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You probably know that websites have frontends (what the public sees) and backends (the technology that creates and serves them). In this article, we will recommend articles from our sister site, Mobile Atom Code, that look at the coding languages, databases, and servers of WordPress. Bookmark this post and peruse them at your leisure to see how they make the backend of WordPress work.
For any email to be effective, it must have a specific goal and capitalize on establishing trust with your audience. Before we look at how to write effective emails, let’s start with a few quick points. As human beings, we crave interaction. Emails are an opportunity to interact with your audience on a one-to-one basis. As I have mentioned before it is the only communication medium that remains private. If your emails are useful and engaging, they can be incredibly effective.
Do you ever feel like being in business is a fight for your life? We both know the marketplace is an arena for competition. And to win this battle you need to be at the top of your game. Having better marketing than your opponents is essential to success. Your website and blog are two of your most precious business assets. In my opinion, you should only trust them with WordPress.
Let’s start learning how to use analytics to make decisions that lead to conversions. After you start benefiting from visits to your site, blog posts and landing pages you want to increase that traffic. You want to make sure more of it leads to subscribers to your email list, sign-ups for your free content and most importantly eventual customers. For that to happen, your content must convert. And the only way for you to know if it does is to analyze your site’s traffic.
A well-planned search optimization strategy will maximize visits to your site and blog. If you have read my earlier posts, you have learned how to drive the actions you want visitors to take on your WordPress site and blog. But if no one gets a chance to see your media content you will not see any results. There are many ways to drive traffic to your site. The way most prospects who are not familiar with your business will find you is via search engine results (serps).
Well planned and executed landing pages turn your email, social media, and blog content into sales. Let’s start learning how to use landing pages to ask for the sale. As we saw in my earlier post, copywriting is essential to any business’s marketing success. It becomes a high art form on landing pages. Landing pages are ones where you want the viewer to take a single, particular action after viewing them. They drive the second A in your AIDA sales process. Attention, Interest, Desire, Action.
Your website/blog is your most valuable online asset. It should be on WordPress. More than 35 percent of the world’s websites are built and run on WordPress. WordPress itself says, “over 409 million people view more than 21.1 billion pages each month” on the platform. If you are smart enough to invest in a blog, WordPress is the only platform you should use. Your blog houses the heart of your content marketing. It is an asset that will always be there for you. Consequently, it is your most valuable online asset. It should be a WordPress blog.
If your site is your online salesperson, its posts are the subtle tools of its trade. And if your blog is the heart of your content marketing world, your blog posts are its lifeblood. They are what will move visitors from being prospects to becoming customers. They are what you will share with social media to draw people to your site so you can convert them into customers. And they are what you will promote in your email marketing to current customers in order to deepen loyalty and gain a larger share of their wallets. Blog posts are the most important form of your marketing media.
This is from Hope for Today Psychotherapy and Counseling’s Linda Mesing Cook. It is great advice for everyone but especially us entrepreneurs. I had to share it. Be sure to follow these stress reduction strategies. Need less stress? Here’s what to do. In this post, I would like to provide you a challenge. Trying a few simple behaviors each day will greatly reduce your everyday stress. We will call these the ABCs of stress reduction. I am sure that if you commit to doing A, B and C for 21 days in a row you will see your stress significantly reduced.
For epic results with your web videos use storytelling and emotional branding. Congratulations. You made one of the best marketing decisions of your career. You’re producing a video to promote your company or product. That means you are going to sell more goods and services. There is one thing that has the most impact on your video’s success. It is storytelling.
You’re a business owner. Why would you want to know anything about software coding? Because every single aspect of your business strategy requires tools to execute it. These tools now run on code. If entrepreneurs are the engines of the economy, technology is the fuel. Do you want to make smart investment decisions and understand the ROI on your accounting, CRM, sales tools, cloud computing, and operating software?
For a few more years at least we will continue to use desktop and laptop computers in the workplace. That means we will continue staring at a monitor for hours each day while tweeting, writing, posting, designing, retargeting, etc, etc, etc.. If we are going to slowly degrade our eye site we should at least be as productive as possible while doing so. How do you do that? By using two monitors rather than one.
There are many marketing mediums requiring strategic and creative tools in order to be used successfully. Most businesses are small businesses. And yours is probably no different. Unfairly or not you have to compete with larger and better-funded opponents. Content Marketing is a weapon that your David can use against their Goliath. But to do it right you have to have the right tools. This post lists many that can help you attract visitors to your website and convert them into customers.