This past weekend Google sent out a round of manual penalty notices citing "unnatural outbound links" - later confirmed to be targeting sites publishing compensated content and reviews where the blogger is linking out to the brand or site that ... Read More
Blogging Tips and Advice
Below you'll find the posts at Sugarrae from the blogging category. I highly recommend you read each of them if you're serious about making an income or developing a personal brand as a blogger.
If you're brand new to blogging, I'd recommend reading the following resources relating to making your blog search engine friendly to help you get your blog in "ship-shape" before working on implementing any of the promotional, branding and monetization strategies we recommend:
- Get Genesis and migrate your blog to it
- The bloggers guide to SEO (non platform specific)
- The basics of WordPress SEO
- Preventing duplicate content with WordPress
Additionally, while not aimed specifically at blogging, I'd highly recommend reading my post about unique content before working to gain readership to ensure you make a solid first impression.
If you have suggestions for posts you'd like to see me do or information you'd like to see provided, please feel free to contact me and let me know.
I've become obsessed with site speed over the last six months, systematically working through each of my sites to improve their speed. Supposed SEO benefits aside, the faster your site is, the better the user experience. And the better the user ... Read More
If you've ever run your website through the PageSpeed Insights tool to find out what you need to do to improve your page speed, you've probably gotten the following message:Optimize images Properly formatting and compressing images can save many ... Read More
No matter how much people might say they hate pop-ups, they work when it comes to increasing subscribers to your newsletter. Period.Back in 2011, I began testing the use of pop-ups on various sites I owned. Everyone I knew claimed they found them ... Read More
In part one of this series - identifying the demographic - you got a good handle on who will be reading your blog based on your niche and where you social efforts should have the most impact (#protip - you can begin working on building a social ... Read More
In prior posts we've discussed how to come up with a niche idea, how to research a niche before entering it and how to find the best affiliate programs within a niche to promote. Now it's time to build and promote that site, right?Wrong. Now it's ... Read More
I certainly wasn't looking for an editorial calendar for WordPress because it never occurred to me that one would exist. But somehow I stumbled across the WordPress Editorial Calendar Plugin (free).And I'm loving this plugin as an individual ... Read More
Ok, so maybe "killer" is stretching it a bit. I don't claim to be the end all, be all when it comes to writing an About page.But, I have seen plenty of About pages that suck (as in I as a potential reader have hated them) and I have seen a lot ... Read More
Genesis uses a very busy default 404 page. When I made the switch I didn't want to lose my old custom 404 page, but couldn't figure out how to create a new one either.But I wanted my custom 404 page damn it. So, I asked the Genesis team for some ... Read More
I had a request for more information about adding functionality to your blog that will help increase your revenue - without requiring any programming skills.Targeting ads are one of my "must be able to do" items when building any new site. Years ... Read More
Honestly, there are some days that I have no earthly idea what to write about. You guys made it clear in the reader survey that want me to write more. Sometimes I want to do a guest post on an outside blog to get some exposure for Sugarrae, PushFire ... Read More
Based on the reader survey, website monetization ideas are a hot topic. So you have some traffic - now how do you go about monetizing it (and without selling your soul)?Affiliate programs are obviously my top choice for monetizing. Being a direct ... Read More