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Actionable, straightforward and no-nonsense WordPress tips and information. Learn how you can get the most out of the best ​CMS for bloggers and Internet marketers.

DreamHost Review (Powerful and Flexible Web Hosting)

Since first starting out as a blogger and affiliate marketer, I have used several web hosts, such as DreamHost, GoDaddy and Bluehost, and always with mixed results.

A few years ago, I moved the majority of my sites over to DreamHost, initially on a Shared Hosting account, and later upgraded to VPS.

That was one of the best decisions I have ever made in my blogging career. Although no host is perfect, and DreamHost isn’t either, they do offer most of what I would typically look for in a web host.

I now stick with DreamHost, a no-nonsense hosting provider that delivers a good variety of hosting packages, decent customer support and excellent performance. DreamHost may not be the cheapest option out there, but they are not the most expensive one either. They provide a good balance between quality and affordability.

This DreamHost review is a detailed guide to the main features of this reputable web host, their pros and cons and why (or why not) you should choose them.

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How to Choose a Good Blog Name (And Not Regret It)

One of the most important steps in starting a new WordPress blog is choosing a good blog name. Far too often, new bloggers pick a random name too quickly, register a domain and start publishing content. Only to find out months, or even years, later that their chosen blog name is not the right one.

There can be various reasons why, in hindsight, a blog name needs to be changed. Perhaps the blog name doesn’t reflect the niche you’re in well enough. Or maybe the name is simply too long or too complicated for people to remember. Or worse, it could be that (part of) the name is also a registered brand or trademark.

To avoid having to deal with the enormous hassle of changing the name of your blog, you need to get it right from the start. I have personally made quite a few mistakes when choosing blog and domain names and with below tips I hope you can avoid making these same mistakes.

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Thrive Themes Review (6 Reasons for You to Make the Switch)

Having used Thrive Themes for many of my websites over the years, I thought now would be a good time to write a review about their WordPress products.

I have tried many other WordPress themes, but I can honestly say that discovering Thrive was a turning point in my online business.

This Thrive Themes review takes you through the company and their products, followed by six reasons why you should consider making the switch to this highly respected WordPress theme developer.

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Why You Should Not Use WordPress Tags

WordPress Tags, some love them and others strongly dislike them. Personally, I never use tags. When I started blogging though, I used to create multiple, random tags each time I published a new blog post. And as I got older and wiser, I’ve learnt to step away from using WordPress tags.

And I’m not the only one. Slowly but surely, bloggers and Internet marketers are coming to the conclusion that tags are a bit out of fashion and don’t serve much purpose anymore. And there are certainly no SEO benefits either.

It’s interesting though, because when you start a brand new WordPress blog, one of the first things you’ll come across is the concept of Categories and Tags. They both are a cornerstone feature within WordPress. So why is it that WordPress Tags have lost so much ground?

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How to Hide a Pinterest Image in a WordPress Blog Post (The Right Way)

Pinterest is one of the most powerful traffic generating sources for bloggers and Internet marketers. While organic traffic from the search engines is still the best kind of traffic, one can’t ignore the potential of Pinterest as a traffic source.

The main prerequisite to be successful on Pinterest is using purpose-built images. You know, those big vertical images with catchy taglines. To encourage your website visitors to share your blog posts on Pinterest, having a Pinterest-ready image available to share is crucial.

But to share these images, they don’t actually need to be visible. Read on to learn how to hide a Pinterest image in a WordPress blog post in two different ways.

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Best Blogging Tools for Beginners and Pros (WordPress)

The Internet is overcrowded with blogging tools, software, resources and other goodies that are meant to support you as a blogger or digital marketer. With so many options available, it’s tough working out which ones you should use and which ones you should avoid.

While a lot of this is related to personal choice and cost, there are tools out there that just aren’t as good as others or don’t do exactly what you expected it to do. I’ve used (and paid for) many tools over the years and I now know what works for me and what doesn’t.

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How to Start a WordPress Blog (Step by Step Guide)

Friends often ask me how to start a WordPress blog properly and how to actually make money with it. The answer to that question is actually not all that simple.

So I’ve decided to dedicate an article to this topic that you can use as a helpful resource in case you’re keen to start a WordPress blog of your own.

Running a blog for most people is nothing more than a hobby. A blog is a medium that you can use to share your thoughts, ideas and experiences with the rest of the world. A blog is something you own, it’s your very own little corner in the online community.

For others, a blog is a way of making money. This can be a modest side-income stream, or perhaps even a full-time income that pays the bills.

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15 Things You Should Do After Installing WordPress

WordPress is by far the most popular blogging platform you can find in cyberspace. Countless of new WordPress based websites go live everyday and there are no signs of slowing down.

WordPress is reasonably easy to use, but it can be challenging to find your way through so many different themes, plugins and configuration settings, especially if you’ve never been through this process before. It’s easy enough to do a WordPress installation through your hosting provider, but what do you do after installing WordPress?

Having installed and configured WordPress on so many websites over the years, I’ve learned what works for me and what doesn’t work so well. I now simply follow a routine whenever I need to install WordPress, either for a website I own or for someone else.

In this article I am sharing with you the basic steps I always follow after installing WordPress.

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How to Optimize and Rank WordPress Category Pages

Perhaps one of the most neglected parts of WordPress blogs is the good old category page. Whenever you navigate to a category page within a blog or website, chances are it’s not much more than a list of the latest blog posts within that category.

And even worse, more than often the title of that category page is something along the lines of “Category Name Archives”.

Booooring… 🙂

And not just boring, it’s also a huge missed opportunity to get more traffic to your website. A category page is essentially another web URL within your website. It’s an actual web page, just like a blog post with 4,000 words is a web page.

Therefore, it’s very important to not neglect your blog’s categories and to start treating them like real web pages that could potentially generate more organic traffic.

Did you know that an optimized category page can end up on the first page of Google, or even in the magic top three? It’s happened to me many times, and not because of random luck.

Read on to learn how you can rank your WordPress categories high in the SERPs (search engine results pages) with little effort, and increase your website’s overall organic traffic. Like a boss.

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How to Get Facebook to Share the Right Thumbnail Image of Your WordPress Blog Post

I recently ran into an issue where I wanted to share an old WordPress blog post on Facebook, but Facebook refused to pick up the thumbnail cover image that I had configured for that particular post. It literally drove me mad as I had no clue why Facebook was being so stubborn.

I tried to share it several times, in different browsers, after clearing all my Internet history, but no luck. After spending some time digging I was finally able to resolve the problem and get Facebook to recognize and share the right thumbnail for that WordPress post.

Are you having a similar issue? Read on and find out how you can fix this Facebook share problem once and for all.

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