Cloudways Coupon Code & Configuration Guide

In this article, we’re going to cover two things. First, we’ll share our Cloudways coupon code with you, it is: FASTHOSTING Use this coupon code when you signup and you’ll get $25 credit (so 3 months or so FREE on the base plans!) …and in this post we’re going to show you how to configure…

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How to Serve Images in Next-Gen Formats in WordPress

google-pagespeed-nextgen-file-formats

In this post we’re going to show you a super simple way to use .webp images in WordPress without needing a complicated technical solution or web developer. Webp images are usually significantly smaller than the .JPG or .PNG they originated from AND by implementing .webp files you check the “Serve Images In Next-Gen File Formats”…

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How to Fix Slow WordPress Hosting on Network Solutions

How to fix slow website on Network Solutions

Table of Contents Important Note on Network Solutions as a Hosting Provider: What Usually Happens When You Complain About Site Speed to Network Solutions Customer Support 1. Test Your Site’s SpeedPingdom Speed Test2. Caching is a Must Have3. Use CDN and/or Cloudflare4. Compress Your Images 5. Be Sure to Switch to HTTPS for HTTP2 Protocol…

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Abandoned Cart Email Template

Adding an abandoned cart email system to your online store is a fantastic way to boost your online sales. There’s really two parts of an effective abandoned cart email system: Having the system/software/functionality to track abandoned carts and send the automated emails Having an abandoned cart email that actually works Table of Contents What is…

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How To Fix Slow WordPress Hosting On GoDaddy

Slow Godaddy website and how to fix it

Table of Contents Some Important Remarks Regarding Godaddy Hosting:What To Expect When Complaining about Your Site’s Speed to Godaddy1. Speed Test Your Site An Overview of a Pingdom Speed Test2. Consider Caching a MUST3. Make Sure to Use CDN and/or Cloudflare4. Utilize Image Compression5. Switch to HTTPS for HTTP2 Protocol support6. Use PHP7 and You’ll…

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4 Reasons Why Your WordPress Admin Panel Is Slow & How To Fix It

The backend admin panel in WordPress can still run extremely slowly even though the frontend of the site loads lightning fast – we’re regularly asked questions about WordPress backend speed issues. We see this problem regularly over at WPSpeedFix.com, our WordPress Speed Optimization service. Below you’ll find the key reasons why the backend is slow…

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Hey! These are the resources and links from our “SEO for Online Courses & Membership Sites” online workshop. Here’s the link to the slides: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/14QbKDjlv7Ew4Ttga-YhJCecFvWSHwZTQgY57DYW88xA/edit?usp=sharing Ecommerce Marketing & Optimization Course: ParetoEcommerce.com Google Search Console – google.com/webmasters/tools From the Future blog article on keyword research https://ftf.agency/total-addressable-online-market/ Ahrefs.com & Semrush.com Online Course “Preview” Lesson example: https://www.didgeridoodojo.com/advanced-didgeridoo-lessons-techniques/rim-shot-zipper-sound/ Online…

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SEO & Search Engine Marketing that Actually Works!

Our approach to search engine optimisation in a nutshell: Strategies that are commercially viable, easy to understand and that actually work No sneaky lock-in contracts No too good to be true ranking guarantees powered by shady tactics Search marketing that works long term (no short term tactics that risk Google penalising you long term) Table…

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Small Business Online Marketing Strategy

  About Our Marketing Blueprints The approach we use with clients is quite different to most marketing and web agencies. Our marketing blueprints breakdown the strategy and tactics we’re using with our clients to rank them higher in Google, get more traffic and turn more of those visitors into paying customers, ultimately what everyone wants…

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How to Fix Slow Magento in 7 Easy Steps

Trouble with Magento speed or the site is running slow? We’ve been running our agency for over 10 years and initially struggled whenever we took on a Magento client – the sites were usually slow, clunky and difficult to deal with. Site speed is a critical component of user experience, conversion and also Google rankings…

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Best WordPress Hosting for Australia

At first glance, hosting a successful party seems a straightforward affair. Having an exciting theme, stunning decorations, or delicious food is important. But slow serving staff or insufficient room for guests can guarantee failure. Web hosting is the same, so read this article to find out how the best WordPress hosting for Australia throws the…

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Cheap Web Hosting for Australia

Your web host needs to be within your budget and still provide a top-quality service. Different companies have different needs. And each company applies different levels of importance to those needs. Generally, the larger the business, the more diverse those needs can become. So, read below for a guide to the best cheap web hosting…

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How to Make your WordPress Website Mobile-Friendly

Short Version of this article: If you have a WordPress site running on a theme that is not responsive or mobile friendly and don’t want to do a full redesign then the plugin WPTouch will fix your problem. It effectively adds a mobile theme to your site so that smartphone visitors are shown the WPTouch…

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Best Web Hosting in India

Websites tend to change as rapidly as the businesses they support. So, when it comes to hosting your website, it is best to consider both current needs. Also, you need to think about your plans for future growth. With that in mind, let’s look at a few options for the best web hosting in India.…

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Slow WooCommerce Site?

