Archive for November, 2016

3 Review Types to Drive Blog Traffic

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

In today’s blogosphere, there is so much attention given to driving traffic to your blog or website. Newbies ask about it. So called experts talk about it. And serious bloggers? Well, they do it.

In researching the topic of driving traffic for this post, I discovered three product review types used by bloggers who successfully build traffic. These types of posts are time tested avenues for bringing those much desired readers to your site.

1. Product Reviews
There are a couple of different ways you can go with product reviews. First, you can simply review products you already use in an effort to increase your readership. Or, secondly, you can reach out to various product owners within your niche. These owners are always looking for new and fresh ways to promote their wares. By simply reaching out to product owners within your niche you can sometimes score some free swag in exchange for writing a post outlining your honest opinion about the product, whether good or bad.

For example, if you own a tech blog, you could review various tech gadgets like tablets, smartphones, software, or The Hopper.

2. Resource Reviews
Another review type that is sure to produce a spike in your page views is resource reviews. Again, as with product reviews, those who own or develop resources are also looking for ways to get their products out there and noticed. Therefore, by writing an honest review of a great resource — whether paid or free — you can provide useful information about something you use. A good example would be a WordPress-related blog that reviews plugins and themes.

3. Entertainment Reviews
The third type of review that is a surefire traffic generator is entertainment reviews. Many readers look for reviews of the newest movie, latest TV show, or juiciest piece of current events news. By presenting your own perspective on these and other entertainment topics, you can capitalize on the buzz that has already been generated around them. A prime example would be an entertainment or news blog that reviews movies and TV shows.

I hope this trifecta of review possibilities awakens a fresh and new path of opportunities for you and your blog. After you leave a comment, be sure to Like, Tweet, and Pin as I am very interested to hear how you have used review posts on your blog or site.

PhpMyAdmin: Database Backup Tutorial

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

Today, I’m going to share a step-by-step guide for performing a database backup via phpMyAdmin.

Don’t be afraid of PhpMyAdmin

Saving a backup of your database doesn’t have to be scary. There’s actually nothing scary about PhpMyAdmin. It only takes a few clicks to create a backup of your database that you can save to your computer and use to restore your site if needed. You can’t rely on just an XML export from WordPress – it’s not enough – it won’t save your settings, your images, your user data and your theme customizations, etc.

Backing up your database is actually very simple and straight forward.

To create a backup of your blog via PhpMyAdmin, simply follow this step-by-step guide or watch the video I created for you, below.

How to Backup Your WordPress Database with PhpMyAdmin

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

  • Access to your cPanel (URL, username, and password)
  • A jumpdrive, Google Drive , Dropbox account or other place to store large files

To export a copy of your blog’s database, follow these steps:

1. Log into your cPanel.

2. Scroll down until you find the “Databases” section.

3. Click the “phpMyAdmin” link. (You may need to re-log in)

4. Locate your blog’s database in the left-hand sidebar and click the link.

5. Locate the “Export” button at the top of the page and click it”

6. Leave the default settings alone and just click “Go.”

7. Save a copy in a folder on your local drive and an additional copy on a jumpdrive or to Google Drive (recommended).

If ever you need to restore or move your blog, simply follow steps 1-4 and this time click “Import”. Locate your file and then upload it. It’s that quick and easy.

Schedule Manual or Automatic Backups

If you’re going to back up your site manually, I recommend deciding on a back up schedule that you will adhere to faithfully. Try to adhere to a weekly, or every-other weekly backup schedule if you only post a few times a week. If you update your site frequently, you may want to do backups every couple of days or use a plugin to back up your site automatically.

Warning: plugins can conflict with each other, so be sure to back up your site before uploading one of these plugins – I know… ironic, huh? I had remove a previous backup plugin because it was causing errors and failing to backup, but perhaps, they’ve worked out the bugs since then.

3 Automatic Database Backup plugin Options
BackWPup – Free – (I’ve decided to give this one a try) – I like that this plugin can automatically send backups to Dropbox. There are other options if you’re willing to pay to upgrade your account.

Backup – Free – I like the fact that it’s possible send backups to Google Drive, but I used this one years ago and experienced some issues. I’m sure things have been updated and kinks worked out, but I decided to go with the previous option.

So now you know what to do! Spend a few minutes preserving your site’s content today! What backup plugins are you using? Share your experiences with backup plugins – which back up plugin works best? worst?