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Search Engine Optimization (SEO) can be a scary world for a blogger or business owner to enter. Especially if you’re fresh out of the gate. You know you need a content marketing system to help grow your following but how can you factor SEO into that plan if you’re a complete newbie? Understanding Google’s algorithm takes some practice but can be achieved with a bit of trial and error and on-page improvements to your posts.

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If you’re just starting out, there’s really no need to get crazy with SEO quite yet. We suggest starting slow and mastering the basics before diving in head first. Read our suggestions for implementing a simple SEO plan that can make a HUGE impact on your Google rankings in as little as a few weeks.

Below are 7 easy ways to improve your SEO rankings and increase your organic traffic fast

 Research In Demand Keywords: Before pouring your heart and soul out online, head over to Google Keyword Planner and do a search for niche specific keywords related to your blog. You’re going to want to use keywords that have a high monthly search (10K – 100K) but low to medium competition. This is going to be your best bet for ranking on page 1 for your blog post.

*Note that If you choose to use a high competition keyword you’ll be going up against massive amounts of information that have already been written, published, and ranked on Google. So make things easy for yourself and choose keywords appropriately.*

The best part of Google Keyword Planner is that it offers “ideas” for related keywords that you can tie in and sprinkle around your post. Not only is Google Keyword Planner a powerful keyword research tool but also a fantastic brainstorming tool. Did I happen to mention it’s FREE?

 Improve Your Website Speed: I can’t stress enough how important this is! Did you know that even 1 second delay in page load time can lead to a WHOPPING 7% loss in conversions, 11% fewer page views, and a 16% decrease in customer satisfaction? Not to mention hurt your SEO rankings with our best pal, Google. Having a speedy website starts with a reliable website host. Do your research and choose a platform that has excellent customer reviews, guaranteed uptime, and fast servers. It’s also a good idea to boost website speed by using a CDN, a caching plugin, and an image optimizer.

To determine if you’re already lacking in the speed department, head to GTMetrix for detailed fix suggestions and issues affecting your website speed. Our suggestions for best WordPress hosting platforms with top-notch speed performance are WP Engine, InMotion Hosting, and SiteGround. For a more in-depth explanation of why we love these platforms, read our post Our Top Picks For WordPress Website Hosting.

 Start Writing Captivating Headlines: Writing strong headlines will be your best tool for luring readers. Telling your audience how you’ll solve their problem or answer their questions should be front and center in your post title. Using action or power words alongside your keyword(s) will intrigue your potential customers to read more. A few words to encourage clicks are must-have, hack, complete, ultimate, formula, epic. (i.e 10 Must-Have Plugins For Your WordPress Website or Our Ultimate Home Page Checklist To Convert Website Leads).

If you’re stuck in this department, borrow titles and descriptions from Google AdWord & Facebook Ads. Rember your readers are looking to solve a problem when searching on Google. Telling them how you’re going to do this in 10 words or less is going to be your best bet for getting clicks.

 Post Long, Engaging Content (at least 1,800 words): You’re the expert in your field, right? So hunker down and write a solid post complete with all those high searched (with low-medium competition) keywords strategically placed throughout your post. Writing valuable content takes time. You may work well with an outline or you could be a stream-of-conscious writer. Either way, make sure you have a plan to cover all your important pieces to your content puzzle complete with engaging imagery or videos. Of course, you’ll need to make your imagery SEO friendly with descriptive image names and alt text. Read more about SEO friendly imagery here.

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 Write Guest Posts On Other reputable Blogs: Being a guest blogger can give your website so much street cred through backlinking. A backlink is one of the most valuable pieces of SEO gold because it’s essentially a “vote of confidence” from one blog (or website) to another.  Receiving a popular backlink is a signal to search engines that your content is valuable and worthy of appearing on a search engine result page (SERP). If you belong to a few Facebook groups with good engagement, you could find bloggers in your niche to cross-promote with. I find that strategy to be the most user-friendly for bloggers who are just starting out as the group is usually a supportive community of people encouraging growth and success for their fellow entrepreneurs and bloggers. When you reach out for a guest post opportunity, make sure to include contextual links in your article, instead of just the author byline.

