Could Mobile Responsive Website Design Hurt Your SEO?

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Allow your jaw to become unhinged at this statistic:

There are over 1 million more mobile devices activated every day across the world than there are babies born.

Yeah, mind = blown.

Indeed, designing with a mobile-first mindset becomes more important — quite literally — by the day. As does answering burning questions related to mobile design best practices.

For example: Is mobile responsive web design good for SEO or not?

This has become a hotly debated topic, even right here in the Copyblogger comment sections, with reasonable minds making reasonable arguments on both sides.

Depending on where you look and what you read, you might come away thinking that Responsive Web Design is in perfectly fine shape regarding SEO … or that it creates a mess that’s going to destroy your search results.

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How to Immediately Become a More Productive (and Better) Writer

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You want to become a better writer.

I know this because you’re reading Copyblogger.

I also know that you fear becoming a better writer.

This I know because you must change to become better, and to fear change is to be human.

But what if I told you that you only need to change one thing — one small thing — to achieve your goal of becoming a better writer?

Would you believe me?

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What’s the Best Way to Backup Your WordPress Website?

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Nearly 14 years ago today, some of the greatest advice in the history of online publishing was dispensed.

Twas May of 1999 when the chart-topping modern day philosopher Terius Gray (better known by his apt stage name ‘Juvenile’), applied his lyrical genius to the Internet, imploring website owners everywhere to “back that thang up.

For those of you not up on the latest slang definitions, “thang,” of course, means “website.”

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3 Ways Your Website is Losing Readers

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The last time you got into your car, did you notice if your wheels were properly aligned?

My guess is that 99.99% of you didn’t even consider it. And if you did, would you really know how to check anyway?

But it’s an important question. Wheels being out of alignment can decrease gas mileage, reduce the longevity of tires through uneven wear, and make handling the car more difficult.

You might even say that it can cost you in traffic.

The same is true for your website.

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A Real Simple Solution to the Death of Google Reader

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The white plume of smoke that rose above The Vatican on March 13, 2013 signaled the dawning of a new Pope in Rome.

Meanwhile, halfway across the world, a plume of black smoke rose over Mountain View, CA as last rites were read to a content distribution legend.

Google Reader is dead, put down by the hands of its maker.

The beloved RSS reader will be laid to rest officially on July 1, making the next 3+ months a requiem … for a stream.

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective WordPress Publishers

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This summer, the world lost one of its most highly effective teachers. Stephen Covey died on July 16, 2012, age 79.

Covey will be remembered as a transformative thinker on leadership and personal effectiveness. His book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is, and will continue to be, one of the greatest instruction manuals for personal productivity and growth ever written.

Today’s post is a respectful homage to his most lasting legacy — those 7 habits.

And since we focus on WordPress around here, that’s what we’ll apply them to.

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