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WRITING A BETTER ABOUT PAGE
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

How you can optimize your About page, dump the vanity and shatter the boredom

You have met that guy. I know you have. All he does is talk about himself. In fact, he might, metaphorically, beat his chest to tell you how good he is. Maybe he’s trying to convince himself. These days he may refer to himself as a guru. I think Sara Bareilles wrote about him in her song King of Anything. If you aren’t familiar with the song, you can read the lyrics here and you can watch the video here. Well, that is how some About pages end up being, just like that guy. He is the guy Bareilles writes

BEING A GUEST ON PODCASTS AND BLOGS
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

How you can drive traffic to your website by being a guest

Picture this. You are searching for a way to drive traffic to your website. You need some exposure. You could, if you like, dump some money into Facebook ads. You could also dump money into other pay per click type ads. Or, you can find a more organic way to get traffic. This, as we have talked about before, is called earned traffic. This week we are going to move to the idea of being a guest. Driving traffic to your website can take multiple roads. One of those roads is to take advantage of opportunities to be a guest

MAKING USE OF INFOGRAPHICS
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

How you can use infographics to publish interactive content for your audience

Our brains crave infographics. At least, that is what is outlined on this page at Neomam. They give thirteen reasons, and they do it in, you guessed it, an infographic format. The page is pretty slick with moving elements, and the entire page looks like an infographic. According to Forbes contributor Cheryl Conner, infographics are still thriving. Writing about the data from a study, she summarizes, In summary, then, any marketer with a story to tell or a product to promote can likely tell it better with an infographic that can bring the information alive. More than ever before, the

MainWP Customization
Sebastian Moran

How to use SendGrid on your MainWP dashboard site

SendGrid offers a free plan which provides 40,000 emails a month, which should be more than enough for most MainWP dashboard sites. Using a transactional email provider like SendGrid, SparkPost or SendinBlue. Go to https://signup.sendgrid.com/ After you have signed up for a free plan you will be in the main app. On your MainWP dashboard site look for SendGrid and install it as a new plugin on the site. Go back to the SendGrid app and then click on Settings > API Key then click on the Create API Key button. Create the API, then on the next screen the

INCREASING WEBSITE TRAFFIC
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

How your agency can use earned media to increase traffic to your website and build trust like Denzel Washington

In the movie The Equalizer, Denzel Washington plays Robert McCall, a former intelligence officer. He settles in Boston and begins to work in a home improvement store. There, he befriends his co-workers as well as a teenage girl who works for a local pimp. He is seen reading a book in a diner and the girl asks him about the story, and he teaches her about being true to herself. As the movie progresses, McCall helps recover a wedding ring from a robbery for one of his co-workers, helps train one of the employees to be a security guard, and

WordPress training
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

How to create a WordPress training process for clients

See me if this sounds familiar. You get to the office and log in to your ticket portal and find half a dozen support requests. One by one you begin to go through each request and find them to be basic WordPress information. You get requests such as, “How do I add an image to my blog post?” “How do I link to my favorite blog?” “How do I update the biography in my profile information?” “How do I create a new category on my blog? Where does my blog show that category?” Very few of your requests have to

SEO FRIENDLY BLOG POSTS
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Writing for humans make your blog posts more SEO friendly, use these four tips

We have watched the evolution of how Google ranks pages for nearly two decades now. The world’s largest search engine has the task and our website’s appearance in those search engines can be a huge benefit. search Engine Journal recaps the history of Google’s Algorithm updates here. Ever since then users and webmasters have been scrambling to rank higher. Some have done better than others. Some have used manipulation techniques while others have spent money. All the while, Google has been moving towards rewarding pages for good content. It is easy to get caught up in the hoopla of writing

WordPress Roundup
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

WordPress roundup: What to make of ClassicPress and much more

In this edition of the WordPress roundup, we discuss ClassicPress, posting to Instagram, installing a mortgage calculator, using Coming Soon pages, and which contact form is the best. ClassicPress I knew it was going to happen as we moved closer to the launch of Gutenberg. Some of you are not happy with how it has gone. Scott Bowler has had enough. He has recently launched ClassicPress, a fork of WordPress that leaves it in the classic editor mode. He outlines some of this in a blog post he posted on Medium. Jeff Chandler gives a summation of ClassicPress at WPTavern.

buyer's journey
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Determining your buyer’s journey is one of the best ways for an agency to be more successful

A couple of times I tried my hand at direct selling. I didn’t fare too well. Some people will lead you to believe that is the only way to sell, but it isn’t the only way. One time I worked for a cold call telemarketing company. They sold folks on promotional products. You literally got on the phone and dialed someone in another state whom you knew nothing about, followed a script, and tried to sell them a promotional marketing package. It didn’t go well for me. Another time I tried to sell (think peddle) alarm systems for a major

MainWP on Vultr using Cloudways
MainWP Customization
Sebastian Moran

Why should you run your MainWP dashboard site on Vultr using Cloudways?

Cloudways is a solid option to use for WordPress site hosting. In this example, we are going to use it for hosting a MainWP dashboard site. You want to use a separate server for hosting your MainWP dashboard site, so that the server or servers you are using for your client/customer sites do not have to share resources. Go to login into Cloudways. From Servers. The cheapest-priced option is based on only 2GB of RAM. If you feel like you will need more RAM and server space, then you can go up a plan. Launch the server. Then it will

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