Essential Website Tools and Some That Aren’t

Tools - for website

How’s your website? I hope it’s speedy, secure and feeling loved by the search engines. Here are some essential website tools that are worth bookmarking. Website Tools – Speed Tests Fast loading sites are not only more attractive to visitors but also to search engines. It’s wise to check your speed, especially when you’ve made such changes as altering/adding widgets, installed new plugins, or changed your theme. The following free online tools will give you  a page speed score, find out what is loading and how long it takes. (images, html, css, javascripts). Each comes with recommendations and various help […] Continue Reading…

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Planning Ahead For Success

Planning Ahead for Success text and notebooks

It’s the time of year we look back and start planning for the year to come. It’s not only an opportunity to celebrate our successes but to use a positive attitude to look at our failures in a favorable light. We can work out where and why we went wrong, learn from our mistakes and set up systems for improvement. Without looking at the good and bad, in a critical way, we can’t create an action plan for the future. It’s tempting for us to forge ahead with successful projects, without change, but is this sensible? Maybe we could do […] Continue Reading…

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Free Christmas Facebook Images

Seasons Greetings Facebook Sized Image

Facebook images posts attract the most engagement so, in light of the festive season, I’ve prepared a feast of Facebook sized Christmas Greeting images for free download. Each image is 504px x 504px which fits the Facebook window nicely. They’re also a reasonable size for Pinterest, Google Plus, Instagram, and Twitter. There are three sets, each with a different message: Seasons Greetings, Merry Christmas and Happy Christmas. The images are either those I’ve created myself or adapted from free public domain images, so there’s no worries about copyright. Rather than only share images others have posted, it’s good to post […] Continue Reading…

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Your WordPress Theme Wardrobe

Copy Blogger Flat Design Rainmaker Platform

What is your WordPress theme wardrobe like this season? Does it hold fashionable attire or is it more traditional? Can you reach into it and change, to match your needs and the people you’re mixing with? This is the first in a series of posts introducing you to flexible and easy to customize WordPress themes to dress your blog. As bloggers we need to stand out from the crowd, whatever the occasion and for branding purposes first impressions count. WordPress Theme Fashion Whether you want your blog to wear an elegant little black dress (or business suit), be more casual, […] Continue Reading…

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Thinking Your Way To Success

Thinking Words For Success

Think positively, have the right attitude, take risks and keep on trying.  These are all important qualities needed to achieve success. You read about them all the time in blog and social media posts but that’s not the aim of this article.  Instead I suggest you think in a  positive and practical way, to make decisions and come up with new ideas and think outside the box. Thinking positively doesn’t mean accepting everything as being wonderful. Thinking negatively about something doesn’t mean you have the wrong attitude overall. Marketers concentrate on the positive in promotions to encourage us to buy […] Continue Reading…

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Marketing Tips That Don’t Work

6 Thinking Hats Book Edward De Bono

As bloggers and online marketers we all learn about the “should dos” to become successful and/or reach financial freedom but what about marketing tips that don’t work for you. We are told: Be organized, stick to schedules, set your goals, work long and hard, move out of our comfort zones …. Buy this and automate that, join and post to multiple social media sites, join forums and communities,  build an email list, optimize for search engines, watch this video, attend this webinar…. Do things this way not that,  blog at least once, twice, three times a week, keep your posts […] Continue Reading…

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Teamwork and Humpty Dumpty

Humpty Dumpty Marketing

If you read through my posts you’ll know that I believe that the very best way to succeed online is through effective teamwork. This applies whether you are trying to increase your reach with your blog or want to maximize your leads for a business activity. Social Networking, SEO and Advertising are all important but being a part of a supportive team increases their effectiveness. Teamwork provides you with help and support at the same time as you giving the same. By offering our own particular knowledge set, we establish ourselves as experts in our area and increase our own […] Continue Reading…

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Sueblimely Succinctly Summarizing

Opportunitiy to Help Quote Sally Koch

I haven’t yet finished the new theme design for but it was time to make some changes. I want to point them out to make you aware of what’s new, especially the bits intended to increase my income.   Now I’ve probably put you off looking but at least I’m being honest. I’ve decided to go with the Genesis framework for my new design but, as usual, I haven’t found an “out of the box” child theme that suits me. So I’m building one from scratch. If anyone is interested, I’ll talk about why I chose Genesis in a […] Continue Reading…

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PAC Power Into Your Blogging Buzz

Bizz Blogging Buzz Community

It’s easy for me to use the sort of positive words I spoke of in my last post, when it comes to small, friendly, blogging communities where members offer mutual support, motivation and inspiration. Here are two which are, at present, accepting some new members. They is a wonderful for increasing your blog comments,  getting to know fellow bloggers and developing more contacts and business leads. Both are run via Facebook Groups. Members, rotate through a small sub-group of blogs each week. We are required to comment on a post of each member in our current sub-group, plus 2-3  featured […] Continue Reading…

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