DreamHost Review (Powerful and Flexible Web Hosting)

DreamHost review

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.

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Thrive Themes Review (6 Reasons to Make the Switch)

Thrive Themes review

Having used several Thrive Themes products for my websites over the years, I thought now is a good time to write a review about their WordPress themes and plugins.

I can honestly say that discovering Thrive Themes four years ago was a turning point in my online business. Using their products allowed me to improve my sites and increase conversions significantly.

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 well established WordPress developer.

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Why You Should Not Use WordPress Tags

WordPress Tags and SEO

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)

How to hide a Pinterest image in a WordPress blog post

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 WordPress Blogging Tools for Beginners and Pros

Best WordPress blogging tools for beginners and pros

The Internet is overcrowded with blogging tools, services and other goodies that are meant to support you as a blogger. 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 them to do.

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

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 that simple.

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

Running a blog for most people is not much more than a hobby. It’s a medium that you can use to share your thoughts, ideas and experiences with the rest of the world.

For others, a blog is a business that requires hard work. A good quality blog that attracts targeted traffic can indeed generate a full-time income.

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15 Things You Should Do After Installing WordPress

Things to do after installing WordPress

WordPress is by far the most popular blogging platform. Countless of new WordPress-based websites go live everyday with 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. It’s easy enough to install WordPress, 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 process whenever I need to install WordPress, either for a website I own or for someone else.

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How to Optimize and Rank WordPress Category Pages

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 worse, 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 missed opportunity to get more traffic to your website.

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

Facebook share image WordPress

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.

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How to Migrate Your WordPress Site from HTTP to HTTPS

Migrate WordPress site from HTTP to HTTPS

If you’ve been running a WordPress blog for some time now, you probably know already that HTTPS and SSL are a hot topic. Google has been pushing hard to get all blog owners and webmasters out there to migrate their blogs and websites from HTTP to HTTPS.

As with anything in life, security is a big thing. Having a proper SSL certificate installed and having your domain configured as HTTPS is now officially a search engine ranking factor.

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