Becoming Conversant in Google Analytics: Timing Posts

Are Google Analytics necessary for beginning bloggers?   Here’s one of the cool aspects of Google Analytics: its capability to show us activity on our blogs by time of day.   This helps in figuring out what to post, when! Visualizing User Data One of the biggest problems is making sense of the visualization of the data. … Read More

Rich Pins for Blogs: Getting Started

Pinterest rich pins are said to be another secret to getting the Pinterest love so many people are raving about.  They make the process sound so simple.  Well, actually, it is.  We have to have a Business Plan and the Yoast SEO plug-in.  (See important update below, though.) Oh, you’ll need a pinterest account and an… Read More

Pinteresting Analytics and the Tailwind “Bump”

In doing research on group boards and rich pins,  I came across this interesting article on how to FIND group boards that involved using Pinterest analytics.  With my lame little boards, I hadn’t really paid any attention to Pinterest Analytics.  So in the interest of science, I went to take a look.  Here’s an explanation… Read More

Research Roundup: On Pinterest Group Boards

.Making the most out of Pinterest is a puzzle. Tailwind is interesting but there are other methods of approaching the platform that deserve consideration.  This is the first of a continuing feature of “Research Roundup posts.”  I’ll take some cool blog post I’ve found and give you a short summary of it and with a… Read More

Tailwind: Day 1 -What Fresh Hell is This?

Last night’s post about discovering Tailwind  was dampened slightly by the early morning’s study of the Tailwind reality.   At 11pm, the idea of getting like-minded people together to encourage repinning in a community setting seemed fun!  Filled with promise!  In the cold light of morning, there are still many questions. Quantity Versus Quality? I was… Read More

On Pins and Tribes! And Tailwind!

I have been trying to wrap my head around Pinterest for two solid months. Rich pins, pin this, pin that, group boards, Tailwind, blah-blah, Tailwind — over and over again. SO MUCH RESEARCH and so little to show for it. Then, I broke down and hopped on a free trial of Tailwind. O.M.G.  This is possibly… Read More

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

This Blogging Life: Blog as MVP–Minimum Viable Product

A number of the new business classics point to the “blog” as an example of a “minimal viable product” — more popularly known by its mnemonic, “MVP.” The minimum viable product is the smallest thing we can create that can stand on its own as something customers will buy.  Why is the MVP so important… 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