Case Study: Consolidating Multiple Websites Into One

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When I posed the question “Do You Want to Consolidate Multiple Websites?”, I didn’t expect such clear lines to be drawn between people who strongly believe in maintaining separate niche sites and those who themselves are dealing with whether or not to combine WordPress blogs into one main site. While everyone wasn’t in total agreement, most everyone agreed that there can be situations where consolidation is the best route to go.

Was my post controversial? Yes. Not everyone agreed with our strategy. Some readers felt that clearly defined niche sites are the route to go. Other readers were considering the same strategy. The thing is that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all strategy for deciding if you need one website or multiple sites. This week, let’s take a closer look at the thought process behind the decision to merging multiple blogs into a new cohesive brand.

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Do You Comment for Backlinks on DoFollow Enabled CommentLuv Blogs?

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Last week, Matt Cutts got the blogging community in an uproar over whether or not guest blogging was dead. (It’s not.) Actually, what Matt said was that guest blogging for “backlinks” was no longer going to be tolerated by Google and that we should be especially concerned with spammy links in guest posts intended for SEO. He cautioned us to only accept guest posts from trusted bloggers who we could vouch for. That got me thinking about the backlinks that are left in the comments of blogs that use the CommentLuv WordPress plugin.

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Tips for Bloggers | Before You Press that Publish Button

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After you’ve written that amazing content and before you press that “publish” button, every blogger should take a quick assessment of their post and be certain that it’s ready to go. What do I mean by ready to go? I’m referring to tweaking your article for the search engines (things like filling out meta tag data and making sure that any special characters like apostrophes and question marks don’t appear in the URL). I’m also talking about not uploading images that are worthy of printing and framing but instead have been formatted to display efficiently on a computer monitor. Continue reading “Tips for Bloggers | Before You Press that Publish Button”

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Why You Should Be Your Own Google Analytics Ninja and 4 Steps To Do It – Part 1

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So, now you’ve made the move. You took a leap of faith and now your company is fully operational on the Internet. The meaning of “operational” may vary according to your business model and your exact product/service, of course. For instance, if you were running a brick-and-mortar supermarket, being operational would mean nothing more than having merchandise, a few staff members and open doors. It would be enough to do business, right? Continue reading “Why You Should Be Your Own Google Analytics Ninja and 4 Steps To Do It – Part 1”

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3 Tips You Should Know When You Start Blogging

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Did you know that the WordPress ADMIN user is a security vulnerability? Are you at risk of being a ping spammer? Here are 4 tips for new bloggers.

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Just yesterday, I was visiting a blog and all of the posts were written by “Admin”. This is a common newbie mistake but it’s also a very dangerous one. I’ve written before about this being a security vulnerability. I’ve also written about other tips for newbies. Here’s my list of the top threetips that come to my mind. (Not all are about security. It’s an eclectic mix.) Feel free to add your tips in the comment section.

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The Powerful WordPress Text Widget

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Add functionality to your WordPress website using text widgets and the widget logic plugin. Embed a different YouTube video on each page of your website.

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What is a widget anyway? Well, the simple explanation is that it’s a mini-app of sorts. You can use it to do something as simple as run a line of HTML code that displays a follow button in the sidebar of your WordPress blog or it can be a companion piece to a plugin. There are also several widgets that are part of the standard WordPress installation like a calendar, tag cloud and a search button. If you’re looking for a simple way to add functionality to your WordPress website, you may need to look no further than the simple text widget.

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Will CommentLuv Premium Make Your Blogging Life Easier?

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Blogs are powerful tools that can be leveraged as part of an overall business strategy.  They’re a great way to build awareness and drive traffic to a website for an existing business. Blogs can also be a business themselves. Some people are able to monetize their blogs and there are a number of people who start blogging in hopes of making a living solely through blogging.

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3 Steps to Protect Your WordPress Blog from Hackers

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Hackers like to target popular software programs. (Just ask anyone at Microsoft and they’ll agree.) There are WordPress plug-ins that you can install for additional security but there are also some basic steps that you can take to help decrease the chances of your WordPress blog from being hacked that don’t include installing plug-ins.

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If Your Website Was a Wheel – Is Your Blog the Hub or a Spoke?

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WordPress is not just for blogs any more. It is a powerful CMS (Content Management System) that be used to build websites. My question to you today is: Should the home page of your website be a blog?

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Are You Asking Your Website Visitors Dumb Questions?

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I was commenting on an interesting blog article the other day and I clicked off the little box to be notified by email if someone replies to my comment or if someone adds a new comment. Should be simple right? (I mean I just gave them my name and email address in order to leave the comment in the first place.) So, I should be able to just click and go on my merry-way. Right? If the author replies to my comment (showing how much they care and that they value what I have to say), I’ll be notified. If someone else cares enough to comment, I’ll get to know what they’ve added to the conversation. I’m clicking to be notified because I truly found the article interesting and I want to follow it. So why, did I wish I hadn’t started the whole thing?

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