7 Awesome eCommerce Platforms For Small Businesses

The 'click and order' trend is undergoing a major shift. As consumers increasingly turn to their PCs, smartphones, tablets, etc. to make buying decisions, small businesses are starting to realize the need to keep up with online operations to cope with the plunges and peaks of consumer demand. The solution? An online store. Take a minute to think about it now. Where would your customers shop after closing hours? What's the one thing you could do to please customers? What's the one step … [Read more...]

How to Choose (and Use) the Best Tools for Your Business

I must confess - I am a tool junkie. Apps, services, platforms - I like them all. I love trying out various analytics tools, SEO tools, social media tools, and so forth. Tools have the power to either make your life simpler, or more complicated, depending on what you choose. That is why making the right choice is important. Here are my top tips on finding what tools are right for your blog or business. Start by defining your needs. Most people look at price or features, and just assume if … [Read more...]

5 Reasons I Still Use CommentLuv

One of the questions I'm often asked about this blog is why I still use the base WordPress comment system as opposed to Disqus, Livefyre, Facebook, or Google+. My answer is always CommentLuv. People have their issues with the CommentLuv plugin. I will admit that yes, it does invite spammers who just want to drop a link, so if you don't moderate your comments carefully, you'll be giving out lots of bad links. And yes, it does mean that over time, you'll end up with a lot of broken outgoing … [Read more...]

How to Create a Latest Posts Portfolio Page with WP RSS Aggregator

If you write for a lot of different websites like I do, whether it is as a guest blogger or freelance writer, then you have probably struggled with finding a way to share your latest posts from all of those sites with your audience. Fortunately, there is an easy - and free - solution for anyone who uses WordPress on a self-hosted domain (sorry WordPress.com users). The Plugin The plugin you will need is WP RSS Aggregator. This plugin allows you to combine multiple RSS feeds and publish … [Read more...]

50+ Filters to Keep Your Gmail Inbox Squeaky Clean

Have you always wanted to maintain Inbox Zero, but found yourself falling short as email upon email piled up in your inbox? Are you not a fan of Gmail's new tab system? If so, then filters may be the solution to your problem. Filters allow you to tell your email service exactly where you want specific emails to go. The emails that clutter your inbox the most are the ones that are from automated sources - newsletters, notifications, press releases, social media updates, and so forth. They are … [Read more...]

85 Takeaways from New Media Expo 2014

New Media Expo (formerly Blog World) has always been one of my favorite conferences to attend. While I did spend more time networking than sitting in sessions, I still managed to take a ton of notes from those that I made it to. Without further ado, here are the 101 things I learned at #NMX 2014. For sessions with multiple speakers, the initials of the speaker will be in parenthesis after their tip. How to Land the Expert Interviews You Want For Your Podcast Speakers: John Lee Dumas, … [Read more...]

10 Tips to Prepare for NMX 2014

We're only five days away from one of my favorite online marketing events, NMX 2014. So I thought I'd share some of my favorite tips for preparing for NMX or any conference event! 1. Create a doc with all of your travel arrangements. Hotel missing your reservation? Can't remember what time your flight departs? Create an easy to access email, document, notepad entry, etc. with your main travel details. This can include airline, flight numbers, arrival / departure times, hotel name and … [Read more...]

What Happened After I Closed Guest Post Submissions

While many popular blogs have trended away from accepting unsolicited guest post submissions, not many have shared the results of this strategy. A lot of people are curious - does having less content really hurt in regards to traffic and subscriber rates? In this post, I thought I would quickly share the results of taking over sole authorship of Kikolani since March, comparing eight months of analytics and subscriber data. Analytics Comparison First, let's look at the Audience … [Read more...]

Why You Should Care About Gmail’s New Tabs as a Blogger, Marketer, Freelancer, and a User

Are you a blogger, Internet marketer, freelance writer, or just someone who likes to get their email? Whether or not you use Gmail, you should be concerned. Here's why Gmail wants you to be excited about their new tabs. It's supposed to help you only get the emails they deem as important in your primary inbox. The rest gets sorted in tabs for Promotions, Updates, Social, and Forums. Meet Gmail's New Inbox While it sounds good, in theory, it's bad. For everyone. Here's why. 1. If you … [Read more...]

12 Google Reader Alternatives to Consider

July 1st is here, so if you haven't already, now is the time to choose your alternative RSS reader of choice to replace Google Reader. Since I last wrote about Google Reader alternatives, more services have sprung up to fill the voie. The following are the current available web-based RSS readers you have to choose from and some quick facts about each. If you're not ready to choose your new RSS reader, that's OK. But what you will need to do now (like, right now) is download your Google Reader … [Read more...]