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2 Google AMP plugins reviewed
Looks can be deceiving 
Google Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) will re-release near the end of February, 2016. So far, two plugins have been created for WordPress that support the special tags needed to serve a stripped down, super-fast version of your blog posts on mobile. See how each of them fared in extensive tests, and what tricks and tips you need to know to add more components like video, embedded Tweets, and others.
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+MaAnna Stephenson yes, but Wordpress will bring out a system that will make any plugins redundant.

As soon as I heard the Wordpress developer guy saying they were working on it in the 2nd AMP hangout I got a bit disillusioned.

Great that they are doing it, but it makes you wonder, what's the point in spending hours/days/weeks learning and developing when Wordpress will do it all anyway?

I asked that question in the Hangout and also made a post here - https://plus.google.com/+TerrySimmonds/posts/7ksyctycu9V



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Free can be the most expensive thing you ever do
 
New site owners often fall prey to wanting everything for free... but the cost of free can be much higher than you realize!
http://bit.ly/wpblab20
Learn how to avoid the most expensive pitfalls new site owners fall prey to with wanting everything for free. I’ll share details from site audits that reveal just how much money free really costs.
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Sometimes, but not always ;)
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Amen +Terry Green!! Blab has had a radical impact on my biz. I love it!!!
 
Hosting a Blab show is a great way to showcase your expertise, get the word out about your business and establish yourself as an expert! http://ow.ly/XJcXy #BizEase #Blab
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Don't make changes to your site until this is over, if you're hosting on SiteGround
 
SiteGround announced that they will make major changes to their shared hosting infrastructure starting TOMORROW!
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SiteGround announced that they will make major changes to their shared hosting infrastructure starting on February 1, 2016. Here’s what you need to be aware of with these changes.
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Hey y'all. Sorry for sharing my last two blog posts here. Thought I was sharing from my biz page to my profile, but looks like the share setting on the mobile app was still stuck on this Community board. I deleted the posts.
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Thanks +Paula Guilfoyle. There are lots of us here who do things other than Udemy and we can learn from one another. I'd like to keep my posts here focused on the group's topic, which is online education. I'll post anything I have about member sites, video marketing or such, and folks can follow me directly for all else.
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Here's what I think of the new cloud backup service from iThemes
I don't rant much, but when I do, I have reason.
 
BackupBuddy to Release Stash Live Cloud Backup Service! http://bit.ly/1WI4Rlr
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The stats are in. Video continues to ramp up as a fave way for folks to get to know you and consume your content. See the new trends for yourself
 
There are 25 content and video marketing stats that you need to be paying attention to!
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Tips include: - The Real Cost of Free in Site Ownership #WPblab Ep. 20 - WordPress 4.4.2 rolling out – what’s in the update - Is WordPress changing too fast – Matt Mullenweg’s response - the best spam plugin and service - SiteGround migrates all of their shared hosting clients - massive DDoS attacks continue - what you can learn from folks having their biggest income year ever - how and why to write captivating blog post intros - 25 content and v...
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+Bronwyn White yeah, if you have a video to share in the newsletter, it will get opened and seen more.
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The Real Cost of Free in Site Ownership – WPblab Ep. 20
Wed Feb 3 at 1pm ET / 10am PT
Subscribe or watch live https://blab.im/blogaid-the-real-cost-of-free-in-site-ownership-wpblab-ep-20

Learn how to avoid the most expensive pitfalls new site owners fall prey to with wanting everything for free. I’ll share details from site audits that reveal just how much money free really costs.
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Noticing how live-streaming video has become a legit and popular way to connect with your peeps. There's a platform to suit everyone now. Thanks to +Ana Hoffman for helping us keep on top of the changes and trends.
 
HOT OFF THE PRESS 🔥: Weekly Marketing Skinny • January 30, 2016

All essential marketing news of the week in a 2-minute read. That's what Weekly Marketing Skinnies at Traffic Generation Café are all about.

Read the new Weekly Marketing Skinny: http://www.trafficgenerationcafe.com/weekly-marketing-news-1-30-2016/

In the marketing spotlight this week:

♨ negative SEO;
♨ sitewide links;
♨ once indexed, stays indexed?
♨ now Facebook is just bragging…
♨ FB Reactions coming soon;
♨ LinkedIn hacks;
♨ Periscope goes GoPro;
♨ new Snapchat share option;
♨ Firefox push notifications;
♨ how to manage Twitter;
♨ …and much more.

