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Top 1% Endorsed in U.S. for WordPress

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Since 2004, I’ve done WordPress installs, customized WordPress themes, written custom WordPress programs and widgets, done WordPress upgrades and WordPress training. Looks like all the work I have done with WordPress has paid off. I opened my email this morning to find a delightful message from LinkedIn…

Of the 200 million LinkedIn members, I am one of the top 1% most endorsed for WordPress in the United States!

Top WordPress Consultant on LinkedIn

Karen Callahan, Adventures Online, top 1% of professionals endorsed for WordPress on LinkedIn (2-11-2013)

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My WordPress Wishlist for 2013

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

While adding information to my Google+ profile today, I was writing about how I have a love-hate relationship with WordPress. Mostly, I am a proponent, but, there are some things that I dislike about it – like it’s evolution into a bloated piece of software with piggy behavior that is just not needed by probably 89% of its userbase.

Here’s my WordPress Wishlist for 2013:

  1. That WordPress developers add a toggle switch that will SHUT OFF re-coding of my HTML when I am using HTML view.  I have a ton of experience and know where the tags go. Somedays, I fight with WordPress because it re-assembles my divs and paragraphs. Let me take responsibility for my blog. Do what I say and let me worry about how it will be interpretted in the browsers.
  2. That WordPress developers build in a toggle switch that turns versioning OFF so that sole proprietors like myself can avoid the overhead of having every ‘saved’ version of our posts being stored in the database.  Yes, WordPress saves EVERY SINGLE  ‘saved’ version of your post. I haven’t published this post yet, and already WordPress has 6 copies.

    Wordpress Versioning

    Wordpress Versioning on Unfinished Post

  3. That WordPress developers add a toggle switch that enables bloggers to TURN OFF the creation of multiple versions of photos. WordPress stores up to 4 copies of every uploaded image – the original and three others at sizes that it has predetermined. Let the blogger be responsible for the content. I always re-size images before uploading and teach my clients to do the same. I only need the version I upload.
    WordPress Creates Multiple=

    The image above was reduced to the exact size I wanted (355 x 90) yet - WordPress created two other versions

These are my top 3 wishes… What are you wishes for improving WordPress in 2013?

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Page Speed and WordPress Blogs

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

As I’ve been attending presentations, workshops and conferences over the past months, there has been more and more emphasis (segments) on Page Load Time – the speed with which a page displays. (Since 2010, speed has been one of the factors that contributes to a web page’s rank in the search engine results pages.)

Google’s Steve Vinter  spoke about page speed in a March presentation to the Marlborough business community. Jonathan Hochman gave an entire presentation on page/website speed for SEMNE in June, and there were two or three sessions that I attended this weekend at WordCamp Boston that mentioned the importance of page load time. Indeed, I attended the presentation Optimizing WordPress for Speed and Scale given by Ben Metcalfe which was loaded with tips on how to decrease page load time.

I mention all of this to let you know that I have taken ONE baby step. I installed a highly recommended WordPress plugin called W3 Total Cache to my websites today. Prior to doing that I used pingdom tools to get a benchmark of the current speed.

I will wait some time and re-measure and keep you posted as to the results.

Have you been using W3 Total Cache? What kinds of results have you experienced?

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WordPress Rules Top 100 Blogs

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Pingdom recently posted the results of a study they had just completed regarding the top 100 blogs on the Internet (WordPress completely dominates  top 100 blogs). They chose the top 100 blogs from the  Technorati Top 100.

We just completed a study and found that WordPress is in use by 48% of the top 100 blogs in the world. This is an increase from the 32% we recorded three years ago.

A 50% increase in just three years!  This is great news for a blog developer like myself. Now that this information is public, I expect an even greater increase during the next three years. Why? Because it is very common practice that people who want to achieve a higher level, look at those who are succeeding, and model themselves after them. They go where they go. They eat what they eat. They blog as frequently as they blog…Now they know that 48% of the succcessful are using WordPress as a blogging platform, and they’ll choose WordPress as their blogging plaform.

Other developments since then include that custom blog publishing platforms are more common now, TypePad has all but disappeared from the top 100, Tumblr has made an entrance, and some companies really don’t want to spill the beans about what solutions they use.

It is really interesting to me that businesses are using custom blog publishing software… hummmm…wave of the future.

To see a list of the other blog platforms and the list of the top 100 blogs Pingdom researched , follow the link on the article listed in the first sentence.

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What to Write in your Blog

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Been writing in your blog for a while and stuck for fresh ideas? A number of blog topics are commonly recommended and  they are listed below,  BUT, my number one recommendation is to look at the statistics (Awstats, Webalizer, etc. statistics programs loaded in your admin, and/or your Google Analytics) for your blog.

Why? Because you want to write about what people want to know...Checking your statistics lets you know the terms that the search engines associate with your blog (with you and your business).

When you look at the keyword terms section of your statistics, you see a list of a keywords terms and the number of times visitors where brought to your blog using each term. So any term appearing on that list is a term that the search engines associate with your blog.

My Process:

I review the list of keyword terms and the number of visits for each term. I’m looking at this information in order to exploit the already “good” associations the search engines are making.  (Some keyword terms are working fabulously, and I am happy with the traffic that the search engines bring for those terms.) For figuring out what to write about in my blog, I choose a keyword term that I think should/could be bringing in more traffic,  and I write about that keyword term.

Following this strategy, at a minimum, you reinforce that the search engines were correct in associating your blog with a keyword term in the first place, and, more likely, you are adding more evidence that you are INDEED and expert on that keyword term topic!

What do you think? Have you tried a similar strategy? If not, would this work for you? Let is know in the comments section.

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