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SMTP Service for Smaller Lists

need to send a newsletter to a subscriber list of about 1500 subscribers to one of my sites. Since I do not have my own servers, and are in a shared hosted plan it has become a small issue and now need to look for something to allow me to send this inexpensively.

I Know One Thing – Part 2

IMAG0845Left_croppedI know one thing: I need to do more…

I set the stage in Part 1 of this post which is an effort to document my current state of mind regarding where I am about my goals in this adventure..    I realize now that:

Income comes from conversions from traffic you attract.

It is funny… Many of the podcasts and videocasts show only the successful approaches, but just a single handful (that I have been able to find) refer to the you how much time they actually spent to get to that point. Just like  home remodel shows on TV!

There are many different skills that come together when approaching this business. Some thoughts on the each of the different areas follow…Read More »I Know One Thing – Part 2

WordPress Site Configuration

WordPress is a pretty amazing platform….   I continue to be amazed at the ecosystem it has…   There are over 59 Million WordPress sites in the world, and over 23,000 plugins!

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By now, I have done several dozen WordPress sites, and thought it would be a good idea to share how I typically configure (plugins) these up..  It is not intended to be a step-by-step tutorial, but rather more of a description of what I use.

Good or bad, this is how I do it and it is working for me so far…   I am always looking to improve things I do, so I welcome any/all constructive comments.

First, some basic guidelines I follow:

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Manage Digital Downloads from within WordPress

I have been looking for a way to  manage digital downloads from within my WordPress site for a while.   I have tried several plugins, but have never come across one that had all of the basic needs I was looking for.

Then I came across Easy Digital Downloads by  Pippin`s Plugins.


WOW! — It is a free plugin  that allows you to sell your downloads without expensive hidden fees…   Key features include:Read More »Manage Digital Downloads from within WordPress

Link Redirection and Count

abacus1Every book, eBook, blog and podcast I have read, mentions the same thing:

You got to be able to account for your incoming and outgoing traffic.

When setting up blog you must be able to track your statistics (not only the people coming in, but also which links within the site are more effective than others.  This topic is also very much linked to affiliate marketing as most of the links that are used for that purpose are cumbersome and long…    What I need is a URL shrinking or URL Shortener / manager within my WordPress blog.  Read More »Link Redirection and Count