Four Myths About the Advantages of Self-Hosting

We’ve read the books like WordPress for Dummies  and the websites we find on gearing up to start a business using blogs.  In all of these we are told,  “self-host” !  and then the myths follow.  This advice needs a serious update. I was totally taken in by the “expert” advice on self-hosting and had… Read More

Mangling MailChimp, Round Four: Boxing with Boxzilla

Are we ready to start that email list?  In our last mangle of the Mailchimp, we conquered the Mailchimp plug-in–now it’s time for the next level: those boxes that jump up and ask for an email.  Welcome to the Boxzilla plug-in and Review! What is Boxzilla? Boxzilla is a “lightweight” plug-in  (according to it website)… Read More

Yoast SEO: A Review of the Readability Feature

Now that I’ve gotten Yoast SEO installed, finally, what does it actually DO? Here’s a quick review of the plug-in after a week of using it. I focus on its main feature: readability. Honestly, I didn’t think this one would matter much.  Actually, I’m finding its probably one of the best features.  And this readability… Read More

Mangling MailChimp Yet Again: The WordPress Plug-In

In the last two years, I’ve seriously studied this blogging-as-a-business idea–and everywhere I go, I hear the advice: start an email list. It’s important to know your customers.  It’s important to reach out and remind them you’re there.  We’re told if we’re ever going to sell our customers anything that they want to buy, we… Read More

More on Learning SEO for WordPress.com

WordPress.com continues to amaze me with the knowledge and friendliness of its Happiness Engineers and its wealth of help files and tutorials. Here I go over the SEO tips you can find in the help files, if you know where to look! Another chat with a Happiness Engineer This morning, I spent quality time with… Read More

Fun With Stats! A conversation with a Happiness Engineer and Why You have More Views than You Think

I am trained in computer science (albeit from oh, thirty freaking years ago) as well as in anthropology. I love data. I mean, LOVE it. As a student of human nature and a long-time participant-observer in online communities, the statistical pictures of how many people read my blog is more than just driven by ego,… Read More

Setting up an Affiliate Program: A Walk Through the Amazon (UI). Updated!

Small bloggers like me are always fascinated by the prospect of setting up an affiliate program. It appears to be “easy money.” Here I walk you through the Amazon process–and give you a little heads up on what to expect from my research on this thus far. Read More