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27 WordPress Hacks Every Serious Blogger Needs to Know

27 WordPress Hacks Every Serious Blogger Needs to Know

Let me take a wild guess.

Your days aren’t exactly overflowing with free time.

You dedicate as many hours as you can to your blog, but it never seems enough.

If only you could spend more time on the stuff that really matters.

Like writing. Or researching. Or connecting with other bloggers.

Surely you must be able to save a little time somewhere.

Well, how about WordPress?

As a blogger you camp out in WordPress for hours, even days.

But are you really working as quickly, efficiently and productively as you could?

Probably not, right?

Of course, you could always research a few nifty shortcuts. But that will take time – which is exactly what you don’t have.

Fortunately, you can undo any time-wasting habits with these little-known WordPress hacks.

Each one is guaranteed to help you wring every last second out of your blogging routine.
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The Ultimate Guide to Making Your Site More Mobile-Friendly

The Ultimate Guide to Making Your Site More Mobile-Friendly

Traffic.

That’s the good stuff, right?

And naturally, you want more of it for your blog.

But did you know that constantly striving to gain traffic can actually lead to a problem?

It’s a problem that can undermine much of the hard work spent building your blog.

Want to know what it is?

By focusing on ways to gain traffic, you may be completely ignoring certain factors that cause you to lose it.

Because sending traffic to a blog that makes readers bounce is like pumping water down a leaky pipe.

In that situation, what’s the smarter move – pumping more water, or fixing the leak?

Exactly. Fixing the leak.

And these days, one source of traffic is more likely to bounce than any other:

Mobile.

So, is your blog leaking traffic?
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9 Plugins for Growing Your Email List That Work So Well It Feels Like Cheating

9 Plugins for Growing Your Email List That Work So Well It Feels Like Cheating

As a blogger, you’ll have heard the advice a hundred times before.

Build your email list.

But you haven’t done it – yet.

Of course, you understand why it’s good advice.

When you have a growing list of subscribers who already know, like and trust you, it’s easier to do the following:

But the practical side of things has you stumped.

Sure, signing up to an email provider like AWeber, MailChimp or Mad Mimi is easy enough, but what happens next?

How do you go from proud owner of a shiny (but empty) new email list, to happy blogger with an active and growing subscriber base?

In other words, how do you actually get people to sign up to your list?
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Is WordPress.com Really Free? 7 Reasons Only Chumps Use It

Is WordPress.com Really Free? 7 Reasons Only Chumps Use It

So you’re ready to make a dent in the universe.

You have great ideas to share with the world, and blogging is how you’re going to do it.

Good for you.

Of course, there’s more to starting a blog than just having great ideas, but you’ve already made an important decision.

You’re going with WordPress.

After all, Internet bigwigs like Jon Morrow, Brian Clark, Chris Brogan, Amy Porterfield, Marie Forleo, Gary Vaynerchuk, Mari Smith, Michael Hyatt and Darren Rowse all use WordPress.

In fact, the more you read, the more it seems like you’d be a total idiot to go with anything else.

There are hundreds of professional themes to make your blog look gorgeous. Thousands of clever plugins to add a myriad of different features. And countless experienced WordPress professionals who can help if you get out of your depth.

So you’re certain it’s a WordPress blog you need, but the big question is:

Where do you get one?

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63 Blogging Tools That Will Make You Insanely Productive

63 Blogging Tools That Will Make You Insanely Productive

Let me guess.

You read the headline on this post and thought, “Cool!” Then a little voice in your head whispered something like, “Why do I need another post on all the cool tools I don’t have time to use?”

That is the key, isn’t it? Time. Having the time to set up, play with and truly put to work all the amazing tools that will rocket your blog into the heavens.

And having time to write. And time to follow other bloggers. And time to network on social media.

After your blog is set up, after that technical part is over, every new blogger is fundamentally the same. You’re full of excitement and plans. You have a bright, shiny new blog, bursting with potential and ideas.

And zero readers.

Time then becomes the key factor that separates new bloggers into three dramatically different kinds of bloggers. That’s why all the standard advice about the tools you need is confusing. Tools don’t make the blogger. Time does.

Because it’s how much time you can spend studying the top bloggers in your niche, improving your writing and cultivating relationships with readers and influencers that determines how fast your blog will grow. And how fast your blog grows determines the tools you need. More