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SPAM COMMENTS AND THE CREEPS WHO POST THEM

After my last post about WordPress author comments I realized that the Heateor Social Comments for WordPress stopped displaying my default WordPress comments. I fixed this by uninstalling the offending plugin. As soon as I did the spammers of the world immediately began posting spam comments on my blog. Well maybe not them exactly, but the bots they programmed to push their propaganda.


5 HELPFUL .HTACCESS COMMANDS WITH CODE SAMPLES

If you’ve ever worked with .htaccess files than you know they are one of the quickest ways to affect your entire site. If you’re looking to redirect a page or a portion of your website or if you’re interested in altering how your URL structure appears then you’ve found the right resource. All I have to say before starting this post is make sure to back up your files before you start. Your .htaccess file is very powerful and can end up breaking your site if you don’t know what you’re doing. Ok let’s get started with some handy bits of code that will serve you well.


5 TIPS FOR IMPROVING YOUR SITE WITH GOOGLE WEBMASTER TOOLS

Knowing more about your website will in turn make it better. Often times we as designers get too close to a project that we’re working on that we overlook some glaring issues that may be staring us directly in the face. By using Google Webmaster Tools you cannot only see where your web site traffic is being generated, but also see how often your site is being crawled and find problems in your HTML that may be affecting your organic search placement.


A BEGINNERS GUIDE TO GOOGLE ANALYTICS

In this post I wanted to outline a few things that Google Analytics provides as far as stats and info goes for users new to the program. This is a very powerful development tool that will give you more insight about just how your visitors use and view your website.


DECREASE PAGE LOAD TIMES AND INCREASE VISITOR RETENTION

If you’re serious about blogging then you do your very best to write good content and provide your visitors with new and compelling media. You embed relevant videos and take advantage of new and interesting widgets to make your site appealing to readers so they continue to come back. You experiment with new plugins for engagement and ways to implement widgets to make your site somewhere that draws in more and more readers.


FIX STRUCTURED DATA ERRORS FOR BETTER GOOGLE RESULTS

If you’re a tech geek like myself and launch Google Analytics and Google Webmaster Tools before you take your first sip of coffee this post is for you. If you pay attention to website errors you’ve no doubt noticed structured data errors in the search console of Google Webmaster Tools. Under “Search Appearance” you’ll see the “Structured Data” tab. Here’s where we’ll see our errors. In this post I’ll outline how to fix structured data errors to provide Google better robust search results by declaring microformats.


HOW TO CREATE ENGAGING BLOG CONTENT THAT PEOPLE WILL READ

If you run a blog you’re likely always looking for traffic, because traffic = people reading your message and ultimately clicking links that put money in your pocket. When creating content you want people to read there are some things you can do that will give your viewers a reason to stay on your page. The longer they’re on your site the better the chance you have of selling your goods and or services.


HOW TO IMPROVE WORDPRESS PERFORMANCE AND SECURITY

I’ve been a fan of WordPress for quite some time. In fact I’ve been using the CMS since 2003. Up until recently I haven’t had many issues with WordPress performance aside from a few heavy plug-in snags. Well about 2 months ago I started the task of making WordPress run more efficiently or at the very least lighter. Here’s a serious list of things to try if you’re site begins to slow down or has WordPress performance issues.


MAC TIPS CRASH COURSE FOR PC USERS

Two of the biggest hurdles people face when defecting from a PC to Mac is the location of certain core programs and the overall file structure. As a PC guy who has migrated to the Mac platform these are a few helpful tips for navigating the unfamiliar Apple environment for web designers in particular.


Tips for Creating an Elegant Content Marketing Plan

I’m writing this post today as a tutorial and as a way of fleshing out my own content marketing plan for promotions for the next couple months. It’s my hope that by writing out these steps I’ll not only help all of my viewers create their own content marketing plan, but better formulate my own as well.