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StudioPress Theme Pack in On Sale For Just a Few Days

StudioPress

StudioPress


Some of you may know that my most favourite theme pack StudioPress.com has been acquired by WordPress hosting company WPengine.net.

This means this current sale of the StudioPress lifetime membership is probably your last chance ever, unless you buy a hosting plan from WPengine (in which case StudioPress themes will be available for free).

I’ve been a very happy user of the StudioPress themes and the Genesis framework for a number of years now, so their themes come highly recommended:

FLASH SALE! Pro Plus All-Theme Package – $100 off!

Click the link above to receive a discount. Given the number of themes you get, I think it’s a great offer.

Free SEO advice – book your slot now!

It’s been a while since I offered this service, so I figured it’s time for the next round of free SEO advice from PerfectBlogger.

If you have a website or a blog, and you would like to…

  • ensure your WordPress is fully optimized for SEO
  • have your site structure maximize the search engines exposure
  • get as much natural traffic from search engines as possible
  • have your website rank better in SERPs

… then you want to use the contact form to reach me. I will be back from my holidays mid-August, and will contact you by email to confirm how I can help you.

What you will get:

  • A chance to ask any technical questions regarding your website
  • A single-page report of your website structure and setup
  • Action list for improving your SEO

Feel free to spread the word, and I’ll talk to you in two weeks time!

Top 5 Rules For Making Your Blog A Success

Successful

As you probably know, this week saw another group writing project happening at ProBlogger: Top 5. My week was rather busy and so I only got a chance to participate now, but I welcome this opportunity as a chance to share my thoughts on non-technical aspects of being a successful blogger.

Here they are below, the top five rules for making your blog a success:

1. Bring value

Before rushing yourself into buying a cool domain and then hitting a blogger’s block on the very next morning, take some time to understand what value your blog will bring and how exactly.

Ideally, you will help millions of visitors by posting useful articles and sharing your knowledge. However, a blog can be a selfish enough enterprise too – you could use it as a technical log of all the accomplishments and simply post your discoveries for your own reference, but with the idea that the same notes can help someone
else as well.

2. Set goals

Goals will help you become the kind of blogger you want to be.

You need to agree with yourself on how much traffic you want a month, or how many posts a week you need. Without goals, you will quickly become an irregular author with occasional posts aiming at nothing in particular. I’ve been guilty of this myself in the past, but have started improving in this field.

One important thing about goals is being honest with yourself when setting them. If you set a goal of 5 posts a week, but can’t find time to do this – you probably should lower your standard. Once you master posting 2 posts a week, you can always agree on posting 3 and eventuall 5 posts, but be sure to give yourself enough time and room to actually meet your targets. Without being realistic, your goals will only frustrate you, and that’s the last thing you need.

3. Network

Talk to other bloggers. Leave comments. Particupate in forums discussions. Blogosphere is a great source of information, and it is also a wonderful place to meet new friends. You’re bound to find many incredibly useful and interesting blogs in almost any niche, and you will easily develop and grow yourself by simply talking to people which do something better than you can.

There are some unwritten rules which you should always follow, like replying to all your comments, making sure to thank people for the contributions they make, and linking to all the resources you may have used in preparation of a particular post. Stick to them from the very beginning.

If you get hundreds of comments a day, make a decision not to reply or reply selectively and let your readers know about this. It is very important to always maintain this connection with readers – you don’t want people to feel disappointed after commenting on your blog for months and never getting a single like back from you.

Be sure to highlight other great resources. Many beginner bloggers tend to hide their greater competitors, but that’s very wrong. First of all, because of the whole competition approach. You do not blog to compete! You blog to bring value, make someone else’s life easier, express yourself and meet new people. All of this can easily be done without competing with anyone. If there are websites which serve these purposes better – share links to them with your readers! This will only help you in the long term, because such an open approach will always make you noticed.

4. Educate

Never stop learning! Make it part of your daily routine to learn something new in your niche. Read great blogs in your RSS reader, or finish a relevant book. Asking other bloggers for their advice is always a great way to learn. You’ll be amazed how many great bloggers will be happy to help you even with questions which may seem stupid and simple to yourself. Ask, and you will definitely get an aswer.

It is important to take time for self-growth, too. There is no point in reading hundreds of RSS feeds a day without acting upon them. With the amount of information we get daily, everything is quickly forgotten, unless you take some steps to preserve the information – take notes or try following some technical how-to yourself to remember it better.

Teaching others is another great way of learning something yourself. It is important to make it clear to your readers though, that you may be offering a less than ideal solution. I always enjoy tasks which involve learning something new, and I’m quite comfortable with sharing such information, but I always start such posts with some background information on the subject, stating it clearly that I’m just learning it myself.

