Ten Commandments of Search Engines

Ten Commandments of Search Engines

Time for a little updating to one of the most popular articles on this site! Even after Panda and Penguin where Google made it clear that we should be concerned about our site visitors first, on a daily basis I have clients who want to do the very things that Google has made clear are spammy, lack quality and will cause your site to not rank well. Both of those algos haven't even been run again … [Read more...]

Why I Left Facebook (and never really did G+)

So Done With Facebook

Yes, I have posts here discussing how to use Social Media. All those posts also note that you need to really "work it" for social to produce benefits. And, I can attest to that -- when I've been active on social media sites you do connect and find networking opportunities. You have LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, G+ and slews of others -- some more niche and market specific social sites. We are … [Read more...]

How to Update to WordPress 4.1.1 Maintenance Release

How to Update WordPress

02.18.15: "WordPress 4.1.1 is now available. This maintenance release fixes 21 bugs in version 4.1. Some of you may have been waiting to update to the latest version until now, but there just wasn’t much to address. WordPress 4.1 was a smooth-sailing release and has seen more than 14 million downloads in the last two months. If you are one of the millions already running WordPress 4.1 and … [Read more...]

Trust is Gold Online; So is Going Social

Trust is Gold Online!

Trust is not something you can launch with a Website. Well, you can -- by having a credible, great looking site that has the visuals and content that instill a perception that lends to trust -- but that's not enough. Just as in the off-line world, trust is built with consistency -- over time. You can't "buy" trust; you have to earn it. Search algorithms have trust factors. For example, … [Read more...]

Does Your WordPress Site Look Dumb on Smartphones?

WordPress Responsive Websites

I've been moving my sites to responsive designs as time permits. While I'm not 100% satisfied with how every site displays, I have reviewed each on mobile platforms and the ones that aren't yet redesigned, do degrade gracefully. Have you looked at your site on a smartphone or tablet? Mobile makes me feel like I'm in the "way-back machine". Back in the day in a land far, far away, web … [Read more...]

My 10 Most Popular Posts of 2014

The IStudio Best of 2014

At this time of year the "resolutions" articles can get overwhelming and redundant! Being my 2014 Resolutions still apply, I thought this year I would share with you the "best of" from The IStudio®. Each year during the slow week between the Holidays I look at my various site's stats and try to gleam information, discover patterns and most importantly look at what was most popular so I … [Read more...]