You might be able to build mega-traffic quickly through social media, but let's be clear on this: the majority of bloggers won't regardless of what any uber-blogger tells you. For most mortal bloggers (myself included), we survive at the mercy of search engines, who like SEO to be "just so". With … [Read more...] about 16 SEO Mistakes to Avoid to Make Your Blog Search Engine Friendly
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I've spoken before about using Google AdSense to monetize your WordPress blog. AdSense is one of the easiest ways to start earning money from blogging, and while it's perhaps not the most lucrative way to monetize, it's pretty straightforward to set up. So I'm going to explain how to add Google … [Read more...] about How to Add Google AdSense to WordPress
Google Adsense is one of the first monetization learning stops that most new bloggers make. For most bloggers, it's their introduction to making money through blogging. It's easy to set up and starts working almost immediately. I'm going to show you how to create a Google Adsense account from … [Read more...] about How to Create a Google AdSense Account
If you're new to WordPress the concept of child themes might mean nothing to you. If this is the case, I'm going to tell you what WordPress child themes are. I'll also explain why they're so important. By the end of this post I'll answer: What are WordPress child themes?What do they do?Why are … [Read more...] about What Are WordPress Child Themes & Why Use Them?
Life as a blogger is hectic. We're working on a dozen things at any one time, ploughing through to do lists, writing, publishing, networking, promoting, tweaking WordPress… the list goes on. We work like this to try to make positive gains for our blogs. But when you're frantically ticking off the … [Read more...] about Google Analytics Annotations: Don’t Just Do, Note It!
My blog topics tend to focus upon how to make things, build things up or grow their blogs. However I recognize that people also want to understand how to stop doing things. One thing I know people struggle with is how to delete a Pinterest account If that's why you're here, that's what I'm going to … [Read more...] about How to Delete A Pinterest Account (+ A More Sensible Alternative)
Today I'm going to discuss advanced WordPress security best practices to help bolster your blog's defences from more sophisticated attempts to exploit it. This is part of a two-part series on WordPress security. The first part explains how to secure WordPress for beginners. It focuses on security … [Read more...] about 7 Advanced WordPress Security Best Practices
In this post I'm going to give you options for how to secure WordPress to make your blog more robust and avoid hacking heartbreak. The security of your WordPress blog is vitally important. It probably took you a good deal of effort to set up your blog and if you've been blogging for any length of … [Read more...] about How to Secure WordPress in 8 Simple Ways
Google Search Console and Google Analytics are tools I recommend for any new blogger as a default. They provide an incredible amount of insight about how visitors find your blog and how they interact with it. They are both also highly recommended tools to check for SEO. When you have these two tools … [Read more...] about How to Connect Google Search Console to Google Analytics
What does it take to be considered one of the best bloggers on the block? Of course there are a whole bunch of attributes that make a good blogger but what does it take to be a cut above the rest? Clearly there are a many qualities that make someone a great blogger, but I'm going to focus on one … [Read more...] about 10 Ways in Which the Best Bloggers are Ruthless