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WPEngine Offers Special Discount for WordPress Hosting and WordCamp San Francisco

Rarely will you find me promoting anything commercial here on my site, but I have to give a big round of applause about my incredible, life-saving and life-changing experience working with the amazing team at WPEngine web hosting. I’ll tell the full story later, and it’s one of love, hate, passion, murder, and espionage, but […]

Blog Exercises: Category Counting

Think of categories and tags this way: Categories are your site’s table of contents. Tags are your index words. In general, most sites should have 5-12 categories max. Each category should represent a “body of work,” a collection of posts related to a focused topic. When you find a blog with dozens of categories, what […]

Counting Number of CMS Downloads with beCounted WordPress Plugin

I’m often asked which content management system for web publishing I recommend. While I’m clearly biased towards you-know-what, at last there is a WordPress Plugin that can help you show others which one they should consider. My friends at beAutomated have taken their powerful beCounted WordPress Plugin to new heights with a live stats comparison […]

Blog Struggles: Trackbacks Count

At a blog conference recently, I overheard the following exchange over a laptop as part of a blog review exercise: “For your blog to be successful, you need more comments on your blog posts.” “I have plenty of comments on my blog. See, this one has 14 comments.” “That post has only one comment. The […]

Countdown to WordPress 2.7

WordPress.com now features a Countdown to WordPress 2.7 on blogger’s Administration Panels. It is clicking off the time until WordPress 2.7 hits WordPress.com blogs. In the announcement that WordPress 2.7 will arrive on Thursday, December 4, 2008, at 8PM Eastern Time in the United States on WordPress.com blogs, you will find all the tips and […]

My Comment Count is Bigger Than Your Comment Count!

With the push towards a successful blog being defined by its comments, a new WordPress Plugin has appeared that may push the comment frenzy even more. PlanetOzh has created the Liz Strauss Comment Counter by Ozh WordPress Plugin which honors the popular blog conversation expert, Liz Strauss. If you want to brag about your blog’s […]

Blog World Expo Discount

If you have plans or are considering attending Blog World Expo in Las Vegas on September 20-21, 2008, Guy Kawasaki is offering a special BlogWorld Expo Special Discount for an additional 20% off the early-bird prices (expire August 22). I will be there, along with the whole Woopra team to talk Woopra, WordPress, blogging, and […]

Point and Counterpoint in Mistakes Beginner Bloggers Make

In an interesting “debate” or rather “continuation of the conversation”, two bloggers take on the concept of the 7 Blogging Beginner Mistakes and how to avoid them. It began with Puiu from the Lost Art of Blogging on 7 Blogging Beginner Mistakes And How to Avoid Them, which made some very good points, much of […]

Counting WordPress: Statistics WordPress Plugins

It’s intimidating to write a review and listing of WordPress Plugins to show your blog stats when the WordPress Plugin Database lists 81 WordPress Plugins under Statistics. Yikes! And that’s just to start! As part of this month of WordPress Plugins, there is no way I can list all of them, and many of them […]

Technorati Explains Link Count Criteria: Expiration Date 180 Days

Many of us are still trying to figure out how Google’s Page Rank works, but at least we have a better clue now on how Technorati ranking works through a good explanation by Brian Pinkerton in “Making Sense of Technorati Link Counts”. We display four count-related numbers in just this little part of the page. […]

Site Referral from Email Accounts

I’m getting a lot of site referrals in the last two days from Gmail and Yahoo Email and Chat accounts as well as others. The referral links look something like this: http://us.f353.mail.yahoo.com/dc/launch?action=welco… http://by113w.bay113.mail.live.com/mail/ApplicationMain_11.00… http://us.f372.mail.yahoo.com/ym/ShowLetter?MsgId=9992_… http://mail.multimedian.co.uk/rmail.395… http://mail.google.com/mail/?view=page&name=gp&ver=34… If this was random and I’d only had one or two hits from these referrers, then I wouldn’t bring […]

Why is Country-Specific Words Important to Bloggers?

I recently wrote a post about British versus American slang and terminology as a reference to help people understand the differences. A friend asked me why was this important to bloggers. Good question. It is critical that you write as you and for you, but also for your audience, whoever and wherever they are. If […]

Computers and Discount Travel and Christmas Shopping, These Are a Few of My Favorite Things

I’m barely home from a mad dash cross country trip driving across the United States from Seattle back to Alabama in a small motor home, and I have to turn around and fly back to Seattle next week, so I’m busy rushing about doing last minute holiday shopping and cleaning up. In the middle of […]

Portals, Splash Pages, Guest Books, Midi Songs, Traffic Counters, and Other Web Duds

Beware the Web Fads of Yesteryear By Sean Carton in Publish is a look back, “not quite lovingly, at portals, splash pages and other Web duds.” And while it’s tempting for developers (and their clients) to want to jump onto the virtual bandwagon of development fads, it’s important to examine what you’re trying to accomplish […]

WordPress Downloads 500,000 and counting

The WordPress Download counter ticked over 500,000 downloads and is quickly on it’s way to 1 million! Michael Adams even got a screenshot of download 500,000.

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