Monthly Archives: January 2011

TentBlogger’s SEO Categories Plugin for WordPress

Make your categories better for your readers and the search engines!

[This post is part of the Ultimate Guide to Launching a WordPress-Powered Blog series.]

Remember how we’ve already discussed choosing the right permalinks for your WordPress blog? Well, to take it one step further you’re going to want to check out this WordPress Plugin that I’ve released that’ll make sure all of your permalinks are truly effective and SEO-friendly (not to mention prettier)!

*Drum Roll Please*

I’m pleased to announce the release of TentBlogger’s SEO Categories Plugin for WordPress!

What is this you say? It’s quite simple actually:

SEO Categories optimizes your permalink structure at the category level to make them as functional (and pretty) as possible for both your users and the search engines (Google, Bing, Yahoo) that index your content!

Practically this plugin removes the word category from your permalink structure turning this:

[cc]/category/my-cool-category-name/[/cc]

to this:

[cc]/my-cool-category-name/[/cc]

Why is this important? Here’s why:

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3 Types of Content that Draw Consistent and High Traffic

Traffic: More please!

[This is part of the Developing Great Blog Content Series.]

I’ve been spending a lot of time building strategy around my traffic generation with this blog unlike any other blog previously and it’s been quite an interesting experience to walk back through the years and thousands of posts to see if I can eek out any learnings.

Trust me, there have been quite a few! One of the areas of great interest for me have been to identify the patterns of content that appear to draw the biggest number of views historically.

By spending time doing this type of research I can then capitalize on them for the future, assuming that they still hold as true today as they were over the years (and they appear to be quite “on the money” so to speak).

Here are some of the top “types” of content that appears to do quite well from a traffic perspective:

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The Bitterest of Pills

Standard Theme release 2.5 has been a dream project for our budding team.

The scoping was effortless, and we ended up doing more than we thought we would initially. The development went smoothly and was complete ahead of schedule. The testing phase was smooth with minimal defects that were easily fixed. The blog posts were drafted the night before and the download file was updated and purchased before we even announced the update.

So what went wrong?

Why did I have to send out the following email to our new and cherished customers?

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Will You Quit Blogging This Year?

Will you? Should you?

[This is part of the Escaping the 9-5: My Road to ProBlogging series.]

An interesting article was brought to my attention today from Chicago Business stating that many bloggers are quitting because the “demands are high” and the “rewards are low”.

Go figure. I’m not sure who convinced these people that blogging was an easy path to riches and fame! Blogging, especially if you go “pro,” is a full time job and has the ups, downs, and everything in between as any other job out there.

It’s not all giggles and unicorns and little elf-men throwing money in your face or double rainbows – it’s good old fashioned sweat-equity.

Don’t be fooled, and not everyone will “make it”.

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Of Managers and Destiny

DHH writes:

As your company grows, it’s easy to think you need to hire managers.

If you want to grow and delegate successfully, there’s no way you can function without them. Right?

Wrong.

When you hire people who do nothing but manage, you implicitly say to the rest of your employees, “Don’t worry about the coordination or structure of your work—all these concerns now belong to the manager.”

When people don’t have to think about the totality of their work environment, because that’s now the manager’s job, they’re less engaged, less motivated and less efficient.

I agree.

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The Power of Iteration: 3 Elements that Maximize Your Blogging

[This is part of the Developing Great Blog Content Series.]

I hope that one of your goals is to become an Iterative Blogger because the result will be better blog content and a better blog overall. Heck, you might even become a better writer too!

You see, “iteration” can mean the following:

  1. Of a procedure that involves repetition of steps (iteration) to achieve the desired outcome.
  2. Expressive of an action that is repeated with frequency.
  3. Describes a procedure which repeats until some condition is satisfied.

Most simply I use this to express it this way as it relates to blogging:

Continually practice, learn, and teach good blogging principles so that you can become a better blogger.

It is really the “continual” aspect that can get a lot of people stuck, which is strange since most of the time I’m simply encouraging people to simply “get up and blog”!

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The Right (and Safest) Way to Install a New WordPress Theme

Commercial Themes Directory

[This post is part of the Ultimate Guide to Launching a WordPress-Powered Blog series. Check out the rest here!]

I can remember the very first time I managed to figure out how to get a new WordPress Theme installed on my blog (without it blowing up). At the time it wasn’t really possible to just simply up wander through the Theme Repository and one-click-install them into my blog – I had to find one that didn’t completely annihilate my install and do it all manually!

Since then the process has been made much more easy and finding (and installing) new WordPress Themes (both free and “Premium”) is a breeze.

Yet, I still get emails, tweets, and Facebook messages asking for help because a new theme “broke” their WordPress blog!

Why is this? It’s because people aren’t taking the time (which isn’t that much) to adequately prepare their blog system for a new theme in a safe and secure manner.

Here’s what I counsel people to do:

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Standard Theme v2.5 is Out!

I use this theme on this blog!

Standard Theme, a premium WordPress Theme, has been released!

As some of you may know I am fortunate to be a part of the team that helps develop it, and if you didn’t know (for you new readers here) I use it here on TentBlogger!

There’s really no other WordPress Theme that I would use and here’s why:

  • For new bloggers it helps your blog get the best start in terms of SEO and content presentation.
  • For experienced bloggers who want to increase their Search Engine Ranking it’s a great place to move!
  • It’s a very fast-loading theme (which plays a roll in SEO) and now with 2.5 it’s even faster with improved SEO.
  • Localization support for those outside of the US or bloggers in other countries.
  • And for those that run multi-author blogs (great for Sponsored Posts and Guest Authors) it has now better multi-author support.
  • Lifetime Updates and a fantastic dedicated support team (Support License users only).

And more.

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