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Install and Configure Yoast SEO

Configure Yoast SEO easily with configuration wizard

Yoast SEO is the most downloaded SEO plugin from the WordPress.org repository. I have used All-in-One SEO but like the features in Yoast SEO more. This is an easy plugin to install and configure. Here are the basic steps. Basic Steps to Install Yoast SEO Log into your WordPress dashboard. Select “Add New” from the…

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Must-Have WordPress Plugins: Akismet

list of plugins including inactive Akismet

If you have an email account—and who doesn’t—you are fully aware of and hate spam. Spam’s original definition of unsolicited email has expanded somewhat to now include unsolicited comments on blog posts. According to data published by Automattic, their anti-spam WordPress plugin Akismet caught over four billion spam comments in one month. Only 3.4% of…

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8 Elements of On-Page Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

on-page search engine optimization

On-page search engine optimization is still an important step in your content marketing strategy despite the many SEO “experts” who say it is a waste of your time. No one knows exactly what it takes to get your web page on the first page of search engine results—not even the analysts who work for Google.…

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How to Write Better Emails in 7 Easy Lessons

Do you struggle writing better emails

Do you struggle with what to put in your email messages to your audience? I know I do. Aweber has a new 7-day course to help you write better emails. Besides the emails, they include a PDF guide that has 20 email templates to get you started. The course covers what to write in a…

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Who Owns Your Business? You May Be Surprised!

Plan to Own Your Own Business

I have seen increasing numbers of my Facebook friends promoting their businesses on their personal timelines. It’s against the Facebook Terms to use your personal account to represent something other than yourself, e.g., your business. If you’re using your account to represent something other than yourself, you could permanently lose access to your account if…

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WordPress 4.4 (AKA Clifford) is Available Now

WordPress 4.4 default theme

In my opinion the best feature of the WordPress 4.4 released today (8 December 2015) is builtin support for responsive images. Upload your images and WordPress 4.4 does the rest! Now your images will look great on all devices: desktop, tablets, and smartphones. Also included in this version is a new theme. The theme is…

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How To Maintain Your WordPress Website

maintain your WordPress site

Although I’m sure there are car owners out there who don’t maintain their vehicles, I think that number is probably quite low. Why would you invest your hard-earned money on something and then neglect it? Even if you have others take care of your car maintenance, you still need to be aware of fluid levels,…

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3 Prescriptions to Prevent WordPress Disasters

You may have heard the old saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” It is certainly true when it comes to your WordPress website. If something were to happen to your WordPress website today, how long would it take for you to recover? Here are three essential prescriptions to prevent WordPress…

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WordPress 4.1 “Dinah” released today

Jazz singer, Dinah Washington

The latest update to WordPress has been named in honor of jazz singer Dinah Washington. The WordPress core developers must really love their jazz, since this isn’t the first release to be named after a jazz musician. WordPress 4.1 includes a new default theme Twenty Fifteen. The new theme uses the Google font Noto. If…

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WordPress 3.9 is here

WordPress 3.9 infographic

WordPress.org released version 3.9 last week. They named this release “Smith” in honor of jazz organist Jimmy Smith. There are over 200 changes in WordPress 3.9. The changes came in four major areas: the Visual Editor, Media Handling, Widgets, and Themes. You can now paste directly from Microsoft Word without bringing in all the excess code.…

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7 Emerging Responsive Navigation Design Patterns

epik child theme

More and more people are using mobile devices to surf the Web. In the beginning, web site owners were told they should have two versions of their site a .com for desktop users and a .mobi version for the mobile users. That recommendation has evolved over time. Today, they (I’m not actually sure who “they”…

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