 Establish A Link Building Strategy: Breathe new life into a dying blog post or establish an interlinking system by adding links to other posts (created by you) in your article. This process will establish a site architecture with a crawlable link structure thus helping Google better understand what your content is about. Interlinking also encourages people to spend more time on your blog, which improves bounce rates, allowing Google to see you as a legit resource for your keyword(s). Woah, did you get all of that? Internal linking is really a super easy way to help your SEO improve with very little effort.

Start Using Pinterest: Last, but definitely not least, set up a Pinterest account for business and start pinning all of your blog posts. Somehow, in the midst of the social media rise, Pinterest got coupled in with platforms like Facebook and Twitter and became looked at as another social outlet. But it’s really not. The best way I can describe Pinterest is a hybrid between a visual search engine and social platform. As a visual search engine, your imagery and keywords play together to make magic happen. Millions of people are actively searching for information and solutions on Pinterest. What they receive are results in the form of Pins where you entice your potential reader to click for more information with captivating imagery and headlines. Brilliant, right?

Learning this platform takes a bit of time to master but with determination, you can start seeing MASSIVE traffic to your website even if you’re posts are fresh out of your computer. Already rocking Pinterest for your blog or website? Take it to the next level with promoted pins. We suggest starting with a free course with Monica from Redefining Mom. Click here to enroll.

You don’t have to be an SEO expert to make huge strides in your organic traffic. By starting with the information given above, you can lay a solid foundation to expand on. Being armed with information is always the first step to mastering any skill. And SEO and blogging go hand in hand. So, get looking on Google Keyword Planner and set forth and concur Google. Good luck!

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WordPress, the world’s most popular content management system (CMS), is far more than just the simple blogging platform. WordPress has the capability to be transformed into an intricately designed website with unique bells and whistles whipped up by the most seasoned website designer. The software has a huge library of free and premium themes and plug-ins that make it the foundation that holds millions of websites, including personal and small business pages, brands such as Sony, and even big-name high-traffic sites like The New Yorker. If you’ve thought about building a website or are considering a redesign, WordPress is definitely the way to go if you’re setting your sights on growth and lead generation.

Finding the perfect WordPress hosting platform can pose a challenge. This is because it’s a saturated market with thousands of hosting companies claiming to be the “fastest” or have “the best customer service”. Not all WordPress hosting is created equal. Ideally, if you’re a small to medium-sized business generating up to 1,000-2,000 website hits daily, you’ll most likely want website speed and guaranteed uptime to be a priority. Of course, those factors can depend on the health of your website, but having a reliable hosting platform that can guarantee those requirements, among others, will ensure that your website visitors have a positive experience and become loyal customers.

We’ve chosen our Top 3 WordPress Hosting Platforms so you can narrow down your favorite and choose a platform that fits your budget and business goals:

InMotion Hosting WordPressInMotion Hosting: Customer service and support are on the top of the list with this company. You’ll always be able to speak to a real-live human being when challenges or issues arise. No hosting company is perfect but having a team of professionals that can get to the bottom of a website or hosting issue lightening fast is a huge win for any company. As far as reliability goes, they’ve always had a reputation for hitting their 99.9% uptime guarantee. They maintain a status page at status.inmotionhosting.com that reports on their real-time network and server status. With InMotion WordPress hosting, you can count on a huge list of amazing benefits and freebies for a very budget-friendly annual cost, including:

  • 90-day money-back guarantee
  • Free data backups
  • Independence & community support: InMotion Hosting is one of the few independent companies in the hosting industry, next to Siteground.
  • Free SSL
  • Free “No Downtime” website transfers
  • Free domain
  • Advanced server caching
  • Unlimited email accounts
  • Free advertising credits
  • Easy Google apps integration
  • And more…

 

