Taming the SERP . . .ent : SEO for beginners and Keyword Planning

Google used to provide a free Keyword planner.  It isn’t free anymore. I’m told what you have to do is sign up for Google Adwords, start a campaign and IMMEDIATELY STOP IT to stop the dang thing from charging you. So what is a newbie blogger, home business person, or content creator to do, then? … Read More

Pinterests and Blogging? How does that even work?

One of the most surprising revelations in my study of other people’s blogs is that Pinterest apparently matters in driving traffic to blogs.   Several bloggers I’ve read who talk about traffic and referrals cite Pinterest as an important referrers.  This would seen logical for DIY bloggers, hair and fashion, photography and food blogs–things that have… Read More

Do You Really Need Google Analytics?

Google Analytics, we are told, is the “must have” stats package for blogging.  It’s free for individuals and small business, but you cannot use on a WordPress.com site without upgrading to the Business plan, currently a cool  $28 per month–more than three times the cost of the WordPress.com premium account.  When I get sufficient traffic… Read More

Thoughts on the Hosting Question for New Bloggers

If you want to make money, you have to have a hosted site, they tell us, as they make money, selling us hosting plans.  At least someone is making money here (but probably not me and you).  If you’re just starting out in blogging, the first choice you have to make is “free” or “paid.” … Read More

Video: Design Your Life

In this blog, we’ll talk about books.  Books are important because they change how to see the world.   Oh NO, sez the Youtube generation.  Not books. Please, not books. Yeah, you guys don’t read enough.  So I’ll throw in some websites and videos, ‘kay? (Yeah, no Old Person should talk like this. I’m trolling ya. … Read More