Slow WooCommerce Site

UPDATE (Feb 2019): Through our WPSpeedFix.com service we’ve worked with thousands of sites and close to half the sites we work with are Woocommerce sites – it’s clear that Woocommerce speed and performance issues are extremely common. Table of Contents How to Fix and Speed up Your WooCommerce Site1. Testing SpeedHow To Read & Interpret…

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Online Marketing Strategy for Hotel, Tourism & Accommodation Businesses

About our marketing blueprints: The approach we use with clients is quite different to most marketing and web agencies. Our marketing blueprints breakdown the strategy and tactics we’re using with our clients to rank them higher in Google, get more traffic and turn more of those visitors into paying customers, ultimately what everyone wants right?…

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6 Must-Have WordPress Speed Plugins (+1 You Should Never Use)

WordPress Speed Plugins

A slow WordPress site is a common problem. There is a lot of misinformation spread around the Internet regarding what plugins you should use to speed up your WordPress site and improve load time. Many users end up installing a whole bunch of random plugins or the come with WordPress themes that ultimately work to…

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How to Fix Slow WordPress Hosting on Bluehost

Table of Contents Important Note About Bluehost Hosting:1. How To Test Your Site Speed How To Read & Interpret Pingdom Speed Tests2. Caching is a MUST DO!3. Use Cloudflare and/or a CDN4. Compress Your Images5. Switch to HTTPS for HTTP2 Protocol support6. Use PHP7 instead of PHP 5.6 or older (30%+ speed increase!)7. Disable Plugins You…

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How to Fix Slow WordPress Hosting on HostGator

Table of Contents IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT HOSTGATOR:1. Testing Speed – How To Test Your Site Speed & What is Fast? Pingdom Speed Test Explained2. You MUST Use Caching!3. Use Cloudflare and/or a CDN4. Compress Your Images5. Switch to HTTPS for HTTP2 Protocol support6. Use PHP7 instead of PHP 5.6 or older (30%+ speed increase!)7. Disable Plugins…

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Why WordPress is our preferred CMS platform

(Note: I wrote this blog post a while back because we we’re explaining the virtues of WordPress so often that I thought it would be worth putting on the web! Today in 2015 WordPress now powers roughly 20% of the top 1 million websites in the world, it leads the market by a huge margin,…

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Ecommerce Marketing & Optimization Workshop

About our marketing blueprints: The approach we use with clients is quite different to most marketing and web agencies. Our marketing blueprints breakdown the strategy and tactics we’re using with our clients to rank them higher in Google, get more traffic and turn more of those visitors into paying customers, ultimately what everyone wants right?…

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We’re Hiring – 2x Marketing Roles

We’re hiring again and have two new positions available. Background: we’re an online marketing agency that provides hosting, SEO, Adwords, website support and a range of other online marketing services to small businesses and online retailers. About 70% of our clients are Australian with the rest scattered throughout the world. We currently manage the online…

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Finance and Accounting Tools

Counting the Money — Finance and Accounting Tools The world of small business accounting has come a long way from the days where Myob and Quickbooks were the main players in small business software market. Today there are a ton of finance and accounting tools that make it easier to get paid and keep your…

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How to Make Zendesk Ticket Emails Look Like Normal Emails

We use Zendesk as our core job management system and for the most part love it. One thing we don’t like is that the end user updates look like ticket updates instead of regular emails so much so that we really took a look at Helpscout as an alternative. It ultimately didn’t suit our needs…

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WP Engine Review – Is WPEngine Right for you? – Pros & Cons

I talk about WP Engine (WPE) a lot. We’ve been a WPE customer for 4 or 5 years now. Moving our WordPress Cpanel hosting to WPE was a game changer of sorts for our business to the point where we now have a 6 figure business unit that provides hosting to our smb customers partly…

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How to do Keyword Research + New Google Updates

We’ve just published a new Business Marketing Show episode on all things keywords and the keyword research approach we’re using with clients – scroll down to the bottom of this page for more. Google have been rolling out a bunch of changes lately, there are three that you should probably be aware of: 1. Four…

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Handling Negative Reviews & Customer Complaints