5. Enjoy!

One of the most important aspects of being successful is genuinely enjoying doing what you do. If you like blogging about your topics, this will be a daily inspiration for you to provide even better content. If you hate your blog, this will definitely show in your posts too.

I greatly enjoy my online projects, and find it exciting to virtually meet new people almost every day. I like being in a position to share my knowledge and experience, and find it most rewarding when people email me to thank for something they got out of reading my blogs.

Find ways of enjoying your blogging, and it will help you become a success.

PerfectBlogger Website Redesign

Hi everyone, and welcome to our new website!

As some of you can guess, it’s a slight modification of a rather popular Nonzero Red theme. Well, it’s not red anymore – that’s one thing for sure.

I like this new theme much more than previous template, and its flexible design will make adding new features a lot easier.

Please browse around and let me know what you think! If you notice anything strange or wrong, I’ll be sure to fix it as soon as possible.

Trying out Slicehost VPS

I’ve got a favor to ask! Can you please open the main page of this blog in your browser, and let me know how quickly/slowly it opens for you? I would like to know your geography – a country and city you’re, but even simple “slow/quick” feedback will be helpful.

As you probably have noticed, I’m trying out a new hosting this week. For the past few days, PerfectBlogger had been hosted on our VPS with Slicehost.

For most people (myself included), this move will mean a great speed boost over previous hosting, but I just want to double-check.

PerfectBlogger community @ MyBlogLog

MyBlogLog

Hi everyone!

Just wanted to let you all (and especially RSS readers) know that PerfectBlogger has now got its own community at MyBlogLog.

If you want the community members to have a look at your blog, feel free to join by stopping by at this page: PerfectBlogger @ MyBlogLog.

RSS Reading Productivity Tip

If you’re like me, you’ve got more than a hundred of RSS feeds in your favorite online RSS reader. If you’re also subscribed to some really active blogs like Lifehacker, which on average post 5-15 times a day, then your average number of unread posts will be around 100-120 each morning.

Now, you could try and honestly read each on of them. Will take you a few hours even if you read quick enough.

Another alternative is to skim through. Will be a bit faster, but still about an hour for 100+ posts.

Finally, you can minimize content to headlines only, and then you’ll be able to quickly run through all the posts titles and mark or open for further reading only things you’re interseted in.

But my ultimate solution to reading many RSS feeds a day is even a step further: use folders (in Google Reader), categories or tags – whatever it is called in your favorite RSS reader. Use this option which allows you group your feeds by a subject or level of importance.

The idea is this: if you sort all your RSS feeds into categories, you’ll be able to read/skim through posts on a particular subject only. This, in turn, will save you time because you don’t have to switch context all the time.

Here’s how it compares to reading all the headlines in one large list: as you go through titles of various posts on technology, productivity, graphics design, music and all the rest of your personal interests, you will automatically have to switch between subjects these titles are talking about. And it does take a few seconds for your brain to fully switch the context, recover a few latest news from the subject you’re switching to, and analyze the importance and relevance of a particular post title you’re looking at.

So my RSS productivity tip is this: place your feeds into categories, and you’ll save time because your brain won’t have to switch context when going through titles of new posts.

Aim to have 5-6 large categories with 20+ most interesting blogs and possibly another 6-10 smaller categories comprised of less important feeds.

This way, you’ll be able to run through all of them in just a few minutes, and mark stuff you’re not interested in as something you’ve already read.

At this point, you can either go ahead and read posts in each category (again, it will be faster cause topics are probably similar), or go and read all the posts from various categories in a much shorter list of only titles you’re interested in.

Ms. Dewey: A Sexy Search Engine

If you haven't seen this search engine yet, go check it out: Ms. Dewey is a fairly interactive search engine with a sexy girl sharing her wisdom based on your search queries.

Try searching for some general yet very deep topics like love, life, work or woman. I'm sure it's only a matter of time before there's a list of the best search queries for Ms Dewey is posted on one of the websites, but even now search is fun and interesting.

It's not a new idea, but definitely a successful, witty and funny implementation.

Ms. Dewey is definitely worth a look!

Archives page added

I've just added a PerfectBlogger Archives page, where you'll be able to find every post I've made on this blog.

 

Archives page is one of the basic pages each blog should have. Not only does it help your visitors navigate around your older posts, but it also servers SEO purposes: it helps search engines get to each of your pages with content the quickest way.

If your WordPress theme doesn't come with a built-in archives feature, or if you don't like it for some reason, I strongly suggest you download and install the SmartArchives plugin by Justin Blanton

Glossary Updates in the left menu

A very quick update today: just like I promised a few days ago, I've added a Glossary Updates section to the left menu, it now shows the 10 most recently added or updated Blogging Glossary articles, and also shows you the total number of definitions found in the glossary.