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business traits
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

5 business traits I learned working in retail

What was your first job? Mine was at the local Safeway grocery store. My brother had a job there and I got one too. I worked there my Senior year in high school and one summer during college. Later, I worked in a bookstore. I would often refer to our bookstore as a retail store disguised as a bookstore. In reality, that bookstore was retail. I also worked in vending. I serviced machines, served food on a food bar, and counted the money as well as putting up stock in the warehouse. I learned something from all of those jobs,

wordfest live 2021 featured image
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Q&A with the organizers of WordFest Live

As someone who has had many health struggles, I am definitely in favor of looking after my own self-care. In fact, I have written articles about self-care at MainWP. I believe we should be self-aware. For that reason, I appreciate the role that the Big Orange Heart plays in this process. Further, I think that the WordFest Live conference is a worthy event due to the support of self-care and Big Orange Heart. Starting July 23, 2021, the second round of WordFest Live kicks off. Led by Dan Maby of Big Orange Heart, Michelle Frechette of GivWP and WPCoffeeTalk, WordCamp

WordPress Email Newsletters
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

7 WordPress email newsletters to keep you up to date

I have a confession to make. I get entirely too many email newsletters. I can’t read them all. You wanna know what’s hard? Most of them are excellent emails. They are easy to read, done well. It’s just hard to keep up. One thing I need to keep up with on the regular is WordPress news. I am making a concerted effort to streamline the best resources I know about. How about you? There are several WordPress email newsletters available to the community. Today we are going to take a look at seven of those  WordPress email newsletters. I might

July Roundup Freedom
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

July Roundup: Core Web Vitals, Block Patterns, and freedom

Every time I hear “Independence Day,” I tend to think of two things. First, I think of the movie starring a young Will Smith and Bill Pullman as the United States president. You know the one. Will Smith shoots down an alien ship in the desert and drags him back to some Air Force Base. Next thing we know, there is a fight for survival as the alien invasion finally comes. The United States leads the charge as the humans defeat the otherworldly beings. When I hear the words “Independence Day,” the other thing I think of is the song

Bridget Willard
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Q&A with WordPress professional and social media expert Bridget Willard

If you are a WordPress professional and you are on Twitter a lot, chances are you have come across Bridget Willard. She is a Twitter expert. She even wrote a book about Twitter. In fact, Bridget has written several books. I did not realize this, but a while back, I found her Amazon author page, and that’s when I realize she has been busy. She helps companies with Twitter, and she will even help WordPress plugin companies launch and gain customers. She has a multitude of skills. Don’t try to keep up; she will leave you in the dust.  

400 articles at MainWP
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

5 things I learned writing 400 articles at MainWP and there is probably a GIF for that

Well, actually, it is 401 articles—more on that in a moment. I happened to notice this week that I had written 400 articles for MainWP. Some might call that a milestone. There are definitely a lot of articles. The MainWP articles have always been there like a good friend who never leaves. Each week, whether I feel like it or not, the article is waiting for me to write. And so I write them. A lot of things have changed in that time. It looks like the first article was in June of 2016, just about five years ago. For

3 sales tips
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

3 tips to improve your sales mindset as an entrepreneur

“Always be closing!”   Those are the words of Alec Baldwin’s character in the 1992 film Glengarry Glen Ross. In the film, his character, Blake, shows up to whip the salesmen in shape to be better salespeople. The promise was that management would fire all but two of the salesmen in a week. Only two will remain, the two with the top two leads and closing. So, the salesmen set off to close the most sales and often used “questionable” tactics. Most people have an image of sales being like these swindlers. People also think of slimy car salesmen. Thus,

June roundup
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

June Roundup: No more IE 11, StudioPress, WordCamp Europe and more

In this month’s roundup, we take a look at new StudioPress news, WordCamp Europe (next week!), changing search engines, improving your website strategy, and optimizing your WordPress site for SEO without a plugin. Saddle up, my friend. We are going riding. No more IE 11 – WordPress news Mark this down as good news. Now we can be done with Internet Explorer forever! Oh man, I struggled to make sites IE friendly several years ago. I wouldn’t say I like doing sites for anyone anymore, just myself.  This is what WordPress.org says, “Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) was released over 7

toolbox
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

The May Toolbox: A little CSS magic, an Instagram Uploader and a brand new WordPress plugin

When I grew up in rural Arkansas, we went fishing a lot, especially when we stayed with my grandpa on his farm for a week. One of the things you absolutely had to have when fishing is a tackle box. In that box, you have necessary things like lures, extra hooks, and more. As digital marketers, we have to have a toolbox. Each month, we take the time to talk about what goes in our tackle box or our toolbox. In today’s May Toolbox, we will look at how to use CSS magic, a new (to me) screencasting app, a

summits and wordcamps
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Here are a few summits and WordCamps to attend in the next few months

With the world still dealing with COVID issues, conferences and WordCamps are still going virtual. On the one hand, it allows everyone to attend something they may not have previously. On the other hand, we miss out on the opportunity to go to places like Bolivia, Japan, and Europe. Hopefully, we can begin attending in-person events by 2022. This week, I learned that one conference in the digital space is planning to return to an in-person meeting by November. This may be a good sign for the future. Regardless, we have several conferences and WordCamps coming in the next few

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