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

Understanding Twitter Analytics in Three Easy Steps Because Four Steps would be Awkward.

Have you ever stumbled upon the statistics for your Twitter site and wondered, what the heck is all this supposed to mean? Impressions?  Engagements?  Here’s the skinny on getting a beginning understanding of Twitter analytics. If you’re on Twitter, you can’t escape the constant pressure to PROMOTE your tweets.  Before I start spending money, though,… Read More

Six Ways of Getting MORE Retweets!!! (No, not really. On bad advice, bots and Twitter)

LOL.  The crazy advice that you get on tweeting sometimes is flawed. Don’t believe everything you read out there, kittens.   I’ve pointed out before that you need to be aware of botnets.  Botnets work because your Twitter feed is run by merry elves–or perhaps space aliens is a better analogy– known as “algorithms.”  These elves or… Read More

Attack of the Twitter Bots!

Recently one of the people I follow tweeted out a HELP! on Twitter.  She’s suddenly gotten THIRTY followers!  She’s a blogger with a healthy number of real (“organic”) followers (over 800) but suddenly her “phone was going off!” with these thirty new people who all jumped on her Twitter account, following all at one time?… 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