All posts written by Drew Hendricks

10 Ad-Free Alternatives to Disqus WordPress Comments Published by Drew Hendricks • Resources • Published August 18, 2017

For a long time, Disqus was one of the better WordPress comment plugins. They are a large platform with users around the web, so many people who have used Disqus in one place are already registered to comment on your site as well.
Unfortunately, when Disqus added their advertising system, it started t…

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Does The Disqus Comments Plugin Slow Your Site Down? Published by Drew Hendricks • Search Engine Optimization • Published July 23, 2017

When you run a blog using WordPress, you have a handful of different options for comments. You can run the native comments system, and optionally add in something like Akismet to filter out the spam. You can run a SEO-scheme plugin like CommentLuv, to try to get some added value from an external commun…

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Do You Need a Custom Domain to Be Successful with a Blog? Published by Drew Hendricks • Resources • Published July 17, 2017

Let me answer your question with a question. You ask whether or not you need a custom domain to be successful as a blogger. To this I respond: search for any keyword you want. I’ll wait.
Got one? Alright, tell me. How many of the results on the first TWO pages of Google – that’s the top ~…

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Should You Install Your Blog on a Separate Domain? Published by Drew Hendricks • Search Engine Optimization • Published July 13, 2017

There are two different ways you could run a blog for your website. One of them is running it on your website, which is what most people do. In this instance, it can either be a subdomain or a subfolder. That is, www.blog.example.com or www.example.com/blog/.
The other option is to run it separately fr…

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How to Grow a Successful Blog on Medium.com Published by Drew Hendricks • Content Marketing • Published June 20, 2017

Medium is an interesting site. It’s a blogging platform, much like WordPress.com or Tumblr, but rather than allowing disparate sites on the same network, it lumps everything together under the Medium bannerhead. You don’t get your own personal logo or branding or theme. At the top of…

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How Much Should You Be Spending on Blog Content? Published by Drew Hendricks • Content Marketing • Published May 24, 2017

If you hopped into a time machine and traveled back to the early 2000s, and interviewed a thousand marketers about their impressions of content marketing, most of them would wonder where you got a time machine and would quickly derail any attempt to get a good survey result. If you didn’t tell t…

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How to Do Content Marketing Without Wasting Time and Money Published by Drew Hendricks • Content Marketing • Published May 13, 2017

Content marketing is one of the modern keys to success with an online business, and even with offline businesses that want to expand beyond the confines of their zip code. The internet is a great equalizer, at least as long as Net Neutrality exists, and it allows anyone to reach a global audience, with…

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What is The Best Commenting Plugin for WordPress Sites? Published by Drew Hendricks • Content Marketing • Published April 18, 2017

WordPress default comments are a pretty common sight on the web, since so many people use them. They’re also pretty easy to spam, even when you have anti-spam plugins installed. This is why some big blogs simply disable comments, and others have full-time moderation teams. There are, howeve…

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Can a Plugin Make a WordPress Blog Mobile Friendly? Published by Drew Hendricks • Resources • Published April 5, 2017

WordPress is an eminently customizable platform, but at its core, it still has a solid framework. You can change the skin and change the flesh, but changing the bones is harder than it seems. This is why even now, with mobile web browsing at an all-time high and rising, with Google making mobile compat…

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The Best WordPress SEO Plugins: 2017 Edition Published by Drew Hendricks • Search Engine Optimization • Published March 22, 2017

There are a million articles out there about WordPress plugins, and even we have written some before. The trouble is, so many of them are so old it’s hard to tell what’s up to date and what’s not. Rather than add to the confusion and update old posts, I’ve decided to write a new…

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