Getting consistent high quality reviews and feedback on your Facebook page and Google Plus Local Maps Listing is a key part of a successful online marketing plan. Not surprisingly, many small business owners are scared to death of negative reviews but the reality is that these are often unhappy customers for a reason. Their feedback…

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Online Marketing Strategy for Medical and Dental Practices

Medical & Dental Practices Online Marketing Blueprint

About our marketing blueprints: The approach we use with clients is quite different to most marketing and web agencies. Our marketing blueprints breakdown the strategy and tactics we’re using with our clients to rank them higher in Google, get more traffic and turn more of those visitors into paying customers, ultimately what everyone wants right?…

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Ecommerce Marketing & Optimisation

Ecommerce marketing and optimization

Brendan recently spoke at an online marketing conference on the topic of ecommerce marketing and optimisation. The title of the presentation was From 5 and 6 Figures to 7 Figures a Month. It contains a huge number of actionable insights that will help you improve your online marketing even if you’re not strictly an ecommerce…

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The most important search term you should be ranking for

Here’s a quick tip that will serve you well along with an update with what’s been happening the last couple of weeks. Business owners are often so focussed on ranking for a certain search term or obsessively looking at competitor websites, that they’re blind to the important stuff that actually makes a difference. One of…

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Youtube & Facebook Video Advertising with Veeroll & Gideon Shalwick

Youtube & Facebook Video Advertising with Veeroll

Video advertising is still a relatively new frontier online. In episode 52 of The Business Marketing Show we got Gideon Shalwick from Veeroll.com on the line. In this episode we talked all things Youtube and Facebook Video Advertising and dug into his software platform Veeroll which makes video advertising easy. It’s a fantastic episode and Veeroll…

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WPEngine SEO – Making it better

WPEngine SEO

We love WPEngine. More than half the small business websites we work with were on rubbish hosting initially. Many of these businesses were paying a premium price for their hosting but the hosting was such poor quality it’s to the point where it’s hurting the SEO rankings of the site and negatively impacting Adwords campaign…

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WordPress Small Business Website – Quicksilver Limousines

We’ve just pushed a new site build live for Queensland business, Quicksilver Limousines. The new site is built on WordPress with the goal of bringing the look and feel of the site up-to today’s standard as well as ensuring the site is smartphone friendly through the use of a responsive design. Check out the before…

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Backing up your business – have you looked at your backups lately?

Business Backup Strategy

We’ve just recorded another episode of the Business Marketing Show Podcast and in this new episode we talk about Backups – not sexy or glamorous but probably an area of your business that deserves a lot more attention compared to what you’re currently giving it.

This is an area most business owners generally don’t have on their radar and this is a problem.

Check out the full post to learn more.

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Two important search engine updates you should be aware of…

There’s been 2 new search engine layout updates in the last month that you should be aware of so you  can take full advantage of them, check it out: Bing search now showing a “one-box” Bing have recently started showing a “one-box” in the search results very similar to Google – you know, that box…

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Taking Credit Card Payments Online in Australia

Stripe.com have entered into the Australian market and their product is a fantastic alternative to using Paypal or a standard bank merchant facility for taking credit cards online. If you’re looking to take payments online or already taking payments online through Paypal and looking to reduce your costs its worth checking it out.

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How to improve your small business website with “Quick Wins”

There are so many ways you can improve your website and online marketing to drive better results. From simple things like making sure your Google Maps listing is in order, to leveraging high quality photos of your people, your products and your business on your website.

I recently jumped on the phone with Ed and we recorded a new Business Marketing Show podcast episode that was all about website “Quick Wins” – those small changes you can make to your site and can make a huge different in terms of results.

The episode goes for about 30 minutes and if you’re looking to improve your website in any way at all or looking for new marketing ideas its definitely one to listen to.

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Google Adwords Basics & Essentials – are you on top of these?

Google Adwords Basics

I get asked questions about Adwords all the time and there are a lot of common misconceptions about using Adwords and paid traffic in general. Every small business should have at least trialled an Adwords campaign that was setup and run by an Adwords professional. A lot of small business owners try and DIY their…

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Small Business Web Design: Links Surveying Perth

Last week we pushed a new site live for Perth surveyors, Links Surveying. The website is built on WordPress and heavily leverages photography as part of its design. The site has a fantastic warm feeling. On this project we worked with our photography partner Photography Project and design partner 485 Design. Visit the site at…

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IMPORTANT: Time to change passwords and you may need to do some upgrades on your web stuff

A bug was found in a popular piece of software called OpenSSL which drives a large proportion of security and encryption across the web. Ultimately, this means that for the past 2 years or so, many of the websites you assumed secure were not. The bad news is that this may expose some highly sensitive…

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