Top 10 Places On Your Blog to Convert Visitors to Subscribers

Want to convert more of your visitors to actual subscribers? Find out the top 10 places on your blog to place subscription forms--and the best methods and plugins to use!

Converting readers to subscribers isn't always easy. If content is king, then having a fabulous freebie to offer your email subscribers is surely the queen. But what you really need is a court jester or two dancing around on your blog, inviting your visitors to subscribe. Preferably, you'd name them Jester A and Jester B and do some A/B split testing to see which subscription form converts more readily! There are a lot of options when it comes to when, where, and how to add a form inviting readers to opt in and become active subscribers. Here are the top ten locations to put an opt in ... Read More

10 Practical Ways to Encourage Comments and Conversation on Your WordPress Blog

Want to encourage commenting on your blog posts? Check out these 10 super practical ways to streamline your comment section so it's easy to comment.

It's all fine and good to declare blog commenting alive and well. But how can we give the comment section on our own blog a shot in the arm? We've heard the usual suggestions time and time again: write good content, ask questions, be real, be controversial, be sure to reply to their comments, as well as comment around the web. But no amount of tricks will have the desired effect if we overlook the number one strategy for attracting comments: make it easy to comment. Have you ever logged out of your blog's dashboard and viewed your site through the eyes of a first-time visitor? Have you ... Read More

5 Reasons to Keep Comments on Your Blog

Although killing comments may be all the rage this season, here are 5 reasons you may want to not want to join the trend.

There’s a tidal wave sweeping the blogosphere: bloggers everywhere are removing the comment feature from their blogs. They say that replying to the comments is no longer scale-able, it takes too much time to moderate spam, and the conversation is taking place elsewhere. Whatever the reasons stated, the fact is: comments are down, and many bloggers are willing to help them die. But not all bloggers have given up on comments. In fact, some view the slower stream of comments as indicating more quality conversation, rather than just looking at the changing quantity. Many bloggers are ignoring ... Read More

nRelate Related Posts Plugin Alternatives for WordPress

Wondering what to use for a related posts plugin now that #nRelate is gone? Here are reviews of the top alternatives!

 by Gretchen Louise with Kelly Kathleen Many WordPress bloggers ran their plugin updates in early December to see a notice announcing the discontinuation of their favorite suite of related posts plugins: nRelate Related Content, nRelate Most Popular, and nRelate Flyout. We had until 5pm EST on December 31, 2014 before the nRelate plugins and service stopped working, according to the nRelate blog. Which left us searching our favorite WordPress sites and asking our mastermind group members: What related post plugin shall I use now? In my search for a new related post plugin, I decided that ... Read More

How to Give a Free Download to Your MailChimp Email Subscribers

Want to give a freebie to your MailChimp Subscribers? It's easy to add a download and it doesn't require a paid MailChimp account!

The most popular email list building advice is to entice potential subscribers with a free download. But once you've figured out what your freebie is going to be and have your PDF all ready, you're stuck trying to figure out where to upload and link your file so that your subscribers will get it automatically (and no one else will be able to find it without subscribing). Worse still, when you start reading about MailChimp's options, it begins to sound like you need an autoresponder or drip campaign to send out a freebie--and those are paid features. (Not sure what a drip campaign is? Check out ... Read More

Understanding ShareASale Affiliate Links

How to Use and Understand ShareASale Affiliate Links

When you first get started in affiliate marketing, you're hit by a barrage of information that makes little or no sense, especially if you aren't the blogger type. What are cookies? How do affiliate links work? Which link do I use? How can I include an image? What's a disclosure? Well, I'll start with a disclosure. This post on using affiliate links contains affiliate links. Each time I link to a site below, I have used the opportunity to include my own affiliate links. This means that--at no extra cost to you--I can make a commission on a purchase you make--or if you sign up as an ... Read More

How to Make Gmail Work for You

How to Make Gmail Work for You

Gmail is the email app and address of choice for many. Whether you use a free @gmail.com email address, or pay to use Google Apps with your @yourdomain.com address, Gmail provides powerful features that are unrivaled among other email providers. But most Gmail users only scratch the surface of the options available to them within the Gmail settings and labs. Here are my top tips, tricks, and hacks to make Gmail work for you. Click to Tweet: Use Gmail? Here are the top tips, tricks, and hacks to make Gmail work for you. Top Tips, Tricks, & Hacks for Gmail Understanding Gmail ... Read More

How to Manage Your Email for Inbox Zero

How to Manage Your Email for Inbox Zero

The concept of an empty inbox has become almost laughable these days. With smart phones and devices of every variety, we have access to our email everywhere, all the time. Social media provides a whole new set of inboxes, not to mention notifications that arrive via email. There's also the fact that most of us these days have more than one email address which only multiples the inboxes we have to manage. With all these notifications and newsletters and free gifts for opting in to yet another email list, an empty inbox seems as likely as that mirage of water on the desert sand. But "Inbox ... Read More

How to Take Control of Your Email Inbox

These simple steps will help you take your inbox from overflowing to zero--and keep it there.

Are you tired of finding an email buried in your inbox weeks after you should have replied? Are you overwhelmed by the ever growing count of unread messages in your inbox? Are you frustrated at how your inbox takes over your day? Here are seven steps to help you take control of your email inbox once and for all. Click to Tweet: These simple steps will help you take your inbox from overflowing to zero--and keep it there. 1. Make sure you are using IMAP so that your work syncs across devices. Do you check your email on your computer, your tablet, and your phone? Do the messages you ... Read More

What I Learned About Irrelevant Content While Organizing My Blog

What I Learned About Irrelevant Content While Organizing My Blog

At first, I didn't think I wanted to do #Bloganization. Going through my blog's archives seemed too daunting a task--even for a month-long project. My archives are an assortment of the last four years of my story, and that story has been through a good share of different chapters: my pen name's been dropped, my blog's name has changed a handful of times, I've had the look redesigned. And don't even get me started on how my blogging style has evolved! But all the reasons organizing my blog's archives felt overwhelming were the very reasons I considered dong it. So I decided to take the ... Read More