Turn Your WordPress Site into an Email Marketing Machine

This was such a great post by Jacob McMillen, I just had to repost it! By Jacob McMillen Published February 12, 2015 With over 35,000 plugins available, there are few things that you cannot do with WordPress. For many site builders, the ultimate goal is to reach as many viewers as possible. Email lists are key to expanding your audience, and in this post, I’ll show you exactly how to turn your WordPress website into an email marketing machine. Email Marketing Methodology Launched in the spring of 2003, WordPress has emerged as the world’s leading content management system (CMS). Today, WordPress powers some 17 newly published pages each second, generating 14.7 billion pageviews every month. It’s the platform of choice for business websites, and 22% of all domains registered install the CMS. Marketing success hinges on your ability to reach the prospects that are most likely to benefit from your product, so you can educate them about your approach, and … [Read more...]

How to Create Inspiring Content!

How do you create inspiring content that will create loyal readers?  Let’s start with this: I have been successful probably because I have always realized that I knew nothing about writing and have merely tried to tell an interesting story entertainingly. - Edgar Rice Burroughs One of the first books I ever read for pleasure was from the John Cater of Mars series by Edgar Rice Burroughs.  It was given to me by a friend in my 7th grade math class.  From the first page I was hooked and subsequently read, literally, every other book in that series and every other book I could find by that author.  The point being that I couldn't get enough of his writing.  And to his point, don’t get too hung up on what your English teachers told you, better that you should tell a great story. But, since we are not writing novels, there are a few things to remember. Write A Headline That Grabs Your Reader! Did you know that, on average, 8 out of 10 people will read … [Read more...]

How to Add Disqus Comment System in WordPress

Disqus pronounced “discuss” is a popular third-party commenting system for WordPress. If you’ve been browsing the web for more than a week, then you’ve probably come across a site that’s using Disqus. A lot of popular sites including CNN, The Next Web, Bloomberg, CNBC, The Atlantic, and now WPBeginner are using Disqus. In this article, we will show you how to add Disqus comment system in WordPress. We will also discuss the reasons why we switched to using Disqus. Why did we Switch to Disqus? You’re probably wondering why should anyone use Disqus? Doesn’t WordPress have a perfectly good built-in commenting system? Yes, WordPress does have a built-in comment system, and it worked well for us when our site was smaller. As our site grew, we started to experience growing pains. Disqus helped us solve the following problems: Spam Comments For those who’ve used WordPress comments for more than a month know that it attracts a lot of spam comments. Some of it can be mitigated … [Read more...]

21 Benefits of Business Blogging and 22 Tips [INFOGRAPHIC]

Another great post from Barry Feldman and our friends over at Social Media Today! Combine “web” with “log” and you get “blog.” It’s a funny word, but serious business. Of course, there are millions of blogs that aren’t about business. Music, fashion, travel, food and beauty top the long list (according to this research). This post isn’t about them. This post is about blogging for business—with a purpose. We have a lot to cover, so we’ll knock it out as efficiently as possible with a series of lists. We’ll get right to it. Who should read this post? Non-blogger—You’ve never had a blog and you need to fix that now. Unfulfilled blogger—You blogged for a bit. Magic never struck. Beginning blogger—You blog, but don’t really know what you’re doing. Regular blogger—You’ll pick up tips from a fellow blogger. Expert blogger—You could steal the good stuff for your blog. None of the above—You have nothing better to do, but to read about … [Read more...]

How to Move JavaScripts to the Bottom or Footer in WordPress

This is just a great post by the crew over at WPBeginner.  It's not overly technical and even those with basic skills should be able to execute this.  There's nothing worse than a site that takes forever to load! Take the time to read this and if it seems to daunting for you then I would ask your developer about it. Recently, one of our readers asked us how they can move JavaScripts to the bottom in WordPress to increase their Google page speed score. We are glad they asked, because honestly we wanted to write about this. Previously, we have talked about how to properly add JavaScripts and CSS styles in WordPress. In this article, we will show you how to move JavaScripts to the bottom in WordPress, so you can improve your site load time and your Google page speed score. Benefits of Moving JavaScripts to the Bottom JavaScript is a client side programming language. It is executed and run by a user’s web browser and not by your web server. When you put JavaScript at the top, … [Read more...]