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Dave Barnhart
Thought-leader in leveraging social media for small businesses growth, gourmet chef, Typepad Guru.
Interests: my hobbies include gourmet cooking and playing the 5-string banjo.
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Situated in the Scottish Highlands on an island at the point where three great sea lochs meet lies Eilean Donan, probably the most iconic castle in Scotland. Almost everything about Eilean Donan is unique and noteworthy, and one of those... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Business Blogging Pros
I visited a website today (I'm not going to say who or show a screenshot - I don't want to embarrass them) on which the only thing shown above the fold was the company's logo on a nice solid-colored background.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2014 at Business Blogging Pros
Free for the first ten people who send me an email at dbarnhart AT businessbloggingpros DOT com. Include your first and last name and the subject "Free Wordpress Security Course". A couple of days ago a hacker made 6544 brute-force... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2014 at Business Blogging Pros
More often than not, we hear a one-size-fits-all answer to the question "How often should I blog?" The real answer is "It depends." Who is your intended audience? What are your blogging goals? If you have a brand new blog... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2014 at Business Blogging Pros
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Face it: Those of us using WordPress need to start paying more attention to security. The days of 'set-and-forget' are long gone. WordPress has become the low-hanging fuit for hackers. Automated bots scour the internet looking for vulnerable WordPress websites.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2014 at Business Blogging Pros
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I once had a personal growth coach describe what she does for her clients: "I help people overcome 'timid living'". Except that I bet her clients never called it 'timid living'. It reminded me of this cartoon by Hugh MacLeod,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2014 at Business Blogging Pros
I was recently approached by a good friend for whom I've done work in the past. Knowing our heavy-duty expertise in WordPress custom development, he came to me for a new website for his organization. His organization is a club,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2014 at Business Blogging Pros
Short Version: Delete unused themes and plugins from your WordPress website, particularly those that are automatically installed by WordPress. Long Version: Do you have a WordPress website? So so then go to your web browser and enter this (replace 'yourdomain.com'... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2014 at Business Blogging Pros
A few days ago I stumbled across an ad for a piece of software deigned to create bunches and gobs of backlinks (inbound links) to your website or blog. I dug a little deeper and discovered that it builds links... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2014 at Business Blogging Pros
I had an appointment with a client this morning. We agreeded to meet in a cafe at a trendy shopping mall that is on the other side of the city - a spot that I visit infrequently. When I arrived... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2014 at Business Blogging Pros
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A few days ago Vic Gundotra, the executive in charge of Google+, announced that he's leaving Google. That triggered a huge kerfluffle of people pronouncing Google+ to be doomed. Even TechCrunch got in on the act with a an article... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2014 at Business Blogging Pros
One of the changes in WordPress 3.9 is the removal of the 'Paste from Word' button and the accompanying improvement in the functionality of the 'Paste as Text' button. There was a 'Paste From Word' button? Yes, and it worked... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2014 at Business Blogging Pros
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With Twitter's redesign of your profile page, Twitter has become more like Facebook. Your Twitter profile page now has a Header Photo, positioned exactly like your Cover Photo on Facebook. I fact just for frun I've made the two identical.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2014 at Business Blogging Pros
While surfing the web yesterday, I read one company's story of how there WordPress website had been hacked. Their description contained this: "To our amazement, we discovered that a common line of malware code had been surreptitiously added to folders... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2014 at Business Blogging Pros
Google is not pushing Google+ in order to compete against Facebook. Google has bigger ideas. Google is pushing Google+ because they want to incorporate social metrics in some future iteration of their page rank algorithm. Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2014 at Business Blogging Pros
We were recently brainstorming with a brand new client. This client provides client-server software in a very narrow and specialized niche that facilitates a significant and mission-critical aspect of their clients' business. While they have been doing a good job... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at Business Blogging Pros
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I have a colleague who owns an SEO company, and he spends his days doing what the SEO specialists do. And to make it more interesting, we each have a client in the same field. My client and his are... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at Business Blogging Pros
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As I talk to business owners about the benefits of blogging I get asked all the usual questions: what platform should I use? What should I write about? Should I have multiple authors? What about guest blogging? etc. There is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at Business Blogging Pros
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As I talk to business owners about the benefits of blogging I get asked all the usual questions: what platform should I use? What should I write about? Should I have multiple authors? What about guest blogging? etc. There is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at Business Blogging Pros
Dear Merchant: Yes, I've done business with you in the past. I really like your products or services and I don't mind receiving the occasional email from you, but you are beginning to annoy me. You are sending me an... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2014 at Business Blogging Pros
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I am a ham radio operator (callsign WB7OBG). I keep a radio tuned to a local UHF FM repeater most of the time, and most of us who use it know each other to some extent. Think of it as... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2014 at Business Blogging Pros
Almost every blogger these days has an eBook available for free download. It would be nice to know how many times that eBook has been downloaded, wouldn't it? Fortunately, Google Analytics provides us with a way.You can create an 'Event'.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2014 at Business Blogging Pros
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Further evidence that my gut-feel campaign against using 'sliders' (also called image rotations or slideshows) is on the right track. This is from an excellent website called WhichTestWon.com that performs A/B testing of verious website functions and features. The version... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2014 at Business Blogging Pros
Recently Matt Cutts, head of Google's Web Spam Team started a small firestorm by saying this: "Okay, I’m calling it: if you’re using guest blogging as a way to gain links in 2014, you should probably stop. Why? Because over... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2014 at Business Blogging Pros
One of the frequent complaints I hear is that a YouTube video imbedded in a blog post does not appear in the blog's RSS feed. This is also true for the 'Subscribe via Email' facilities found on most blogs. The... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2014 at Business Blogging Pros