All these Reader issues are prepped beforehand. I then “schedule” when they’ll be published and posted live, easy enough to do with WordPress.
And it works… except when it doesn’t.
It didn’t post automatically as scheduled. But that’s not the boo-boo. It’s that I didn’t check to see if it all went as planned, until now, a full day after.
Oops, and dammit.
And that’s a real-world lesson, enough of one for me to quickly write this new intro, moving the old one forward for some future issue:
Things can and do go wrong. Always anticipate that possibility and double-check everything you do!
Good thing these issues aren’t mission critical. Regardless, lesson learned (OK, I learned this a long time ago, but I guess we all need a reminder now and then).
Apologies for the delay. Enjoy this issue’s selections!
Webdev & Traffic
10 Unusual Ways to Grow Website Traffic
“Upcycle and repurpose content into different formats for different channels.”
Don’t Let Keyword Stuffing Kill Your SEO. Here’s How to Avoid It.
“[I]t can be tempting to take shortcuts… But shortcuts and black hat tactics like keyword stuffing won’t help you; they may actually hurt you.”
How to Add Facebook Customer Chat to Your Website
“A customer live chat is a small floating icon that usually appears in the bottom-right corner of a website. Like traditional live chat software, you can install a Messenger customer chat plugin on your website.”
How to Get Google to Send You 119,717 Visitors Every Month
“Organic traffic from Google search is still the most valuable traffic you can get because it grows, it’s free (sort of), and people who are using search engines are usually in a buy-ready frame of mind.”
3 reasons why you should use graphics on mobile
“Publishers need to innovate and adapt with industry trends, like the continual growth of news consumption through mobile devices, as well as the trend of distrust in media due to fake news.”
6 Tips Gleaned from Successful Crowdfunding Campaigns
“Crowdfunding may seem like an easy way to raise money but successful crowdfunding takes time and work. Even before you start, there are things to consider, such as who’s in your network and how much money you need to raise.”
How Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos chose the company’s name
“Naming your company is… hard: You don’t want to limit yourself in case you expand or pivot; you don’t want to confuse customers.”
Build Your Own Wicked WordPress Themes
This valuable free ebook is perfect for front-end Web designers looking to branch out from building static sites or simple PHP-based projects into the world of WordPress theme development.Download
200 universities just launched 600 free online courses. Here’s the full list.
“If you haven’t heard, universities around the world are offering their courses online for free (or at least partially free). These courses are collectively called MOOCs or Massive Open Online Courses.”
A Growing Cult of Millennials Is Obsessed With Early Retirement
“Robin’s fans belong to an impassioned, mostly millennial movement known online as the FIRE community, or simply FIRE. It’s an acronym that stands for ‘financial independence, retire early.'”
Content Marketing: 11 Steps to Engage, Entertain, and Inform
This free guide will show you step by step how to keep your audience engaged, entertained, and informed with your content.Download
Small Business Guide to Facebook Marketing
This free guide teaches you what you need to know to make Facebook part of your digital marketing.
3 Secrets For Plotting Fiction: Tell Better Lies
“Newbies haven’t learned how to ginger up their imagination to make plotting easier, so that they can sell more books… Luckily, that’s easily fixed.”
6 Surprising Things That Could Happen If You Submit Work To A Lit Mag
“[D]id you know that getting an acceptance letter is only one of the MANY career-building extras that can happen when you submit to a literary magazine?”
Offer Writing AND Promotion to Land More Freelance Writing Gigs
“If an editor or publisher knows you’re going to actively promote their publication after you work for them, they’ll be much more inclined to hire you.”