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Meetup Notes for Breakthrough Blogging Success
Here are some of the websites, services, concepts, links, etc. we mentioned tonight.
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation:
This is an affiliate link to Amazon.com that will benefit Las Vegas Bloggers Meetup Group if you click through and purchase the book or anything else from Amazon.com for the next 24 hours.
Grammarly is free and makes you a better writer by finding and correcting up to 10 times more mistakes than your word processor. There is also a premium version that helps you with more options to find sentence structure and writing style issues and get suggestions for more effective vocabulary usage. I used Grammarly to analyze this post and it found at least 6 issues I fixed before publishing.
This is an affiliate link to Grammarly.com that will benefit Las Vegas Bloggers Meetup Group if you click through and purchase any of Grammarly’s services BUT remember that the basic service is free.
How to Analyze Headlines
A question that came up at the meetup was if there are any tools for analyzing your blog post headlines. Turns out there is. I have not tested any of these but here is a short list.
Google Search results for “how to test headlines”
how to test headlines
Coschedule Headline Analyzer
The free blog post headline analyzer will score your overall headline quality and rate its ability to result in social shares, increased traffic, and SEO value.
Blog Posts/Other Sites
43 Data-Driven Headline Ideas From 1,000 Of The Most Popular Posts
KingSumo Headlines – paid service I have not tried yet.
What tools does Upworthy employ to test its headlines?
More than 10,000 bloggers, editors, and social marketers trust the CoSchedule editorial calendar to plan their blog, content marketing, and social media. I use it on my CarbSmart.com and GlutenSmart.com sites to plan my social media posts. I have posts scheduled through 2017.
This is an affiliate link to Coschedule.com that will benefit Las Vegas Bloggers Meetup Group if you click through and purchase any of Coschedule’s plans, BUT I would still suggest it and the trial is free.
KeywordSpy provides Competitive Intelligence, Keyword Research, Budget Statistics, Market Reports, ROI Indicator and Advanced Searches to help you understand what your competition is doing.
Help A Reporter Out
HARO provides journalists with a robust database of sources for upcoming stories and daily opportunities for sources to secure valuable media coverage. Basic service is free, but you can pay for including multiple keywords in your profile to help journalists find your specialties.
Canva is a free web app to help you easily create beautiful designs + documents. Use Canva’s drag-and-drop feature and professional layouts to design consistently stunning graphics.
Yoast SEO Plugin
The plugin that most of us use for Search Engine Optimization is Yoast SEO. Improve your WordPress SEO: Write better content and have a fully optimized WordPress site using Yoast SEO plugin.
Suggestion – Let’s all follow each other on Twitter
One of our new members, Bootsie, suggested we should all follow each other on Twitter and other social media. The easiest way right now is to start by following us on Twitter at @LVBloggerMeetup.
Plugins and Ideas from Russ Aaron
Russ Aaron, our meetup member who is also the organizer for the Las Vegas WordPress Meetup Group, told us about the following things:
A lightweight caching plugin for WordPress that makes your website faster by generating static HTML files plus WebP support.
WordPress 4.4 “Clifford” & Embed Everything feature
WordPress just release version 4.4 and there are some great new features including the new Embed Everything. Now you can embed your posts on other WordPress sites. Simply drop a post URL into the editor and see an instant embed preview, complete with the title, excerpt, and featured image if you’ve set one. We’ll even include your site icon and links for comments and sharing. Here’s an example: