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Here’s A Quick Way To Add Media To A Blog Post


Insights PluginMy oldie but goodie Youtube video with a very cool plugin suggestion.

I’ve been using this plugin for over 3 years and it has never failed to be useful. It’s one of the simplest plugins to use and once you get your feet wet with it, you’ll find a ton of uses for it.

What are some of the best uses for this plugin?

  • quickly add your YouTube videos to build traffic (instead of sending people to YouTube, send them to your site to view it)
  • interlink to articles, posts, or pages within your own site (huge SEO purpose!)
  • add news articles (back up your information with up to the minute information)
  • add Wikipedia articles (excellent as a reference)
  • search and add Google content (easily find relevant information on Google)
  • recommend a book (your own?)
  • add an image or two (“decorate” your posts to create interest)

Check it out here:

For help installing and setting up this plugin, contact me via the form below:

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A Bluehost Mega Sale!

This is such an incredible deal that I had to share it with you immediately.

I have been using Bluehost as my web hosting company for over three years. I am a very happy customer mostly because their support is second to none.

In fact, I am so happy with Bluehost that when the Canadian dollar was only worth 60 cents, I stayed a loyal Bluehost customer. If you do the math, I paid about $150 Canadian per year for hosting! It was a killer, but I gladly paid for the security that comes with being their customer.

I have never seen a sale this good in the time I’ve been their customer.

Honestly, if you need hosting to get your WordPress site online, click this link to go and see not only the details of their sale, but why I appreciate this company so much.

You won’t be sorry because if you sign up for their superb hosting between now and October 24th,

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 This promotion is available for any new hosting account but hurry, this offer ends October 24th





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The Secret to Getting More Visitors To Your Site Part 2

The secret to getting more visitors to your site part 2Search Engine Optimization

is a series of steps that you, the WordPress site owner, take to move your site up in the search results of the search engines. As I mentioned in Part 1, ideally you want to  increase your rankings so that your site shows up on the first page of the search engine results.

What Steps Can You Take To Optimize Your (New) WordPress Website?

1.  Keywords

Know the search phrases and words that your prospects type into the search engines to find the products and services that you offer. This is imperative — not an option.  If you missed the Free Keyword Research Tool and Tutorial from Part 1, you can GET IT HERE

Once you know them, use these words on your pages and in your content. There are entire books and  online courses about how to find and use keywords. A little research will pay off nicely.

2.  Good Content

Search engines look at the content on your website. They scan your content looking for keywords, keyword phrases and other relevant words and terms. Often people mistake the meaning of this and load their content with their keywords and phrases, even to the point of making their content nonsensical. But the search engines have very complicated algorithms to rate the quality of the content too. Search engines want to ensure that they are sending people to quality websites. not just those that are packed with the right keyword/keyword phrases.

3.  Linking

Another element that search engines look at are the links to and from your website. They look at incoming links – links from other websites and blogs and they look at internal links – linking within your own site (from one page to another within your site).

a. Incoming Links

Quality content helps create incoming links. Here’s what Google says about building incoming links to your site:

Create unique and compelling content on your site and the web in general

    • Make videos, do original research, and post interesting stuff on a regular basis. If you’re passionate about your site’s topic, there are lots of great avenues to engage more users.
    • Teach readers new things, uncover new news, be entertaining or insightful, show your expertise, interview different personalities in your industry and highlight their interesting side. Make your site worthwhile.
    • Participate thoughtfully in blogs and user reviews related to your topic of interest. Offer your knowledgeable perspective to the community.
    • Provide a useful product or service. If visitors to your site get value from what you provide, they’re more likely to link to you.Source:  Google | Webmaster Central Blog  You can click this link for more information

Social networking, guest blogging, and article marketing can all have a profound effect on the number of incoming links. Build relationships online to motivate people to link to your website.

b.  Internal Linking

Internal linking means that you have links from one page or article to another on your own site. Internal linking is perfect for situations where you have content that you want to draw attention to AND rank well in the search engines. Just create a link to it from other content or pages. For example, in my opening paragraph above you’ll see that Part 1 is a hyperlink to the first blog post in this series.

If you want have a sales page to a product or service and want it to rank really well in the search engines, then create a link to your sales page from your contact page, from your landing page, and any other pages that it makes sense to link to.

Keywords, Linking and Good Content are simple steps you can take to increase your ranking in the search engines. It’s not magic or difficult. Give them a try and come back to post your results here. We’d love to hear about your success.

Who are these people with too much time on their hands?

SPAM comes in many forms.

Got SPAM ?I use the Akismet plugin managing the spam comments, but they can only stop the ones that are absolutely, without a doubt spam.

The new trend I have been seeing is comments that, at first, appear to be legitimate. They are very complimentary and often flattering, but if you really look, they don’t say anything specific. “Wow, great post. This is the information I’ve been looking for. I will definitely be back.”

They will even use your name, but if they don’t say what specifically caught their eye, then they are spam.

