Meetup – WordPress SEO

Chris Edwards – Optimizing Your Website and Identifying Quality Content for SEO

SEO is a broad topic with many pieces and parts. I will dive into some of the secret tricks I have used on over 450 different websites that help them out rank their competition. I will focus on WordPress and one page websites/landing pages. Time permitting, I will discuss the importance of creating a blog for your business, covering how to write your topic title, best way to structure your article and how to identify the best content to blog about that will generate the best quality traffic.

Sandy Edwards – Local SEO and Why it Is Vital

Local SEO plays a large part in the overall placement of your website on the search engines. It involves 4 major players and 3 main ideas. Come and join us to see how to go about making sure your business, or organization’s Local SEO can be improved. I will discuss Google Plus, Yahoo, Bing, and Yelp listings and how to claim and optimize them. Also, I will cover the importance of the local listing providers, local citations, and why reviews matter. Time permitting, I will walk you through some of the roadblocks you can run into with local listings and how to overcome them.

Tools covered during this meetup:

Desk.PM – Minimal Writing interface for all sorts of platforms

PostStatus – Daily WP news from a talented developer and writer

DeepCrawl – High Performance Website Crawler

Hemingway App – Improve your writing

Grammarly – automatically find and correct writing mistakes

Smart Manager – WP eCommerce bulk editor for product management

August was All About Blogging!

Our August meetup was focused on the topic of blogging. We had three amazing speakers come out to share their knowledge with us!

First up was Bess Auer of FlBlogCon, who taught us a bit about creating offline opportunities for online success:

Next up, Gloria Rand told us about three major SEO mistakes that are keeping bloggers from attracting readers, and how we can fix those:

Finally, Angel Yarde taught us a bit of what she knows about blogging for longevity, organizing your blog, and being consistent with it:

Overall, it was an excellent event with a tremendous amount of information shared. Thanks again to all of our great speakers, and also a huge thanks to Diana Sacoto for once again recording and editing the talks!

2014 Hosting Survey

We’re looking to find the best hosts for WordPress! After so many users asking for suggestions, with so many solutions being offered, we realized that a lot of decisions are made purely on opinion. Now we’re crowdsourcing those opinions to get the best host for an average WordPress website. If your favorite host wasn’t listed, I apologize, but add it to the form and we’ll include it in results.

Please share the link to this survey around. The more responses that we get, the more accurate the results are when we present them. The survey runs until 31 July 2014.