How to Optimize Images for SEO and Page Speed

Proper image optimization will improve your page speed and your ranking in search results. Image optimization includes four key components. File dimensions – image width and height in pixels File size – KB or MB File name – descriptive of image with keyphrase at beginning File type – JPG or PNG Images from digital cameras or from a stock photo site are usually very large both in dimension and size. You’ll see image dimensions up to 4000 px wide and file sizes from 2MB to 10MB. The file name is something like DSC2478.jpg which providing no description for the search engines. You want to prepare your images before you upload them to your media library. Image dimensions should be no


Yoast SEO Quick Tip

The Yoast SEO plugin includes many features and functions. When assisting other bloggers, I often hear that they don’t see all the available options in the Yoast SEO dropdown menu. This quick tip tutorial shows you how to cause the additional options to display in the menu. When you are on the General Settings page, click on the Features tab. Locate the Advanced settings page section and change the setting to Enabled. This is displayed in the image on the left. Now when you see the dropdown menu for Yoast SEO, it will include more options including the settings page for your social profiles.


Updating Nameservers on

Updating nameservers on is an often-missed step in the site migration process. You’ve moved your posts and pages from your hosted to a self-hosted WordPress site on your chosen hosting service. Now you need to tell the internet that your content has a new home. In order for the internet to know that your the content connected to your domain has moved, you will need to update your nameservers. The first step is locate the nameserver addresses of your new hosting service. Each hosting service displays this information a bit differently. If you can’t immediately locate the information, use the site’s search function. SiteGround identifies the nameservers address as Account DNS. Log in to your SiteGround account. Click


My Top Three Podcasts Guaranteed to Inspire New Bloggers

Podcasts are one of my favorite blog resources. Whether I hear action-packed tips or inspirational interviews, I always finish listening with a smile on my face. I’m sharing my top three podcasts that will inspire both new and experienced bloggers alike. ProBlogger Podcast I’ve read and followed Darren Rowse’s ProBlogger blog since I started blogging. When he decided to launch a podcast, I knew I was in for a treat. While you can jump in and start listening to his latest post, I recommend you travel back to the first episode and listen to 31 Days to a Better Blog Challenge. Each episode provides a short assignment / challenge that causes you to consider tasks and topics in a new

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What You Need to Know to Start a New Blog

This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive compensation for your purchase. If you search for the phrase “Start a Blog”, you’ll find hundreds of pages which proclaim you can start your blog in less than 20 minutes. While the process to click through a few screens, enter your payment information, and then click the WordPress install button may only take a few minutes, any new blogger starting in 2016 knows that launching a blog for any reason except as a hobby requires research, thought, and planning. This page will guide you through the few minutes it will take to choose a hosting plan, register your domain, create an

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Top 5 Expert Articles for More Effective Email

In the midst of the overwhelm of social media platform choices, sending an email message on a regular basis is still the most effective way to communicate with your audience. How often should I send a message? What should I write? When is the optimum time to send the message? What to send your email list: The beginner’s guide for the clueless blogger Because what to write is usually a bloggers biggest question, don’t miss this list of 16 different topics with examples to keep your email content flowing. 7 Types of Emails to Send Customers to Keep Them Coming Back To continue on the theme with a bit more of a customer focus, Neil Patel provides excellent ideas which

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Easily Create and Use Domain Name Email Address Now

Why do I need a domain name email address? The rules of the blogging and online world seem to change daily. It is hard to keep up the latest social media platform and updated guidelines from service providers. One of the most recent changes from Email Service Providers (MailChimp, Constant Contact, AWeber, and similar vendors) is the strong recommendation to use an email address associated with your domain when sending messages to your subscribers. How do I get a domain name email address? How do I add my new email address to my Gmail account? The answer to these two questions requires a few steps. I will gently guide you through the process. Navigate to cPanel with Your Hosting Service

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Learn to Use the Yoast SEO Plugin with New Tutorials

What is SEO? What is SEO and how do I understand how to use it with my blog? According to Rand Fishkin, the CEO of, search engine optimization (SEO) is “the practice of increasing the quantity and quality of the traffic that you earn through the organic results in search engines.” The goal of any SEO actions you take on your site or with individual posts is to allow Google to better index your content. When  your content is correctly indexed, the visitors that arrive on your site are happy to stay awhile and read what you have to share. Yoast SEO Plugin Tutorials As I was researching to determine the best tips and tools to share, an email

Love Your Headlines with These Free Tools

Intriguing Headlines Do you scan the headlines, your Facebook feed, or even the section headings in your Bible before choosing what to read? So do your blog visitors. You’ll discover that the blogs you stay on the longest have the most intriguing headlines. In a world full of noise, how do you get people to actually read what you write? It takes more than good content or great design. The most important part of writing an article is the headline. ~ Jeff Goins A Headline Tool and Word Lists from CoSchedule I discovered CoSchedule’s Headline Analyzer during a course from Debi Stangeland. This tool both delights and frustrates me. Before you begin using the tool, I recommend that you download and save (in