About Link Picks
Link Picks is a selection of posts by bloggers to help grow your small business, blog or non-profit organization. Note on choices: I tend to pick recent links from bloggers with whom I’ve interacted, whether on their blog, this Websites for Small Biz blog, on Twitter, on Google+ or elsewhere in social media. I then might include important news, such as on WordPress permalinks. Enjoy, and please give feedback on what you find useful.
Suggested Posts by Knowledgeable, Friendly Bloggers
Unfollow Twitter Users – The Easy Way
Too many followers on Twitter? Not sure who is following you and who isn’t? Want more followers? Jens Berget teaches us about various tools useful for managing followers on your Twitter account. In particular, he talks about a tool called Tweepi, and he demonstrates in a video how to use Tweepi.
4 SEO Tips to Optimize your WordPress Blog
Much has been written on SEO, search engine optimization. The difference on Sherryl Perry‘s blog is she lays out a few basic tips for you to follow and explains carefully as a teacher would (she has a teaching background) how to set up your post for search engine optimization. For example, she shows how you can put important headers (h1, h2, h3, h4) tags in your post.
Social Media and Your Small Business Website
I was pleased when Don Campbell of Expand2web asked me to write a guest post for his blog. The result is a post on ways to integrate social media with your small business website. What sorts of plugins can you use? Where can you place the social media icons – you may decide to place them in multiple locations on your website or blog. How can you track the success of your social media integration?
Links to help your Small Business Grow – WordPress Permalinks
It used to be that if you use /%postname%/ for WordPress permalinks, there was an issue of a performance problem with sites that have large numbers of pages. This Postname Permalinks issue was solved with WordPress 3.3, and Yoast explains in his post How to change your WordPress Permalinks. He has a button on that page to a tool to Generate Redirects – it will produce a line you can put in your .htaccess file. If you use the Redirect tool, you can put the first part of the redirect in Source URL and the second half in Target URL (and click Regular Expression box). I just tried it for this site, and it worked just fine.
The red arrow points to the Source URL and the green arrow points to the Target URL.
The redirection tool set up for this redirection of old URLs with dates to new URLs with postname only looks like this:
Your Turn, Please
Did you find any posts in the past week that were particularly helpful to your small business? Feel free to leave a link in the comments. Also, please let me know which topics reviewed in this post were helpful.