Read it now: http://www.trafficgenerationcafe.com/weekly-marketing-news-1-30-2016/

Huge thanks to +Robin Strohmaier +Kevin Duncan +David Hartshorne +Barrie Smith for mentioning me in your posts this week; you are featured in this week's Skinny!

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In the marketing news this week: SEO good-to-knows, Facebook's huge numbers, FB Reactions are coming, LinkedIn hacks, and more.
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Livestreaming is definitely gaining ground! Thanks for sharing, +MaAnna Stephenson.
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Heads up for SiteGround users
What their shared hosting changes mean for you. It's happening Feb 1 and they are asking that you make no changes to your site during the migration.
SiteGround announced that they will making major changes to their shared hosting infrastructure starting on February 1, 2016. Here’s what you need to be aware of with these changes.
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Udemy Chat - discuss all things Udemy  - 
 
With almost 6 months of stats, it's clear that I make 13x more money when I promote my course and Udemy does nothing compared to when Udemy promotes my course and I do nothing.

And I lost more money on their sales and my coupons than if I had offered those same discounts via my own membership.

To date, I've lost 3x more than what I've made, had those purchases I drove to Udemy bought directly from me, and no sales had happened on Udemy. My gross this month averages $4 per student. Not exactly what I expected for $47 courses that are not on sale.

Yes, I could work harder and do better on Udemy.

I could put that same effort into my own.

And that's what I plan to do for now.

I'll be back to Udemy, but with lead generation courses. And that's what I plan to do with the courses on Udemy now, pull them back and keep the meat of the tutorials on my own property. Basically, make them a "lite" version and change the name a little to reflect that so there is less confusion.

Because Udemy gives me the nice meters of what folks have watched, most people will never know much of anything changed.

For those who do and complain, I'll need to find a way to have them contact me directly so that I can give them free admission to my member site.

Any ideas for best ways to do that are appreciated.

I appreciate all of the wonderful support in this Community and I'll be keeping tabs and watching how Udemy continues to change. I still believe that it is worthwhile to be there. I'm just not comfortable with the games played to make it successful there at this time. That's mainly the overinflated student numbers and needing 60 minimal courses. And the way the affiliate program is set up.
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What happens is that you have to keep creating until you get a good heavy hitter, although sometimes you have a heavy hitter but it just hasn't ripened enough yet.

The name of the game is lots of courses on niche subjects that you can cross promote like crazy...
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Are custom meta descriptions worth creating anymore?
Since the fall I've seen Google totally ignore the custom meta description for what it displays in SERPs for pages, which is where most folks take the time to even create a well crafted thing to show.

I've been seeing this in site audits, across all sites, with all manner of SEO setup.

If Google is going to put this info on ignore, and show the first content on the page, or whatever other combo it makes up due to the search, then that means that feature of SEO plugins have lost all power and are not worth spending the extra time to do.

And, it also means that the first content on the page has to return to double duty of converting in SERPs and on the page.

Here's how I'm searching to see these SERPs. I'm inputting the exact title of the page, like About MaAnna Stephenson. So, there is no generic or broad search term involved. And doing so with an incognito window.

Is anyone else seeing this? Are my conclusions on or off target?
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Agreed +Steven J Wilson I'm always trying to improve my headlines too
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Owner of BlogAid.net Where non-geeks get total site success consultation and training. WordPress, SEO, security, performance, membership sites, and more.
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I'm a geek who can still speak in plain English. I help small businesses and solopreneurs be successful and profitable through comprehensive site consultation and training including WordPress, SEO, performance, and security.

Visit BlogAid.net to learn more about me and how I can help you become a confident, successful site owner.

I also love trees and working with wood. You can see my unique carvings at Heartwood Art.
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Multi-instrumentalist and composer with music airing in 14 countries, first book was featured in Publishers Weekly, nationally recognized woodcarver featured in several magazines.
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Owner of BlogAid where I help non-geeks become confident, successful site owners.
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WordPress and online marketing trainer and consultant including SEO, security, and performance. Technical writer and creator of video tutorials.
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WP video tutorialA few weeks ago, the Google Analyticator plugin stopped reporting stats to the WordPress Dashboard module. It’s been taken

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