If they are complimenting you on your theme, I would say they are spam. If there are similar or duplicate comments, they are probably spam as well.

Under the comment are several links: approve, spam, reply etc. Definitely mark them as spam and then Akismet won’t allow the IP address.

It takes a lot of work to keep ahead of them, but once you start to block the IP addresses, there will be fewer.

9 WordPress Essentials: Part 2

9 WordPress essentials part 2WordPress Essentials Part 2:

5.  Search

Have a search function 

Having a search function on your site is a great idea. Just like in Google, visitors can use keywords to search within your site for the content they are looking for.

It’s a good idea to have this above the fold (before they have to scroll) for the visitor’s convenience so they can speedily find the content they are interested in.

Some templates have the search field built into the navigation bar and others offer you a sidebar widget.

You can go beyond just the search function and add both archives and category widgets in the sidebar. The archives widget allows your visitor to find posts of interest that are sorted by date. The category widget allows them to search your posts by the categories you write under.

PS  The words that people use to search online are important to know because their keywords have to match the keywords you use on your site.  To learn more about this, get my free report: FREE KEYWORD RESEARCH TOOL

6.  Contact information

Have a contact page

The best option for adding your contact information is to have it on its own separate page. You’ll then have a link on the navigation bar and with one click, your visitor will have all of your information (telephone, email, and/or contact form) at their fingertips.

I have also included my toll free phone number in my header (banner) on my site.

7.  Opt in form

Offer a way to keep in touch

This is a very important step as this is how you will keep in touch with your visitors. Have it front and center on your site, before the fold. Offer a valuable gift to those who subscribe. It’s a great way to let your clients and visitors know about your products, services, special offers, and upcoming sales or events.

By the way, Aweber is the best service I’ve used so far. They are more cost effective, they have all the bells and whistles, AND they don’t charge extra to see your stats (how many opens etc).  Check them out for yourself:  AWEBER

8.  Design

Keep it easy on the eyes

The design of your page should support your brand image. But it should also be simple and not distract from your goals or purpose. Sidebars allow for the containment of additional information, and provide a way to have even more information above the fold.

Colors convey a lot of information and your color choice should be a good representation of your (type of) business or the image your are trying to present.

Word of caution:

  • Rotating banners, flashing things, and similar effects should be avoided unless it’s just an affiliate site.
  • Avoid anything that slows down the loading speed of your site. (flash)
  • Avoid using a dark background and light colored font. They are almost impossible to read online

9. Community Building


Integrate social networking buttons (lots of plugins easily manage this step for you). Let people find you on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Google+.

Use Social Bookmarking plugins as well. These are the little icons you see after a post where people can share your content on any number of bookmarking sites.

Allow for and encourage comments. There are several plugins out there that require people to sign up for accounts and jump through other hoops to leave a comment. I don’t recommend this. Make it as simple as possible for your visitors to interact with you.

When people feel involved or able to contribute they tend to revisit a website.

What are you thoughts? Let us know in a comment.

Get my Free Keyword Research Tool and Tutorial by Clicking Here

I am a proud Aweber affiliate and will receive a commission when  anyone signs up for Aweber by clicking the link provided in this blog post.


Didn’t read part 1?  Click here:



Why Choose a Studiopress Theme?

What do the Genesis Framework and Child Themes offer that others don’t?


  • With state of the art code and smart design architecture means that the search engines clearly see your content
  • And will help your blog rank higher in the search engines
  • Extra security built into the framework to protect your business
  • Automatic updates so you don’t have to worry about it
  • The Genesis framework (the core code) is kept completely separate from the  Child theme


  • That give you an array of beautiful frames for your content.
  • Where the settings give you unprecedented control of the framework.
  • With templates are constantly being upgraded, adding to your design options
  • And the design (child theme) is kept completely separate from the core code (Genesis framework) so you can easily change the look and feel of your site at any time
  • With the very best possible security features are already built in
  • Where updating to the current version of WordPress and Genesis is a snap


  • Widget Ready
  • Comment Functioning
  • Ready for Advertising
  • Developed for Localization (can be translated)
  • Capable of Auto-sizing Your Featured Images


  • My Tweets – displays an unordered list of your latest Tweets
  • User Profile – displays the Gravatar of a user, as well as their bio and a link to an about page
  • eNews & Updates – displays an opt-in box for users to receive your posts by email
  • Featured Posts – displays post excerpts and a thumbnail to be used in a featured section
  • Featured Page – displays page excerpts and a thumbnail to be used in a featured section



Ugh! Sales Pages…

A while back I bought the Premise Plugin for WordPress

to create sales pages. It’s got a bit of a learning curve for sure and I haven’t even gone so far as to write a page with it.  But I ran across this video that explains it well.  If you are struggling with writing your sales pages, check out the video by Amy Harrison.

Here’s a link to the video: PREMISE OVERVIEW
After you’ve watched the video, click this link to find out more about the plugin itself.   PREMISE PLUGIN