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Twenty Tips for a Scrumptious Food Blog

Twenty Tips for a Scrumptious Food BlogEveryone and their sister has a blog these days, and what better thing to blog about than food? Food is one of the highest searched content areas on the web. I tried to find how many food blogs there were but the only figure I could find with real numbers was from a 2012 post on a site called Taking back the Kitchen that quoted Technorati saying there were 16,588 Food blogs at that time. I could not update or even verify that information with Technorati since in May of this year Technorati removed all of their pages of their blog directory and associated information and hasn’t replaced it.

The thing about blogging is that it is hard to do. At least it is hard to do for the long haul. Many people start and then abandon their blogs like gym memberships in July when they find out that to blog on a consistent basis is a JOB. Read More

WordPress Goodness for Food Bloggers

I am here at the 2014 Food and Wine Conference in Orlando, Florida where Renee Dobbs and I gave a short talk on using WordPress for Food Bloggers. Before conference organizer Isabel Laessig  introduced us she polled the audience about how many people were using WordPress. Most of the 200 people in the room raised their hands. I remember the days when we had to really sell WordPress to our clients. Now, people come asking for it.

Here are the slides from our talk that goes over whats good about WordPress and we share some of our favorite plugins for Recipes, Social Media, Calls to Action, and Security.

Resources to Help Organize Your Digital Space

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A couple of months ago, I spent a few days reorganizing the physical things in my office. I have a lot of shelves, which is a good thing - until it isn't. I reached the point where my serenity was challenged when I noticed that I had stacks of stuff … Read More

Streamline your Business with Box

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Organizing your business so that everybody is on the same page can be a complicated task.  With a plethora of options, from Basecamp to Asana to Dropbox and everything in between it's hard to know the best way to streamline your business. We … Read More

10 Awesome Social Media Plugins and Management Tools for WordPress

Add Twitter Facebook Google Plus One Social Share

Almost every WordPress website could use a social media plugin or two. Take a look at our list of 10 awesome social media plugins and management tools for WordPress. Social Sharing Plugins 1. Add Twitter Facebook Google Plus One Social Share Add … Read More

Spread Love with Blog Posts and Emails: Get New Clients and Keep the Old

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According to HubSpot, "Customers who write just 3-4 blog posts per month get 20 more monthly lead submissions, 800 more monthly site visits, 60 more Twitter followers, and 50 more Facebook Likes than customers who only write 2 blog posts per month". … Read More

Collect Testimonials on Your WordPress Site Using Gravity Forms

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Collecting testimonials from your clients can be a time consuming and slow process, so why not automate the process and let Gravity Forms do the heavy lifting? After working with a client, there is a good chance you send them some sort of invoice … Read More

Everything is Going to be Alright

Everything is going to be Alright

You know that "Oh damn" feeling when you get some bad news, like when someone tells you the entire roof of your building is damaged, soggy and needs replacing?   This past week, I had to deal with this in a historic building where I own a rental … Read More

No More Bad Stock Photos, Use Your Instagram Pics on Your Website

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Instagram is my fun place. I don't use it to "get business," I use it because I love snapping pics that I find interesting.  I like that I can instantly share them with others through Instagram, and if I want I can send an image to Facebook or … Read More

Practice Asking for Your Wildest Dreams

Practice Asking for your Wildest Dreams

One of the most important skills we need to learn in order to have a great life and a thriving business is the ability to ask for what we want. It's not easy, and it is complicated. You see, first we have to know what we want, then we have to believe … Read More

Update Years of Contacts in One Fell Swoop with Evercontact

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I hate when I go to my contact list to look up a phone number and the number isn’t there. At that point, I then spend ten minutes scrolling through previous emails to find one that includes a number (a pet peeve of mine is people who don't include … Read More

Starting Your Email Newsletter List with a Warm-Up Email

Warm Up Your Email List

This post is for you if you have been thinking about sending out your own newsletter, but don't know how to get your list started without being in danger of being called a dirty spammer. Many people have an email opt in box on their websites but … Read More

WordCamp Asheville – How Did I Get Here?

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The whole time I was preparing my Keynote speech for WordCamp Asheville, the song, Once in a Lifetime by the Talking Heads kept playing in my head. It wasn't until I was on my drive up through the Mountains, on the phone with one of my writer … Read More

WordCamp Asheville Keynote: How did we get here?

When I started thinking about what I might say in this keynote address, the song, “Once In A Lifetime” by the Talking Heads kept popping into my head. “And you may find yourself living in a shotgun shack And you may find yourself in another … Read More

If WordPress Is So Easy Why Do You Need a Developer?

You've been warned

I just read a question someone tossed out to an online WordPress forum, "WordPress seems to be a simple CMS for everyone. If that were a true fact then why would someone hire a WordPress developer? " My answer to this is: It is really easy to … Read More

When Not to Wear a Monkey Hat

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I am getting ready to go to WordCamp Asheville this weekend to give the Keynote. I have had an interesting time preparing for it. Part of my talk is a history of WordPress especially looking at the decisions made along the way that were made by … Read More

How to Turn Your Email Newsletter Into a Long Term Relationship

Turn Email Newsletter into a Longterm Relationship

This week, while I was preparing a workshop on email marketing, I looked back and saw that I have been sending out my newsletter, Just a Digital Minute, every Wednesday morning since the summer of 2010. I'd say this email newsletter has turned into a … Read More

Copyblogger’s Authority Intensive Conference

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I was quick to sign up when I heard that Copyblogger was hosting their first content marketing conference, the Authority Intensive. It was right up my alley. They had a lineup of speakers that was a roster of my heroes with people such as Seth Godin, … Read More

Naming Your Business

Name your business

Once you have done a little branding homework, it's time to choose a name for your baby business.  You don’t need to pay big bucks to a naming firm to help you choose a name for your business. On the other hand, it is important to spend the time to … Read More

New Beginnings

Baby Bird

How has your spring been so far? I hope you are using the energy this season brings to start on, or revitalize, projects in your life. Spring brings with it beginnings of all kinds. My friend, Isvari, rescued a baby bird from the mouth of her … Read More

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