of WordPress: St. Louis, press releases, and a whole site redesign

If you are like many in the US, you are recovering from a night of trick or treating and costumes and kids everywhere. Or maybe, you are celebrating All Saint’s Day today. Or, perhaps, it is just Friday for you. Whatever you please, it is the weekend, and there is much to do! Today we take a look at the power of press releases and WordCamp US taking place this weekend in St. Louis. Writing a press release Justin Tadlock talks about the need for WordPress businesses to write press releases. Tadlock, as you already know, is one of the

clarify your message
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Three essential tips to clarify your message so you can generate more leads & more business

Picture this. You arrive at a business expo with business cards in hand. You are ready to get some leads at your new business networking conference. You are convinced that these folks need your services. You have drunk a little liquid courage (hey, no judgment here), and you go into the sea of faces. You are squeamish  just a bit because, after all, you are used to being in front of a computer and “slaying code.” You approach a couple of business owners. They look at you and with a big smile, reach out to shake your hand. They introduce

Tools
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

A bona fide way to pay it forward using the Buy Me a Coffee plus 2 more tools

Do you remember the end of Avengers: Endgame? Of course, you do. There was a defining moment that I remember quite clearly. Our superheroes gathered around. What to at this point when it looked utterly hopeless. Thanos was still wreaking havoc. The conversation had a hint of doubt. It went something like this: Carol Danvers: So let’s get him and use to them to bring everyone back. Bruce Banner: Just like that? Steve Rogers: Yeah. Just like that. Natasha Romanoff: Even if there’s a small chance that we can undo this. I mean we owe it to everyone who’s not

Mor Cohen
Interviews
Todd Jones

Q&A with Mor Cohen of FlixFrame and DesignClass

Mor Cohen is a veteran of the design and online industry. She has put in over 20 years, starting with desktop publishing. At one time, Mor even did computer-aided designs for kitchens and bathrooms. Mor got her start during the “IPO Golden Era,” creating pitch decks for companies looking to raise venture capital. “Mor started out as a graphic designer during the “IPO Golden Era”, so to speak, and did a lot of pitch decks for clients who were trying to raise venture capital. Early on in her career, she realized that her value didn’t come from the number of

World of WordPress
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

World of WordPress: Security, cash and a new rival on the horizon

In today’s World of WordPress, we dive into a couple of security issues, Automattic’s latest investment, the end of an era at StudioPress, and a new player on the web builder horizon. Let’s get ready to ride. Giddyup. WordPress security issues There seems always to be an issue with security vulnerabilities. I know many people keep up with them through the Wordfence content. Enter WebARX. The new platform several have already implemented to help secure their sites is also keeping up with various vulnerability issues. I had never heard of the “Theme Editor” plugin. I can remember, in times past,

Speeding up WordPress
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Consulting with the Knights of the Speeding up WordPress Round Table

Consulting with the Knights of the Speeding-up WordPress Round Table Imagine, if you will, being a part of King Arthur’s famed round table. That would mean you are a knight. No small task. Well like King Arthur’s Knights of the Round Table, today we are bringing you the Experts of the Speed-up WordPress Round Table. These WordPress experts are going to talk about speeding up WordPress. Who are our special WordPress knights? We have Chris Castillo, Jan Koch, Lee Jackson, Mike Oliver, Nick Gulic, and Andrew Palmer. Chris Castillo is the owner of Propel Digital Media in Toronto. Lee Jackson

Bob Dunn of BobWP
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Q&A with Bob Dunn from BobWP

How many of you have come up with a business name because the domain was available? Well, I know it is a little more than that. That’s just one of the things that Bob Dunn talks about in this Q&A with the WordPress legend. Anyone who has worked in WordPress surely knows Bob Dunn. If you are like me, you’ve come across one of his tutorials, a training session, listened to him speak at a WordCamp or listened to one of his podcasts. He is well known and well-liked in the WordPress space. Today, we are fortunate to learn more

Gutenberg Blocks
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Exploring Gutenberg Blocks, auto-posting to your Google My Business pages, and selling website care plans

In today’s article, learn to update images like a pro, convince your clients they need a website care plan, auto post to your Google My Business Page, and take advantage of these Gutenberg Blocks. We take a look at Gutenberg Blocks, The Website Owner’s Manual, a Google My Business plugin, and an online editor you might want to check out. Are you ready? Exploring Gutenberg Blocks I think it’s time to upgrade our Gutenberg game. Well, at least it’s time to update mine. Recently, I came across Gutenberg Hub, a website dedicated to showcasing Gutenberg blocks. I came on two

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