SiteGround WordPress HostingSiteGround: Like InMotion hosting, SiteGround is an independent web hosting company founded in 2004. Their WordPress hosting plans come with a variety of awesome tools for fast development and easy management of your site, including:

  • 1 click installer
  • Auto-updates
  • Super cacher
  • WordPress stager
  • And More

With a plan from SiteGround, you can rest assured that you’ll receive support access 24/7. With virtually “no wait time on chat and phone and around 10 minutes for the first response in our ticketing system,” SiteGround consistently achieves nearly 100% customer satisfaction from their clients. Their hosting platform is built on the latest SSD hardware with an added caching tool for blazing speed. Lastly, their “security experts” constantly monitor for WordPress related vulnerabilities and proactively protect users with custom WAF rules when needed. They also auto-update WordPress and its plugins and make daily backups of your hosting account. Seriously, what more could you ask for? Oh, wait, SiteGround is also officially recommended by WordPress.org as one of the “best and brightest” WordPress hosting providers. With an annual fee comparable to InMotion hosting, I’d say those 2 are the TOP choices for small to medium-sized businesses.

 

WP Engine WordPress HostingWP Engine: WP Engine is known as the Cadillac of WordPress hosting. This is because they don’t even mess around with hosting websites other than WordPress. They eat, drink, and breathe WordPress. Because of this, any question or concern you have about your site will be addressed with award-winning support and a knowledge base that extends from simple how-to questions to more complex issues. Plans with this platform begin with a personal 1 site option to a robust enterprise-grade for seriously high-traffic websites. WP Engine hosts websites such as National Geographic, Warby Parker, and PBS International. All plans come with a 60-day money back guarantee and include:

  • 24/7 chat support
  • Local storage (starting with 10GB)
  • PHP 7 ready
  • Automated SSL certificates
  • CDN access
  • And More…

Another win for WP Engine is they run automated backups to keep everything off-site & ready to roll back if something happens. WP Engine also works closely with top security firms on code reviews in addition to running their own team. They also make the guarantee that if you’re hacked – they take care of it for free. Now, because of their reputation as “The WordPress Platform of Choice”, WP Engine comes at a slightly higher cost than InMotion and Siteground –  Starting at $29/M for a personal site install. We highly recommend this hosting platform if your small to medium-sized business is reaching new levels of greatness and you’re outgrowing your current website platform and ready to take your website marketing to the next level.

Like any service, it’s not about what is best overall, but what is best for your business based on goals, budget, & habits. With InMotion hosting, SiteGround, and WP Engine, you’ll be able to host your website with confidence knowing that you’ll receive superior support, guaranteed uptime, and fast server speed that will reflect professionalism and keep your customers returning to your website.

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Speeding Up Your WordPress Website

When it comes to websites, speed definitely matters. Did you know that quick loading pages improves user experience, increases your page views (duh), and helps with your SEO? Yea, it’s that important! According to a StrangeLoop case study involving biggies like Amazon and Google, a 1 second delay in page load time can lead to a WHOPPING 7% loss in conversions, 11% fewer page views, and 16% decrease in customer satisfaction.

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This means having a slow website could potentially cost you big bucks. Did I get your attention? If you’re finding that your WordPress website, or clients websites, are running in snail mode, don’t fret. Speed solutions are out there and chances are your slow site can be fixed with a few easy changes and updates.

6 Easy Ways To Speed Up Your Slow WordPress Website:

Choose A Great (not good) Host: When you’re starting out, a shared server may seem like a great deal but it comes at an incredibly big cost. Yep, you guessed it, a slow ass website and frequent downtime. Do yourself, and business, a favor, and invest in a host that is proficient in WordPress, optimizes servers for speed and has excellent customer support. Check out this post we wrote about Best WordPress Hosting for 2018.

Install A Caching Plugin: Our fave is the premium plugin WP Rocket and it will drastically improve page loads time with a click of a button. Of course, there are free ones out there too but do your research before installing freebies. Some plugins don’t mix well with themes and other plugins you may have already installed.

