Wow I can’t believe another month has ended and we’re now into March, almost at the end of the first quarter. Where does the time go?
I do hope that you’ve all been able to make real progress with your blog and your online business development this month. Do share with me your achievements in the comment section below, I’d love to hear what you’ve been up to, and been able to achieve this month.
OK so it’s also that wonderful time of the month where I share with you 5 hugely epic blog posts, 5 posts that really stood out for me during the month of February.
I want you all to know that it was really hard picking only 5 articles, because there were countless posts that I enjoyed reading, and one or two of them have really helped me with my own blogging issues, but there can only be 5 in my pick of the month.
Shout Outs And Announcements
Before I get down to sharing these 5 posts with you, I want to give shout outs to a few people.
A huge thanks to Enstine Muki for featuring me on his blog at EnstineMuki.com, what an honour, as a result of that featured post I got a few new followers to my blog. Here’s the link to that feature post.
I also want to give huge thanks to Adrienne Smith for making my head grow a few inches bigger last month, she included my post where I shared my list building strategies in her Magical Monday series, it was an honour to see my picture alongside some of the high profile bloggers, thanks Adrienne, and here’s that post on Adrienne’s blog, do check it out.
Also thanks to Sylviane Nuccio for nominating me as one of the persons who inspired her this year, wow, another awesome honour. I’ll certainly accept the nomination with a post in a few weeks time. You can check out that post over on Sylviane’s blog here.
I have one more shout out, and this one’s to Ryan from BlueHost VPS technical support, who responded to my email within just a few minutes regarding the slow loading times I was experiencing across all of my sites for most of Thursday 26th February.
Little did I know I was only running on one CPU, when I was actually paying for 2, and Ryan sorted that out for me. He also recommended that I do something to optimise all of my sites, which I’ve now done. The process took me quite a bit of time to complete, because I have 7 sites hosted on my BlueHost VPS account.
Again, thanks Ryan, and although I’ve experienced more issues and downtime with BlueHost this last 12 months, than I ever had in the previous 3 years, their technical support team have always been helpful, for me at least anyway, I can’t fault them there, which is why
I recommend Bluehost for starting up a blog or WordPress website.
Goodbye Genesis, Hello Thrive Themes
After 4 years of being loyal to StudioPress and running all of my blogs on Genesis, I’ve broken the run by switching this blog over from using Genesis to Thrive Themes. However, I still love Genesis and will continue to use them on my other websites.
I’ve been so impressed with what Thrive have done lately, I’m now using all of their conversion focused products to build this blog and it’s working! The theme I’m using fits the bill perfectly, and I haven’t had to do too much tweaking here and there.
The homepage of this site of course remains to be 100% my creation, it is not part of the theme, I built that homepage from the ground up with some basic HTML and CSS coding, with the use of the Content Builder plugin.
Another new logo!!! What’s going on???
As some of you may know I’ve been experimenting with various logo designs, in the last few months alone I’ve been through 2 logo designs.
A few of you emailed me to tell me that my current logo design sucked (the one before the one I’m using now), and that it bulged out from the rest of the content on my site, it just didn’t fit in.
Thanks for your honesty peeps, I really appreciate that, but I actually liked that logo, however when I looked at it from those perspectives, I kind of agreed.
So I went back to the drawing board and came up with something a little less in your face! Using the same typography, I’ve incorporated more of the colours of the site into the logo, and with a white transparent background. I’ve also incorporated the speech bubbles back into the site, the very first logo for this blog had a speech bubble.
If you’re interested in getting a new logo design for your blog or website, please do check out my custom logo and graphic design services here.
OK that’s the shoutouts and announcements out of the way, let me share with you my top 5 blog posts for February, before you doze off to sleep, hoping you haven’t already done so!
Top 5 Posts Of February 2015 From Around The Blogosphere
#1. ProBloggingSuccess – 201 Motivational Quotes For Personal And Business Success – We all need a bit of motivational boost from time to time, especially those of us who work very hard from home trying to build a business. Apart from the support we get from our close friends, families and online community, we don’t really have anyone else to spur us on but ourselves. This post is just what the Doctor ordered, and thanks to Jane Sheeba for posting this one over on her blog at ProBloggingSuccess – Check the post out here.
I’d love to hear what your favourite motivational quote is, so do leave it with your comment below should you wish to.
#2. How To Diversify Your Blog Content With Different Forms Of Expert Interviews – Another post I want to give credit to this month is one posted over on Basic Blog Tips by Ann Smarty. In this post Ann shares some amazing ways, and presents some great examples of diversifying blog content, by publishing expert interviews in different formats. Something I definitely want to try in the future for this blog, but in the meantime please head over to BBT to read the post. – Here’s the link.
#3. The Solopreneurs Guide To A Productive Home Office [Infographic] – Chris Ducker always produces some fine content over on his blog, and what caught my attention this month was his infographic, where he shares some very useful tips and ideas for creating a productive environment within the home office. Like Chris, I love working in my home office, sometimes though I’ll venture off down the coffee shop for a break of routine, but I’m most productive and most of the magic happens in my home office.
One thing I do have on the cards in the near future peeps, is to give you guys a video tour of my home office, and share with you some of the things that I use to helps me to stay organised and productive, keep an eye out for that one, in the meantime, check out that infographic post over on Chris’s blog.
#4. A Brief Guide To Fixing Your Old, Neglected, And Broken Content – Right this one’s a blinder, and if you’re a regular reader of CopyBlogger, which you should be, then you won’t have missed this true gem. If you’ve not yet read this post, do check it out. I read this post with great interest and it helped me to try and figure out, what expired content I could have on my own blog? If any I would probably say some of my product reviews, and ‘how to’ posts will need fixing at some stage, since we’re now in 2015. Some of the reviews on my blog were written early last year. – OK you can find this post here.
#5. How A Top Blogger Can Fix His Bounce Rate Problems – OK last but not least is this truly amazing post over on Matthew Woodward’s blog. Bounce rate is one metric we can’t ignore, and it’s critical that we do everything we can to keep our site’s bounce rate down. One lazy method would be to use the Zero Bounce WordPress plugin, but it’s not the best solution by far, not on a long term basis anyway.
In this in-depth post, Matthew goes through one of his client’s blog and shares some of the things that could be done to improve bounce rate. This was very interesting as I was also reflecting on my own ‘high bounce rate’, and making some notes on what I could do to improve this in the future. – Read Matthew’s post here.
So there you have it folks, my top 5 unmissable posts for February, once again if you missed any of these amazing pieces of content, head over to these blogs and check them out now! That is all I have for you this week, hope you all have a wonderful productive week once again, and I hope to see you in the comments area.
Your friend, Fabrizio Van Marciano.