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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What Friedrich Nietzsche Can Teach You About Using WordPress Plugins

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“Our greatest strengths can also be our greatest weaknesses.”

Have you heard/read this quote?

Curious about it, I spent some time searching online for its author. After painstakingly sifting through a morass of websites — and remembering that the web’s greatest strength (so much information!) can also be its greatest weakness (so much information!) — I finally settled on a surprising answer:

No one said it. The closest thing I could find that’s attributed to a single person, is the following line from Friedrich Nietzsche:

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15 WordPress User Errors That Make You Look Silly [Infographic]

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Through superior flexibility and excellent quality, WordPress shed the label of mere “blogging” software long ago.

It’s become an indispensible content publishing platform for millions of real businesses and talented writers and thinkers across the web.

Chances are, it’s even powering your website, which makes the infographic you’ll find below indispensible.

If you’re running your site on WordPress there’s a chance you’re running into certain errors that can make you look, well, just a little bit silly.

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How to Set Up Your SEO-Friendly WordPress Website in 15 Minutes

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For serious WordPress publishers with specific online business objectives, there is no more critical component to your website’s long-term value than its search engine rankings.

Brian Clark reiterated this just a few days ago when announced the launch of Scribe 4.0:

“… we consider targeted search engine traffic the most valuable site visitors you can get when it comes to meeting business objectives.”

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The WordPress Website Owner’s Emergency Checklist

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As a human partaking in civilized society, there are certain pieces of information that you simply have to know, and critical documents you need to have at-the-ready at a moment’s notice.

For example, I bet that right now you know what your social security number is and where your social security card is located.

I bet you also know where your birth certificate is. If you have a passport, I bet you know where that is, too. Driver’s license? Deed to your house? Debit card? You can likely rattle off their locations without much thought.

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