Split Long Posts Into Pages: Readers love rich content but if you’re writing style tends to be a tad long-winded, consider breaking up your content into pages. WordPress comes with built-in functionality to do that. Simply add the <!––nextpage––> tag in your article where you want to split it into next page.

Optimize Your Images: I can’t tell you how many times we come across client websites with HUGE imagery. I’m talking MB’s, people. This in itself will make your website drag and can actually cause it to freeze. Thankfully there is a free and reputable plugin called WP Smush that will compress your images for you fast and easily.

Use A Third Party Video Host: Don’t ever host your giant video files on your WordPress website. I’m not even going to explain why this is a no-no. Use YouTube or Vimeo to host and copy and paste your video URL into your WordPress site to save on bandwidth.

Optimize The WordPress Database: This sounds scary but it can save you tons of space by removing trashed posts, revisions, unused tags, etc. You can use the plugin WP Sweep to help get rid of all that unnecessary information.

Now that you’re armed with information for the beginnings of a lightning fast WordPress website, go ahead and give a few of these a try. Don’t forget to test your speed before and after with Pingdom tools. Good Luck!

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WordPress 5.0 Update

WordPress 5.0 UpdateUnless you live under a rock, you’ve heard about the latest WordPress update set to launch in late November (2018). Out of all the updates we’ve lived through over these last few years, 5.0 is set to be a game changer for a number of reasons. First, and most importantly, you can kiss the classic WP editor good-bye. It’s time to start thinking (and designing) in blocks. Say what? WordPress 5.0 will introduce a new way of building pages with its new Gutenberg visual editor. Ugh, why mess with perfection? Excellent question! Once installed, Gutenberg will allow users to design and edit their pages while simultaneously seeing what that page looks like in real time. Its interface will consist of blocks that you can drag and drop to create styled layouts that previously could only be achieved with additional CSS work. Not sounding so bad anymore, is it? So, what can you do to get ready for WordPress 5.0 before it officially drops?

Below are 5 ways to prepare so you can be cool, calm, and collected when Gutenberg takes over:

Backup your website before doing anything. Do it now!

Try out Gutenberg Editor by installing the WordPress Plugin on a staging website. DO NOT dive into this update head first. Get comfy with the new way of driving WordPress so you can assure your clients they’re (still) in good hands. This will also help you test plugins that may not be compatible.

Update plugins and do your research to see if they will work on the new platform. Old versions of plugins may not include any Gutenberg functionality and you’ll want to find replacements so your website, or your clients’ website, doesn’t break.

Install this plugin that lets you use the Classic WordPress Editor. Again, your plugins and even your theme may be outdated and not compatible with the new version of WordPress. Sucks, I know. But with this plugin, you’ll have time to continue using the old way of designing while you make a plan for some major updates. I’m talking a website redesign on a Gutenberg friendly theme. Start thinking about it.

Get educated. Read up on Gutenberg and its functionality. Check into your plugins support pages and see if the developer has plans to make necessary updates. Check in with your theme developers and make sure you’re covered. With all third-party additions to WordPress, we always recommend doing your research before downloading. It pays to purchase premium plugins and themes so you know there will be ongoing development work to coincide with major WordPress updates. Just sayin’.

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Dr. Wilson of Acupetvet

 

Dr. Tasha Wilson loves needles – acupuncture needles, that is. She’s so confident in its ability to treat and heal chronic pain and disease that she’s set up shop in her Jeep and travels to her patient’s homes. For these pet owners, Dr. Wilson’s services have been a godsend! For injured and elderly dogs, receiving veterinary care at home makes it SO much easier to relax and find comfort. We’ve all seen that dog in the waiting room panting, hiding behind its owner, or worse, laying of the floor refusing to move. Yea, that’s stressful for all parties involved. Dr. Wilson wanted to make it easy for everyone and bring her healing tools to the animals. Mission complete!

