Category Archives: WordPress Websites

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8 Essential Online Marketing Practices that Get Results

I’ve been exchanging emails with Matthew Harris of Medium Well Inc. for several months. Turns out that the best practices he recommends to his clients mirror Blogging Bistro’s.

There’s no cookie-cutter approach everyone can follow to meet all the demands of using social media, online directories, paid advertising, and other tools. But there is a common series of considerations all businesses should address.

Matthew recommends eight practical marketing strategies that will help increase your online presence and authority.   read more >

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Awesome Plugin Displays Bible References as Pop-Ups

Author Sherri Sand regularly includes scripture references in her devotional blog posts. She asked me whether there is a WordPress plugin that will automatically search her posts for scripture references and display the text of the Bible verses in a pop-up box.

Sure enough, there is! It’s called ESV CrossRef (or just CrossRef, once it’s installed on your site).

Read on to learn how it works and how it looks.   read more >

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Building a New Website is a Team Effort (Guest Post by Grace Fox)

By Grace Fox
Guest Columnist

Technology isn’t exactly my bent. It’s no wonder, then, that it bends me out of shape when it doesn’t cooperate for me or when I don’t understand it.

Laura Christianson’s expertise is changing that. Thanks to Blogging Bistro, technology is losing its intimidation factor and becoming my friend.

When Laura and I began discussing plans for my new website, I knew what I wanted but not necessarily what I needed. She filled in those gaps for me.   read more >

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Why You Should Hire Professionals to Design Your Website (Guest Column)

By Matt Neputin
Guest Columnist

As bloggers, we often want to do everything ourselves. Especially if we’re just starting out, the prospect of spending money on our projects is about as appealing as putting glass into our eyes.

So we try to do EVERYTHING ourselves. We install WordPress ourselves. We sign up to Twitter ourselves. We even install a website theme ourselves.

But then we come to the hard things – the things that require actual talent, such as customizing the theme we’ve paid for.   read more >

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3 Ways to Harness the Power of Mobile for Your Small Business

Sixty-three percent of US adults go online using their mobile phones and 1 in 5 US adults do most of their online browsing using their mobile phone, according to a recent study from the Pew Research Center.

Mobile usage is growing by the day, so how can small business owners harness the power of mobile?

  1. Optimize your website for mobile devices
  2. Act on mobile marketing statistics
  3. Use responsive design
  4. Read on to learn how you can make mobile marketing work for you.   read more >

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How to Create Secure Passwords for Your Online Accounts

Creating hard-to-hack passwords for your online accounts is one of the most important things you can do. It’s also something most people fail to do. In this week’s roundup, you’ll find seven excellent resources to help you evaluate your passwords’ security and safely store your personal information online.

  • There’s a cool tool that’ll show you how many seconds, minutes, hours, years, or millennia it will take a hacker to break in to your accounts.
  • Another tool will show you whether your e-mail IP address has been blacklisted.
  • A fun comic shows creative ways to create hard-to-hack passwords
  • Plus, you’ll learn about two popular password management apps, and get a how-to video, to boot.

I want to hear about your favorite anti-hacking strategies, too, so be sure to leave a comment.

Grab a cup of coffee (or tea, or water) and get started!   read more >

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Should You Reserve a Twitter Handle for your Pre-Born Child?

In today’s roundup of fascinating social media news from around the web, we’ll look at:

  1. 4 strategies Disney uses to create freakishly loyal customers
  2. How to be smart in a world of dumb bloggers (guaranteed to offend!)
  3. 6 flaws your non-profit’s mobile website should never have
  4. Should you reserve a Twitter account for your pre-born baby?

Click the “Read More” link to access the complete text of all four articles.   read more >

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Building An Author Platform From The Inside Out

By Judith Ingram
Guest Columnist

Two years ago my publisher released my first book—a nonfiction Christian devotional on forgiveness. In keeping with my contract, I established a website to advertise my book. However, I had no marketing strategy nor a clear idea of how I wanted to interact with readers.

My modest website sat in cyberspace virtually unnoticed, like a business card lost in a pile of advertisements cluttering the kitchen counter.   read more >

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Why the ‘Spray and Pray’ Marketing Method Doesn’t Work

When authors ask me to help them with their online marketing, they usually open with:

“My agent told me I need a Facebook ‘fan’ page, so I had my son create one for me. But I haven’t posted anything to it. I don’t even know how to use it. Help!”

Most writers struggle to balance the demands of writing and marketing our writing. Unsure about how to woo readers, we use the ‘spray and pray’ marketing method: we create a blog and multiple social media accounts, spray out random updates and pray someone pays attention.   read more >

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Websites: Is It Time to Hire a Professional?

By Jennifer Cote
Guest Columnist

I had to ask myself that question. I’d been creating my own websites for years. My husband and I had opened a small local café in 1985; by 2004, it seemed fitting to create a business website for it.

When I published a cookbook in 2006, I created another website to share recipes (and hopefully, attract an interested market). I learned enough HTML to create a decent, though limited, website. I could not easily construct a blog on my website, so I created a number of separate blogs, using free services such as Blogger, WordPress, Yahoo.

I wasn’t sure of my “brand,” so I tried to be everything. It was exhausting.   read more >

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