Pay for Comments?

Granted, this will never happen. We’re still clinging to the idea that comments give people a voice. Plus, the idea of “community” and “engagement” is still too powerful—money depends on traffic, and traffic depends on readers, and a lot of sites confuse “making readers feel involved” with “giving readers and drive-by randos a platform to … Read more…

Vulnerability in WordPress

I’ve linked to an older post (2014) but you should always update WordPress as soon as possible. The ironic thing about using popular software is that it is vulnerable to attack, more than the less popular software. So, you choose WordPress for features, community support and reliability… and those are the same reasons the spammers, hackers … Read more…

Humans TXT: We Are People, Not Machines.

We are always saying that, but the only file we generate is one full of additional information for the searchbots: robots.txt. Then why not doing one for ourselves? via – Humans TXT: We Are People, Not Machines.. I used the WordPress plugin to make adding the humans.txt file even simpler than it already is. With the … Read more…

Free Keyword Help from Ubersuggest

Get keyword ideas with Übersuggest the free keyword suggestion tool that makes good use of different suggest services. How it works? Write a term in the box. Choose a language and a source. Übersuggest can get suggestions either from regular Web search or from search verticals like Shopping, News or Video (more to come). Übersuggest … Read more…

What Happened to the Canadian Blog Awards?

Seems like both the Canadian Blog Awards sites have finished in 2014. The Canadian Blog Awards (2007 – 2014) The Canadian Blog Awards (2009 – 2014)  I hope both of these sites are saved in the Internet Archives. Have we gone beyond the blog? Is that why the blog awards fizzled out? No one seems … Read more…

What Happens When your Software Stops Being Supported?

via – SlideShowPro. This site for SlideShowPro brings up the issue of support and time. It’s not so much an issue with free plugins, themes and software. Though we miss them and wish we could have stuck with what was working for us, you don’t get promises of forever for free. What about the software you … Read more…

Testing the Interest for a WordPress Group in Barrie

I have thought about starting a group to meet monthly or more often in Barrie to talk about WordPress. I have been building and maintaining my own sites with WordPress for over ten years. I don’t mind to share my experience and give help to others who are also working on their own sites. So, … Read more…

Yahoo! Profiles (and Avatars) are Going Away

Yahoo! is phasing out their Profiles. You can’t look up someone else and, I couldn’t even find my own to see what I had written about myself. (Though Yahoo! recommends I save anything in my “About Me” and “My Interests”, I can’t even get my profile to load up at all). I thought I would … Read more…

Google Marketing and Dear Webmaster Letters

Have you had an email asking you to remove a link? There are various reasons someone might ask you to remove a link, some are practical and make sense. Often it’s about a copyrights issue. The new trend I’ve noticed is the request to remove a link for Google. You get a Dear Webmaster letter, … Read more…

Telemarketers on Twitter

Do not do this! I’ve been noticing a trend in Twitter following. Not the usual types who want to grow the amount of Twitter followers by following anything for no reason. But, businesses with Twitter accounts who then follow people as a way of introducing/ marketing/ spamming their business or service. See below for an … Read more…

Titles Matter Don’t Assume

Titles matter when you post to Twitter or other social media or the actual blog post itself. Don’t assume people will know what you are talking about. A title is especially important when you are sharing a link you want readers to click. Inside your blog post a link should be used for the words … Read more…

Are you Sure your Site is Readable?

Outbrain Inc | 5 Creative Marketing Ideas for Your Smal…. I found a link to this post on another site. I went to the source to read more… However, it is almost unreadable. I actually did not even try to skim this. Yes, I am no longer reading with the eyeballs of a 20 year … Read more…

Chopped Blog Posts are Frustrating!

I really am getting to hate these kind of chopped blog posts. You can’t see the full post without clicking next and next and next and next… until you get through all the points. Seldom can I find an option to read the full post, on one page all the points together. I far prefer … Read more…