Dr. Tasha Wilson of AcupetvetMy first encounter with Dr. Wilson was when I summoned her to help my elderly border collie, Maggie. Maggie was an amazing dog – the best! She caught frisbee’s, chased balls, and hiked mountains. She was so intelligent that I probably could have trained her to fetch me a beer from the fridge. She was 13.5 years old and hurtin’ from her years of adventure. I needed to find her treatment that didn’t involve sedation. She had a weak stomach and pills made her nauseous. Dr. Wilson began acupuncture and cold laser therapy treatment twice a week, eventually weaning her down to once a week. She was a NEW dog – spunky, happy, goofy. It was like voodoo magic. She thrived and Dr. Wilson and I connected often about Maggie’s progress and future treatment plan. Because of this service, Maggie went on to live to 15 years and 1-month-old – wicked old for a dog. She loved her family and smiled til the day she passed away.

When Dr. Wilson approached me about a website redesign, I jumped at the chance to turn her into a Tap House Media client. Her business is so unique and had so much potential for growth. I knew we could turn her website into a marketing platform that engaged potential clients and converted leads. We began with an updated UX experience and placed her most important services on the top navigation. We also strategically placed call-to-actions around the site making it easy for clients to schedule appointments. Giving the user an easy walk through on the home page was our goal. No fluff – just facts about Dr. Wilson and her service benefits. A strategic SEO strategy was implemented along with a lead generation campaign for her popular New Patient Package. Stay tuned for a blog in the works!

Find yourself intrigued? Take a browse through her website at acupetvet.net

 

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Home page checklist

Your homepage is traditionally the most visited page on your website. You only have a *few short seconds* to grab your reader’s attention, entice them to read more and click your call-to-action. This means your copy and imagery need to spark an instant attraction or chances are your potential lead will be a thing of the past.

Here is our Ultimate Home Page Checklist with 10 EASY ways to help you build a better website, attract your target audience, design a killer user experience, and start converting more leads to grow your online business.

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Increasing website traffic is on every entrepreneur’s list. Website design has evolved drastically over the last 2-3 years and staying on top of new trends in functionality can be challenging for a small – medium sized business owner with a to-do list a mile long. Even trying to understand all the new terminology, such as “mobile optimization” and “dynamic content,” can get overwhelming. Don’t fret. We’ve got you covered!

Tap House Media has broken down 4 EASY WAYS TO INCREASE WEBSITE TRAFFIC ASAP to help guide you on your journey to brand awareness awesomeness + convert those leads into paying clients, monthly members, and loyal followers!

FOCUS ON AESTHETICS

According to market research, our brains process visuals 60,000 times faster than text. Website aesthetic – not the written content on the screen – is your first chance to reach out and grab your audience. Without quality design, your visitors likely won’t take the time to read the content you’ve invested in.

A designer’s job is to create a compelling experience for the reader at the other end of the screen. We do this by using aesthetics and design to expose your brand. Your website should convey the spirit and culture of your company. Are you open and fun, serious and conservative, or friendly and informative? Each of these emotions would require a different imagery, layout and typeface for your website. Even the colors you use will impact visitors’ emotional experience on your site.

Website design elements are exponentially more powerful than content, in terms of mistrust. For example, if you land on a website that is outdated, not functional, and poorly designed with a busy interface and small fonts, you’re more likely to choose to bring your business elsewhere – more than likely to a company that showcases a website with a more professional, thoughtfully planned look.

Websites should be updated/redesigned every 3-5 years to stay up-to-date with new trends in design and functionality.

BOTTOM LINE:

Hire a professional to design the look and feel of your website. A great company will:

Meet face to face – get to know each other on a business/personal level

Take the time to get to know your brand and company culture

Be attentive to your deadlines and the need for updatess

teer you in the right direction

Offer payment plans so you can budget and effectively

 OPTIMIZE YOUR WEBSITE FOR THE USER (NOT FOR YOU):

Your website is a tool that should ultimately serve your audience. From the visual aesthetics to the functionality, all design techniques should work together to improve your site’s ability to serve your potential clients or customers.

74% of businesses believe correcting your site’s user experience is key for improving sales, conversions, and loyalty. Really terrible sites fail because they were designed for a company, not for the reader.

