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Evaluating What Makes a Shopping Cart Work Best

Before you check out your next WordPress shopping cart or ecommerce WordPress Plugin, you need to read this. In April 2011, Smashing Magazine published “Fundamental Guidelines Of E-Commerce Checkout Design” in their UX (User Experience) column exploring what they called the “harsh reality” of e-commerce websites. According to recent e-commerce studies, at least 59.8% of […]

Annual Holiday Marathon: Best Ho, Wealth, Tech, Holiday Lights via Web, and Holiday Joy

Join me and the rest of the Bitwire Media crew for too much fun this Saturday, December 19, 2009, for the annual Holiday Marathon from 6AM to 6PM PST. Each year, the Bitwire Media team celebrate the holidays with a live podcast and video marathon, with interviews, stories, laughter, games, contests, and a lot of […]

When is the Best Time and Day to Publish a Blog Post

I’ve just updated my article, “When is the Best Time and Day to Post on Your Blog?” Originally published in June of 2006, once a year I update the post, continuing to evaluate when is the best time and day of the week to publish a post on your blog, helping you make your own […]

How to Stop Content Theft: The Best Tips

One of my heroes, Jonathan Bailey of Plagiarism Today, whom I’ve written much about and love his work on the Blog Herald, has simplified the issue of content theft into two brilliant and understandable articles. 5 Content Theft Myths and Why They Are False deals with the myths that often keep us from responding and […]

Bringing the Best of the Best Blogging Resources to Your Feed Reader

I recently highlighted Liz Strauss’ list of 20 Blog Promotion Guides to Inform Your Strategy and she’s done it again with Strategy: 40 Outstanding Blog Links, Bookmark Carefully!. What is blog reading and commenting to you? Is it entertainment, interaction, or research for your work? How much time do you spend on the average day […]

Blogging Tips Book: Best Blog Design Elements

The following excerpt is from Blogging Tips, What Bloggers Won’t Tell You About Blogging by Lorelle on WordPress. The ideal blog design is one that: Downloads in less than 10 seconds. Never requires scrolling left or right or resizing the window. Limits up and down scrolling. Contains easy to find navigation. Features design elements in […]

Best Blog Basket – 101 Ways to Create Original Blog Post Content

Best-Blog-Basket has started 101 Ways To Create Original Blog Posts. It’s a reader participation project with rules and so far, the count is up to 40 of the 101 goals. The reader’s tips on how to create original content for your blog are broken up by sets of 10-20 tips. Tips 1-20 Tips 11-20 Tips […]

What Blogs Make the Best Podcast Blogs?

Are you thinking of adding a podcast to your blog? Do you think your blog needs a podcast? What kind of blogs should, and shouldn’t have podcasts? Should mine? Do you have a podcast? What software and hardware are you using to record your podcast? Do you have some guidelines and tips on creating a […]

PC World Review: WordPress Best for Top-Flight Bloggers

In case you missed it, Matt Mullenweg pointed out that PC World Magazine has highlighted WordPress in “New Tools Help Take Your Blog to the Next Level” with a very favorable review: Top-flight bloggers are increasingly moving to WordPress, Automattic Productions’ no-cost, open-source blogging software. Unlike the basic blogging tools found in Blogger, Microsoft’s Windows […]

Review of Best Minimalist WordPress Themes

Are you looking for a simple, clean, and very basic looking WordPress Theme design? Plaintxt.org has reviewed many WordPress Themes and recommends “The Best Minimalist WordPress Themes”. I’m sharing some of the best—and more interesting—minimalist WordPress themes that are publicly available. Many may react to these by thinking of all the ways they could be […]

Podcasting At It’s Best with The Blog Herald

Interested in serious podcasting on your blog? The Blog Herald lets us behind the scenes to see their podcasting setup. The microphone is a Kel HM-1, which is a cardioid condenser microphone. It’s mounted in a Kel shockmount to reduce noise from vibrations and other external influences. In front of the microphone is a standard […]

The Best Bloggers Edit

In Writing Words vs. Writing Software of Signal vs. Noise, contributor Matt writes about the things he learned by studying writing and how they apply to software. He found some excellent points on writing, rewriting, and editing I felt were worth sharing: I was reading some quotes the other day about the importance of rewriting… […]

When is the Best Time and Day to Post on Your Blog?

I update this post from year to year with new research and tips. See below for more current updates, and also read When is the Best Time and Day to Publish a Blog Post published in 2008 with more information you need to know on how to decide when is the best time to publish. […]

WordPress.com Makes PCWorld’s Best 100 Products of the Year

Wow. This is a week for news. PC World’s list of the “The 100 Best Products of the Year 2006″ lists WordPress.com as 95 out of 100 of the Best Products of the Year. It doesn’t say much but here it is: 95. WordPress Blogging Tool (free) Two practical controls make this product stand out: […]

Because Ignoring Reality Is The Next Best Thing To Changing It

Recently, a Pearls Before Swine cartoon by Stephan Pastis caught my attention. The conversation between the two pig characters was: “What are you doing?” “Life has overwhelmed me, so I have shoved my head into the sand.” “Why would you do that?” “Because ignoring reality is the next best thing to changing it.” [Fellow pig […]

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