If your visitor doesn’t know where to look and what to do on your page, they will leave. Look at every page element through your reader’s eyes and correct anything that is confusing or out of place. Not only does this serve your visitors, but it will also improve your bounce rates. Working alone? Join a few Facebook groups of like-minded people to get feedback and suggestions for improvement.

BOTTOM LINE:

In 3 – 5 seconds, can someone look at your page and know:

Who your company is

What you do

What you want the visitor to do on the page?

If not, revisit both your value prop and design with a professional team to highlight those important messages.

OPTIMIZE YOUR WEBSITE FOR MOBILE VIEWING (With Responsive Design)

People access your content from multiple devices – iphones, ipads, etc. The evidence of this mobile migration is compelling. Here are a few of the many statistics pointing to audience’s transition to mobile viewing:

65% of U.S. adults sleep with their phones on or near their beds

Over 20% of Google searches are performed on a mobile device.

In the United States, 25% of internet users only access the internet on a mobile device.

61% of people have a better opinion of brands when they offer a good mobile experience.

25.85% of all emails are opened on mobile phones, and 10.16% are opened on tablets.

In mobile SEO, Google penalizes sites that aren’t optimized for responsive design.

BOTTOM LINE:

Having a mobile website is no longer simply a nice feature. It is now a necessity and literally impacts the growth of your business.

BE THE EXPERT IN YOUR INDUSTRY THROUGH BLOGGING & CONTENT MARKETING

Content marketing is a strategic marketing approach focused on creating and distributing valuable, relevant, and consistent content to attract and retain a clearly-defined audience — and, ultimately, to drive profitable customer action.” – Content Marketing Institute

If you’re consistently creating content that’s helpful for your target customer, it will help establish you as an authority in their eyes. This is a great method for Sales and Service professionals, but obviously can be used for ALL business owners. Instead of pitching your products or services, you are providing truly relevant and useful content to your prospects and customers to help them solve their issues via your blog.

BOTTOM LINE:

Begin a plan for content marketing and be consistent! Content marketing drives traffic to your website. Every time you write a blog post, it’s one more indexed page on your website, which means it’s one more opportunity for you to show up in search engines and drive traffic to your website in organic search.

Content marketing helps convert traffic into leads. Just like every blog post you write is another indexed page, each post is a new opportunity to generate new leads. The way this works is really simple – just add a lead-generating call-to-action to every blog post that directs to your landing page (What’s a landing page, you ask? Get in touch with Tap House Media and we’ll talk about how creating landing pages can help sell your service or products).

Blogging also helps you get discovered via social media. Every time you write a blog post, you’re creating content that people can share on social networks — Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Pinterest — which helps expose your business to a new audience that may not know you yet.

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Working with local and national nonprofit organizations are some of the most fun and rewarding projects for the tap house crew. More often than not, we’re able to really tap into our creativity and lead the organization into some serious brand awareness and give their marketing efforts and website presence a huge overhaul. This was the case with the United Ostomy Associations of America (UOAA).

UOAA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports, empowers, and advocates for people who have had or who will have ostomy or continent diversion surgery. When their administration presented Tap House Media with their website concerns and vision for their future, we knew this project would take some intense brain power and organization to consolidate information, marry their past history with their future brand goals, and present their national audience with serious and engaging information to people who have undergone ostomy or continent diversion surgery.

First and foremost, our goal was to take their website presence to the next level. Having almost 50,000 views a month, ostomy.org was already experiencing its fair share of website traffic. But without a responsive design, their former website was becoming subject to Google’s penalties and losing out on reaching more of their target audience. This was a problem!

The project began by creating a clean, modern user experience that took viewers through an educational journey about ostomy awareness. Information was divided up by topic and consolidated to present the most important topics in the ostomy community today. We added an engaging blog and events component where UOAA can advertise their upcoming Run for Resilience 5K’s, Ostomy Awareness Day, and 2019 National Conference. A robust Advocacy page was also added to highlight specific information, successes, and issues affecting people with ostomies.

UOAA’s updated website has given new life to their abundance of resources found throughout the site. Whether you’re a person with an ostomy or continent diversion or family member, friend, or caregiver, ostomy.org should and will be your go to source for support and education.

For more information about UOAA, contact them toll free at 1-800-826-0826.

Website Before Tap House Media:

UOAA website Before

Website After Tap House Media:

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For many WordPress beginners, knowing the difference between a domain name and website host is NOT common knowledge. That’s totes OK! We’ve been asked to explain the difference so many times that we figured the best way to get this message out to all the WP newbies in the world was with a WordPress Wisdom(WPW) tutorial.

In this week’s WPW, we’ll explain the difference between a domain name and web host, how they both function to serve your website, and how to go about choosing the best platform to purchase from.

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Google chrome apps

If you’re a savvy business owner, chances are you’ve searched far and wide for tools to help you save time and money. Tech-based support is the best way to manage your day to day workload and productivity, make your life easier, and your business SO MUCH BETTER!

With so many choices out there, it’s hard to know where to look. Let’s begin with Chrome, our favorite browser for the most up to date, cutting edge extensions to help you get organized, stay focused, and take your business management skills to the next level.

TickTick – Todo & Task List: TickTick helps you completely organize your to-do list, focusing on the tasks you absolutely need to get done during the day. This app is 100% customizable, so you can set up recurring tasks, task classification, task reordering, task collaboration, and more. Our favorite TickTick feature is the ability to convert Gmails into tasks with one click. You can NOT ask for anything more!

Evernote Web Clipper is a favorite among Chrome lovers. This amazing extension lets you save just about anything you come across on the internet. Clip and save research articles, news stories, receipts, images, code snippets, you catch my drift here. When you need to revisit the information you clicked, simply head to your Evernote account and it’ll be there. Perfect for the business owner whose brain is completely fried most days.

DocuSign has been a lifesaver for us! With DocuSign, there’s no need to print out documents, sign them by hand, scan or photograph and upload them, then email to whomever. This extension is a productivity masters dream come true for contracts. Electronically sign documents and PDFs right from Gmail, Google Drive, or the Chrome browser. So easy!

Website Blocker If you find yourself endlessly scrolling through social media instead of crossing things off your to do list, you may need this extension more than you think. Website Blocker blocks the websites that distract you throughout the work day. Just choose your downfalls and set them up to be off limits during the time you actually need to be getting work done. You’ll be amazed at what you can get done after using this extension.

Grammarly We’re only human. We make mistakes and spell things wrong. So what, right? Wrong! Spelling errors are a big no no when you have all the tools in the world to help you spell things properly. So take control of yourself and add Grammarly to your extensions and let it check your spelling and grammar as you type. It’s a serious no-brainer!

Woorank is a popular SEO extension that takes the guesswork out of your SEO. It provides its users with extensive SEO reporting on any website. Use the tips it provides to help get your website to the top of the charts on Google.

MixMax  Ever wonder which emails your customers love and which ones go straight to the trash? Want to increase your email open rate? Who doesn’t? Master the art of email marketing with the help of Mixmax. This powerful extension helps you reach out more effectively to your customers and prospects. You can use it to track open rates, clicks, and downloads, and know who opens your emails when so you can send messages that get a better response. Everyone wins with this one.

MakeGIF Video Capture If you’ve been trying to find a simple way to make a GIF for your posts, look no further. This extension makes creating hilarious gifs easy. Capture frames from any HTML5 video and convert them into GIF animation. Drop those gifs into your next blog post, and watch your page views, social sharing, and comments blow up.

Loom Ok, so this one is NOT a Chrome extension but it needs to be shared with you all. Loom has been the biggest lifesaver for us. If you communicate on the regular with clients and find yourself writing novel sized emails to get your points across, spare yourself future carpal tunnel and install loom. With loom, you can share your screen, create a video for your client, and share in an email for better clarity and a much more personal approach to long explanations. The sky’s the limit with this perfect little app.

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